2C Blog – March 20 – 24

This week during inquiry we spent time dissecting and constructing biographies, analyzing the features of this type of recount text. Cooperatively in small groups, students began to research and write a short group biography on a significant individual. Each group will use these biography posters to teach the class about the significant individual researched. The children will peer assess their presentation skills to help them develop confidence when presenting to an audience.

The children also sequenced their own personal timeline and have begun to write their own autobiographies using this information. Thank you for your help in choosing and recording dates of these significant moments.

In addition to using the timeline as a plan for write autobiographies, they will also share their timelines in an oral presentation and self assess their own presentation skills. The children are focusing on posture, eye contact, clear voice, good pace and volume and effective use of expression. Students have asked about adding photographs/drawings to their timelines, and we discussed how these could be collected and used if they would like to include them. It is totally optional.

This week we completed our exploration of addition and subtraction strategies. Next week we will begin to inquire into the operation of multiplication.

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This week Pablo Picasso was the significant individual who inspired self-portraits. Using blending and cubism techniques, as well as incorporating both warm and cool colours, allowed for creative experimentation.

The Book Swap for Pre Rec-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria! Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one.  If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use their leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! So please come to the 12th floor cafeteria before school on Thursday 30th March for the Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap!

EVERY MONDAY – PE has swapped again due to swimming!
Monday, March 27 – Photos for timeline (optional)
Thursday, March 30th – Swimming PE Lessons resume
Thursday, March 30th – Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap (7:00-7:40 12F cafeteria)
Friday, April 28 – Student Led Learning Reviews (Prep-G5)


A note from the Lower School Admin Team:

Dear Lower School Parents,

We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there area few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.

The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.

  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.
  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.
  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.
  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.


Lower School Admin Team

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Session 2 – Swimming begins next week

Dear Parents,

Grade two students will begin Session 2 of their Swimming lessons next week.

Swim Date and Time

2C: THURSDAY               March 30 – June 8                   (12:30-1:15)

On swimming days your child should bring:

    • Bathing suit
    • Towel
    • Goggles
    • Swimming cap (optional)
    • Comb/Brush
    • Underwear if they wear their swimsuit to school

Be sure everything is clearly marked with your child’s name, and it is put into a plastic bag. There is no need for flip-flops as no shoes are allowed on the pool deck. Children should not wear expensive watches or jewelry that day.

We are all looking forward to continuing our swimming lessons. Swimming is a significant part of the children’s physical education program, and all are expected to participate. If your child cannot swim they should have a medical note. Please encourage your child’s participation and to remember his/her swimming gear.

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2C Blog – March 13 – 17

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This week we spent time analyzing the central idea for our new unit. We began by looking at some of the terminology within the central idea: significant, contributions, society. These lessons focused on dictionaries and thesauruses and the features of each text. They are developing an understanding that not every synonym is a good substitution for the word they are searching. They are using evaluation skills to determine the best choice. We also began to examine our own personal significance and the attributes and attitudes we each have that make us important in our own ways.
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This week we began to inquire into the features of recounts. We examined both personal (letters, diaries, journals) and factual recounts (newspaper articles, biographies) in order to gain an understanding of their common features. We also analyzed timelines and made connections to its role in  recount text. We are beginning to create our own to use as a plan for our own autobiographies, and need your help.

In class we examined the function and layout of timelines. I created and shared my own personal history in a timeline format. After analyzing my timeline the children starting creating one for their own lives.

Your child has written on sticky notes some important moments that he/she would like to highlight on their own personal timeline. Your child brought the notes home yesterday because they need some help finding the dates for when each moment happened.

Please have your child record the date of each event, and ONE extra detail about the event. DO NOT RECORD THE INFORMATION FOR THEM. It is important it is in their own words, and are simple notes. If you don’t know the exact information, please estimate.

Please also help your child make note of at least 5 other events in addition to his/her birth. They may write these on sticky notes. Please have your child bring back their sheet with the information by Monday, March 20th. Thanks very much for your support.243_3137

243_3139This week we continued to explore different strategies used in addition and subtraction, including landmark numbers and word problems that involve the two operations.
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This week we drew realistic portraits. The focus was using shading and guiding line techniques to draw realistic facial features with the correct proportions. We used these techniques to drawing portraits of  Albert Einstein.
Week of March 27th – Booking for SLLR appointments
Friday, March 31 – $DDD (sport theme)

Have a great weekend.




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2C Blog – March 6 – 10

On Wednesday, the children had a final opportunity to spend their earnings. There were frequent sales throughout the week (Seat Sale, Free Homework Pass, Green Roof Lunch, etc.) The children also could choose to purchase a large ticket item that they valued most: Movie ticket and popcorn, An Art Session, Golden Time or an Extended Outdoor Playtime. Hopefully it helped them learn the importance of budgeting as they celebrated their learning with these events.

Today we also began some tuning in activities for our next unit, which is all about significant people.

The children edited, revised and published their final persuasive text this week, which focused on a topic of their choice.
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In mathematics we continued to explore different strategies used in addition and subtraction, solidifying their understandings with rounding and estimation.

This week the children created an art inspired reflection on addition/subtraction strategies. This incorporated size, line and colour properties to reflect personal feelings and preferences for the different strategies introduced. See their iFolios for their reflections.

Please click on the link below for the next Problem of the Week.

Have you met someone who has changed your life? Do you know someone who has changed other people’s lives and made it better? Are YOU making the world a better place? If you answer YES to any of these questions, then 2C NEEDS YOU!

We are just starting our new unit on Where We Are in Place and Time and our central idea is: Significant people have made contributions to society that have changed lives. We are looking for people who can share and talk to us about individuals that have made an impact on people lives. We are eager to hear more about regular people (not necessarily famous) who are making the world a better place. Five-ten minutes of your time is all we need!

If you are interested in being an inspiration to us, please contact me with a few time and day options. Thank you in advance!

Diane Frankenstein, US based author of Reading Together:  Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, will be talking to parents about how to have meaningful conversations with children, helping them develop their capacity for empathy, compassion, and perspective.  The workshop is on Monday, March 13th at 8:30am in the library pit.

More information can be found at:  http://cispa.hk/2017/03/workshop-for-parents-g2-g6/

Week of March 27th – Booking for SLLR Appointmnets
Friday, March 31 – $DDD

Have a great weekend.


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2C Blog – February 27 – March 3

This week’s inquiry activities focused on examining some of the consequences of consumer choices. Students examined different payments methods (cheques, debit cards and credit cards) and the potential consequences associated with some of those payment methods. We also discussed the consequence related to buying things that we don’t truly value and we dispose of very quickly. 243_3097Our Stanley Market purchases provided a perfect platform for the initial discussion.

243_3100Our Stanley Market field trip was a great success. It was an excellent opportunity to see real life applications of currency in use, as well as practical uses for addition and subtraction. Thanks to all of our volunteers. The items purchased at Stanley were put up for auction on Thursday as part of our class economy. The supply and demand of each item clearly dictated its value and established the selling price. Thank you to Mimi, Inyang, Angela, Gary, Anna and Chika for their help. They were amazing facilitators!

The Grade 2 Bank also opened today and the children had an opportunity to learn about interest. Depositing $50 in the bank for a week will earn them $5.00 in interest, $100 in the bank earns $10.00. Many of the children thought that this was a good offer and those that had savings opted to store their money in the ‘bank’.

The children continued to develop their persuasive writing techniques this week. We worked on our introductions and conclusions, adding persuasive language and more details to make it more convincing.

We continued to inquire into different addition and subtraction strategies this week, focusing on Bridging through 10, chunking and rounding.

Please click on the link below for the Problem of the Week.
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Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 1.01.32 PMVISUAL ART:
This week we experimented with monoprinting. We examined Andy Warhol’s prints and made connections with the techniques the class used for their own printing process. Creating a reversed template upon which to print was the biggest challenge. It put the right side of their brain to good use as they creatively experimented and modified their prints to achieve their desired results.
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Here is the link to 2C’s ‘ “Fourth Little Pig” performances that were presented in class this week: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq6K2636KzgFf0Hu-PzXmYQ-Vdww9cw0_
Lower School Website: Eyes on Learning
In this week’s post to Eyes on Learning, Lower School VP Rob Grantham writes about building student leadership and community engagement through the LEAP program and in-house activities designed and facilitated by student leaders.

Thursday, March 9 – Alan Dick Community Day
Friday, March 10 – House Day (wear PE shirt)

Have a great weekend.



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2C Blog – February 20 – 24

This week’s inquiry activities focused on deepening our understanding of supply and demand and how these affect price, as well as what factors contribute to the success of an economy. We also discussed budgeting and the need to budget as more sales occurred in the classroom.

Another highlights this week was the Resource Market that students participated in on Thursday morning. The children became producers, buyers and sellers in a Trade Market like environment where prices for goods fluctuated. The groups worked cooperatively making various shapes. These shapes were used to earn money for the group. Despite all starting with different resources, by the end students were able to work efficiently after having bartered for more resources or buying some with the money they earned. Thank you so much to Cheryl, Lisa, Karen, Lei, and Peter for their help and support with this activity. It promoted some excellent discussion after the market, and helped with our understanding of supply and demand.

On Wednesday, March 1, we are going to the Stanley Market to apply some of the skills we have learned throughout our current unit. Students have already been put into groups and each group must raise $100 to use for the activity. The students can raise the money in any way, and in their groups have discussed ways in which they can earn this money. I recommend that they are given some responsibilities (e.g. chores) to earn this money. I will leave this up to the individual family to decide.  As the students are in groups of 4 they should not need to bring any more than $25 to school. Please have the money brought to school by Tuesday, February 28, so that we are prepared. I hope that you can support us on this fun activity! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks to everyone who offered to help, it is incredible to have so many keen parents!  Angela, Rita, Anna, Inyang, Gary and Mimi will be supporting us for this excursion.

Addition, subtraction (with regrouping, borrowing, chunking) and calculating currency values continued to be a focus in math.

Please click on the link below for the Problem of the Week.
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A little PA update for Grade 2 is on the PA blog!

Wednesday, March 1 – Stanley Market Excursion

Have a great weekend.


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2C Blog – February 13 – 17

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Thanks so much for joining us for the assembly performance; the children were delighted with all of the feedback they received from you. The children should be so proud – their hard work and efforts in the preparation, showed they understand the power of expression when presenting to an audience.

Our classroom economy is in full force and fines and bonuses are being earned and lost. Those that have worked hard to save their earnings will be rewarded as more ‘flash sales’ occur. Next week the concept of inflation will also be brought into our economy. No doubt they will love their salary increase, but will be disappointed to learn that rental increases will eliminate this newly found income gain.

The children continued to develop their persuasive writing techniques this week. The focus of this writing was creating effective persuasive arguments that were backed up by supporting details. The students debated as to whether “student should wear school uniforms.”

In math we solidified and extended our understanding of subtraction with borrowing and addition with regrouping. We also worked through various math rotation that incorporated writing money amounts in different ways (i.e. ten cents, 10¢, $0.10), counting money, representing monetary values using different combinations of notes and coins, etc.

 Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! The Lower School Performing Arts Department is looking for talented Prep-Grade 6 students to perform in the Student Showcases on April 5-7. The showcase provides an opportunity for students to share their amazing talents in front of an audience of their peers. Auditions will be held after school in the Forum on March 1 and 2. If your child is interested, sign them up to audition in the form here.

The last day to sign up for auditions is Thursday, February 23, 2017. If you have any questions please email Ashley Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Lower School Parent Morning
Is your child struggling with attention and skills associated with executive functioning? Deficits in these skills can have a negative impact on their school performance. Join us on Feb 23 8am-9:30am at LLAC lobby with Dr. Rebecca K. Dogan and find out more on how to help your child manage and develop executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in school and at home. RSVP here.

Wednesday, February 22 – Resource Market (Parent Volunteers: Cheryl, Lisa, Karen, Lei, Anna)
Thursday, February 23- Dental Visit (only for student who enrolled in September)
Friday, February 24- $DDD
Wednesday, March 1 – Stanley Market Excursion (Parent Volunteers: Angela, Rita, Anna, Inyang, Gary, Mimi)

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2C Blog – February 7 – 10

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The Trader’s Market was a great success this week. One man’s trash was clearly another’s treasure. The children’s bartering skills were impressive, as was their tact and manners. Before opening the market we discussed the concept of fair trade and role-played examples of good etiquette during trading and poor etiquette. Afterwards, the students completed a reflection explaining some of the trades they made, identifying the trade they believed to be most fair, and suggesting things they would do differently next time.

Parent Helpers Needed for Upcoming Class Trips/Activities
Grade 2 Resource Market in School
: Wednesday, February 22, 9:30-10:50. I need 5 parent helpers to help small groups during the activity.

Stanley Market Trip: Wednesday, March 1, 9:40-1:00. I need 6 parent helpers to help small groups during the activity. Field trip form coming your way soon!

If you are available, please send me an email to let me know which activity you would like to help us with. Thank you!

Today we visited the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to learn about the history of money in Hong Kong as well as the design and safety features of notes. Next week we will inquire more into notes/bills in the classroom. In the hopes to provide a more global perspective, we would like to inquire into the notes of different currencies also. If you have some foreign notes that your child could bring to school, it would be much appreciated. If you send them into school in an envelope marked with your child’s name, I will ensure they are kept in a safe location so that they will be returned. Please DO NOT send any large denominations of money.
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Inquiry and art lessons focused on “value” this week as we continued to examine both monetary and sentimental value. Students brainstormed, listed and reflected on the things they value most. We discovered that the things we all value most have sentimental value. The children created heart watercolour paintings focusing on the meaning of sentimental value. These paintings allowed us to also explore and experiment with colour value (brightness of colours). These value connections led to a literacy lesson on homonyms. We will continue to inquire into homonyms next week and your child has been encouraged to make note of any new homonyms they discover.
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Addition, subtraction and calculating currency values continued to be a focus in math. We are also exploring different strategies used in both addition and subtraction, including column/stacking that involve regrouping.

Parent Coffee Morning:
Please join us on Thursday, Feb 16 from 8am -9:30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk on one of the most challenging parenting tasks – sleep management with  Dr. Minna Chau. In this talk, Dr. Minna Chau will share the latest research on the function of sleep and practical strategies for your child to get the right amount of sleep they need.

RSVP here.


*Friday, February 17th – 2C Assembly (Alan Dick Forum 9:30-10:10)
Wednesday, February 22 – Resource Market
Thursday, February 23- Dental Visit (only for student who enrolled in September)
Friday, February 24- $DDD
Wednesday, March 1 – Stanley Market Excursion

Have a great weekend.


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Trader’s Market Tomorrow

Dear Parents,

I hope your son/daughter showed you our Trader’s Market letter/contract that was sent home yesterday. To ensure we are all prepared and ready for the bartering skills that will be needed tomorrow, please note that 2C will be having a Trader’s Market in class tomorrow. They have been asked to look around to find things from home that they would like to trade at school. They will be trading their items with other classmates. The logic behind it being that one man’s trash, is another’s treasure, and that we all value different things.

The students understand that once they have traded an item, they will not be able to trade it back. The MAXIMUM amount of items each child can trade is 5. They also know that they must discuss with their parents, what is acceptable to bring to school for trading, and have both parent and student sign the contract.

Please help remind your child to bring both the contract and items to school tomorrow, if they have not done so already. Thanks for your help.

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2C BLOG – January 16 – 20

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Our unit of inquiry focusing on the solar system is officially finished. Students published the good copy of their moon reports this week, incorporating many different features of non-fiction text.
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Later in the week we began our new unit of inquiry. The theme of ‘How We Organize Ourselves” is the focus, and the central idea is the value of goods and services is connected to wants and needs. This week we focused on wants and needs.
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We also created a class economy. There is a lot of interest and money issues are being discussed amongst students. The week ended with the children arriving to find their cubbies, desks and chairs taped off due to outstanding rental fees. We then started our economy by paying students a salary for the week; a portion of their earnings is used to pay for rentals. Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 12.24.30 PMThey are keeping track of any credits and debits in their personal bankbooks. Responsibility is a word being discussed as we are learning to keep both our bankbook and wallet in safe places. As we earn/lose money we will continue to adjust the balance in our bankbooks which is a great way to integrate our addition and subtraction skills.

Our new mathematics focus is on addition and subtraction involving regrouping and borrowing.  In this unit, your child will develop strategies for adding and subtracting whole numbers using mental math, estimation, Base Ten Blocks, place-value mats, and pencil and paper. The ability to use a variety of strategies to add and subtract leads to the development of a strong sense of number. Numbers are all around us and the skills taught in this unit are essential for daily living.

Click on the link below for the next Problem of the Week. POW Money
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This week we also tackled an art activity on comets. The children were very focused and determined as they threaded thread and paper together to create string art. Their knowledge of odds and even numbers was key as they followed those sequential counting patterns to create the comet. It was a great challenge that combined math patterning skills, fine motor skills and visual spatial awareness.  Thanks very much to Inyang, Justine, Chika, Cheryl and Rita for assisting with this activity – their help was critical!

2C has made an appearance on the PA blog with their “Fairy Tale in a Second” this week.


January 23-26 Traditional Chinese Clothes all week (optional)
Tuesday, January 24th – CNY Flower Fair  (G2 visit 8:40-9:10)
Tuesday, January 24th – 2C CNY Celebration in the classroom (no siblings please, we will be cooking)
Wednesday, January 25th – CNY Concert (students only)
Friday, February 17th – 2C Assembly (Alan Dick Forum 9:30-10:10)

Have a great weekend.


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