4E’s Official Mission Stament

by stevebrown on September 25, 2017

We are happy to announce our official mission statement. It’s been many weeks in the making and now it’s finally here!!

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Interviews, Mission Statements and a Volleyball Game

by stevebrown on September 22, 2017

Some highlights from the week:
      We eventually got around to explore how to write in order to inquire, i.e. interviews, questionnaires and surveys. We went through a lengthy process of finding out what we are still curious about with regards to beliefs and values and then created questions that would put us on the path to find out about our curiosities. We had all sorts of questions from beliefs about legends to whether or not some believes in God. It was great practise at creating a series of questions that dug deep into various topics and ideas.
      It was a momentous day today as we created 8 different 4E mission statements. It’s been a long road with inquiring into why have a mission statement and how to write one. I was very impressed with students’ wording and selection of important ideas. We took phrases from each one and voted on the ones we want to keep. Stay tuned for the unraveling of the official 4E mission statement on Monday.

       What a great afternoon today as we had an opportunity to watch the under 20 boys and girls volleyball team play in the T-Wolves Invitational. 4E were so enthused! One comment going up the stairs on the way back to the classroom was “That was the best thing we’ve done all week!!”. Hmmmmmm….what about that great Math lesson yesterday? 😉
     Some important dates to take note of:
Parenting the Digital Native- a workshop for parents of students G3-10
CDNIS welcomes Dr Mark Gandolfi from the St. John’s Cathedral Counseling Team Wednesday, September 27 at 7pm-8:30 pm in the LLAC Lobby. This parent workshop will focus on how to parent children in a digital world. The Internet is a vital part of our world and an important tool in education and research shows young people are spending an average 44.5 hours per week online. Do you have the skills to parent against that type of influence? Please RSVP here.

 

Pancake & PJs Day; Wednesday, September 27

Grade 2 to Grade 6 – $37 (Includes sausage, drink and dessert)

Students in G3 – 6 may pay with cash or Octopus card. Students with school lunch will receive pancakes at no extra cost.

Green Halloween: Costume Donation Drive:

Mon-Fri, September 25 – October 13. I love this initiative. Please support them by donating any old Halloween costumes, as well as consider purchasing this year’s costume from them. GREAT for the environment!!

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Math: 

Super ShapesP.O.W, 18/09 to 20/09

  • A different form of problem this week – 5 mini-problems + and extension (optional)
  • Whatever strategy you use, see if it’s from the Strategies Toolbox. You might think you’re “just adding and subtracting” but your thinking probably looks like one of the strategies from the toolbox. See if you can reflect on this.

Literacy: 

Read at least 20 minutes per night.

Who We Are:

  • Optional task from the Home Learning Grid
  • Some of you might need to conduct an interview later this week. Depends on whom you want to interview or your inquiry. We’ll know more about this on Tuesday, but be prepared for some extra home learning later in the week.

4E Business: 

  • Dress Down Day this Friday. Come dressed your Favourite Book Character. All participants must donate 20 HKD.
  • If you want to be a Digital Ambassador, send me an email expressing your interest. Depending on the number of people who email me, we might need to draw names out of a hat to make the final decision.

 

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Some highlights from the week are:

Mr.Jon Adams took time to explain the creation and purpose behind CDNIS’ mission statement. Students had a lot of interesting connections about the language that was used and how the mission is being shown around the school. What we learned about the school’s mission will be applied when we create our own class mission statement.

International Library Day is always one of the highlights of the year. About half of 4E dressed in a national attire to help celebrate literature from around the world. 4E would like to thank CISPA for organizing this fun event. We really wish each session could be longer!

We started looking closer at our reading habits this week. I demonstrated what a ‘good’ reader I was by reading out loud a tough piece of text. Students assessed my reading skills saying I was ‘good’ because I read clearly and I knew how to pronounce the words. Through discussion we concluded that an important aspect was missing – understanding. I may sound like a good reader but without understanding the text we couldn’t say I was truly a good reader. This led to us making the Reading Salad. I continued to read, stopping every once in a while to ponder a section of text. At each point we added a bit of ‘text’ to our salad and a bit of ‘thinking’.

 

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Math: 

Literacy:

  • Read at least 20 minutes per night

Who We Are

4E Business: 

  • We had to move Library to Wednesday this week, in order for CISPA to organize International Library Day
  • Tuesday 12th September – International Dress Day (wear something that represents your home country or your host country)
  • Friday 15th September – No school for CDNIS students
  • September 18th to 22nd – Book Fair

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MAP Tests, Assembly and Buddy Class

by stevebrown on September 8, 2017

Some highlights from the week:

  • It’s probably no surprise that we spent a good portion of the week preparing and practising for our assembly. 4E showed creativity generating ideas that we could use as an overall theme. One of the challenges hosting an assembly so early in the year is that there’s not much ‘material’ to pull from, compared to halfway through the year when more learning has occurred allowing for more useable material. 4E, however, came up with the idea of sharing Who We Are – an assembly that shares what we’ve learned about one another – an important aspect of a new school year. Students needed to apply collaboration, independence and cooperation in order to put together their part of the show. I’m sure they’ll all break a few legs this afternoon.
  • As I write this post, students are completing their final MAP test of the week. It’s not easy completing 40 to 50 questions on either math, reading comprehension or use of language. Judging from their focus, they’ve all given each test their 100% effort. Well done Emojis!!
  • 4E and Prep B came together on Tuesday afternoon for Buddy Class. 4E were ‘assigned’ a Prep B buddy that they’ll work alongside for the next few months.

 

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Math: 

  • Fur and Feathers, P.O.W, 04/09/17 to 08/09/17
  • Don’t forget to use all the elements of effective problem solving, i.e. R.U.C.S.A.C, mathematical grid paper, clear title, etc.

Literacy: 

  • Read at least 20 minutes per night

WWA:

  • Optional task from the Home Learning Grid

Assembly: 

  • Practise any moves, lines, actions, facial expressions you’ll need to do on stage this Friday
  • Remind Mom and/or Dad that 4E’s assembly is at 1:40 this Friday in the AlanDick Forum
  • If they can’t make it, then they can watch the live stream using this link: bit.ly/cdnisls; Password: #cdnisls

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Genres, Patterns and Character Strengths

by stevebrown on September 1, 2017

Some highlights from the week are:

  • In Writing Workshop we organised our class library by genre. Students inquired into the different genres (9 in total) and were responsible for creating a poster that explained one particular genre. We were so surprised by the number of ‘fiction’ genres there were. We also realized that we perhaps we needed a 10th genre called Action Adventure; however we still aren’t sure if that fits under Realistic Fiction or not.
  • In Math we wrapped up the week with a short assessment on what we learned in our unit on Patterns. This came after exploring numbers patterns in the 100 and 99 charts, as well as practising problem solving strategies for completing the weekly Problem of the Week. 
  • While inquiring into the central idea Beliefs and values are expressed in different ways and are a part of who we are, we had a discussion about role models and the ‘character strengths’ they demonstrate. This led into an inquiry into different role models like William Kamkwamba and Nick Vujicic. After identifying their character strengths, we chose ones that we wanted to better define and explore further. This will lead into a reflection next week on the character strengths we value and how we demonstrate them.

 

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Math: 

  • Ocean Park Payment Plans, P.O.W, 28/08 to 01/09
  • Use the POW Grid Paper to record your thinking and answer
  • Store the Strategies Toolbox and R.U.C.S.A.C descriptor in a safe spot. Refer to it next time you do a P.O.W
  • Due Friday

Literacy: 

  • Read at least 20 minutes per night

Who We Are:

 

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Values, Patterns and Hato

by stevebrown on August 25, 2017

Some highlights from this week are:

  • Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns in Math. Creating our own ‘rules’ to determine each term in a number pattern, we created some massive numbers. Listing them in place value columns revealed some interesting patterns.
  • Letters From Last Year’s Teacher are complete. We submitted our plans, drafts and published copy as a way to share their beginning-of-year writing capabilities.
  • Values Role Play provided an opportunity to identify the importance of leadership, respect, cooperation and role modelling.
  • Speaking of role modelling, we had our fist buddy session with Prep B this week. What a great bunch!!
  • Typhoon Hato interrupted the week, but provided us with a day at home.
  • We applied what we learned in a Math lesson called Visual Number Patterns to create our own patterns using manipulatives around the classroom (see Twitter photos)
  • Ms.Fung spoke to us about blogging and showed us how to log on to our new blogs, a.k.a Online Learning Portfolios.
  • We finished the week with something called Playlist, where we made our own personal lists of things we need to get caught up on. It was a great way to practise independence.

 

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