Student Led Learning Reviews Info

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR)

Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLR) will be hosted on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 (Pre Reception and Reception), and Friday, April 28 (Prep to Grade 5) . Parents can begin making their SLLR appointments Monday, March 27 (families with 2+ children in the LS) and Wednesday, March 29 (other LS families). Please click here to learn more from the Lower School Administration.

March 6th to 10th

Important Dates:

Camp Forms & Cheques due ASAP
March 31st – DDD – Theme TBA
April 3rd, Monday – 3B Class Easter Party – 11:40 to 1:00
April 4th – Ching Ming Festival – Public Holiday- No school
April 10 – 17 – Spring Break
April 18 – Professional Learning Day – No school for students
April 19th – Parent Camp Info Session 6pm
April 21st – DDD- Theme TBA
April 28th – Student Led Learning Reviews

It has been a great week! Full of firsts and traditions.

Alan Dick Community Day & CDNIS 25th Anniversary Celebration

Such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our wonderful school and honour such an incredible man and educator, who helped to define our school culture. We had a chance to break down the classroom walls and come all together. It was filled with dancing, cupcakes, music, more cakes and, of course, the Hokey Pokey! This year was extra special as it is our 25th anniversary. Special shout out to Darren S for his 2nd place prize for most creative cake. Way to take action, Darren!

Coding

This week the students started coding. Coding demands that the students actively problem solve, apply mathematical understandings, work together, become more comfortable stepping out into the unknown and taking risks. Check out the students’ prior knowledge of coding.

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Sharing the Planet

3B kicked off their newest unit. Students will be investigating ‘the way energy is harnessed and consumed affects the planet’. Please see the parent overview by clicking on the Sharing the Planet tab on the main menu.

Solo Morning Meetings

Students, who were nervous about hosting Morning Meetings even in a group at the start of grade three are now surprising even themselves by volunteering to host the meetings all by themselves. Way to go goal makers and risk-takers!

Parent Workshop

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.

Learning by Design

Next week, Ms. Costner and I will be heading to a conference called Learning by Design at the International School of Brussels, Belgium. We’ll be coming together with hundreds of other educators from around the globe to connect, learn and share. This conference is on the cutting edge of educational research and I can’t wait to come back and implement our learning into the classroom. I will be away from March 16 and return to school on March 22. Please note that there will be a significant time change and I may not be able to respond to emails right away.  Please contact Ms.Michelle at michelleforcione@cdnis.edu.hk with any urgent issues.

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Feb 27th to March 3rd

Dates to Remember:

Thursday, March 9th – Alan Dick Community Day/25th Anniversary Celebration-8:25 to 10:45 – Parents are welcome to join in the festivities and everyone is asked to wear pink – Alan’s favourite colour
Friday, March 10th – Camp forms and cheques due back
Wednesday, April 19th – G3 Camp Parent Information Night (6-7pm)
May 10-12: Gr 3 Camp

We kicked off the week with the incredible 3B Burrito Spotlight. If you missed it or would like to see it again please see the link below. Then we had a super Sports Day! The students balanced their competitive commitment to winning with their abilities to communicate and cooperate. Thanks to all who were able to come out to support and to the wonderful PE department for organising such a great event. (For access to all our photos please see links below)

Students who went to the dentist on Monday had a sneak peek at the new coding program we will start exploring next week.

Camp Parent Night Clarification:

It’s come to our attention that there was an error on the camp form.  The Camp Parent Info Night is on Wednesday, April 19, not Tuesday, April 19.  So sorry for the confusion.

Note from Ms. Kinsinger

What a wicked awesome show on Monday! I’m super proud of 3B and they way they did their own show. Here’s a link to my blog for the full video.

Alan Dick Community Day/25th Anniversary Celebration Overview:

Alan Dick was a much beloved Lower School Principal who passed suddenly in 2009. He was known for his warmth and his ability to make each and every student feel special.

The Alan Dick Community Day is the only day of the year when the entire school community is involved in one event. Alan would have loved it! Upper School students will be ‘buddied’ with  Lower School students and will accompany them through four fun and entertaining venues in the school. All grades and teachers will be traveling in their house groups. This year’s event will have added activities because it is also our 25th Anniversary – Happy Birthday CDNIS!

It is a day of community, laughter and joy! Plan to wear pink as that was Alan’s favourite colour.

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.

In last week’s post, Lower School Vice Principal DJ MacPherson reflects on the recent visit of the Young Americans to CDNIS and how students were challenged to leap from their comfort zones to their learning zones. You can find the article here.

Links to This Week’s Photos:
 3B Spotlight Photos
3B Sports Day

Spotlight Video

Dear Parents,

3B Burritos Spotlight yesterday was fantastic! Not only did the Burritos rock their cultural dances but what warmed my heart the most was their ability to solve problems, not miss a beat in moments when things didn’t go quite as planned and, most of all, the way they supported each other. They had each others backs!

Bravo Burritos!

Note from Ms. Kinsinger
What a wicked awesome show yesterday! I’m super proud of 3B and they way they did their own show. Here’s a link to my blog for the full video.

 
Have a terrific Tuesday!

Feb 20th to 24th

General Reminders

  • Monday, February 27th- 3B Spotlight Performance – 1:40 in LLAC
    Monday, February 27th – Dental Check-up for 9 students who signed up – (We have emailed a reminder to parents of these students.)
  • Tuesday, February 28th – Sports Day (see below for info
  • Friday, March 10th – Camp forms and cheques due back
    Wednesday, April 19th – G3 Camp Parent Information Night (6-7pm)
    May 10-12: Gr 3 Camp

It was so great to spend the day with characters from the who jumped out of the pages of storybooks! The students have become poets this week. They have inquired into what makes a poem a poem and now are trying their hand at it. Here’s just a taste –
Art
Artists come with joy
Retained in breaths
Time comes to display until the day starts to fade away.
– Josh

Mustaches
Mustaches are magnificent
Mustaches are merry
Miserly, Magical
Mystery Misters
Mustaches are marvelous
Mustaches are mysterious
– Jojo

Symmetry & Tesselations: Applying with Understanding
The time has come in our investigation into symmetry and tessellations for students to apply their understandings. They have created and found real-life examples of these principles, including images of cultural art, and they are now explaining and documenting their understanding using the iPad app Doodle Cast. By working collaboratively- with opportunities for rich discourse-  and then having to explain their understandings,  students are given authentic opportunities to consolidate their understandings.  This is one more example how we are challenging students to ‘do brain push-ups’ and become mathematicians.

Sports Day

Please read the letter below for more information regarding Sports Day, scroll down to see page 2.  All students need to bring a healthy packed lunch as no school lunch will be provided on this day.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Students should:

-wear PE uniform
-bring a hat
-bring a small backpack
-bring a reusable water bottle with their name
-bring a healthy snack and lunch (NO SCHOOL LUNCH PROVIDED)

 

3B Spotlight Performance

Please come and enjoy what the Grade 3 students have learned and created and will share on stage. Sneak a peek here. We can’t wait for you to see it on Monday, February 27th 1:40 to 2:20n the LLAC. Please remind your child to bring their accessories and clothes to school on Monday!!!! Ms. Kingsinger has said “No costume, no performing.” Also, please note the show will be action packed and therefore be starting promptly at 1:40.

Camp

Permission and enrolment forms for Gr 3 Camp were sent home today.  Please complete both forms and return with a cheque by March 10th.  For more information on what we will be doing at camp and what to bring, please visit the blog and click on the tab at the top.  If this is your child’s first time sleeping away from home or family, I suggest organising some sleepovers with classmates between now and camp.

 

 

 

Feb 13th to 17th

  • Dates to Remember

  • Friday, February 24th – Paddyfield Book Orders due & DDD – Theme TBA
    Monday, February 27th- 3B Spotlight Performance – 1:40 in LLAC
    Monday, February 27th – Dental Check-up for 9 students who signed up – (We have emailed a reminder to parents of these students.)
  • Tuesday, February 28th – Sports Day

This has been another action packed week. Thanks to our wonderful class mum, Kari, students kicked off the week with Valentine’s Day cookies. Students have continued their inquiry in how symmetry and tessellations are found in art and the world around them. They also had the opportunity to work with Ms. Kam and Ms. Costner as they found about Chinese paper cutting and delve deeper into art by using ICE – I see, I connect and I extend – visible learning strategy. Students also demonstrated their love of reading as they took on the challenge of sustained silent reading. They can easily read for 45 mins, independently. Way to go Burritos.

Week Highlight:

Kaz’s little sister, Naomi, who is in Prep, was inspired and decided to complete a upcycling project herself. She then was a risk taker by coming to share her creation with the class.  We also want to commend Kaz on his caring nature and the support he gave his sister.

 

Sports Day:

Loving Literacy:

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Loving Literacy workshop. We hope you found it helpful and informative.

Here is also a link to Ms. V’s Literacy Life Hacks on her blog.

For those who could not make it, I have included the slides, and the handouts here:

Here is also a link to Ms. V’s Literacy Life Hacks on her blog.

 

Sign Up for Student Showcases:

Sign-up to audition for Student Showcases
Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts, actors, poets and more! We are 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

Parent Workshops: Message from Ms. Lora Lee – our School Counselor
Executive Functioning Skills:

Is your child struggling with attention and skills associated with executive functioning? Deficits in these skill areas can have a negative impact on school performance. Join us on Feb 23 at 8am, LLAC Lobby with Dr. Rebecca K. Dogan and find out more in how to help your child manage and develop those executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in school and at home. 

Sleep Workshop:

For those of you who missed the coffee morning about Sleep and Learning, or those who attended and asked for the slides, here they are:

Hoping you got a good night’s sleep…

Link to This Week’s Photos

CYN G3 Video

Feb 7th to 10th

Dates to Remember: 

  • Friday, February 24th – DDD – Theme TBA
    Monday, February 27th- 3B Spotlight Performance – 1:40 in LLAC
    Monday, February 27th – Dental Check-up for 9 students who signed up – (We have emailed a reminder to parents of these students.)
  • Tuesday, February 28th – Sports Day

It has been great to be back! We have jumped right back into our inquiries.

Discovering Culture Through Art:

Ms. Kim Campbell shared with the students how she uses art to explore her connections to her Hong Kong roots. The students learned how to quick sketch, create contour drawings and draw from memory.

Inspired by artist Belinda Bath, students continued to use Ipads to create their own representations of either CDNIS or Chinese culture. They are writing reflections on how their images convey shared cultural norms, language, symbols and beliefs and values.

Oral Story Telling, Art & Writing:

Students have been learning about the Haisla First Nations traditions of oral storytelling and traditional art. They have learned about the historical and geographical context and the Haisla’s traditions and beliefs. Students sketched as they were read the story of the Raven and the Fisherman. From their drawings, they re-told the story in their own words. They are now in the process of revising the story using descriptive and figurative language.

 

Symmetry Investigation:

Students have been looking at quilts and other domestic arts and finding examples of symmetry. They are constructing their understanding of rotational (turn), reflectional (flip) and translational (slide) symmetry. Next, they will have opportunities to apply their understanding by creating their own designs.

Probability:

How can we use math to figure out the possible combinations? Students are using charts and tree diagrams to calculate the possible combinations and using this to then find the probability of an event happening. How would you do? Look at the images below and figure out what are the possible combinations of accessories and clothing or dinner options? Can you work backward and create a tree diagram or chart to show the uniform colour options?

 Parent Workshop: Message from Ms. Lora Lee – our School Counselor

Is your child struggling with attention and skills associated with executive functioning? Deficits in these skill areas can have a negative impact on school performance. Join us on Feb 23 at 8am with Dr. Rebecca K. Dogan and find out more in how to help your child manage and develop those executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in school and at home. 

Photos to Come- Please see Twitter Feed.

Jan 23rd to 26th

Dates to Remember

Feb 7th – Students come back to school
Feb 10th – House Day – Team House Shirts
Feb 24th – DDD – theme to be set

We’ve had fun-filled week celebrating the year of the rooster! The Flower Fair was a blast. I love seeing all of the parent involvement and support at this event. We really enjoyed our CNY concert this week. Congratulations to Corey for his hard work and his great performance. We also had our own celebration in our class. Thanks to all of the parents and students who brought in food to share! This is such a special time of year and I’m so happy to share it with you and our students! Gong xi fa cai xhen ti jian kang!

We also want to wish best of luck to Lachlan and his family as they set off on their new adventure. We will miss you Lach but remember ‘once a Burrito, always a Burrito’!

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Loving Literacy Workshop Hosted by Grade 3 Teachers

The Grade 3 teachers are hosting a literacy workshop for parents to raise awareness about what happens in the classroom during literacy blocks, and how you can help to support your child at home to develop better reading habits and writing skills.

Please fill in this form to express your interest in attending the workshop on February 15th at 1:00pm. Please note you cannot view the form on a mobile phone and access closes on February 9.

Math Continuum Presentation

Last week, Mr. MacPherson presented a workshop to parents on how to read and understand the Math Continuum. Please click on this Link to view the presentation.

Wanted … Needed:

A call out to all 3B parents to help bring in any art materials or supplies for our creative expression stations and our class maker space! If you can imagine making something from it, we want it! We’re looking for scraps of fabric, ends of yarn, old T-shirts, buttons, ribbons, stuffing for cushions, clay, old lego and toys, or anything else you might have lying around.

Do you have any special talents that you would like to share? Is it connected to a particular culture? If so, 3B wants to hear from you. We would love to have guest visitors come in to share their experience. You can come in to teach what you do, or just present what you do. Drop us an email and times that you might be available so we can schedule you in!

Photos

Trying something new for our photo sharing. Please click on this link. You will see great photos of students being challenged by probability games, exploring cultures and art materials, expressing their identities through art, flower fair, CNY concert and much more!
Please click on this LINK 

Jan 16 to 23

Dates to Remember

Chinese New Year Dates
23-26 January: LS Chinese theme Dress Down Week
23 January: Staff Rehearsal after school
24 January: LS CNY Flower Fair –the grade 3’s have been designated the 12:50-1:25  timeslot.
25 January: CNY Concerts for Lower Schoo
26 January: Chinese New Years 3B class party – from 1:00 – 2:20 – Full day of Classes
6 February: Professional Development Day for Teachers – No school for students.
Pre-order your child’s 2017 CNY Flower Fair Tokens online
Jan 6 – 19
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ISA Results:

Dear Parents,
Today your Son / Daughter will be bringing home a copy of their results from the ‘International Schools’ Assessment’ (ISA) tests that they completed in September. Accompanying the results is a letter giving an overview of the ISA tests and stressing how important it is to consider the results of this assessment in context with other information about your child’s achievement provided by teachers at the school, who see your son or daughter many times a week.
An online copy of the letter is HERE
The front page of the ISA results outline how to read the reports.
If you have any further questions about the ISA tests please e-mail Jon Field here at school jonathanfield@cdnis.edu.hk

Wanted … Needed:

A call out to all 3B parents to help bring in any art materials or supplies for our creative expression stations and our class maker space! If you can imagine making something from it, we want it! We’re looking for scraps of fabric, ends of yarn, old T-shirts, buttons, ribbons, stuffing for cushions, clay, old lego and toys, or anything else you might have lying around.

Do you have any special talents that you would like to share? Is it connected to a particular culture? If so, 3B wants to hear from you. We would love to have guest visitors come in to share their experience. You can come in to teach what you do, or just present what you do. Drop us an email and times that you might be available so we can schedule you in!

Home Learning Expectations:

The students are aware that there is a minimum of one page written reflection for all grid items. These reflections help build students’ abilities to put their thoughts into words – with their use of supporting details and descriptive language, they increase students’ awareness of their thinking – including mathematical logic, as well as giving them opportunities to apply their focus literacy skills.

How would you choose to express yourself through the arts?

Students have been exploring the arts, as it relates to their identity. They have designed artistic expression stations that allow themselves.

Math Memo

Recently we’ve put together a ‘Math Memo‘ to accompany the Parent Overview for ‘How we express ourselves‘. The Math Memo offers a more detailed description of the conceptual understandings, outcomes, intended learning and  support for maths during our current unit.   Although these are included on the final page of the Parent Overview, the outcomes are expanded upon and organised to explain the three stages of understanding – Constructing Meaning (concrete understanding), Transferring Meaning into Symbols (symbolic understanding) and Applying Understanding. There are suggestions for how the learning in the classroom can be supported with real-life applications at home, as well as associated vocabulary and websites/apps/programmes to practice the application of skills.

You will notice that there are two sections, one for transdisciplinary mathematics which can be addressed within the context of the unit of inquiry, as well as the stand-alone mathematics unit, which is taught concurrently alongside the unit of inquiry.

In transdisciplinary maths, the students learn through mathematics (like a lens) to make sense of the unit of inquiry, whereas in stand-alone maths the students ‘learn about’ the maths content and skills. In both cases, the conceptual understandings and outcomes are identified and planned for, taught and assessed.

Over the course of the “How we express ourselves’ unit, I hope to better explain how transdisciplinary mathematics unfolds and works in future blog posts.

As promised, here is the Maths Memo – (Mobile phone users, please go directly to the blog to see memo)

GRADE 3 LOVING LITERACY WORKSHOP RSVP Form

GRADE 3 LOVING LITERACY WORKSHOP

Interested in ways to support your child’s literacy development? Sign up for the Loving Literacy Workshop hosted by grade 3 teachers. Please fill out the form using your CDNIS school Gmail account to express your interest. Kindly RSVP by February 9th. Please use this link or go directly to the Class Blog to register, as the embedded form is not showing up on the phone preview.