Sep 18th to 22nd

Week September 18th to 22nd

Tuesday, 26th – 3B Mid-Autumn Class Party 12:20 pm to 12:55 pm – Students should bring a shopping bag.
Wednesday, 27th – Pancake and PJs DayStudents welcome to wear PJs and bring stuff toy
Thursday, 28th & Friday, 29th – Three Way Learning ConversationsThere will be no regular classes on these days. Students accompany parents to conference. Students wear CDNIS uniform.
Monday,  October 9th – Professional Learning Day for Teachers – No School for Students
Tuesday, October 10th – 3B Canadian Thanksgiving Get Together – 12:20 –  12:55 -Please stay tuned for details
Friday, October 13th – G3B Bikinis’ Assembly1:40 Forum

Link To This Week’s Photos

Math Action

We are rounding out our unit on place value and patterns. Students have been applying their understanding of rounding as they buy pretend pizzas and groceries. But at this week’s Book Fair, they showed they can round with the best of them in a real-life situation.  We have also been expanding the ways in which they can represent numbers. Students used the tool Mark Up, on their iPads, to show their understanding. (Ask your child to show you the nifty way they can write numbers in expanded form.) Students took action by exploring Roman numerals. We are continuing to practice reading large numbers. As you can imagine, this unit never ends. We continue to build on these concepts as the year continues.

UOI: Sorting Out, Going Further and Drawing Conclusions:

Students are at the stage of this inquiry where they are sorting out what they know, what they still want to know and clarifying the things they are unsure of. As part of this process, students collected the thoughts of the class, summarized these understandings and presented their understandings to the class.  Students are continuing to develop their abilities to ask open-ended questions.

Upcoming PJ & Pancake Day

Next Wednesday, students are welcome to wear their PJs to school. They are also allowed to bring their stuffies. (Please note students need to take good care of their stuffies and not let them run away!)

Grade 2 to Grade 6 – $37 (Includes sausage, drink, and dessert)
Pancake purchasing is a little bit different in G3. Students in G3 – 6 may pay with cash or Octopus card. Students with school lunch will receive pancakes at no extra cost.

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.

 

3-Way Learning Conversations

3-Way Learning Conversations: Grades 1-6

Stage 1 Online Scheduling – Monday,, September 18 (8am) – Wednesday, September 20 (8am)
Parents with more than 1 child in Lower School (Grades 1 to 6) have priority to accept and confirm invitations.

Stage 2 Online Scheduling – Wednesday, September 20 (8am) – Friday, September 22 (3pm) All other parents accept and confirm invitations
Parents who are not invited by Visual Arts/Performing Arts/Chinese/PE Teachers can make the appointments via “Open Booking”

Sep 11th to 14th

Important dates

Tuesday, 19th – Book FairWe suggest students bring no more than $150 or $200. Remind students about being safe with their money.
Friday, 22nd – Dress Down Day – $20 for Bear House’s Charity Room to Read –The theme is: dress as your favourite book character.
Tuesday, 26th – 3B Mid Autumn Class Party 12:20 pm to 12:55 pm – Students should bring a shopping bag.
Wednesday, 27th – Pancake and PJs DayStudents welcome to wear PJs and bring stuff toy
Thursday, 28th & Friday, 29th – Three Way Learning ConversationsThere will be no regular classes on these days. Students accompany parents to the conference. Students wear CDNIS uniform.
Monday,  October 9th – Professional Learning Day for TeachersNo School for Students
Tuesday, October 10th – 3B Canadian Thanksgiving Get Together12:20 –  12:55 -Please stay tuned for details
Friday, October 13th – G3B Bikinis’ Assembly1:40 Forum

Link to This Week’s Photos

Thank you to all of those who could make it to Curriculum Night. It was a pleasure!  The students were all very proud of you for being risk-takers and trying out our Hula greeting!!! For those who couldn’t make it,  please see my slide show below.

Once again, please do not hesitate to contact me personally with any questions.

Friday Fun in the Forum

Our first Friday Fun in the Forum of the year is next Friday, September 22 during lunch recess. Check out this post on Ms. Benusa’s blog for more information on this performing opportunity.

iTime

iTime is an opportunity for students to build inquiry skills through authentic inquiry. Students have agency and full ownership over projects as they develop research and self-evaluation skills. Projects must be autonomous (student chosen – and school appropriate), research based and shareable.

Students are given one period a week to work on it in class. They also can use Google Docs to create slides together documenting their research. They allowed to work in groups up to three people or alone.

Students usually take six weeks for each project. At the end of each semester, students will choose to share one of their projects with the school and parent community.

International Library Day

Tuesday we stopped by the library to visit and learn about the many cultures that represent CDNIS. It was great to see Mexico, Vietnam, South Africa, and of course, Canada was represented by some wonderful 3B parents!

Mindfulness

This week, 3B and 3C learned from Ms Calanchini, a little bit more about being mindful, and practicing mindfulness strategies to help us overcome our challenges and stressors. They learned a technique called Guided Visualisation that helps to restore the mind and bring serenity and calm by transporting themselves in their mind to a worry tree.  This is where they are able to hang their worry on the tree, and let go. The worry is no longer theirs. The worry tree will take care of them. This was quite challenging for many students who had difficulty keeping their eyes closed and focused on the breath. More practice needed.

Ms C also shared a yoga pose, my favourite one, savasana. Lie down, heels spread wide, arms at the side of the body, palms up. It is a restorative pose, and one of complete relaxation. It helps to engage students in mindful awareness, benefiting the mental and physical beings in ourselves.

 

Mindset

What kind of mindset does 3B have? This week, we did a quiet walk about, reading different statements. If they had ever said this or even thought it about themselves, they placed a sticker on the statement. There were a lot of stickers for all of the statements.

What did these statements state?

  • I can’t do it.
  • I’m dumb.
  • It’s too difficult.
  • I give up.

We watched a video and learned that our brains can grow. It’s a muscle that needs exercise. How can we exercise our brain? Challenges! When our brains are challenged, our brains get stronger and bigger.

So, we used our brains and reworded the statements. Instead of being so hard on ourselves and stating, “We can’t do it,” we’re changing our mindset, and stating, “We can’t do it YET! We need more practice. We need to use strategies to help us.”

 

Week Sep 4th to 8th

Important Dates:

Tuesday 12th – International Library DayStudents are welcome to dress in clothing representing their country or heritage.
Wednesday 13th – Curriculum Night –  see schedule below &
CISPA Scholastic – orders due- Please see CISPA Blog for details and instructions

Friday 15th, Professional Learning Day for TeachersNo classes for students
Tuesday, 19th – Book FairWe suggest students bring no more than
Tuesday, 26th – 3B Mid Autumn Class Party Students should bring a shopping bag. – Please stay tuned for details
Wednesday, 27th – Pancake and PJs DayStudents welcome to wear PJs and bring stuff toy
Thursday, 28th & Friday, 29th – Three Way Learning ConferencesThere will be no regular classes on these days. Students accompany parents to the conference. Students wear CDNIS uniform.

Link to this Week’s Photos

Week’s Snapshot –

This week the students had  several rich learning the opportunities to deepen their understanding of our central idea – “Strategies can be used to overcome challenges.”  

Dialogue in the Dark

Starting off with our field trip to Dialogue in the Dark. In small groups, students were guided by individuals who are visually impaired. The tour simulated a visit to a park, ride on a boat across Victoria Harbour, a walk down a busy street, a trip to a market place, a concert and a snack in a cafe – all in absolute darkness.  In their reflections, students shared that at first many were nervous but as the tour went on they became comfortable. They were surprised how more enhanced their other senses became and that by the end of the tour they were quite relaxed. Many also said that prior to this tour they had not thought about what life might be for someone who is visually impaired. This experience helped widen students’ perspective, sense of empathy and respect.

Boston Marathon Challenge

Ms. Richardson also came in as a guest speaker. She shared her challenge of being accepted to run the Boston Marathon, only to tear her ACL six months before the race! She told the students the strategies she used to overcome this challenge and how her positive mindset played a key role. And yes she did it! Ms. Richardson was successful and completed the Marathon.

Our Brains and Emotions

Ms. Lora, our school counselor kicked off a series of lessons she will be giving the students on how to effectively deal with challenges. In today’s lesson, Ms. Lora explained how parts of the brain play key roles in how we respond to stress. The prefrontal Cortex helps us make smart choices. The amygdala protects us from danger and the hippocampus saves our favourtie memories. 

 

Reflective Writing:

Students are continuing to build their reflective writing skills. This week they used this checklist to write their reflections from their trip to Dialogue in the Dark.

Open Ended Math Engagements:

Like in all classrooms, 3B students range in their mathematical understandings. One very effective strategy we use to differentiate for all students is by posing open-ended problems or low threshold/high ceiling math engagements.  These allow each student to enter into the problem at their level and to extend their thinking according to their own abilities. Below is one of this week’s problems.

It was so exciting! Students who may struggle at times with some math facts but who are logical thinkers and visual learners figured out very quickly that if you turn the puzzle piece you can have more possibilities. Other students also brought in the concepts of rotational symmetry and degrees of turns! One simple question can lead to so much learning!

Curriculum Night


Ms. Jaye and I are very excited to have a join us at Curriculum Night. It is a great chance to get to know us and hear about the great year a head. Below is the schedule for the night.


5:30pm-6:20pm –  Library and Chinese Cultural Centre
Optional Chinese Teachers’ Presentations and Meet and Greet

6:00pm-6:20pm – LLAC Lobby
Optional Single Subject Teachers’ Meet and Greet

6:30pm-7:00pm – LLAC Auditorium

  • Welcome
  • Grade Level Teachers and Educational Assistants introduced
  • Project Innovate
  • Mathematics at CDNIS

7:00pm-7:15pm – Parents/Guardians move to classrooms

7:15pm-8:00pm – Homeroom Presentations

8:00pm-8:30pm – Light Refreshments – 9/F Lobby

8:35 pm – Buses Depart

Call for Green Thumbs

Do you like green? Do you like getting dirty, working with soil? Come and join the Green Roof Gardening Club with Miss Koo, Mr. T. Brown, and Ms. Sandra on Tuesdays from 2:45 – 3:45. We will be weeding, planting, watering, and of course, enjoying the space and fruits of our labour. If you are interested and can attend every Tuesday, please send an email to amykoo@cdnis.edu.hk or to timothybrown@cdnis.edu.hk, sharing your interest, your name, and class.  Our first meeting will be on October 10th. Please meet in the library and wait for either Mr. Brown or Miss Koo by the MakerSpace.

Performing Arts – Peace Day Info.

Grade 3 Ensemble Work with Peace Canon

Students in Grade 3 have been learning “Peace Canon” by George Benson in our recent work in Performing Arts.

 

Dialogue in the Dark Field Trip Reminder

Dialogue in the Dark- Field Trip:

Just a quick reminder that 3B will be going on a field trip tomorrow to Dialogue in the Dark.

The purpose of this trip is to deepen our understanding of our central idea – “Strategies can be used to overcome challenges.”  We will be going to an awareness raising exhibition where blind guides lead visitors in small groups through different settings in absolute darkness.  We will explore challenges that the visually impaired face in their daily lives and gain an understanding of how they overcome their challenges.

Students
wear PE uniform
– bring:
snack
packed lunch from school or home
water bottle
small bag/backpack to carry their things
 $20 in small change to be kept in pant pockets during experience
a book or sketch pad 

 

Week August 28th to Sep 1st

Week August 28th to Sep 1st

Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 6th – 3B Dialogue in the Dark Field Trip
Friday, September 8th – Student Health Service (SHS)/School Dental Care Service (SDCS) forms due – Only for those who wish to opt in.
Tuesday, Wednesday 13th – Curriculum Night –  see schedule below

This has been another action packed week. The 3B Bikinis showed great commitment and focus during our MAP Testing.  We continued to tune into the concept of challenges as they reflected on their own challenges, those facing our protagonist in our class read aloud ‘Despereaux’ and what strategies are used to overcome them. We also have been answering the question “What makes someone inspirational?” 

LINK to all this Week’s Photos

Dialogue in the Dark- Field Trip:

The purpose of this trip is to deepen our understanding of our central idea – “Strategies can be used to overcome challenges.”  We will be going to an awareness raising exhibition where blind guides lead visitors in small groups through different settings in absolute darkness.  We will explore challenges that the visually impaired face in their daily lives and gain an understanding of how they overcome their challenges.

Students should bring

  • Snack
    Packed lunch from school or home
    Water bottle
    Small bag/backpack to carry their things
     $20 in small change to be kept in pant pockets during experience

Curriculum Night

Ms. Jaye and I are very excited to have a join us at Curriculum Night. It is a great chance to get to know us and hear about the great year a head. Below is the schedule for the night.

5:30pm-6:20pm –  Library and Chinese Cultural Centre
Optional Chinese Teachers’ Presentations and Meet and Greet

6:00pm-6:20pm – LLAC Lobby
Optional Single Subject Teachers’ Meet and Greet

6:30pm-7:00pm – LLAC Auditorium

  • Welcome
  • Grade Level Teachers and Educational Assistants introduced
  • Project Innovate
  • Mathematics at CDNIS

7:00pm-7:15pm – Parents/Guardians move to classrooms

7:15pm-8:00pm – Homeroom Presentations

8:00pm-8:30pm – Light Refreshments – 9/F Lobby

8:35 pm – Buses Depart

Google Accounts:

Google accounts have been set up to facilitate learning. They include Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Gmail. Students in grade 3 use Google accounts to facilitate collaboration and sharing within our class. These allow for rich writing and presentation opportunities. Using these tools will help students prepare for grade four when students will have one-to-one laptops and Google tools become part of students’ everyday learning. These accounts have been set up and will only be used for school.  Please refer to our ICT essential agreement below. Once again, these accounts will NOT be used for non-school purposes.

Morning Meetings:

This week Ms. Jaye took a turn at hosting our Morning Meetings. Next week students will start hosting Morning Meetings. Students volunteer to host the meeting. They are able to use this template to plan their meetings and Morning Meeting ideas.

Why?

  • Builds a strong, respectful class culture
  • Responsibility & Independence & Organisation & Confidence
  • Student agency & shared ownership
  • Focus on learning process rather than product
  • Students learn to lead by leading
  • Authentic supportive opportunities for social interaction and skill development
  • Incorporate and transfer Attitudes & Attributes, Themes, Concepts, Knowledge, Skills
  • Students learn how to give and receive constructive feedback

 

Form & Function?

  • First thing in the morning students and teacher sit in a circle for 20 to 25 mins
  • Volunteer basis only – Students volunteer in as individuals, in pairs or in groups of three to lead. The teacher acts as a coach in planning and during the meetings. (All students volunteer at least once or twice over the year. Usually a high demand by the middle of the first term.) Even the shyest students jump in.
  • Students take on more and more independence as they gain confidence.

Please see a video of former 3B students explaining Morning Meeting:

 

 

MAP Testing

Next week, students in Grade 3 will be taking tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®).  MAP tests determine a child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Mathematics, Reading and Language Usage. Your child will take the tests on their iPads.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing.  And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to attend the Parent Information Session on Tuesday, August 29 at 8 am in the LLAC, or send me an email.

August 21st to 25th

Important Dates:

Tuesday, August 29: MAP Parent Presentation (8:00-9:00 am LLAC Lobby)
Wednesday, September 6th – 3B Dialogue in the Dark Field Trip – all outstanding permission slips due ASAP
Friday, September 8th – Student Health Service (SHS)/School Dental Care Service (SDCS) forms due – Only for those who wish to opt in.
Wednesday, September 13th- Curriculum Night 

Link to Photos for Aug 21st to 25th

 How We Respond to Challenges

3B was filled with laughter, sighs of frustration, teamwork, and joy when students were put to the test and faced a variety of challenges, earlier this week. The challenges ranged from physical activities of sit ups, lunges, to recreating a sketch of Hong Kong to solving a Sudoku puzzle to explaining Newton’s First Law of Motion to solving hands-on logic puzzles and more.

It was impressive to see all the different strategies students were using to help support them: noticing the similarities between the two languages; using our prior knowledge; asking for help and of course, commitment and persistence. It was also interesting to see when students decided to give up because the challenge was “just too hard”.

Our new unit is looking at what we all go through in life: challenges. But the focus is on how we react, how we confront, and hopefully, how we overcome challenges (using strategies), making us stronger and more compassionate humans. Being aware and building our metacognitive skills are a key part of this process.

Share with your child the challenges that you face, and how you handle and confront the stressors of life. Food, exercise, naps, meditation…

 

Patterns & Place Value:

The students in grade 3 are starting off the year with a unit on patterning and place value. Place value is the foundation of number sense. A solid understanding of place value is essential to develop a strong number sense and understanding of all computational methods.

Role of Reflection in the Writing Process

To kick off the year, we have been reviewing the writing process and establishing our class routines of sharing our writing, along with giving and receiving feedback. A focus, in grade three, is to continue to build student confidence and for all students to see themselves as writers. Right now we are focusing on the role reflection plays in improving our writing.

ICT Essential Agreement:

Today, Mrs. Fung came into class to create our 3B ICT Essential Agreement and explain our grade wide ‘Strike’ policy, which lays out clearly the consequences for students who make choices that do not follow our essential agreement.

 

Home Learning

This year, in Grade 3, home learning is different than what you might have previously experienced. Tonight, your child has brought home a home learning grid with a variety of different learning engagements to support your child’s learning in the current unit: Who We Are.

Each night, your child is expected to spend between ten and twenty minutes completing ONE activity. He/She may start brainstorming ideas on Monday, getting to work on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a quick revision, edit, and final touches on Thursday. Home learning is to be returned to school on Friday for a home learning gallery walk and share.

Of course, each evening, your child is also expected to read. This can be done independently or as a shared read with a family member.

August 14th to18th

Important Dates:

Monday, August 21: Term 1 ASA Begins
Friday, August 25: Dress Day Day (DDD – Theme to be announced)
Friday, September 8th – Student Health Service (SHS)/School Dental Care Service (SDCS) forms due – Only for those who wish to opt in. Forms will go home Monday.

 

 

What a great week! Ms. Jaye and I have loved meeting and getting to know all of 3B. We have been focused this week on establishing class routines and building a class culture in which students will thrive both socially and emotionally. Students have also brushed off their math skills, explored how math goes beyond the operations and reaches into measurement, shape and space and affects our daily lives.  They also wrote paragraphs explaining to us how they are awesome. They are truly AWESOME and we are looking forward to a great year ahead.

Access to Photos:

Each week I will be adding photos to this blog but please know these are just a small portion of the photos we have taken. I will be also adding a link to our Class Google Drive. Click on the link and you will be able to view them. Also, I post regularly on our class Twitter account. To view this account you must open the blog post on a computer. The Twitter feed on our blog does not appear on the post that is emailed to you.
Link to Open House Family Photos

Link to This Week’s Photos

Sun Bus Contact Info:

For your records, this is Sun Bus’ contact information. email: cdnis@sunbus.com.hk telephone: 3897 8895

Uniform Policy:

You can find the detailed uniform policy here. Unless students are in PE uniform, the expectation is that students’ shoes are 50% black. For older students, teachers please remind them directly of the expectations.

After School Performing Arts Opportunities for Grade 3!

The Performing Arts Department invite all Grade 3 students to consider signing up for an after school activity in the Arts! Registration is going on now for the CDNIS Timbertones, the LS Strings Ensemble, and the LS Musical preparatory workshops. For more information click here.