Last WEEK!

Important Dates:

HOLIDAYS!!!! Enjoy!

Dear Parents,

Okay, I can not deny it any longer. It is now the end of the year. The last day of school for grade 3 for the wonderful Burrito Torpedoes! WOW, how time has flown.  I am so very proud of the progress these little ones have made! Thank you again so much for all your support over the year.

 

Link to Photos

Please check out this LINK to PHOTOS to view the photos from this last fabulous week!

Summer Loving Literacy

Please enjoy the lazy days of summer. If you are interested in some great ways to promote summer reading and writing please check out the links below and Ms. Williams’ blog. I also suggest the Burritos read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane  or these other books similar to The Tale of Despereaux.

Loving Literacy Handout
This is a good little list of suggested G3 books for summer.
This website has some pretty great ideas for summer literacy action.

 

EBooks Summer Reading!

The library is closing down! Okay, it’s not closing down but it’s shutting its doors over the summer but you can keep reading all summer long. How you might ask. Check out Ms Williams blog post about how you can access great books throughout the long, hot summer.

Laptop Update:

Apple has announced a new MacBook Pro which is going to affect ordering.  Senco has informed us that the MacBook Pro Bundle order will be automatically upgraded to:
13-inch MacBook Pro (2.3GHz Processor, 256GB Storage, 8GB Memory)
 
If you have already ordered the Gr.4 MacBook bundle from Senco-Masslink, there will be a refund of HK$85 of cash from Senco for the balance between the old and new MacBook. The difference will be issued to you from Senco on August 11 at the MacBook Pick Up session.  If you have not ordered the MacBook for your child, please visit the Senco website as soon as possible to make an order.  
 
Please contact Senco by email (info@eduoffer.com) if you have any further questions.
Cheers,
Makky Fung
Learning and Teaching Technologies Learning Leader (Lower School)

May 29th to June 2nd

Important Dates

  • If you haven’t Paid: $40 for G3 End of Year Celebration
    3B SWIMS MONDAY!!
    Monday, June 5th: 3B End of Year Party – 11:10 to 12:55 in the classroom. Parents are welcome!
  • Tuesday, June 6th: G3 End of Year Celebration – Students wear PE uniforms
    Thursday, June 8: Free DDD, Last Day with Students – Full Day of School

Dear Parents,

Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. I can not believe that next week is my last week with the Burritos. I just can’t and won’t accept it and refuse to write a goodbye message yet.
I hope to see as many of you as possible on Monday at our class party. (I will say this though the grade 4 teachers were VERY impressed with the Burritos during Thursday’s transition day. They told me they were ‘blown away’.  The students represented themselves with enthusiasm, self-control, and respect. They made me VERY proud!! Well done Burritos!)

Grade 3 End of Year Celebration (Whole Grade)

Dear Grade 3 Parents,

Can you believe the end of the year is just around the corner? It seems like this year has just flown by with all of the exciting experiences we’ve had in Grade 3!

To celebrate a successful year, we’re organizing a day full of fun activities on Tuesday, June 6 at school for all Grade 3 students. This is a separate event from our in class celebrations. We have more than enough support for the activities, so parent volunteers will not be needed.

All students will be going to Chinese in the morning and to any specialists they have scheduled during the day. All students should wear their PE uniforms as it will be an active day and we want to ensure that everyone is comfortable.

We’d like to make this day a special event so, we’re asking that each student bring in $40 for a pizza lunch and delicious snacks. Please send the $40 to school with your child by Wednesday, May 31.

Thank you again for all of your support this year!

All the best,

The Grade 3 Team

EBooks Summer Reading!

The library is closing down! Okay, it’s not closing down but it’s shutting its doors over the summer but you can keep reading all summer long. How you might ask. Check out Ms Williams blog post about how you can access great books throughout the long, hot summer.

Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme Explained

Below you will find a link to the Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme explaining the purchasing procedures.

G4 1:1 Laptop Explained Link

Laptop Ordering Deadline

Attention Prep and Grade 3 Parents: iPad and MacBook

Students who will be in Grade 1 and Grade 4 next year require their own iPad (Grade 1) or MacBook (Grade 4) as part of their learning journey. Parents may order these items now. Detailed information of the 1:1 iPad and MacBook programmes and online ordering procedures can be found right here. Please order your devices by Wednesday, May 31.
iPad Order Website: http://onedoor.cdnis.edu.hk/2017/05/grade-1-11-ipad-parent-information-session-2017/
MacBook Order Website: http://onedoor.cdnis.edu.hk/2017/05/grade-4-11-macbook-parent-information-session-2017/

Week May 25th to 29th

Important Dates

  • Friday, May 26th: Everything was due back to the library. Conduct a BOOK hunt!
    Tuesday, May 30th: Yuen Ng Holiday – no school
    Wednesday, May 31st: $40 for G3 End of Year Celebration
    Monday, June 5th: 3B End of Year Party – 11:10 to 12:55 in the classroom. Parents are welcome!
  • Tuesday, June 6th: G3 End of Year Celebration – Students wear PE uniforms
    Thursday, June 8: Free DDD, Last Day with Students

Grade 3 End of Year Celebration (Whole Grade)

 

 

Dear Grade 3 Parents,

Can you believe the end of the year is just around the corner? It seems like this year has just flown by with all of the exciting experiences we’ve had in Grade 3!

To celebrate a successful year, we’re organizing a day full of fun activities on Tuesday, June 6 at school for all Grade 3 students. This is a separate event from our in class celebrations. We have more than enough support for the activities, so parent volunteers will not be needed.

All students will be going to Chinese in the morning and to any specialists they have scheduled during the day. All students should wear their PE uniforms as it will be an active day and we want to ensure that everyone is comfortable.

We’d like to make this day a special event so, we’re asking that each student bring in $40 for a pizza lunch and delicious snacks. Please send the $40 to school with your child by Wednesday, May 31.

Thank you again for all of your support this year!

All the best,

The Grade 3 Team

EBooks Summer Reading!

The library is closing down! Okay, it’s not closing down but it’s shutting its doors over the summer but you can keep reading all summer long. How you might ask. Check out Ms Williams blog post about how you can access great books throughout the long, hot summer.

Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme Explained

Below you will find a link to the Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme explaining the purchasing procedures.

G4 1:1 Laptop Explained Link

Week May 15th to 19th

Important Dates:

Friday, May 19th: Last day to check out books
Friday, May 26th: Dress Down Day (DDD) Theme TBA & Everything is due back to the library

Defining Systems:

Students work in groups to define the concept of systems. Their definitions all included the idea that systems are made of a set of things working together to achieve a set goal. There was debate over whether or not cooperation was needed for a system to work, whether systems were given a structure by humans or provided a structure that we fall into. They are now tuning into the concept of ‘ethics’.

Persuasive Writing:

3Bs have been working on trying to convince and persuade their audience on a variety of topics. They are learning to provide support and evidence with details for each of their reasons in a structured paragraph. Next week, 3B will compare their first piece with what they have written so far, and will identify where they need to grow.

Green Screen Action:

Lights, camera, action! 3B Burritos are becoming 30-second Experts on how to make the world more sustainable. They will be using the app, Do Ink Green Screen, to create broadcasts using teleprompters to help guide their reading.

End of the Year Library Info:

Important Dates
  • Friday, May 19th: Last day to check out books
  • Friday, May 26th: Everything is due back to the library

     

EBooks Summer Reading!

The library is closing down! Okay, it’s not closing down but it’s shutting its doors over the summer but you can keep reading all summer long. How you might ask. Check out Ms Williams blog post about how you can access great books throughout the long, hot summer.

Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme Explained

Below you will find a link to the Gr.4 1:1 Laptop Programme explaining the purchasing procedures.

G4 1:1 Laptop Explained Link

Links to Photos

Link to E-Farm Photos 

Link to Camp Photos

Updated Camp Update

Logistics for arriving at school Wednesday morning

Your child will arrive as normal to school. They need to come to the 9th floor where they can “Check-In”. Ms Mumford (3B), Ms V and Ms Koo (3C) and myself will be there to tell your child which ‘Activity Group’ they will be in

  1. Go to the 9th floor lobby
  2. Check in to find out your ‘Activity Group’
  3. Drop big bag on 9th floor in designated area.
  4. Go to the 11th floor playground with small day-pack.
  5. Parents may drop off medications to teachers in classrooms at 7:50 – 8:10
  6. Dismissal to classrooms at 7:50.
  7. In classroom, attendance will be taken and expectations shared.
  8. At 8:10 Teachers will accompany students to the 9th floor playground to pick up their bags and line up in activity groups.
  9. Load and board the buses on the 7th floor with departure at 8:30

 

E-Farm Form & Camp Reminders

Yesterday, we sent home with a registration form for next Wednesday’s field trip to E-Farm. (Yes! we have  a full day field trip following our camp).

A Team Edventures are a highly professional team of outdoor educationalists and have your child’s safety as their highest priority, which is why they are asking for contact and health details.

If you have not already sent this form back to school with your child then it needs to be back by tomorrow morning before we leave for camp!

Some quick reminders for camp on Wednesday:

  1. Label your child’s big backpack with their name and class (use a luggage tag). There will be a lot of bags on Wednesday morning, and having it labeled will be a HUGE help. Labelling ALL their stuff would be appreciated as well. When they arrive on Wednesday morning, please check in with a teacher on the 9th floor lobby, who will identify their group number. Big bags remain on the 9th floor according to group number. Day packs go with the child to the 11th floor as usual after check in.
  2. Check the camp checklist of things to bring. Don’t forget to bring reusable dishes (a tupperware), and a 1-litre water bottle that is full for Wednesday morning.
  3. Students can wear casual camp clothes on Wednesday morning.
  4. Please remind your child they CAN NOT bring cell phones or electronics (electronic e-readers are okay).
  5. Interested in what is going on while at camp? Teachers will be tweeting out a small selection of photos over the course of the day. Follow our class Twitter account and the hashtag #g3camp
  6. Please note I will not be able to respond to personal communication from parents- phone calls, emails or Whatsapp. If you need to get in touch with us in the case of an emergency please contact the school’s office (2525- 7088). The message will be passed on to our team leader, Ms. Ross. If after office hours please use Ms. Ross’ phone number that is listed on the camp info documentation.

Week May 2nd to 5th

Important Dates:

May 9th – MacBook Info Evening for G3 Parents
May 10th – 12th – Grade 3 Camp
May 26th -DDD – TBA

Simple Pattern Shows so Much

As great mathematicians, 3B looked at an image, really looked. At first glance, they noticed circles, numbers, colours. But looking with more depth and thinking, they started to identify patterns.

Have a go at checking out the patterns you notice. Ask your child to share with you what they saw.

 

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Sustainability to Innovation to Green Screens & a few Debates

As students continue to draw conclusions, they are asking themselves how can they make a difference and make sustainable energy choices. They are also going through Stanford’s Design Thinking process as they create innovative energy solutions. To top the week off, students have started writing their scripts for their 30 Second Expert videos for which students will use green screen technology. Students continue to try their hand at formal debates. Right now they are practicing their speaking skills, learning how to frame an argument and are fine-tuning their abilities to think on their feet, as they propose counter-arguments and defend their positions. This will continue into the next unit.

How We Organise Ourselves Unit Overview

 

Link to Photos

Camp Presentation & SLLR

Dear Parents,

As promised, here is a copy of the presentation our camp provider made a few weeks ago. Please do not hesitate in contacting me with any questions.

SLLR

The 3B Burritos are VERY excited to share with you their learning journeys. This is an opportunity for reflection and celebration.

For the last week, our preparation for the Student-Led Learning Reviews has been quite comprehensive, creative and demanded the students step-up and thoughtfully reflect on who they are as learners, how they have grown and what their next steps might be.

To begin our discussion, we reflected on what happened last year and what we have been doing so far this year.

The students noticed:
Last year,

  • the SLLR was organised by subjects
  • the teachers chose the centres and the activities
  • everyone had to rotate around a circuit

This year the organisation and preparation has changed as students have been given more agency and responsibility.

They will be in charge of leading the conversation about who they are as a learner and also choosing the evidence (work samples or engagements) to demonstrate this to you, their parents.

Here is a more specific description of student roles and responsibility during SLLRs.

Students will:

  • take responsibility for sharing their learning and progress across the transdisciplinary programme
  • share information about personal, social and academic development
  • discuss where they are as a learner at this time and identify  their progress as a learner, strengths, and needs
  • share where they are in developing the transdisciplinary skills as a lifelong learner
  • share how they demonstrate the attributes of the Learner Profile and the Attitudes
  • revisit the goals established during the 3-Way Conferences

Here is a video to watch which explains the purpose, structure, and roles of the parents and students at a Student Led Learning Review.