Dec 4th to 8th

Important Dates

Monday, December 11th – 3B Class Party 1:00 to 2:20
Wednesday, December 13th Last Day of Term – Dismissal at 11 am

Link to this Week’s Photos

Thanks to Mr. G for coming in and sharing a wonderful Christmas story with us!!

 

WONDER:

After an early lunch, 3B headed to the bus to Cyberport to watch Wonder. Everyone scrambled to find the most comfortable seat, and were reminded to be respectful to the person seated in front – don’t kick the seat. During the movie, there were a few tears, sad moments and funny moments, too. The experience was very positive and brought the attitude of empathy into focus. The students reflected on how the plot explored issues from our Who We Are unit. Students were reminded that everyone has challenges in life and it is our strategies we choose to overcome them that defines who we are.  

Exploration ThingLink Share:

As you know, students have been busy researching explorers and have created interactive maps detailing their routes, discoveries, and impacts of their explorers’ journeys.  This week the students had an opportunity to share their understandings with each other. They were focused on speaking and listening skills as well as effectively recording data.  At the end of the process, we took time to draw conclusions. Why do explorers explore? What are the impacts of exploration? Check out their responses…

Students also extended their thinking by surmising that technological advances must have happened to allow explorers to reach further afar. They also wondered if Greek explorers ask for help from their gods.  Students wonder where humans will go next. After the break, students will have a chance to go further and find answers to their questions.

Math Rotation 2.0:

Thank you, Josh in 3C, for the great title!

Over the last two days, 3B has ventured around the Grade 3 classrooms for some multiplication rotations. They played games like tic tac toe and squares, where the goal was to get as many squares as possible. They were also number detectives, answered open-ended math questions, and of course, some songs! Ask your child to sing it to you or to get them to teach you how to play a game.

Performing Arts Culture Challenge:

The G3s and Ms. Benusa have come up with a fun challenge for over their winter break that connects to the work they’ve done in PA. The students have been challenged to find an expressive art from the culture of their travels and bring in an artifact when they return to share in PA. This mission is completely optional.

Ms. Benusa’s blog has posted an explanation on her blog.

3B Bikini Christmas Class Party:

Note from Catherine, our Class Parent

Dear 3B Parents,
Tis the season to be jolly! We will be celebrating the Holiday Season on December 11 from 1:00-2:20 pm.
Please see the attached sign up sheet  We hope you can join us to spread the Christmas cheer!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best,

Catherine

3B Christmas Celebration – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i7v05gbNvmX4shvGD4Q1SKJTiLrfF_RoAm6qhrePNxQ/edit?usp=sharing

Nov 20th to 25th

Important Date:

NO Swimming MONDAY – This was the last week for swimming
Tuesday, November 28 – “Let’s Talk About Mindfulness” 8am-9:30 am at LLAC
Monday, December 11th – 3B Class Party 1:00 to 2:20
Wednesday, December 13th Last Day of Term – Dismissal at 11am

Students have been busy inquiring into explorations throughout time. They are deciding who they would like to learn more about. They will be creating timelines, plotting routes on maps and looking into the impacts of such explorations. The 3B Bikinis have all reflected that they could develop their understanding of maps.

Students have also been learning a variety of addition and subtraction strategies. Many students are comfortable with the standard or vertical strategy.  They are now being challenged to learn a variety of other strategies, as well as the extra challenge of explaining their thinking.

Uniform Policy:

With the cooler weather, more students will be wearing non-uniform sweaters/hoodies to school. To ensure a common understanding: students should be wearing uniforms from 7:50 until they leave the building at the end of the day. They should not be wearing non-uniform items during recess or in class.

Let’s talk About Mindfulness:

“Let’s Talk About Mindfulness” on November 28,8am-9:30 am at LLAC with Cathy Ziengs, MBSR Teacher, Mindfulness Facilitator.

What? How? Why? are mindfulness concepts and practices being introduced into school communities to enhance well-being for the students, the teachers and how can parents engage in this learning space too?Please wear something comfortable, Cathy will have you do some practices  – lots of fun, lots of access to the learning. RSVP

 

Nov 13th to 17th

Important Dates:


Friday, November 24th – Camp Permission Slip and Payment due
DDD – Dress as your future/dream job – $20 Donation to Kids4Kids
Sunday, November 26th – CISPA Family Fun Fair
December 13th Last Day of Term – Dismissal at 11am

LINK to this Week’s Photos

Reflections & New Beginnings:

How the World Works Summative


This week students completed our summative assessment for our How the World Works unit. Each and every one of them showed marked growth in their knowledge and the depth with which they share their understanding on paper. They are now reaching beyond listing ideas and developing their ability to explain, provide examples and elaborate further. They are also looking for ways to extend their learning and take action. Please take time to celebrate their growth with them and ask them to share their summative with you. It is posted in their portfolio.

Geometry Inquiry

Students also completed our Geometry unit with the big reveal of the student’s 3D printed personalized game pieces. Today students reflected on the process of designing and making the piece. This reflection has been captured on a KidsPic collage. This along with our Book of Geometry will be added to the portfolios early next week. Please check out the detailed comparison the students made between a triangle and a pentagonal prism!

Exploration Blast Off!

We kicked off our Where We are in Place in Time unit this week. The students reflected on what they thought exploration was and why it is important. We all agreed that exploration is the process of making discoveries. We want to find out new things and learn. We discover facts or things and places. It happens throughout time and in different places. It can even happen in your backyard!  

Students decided exploration was important for many reasons. Some of our thoughts were:
Exploration leads to new understandings and discoveries.
Exploration leads to change and different perspectives & a new future.
We do things differently as a result.
We cross boundaries.
We have new lives.
Lets us know about the world.
Over time we build on understandings and this leads to new things and change.
People learn from others over time.
Generations learn from other generations.
Sometimes the impacts are good. Sometimes they are bad.
So we won’t be left with wonders.
We become more capable.

Oh yes, and there’s more! Explorers can or need to:

  • Take risks
  • Communicate
  • Believe in themselves
  • Can inspire
  • Set an example
  • Have wonders they are wanting to solve
  • Invent new tools and technologies they need in order to explore
  • Express themselves

We then went up to the Green Roof and explored ourselves. We found that once we had a focus we really learned things. Exploration takes focus, observation, and attention to detail.

I’d say we are off to a pretty good start!

November 24 Dress Down Day

Our Lower School Dress Down Day theme this month is your future/dream job! The money collected will be donated to Kids4Kids. This is one of our house charities that help children reach their goals. They are mostly focused on literacy development and youth empowerment.

Nov 6th to 10th

Important Dates:

 

Friday, November 24th – DDD – Theme to be Announced
Sunday, November 26th – CISPA Family Fun Fair
Date Change*** – Monday, April 16th to Wednesday, April 18th – G3 Camp

Dear G3 Parents,

Kindly note that the dates for our G3 camp have been moved forward to mid-April, as follows:

Dates: From Monday, April 16th to Wednesday, April 18th
Venue:  YMCA Wong Yi Chau Youth Camp, Sai Kung

 
The change of dates from the original calendar was required because the G3 Team made the decision to book a new site as opposed to returning to the location from last year. The YMCA Wong Yi Chau Youth Camp in Sai Kung promises to be a better choice, for both the quality of accommodation and the activity program that has been designed in collaboration with Asia Pacific Adventure. 
The camp information letter including trip costs and permission slip will be sent out early next week. Please note we will be requesting payment by November 24th.
Warmest Regards,
G3 Team

 

Week’S Highlights

Remembrance Day Service:


We would like to say how proud we are of our Timber Tone choir members for their participation in today’s very moving Remembrance Day Service.

Scientific Principles in Action:

Students have been learning about the scientific principles: gravity, tension, compression, and stability. This week they were given the opportunity to apply their understandings. On Monday they designed and made a prototype of a chair. The students first examined chairs in the classroom to pinpoint how chairs are built to meet both aesthetic and structural specifications.  The students then worked in groups to design their own chairs and had thirty minutes to build a prototype. Later in the week, the students continued to apply their understandings as they designed and built a prototype of a building. Applying the Design Thinking model, teams had to think of the needs of their user, the scientific principles, and the aesthetic features. They also had to figure out how to work effectively as a team.

 

Mr. G’s Home Renovations:

Mr. Grantham visited the class and gave a talk about the factors he needed to consider during his home renovation. His talk deepened student’s understanding of how the function of a building and the needs of the user inform its final design and form. 

3D Game Piece Update:

Students completed their designs of their 3D game pieces. Their designs have been submitted and the 3D printers are buzzing as they print the Bikinis unique structures.

Next week we will kick off our Where we are in place and time unit. The unit will focus on explorations throughout history.

Repeat Items:

Seussical Jr.: Audition Packs Available for Download

Information about auditions and the audition pack for the LS Musical Production: Seussical Jr. is now available on the musical blog. Sign-ups for auditions will start November 6 (with a link that will be posted on the same blog). Auditions for the production will be the week of November 20. For more information please contact Ms. Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

 

Parenting Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder

Does your child find everyday tasks challenging? Are they distracted by touch/sounds/lights? Do they find it challenging to sit still for a short while? These are just some of the symptoms which might stand out to you. In this parenting talk on November 15 from 8am-9:30 am in the LLAC, Lorena Kastner will provide an understanding of SPD and strategies for you to understand and assist your child. RSVP here.

 

Yearbook Cover Contest: 

October 30th to Nov 3rd

Important Dates:

Monday November 6th – Habitat for Humanity Paint-Your-House  for G3 –  7:15am-7:45am
Tuesday, November 7th – Scholastic Book Order due 

Link to the Halloween Party Photos 


Link to F
ield Trip Photos 

 

Link to Class Week’s 

Thank you all for all your help this week!!

Walking Tour of Hong Kong Architecture:


First off, a shout out to all the parents who volunteered for this field trip. Your extra eyes and hands were much appreciated in ensuring the safety and fun of all students in 3B. Thanks so much.

The students had so much fun seeing their city in a new light. Many of them said, “I have lived here for years but have never ever noticed these building.” Many students took time to watch the construction sites we passed and took note of the construction process and materials. Others were so excited walking through the HSBC main building. One student whispered “I am so excited right now I want to scream with joy,” another said that it was the best day of their lives.  At each building, student experts shared the knowledge they had from their research. They also were given another chance on Thursday to repeat their talks as HK’s city noise made it hard to hear all the details.

Geometry Meets Design:

Students have continued to inquire into 2D and 3D shapes. They designed a ‘game piece’ or mini structure that represents their personalities. On Thursday they had a chance to make the prototype of their designs out of cardboard. Next week they will make a design using the iPad app 3DC and then their pieces will be printed using the 3D printer. Students are responsible for describing the properties of the shape using proper geometric language.  Very exciting! Please check out the link to this week’s photos to see all the action.

CISPA Scholastic Book Club (Christmas Edition):

Orders due November 7th. Books will be delivered to school by December 8th. Please see CISPA website (cisp.hk) for more information. LINK to Scholastic

Parenting Talk – Sensory Processing Disorder

Does your child find everyday tasks challenging? Are they distracted by touch/sounds/lights? Do they find it challenging to sit still for a short while? These are just some of the symptoms which might stand out to you. In this parenting talk on November 15 from 8am-9:30 am in the LLAC, Lorena Kastner will provide an understanding of SPD and strategies for you to understand and assist your child. RSVP here.

Seussical Jr.: Audition Packs Available for Download

Information about auditions and the audition pack for the LS Musical Production: Seussical Jr. is now available on the musical blog. Sign-ups for auditions will start November 6 (with a link that will be posted on the same blog). Auditions for the production will be the week of November 20. For more information please contact Ms. Benusa at ashleybenusa@cdnis.edu.hk

Pathways to Success

Dear Parents:

The Guidance Team is pleased to invite you to the “Pathways to Success”  information evening on Thursday, November 9th starting at 6:30 p.m. in the LLAC (with refreshments at 6:00p.m.).

This evening will outline the Upper School Guidance program, which helps prepare students for their postsecondary and career goals. The Guidance Team will discuss goal setting, academic planning and success, service and extracurricular opportunities as they all relate to the Upper School and post-secondary options. Included in this presentation will be specific information about the university application process, gap year, internships and careers.

Grade 3-6 parents are welcome to attend, but the presentation is most relevant to parents of Upper School children.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 7 so that we can ensure there is enough seating and/or communicate any updates.

Kindly RSVP here.

Box of Hope

CDNIS is once again supporting the charity “Box of Hope”, which aims to provide educational and fun gifts for children in need throughout Asia. Collection Week for 2017 is November 6-10. A drop-off area will be set up in the 9/F Lobby. Please refer to this link for details.

 

 

October 23rd to 27th

Tuesday, October 31st – Halloween Class Party – Our own class Halloween celebration will start at 11:40 am with a break for assembly and will resume until 2:15 pm.
Wednesday, November 1st – Field Trip Walking Tour of Architecture
Monday, November 6th – Habitat for Humanity Paint-Your-House  for G3 –  7:15am-7:45 am

Link to this Week’s Photos

This week Ms. Jaye shared her expertise as an architect. Students also conducted research for their Hong Kong architecture walk. Each group has researched a building we will see enroute. They are getting ready to share their knowledge of their building during our field trip.

Students should bring the following Wednesday for the fieldtrip:

  •   Snack
  •   Packed lunch from school or home
  •   Filled water bottle
  •   Big Backpack  to carry their lunch and clipboard
    Octopus card with a minimum of $20HKD

Math Action:

3B had a surprise visit from the Human Calculator (Mr. Grantham) who shared with kids the power of recognising patterns in addition and multiplication.

This week students have been exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They have been discovering how 2D shapes build 3D shapes, sorting out the vocabulary, finding real-life examples and creating their own structures from 3D shapes using our new app iPad 3DC.

Call for Halloween Party Parent Volunteers:

We are still looking for parents to volunteer for next week’s class Halloween party.  We especially need more volunteers for food. Please see the note below for party details. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Catherine, our class parent, by Whatsapp.

Dear 3B Parents,

Halloween is creeping up upon us…

On October 31, our entire school will celebrate one of our biggest events of the year- Halloween!

Our own class Halloween celebration will start at 11:40 am with a break for assembly and will resume until 2:15 pm. The schedule of events for the day is as follows:

11:40am to 12:55pm

Two craft activities (15 mins each)
Three games (10 mins each)
The students will be divided into two groups, one for crafts and the other for games and they will rotate with half an hour for the craft activities and half an hour for games.

1pm to 1:40pm
Halloween Assembly
1:45pm to 2:15pm
Chill out time with food and a short Halloween movie.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in COSTUME 🙂
Catherine

Lost Items

Lost Property Collection – October 27, 2017


There will be lost property collection point on Friday, October 27 as with last month:
all NAMED LS ITEMS shall be returned to their homeroom after we have sorted Lost property bins on October 25
any UN-NAMED LS ITEMS shall be on display on October 27
all NAMED US ITEMS – list shall be sent to Barb and Tim on October 25, to remind the students to collect these items on October 27
all UN-NAMED US ITEMS shall be on display on October 27

All items NOT collected on October 27 shall either be donated to charity [non-school uniform items, lunch boxes and drink bottles, etc] or to used uniform sale.

 

October 16th to 20th

Important Dates

Tuesday, October 31st – Halloween Party – 11:40
Wednesday, November 1st – Field Trip Walking Tour of Architecture & Habitat for Humanity Paint-Your-House  Permission Slips & $120 payment due
Monday November 6th – Habitat for Humanity Paint-Your-House  for G3 –  7:15am-7:45am

Link to Assembly Photos.
Link to This Week’s Photos

Provocation: First Build

Students were put into building teams. For a provocation, they were challenged with the task of building a freestanding structure.  Afterwards, they reflected on what they know about structures and what leads to effective teamwork. They understand that structures need strong bases and must be stable. Some students brought in the ideas of the force of gravity and stability.  As teams, students reflected on how they worked as a team and set themselves specific communication goals for their next build.

As part of our prior assessment, students were also asked what factors need to be considered if their job was to design and build a structure. Many students’ brought in ideas such as materials, money, teams of people, and a plan.  Students also extended further and brought up ideas about scientific principles, engineering, government permits, aesthetics and the concepts of imagination and creativity.

This is a very exciting unit. Please stay tuned for more builds and information on how the students are developing their abilities to work as teams.

Math Rotations:

This week grade three kicked off our whole grade level math rotations. Throughout the year students from each class will have opportunities to work with all the grade three teachers and from time to time with students from the other classes. This strategy will allow us to better differentiate instruction and focus lessons on certain skills as well as develop rich inquiry-based math lessons.

This week students played math games in each class. On the surface, these games were simply fun but as students reflected about their thinking, they realised a lot of thinking goes into mental math calculations; compensation strategies to splitting numbers, to bridging to ten to finding easy numbers to work with, not to mention the element of game strategy.Students reflected that when solving problems they needed to slow down, really read and understand the problem before starting. They also learned was to draw out the problem.  We also explored that there many ways to reach the same answer.  Math is creative!

One resource for students to improve their math skills is Greg Tang Math Games – Press to get connected.

Coffee Morning – Bilingualism in Children: Separating Fact from Fiction

Join us for a presentation focuses on the nature of bilingual development; ESL & language delay; the benefits of bilingualism; and common myths & misconceptions.” Join us on Tuesday, October 24  (8am-10am) in the LLAC with Arthur Fang, a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. Please RSVP.

Halloween Note from our Wonderful Class Parent:

Dear 3B Parents,

Halloween is creeping up on us…

On October 31, our entire school will celebrate one of our biggest events of the year- Halloween!

Our own class Halloween celebration will start at 11:40 am with a break for assembly and will resume until 2:15 pm. The schedule of events for the day is as follows:

11:40am to 12:55pm
Two craft activities (15 mins each)
Three games (10 mins each)
The students will be divided into two groups, one for crafts and the other for games and they will rotate with half an hour for the craft activities and half an hour for games.

1pm to 1:40pm
Halloween Assembly

1:45pm to 2:15pm
Art or Chill out time with food and a short Halloween movie. (We will decided soon which one it will be.)

Attached please find a volunteer sign up sheet for that day. The food items listed are just some ideas. Please feel free to bring in any item you wish. If you are able to volunteer, we can start to set up around 11:15am. Thank you for your support!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in COSTUME 🙂

Catherine

October 10th to 13th

Important Dates:


Friday, October 13th – Fieldtrip Permission Form – overdue
Monday, October 16th – 3B Swimming Begins – Students to bring swimsuit, towel, goggles. 
Friday, October 20th – 3B Individual and Class Photo Day – Students need to be wearing their white and tan uniform.
Tuesday, October 31st – Halloween Party – 11:40
Wednesday, November 1st – FieldTrip Walking Tour of Architecture & Habitat for Humanity Paint-Your-House  Permission Slips & $120 payment due
Monday, November 6th – Habitat for Humanity Paint-Your-House  for G3 –  7:15 am -7:45 am

Once again what an exciting week for the Bikinis – Thanksgiving, assembly and kicking off a new unit! It was so nice to see all the parents who were able to join us on Monday and today for our Assembly.  I sure am proud of the Bikinis. They worked so hard, grew so much during the process of preparing for their wonderful assembly and man, oh man they are so talented! 

Link to This Week’s Photos – Special thanks to the parents who contributed beautiful photos of our Thanksgiving party!

iTime Shoe Making:

Just an update on some iTime progress. Check out these wonderful shoes that were made by one of our students – with the help of a partner! Well done girls! Way to innovate!

Friday’s Assembly

The 3B Bikinis are working hard preparing for our assembly on tomorrow. It will take place in the Alan Dick Forum at 1:40 to 2:20. If you are unable to join us in person, the assembly will be live streamed (see details below). The stream is password protected. (The Lower School Admin sent parents the password through email on Sept 6 at 7:17 am.)

Lower School Ustream Channel login details:

The link is: bit.ly/cdnisls

Additional Reminders:

Friday, October 13th – G3B Bikinis’ Assembly – 1:40 Alan Dick Forum
Friday, October 13th – Team House Day Students asked to wear PE Uniform
Friday, October 13th – Fieldtrip Permission Form due
Monday, October 16th – 3B Swimming Begins
Friday, October 20th – 3B Individual and Class Photo Day – Students need to be wearing their white and tan uniform.