March 26th to 29th

Important Dates:  

Camp Enrollment Forms need to be completed ASAP – see note below
April 9th: Swimming Begins – The Bikinis swim on Mondays until June 1st
April 16th,17th,18th: G3 Camp!

Link to this Week’s Photos

Happy Easter Holidays! Thanks to all the parents who came out today and helped with our 3B Bikini Easter Party. What fun we had! Thanks also to CISPA for their wonderful staff appreciation spread on Wednesday. You are making my pledge not to eat sugar more than challenging!

A big shout out to our six 3B Bikinis, Andre, Lexy, Brayden, Tyler, Maddy and Tyler, who were part of the cast and crew of Seussical the Musical! Wow! The high level of commitment, dedication, creativity, teamwork and problem-solving needed was so impressive. We are all so proud of you!!! You all knocked our socks off!! It was also so wonderful how supportive all the other Bikinis were of their classmates. What a kind group of humans!

This week students learned how coal is transformed to produce electrical energy and are continuing to find out the pros and cons of different energy sources. They are in the process of deciding which form of energy they would like to research and become an expert in. We also kicked off our inquiry into motion geometry through the lens of transformation. Students are using the app Dotable to show reflection, rotations and translations. They are also applying these skills to solve coding challenges.

We hope you have a wonderful break!

General Reminders

Swimming: A reminder that swimming for the 3B Bikinis starts Monday, April 9th and runs until June 1st.

Classroom Blogs on the CDNIS App – launching in April
The new CDNIS mobile app will be officially launched after Spring Break. One of the items on the app are direct links to all Lower School blogs – Pre Reception to Grade 6 homeroom, Chinese, Learning Support, Library, LTT, PE, and Visual and Performing Arts. Hopefully, the direct links will allow parents quicker and easier access to the blogs. Any questions, or if you want to see the app/how your blog appears, please see Melanie in Communications.

Camp is just around the corner. It would be great if you could help your child allay fears by discussing what they are worried about, and to help with strategies that might overcome this. If they have not yet slept away from home, it might be a good idea to arrange a sleepover at a friend’s or at Grandma and Grandpa’s.

Camp Enrollment Form: If you have not yet completed APA’s digital enrolment form, please do so ASAP. It is a requirement for all participants in order to ensure the program meets any medical or dietary requirements.  So far only 34 people have completed the form.

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.