Dear Parents,

Each student has published their goals for this semester on their blogs. Their goals were influenced by the following:

  • Self-reflection prior to the Learning Conversation
  • Discussions during the Learning Conversation
  • Self-reflection on the Approaches to Learning Skills

Reviewing these goals with your child on a weekly basis can be e highly effective way to help your child achieve his/her goals.

We have been working on developing our inquiries for the Exhibition. As part of Home Learning this week, your child can share his or her Process Journal with you and update you on the current process. You can also visit the new Grade 6 PYPX site.

In math,  we have worked on the concept of place value with whole numbers and decimals, using the order of operations, and the concept of exponents. The students are currently working on the 100 Challenge. Our next focus will be on different strategies for whole number operations and then we will move into fractions and decimals. We will explore different ways to use our knowledge of place value to decompose numbers and think flexibly about solving problems.

In language arts, the students have been working on their second round of explanation writing. They are incorporating feedback given to them based on the formative information gathered from the scientific explanations they did during the last unit. The students have checklists that highlight important elements of a well-written explanation as well as samples to use as a guide.

Please see important information regarding sports day from Mr. Steiner.

Yay! The Young Americans are coming! Please see the letter from Mr. MacPherson copied below.
October 14, 2019

Dear Grades 5 & 6 Families,

We are so pleased to announce that the Young Americans are returning to CDNIS! As part of the Grades 5 & 6 Performing Arts program, your child will participate in a workshop facilitated by the Young Americans. The Grade 6s will engage in a 2-day workshop on January 10-11 (please note this is a Friday and Saturday) and the Grade 5s will engage in a 2-day workshop on January 8-9. The workshops will consist of songs, dancing and a full theatrical experience performed by students themselves.

To minimize cost, we seek support from CDNIS families to provide homestay arrangements for the Young Americans cast, who are typically university-aged students of the Performing Arts.

Feedback from CDNIS hosts in the past has been overwhelmingly positive!

We will split the Young Americans’ time between Grades 5 and 6. We ask that you consider opening your home for the following dates:

Grade 5

Tuesday 7 January to Thursday 9 January

Grade 6

Friday 10 January to Sunday 12 January (The Young Americans will shift to families of Hong Kong International School on Sunday afternoon)

This is not a requirement but your help would be greatly appreciated. Staying in the homes of CDNIS families is really one of the most rewarding aspects for students, their parents and the Young Americans themselves.

The expectations are quite simple:

  • Sleeping accommodations for the allotted nights (air mattresses on the floor are suitable)
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner
  • As per Young Americans’ policy, you must take a minimum of two

Specific information about arrival and departure will be shared at a later date.

If you are interested in being a homestay family, please complete this form

If we are oversubscribed, we will select families on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you!

DJ MacPherson

Lower School Vice Principal, Grades 3-6