Hello Wonderful Parents of Year 5/6 learners!
This is the last Weebly blog I will share with some of you. For those of you moving on to new adventures this summer, I say a fond farewell and I thank you for sharing your child with our school community. To all others, I look forward to seeing you next year at ISM! Thank you also for the opportunity to get to know and appreciate your child this year. I thank everyone for the support during this year.
As I am finishing up my K-12 Librarian certification, next year I will be serving the school as librarian and a part-time classroom teacher. I am excited about this change and an opportunity to share my passion for literacy with the ISM community.
This week you child is tying up loose ends and making a “beautiful bow” – bringing this year’s learning together in an online portfolio, complete with reflections on the experiences. I am excited for each learner to share with his or her parents on Thursday.
This is what the week looks like:
I wish you a happy and healthy summer vacation. I encourage you to assign the following homework to your child: take playful learning opportunities both inside and outside, embrace creative adventures, learn something new, (a magic trick, a sport, a game), laugh plenty and often, visit a museum or art gallery, and read every day.
Have a beautiful summer.
I trust that each and every one of you had something to smile about this weekend. We have only a 3-day week ahead of us, with the holiday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. I wish those celebrating, “Eid Mubarak”.
The end of term was last week, but we are still moving on with new skills and valuable learning events. I know that some of the children are looking forward to summer, and starting to tire of school, but we have to finish strong :)
The year 5 students have been talking about sharing their projects from this unit of inquiry, but we haven’t decided on a time. I will send an email tomorrow to let year 5 parents know the details. I apologize for the late notice. Please pencil-on Wednesday at 3:00-3:30.
In maths this week, each of the students in year 5 and year 6 is designing a school of their dreams. The Rising Phoenix project challenges all learners to be creative, to think critically and to apply their understanding of perimeter and area. I am hopeful that this project will be finished by Wednesday, but I have to gauge the daily progress.
There will be one last writing prompt, that will be shared with next year’s teacher, in the “pass-on” folder. It is a glimpse at the writing skills that each person has that will help next year’s teacher programme for your child’s needs.
We are currently planning the end-of-the-year class party for Wednesday, June 20th. Helena’s mom has offered to host it. The loose and flexible plan is to take the bus to Helena’s house at noon, have lunch, play games, have snacks and swim. At 3:00, the bus will bring us all back to school. We will hire a lifeguard, but it is necessary that parents contribute to the cost (800 dhs). We also would love for parents to contribute food and drinks for the party, and of course, attend to enjoy the fun. I will send a permission slip home as soon as I have the plans confirmed.
Library books need to be back to the library by June 12 for inventory. Thanks for helping your child hunt them down.
Have a great week and a safe and happy Eid holiday.
Hello June - the gateway to SUMMER!
With only 3 weeks of school left, and the end of term on Thursday, this week is going to be busy!
The International School of Morocco’s first PYP Exhibition is being held this year on Wednesday, June 6th. In the final year of the PYP, students, carry out an extended, in-depth, collaborative project known as the PYP exhibition. Jihane, Omar, Sadio, Raneem, Ilyas and Elias have been working hard for the past 5 weeks, and now will showcase their understanding of the elements of the IB Primary Years Programme. We are very proud of the skills they have learned through this journey. They will be exhibiting their central ideas and lines of inquiry for the ISM community between 8:30 and 12.
The Year 5 students are having a mini-exhibition on Friday. They will be showcasing their unit central idea and lines of inquiry about an animal or plant they have chosen. Each student is busy preparing their information and choosing how best to present it. I am very excited to see their work!
The Year 5 writing prompt is due on Friday. It is a free-write that is an opportunity for each writer to demonstrate their fabulous writing skills. It is due on Friday but may be emailed to me earlier.
This week’s maths focus is on area and perimeter. The students have been given a real-life project to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts. Their task, The Rising Phoenix Project, is to design and create a blueprint of a new ISM school building. Our Year 5/6 architects have been given all of the details, but I will also post them on Seesaw and in the maths section of Weebly so you have access to them. Talking about this project with your child may spark extra creativity and enthusiasm. It is due on Friday.
Other important information:
Have a great week!
Mrs. Deanna Moniz
I hope you all are having an amazing weekend with family and friends!
MAP testing was completed last week, and your child knows his or her score for each of the 3 tests. Please ask your child about it. If you want more information, please be in touch with me.
As you read in Mr. Moniz’s letter to ISM parents last week, the WIDA test will be administered this week to those students who are relatively new to English. WIDA is a high-quality assessment that is used to determine the level of academic and social language development of children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse. The data is used to track language development and inform teaching of our students.
The Year 6 Exhibition groups are in the final phase of their projects. Thank you to those parents who have been working with their child to help them succeed. The PYP Exhibition, an in-depth inquiry into real-life issues or problems, is tentatively set for June 6th. We hope that all parents will be able to visit the Exhibition, as it is a unique and significant opportunity for students to exhibit the components of the PYP they have developed throughout their engagement with the Primary Years Programme. Celebrate the learning and growth of our year 6 students, Jihane, Omar, Sadio, Raneem, Elias and Ilyas.
The Year 5 students are inquiring into a unit of their own right now. This week they will choose the topic of their personal inquiry and then will embark of developing their knowledge and understanding. The following was written collaboratively: “I have chosen a plant or animal that I am curious about. I will inquire fully into the changes throughout the lifetime of it (reproduction and lifecycle) and what can impact the survival of the species (environment, genetics, humanity). These are important pieces of information that I will also inquire into:
In maths, the new focus is on ratios, proportion and scale drawings. Our mathematicians will use, interpret and make scale drawings. They will also write and use ratios and proportions and solve problems involving ratios and proportions. If you have any expertise in this area, either through personal interest or in your profession, we would love you to come into our class and share your knowledge.
This week we will trial a new catering company, Food and Food, to supply our school snacks and lunches. For those who are fasting, their lunch will be boxed and sent home to enjoy.
The monthly assembly is on Friday. Our class will be presenting their musical talents with the audience. Please come, if you are able.
This is the last week of After-School Activities. It has been a great year for our students to learn interesting skills while having fun with friends.
Mabrouk Ramadan to all of you who are observing this holy month of Ramadan.
This week is MAP testing. The MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth. It also helps students to set realistic goals and work towards meeting them. Our class will write MAP tests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00. Please help your child prepare for the test by being well-rested and focused.
Each student in our class now has a school email account, with the Year 5 students just getting set up with theirs last week. Once the students have changed their initial password, I will share their email password with you. As the parent it's your right to have access to your child's email account. This is not an invasion of privacy, but rather a layer of safety. Mini-lessons this week will continue to focus on writing emails and using email features. The writing prompt this week is a formal email and is due on Friday.
The “back to basics” math review will wrap up this week with an assessment of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These basic operations are still challenging for some of our budding mathematicians, so extra review at home will be assigned if needed.
All students have been given Running Records in the past couple of weeks to assess their independent reading level. It is such a pleasure to see the progress made. I applaud the parents who are encouraging their children to read nightly. Your support is appreciated.
The Year 6 Exhibition groups are working hard on their inquiries. There are many ways parents can help. Please ask your child about the Exhibition and how you can support the unit. We hope to have a meeting with year 6 parents after the Parent Meeting on Friday at 8:30 a.m. The date for the Presentation of the Exhibition is June 7th.
The Year 5 scientists will be inquiring into inheritance and evolution this week and then beginning to focus on a personal inquiry into the central idea.
There is a ISM Parent meeting on Friday at 8:30, in the library. We hope you attend.
It was so great seeing so many families at our ISM Family Fun Day on Saturday. It was a really terrific afternoon. Thank you for your donations to our Beach Bag for the silent auction! Our bag of goodies made 530 dhs toward new bathroom in a school in a rural village. What a wonderful way to take action and give to those in need.
Our level of excitement has been high lately, with so many fun events going on. This week we will be back into our regular routines and rhythms.
The Year 6 students are moving forward in their inquiries, setting up interviews and meeting with people who can help them with their understandings. If you, or anyone you know, might like to talk with our students, please let us know. One group is inquiring into the street dogs of Morocco and the other group is looking into racism. A very special thank you goes out to both Ms. Kadiri and Ms. Achlim for mentoring our Year 6 scientists.
This week the Year 5 students will be researching sexual and asexual reproduction in animals and plants. We will not be going into detail about human reproduction, but some discussion may arise naturally. Please talk to your child about this topic and help them to understand the details of each.
Year 6’s have school email accounts and are using them almost daily to communicate with their peers, teachers, mentor and to people who are able to help them with their Exhibition. This week each Year 5 student will receive his or her school email address and learn how to use it correctly. The writing prompt this week will be to write a polite email.
“Back to Basics” maths continues this week. The focus is dividing. I am so pleased to see how well every learner is developing their skills and challenging themselves to do their best work while managing their time and becoming more responsible for their learning. We will have a quiz next week to see how well our mathematicians have grasped “the basics” these past weeks. MAP testing is also coming up soon, so this is great preparation. Remember that your child should be working on Mathletics a couple of times each week.
I have done running records on everyone in our class. A Running Record is an assessment tool which provides an insight into a student's reading as it is happening. Please ask your child to talk about his or her reading progress. Remember that our school has purchased RAZ Kids for all ISM students to use at home. This is a great way to practice valuable reading and targeted skills at home.
Have a great week.
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I went camping this weekend and had a wonderful time. The weather is perfect!
Congratulations to our ISM basketball team for the outstanding game played against CAS last Friday. All players demonstrated exceptional skill, endurance and sportsmanship. They fought hard against a very talented middle school team that was comprised of players in years 7 and 8. Our team is to be commended for their determination, and hard work. Our team is to be congratulated for a close game, being defeated by a very close score of 12-7. GO PHOENIX!
More good news … this week is Students’ Council SPIRIT WEEK! Monday is Crazy Hair Day (students do not have to wear uniform), Tuesday is Career Day, Wednesday is Boy/Girl Swap (students may bring items of women’s clothing to dress Mr. Moniz), Thursday is dress as a Celebrity Day and Friday is Student-Teacher Dress Swap. “We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you?”
We welcome a new friend back to our class on Wednesday. She spent a half-day with us in the fall and is coming back to get to know the students so that her transition into the year 7 class in August is smooth. I am sure that everyone will make her feel welcome.
Family Fun Day is on Saturday and promises to be a GREAT time! There will be games, barbecue and a silent auction. I have sent home detailed information about the Beach Basket Prize our class is donating for the silent auction. Please do what you can to make our class’s basket A-MA-ZING! See you on Saturday!
This week’s “back-to-basics” math focus is multiplying. As in the past weeks, your mathematicians will be working through exercises by themselves, with a partner and with the teacher. One of the goals is improved time management. Work will have to be done at home if class time is not managed well. All math work is due on Friday.
The writing prompt is due this Friday as well. This is the second week that our writers have been working on a free-choice write. It may be fiction or nonfiction and must demonstrate developed skills in all 6 + 1 Traits of writing. I am very pleased to see such progress in so many of our students.
The units of inquiry are at various stages right now. The year 6 exhibition groups are working with their mentors and sorting out information and moving ahead with their inquiries. Parents of Year 6 learners are expected to support the PYP Exhibition by helping their child arrange interviews, visits to different organizations, sites, etc. and helping them to gather resources to extend their understanding of the unit. As always, all parents are encouraged to talk about the central idea and lines of inquiry with their children. This is the final unit of inquiry for this year – let’s make this one PHENOMENAL!
Have a fabulous week!
Wow! May already. May 1st, Labour Day, is a public holiday and there will be no school on that day. Take the day to celebrate and recognize the contributions that workers make to the economy and life of Morocco.
Last week was a fabulous week spent honouring the Earth and understanding how we can all make small changes that will impact our world. The beach clean-up in Dar Bouazza was a fabulous activity. The difference we made was incredible! Please say no to plastics when and where you can to end plastic pollution.
Thank you to those parents who attended the meeting in the library to learn more about ISM’s homework policy. Being informed is so important to us all. Thank you also to those parents who came in on Friday to see their child’s Rube Goldberg machine. Your interest and support is truly appreciated.
This week the new year 5 unit of inquiry begin, while the year 6s engage in the Tuning in and Finding out stages of their PYP Exhibition. The year 5 central idea is: Reproduction of living things contributes to the continuation of the species. This unit will have a science focus and will include inquiries into differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird, the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals and the changes as humans develop to old age.
The next writing prompt is a ‘free-write’ and each student may write either a fiction or nonfiction piece. As always, the author’s work must be his or her own and demonstrate academic honesty. The work will be assessed against the 6 + 1 Traits writing rubric. The due date is May 11.
In math, the “Back to Basics” focus is on subtraction. This entire week each year 5 and 6 mathematician will be working on 3 tasks each day: Mathletics, working on a variety of levelled subtraction questions and conferring with the teacher. Students who don’t get enough work done during maths class will continue the work at home.
Friday is our ISM Sports’ Day. The Years 1-10 athletes will be competing in a variety of competitive and non-competitive activities from 9am -12noon. Your child needs to have a hat and reusable water bottle on Friday. Each student should have decorated a shirt to be worn on the day. If not, then full school uniforms must be worn. Parents are encouraged to come to City Foot and cheer. Please remember to bring your own hat and water bottle J
Have a great week.
Happy Earth Week!
This week has been designated as Earth Week at ISM. April 22nd, Sunday, was International Mother Earth Day. Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit. (http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/). The focus this Earth Day is to end plastic pollution.
A variety of events will be happening in each classroom and around the school this Earth Week, starting with a pledge to end plastic pollution (https://www.earthday.org/) on Monday and ending with an assembly on Friday.
Tuesday our entire school body will be cleaning a beach in Dar Bouazza. A detailed letter has gone home with your child and in an email. Parents are very welcome to join us in this important environmental action. Each child may bring a used /old t-shirt to be repurposed on Thursday - from shirt to bag! This activity is optional.
The maths focus for the next month is “Back to Basics”. This week the focus is on adding. This will be self-paced and personalized so that each child gets the support he or she needs. Each day each mathematician must do “Maths by Myself” (Mathletics, interactive maths), “Maths with Someone” (a variety of maths problems) and “Maths with the Teacher” (mini-lesson, coaching and support). There will be homework if your child does not manage time well in class. I will post to Seesaw each day to keep everyone informed.
The writing prompt assigned last week is due this Friday. Each author is tasked with writing a fiction piece from either the first-person or third-person perspective. The 6 + 1 Traits writing rubric will be used to assess the writing.
The unit of inquiry will end this week with the presentation of each inventor’s Rube Goldberg machine. Our class will be presenting the machines after the assembly on Friday morning. You are invited to attend the assembly and stay to give the machines a try. Many of the students have much work to do to be ready. Please ask your child about his or her Rube Goldberg machine.
The Year 6 Exhibition officially begins this week. Both exhibition groups will meet with their mentors and develop the central idea and lines of inquiry of their project. They will be working hard on their exhibition for the next 6 weeks. During this time, the year 5 students will be delving into a different unit of inquiry. This class is moving and shaking! Thank you for your support.
Each child needs to bring a white t-shirt to school by Wednesday. It will be decorated and worn for Sports Day on May 4th.
I hope you all have had a wonderful Spring Break holiday, and that your time with family and friends was everything you needed it to be. Thank you to those few students who posted pictures of themselves on holiday. It is always so nice to share these special times with each other.
There will be a very important Year 6 PYP Exhibition meeting on Thursday morning at 8:30. All Year 6 Parents are urged to attend in order to understand the PYP Exhibition and the role parents play in this culminating PYP inquiry project.
The maths focus this week is on calculations using the distance, speed and time equation.
An easy way to remember the distance, speed and time equations is to put the letters into a triangle.
There will be a quiz on this on Friday.
The triangles will help your young mathematician remember these 3 rules:
· Distance = Speed x Time
· Time = Distance/Speed
· Speed= Distance/Time
Our unit of inquiry summative assessment is a Rube Goldberg machine. It is due this Friday. Your year 5 or 6 inventor should have brought home the assignment and rubric to begin brainstorming over the holiday. They will be using materials from home to build it. All information and great Rube Goldberg Machine videos are posted for you in weebly on the Units of Inquiry page.
Everyone has a point of view, or a way of looking at things. In fiction, the narrator is the one who tells the story. There are two main types of narrators: first person and third person. The writing focus this week is on fiction written either in the first person or third person. Mini-lessons this week will support these points of view. The writing is due Friday, April 27.
Have a great week!