I hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday! We will hit the ground running this week, so I hope our learners are rested and ready to learn.
The maths focus this week will be a quick review of fractions before moving into percentage and decimal equivalents. The students will realize that percentages are a way to work out part of a number. For example, 25% of something is one quarter of it. Extra practice in Mathletics is suggested.
Daily 5 promotes balanced literacy, and reading, writing, and speaking targets for each student are personal. This week, however, all students will be writing a persuasive piece (due next Monday). Persuasive writing is a form of nonfiction writing that encourages careful word choice, the development of logical arguments, and a cohesive summary. The skill of writing persuasively is important to the final unit of inquiry project.
The unit of inquiry mini-lessons this week will focus on the digestive system and overall wellbeing, which includes physical, mental and emotional health. If you are interested in sharing any of your knowledge of wellbeing, please let me know. We would love to have you come into our class.
Our unit GRASPS (unit of inquiry project) is posted in Seesaw for all students and parents to access. Each student should be posting a variety of learning events to share in this wonderful online portfolio, so please take a look. If you aren’t yet on Seesaw, please sign up now.
The field trip we took to film segments for the COBIS Travel Show video was fabulous! Special thanks to Ilyas’ mom and Helena’s mom for accompanying us. We couldn’t have done it without you. Editing of the video will happen this week and it will be submitted before the March 9th due date! I am very proud of each and every one of our talented actors and actresses.
Our class is hosting and MCing the monthly ISM assembly on Friday, introducing the other class’ performances as well as doing something ourselves. I hope you are able to make it on Friday morning at 8:30.
Have a great week!
Another series of MAP testing is in the books. I am very proud of our class, demonstrating great overall progress since the last tests. Parents will get their child’s individual reports in a few weeks. At that time, if you would like to meet about the results, please let me know.
Tuesday is the recording of the COBIS Travel Show video. Our class will be setting out from the school at 9:00 and will be visiting about 10 different famous landmarks. At each one we will be sharing interesting facts and trivia that we hope to entice others by … and creating a winning entry in the competition. We will be back at school by 3:00. Thanks to Helena’s mom for offering to come with us. Having one more parent with us would be lovely. Let me know if you can spend the day with us.
We will have consultants from the International Baccalaureate coming to visit our school this week. The PYP (Primary Years Programme) consultant will be in our class on Wednesday afternoon. To accommodate her, our class will NOT have PE on Wednesday afternoon, but WILL have it on Thursday morning.
Remember that Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, is a very special day. We are excited for ‘ISMs Got Talent’, which is from 2-2:45, and then the Valentine’s dance from 2:45-3:30. All parents are encouraged to come out and see the amazing talent we have at ISM!
As a caring community, ISM is collecting items for people in rural areas who are in need. Donations of dry goods (rice, lentils, beans, flour, oil, etc.), socks, shoes, blankets and coats will be accepted all this week. Our year 5/6 unit of inquiry is focused on the UN Global Goals #2, Zero Hunger. Hunger is the leading cause of death in the world. We can do our part to make sure that people don’t suffer. Please give what you can to our food drive this week. Let’s take action and be good role models for our children.
The holiday begins at 3:30 on Friday, February 16th! I hope you all have a safe and happy vacation. Make lasting memories with family and friends. See you on Feb. 26th!
Welcome to February! I can hardly believe that we are already halfway through this school year! I am very excited about the growth that all of our learners have made. However, now is the time for everyone to press harder as the end of the school year approaches.
Last week’s World Read Aloud Day was a super event. We had a full day of reading, as both the reader and the listener. At our year 5/6 WRAD event, all poets did a wonderful job presenting their poems at the Poetry Cafe. I will do my best to get your poet’s video on Seesaw, but as iPads will be used for MAP testing this week, it may not happen right away. I thank you for your patience.
This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 to 12:00, our class will be in the library doing our best on the MAP tests. Because of this timing, we will not have Daily 5 on those days and there will be no writing focus this week. There is no way to study for MAP tests, but coming to school rested, with a positive attitude, will make a huge difference. Don’t’ forget that reading every night has a positive impact on overall learning.
We will be working with adding and subtracting fractions this week (like and unlike denominators). As the mathematicians gain understanding, they will move on to finding fractions of a number. There may be occasional homework this week. All students are encouraged to share their learning with you on Seesaw, so please look for it.
The next two weeks leading up to the holiday are going to be busy. We are looking forward to a few BIG events at ISM:
As we begin our new unit of inquiry, I am asking for parents who have experience in ‘healthy choices’, ‘nutrition’, or ‘overall wellness’ 'digestive system' (physical, emotional, and mental health). Please contact me so that we can schedule you in to share with our class. If you know of anyone that I should contact, please let me know.
Thank you for your ongoing support of your learners. If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch.