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!