Thank you for supporting our musicians and actors at the Winter Show last Thursday. What talent! Huge “thank yous” also go out to the people who supported the Students’ Council bake sale and Charity Sale of student-made ornaments, cards and cookies. I don’t have totals for either of these fundraisers, but I know your contributions made a difference!
Last Friday’s pajama day was another wonderful event enjoyed by all ISM ROCKS!!
In the next few days your learner will have some tasks to finish up. Please ask him or her about the writing (holiday roll-a-story), the maths algebra review and quiz, and understanding of the central idea of the unit of inquiry (“Rituals, traditions and artefacts provide a window into the beliefs and values of cultures.”). In addition, all students have been tasked with taking a photo of an artefact and emailing it to me. Each student must be able to speak about the significance of the artefact in relation to a ritual or tradition. This was last week’s assignment, and is due this Wednesday at the latest (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you to the students who have already sent it to me J
Remember that after school activities will begin after the winter holiday, so choices must be submitted this week. It looks like a lot of great activities for our students!
This week is a short week, with the holiday beginning after school on Wednesday! I hope that you all have a beautiful holiday with family and friends. Stay safe and healthy. Remember that whether you travel or not, having a good book for the holidays is an fabulous way to explore new places, meet interesting characters and enjoy some quiet time. We have many great titles (including new books) in our library for your reader to enjoy.
Here is a fun challenge for the holiday … take a photo of your child reading in an interesting place over the holiday, and submit it to me. I will attempt to create a video or slideshow highlighting our ISM readers!
See you next year!
Thank you so much for the wonderful conversations about your child’s learning. It was so great to hear your child speak of strengths and challenges and ways to meet new goals set for this coming trimester. Please know that you are truly welcomed and encouraged to continue the conversation.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. Last week our entire school joined in on the largest learning event in history, The Hour of Code, which included more than 100 million students worldwide. Our Hour of Code makes a statement that the International School of Morocco is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. See http://hourofcode.com/ma for details. A celebratory video will be posted on facebook very soon.
Last Friday, we had a fabulous time watching the musical theatre production of Hercules at Le Studio Des Arts Vivant. All of the children were excellent audience members and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show. The curriculum connections include the obvious music and drama standards, but history standards are also a focus. In this new unit of inquiry the year 5/6 learners will be inquiring into the way of life, beliefs and achievements of the people living in ancient civilizations and the influences of that civilization on the world today (specifically, the traditions, rituals and artefacts).
Monday (tomorrow) is “No Uniform Day”. If your child wants to come to school in our school uniform, no problem! But, if he or she chooses to wear something else to school, Students’ Council is asking for 20 dhs/ person to be put towards the cost of purchasing a new school camera. Remember that the school dress code still applies.
Wednesday is our ISM Winter Workshop Winter. All student-elves will be working at different stations on Wednesday morning to create a variety of Christmas crafts to be either displayed or sold at the Winter Show on Thursday evening.
The Winter Show is certainly going to be an exciting event. The students (and their teachers) have been working very hard on their performances to bring you a heart-warming evening to celebrate this holiday season.
The next day is Pajama Day, an ISM tradition! After a long night at the Winter Show, the entire school community is welcome to come to school on Friday in their P.J.’s. (blankies in tow?). I would like to show the video of “Frindle” (based on the book by Andrew Clements) on Friday. If you have it or can guide me to where I can access it for the class, please be in touch.
Have a fabulous week ahead! Holidays are coming :)
A very sincere thank you to all of the parents who were able to come out and support our year 5/6 learners on Wednesday afternoon. The students were thrilled to have such a large and attentive audience. I am very proud of your children – they communicated their understanding so well, and everyone did a super job!
Our new unit of inquiry will be launched this week. The central idea of this unit is “Rituals, traditions and artefacts provide a window into the beliefs and values of cultures.” Throughout the unit we will be inquiring into what constitutes a culture, the significance of rituals and traditions and how artefacts symbolize beliefs and values of cultures. A cultural artefact is an item that, when found, reveals valuable information about the society that made or used it. An artefact tells a story. I encourage you to talk with your child/ren about these inquiries into and help them develop a sense of urgency to know more about their own culture or beliefs and values of other cultures. If you have a particular tradition or ritual from your culture that you would like to share, please be in touch with me. It would be fabulous to have you in our class to share with the children.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. That’s why our class is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. For more information about how you can participate in Hour of Code with your child, please visit https://hourofcode.com/ma/gb.
Please remember that student-led conferences are this Wednesday. Only less than half of the parent have signed up for conferences at this time (Sunday). This is such an important conversation about your child’s learning, that I hope you can book an appointment. If the times are not convenient, please email me to set up an alternate conference time. Your child’s language and specialist teachers are also available for you to book times with. Don’t forget that your child is leading the conversation, so don’t forget to bring them with you!
This weeks’ 6 Trait’s writing focus is on Voice. Voice is the personal tone and flavour of the author's message. Audience and purpose determine voice. As a writer, we choose the appropriate tone to convey a message or emotion. This is difficult for many writers therefore, it is a trait that we will visit often. We will also be focused on writing paragraphs – introductory sentence, supporting details and concluding sentence.
In maths, we will continue our unit in pre-algebra; the part of mathematics in which letters and other general symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities in formulae and equations.
Remember to donate gently worn clothing to the donation boxes. We will be collecting until the Winter Show, then all clothing will be donated to local charities.