Last Full Week

Hi All,

We are finishing up in 5JA and preparing for the Transition Ceremony. Today we selected Cathleen’s Memoir Poem to represent our class. As well, everyone is rehearsing for the Grade 5 Concert. Last week’s Juicing Business was fantastic. We sold about 100 glasses of fresh juice. the feedback from teachers and administration was very positive and many are asking for us to continue. The students worked so well together and learned some authentic lessons about how to organize a small business, pricing, marketing and how to work well together. I was very proud of their efforts and their desire to sell something very healthy.

Below are some of the upcoming events;

Wednesday, June 1 – Grade 5 Concert PAC – 9:00 am

Friday, June 3 – Grade 5 Transition Ceremony PAC – 1:00 pm

Monday, June 6 – Field Day and Class Party

Tuesday, June 7 – ES Assembly PAC – 9:00 am, Grade 5 trip to Zhudi park

Wednesday, June 8 Last Day of School 1/2 Day

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Mr.A

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hi All,

I wanted to share with you a Project we are doing now in 5JA. It is Project Based Learning (PBL) based on the idea of producing a company. The company’s goal is to produce and sell fresh squeezed healthy vegetable and fruit juices to teachers. The project is designed to incorporate a lot of the skills we have worked on over the years in an authentic activity. The students applied for various divisions of the company- marketing, production, shipping and receiving, accounting and management. Several students applied for the two Vice President positions. The class settled on Mia and Andrew. Today we made some test juices to work out recipes, decide on costs and give some samples to teachers. The marketing department also is working on a video, posters and brochures to advertise. Accounting is working on pricing and shipping and receiving is looking at packaging and how to get produce for the juices and how to deliver to teachers. They are quickly learning there is a lot to consider and many logistical issues. I am excited to watch them working through it and see this idea come to fruition. Oh and by the way….marketing also made a song!! Very funny!!!

Yesterday we had a great trip to the Natural History Museum. It truly is a beautiful museum. I wanted again to thank our wonderful volunteers for helping out. Next week we are looking forward to going to the Science and Technology museum.

Take a look at the photos below and enjoy! I included the “Haka” the class did after our very successful Soccer Day (we were undefeated). It is quite cute and we must thank Charles for introducing the “Haka” to our class. It is a ritual done by the New Zealand rugby team before a match to intimidate their opponents. This is our version…ha ha

Cheers,

Mr. A

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May Update

Hi All,

It has been a very busy time in 5JA!. I know most of what we have been doing I have updated on WeChat but I am listing all the upcoming events I know of right now to help keep us all on track;

  • Tomorrow…..Teacher Appreciation Lunch – Parents welcome to come to classrooom at 2:15 – 3 to see our Rube Goldberg machines in action (as best we can)

 

  • May 9: Grade 5 Parent Night in the Middle School – 5:30pm in PAC
  • May 13: Soccer Day
  • May 13 Date with Dad
  • May 16 & 18: MS counselor presentations (students only)
  • May 17: Natural History Museum depart @ 9am  * Volunteers wanted
  • May 26: Science & Tech museum depart @ 8:30   * Volunteers wanted
  • May 27: 5th grade visits MS (11-2)
  • May 30: Concert rehearsal (am)/Transition ceremony Rehearsal @ PAC, 1-2pm
  • June 1: Gr 5 concert, 9-10am
  • June 1: Transition ceremony Rehearsal @ PAC, 1-2pm
  • June 2: Transition ceremony Rehearsal @ PAC, 8-10am
  • June 3: Gr 5 Transition ceremony, 1pm @ PAC
  • June 6: Field Day & Class parties
  • June 7 ES Assembly, Picnic Zhudi Park
  • June 8: Last day of school

Well, that is it for now. I hope this helps. It is a busy last few weeks. Thank you so much for everyone that went online to complete the teacher survey and for the wonderful cards and gifts this week. I am humbled by your appreciation and so proud and honored to work with your children everyday! I love this class!!!

Cheers,

John

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Hi All,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I am so proud of everyone in 5JA. We had such amazing participation in our Relay For Life Run on Friday. Our goal was to walk a total 200 laps of the track as a class. We smashed our goal and walked 435 laps!!! Everyone participated and proved 5JA is definitely the top. Charles ran 56 laps!! Amazing. Thank you also to Mia and Olivia for all their hard work as our Eagle Leaders helping so much in planning and working to make this year’s R4L so successful.

Today we had our latest Beyonda Box challenge. The students were put into groups with the other Grade 5 classes and had to design and build a Rube Goldberg machine to pop a balloon. There were some good designs with multiple steps to complete the task. This leads into our next science unit on simple machines. In groups in our class they will design a more intricate Rube Goldberg machine to complete a simple task but made complicated with their design. In the process, they will be learning about and using simple machines (e.g., incline planes, pulleys, gears, wheel and axles and levers).

Tomorrow we will be traveling to Pudong SAS for our Track and Field meet. Make sure all students are wearing their class t shirt and bring their lunches and snacks. Students won’t be able to use the cafeteria at Pudong. I hope the weather is good!!

Cheers, Mr. A

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hi All,

Wow, it is Thursday again! We have now completed 2 out of our 3 MAP Testing days. I am very proud of all the students on their hard work completing the tests. I will start looking at overall scores soon but a few I looked at have been very encouraging!

Today we had passport checks at it went great!

Some things that are coming up;

April 22 – Relay For Live (Luminary bags need to be completed and returned Monday, April 18)

MAP Test – Friday, April 15

Junk Yard  Wars – April 25 – “junk” needed – cardboard boxes, cardboard tubes, plastic bottle etc

Talk soon!

Cheers, Mr. A

 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hello All,

Today in 5JA we enjoyed another wonderful author visit; Margaret Peterson Haddix. We learned about  her books and how she developed her story ideas. There were some great questions from the Grade 5s and it was an inspiring talk. We also started a new social skills initiative in class called Terrific Tuesday. Each student drew a name of a classmate and wrote a brief note of why that person is terrific. I read the notes out loud at the end of the day and each student was able to keep their note. It is a great way to share how we respect and honour each other and it just feels great being recognized. I was very impressed by their notes!

We started our newest unit of current events non-fiction readings. This month’s “What in the World” includes stories on census taking, an historic visit to Cuba, drought in Ethiopia and artificial intelligence in machine versus humans. I encourage you to ask and share these articles with your children and discuss the questions. I am very impressed how much students have improved with answering questions using evidence from the text.

Tomorrow we will continue with our MAP testing. This time we will do the Math Test. Please ensure students get a good night’s sleep tonight and a good nutritious breakfast tomorrow. We also continued with our look at the 20th Century in America. We are looking at both interesting and significant timelines as well as important trends.

Tomorrow we have our final chance to have our class photo retaken and it is looking like we will have a full class!! Please remember to wear or bring along their class t-shirts.

Enjoy the photos!

Cheers, Mr. A

PS. First 4 students to tell me the name of the painting we talked about that is on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel receive a treat  🙂

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Hello All,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Congratulations to all the 5JA students for their Student Lead Conferences. It was great to see everyone and to reaffirm all the great activities going on in 5JA. I was proud to see students reflecting on their learning and setting SMART goals for the Third Term. It is important that we all follow up on the goals regularly and make sure they are being met or revised as needed.

Today we had our first of three days of MAP Testing. We completed the Reading Assessment section. On Wednesday we will have the Math section. It is important that students are getting adequate sleep this week and coming to school with a nutritious breakfast so that they can do their best on the testing.  I am also encouraging students to bring healthy snacks throughout the day. In particular I am hoping we can eliminate processed foods as much as possible (i.e., instant noodles, packaged cookies, cakes, fruit roll-ups, potato chips, Pringles,  etc). Great ideas for snacks are fresh fruit, cut vegetables, cheese, yogurt, whole grain and seed crackers, etc).

Tomorrow we have another great Author visit with Margaret Peterson Haddix!

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Monday, April 5, 2016

Hi All,

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! It was wonderful see everyone back today and share stories of the Break.

This week we will have Student Lead Conferences. I see almost everyone has signed up for a time slot on Thursday after school or on Friday. The students are working on a Powerpoint presentation to share with you and reflect on the second term and some goal setting for Third Term. I hope everyone was able to log on to Powerschool and look at the second term reports. I was very happy with our progress so far and I think most students know the areas they need to work on to improve. These should be reflected on and discussed in their conference.

Some of the areas I seen the greatest grow for the class is reading fluency and comprehension. Our current events based reading program has given everyone a lot of opportunity to read non-fiction articles and answer questions using a lot more evidence from the text. This perhaps has been one of the biggest improvements. This was confirmed in our Developmental Reading Assessments (DRA). Next week we will be conducting our spring MAP testing. Today we did some practice questions to start thinking about the test format.

Cheers,

John

PS. From the previous blog I posted the “Dad’s Cookies” question to share. The first 7 students to tell me the correct answer tomorrow get a treat.  You can work on it together 😉

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Hi All,

We had a great day today in 5JA!  We welcomed back Reagan and celebrated Michael’s Birthday (a little early…is actually March 31)and  the last day before Spring Break. I hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break and safe travels if you are going away. I look forward to seeing everyone back after the break to start our 3rd Term. Take care.

Cheers,

John

PS. I am uploading a question that parents and students can work on together over the break called Dad’s Cookies…good luck and enjoy! Fun with fractions……

Dad’s Cookies

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hi All,

Today was an awesome day! We had an amazing time with the visiting author Kwame Alexander. He read poems from his books and signed copies of The Crossover (pssst….a special signing for a dear friend). Thank you Cathleen for your brilliant idea andIMG_6740

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to Krishaa who financed the book purchase until I was able to get to the ATM…definitely team work in 5JA! Kwame was awesome and inspiring to hear speak. We are so lucky at SAS to get such world class authors to visit!

Today at recess a few students stuck around to try a new inventing “gizmo” that I was trying out. I included a video of Mia playing music by touching the running water and dipping her fingers in cups of water…..we are trying to brainstorm more ways we can incorporate this new electronic device in our programming, math and coding. Lots of fun!! (not to mention Krishaa, Kania, Tiana and Hannah flying the RC Helicopter around the class   …….so cool)

Cheers,

John

PS..The first 3 students to answer the following question tomorrow first thing get a prize………What did Kwame say he would do if he wasn’t a writer?

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