Week Beginning 23rd May

5NV students’ very last Soccer Day!







Natural History Museum Field Trip

The Natural History Museum was a great resource to learn more in relation to our Space and Ecology Units in Science. Thank you to all the parents who came along as chaperones; having smaller groups in a crowded place made the field trip more pleasant for everyone.


Field Trip to Science and Technology Museum

This Field Trip is this Thursday (26th May). Students need to wear their yellow class t-shirt and bring home lunch and snacks. Currently, we only have three chaperones for this trip, so let me know if you are available too!


Middle School Orientation Day

On Friday 27th May, our fifth graders will shadow the current sixth graders to learn more about Middle School. Students need to have their lunch card charged (to buy MS Lunch), and wear their yellow class t-shirt. The orientation is from 11:00-2:00. Then fifth grade students will have the opportunity to see “Hoodie” the MS drama production.


Library News

Students have had their last check out from the Elementary Library today. Between now and Friday 27th May, all books should be returned to the library.

Week Beginning May 9th

Thank You & Happy Mother’s Day

I felt very much appreciated with all the cards, gifts, messages and special lunch last week during Teacher Appreciation week – Thank you so much!

Moms, I hope you were all spoilt over the weekend – Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!


Field Trip Volunteers Needed

Next Tuesday (17th May) we visit the Natural History Museum. We need 4-6 parent volunteers for this trip. Please send me an email or Wechat message if you are available to help.

On Thursday 26th May we will also visit the Science and technology Museum. Another 4-6 parent volunteers will be needed on this trip too. So again, please send me an email or Wechat message if you are available.


Soccer Day

Soccer Day is this Friday (13th May). For parents wishing to come and see us play, our games are at these times:

10:25-10:45 (Field 4)

11:15-11:35 (Field 1)

11:40-12:00 (Field 1)

12:30-12:50 (Field 6)

Students should wear their yellow class t-shirt, but bring a shirt to change into after soccer (@1:00).

Students need to bring home lunch, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, and good running shoes.


Power School Details

Please check your child’s Powerschool details. The name supplied for him/her in Powerschool is the name that will be printed on his/her Grade 5 Transition Ceremony Certificate.


Summer Reading Lists

Mrs. Rohrbeck has put together several great reading lists for the holidays. Browse these for some clues as to what to order on Amazon or download on the Kindle before Summer Vacation!

Link To Reading Lists

Track & Field Day

After initially being cancelled on Tuesday, Thursday 28th was a fantastic day for Track ‘n Field Day in Pudong.

Junkyard War

Students foraged through our enormous junkyard collection today, to build a machine with several steps (also know as a “Rube Goldberg Machine”) that would pop a balloon.

Science with the HS Students

On Tuesday April 19th, the High School Science students ran a Science Fair for our 5th Graders! There were a lot of hands on activities with equipment our Grade 5s have not seen or used before!

Week Beginning April 11th

Report Cards Are Online

Trimester 2 Report Cards went online in PowerSchool on Friday, March 25th. Please log in to PowerSchool (if you have not done so already) to view your child’s report.


Goal Setting

It was great to see most 5NV families last Thursday and Friday for student led conferences.  Please follow up with your child by filling in their Trimester 3 goal sheet together and returning it to school this week. Remind your child to get a goal sheet from me on Monday, if they did not take one at the end of the their conference.


MAP Testing

This week students will undergo our second and final round of MAP testing for the year. The Gr 5 schedule is as follows:

o   Monday April 11th 10:40 – 12:15  MAP Reading Assessment

o   Wednesday April 13th 10:40 – 12:15  MAP Math Assessment

o   Friday April 15th 10:40 – 12:15  MAP Language Usage Assessment

Students can be best prepared for these assessments by

a.     getting plenty of sleep

b.     eating a good breakfast

c.      not stressing out (this is just one piece of data to help us understand where they are at with their learning)

d.     Taking their time during the assessment (there is no time limit on MAP assessments, and no rewards for finishing fast!)


Visiting Author

On Tuesday (April 12th @ 11:00) the Grade 5 students will hear from visiting author Margaret Peterson-Haddix in the PAC. Students in 5NV have been very excited about this particular author visit, and have enjoyed many of her books this year. You are welcome to come and join us in the PAC.


Puberty Unit

This week we continue our puberty unit. In previous weeks we have talked about generic changes that happen during puberty, and students have been given several opportunities to add questions to our question box. This week, students will divide into male and female groups and take part in discussions to answer student questions.  Separate groups are to enable students to feel more comfortable and less self-conscious.


Junkyard War

On Friday, April 22nd we will have our annual Beyond-a-Box challenge called “The Junkyard War”. Students will work in small groups to complete a challenge using junkyard pieces they collect between then and now. Students need to collect cardboard boxes, cylinders and plastic containers of all shapes and sizes to help them with their challenge. Students will earn a lucky draw ticket for every 10 pieces of “junk” they bring in to class. So start collecting and sending things in! Please – no sharp edges, glass or milk containers. Other containers need to be rinsed and dried thoroughly. Thank you!

Week Beginning January 25th

2nd Semester Eagle Leaders 

A great big Thank You goes out to Xander and Emma, for serving as our Eagle Leaders in our 1st semester. The two have been an awesome, reliable team.

We are now ready to select our Eagle Leaders for the 2nd Semester. An Eagle Leader is a person who is interested in being a positive role model in the Elementary School and making a difference at SAS.

What are the expectations?

  • Demonstrate good character and follow the 3 R’s: Be ready, responsible and respectful
  • Represent their classroom and be a voice for other students
  • Demonstrate school spirit and initiate school projects and ideas
  • Commit to service learning projects by helping our community
  • Attend weekly meetings during recess and lunch
  • Contribute during other free times, if possible

What are the benefits?

  • Show leadership for K-5th in and out of the classroom
  • Become a better decision maker and problem solver
  • Plan and participate in school wide events
  • Make new friends and bond with other leaders
  • Have fun

Eagle Leader Timeline: Spring 2016

  • Thursday, Jan 28: Eagle Leader informational meeting at recess. Permission forms sent home.
  • Wednesday, Feb 17: Students fill out application during lunch recess.
  • Friday, Feb 19: Finalists are announced.  Letters sent to parents of all candidates explaining that they will serve second semester and that they will need to bring home lunch every Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, Feb 24: First meeting with Eagle Leaders.  Introduction, expectations and general procedures are discussed.


CNY Celebrations

On Tuesday, Feb 2nd, we will have our Fifth Grade Chinese New Year Lunch.  Children will need to wear traditional Chinese clothing, Chinese themed clothing, or just wear red on the second.


Guest Presenter

Last Thursday our 5th Graders were invited to hear a presentation from Mr Lyndon Greene. Mr Greene is an opera singer and performed several songs for us in several different languages. Mr Greene is the son of Mr Phillip Greene, our High School Orchestra teacher.




Class Photo Day

Wednesday, February 3rd will be our class picture day.  The children will need to wear their fifth grade yellow class t-shirt for their group photo.  Your child should have brought home the order form last Friday.


Skyscrapers Project

If you have visited our 5th Grade hallway recently, you will have seen our avenue of brand new skyscrapers. These were designed and built by our 5th graders. We developed a lot of skills during this project; from multiplication, division, and converting between scales to group work skills. From the importance of accuracy, to the finer points of Exacto knives and hot glue guns!

CNY Holiday

The students’ Chinese New Year holiday will be from Feb 5th until Feb 14th. Classes resume on Feb 15th.

Week Beginning November 16th

Urban Planning Museum

A big THANK-YOU to our three parent volunteers who helped make our day at the museum both safe and enjoyable.

Personal Safety Lessons

Please click here to view a letter from our Grade 4-5 councilor about our next topic during guidance lessons.

Giving Tree Field Trip

Our Giving Tree Field Trip is scheduled for this Friday 20th November. Visiting the migrant school to hand out the Giving Tree bags is one of the highlights of our 5th Grade year.

Giving Tree Visit for blogs

Middle School Book Fair

5NV students will have the chance to visit the Middle School Book Fair on Thursday, 19th November. This is a great opportunity for 5th Grade students to meet the MS Librarian, Kathy Lynch, and browse and purchase books at a higher reading level than those available at the ES Book Fair.

Week Beginning Monday, 26th October

Parent Conferences
Conferences are next week, November 5th (Thursday after school) and 6th (Friday until 3pm). The sign-up through Powerschool is now open;  you can click and sign-up online. Your student WILL be attending the conference with you that day. If none of the times available work for you, please let me know and we can arrange an alternate date. Due to Parent Conferences, there will be no school on Friday 6th November.
Our Halloween Celebration is this Friday! The costume parade is at 8:30. Students will enjoy snacks together at 9:40, and then a Mummy Wrap after recess at 10:40. The festivities will be finished by 11:30. Students can change at morning recess into regular clothes if they wish.
Book Fair
The ES Book Fair begins in the library next Monday. Our class will visit the Book Fair on Monday (2nd Nov). Books range between about 30rmb and 120rmb. Students will also be allowed to return to the Fair to purchase books at recess time throughout the week. 

Week Beginning October 19th

Spirit Week

5NV students can show their school spirit all week this week, starting with Pajama Day on Monday. Students are reminded that even though we want to see them showing school spirit, costumes cannot hinder them from participating in all their usual lessons – like PE.

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