June 5

Final Full Week

The final full week of school has finished. It is amazing how fast a year flies by and I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach your child.

Please check out the updated pages for what we did in school this week. Also, please note that there is no homework next week! Enjoy!

JUNE

  • 8 June, Wednesday: Last day of school; Dismissal is at 11:30am.

Learning about capacity.

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Field Day! Tug o’ War! IMG_6686 IMG_6688 IMG_6689 IMG_6690

Lots of fun activities!

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May 27

Wrapping Up May

Our last full week of school is upon us! Our field trip to the Pearl Tower today proved to be very engaging and a great way to learn some history of this great place that we call Shanghai.

MAY

JUNE

  • 1 June, Wednesday: Summer Sizzler. This will be a fun day where the elementary students will participate in many activities to help celebrate what a fantastic school we have.  The upper elementary students will have their Summer Sizzler in the afternoon from 12:20 to 2:45. Students will need to bring:
    • Clothes that can get wet and their House Shirt
    • Proper shoes to run and play in
    • A change of clothes
    • Sunscreen, hat, and maybe even a coat in case it is cool out
    • A positive attitude and ready to have some fun
  • 8 June, Wednesday: Last day of school; half day for students

 

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May 20

Summer is in the air…

What a gorgeous weather week we have had here in Shanghai. I was not feeling great for a large portion of this week, but I am on the upswing. Students had a successful soccer day and continued to stayed focused on our various projects.
Please see the updated pages for what we did this week!
MAY

JUNE

  • 1 June, Wednesday: Summer Sizzler. More details to follow.
  • 8 June, Wednesday: Last day of school; half day for students

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May 13

May Days

Only 3.5 more weeks of school…how did that happen!? 4SM worked diligently this week. We began the second phase of our social studies project, continued our reading unit and book clubs, and started Unit 11 of math. Please take a look at the updated pages and at the upcoming events.

MAY

  • Forms for the yearbook were sent home on Wednesday. Please return ASAP along with 270rmb. There is a limited amount, so please turn in as soon as you can! 
  • 18 May, Wednesday: Soccer Day. Students need to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, snacks tennis/sport shoes, and a light jacket. A pizza lunch will be provided.
  • 19 May, Thursday: ES/MS Choir & Orchestra Concert (Grades 4-8)
  • 27 May, Friday: Grade 4 Pearl Tower field trip. We will need chaperones! Please email your child’s homeroom teacher if you can assist this day.
  • 30 May, Monday: 4th/5th Grade Books to Eat Books to Eat – Click here to learn more!

JUNE

  • 1 June, Wednesday: Summer Sizzler. More details to follow.
  • 8 June, Wednesday: Last day of school; half day for students

Teacher’s Books to Eat

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Checking in on our carrots.

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What do you notice about conversions?

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Learning about weight.

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China Alive week wrapping up.

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May 6

China Alive!

China Alive week brought many fun activities to our class. We played Chinese games like ping-pong and battledore, played board games like Chinese checkers, and attended a field trip to NanXiang Old Town and the Guyi Garden.

Please look at the blog’s pages for more information on what we were up to in the classroom this week. Your child also has updated his or her blog with the poster that they made for our Social Studies project-check it out!

MAY

  • 18 May, Wednesday: Soccer Day. More details to follow.
  • 19, May, Thursday: ES/MS Choir & Orchestra Concert (Grades 4-8)
  • 27 May, Friday: Grade 4 Pearl Tower field trip. We will need chaperones! More details to follow.

JUNE

  • 1 June, Wednesday: Summer Sizzler. More details to follow.
  • 8 June, Wednesday: Last day of school; half day for students

Field Trip!

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Working hard on our posters.

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One of our vocabulary activities.

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April 29

April Showers

Despite the air quality and rain this week, the 4th graders were able to have a successful track and field day, which was fun for all! Next week is a short week as we have no school on Monday and our China Alive field trip on Friday.

Please see the updated pages for what we have been up to in class this week.

MAY

  • 2 May, Monday: No School; May holiday
  • 3 May, Tuesday: Swimming Unit Begins
  • 6 May, Friday: China Alive Field Trip. More details to follow. Students need a home lunch, snack, and money if they wish to purchase some treats and/or souvenirs. 
  • 6 May, Friday: May Dance Show: Grades 3-12. Reception begins at 5:30pm, show starts at 6:00pm at the PAC. Book tickets here: http://pudong-performing-arts.ticketleap.com/collage/.
  • 13 May, Friday: Movie Night. A permission slip went home today. Please see details at the bottom of this post.
  • 18 May, Wednesday: Soccer Day. More details to follow.

JUNE

  • 1 June, Wednesday: Summer Sizzler. More details to follow.
  • 8 June, Wednesday: Last day of school; half day for students

Happy belated birthday, Richard!

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We were lucky enough to watch and participate in an African dance!

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Happy track and field day!

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Rescuing worms!

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Friday was beautiful! We spent some time reading and checking in on our carrots.

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Please note:

Movie Night At The SAS Auditorium

Part of our mission statement here at SAS is to inspire students to act with integrity and compassion.  Our 5th Grade Service Team wants to inspire you and your child to do just that.

Did you know that because of the recent civil war in Syria, at least 13.5 million people currently living there need humanitarian aid? At least 6 million of them are children.  Think about it.  Everyday, 6 million children go without proper nourishment in Syria.

Our 5th Grade Service Team has decided to take action. On Friday, May 13thwe will host a Movie Night to raise funds to help feed hungry children in Syria. All proceeds will be donated to The World Food Program’s work in Syria. Please fill out the form below if you wish for your child to attend, and return this form with ticket money no later than Wednesday May 6.

Date: Friday May 13th 2016

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

Tickets: RMB 20

Snacks (optional):  RMB 10-20

April 22

You Can’t Stop The Beat

This week students were able to participate in various Earth Week activities, see two very impressive visiting authors (Margaret Peterson Haddix and Laurie Halse Anderson), participate in MAP testing, and 7 of the students in our class were in Hairspray. Whew, what a week!

Please see the updated pages for more of what we did this week and the pictures at the end of this post! Apologies if the students come home with some extra mud on them today!

APRIL

  • 25 April-29 April: Spirit Week 
    • Monday – Pajama Day
    • Tuesday – School Colors Day or Eagle Wear
    • Wednesday – Worldly Wednesday (clothing or colors from your home country)
    • Thursday – Sports Day (Sporty clothes or favorite sports team)
    • Friday – House Shirts
  • 27 April, Wednesday: Grade 4 Track and Field Day. 

MAY

  • 2 May, Monday: No School; May Holiday.
  • 6 May, Friday: China Alive Field Trip. Students will need a snack, lunch, and money if they wish to buy xiao long bao and/or other small treats.
  • 18 May, Wednesday: Soccer Day

Mondrain math.

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Word study in full-force!
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Our AMAZING Visiting Authors!
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Earth Day Celebration-We love the EARTH!
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Carrots planted!
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Roots and Shoots gave us a fantastic tour of the greenhouse!
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Planting pros!
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April 15

Conference Reflection

Students prepped diligently for conferences last week week. They were proud of the work that they have done thus far this year, and I hope that you were as well. I certainly am!

Please see the pages for updated information on what we have been up to in class.

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APRIL

  • 18 and 19 April, Monday and Tuesday: DRESS REHEARSALS MANDATORY for Hairspray
  • 18 April, Monday: Earth Week begins.
  • 18 April, Monday: Parent to Teacher survey opens on PowerSchool. Please take some time to give me some feedback.
  • 19 April, Tuesday-21 April Thursday: MAP Testing. The order of the tests are as follows: Reading, Language Usage, Math
  • 19 April, Tuesday: Be a “tree hugger!” With any donation you can add your name, (or a friends) to a leaf on our tree in the Cafeteria and help SAS plant trees in Inner Mongolia
  • 20 April, Wednesday: Mini plants for sale during lunch; supplies are limited!
  • 21 and 22 AprilThursday and Friday: Hairspray Show Time! 7pm start. Students prep after school. 
  • 22 April, Friday: Date with Dad: 2:15 check-in for dads/meet up with child; 3:00-5:00 pm activities. “Dads” may also include uncles, grandfathers, older siblings, or family friends. Transportation provided at the end of the event back to Jinqiao and Gubei. For the perfect date, stay for the musical performance of Hairspray after Date with Dad! Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DWD2016
  • 27 April, Wednesday: Grade 4 Track and Field Day 
May
  • 2 May, Monday: No School; May holiday

This week we introduced a new reading unit with a clip from “Back to the Future.”

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In this unit we will be starting Book Clubs! Students got into groups and discussed their book club constitutions.

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Students discussing fractions, decimals, and percents using Piet Mondrain’s art.
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Book Club launch activity!

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Thinking hard!

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Day 2 of the challenge.

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Book club discussions.

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March 25

Spring Break!

Every week before a break promises a very busy week, and this week fulfilled that! We spent Monday and Tuesday rehearsing for our Concert on Wednesday. On Thursday we had our math and science assessments. Please ask your student to tell you about our science assessment, it was fun for all! On Friday, we finished some prep for SLCs, which are coming up and went to the 5th grade migration museum.

Please see below pictures! Thank you to all parents that signed up for conferences. I am looking forward to seeing you all in two weeks.

I will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain over the break! I have never been to Europe, and I am definitely looking forward to exploring Spain. Safe travels to everyone whether you are going abroad or staying in Shanghai!

MARCH

  • 26 March – 4 April: Spring Break

APRIL

  • 4 April, Monday: No School; Tomb Sweeping Day
  • 5 April, Tuesday: School resumes
  • 7 April, Thursday: Student Led Conferences (School in session)
  • 8 April, Friday: Student Led Conferences (No school)
  • 11 April, Monday: Hairspray Rehearsal
  • 14 April, Thursday: Hairspray Rehearsal 
  • 14 April, Thursday: Help raise money for diabetes research and have fun! Great prizes for students who raise the most money and for those who swim the most laps! Space is limited….sign up here ASAP:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCK5Y5K
  • 18 April, Monday-22 April, Friday: Earth Week. Stayed tuned for details. 
  • 18 and 19 April, Monday and Tuesday: DRESS REHEARSALS MANDATORY for Hairspray
  • 21 and 22 AprilThursday and Friday: Hairspray Show Time! 7pm start. Students prep after school. 
  • 22 April, Friday: Date with Dad. Date with Dad is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd with all “Dads” checking in around 2:15, meeting up with their child and activities going from 3:00-5:00 pm. Some students invite uncles, grandfathers, older siblings, or family friends as their guest for this event. Registration with more specific information will be provided the week we return from Spring Break. Transportation will be provided for participants at the end of the event back to Jinqiao and Gubei. This event is one that many of our students really look forward to and we hope to see as many “Dads” participate as possible. For the perfect date stay for the musical performance Hairspray after Date with Dad!

Happy Birthday, Emma!

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Feeling Good!
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Pure imagination for sure!
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Awesome finale!
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Practicing for our waves assessment.
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Happy Birthday, Bryan!
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On Wednesday after school I was able to visit Mr. Anderson’s baby girl, Skylar!
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March 21

Crazy Good!

I don’t think that the 4th grade could have a fuller week if we tried. What a week! We spent most of the week preparing for our poetry slam, which was quite the success! This was one of my favorite units to teach as Lucy Calkin’s can be pretty prescribed at times and Spoken Word had little restrictions. It was great to edit and conference with the students so much and see their work transform.

Let’s finish this next week before spring break strong!

For your information: 

Student-led conferences are scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday 7 April, and for Friday 8 April. Unlike the conferences at the beginning of the school year, these are led entirely by your child who will explain highlights of their learning in Trimester 2, challenges they’ve encountered and how they are tackling those, and their goals for the last trimester.

Because of this format, I can accommodate up to five students and their parents at a time since the conferences can happen simultaneously. Since many parents seem to prefer the three Thursday afternoon time slots (3:10 PM, 4:10 PM, or 5:10 PM), that means I can accommodate everyone on Thursday if need be. If for some reason the PowerSchool site doesn’t allow you to sign up for a Thursday slot, please email me ASAP and I’ll make it work! Of course there are Friday slots available too (8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM).

For your information:

  • If you have 3 or more children at SAS, you can sign up on PowerSchool beginning this Monday 21 March at 8:00 AM.
  • Everyone else can sign up beginning Wednesday 23 March at 8:00 AM.
  • Each time slot is an hour. That includes a 30-minute student-led conference in my classroom, and 30 minutes to visit your child’s other teachers (art, PE, music, language, counselor, etc.)

MARCH

  • 21 March, Monday: Report Cards Live on PowerSchool
  • 23 March, Monday: Conference sign-ups open to all until 3PM on 4 April
  • 23 March, Wednesday:“iDreamofmusic” ES school concert, 10:00 AM, Pudong Auditorium, 10:00am, no tickets are necessary.  Parents, just come right in and take any available seat.  Performers should wear their house (puma, falcon, dolphin, bear) shirts with normal pants and normal shoes.  No special outfits are necessary.
  • 25 March, Friday: Hairspray Rehearsal
  • 26 March – 4 April: Spring Break

APRIL

  • 4 April, Monday: No School; Tomb Sweeping Day
  • 5 April, Tuesday: School resumes
  • 7 April, Thursday: Student-led Conferences (School in session)
  • 8 April, Friday: Student-led Conferences (No school)
  • 11 April, Monday: Hairspray Rehearsal
  • 14 April, Thursday: Hairspray Rehearsal
  • 14 April, Thursday: Help raise money for diabetes research and have fun! Great prizes for students who raise the most money and for those who swim the most laps! Space is limited….sign up here ASAP:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCK5Y5K
  • 18 and 19 April, Monday and Tuesday: DRESS REHEARSALS MANDATORY for Hairspray
  • 18 April, Monday: Earth Week begins.
  • 19 April, Tuesday: Be a “tree hugger!” With any donation you can add your name, (or a friends) to a leaf on our tree in the Cafeteria and help SAS plant trees in Inner Mongolia
  • 20 April, Wednesday: Mini plants for sale during lunch; supplies are limited!
  • 21 and 22 April, Thursday and Friday: Hairspray Show Time! 7pm start. Students prep after school. 
  • 22 April, Friday: Date with Dad. More information to follow. 

Monday began with an assembly featuring Kwame Alexander!

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We were on the edge of our seats!

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AND we got to see Todd Parr that day!

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We spent a great deal of time last week prepping for our poetry slam.

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All students and teachers painted a portrait in Todd Parr style. This is me!

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Our fantastic poetry slam!

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Spring has sprung! Jing’an Sculpture Park.

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Field Trip time!

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