Movie Night Information

Dear Parents,

We are so excited to host Movie Night this Friday, May 13th, from 2:30-4:30. The 5th Grade Service Group has worked hard organizing the event, and we can’t wait to share how much money we raised to help fight hunger in Syria.  

Parents, we do need you to be aware of one fact. The ASA bus your child will be taking home on Friday is the Middle School ASA bus, so the stop may or may not be different from what you are used to. Therefore, please recheck the bus and the stop you selected to ensure you are aware of where your child will be getting off. Please make arrangements for an adult to be there to pick your child up. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email 5th grade teacher, Matt Kopacka, at The bus list is attached for your convenience.  

We thank you for your support in this wonderful fundraising event.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  

Bus List

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Happy New Year! (and New Homework Routine)

Let me take a minute to wish you all a happy return from vacation and the first in a series of Happy New Year wishes of good fortune! New students will be welcomed into our classrooms in the coming days and those still returning from vacations are trickling back.

I wanted to also let you know that this week will be homework free as we transition into a new set of homework expectations for 3rd grade. We will be going over these expectations with the students this week and practicing some of the new skills they will be doing at home so they can be successful at doing them independently right away. Here is an outline of what you can expect to see beginning Monday of next week.

Monday (Writing Prompt): Each Monday your child will bring home a booklet containing 20 writing prompts to choose from. They will pick one to write about that evening. For approximately 10 minutes, we expect them to write as much as they can directed at that prompt. This shouldn’t include “thinking time” as we are hoping they can read through the prompts during our packing-up time and make a decision about which prompt they would like to write about that evening and have some of the thinking already done. Don’t be concerned if the writing piece isn’t “finished” as they can continue on the same prompt the next Monday–writing, revising, editing and polishing the piece.

Tuesday-Thursday (Word Work Tic-Tac-Toe Boards): A new board will be glued into their homework notebooks and will come home on these nights. Some of the old squares are the same, some are new and more complex. We will be going over the new squares this week to make sure they know how to do them.

As always, we feel that this homework should be done as independently as possible and within the guidelines set out by our elementary school (30 minutes total for 3rd grade–15 minutes for homeroom and 15 minutes for Chinese Language class). If you feel it is taking your child excessively longer each night to complete these tasks, please don’t hesitate to contact us for modification.

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NBA Surprise

During a trip to the library on Monday, our class was treated to a special surprise–a visit from two NBA basketball players. Brothers Brook and Robin Lopez made us all feel very small!


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Photo Day on Monday

We will be having our pictures taken on Monday at 8:15 a.m. I have received photo money from about half of the children. If you would like to order photos but can’t find the order form, you can download a form to fill out from the link below. You can also still send in money on Tuesday. All the kids will take photos tomorrow regardless of whether they are purchasing photos since these photos will be used in the yearbook.

Photos form

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Last Checkout!

The library is starting its end of year procedures so please take note of these dates:

Monday, June 1st (Day 3) – Very last check out date for students, parents, and staff

Wednesday, June 3rd (Day 5) – ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS DUE in from students and parents

You can check your library account to see what is checked out to you:

      •Go to

      •Click on Pudong Elementary Catalog 

      •Login with your Faculty, Student or Parent ID number (above your barcode on your School ID)

      •The User Name and Password are the same, and any letters needs to be in all Caps, example (STU#####)

      •Once you have logged in, you should open the “My Info” tab.  You can then view your current checkouts.  

      •If you have a lot of checkouts, you may have to click the show all button……….Then all you have to do is find the materials   and turn them back in! (sounds so simple…)

      •If you cannot log in, drop by the library and we can help

If you have lost library materials please come and talk with us about the situation, in most cases it will mean handing over 100 rmb per item, which you will get back in full, if the item turns up either in our inventory, or in your possession.  

Parent Volunteers Desperately Needed

Parents, we REALLY need your help. We are doing a full inventory of almost 30,000 items in the ES Library in the next two weeks,

as well as teaching classes, checking out books, and checking in ALL the items checked out this year.

If you are on campus to: see your child perform, enjoy a farewell party, organize a sporting event, attend a music event, pick up your child, drop off your child, or ANYTHING at all… and can spare a couple of hours in the library we would be eternally grateful…

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY… just come in and we’ll put you to work within minutes.

Thank you in anticipation,

Kimbra Power

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Nepal Change Challenge

nepal change challenge

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Books to Eat

We had over 100 entries over the last three weeks in the Books to Eat competition! Thank you to all the parents, and especially the students, who make this competition so much fun. Please take a few minutes to view the entries  of Books to Eat 2015.

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Curriculum Update

Readers Workshop

The new genre we are exploring in reading is Mysteries! Students have formed groups and talk periodically about their reading. Teachers will support the development of students’ understanding of how a mystery genre works, help students to recognize the qualities of this genre and the active reader thinking it implies. Students will learn to identify and gather clues to support solving a mystery. Teachers will develop the concepts of character motives and alibis, guiding students to grow their own theories. Students will work collaboratively constructing and justifying theories, substantiating their thinking with evidence from the text in both conversation and writing.

Writers Workshop

Students will soon be stepping into a very exciting unit of study, Comics: Once Upon a Time! In this writing unit students will understand that traditional tales can be written in many different formats, such as comics or graphic novels! While students revisit the critical story elements of setting, character, and plot with a problem and solution, they will also learn to identify the standard language of fairy tales (“once upon a time”, “happily ever after”). As students use their imagination and knowledge of story elements to build their own stories, they will also learn to use illustrations and speech/sound bubbles to bring it all to life!


In unit 10 of the Everyday Math program, children review and extend their previous work with measures of length, weight, and capacity. Measurements will be displayed in graphs and frequency tables. The emphasis is that anything that involves measures begins with the use of measuring tools! Children will also extend previous informal work with the median and mode of a set of data and introduce the standard method of calculating the mean. These statistical measures are used to analyze and compare measurement data. Unit 10 has three main areas of focus:

  • To review units, tools, and measures of weight, length, and capacity,
  • To introduce the mean of a set of data, and
  • To gain experience with creating various types of graphs.


In the unit, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, students will understand that all living things in the ecosystem are dependent on each other, and that humans have a positive and negative impact on the ecosystem.

Students will learn:

  • What happens to ecosystems when the environment changes?
  • How do organisms interact in groups so as to benefit individuals?
  • How do organisms interact in order to benefit each other?
  • What evidence shows that different species are related?

When the environment changes in ways that affect a place’s physical characteristics, temperature, or availability of resources, some organisms survive and reproduce, others move to new locations, yet others move into the transformed environment, and some die. Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes. Students will also learn about fossils as they provide evidence about the types of organisms that lived long ago and also about the nature of their environments.

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Concert Clothing

Autumn Costume

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Books to Eat

Books to Eat for third grade is this Monday, April 20. Check out the slideshow below of fourth and fifth grade’s edible creations.

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