Dear Parents,

We’ve had an exciting week full of activities! (This is a copy of the email we sent last week)

Content Area Activities

In English, students participated in team building activities and wrote post cards, sharing summer experiences and illustrating how they embody the IB learner profile. They practiced lower case letter formation in cursive and will be practicing upper case letters in Spanish.

In Spanish, students made a booklet about themselves, did read alouds, silent reading and more! We also made our essential agreements for the classroom and established clear expectations for classroom behavior.

In Math, students started using the reference book to find answers to their questions and we started with the first two lessons for the week. Students will take a beginning of the year pre-assessment next week in order to evaluate their prior knowledge. They don’t need to study for this test since it is only used to guide instruction as we continue throughout the year.

In PYP, students started to explore the central idea and lines of inquiry for the first unit which are:

Nourishing the body and mind lead to personal well-being.

  • How feelings affect our social interactions
  • How our emotional state is connected to our health
  • How to maintain a balanced, healthy lifestyle

Students worked as a team with different abilities to create shoebox, reflecting on the importance of respect and teamwork as we work through the year. They explored different feelings and what makes them feel happy and sad.

PYP Exhibition

At the end of 5th grade, students complete their Exhibition, a culminating experience for the Primary Years Programme. Students design their own inquiry project under a given organizing theme. This year we allowed students to vote on the organizing theme, and yesterday they chose “Sharing the Planet.” This theme has to do with the struggle to share finite resources with other people and living things, peace and conflict resolution and access to equal opportunities. This organizing theme allows for a variety of options for inquiry and students will further explore these possibilities for the unit in January. We will have a parent meeting discussing the process after winter break, as students start developing their unique central idea and lines of inquiry for this project. 4th graders will conduct their own inquiries related to the same organizing theme and the designated central idea.

Immersion Model

This year, 4th and 5th graders experience an 80/20 immersion model, meaning that they spend most of their day in Spanish and an hour and 15 minutes in English. Students have been doing a great job of speaking Spanish in the classroom so far!

Odds and Ends

This is just a reminder that parents are expected to pick up students from the classroom after school unless written notice is given to the classroom teacher communicating an alternate mode of dismissal.

Remember to send any missing student materials from the materials list by next week.

The walking field trip permission slips should be turned into the office as soon as possible.

If you would like to volunteer in our classroom or with classroom projects, please contact your classroom teacher!

We look forward to a great year!

Sherry, Michelle and Jessica

4/5 Multiage