Not quite as crazy as previous weeks….I think last week was some kind of record. Plus I raced in Singapore Sunday morning and am moving house on Saturday, so it has been a real whirlwind for me, too!
Now till May 5: PTA collecting books for its annual Used Book Sale on May 12. So if you are doing some “spring cleaning” and have unwanted kids or adult books, please bring or send them in with your child! (Poster below.)
Monday-Tuesday, May 1-2: No school. (May DayHoliday)
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, May 8, 9, and 11: MAP testing. There is no need to “study” for these tests. Particularly in math, we have been doing cumulative review on a weekly basis all year! But please try to make sure your child comes to school with a good night’s sleep and nutritious breakfast. Test scores do not affect grades or promotion and are mainly used as feedback for students, parents, teachers, and administrators about areas of strength and growth for individual students, classes, grade levels, and SSIS as a whole.
Wednesday and Thursday, May 10-11: PTA Used Book Sale.
Thursday, May 11, 12:55-3:00: Grade 5-6 Middle School Transition activities
We are wrapping up the unit on Fraction Multiplication and Division with some work on application problems and review. The unit assessment will be Thursday and Friday of this week. We will start a new unit on metric measurement (with a focus on volume) after the May Day weekend.
READING AND WRITING WORKSHOP
Most groups will be finishing up their environmental fiction Book Club books this week. We will also spend some time doing reflections and blog posts about the Green Dragons projects.
Last week marked the culmination of our Green Dragons super unit. On Wednesday, all team presented their proposals to “Shark Tanks”, small panels of judges from the Elementary Leadership Team. Seven finalists were chosen to make a presentation to key SSIS leaders including Mark Sylte (Head of School), Dan Keller (Elementary Principal), Wai Mun Fong (Associate Head of School), and Katie Zimmerman (Director of Admissions). Most teams got the “Green Light” to pursue prototypes of their projects; one received a “Yellow Light” to proceed after further testing. We will spend some time this week reflecting on the process and what students have learned.
After the long weekend, students will begin spending some time each week working on one of the approved projects, as well as doing reading, researching, and writing about change-makers now and in the 20th Century, while they become change-makers for their school and the local environment!