UPCOMING (AND CURRENT) EVENTS
A quick reminder that ES Soccer and Spring ASA’s start this week (Monday). Please make sure your/your child are clear about what activities he/she is joining and arrangements to return home.
Thursday, March 23: All elementary ASA’s and sports practices cancelled
Friday, March 24: Learning Journeys–Please check your scheduled time. I will send reminders home on Thursday. Students must attend their Journey with their MacBooks. Please note that as up to four families are attending the Journey at once, and the focus is on students sharing their learning, this is not a time to discuss private questions or concerns about your child. If needed, please schedule another time to do so.
Here are the currently scheduled times for reference:
7:45 AM. – 8:45 AM: Karis, Ben, Amelina, Kim Anh
9:00 AM. – 10:00 AM: Ellie, Minho Lee, Isobel, Isabel
10:15 AM. – 11:15 AM: Ryan, Adan, Anh-Quan, Peggy
12:30 PM. – 1:30 PM: Melissa, Eric
1:45 PM. – 2:45 PM: Alexis, Yoon Hae, David Dinh, Nam Nam
3:00 PM. – 4:00 PM: Dan, Vivian
Please let me know as soon as possible if you need to change your time or are unable to attend, so we can arrange another time and free up your slot for another family if needed.
Saturday, April 1-Sunday, April 9: SSIS Spring Break
We are continuing our work on fractions with a focus on multiplication and division for at least the next two weeks until spring break. I found from last week’s pre-test that while approximately half the class can multiply (and in some cases, divide) fractions, only a few can really illustrate/explain what this means, give situations where we might need to do so, or solve applied problems. This is often the result of learning computations in isolation during outside classes. We will focus on understanding, reviewing computations, and doing a variety of applied problems with these skills. One idea for practice at home would to find a recipe using American measurements (cups, teaspoons, etc.) and then calculate and prepare 1/2 or 3/4 (or 2 1/2 times!) of the recipe.
READING AND WRITING WORKSHOP
We got started last week with new Book Clubs reading fiction with environmental themes. Most students will need to use some of their independent reading time at home to prepare for Book Club meetings by reading and taking notes. Our writing focus is on preparing the various parts of the proposal for the Green Dragons projects. Students are writing a formal project proposal with a mix of expository (explaining) and persuasive paragraphs.
SUPER UNIT: GREEN DRAGONS
Last week, many students conducted research to better understand their chosen issue and its effect on sustainability at SSIS. They drafted paragraphs explaining the problem and the needs that exist for their proposed solution. This week we will focus on writing clear paragraphs about the proposed solution and its intended effects on SSIS’s sustainability. There is a group of 3-4 students working on each of the following topics: Sprinkler Timing System, Balcony Garden, Eco-friendly Cleaning Products, Reducing Plastic Waste, Recycling Bin System, and Reducing Paper Towel Waste.