Weekly Update #14


G R A D E  4

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November 20 – November 24





  • Next week is Week A.
  • The PE swim unit is complete. Regular PE classes start again next week!
  • ASAs and new ES sports begin next week!
  • Monday, November 20, Living Museum (Ask your child about this.  We will get video and photos so parents can see).
  • Wednesday, November 22nd: Math Unit 2 assessment.



UNIT INFORMATION:  The Heart of Exploring




Next week in literacy we will continue our open genre unit of study. Students are working in book partnerships, reading and discussing books among themselves in groups and in pairs. Students are busy writing about the explorer of their choice and creating their one minute narrative that they will memorize for the Living Museum. Students have begun to memorize their speeches and will need to work on this over the weekend. They will also need to arrange their costumes for Monday. Please support them with this!  Our writing focus is grammar development, craft (figurative language) and using more complex sentence sentence structures.

We will begin to explore how we can use our kind hearts to explore different charity organizations. HS students will be presenting a service expo to us next week and students will begin to explore charities that they would like to investigate further.


The Heart of Exploring:  Unit Study

The enduring understanding for this unit is: Exploring impacts ourselves and others.  Our Living Wax Museum will take place on November 20 in the afternoon.  Students will take on the persona of their chosen explorer and write their narratives in first person.  They will present their narratives with other fourth graders.  Also, students are asked to think and plan what they will wear as they take on the persona of their explorer.  Students are expected to make a genuine effort to dress and sound as their explorer (no uniforms).  An accent is highly encouraged!  They will change after lunch.  We are encouraging students to create or use some clothes/props from around the house or school rather than tailor made or elaborate costumes.  Again, your support with this is much appreciated!

In Science, students have continued to explore reactions to chemical mixtures.  Students are using the scientific method to create their own experience based on questions they have developed. They are also learning how to write a scientific conclusion including all of the data they collected.


Next week will be the final week of learning for Unit 2. Students will be reviewing all of the standards and solving word problems using multiplication and division. Their final assessment is on Wednesday, November 22.  Remember, strong knowledge of multiplication facts is crucial for students.  One last review with your child over the weekend may be a good idea!  Also, review with your child the  learning targets for this unit this weekend.  Students may be bringing their math notebooks and folders home to review.

Weekly Update #7! Lots going on!


G R A D E  4

September 25- September 29, 2017


  • Next week is Week B.
  • NO SCHOOL: Wednesday, September 27 (Professional Development Day for teachers. Topic: Project Based Learning)
  • Remember!  The sleepover is on Thursday, October 5.
  • Parent Conference Sign Up: Conferences are October 19th and 20th. In grade 4, children are expected to join their parents at conferences so that we may reflect and set goals together. Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm on Thursday, Oct. 19. Please see the information below.



Please register for an appointment for these conferences.  The Parent – Teacher (- Student) Conferences booking system will be available from Monday, September 18, 9:00 AM to Friday, October 6, 9:00 PM.  The registration system operates on a ‘first come-first served’ basis. Parents are advised to book early.  If for some reason, you are unable to meet with your teacher during these available times, please contact your classroom teacher to see if some other arrangements may be made.  We are expecting a conference to be scheduled for every student in the school.


In order to register for an appointment, you may find detailed directions at http://link.ssis.edu.vn/index.php?title=EC%2F%2FES_-_Parent_Teacher_Conferences.  You may also follow the simplified steps below:

  1. Point your internet browser to the following location: http://events.ssis.edu.vn
  2. Login using your PowerSchool account: Use your PowerSchool username and password
  3. Click the Green Button “Book” to select a date to meet your children’s homeroom teacher
  4. Click “Change Appointment” to change the meeting date:
  5. Click “Send Confirmation Email To Your Inbox” to receive a confirmation email for your booking
  6. If you do not know your PowerSchool username and password, please email: powerschool@ssis.edu.vn or call Ms. Nghi at +84 8 541 3 0901 x 13172. To recover the password, please click here.


If you would like to information about the sleepover parent meeting, click below.  

Slideshow Parent Presentation

Sleepover Parent Letter

Science/Social Studies:

This week, students completed their research and wrote the first drafts of their G4 Talks.  Next week, students will craft their writing to develop their attention grabbers, conclusions, add transition words, descriptive language, and edit for mechanics and grammar.  They will then create a slideshow using Google slides that will accompany their talk. Please save the date, Wednesday, Oct.4!

Please ask your child about their topic!

Here is the link to the rubric for the G4 Talk Presentations


  • G4 Talks schedule – October 4:


  • 8:00-9:00 Mr. Ross
  • 10:00-11:00 Mr. Edwards
  • 12:00-1:00   Mrs. Sylvester
  • 2:00-3:00   Ms. Heatwole


Next week in literacy students will be working on perfecting their completed flash drafts of their G4 talks.  They will also continue practicing presentation techniques and having strong stage presence.  Students will begin creating their slideshow to accompany their G4 Talk, using powerful and persuasive visuals.  In reading, we are continuing to practice being active readers.


Next week we are finishing off our first math unit looking at Place Value and Whole Numbers.  We will be focussing on solving word problems that involve addition and subtraction. The assessment for this unit will take place on, Friday, 29 September. Please encourage your child to practice at home to reinforce their learning before the test.


September 18 – September 29


Specialist subject Grade 4
Art Topic Students are using their cumulative knowledge of gestures, proportion and tone to begin drawing real live models creating a more realistic figure drawing.
Home Connection Ask your child about composition, proportion and tone in figure drawing.
Music Topic Grade 4 have been learning a pentatonic instrumental piece called “My Paddle in three parts .They have rotated the parts so that they know them all. We have been playing melodies in canon and added drum parts.
Home Connection Ask your child to tell you what a canon and pentatonic scale are in music .
PE Topic Frisbee unit (Throw and catch, golf frisbee, baseball frisbee, and ultimate frisbee)
Home Connection Play frisbee with your child
Drama Topic Duo Scenes
Home Connection Ask your child about their plays. We will be recording them and adding them to their digital portfolio.
Host Country Topic Vietnam Facts
Home Connection Ask your child to share the information from his/her google slides about Vietnam.
Library Topic We will take a look at Britannica Image Quest so that we can find images to use for our G4 Talks.  
Home Connection Access Britannica Image Quest from home.  


Weekly Update #6!



G R A D E  4

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September 18 – September 22, 2017



  • Next week is Week A.
  • Family Fun Day: Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11:00am- 2:00pm. We hope to see you there!
  • The Sleepover is confirmed for October 5th. More information will be available this coming week. A parent meeting on Friday,  22 September from 8-8.30am is planned. If you can make this meeting please join us in the Flex Room, otherwise there will be an information pack sent out later in the week.



  • G4 Talks schedule – October 4:


  • 8:00-9:00 Mr. Ross
  • 10:00-11:00 Mr. Edwards
  • 12:00-1:00   Mrs. Sylvester
  • 2:00-3:00   Ms. Heatwole

Please calendar this day and time to come and listen to your child’s G4 Talk.

Science/Social Studies:

Last week we learned how to identify and evaluate external influences in our lives (friends, media, family, advertisements). The decision making model we are working with is:

  • State the problem
  • Identify the alternatives
  • Evaluate the alternatives
  • Make a decision
  • Implement your decision

Students created their own decision making models based on this, which helped them to better understand the idea of how to manage their external influences.   

Students also chose their topics and will begin to research the topics they will present during our culminating learning celebration: G4 Talks!

Here is the link to the rubric for the G4 Talk Presentations.

Students will receive and discuss the rubric with their teachers and classmates next week.  As students begin researching and writing their speeches and presentations, they will refer to this rubric.    


Next week in literacy students will begin to research and then flash draft (write) sections of their G4 speeches.  Students will continue focusing on deconstructing / examining professional presentation, such as TED Talks, and inquiring into how to use images, words, and gestures to create an engaging presentation.  In reading, we are concentrating on writing in-depth reader responses.


This week students took part A of their unit 1 math assessment.  Next week, we will continue with unit concepts in addition and subtraction.  Students are going to think about and use different strategies to add and subtract larger numbers.

Looking Forward #4


September 5 – September 8, 2017

Upcoming Events and Information:


  • Next week is Week A.


Sports Reminders:


MON-Aug 28 WED-Aug 30 FRI-Sept 1


MON-Sept 4 HOLIDAY WED-Sept 6 FRI-Sept 8 MON-Sept 11



  • No school on Monday, September 4:  In honor of Vietnamese National Day!
  • School Photos:


4MS: Individual- Wednesday, Sept. 6

                            Class- Friday, Sept. 8



Science/Social Studies:

Next week we are finishing up our four topics related to health: nutrition, substance abuse (tobacco only) and safe internet practices (cyberbullying, screen time) and physical health (sleep, mindfulness and yoga) .  Students have been finding their new knowledge interesting so far and are becoming experts! Students will be using their self studies to set goals for looking after themselves. We will also begin to discuss external influences.


Next week in literacy students will continue to focus on reflecting about themselves as readers. They will be using Biblionasium to log their reading and add books to their virtual bookshelves. They will be being active readers, using sticky notes to record their thinking as they read.  As writers, students will continue looking at persuasive writing and speaking. They will be working at engaging in speaking games and generating ideas for persuasive essays to develop their spoken confidence as well as persuasion skills.


We are continuing our unit on whole numbers, place value and rounding in computation.

Students will be doing activities and playing games around these concepts. We will begin to focus on adding and subtracting large numbers. Keep your eye out for your child working on Khan Academy at home.  It’s a great online independent math program that supplements our SSIS math curriculum. There may be small homework assignments involving Khan Academy, and they may also work on their own as they choose (no more than about 15 minutes per day though).  Their goal is to finish the Khan Academy fourth grade mission by the end of the year independently.  Ask them about it, and they will tell you more.


Looking Forward #3


Upcoming Events and Information:

  • Next week is Week B.
  • ASAs begin on Monday, August 28
  • No school on Monday, September 4:  In honor of Vietnamese National Day!

Here is another look into our next week in grade four!



Science/Social Studies:

This week we will continue to explore four topics related to health: nutrition (sugar, diet), substance abuse (tobacco only) and safe computer practices (screen time, privacy, cyberbullying) and physical implications (sleep, mindfulness, yoga, exercise).  Students are learning in “rotations”, whereby each grade four teacher will be teaching one of the above topics.  Students will get to move around from classroom to classroom. Students will be using the self studies that they competed to set goals around these topics. They will be asking themselves:

Am I getting enough sleep? Am I on the screen too long? Am I eating healthy?

Please ask your child what they are learning!


Next week in literacy, students will continue to focus on reflecting about themselves as readers. They will be using Biblionasium to log their reading and add books to their virtual bookshelves. Please ask your child to show you this website at home. Students will be writing structured reading responses to their teachers. As writers, students will begin to look at persuasive writing and speaking. They will be writing a persuasive essay as a class as well as playing some speaking games that will begin to develop their spoken confidence as well as persuasion skills.


We are continuing our unit on whole numbers, place value and rounding in computation.   Students will recognize that a multi digit whole numbers represents 10 times what it represents of the number to its right, compare larger numbers, and read and write numbers using standard form, word form, and expanded form.  Students will be doing activities and playing games around these concepts.

Have a great week!

Looking Ahead #2!


G R A D E  4

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August 21-25, 2017

Upcoming Events and Information:


  • Next week is Week A.
  • ASAs begin on Monday, August 28


We are looking forward to another great week of learning. Here is what is happening!

Curriculum Night

Thank you for attending Curriculum Night on Tuesday evening.  If you were not able to attend, our presentations are posted below.  Email us if you have any questions.


4 LH Curriculum Night Presentation

4 MS Curriculum Night Presentation

4 DR Curriculum Night Presentation

4 ME Curriculum Night Presentation




Science/Social Studies:

Our unit is off to a great start! We enjoyed our field trip and photo hunt to Crescent Mall and the discussions when we returned about what the students ate and saw were very thought provoking. Our unit launch on Thursday was exciting and interesting for the kids. Please ask them which adults spoke and what topics they learned about. They are getting excited for their G4 Talks and are starting to think about topics they might be interested in researching for their own G4 Talks. Today, we started our human body inquiries. Students will be rotating through 5 stations and learning about 5 different body systems through hands-on investigations.

Next week, we will continue the body system investigations and then will begin learning about specific health topics such as: healthy eating, smoking and tobacco, exercise and digital citizenship.


We are working on how to choose “just right books” and writing thoughtful reader responses.  We are spending time focusing on Independent Daily Reading (IDR) and building reading stamina.  Students are very excited about our new online reading log, called Biblionasium.  Biblionasium is an online Reading Log where students can record books they want to read and have read.


We are beginning our unit on whole numbers, place value and rounding in computation. Students have taken a pre-assessment and are ready to begin! Activities will focus on place value of numbers up to a million.

Specialists Communication:

Specialist subject Grade 4
Art Topic Students will learn about Gesture and Mannequin drawing, the basis for our figure drawing unit.
Home Connection Ask your child about proportion and gestures in figure drawing.
Music Topic The students are investigating rhythms as body percussion and on tuned percussion instruments.
Home Connection Ask your students the names of the instruments they are playing in the classroom. Look at the ES music blog for what grade 4 have been learning. http://blog.ssis.edu.vn/200314/
PE Topic Soccer unit
Home Connection Play soccer with your child and talk about what good sportsmanship is
Drama Topic Short Scenes
Home Connection Help to memorize lines at home. Read one character while your actor performs the other part.
Host Country Topic
Home Connection
Library Topic We will take a look at Kids InfoBits, an online subscription database, so that students can find research materials for their Independent Me projects.
Home Connection Access Kids InfoBits from home.


Have a wonderful week ahead!

4MS Weekly News #1 for 2017/18!


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August 14-18, 2017


Welcome to Grade 4!

We had a great start to our school year this week.  Students spent time getting to know each other and their teachers, adjusting to class and school routines, meeting new friends and old friends! You will receive an update like this every week to keep you well informed of classroom happenings. These updates are also posted in our grade 4 classroom blogs.

Next week is Week B.

Upcoming Events and Information:

Field Trip: Wednesday, August 16 Crescent Mall- Team Building and Scavenger Hunt:

Grade 4 students and teachers will walk to Crescent Mall.  Along the way they will participate in a scavenger hunt.  Once at Crescent Mall students will continue their scavenger hunt and eat lunch together with their peers.  

Departure from school will begin at 9.30.  We plan to arrive back at school between 12 and 12.30.

We need 3 parent volunteers per class to attend this trip.  If you are able to volunteer, please email your child’s teacher.

Students need to bring to school:  

  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • 200,000 VND
  • Rain Jacket or Umbrella

Tuesday, August 15 Curriculum Night-  The Grades 4 session begins in the auditorium at 7:00pm and will end at 8:20pm.  This is an opportunity to find out more about life in Grade 4 and ask any questions you may have about school happenings and curriculum.  Curriculum night is for parents only and teachers have prepared presentations to share with you.      

Homework begins Next Week.  Students will be using their planners as well as Edmodo for homework information.  However, the planners will be where homework is documented for the first couple of weeks.


Your child will set up their username and password early next week.  This is where class information is posted for students.  

Classroom Blogs

Click the link below to access the Grade 4 Classroom Blog Sites.  Refer to our blogs for classroom happenings and updates weekly.

We are still updating our blogs for the new school year!

Grade 4 Super Unit: Independent Me begins this week!  Read more information below.  


Driving Question: How can we make positive choices independently?

Enduring understanding: Positive choices lead to greater independence.

Essential Questions:

  • What does it mean to be independent?
  • What are positive and negative choices?
  • How can I identify and evaluate external influences?
  • How do I make positive independent decisions?

Science/Social Studies: Next week we will dive into our new unit (Independent Me).  Students will begin to think about what external influences are, and what are the choices we make everyday. Our field trip, unit launch with teacher guest speakers, and science inquiries about the human body, will get students excited and interested to learn about how the choices they make affect their health and well being.

Literacy:  We will be setting up our literacy classroom routines.  We will be discussing and introducing Independent Daily Reading (IDR), reader response notebooks, and starting a read aloud.  

Math:  Unit 1   

Below you will find the standards students will inquire into over the next few weeks.  Next week, we will begin with introducing Number Talks and reading the book, How Much is a Million?

Whole Numbers, Place Value and Rounding in Computation

Students will:

  • Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 ÷ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division.
  • Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
  • Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.
  • Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
  • Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.


Weekly Update!

Week of May 29- June 2, 2017



  • This week is Week A
  • Art Journeys: Monday, May 29 (5:00- 8:00pm), grade 4 music performs from 7:15-7:45 in the auditorium and drama performances on atrium stage: 4DR 6:15, 4MS 6:30, 4LH 6:45


         *Students must wear the SSIS white performance t-shirt.


  • Last day of ASAs: Thursday, June 1
  • Grade 4 Class Party: Wednesday, June 7 (more info to follow)
  • Last day of School: Thursday, June 8 (12:15 dismissal)



Summer School Sign Up: Click here to learn more about summer school!


Social Studies:

Remember to check out the replicas of ships from the Age of Exploration, if you haven’t already!  Students are almost ready to perform their short explorer skits on Wednesday.  On May 31th, they will be performing a dramatic script based on what they have learned!  Their audience will be their fourth grade peers!  


Students will complete their book clubs and practise for their explorer skits. They will take what they have learned about public speaking this year and showcase these skills. We will be filming the skits, so that parents can watch them on their blogs. Please support your child if they ask for costume or prop help!


Students are in their last math unit of the year!  (Unit 7, Area and Perimeter).  Ask your child about what they are learning about things such as metric and standard measurement, length, width, units, etc.  Continue asking them about anything on this link>>>  Here is a link to the learning targets for Area and Perimeter. Students will have their final Unit 7 assessment this Thursday, June 1.


Weekly Update #27!



Documentarians at work!



  • This week is Week B.
  • ASA Season 3 will begin today!
  • Learning Journeys: Friday, March 24. Please check the information letter attached. Your child’s scheduled time is on this. There is no school Friday.
  • Save the Date! Next Tuesday, March 28 from 5-7pm is the Viable Vietnam Film Festival. We hope all families can make it. As this is a red carpet event, students and families are encouraged to dress fancy! Your children are stars!





UNIT INFORMATION:  Viable Vietnam!

Literacy and Viable Vietnam: Unit Study

Our project based work is still going strong and we are in the final stages of creating some fabulous documentaries. This week, students will be recording their narration, and then important all of their footage and the documentaries will be polished up. It’s going to be an exciting week as we see all the hard work come together and look forward to our celebration next Tuesday. Students will also be busy preparing for their Learning Journeys.


We will continue Unit 5, Fractions and Decimals.  Here are the learning targets for Unit 5. Students are learning how to say decimal numbers correctly, as well are to compare their values with fractions. Could you use dice and/or playing cards to create a game with your child?

Weekly Update #25!


  • This week is Week B.

  • ASA Season 3 Registration Mar 6-9: You can register online at link.ssis.edu.vn. Bus registration will follow during the week of Mar 13.

  • Family Fun Day March 11, 2:30-5:30.

  • Early Dismissal (12:00pm-free dress day): Wednesday, March 15

  • Learning Journeys Registration is Open – How To Register: Registration closes on Mar 17 at 9am.

  • A Message From the ES Musical Planning Committee:

You are cordially invited to the ES musical production of The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever!

This exciting, theatrical experience will be held in our beautiful auditorium on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30pm. Tickets are free this year! Please see Ms. Vy in the business office or Ms. Truc in the ES office for tickets. Remember, seating in our auditorium is limited, so get your tickets ASAP.

Please join us!

Last week’s Cooking Making!


UNIT INFORMATION:  Viable Vietnam!

Literacy and Viable Vietnam: Unit Study

This week we will begin to research for our documentary topics. Students will work in their groups to make plans for getting more footage (videos and images) as well as who to interview. We will begin to make plans for writing our narrative nonfiction based scripts. We will continue to look at the landforms and climate of Vietnam and investigate how they are connected to our topics. Literacy and unit studies will be all project based work and will be exciting!

Please be checking in with your child about how their documentary is progressing.


This week we will start unit 5, Fractions and Decimals.  Here are the learning targets for Unit 5.  We will also be sending home the students’ progress profile from Unit 4 at the end of the week.

Take care!
Melanie and James.