You can always see upcoming assignments, presentations, Free Dress days, etc. on the calendar on the top of our class website http://www.issosua.com/grade-5.html.
Here are a few to note:
- Friday, December 1 - Morning Circle Presentation 5th grade Morning Circle Presentation 8:00 am
- Tuesday, December 12th - Optional Parent Talk about 5th Grade Puberty Education 3:00 pm
- Thursday, December 14th - Economic Fair
- Thursday, December 14th - Holiday Show
- Week of December 18-22nd - Puberty Education in 5th Grade
- December 22 - January 8th - Holiday Break (no classes)
- Monday, January 8th - Professional Development Day for Teachers (no classes)
- Tuesday, January 9th - School Resumes
We will be taking class photos on Wednesday, November 22nd at 10:45. Students should come in their white ISS polos (as normal, since Wednesday is not a PE day).
Morning Circle Presentation
The 5th graders will be presenting at Morning Circle on Friday, December 1st at 8 am. They have been working really hard to create a presentation that showcases what they have been learning about making a positive impact on the environment. We hope you can make it!
As we discussed at Meet the Teacher night, we will be doing Puberty Education for the 5th graders the week of December 18th - 22nd. The emphasis will be on understanding their bodies and the changes that begin to take place during adolescence. We will break this up into four classes: 1) puberty and hygiene 2) changes in the female body 3) changes in the male body 4) question day (this is the only day that will be divided by gender - this ensures that all students are given the same information, but also have a chance to discuss in a single-sex environment where they may feel more comfortable asking questions). Parents should be aware this is happening, as students may come home wanting to discuss further and ask more questions. Any parents wanting a more in-depth preview of the material to be covered is invited to attend an optional parent talk on Tuesday, December 12th from 3:00 - 3:30 in the 5th grade classroom. This is not required (I know there’s a LOT going on right now!) but is offered as a support - puberty education can be daunting for students and families both!
Thank you for supporting your 5th grader in this project! This week, students researched potential ideas and came up with a project proposal. They shared their proposal and got feedback from their classmates in activity modeled on the show Shark Tank - we have a lot of entrepreneurial minds in this class! By now, students should have completed items #1-3 in their student workbook (they all have a hard copy but there is also a digital copy on the Homework section of our class website). This means they have a project idea that they have described in detail, and have brainstormed what materials they need and where they will get their materials from. The bulk of the work should be done in class, but students may need help collecting materials outside of school. You can also help by encouraging them not to use new, store bought materials, tempting as they may be. Help them think of reusable/natural materials that they could use instead, for example decorate with shells and seeds instead of glitter and ribbon.
The Economic Fair is a part of the Holiday Bazaar, which will be Thursday, December 14. That is also the day of the Holiday Program - mark your calendars!
Recycled items needed: Some of the 5th graders have asked for help collecting materials for their projects. If you have any of the following around your house that you would be willing to donate, they would be greatly appreciative!
- Toilet paper rolls
- Popsicle sticks
- White socks
This week we introduced coding in class. Students had a lot of fun designing games, making digital art, and creating characters with their coding skills. They’re preparing lead ISS as we participate in the annual Hour of Code project with schools worldwide. If you want to know more about Hour of Code, ways to get your 5th grader coding, or coding in general, you should check out www.hourofcode.com or www.code.org - resources are available in multiple languages!