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Its the most wonderful time of the year!

Today is the last day of the second quarter! The first half of the school year is over!

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5-AM!

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5-AW

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Some of the students started their own sticker booth where they sold their own drawings.

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students during the Christmas concert

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Grade 5 performing their own rendition of a classic Christmas song

We held our Annual Christmas Concert today with students from Kinder to Grade 5 performing various versions of classical Christmas songs.

 

Some of the students had their own booth to sell handmade stickers, it looks like we have future entrepreneurs! they were very successful in selling it to people of all ages and were very excited to start another sale soon.

The students brought food to the party and everyone went home with their bellies full and hearts full of memories. It was a Christmas party to remember!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

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November!

As November ends, we look back at what we did for Social Studies! This past month we learned about the Ancient Civilization of Africa. It was fascinating to learn about the culture and history of Egypt, Aksum and, Kush. The students learned about the value of salt back then and how it was used as a trading item amongst the people in Africa. It was even worth more than gold because of Mansa Munsa, An emperor who had so much gold that he gave it away to the cities he passed during his pilgrimage!

On November 28, The students were able to learn about Thanksgiving. A tradition usually celebrated in America but has been adopted by many all over the world. An activity was done where the students were to color a turkey and use their creativity to make it colorful!

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Just a couple of more weeks until the Christmas break! last push Grade 5!!

 

Cheers!

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United Nations and Halloween!

As we enter the break, we had a spectacular month of learning and fun!

On October 18, Chinese International School held its annual United Nations Day. All of CISM came in their national outfits. The event started with the Early Years students showing their costumes and saying a greeting in another language. It was adorable!

We also had a dance that was displayed by the faculty and parents, They put on a really great show! everyone loved it! The Elementary school students also gave a great performance by singing and dancing, it was such a pleasant display of talent and creativity!

Grade 5 in their National Costumes

Grade 5 in their National Costumes

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The Elementary School Performance

The Elementary School Performance

After the festivities, the students were able to attend cultural workshops held by the middle school and upper school students, where they were able to learn about various countries and do all sorts of activities. To end the day they all had a global potluck brought by everyone in CISM, there were all sorts of food! Asian, American, African, European! you name it and it was there.

Before we head into the long break, the students got to end the week with their Halloween costumes and do some trick or treating.

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What a way to end the week!

 

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Whats the matter?

This student was very happy to show his classmates that he knew how to make a chemical reaction

This student was very happy to show his classmates that he knew how to make a chemical reaction

Students watch as they watch their classmate do her demonstration on chemical reaction

Students watch as they watch their classmate do her demonstration on chemical reaction

This month for September, Grade 5-AM and 5-AW are learning about Matter in Science, The students started off the topic strong, They were asking questions about matter left and right! What a wonderful thing a curious mind can be.

The students showed various types of physical changes and chemical reactions, such as breaking a pencil, cutting paper to dropping mentos in coke and making slime. They all demonstrated well on what to do and how to explain their experiment. The students showed a lot of interest in this topic, as they were very engaged in the activities and were very curious.They learned about the different properties and characteristics of Solid, Liquid and Gas.

They went around the school to see how Physical Changes happened in all kinds of things and also how Chemical Reactions happen around them. Learning this topic was a lot of fun for the 5th graders as they got to know more about the states of matter and how it can be applied to their everyday lives.

 

Lets go grade 5!

Link for the Ms. Wong’s blog: http://cismconnect.org/awong/

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Welcome SY 2019-2020

As the new school year starts, I hope that the students of Grade 5 will have fun and also have a fruitful year of learning and growth!

I am Mr. Mike and this is my second year in CISM, both years teaching grade 5. I have taught in Brent International School Manila and Cambridge International School. I grew up in the Philippines and studied in International School Manila and Brent International School Manila for Elementary, Middle and High school. I graduated college in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, a university in the Philippines, and continues to take education classes at the University of the Philippines Open University.

 

Here is the schedule and reminders for the new school year.

  • SCHOOL HOURS – 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • WEDNESDAYS – Late Start at 8:20 a.m.
  • EARLY BIRDS (7:00-7:25 a.m.) – Students leave their bags in designated areas along the first floor hallway, and wait at the cafeteria.
  • LATECOMERS – Students secure a late slip from the Admissions Office.
  • DISMISSAL – Students wait at the cafeteria.

UNIFORM

  • TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS – Students wear P.E. kit and bring a CISM shirt.
  • FRIDAYS – Students have the option to wear casual clothes. Nail polish, make-up, jewelry (except for stud earrings), flamboyant hairstyles, and immodest style of clothes (e.g., short shorts, hanging shirt/top) are discouraged.

NOTEBOOKS, LIBRARY BOOKS, AND STUDENT PACKET

  • NOTEBOOKS – Label, cover with clear plastic, and return on or before August 16.
  • ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOK – Check for notes, sign, and send to school everyday. Homework is assigned only when needed.
  • READING LOG – Daily independent reading at home is encouraged by using Library or any available books.
  • LIBRARY BOOKS – Students borrow and return books on Thursdays.
  • STUDY HALL- Students have study hall time every Monday.
  • STUDENT PACKET – Supplies will be kept in the classroom.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

 

  • LABEL your child’s things with his/her full name and class.

 

  • WATER BOTTLE should be sent to school everyday.
  • HYGIENE KIT – Students leave extra clothes, underwear, socks, small towel, comb/ brush, and apron in a small box or bag at school.
  • GADGETS AND TOYS are not allowed at school.

FOOD AND MEDICATION

  • Healthy food and drinks (Chips and soda are highly discouraged.)
  • MEDICATION – Give this along with instructions to the school nurse.

GRADE 5 GRADING SYSTEM

ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies 

  • 70% Formative Assessments
  • 45% Skills Demonstration
  • 45% Written Work
  • 10% Class Participation
  • 30% Summative Assessment
  • 50% Skills Demonstration
  • 50% Written Work

Mandarin 

  • 70% Formative Assessments
  • 60% Skills Demonstration
  • 30% Written Work
  • 10% Class Participation
  • 30% Summative Assessment
  • 70% Skills Demonstration
  • 30% Written Work

Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education, and Digital Literacy 

  • 70% Formative Assessments
  • 80% Skills Demonstration
  • 10% Written Work
  • 10% Class Participation
  • 30% Summative Assessment

100% Skills Demonstration

I am Mr. Mike and this is my second year in CISM, both years teaching grade 5. I have taught in Brent International School Manila and Cambridge International School. I grew up in the Philippines and studied in International School Manila and Brent International School Manila for Elementary, Middle and High school. I graduated college in De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, a university in the Philippines, and continues to take education classes at the University of the Philippines Open University.

I hope we can all have a fun year ahead of us!

Cheers!

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Onward!

Dear Grade 5,

It has been an amazing school year with you all! This was indeed an experience I will never forget. I watched all of you grow over the past year, it was such an honor to have been your teacher. Teaching all of you ELA and Social Studies has been so much fun and has also been a learning experience, I also found myself growing and learning new things everyday from all of you.

I’ll have to admit, at first it was a challenge to handle all of you since I was a new teacher and we didn’t know each other, but as time went on we developed a good rapport with each other. Sure, there were times when you would get out of hand and talk away during class but you knew when to stop and listen.

I hope you all learned a lot during your time being my student because I know I learned a lot by being your teacher. Good Luck in middle school Grade 5!

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”

-Mahatma Gandhi

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Corregidor!

On April 4, Grade 5 went on a field trip to the island of Corregidor for Social Studies and to also bond as a class. They started the day early by gathering at CISM early in the morning around 5 am, then made their way to Sun cruises which was at MOA. The kids were really excited about going to an island that they have not been to.

Once arriving on the island, the students were very excited to start the tram tour. The guide talked about the history of the island and also talked about the events that happened there such as the fights in WWII. The tour included the students looking at some of the old buildings that the soldiers used back then and some of the weapons that were left behind and the history of the weapons.

The students were given a guide through a tunnel the Japanese forces made and used to spy on the American forces. The students were very excited to know about what the tunnel was for and how it was made. After the tour, some of the students bought some souvenirs to bring home for their family.

The kids watching the sunrise after hiking.

The kids watching the sunrise after hiking.

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A tour in the hospital that was used in WWII

A tour in the hospital that was used in WWII

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It was a very fun trip, all the students had a very educational time there and learned something new about the history of Corregidor Island. Some of them even wanted to extend their stay for the trip!

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Turning Japanese

As we end the 3rd quarter and start the 4th, We just want to take a look back to reflect on what we have done in school. We learned about Ancient Japan in social studies and we did various topics in ELA such as sequence of events, compare and contrast and more. It was a very eventful and fun quarter as we did skits about the different classes from Ancient Japan, from the merchants to the emperor. The students were very excited about learning this part of history, some of them have never been to Japan and didn’t really dwell much on the country or its history before. We did skits, drawings, writing activities and even had our high school teacher Mr. Sam who teaches IB visual art to give them a lecture about how the Japanese people did art back then.

Mr. Sam showing a version of Japanese art that the kids found interesting

Mr. Sam showing a version of Japanese art that the kids found interesting

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With around 2-3 weeks left before the quarter ended the students were given a project, where they were asked to build a Japanese building using popsicle sticks and other materials. It turns out that we may have some future architects! everyone’s project was beautifully and creatively done!

Bravo, Grade 5 for a job well done in finishing quarter 3. Now, lets us see what quarter 4 and the Ancient Americas has in store for you.

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Fun February

For the month of February, Chinese International School Manila celebrated Chinese New Year with activities and a lot of food!

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The kids are ready for the Chinese New Year Parade

The kids are ready for the Chinese New Year Parade

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The students had a lot of fun starting the month of with celebrating the Chinese New Year, they continued the day with activities learning about China and its celebrations and different kinds of food.  The students went home with their bellies full and with their minds filled with more knowledge.

This quarter, The students are learning about Ancient Japan, we are studying the ways of the Samurai, Geography of Japan, Life in Ancient Japan and more. The kids are given various activities to help them learn more about Ancient Country. It was fun watching them create their own skit about the life of a Samurai, everyone had their own take on how it meant to be a samurai and what kind of life they lived back then. They were fascinated that the samurai lived really simple lives. The students also got to make Haiku’s, they had a lot of fun and used their creativity to make these special poems, some of the students would actually make more when they got home.

 

We are all looking forward to finishing this quarter and learning more about Ancient Japan!

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Back to School!

Its the end of January and what a month we had. The students went back to school on January 7 from their Christmas break and had a lot of stories to tell about their break. They were also really excited to see their friends and classmates and couldn’t wait to catch with each other.

This quarter for Social Studies we are learning about Ancient Japan. We learned about the very first Japanese people called the Ainu, Kamis, emperors and more!

The students got to make their own origami box

The students got to make their own origami box

The students learn to write their name in katakana

The students learn to write their name in katakana

For ELA we started the quarter with Poems. The students learned about different types of poems and wrote some of their own. The students are so talented with writing! its amazing!

 

We also got to celebrate one of our students birthday last Tuesday, Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Quint!

Happy Birthday!

We are all looking forward to what our topics this quarter can teach us, everyday is a new day to learn something new.

 

Cheers!

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