Welcome to CISM

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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 to Quint Marty!

Happy Birthday, Quint!

Happy Birthday, Quint!

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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November to remember

As we come to a close on November, I just want to give a recap of what happened this month. Grade 5 had the pleasure of having the Manila water team of scientists come and present to them how water plants work and how they clean the water in Manila and how they also provide water to all the houses and buildings. It was an interesting presentation as all the students learned something new and some of them saying that they want to become scientists in the future. Some of them even want to help the

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Hugo is picked by the scientists to help with the water purifying.

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The class surrounds the table to get a closer look at the steps to purify water.

This month, we also had our annual book week! The kids were excited about having to read a book from the library or a book that they brought from home. National Bookstore set up a stall on the first floor for the kids to buy books. On November 23, Grade 5-AM had a presentation to do in front of the whole elementary school, they had to act out a part of the book “Ready Player One.” They did a great job drawing applause and laughter from the parents, students and teachers. It was the experience that was made this all worth it for them and the smiles on their face during the presentation and after showed how much fun they had.

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Grade 5-AM on the day of their book week presentation. Their book was Ready Player One

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Grade 5-AM after their performance

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The Grade 5 students were very interested in what the team of scientists from Manila water were talking about

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Eventful October!

October went by quick! it was a fun month as we go to have our annual sports fest where everyone put on their running shoes and showed us how much fun team work and fitness can be. It was Yellow vs Red vs Blue, they were all close games as Yellow team won for elementary and blue won for high school which lead to the blue team becoming overall champions. It was a fun day as everyone’s competitiveness came out and showed how much they wanted to win each game, but at the end of the day its about making new friends, having fun and building camaraderie.

Elementary school did most of their games in the MPH, here is a picture of the three teams the students are representing.

Elementary school did most of their games in the MPH, here is a picture of the three teams the students are representing.

An intense race about to happen.

An intense race about to happen.

Before we had sports day, we started the week with spirit week! each day had a theme for the kids to dress up as, such as Meme Monday, Tropical Tuesday, Wake up Wednesday, Thursday was Movie character for AM and Friday was sports day. All the kids showed their enthusiasm to join in on spirit week, there were plenty of creative costumes.

Tropical Tuesday

Tropical Tuesday

Tropical Tuesday

Tropical Tuesday

Wake up Wednesday

Wake up Wednesday

Ending the month, we celebrated UN day, there were so many colorful national costumes being displayed by the students, it was such a wonderful display! not to mention all of the food brought from the different places around the world! its safe to say that everyone went home with a full belly. The performances done by the EY/ES students was amazing! they really got everyone to go with the music and their performance. It was a fun month as everyone was able to get involved and enjoy the events.

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September!

The students writing on the board their own definition of what the term means

The students writing on the board their own definition of what the term means

The month of September was full of fun as the grade 5 students read various short stories for ELA and expanded their vocabulary by reading and learning new words from the stories. It was a very fun and educational time as the students were able to share their own experiences that they were able to relate to in some of the stories but most of all, the creative side of the students came out as they were tasked to write their own stories that had various literature elements that were learned in class. They really enjoyed coming up with their own stories and what genre they wanted to do. They had horror, action, fiction and non-fiction, many of the students could not stop writing their stories as they were interested on how their story would turn out in the end, Lets just say that there may be a couple of future writers and authors from this fun bunch!

Moving on to social studies, the students learned ancient Rome and its history. The students were eager to learn about the past of this ancient civilization. They learned about the myth of Rome and the government branches, people and the leaders of this ancient city. The kids wrote their own scripts when they were put into groups and also made various art work to show their understanding of the topic.

Making their own aqueduct with clay and supplies found in the classroom

Making their own aqueduct with clay and supplies found in the classroom

It was a fun month! I hope to see the same eagerness and curiosity in the upcoming month!

 

Amado Macasaet

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Welcome!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Fifth Grade! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful summer break.

My name is Amado Macasaet and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year. This is my first year in Chinese International School Manila and I am excited to begin it with you and your child. This is also my second year in the profession, having taught at Brent International School Manila and Cambridge International School.

I look forward to a very exciting year and to working in partnership with you as we develop your child’s potential. This year will be filled with a multitude of fun activities aimed at helping your child become an independent, responsible, critical and eager learner. We’re going to have a terrific year of community and learning!

On the following pages are a few general guidelines for the Grade 5-AM Class, as well as the class schedule.

Should you have any questions or concerns, you’re welcome to email me at amacasaet@cismanila.org, send me a note via your child’s homework notebook, or set an appointment through the school office (at 02 7980011). I look forward to meeting you soon, and working with you in ensuring your child’s success in the coming year.

 

Warm regards,

 

Amado Salvador F. Macasaet

EY/ES English Language Arts and Social Studies

Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher

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