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Happy Holidays!

This 1st semester has been nothing short of amazing and enlightening for me as a teacher. If there is one thing I have learned from the students, it’s how to build a community and friendships with the people around you. Though we are all different and hail from different countries, the students have managed to establish close friendships which each other especially within this past month. These friendships led to the success of the Christmas Concert Performance! Thank you, for a memorable 1st semester!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Grade 5 worked hard to put together a memorable performance.

Grade 5 worked hard to put together a memorable performance.

What an amazing performance!

What an amazing performance!

All smiles on the last day of the year together!

All smiles on the last day of the year together!

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Future Mathematicians!!

It’s been quite the month for my young mathematicians! They’ve worked incredibly hard and it shows! The students are becoming increasingly confident in their ability to solve problems using many different ways.

Working on various exercises together as a table group.

Working on various exercises together as a table group.

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Students like to show their methods for solving problems

Students like to show their methods for solving problems

Time to assess our understanding!

Time to assess our understanding!

In addition to being such great problem solvers, the students are also great athletes and superb team players!

Sports Day was a blast!

Sports Day was a blast!

Team Yellow was all smiles :)

Team Yellow was all smiles :)

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Team work makes the dream work ;)

Team work makes the dream work ;)

I can’t wait to see the growing progress of the students as we continue the year! I’m extremely grateful to be on this learning journey with them. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Happy October, Everyone!

So many exciting things have happened in school during the month of October! There has be birthdays, fun projects, holiday celebrations, and SO MUCH FOOD ❤ Here are some highlights of the major events that took place this month:

UN DAY!

It is indeed “a small world after all” as CISM students and family got together to celebrate the many different cultures and nationalities that make the CISM community great.

All of the elementary school grades got together in the gym to perform and recognize each other's nationalities.

All of the elementary school grades got together in the gym to perform and recognize each other’s nationalities.

Grade 5 was super excited to participate in all the UN Day Celebrations

Grade 5 was super excited to participate in all the UN Day Celebrations

After the performances and cultural workshops, we all shared food from different countries.

After the performances and cultural workshops, we all shared food from different countries.

HALLOWEEN!

“This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween, Halloweeeeeeeen!!”

Teachers and staff have been making preparations for Halloween.

Teachers and staff have been making preparations for Halloween.

Students have also been doing Halloween-themed activities including writing math stories about spiders :)

Students have also been doing Halloween-themed activities including writing math stories about spiders :)

Students did different Halloween-themed activities in Guided Math Groups.  This one is a candy rounding math game.

Students did different Halloween-themed activities in Guided Math Groups. This one is a candy rounding math game.

Spooky ghost math expressions!

Spooky ghost math expressions!

Candy corn decimal number forms.

Candy corn decimal number forms.

Decimal multiplication race!

Decimal multiplication race!

On a side note: there are 61 days left until Christmas :)

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Creative Minds at Work!

Students are given free reading time throughout the week.

Students work on writing structure in class.

Students work on writing structure in class.

 

Students use many different resources, such as graphic organizers in order to help with their writing.

Students use many different resources, such as graphic organizers in order to help with their writing.

Students had to write a short story about a character solving a problem or getting through a difficult task.

Students had to write a short story about a character solving a problem or getting through a difficult task.

 

During the month of September, the students of 5AM and 5AW concentrated on short story writing structure and analyzing a given text.  They produced wonderfully creative short stories where a character must perform a difficult task or solve a problem. The students’ hard work of brainstorming, drafting, and editing paid off! :)

Now, the students are concentrating on writing a paragraph describing a time and place that presents a problem.  Some have already told me their ideas of describing spooky houses, a rainy day, and even simply crossing the street.  I just know they will write something just as creative, if not more, than the last assignment!

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!

I am so happy to be joining CISM and working with the students of Grade 5! I look forward to spending more time with the students and getting to know them better so as to ensure a more quality and fun learning experience.

This is my 6th year teaching and 3rd country to teach in.  I’m originally from California, USA.  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Science and Mathematics from Cal State Fullerton.  In addition, I hold a Masters in the Art of Teaching and Multiple Subject Credential from the University of Southern California.  Beyond teaching in the classroom, I co-found a tutoring service called Delta Academics (formerly OC INK Tutoring) and am a published poet in Beyond Centauri Magazine.  In my free time I enjoy running and camping/traveling :)

Email: awong@cismanila.org 

Blog: cismconnect.org/awong  

Here is the schedule and reminders for the school year:

GRADE 5AW SCHEDULE

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  • SCHOOL HOURS – 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (2:15 p.m. for EY)
  • 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. (Refer to the Student Handbook.)
  • LATECOMERS – Students secure a late slip from the Admissions Office.
  • DISMISSAL – Students wait at the cafeteria. (Refer to the Student Handbook.)

 

UNIFORM

  • TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS – 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 Wednesdays.
  • 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.