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Off to a Great Start!

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

- Zig Ziglar

3JL has been doing wonderful things in and outside the classroom since the academic year started, and I’m glad to share with you the highlights of our challenging yet awesome and  fun experiences.

For academics:


The students are doing well in recalling past Math concepts such as the place value system, comparing, ordering, rounding off, and estimating whole numbers. We have as well started having a more in-depth discussion on properties of addition and the basic concepts of adding and subtracting. At the same time, children are getting lots of exposures in solving multi-digit addition and subtraction problems through collaborative learning tasks and by doing individual and paired works. As a bonus, they also get to answer different brain teasers and mind benders to help them think out of the box.


After our discussion on Scientific methods and traits of a scientist to review their concepts of what Science is about, 3JL has been engaging in doing mini experiments such as the Rainbow Milk and Walking Water in order to develop their skills in doing careful observations, making sound predictions and coming up with accurate conclusions. We have as well started our unit on Force and Motion where the students are about to explore concepts of balanced and unbalanced forces, friction, gravity, magnetism and etc.


For reading the students have been doing various activities to develop fluency and stamina in dealing with longer texts. They have a weekly dose of grade-level vocabulary and spelling words in class. They are also introduced to fiction and informational texts and are encouraged to read more of these types, too. The students are also given opportunities to become more critical in analyzing the characters in the stories we read by filling out character analysis charts supported by text evidence.

For writing, 3JL has already been introduced to the writing process where they are asked to brainstorm ideas which they could write about and refine their work along the way by revising and editing them thoroughly. They are also regularly provided with grammar, punctuation and capitalization lessons to help them come up with clear and understandable essays.

Social Studies

As we dig deeper in our discussions about Early Humans, it is such a joy to see the children gain more understanding of how humans evolved. As we currently explore the timeline of Human Evolution, the students gain more familiarity with different species like the Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo Erectus, the Cro-Magnon and Homo Sapien Sapiens.


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Welcome to Grade 3JL SY 2017-2018

Dear Grade 3 Parents and Families,

Welcome to 3rd Grade! I hope you all had a fun and restful summer break. I am pleased and excited to have your child in my class this year!

My name is Julie Ann Lucas, and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher for SY 2017-2018. I graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Elementary Education. I am currently continuing my Master’s degree in the same university, concentrating on Developmental Psychology. This is my eighth year in this profession and my second year here in Chinese International School Manila. I am filled with enthusiasm at the thought of the many rewarding opportunities this new grade level has to offer.  Our class aims to focus on doing fun and exciting activities that will help each and every member to become more independent, responsible, and eager learners. I look forward to working with you in developing your child’s maximum potentials.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and unwavering support. I look forward to meeting with you soon! Let us work hand-in-hand in ensuring your child’s success this school year!

Yours in education,

Ms. Julie Ann Lucas

3-JL Homeroom Teacher


Kindly take note and be guided of the following guidelines for Grade 3-JL class:


  • Classes begin at 7:30am and end at 2:30pm daily except on Wednesdays. Classes on Wednesdays begin at 8:20am to give way for the weekly faculty meeting. Please refer to the attached homeroom schedule.
  • Dismissal on club days is at 3:30pm (with the exception of a few clubs).
  • Wednesdays and Fridays are PE days. Since they are scheduled to have their PE class during the last block, your child must come to school wearing his/her school uniform. Please make sure to send your child’s PE uniform and an extra shirt so he/she can change during and after PE time.
  • Snack time is at 9:00am while lunch time is at 10:40am. Bringing of healthy food and drinks is highly encouraged.
  • Students will also be given time to visit and borrow books from the library. Books can be borrowed and returned every Mondays and Wednesdays during library time.
  • Waiting area for early birds (7:00-7:25 am) will be at the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH). They will have their designated bag area on the first floor.
  • Latecomers must secure a late slip from Admissions Office
  • Waiting area after dismissal time is at the cafeteria.


  • Student packet supplies are to be kept in school for the class’ consumption.
  • Notebooks will be sent home to be labeled with the child’s complete name and section and should be covered with clear plastic. Kindly return the notebooks on or before August 15.


  • Students are required to come to school wearing complete school uniforms on Mondays to Thursdays while casual clothes are allowed on Fridays (no immodest style of clothes, expensive jewelry, make-up, hair dye, flamboyant hairstyles).
  • For your child’s personal belongings, kindly ensure that all of his/her items are properly labeled with his/her name. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles every day.
  • Your child is also required to have a personal hygiene kit which will be kept in the cubbies for them to use when needed. Please provide them with a container that is handy, durable, and compact. Your child’s kit should contain the following items:
  • extra set of clothes (shirt, short/pants, underwear, socks)
  • wet wipes
  • alcohol
  • powder
  • small face towel
  • cologne
  • All medications are coursed through the clinic and administered by the school nurse.
  • Gadgets and toys are to be kept at home unless required by the teacher for academic purposes.


  • Your child will be bringing home a student planner that will contain reminders and home work for the day.  Kindly take time to read and sign the planner on a daily basis.
  • For third grade, your child is expected to do 30 minutes of home work after school hours that is to be submitted the next day. At the same time, they are also expected to read for 15-20 minutes either independently or with the guidance of a sibling or parent. This is an extension of what we will do in class in order to develop mastery of skills and concepts as well as good study habits. Projects will also be given sometime this year which they will do either individually or by group.
  • Grade 3-JL will also have a classroom blog ( which you can check out to get updates on what we have accomplished for the month as well as reminders for upcomingprojects and events that the class will take part in.
  • If you have anything to share, please do not hesitate to email me at or send a note through your child’s student planner. If you would like to speak with me in person, please feel free to make an appointment with Ms. Kitin Conchu (02-798-0011).
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Working with Fraction Tiles

Use of manipulatives in Math has been proven effective since time immemorial. Even in the ancient times, many people have used physical objects to help them solve Math problems.

For our fraction lessons, 3JL students have been using fraction tiles in order to visualize and have a deeper understanding of fraction concepts.

It’s a joy to watch them figure out Math problems by using manipulatives which allow them to move from concrete experiences to abstract reasoning.


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Celebrating English Week

On  March 23, as Lower School celebrated English Week, the third graders took the opportunity to show off their spelling skills by having a Grade Level Spelling Bee. First, each class had a friendly competition amongst themselves wherein they got to spell out words with varying difficulties.
20170323_12532520170323_125336After obtaining the Top 3 winners for each section, both classes were merged to have a face-off round for the 6 spelling masters.

It was a good chance for the students to get to know the mechanics of a spelling bee and practice their spelling skills as well. At the end of the activity, Martin emerged victorious and was declared as the Spelling Bee winner!



At the same time, the students also had the opportunity to show their creativity and  writing skills by constructing narratives. I will always be a proud homeroom teacher of these energetic and creative kids!




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Happy 100 Days of School!

CISM celebrated its 100th Day of School on February 7, 2017. In line with this academic milestone, 3JL students enthusiastically contributed to the said event by making their own 100 Days Hats and filling up “time capsules” that asked them to imagine how they see themselves as 100-year olds.

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Fantastic February!

Chinese New Year Celebration

On January 27, the CISM community welcomed the year of the Fire Rooster with a program that made everyone excited, especially the students of 3JL exhilarated. The series of activities started with a Dragon Dance in the school parking lot and was followed by the dragon’s “visitation” in each classroom. A mini-concert where kids got to perform different Chinese song and dance numbers followed after.

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After the celebration, the students were divided by their houses for the second round of Sports Day. 3JL got to play different games like relay and basketball. It was indeed a fun and exciting day for everyone!

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Grade 3 Assembly

On January 19, Grades 3BR and 3JL gave a presentation on the IB Learner Profile “Balanced.” The presentation was a great success as the kids showcased their many talents through various mediums. The presentation began with the students dancing to a song entitled “Balance on One Foot.” This light-hearted song highlighted an important aspect of being “Balanced,” which is to do things in moderation as well as to maintain an active lifestyle!

Next, the students recited a poem entitled “A Balanced Life.” We believed that reciting the poem helped drive the message of living life in a balanced manner. As a bonus, the poem was also a great memorization activity for the kids.

However, the final component of the presentation was the much anticipated singing performance. The students worked tirelessly to perfect the dance routine to the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent. This special song encouraged both students, teachers and parents to reflect on the many aspects of their life and to understand that it is important to balance all aspects of our life–whether it is our home or school life. As a special treat for EY/EL students, our kids performed a black-light routine which required them to work together to create images and words with only their hands. I was very proud to see all of the students hard work pay off as they displayed the words “Love,” “Life” and other images such as birds, candles and a heart. The audience erupted into applause after the performance and the students were complimented on a job well-done throughout the day.

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January, Be Happy!

As we begin another fantastic year, 3JL went full academic mode as they continue to show enthusiasm and excellence in different academic activities. Some of the highlights our January activities are as follow:

A Closer Look at Mosquitoes’ Life Cycle


Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals


Mastering Multiplication and Division


Writing and Publishing Personal Narratives

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This Is It December!

Months go by so fast! We can’t believe that it’s already December! Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun! Here are the things 3JL had been working on for the month of December. As part of Lower School’s Service Learning project, 3JL together with the other grade levels decorated parols that were put in auction for the benefit of MoveEd kids.

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Spreading Love on Christmas Month

On December 9, students in the Lower School held their annual Service Learning Activity in partnership with the Move Ed Foundation. Each grade level prepared an activity that Move Ed kids got to enjoy and learn from. Grade 3 spearheaded the puppet-making and story telling sessions in the library.

It was a great opportunity to see students of 3JL reach out to these younger Move Ed kids, making sure that they were able to make them happy in one way or another. Seeing them help the little ones fold and cut paper and reading stories to them (even if there were some sort of language barrier)made me one proud homeroom teacher of these kiddos. At teh end of the day, we asked the children to make a reflection about the activity that they did with the Move Ed kids and we got excellent responses from them!

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