Grade 2ML

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Singapore Splendor

One of the countries we learned about this past month was Singapore. For such a small country — known as the “little red dot” — there sure is a lot to learn!  Its history is so interesting, and so are its people.

One of the things we learned about Singapore is that there are three major races who make Singapore their home — the Malays, the Singaporean Chinese, and the Indians.  Because they are so diverse, the contributions they make to Singaporean culture make it so rich and interesting.  One of the things we learned about in Social Studies this month was how people would meet and greet each other.  Did you know that the customs varied according to race, and even whether they are a boy or a girl??  We had a lot of fun learning about the different ways people interact with each other in Singapore; we even did a role playing activity to demonstrate what we’ve learned.

Here are some photos of us as we showed the different ways the various races in Singapore interacted with each other.

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Book Week 2018

For Book Week 2018, our class chose a book by David Shannon called A Bad Case of Stripes. . It was about a little girl named Camilla Cream who was so very worried about what everyone thought of her that she even refused to eat her favorite food just because she thought that people would laugh at her!  We really enjoyed reading the book, and one of the lessons we picked up from it was that we need to be true to our hearts – we need to be true to who we really are, and not be afraid to be ourselves.  For our book blurb, we chose to perform the song True to Your Heart by 98º from the movie Mulan, because we thought that it would be a fun song that still taught people that they should listen to their hearts.

Here we are in our costumes! We were a little shy in performing, but we also had a lot of fun :)

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An October to Remember

Hello from Grade 2ML! :)

The schoolyear is well underway; who’d have thought time would fly? We are well into the second quarter, and are quickly approaching the end of the first term. Time has flown, and the kids have been growing just as fast.

This October saw many different activities such as Spirit Week and United Nations Day. We’ve also had a lot of exciting goings-on in the classroom — we learned about the Philippines in Social Studies; we’ve been mastering place value, and 2 digit addition in Math; we have been exploring the different groups of animals, as well as their needs in Science, and we’ve tackled many different stories and reading skills in Language Arts.

Spirit Week saw us dressing up in different themes each day. I think the kids enjoyed Pajama Day the most though :)

Tropical Tuesday!

Tropical Tuesday!

Wake Up Wednesday!

Wake Up Wednesday!


One of our favorite activities was learning how to play luksong tinik, a Filipino game that the children had a wonderful time playing. It was incidentally pajama day at school too, so they had so much fun being in their pajamas and jumping over their classmates!



Having so much fun skipping over their friends

Having so much fun skipping over their friends

Momentum help make the jump higher

Momentum help make the jump higher

Or jumping with both feet!

Or jumping with both feet!

The children also tasted different kinds of Filipino snacks like puto (which was a crowd favorite), ensaymada, piyaya, and two kinds of kutsinta. 

So much yummy food for our Filipino snacks activity

So much yummy food for our Filipino snacks activity

One of the other highlights of the month was UN Day, which we celebrated with the whole school.  The children spent a lot of time preparing for their performance during Music class, and boy did all the time and effort spent practicing pay off!  They did an amazing rendition of Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Really Care About Us” with their percussion instruments (or buckets hehe), and with their stamping and clapping.  It was also wonderful to see the children all dressed up in their costumes. Photos are below :)

We thought the whole second grade would do one country, so we painted a giant Italian flag for the parade... but then we had to change to Spain instead :p

We thought the whole second grade would do one country, so we painted a giant Italian flag for the parade… but then we had to change to Spain instead :p

Here are some of the kids as they performed :)

Here are some of the kids as they performed :)

And here's the class lining up to go down :)

And here’s the class lining up to go down :)

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Diving into Second Grade

August and September have flown by, it’s amazing to think that this class has only been together these past two months.  It feels like we’ve done so much already in that short span of time.

The kids have been busy working and learning every day. They have quickly and easily settled into the second grade routine, and are enjoying all the new responsibilities and lessons they’re experiencing in this new grade.

Science seems like a favorite part of our day, as we spend a lot of time doing hands on experiments and activities. The children have been enjoying watching changes in matter, as well as learning about reversible and irreversible change through observation of materials.

Math continues to be a challenging but fun class, as we spend lots of time solving math problems on our white boards, as well as using our Unifix cubes to represent numbers.  We also get to play fun games in Math class :)

The children have been enjoying the Language Arts classes, too; we read many different short stories and selections, both fiction and non-fiction. We have also been learning about sentences and nouns. We put our learning to practice by writing stories.

The Philippines is our main focus in Social Studies class, as we learn about the country we live in. The kids enjoyed finding out about how life was before they were born, and were amazed to hear about the pre-colonial days.

Playtime is a crucial part of our day as well, as they build their relationships through social interactive play. Their creativity is evident in the various role-playing games they do, often engaging the entire class in their games.

Below are some photos from the past 2 months. Should you wish to see all our photos, please check out our Flickr account! :)


First Day of School!


During Indoor Play, we do games like Snakes & Ladders


Sometimes we play Rush Hour


On the first day of school, we got creative and busted out the Play-Doh :)


Having fun at the play area with some blocks :)


We celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival by playing Dice Game during Mandarin class!!!


Engineering the best bridge

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Learning new Math vocabulary through a game :)

It’s been great having these kids in class! I can’t wait to see how the rest of the year goes :)

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Welcome to Schoolyear 2018-2019!

August 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

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

I am Cristina Lagdameo, and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year. This is my fourth year at Chinese International School Manila, and my eleventh year in the profession, having taught at various schools in Manila, Philadelphia, and New York City. I hold a Master of Science in Education degree, with a major in Reading, Writing and Literacy, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to this, I am also an AB English Literature graduate from Ateneo de Manila University.

I am very excited at the thought of a promising year ahead, and I look forward 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.

On the following pages are a few general guidelines for the Grade 2-ML Class, as well as the class schedule.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You may email me at, 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,

Maria Cristina Pilar A. Lagdameo


  1. School Hours / Schedule
    • 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • 8:20 am late start on Wednesdays.
    • 3:30 pm dismissal on club days (some clubs may go on till later).
    • Punctuality is emphasized.
    • Library Day is on Fridays.
    • Attached is a copy of your child’s class schedule for your guidance.
  2. Personal Belongings
    • All items should be clearly labeled with your child’s name.
    • Please send a water bottle in with your child each day.
    • Gadgets and toys are to be kept at home unless required by the teacher for academic purposes.
    • Please send in an apron labeled with your child’s name for his/her use throughout the schoolyear by August 6, Monday.
  3. Personal Hygiene Kit

Each student is required to have a personal hygiene kit, which will be kept in their classroom cubbies for them to use when needed. Please use a container that is durable and compact. This kit should contain the following items, each clearly labeled with your child’s name:

ü  extra set of clothes (shirt, shorts/pants, underwear, socks)

ü  insect repellant

ü  cologne

ü  powder

ü  wet wipes

ü  alcohol

ü  tissue

ü  comb

ü  small face towel

  1. Notebooks
    • Please label and cover your child’s notebooks with plastic, and send them back to school by Monday, August 6.
  2. Snack and Lunch
    • Healthy food and drinks are encouraged.
    • Please refrain from sending junk food or soda.
  3. Uniform
    • P.E. days are Tuesdays and Fridays. As their P.E. class is during the first block, they may come to school in their uniform. Please ensure that you send their regular school uniform so that they may change after P.E. class.
    • Friday is casual dress day. We do not want to restrict your child in terms of their clothing choice for Fridays; however, for safety purposes, we encourage them to ensure their choice in footwear will enable them to participate in the day’s class activities.
  4. Medication
    • Should your child need any medication, please ensure that it is left with our School Nurse at the Clinic on the first floor. Only the School Nurse is allowed to administer medication.
  5. Home-School Communication