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Welcome to Grade 3SL!

Welcome to Grade 3SL! 

Below are a few reminders for the school year. Please be guided accordingly. 


  • 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.


  • MONDAYS 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 – 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.
  • STUDENT PACKET – Supplies will be kept in the classroom.


  • 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.


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

Meet your teachers!

HOMEROOM TEACHER: Ms. Sofia Christina S. Lagdameo (Ms. Pia)
Email: plagdameo@cismanila.org
Blog: cismconnect.org/plagdameo

Pia handles the Grade 3SL Homeroom class. It will be her 2nd year of teaching in Chinese International School Manila and her 7th year in the profession. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education major in Early Childhood Education from De La Salle University and gained experience teaching children in Young Creative Minds in Muntinlupa. Being passionate for her craft, she continues her professional learning and development, to further improve her pedagogy to help different types of learners in her classroom. Her interest in the field of education led her to continue further studies abroad. She gained her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of New South Wales in Australia in 2017.

MANDARIN TEACHER: Mavi Arenas (Ya Lao Shi)
Email: marenas@cismanila.org

Mavi is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Education Major in Mandarin from Hua Qiao University in Xiamen, Fujian, China. He has 8 years experience in teaching Mandarin to Early years and Elementary school students. He enjoys traveling with his friends abroad and immerses himself with the local culture. He believes that students should be the center of learning. It has always been his goal to make the children’s learning experience fun and meaningful.

MUSIC TEACHER: Ronald Peter T. Palma (Mr. Ronald)
Email: rpalma@cismanila.org

Ronald holds a Bachelor of Music Major in Guitar degree from Centro Escolar University. In 2014, he earned his Master of Music in Performance: Guitar Arranging and Orchestration degree at IISF Nagoya Japan. Ronald has been teaching music for more than 15 years. This is his first year at CISM, and he is very excited to share his knowledge and God given talents with his students. He is married and has a son and a daughter.

VISUAL ARTS TEACHER: Nelson Suarez (Mr. Nelson)
Email: nsuarez@cismanila.org

Nelson Suarez teaches Visual Arts to elementary students at CISM. He is very passionate about creating Artwork and sharing his enthusiasm, skills, and values to educate young students. He also has a background as a Math teacher in the United States, graduated (2006) from the California Polytechnic University of Pomona in Pomona, California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and holds a Professional Engineering License. His technical background and life-long interest in the visual arts has enabled him to structure his work and teaching in a very clear and methodical way, making it engaging and fun, simple to understand and emulate. He believes it is important for young students to develop art skills and appreciation; nonetheless, he emphasizes the importance of original work, exploration, idea creation, imagination, expression, and even beauty that visual arts provides to his students empowering them to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER: Zuriel Castro (Coach Zuriel)
Email: zcastro@cismanila.org

Coach Zuriel handles the Physical Education class. He holds a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman and is taking his Master’s degree in Human Movement Science from the same university. He has been teaching Physical Education for 5 years and it will be his 1st year teaching at Chinese International School Manila.

DIGITAL LITERACY TEACHER: Azenith Martinez (Ms. Zen)
Email: amartinez@cismanila.org

Zen Martinez is the current Lower School Digital Literacy Teacher for Grades 1 to 4. She graduated from University of the Philippines. Zen taught Digital Literacy in the Upper School division of Chinese International School Manila (CISM) from 2016 to 2019. She is a Google Certified Educator. Zen loves teaching and learning about Digital Citizenship, Google Apps, Scratch, Makey Makey, Robotics, and MIT App Inventor.

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Dear Grade 3SL

Dear Grade 3SL,

This year was a little different for me as a teacher. It was a transition for me, from teaching younger children to 8 and 9 year olds. But with everything we’ve been through together the past 10 months, I will never forget how from being strangers in one room, we’ve grown to be like family.

It wasn’t always easy being your teacher. You were an opinionated bunch, speaking your mind all the time! At times, it would be challenging, especially when you would get too chatty! But the fact that you would express your thoughts showed how you would think critically. I was impressed how you would use prior knowledge and solve problems on your own. Repeating instructions or answering questions related to what I just mentioned earlier would be frustrating at times, but it just shows that you want to learn and do your best always. It was wonderful understanding the way each of you think differently.

Academics was not always easy. There were a lot of challenging topics we faced this year. Yet, we still got through it! Each of us gathered the patience to help those who needed it. We worked together as a team and tried our best to explain for others to understand. Thank you very much for all the effort you put in your work. I hope you don’t ever forget–”It’s okay to not know but it’s not okay to not try”. In whatever obstacles you face in school or in life, look back at this.

If there is one thing I want you to remember and live by, it would be the simple words you would play with on my desk. It is to be kind. I hope you learned from me as much as I learned from you this year. Have a wonderful summer! :)
Much love,
Ms. Pia

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May 2019

There were two main things that were focused on in the 3SL class this school year. One was kindness and the other was independent learning. As the school year is about to end, I’m proud to say that the students have grown so be more kind to each other in words and actions. Their patience was tested many times, but with much practice, the class grew as one. Those who were not very close at the beginning have become good friends, they welcomed new students, and learned how to work as a team. Despite the little fights and arguments that happened, the students of 3SL learned how to solved things logically and fairly, without the help of the teacher. As the school year is about to end, I hope the friendships made in this class remain and continue to grow.

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April 2019

This month, CISM expressed their love for reading and math as they celebrated English and Math Week. English Week was held from April 10-12. The students dressed up as their favorite book characters and showcased the favorite quote of their character. 20190410_083218 20190410_083226 20190410_083256 20190410_083318 20190410_083342 20190410_083418 20190410_083632 20190410_084246 20190410_084305 20190410_084311

They had a story telling activity by Anca Bautista, where she read “The Gruffalo” and “Where The Wild Things Are.” We ended the week with a Spelling Bee between the 3SL and 3BR classes, which they very much enjoyed.

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Math Week was held from April 22-26. The children made polygon art, learning that math is not all about numbers, but can be made into beautiful pieces as well. They were also challenged with daily brain teasers and puzzle challenges. The grade 3 quiz bee wrapped up Math Week, where the students were tested with what they learned throughout the past school year. They enjoyed the challenge and appreciated the math problems all around us.

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March 2019


As we end the third quarter, the third grade students are working towards being more independent learners. They are constantly improving on doing research on their own and working cooperatively with peers.



We wrapped up what we learned about Mesopotamia, designing and creating their own chariots. The children also had a role playing activity in Social Studies where they made their script, making their props, and did a wonderful job reenacting the Epic of Gilgamesh.



Science was interesting because the students were able to do research about their assigned dinosaur, make a powerpoint presentation, and individually present in front of the class. Each member of the class also gave feedback so that they can improve on the content of their presentation, as well as the confidence in speaking in front of a group.

For math, we finished our topic on fractions and moved to the next topic, Time. They struggled in solving time interval word problems, but once explained step by step, each slowly improved. Next month, we will continue studies different types of measurement such as measuring length, mass, and weight.


This month, we also completed the content in our Journeys books. The students significantly improved from the beginning of the year, especially in terms of comprehension and getting evidence to support their explanations. We are now learning about Information Writing for ELA, where we will focus a lot of using proper resources and translating this to proper grammar and writing.




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February 2019

Last February 27, the third grade students had their field trip to the National Museum of the Philippines, the National Museum of Natural History and the Planetarium. The students arrived in CISM and were very excited for the adventure to the different museums.

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In line with our lessons in social studies, we visited the Museum of the Filipino People exhibiting archaeological finds before the Spanish colonization and the Philippine’s rich cultural heritage. This field trip was also in line with our lessons in science as the children explored the new National History building showcasing different plants and animals around the Philippines, as well as the newly renovated Planetarium which showed a true to life projection of astronomical bodies. It was definitely a meaningful and insightful experience for our hands on learners, which allowed them to connect what what they see in the exhibits to what we learned in class.

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It was amazing to see what they learned throughout the past months. Recalling their lessons about Early Humans and Philippine History, the students were very interested to see the different artifacts displayed, and they made connections with what animals they saw to what we learned in science class.

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January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we welcome back the students this 2019, we can see students who are absolutely excited and motivated to improve and learn more. The students of 3SL made their New Year’s resolutions and it was wonderful to know how each child wanted to improve more on himself/herself. Being the active learners that they are, they are eager to learn and try out different activities with their classmates. They are constantly excited to learn about Mesopotamia for Social Studies, conduct Fossil experiments for Science, do hands on Fraction activities for Math, and begin learning about information writing for ELA.



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We also welcomed a new student to the class, and she was welcomed wonderfully by all the boys and girls. It was heartwarming to see how helpful and charitable each person was, making her feel like part of the 3SL family. January 30 also marks the 100th day of school and the students were thrilled to share 100 awesome ideas. The students of 3SL were asked interesting questions and it was amazing to see what they thought of. They also did creative writing, coming up with a drawing and essay of what they can create 100 years from now. Giving them the freedom to explore their thoughts and creative minds definitely allows us to see what they are capable of doing and becoming in the future.

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November 2018

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Halloween was one activity the Grade 3SL students were looking forward to. Aside from the Trick or Treating, we also played lots of games like the scavenger hunt and even turned classmates into mummies.

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This month was definitely exciting for the students of 3SL. We learned all about the life sciences, particularly plants and animals. The visual learners were very interested when watching different plant and animal videos. Aside from watching videos, they loved reading about plants and animals on Epic, a learning resource for children. The e-books motivated the children to read, learn the basics in doing research activities, always wanting to learn more interesting facts.

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This month was a little more challenging for the class in math. Applying everything they learned about the 4 basic operations, they had some difficulty in solving two-step word problems. They surely needed much practice in this area, learning how to take each problem a step at a time, visualizing and understanding each one. Learning the basics in the order of operations also tested their mastery for the basic operations. After learning the challenging topics, they were looking forward to learning about fractions, excited to share what they already know about it. They continue to be challenged with comprehension and understand of the different word problems, but their motivation and love for learning is what makes them move forward.


Social Studies this month was interesting, learning more about what happened in our own backyard. The students of 3SL studies the history of Spanish Colonization and American Colonization in the Philippines. The most fascinating thing were the questions and inferences they were able to make, realizing the effects of particular events and relating it to today. Though connecting and relating the different times in history was a little confusing for them, their excitement and eagerness to find out more definitely makes them wonderful learners.


A more fun and interesting type of writing was introduced this month. Opinion Writing was surely more exciting for the children because they were allowed to write any topic of their choice, of course, together with supporting details and proper grammar. They were glad to be able to express whatever interested them, from Roblox and Fortnite to the Presidency of Trump. Listening to each one’s opinion will surely be something to look forward to.


For this years Book Week, the students of 3SL took a vote and decided to have a short presentation of Harry Potter. They were very excited to plan the Sorting Hat scene, wear their costumes, and perform. Though they were disappointed they did not win the Book Blurb competition, they still enjoyed watching the different performances of Grades 1-5.


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October 2018

This month was filled with a number of fun filled and memorable activities for the third graders! They taught us all about the IB Learner Profile Caring. Being caring can be shown in a number of different ways but they focused on 2 main points, being kind to others and caring for the environment. They worked hard during practice and showed the lower school a wonderful performance. Their dance number “I’ll Be There” reminded us how to care for others and they showed us how to “Imagine” our world of kindness through sign language.

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Spirit Week was special for the entire student body. Students dressed up for Meme Monday, Tropical Tuesday, Wake Up Wednesday, and our Superhero Class Theme Thursday. CISM ended Spirit Week with the annual Sports Fest. The Grade 3 students, together with the entire school community, played games and learned all about sportsmanship and camaraderie. Though not all could be winners, they spirit and teamwork they showed were the most important.


This month, we also celebrated our differences in culture and race. On UN Day, we all came in traditional costumes of our home country, performed a special number, and had a feast of Filipino food. It was timely that we are also learning all about the Philippines for Social Studies!

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The third grade students were very enthusiastic when they found out that they are learning all about the country where they are living–the Philippines. They happily shared the trivia that they know about in class. The app, Epic, was introduced, where the students happily read and researched about this quarter’s topic.

One of the struggles of the grade 3 students is writing. The students express a lot of their fantastic and unique thoughts when speaking, but a number find it difficult to find the words and put it in writing. Going through the entire writing process for their Narrative Essays was a different experience for the third graders. From writing, to typing, and reading their work to the class definitely made the class more aware of their strengths, as well as what they had to look for when it came to the writing process.


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After mastering multiplication, the students took another step forward and learned about division. They tried their best to understand the relationship between both, and were introduced to more challenging 2-step problems. Their comprehension and understanding skills were put to the test this month, as they came across more challenging problems. Nonetheless, their admirable perseverance allowed them to continuously improve every single day.


The 3SL scientists were very dedicated in creating their electromagnets. Many did not work the first time but their dedication and love for experiments helped them succeed. Like Narrative Writing in ELA, the students were challenged putting their observations in descriptive words. But even if there were a few struggles, it all came together in our mini exhibit in the classroom.


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September 2018

The past two months of school have gone by so fast and September has been another busy month for the eager learners of 3SL. It was wonderful seeing the children motivated to learn and work together to solve the different challenges faced in class. IMG-43c1392dc4e7bc1b7a693fa2d7a6cec7-V 20180802_122148 20180830_083112 (1) 20180830_083154 (1)


Learning about Early Men was very exciting for the children. Looking at pictures, watching videos and understanding what life was like before all the modern technology was fascinating to 3SL. They asked several questions, being very curious of what life was like thousands of years ago. “How did they discover this?” “Why did they look like that?” and “Where did they live?” are some questions they asked, wanting to learn more. They documented what they have learned by making their interactive notebook, stating key vocabulary words they need to know. It was difficult at times to keep up, especially for those who take long in note taking, but knowing it is good practice for when they get to 4th Grade, they were motivated to continue and do better every time.

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The students practice their fluency and extend their vocabulary as we read and discuss different stories from the’Journey’s’ textbook. It has been a pleasure watching them discuss their insights and thoughts of the stories we have read such as “Fine, Fine, School”, “Roberto Clemente” and others.

Great ideas also need to be expressed well in writing. The students are now focused on writing their narrative essays, which at times were a struggle for them. Finding the words and details to express what they already know were challenging at times, but it was great to see them trying their best. We are helping the children by having daily proof reading exercises and by practicing the Writing Process step-by-step: brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing, to help the student pull all their ideas together in an organized manner.

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Practice makes perfect for math. Multiplication was something that was not new to my students. They used different materials like snap cubes, dominoes, and even their bodies to solve different multiplication problems. They also compared different methods they can use, such as repeated addition, arrays and number lines, to help them really understand and comprehend word problems discussed in class. This month, we focused on mastery of the multiplication times table, through daily speed tests, and fun worksheets to prepare the children for division.

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For Science, we learned all about The Scientific Method, The Branches of Science, Forces, Motion, Friction, Magnets, and Static Electricity. This is surely one of their favorite subjects because of the interesting experiments done in class. From Jumping Raisins and magnet experiments to building strongest bridges and making the fastest slides, the children use their observation skills, solve problems and work cooperatively. It was not smooth sailing for all–some experiments were not successful, some had disagreements with group mates. But this only challenges the students to think more critically, plan their investigation more comprehensively, and learn how to deal with their peers in a better manner.

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