Welcome to Grade 3SL!
Below are a few reminders for the school year. Please be guided accordingly.
GRADE 3SL SCHEDULE
- 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, 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 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.
FOOD AND MEDICATION
- 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.