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Happy New Year!

January is a month full of wonderful surprises. We started the year with a bang! These are all the wonderful memories compiled for the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Xin Nian Kuai Le!


Waiting for the lion dance


Waiting for the lion dance


Lion Dance



After the performance


Happy New Year!

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The Best of November


November was a month full of wonderful activities for our first graders!

One of these many activities is our Math Center Time. The 1RM students did 4 activities placed on 4 different centers by group. They were able to show teamwork as well as enhance their knowledge of the concepts learned in Math. Surprisingly, they were able to model their expertise in answering addition and subtraction problems and equations.



Group 3 doing the Center Time activities


Group 2 doing Center Time activities


Group 5 doing Center Time activities


Group 2 doing Center Time activities




Center Time Activity


Center Time Activity


Center Time Activity


Center Time Activity







Grade 1 RM students while doing the activities







Grade 1 RM students while doing the activities


Another thing that happened this month was when the 1RM students met some parents who talked about their careers.

Here’s Mr. Robert Francisco who demonstrated how coffee was brewed and discussed to the children about his job as a coffee educator.


Daddy Robert showing the kids how to brew coffee



explaining about pressure and gravity in brewing the coffee


Daddy Robert discussing about coffee cherries and beans



Daddy Robert and Grade 1RM Kids







The Grade 1 RM kids also learned about banks and saving money through a very enriching talk done by Mr. Qumrul Hasan. Below are some photos of this wonderful day.

Daddy Robert and Grade 1RM


Daddy Qumrul talking about his job as a banker


Daddy Qumrul talks bout the importance of saving money in banks


Daddy Qumrul and the Grade 1 RM kids



Another highlight this month is the Grade 1 Assembly. All the Grade 1 students showcased their talents through dancing and singing. It was a very spectacular event!

Below are the pictures for this amazing event.





Grade 1 Students singing Firework


Grade 1 Students singing Firework



Grade 1 Students singing Best Day of My Life



Assembly Hosts



The Grade 1 Kids



    Grade 1 RM Students



November was indeed an eventful month. The photos have shown how much the kids enjoyed. We all cannot wait for December to come for more wonderful experiences!

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October Blast

October might be the most memorable month for the students is CISM.

This is because of the many fun and amazing things that are happened that the kids all enjoyed doing.

One of these activities is our encounter with the Grade 7 students. The upper school students made a book for our Grade 1 kids and they had a story telling activity of the books that were made for them.



We also had our first ever Spelling Bee Contest as a culminating activity for our ELA subject. All the Grade 1 students for both sections joined. In the end, Grade 1 RM won!



As a culminating event for our Social Studies class, we also had our Fiesta celebration. We made decorations and posters as we planned for the party. On the day of the event, the kids brought in so many food to share and we ate together as one batch. We also played some games. It was super filling and fun!

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It’s chow time!




Then, we also celebrated the United Nations Day. The kids wore their national costumes and showed their talents to the CISM community and parents through a performance in the gym, along with the other elementary students. In the end, we had a global potluck where we ate food showcasing different countries and were sponsored by the different grade levels. It was a blast!

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Finally, the highlight of October is our Halloween Event. The students came to school in their Halloween costumes. They had Halloween activities and finally, they went to the three main offices in the school to do trick or treating. The kids had a lot of fun!


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Of course, we will not let our day pass without taking a very cute photo with the school’s decorations.



Indeed, October is a BLAST-full month!


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A September-full of Ideas

As the weeks passed, the Grade 1RM students have adjusted very well and they have worked well with the different subjects in class.

Englis Language Arts (ELA) activities are one of the many huge adjustments that the students have undergone in school. This is because they are now doing more narrative writing and through this, they are honed to express themselves into writing their ideas given the different topics per week. They are also asked to be artistic by incorporating drawings in their paragraphs.





The students don’t realize that they are having fun while doing tasks. They have also learned to appreciate not only their work but also the work of others as they share their experiences in class.




Truly, these activities not only enhance our students’ abilities but also enable them to be rich in their vocabulary and to be better in their reading and writing skills while enjoying in class.

More activities like these will be up for the next months. We are very excited to show how Grade 1RM kids perform. ☺️







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Welcome to School Year 2019-2020, Grade 1RM!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to First Grade! I hope you all had an amazing summer break.

I am Rachel Mendoza and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year. This is my second year in Chinese International School Manila and my twelfth year in the profession. I taught Kindergarten in Xavier School Inc., San Juan City for ten years and have handled several other grade levels including Grade 1, 4 and 5 respectively during clubs and mentoring activities. I graduated Cum Laude at Philippine Normal University holding a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree.

I am very excited to have your children in my class. I am looking forward to our partnership as we develop in your children’s creative, critical and reflective thinking to enforce open-mindedness and confidence in achieving greater goals in life. This year will be filled with many fun, engaging and collaborative activities that will foster the values mentioned above.

I believe that communication is the key to your child’s success and to a great parent-teacher relationship. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You may email me at rmendoza@cismanila.org, 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 and working with you in ensuring your child’s success this year.


Yours truly,


Rachel S. Mendoza

Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher

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Amazing May

We are down to the last month of the school year and the students also had a lot of wonderful activities in school. These activities did not only create memorable experiences for them but also showcased their talents and their learning across the different subjects.

One example is the Market Day wherein the kids planned and created their own shopping booths of various types. Some sold food items and the others sold school supplies. Grade 1RM had Sausage Factory which sold sausages, Tea to Go which sold iced tea, Papa’s Pizza sold two flavors of pizza and Sticker World sold different stickers. They had fun making posters, business cards and advertising to the other students their products.

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During the Market Day itself, the students from different grade levels bought from the booths. The Grade 1RM kids learned how to give change and count their money. They also learned how to tally their sales. It was a very successful event.


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One of the activities for Grade 1 is their annual field trip. This year, we went to Avilon Zoo. In there, we saw many animals and we learned a lot of different things about them. We also learned fun facts about the different cities we passed by during the trip. There was never a dull moment when we are with friends while we are learning new stuff!


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The students’ last activity was the Festival of the Arts. They performed thru singing and dancing. They also had fun going around the school for the different exhibits prepared for them by the upper school students. It was an event full of exciting and wonderful activities.

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Because of the students’ efforts on becoming the best that they can be, truly, this school year was AMAZING. We can say that we really had a fun-filled year. The kids can’t wait for the next grade level!


— As their homeroom teacher, I can’t help but feel really grateful and proud of these students. My wish for them is that they would always remember the good things that I taught them and put these into action. I am confident that they will go far and will be able to make our world a better place. Good luck on you journey, my very first 1RM batch! Thank you for making Ms. Rachel’s teaching life wonderful this year. I hope you will always remember me. See you around! :)


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A Super Fun-Filled April

It’s summer time in CISM and the activities are getting as intense as the heat!

As the children learn more and more things, they are also getting more and more creative and because of this, they are now confident to learn a lot of things and share their ideas to everyone around them better.

One of the activities that the kids had was the celebration of the English Week. The kids came to school wearing a costume of their chosen literary character. Everyone had so much fun talking about their characters and describing their unique characteristics.


To highlight the event, the students had a storytelling session in the library. They all had fun with the storytellers very animated way of narrating the stories to them. They even had a turn to talk with the storyteller and to ask questions about the books read.



We also celebrated the Math Week towards the last week of April. The kids enjoyed a series of wonderful activities that do not only test their Math skills but also unleashed their creativity. The kids made DIY watches to be displayed in a Math exhibit along with the other grade levels’ work. They also did a lot of Math activities in the classroom like problem solving, Math riddles, Sudoku puzzles and many more. Truly the kids enjoyed and practiced their Math abilities.

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As the school year is almost ending, the students are booming into better individuals. The activities and the experiences that they are all having in school are amazing beyond compare. These things help them grow and mature to be ready for the next school year. We can say that we are ready for the last stretch of the school year!

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Marchin’ Through March

March has been a month full of exciting activities for the Grade 1 RM kids.

Part of our Science activity is the application of the concepts we learned from Heat, Sound and Light energy. For this, the kids experienced planning, designing and making their own instruments using recyclable materials found in their homes and classroom.

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Also, the kids did a culminating activity with the Grade 1 DH class which is a shadow play. Through this activity, they were able to combine all the knowledge that they learned for all the Science topics. They had fun making their own puppets. They also had fun practicing with their groups in singing or stating their dialogues for their stories. This activity was really fun!

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Another special activity that the kids will never forget is the culminating activity for their Social Studies subject. The kids did chores that their parents paid for for a week. The money earned was used to buy groceries near our school. The students had to make a list for their grocery items. The kids brought their money and grocery list in the nearby supermarket to shop for their stuff. It was so fun because they were able to learn all about saving money and buying wisely. The kids all said the experience was awesome!

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There will be two months left but surely, the kids will have more wonderful experiences to look forward to. Marchin’ through March was a breeze and we are all set for the next month! Way to go Grade 1!






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Lovin’ February

This February, love is in the air!

But this month is also full of wonderful activities that the kids LOVE!

First of these is the Chinese New Year celebration, where the kids watched the lion dance. They had fun with their encounter and at the same time getting candies that the dancers give them.




They also had a song presentation which the parents watched an enjoyed. They sang a Chinese song entitled, “Wu Lun Zai NA Li”. The kids loved the song and enjoyed performing it to everyone!


The kids also enjoyed doing a lot of Chinese inspired activities and crafts taught by the middle school and high school students! They learned a lot.



For our Science activities this month, we learned about sound energy and in line with this, the kids showed their creativity as they make their own instruments. At the end of the lesson, the kids made their own “band” and did a mini-concert wherein they will play their instruments while singing their chosen song. It was truly an amazing experience!

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The kids’ smiles because of their activities in CISM were immeasurable.

It goes to show that truly, there’s so much to love in February!





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Hello January!

New Year has started and the kids from Grade 1 RM are already having a blast because of the many fun things in store for them in school.

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Grade 1 RM Kids playing with Tangrams – a great activity to talk about how light can communicate 

For instance, we started out with a lot of Science experiments as we tackle lessons about light energy. In line with this, the kids are learning through discovery and creativity by doing the different activities done inside the classroom.




Grade 1RM making shadow art – a good follow-up about how light can communicate


January 30th is also the time when we celebrated 100 Days of School. In this event, we highlight the kids’ potentials as they get 100 Days smarter in class. They enjoyed doing different activities that cater to their different abilities that they use to learn in school.

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Now the Grade 1RM kids are ready to learn more and do more this 2019. As they wave goodbye to January, they are even more excited to grow and do more for the rest of the semester.

Great Job, Grade 1RM!


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