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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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November Fever

This month, we had the annual Book Week celebration last November 19-23.

The kids had fun reading books during DEAR time (drop everything and read) and was able to share their ideas to each other.

But probably the most special and the most memorable day for them is the Book Character Dress Up Competition wherein the kids came to school dressed as the characters of their chosen book.

They also had a Book Blurb wherein the kids acted out the story of their chosen book. Grade 1RM presented “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle. The kids wore different costumes and portrayed the different characters from the said story. They were very enthusiastic at doing their part.

It was such a very extraordinary experience to have been part of this very nice activity. This had the kids really have the November Fever!

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Fully-Loaded October

The first quarter has gone by so quickly, and now, we are ending it with a blast!

To start off, we had our celebration of Spirit Week, when we dressed up in different costumes each day. We came to school in meme costume on Monday, tropical attire for Tuesday, pajamas on Wake-up Wednesday, class theme “The Incredibles” for Thursday and our sports attire for Friday’s Sports Day. We played a lot of games at Sports Day. We had so much fun!

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We also had our very first Grade 1 Spelling Quiz Bee. We thought we will lose the contest but in the end, we won! Truly, practice makes perfect. We also had our picnic day as part of our Social Studies lesson about events in our neighborhood. We had a fiesta!

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We also had United Nations Day. We came to school wearing our traditional attires. During the program, we had our parade of costumes and everybody greeted using the language of the class’s chosen country. We chose Puerto Rico as our country and thus, we greeted in Spanish. Part of our program, was the students’ performance and the kids played instruments. They also went around the different stations for the cultural workshops. The kids also enjoyed eating different traditional food during the global potluck. It was truly an amazing event!

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To cap off our October, we had our Halloween trick or treat in school. Again, we went to school in our Halloween costumes and we went to the different school offices for the trick or treat activity.

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It was a very tiring month, but what a way to end it!  It was indeed a fully-loaded October. :)




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A September To Remember

Perhaps there are many wonderful things that our first graders have been doing but a lot of these activities happened this September.

We had our first Science experiment this month. The children had an amazing time answering the questions, making predictions and exploring with the Scientific Methods. They also had fun observing the plants in our school garden and even experienced planting on their own.

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Playtime has always been exciting and fun for the kids. This is the time for them to make new friends and  just enjoy or relax after doing all the classroom activities assigned to them. With our newly renovated playground, the kids couldn’t hold their excitement especially during outdoor play.


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Reading and Writing can never be more engaging than doing it every English Language Arts Subject. The kids love to share their ideas and putting these into writing with the aid of worksheets and the writing tools taught everyday. Surely, their writing skills were way better now than before, and will become more enhanced in the coming weeks!


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To cap it off, our month ended with our celebration of the Mooncake Festival by playing the dice game. The kids all had their turn in rolling the dice in the bowl and in the end, each child brought home exciting prizes. It was really a blast!


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That’s all folks and see you again next month for more exciting and fun activities!

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Welcome Back to School Grade 1-RM!

August 1, 2018


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 first year in Chinese International School Manila and my eleventh 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 child in my class. I am looking forward to our partnership as we develop in your child 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.

On the following pages are a few general guidelines for the Grade 1 – RM Class, as well as the class schedule.

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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