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What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
Math: We are working on Unit Four ‘Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 4 Tips for Parents, G5 Unit 4 Topic E Newsletter. The focus continues to be on a deep conceptual understanding of what happens when we multiply and divide fractions.
Language: We are discussing what makes persuasive speech effective (what is characteristic of the introductions, conclusions and paragraphs in between?). Select students will be presenting their speeches at a KidTalk at the Bolshoi Theatre next week. We recommend watching these videos for inspiration: What’s Wrong with Our Food System, Try Something New for 30 Days & What Adults Can Learn from Kids. We will continue reading historical fiction.
The 7 Habits: Mrs. Hinton visited our classrooms this week to talk about the ‘7 Habits of Happy Kids’ to start preparing our students’ mindsets for their work during PYPex. PYPex will be starting right after we come back from our February Break. Feel free to take a look at t7 Habits Poster that names the habits we discussed and continue the discussion at home.
This week, Grade 5 classes will be visiting the Lights of Moscow museum.We will continue examining how technology advances and how it impacts society. Also, Russian and French classes will have field trips as well.

Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We are working on Unit Four ‘Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 4 Topic B Newsletter, G5 Unit 4 Topic C Newsletter and G5 Unit 4 Topic D Newsletter. The focus continues to be on a deep conceptual understanding of what happens when we multiply and divide fractions.
2. Language: In class we are working on creating, editing and practicing our persuasive speeches. Students have picked topics that they have a strong opinion about and selected materials for research. Soon we will be presenting our final speeches in class and selecting the speeches that will be presented at our KidTalk.
3. UoI: In our UoI unit, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’, students have been working on technology timelines, exploring what technologies were invented throughout history. They are selecting technologies, the histories of which they are going to individually research. The active vocabulary for the new unit can be found here. Students will be researching how we got to now.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

Skating in PE Update

The PE team would like to update everyone on the ice skating situation during PE. We have looked at the weather and it is not going to be cold enough for long enough to build a rink this year. Ice skating during PE is canceled for this year. If for some reason this changes we will let you know. We know how much the students enjoy this experience and hopefully next year we will have a colder winter. There are many rinks in the city that are still functioning, it could be a great family outing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The ES PE Team

What’s Happening!

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We have started Unit Four ‘Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 4 Topic A Newsletter andG5 Unit 4 Tips for Parents. The focus continues to be on a deep conceptual understanding of what happens when we multiply and divide fractions.
2. Language: This week students discussed the difference between a ‘topic’ and an ‘issue’. They practiced writing persuasive texts about several issues outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
3. UoI: Our next unit, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ has started. This week students talked about what technology and ingenuity is, discussed the timeline of which technologies were invented throughout history and started thinking about technologies they would like to research. The active vocabulary for the new unit can be found here. Students will be researching how we got to now.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

ES Swim Club Term 3/4 Parent Information

Dear Parents,

The Elementary School Swim Club is an activity designed to improve stroke technique, aerobic fitness, and to have fun in the water for Grades 2 – 5. The Aquatics Staff are offering an evaluation for the students that would like to join the ES Swim Club VIEW

In order to see the number of participants and to evaluate their skill level… Any G2-G5 student that would like to register for the T3/T4 ES SWIM CLUB ASA, is required to complete a PRE-REGISTRATION SWIM EVALUATION. There are no exception that can be made.

The evaluation will be happening on January 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 3 from 15:30 – 16:10.
You must use this Registration Form to make an appointment with the Aquatics Staff
If your child will not be able to attend one of the following dates and times, they will not be able to join the program.
Students may register for ONLY ONE ES Swim Club session (pending numbers)
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ES Swim Club – view here for requirements and evaluation criteria

ES Swim Club will run from March 11 – May 28. The students will swim for one extra week during (April 13-16). All ES Swim Club students will be invited to participate in the Penguin Spring Classic on May 16.

Thank you and see you at the pool!

Your contact person for ES Swim Club

Ms. Tatiana Goncharenko (AQ)

What’s Happening this week

Dear parents,
Happy 2020!
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We have started Unit Four ‘Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 4 Tips for Parents and G5 Unit 4 Topic A Newsletter. The focus continues to be on a deep conceptual understanding of what happens when we multiply and divide fractions.
2. Language: This week students have started working on the texts for their persuasive speeches they will be delivering before February Break. As inspiration they watched Birke Baehr’s TED Talk on Choosing Organic Farming.
3. UoI: Students have completed their Rube Goldberg machines. Our next unit, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’, is coming up. The vocabulary for the new unit can be found here. Students will be researching how we got to now.

Also, if weather permits, students will have their field trip to Gorki Park for ice skating on Friday morning.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We are working on Unit Three ‘Addition and Subtraction of Fractions’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit here and here.
2. UoI: Students continued exploring how changing variables in our inquiry lab activities studying Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. They also conducted their own experiments that focused on observing and studying buoyancy, friction, inertia and momentum. The week after break, students will be working on making Rube Goldberg machines. Students are asked to start bringing in clean household materials to use to build their machines.
3. Visiting Author & Writing: Last week Laurie Halse Anderson, our visiting author, met with Grade 5 students to talk about her books. She presented they way she does research and revisions when working on her historical fiction writing. Laurie mentioned that she never considers her work finished, even after it is published. We hope this could serve as an encouragement to our students who are approaching the final stages of working on their feature articles and getting them ready to be presented on December 18.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

Online Safety

Over the last several weeks, we have been looking at being safe while online.
Mrs. Hinton and Ms. Hart visited each class and worked with students’ awareness of safe behaviors while online. Click here to find  the slideshow they presented.

What’s Happening Next Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We have started Unit Three ‘Addition and Subtraction of Fractions’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 3 Tips for Parents and Topic A.

2. Language: Students have started working on the feature articles that they will present and share with all other Grade 5 students on Wednesday, December 18. Students continue reading nonfiction focusing The Big Questions, “What surprised me,” “What did the author think I already knew,” and “What challenged or confirmed what I already knew,” and Sign Posts, number and stats, contrasts and contradictions, and quoted words, extreme language, and word gaps.

3. UoI: This week students continued exploring how changing variables in The Roller Coaster game can change the outcome of the roller coaster’s movement based on changing variables. They also conducted their own experiments that focused on observing and studying buoyancy, friction, inertia and momentum in our Science Lab.

4. Please help Taganka by bringing in your donation bags.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

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