daw.com - June 5

Dear Parents,

Each week there are students in charge of a current event. I have sent home a reminder with these students but I will also list them here.

Monday - day 2, no current events
Tuesday - Sabrina
Wednesday - Christos
Thursday - no current events
Friday - no school

Here are some student friendly sites for Current Events.

Good News Daily
Science News for Kids
Time for Kids

It is time to say goodbye as this year is quickly becoming history. It has been a magnificent year in grade 5C1 this year made all the more memorable by the wonderful students who are in the class. I could not have asked for a more perfect class for my last year at HKIS. I have enjoyed all of them a great deal and watched as their learning reached new highs throughout the year.

We have to say goodbye to two students who are permanently leaving HKIS. Faven will move on to Germany and Christos to Singapore. They will both be fondly remembered and contact can continue through the emails. There are goodbye books for each of them as they prepare to move on to their new adventures.

This week's homework is optional. I will be sure to mark any that is turned in but it is not required. My gift to such a wonderful class. Reading is a must as students will have their last literature circle on Wednesday to complete the book they are reading. Tempreature logs and homework folders MUST still come to school each day, even if students opt out of the homework for the week.

Monday is the class luncheon and I am suppling Pizza, Soda and Ice Cream for the students. They should not need any lunch unless there is something there not to their liking to taste. Students will still need their regular snack for the day.

Tuesday is our annual Poetry Cafe and Awards Ceremony. This all starts in the classroom at 10:00 where your waiter will greet you and show you to your table. From the menu there will be coffee and tea as well as a myriad of scrumptious Poetic novelties. Please note that your waiter and poet will most likely not be your son or daughter. Since they are bringing their poetry books home, I feel it best that you hear from some of the other poets in the class. I have asked the students this day to wear black pants and a white uniform shirt if they have them. Makes the ambience even more authentic.

From here we will make our way to the Church of All nations where our Awards Assembly will be held. At the start of the assembly all students will be seated with their classes but after awards are handed out they are welcome to sit with their family should they so desire. There are some surprises as well so be sure not to miss this. This should take us to lunch so if you want to join your student for lunch in the Cafeteria, please feel free to do so.

This week will see students complete the last two projects - Hong Kong walkabout Photo Essays and the Car project for our Variables unit. I sent home the variables work booklet last Thursday and there is a short write-up about this towards the end of the booklet. In a short synopsis, students are designing and building a card as cheap as possible that will go as far as possible.

Monday students will complete unit 12 with the final assessment. I will get it marked and have it back to students by Monday I hope - Tuesday for sure.

Thursday is the last day of school for the grade 5 students and dismissal is at 11:30 in the morning. We will have a games morning that morning so if students want to bring some games to play until we head to the gym for the end of the year assembly, they are welcome to do so. report cards will go home with students on thursday.;

Throughout the week materials will come home until students have everything that is theirs. Look for it daily. It actually started last Friday with Clip Boards and Math Journals.

Yearbooks are expected on Monday. We are hoping to find a time to let students get signatures during the day and then yearbooks can go home on Monday. Presently this has not been confirmed.

It has been my honor to teach your students this year and I shall rmember them for many years to come. As you are all aware, I am moving on to Beijing next year so if you find yourself in that part of the world please look me up at International School Beijing.

Have a safe and wonderful summer holiday and to all my students, good luck in middle school.


Harold Daw