daw.com - May 22

IMG_1797.JPGThere is a lot of information to get out with this blog so please read it very carefully.  You might also want to have a calendar ready so you can keep track of everything.
Middle school enrichment forms are due in to me by Monday.  Students took these home last Tuesday so please take the time to complete them and return.  I will look after getting then to the MS counselors.
Monkey King is finally hear.  After writing scripts and rehearsing for the last 7-8 weeks, students in 5HD will perform this coming Thursday, May 28 from 1:00-2:00 in the Theatre.  Throughout the day three other classes will also perform. The last four will perform their part on Friday.
Students start to have lunch in the MS/HS cafeteria on Monday.  This will continue for two weeks.  The most important part of this is that students are now responsible for making sure their lunch card has enough credits on it.  They cannot purchase a lunch if there is not enough money on the card or they loose it.  The MS/HS cafeteria does not extend credit or allow students to sign for a meal.  I have covered this and also taken the students through the cafeteria to show them where they can re-up their lunch cards.  If in doubt, best to send students with RMB100 to add to the card on Monday.  Students who bring their own lunches have access to microwaves in case they need to heat something up.

We have finished the first drafts of our research reports and this coming week we will complete the final drafts.  So far things are looking pretty good.  I hope everyone rises to the task of completing this on time.  The final draft is due into me on Wednesday.  After this we will write an essay on Ocean Fishing.
We are also in process of our Poerty books.  Next week we will finish the teaching, learning and free writing of poetry and then the following week each student will publish their own book in preparation for the Poerty Cafe on June 8th at 9:00am-9:45am.  Coffee, tea, orange juice, banana bread and Chocolate muffins will be on the menu as well as an assortment of recitations.  Hope you can make it.
As we head to the end of the year, I would like to ask all of you to let me know if you are planning on leaving school early.  This is to make sure that all materials are taken home, yearbooks are issued and everything is ready for your student to move to Grade 6.  Please take the time to shoot me an email and let me know.  I appreciate this a great deal.
There is only 10 days left for students to complete their impact project.  Most are well along and really taking this to heart.  We will then spend 3 days preparing the presentations for the Impact Fair on June 4th from 10:15-11:35.  Groups will be assigned rooms to present in so you will need to stay in touch with your student about where they will be presenting.
This week sees the end of our Book Clubs with meetings on Mon and Wed.  Final blog/journal entries will also be this coming week.  I hope you have time to read through their blogs as there is some good things there.  Students are also preparing their first video blog on a class book I read to them.  Should be interesting.

IMG_1798.JPGLibrary in on Monday and while not the last time this year, it is time to start clearing out​the books signed out to our students.  If students have an unreturned book they will have to pay for the replacement.  The library will issue an invoice to be paid at the business office.  Students who have a clear account and are returning to ISB next year will be able to sign out books for the summer starting June 5th.
In math we will do a Crypto competition next week.  As we are learning the basics of algebra, and have done a lot with computation, this is a perfect game to have a class competition with.  There are prizes for everyone.  For more information, ask your student about the game.
If any students have a birthday this summer but want to celebrate it early with the class please let me know ASAP.  There is a lot going on in the next two weeks so I need to stay planned with everything to make sure nothing is forgotten.  Thank-you in advance.
I continue to be very impressed with the devotion my students are showing to their learning right to the end.  They should be commended for this.  In the mean time, if anyone has any questions please let me know.
Harold Daw