daw.com - May 20

What a great week we had this past week.  We completed our Impact stories, had a visit by the Shanghai Quartet, watched our own ISB High School Orchestra perform movie music and watched the ES version of Rockin' Snow White.  Truly a great week.  Added to this was a First Aid presentation by one of our Impact groups that was vey well done.
This week we started a math problem that involves the construction of a quilt.  Since there are so many measurements in a quilt, it is going to be an interesting solution.  The final objective is to determine how much fabric is needed to make a quilt that is 1 yard square.  So far I have been teaching them about what a quilt looks like and how to determine the sizes of squares, borders and strips.  We just started to look at seams needed to sew the pieces together.
Next week we start our final approach in the poetry unit and the Persuasive Essay/Letters. The students have some very good examples in either first draft or brainstorming so now it is time to finalize the books they will produce.  Final products will go home prior to the end of the year.
The class has decided to have a cooking morning in preparation for their class party.  I did this last year and it was a great way to end the school year.  We will do this on June 7th from 10:00am to lunch at 12:30.  I would like a couple of moms to help with this please.  Just let me know.  Over the next week students will develop a menu that they will prepare on this day.  This will serve as the class party for the end of the year.
Next week is our last library period for the year and I request that all books signed out are returned.  The library will issue a charge for all lost books that will need to be paid prior to yearbooks and final end of year activities are completed.  In advance of this, students can log into the library (lmc.isb.bj.edu.cn and see what all is signed out to them.
I want to take this time to remind parents that grade 5 students start eating in the HS/MS cafeteria on Monday.  I took them on a tour that explained everything, offered lanyards for their cards and also showed them how to get money on the cards. Please talk to your student about what is allowed for lunch.  Each family needs to determine this on their own.
Lastly I want to remind you all that the Impact Fair (the final presentation of the Impact Project) is on June 3rd from 11-12:20.  If you can attend I know that students would love to see you.
If you have any need to contact me or have questions, send me an email and I will arrange a meeting with you.
Harold Daw