August 2009, Issue 1     Current Events RIS will celebrate International Ozone Day on the 16th of September.      Language Arts     Teachers in Gr.5 are reviewing language skills which were taught in Gr.4. We are involving  students with the DRA reading assessment to understand our students’ reading levels. We will  then know how to challenge our students so they continue to develop good reading skills. For  parents who are new, the DRA is a reading assessment that helps teachers know each student’s  reading level. As we all know reading daily is the key to a student’s academic success so we’d like  to encourage parents to insure that our students read daily.      In a couple of weeks we’ll be asking students do a piece of writing which teachers will grade  using the rubrics of the six­ plus­ one writing traits. This assessment will provide us with  information about where students are in terms of their ability to write and we’ll be able to  effectively meet their needs as writers.      Teachers in Gr. 5 are exposing students to vocabulary, spelling and grammar exercises to insure  that students develop in these areas of Language. During group work and when sharing  information, students are provided with learning situations to use oral language.

   Mathematics In Math, students in Gr.5 are currently working on place value positions in both full numbers and  decimals. Students are working with numbers up to billions and it would be helpful if parents  could practice with students in reading aloud these numbers. We are also providing students with  strategies on how to solve word problems and to focus on key­words that could provide clues on  how to work word problems through. Practicing the times tables with students would allow  students to   gain speed and accuracy when dealing with multiplication and division problems.

Social Studies     For Social Studies, students in Gr.5 are working on our first unit titled Peace Jam. In this unit  students will take a close look at what the term Peace means to themselves and to the world at  large. They will be exposed to different types of conflicts that take place in our world and work on  strategies that help resolve conflicts peacefully. Students will be exposed to some major events in  History to help them envision a world without peace.  They will also read and explore the lives of  some Nobel Peace Laureates who work on resolving conflicts using non­violent approaches to  establish peace in the world.  Students will be exposed to a number of organizations that work  towards world peace. Parents could help your child gain background knowledge in these areas by  reading about the concepts mentioned and by involving  your child is discussions.

 Thai Welcome to the 2009­2010 school year. In the first quarter, the students will learn about conflict  in the family, how to prevent and solve problems that happened in the family. The concept about  diseases will also be introduced. 

  Science     For this school year teachers are using Foss Kits to involve students in exploring with Science. It  is a new approach RIS has adopted this school year. We believe it would benefit our students as  it  is inquiry based and it provides students with hands­on learning activities. We are currently  working on a unit called Sun, Moon and Stars. Students in Gr.5 have been busy using compasses  to gain a sense of the cardinal directions.  They have been making observations as to why we have  night and day. Students are also measuring the lengths   of shadows at different times of day to  investigate how our shadows change depending on the position of the sun.  Students would have  brought home a newsletter informing you about our unit  Sun Moon and Stars and how  parents  could help them with their investigations.  Welcome back, Parents!  This unit, students are learning about our Solar System as they learn  about the Sun, Moon, and Stars.  You can facilitate this learning by having your child to describe  the sky to you, either early in the morning or late at night, and describing how that same scene  would be similar or different 3 months from now.  Thank you! ­ Mr. Robert

 Elizabeth Library 
Welcome back to school everyone. Our new library system (Destiny) is now completely operational at last! That means the librarians have been very hard at work over the summer break cataloguing hundreds of new books which we purchased last year, but weren't able to process during the conversion to Destiny. So come in and check our first new books display this year. After everyone has had a chance to preview the new books display, we have several hundred new levelled readers which we will release. These books have high interest levels, but very easy text for beginning readers. They are ideal for KG, grade 1 and grade 2 children to practice their reading skills each day. Older students should look for the many new chapter books we have added to our collection. Have a great new school year everyone. Mr Rick

    P.E. Mr. Brian’s first unit in PE has had fitness as its overriding theme. Fitness balls and exercise stations have been used to improve fitness levels. Also, students have enjoyed the low organization games that Mr. Brian has introduced. Next up is swimming. Expect a swim schedule in the next week or so.

Counselor Corner
It is great being back at school and visiting the students during my classroom guidance lessons. It is evident that all students are enthusiastic about their learning here at RIS. This year I will continue to implement my classroom guidance lessons using Second Step as my primary curriculum. My yearly plan is derived from the American School Counselor Association’s National Model. Each month will address a different topic. August – Who Am I? September – Successful Study Skills October – Empathy and Communication Skills November – Bully Prevention Month December – Problem Solving skills in a social context January – Emotions Management (coping skills) February – Diversity

March – Career Awareness (with Career Week – we will need parent volunteers) April – Global Citizens (Earth Day) May – Transitions As your school counselor I am available regarding any concerns you may have about your child’s academic, social and/or emotional wellbeing. Please feel free to contact me at any time at: or by calling the school and asking for extension 259. Looking forward to a very successful year! Sincerely, Mrs. Pascale       ESL

Welcome to the 09/10 school year! For those grade 5 classes that are visited by an ESL specialist this year, Ms. Gail and Ms. Kathleen will be helping the children focus on language, no matter which subject we provide support in. This month, we work specifically on reading skills, pronunciation and grammar. Continue to check this area for hints to help your child learn English through content, and content through English!!


Music class with fifth grade meets 2 times in every 8­day cycle.  Mr. Sebert is the Music  teacher.  The school year kicks off with – Exploring Beat and Rhythm as our first unit.  Your child will experience performing dance steps and proper hand conducting along  with the recorded music and exploring and learning the importance of beat and rhythm in  music. Reading notations and performing rhythm patterns are part of this unit.



Welcome to Art: This year we still continue posting your children’s projects in We have sent slip informing about with your child for the new parents and for parents who have not registered with Artsonia yet. Please register as a parent so that you con go in and check your child’s art work and give positive comments.


     Theater Arts

Welcome to Grade 5 Theater Arts, school year 2009-2010! This year our students will not only continue to explore, learn, grow, and put into practice what they have learned last year but also start new lessons on each grade level’s unit of studies. Grade 5 will demonstrate Dance Elements and skills in choreographing a simple dance. They will improvise movements through different types of music and self-made percussion instruments. One of the themes for our improvisation activities is “Assignment Earth, O-Zone”. We are incorporating our lessons to the school wide project “Ozone Day”. In this way children are given the opportunity to get to understand and get involve in the present global issues we are now facing. Students are expected to perform their improvisation work showing the basic choreographic elements. And to widen their perspective of various cultures around the world, students will continue to explore, learn more folk dances and celebrate diversity of cultures during the Cultural Week Celebration. With all these activities, students are expected to understand the connections between dancing, social and cultural expressions, global issues and each other’s way of life. We are looking forward to a fun-filled learning experience for everyone! Have Fun!

     Religion We are off to start the year with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd approach.  It’s the religious  formation of children which is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational  principles of Maria Montessori. In the Atrium the children work on materials that had prepared  for them to draw closer to God.  We have been practicing centering prayer for six minutes as we  begin our classes.   Please encourage them to spend personal prayer time each day at home.  New  presentation on the Bible and the Salvation History will be given this month.  

    Values Gr. 5 classes start with the Unit on Self­Esteem. Through class discussions, role playing,  creative writing and art projects, they will learn different ways on how to improve their self­ esteem to get better in dealing with others and much more. We will focus on virtues of  “Responsibility” and “Pursuit of Excellence”. We will encourage our students to practice  them at home, in school and in the community.

Last but not least! It’s an exciting year in Computers this year as Grade 5’s start the year off with  their very own webpages. These pages are hosted by a free online (Web 2.0) application called  POSTEROUS. By using their school e­mail – students can create dynamic and interesting  webpages filled with their homeroom work, assignments, reflections, videos, photographs and just 

about anything else they want. Each student in Grade 5 has a POSTEROUS website – and they are  responsible for maintaining each site also – this falls under a category of assessment called  “Digital Citizenship” – meaning ‘How students conduct themselves online.’ The online skills are  very important as we move into the new technological world. Be sure to ask your student to show  you their page – and as always – be diligent about knowing what your child does online. For more  information about Posterous, or anything we are doing in the Grade 5 curriculum for Technology  – please drop in to E202 and say hello to Mr. Rob. Stay tuned! 

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