Treblemaker Notice

There will be no Treblemakers Choir on Monday November 5.

Ms. Skye, Ms. Maggie and Ms. Campbell will be away at a music teachers conference.

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Dribbling Dragons This Week

This is the last week for Dribbling Dragons.  Both on Monday and Wednesday the students will be playing games, please make sure that they bring their uniforms.
Due to high school ELOs, many of our high school basketball players who coach will not be at school this week.   Though, there still will be teacher coaches the last two sessions will only go for one hour on both days.
Please note if your child takes the bus they will be 3:30 bus on Wednesday
Thanks you for you understanding in advance.
Kind Regards,
 Jason L. Cuthbert
Asst. Director of Student Activities
International School of Beijing
No. 10 An Hua Street, Shunyi District
Beijing 101318
Mobile:  86 13501051492
Office:  86 10 8046 2345 x2054
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Dry & Dodgy!

It’s that time of year again!  Please see the following note from the ES PE team:
All students in Grades 3-5 will be participating in the Dry and Dodgy Dodgeball tournament Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The entire grade level will be in Gym 1 for their entire time slot. Parents are invited to attend. See details below.
June 12th – Day B
Grade 3, 8:40 – 10:10- Teachers vs Students at 9:50am 
Grade 4, 10:55 – 12:25- Teachers vs Students at 12:05pm
Grade 5, 1:10 – 2:40- Teachers vs Students at 2:20pm
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Math Module 7

Exploring Measurement with Multiplication

In this module students build their competencies in measurement as they relate multiplication to the conversion of measurement units. Throughout the module, students explore multiple strategies for solving measurement problems involving unit conversion.

Key Vocabulary

  • Customary system of measurement: Measurement system used in the United States that includes such units as yards, pounds and gallons
  • Customary Unit: g., foot, ounce, quart
  • Cup ( c ): Customary unit of measure for liquid volume
  • Gallon (gal): Customary unit of measure for liquid volume
  • Metric system of measurement: Base ten system of measurement used internationally that includes such units as meters, kilograms and liters
  • Metric unit: kilometer, gram, milliliter
  • Ounce (oz): Customary unit of measure for weight
  • Pint (pt): Customary unit of measure for liquid volume
  • Pound (lb): Customary unit of measure for weight
  • Quart (qt): Customary unit of measure for liquid volume


How you can help at home:

  • As often as possible, notice and discuss customary units like ounces and pounds with your student (in the grocery store, at home, etc).
  • Review time by asking questions such as “How many more minutes until the next hour?” or “How many hours until the next day?”

Students use two-column tables to practice conversion rates. Students generate a two-column conversion table by listing the number of ounces within 1 pound, 2 pounds, and so on, up to 10 pounds. Tables for other measurement units are then generated in a similar fashion. Students then reason about why they do not need to complete the tables beyond 10 of the larger units.

Students will practice addition and subtraction of mixed units of measurements to solve multi-step word problems.

Students use their knowledge of fractions and conversion tables to convert mixed number units into smaller units (for example: 1  pounds equals 28 ounces) to solve multi-step problems.

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Passports for Singing Deer

Singing Deer Lodge requires all students and adults to have a passport or proper ID card – Gang Ao Tong Xing Zheng (Hong Kong/Macau) or Tai Bao Zheng (Taiwan).

Please send in the proper ID for your child NO LATER THAN Monday, May 21st. We will put all passports and IDs in our safe until we go on the field trip. The teachers will keep the passports/ID until we return from Singing Deer Lodge. Your child will bring home his or her passport/ID the afternoon they return.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

We are all looking forward to another wonderful experience at Singing Deer Lodge. Hopefully we will have some beautiful weather!

Packing List

What to Wear:
A  T-Shirt for the first day (with extra layer for warmth), pants, closed-toed, sturdy walking shoes (no Crocs or sandals), and sun hat

Daypack ~ for the bus and hiking
Healthy snacks for the bus and reusable water bottle (full)
Lunch for first day
Wet wipes, hand sanitizer
Book or small travel game for bus (no electronics)- leave watches at home. Cameras are ok, but no phones.

Overnight Bag ~ This should be an easily carried shoulder bag-duffle style or backpack. 

One shirt for Day 2
One pair long pants/track pants
2 pairs socks and underwear
Light jacket
Sweatshirt/sweater/Rain jacket
Toiletries ~ toothbrush, toothpaste, small hand towel, comb
Bag for dirty clothes
Flashlight or headlamp
Book (no Kindles or ereaders please)

Please Note:

  • No Electronics (including cell phones, music players, and electronic games) are allowed
  • No Pocket Knives or lighters
  • Students who need medication should bring their medicine in the original package with labeling and instructions to give to the nurse.
  • Keep packing to a minimum.  You must be able to carry what you bring.
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Dear Parents,

Next week your child will take the MAP® Growth™ assessments from NWEA®. Testing dates are May 8-10 for scholars in Grade 3 through Grade 5. We give students MAP Growth tests to determine individual instructional needs and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year. There are three assessments in the Elementary School; Math, Language Usage and Reading. Each assessment is administered on a different day.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. Scholars do NOT, and can NOT, study for the assessments. The MAP assessments are adaptive to each individual. The items scholars receive vary based on their individual performance and responses to previous items. The data we receive results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn. Providing teachers with immediate and accurate information regarding appropriate differentiation opportunities.

Following the administration of all three assessments, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. If you have questions regarding the data, you may review the results with your child’s homeroom teacher by setting up an appointment.

How to prepare your child for MAP

  • You DO NOT NEED to study for MAP.
  • Ensure your child gets a good night sleep (9 hours or more).
  • Make sure they have a good breakfast each morning.
  • Encourage them to do their best and remain positive.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, visit:


Janet Wang                                                                                                                          Assessment Coordinator                                                                                                      Office of Learning

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May 03-June 05, Swimming in PE for 4MW, 4RB and 4PR, remember to bring everything for swim after the long weekend

May 03, Thursday from 3:35-4:00 we will hold an optional Singing Deer Overnight Parent Information Meeting in Mr. Blohm’s room, 3128. Interested Grade 4 parents may attend a short presentation and ask questions about the trip. If you can’t attend, rest assured you will receive all of the information you will need via blog posts and handouts.

May 08-11, MAP Testing, testing will start at 8:30 each day, Friday will be makeups for any students that are sick and have to miss a day

May 14 – June 06, Dribbling Dragons Basketball for 3-5 grades Sign up started this week and homeroom teachers have forms to that will come home.

May 19, Spring Fair at ISB, 10:00-4:00

May 23-25, Grade 4 Singing Deer Lodge Overnight Trip,
Wednesday night 23-24- 4PR, 4SM and 4PG
Thursday night 24-25, 4RB, 4MW and 4AG 

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Module 6 Decimal Fractions

In our next unit, students will explore decimal numbers and their relationship to decimal  fractions (1/10, 1/100, etc.), learning to express a given quantity in both fraction and decimal forms. Students build on the work they did with fractions in Module 5, apply the same reasoning to decimal numbers, and set the stage for decimal operations in Grade 5.

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Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 21.12.32Key Common Standards

 Understand decimal notations for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

o Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100.

o Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100.

o Compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size.

Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.

o Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals.

New Terms in this Module:

Decimal number: number written using place value units that are powers of 10

Decimal expanded form: e.g., (2 x 10) + (4 x 1) + (5 x 0.1) + (9 x 0.01) = 24.59

Decimal fraction: a fraction with a denominator of 10, 100, 1,000, etc.

Decimal point: period used to separate the whole number part from the fractional part of a decimal number

Fraction expanded form: e.g., (2 x 10) + (4 x 1) + (5 x 1/10) + (9 x 1/100) = 24 59/100

Hundredth: place value unit such that 100 hundredths equals 1 one

Tenth: place value unit such that 10 tenths equals 1 one

Familiar Terms:

Expanded Form Fraction

How You Can Help at Home

  •   Continue to practice and review multiplication and division math facts— this greatly supports work with fractions.
  •   In any decimal number, ask your student the value of each digit, e.g., the 4 in 5.4 is 4 tenths.

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 21.12.48Spotlight on Math Models: Place Value Chart

Students have seen place value charts as early as Grade 1. In Module 1 of Grade 4, we made extensive use of the place value chart to the millions, practicing our skills with large whole numbers such as renaming units and comparing numbers. Now that we are working with fractions and decimal numbers, we focus on the part of the place
value chart (above) that supports this learning.

Students use the chart to model numbers in the form of a provided template or a quick hand-drawn sketch as they work on a problem. In Module 6, we spend a considerable amount of time and effort learning to write decimal numbers in expanded form and the place value chart works as an important organizing tool. The chart is a powerful reminder of what each digit in each place value represents.

The chart is also a useful tool to pictorially support students in renaming numbers. Just as 12 is 1 ten 2 ones or 12 ones, 0.79 is 7 tenths 9 hundredths or 79 hundredths. Renaming units is an important skill, previously practiced with whole numbers and now extended to decimal numbers supporting such concepts as comparing, ordering, rounding, and adding decimal numbers.

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Swimming Unit in PE

Parents, please see the following letter from the ES PE department regarding the upcoming swimming unit.  This specifically affects students in 4MW, 4RB, and 4PR.  

Dear Parents:

It is now time for the other half of the UES to swim in PE from May 3- June 5. The classes involved and details on what to bring are listed below. Those classes not swimming will be involved in a Health and Fitness unit during their PE time.

May 3- June 5 Swimming
Grade 3 3AM3KD


Grade 4 4PR4RB


Grade 5 5HD5ML


Please read the following guidelines below so as to have your child ready to begin his or her swimming lessons:


Girls should wear a one-piece bathing suit. Boys may wear Speedos, trunks or knee length Lycra suits; however, it is not convenient to wear bathing suits that are below their knees. Please check the condition of your child’s suit. To ensure that the children do not forget their bathing suits for their swim lessons, all children will leave their suits hanging in a designated place at the pool. When they arrive for their next lesson, their suits will be there, dry and waiting for them. Please clearly write your child’s name on their bathing suit.


Students can make do with basic, inexpensive goggles that are comfortable for them. Swimming Caps should be worn by all students with long hair as it makes swimming comfortable and is much more practical. At the very least, long hair should be tied back. Again, the students will leave their goggles here at the pool until the swimming unit is complete. Please clearly write your child’s name on the cap and goggles.


Each class, a clean towel is provided for all students participating in swimming.


It is our belief in the PE department that if a child is attending school, then they are generally well enough to participate in all classes including Physical Education/Swimming. If your child is sick, please keep them at home. If they are well enough to be at school, then they are expected to participate.

This is a great opportunity for your child to receive professional and high quality instruction from qualified and experienced aquatic staff. Students will experience a safe and friendly environment that allows them to develop their confidence in a variety of aquatic activities. Support your child in this program. Swimming is a life skill!!

For inquiries regarding this unit, feel free to contact the Aquatics Program Coordinator, Coach Nic Wilson   Email:     Phone: 81492345 ext. 1601, or alternatively contact Josie O’Reilly in ESPE Email: Phone: 8149 2345 ext: 2639

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C.A.S.T.A is Here! (almost)

What’s CASTA?  It’s a whole ES arts event celebrating the arts, thus the name Celebrate and Share the Arts (C.A.S.T.A.)

This year it’s on Thursday April 26.

There are 3 parts:

–       1. Each student has an artwork on display in the Visual Arts Exhibition

–       2. Each class will perform sometime during the CASTA Day.

–       3. Each student and teacher wears their CASTA Tie Dye t shirt!

Schedule attached.CASTA performances

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