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December 10

  1. 1. DECEMBER 10 2010 W E E K LY U P D A T E GRADE 5A @ CDNIS Eco-Park, Activists and AdvocatesDear Parents, Another busy week in Grade 5A@CDNIS with the students working very well towardscompletion of their persuasive essays. They have conducted a great deal of research overthe past few weeks, sorted that information and are now presenting it in a way that willjustify an opinion connected to the management of solid waste. Over the past few weeks wehave done a great deal in deconstructing and writing persuasive texts; plenty of formativefeedback has been offered. On Monday we will make an attempt to complete all speeches.On Wednesday, students will submit their final copies of their persuasive texts. We have onemore (smaller) summative task that will be competed in 2-3 class periods next week andwhich explores the issue of how we are specifically connected to the systems of wastemanagement in Hong Kong. I was very proud of the students when they independently and collectively agreed to bandisposable plastic water bottles from the classroom for the rest of the school year. Inaddition, we are making a real effort to stop using paper cups. Your cooperation withthis initiative would be greatly appreciated. Through our inquiries we have learned thatthe school has used almost 200,000 paper cups in the first 3.5 months of school. We wouldlike to set an example to the rest of the school and hopefully our small action can have abigger effect. I’d like to congratulate Scarlett who stood in front of the entire CDNIS staff onMonday to explain to us the small actions we as teachers and students can take to make adifference. She was very much a risktaker by undertaking this action. Ask your children about the EcoPark tour we took on Wednesday in Tuen Mun. It was avery rewarding experience and many of the students collected a great deal of relevantinformation for their In Math, we did not get the opportunity to complete a summative assessment on thefractions work we’ve done so far. I anticipate that next week we’ll complete this beforemoving on into more complicated fractional territory in the New Year. Next Friday is a half day, with dismissal at 11am. Students will attend an assembly onFriday morning. On Thursday I aim to have some type of Christmas activity. An email hasbeen sent to you already regarding a Secret Santa activity.Kind Regards,DJ MacPhersondonaldmacpherson@cdnis.edu.hk & http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/teachers/donaldmacpherson//

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