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HDBJ Bi-weekly 171107

Dear Parents,

‘Tis the season to be jolly and we are indeed getting into the holiday spirit at HD Beijing School! Children have started practicing songs and teachers have been busy preparing activities in the run up to our winter holiday. As it is a very busy time ahead, I thought that I would take this opportunity to share, and review, a few items.

Christmas Events
The Christmas Wrapping Party is scheduled for Sunday 10th December from 2-5pm. There will be mulled wine and snacks to keep you going while you wrap presents! As we do not want to spoil the surprise, please remember this is an adult only event.

Our Christmas Performance will be held on Thursday 21st December. There will be a violin concert from 9-9:30am, followed by our students singing a selection of festive songs commencing at 9:30am. Students will then return to their classrooms for a well-deserved snack before leaving for home at 11:30am. Father Christmas will also be in attendance should children wish to have their photo taken with him.

More details pertaining to the Christmas Performance will be sent home next week.

Gentle Reminder
Dismissal time for students is at 4:45pm from Monday-Thursday and at 3:45pm on Friday. Our staff’s work day finishes 15 minutes after the children’s dismissal time, at which point all of our staff are entitled to leave school. Please ensure that children are collected on time, as our staff also have families at home waiting for them.

There have been instances of students entering empty classrooms after they have been returned to the care of their parents. Foremost, this is a safety concern, as there are no staff members on duty at that time and any child left unattended could have an accident. Secondly, teachers leave their classrooms organised for the next day’s lessons, anticipating that any activities that have been thoughtfully prepared, will remain untouched until the next day.

Thank you in advance for your help in ensuring a safe and secure campus.
 
Winter Holiday Timings
On Friday 22nd December, school will be dismissed, and buses will depart, at 12:30pm for the Winter Holiday. Lunch will be provided to students prior to their departure. Staff will also be leaving early that day, so please make the necessary arrangements for your child to be collected. School will recommence on Wednesday 3rd January.

Wishing you a wonderful and festive December.

Best Regards,
Principal Jodi L Ingersoll


Library

All kids can borrow books from our library now!  The following guide is a quick introduction of the borrowing procedure and a few tips of our lending service.  Please read with your kid, remind them to take good care of the books and to return them in time.  You may log on to our website (http://library.hdschools.org),  and then click BJHD KG & Primary Library to check all of the materials available in the library.  Enjoy your reading time!






Math

Grade 1: Kids performed excellently during these two weeks.  They learned the difference of cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers from 6 to 10.  When it came to calculation, they can even come up with questions that related to addition and subtraction in daily life.  At the same time, we finished the autumn courses ‘How to make a sandbag with a taste of autumn and math?’. We also took part in the activity of designing the sandbag.  On Halloween, we joined the ‘’treasure hunting” game. We hid the treasure bags in the classrooms which contained math information, the kids would find the bags by clues of math direction.   After that the kids designed lots of cards to help to solve the problems in the sandbags.  Beside the extensive knowledge they learned from these courses, the children also got through the whole process of finding and solving problems which significantly promote their way of thinking.  Guess what?  Bigger surprises are waiting for you next week!



Grade 2
 Kids from “dolphin class” did a great job during the past two weeks.  They understand the meaning of multiplication – which is the simple way of adding numbers. Now they can do multiplications!  In addition, they can even come up with questions that relate to multiplication in our daily life.   At the same time, we finished the autumn courses ‘How to make a sandbag with a taste of autumn and math?’. Beside the extensive knowledge they learned from these courses, the kids also got through the whole process by finding and solving problems which significantly promote their way of thinking.

Those small “dolphins” had a lot of fun in math on Halloween!  They created their own multiplication table for numbers 2 to 5 and they can use them in solving real-life problems! They studied quite efficiently.  Next week we will learn multiplication tables for numbers 6 to 9. Are you ready?



Grade 3: Kids from “Dandelion class” learned quite a lot during the past two weeks.  They knew the calculation and checking within 10000.  At the same time, we started the courses about autumn, including ‘How to make a sandbag with a taste of autumn and math?’.  The designing of the sandbags on Monday.  On Halloween, we joined the ‘’treasure hunting” game.  We hid the treasure bags in the classrooms which contained math information, the kids were then able to find the bags by clues of math direction.  After that the kids designed lots of cards to help solve the problems in sandbags.  Beside the extensive knowledge they learned from these courses, the kids also got through the whole process by finding and solving problems which significantly promote their way of thinking.  Guess what?  Bigger surprises are waiting for you next week!


Tennis
Date: November 3rd
In the past two weeks, we concentrated on the following two training contents:
Firstly, forehand & backhand alternative practice in pairs.  Secondly, forehand to forehand, and backhand to backhand practice in pairs.  All the practice helped the kids understanding and allowed them to improve their proficiency in these two skills.  In addition, it strengthened their stability of forehand and backhand shots.



In the golden autumn, prep classes learned a whole new instrument: Sleigh Bells.  Children mastered the correct way to use them and can use them to accompany the song "Jingle Bells" which is a clear and pleasing sound.  Preschool and Grade 1 students learned new songs called "Christmas HOHO" and "Sweet Fruit Pie".  These two songs have distinct rhymes, whilst the rap involves the knowledge of dots and syncopation.  This helps to improve the children’s sense of rhythm.  Additionally, Grade 1 students made their own fruit headdresses and studied the body movements of “Sweet Fruit Pie”.
Grade 2 students had rhythm training using glasses.   The kids played all kinds of rhythms with glasses in their hands.  This not only trained the sense of rhythm of the students, but also spiced up the class.  Next week, we will accompany ‘I am a Little Musician’, a joyful British children’s song with rhythms played with glasses.  Grade 3 Students in music class listened and sang songs in different ways to feel the emotion of songs.



Golf


Golf is another school for kids.   

HD school advocates sports and believes that the diversified sports learning will bring the children a bright future. Honesty, integrity, respect, self-confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, judgment, sportsmanship and other merits in golfing etiquette are the main focuses of our lessons.
In the previous two weeks, in addition to the basic golfing etiquette, we stressed the importance of the basic preparatory action of pushing rod and flying rod.  Before each class, kids need to stretch their muscles and do a warm-up exercise.  It is an essential for the kids to understand the importance of warming up.  Besides, golf knowledge is indispensable.  Children should know every stick and its usage, so that they can do the practice with a clear goal.
During class, the coaches explained the main points of the action and guided them how to aim.  After that, they allowed kids to learn from each other and correct other’s actions. By doing this, they can have a deeper impression and better understanding of the skills they are learning.  Before the class was over we had a little competition.  The kids learned how to deal with stress, to build up confidence and have a stronger sense of the honor of teamwork.
Golf, a school that promotes technique, physical fitness, personality, culture, taste, intelligence quotient and emotional quotient.



Design Thinking

They have had a blast dreaming up and creating their own monsters in Design Thinking class!  Years 1 and 2 have collaboratively designed all types of monsters: ghosts, robots, pumpkin-heads, and more!  They then built them according to their plans.
 
This week brought Prep classes the challenge of designing and building a Halloween mask for our teachers to wear.  We got to talk about, and experiment with scale, and worked together to think through the necessary design elements to make seeing and breathing/speaking in a mask possible.  Check out these learners from Prep B, exploring new tools - hole punches, rulers, hot glue guns, and staplers, as they prepare their masks for Stella!
 
Year 3 learners had our first exploratory lesson on littleBits - modular electronics that we will be using for a unit on inventions in coming weeks.  Keep an eye on this section for photos soon - we can’t wait to show you what we’re working on!