Please bring color pencils/pen for the next few lessons.
The result for the midterm last week is better than the result for quiz #8. This tells me that while some students can recognize new words/phrases, they are not familiar enough yet to write them down.
This week we will finish lesson 9. There are no classes for two weeks and when we return on April 22, there will be a quiz on lesson 9. With how we are doing, we will for sure complete the entire text book.
Now since we don’t have lessons on May 20th, the May celebration will “shrink” so to not take away more lecture time. Our sign language show if not cancelled, will be performed at the graduation ceremony. On May 13, we still have “Bamboo Bank Coming Home” event and we will have a tea ceremony in the classroom.
Thank you so much for your effort. This week, I asked the students to correct their quiz on directions and most of them handed back to me within minutes.
You might have heard from your kids that a couple of incidents happened in our classroom in the last two weeks. The first incident was that one of the students got into a quarrel with our TA. The second incident happened today when someone pulled the fire alarm in the classroom. Both incidents happened during recess and the school was informed.
I was not there to witness the first incident . What I told the class is that as long as we live in a society, there are always going to be disagreement. We will all have bad days. How we handle ourselves is most important. We don’t use our fists to solve problems.
The second incident was one of our boys pulled the fire alarm. I have a good discussion with the classroom why no one should touch it unless it’s a real emergency. The class lost a recess and we also disturbed the other 3rd grade class, but luckily, the alarm stopped by itself and did not go further.
These two incidents are unfortunate. I treated them as good opportunities for all of us to learn life lesson. Now our students became friends with each other, sometimes it’s hard to concentrate in the class. Sometimes they get each other in trouble. I think it’s norm for the class to become more expressive toward the end of the term. Let’s try to keep the positive energy flowing! Your kids are wonderful.
Please come to the gym to pick up the kids this Saturday. We will have Chinese yo-yo in the last period.
We will have a midterm exam on March 25. It will cover Lesson 6 to Lesson 8. As always, it will be based on the homework.
Last week, the quiz on Lesson 7 focused on word recognition. Most of kids found it easier. There are few students who need to catch up. This week, we will have quiz on writing directions.
We have kids who cried at writing quiz, looking up Chinese dictionary. Let’s do our best to encourage them. I have told the class that marks are not as important as how much they learn.
There is a quiz on Lesson 7 this week, please ask your child to review. We will be learning Lesson 8 this week.
I hope everyone has received an email regarding various Chinese competitions. There will be an information session this Saturday at 10:30 am in the cafeteria. Later on I am going to forward details on Chinese Idiom Competition which will be held in May.