As expected, many students did well in the final exam last week. We will be given out report cards on February 4th.
On Tzu Chi school’s website, you will find the latest news on Chinese New Year Celebration that will be held on January 28. At 9:10am in the morning, I will bring the kids from the classroom to the gym. We will watch some shows before free activities. I myself has been assigned to “ring toss” booth. The kids will by their own with their friends to go from booth to booth. You can pick up your kids in the gym at 11:50am. Before you go though, please come over to the “ring toss” station and let me know that the kid is safe with you. Please remind your kid to wear uniform on that day. =) Join us if you can!
We will have the final exam for the first semester this coming Saturday. It will cover Lesson 1 through Lesson 5, with focus on Lesson 4 & 5. Please utilize the content at the back of the book, especially page 119 and on.
Last Saturday we had our Lesson 5 Quiz. Most students did well, but do please to go over the test with your children. About 1/3 of the students did not have time during the class to find all the new phrases in Lesson 6‘s main text and story, please spare some time to assist your child. Thank you.
After Chinese New Year, we will teach the kids to use the dictionaries.
在改功課時，我發現很多小朋友沒有交感恩節的作文。在班上我跟小朋友說那是“挑戰”，有交的小朋友可以多一張貼紙。這次我改變一下戰略，我把“我的Winter break” 和 “我的New Year Resolution” 兩篇作文跟功課釘在一起。頁面上有一些用詞是我們上課時有學到的，請小朋友試試看，但不是每一個詞語都要用到。我刻意找一些小朋友比較有意見的題目，希望他們寫起來不會那麽困難。不會寫的字，用英文都沒關係。我希望小朋友能盡量表達他們的想法。謝謝！
I realized a lot of students did not turn in “Thanksgiving” essay. I told the kids it’s a challenge and anyone who turns it in would get a sticker. This time, I am attaching two essays – “My Winter break” and “My New Year’s Resolution” as part of homework. There are some phrases on the page that we taught and I would like the kids to try, but they don’t have to use every phrases. I intentionally picked topics that the students would have opinion of. For the words they don’t know, they can even write in English, but I like them to try to express their ideas fully.
Most kids did well in the quiz for Lesson 4. Thank you.
We will have three weeks of no Chinese school. I hope you have a good holiday and see you in January 7th.
I hoped everyone had a good vacation. With two more weeks of Chinese schools, we will have a break for another three weeks! The kids must be looking forward to the Christmas holidays. I am going to finish Lesson 5 before the holidays, so you can review the lessons with them.
Please tell the kids that we are going to have a quiz for Lesson 4 this coming Saturday. As always, questions will be from the homework.
Finally this Saturday, please come to Room 211 to pick up your kids after school. We will have “art of tea / tea ceremony” in the last period. Thank you.
Most kids did well in last week’s exam. The result is similar to our quiz for Lesson 2. If you have any questions regarding your kid’s progress, please feel free to contact me.
We won’t have classes for the next two weeks. Class will resume on December 3rd. I will hand out two weeks worth of homework this week. I hope that your child has formed a (good) habit of writing Chinese homework. From Lesson Four and on, pin yin and zhu yin have been completely eliminated from some words. It is to force kids to recognize Chinese characters. This is a good way to gauge how much your kid knows as compared to what he/she supposes to know.
This Saturday is the Vegetarian Day. Free vegetarian lunch will be served in the cafeteria. If you are participating, please bring your own bowl and utensil.
Finally, this week is our last Chinese Yo-Yo class. I hope the kids will enjoy it.
(Very) Early Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s going to be a busy week. We will have our first exam, we also have Chinese yo-yo and finally, the school asked for 10 minutes of our time to kick off a year-round event named “Eating veggies, planting trees and loving the earth”. For more information, please check http://tzuchiacademyseattle.blogspot.com/. Please do not feel pressure to oblige or comply. Ultimately, we want everyone to eat healthy and care for the environment.
One of the teachers passed out this link for a documentary movie called “Before the flood”. It’s about the environment and has IMDB rating of 8.5/10. It’s free to watch on the following Youtube National Geographic
channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90CkXVF-Q8M
我們的字卡要發到第四課嘍! 請小朋友好好的運用。有一副字卡後面有筆順可以作參考。每一課有兩副，可以用來玩 memory game。第四課的說故事是有關孫悟空的故事。在家裡可以跟小朋友談談更多孫悟空的傳説喔!
We will be giving out flash cards for lesson 4 this week. One set has stroke order in the back. Each lesson has two sets so you can use it to play memory game. Lesson 4’s story is about Sun Wukong. You can read more stories about this Chinese mythological figure to your kids.
First of all, due to one cancellation of class, I have decided to delay our midterm for a week. It’s going to be on November 5 and it will cover Lesson 1 to Lesson 3.
Secondly, most of the kids did well in last week’s quiz. Thank you for the guidance at home.
This week’s lesson is close to Halloween. The students can bring their costume to change if they wish. However, the school prefers if everyone still wears uniform to school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. I will give out gummy bears at the end of the class.
This week I have prepared the flash cards. There are some families that have organized the cards before I asked to be returned. Thank you. Tomorrow, please bring flash cards for Lesson 1 to Lesson 3.
I have to apologize for not writing down the names of students who returned the flash cards. If you have the flash cards, please let me know as I am short of some flash cards. Thank you.
We are going to have our first monthly birthday celebration tomorrow. Each student will get a lollipop. I hope it’s okay with you.
There will be NO Chinese class tomorrow. Please REPLY to this email so I know you get it. Otherwise, I will be making phone calls tonight. Thank you!
Please print out and give your child Lesson 2, Week 3’s (Lesson2Week3) homework.
If you want to improve your child’s Chinese vocabulary, you can print out the following files. They are already in the writing folder. Some kids have written many pages. However, some kids have not made any progress. If they filled out a page, you can ask them to bring it to school and I will reward them with a sticker. Some pages only have one or two words. Please ask your child to fill up the page with other words they would like to practice.
Finally, is writing important? The following article was given to me by my child’s school teacher.
The weather might be harsh for the next couple of days, please take care.
If the class is to be cancelled on Saturday. There will be an email from School before 6AM.
Please refer to the information giving out by the school. Thank you.
In cases of inclement weather, Tzu Chi Academy’s policy is typically to follow Bellevue Public School closures. This Friday, however, Bellevue School District is already scheduled no school to have professional development. A significant storm with possible power outages is predicted for Thursday night.
Since we cannot follow our regular closure system, you will receive an email Saturday morning between 5:30 ~ 6:00 AM if classes are to be cancelled. The school blog website will also make announcement around the same timeframe. http://tzuchiacademyseattle.blogspot.com/
If classes will not be cancelled, there will not be a closure communication.
Buy some extra batteries or charge up your power banks just in case!