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Celebrating 15 years of building a community of life-long learners. Volume 5, Issue 2, December 2011

News and Events School is closed Dec. 17th to Jan 8th due to the Winter holiday break. Have a happy holiday! Page 2

Early Childhood Coordinator and Elementary Coordinator Student Action and the PYP Page 2

Science, Library, and Technology

Chinese, Music, and Art

P.E. and RBIS Soccer

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Photo Gallery The Giving Tree, 2011 RBIS Halloween Celebration Pages 6-7

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Principal’s Message

Roots and Shoots Soccer Tournament RBIS students enjoyed participating in friendly soccer competitions against their friends and teachers to raise money for the Roots and Shoots Million Tree project. We are happy to announce that the Roots and Shoots Soccer Tournament raised RBM 1,150 which is enough to plant 46 trees in Mongolia. Way to go RBIS!

Dear RBIS Community, The wonderful week of winter performances begins Monday, December 12. Children and teachers are all excited to put on a show that you won’t soon forget! Listed below is additional information pertaining to this special event: • Concerts (except for our Toddler class) will be held in the RBIS gymnasium • Preschool through Kindergarten class parties will be held after the concert • Elementary class parties will be held before the concert • Please avoid wearing high heels with steel tips to protect the gym floor. • Seating is limited. We request that only mother, father and siblings attend the concerts. • Unfortunately there will be no sharing of food at class parties to reduce the spread of illness this winter season. The school café will provide sandwiches, fruits and cookies for class parties. During the winter performance, you will have a chance to participate in several exciting fundraisers! Winter Concert DVD: DVDs of the concert will be available for RMB 45. Proceeds will go towards planting a tree in Mongolia.

Rebecca Zipprich, RBIS Principal Tree-Shirts: The Mongolia Tree Shirts are here again! “I Bought a Tree in Mongolia,” Tree-shirts are RMB 50 which buys a tree to plant in Mongolia. Dream of Flying The third through sixth grade members of the RBIS Green Club participated in the Dream of Flying event on November 12. Our students competed with approximately fifteen other Shanghai schools to design rockets, paper airplanes and creative balloons. We are proud to share that they received two awards! One award for third place and the other for best team work. Outstanding job representing our school RBIS Green Club! A thank you to Mr. Jennifer, Science Specialist, and Ms. Jennifer, Literacy Coach, for guiding our students through this experience.

RBIS Choir Performs at the at the Marriot On November 27, third through sixth grade students performed a selection of festive songs at the Hongqiao Marriott Hotel. The children dazzled the audience with their lovely voices and adorable smiling faces. Thank you Ms. Lindi for preparing our students for this special event! The Giving Tree Thank you to all the families and teacher who participated in this year’s Giving Tree charity. We were able to provide Giving Tree bags to 200 migrant students! Our second graders traveled to the school on November 31, to give the bags to the excited children. Seeing all of the smiling faces as bags filled with clothes, toys and school supplies were opened made us feel very grateful to be involved with this charity. A big thank you to the parent committee for organizing The Giving Tree at RBIS. It’s a lot of work for a great cause! Have a wonderful holiday. See you in the New Year!

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CALENDAR Dec. 9th Workshop for Toddler and Early Years parents at 2:00pm in the library Dec. 12th Toddler Concert at 10:30am Dec. 13th Early Years Concert at 9:30am Dec. 13th Preschool Concert at10:30am Dec. 14th Pre-K and Kindergarten Concert at 10:00am Dec. 15th Elementary Concert at 1:00pm Dec. 16th Last day of After School Enrichment Program Dec. 17th to Jan 8th Winter Holiday, No School

ANNOUNCEMENTS Earth Day Stage Acts We are looking for stage acts for our Earth Day celebration in April. If you know anyone who is interested, please contact Mr. Alex at carroll.alexander@gmail.com. Lost and Found If your child has lost any items at school, please visit the Lost and Found located in the cabinets across from the library.

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Kate Benson Elementary Coordinator

Student Action and the IB Primary Years Program One of the things that sets the Primary Years Programme apart from other curricular frameworks is the importance it places on action. Action is an integral part of the PYP. As this diagram makes clear, action is put on the same level with concepts, skills and attitudes. In the PYP, action is seen as the extension of learning beyond the intellectual. It is the means by which we educate students to be socially responsible, t h o u g h t f u l members of a g l o b a l community. In Making the PYP Happen it says that “An explicit expectation of the PYP is t h a t successful inquiry will lead to responsible action, initiated by the students as a result of the learning process.” However, action does not always have to be a huge endeavor. It often starts as small, spontaneous, student-driven connections to learning happening in the classroom and can be service in the widest sense of the word: service to fellow students as well as to the larger community inside and out of school. It can be facilitated by just one person, for example, a student getting his or her family to exercise for 30 minutes a day after exploring a UOI about health and nutrition or it can be a cooperative group effort, such as organizing a fundraiser to donate money to local animal welfare organizations. Through such service, students are able to grow both personally and socially, developing skills such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking

In the PYP, it is believed that every student should have the opportunity to choose to act, decide how to act and reflect on their actions. Oftentimes, the strongest real world connections are made when students are involved with something they are passionate about and believe in. According to Kiran Bir Sethi of Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India, empowering children to take responsibility moves them from doing something because the “teacher told me” to the place where they can look around them, see where things need to change and say, “I can.” Sethi says that if “learning is embedded in real world context then, children go through a journey of awareness, where they can see the change; are enabled to be changed; and finally empowered to lead the change.” Those are the learning experiences children will carry forward with them. We often forget that as educators and parents, one of the biggest changes we can make is instilling in our students a strong sense of social justice and desire to build solidarity with others. If we are able to teach our children to inquire, think critically about the world around them, and take responsible action as a result, then perhaps we really can change the world. To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, please visit: www.ibo.org

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We are excited to see all the improvements students have made in Chinese these past few months.

The library team was sad to say good-bye to the wonderful Mr. Christopher last month as he moved on to other employment. The students and teachers will miss his helpful service. We are, however, excited to be joined by Ms. Tracy who is now a friendly face in the library! Come say hello to Ms. Tracy as you borrow some great books!

The computer lab has been a buzz with activity over the past two months.

First grade students were able to read sentences with pinyin, write characters with the right stroke order and sing Chinese songs. And, as part of their inquiry into “imagination”, students wrote sentences describing robots in future.

Research, Research Everywhere! Second through third grade also started forming sentences and have even begun writing short passages. To coincide with their unit of inquiry on “journeys”, students shared their own journeys with their classmates. Fourth through sixth grade Level A class is able to write complete passages according to certain requirements,and Level B students are able to write characters in the right stroke order, distinguish radicals in different characters, make up sentences with new vocabulary and write short passages. Kindergarten classes have learned the expressions about numbers, time, hobbies, community and culture. Some classes learned ancient Chinese poetry and started to recognize characters. Early childhood Chinese classes are full of interesting activities and sweet music. Early years students have learned songs and played games in class. Preschool have inquired about the “arts”. Students learned about colors by mixing colors together and learned to distinguish the different sounds. Pre-K classes have inquired about “light”. Students learned the basic words and phrases about light such as sun, moon, rainbow, firefly etc., by telling stories, singing songs and doing handicrafts. We also organized a Pre-K assembly to showcase what students had learned.

-Linda Zhang, Chinese Curriculum Coordinator

Visitors to RBIS classrooms will find students actively engaging in research through their units of inquiry. Below are two research projects that have sprung from inquiry and collaboration in the past month. First Grade and the Super 3 Research Method This month first grade students learned to use the Super 3 problem-solving and research method to identify and solve problems in their classrooms. Students in 1st C created a plan and improved the shelf markers in the library. Students later reviewed their work and noted improvements that could be made to their work. Second Grade and the Giant Peach Second graders studied journeys and loved the read aloud James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. The students generated questions for a research notebook they plan to send on a journey around the world—just like the peach! Their research notebooks are information gathering devices and will be returned to the students next spring.

-Ms. Adrienne

Preschool students have been working with me oneon-one in their classrooms to create personal digital books. Students selected five digital pictures of themselves and typed descriptions into a Power Point template to create them. Pre-K students used the SmartBoard and online games to increase their understanding of animal and human life cycles. Both Preschool and Pre-K students also used various websites to help learn their letters and sounds. Kindergarten and Second grade students used the application, Google Earth, to explore various landscapes and countries around the world. Google Earth is a virtual globe, created by satellite pictures, that allows students to “zoom in” to any location on the Earth to see what it looks like. Google Earth also allows students to view the moon, Mars, and the solar system. First grade students put their imaginations into overdrive as they used the website, www.story bird.com, to create original stories based off of pictures and artwork. Using their registered school account, they can create stories at any time. First graders also used Internet games to help strengthen their problem-solving and observation skills. Third grade students have been learning how to design and construct buildings with the threedimensional drawing program, Google Sketch Up, a free application that can be used at home. This program enables students to think and create like an architect and engineer. After creating their buildings, students are able to choose what materials should be used to complete their design. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students have been using the computers to find information about their units of inquiry on genetics and plate tectonics. As they are conducting research, they are learning how to interpret web pages, analyze sources, and summarize their findings. I look forward to working more with these students, to help them create and share their findings using digital media. -Ms. Melissa

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What happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar together? First grade discovered this during their How We Express Ourselves unit. Students used their imagination to solve problems. Each group was provided an empty water bottle, one cup of vinegar, one cup of baking soda, one balloon, tweezers, and a spoon. They used the Super 3 (plan, do, review) to try to blow their balloon up. After planning, students tested their ideas. Students then reviewed what worked well and wrote things they would do differently next time. The activity is provided below so you can try this experiment at home:

In music this past semester, students have been busy getting ready for the Winter Performance, which will be held December 12th, 13th, and 15th on the RBIS stage. This year, we’ve decided to do a themebased concert: for grades Pre-School through Kindergarten, the theme is “So Many Animals”, and for grades 1 through 6, the theme is “The Seasons”.

We here at the RBIS art studio have noticed that every week students have been anxiously waiting to come in and start expressing themselves through the materials and processes. We love seeing all this enthusiasm.

Solid, Liquid, Gas Activity Using a funnel add 3 Tablespoons of baking soda to a balloon. Fill each plastic bottle with 1/3 full of vinegar. Fit the opening of the balloon over the bottle opening without dropping in the baking soda. Hold up the balloon and let the baking soda fall into the vinegar. Observe as the baking soda mixes with the vinegar to make carbon dioxide gas and blow up the balloon. Fourth grade was busy discovering which traits are inherited from their family. Students created a paper version of their family to help identify common traits they share. Most students had similar hair and eye color as their parents, so we had to be more creative. Students used Punnett Squares to create dragon offspring with different traits including ability to fly and vanish. Fifth and Sixth Grade students studied plate tectonic maps in search of patterns along the plate boundaries during their how the world works unit. Students used volcanology, seismology, topography, and seafloor age maps to discover plate tectonic activity along plate boundaries. Each group used all four maps to explore activity occurrence and patterns associated with one plate. The Green Club participated in Dream of Flying, which was held at the Shanghai Zoo. Students participated in three events against 15 schools. They showed great teamwork and encouraged each other during the events.

-Ms. Jennifer

The “Animal” show is replete with costumes, singing, and dancing – all about different kinds of creatures: frogs, monkeys, elephants…and in many performances, a combination of animals. The “Seasons” show includes an interpretive dance about all the seasons of the year (performed by Grade 1) and a variety of dancing and music taking the audience from Spring through to Winter. The RBIS children’s choir had a performance on November 27th for the Marriot’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, where they sang 4 songs on the steps in the lobby: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Seasons of Love, Hot Chocolate, and Light the Candles. The RBIS choir will also perform 2 of these selections at the Winter Concert on November 15th. All parents are welcome to come watch the performances – we look forward to seeing you – don’t forget your cameras!

-Ms. Lindi

Preschool and Pre-k students have been observing how two colors can change and make a new color. We first watched an animation of the story Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni to get us wondering how and why colors mix. We’ve learned that when little blue and little yellow hugged, they turned into green. Color mixing was explored further while making their their abstract marble paintings. Marbles coated in blue and yellow paint were rolled around and around over paper. The students watched as the marbles crossed paths their colors mixed to green. The process was repeated for red and yellow, and red and blue. Black and white twas also use to make the colors becomes lighter or darker. For the reflection, we compared our finished artwork to Jackson Pollock’s abstract paintings and discussed his work. Kindergartens have started exploring texture. Students had fun using “feely” boxes where they had to describe the texture of the objects inside. We also discussed and differentiated between actual texture and visual or simulated texture. The students also went outside to look for an actual texture and change it into a visual texture by doing a textural rubbing using a crayon. Students placed the paper over an object and rubbed it to capture the texture. First through sixth grade finished up their final projects for their inquiry into How We Express Ourselves with the central idea: Artists view the world through the elements of art. The lessons and concepts were scaffold for each grade level with the the final work being a summative assessment of how well they understood the unit. Each student had a choice in how they would complete their final artwork as well as the subject matter and materials. The result is a wide array of artwork that is as unique as the students who created it. -Mr. Alex and Mr. Romel

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Physical Education PE this semester has seen lots of activity, with children exploring new games and sports! Pre-School and Pre-K have been looking at different ways to move and express themselves, using colours, balloons, parachutes and different balls. Students have also been developing coordination, balance and spatial awareness with some tag and team games. In Kindergarten we have been enjoying a mixture of soccer and games to develop motor skills this semester, children have played fun games designed to improve their basic soccer skills. Like all grades in elementary we have also been learning how to be a better competitor, how to lose gracefully whilst trying our best, how to be a good winner and how to work within a team. 1st Grade have been discussing the games we play in PE and exploring what makes them fun before using their imagination to create their own new games and sports. Finally we played their new games with the rest of the grade, and reflected on which parts of the game were enjoyable and which parts we can improve. Our students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade have been participating in Soccer, Basketball, Baseball and Invasion Games. With the nice weather recently, we have been taking children to the zoo to use the large space to improve skills and to finish each lesson with a friendly, fun game. 5th/6th Grade has been looking at elite athletes and how goal setting can motivate and encourage development. Students then set themselves personal goals and each week worked towards achieving these in PE lessons before reflecting upon the progress in diaries. The After School Enrichment programs are now all under way, and students have been enjoying participating in Soccer and Judo with Mr. James, Mr. Robert, Mr. Paul, Mr. Alexis and Master Kun. The RBIS Soccer Team have been seeing lots of action with matches against YK Pao School, Shanghai United International School as well as competing in the Shanghai Youth Soccer League at the Shanghai American School and the British International School Shanghai. The team have shown superb enthusiasm and progressed very quickly to achieve some excellent results!

-Mr. James

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The Giving Tree Organized by the RBIS Parent Committee, RBIS provided Giving Tree bags to 200 migrant students! Our second graders traveled to the school on November 31st to give the bags to the excited children.

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Halloween Celebration RBIS students, parents, and teachers showed off their creativity by dressing up in wonderful Halloween costumes during our Halloween Celebration on Oct. 31st.

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Location RBIS is an inclusive learning community located inside the Shanghai Zoo, one of the largest green spaces in Shanghai. The campus is just 5 mins. from Hongqiao Int’l airport and 10 mins. from the Gubei area. A Metro Line 10 station is located in front of the zoo’s main entrance.

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RBIS Highlights December 2011