Week 9/10: Oct 16-20

Dear 5A Families and Guests,

“In order to learn from our mistakes, we must make some.” It is with this in mind that I laugh at my mistake of calling the conflict between the Americans and Northern Vietnamese the Vietnam War. As a parent reminded me, Vietnam has had several wars. So, with my tail between my legs, I admit I am still trying to free myself from my American-centric viewpoint. I shared my mistake with the students and hope it helps them to understand the importance of perspective.

In class this week, students have looked at migration stories through the lens of change and perspective. They worked in small groups to research, write and present migration stories in first person. Next week, each student will select a migration story and independently present their story at our Migration Museum, which you are invited to on Friday, 27 October, from 8:30am to 9:30am. We hope to see you there!

In math, students analyzed migration data and investigated the base-ten number system to ensure a solid understanding of place value with numbers up to a million. In an effort to visualize large numbers, the entire G5 worked together to “make a million.” Now we wonder how much space we would need to make a billion. However, reflecting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals of “responsible consumption” we won’t actually do it.

Only 855,000 more units to get to one million!

It is with a heavy heart that I share this last bit of news. Seo Ho, a beloved student in our class, returned to Korea for the rest of the semester due to health related issues. The students can provide more details. We will miss Seo Ho and wish him a speedy recovery.

In continued partnership,

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