Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
info@shurenschool.org
510-841-8899
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA

Bamboo Garden News, May 25-29 2009

Dear parents, 1. Thank you for coming to pick up your half-time child on time. 2. As the head of school already announced, if you are interested in enrolling in the Mandarin immersion summer camp, please contact Ping or Jie. 3. Full-day children can bring animal-related books to share with us in the afternoon. This week, we talked about all animals in the bird category, including those which do not fly. Language: Are they birds? After we watched a video about the penguin, we discussed what animals are birds? There are “老鹰- eagle,猫头鹰-owl,鹦鹉-parrot,孔雀-peacock,天鹅-swan,啄木鸟-woodpecker”。What are their special characteristics, what do they usually eat and how do they usually move? Music: 飞呀飞呀 We have a new song about all the animals we learned about: “我是只小企鹅,飞呀飞,碰碰碰,自由自在,啄木鸟,咚咚咚,猫头鹰有大眼睛,飞呀飞呀,大老鹰来了。” Body movement: We sang our new song with our body movements. We also do morning exercise to imitate how animals move. Art: We imagine the color of the sky. The sky’s color changes in the morning, in the afternoon and at night. What are the different colors of the sky? We talked and made the sky color as a background. We also used a lot of different beautiful colors to make birds. Peipei posted them on the board, please come and take a look. Social studies: How do we take care of our fish? The children and I are learning how to create a better environment for the fish. We didn’t want to see the bad situation again and again. We decided to leave the water in the tank and have everything work for a week without any fish. After a week, we will see if...

Plum Garden / 梅园书栈

梅园报晓 Plum Garden News—No.31 May 25 – May 29 Kindergarten / First grade Greeting Parents, Thank you all of the parents for participating in the first PTA meeting and workshop and for bringing the delicious foods. Once again, your participations are vital to us. We already started our last theme, 交通工具 / Transportation. For five weeks, from 5/19 to 6/17, will be the total amount of learning weeks for this inquiry. The subject will focus on Language, Science, The Arts, PE, and Mathematics. The central idea is about how people use many types of vehicles to get around the world. The inquiries are: * The different types of transportation that we use / 我们使用不同类型的交通工具 * What makes it move? / 是什么能让它动? * How does it function? / 它们有什么用途? * What journeys have we made? / 我们计划什么旅程? * How can we reduce air pollution? / 如何减少空气污染? * Safety on the road / 马路交通安全守则 The Plum Garden weekly subject planners are listed below: Language: We will review lessons one through six. We will be doing lots of vocabularies, phrases, and sentences structure exercises. We will continue to work on the vocabulary flash cards. We will be playing a Chinese Jeopardy game to enhance the children’s language skills. The new vocabularies of the week inquiries, we will learn “Different types of transportation that we use / 我们使用不同类型的交通工具 and what makes it move? / 是什么能让它动?” Math: We will wrap up the Geometry section “方盒,圆罐和球形 / Cube, cylindrical, and ball shape.” This week, we will start a new section “30以内的数字 / The numbers within 30.” We will learn how to count, add and subtract...

Bamboo Garden News, May 18-22, 2009

Dear parents, Important note: 1. Thank you for signing up for Hot Lunch and for volunteering to eat with us. If your child signed up for hot lunch with a half-day schedule, please pick him/her up at 12:00 pm, or no later than 12:15 pm. Please understand that full-time children will be ready to nap at 12:15-12:30pm. 2. If you want to share your family pet with us, please let PeiPei know. We will arrange a time for you. Thanks. Many thanks to Sophie (Luca’s mom), Sherry (Miles’ mom), and James (Corbin’s dad) who came to the classroom to share with us about their pet. James told us how to take care of fish, so we all tried to be experts at raising fish. Language: WOW! We see a lot family pets! It was our pleasure to invite parents to share your experiences with all of us. We had Sophie (Luca’s mom) here to talk about their family pet, a cat named “Lulu.” Sophie and Luca told us how they take care of the cat, the cat’s habits, the cat’s favorite food and so on. Sherry (Miles’ mom) was here to share with us about a family pet, a lizard. Sherry and Miles shared how special the pet is, the daily routine of a lizard, what a lizard eats and so on. James and Corbin told us how we need to take care of our fish, what the air pump, heater, and light are for, and how important a responsibility it is to take good care of our classroom pet, fish. Music: We continued to practice our new song...

Plum Garden / 梅园书栈

梅园报晓 Plum Garden News—No.30 May 18 – May 22 Kindergarten / First grade Up coming events and important dates 5/19         PTA Meeting. 5/25        Memorial Day. School Closed. Greeting Parents, I would like to say thank you to all of the children for doing such a good job of being patient during the Julia Morgan ballet field trip. Also, thank you Teacher Lisa Jean and Maya’s father, Tony and Kieren’s mother, Heidi for helping to chaperone the field trip. Tuesday, 5/19 at 6:30pm is Shu Ren School first PTA meeting. Thank you Oscar’s mother, Katherine for making it possible for us to have the meeting. I am encouraging the parents to participate in the meeting. Shu Ren couldn’t run without your help especially since the school is growing. Your involvements and ideas are very important to us. We will have an open house before the meeting in the Plum Garden classroom. Please come at 6:30pm to look at your child’s work. Your child will give you a brief tour according to their checklist of things to show you for open house. Our English teacher, Teacher Lisa Jean will be in the classroom as well, so please feel free to introduce yourself and chat with her. We will also have a guest speaker, Anne-Marie Pierce. She will hold an IB workshop for Shu Ren’s parents, staffs and teachers. As an IB teacher and parent (my daughter is entering the IB diploma program in Berkeley High School in the fall 2009), this is a very good opportunity for parents to understand about the IB inquiries and why Shu Ren International...

Bamboo Garden News May 11-15, 2009

Important dates: 5/19 (10:30am) A parent (Sophie – Luca’s mom) will share how they raise pet(s). 5/19 (6:30pm-8:30pm) Shu Ren parents conference and workshop. 5/25 Memorial Day. School closed. Dear parents, Many thanks to all parents who helped accompany us on our second field trip. I believe that children had a lot of fun watching the show. We also invited the fire department last Tuesday to show us how the water works, the inside of fire engine, and what kind of special clothes they use when they are on duty. The firefighter told us how to escape from a fire and what we shouldn’t do when we are in a fire. It was a very good experience for us and the children to have a chance to talk to firefighters. This week: Sea animals Language: A fish tank After we learned about most of the sea animals we normally see, we were happy to set up a fish tank. We talked about what fish need in the tank, including water, seaweed, stones, and so on. When we were trying to set up the tank, we found out that actually we need more things to keep fish alive in the tank, such as light (灯管), air pump (空气调节气), and a heater (暖管) and we also had fake seaweed. Music and body movement: 海底世界 We continued singing the songs about sea animals with body movement. Art: Our own fish tank! We used the shapes we learned to make a fish. On another day, we talked about the different colors in the sea, on the bottom, in the deep sea, and on...