Friday, August 30, 2013

King of the Jungle

Who is the King of the jungle? (ooh, ooh!)
Who is the King of the sea? (waddle, waddle, waddle)
Who is the King of the universe?
And who’s the King of me? I’ll tell you J-E-S-U-S. (Yes!)
He is the King of the sea. (waddle, waddle, waddle)
He is the King of the universe,
And He’s the King of me! (waddle, waddle, waddle)(ooh, ooh!)

  Hello! my name is Aarushi. I am the knight writer of this week. This week we are having a fun math game, in which everybody makes a road with sixteen squares. Mr. Ross rolls the dice and we are supposed to make numbers between 1000 and 10,000. Whoever finishes says ROCKET! The winner gets a prize. This week Joon, Jonathan, Vishal and Aidan won. We also played math around the world. Some of the boys were too quick for me to answer.
            Nowadays we are having DRA and maths tests. Every day one person has assessment while others have to read. It’s actually too much reading. We also wrote a letter to God. It was fun to do. Everyone made a flag representing themselves. The class took a long time however all flags were awesome. In music everyone is composing a song about their believes and values. This week we started our swimming lessons as well.

Every day Mr. Ross reads us a funny story. We all enjoy it and laugh until our belly hurts. Mr. Ross also sings amazing songs to us. We had a wonderful week. Our next unit is poetry. Looking forward to it..........

                                           By Aarushi 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


AR Goals have been set.

The  1st quarter for AR starts Sept. 2 and runs for 6 weeks.

Homework: Beliefs Interview Due Next Monday Afternoon

Formative For Who We Are

You will be given time in class to type up the interview. But the rest must be done at home.

Tradition: Thanks Aidan

Monday, August 26, 2013


Today you got your words.

By Friday you need to:


1. Write each word in a sentence in the comment section below, or use paper.

2. Check capitals, and make sure you have a period at the end.

3. Read you sentences aloud and check/edit/revise them.


Homework: Today's Writing Prompt and WTW

What can you see? (1)

Where was the picture taken? (1)

Write what you think is written on the paper. (5)


Jeffer: please finish last Friday's too.

ALL :Start Words their Way.

Finish your Flag Design page in color with description of symbols.

Extra Credit: Choose a flag and and tell us what it means.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Knight Writer Jude

 My name is Jude Joung and I’m the knight writer for this week.  This week, Mr. Ross told us how to talk to aliens by using prime numbers in math class.  Everyone said it was fun learning how to talk to aliens including me.  Some of the my classmates thought they were really learning how to talk to aliens.  

We also had time for Person of the Day.  This week, Jessica and Yuki were selected for the Person of the Day.   Person of the Day is when we have to tell our classmates about our family and also tell about what holidays we celebrate.   I think they were nervous because the principal was watching them.  They said it was scary. But they did well.  We also took a writing test.  Mr. Ross gave us pictures and let us pick what picture we wanted to write about.  And that’ s what we did this week.  

By Jude

Homework: Todays Writing Prompt

What can you see?

Why do you think all of these things are on the table?

Where was this picture taken?


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Presentation For Parents

Thank you for coming.  Here is the slide show for you reference

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Homework: TRY TO make a Twitter Account and follow @g4rosstable

Please sign up for Twitter (  and follow @g4rosstable.

Don't use a picture.

Today's Writing Prompt

What can you see?

What are they doing and why?

Where do you think they are?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Homework: Words Their Way Due Friday

Today you got your words.

By Friday you need to:


1. Write each word in a sentence in the comment section below, or use paper.

2. Check capitals, and make sure you have a period at the end.

3. Read you sentences aloud and check/edit/revise them.

Homework: Today's Writing prompt

What can you see?

Where do you think this is?

What is happening and why?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Homewok: Mary

Today we talked in class about being more like God. How can we do that?

Please read about Mary and answer these questions:

Which country does Mary live in?

How many sisters or brothers does Mary have?

What is Mary's favorite activity?

What are we doing to help Mary?

Knight Writer : Aidan

Knight Writer

This is the first and second week of school so we (as in our class) have been mostly doing fun stuff and getting to know each other.  Things we have done included person of the day, listening and reading stories and a lot of other stuff. I am Aidan Anderson, the knight writer for this week.

The first day of school we walked into our new classroom, found our new desks and met our new teacher (who is very funny and very nice).  We have been doing a lot of talking about our new schedule and subjects.  We also did our essential agreements by writing down what helps us learn and what stops us from learning.  Then we compared our answers and whatever had the most votes would go on our essential agreements.

Mr. Ross tells a lot of funny stories.  He tells stories about his accident-prone cousin and other funny stories.  We also have been doing a lot of singing, so far only about christianity.  We also started our new unit about beliefs and values.  For our summative we get to write a song about our beliefs and values.  Another cool thing that we do is every time this robotic cat gets across the floor and out the door, we get to play cricket!  So far I think we are going to have a good school year.

By Aidan Anderson

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Homework: Type Your Story

Finish Typing Your Story.

Read it aloud.

Fix anything you think needs editing.

Be ready to ready to ready to read it to us.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Homework: Values

What are values?

Your values are those elements of your life which you find personally important. They are core beliefs which guide you on how to conduct your life in a way that is meaningful and satisfying for you.

What are some of your values?
What values do you use to guide you in life?

Friday, August 9, 2013

Homework: First Draft and a Meaning

Finish your first draft ready for peer edit on Monday.

Answer this question:  What does intrinsic mean?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Amazing Grace


You can see the words and chords.

If you click on the MP3, you can hear the song.

Homework: Answer These Questions

Answer these questions in a comment.
1. What is the setting of your story? (Where does it happen?)
2. Who is one of the main characters in your story?
3. When does your story happen? (Past, Present, Future?)

Aidan and Navodit tomorrow: Person of The Day. Good Luck!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Person of The Day

Person of The Day

Fri 9th Aidan, Navodit

Mon 12th Jude

Tues 13th Aarushi

Wed 14th Vishal

Friday 16th    Jeffer

Mon 19th Joon

Tues 20th Jonathan

Wed 21st Ryan and Ekagra

Thursday 22nd Yuki and Jessica

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ecclesiasties 3:1-9

Click Here For Bible Gateway Verse

Turn Turn Turn
by the Byrds
(words taken from Ecclesiasties 3:1-9)

Verse I:

D  A7   D      G     F#m   A
To everything, turn, turn, turn,

           D       G     F#m   A
There is a season, turn, turn, turn,

      G    F#m      Em     A       D
And a time to every purpose  under heaven.
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             A               D
A time to be born, a time to die.

          A                D
A time to plant, a time to reap.

          A               D
A time to kill, a time to heal.

          G  F#m   Em A    D
A time to laugh, a time to weep.

Verse II:

To everything, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season, turn, turn, turn,
And a time to every purpose under heaven.

A time to build up, a time to break down.
A time to dance, a time to mourn.
A time to cast away stones.
A time to gather stones together.

To everything, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season, turn, turn, turn,
And a time to every purpose under heaven.

A time of love, a time of hate.
A time of war, a time of peace.
A time you may embrace.
A time to refrain from embracing.

To everything, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season, turn, turn, turn,
And a time to every purpose under heaven.

A time to gain, a time to lose.
A time to rend, a time to sew.
A time to love, a time to hate.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Person of The Day: Mr Ross

Who am I?

What are my beliefs and values?
What are some celebrations and traditions from my country?

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Welcome to Grade 4R

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I would like to introduce myself, I am Shane Ross, and this is my third year at GSIS. 

   I come from New Zealand and have a background in elementary teaching and second language acquisition. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Diploma of Teaching (elementary years). My interests include playing guitar, singing, and using new technology both in and out of the classroom. I love the beach and riding motorcycles. 

    Our classroom is a positive and challenging environment where ideas and questions are valued as a way of growing our shared knowledge. I am a life long learner, and I hope to instill my love of learning in your children. 
 I look forward to meeting you all in person.

Each student will need to provide the following items for class as soon as possible:

A backpack
A water bottle
A pair of gym shoes (this is to use in the gym so they cannot have black soles) to be kept at school
1 large box of tissues
1 pencil case 
1 box of crayons or colored pencils

This year the elementary has moved to an 8 day cycle. Instructional time is unchanged.

Specialist classes this year are on the following days:

Day 1: Korean, Library
Day 2: P.E, Library
Day 3:  Performing Arts, Art
Day 4: Korean
Day 5: Art, P.E
Day 6: Performing Arts
Day 7: Performing Arts, Korean, Art
Day 8: Korean, P.E

Chapel: Day 3 and Day 7

Specialist Teachers

Performing Arts– Mrs. Kilgore
Korean – Fran Lee, Sarah Kim
PE – Mrs. Kaiser
Art – Miss Kim
Library – Mrs. lamb
Student Life Minister –  Mr. Lee
ESL - Mrs.Vandemeer


    Birthdays are a wonderful celebration and you are welcome to bring along a cake or small snacks if you would like us to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, but please give me prior warning to this happening. As stated in the GSIS handbook, birthday invitations for parties out of school will only be handed out if the whole class has been invited.


  Students in 4th Grade should be spending approximately 40 minutes on homework for four nights a week. Because each student is an individual and work at differing levels and some children will find the work easier than others, some children may get the homework completed quicker and others may take a little longer. I believe it is important to set pieces of work that reflect what we are studying in class and have a balance with homework and other extra curricular commitments. Homework grades are taken into account on report cards.

  For PE students are required to bring non-marking gym shoes, shorts or jog pants, and a t-shirt. 
Elementary students will begin their first swimming unit from Tuesday 20th August – Friday 27th September 2013.  Students will begin on their next PE day.  If they are unable to participate they need to bring a doctor’s note.
Please remember to pack the following equipment:
Swim suit
Swim hat
Waterproof bag (plastic bag)
Goggles (only for Grades 2-5)

Working Together:
  Your child’s education is important to me and I look forward to supporting their learning and development this year.

Ideas to support your child: 

1. Encourage your child to always do their best. 
2. Accept that all children develop at their own rate. 
3. Speak to your child about school in a positive way. 
4. Get involved with field trips and during activity times at school, where possible. 
5. Communicate with me. Please contact me via phone (call to the school), write a message or email me at school as soon as any questions arise. Also check online throughout the year for more grade 4 information at 
6. Please provide your child with a quiet place at home to do their homework. 
7. Please ensure that your child maintains a healthy diet and gets enough sleep each night.   


  1.             Please follow us on Twitter @g4rosstable
  2.             Check our class blog daily. It will have details about upcoming events, homework , and other information. It is also a great place to see what the class has been and will be doing.   Leave comments to show your support.

I am looking forward to the year ahead!

Shane Ross

Twitter @g4rosstable