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October 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

We just had our first full month in school, and we’ve gotten into the groove of learning online. Thank you for all your support!  The new month ushers in more exciting activities that strengthen the bonds in our learning community.

We start off our October events with Career Week. Our guest speaker is Mrs. Ann Marie Jardin Bautista, who will be presenting during our Lower School Assembly. Students will also be participating in Career Dress Up Day. They are encouraged to wear a costume showing a  career they are interested in. House points will be awarded for participation, so join in the fun and make sure to post a picture on the assigned padlet.

With the first quarter of the school year almost done, report cards and progress reports will be digitally released on October 16. You may schedule after-school meetings with the homeroom teachers on the week of October 19-23 to discuss these reports. 

October also marks the Brent community’s yearly celebration for the United Nations. The UN commemorates 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. Further announcements about our United Nations events will be sent out as we draw closer to the third week.

Here are important LS dates on the School Activities Calendar for this month:

October 2                                        Career Week Assembly and Dress Up Day

October 14                                      Assembly on Academic Honesty for LS, MS, and US (separate assemblies)

October 16                                      Release of Mid-Semester Reports

October 21                                      UN Week Chapel Service

October 23                                     United Nations Dress Up Day

October 28                                     UN Week Assemblies: International Year of Plant Health

October 29- November 2             All Saints Break

It’s amazing to see Lower School thriving in the first quarter of the Magic Mountain in the Cloud program, and we hope to sustain the partnerships we’ve started to build. We will be posting updates through the Brent website, Brent Announcement emails, and messages sent via our homeroom apps (Google Classroom, Bloomz). 

May we all stay safe and healthy!

Warm regards,

Ms. Kim Arganda
BISB Lower School Head Teacher


Lower School Online Learning Guidelines
(Adapted from the Magic Mountain in the Cloud Primer)

Ms. Adamey Peniano
Pre-K and K Homeroom

Pre-K and K

Well done, Kindergarteners, in adjusting well to a whole day schedule of classes! It has been a busy month as you zoomed past review concepts in Language Arts and Math and moved on to applying what you know.

In Language Arts, we are now going to continue with Unit 2 of our Writer’s Workshop which is “Show and Tell” and Unit 2: Super Powers for Reader’s Workshop.

Math – Addition and Numbers 11 to 20 and beyond

Religious Studies – The story of Joseph

Social Studies – Contrasting Cultures


Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home.
“Be a learner for life.”

Math: How can you show that you know how many? How can you show addition?

Literacy: How can I communicate with others using marks on paper? What strategy will I use to be able to read a word or sentence?

Religious Studies: How does God help us when we are in trouble?

Social Studies: How is my culture different from yours?

Ms. Kim Arganda
Lower School Head Teacher
Grade 3 Homeroom

Grade 3

Join us in third grade this October as we continue to practice our reading strategies with fiction books, and hone our storytelling skills in writing. We will be working in small groups or with a partner to learn writing tips from each other, as well as share our own published stories. We will also study nonfiction texts as we research different countries, and how plants and animals have an important role on Earth.

For Math with Teacher Jake, we will be working with and making graphs to represent data, and beginning to learn about the concept of multiplication. 

We are excited to have you with us in all these fun activities. See you soon! 🙂

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home.
“Be a learner for life.”


  • How do readers form habits for a powerful reading life?
  • How do readers check for comprehension?
  • How do readers tackle challenging texts?


  • How do writers come up with ideas?
  • Why is it important to edit our writing?
  • Why do writers rehearse their writing?
  • What can we learn about writing through the use of mentor texts?


  • How can you represent and interpret data? 
  • How can you use multiplication to find how many in all?

Science: What parts do plants and animals need in order to survive in their environment and how do they use them?

SS: What can we learn about ourselves by studying cultures in other places?

Ms. Elaine Ferrer
Grade 1 Homeroom

Grade 1

The shift away from the classroom was quite challenging but you’ve all managed to do what was necessary. I am so proud that you have adjusted well to our current e-learning environment.

Please ensure that you take the necessary breaks to rest your eyes and the computers/tablets/cell phones as well. Do some physical activities while you are off the computer.

~I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes.

Lessons Update:

Language Arts: Phonics – Blending more short a/i words; Comprehension – Sequence; Compare & Contrast; Cause & Effect; Grammar – Using capital letters; Using punctuations.

Math: Subtraction Concepts

Science: Continuation of Air/Weather Unit

Social Studies: Continuation of Philippines Unit

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home.
“Be a learner for life.”

Reading:  How can I be a better reader?

Writing: How can I be a better writer?

Math: What is subtraction?

Science: How do we know air is there?

Social Studies: How can we show respect to the Philippines? (history, people, symbols and customs)

Ms. Geraldine Reyes
Grade 4 Homeroom

Grade 4

We had a busy month of August and September as we drew Quarter 1 to a close. 

In our classroom…

Math: Multiplying by 1-digit numbers

Language Arts: Interpreting Characters/Writing Realistic Fiction

Science: Earth’s Changing Surface

Social Studies: Current Events/The Tropical Rainforest and Its People

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home.
“Be a learner for life.”


  • How are operations of multiplication and division related to each other?
  • What strategies can be used to find products mentally?
  • How do I write and solve expressions and equations with variables using multiplication?
  • How do I decide which operations to use when solving problems?


  • What are some strategies to help us read intensely to grow solid ideas?
  • How can readers use the power of their minds’ eyes to put themselves into the world of books?


  • Where do writers get ideas for fiction? 
  • How can an author write stories so he/she can see himself/herself in books? 
  • How can an author develop believable characters?
  • How can an author give struggles and motivations to characters?


  • What are the forces that affect the Earth’s surface and how does each one create change?

Social Studies:

  • What are the benefits of the tropical rainforest? How do we use them?
  • How are tropical rainforests being threatened?
  • How does the destruction of tropical rainforests and the development of cities (urban growth) affect indigenous peoples’ culture and way of life?
Ms. Katrina Moredo
Grade 2 Homeroom


This continues to be an adventure and it has been challenging and fun. Thank you for your patience as we learn to navigate this new normal. For October, here’s what we are looking at.

Math: Chapter 2 Number to 1,000. To help your children with Math, please practice math basic facts with them as well as problem solving vocabulary such as “more than, less than, greater than, how much, total, together”

Language Arts: We will continue our narrative writing and focus on playing close attention to how authors write their own stories. “What does the author want to teach me?” And incorporate the strategies that the author uses to write in our own writing.

Social Studies: We’re continuing on learning about different communities and the world around us. This lesson will also tie in with their art lesson. We’ll also start our unit on the “United Nations”.

Art: We’ll be introducing our unit on drawing.

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home.
“Be a learner for life.”

Language Arts Essential Questions:

  1. How do readers figure out a word they don’t know?
  2. Why do readers need to pay attention to a writer’s choice of words?

Math Essential Questions:

  1. How do you group tens as hundreds?
  2. How can you use doubles facts to find sums for near doubles facts?

Social Studies Essential Questions:

  1. Where are you from?
  2. What makes you, you?
  3. What makes us the same?
  4. What is the United Nations?
Ms. Deboarah Roberts
Grade 5 Homeroom

Grade 5

We have been working very hard in Grade 5! The year has begun with a dash.

Math: Chapter 2: Dividing Whole Numbers. We will spend a little less than three weeks on this chapter before moving on to Chapter 3: Adding and Subtracting Decimals.

Language Arts

Writing: We just finished a unit on MLA format and intext citations. We will be moving on to 

Grammar: We are working through Parts of Speech. We have finished nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives. This month we will be learning about adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections.

Reading: We are almost finished with Responding to Text. Next we will begin to learn how to Mark the Text and Take Notes while reading.

Social Studies: Students are continuing to learn about Human Migration and Maps.

Science: We continue to learn about the Scientific Method. 

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home.
“Be a learner for life.”


Chapter 2. How can you divide whole numbers?

Chapter 3.    How can you add and subtract decimals? 

Language Arts:

Writing: How do we use MLA format to correctly cite the words of others and avoid plagiarism?

Grammar: How are the eight parts of speech distinct from each other? How are the eight parts of speech interrelated? How does context determine the function of words and thus its part of speech? Why does varying a word’s context sometimes alter its function? 

Reading: How do readers interact with the author while reading? How does asking questions while reading affect the joy of reading? 

Social Studies: Why do people migrate? How has migration affected my life? How does migration affect the values and culture of individuals and communities? How does past migration help us to understand our world?

Science: What makes a good scientific question? What would be the most valid way to solve my scientific question? Who can benefit from my results and how? What dependent and independent variables will be used?