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January 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back! With a new semester in the Magic Mountain in the Cloud, we have renewed optimism for better times ahead. 

In our first week of school this January, teachers have begun to introduce new units and connect them to previous skills and concepts. Let’s make learning meaningful and relevant by discussing with them the essential questions and ideas that have been listed by our Homeroom teachers below.

Report cards for the end of Semester 1 were out to parent and student emails. We will be celebrating the successes of our students through our LS Awards Assembly and a chapel service for academic awards. Also, if you have further questions about the performance of your child/ward, please let the homeroom and specialist teachers know so that we can set up virtual meetings with you. We can meet with you after school or during non-teaching blocks.

Clubs will be re-opened for the second semester. Sign-up forms will be given to students a week prior to the start of club meetings, and students are highly encouraged to join. Options for developing creativity, action, and service will be available. 

Here are the important dates for LS on our School Activities calendar:




January 15

Release of Semester 1 Report Cards: Kinder to Grade 2

January 18

Release of Semester 1 Report Cards: Grade 4 and 5

January 20

LS Awards Assembly (HappyGrams and MeritGrams)

January 26

Release of Club forms

January 27

Chapel: Academic Awards

Stay tuned for more events this second semester! We will be posting updates through the Brent website, Brent Announcement emails, and messages sent via our homeroom apps (Google Classroom, Bloomz). 

Cheers to a fresh start, and to a New Year filled with hope!

Warm regards,

Ms. Kim Arganda
BISB Lower School Head Teacher

Ms. Adamey Peniano
Pre-K and K Homeroom

Pre-K and K

Happy New Year! Welcome to another semester. I hope the Christmas break helped us recharge and be energized to continue being our best at Brent.

These are our topics for January:


Chapter 12 – Classify and Sort Data

Essential Questions:

  • – How does sorting help you display information?
  • – How can you sort and classify objects by color, shape, and size?

*Language Arts

Writing Pattern Books

Celebration – Using Reading Powers to Bring Books to Life

Essential Questions:

  • – How can I write for an audience?
  • – What strategy will I use to be able to read a word or sentence?
  • – How do I use my voice and tone to make books more interesting?


  • Fabric

Essential Question:

  • How do we use fabric in our daily lives?

*Social Studies

Putting together a Solution Tool Kit

Essential Question:

  • What can you do if you are faced with a problem?
Ms. Kim Arganda
Lower School Head Teacher
Grade 3 Homeroom

Grade 3

When you join Grade 3 this semester, we welcome the new year with new units. For Language Arts, we will be immersing in character study. Students will be moving from what they already know about characters, to predicting and inferring, then to investigating traits and motivations in order to gain life lessons. 

In Math with Teacher Jake… We will be finishing our division unit and then begin our unit on fractions. We will learn about fractions are parts of a whole or parts of a group, equivalent fractions, and graphing fractions on a number line. 

In Social Studies, we will be learning about how communities change or stay the same over time. Finally, have an exciting time in Science as we experiment and study about matter.

We can’t wait for you to join us… See you

Ms. Elaine Ferrer
Grade 1 Homeroom

Grade 1

Happy New Year! May 2021 bring you peace, joy, love and hope. I am glad to know that you’re all healthy and safe.

Let’s welcome the new semester with courage and faith to reach our goals. 

~Every moment is a fresh beginning. – T. S. Eliot

Lessons Update:

Language Arts – Digraphs sh/ch; Long a, i; Final nd, ng, nk; Antonyms; Contractions; Using I or Me in Sentences; Kinds of Sentences; Compare and Contrast; Cause and Effect; Making Generalizations

Essential Questions:

  • How do I read and understand stories?
  • Does my writing include the basic elements of a story?
  • Math – Chapter 7 – Compare Numbers

Chapter 8 – Double Digit Addition and Subtraction;

Essential Questions:

  • How can you compare two numbers?
  • What strategies can you use to add and subtract?

Science – Insects

  •  How can we tell if a living thing is an insect?

Social Studies – Continuation of Landforms; Homes

Essential Questions

  • How do people use different landforms?
  • Why do people have homes?
Ms. Geraldine Reyes
Grade 4 Homeroom

Grade 4

Welcome back everyone! A blessed 2021 to all of us. I hope that you all had a great Christmas break and are ready to start our Second Semester.

In our classroom this month…

Language Arts

Reading: Unit 3-  Reading History (The Second World War)

Writing: Unit 3- Bringing History to Life (Research Writing)

Essential Questions:


  • Why do researchers need to pay attention to people, geography and chronology when reading history?
  • What are the different strategies to read primary resources documents?
  • How can reading texts based on history influence life today?
  • How do readers use historical evidence to determine their own point of view and analyze evidence to support their point of view?
  • How can readers use history to learn from the past?


  • How can essay writing help in writing historical topics?
  • How can writers develop a logical structure and use text features to highlight information?
  • What are the methods for writing powerful history stories?
  • How do history writers write and develop their own ideas about their gathered information?
  • What life lessons do history teach?


Chapter 5: Factors, Multiples, and Patterns

Essential Question:

  • How can you find factors and multiples, and how can you generate and describe number patterns?

Social Studies

Heroes for Social Justice

Essential Questions:

  • How have heroes made a difference?
  • What are the qualities of a hero?
  • Who are your heroes?
  • How do we remember our heroes?
  • What is social injustice?
  • How can I make a difference?


Electricity and Magnetism

Essential Questions:

  • What is magnetism?
  • What is electricity?
  • How are magnetism and electric energy related?
  • What are the important uses of magnetism and electricity?
Ms. Katrina Moredo
Grade 2 Homeroom


Welcome back! The kids have just amazed me at how they started the 2nd semester. They hit the ground running. Here are the units that we will be covering in the month of January.


Science: We Know it from the Dinos

Big Ideas: 

  1. Animals existed millions of years ago.
  2. People learn about the existence of life through evidences in the environment.
  3. How creatures interact with one another affects how our world changes through time.


Essential Questions:

  1. What and when can you see through rocks?
  2. How do we know that there were dinosaurs?
  3. When did dinosaurs exist and how long were they on earth?


Language Arts (Reading)

Big Ideas:

  1. skill application
  2. Fluency
  3. literary language

Essential Questions:

  1. How can we read fluently?
  2. Why is fluency important?
  3. What do fluent readers do?


Language Arts (Writing)

Big Ideas:

  1. Opinion writing
  2. The writing process
  3. Effective argumentation

Essential Questions:

  1. Are all characters good?
  2. What makes characters interesting?
  3. What strategies can we use as writers to create a convincing argument?

Math: 2-Digit Subtraction and Addition Chapters 5 and 6

Big Ideas:

  1. Adding to find Differences.
  2. Solve problems by using the strategy “draw a diagram”

Essential Questions:

  1. How can you use addition to solve subtraction problems?
  2. How can drawing a diagram help when solving subtraction problems?
  3. How do you decide what steps to do to solve a problem?

Art: Painting

We’ll continue with our unit on painting with a focus on gradient where we flow from one color to another.

Ms. Deboarah Roberts
Grade 5 Homeroom

Grade 5

Happy New Year! We are starting the semester with a BANG! We will be going quickly through the remaining curriculum. 

Our second semester schedule has changed. We will be adding one more day of math (math five days a week) and we will be focusing on social studies three days a week until we finish our Government and Citizenship unit. After that, we will focus on Science.

Math: Add and Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators. We will be finishing this chapter before the end of the month and then we will learn how to multiply fractions. 

Essential Question: 

  • How can you add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators?

Language Arts:

Writing: Paragraph writing.

Essential Questions:

  1. How do I write a five sentence paragraph with a topic sentence and a concluding sentence?
  2. Reading: Realistic Fiction – Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Essential Questions:

  1. How can I access prior knowledge by making predictions about Bridge to Terabithia?
  2. How can I improve comprehension by reading and discussing the story, focusing on the main characters’ relationship?
  3. How can I extend and analyze what I have learned from looking at the main characters by discussing what it means to be a friend?
  4. How can I apply and connect this knowledge to my own life by brainstorming ways to make and keep friends?


  1. How does having a command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage help me become a better reader and writer?

Social Studies: Government and Citizenship. During this unit, we will also be learning how to take a large project or presentation and organize the project into smaller and more manageable tasks. 

Enduring Understandings:

  1. A government uses authority to protect and serve its people.
  2. Governments have many different structures.
  3. The people who lead governments come to power in different ways: through elections, by appointments, through relations or by force.
  4. Governments may have limited or unlimited power. Power is most often limited by a written constitution. In countries with constitutions, both the people and the government know and follow accepted rules.
  5. The Philippine people led a successful and peaceful revolution against their government that ended on February 25, 1986.

Essential Questions:

  1. What is government? Why do we need it?
  2. How does a government make decisions?
  3. Why are there different forms of government?
  4. What does it mean to be a responsible citizen?


We will not be learning science in January