October 2021

From the Lower School Head Teacher
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome, everyone! Thank you for joining us this school year as we learn and grow together. It was heart-warming to hear from returning families and new additions to our Brent community in our virtual Open House events and parent orientations. The Lower School students are now easing into their new grade level, and are excited about activities in store for this year.

Now that we are in the second year of the Magic Mountain in the Cloud program, we have grown more confident in using technology tools for learning. While we might still encounter some technical issues and challenges,  let’s remember to be patient and to be willing to learn. Our MMC Interface for students and parents offers handy resources that you can refer to while supporting our students. If you will need additional assistance or provide feedback, feel free to reach out to any of the homeroom teachers. We can schedule a time to meet with you to address your concerns.

Our first Lower School Assembly focus on our chapel theme this year, “Abound in Hope”. Through the story “The Little Mole Finds Hope” by Glenys Nellist, we explored the message of finding hope in challenging times. We have also done a challenge to show signs of hope OR to show different ways to find hope in our lives – check out our padlet on this link

We will be having more activities together for the month of September:

Date Activities
September 8th, Wednesday LS Assembly – Academic Honesty
September 14th, Tuesday LS Assembly – HappyGrams and MeritGrams
September 15th, Wednesday STUCO Induction Chapel
September 22nd, Wednesday CAS Clubs Presentation
September 28th, Tuesday LS Assembly – HappyGrams and MeritGrams
September 29th, Wednesday Chapel – Career Day

Stay updated through the Brent website, Brent Announcement emails, and messages sent through our homeroom classes. 

We look forward to working with you. With hope, we can make this the best year yet for learning at Brent.

Warm regards,

Ms. Kim Arganda
BISB Lower School Head Teacher

Grade 1
Mrs. Adamey Peniano

It has been a dynamic 1st quarter for Grade 1 with new students joining the class and learning the online platform of Brent Baguio. The days went from going to the right classes and joining meet links to accomplishing a lot in one school day. Great job!

The class is now more familiar with most routines and with each other. Practice makes a habit. Let’s remember to always observe online netiquette in all our classes. Now, school days have become even more exciting with after-school clubs starting this month.

Essential Questions that promote inquiry in school and at home. 

“Be a learner for life.”

Language Arts

  • Reading:  How can I be a better reader?
  • Writing: How can I be a better writer?

Math:

  • What is subtraction?
  • How can subtraction facts help me?

Science: How do we know air is present?

Social Studies: How can we show respect to our host country, the Philippines? (people and customs)

Grade 2
Ms. Elaine Ferrer

It’s true what they say about time flying fast when you’re having fun. The 1st quarter had gone by so quickly and we didn’t even notice. While doing our “Calendar” time, the whole class just realized that it was almost October. 

We are getting more comfortable in our daily routine now. The class is adjusting really well to their schedule. Also, please do remember to attend your after-school “Clubs” regularly. They are fun ways to learn and be with other members of our school.

Take care and stay safe!

LA:   Reading Growth; Reading Nonfiction

        Writing – Lessons from the Masters     

Essential Questions:

  • How can we use tools to help us with reading?
  • How do readers construct meaning from text?
  • What can authors teach us?

 

Math: Basic Addition and Subtraction Facts

Essential Questions:

  • How can two addends be put together to find a sum?
  • How can two numbers (minuend and subtrahend) be used to find a difference?

 Science:   Sense to be Healthy; Earth Science

  • How do we prevent ourselves from getting sick?
  • What are the parts of the earth?

 

Social Science: Rules and Laws

  • How is peace and order maintained in communities and societies?
  • What happens if there are no rules or laws?

 

Religious Studies: Other Judges; Celebrating Christmas

Essential Questions:

  • What sort of people does God choose to do His work on earth? 

How should we celebrate Christmas?          

Grades 3 and 4
Mrs. Katrina Moredo

It’s October and the first quarter is over and can I just say that your children have shown such incredible perseverance and a positive attitude every day of the last month. I’m looking forward to what they bring this coming October. To help your children, it would be great if you sat down with them at least 10 minutes everyday to read with them and to ask them to “Stop, Think, Retell” what they just read and to analyze the characters to see how they react to situations in the story. For Math, it would be great if you could go over “trigger” words in word problems.

Trigger words:

How many more…

Altogether…

Together…

How many fewer….

How much…

All…

Grade 3 

Language Arts: 

Reading: Because of the incredible work that has been happening in Reading, I decided to skip ahead and do Unit 3: Character Studies as we focus on Alvin Ho as he grows and changes throughout the series.

     Essential Questions:

  • How can I think deeply about characters?
  • How can I come to know the characters so well that I can “step into their shoes” and get lost in their world?

Writing:Changing the World (Persuasive Writing)

     Essential Questions:

  • How do writers come up with ideas?
  • Why is it important that our writing is organised into paragraphs?

Math:Data and Measurement

     Essential Questions

  • How can we represent and interpret data?

Science:Living Things

     Essential Questions: 

  • What are the features / characteristics that plants and animals need in order to survive in their environment and how do they utilize them?
  • How have changes in the environment affected the way plants and animals adapt?
  • How does human impact on species’ environments affect their habitat/growth, specifically in the Philippines?

Social Science: Continuing Current Events

Religious Studies: Worshipping God

     Essential Questions:

  • Christians worship God in public and in Why do Christians worship God?
  • Why do Christians think Baptism and the Eucharist are important?
  • How do Christians believe God answers our prayers?
  • Who is God?
  • Who made God?
  • Where did He come from?

Grade 4

Language Arts: 

Reading: The American Revolution

     Essential Questions

  • How do researchers locate accessible resources to build prior knowledge and overview of a topic?
  • How do researchers organize incoming information and notes?
  • Why do researchers need to pay attention to people, geography and chronology when reading history?
  • What are the strategies in prioritizing and synthesizing information?

Writing: Bringing History to Life (Research Writing

     Essential Questions

  • How do writers imagine the text they are going to make?
  • How do writers plan the structure of writing?
  • What strategies can writers apply in new situations?

Math: Multiplication by 1 and 2 Digit Numbers/Division by 1 Digit Numbers

     Essential Questions

  • What strategies can I use to multiply by 1-digit numbers? 
  • What strategies can I use to multiply by 2-digit numbers?
  • How can I divide by 1-digit numbers?

Science: Earth’s Changing Surface

     Essential Questions: 

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

Social Science: The Tropical Rainforests and Its People

  • 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?
  • Should tropical rainforests be protected? Why or why not?
  • How can we help save and protect the rainforest and the people who live there?

Grades 5 and 6
Ms. Kim Arganda

We will be wrapping up our first quarter units, and we will move on to reading more complex texts, writing research reports and essays, and solving real-world problems about decimals. To support your child in reading or practicing math skills for homework, please encourage them to take notes about important details and ask them questions about how they can prove their answers. 

Because our focus this year is showing responsibility and accountability in one’s learning, opportunities to improve their work are provided for students. Students are allowed to redo any assignment to get a higher score. For end-of-chapter tests and performance tasks, students are also given a chance to correct their work and get half of the points for parts they improved. Remedials are also available every afternoon for students who need help with assignments. 

With the enthusiasm that the class has shown in the first quarter, I look forward to seeing our 5th and 6th graders continue to learn and have fun.

Grade 5

Language Arts:

Finish unit on Personal Narratives 

Begin with Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction

Essential Question

  • How can I read tons of high-interest nonfiction texts, reading to learn all that I can, and to read faster, smoother, with absorption—while also learning from the texts? 

Math 

Chapter 2: Dividing Whole Numbers

Chapter 3: Adding and Subtracting Decimals

Essential Questions: 

  • How can I divide whole numbers? 
  • How can I add and subtract decimals?

Science

Characteristics of Matter

Essential Questions:

  • What kind of changes occur in things around us? 
  • What chemical reactions happen in everyday life?

Social Studies

Human Migration and Economics  

Essential Questions: 

  • 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?
  • What are resources? 
  • What everyday decisions can I make in response to knowing about nonrenewable and renewable resources? 
  • Is it possible for everyone’s needs and wants to be satisfied?

Grade 6

Language Arts:

Finish unit on Personal Narratives

Begin with Identifying and Understanding Character (Literary Essay)

Essential Question: 

  • How can I use argument writing techniques to write about characters?

Math 

Chapter 2: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Essential Question: 

  • When is it better to use a fraction, a decimal, or a percent?

Science

Characteristics of Matter

Essential Questions:

  • What kind of changes occur in things around us? 
  • What chemical reactions happen in everyday life?

Social Studies

Introduction to Geography, Early Humans and the Rise of Civilizations

Essential Questions:

  • How can we better understand our world using geography?
  • How can we use geography to communicate information about our world?
  • Why is the study of geography important?
  • How did the earliest civilizations begin and develop? 
  • How has their development contributed to the world we live in?