Emails for Specialist Teachers

Dear Parents,

If you have a problem or need to contact your child’s specialist teachers please find our list below. If you need to contact your child’s world language teachers please refer to the faculty contacts through the Parent Portal or try typing their

PE: Nathan Weaver

Music: Pol Sembrano

Art: Helen Arnold

For technical assistance during distance learning, please send an email to and include clear details about what issue you need help with.

Skate Check during PE

Next Monday, December 16th, your child should bring in their ice skates and coats with a hood to PE.  Students will put on their ice skates (by themselves) and the PE teachers will double-check the fit and blade sharpness of the skates, and assign a helmet for each student (coats with a hood work best under the helmet, thus the request for no hats this year by the PE teachers).  You should have receive a message on Seesaw from PE with all of the information about ice skating.  If you did not receive the message about ice skating, please send an email to Mr. Weaver to let him know.

The PE teachers need parent volunteers to help students with their skates and gear at the beginning and end of the ice skating lessons.  If you are able to help, please sign up using this link:

 Ice Skate Parent Help Sign up: 

The dates that our class will be ice skating are:

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Friday, January 31, 2020 (this is the date for the ES Winter Field Day, if the weather cooperates then the ES Winter Field Day will happen this day which will mean no ice skating for our class)

PTO New Book Fair

Next Tuesday (Dec. 10th) afternoon, our class will be going to the PTO New Book Fair.  Students will have an opportunity to buy new books at the book fair.  Tomorrow your child will bring home a plastic Ziploc bag; this bag is for the money your child will bring to school to purchase books with.  The money you send to school with your child should be in small denominations (100 rubles, 500 rubles, 100 rubles) to make it easier for the PTO volunteer parents.  Please make sure your child brings their money in their bag, with their name written on their bag (please do not send in loose money so that it does not get lost).

Field Trip to Chocolate Factory

The Grade 2 students will be going on a field trip to the Bogatyr chocolate factory next week to learn more about the process from raw material to finished product.  Our class will be going next Tuesday, December 10th.  Your child is bringing home the permission slip today.  Please sign and return the bottom part of the permission slip by this Friday.

For the field trip, students are to bring a lunch from home with them (something that they can eat easily on the bus, for example: a sandwich).

Important Information this Week (Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2019)

I hope that everyone had a wonderful fall break last week.

As we get back into the swing of things after the break, here are a few things to keep in mind this week:

  • Today is Day 6A on the elementary school calendar.  Tomorrow (Tuesday, October 29th) will be Day 1B, which means swimming for our class.  **Please regularly check the Elementary School Calendar on the school website to see what day we are on the six day cycle. **
  • On Thursday (October 31st) the elementary school will celebrate Halloween.  Students may wear their school-appropriate costumes (no weapons).
  • Friday (November 1st) is a school spirit day, Penguin Dress Up Day.  Students are encouraged to come to school dressed in black and white.

3 Day Week!

Dear Parents,

This is a short week for students, only 3 days (no school on Thursday and Friday for students).  Because it is a short week, the homework will be done a little differently this week.  Be sure that your child reads the homework directions for this week on Google Classroom.  This Wednesday is the class’s next swimming lesson.  For future reference of the day number in our schedule, please bookmark the Elementary Calendar webpage (or print out each month).

Clarification about Schedule and Homework

Dear Parents,

A few of you had questions about the days of the schedule and days off from school.  If the students do not have school, that day is not counted on the 6 day schedule.  For example, last Friday’s Goal-Setting Conference day did not count in our schedule: Thursday was Day 5 and today (Monday) is Day 6.

Homework is always due on the last day of the week, even if it is a short week.  For example, next week (Sept. 30-Oct. 4) is a 3 day week and homework will be due on Wednesday since the students will not have school next Thursday (Oct. 3) and Friday (Oct. 4).

Conferences on Friday!

Dear Parents,

This Friday, September 20th, will not be a regular school day.  The entire elementary school has their first conference of the school year scheduled for that day.  Please come to the classroom, with your child, only during your scheduled conference time.  Students are to wear their formal uniform during the conference.  Be sure to visit the other specialist teachers (Art, Music, PE, World Language) before or after you and your child’s conference with me.  I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday and your child is excited to share their goals with you!

Swimming and School Photos


2TE’s first official swimming class is this Friday, Sept 13th.  Please make sure that your child has all of their swimming materials ready for the first day of swimming:

  • swim suit
  • sandals to wear from the locker room to the pool deck
  • swim cap
  • goggles
  • towels
  • bag to carry swim things in

If you are able to help with supervision in the locker rooms before and after our class’s swimming lesson (10:30am-11:30am), please send me an email.  I am still looking for 1 more parent volunteer.

School Picture Day

Yearbook photo day for our class will be next Tuesday, Sept. 17th.  Each student must wear their formal school uniform to school that day:

Formal Uniform (Girls/Boys)

  • Oxford buttoned-down long sleeved collared shirt (White)
  • slacks/trousers/skirt (Navy Blue)
  • tie (available for purchase at PTO store)
  • black shoes
  • black belt

For the Formal Uniform, girls also have the option to wear the navy pinafore with the long sleeved oxford and tie underneath.

For reference, please take a look at the photos of what the girls’ formal uniform and the boys’ formal uniform looks like on the school uniform page on the AAS website.