Friday, September 14, 2018

See you at Goal-Setting Conferences on Friday! – If you haven’t signed up for a time, please do so. No school for elementary students on Friday, instead we will see you with your child at your scheduled time. We look forward to meeting with you. Students should wear formal uniforms.

Who We Are – Culture – This week some of the first grade families began sharing their culture and traditions with their child’s class. Our understanding of culture grows with each presentation. We’ve seen some traditional dress and photos of celebrations, as well as tasted some favorite foods.  We look forward to learning more about each other and our cultures in the coming weeks. If you haven’t contacted your child’s teacher to volunteer, please do so. Scroll down to last week’s blog for ideas on what you might share.

Reading Homework – On Monday the first graders will begin bringing home a book each day as we officially begin our daily reading homework. We ask that families listen to their first grader read for at least 10 minutes each day, but encourage more if your child is interested. The goal is to develop a reading habit and a love of books and stories. This should be an enjoyable experience for both of you. The children are working on choosing “just right” books independently.  At first you may find that these books seem too easy or too difficult as we develop our skills in choosing. If you find it is too difficult, please take turns reading or ask your child to find words s/he knows on the page and you read the rest. When you finish, ask your child what s/he thought about the level and the two of you should decide if it was “just right” or what s/he should look for next time.  Remember this should be an enjoyable experience for you both. Please return the books to school each day. Thank you for your help with this.

Writing – The first grade classes are beginning a unit on personal narrative writing. We are writing about things we have experienced first hand. It can be an afternoon in the park, a birthday party, shopping trip or any event we have experienced. Soon we will find that stories are everywhere. You can help your child generate story ideas by simply saying, “That was fun! It would be a great thing to write about.” Talking about events and asking questions can also spark writing ideas. “Remember when you fell off your scooter? That would be a good thing to write about.”

Online Math and Reading – We recommend daily reading with a book from the classroom and playing math games that are recommended in the blog, but if you feel the need to supplement these, you can use Raz-kids or IXL at home. Your child will bring home the login information in their blue folders.

Important Dates:

Friday, September 21 – Parent-Student-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences formal uniforms

Wednesday, September 26 – First Grade Puppet theater field trip

October 4 and 5 – No School – faculty professional development

Thursday, October 18 – Last day of Session 1 after school activities

October 22-26 – No School – Autumn Break

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Who We Are – Culture – As our unit begins, we are aware that culture is a hard word to define. So this week the students rotated through each first grade classroom where the teachers introduced them to an element of their own culture. Ask your child about meeting the other teachers and what they learned about culture.

Thank you to families who have already volunteered to share your culture with your child’s class. We look forward to hearing from more families to be scheduled in the coming weeks. Please share your culture! Unsure about what to do? Share a special holiday or tradition that is important to your family. Introduce us to some music or a dance from your culture. Share a dish from your home country that your family enjoys. Teach or show us a particular sport or game popular in your culture. Can you think of another way to share your culture with the first graders? It can be 10 minutes or 30 minutes – whatever you are comfortable with. We need you! Please contact your child’s teacher now to volunteer to share!

Field Trip! As part of our unit on culture, all of the first grade classes will be visiting a puppet theatre on Wednesday, September 26. Permission slips came home this week. As the tickets are pre-purchased, we can only take two parent volunteers for each class. If you are free and would like to help chaperone our trip, please let us know on the permission slip and return it as soon as possible. Thank you!

Math – After our introductory work in math, we are ready to begin our first module with a focus of addition and subtraction to ten. Please check your child’s blue folder for the Eureka parent page (this is our main math resource). It will guide you through some of the work and vocabulary we will use with the students in this first math unit.

Yearbook Photos – Get out those formal uniforms (ties!) for our yearbook photos. Here are the dates for the first grade classes. Please wear the white button up shirt, blue trousers, skirt or dress, dark shoes, and ties on your picture day. Students are welcome to bring other shirts to change into after the photo if you wish. Here is your photo day:

1AO – Tuesday, September 11

1DE – Wednesday, September 12

1HM – Thursday, September 13

1TM – Friday, September 14

1DC – Tuesday, September 18 (Save your smiles for the next week!)

After School Activities Begin Monday – Please make sure your child, driver, nanny and bus company all are aware of changes in your child’s schedule.

Mother-tongue classes – If your child is part of the Mother-tongue after school program, please let the teacher know which days s/he will be taking lessons.

Save the date – Friday, September 21 for our goal-setting conferences!

Important Dates:

Saturday, September 8 – PTO Welcome BBQ, Fun Run, Wellness Fair

Monday, September 10 – After School Activities Begin

Friday, September 21 – Parent-Student-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences

Wednesday, September 26 – First Grade Field Trip to the Puppet Theatre

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Who We Are – Culture – This is the title of our first unit of inquiry and it is going to be a great way to get to know each other. What makes us who we are? Often international school students have a great mix of cultural influences – Mum’s, Dad’s, the host country’s.

Please Share Your Culture – As mentioned at Open House, we would like to invite parents to share some of their culture with the class. We are very fortunate to have families from so many different cultural backgrounds and we can learn so much from you. You’re Invited! Please share something important to your family and/or culture with the first graders. There are many ways you can share: How about creating a display for our hallway bulletin board or table? You could visit your child’s classroom and share a special holiday or tradition that is important to your family. Introduce us to some music or a dance from your culture. Share a dish from your home country that your family enjoys. Teach or show us a particular sport or game popular in your culture. Can you think of another way to share your culture with the first graders? It can be 10 minutes or 30 minutes – whatever you are comfortable with. We need you! Please contact your child’s teacher now to volunteer to share!

Me in a Bag – We have enjoyed learning about our classmates as we shared our All About Me bags this week. If your child hasn’t brought in his, please help him to choose 5 objects that are important to him and share it next week.

What should be in my locker?  indoor/PE shoes, extra clothes (doesn’t have to be a uniform),  raincoat and boots (for wet days and forest walks).

Swimming – All of the grade one classes had their first swimming sessions this week. We will continue to swim on our assigned days all year long. Please bring suit, goggles, towel, swim cap and deck shoes  – all labeled – on your child’s swim day.

1TM – Swim on Wednesdays

1DC and 1AO – Swim on Thursdays

1DE and 1HM – Swim on Fridays

After School Activities – Sign up for after school activities before Tuesday with this link: Penguin Life Activities Or go to the Penguin Life page of the AAS website.

In the Morning – School supervision begins 30 minutes before the beginning of the day (8:00 on M,T, TH, F and 8:45 on Wed). Parents must provide supervision for children if they arrive earlier than this time or if they stay after school.Thank you for your help with this.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 4- Last day to sign up for After School Activities

Saturday, September 8 – PTO Welcome BBQ, Fun Run, Wellness Fair

Monday, September 10 – After School Activities Begin

Friday, September 21 – Parent-Student-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Welcome to Grade One! A Special Welcome to our New-to-AAS Families! It has been a great first week. The first grade teachers truly appreciate your flexibility with our new start-up schedule this week. We feel it has been an exceptional opportunity to get to know your children. We can plan more effectively and begin with greater awareness of what our students need, because we had time to meet with each student in our smaller afternoon groups. Again, thank you for being flexible. Full days all next week!

Me in a Bag – We look forward to learning about our classmates as each child shares his/her All About Me bag, decorated (some classes will decorate at school) and filled with favorite items. What will we learn about your child when he/she shares? Bags can be brought in any day next week. Perhaps your child could practice telling about his/her bag at home to help prepare? Thanks for your help with this!

Who We Are – Cultures – Our first unit is an investigation into culture and what makes you, you. We are excited to learn more about our peers and their family traditions and culture in the coming weeks. Please begin to think about and consider volunteering to share an important family tradition, celebration, dance, music, food or any part of your culture with your child’s class in September.

For My Locker at School I Need: indoor/PE shoes, extra clothes (doesn’t have to be a uniform),  raincoat and boots (for wet days and forest walks).

Swimming Begins – All first grade classes will be in the pool next week and each week throughout the year!  Please bring suit, goggles, towel, cap and deck shoes – all labeled – on your child’s swim day.

1TM – Swim on Wednesdays

1DC and 1AO – Swim on Thursdays

1DE and 1HM – Swim on Fridays

After School Activities – Sign up for activities begins on Wednesday. Please look for the Penguin Life link in next Wednesday’s School Newsletter to sign up.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, August 29 – Tuesday, September 4- After School Activity sign-up week

Saturday, September 8 – PTO Welcome BBQ, Fun Run, Wellness Fair

Monday, September 10 – After School Activities Begin

Friday, September 21 – Parent-Student-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Goodbye and Good Luck – Best wishes to all of the first graders and their families who are moving to new schools and countries. Your friends at AAS will miss you!

Enjoy the summer holiday! Safe journeys to all who are traveling! Enjoy the football!

Reports – Your child’s report will be issued this afternoon. There have been some glitches with the reporting software. If you have another child’s name or comment on your child’s report, please let the ES office know.

Math – As always we recommend playing games with cards, dice, and dominoes to help build number sense while playing. (Grandparents are generally good for this!) Scroll down through the blog posts to remind yourself of some of the games your child learned this year.

Reading – Keep up the reading habit and enjoyment of books. Remember to read to your child in his/her home language as well.

Important Dates:

Monday, August 20 – Open House – meet your child’s grade 2 teacher

Tuesday, August 21 – First day of second grade!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Last days! It doesn’t seem possible, but we only have 2 and a half days left of school!

Kuzminki Park on Monday! – All first grade will be heading to the bee apiary at Kuzminki park on Monday. As much of our day will be outside, students need to dress for the weather. Bring snack, water bottle, and lunch from home.

Wednesday is not a late start. Wednesday is our last day and we will begin at 8:25. The closing ceremony will be at 11:00 – Parents are invited. No lunch at school – dismissal is at 12:00.

Thank You Chaperones – 1WJ, 1AO, and 1MS had a great day out at the botanical gardens yesterday. Thank you to our trip chaperones.

Field Day! – Thank you to our PE teachers and the middle school students who ran the games for our field day this morning. We had a great time racing, throwing, and playing. Thank you!

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – You will see some evidence of our green thumbs coming home as we begin to take the plants we have nurtured home. Ask your child about what plants need to grow and why we need plants.

Math – We are reviewing many of the skills we worked on this year in math. At home, use tens and ones coins to practice making and understanding the value of 2-digit numbers. Grab a handful of ten and one ruble coins. How much is it? Did I get more or less than my partner? How do you know it is more?

Leaving AAS? – If your family is leaving AAS, please inform the classroom teacher and the office so that we can say goodbye and make preparations. Also let the teacher know if your child needs to clean out his/her locker and take home school work earlier to accommodate your pack-out day.

Traveling before the last school day? If your child will not be at school through June 20, please let the teacher know so that your child can say goodbye to classmates and bring home belongings. This is also helpful to know numbers when planning our last field trip (June 18) and class party. If a child is leaving early they may come to the office at the end of the day on their last day to pick up their yearbook.

Important Dates:

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary and grade 1 class party

Wednesday, June 20 – Last day – Not a late start – Closing ceremony 11:00 – dismissal 12:00

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Monday is BLU day! BLU – stands for Book Lovers United! The library has invited us to leave our uniforms in the closet and wear blu(e) on Monday to celebrate books and reading. The celebration continues all week and we will be visiting the library for guest readers and other activities. ES students wear blue on Monday!

Thursday Field Trip for 1WJ, 1AO, and 1MS – 1HM and 1DC enjoyed the botanical gardens today. Thank you to our parent chaperones! 1WJ, 1AO and 1MS are looking forward to their botanical garden trip on Thursday. Students will need snack, lunch and water bottle from home.

Friday is Field Day! – Our PE teachers have organized some great activities for us on the field. Check the weather and dress for an extended time outside on Friday.  Hats and labeled water bottles are recommended. Please apply sunscreen at home.

Kuzminki Field Trip on Monday, June 18 – The first graders are buzzing about our trip to the apiary. Thanks to those who have already returned permission slips and volunteered to join us!

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – The students are really showing their green thumbs! (English expression that means they are good at growing and caring for plants. Is there a similar expression in your home language? Share it with your child.) We started with seeds, and have seen sprouts, stretching stems, and lots of new leaves. We’ve enjoyed watching them grow.

Writing – We continue with our informational book writing. Many of the classes have been using the laptops to produce some electronic “all about” books. Ask your child about his/her latest informational book.

Math – We are reviewing many of the skills we worked on this year in math. We keep coming back to the importance of ten and the number pairs that make ten. Do a review of the pairs that make ten by playing Tens Go Fish with playing cards at home.

Leaving AAS? – If your family is leaving AAS, please inform the classroom teacher and the office so that we can say goodbye and make preparations. Also let the teacher know if your child needs to clean out his/her locker and take home school work earlier to accommodate your pack-out day.

Traveling before the last school day? If your child will not be at school through June 20, please let the teacher know so that your child can say goodbye to classmates and bring home belongings. This is also helpful to know numbers when planning our last field trip (June 18) and class party.

Important Dates:

Monday, June 11 – BLU Day! No uniforms – Wear blue

Thursday, June 14 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1AO, 1WJ, and 1MS

Friday, June 15 – Field Day!

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary and grade 1 class party

Wednesday, June 20 – Last day – Not a late start – Closing ceremony 11:00 – dismissal 12:00

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Friday, June 1, 2018

International Day tomorrow! – Come and enjoy the food and fun!

After School Activities Finished – No activities next week. Please make sure that all concerned are aware of your child’s schedule changes. Mother Tongue Classes continue until Thursday, June 14.

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – We are enjoying observing and nurturing our plants. It is amazing to see what can come from a tiny seed. With all of the plant products our classmates have shared we are learning how valuable plants are to us. Check out our plant field trips!

Field Trips – Permission slips for our upcoming field trips came home this week. Please sign and return them as soon as possible. We can take 2 parent volunteers on each trip, so let us know if you would like to join us. Here are the travel dates again: Botanical gardens on June 8 (1DC, 1HM) and June 14 (1WJ, 1AO, 1MS),  Kuzminki park apiary on June 18. Students will need lunches and water bottles from home for both trips.

Reading – With the great weather we’ve had, we are sure that students are getting out more to play. We hope you are still finding time to listen to your child read each day. Please let the classroom teacher know if your child needs assistance choosing or finding appropriate books. Remember it should be an enjoyable experience for you both! The goal is to develop a love of books and a reading habit that continues all summer long.

Math – Helping your child begin telling time? Start with only the short hour hand and ask what does that tell you. Is it on the 5? Just after 7? Between 8 and 9? Concentrating on the short hour hand first will make it easier to then add the minute hand. The minute hand can be very difficult as it does not use the numbers on the clock but the multiples of 5. When we begin telling time, it is typical for students to report 9:30 as “nine six.” In first grade we work to read and understand time on the hour and half hour.

Leaving AAS? – If your family is leaving AAS, please inform the classroom teacher and the office so that we can say goodbye and make preparations. Also let the teacher know if your child needs to clean out his/her locker and take home school work earlier to accommodate your pack-out day.

Traveling before the last school day? If your child will not be at school through June 20, please let the teacher know so that your child can say goodbye to classmates and bring home belongings. This is also helpful to know numbers when planning our last field trip (June 18) and class party.

Important Dates:

Saturday, June 2 – International Day

Friday, June 8 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1HM and 1DC

Thursday, June 14 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1AO, 1WJ, and 1MS

Friday, June 15 – Field Day!

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary and grade 1 class party

Wednesday, June 20 – Last day – Closing ceremony 11:00 – dismissal 12:00

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Spirit Day – Thanks for sending us back in time with the clothing today. It is interesting to learn what the kids think about periods of history. We will be back in 2018 and back in uniform on Monday!

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – As our unit continues, we are busy planting, watering, and observing changes in our plants. Please feel free to bring in more plant-based products from home to share with the class. Thanks to Ilya’s family (1HM) for sharing the great plant product video links!

Field Trips – As part of our plant unit, we have 2 field trips scheduled. Our first trip will be to the botanical gardens on June 8 (1DC, 1HM) and June 14 (1WJ, 1AO, 1MS). Our second trip will be to the Kuzminki park apiary on June 18. Look for permission slips coming home soon with your opportunity to volunteer to chaperone.

Writing – We are taking off with our informational books. As well as the typical table of contents and chapter headings, many students are including labeled drawings, maps, bold type words and a glossary. Ask your child what features are part of his/her latest “all about” book.

Math – Inspired by our work with beginning fractions, snack math is happening in some of the first grade classrooms. That’s right, some students are making fractions with their snacks. “I ate half of my apple. I can cut my sandwich into 4 pieces and eat one quarter. How would I cut my muffin to make 3 equal parts?” At home: Practice some snack math at home. Can you nibble that cracker so that one quarter is missing? One half? How could we put jam on one third of the toast?  Don’t forget to play with clocks and timers just to become more familiar with the passage of time and how we measure it.

Important Dates:

Saturday, June 2 – International Day

Friday, June 8 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1HM and 1DC

Thursday, June 14 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1AO, 1WJ, and 1MS

Friday, June 15 –  Field Day!

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary and grade 1 class party

Wednesday, June 20 – Last day – Closing ceremony 11:00 – dismissal 12:00

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