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Friday, March 20, 2015

Thanks for sending them in their sports clothes today!

Who We Are – CultureCheck out the first grade inquiry area in our hallway! Our parents have done a terrific job creating displays to share their family’s culture and traditions. If you have not had a chance to see them, please stop by and take a look. We would like to invite you to share culturally relevant information about your family, too! This does not have to be a country specific display, as many of our families come from varied backgrounds and have picked up family traditions and routines from new places we have lived. You could help us understand your family’s culture through a display for the hall or a visit to talk to your child’s class. Come in and tell us about a tradition that is important to your family, teach us a dance, share a game, tell us about a celebration.There are many possibilities. Let your child’s teacher know if you are interested in sharing your family’s culture.

Each of the teachers shared a celebration or tradition with the classes this week. Ask your child about it.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: The students will spend the next few weeks exploring texts and looking more closely at punctuation. Did you ever try to read without it? We’re learning that much of what we read aloud is enjoyable because of the expression that comes through punctuation. When we see what a little punctuation can do, how could we leave it out of our own writing??!!

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: We will be noticing r-controlled vowels with ar like far, or like for, and er, ir, ur like bird. Here are the words that will help drive this focus next week: for, are, car, girl, turn, her

Math Focus for Next Week: Many were excited to share their wrapped shapes this week. Thanks for helping with this! We will have an introduction to multiplication beginning with something the kids are already familiar with – skip counting. Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Introduce multiplication as “sets of” by making and drawing sets (Use the cubes to show 3 sets of 4). See the sets as repeated addition and then multiplication (the 3 sets of 4 is the same as 4 + 4 + 4 which is also 3 X 4)

Home Connection: Counting practice is always a great way to pass some time on the drive or walk to school. Try counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Use objects to make sets at home and tell how much it is. Make sets with your Legos. How many are in each set? How many sets did you make? How many is it all together?

Important Dates:

Friday, March 27  – Elementary Reports are issued electronically

Wednesday, April 8 – Student-led conferences

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Welcome Mrs. Rusciano! Karen Rusciano has stepped in to complete the school year with 1FJ. She  comes to us with 27 years of teaching experience. She has 2 daughters here at AAS one in fifth grade and one in grade eight. This is her family’s third year in Moscow. The first grade teachers and students would like to say welcome to the team Mrs. Rusciano!

Friday is Sports Jersey Day! Dress in your favorite team shirt/colors or dress like you will be participating in your favorite sport.

Who We Are – Culture – The first grade classes are beginning their unit on culture. Gradually, we will be talking about and building a definition of culture as we share our backgrounds, traditions and celebrations. It is all about what makes you, you? Some of our first grade room parents have “volunteered” to share what is important in their families’ lives by creating displays for our hallway. Please stop in and have a look in the coming weeks. We hope it will inspire other families to create a display or schedule a time to come to your child’s class and share something your family values from your culture (for example: celebration, holiday, tradition, artifacts, music/dance, food, etc.)

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Many of the first graders are finding that stories are everywhere, meaning almost any event, feeling, opinion or knowledge about a topic can be put into our own writing. We will be reviewing story ideas and where writers get their ideas in the next few weeks to help give us a fresh bank of writing inspiration. Parents can help by sending in photos that will remind your child of events such as holidays, trips, time spent with Grandparents, family members, pets, etc. to be kept in our writing folders. As we have more free-choice writing sessions, we will also begin an exploration of writing conventions driven by student interest. We are hoping to see a lot more of !?””.,: and maybe some of . . . in our writing soon.

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: Its letter o again! This time it is teamed up with i and y for the oy/oi sound as in toy and coin. Here are the words that will help drive this focus next week: join, boy, annoy, enjoy, noise, soil

Math Focus for Next Week: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Introduce multiplication as “sets of” by making and drawing sets (Use the cubes to show 3 sets of 4). See the sets as repeated addition and then multiplication (the 3 sets of 4 is the same as 4 + 4 + 4 which is also 3 X 4).

Home Connection: Counting practice is always a great way to pass some time on the drive or walk to school. Try counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Use objects to make sets at home and tell how much it is. Make sets with your Legos. How many are in each set? How many sets did you make? How many is it all together?

Important Dates:

Friday, March 20 - Spirit Day! Sports jersey day

Friday, March 27  – Elementary Reports are issued electronically

Wednesday, April 8 - Student-led conferences

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Goodbye Ms. Jayne! The first grade teachers and students are very sorry to say goodbye to Ms. Jayne today – after 9 years of dedicated service to the children of AAS! We will really miss her and wish her all the best in her new adventures.

Enjoy the Four Day Weekend! See you Tuesday!

Happy Women’s Day to all of our Mums! We know how important you are and appreciate all you do for us!  No school Monday, March 9.

110th DayWe celebrated our 110th day on Monday, March 2 (100th days are kindergarten stuff!). We visited all of the other first grade classrooms and participated in several different 110th day activities. Ask your child about making paper chains, stamping, stringing necklaces, etc. About how high is 110 cm? How long is a 110 meter walk?

Homework – As these first two weeks in March are 4-day weeks, we will continue using the same homework choice board next week.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys - Most of the classes are wrapping up our Journeys unit this week. Can your child tell you about a holiday journey or a learning journey he/she has experienced? What journey would he/she like to embark on next? Is there a place you would like to visit? Or something new you would like to learn?

Who We Are – CultureNext week many of the classes will begin our unit on culture. Gradually, we will begin talking about and defining culture as we share our backgrounds, traditions and celebrations. It is all about what makes you, you?

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Many of the first graders are showing a good understanding of opinion writing. In fact, we are finding this to be an opinionated bunch! In the coming weeks, students will have more opportunities to experiment with the writing forms that interest them most. As we have more free-choice writing sessions, we will also begin an exploration of writing conventions driven by student interest. We are hoping to see a lot more of !?””.,: and maybe some of . . . in our writing soon.

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: More work with letter o. So we have learned that letter o can have the short sound (like hot, stop) or long sound (like home, soap), or put two together (for zoo, cool, or good, took). Now we will put o with u and w (for now and out) and sometimes with w for the long sound (snow and grow). Hmmm . . . there are so many possibilities – it can be very confusing. Here are the words we will continue with next week: out, down, house, how, snow, slow

Math Focus for Next Week: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. Use 10 and 20 to add 9 and 19. Now that we are good at adding 10, can we use it to add 9 and 11. (If 26 and 10 is 36, what is 26 and 9? 26 add 10 and take-away 1)

Home Connection: Counting practice is always a great way to pass some time on the drive or walk to school. Try counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Practice adding 10 to 2-digit numbers. If this is difficult at first, ask your child to show it by drawing tens and ones or using tens and ones coins. Soon he/she should be able to visualize the tens and ones and be able to mentally take-away or add a ten. When he/she is feeling comfortable with that, begin adding 9 (add 10 and take-away 1).

Important Dates:

Friday, March 6 – No School  – staff professional development day

Monday, March 9 – No School – Women’s Day

Wednesday, April 8 – Student-led conferences

 

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Friday, February 20, 2015

 

February Break – Safe journeys to all who are traveling. See you back at school on March 2nd.

Winter Field Day!We had a great morning out on the field today! Thank you to all of our PE teachers for organizing the events, all of the specialist teachers who ran the stations, and to the PTO parents who organized and served hot chocolate. THANK YOU ALL!

110th DayWe will celebrate our 110th day on Monday, March 2 (100th days are kindergarten stuff!) Some students have asked if they can bring in 110 objects – and the answer is –  yes! of course! but this is optional – no need.

Homework – As our first 2 weeks back at school after the break will be 4-day weeks, we will have one homework choiceboard that students can work on from March 2-13.

New Activities Begin After the Break – Please make sure your driver, nanny, and bus company know about any changes in your child’s schedule in March.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys - As we wrap up our Journeys unit and many will be traveling over the break, think about how your journeys may have changed you. Ask your child to make predictions about a place they will visit. Did they think of the place differently after visiting there? Share how your journeys may have changed your thinking? And of course, it is always valuable to keep a journal or scrapbook of your travels.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: Although students are often choosing their own ideas and genres during our writing workshops, we also continue to work on developing opinion pieces. When do you share your opinions or seek out opinions from others? Ever told a friend about a good book, movie, hotel or restaurant? Adults are often sharing their opinions with friends. Tell your child about a time you shared or sought an opinion from a friend.

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: More work with letter o. So we have learned that letter o can have the short sound (like hot, stop) or long sound (like home, soap), or put two together (for zoo, cool, or good, took). Now we will put o with u and w (for now and out) and sometimes with w for the long sound (snow and grow). Hmmm . . . there are so many possibilities – it can be very confusing. Here are the words for the next 2 weeks: out, down, house, how, snow, slow

Math Focus for Next Week: Naming, sorting and describing features of 3D shapes

Home Connection: Look for and name shapes around the house. Find a 3D shaped object at home (like a cereal box), wrap it up in wrapping paper, foil, or paper and bring it in to share. We will name the shape and guess what is inside. Then your child will unwrap it for the class to see.

Skating has finished! All skates should have been brought back home this week. We will all be back in the gym for two PE sessions each week as before. Swimming continues as usual.

Important Dates:

February 23-27No School – February Break

Monday, March 2 – School resumes – New activities begin

Friday, March 6 – No School  – staff professional development day

Monday, March 9 – No School – Women’s Day

Wednesday, April 8 – Student-led conferences

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Friendship Cards – Thanks for helping your child make their friendship cards. The kids really enjoyed sharing them today! We hope you can take the time to look at them with your child.

Winter Field Day!Friday morning the first graders will be out on the field enjoying games and activities organized by the PE department. Please make sure your child is dressed for an extended time out in the snow on Friday.

Homework for next week: We will be back to our regular homework choiceboard next week. As always thanks for your help in choosing some assignments that are right for your child to do at home.

Sign up for New Activities! They begin after the February Break.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys - Many families are preparing for trips for the February break. Let your child participate in the planning of the holiday. Ask them what needs to be packed? Are there pets that need to be taken care of? Which hotel should you stay at? Where can you get the opinions of others about the different hotels and kids clubs etc

How have your journeys changed you? Did you learn something new when you traveled to a new place? Did you feel differently about a place after being there?

Language Arts Focus Next Week: We continue to share our opinions in writing. Ask your child about an opinion piece he/she has written. Ask him/her, “Did you give supporting reasons? Did you include a catchy beginning sentence and an ending?”

When your child makes a request for a toy, sleepover, pet, etc., can your child give you supporting reasons?

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: We are working on two different sounds that are spelled with oo (as in good and book or in moon and food). Here are the words we will work on : who, zoo, school, good, football, took

Math Focus for Next Week: We will continue to work on data collection and creating and interpreting block graphs and pictographs. We are giving our opinions about favorites as the children begin surveying each other to collect data and develop their own graphs to show the information.

Home Connection: Your child can survey the family shoes. How many pairs of dress shoes, sports shoes, boots does the family own? Collect the data with tally marks and create a graph to represent it. Make statements from the information learned. “There are 7 more pairs of dress shoes than sports shoes.” “Boots had the fewest pairs.” etc.

Skating Days

Skating continues next week. Assistance with skates is greatly appreciated, and means that the children get more time on the ice.

1HM – Mondays

1MA – Tuesdays

1WL – Wednesdays

1DC – Thursdays

1FJ – Fridays

Important Dates:

Friday, February 20 - Winter Field Day

February 23-27 – No School – February Break

Monday, March 2 – New activities begin

Friday, March 6 – No School  – staff professional development day

Monday, March 9 – No School – Women’s Day

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Spirit Days!  Thanks for sending the kids in their pajamas today. Hmmmm…. they weren’t sleepy at all! Next Friday – another spirit day!  Wear your favorite color day. As always, spirit days are optional and if your child does not want to participate, they can wear school uniform.

Homework for next week: Next week we will celebrate Friendship day (an adaptation of Valentines Day), and are asking all students to make a card for each of their classmates. All cards are due on Friday when they will be distributed to classmates. Today, your child brought home a class list and some directions to help you begin. We wanted to give families advance warning so that you can get any needed bits and pieces over the weekend. Be as creative as you like. The children will truly enjoy getting the decorated cards and messages. If you are unable to source the stationary needed to make the cards, please let your child’s teacher know, and we will do our best to get you what you need.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys - Share a learning journey with your child – those that you faced as early readers or writers may be particularly interesting for your child to hear. What have you learned as an adult (perhaps a language, playing golf, driving a car) that you can share with your child. How did you start? Difficult obstacles? How did you know you were getting better? How do you feel about it now? Still room for growth? The concept of a journey as moving from one place to another is what we are trying to help the children understand. Going from not knowing, or having weak skills, and moving to increased ability in a particular area is a good example of a personal life journey. Share your experiences, frustrations and celebrations of success with your child.

Many children are already talking about where they are going for the February break. Let them participate in the planning of the holiday. Ask them what needs to be packed? Are there pets that need to be taken care of? Which hotel should you stay at? Where can you get the opinions of others about the different hotels and kids clubs etc.

Language Arts Focus Next Week: As we continue to share our opinions in writing, we are working on giving our pieces more polish with “catchy” lead sentences (Does my beginning grab the reader?) and wrap up sentences (Can you tell I have finished my piece?). Ask your child for their opinion on something at home such as dinner, a movie you watched, your last vacation. Ask them to give details as to why. Can they support their opinions?

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: We begin working on the long o sound by reviewing silent e  (as in stone, nose) and “When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking (oa in soap). We will concentrate on these long o words: over, no, old, home, float, goal

Math Focus for Next Week: We will concentrate on data collection and creating and interpreting block graphs and pictographs. Your child will develop a question, survey his classmates, and represent the information by graphing it.

Home Connection: Your child can survey the family shoes. How many pairs of dress shoes, sports shoes, boots does the family own? Collect the data with tally marks and create a graph to represent it. Make statements from the information learned. “There are 7 more pairs of dress shoes than sports shoes.” “Boots had the fewest pairs.” etc.

Time: Continue to talk about time with your child. You can make time more meaningful for your child by integrating it into your day. “Hey, look at the clock – it is after 8 o’clock, you should be getting ready for bed.” “At 8:30, I will come and read with you.”

Skating Days – Skating continues next week. Assistance with skates is greatly appreciated, and means that the children get more time on the ice.

1HM – Mondays

1MA – Tuesdays

1WL – Wednesdays

1DC – Thursdays

1FJ – Fridays

Used Book Fair – The PTO are running their annual used book fair from February 12th to February 14th. Look through your child’s books at home. If you have books that are no longer used, bring them in to the library and they will give you 1 ‘book buck’ or ticket for each book. These tickets can then be used by your child to ‘buy’ books at the book fair. Alternatively, books can be purchased for 50 Rubles each at the fair.

Important Dates:

February 12-14 – PTO used book fair

Friday, February 13 – Spirit Day  – Wear your favorite color day

        Bring your Friendship cards to school to share

Friday, February 20 – Winter Field Day

February 23-27No School – February Break

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Friday, February 30, 2015

Spirit Days! Student Council has decided that Friday, February 6th will be pyjama day! All students are invited to wear pyjamas to school instead of their uniform. And the following Friday, February 13th will be favorite color day.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys - Thank you again for assisting your children with photos and telling about their journeys in Moscow. We learned about some interesting sights and have been inspired to check out more of Moscow. We will begin talking about other kinds of journeys, such as learning journeys. Can you think of something you learned (perhaps a language, playing golf, driving a car) that you can share with your child. How did you start? Difficult obstacles? How did you know you were getting better? How do you feel about it now? Still room for growth?

Language Arts Focus Next Week: We will continue working on writing opinion pieces in the next few weeks. Ask your child to share his/her opinions about movies, books, apps, etc. Can he/she give supporting details for that opinion?

Spelling/Word Study Next Week: Here is our second set of long e words for next week. (spelled ee, ea). green, teeth, feel, beat, clean, read

Math Focus for Next Week: We will continue working on comparing grams and kilograms as well as telling time to the hour and half hour.

Home Connection: It is most important that children get a basic understanding of measurement and the concept of time.

Measurement:  About how much is 1 gram (weight of a paperclip)? What in my house would weigh more, less, or about a kg? How much do I weigh? Find weights on packaging of household items, make a guess before you read the weight. If my yogurt cup is 150 grams, how much will this be? More? Less?

Time: Developing a concept of time should be the first goal. What can I do in a minute? How long is an hour? About how long does it take us to eat dinner? A minute? More? An hour? Less? How long does it take to brush your teeth? What time do we usually go to bed? Get up?

Skating Days

1HM – Mondays

1MA – Tuesdays

1WL – Wednesdays

1DC – Thursdays

1FJ – Fridays

Important Dates:

Friday, February 6 – Pyjama Day

Friday, February 13 – Favorite Color Day

Friday, February 20 – Winter Field Day

February 23-27 – No School

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