No School next week! Enjoy the February Break! See you on the 26th.
Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys
Field trip – Thanks to all of our parent volunteers who joined us on our field trip to Belarusskaya metro and train station for our journeys unit. We had a great day out. We hope your child was able to share some details of the journey aside from the pizza lunch!
Journeys Homework – We are enjoying sharing our life journeys with the timelines you created at home. They look great! Thank you for assisting your child with this. If you have not had a chance to complete your child’s timeline, please do so and send it in any time in the week after the break, so your child can share his/her life journey with the class.
Red Journey Journal – Your child brought home a holiday journal this week. Of course, this is optional, but it may give students some talking points when they share information about events over the holiday. Whether you will be in Moscow or traveling elsewhere, children can document some elements of their week away from school, such as the weather, food they ate, places they saw, types of transportation used, etc. Students are most welcome to include other items, stories, poems, souvenirs, etc. in their journals. We look forward to having them share their journeys and journals (if they choose to use them) when they return to school.
Writing – Although we spent a bit of our writing time working on our friendship cards, we continue to work on our opinion writing. You can help your child develop some opinion writing ideas by chatting about likes and dislikes. Tell your child about something you like and give 2 or 3 reasons why you like it. It could be as simple as why you like apples or the color blue. Ask your child about some of the opinion pieces he/she has been working on lately.
Math – We continue to work on linear measurement in math. We are beginning to move from non-standard units (buttons, paperclips, blocks, etc.) to using our centimeter cubes and rulers to measure. At home: Estimating is often the way we use measurement as adults. (We must have had 40 cm of snow in the last few weeks!) Students can begin to try this at home. Begin with a 30 cm ruler and find things that are about 30 cm, less than 30 cm and more than 30 cm. Then ask them to think about other objects. “Do you think a cereal box (pencil, your arm, a plate . . . ? ) is less than 30 cm, more than 30 cm or about 30 cm?”
Valentines Day – The students worked hard preparing friendship cards for their classmates. We hope your child gets an opportunity to share the valentine cards he/she received with your family. Thank you to families who also sent in treats for our celebration of friends!
New activities – Activities begin our first day back after the break. Please make sure that your child and all concerned with end-of-day routines are aware of schedule changes – particularly the bus monitor and company.
Skating is Finished – The weather cooperated with our skating schedule quite well this year. Although the skating unit in PE is finished, we hope you get an opportunity to get your child on the ice elsewhere to demonstrate growing confidence and evidence of his/her “learning journey” in skating.
From Elementary Ambassadors Club The ES Ambassadors are collecting a few small items they have selected to put into the “New Mom Kits” to send to Botswana with the High School Ambassadors in March 2018.
We are collecting New items only and are in need of:
· Small Blankets
· Baby Socks
· Small Packets of Wipes
· New Pacifiers
· Baby Hats
There will be a collection box in the ES office until March 12.
Please help us help the babies and moms in Pandamatenga!
February 19-23 – No School – February Break
Monday, February 26 – New after school activities begin
Thursday, Friday March 8-9 – No school – Women’s Day
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