Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Maslenitsa

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:

·         Onesies

·         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!

Important Dates:

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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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys

Field Trip on Thursday! As part of our unit, we have had a journey into the woods, some journeys around school, and a journey through the neighborhood. Our next journey will be by bus to Sokol metro station and then the metro to Belarusskaya. We will use the metro map to trace our journey. There we will take a look at the train station and its surroundings before having a pizza lunch at Il Patio and our bus journey back to school. Students will bring a morning snack as usual and may want to bring an extra snack for the afternoon in case they did not enjoy their lunch. Please return the permission slip on Monday and let us know if you can join us on this trip.

Thank you Pokrovsky families! – We had a great walk around the Pokrovsky neighborhood today as part of our journeys unit. It provided a good opportunity for us to connect images on a map to real life. We enjoyed finding our classmates houses as we walked along and again on our maps. Thank you for marking your house Pokrovsky families!

Journeys Homework – This week your child brought home a yellow paper describing the timeline project we are asking families to do at home. Please use photos, drawings, and writing to show important events in your child’s life journey. You are welcome to use the A3 paper sent home or any paper you choose. Please send in your child’s timeline any day next week.

More journeys homework! – OK this one is optional. As the children will have a week away from school and many will be embarking on journeys, next week we are sending home a red journal to record information about their week. 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.

Valentines Day – The students have been very busy in school writing and decorating friendship cards for their classmates. We look forward to sharing the cards on Wednesday, February 14 which is Valentine’s Day. If you would like to send in a treat to share on Wednesday as we celebrate friendships, please let your child’s teacher know.

One more week of activities – You can sign up for new activities now by clicking the link in the ES newsletter. New activities will begin the first day back after the break.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, February 7 – New After School Activity sign-up begins

Friday, February 9 – No school – Faculty Professional Development Day

February 19-23 – No School  – February Break

Monday, February 26 – New after school activities begin

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Friday, February 2, 2018

No School Friday – Faculty professional development day

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – We started our journeys unit this week by asking the students what they know about journeys or what they think a journey is. As we progress we will begin investigating different kinds of journeys, including life journeys and learning journeys.

Look Out Pokrovsky Residents! Here come the first graders! As one of our first journeys in this unit, the first grade students will be walking through the Pokrovsky neighborhood on Thursday. We are asking each Pokrovsky family of a first grader to mark their house with a sign – something like this: Dylan lives here or This is Luka’s house. Your child will bring home a balloon to help mark that sign if you like. We will begin our walk at about NEW TIME! NEW TIME! 1:00 on Thursday. If you are home, feel free to step out and greet us – we promise not to come in!

Homework – Timeline – In the next few weeks part of our journeys unit will be a look at our life journeys. Students will be asked to create a timeline of their lives at home that shows milestones of growth (born, lost my first tooth, learned to ride a bike, etc.) and big events in their lives (younger sibling born, moved to a new place, a memorable trip, etc.) Families will be asked to help their first graders create these life timelines with labeled photos or drawings. More information will be coming home next week, but you may want to begin collecting photos. Timelines can be sent in any time the week of February 12.

Winter Field Day! – A big THANK YOU to our PE teachers for arranging all of the activities on the field this morning. We had a great time out in the snow. Thank you also to the PTO parents who provided hot chocolate out there. Thanks for sending the kids dressed for the weather!

Sports Day! – We enjoyed showing off our favorite sportswear and teams today. Thank you to student council for choosing this no-uniform, spirit day!

Writing –  We hope you had an opportunity to share your child’s poetry at and after the expo last Friday. This week we moved from poetry writing to opinion writing. Most of the classes began with a discussion of opinion and how it is different from fact. We are reading some opinion books and giving our opinions about favorites.

Math – This week we began working on linear measurement. We are using a great variety of items to measure with – paper clips, blocks, buttons, pencils, etc. We are first learning the importance of using a consistent measuring device (Are all our paper clips the same length?) Also how do we lay them out next to the object to be measured? (Can there be spaces between them? Can they overlap?) At Home: Choose objects to measure with – legos, spoons, toothpicks, etc. and measure items around the house. If we measure the same object with different measuring tools, do we get the same measurements?

Valentines – We will be making friendship cards in class and sharing them on Valentine’s Day – Wednesday, February 14th. If you would like to send in a treat to be shared on that day as part of our celebration, please contact your child’s teacher.

Skating Continues – The weather has been very cooperative!

Important Dates:

Wednesday, February 7 – New After School Activity sign-up begins

Friday, February 9 – No school – Faculty Professional Development Day

February 19-23 – No School  – February Break

Monday, February 26 – New after school activities begin

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Friday, January 26, 2018

First Grade Expo! Thank you to all who joined us for our first-ever, first grade Expo. We enjoyed sharing our learning with our families. Please share your thoughts with your child about the Expo. Thank you again for your participation! If you were unable to attend, here are some possible questions to facilitate a discussion with your child: What does your invention do? What problem does it solve? What would you do differently next time?  What did you enjoy about the expo?

Reports – You will receive your child’s progress report online this afternoon. Please take some time to read it and talk about goals with your child. If you cannot access it for any reason, please contact the elementary office.

Winter Field Day is Friday! – Thank you in advance to our PE teachers who have planned some great activities for us on the snowy field. Students must come dressed for an extended time outside. Warm clothes, hats, scarves and waterproof gloves or mittens are highly recommended. A second pair of socks might be good to put on after field day in case we get snow in our boots. Friday is also a spirit day! It is sports day. Come dressed in your favorite team or sports gear.

Writing – Look for our poetry to come home soon. We hope you have the time to sit down with your child and read his/her poems. Please share some of your favorite poems. Did you have to memorize some in school? Do you still remember any?

Math – We continue to be full of math stories. Students are asked to read, think about and solve math stories almost every day. A good understanding of math stories is evident if students can make up their own. Give your child an equation and ask him/her to tell their own math story that follows it.  (8 + 5 = ?   7 + ? = 16  15 – ? = 8)

Skating – The weather has been great for skating. Here’s a reminder of the skating days:

1AO – Mondays

1DC  – Wednesdays

1HA – Wednesdays

1RD – Thursdays

1HM – Fridays

Important Dates:

Friday, January 26 – ES First semester reports issued electronically

Friday, February 2 – Winter Field Day! Spirit Day – dress for sport

Friday, February 9 – No school – Faculty Professional Development Day

February 19-23 – No School  – February Break

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Friday, January 19, 2018

First Grade Expo on Friday!  Parents, please join us! For those familiar with the Primary Years Program, the exhibition is usually how the students share their learning at the end of 5th grade. Well, first grade will have their own opportunity to share their learning in our first-ever mini-expo, on Friday, at 8:30 (about 1 hour). This is a chance for your child to share the learning process in our How We Express Ourselves Unit. Join us to see some of our problem-solving, creations, poetry, and inventions. It will also be your opportunity to try some of the activities we have been working on. We hope to see you there!

How We Express Ourselves – flexible and creative thinking – As we have been learning, inventions often stem from a problem. This week students worked on devising a problem that they would like to help solve. Next they will begin inventing something that could help with that problem. You will get an opportunity to see our work first hand at the expo on Friday.

Writing – Come and see some of your child’s poetry as part of the How We Express Ourselves expo on Friday.

Math – First graders should be familiar with number pairs that make ten and be able to use those pairs to find the facts that make 20. Try these problems with your child: 16 + ___ =  20 9 + ____ = 20 ____ + 2 = 20 20 – ____ = 17 20 – 5 = ____

Skating – Here’s a reminder of the skating days:

1AO – Mondays

1DC  – Wednesdays

1HA – Wednesdays

1RD – Thursdays

1HM – Fridays

Book Swap – used book fair – Next week your child will be able to purchase used books at the PTO Book Swap. Books will cost 100 rubles or you may use book swap coupons. Your child brought home a plastic bag for their money today. Please send it on by Wednesday. All first grade classes will go to the book swap on Wednesday.

Important Dates:

Friday, January 26 – First Grade Expo!  Please join us at 8:30!

Friday, January 26 – ES First semester reports issued electronically

Friday, February 2 – Winter Field Day!

Friday, February 9 – No school – Faculty Professional Development Day

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy New Year!

How We Express Ourselves – flexible and creative thinking –  As we settled in this week, we began looking at inventions. The repeated theme in many invention and inventor stories is that they are passionate about what they do and they have many failures before their success.  We hope we can show the same resilience when we begin creating our own inventions in the coming weeks. Ask your child about the Lego Boat Challenge he/she tried this week. We continue to do lots of building and creating so please keep sending in your recyclables – egg boxes, cereal boxes, milk and yogurt containers, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, fabric, ribbon, wood, etc.

Save the date! – Friday, January 26 at 8:45, all parents are invited to the first ever, first grade expo. This is a chance for your child to share the learning process in our How We Express Ourselves Unit. Join us to see some of our problem-solving, creations, poetry, and inventions. It will also be your opportunity to see and try some of the activities we have been working on. Please plan to join us!

Writing – After all our holiday activities, many of the students went back to writing personal narratives this week. It is a great way to share our adventures with our classmates. Thanks to families who worked on a holiday journal. No worries if you didn’t, but you will have another opportunity in February! Meanwhile, we continue to explore and write poetry as well during our writing sessions.

Math – Much of our math practice is made up of problem-solving activities and developing our own efficient strategies. One of the most difficult parts for many students is to explain their thinking. Ask your child to show you how he/she would solve this problem: There were thirteen kids at the party. Some went outside to play. Then there were 8 left inside. How many went out?

Activities Begin Monday – The next session of activities begins next week. Please make sure students, drivers, nannies, bus monitors, and bus companies are aware of your child’s schedule changes.

Skating – OK – so it was too warm to skate this week, but we will try again next week. Often the instructors make hour-to-hour decisions about the quality of the ice. So if you don’t hear anything from your child’s teacher, please send ice skates on your assigned day. Here’s a reminder:

1AO – Mondays

1DC  – Wednesdays

1HA – Wednesdays

1RD – Thursdays

1HM – Fridays

Important Dates:

Monday, January 15 – New session of After School Activities begins

Friday, January 26 – First Grade Expo!  Can you join us?

Friday, January 26 – ES First semester reports issued electronically

Friday, February 2 – Winter Field Day! Sportswear spirit day!

Friday, February 9 – No school – Faculty Professional Development Day

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy holidays to all! Safe journeys to all who are traveling!

Party! Thank you to all of the parents who contributed time and food to the first grade party today. Special thanks to our room parents for their efforts in organizing it all!

Concert  – Thank you to Mr. Sembrano and Mr. Wolf for preparing the kids for their performance this week. It was great to see so many parents here to share the musical joy with us.

Field Trip – Thank you to the parent volunteers who joined us for our field trip to Experimentarium this week. It was a hands-on, try it, touch it, think about it, great day! Class 1HM will take this trip in January.

Writing – We recommend that your child keep a journal of souvenirs, poems, stories, drawings, photos, etc. to share when we return. Of course, this is optional.

No Activities Jan 8-12 – Our first week back after the holiday there are no after school activities. Please make sure students, drivers, nannies, bus monitors, and bus companies are aware of your child’s schedule.

Skating – We begin skating our first week back in January (weather permitting). These are the first grade skating days:

1AO – Mondays (Bring skates, hats, and be ready for skating our first day back after the holiday!)

1DC  – Wednesdays

1HA – Wednesdays

1RE – Thursdays

1HM – Fridays

Important Dates:

December 18 – January 5   No School – winter holiday

Monday, January 8 – School resumes – NO ACTIVITIES THIS FIRST WEEK

Monday, January 15 – New session of After School Activities begins

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