Friday, 20th September, 2019

Conferences – It was great to meet with families at our goal-setting conferences today. Thank you for taking the time to share information and set goals for your child. 

Unit of Inquiry – If you have not had the chance to send in an item made from a plant, please help your child to choose something from home to bring in.  For instance, a cork, items made from cotton, etc., will have the kids thinking beyond direct plant products to those made from plants.

Reading Homework – So how are the “just right” book readings going for your family? Did you read in the same place and at the same time each day to begin to build a reading habit? Just like any healthy routine you are trying to start, missing one day, makes it easier to miss a second and third day and no habit develops. Although we would like your child to initiate this, it may not happen at first. Please ask about the book and declare a “reading time” at home. Thank you for your help with this.

Happy reading!

Writing –  As we are writing personal narratives, it can be difficult for students to think of experiences they believe are worthy of putting down in writing. Although we know stories are everywhere and nearly any experience when told with detail and emotion is a good idea, this can be a challenge for some writers. How about providing a bit of inspiration for your child? Aside from talking about possible writing subjects or events, you can send in some photos that could inspire personal narratives. Students will keep the photos in their writing folders and refer to them when they need an idea to write about. One photo of a child on an amusement park ride or at the beach or riding bikes with cousins can inspire lots of good writing. Thanks for your help with this.

Math  – Here’s a game to try at home to help your child become more efficient with number combinations. Use playing cards to play Turn Over Ten. Remove the jacks and kings (queens become zeros). Lay the cards face down, in four rows of four. Players take turns turning over 2 cards, looking for pairs that make 10 (2 and 8, 7 and 3). If they find a pair they keep it and use the extra cards to fill the vacant spaces. When all of the cards are paired, the player with the most “tens” wins. Some families may want to begin with Turn Over Five. When your child is feeling comfortable with the pairs that make five, move on to six and seven. Need more challenge: Use the jacks (11), queens (12), kings (13) and jokers (zero) and try Turn Over Thirteen.

Important Dates:

Thursday/Friday, October 3 & 4 – PD for teachers / No School for Students

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

October 21-25 – No School – Autumn Break

 

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Friday, 13th September, 2019

Trip to the Kremlin History Museum – On Wednesday, 18th of September, we will be going on our first learning excursion. Please send in a snack, water bottle and packed lunch for this trip as we will not be eating lunch at school that day. 

Goal Setting Conferences – Your child is getting ready for his/her goal setting conference on Friday 20th September. Please make sure your child joins you for the conference at your scheduled time. As it is not a regular school day, your child will be coming to school with you and going back home with you as well.  If you have not signed up for this important meeting, please contact the elementary office to choose a time as soon as possible.

UOI – Our garden has been cleaned up and the sunflowers are ready for harvesting. Next step is to till the soil before winter hits. To continue our learning in this unit, we need you to send in some plant products from home. Our focus is moving to resources that come from plants. Please send in an item made from a plant from home. Try to send in items that are not the obvious options. For instance, a cork, items made from cotton, etc., will have the kids thinking beyond direct plant products to those made from plants.

Writing The first grade classes have begun 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 ‘Tumblebooks’ or ‘IXL’ at home. Your child will bring home the login information for IXL in their blue folders. 

Tumblebooks: https://tumblebooklibrary.com/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

Login: aasmoscow                Password: penguins

Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 18 – 1st Grade Learning Excursion to the Kremlin History Museum

Friday, September 20 – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences-formal uniform

Thursday/Friday, October 3 & 4 – PD for teachers / No School for Students

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

October 21-25 – No School – Autumn Break

 

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Friday, 6th September, 2019

Wednesdays are a Late Start  – Please ensure your child is at school before 9:15am on Wednesday mornings. If the grade 1 classes have World Language first thing on a Wednesday, the students will be taken to the World Language classes at 9:15am promptly.  We kindly ask for your support in helping your child to be ready for each morning by being on time.

Journeys – As our unit begins in a couple of weeks, we will start the unit with a trip to the History Museum at the Kremlin. Our aim is to learn about how artifacts are organized and displayed. This experience will be used by the students as they will be working on curating a museum about themselves when we start the Who We Are unit too.

Learning Excursion – As part of our unit on Journeys, all of the first grade classes will be visiting the History Museum at the Kremlin on Wednesday, September 18. Permission slips have been sent home. As it is a small museum, we have been advised to keep the numbers small. This means that we will disperse the travel to the museum into two groups and parent volunteers will not be able to come on this particular trip. Please keep a lookout for future learning excursions where parents will have the opportunity to join.

Math – After our introductory work in math, we are ready to begin our first module with a focus on 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.

Reading – Your child has started to bring home reading books this week. Please keep in mind that your child is learning how to choose ‘Just Right’ books. In this process, s/he may bring home books that are a little easy to read or may choose ones that are too difficult to read. In both cases, you can support your child to enjoy books by encouraging him/her to read easy books with lots of expression and voice, so s/he develops the ability to add expression whilst reading books that are more manageable for him/her. If it’s a difficult book, please be a buddy to your child by reading to him/her. A love of books is what we aim to accomplish this year. Please don’t forget to encourage your child to make connections to characters and stories so they think about all the books they read. 

Yearbook Photos – Get out those formal uniforms and 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 10th September

1DE – Wednesday 11th September

1HM – Thursday 12th September

1CR – Friday 13th September

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. Children are brought to the cafeteria at 3:20 by their instructional assistants. The activity leaders will pick them up from the cafeteria. Some children use their lunch cards to buy a snack (pizza, juice, muffin etc.). Please let us know if you do not want your child using their lunch card after school.

Reminder: SPLASH is an activity that will require your child to be picked up by a family member and taken to the activity. We do not take responsibility for children who need to be chaperoned to the pool.

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.

Important Dates:

Saturday, September 7 – Fun Run & PTO Welcome BBQ

Monday, September 9 – After school activities start

Monday 9th to Friday 13th – Yearbook photos

Wednesday, September 18 – 1st Grade Learning Excursion to the Kremlin History Museum

Friday, September 20 – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences-formal uniform

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

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Friday, 30 August, 2019

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Grade 1 Class Parents needed – Please click the SignUp Genius link to become a Class Parent. It is always a pleasure to have your support.

ES Art Departent – The ES art dept is looking for lots of interesting objects to draw. We would love any of your junk which has an interesting shape, texture or light/dark. Examples: shells, stones, toys, teddies, old/cheap jewellery, dried or plastic flowers/leaves/fruit, old machinery parts, nuts/bolts … (not too much bigger than your hand). We are also seeking materials which could be used for construction/3D junk modelling, such as toilet rolls, bottle caps, plastic food containers (cleaned), small boxes etc.  Please forward to us in Room 3006 (the art room).

With many thanks from the Art department!

Plants – We have begun taking care of our garden and have harvested the vegetables that were grown over the summer.  Our students decided to sell the vegetables and use the proceeds to buy items for our garden. The seeds we have harvested from some of the vegetables will be dried and kept for planting in the spring. All our grade 1 classes have also been into the forest to see how the forest has changed while we were away for the summer.

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 the grade one classes had their first walk through swimming sessions this week. Starting next week, we will swim on our assigned days all year long. Please bring a swimsuit, goggles, towel, swim cap and deck shoes  – all labeled – on your child’s swim day or simply leave the items in your child’s locker to ensure s/he has it on the day.

Swimming days:

1DE – Day 3

1AO – Day 4

1CR – Day 5

1HM – Day 6

After School Activities – Sign up for after school activities before Tuesday 3rd of September with this link: After School 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:

Monday, September 2 – Reading homework for grade 1 begins: ‘Just Right’ books will start coming home each night.

Tuesday, September 3  – Last day to sign up for After School Activities

Saturday, September 7 – Fun Run & PTO Welcome BBQ

Monday, September 9 – After school activities start

Friday, September 20 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

 

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Friday, August 23, 2019

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First Week! – It has been great getting to know your children this first week of school. We look forward to working with you.

Change of Clothes – Please make sure your child has a spare change of clothes in his/her locker at school all the time. It does not have to be uniform, but it is necessary to ensure that accidents with uniforms can be changed immediately.

Plants – This is the title of our year long unit of inquiry and it is going to be a great way to start working together as we harvest our vegetables in the courtyard garden.

Routines – The first graders are met on the playground each day at 8:25 (except Wed – 9:10). The playground has adult supervision from 8:00. If you are bringing your child into the building, we ask that you help us with hallway congestion and remain in the student lounge area until 8:25. Thank you.

Library – Please check your child’s class schedule to see when his/her library books should be returned to school.

Swimming walk through next week! All first grade classes will be having a walk through the swimming area and have a run down of the swimming procedures and expectations next week. Your child’s teacher will email you with a reminder about the first actual swim lesson to start the year. Please make sure your child’s swim bag has a swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel and shoes for the deck – all labeled please.  As swimming lessons will fall on different days of the week, you may find it useful to keep your child’s swim bag at school. Your child will bring it home when s/he has used it, so that you can wash and dry the items. You can then send it back the next day to keep in your child’s locker.

Here are our swimming days:

1DE – Day 3

1AO – Day 4

1CR – Day 5

1HM – Day 6

After School Activities – Sign up for activities begins on 28th of August. 

Please look for the Penguin Life link in next Wednesday’s School Newsletter to sign up.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, August 28  – After school activity sign-up begins

Monday, September 9 – After school activities start

Friday, September 20 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

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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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