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Learning at AASWelcome to the Anglo-American School of Moscow’s Grade 1 Team Blog. Here you will find what’s happening in Grade 1 classrooms, student work and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Enjoy the week off! Safe journeys to all who are traveling! Happy Maslenitsa!

Field Day! – Thank you to our PE teachers for organizing all the great activities today. We loved having some extra time in the snow!

Field Trip Chaperones – Thank you field trip chaperones. We enjoyed yet another journey this week as we ventured to the puppet theater. We saw Pinocchio come to life!

Spirit Day – Pajama Day! – Friday, March 3 is pajama day!

New Activities! – Our next session of activities begins our first day back after the holiday. Please ensure that students, drivers, nannies, bus monitors and bus companies are aware of changes to your child’s schedule.

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys –  We will have one more week in our journeys unit when we return. As many families are traveling it will give us an opportunity to share some of our family journeys when we are back in school. Students are welcome to share souvenirs, artifacts, maps or journals when they return. Happy adventures everyone!

Friendship cards – The students really enjoyed giving and receiving the Friendship cards this week. We appreciate all the efforts that families put into creating them. Thank you for making it a special day for all.

Writing –  We had a “Punctuation Celebration” today!?!!!?? The first graders got together to share some of their favorite writing pieces and show their friends how they could use punctuation to make their work more interesting.

Math – After work on measurement, time and data collection, the students will go back to focus on place value and operations after the break. As always, we encourage the children to play or create games with dice, cards, dominoes etc to continue building number sense in play.

Important Dates:

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

Monday, February 27 – New Activities begin our first day back

Friday, March 3 – Pajama Day

Wednesday, March 8 – No school – Women’s Day

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

No School tomorrow. Enjoy the long weekend!

Field Trip Thursday – Next week all of the first grade classes are off on another journey. This time we are headed to a puppet theater on Thursday, February 16. If you have not returned your child’s permission slip, please do so. Thank you in advance to our parent chaperones.

Field Day! Friday is our Winter Field Day! – Our PE teachers have organized some great activities for fun in the snow. Students should be dressed for an extended time outside. This might include a second pair of gloves or socks.

Maslenitsa – Friday we will also celebrate Maslenitsa. It is a school spirit day and students are invited to wear spring colors instead of their uniforms. When selecting clothes, please keep in mind that they will be on the field for an extended time in the morning.

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys – We continue to think about journeys and how they change us. After sharing our fantastic timelines, many are seeing that journeys do not always involve going from one place to another. We are taking a closer look at some of our learning journeys. What did my writing look like in August? How has it changed? Talk to your child about a learning journey that you recall. Were there any struggles, difficulties, any sense of accomplishment? We will continue with journeys after the week off and students are welcome to share artifacts, journals or souvenirs from their travels or activities when we return.

Homework – Friendship cards – Many students are talking about their work on their friendship cards and we appreciate your assistance with this. They are excited to get and receive cards from each of their classmates. Thank you so much for helping your child with this. Please send the cards in on Monday or Tuesday for our friendship celebration on Tuesday.

Writing –  Punctuation focus continues!! Many of the first graders are experimenting with dialogue and quotation marks. “Wow!” he shouted.  What is your child writing about?

Math – We are busy surveying our classmates and representing the data in our own graphs. Students are also interpreting the information from their classmates graphs and making statements about them. “More kids in our class like dogs than cats.” “Five fewer kids like vanilla than chocolate ice cream.” “Most of the kids in our class like Batman.” Ask your child about his/her survey and graph.

Important Dates:

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff professional development

Thursday, February 16 – Puppet Theater Field trip – all first grades

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day and Maslenitsa celebration – wear spring colors

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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Friday, February 3, 2017

No School Friday – Staff professional development

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys – Many students have enjoyed sharing their timelines this week. It is a great joy to see how much we have grown and changed. We look forward to sharing more as they come in next week. Thank you to families for all of your help in gathering photos and putting together these terrific visuals of our life journeys. As we reflect about our journeys thus far, we have been creating maps and sculptures that represent some of the things we have seen. When you are here in school, check out our hallway space and displays about our journeys.

Homework – Friendship cards – In first grade we would like to continue a tradition of creating friendship cards for our classmates. We ask families to help their first graders create a card for each of their classmates and send them to school on Tuesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day. Details came home today in your child’s folder. No regular homework boxes next week as we hope students will work on a few friendship cards each day instead. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this.

Reading – How has your child been doing with his/her daily reading? Do you feel that the books selected have been appropriate for his/her level? Feel free to let the teacher know if you feel books have been too difficult or if your child needs a greater challenge with his/her selections. As always, daily reading should be an enjoyable experience for both of you!

Writing –  As we continue our focus on punctuation, many of the students are taking advantage of this open writing unit to experiment with different genres of writing. Although some continue to create the familiar personal narratives, some are trying comic books, stories of imagination, ‘how to’ books, etc. Ask your child what he/she has been writing in class lately.

Math – This week students began looking at data collection and graphing. This will continue next week as students will be generating questions, surveying their classmates and creating and interpreting graphs of their results.

Home connection – Your child can tally information about your family favorites and then create statements about what he/she has learned. “Two more family members like sushi than lasagne.” “Most of my family chose football as their favorite sport.”

Important Dates:

Thursday, February 9 – Train Depot field trip 1AO, 1HA, 1DC

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff development day

Thursday, February 16 – Puppet Theater Field trip – all first grades

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday is Peace Day – Elementary students are asked to wear white on Monday as they join in with Middle School’s peace day activity.

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys – Our investigation into journeys and how they change us is well underway. Next week we will journey closer to home. We will be exploring the Prokrovsky neighborhood Monday morning. If your family lives in Prokrovsky Hills, we invite your child to put a sign on your house so that others can find it as classes look for landmarks for mapping. 

Ice Sculptures! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who braved the cold and joined us on our field trip on Wednesday! It was a slippy, slidey, windy, wonderful day!

Homework: Life is a Journey! Thank you to families who have completed timelines. Your work has been an inspiration to others. As was described on our homework page, families are asked to help children develop a timeline of their lives. Please include any events that are significant to your child. “Losing a first tooth, learning to swim, moving to a new place…”  Any format can be used for this. Perhaps you could discuss/list significant events, provide photos or encourage drawings for some of these events, and let your child decide how to put the information together for sharing with the class. Thanks to all our families for your help with this! Timelines may be returned anytime in the next couple of weeks.

Writing –  “What are we doing in writing?” you ask. Hmmm . . . our punctuation focus continues! Woohoo!!!

Math – As we continue our work in measurement, we will also begin working on data collection. The students will be gathering information, graphing and interpreting graphs in the next few weeks.

Home connection – Your child can begin thinking about data collection by surveying the family about favorites – ice cream, movie, sport, etc. Help them develop a range of questions that they can ask their classmates.

Reminder of skating days – Please assume your child will need skates on his assigned day as decisions to cancel skating will not be made until after the school day begins.

Mondays – 1WL, 1HM

Tuesdays – 1AO

Wednesdays – 1HA

Thursdays – 1DC

Important Dates:

Monday, January 30 – Peace day – wear white

Tuesday, January 31 – photos for new students and those who were absent (formal uniform)

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff development day

Thursday, February 16 – Field Trip  – details coming soon!

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Where We Are in Place and TimeJourneys  What better way to investigate journeys than to take a journey. So this week the first graders got out on their own journeys. Some classes headed to the woods and others hiked along the canal. Before venturing out we talked and wrote about what we might see. Upon our return we wrote about what we found, what was unexpected, and what we might do differently in the future. Many drew maps of their journey. We are hoping to gain a perspective on how journeys expand our knowledge and understanding.  We are excited about next week’s journey to the . . .

Ice Sculptures! On Wednesday all of the first grade will be taking a field trip to Victory park to see the ice sculptures. Thank you to all families who have returned the permission slips or have volunteered to chaperone the trip. Your child will need: clothes for an extended time outside (waterproof gloves please), snack and lunch from home, water bottle.

Homework: Life is a Journey! As will be described on our homework page next week, families are asked to help children develop a timeline of their lives. Please include any events that are significant to your child. “Losing a first tooth, learning to swim, moving to a new place . . .”  Although we will send home an A3 size paper – any format can be used for this. Perhaps you could discuss/list significant events, provide photos or encourage drawings for some of these events, and let your child decide how to put the information together for sharing with the class. Thanks to all our families for your help with this! The timelines can be returned anytime the week of January 30 – February 3.

Spirit Day on Friday! – Give your uniform a rest! On Friday students are invited to choose the clothes they would like to wear to school. (with parent approval of course!)

Writing – Punctuation! It can be so exciting!! Don’t you think? In this open writing unit, we are learning how using punctuation marks can make our writing more interesting and readable. Some of our favorite stories are all about the punctuation. Ask your child about the books Moo! or The Book with No Pictures.

Math – This week we’ve been working on linear measurement. We began measuring with nonstandard units such as blocks, paper clips, hands, feet, etc. We are learning the importance of using the same unit to measure when comparing objects as well as how to line up our measuring units for accuracy.

Home connection – Just as was suggested in the homework this week, choose a unit and make some measurements around the house. How many steps from the front door to the kitchen? How many hands wide is the table? How many feet long is my bed? How many legos high is this cup?

Reminder of skating days – Please assume your child will need skates on his assigned day as decisions to cancel skating will not be made until after the school day begins.

Mondays – 1WL, 1HM

Tuesdays – 1AO

Wednesdays – 1HA

Thursdays – 1DC

 

Important Dates:

Wednesday, January 25 – Field Trip – all first graders are going to Victory Park

Friday, January 27 – Spirit Day! No uniform – students choose what to wear

Tuesday, January 31 – photos for new students and those who were absent (formal uniform)

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff development day

Thursday, February 16 – Field Trip  – details coming soon!

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to our new first graders and their families! And Welcome Back to all returning!

Where We Are in Place and Time – Our new unit has begun with a focus on Journeys. We have had a great start as many first graders have shared their recent journeys through an artifact, a holiday journal, or their classroom personal narrative writing. If your child has not had an opportunity to share something from the holiday, please encourage him/her to do so.  This can be a museum brochure, a photo, a shell, a souvenir that might give us a clue about where they ventured over the holiday. Thank you to families who have already sent in maps for the children to investigate.

Skating – Many of the first graders were able to get on the ice this week to begin our skating program. Please assume your child will need skates on his assigned day as decisions to cancel skating will not be made until after the school day begins.

Here are the first grade skating days.

Mondays – 1WL, 1HM

Tuesdays – 1AO

Wednesdays – 1HA

Thursdays – 1DC

Writing – The first graders resumed school full of writing ideas and many shared events of their holidays through the personal narratives they wrote. Next week we begin an investigation into how writers use punctuation to make their writing more interesting.

Math – We started off the new year with work on measurement, including beginning to measure time with clocks and calendars. An understanding of the concept of time is just as important as being able to tell the time. You can help your child develop this sense by talking about times during the day. “Eight o’clock is bed time, that is in ten minutes.” “How long is a minute? What can we do in one minute? One hour?”

Activities – We have a limited number of activities that begin next week and most will not go to the cafeteria for a snack. Ice skaters will be sent directly to the gym at 3:30. Swimmers should be picked up by parents at 3:20. Monday Irish dancers and Number Fun students will go to the cafeteria for a snack.

Homework – We eased back into school with only reading homework this week. Look for a return of our choice boards and word cards on Monday in your child’s homework notebooks. Thanks in advance for your help choosing and adapting assignments that you feel are appropriate for your child.

From the Elementary Office   – Math and Mindset for Students

At our ES Parent meeting in October we talked about math for the 21st Century. Several parents showed an interest in participating in conversations centered on math and student mind-set. We would like to invite you to join us for these conversations. Below is information about a free online course, which consists of 6 sessions, through Stanford University that was designed for students and parents. Each session is between 10 and 20 minutes. We will meet twice to discuss what we have learned through the course.

January 17th 9:30 (after the PTO meeting)  We will discuss Part 1 (sessions 1-3)

January 31st 8:45 – We will discuss Part 2 (sessions 1-3)

If you are interested please sign up for the course at this link. Please contact Jeff Hinton with questions. jeff.hinton@aas.ru

Important Dates:

Monday, January 16 – after school swimming and skating activities begin

Tuesday, January 31 – photos for new students and those who were absent (formal uniform)

Friday, February 10 – No school – staff development day

Friday, February 17 – Winter Field Day

February 20-24 – No School – Winter break

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (A little early!)

Holiday Concert – Great to see so many of you at our holiday concert this morning! The kids enjoyed being on stage and getting everyone in the holiday spirit. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Friday is a spirit day! – The student council has declared no uniforms on Friday. Wear holiday colors or your favorite clothes on Friday.

Grade One Holiday Party – Thank you in advance to all of our first grade parents who helped to organize the holiday party and to those who are contributing items or time to help make our celebration a success. The party is at 14:30 on Friday – Parents are welcome to join us! 

Skating Begins in January! Here are the first grade skating days.

Mondays – 1WL, 1HM (Bring your skates to school our first day back after the holiday)

Tuesdays – 1AO

Wednesdays – 1HA

Thursdays – 1DC

How We Organize Ourselves – We are wrapping up our Organizations unit this week and are hoping you can help us as we look ahead to our Journeys unit that begins in January.

As you are travelling . . .  Our next unit of inquiry is Where We Are in Place and Time –  with a focus on Journeys. Although it doesn’t  begin until January, we are thinking about it as many of us are preparing to travel over the holidays. We request that each child bring an artifact from his/her journey.  This can be a museum brochure, a photo, a shell, a souvenir that might give us a clue about where they ventured over the holiday. We are also collecting maps of any kind – could be a city map, park map, zoo map, mall map. As we tend to rely on electronic maps these days, if you have some paper maps that you don’t need back, we would love to have them. Encourage your child to keep a travel diary or journal. (Or course this is optional) You can begin with an empty notebook and a glue stick. Glue in ticket stubs or souvenirs. Write stories or poems. Put in photos or drawings of experiences. This can be in electronic form if you like using apps such as Book Creator, Storykit, etc. We would love to share these when we return to school. They would serve as a great jumping off point for our inquiry into journeys.

Math – Enjoy family time over the holidays and help your child continue to develop number sense and confidence by playing board games or using cards, dominoes, dice, coins, etc.

Enjoy the holidays everyone! Safe journeys to all who are travelling!

Important Dates:

Thursday, December 15 – Last day of after school activities

Friday, December 16 – Class holiday parties at 2:30 – Holiday begins at 3:30!

Monday, January 9 – School resumes

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