Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday is International Dress day! – In recognition of UN Day the elementary student council invites us to wear our traditional country clothes or colors instead of uniforms. This is a great follow up to our culture study. Show your pride and wear your country colors on Friday!

How We Organize Ourselves is a study of groups and roles in a group. We begin with the first group we all belong to and that is our family. Please send in a family photo if you have not done so already. This first week we began by investigating the roles and responsibilities of family members. Talk to your child about family roles. “What is my responsibility in the family?”

Writing – As we continue with our focus on adding details to our personal narrative writing, we are also looking at story endings. How do I let the reader know that my story is finished? One way is to share an emotion – tell how you felt. A second way is to think of the future – tell what might happen next time or what you might wish, hope, or change if you are in this situation again.

Math – We have been working on learning the number pairs that make ten. Making ten will be the basis of much of our number computations and assist us in problem-solving. When students are familiar with number pairs that make ten, problems with 3 addends become much simpler. A first attempt at 6 + 7 + 4 may include putting 7 in your head and counting on 6 more and then 4 more. When students are familiar with the pairs that make ten, they quickly see that 6 and 4 make 10 and then add on 7.

Home Connection – Play the Target Game with 10 as your target. Roll a die or pick a card, say the number and tell what number goes with it to make 10 to hit the target. “I rolled a 6. Six plus 4 makes ten.”

Halloween Costumes – Planning ahead? The ES school will celebrate Halloween on Friday, November 3. Students come to school in costumes!

“Pinktober” continues next week. Wednesday, October 18 is the last opportunity for students to leave their uniforms in the closet and wear something pink for breast cancer awareness. There are many first graders who enjoyed getting their pink out. Thank you to the HS peer helpers for including us in this initiative.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, October 18 –  “Pinktober” – Students can wear pink instead of uniforms – After School Activity sign-up begins for session 2

Friday, October 20 – Celebrate UN Day – wear national dress or colors

October 23-27 – No School – Autumn Break

Friday, November 3 – Halloween Celebration – kids come to school in costume

Monday, November 6 – After School Activities begin – session 2

Thursday, November 23 – Parent/Student/Teacher conferences

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Enjoy the long weekend! – No school Thursday and Friday

Goals – It was great to see parents and students at conferences last week. If you haven’t already, you will be getting a copy of your child’s goal-setting conference sheet. Help us keep those goals alive for your child with gentle reminders of their next steps in learning.

Who We Are – Culture –  Thank you again to all of the families who made our culture study richer by sharing food, dances, beliefs, traditions, and information. We enjoyed learning about you. Next week we will begin our How We Organize Ourselves unit which is a study of groups and roles in a group. Look for an information page about this unit coming home next week. The first group we belong to is our family. Please send in a family photo to share with the class next week.

Writing – As we continue in our personal narrative unit, one of our goals as writers is to add details to our pieces. Four days away from school should provide a number of experiences to write about. As you are in the park or when that wiggly tooth comes out, suggest to your child that this could be something to write about. What happened? How did you feel? Of course if you begin to write at home, bring it in to share or work on further in class.

Math – Home Connection: As you may have noticed already, many of the math games we recommend require playing cards, dice, coins, or dominoes. If you don’t have these available at home, perhaps these might be something for your shopping list. Here is another quick, easy game to practice counting on. Most of the students can start at one and count to twenty with little thought, but what if we start somewhere in the middle? Play the Count to Twenty game. Roll a die or draw a playing card. Begin at that number and count to twenty. Need more of a challenge? Try counting by twos from that number or count backwards from that number.

“Pinktober” – The High School Peer Helpers group has started an initiative to have students wear pink on Wednesdays in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They have invited elementary students to participate. That means each Wednesday in October students can leave their uniforms in the closet and wear something pink instead.

Important Dates:

Thursday, October 4 – No School – Faculty Professional Development

Friday, October 5 – No School

Wednesday, October 18 – After School Activity sign-up begins for session 2

Friday, October 20 – Nationality Day – dress in country dress or country colors

October 23-27 – No School – Autumn Break

Friday, November 3 – Halloween Celebration – kids come to school in costume

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

No School Thursday and Friday! Thursday, Oct 5 is a faculty professional development day and Friday, Oct 6 school is closed. Enjoy the long weekend!

See you tomorrow at conferences! –  This is our opportunity for individual students and their parents to sit down with the teacher and talk about strengths and beginning goals for school. Students wear their formal uniforms button-up shirts and ties!

Who We Are – Culture –  We are wrapping up our culture unit and most of the first grade classes will finish next week. It has been really great and so much more meaningful to have families visit and share their cultures with us. We learned a lot about each other! For many students it has been a chance to show we can be open-minded and respectful of others. Now just because we are finishing our unit, that does not mean your opportunity to come in to share has passed. As a special celebration, event, or holiday for your family comes up in the year that you’d like to share, feel free to contact your child’s teacher and come in to share it with us.

Writing – After beginning the year with free-writing in which children choose the type of writing they would like to do, we have begun working on personal narratives. You can help your child recognize that everyday life offers lots of opportunities for writing a personal narrative. Just about anything that happens to you is a good subject for a personal narrative. Help your child generate story ideas by talking about events from his/her life. Remember when you fell off your scooter? Think about our trip to the park this weekend. What did we do? How did you feel? What was the weather like? Once we begin thinking about it we soon learn that stories are everywhere!

Reading – Just in case you missed it last week – as we are asking you to read with your child everyday, we highly recommend that you check out this link from our Literacy Coordinator, Maureen Carpenter, about Reading with Your Child

Math – One of the first methods students develop to add is to count all of the objects. After the counting all strategy, students begin counting-on. That means we say the biggest number and count on from there. When adding 5 + 2, we don’t need to count all of the objects. We start with the biggest, 5 and count on two more, 6, 7.

Home connection: Play this game at home to encourage counting on. You can use dice, playing cards, or dominoes. Roll 2 dice, take 2 cards, or draw one domino. Add the two numbers by saying the biggest number and counting on the dots of the smaller number. (This is also a good way for students to begin recognizing what 4 looks like without having to count. Many begin seeing six as three and three from seeing it on dice or dominoes.) The player with the highest number wins and then you draw again.

Important Dates:

Friday, September 29 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

Thursday, October 5 – No School – Faculty Professional Development

Friday, October 6 – No School

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Puppet Theater – We had a great day out as we experienced a part of Russian culture at the Puppet Theater today. Thank you to our parent volunteers for joining us!  Ask your child about Neef Neef, Nuf Nuf, and Noof, Noof otherwise known as the Three Little Pigs.

Conferences on Friday –  Friday is our opportunity for individual students and their parents to sit down with the teacher and talk about strengths and beginning goals for school. If you have not signed up for a conference time yet, please do so. Students wear their formal uniforms – ties! See you all on Friday for our goal-setting conferences!

Who We Are – Culture –  Our culture study has been much richer with the participation of our families. Thank you to all who have shared a part of their culture. We begin wrapping up our unit next week, but there is still time to share. Please contact your child’s teacher to volunteer!

Reading – As we are asking you to read with your child everyday, we highly recommend that you check out this link from our Literacy Coordinator, Maureen Carpenter about Reading with Your Child

Math – As we have begun working with numbers and developing our number sense, we are also thinking about our practices in math. How do we approach problems? In first grade we build our understanding of concepts through counters and drawings. If students can represent a problem with a drawing or using objects (including their fingers!) they are demonstrating their understanding of the mathematical process.

Home connection: Here’s a game to try at home. Use 5 counters. (1 ruble coins, legos, toy cars, etc.). Hide some of the 5 behind your back. Ask your child how many are hidden. Very quickly students will begin to recognize the number pairs that make 5. (1 and 4, 2 and 3, 5 and 0) When the game becomes easy, try it with 6, 7, 8, . . . counters)

Important Dates:

Friday, September 29 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

Thursday, October 4 – No School – Faculty Professional Development

Friday, October 5 – No School

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Field Trip! As part of our Russian cultural experience, all of the first graders are off to the puppet theater on Friday. We will be seeing “The Three Little Pigs”. Although the performance is in Russian, this is a familiar story that will be understood through the action. If you have a version of this story in your home language, please tell it to your child as we will be sharing versions of the story in classes next week. Please return permission slips as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already. If you are available, each class is looking for 2 parent volunteers to join us. Students will need a snack and lunch from home on Friday.

Who We Are – Culture –  Thank you to all of the families who have shared a part of their culture with their child’s class. There is still time in the next few weeks to share a dish, a dance, a sport, a celebration, etc that is important to your family. Please contact your child’s teacher to volunteer!

Conferences Coming Soon! – Please keep Friday, September 29 on your calendar for our goal-setting conferences. Parents, student, and teacher meet to talk about student goals. Look for an email from the ES office to schedule your conference time.

Photos – Get ready for yearbook photos! Two first grade classes have their photo sessions next week. Students wear formal uniforms for photos – button-up shirts and ties! Here are the first grade photo days for next week:

1HM – Monday, September 18

1AO and 1RE – Tuesday, September 19

Important Dates:

September 18-20 – School photos – Formal uniform for class photo day

Friday, September 22 – Field trip to the puppet theater First graders need a snack and lunch from home.

Friday, September 29 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Who We Are – Culture –  The children have begun to make some very meaningful connections in our culture study because of our families sharing. Please consider sharing something from your culture if you haven’t done so already. We would love to know more about your family and what makes you, you! Please check your schedule and see if there is a time when you can share a celebration, dance, food, tradition, etc. that is part of your family’s culture. If you cannot come into school, you may like to assist your child to prepare something at home (photos of a festival, a traditional food to share, information about a family tradition, etc.) and he/she can bring it in to tell about it. Our cultural study is so much more meaningful when it comes from our families! Please contact your child’s teacher to volunteer to share!

Reading Every Day – Parents, thank you for listening to your child read each day! Doing this the same time and place every day will help make this a reading habit and avoid any need to coerce students to read. Always, this should be an enjoyable experience for both of you. Students should also be building independence and getting in the habit of putting the book back in their folders and in their school bags so a new book can come home the next day. Thanks for your help with this.

Activities  – Our first session of after school activities begins next week. Students with activities are escorted to the cafeteria at 3:20 where they may eat a snack from home or purchase one with their lunch card. The activity leaders will meet the students in the cafeteria. Please make sure that students, drivers, nannies, bus monitors, and bus companies are aware of your child’s schedule changes for next week. First graders should be picked up at 4:30 from their activity room. Please note the rooms where your child’s activities take place.

Photos – Get ready for our yearbook photos! First grade photos are scheduled for the next two weeks. Students wear formal uniforms for photos – button-up shirts and ties! Here are the first grade photo days:

1RE – Wednesday, September 13

1DC – Thursday, September 14

1HA – Friday, September 15

1HM – Monday, September 18

1AO – Tuesday, September 19

Room Parents – Help! We need one or two parents from each first grade class to serve as room parents. You will assist the teachers in planning and preparing for classroom parties. Please email your child’s teacher and volunteer to be a room parent if you can help with this. If you have already volunteered through the PTO, please let us know.

Important Dates:

Saturday, September 9 – PTO Welcome BBQ and FunRun

Monday, September 11 – After school activities begin

September 13-20 – School photos – Formal uniform for class photo day

Friday, September 22 – Field trip to the puppet theater (details coming soon!)

Friday, September 29 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Just Added Monday, September 4   From your new art teacher: In order to receive updates regards First Grade Art class this school year, please subscribe to the AAS Gr 1-5 Art Blog as soon as possible. With many thanks, Helen Arnold

Who We Are – Culture –  We need you! Some of the classes have already had parent volunteers visit to share their culture. Please check your schedule and see if there is a time when you can share a celebration, dance, food, tradition, etc. that is part of your family’s culture. If you cannot come into school, you may like to assist your child to prepare something at home (photos of a festival, a traditional food to share, information about a family tradition, etc.) and he/she can bring it in to tell about it. Our cultural study is so much more meaningful when it comes from our families! Please contact your child’s teacher to volunteer to share!

Daily Reading Begins – Reading should be an enjoyable experience for you and your child! Next week your child will begin bringing home a book to read each day. Please read with your child. Although we will be working on how to choose books that are right for our reading level, you may find that a book is too difficult or too easy. If the book is too easy, that is OK to start. We want them to develop confidence in their reading. If the book is too difficult, take turns reading or you read it to him and ask him to get a book that he can read himself the next day. Again, this should be an enjoyable experience for both of you. Thank you!

Room Parents – Each first grade class would like one or two room parents to help us plan for class activities and celebrations. If this is something you can help us with, please contact your child’s teacher.

Indoor shoes and Extra Clothes – Please send in a pair of indoor shoes. These are left at school and can be used for PE as well. Also, each first grader should have a spare set of clothes in his/her locker for that day when a friend spills juice all over us or our boots fill with snow and our socks get wet.

Swimming Every Week! All first grade classes will be swimming every week throughout the year!  Please make sure your child’s swim bag has swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel and flip-flops/shoes for the deck – all labeled please.

Here are our swimming days:

1HA  and 1HM – Mondays

1AO and 1DC – Tuesdays

1RE – Fridays

Important Dates:  

Wednesday, August 30  – After school activity sign-up begins

Saturday, September 9 – PTO Welcome BBQ

Monday, September 11 – After school activities begin

Friday, September 29 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

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