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Friday, March 13th, 2020

Penguin Day & Crazy Hair Day! – Thank you for helping your child dress in black and white and/or fix a crazy hair do today. It was fun! 

Market Day! – Thank you for encouraging your child to support other students in our school community. Your child’s purchases were highly appreciated.

Online Learning Packs – Today, your child has come home with an online learning pack. This pack should NOT be opened until your class teacher has informed you to do so. It will come in handy IF AAS moves to a distance learning situation.  Meanwhile, we kindly ask that you keep them in a safe and accessible place.  Please note that all of these books and resources are loans and will be expected to be returned to the school in full at a later date.

How We Express Ourselves – Creativity – We will be combining this unit of inquiry with the matter unit. When we move into this unit, students will use their knowledge about matter to create their own invention to solve a problem. Please kindly send in recyclable materials from home for this. We would like your continued help in collecting recyclable items such as the following:

  • Paper/toilet rolls
  • Egg cartons of any size or shape
  • Small boxes such as cereal boxes
  • Large and small milk and juice cartons, yogurt cartons (clean)
  • Fabric/yarn scraps, buttons, ribbon etc.
  • Cards, magazines (child friendly)

Reading and Writing – As the students experiment with punctuation in their writing, they are also using their punctuation knowledge to add expression to the way they read their writing to others. You will notice that they are carrying over this knowledge to their daily reading as well. Try listening to your child’s reading with a focus on using their expression and how to make it better by focusing on the punctuation the author has used. 

Math –  We’ve had a review of the greater than > and less than < signs in math. We are using them to demonstrate our knowledge of place value and  2-digit numbers. Which number is greater, 34 or 43? How do you know? We hope that students will describe these numbers as tens and ones to determine which is bigger.

Add the conference date to your calendar! – Friday, March 27 is a conference day for elementary students. Your child will come to school with you at your scheduled time. Your opportunity to schedule a conference time will be sent home via email, soon!

Important Dates:

Friday, March 27 Student Led Conferences – Formal Uniform

Wednesday, April 1 – Activities sign up for Term 4 begins

Thursday, April 2 Term 3 After School Activities ends

Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 10 – Spring Break (No School) 

Tuesday, April 14 – Activities sign up for Term 4 ends

Monday, April 20Term 4 After School Activities begins

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Enjoy the long weekend! No school Monday and Tuesday for students. Happy Women’s Day to all of our first grade Moms!

Swimming – The AAS pool will be closed until further notice. On swimming days, please send your child to school in his/her PE uniform as the swim instructors will be leading them in indoor or outdoor games.

Friday is Crazy Hair Day! – The elementary student council has invited us to ‘wear’ our crazy hair on Friday, March 13th. 

Market Day! Please send some money with your child to support the Grade Three Market Day on Friday, March 13.

How We Express Ourselves – Creativity – We will be combining this unit of inquiry with the matter unit. When we move into this unit, students will use their knowledge about matter to create their own invention to solve a problem. Please kindly send in recyclable materials from home for this. We would like your continued help in collecting recyclable items such as the following:

  • Paper/toilet rolls
  • Egg cartons of any size or shape
  • Small boxes such as cereal boxes
  • Large and small milk and juice cartons, yogurt cartons (clean)
  • Fabric/yarn scraps, buttons, ribbon etc.
  • Cards, magazines (child friendly)

Writing – Punctuation!!! In writing we are continuing to enjoy some fun and expression-filled read-alouds and writing our own pieces using some expressive punctuation.

Math –  We will spend a great deal of time working to build our understanding of 2-digit numbers. Can we represent 2 digit numbers with drawings, tens and ones blocks, or coins? 

At home: Play the game Place Value Roll. Fold a blank paper in half and at the top left write “tens”, top left write “ones”. Roll the die (or pick a playing card – take out tens, jacks and kings, queens can be zeroes) and decide if you want that number to be in the tens place or the ones place. Your opponent does the same. Each player rolls the die again and places the number in the remaining spot. The highest number wins a point. Watch as your child develops strategies and thinks about the highest and lowest possible rolls and where best to put those numbers. More Challenge: Divide your paper into three columns labeled “hundreds” “tens” and “ones”. Use playing cards. When a player draws a card, he decides where to put it, but does so face down, so his opponent is unaware of his number until all three spots are filled and both players reveal.

Add the conference date to your calendar! – Friday, March 27 is a conference day for elementary students. Your child will come to school with you at your scheduled time. Your opportunity to schedule a conference time will be sent home via email, soon!

Important Dates:

Monday, March 9 – No school

Tuesday, March 10 No school for students (PD for teachers)

Friday, March 13th Crazy Hair Day and Market Day

Friday, March 27 Student Led Conferences – Formal Uniform

Wednesday, April 1 – Activities sign up for Term 4 begins

Thursday, April 2 Term 3 After School Activities ends

Tuesday, April 14 – Activities sign up for Term 4 ends

Monday, April 20Term 4 After School Activities begins

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Friday, February 28, 2020

How the World Works – Materials – The students will begin applying their matter knowledge and experiences to come up with something they would like to teach about matter to a kindergarten student.  Ask your child about the properties of matter and the ways in which we can manipulate materials to cause them to change and interact. This will be a good way to reflect on some of the experiences and learning they have been exposed to so far. 

How We Express Ourselves – Creativity – We will be combining this unit of inquiry with the matter unit. When we move into this unit, students will use their knowledge about matter to create their own invention to solve a problem. Please kindly send in recyclable materials from home for this. We would like your continued help in collecting recyclable items such as the following:

  • Paper/toilet rolls
  • Egg cartons of any size or shape
  • Small boxes such as cereal boxes
  • Large and small milk and juice cartons, yogurt cartons (clean)
  • Fabric/yarn scraps, buttons, ribbon etc.
  • Cards, magazines (child friendly)

Reading – Our focus is on FLUENCY AND COMPREHENSION. No matter what your child’s reading level is, we want to encourage you to continue to listen to him/her read daily.  We do not get a chance to read with your child each day in the classroom and we really count on parents to ensure that they are getting daily practice and guidance with an adult.  Thank you for your help with this.

Writing – The classes have begun the ‘Punctuation’ writing unit.  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 I STINK! We are looking at different genres of writing and how punctuation impacts the way the reader reads what writer’s write. 

Math –  We have begun our unit on place value. As we are building our understanding of place value, it is important for students to be able to write and know the value of 2-digit numbers. What is the difference between 42 and 24? Which is more? How do you know that? How many tens and ones in each? At home: Play the game Who has more? Use regular playing cards (take out tens, jacks, queens and kings, aces are one) Spread the cards face down. Each player draws one. The person with the highest number gets one chip or counter. Next draw two cards. Players have to think about making the biggest number possible by deciding which card to put in the tens place and which in the ones place to make the highest 2-digit number. Highest number gets a chip. Draw 3 cards (if your child is ready for this) arrange them in hundreds, tens, and ones to make the largest number possible. Read your number. Highest takes a chip. Start again with one card and repeat. Need More Challenge? Keep going and draw 4 cards, making the biggest number possible with thousands. hundreds, tens, and one. Students must be able to say the number each time.

Save the date! Friday, March 27 is a Student Led Conference day for elementary students. Please plan to attend this opportunity for your child to share his learning. This is not a typical school day. Students will only attend school, with you, during your scheduled conference time. More information is in the school newsletter and will be sent home via email, soon!

Important Dates:

Monday, March 9 – No school

Tuesday, March 10 – No school for students (PD for teachers)

Friday, March 27 – Student Led Conferences – Formal Uniform

Wednesday, April 1 – Activities sign up for Term 4 begins

Thursday, April 2 Term 3 After School Activities ends

Tuesday, April 14 – Activities sign up for Term 4 ends

Monday, April 20Term 4 After School Activities begins

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Friday, 14th February, 2020

Enjoy the break! Safe journeys to all who are traveling!

It was a Super Day! Thank you for helping your child dress in red, white or pink today. 

Friendship Cards – Thank you for helping your child with the friendship cards. The students really enjoyed getting them today. We hope you have time to sit down with your child and share them together. Thanks to families who sent in treats as well!

How the World Works – Matter – For families that have some extra time at home next week, how about allowing your child some freedom in the kitchen to predict, mix materials, and observe results. Are the materials we started with different after mixing? What happens when we heat or freeze our mixture? We encourage you to photograph or record any experiments or investigations you do to share with the class.  

Writing – A week away from school is a great time to begin writing a journal, but of course this is optional. If you are traveling, tape/glue in your boarding pass or ticket stubs. Write about the journey next to the pass or tell about your souvenir or the reason for your ticket. This is my train ticket for the metro we took to the museum. It was a hot and crowded train. We were glad to get out! Or This is my ticket to the museum. I really liked trying the experiments myself. We put our hands in a box and had to guess what was inside. The children are encouraged to share their journals when we return.

Math – Travelling provides great opportunities to play with math. Look at the time on your boarding pass. What part shows the hour? Minutes? How many minutes is it after the hour? How long will we be in the air? Will there be enough time for a movie? Two movies? When you have arrived, play with coins. Is there a ten? Ones? Can you show 36 using tens and ones? Can you add up the coins we have? How can we share this snack equally for 2 people? 4 people? So many possibilities to build number sense!!

After School Activities – New activities begin on Monday, February 24 – the first day back after the break! This may mean different pickup schedules. Please make sure all concerned, particularly bus companies, are aware of your child’s schedule changes after the break.

Save this date! Friday, March 27 – Student Led Conferences for elementary students. Please plan to attend this opportunity for your child to share his/her learning. There will be no make up sessions for parents who miss this particular conference.  The classroom is set up for the conferences and it is difficult to replicate the whole process on another day.

Message from the PE DepartmentOur new unit for Grade 1 is Where We Are in Place and Time, with a Central Idea of:  Games, activities, and performance arts help us evolve and connect to the world.  Essentially we are talking with the students about how games, activities, and performance arts help us connect to each other. We know our students and families come from many different countries, cultures, and backgrounds and we want to share some things that help us all connect while also celebrating unique histories and differences.  (Ex: A dance, childhood tag game, cultural game from your home country)

This is where you come in! We’re hoping that some of you might want to come in and share/teach a game, activity, or performance art that you grew up playing with our grade 1 classes! It could be something you still do, something popular from your home country, something you used to play as a kid. Our space would be the gym or outdoor space (weather dependent). We have lots of different equipment if needed.  

If you think you have a game, activity, or performance art that you would like to share/teach to Grade 1, please fill in the form that was sent home and/or contact your PE teacher.

Ms. Collins, Mr. Wohlberg, and Mr. Weaver would like to thank you in advance! 

 

Important Dates:

February BreakNo School – from 17 February to 21 February, 2020

Monday,February 24 – School resumes

Monday, February 24 – New activities begin

Monday, March 9 – No school

Tuesday, March 10 – No school for students (PD for teachers)

Friday, March 27 – Student Led Conferences

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Friday, 7th February, 2020

Friendship Day is Friday! – We will celebrate friendship day (Valentines Day) on Friday by delivering the cards your child prepared for his/her classmates. Thank you for helping your child with this at home. We are looking forward to sharing them. If you would like to send a treat to help us celebrate Friendship day, please let the teacher know. 

Friday is Red, White and Pink Day!  That’s right, there is another Spirit Day next week. Thanks for sending them dressed for the past or future today. Next Friday is dress in Red, White or Pink. The students can wear all three colors if they wish. We’re sure it will be a super day!

How the World Works – Materials – The first graders continue to investigate materials and their properties. Some classes have begun mixing liquids, combining solids and liquids, melting and freezing materials. Ask your child about the investigations that are happening in their room. This unit often inspires students to do some exploration at home. If your child does some “kitchen chemistry” please encourage him/her to share their investigations with photos/videos or bring in the results and tell us about it.

Writing – As we continue writing “How to” pieces, some of the students are beginning to stretch their writing by adding details or tips with some of their steps. In a “How to Make a Snowman” piece a student may write: Next roll the third snowball for the head.  Then he may add a detail or tip like this: You may need some help to lift it to the top. Ask your child about a step from one of his/her how to pieces. Can s/he think of a tip or detail to add to it?

Math –  We are working on time to the hour and half hour with the first graders. Telling time is a many-layered skill that can be difficult for children, but you can help by talking about times in the day and developing their concept of time. Where does the long hand point to when it’s half past? How long is a minute? What can I do in a minute? About how long is an hour? What can you compare an hour with? A movie is longer than an hour. We eat dinner in less than an hour. Encourage your child to set timers to measure time. How long does it take to: Get dressed for school? Drive to school? Brush my teeth? Read one chapter?  Walk to the park? Etc.

After School Activities – There is one more week of this activity session. The sign-up for new activities ends on Tuesday. New activities begin on Monday, February 24 – the first day back after the break! 

Important Dates:

Tuesday, February 11 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up ends

Thursday, February 13 – After School Activities Session 3 ends 

Friday, February 14 – First Grade Friendship day – Send in cards for your classmates

Friday, February 14 – Spirit Day: Red, White and Pink Day

February BreakNo School – from 17 February to 21 February, 2020

Monday,February 24 – School resumes

Monday, February 24 – New activities begin

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Friday, January 31, 2019

Friday, January 31, 2019

How the World Works – materials –  We have been describing solids, liquids and gases as we have been looking at how people can manipulate and change materials. Ask your child how to describe solids, liquids and gases.  Is s/he using words like rough, smooth, hard, viscous, bubbly?

Writing –   The students are getting into their “How to” writing. Ask your child about the “how to” pieces s/he is writing. Can s/he tell you the steps using words like first, next, then, after that, finally, etc.? Is there a beginning “hook” to grab the reader and an ending sentence?

Reading – We are exploring nonfiction informational books in reading. If your child usually brings home fiction stories, encourage him/her to bring home some nonfiction books for their daily reading. 

Math – We are continuing our work on geometry. Sharing fairly has been a big topic in math this week. The students have explored the concept of fractions by focusing on sharing fairly. Have your child share fairly at home during meal times. S/he could cut a pizza or sandwiches into halves and quarters for the family. You can discuss the concept of parts and wholes. Challenge: Give your child a bag of skittles/peanuts or a chocolate bar and get them to share it fairly with all family members. Ask: What fraction did we each get?

Friendship Day is coming! – Friday, February 14 is Valentine’s day, but in first grade we are calling it Friendship day. We will celebrate friendships by asking every child to bring a card for each of his/her classmates. We are giving you some notice as your child may want to work on a few cards each day. More information about Friendship day as well as your child’s class list came home in the blue folder today.

Important Dates:

Friday, January 31 – Reports issued electronically

Wednesday, February 5 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up begins

Tuesday, February 11 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up ends

Thursday, February 13 – After School Activities Session 3 ends 

Friday, February 14 – First Grade Friendship day – Send in cards for your classmates

February BreakNo School – from 17 February to 21 February, 2020

Monday,February 24 – School resumes

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Friday, January 24, 2019

Friday, January 24, 2019

How the World Works – materials – The first graders have begun some investigations into solids and liquids. We are working on the properties of both. Ask your child about the words that they can use when describing solids and liquids. 

Writing – The students are slowly getting into their “How to” writing.  Ask your child what process they are/will be writing about and help them with ideas for the book they have in mind.  

Math – We are working on 2D and 3D shapes in math. Have your child go on a shape hunt at home. What shapes can he/she find? How many faces (flat surfaces) are there? Can you count edges and vertices (corners or points)? Can you find a cube, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, pyramid, and sphere?

Attention New Students and any who missed school photos! – Those who have not had their photo taken because they started late or were away that day should wear formal uniforms on Tuesday or Wednesday for their photo.

A note from PE:  We have looked at the weather and it is not going to be cold enough for long enough to build a rink this year. Ice skating during PE is canceled for this year. If for some reason this changes we will let you know. We know how much the students enjoy this experience and hopefully next year we will have a colder winter. There are many rinks in the city that are still functioning, it could be a great family outing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A note from Penguin Life: Ice skating after school activities will be held indoors with perhaps some outdoor activities. If parents decide to cancel ASA for their kids, they should notify Penguin Life.

 Important Dates:

Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday the 29th – Yearbook Makeup Photos – Formal uniform required

Friday, January 31 – Winter Field Day Canceled & Reports issued electronically

Wednesday, February 5 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up begins

Tuesday, February 11 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up ends

Thursday, February 13 – After School Activities Session 3 ends 

February BreakNo School – from 17 February to 21 February, 2020

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Happy New Year to all of our First Grade Families! We jumped right in this week with new units and the students are working well, despite the change in sleep schedules!

How the World Works – Materials – We began our new unit of inquiry this week which is an exploration of materials and their properties. We will explore, combine, and attempt to change materials as we learn about the states of matter in this hands-on unit. We are looking forward to guiding our young scientists in their observations and investigations.

Writing – Although many of the students went back to personal narrative writing this week in order to share some of their holiday experiences, the first grade classes will begin reading and exploring informational “How to . . .” books. In the coming weeks we will discover common elements of “How to” books, think about procedures that are familiar to us (how to make a sandwich, how to get dressed to play in the snow, how to make a snowman, etc.) and begin writing our own “how to” books.

Reading – Please continue to listen to your child read each day. Research shows that one of the best ways to become a better reader is through consistent practice with “just right” books.

Math – We have started working on Geometry in math. This week was a focus on 2D shapes. Have your child go on a shape hunt at home. What shapes can he/she find? How many sides and corners are there?  Can you find a square, rectangle, circle, triangle, rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon?  

Home Connection: Next week we will start looking at 3D shapes. We encourage students to wrap a 3D shape at home and bring it into school. (Use whatever you like – foil, newspaper, scrap paper, wrapping paper, etc.) Your child will lead the discussion of the shape’s name and properties. Then we will make a guess what the shape is and unwrap it to find out. Encourage your child to share a wrapped shape with the class.

Skating – If Moscow weather permits, we hope to be on the ice soon. Please keep your child’s ice-skates at school to ensure they are prepared when and if the snow makes a come back. 

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

Important Dates:

Monday, January 20 – After School Activities Session 3 begins

Friday, January 31 – Winter Field Day & Reports issued electronically

Wednesday, February 5 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up begins

Tuesday, February 11 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up ends

Thursday, February 13 – After School Activities Session 3 ends 

February BreakNo School – from 17 February to 21 February, 2020

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Thursday, 19th December, 2019

Happy Holidays to all our Grade 1 Families!

Important Dates:

Monday, January 13 – School resumes

1AO – First day on the ice is Monday, January 13.

1DE – First day on the ice is Monday, January 13.

1CR – First day on the ice is Tuesday, January 14.

1HM – First day on the ice is Thursday, January 16.

Monday, January 20 – After School Activities Session 3 begins

Thursday, February 13 – After School Activities Session 3 ends

Friday, December 13, 2018

Holiday Celebration – Thank you in advance to our room parents and all who are helping to organize or contribute to our holiday celebration on Thursday. You are all welcome to join us at 2:30pm on Thursday to wish our friends happy holidays and safe journeys. 

Writing – We look forward to our last week of poetry writing before the break.  Although we are completing our poetry unit, this is a writing form that we hope has inspired students to try some poetry on their own or when they have free-writing.

Math –  Look out for an end of unit math assessment that will come home next week. You will see teacher notes that may give you some insight as to your child’s progress at this time. Any questions or concerns, please contact the teacher. Getting ready to travel? Visiting relatives? Don’t forget to pack a deck of playing cards, dice or dominoes. Playing games with family is a great way for kids to build number sense – grandparents are particularly good for this!

Leaving Early / Returning late? If your child will not be in school each day through Thursday, December 19 or will not be returning to school on Monday, January 13, please let the teacher know for planning purposes.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, December 17 – Due date for filled Taganka bag donations

Thursday, December 19 – Grade 1 Winter Holiday Party at 2:30pm

Thursday, December 19 – Last day of school before Winter Break

Monday, January 13 – School resumes

1AO – First day on the ice is Monday, January 13.

1DE – First day on the ice is Monday, January 13.

1CR – First day on the ice is Tuesday, January 14.

1HM – First day on the ice is Thursday, January 16.

Monday, January 20 – After School Activities Session 3 begins

Thursday, February 13 – After School Activities Session 3 ends 

 

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