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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, 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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Friday, August 25, 2017

First Week! – It was great to have met so many first grade parents at our Open House on Monday. We are excited about the year ahead and look forward to working with you. We have enjoyed getting to know your children this first week of school. Please look for our blog posts updated each Friday to find out about our learning journey and follow the important dates and events in first grade. Please also check out the Elementary news in the AAS weekly newsletter sent to you each Wednesday.

Who We Are – Culture – This is the title of our first unit of inquiry and it is going to be a great way to get to know each other. What makes us who we are? Often international school students have a great mix of cultural influences – Mum’s, Dad’s, the host country’s. We will begin learning about each other by sharing our identity bags. This week, each child brought home an “All about Me” bag.  He/she began decorating the bag with drawings that tell about themselves.  We ask you to help your child select items to put in the bag that are important to him/her and your family. More detailed instructions are inside the bag. Please help your child choose objects/photos to share with the class next week. We look forward to learning more about our classmates as they share their bags and introduce themselves to us.

Please Share Your Culture – As mentioned at Open House, we would like to invite parents to share some of their culture with the class. We are very fortunate to have families from so many different cultural backgrounds and we can learn so much from you. You’re Invited! Please share something important to your family and/or culture with the first graders. There are many ways you can share: How about creating a display for our hallway bulletin board or table? You could visit your child’s classroom and share a special holiday or tradition that is important to your family. Introduce us to some music or a dance from your culture. Share a dish from your home country that your family enjoys. Can you think of another way to share your culture with the first graders? We need you! Please contact your child’s teacher now to volunteer to share!

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 8:20. Thank you.

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.

PE – Keep your child’s schedule handy to know which days he/she should come to school dressed for physical education.

Library – Most of the first grade classes visited the library this week. Please check your child’s class schedule to see when his/her library books should be returned to school.

Swimming next week! All first grade classes will be swimming next week – and every week after that 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 – look for links in the Elementary newsletter

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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Goodbye! Best wishes to all of our first grade families who are moving on to new countries, new jobs, new schools and new adventures!

Safe journeys everyone!

Reports – Your child’s final report will be issued today. Please contact the office if you cannot access it for any reason.

Celebration! Thank you to all the parents who organized and contributed to the first grade party yesterday. The kids had a great time! Special thanks to our room parents for taking a leadership role once again.

Parents, Thank you all for chaperoning class trips, tying ice skates, daily reading, sharing your culture, drying hair after swimming, helping with homework, sending birthday treats, and the many more things you have done to help your child in his/her first grade experience. We appreciate your commitment to your child’s education.

Tips for maintaining skills over the summer holiday.

Reading – 10 minutes a day (listen when you can). Read with/to your child in his first language too!

Writing – Keeping a journal is the best way to maintain skills and interest in writing. Glue/tape in pictures or souvenirs from the day, with a few sentences and drawings about the event. Draw a cartoon with speech bubbles about an event, make a list, write a poem, draw and write the steps you use to do something you are good at.

Math – Games with playing cards, dice or dominoes are a great way to help build number sense. Using coins in any currency is good practice. Make up prices and have your child “buy” his dinner wherever you are. 

More – The AAS website has links to many online sites that can provide interesting and educational experiences for your child. Your child will be able to login to IXL math and RazKids reading all summer long as well  – and here is the link to other online reading – ebooks.

Don’t forget to get outside and just have fun!

Important Dates:

Monday, August 21 – Open House for 2017-2018 school year

Tuesday, August 22 – First day of school

Enjoy the summer holiday!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wow! We are down to our last three days!

Field Day! – We enjoyed our time on the field today. Thank you to our PE teachers for organizing all of the great activities and our specialist teachers for running the stations. Also, thanks to the PTO for the ice cream – always a highlight!

Field Trip to the Bee Apiary – The weather didn’t dampen our spirits on our field trip on Thursday. We had a great time learning about bees, making candles, and tasting some sweet honey. Thank you to our parent chaperones who joined us and endured the rather long bus journey! It was a great day out.

Field Trip Monday!! – As a culmination of our creativity unit, we are visiting Experimentarium Monday morning. We are really looking forward to all of the great hands-on experiments. Thank you in advance to our parent volunteers who will be joining us. We will be traveling over our lunch time, so students will need a lunch from home.

How We Express Ourselves – Creative thinking – We’ve been wrapping up our creativity unit this week. Many students showed growth in their thinking as they took on suggestions or ideas from others to improve their inventions. A great number of first graders embraced the view that invention is often a cyclical process of failure and attempts. Often they persevered and completed an original construction with a problem-solving goal, such as the “Bed-Maker 2000” robot or the “Mosquito Killer”. Thanks for sending in all of the recyclables and thanks for accepting many of them back home in the form of first grade inventions!

Reading – Don’t forget that wherever there is an internet connection, there are books available to your child. You can access them through the library link on the AAS website or here ebooks. You might want to bookmark this one for your travels.

Writing – Poetry – We hope you get time to sit down with your child and enjoy some of his/her poetry.  Many are finding it an easy, accessible, and enjoyable way to share ideas. Of course we encourage the first grade writers to continue experimenting with the many forms of writing we worked on this year – personal narratives, how to, nonfiction / informational, opinion, and poetry.

Math – As mentioned many times over the school year, the best number sense growth often comes from games with dice, cards, dominoes, coins, etc. We recommend games that don’t feel like math practice to maintain skills over the holiday. Check out the previous week’s blog post for some good math stories to try with your child. Remember, an answer should always be accompanied by an explanation of his/her strategy and perhaps a drawing to demonstrate thinking.

Looking for Books – Please check your shelves at home for classroom and library books. Often books checked out to the class or teacher are taken home for readers. Thanks for having a look around for any books that should be returned to school.

Leaving early? – If your child will be leaving school before our final day, please let the teacher know. We’d like to make sure we say goodbye to our friends, and they get all of their belongings and art work. Also, it may make a difference for parents planning our end-of-year celebrations.

Important Dates:

Monday, June 19 – Field trip to Experimentarium – Students need a lunch from home

Tuesday, June 20 – First grade end-of-year party 2:00

Wednesday, June 21 – Last day – No Late start –  Closing ceremonies at 11:00 – Dismissal at 12:00

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