How We Organize Ourselves – After investigating the need for teamwork and cooperation in our unit about Organizations, we will look more closely at roles and responsibilities. Many of the students have drawn or written about their responsibilities at home and school. Next we will look at specific roles in the most familiar organization – our school.

Reading – As we learn to choose “just right” books, most of us are selecting books and bringing them home each day. Please read with your child every day. Our love of learning begins with a love of reading. It should be an enjoyable experience for both of you.

e-Books – We are happy to inform you that  your child has access to hundreds of eBooks using the school’s subscription to Raz-Kids, Students can read, listen to, and even self-record reading these books. Reading-comprehension quizzes along the way show the progress that  your child is making. The specific login information for each class will be sent home.

Math Focus for Next Week:

  • Partition 2-digit numbers into tens and units
  • Order numbers up to 100 and position them on a 100-square

Counting practice – Give your child any 2-digit number and ask him/her to count on (or back for a challenge!) from that number. Ask what is one more or one less (or ten more or ten less for a challenge!) from that number.

Race to 100 Game – Many will be introduced to this game next week and you can play it at home with 10-ruble and 1-ruble coins and dice. If you roll a 1 or 2, you take 1 or 2 ten-ruble coins. If you roll a 3, 4, 5, or 6, you take that many one-ruble coins. After each roll, you add up the amounts. When you get ten 1-ruble coins you exchange them for a 10 coin. The first one to 100 rubles is the winner!

Parent / Teacher / Student goal setting conferences are Friday, September 19   Sign-up is now open! Please refer to the email you received this week about details.

Indoor Shoes – Children should have indoor shoes left in their lockers that are changed into when they arrive at school. These can also be their PE shoes. Please no open-toed shoes.

After School Activities Begin! – Check the Penguin Life news to find out about your child’s activities. Your child should be picked up in their activity space at 4:30. Please make sure drivers, nannies and bus monitors are aware of the changes to pick-up schedules for activities and mother tongue language classes.

Important Dates

Saturday – Welcome BBQ, Fun Run and Wellness Fair 11:30-15:30

Monday – After School Activities begin

Tuesday – 1FJ photo day – formal uniforms (check last week’s post for uniform info)

Friday, September 19 – Parent / Teacher / Student Goal Setting Conferences

Message from our Occupational Therapist:

PreK- Grade 2 PARENT WORKSHOP:  “Using Play to Facilitate Development” September 23, 08.45-10.00, South Cafeteria, presented by Occupational Therapist Melanne Maddalene Randall.   


Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. It is through play that children, at a very early age, engage and interact in the world around them.


Come join us for a presentation on development and specific activities that you can do with your child, all geared towards facilitating/stimulating the underlying developmental and sensory systems of your child.  Questions? Please contact Occupational Therapist Assistant Banu Ergoz at


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