Friday, 27th September, 2019

ArtThank you for your donations and please keep them coming! Here is a photo of the objects which are drawing greatest attention at the moment. We seek small items which are interesting in shape, color, or texture. Students are fascinated by nature, and also small toys, plastic jewellery, and replica treasures from ancient civilisations.  Many thanks for your continued donations!

Sharing the Planet- Plants – Thanks to those students who have helped us understand our connection and dependence on plants by bringing in a plant product from home. If your child has not yet shared a plant product, please help and encourage him/her to do so next week. (Not sure how to help? Have a hunt around your house. Your kitchen alone is full of plant-based products – wooden spoons, olive oil, pasta, maple syrup, coffee, tea, spices etc.)

Reading Homework – Many families talked about reading “just right” books during our goal-setting conferences. We hope your child is developing a daily reading habit with the books he is choosing from the classroom. You will often find that the books brought from the library are not “just right” books. The library is our chance to choose anything of interest to us. Speak to your child if you find they are often bringing the same type of book home and you feel they need a change. 

Message from the Librarians: The AAS Libraians are looking for pictures of kids dressed-up as book characters for our Halloween bulletin board. If you have a sweet (or scary) picture to share please send it to library@aas.ru. Thank you!

Writing – Often generating ideas for writing is the most difficult part. Please think about helping to inspire your child’s personal narrative writing by sending in some photos of family trips or events. As mentioned previously, one photo of a child on an amusement park ride or at the beach or riding bikes with cousins can inspire lots of good writing. Thanks for your help with this.

Math  – One beginning strategy for addition is to count on. You can practice this with your child with dice, cards, or dominoes. First roll a die. Can your child say the number without counting the spots? If they are recognizing the dot patterns and numbers without counting, you are ready for two dice. Roll two, which is highest? Ask your child to say the highest number and count on the dots from the second die. Using the dice rolls as part of a game to see who rolls the highest number and keeping a tally of points can be one way to keep your child interested. More challenge: Use playing cards or dominoes for higher numbers. Does your child recognize 9 dots on a domino? 

Important Dates:

Thursday/Friday, October 3 & 4 – PD for teachers / No School for Students

Wednesday, October 16 – Sign up for second session after school activities

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

October 21-25 – No School – Autumn Break

Monday, November 4 – After School Activities Session 2 starts

Thursday, December 12 – After School Activities Session 2 ends

 

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