Enjoy the Autumn Break! Safe journeys to all who are traveling!

Halloween: All ES students come to school in costume on Thursday, October 31. The first grade class party is at the end of the day. Parents are welcome to join the celebration (in costume or not!) at 14:30. Thank you to all of our class parents who have helped to organize this.Friday, November 1st is also a Spirit Day- Dress in Black and White.

Unit of Inquiry: Thank you to the families who have sent in the life journey grids this week. If you have needed more time to complete it, please send the completed grid with your child on the first day back from holiday. As you might be making more memorable moments during the break, please help your child to save and artifact that could represent an important event/day during this break. It will come in handy when we ask students to bring in artifacts to show important events in their life journeys.

Reading: After the break we will be looking more closely at story elements in our read-alouds to help children build a habit of using elements to understand what they read. This can be a challenge for young readers, because it often requires them trying to read fluently while focusing on understanding what the story is about. Modelling the skills to do both simultaneously during read-alouds will help them to transfer their learning to their own reading. When you are doing home reading with your child, you can ask questions such as the following: What are the important parts of the story? What did you learn about the character? What describing words could we use to talk about the characters or setting? What do you predict could happen next? 

Writing: With a week away from school, we are looking forward to some great personal narratives by first graders who are inspired by their activities and adventures away from school. The week may provide another opportunity to send in some photos to keep in our writing folders. When something exciting happens, be sure to say, “This would make a great story!”

Math: Will you be traveling over the break? Playing with coins of any currency is great math practice. Can your child count by tens? Use the tens and ones coins to practice making two-digit numbers.

After School Activities – The sign-up for new activities began on October 16 and goes until the 29th. Look for the link on the Penguin Life page of the AAS website or in the ES News if you haven’t signed up already. The next session of activities begins the week of November 4. No Activities the week after the Autumn Break. Please ensure that students and all who are concerned with pick-up, including bus companies, are aware of your child’s schedule changes.

Important Dates:

October 21 to 25 – No School – Autumn Break

Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Party

Friday, November 1 – Black and White Spirit Day

Monday, November 4 – After School Activities Session 2 starts

Thursday, November 28 – Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences – No School

Thursday, December 5 – Grade 1 EXPO

Thursday, December 12 – After School Activities Session 2 ends

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

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Friday, 11th October, 2019

Unit of Inquiry: We have begun our combined WWAIPAT & WWA units. We will be looking at how curating historical evidence provides insight into people. As we unpack concepts such as ‘evidence, artifacts, journey’ we will also start asking the students to think about their personal journeys and important events in their lives that could be used as evidence to tell us about their personal histories.

Your child has brought home a grid to fill in the important events in his/her life. Please help your child to reflect on and remember the most important events that would tell us about his/her life journey as you work on filling in the grid together as a family.

Daily Reading – Thanks for reading daily with your child. Research shows the best way for students to make reading growth is with consistent practice reading “just right” books. We appreciate your daily efforts.

Writing – The first graders are producing more and beginning to build their writing stamina. They are learning how to stretch their personal narratives by adding details to their work. They can add interest to their stories with details about thinking, feeling, or action. Ask your child about his writing and how it is going.

Math  – Work on number sense with your child by playing Counters in a Cup. Begin with 5 counters (coins, legos, paperclips). Hide some in the cup and ask your child to tell how many are missing. Keep playing until your child can easily tell the missing number, then move on to six counters, seven, etc.

The PTO Elementary School Craft Fair is coming this Saturday, October 12th, from 12:00-3:00 pm in the South Cafeteria and Student Lounge.  This is always a very popular event for our ES students, who get the opportunity to make lots of different crafts in one afternoon. We invite all ES families to attend.

In addition, the Craft Fair is a volunteer-run even and we are still looking for parents to assist on the day.  No experience or crafting abilities are needed! Hoping you can support this event, our PTO and our Community at AAS, by signing up being a volunteer. Here is the link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4eaead2da2f94-craft1

Many thanks from your PTO Craft Fair Team!

Last week of Activities – We have one week left in this activity session. Sign-up for new activities begins on October 16. Look for the link on the Penguin Life page of the AAS website or in the ES News. No Activities the week after the Autumn Break.  Session 2 of Activities will start on November 4th, 2019.

Planning Ahead for Halloween? – Students are invited to come to school in costumes on Thursday, October 31. You may soon hear from your class parents about contributing snacks or volunteering for the first grade Halloween party. Thanks in advance for your assistance with this.

Important Dates:

Saturday, October 12 – PTO Craft Fair

Wednesday, October 16: Pinktober

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

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities Session 1 end

October 21-25 – No School – Autumn Break

Thursday, October 31 – Halloween Party

Monday, November 4 – After School Activities Session 2 starts

Thursday, December 5 – Grade 1 EXPO

Thursday, December 12 – After School Activities Session 2 ends

 

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Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019

Enjoy the long weekend! – No school Thursday and Friday

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 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 initiative to have students wear pink on Wednesdays in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month has started once again this year. That means each Wednesday in October students can leave their uniforms in the closet and wear something pink instead. 

70th Celebration – Next week, we will be celebrating AAS’s 70th Birthday. The week is full of 70th Celebrations and curriculum connections. The ES Student Council has decided to make each day have an alternate dress theme. Four days will be dedicated to the decades that the school has existed and Wednesday has been set aside to honor Pinktober.

Here are the decades that the students may dress up as each day:

  • Monday (Oct. 7th): 1940s and 1950s
  • Tuesday (Oct. 8th): 1960s and 1970s
  • Wednesday (Oct. 9th): Pinktober (dress up in anything pink to bring attention to cancer)
  • Thursday (Oct. 10th): 1980s and 1990s
  • Friday (Oct. 11th): 2000s and 2010s

If a child is not able to dress for a decade, they may also come in International Costume or may wear their regular uniform.

On Monday, students will receive a 70th Birthday Cupcake with their lunch.

Each day, the ES Cafeteria will serve a daily special for lunch and dessert that coincides with the decades of the school.

On Friday, October 11th, the students will have a Celebration Rotation for the last 70 minutes of the school day. A variety of activities have been planned and students will choose which ones they will attend.

Important Dates:

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

October 7 to 11 – School 70th Celebration Week

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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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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Friday, 20th September, 2019

Conferences – It was great to meet with families at our goal-setting conferences today. Thank you for taking the time to share information and set goals for your child. 

Unit of Inquiry – If you have not had the chance to send in an item made from a plant, please help your child to choose something from home to bring in.  For instance, a cork, items made from cotton, etc., will have the kids thinking beyond direct plant products to those made from plants.

Reading Homework – So how are the “just right” book readings going for your family? Did you read in the same place and at the same time each day to begin to build a reading habit? Just like any healthy routine you are trying to start, missing one day, makes it easier to miss a second and third day and no habit develops. Although we would like your child to initiate this, it may not happen at first. Please ask about the book and declare a “reading time” at home. Thank you for your help with this.

Happy reading!

Writing –  As we are writing personal narratives, it can be difficult for students to think of experiences they believe are worthy of putting down in writing. Although we know stories are everywhere and nearly any experience when told with detail and emotion is a good idea, this can be a challenge for some writers. How about providing a bit of inspiration for your child? Aside from talking about possible writing subjects or events, you can send in some photos that could inspire personal narratives. Students will keep the photos in their writing folders and refer to them when they need an idea to write about. 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  – Here’s a game to try at home to help your child become more efficient with number combinations. Use playing cards to play Turn Over Ten. Remove the jacks and kings (queens become zeros). Lay the cards face down, in four rows of four. Players take turns turning over 2 cards, looking for pairs that make 10 (2 and 8, 7 and 3). If they find a pair they keep it and use the extra cards to fill the vacant spaces. When all of the cards are paired, the player with the most “tens” wins. Some families may want to begin with Turn Over Five. When your child is feeling comfortable with the pairs that make five, move on to six and seven. Need more challenge: Use the jacks (11), queens (12), kings (13) and jokers (zero) and try Turn Over Thirteen.

Important Dates:

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

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

October 21-25 – No School – Autumn Break

 

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Friday, 13th September, 2019

Trip to the Kremlin History Museum – On Wednesday, 18th of September, we will be going on our first learning excursion. Please send in a snack, water bottle and packed lunch for this trip as we will not be eating lunch at school that day. 

Goal Setting Conferences – Your child is getting ready for his/her goal setting conference on Friday 20th September. Please make sure your child joins you for the conference at your scheduled time. As it is not a regular school day, your child will be coming to school with you and going back home with you as well.  If you have not signed up for this important meeting, please contact the elementary office to choose a time as soon as possible.

UOI – Our garden has been cleaned up and the sunflowers are ready for harvesting. Next step is to till the soil before winter hits. To continue our learning in this unit, we need you to send in some plant products from home. Our focus is moving to resources that come from plants. Please send in an item made from a plant from home. Try to send in items that are not the obvious options. For instance, a cork, items made from cotton, etc., will have the kids thinking beyond direct plant products to those made from plants.

Writing The first grade classes have begun a unit on personal narrative writing. We are writing about things we have experienced first hand. It can be an afternoon in the park, a birthday party, shopping trip or any event we have experienced. Soon we will find that stories are everywhere. You can help your child generate story ideas by simply saying, “That was fun! It would be a great thing to write about.” Talking about events and asking questions can also spark writing ideas. “Remember when you fell off your scooter? That would be a good thing to write about.”

Online Math and Reading – We recommend daily reading with a book from the classroom and playing math games that are recommended in the blog, but if you feel the need to supplement these, you can use ‘Tumblebooks’ or ‘IXL’ at home. Your child will bring home the login information for IXL in their blue folders. 

Tumblebooks: https://tumblebooklibrary.com/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

Login: aasmoscow                Password: penguins

Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 18 – 1st Grade Learning Excursion to the Kremlin History Museum

Friday, September 20 – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences-formal uniform

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

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

October 21-25 – No School – Autumn Break

 

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Friday, 6th September, 2019

Wednesdays are a Late Start  – Please ensure your child is at school before 9:15am on Wednesday mornings. If the grade 1 classes have World Language first thing on a Wednesday, the students will be taken to the World Language classes at 9:15am promptly.  We kindly ask for your support in helping your child to be ready for each morning by being on time.

Journeys – As our unit begins in a couple of weeks, we will start the unit with a trip to the History Museum at the Kremlin. Our aim is to learn about how artifacts are organized and displayed. This experience will be used by the students as they will be working on curating a museum about themselves when we start the Who We Are unit too.

Learning Excursion – As part of our unit on Journeys, all of the first grade classes will be visiting the History Museum at the Kremlin on Wednesday, September 18. Permission slips have been sent home. As it is a small museum, we have been advised to keep the numbers small. This means that we will disperse the travel to the museum into two groups and parent volunteers will not be able to come on this particular trip. Please keep a lookout for future learning excursions where parents will have the opportunity to join.

Math – After our introductory work in math, we are ready to begin our first module with a focus on addition and subtraction to ten. Please check your child’s blue folder for the Eureka parent page (this is our main math resource). It will guide you through some of the work and vocabulary we will use with the students in this first math unit.

Reading – Your child has started to bring home reading books this week. Please keep in mind that your child is learning how to choose ‘Just Right’ books. In this process, s/he may bring home books that are a little easy to read or may choose ones that are too difficult to read. In both cases, you can support your child to enjoy books by encouraging him/her to read easy books with lots of expression and voice, so s/he develops the ability to add expression whilst reading books that are more manageable for him/her. If it’s a difficult book, please be a buddy to your child by reading to him/her. A love of books is what we aim to accomplish this year. Please don’t forget to encourage your child to make connections to characters and stories so they think about all the books they read. 

Yearbook Photos – Get out those formal uniforms and ties for our yearbook photos. Here are the dates for the first grade classes. Please wear the white button up shirt, blue trousers, skirt or dress, dark shoes, and ties on your picture day. Students are welcome to bring other shirts to change into after the photo if you wish. 

Here is your photo day:

1AO – Tuesday 10th September

1DE – Wednesday 11th September

1HM – Thursday 12th September

1CR – Friday 13th September

After School Activities Begin Monday – Please make sure your child, driver, nanny and bus company all are aware of changes in your child’s schedule. Children are brought to the cafeteria at 3:20 by their instructional assistants. The activity leaders will pick them up from the cafeteria. Some children use their lunch cards to buy a snack (pizza, juice, muffin etc.). Please let us know if you do not want your child using their lunch card after school.

Reminder: SPLASH is an activity that will require your child to be picked up by a family member and taken to the activity. We do not take responsibility for children who need to be chaperoned to the pool.

Mother-tongue classes – If your child is part of the Mother-tongue after school program, please let the teacher know which days s/he will be taking lessons.

Important Dates:

Saturday, September 7 – Fun Run & PTO Welcome BBQ

Monday, September 9 – After school activities start

Monday 9th to Friday 13th – Yearbook photos

Wednesday, September 18 – 1st Grade Learning Excursion to the Kremlin History Museum

Friday, September 20 – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences-formal uniform

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

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Friday, 30 August, 2019

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Grade 1 Class Parents needed – Please click the SignUp Genius link to become a Class Parent. It is always a pleasure to have your support.

ES Art Departent – The ES art dept is looking for lots of interesting objects to draw. We would love any of your junk which has an interesting shape, texture or light/dark. Examples: shells, stones, toys, teddies, old/cheap jewellery, dried or plastic flowers/leaves/fruit, old machinery parts, nuts/bolts … (not too much bigger than your hand). We are also seeking materials which could be used for construction/3D junk modelling, such as toilet rolls, bottle caps, plastic food containers (cleaned), small boxes etc.  Please forward to us in Room 3006 (the art room).

With many thanks from the Art department!

Plants – We have begun taking care of our garden and have harvested the vegetables that were grown over the summer.  Our students decided to sell the vegetables and use the proceeds to buy items for our garden. The seeds we have harvested from some of the vegetables will be dried and kept for planting in the spring. All our grade 1 classes have also been into the forest to see how the forest has changed while we were away for the summer.

What should be in my locker?  Indoor/PE shoes, extra clothes (doesn’t have to be a uniform),  raincoat and boots (for wet days and forest walks).

Swimming – All the grade one classes had their first walk through swimming sessions this week. Starting next week, we will swim on our assigned days all year long. Please bring a swimsuit, goggles, towel, swim cap and deck shoes  – all labeled – on your child’s swim day or simply leave the items in your child’s locker to ensure s/he has it on the day.

Swimming days:

1DE – Day 3

1AO – Day 4

1CR – Day 5

1HM – Day 6

After School Activities – Sign up for after school activities before Tuesday 3rd of September with this link: After School Activities.  Or go to the Penguin Life page of the AAS website.

In the Morning – School supervision begins 30 minutes before the beginning of the day (8:00 on M,T, TH, F and 8:45 on Wed). Parents must provide supervision for children if they arrive earlier than this time or if they stay after school. Thank you for your help with this.

Important Dates:

Monday, September 2 – Reading homework for grade 1 begins: ‘Just Right’ books will start coming home each night.

Tuesday, September 3  – Last day to sign up for After School Activities

Saturday, September 7 – Fun Run & PTO Welcome BBQ

Monday, September 9 – After school activities start

Friday, September 20 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

Thursday, October 17 – After School Activities end

 

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Friday, August 23, 2019

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First Week! – It has been great getting to know your children this first week of school. We look forward to working with you.

Change of Clothes – Please make sure your child has a spare change of clothes in his/her locker at school all the time. It does not have to be uniform, but it is necessary to ensure that accidents with uniforms can be changed immediately.

Plants – This is the title of our year long unit of inquiry and it is going to be a great way to start working together as we harvest our vegetables in the courtyard garden.

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 8:25. Thank you.

Library – Please check your child’s class schedule to see when his/her library books should be returned to school.

Swimming walk through next week! All first grade classes will be having a walk through the swimming area and have a run down of the swimming procedures and expectations next week. Your child’s teacher will email you with a reminder about the first actual swim lesson to start the year. Please make sure your child’s swim bag has a swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel and shoes for the deck – all labeled please.  As swimming lessons will fall on different days of the week, you may find it useful to keep your child’s swim bag at school. Your child will bring it home when s/he has used it, so that you can wash and dry the items. You can then send it back the next day to keep in your child’s locker.

Here are our swimming days:

1DE – Day 3

1AO – Day 4

1CR – Day 5

1HM – Day 6

After School Activities – Sign up for activities begins on 28th of August. 

Please look for the Penguin Life link in next Wednesday’s School Newsletter to sign up.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, August 28  – After school activity sign-up begins

Monday, September 9 – After school activities start

Friday, September 20 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

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