Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Spirit Day – Thanks for sending them in national dress and country colors. We truly looked like an international school today.

Botanical Gardens Trip – As part of our plant unit, we are off to the botanical gardens in the next couple of weeks. Here are our travel days: 1DC – Wednesday; 1HM and 1AO – Thursday; 1DE and 1TM – Wednesday, May 29. Your child will need a snack and lunch from home for our trip. Please return permission slips and let us know if you can join us, if you have not done so already.

Sharing the Planet – Plants – 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.)

Old Tires? – Have you seen the courtyard garden? If not, please have a look when you are at school. The kindergarten have invited us to share some responsibility for the planting and care of the garden. They are requesting old tires to be converted to planters. If you have any old tires that you would like to contribute, please let us know.

Reading – How is that daily reading going? We encourage every family to continue to listen to your child read each day and check on his/her book choices. If the good weather is a distraction, change things a bit. Take your book outside to enjoy together.

Math –  We are working on creating and interpreting graphs. Help your child by creating some graphs at home. Grab a big two handed scoop of various legos. Decide how you want to sort them (color, shape) and create a bar graph. Help your child make some statements about the graph. “There are 6 more blue pieces that yellow pieces. There are more red legos than any other color. We had 28 Legos in all. We have 3 fewer white than red.”  (You will definitely have their attention if you make graphs with candies like M&Ms or Skittles.)

Important Dates:

Wednesday, May 22 – 1DC trip to Botanical Gardens

Thursday, May 23 – 1AO and 1HM trip to Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, May 29 – 1DE and 1TM trip to Botanical Gardens

Thursday, May 30 – Last day of activities

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Enjoy the long weekend!

Two Spirit Days Next Week! – As part of their exhibition project about the importance of bees, some of the 5th graders have asked us to think about bees and dress in black and yellow on Wednesday. This is a good way for us to begin talking about the importance of bees for the survival of many plants as we prepare for our final field trip on June 11 to a bee apiary. Our second spirit day next week will be on Friday. ES student council has invited us to dress in our country colors or national dress on Friday.

Tuesday is Friday?! – Because many school holidays have fallen on a Friday, some students have missed a number of special classes such as swimming. To help make up for this, next week we will have two Fridays. We will follow the Friday schedule on Tuesday and again on Friday. That means 1DE and 1HM should be prepared to swim on Tuesday and Friday next week. After school activities will meet as usual with no day changes.

Sharing the Planet – Plants – The first graders are flexing their “green thumbs” as they begin sowing seeds and caring for 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.)

Field Trip – Plants – As part of our plant study, we are off to the Botanical Gardens in the next few weeks. Look for the field trip permission slip coming home next week. Here are our travel dates: 1DC – Wednesday, May 22; 1HM and 1AO – Thursday, May 23; 1DE and 1TM – Wednesday, May 29. As usual we will be looking for parent volunteers to join us. If you are available to travel to the Botanical Gardens with your child’s class, please let us know on the permission slip.

Writing – As with many of our writing genres, we are adding a “hook” to our opinion pieces. A hook introduces our opinion in an interesting way that will draw the reader in. Ask your child about an opinion s/he is working on and how they will “hook” the reader.

Math –  Writing is not the only time our opinions are important. In math we are beginning to develop our own survey questions. Then we ask our classmates’ opinions, and we are learning how to show the results in a graph. Encourage your child to survey the family and create a graph about favorite family movies, fruit, restaurants, seasons, etc.

Important Dates:

Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10 – No school, Victory Day

Tuesday, May 14 – follow a Friday schedule, 1DE and 1HM have swimming

Wednesday, May 15 – Spirit Day –  Bees – dress in black and yellow

Friday, May 17 – Spirit Day – wear national dress or country colors

Wednesday, May 22 – 1DC trip to Botanical Gardens

Thursday, May 23 – 1AO and 1HM trip to Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, May 29 – 1DE and 1TM trip to Botanical Gardens

Thursday, May 30 – Last day of activities

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Short Week  – No School Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10. Enjoy the long weekend!

Sharing the Planet – Plants – As we begin our unit on plants, we are asking each family to send in an item from home that comes from plants. The goal is to begin to see how much of what we use and consume are products of plants. If you have time, you may want to send an internet photo of the plant that product comes from to assist us in making connections. Please help your child to choose and send in a plant product any day in the next 2 weeks. Thank you for your help with this.

Writing – We are deep into our opinion writing and are finding there are lots of things we like or don’t like. We begin with our opinion. (i.e. I like yellow!) and then we add reasons (i.e. Yellow is great because it reminds me of sunflowers.) Then we might add a detail to our reason (i.e. Sunflowers grow so big and I think the seeds are yummy!)  Then we move on to our next reason and add details for it. Ask your child about some of his/her opinion pieces.

Math –  We are working on measurement using non-standards units. We had a great introductory lesson with Ms. Hart this week. Ask your child about measuring horses. Do some non-standard unit measurement practice at home. How many spoons long is the table? How many legos high is my toy dinosaur? How many little brothers long is the bed? The goal is to see the importance of laying objects end-to-end without gaps and to always use the same size object (i.e. not 2 different-sized legos).

Tuesday is Friday?! – Because we have had more school holidays on Friday, some students have missed several swimming classes or art classes. So Tuesday, May 14 we will follow a Friday schedule. That means 1HM and 1DE will have swimming on Tuesday, May 14 and again on Friday, May 17 as usual to make up for some missed lessons.

Important Dates:

Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10 – No school, Victory Day

Tuesday, May 14 – Friday Schedule on Tuesday

Thursday, May 30 – Last day of activities

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Thanks for sending them dressed as teachers today and for sending money so we could participate in the third grade market day.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – We enjoyed planning and taking our trip to Belorusskaya station on Wednesday. Thank you to all of our metro trip chaperones. We couldn’t have done it without you! We have been wrapping up our journeys unit this week with discussions about the kinds of journeys we experience and how journeys change us. Next we will move to our Sharing the Planet Unit with a focus on plants.

Reading – As the weather gets nicer, it is great to have more time outside. We hope you can still find time to listen to your child read each day. Reading “just right” books and the chance to discuss them with an adult is important to build our skills and continue to grow as readers.

Writing – So, what do you think? Most of us know what we like and don’t like and are often ready to share our opinions about things. The first graders are beginning to look at opinions in writing as they prepare to write their own opinions with supporting details. You can help your child generate ideas for opinion writing by asking about their favorites and why they like them. What is your favorite season, holiday, sport, school subject, etc. Why do you like it?

Math –  Practice adding a ten to a 2-digit number. Use playing cards (1-9) to play the game called 10 More. Each partner draws 2 cards (i.e. 5 and 8). Decide which will be in the tens place and which will be in the ones place to make the smallest number possible (58). Then add ten in your head (68). The partner with the lowest number gets a point. Now make the biggest number possible (85) and add ten to it (95). Highest number gets a point. First to ten points wins. Need more challenge? Play 10 Less or 9 More/Less or 11 More/Less.

Important Dates:

Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10 – No school, Victory Day

Thursday, May 30 – Last day of activities

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Thanks for sending them in their earth colors today as we celebrated earth day. Thanks also for participating in the Zero Waste Snack Challenge and helping make the kids aware of what they throw away. Thank you to all those on the Eco committee and the parent volunteers who organized the Eco Fair today.

Activities Begin Next Week – Please make sure all involved know about your child’s schedule changes, especially the bus company.

Field Trip on Wednesday – As part of our journeys unit we will travel by bus and metro to Belorusskaya station where we will take a look at the commuter trains and maps. Afterwards, we will have a pizza lunch at Il Patio and return to school by bus. Thank you in advance to those who have volunteered to chaperone.

Spirit Day on Friday – The elementary student council invite us to leave our uniforms at home and dress like a teacher on Friday. “Hmmm . . . maybe I will dress like my art teacher, or PE teacher or the principal, or . . . “

Market Day on Friday – As part of their economics unit, the third grade classes are having a market day on Friday. The third graders encourage ES students to bring 200-500 rubles on this day in small notes and coins if they would like to purchase the variety of products sold. All proceeds go to charity.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – Aside from planning our field trip for next week, many of the first graders shared an artifact from their adventures over the break. If your child did not share an artifact from his week away from school or get an opportunity to share his life journey timeline, he is welcome to do so next week. Thank you to families who helped their children work on a journal over the holiday. We enjoyed sharing them with our classmates.

Math –  Help your child develop some efficient addition strategies with playing cards by playing the game Closest to 10 (use cards 1-7). Each player gets 3 cards and must select 2 that he can add together to get the closest to 10. Keep track of how many points you are away from 10 with each hand. (6+6 = 12, my score is 2 because 12 is 2 away from 10). After a few rounds, add your score, the lowest wins. More Challenge: Play Closest to 20. Use all of the cards. Draw 5 cards each and use 3 of them to get as close to 20 as possible. How many points are you away from 20? Keep track of your score. Add your score after several rounds, the lowest number wins.

Important Dates:

Monday, April 22 – New activities begin

Wednesday, April 24 – Metro field trip to Belorusskaya station

Friday, April 26 – Spirit Day – dress like a teacher, Grade 3 Market Day

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Friday, April 5, 2019

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

Thank you to all of the parent chaperones who helped us at the planetarium and the train museum this week. We couldn’t do it without you!

Life Journey Timelines – Thank you for sending in your child’s timeline this week. We enjoyed sharing them and we learned a lot about each other. If you did not get a chance to do this with your child, please feel free to send it in to share after the break.

Journeys Over the Break? – You may be flying off to another country or hanging out here in Moscow. Whatever the plan, we are asking students to bring an artifact from their week away from school. It may be a souvenir, a photo or drawing, a skiing medal, a ticket to a museum, some sand from the beach, some grass from the park, etc. What artifact will you bring that might be a clue to something you did over spring break? Also, some students were inspired to keep a journal over the holiday. (Completely optional of course!) This should not be a chore, but a place to glue in photos and souvenirs that will help document their time away from school.

Journeys – Another Field Trip! How can we have a journeys unit without taking some journeys? On Wednesday, April 24 we will be taking another travelling journey. Using a map like we did in the Pokrofsky neighborhood, we will plan our route. This time we will be using a Moscow metro map as we plot our journey, first on the bus from school to Sokol metro station and then we will take the metro from Sokol to Belarusskaya station. There we will visit the station, check out the maps and see the commuter trains. No need to send a lunch this time as we will have a pizza lunch at Il Patio, before taking the bus back to school. As we will need more chaperones on this trip, we are letting you know in advance so you can save the date and plan to join us.

Math –  A whole week without school is a great time to get out the playing cards, dice and dominoes and play while you build number sense. Add and count coins. If you have tens and ones, make a 2-digit number with tens and ones coins and then add a one/ten, subtract a one/ten. Is your child beginning to recognize a pattern and adding in his head?

Spirit Day – As Friday, April 19 is the Eco Fair, student council has declared it a spirit day and has invited us to dress in earth colors.

Zero Waste Snack Challenge! – The AAS Eco Green Committee has invited first grade to take part in the Zero Waste Snack Challenge.  In the three days leading up to the Eco Fair, Wed, Thu and Friday April 17, 18 and 19, we ask parents to send zero waste snacks to school for their children to eat during regular snack times. The goal is not to use any disposable packaging  – only food in reusable containers! Zero waste snack ideas: fruit, cheese, sandwiches and cookies in reusable containers. Teachers will discuss with the students why reusable items are better for the environment. It will be interesting to see if we can reduce our waste as the week progresses. Find more ideas for zero waste snacks on the AAS Green Committee Group fb page. Thanks for your help with this!

Activities finished – There are no activities our first week back after the break. Please make sure all involved know about your child’s schedule changes.

Important Dates:

April 8-12 – No School – spring break

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 16, 17 and 18 – Zero Waste Snack Challenge!

Friday, April 19 – Spirit day – dress in earth colors for Eco day

Monday, April 22 – New activities begin

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Conferences – Great to see so many families today at school! Thank you for taking the time to share in your child’s learning journey. As always if you have specific concerns and would like to speak individually to the teacher, please email to set a time.

Journeys – Field Trips! Next week we are taking a couple of physical journeys and a virtual journey. We are off to the planetarium on Monday. Aside from exploring some of the hands-on exhibits, we are excited about experiencing a virtual journey through the solar system. Then on Thursday (1HM, 1DE, 1DC) and Friday (1AO, 1TM) we are off to the train museum. All students will need a lunch from home on both trip days. Thank you to our parent volunteers who will join us.

Journeys – Timeline Homework – We are looking forward to sharing our life journey timelines next week. Your child can represent important life events with labeled photos or drawings, so that he has a vehicle to share his life journey with the class. Timelines can be represented many ways. Your child should be as creative as they like. Of course an adult may help with some of the writing if needed, but your child should be prepared to share it with the class. Please send in the timelines any day next week.

Math –  Did you learn a math game at conferences? We hope you take the time to try it at home. Games are a great way to build number sense and math confidence.

Journeys Over the Break? – You may be flying off to another country or hanging out here in Moscow. Whatever the plan, we are asking students to bring an artifact from their week away from school. It may be a souvenir, a photo or drawing, a skiing medal, a ticket to a museum, some sand from the beach, etc.

Important Dates:

Friday, March 29 – No School – Faculty professional development

Monday, April 1 – Planetarium field trip  – Student timelines due

Wednesday, April 3 – Sign-up begins for next activity session

Thursday, April 4 – Train Museum trip for 1DE, 1HM, 1DC

Friday, April 5 – Train Museum trip for 1TM, 1AO

April 8-12 – No School – spring break

Friday, April 19 – Spirit day – dress in earth colors

Monday, April 22 – New activities begin

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Short week next week – Thursday is a conference day and No School on Friday.

Conferences – Here’s what to expect at conferences on Thursday – You will come to school with your child (in formal uniform) at your scheduled time. You will be in the room with 3 or 4 other families. You child will spend between 30-45 minutes sharing his learning journey through his chosen work samples, and activities. Then your family is invited to visit the specialists’ classrooms so your child can show you what they have been working on there. See you on Thursday!

Where We Are in Place and Time – journeys – Thank you Pokrofsky residents for marking your house and greeting us on our neighborhood journey today. It was a great opportunity to read a map and relate it to an actual journey. We were happy to find our friends’ houses!

Journeys – Field Trips! Today your child brought home field trip permission slips for 2 field trips the first week in April. We will be going to the planetarium for a virtual journey through the solar system on Monday, April 1 and to the Train Museum on Thursday, April 4 (1HM, 1DE, 1DC)  or Friday, April 5 (1AO, 1TM). All students will need a lunch from home on trip days. Please let us know if you would like to join us on one of our trips by indicating this on the note. Please return both permission slips on Monday.

Journeys – Timeline Homework – This week we are asking each family to help their child develop a timeline of significant events in their lives (learning to ride a bike, losing a first tooth, move to Moscow, birth of younger sibling, etc.). You can represent important life events with labeled photos or drawings, so that your child has a vehicle to share their life journey with the class. Timelines can be represented many ways. Your child should be as creative as they like. Of course an adult may help with some of the writing if needed, but your child should be prepared to share it with the class. Please send in the timelines any day the week of April 1.

Math –  Although we have spent the last few weeks on shapes, fractions and time, we are always reviewing addition and subtraction strategies. Help your child practice his addition strategies using playing cards to play the game Card War. Split the deck evenly. Each player turns over 2 cards and adds them. Look for your child’s addition strategies: starting with the biggest number and counting on, using doubles and double + 1 (if I know 6+6 then I can figure out 6+7 or 6+6+1), looking for pairs that make 10, thinking of ten when adding nine, etc. Need more challenge? Turn over 3 or 4 cards and see how your child groups them to add. Ask why they put those two cards together first. Why did that make adding easier?

Wow! Lots of Important Dates:

Monday, March 25 – return field trip notes

Thursday, March 28 – ES Conference Day – formal uniform

Friday, March 29 – No School – Faculty professional development

Monday, April 1 – Planetarium field trip  – Student timelines due

Wednesday, April 3 – Sign-up begins for next activity session

Thursday, April 4 – Train Museum trip for 1DE, 1HM, 1DC

Friday, April 5 – Train Museum trip for 1TM, 1AO

April 8-12 – No School – spring break

Friday, April 19 – Spirit day – dress in earth colors

Monday, April 22 – New activities begin

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Pajamas – Thanks for sending them in their pajamas today. Hmmmm . . .  it didn’t seem to make them sleepy.

Conferences –  Thursday, March 28 is a conference day for elementary students. You should have received an email today with instructions on how to sign up for your conference time. It is not a regular school day for students, instead they attend the conference with you and lead you through some of their learning experiences. Thank you to all who have signed up already. We look forward to seeing you at Student-Led conferences!

How the World Works – materials – In the final weeks of our materials unit, the students were asked to synthesize their knowledge of materials to solve the problem of our ice-covered and slippery playground. How can we make it safe? We used the skating rink to test a variety of materials and draw some conclusions about what we think might be helpful on the slippery ice. Ask your children what they used and about the results of their investigations.

Where We Are in Place and Time – journeys – We are getting ready to begin our next unit which is all about journeys. We will be experiencing one type of journey next week, as we are coming to Pokrofsky Hills. Attention all Pokrofsky residents! On Friday, we are asking each first grade Pokrofsky family to mark their house with a sign (i.e. Liam’s House or Max lives here) and a couple of balloons that we will send home with your child. We will be practicing our map-reading skills and finding all of our friend’s houses as we venture through the neighborhood. We won’t come in, of course, but we would love if parents or younger siblings are available to greet us at the door. The first group will leave school about 8:45 (1AO, 1DC, 1HM) and the second group will be in the neighborhood around 14:00 (1TM, 1DE).  Thanks for your help with this! Hope to see you on Friday!

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Where We Are in Place and Time – journeys – We are getting ready to begin our next unit which is all about journeys. We will be experiencing one type of journey next week, as we are coming to Pokrofsky Hills. Attention all Pokrofsky residents! On Friday, we are asking each first grade Pokrofsky family to mark their house with a sign (i.e. Liam’s House or Max lives here) and a couple of balloons that we will send home with your child. We will be practicing our map-reading skills and finding all of our friend’s houses as we venture through the neighborhood. We won’t come in, of course, but we would love if parents or younger siblings are available to greet us at the door. The first group will leave school about 8:45 (1AO, 1DC, 1HM) and the second group will be in the neighborhood around 14:00 (1TM, 1DE).  Thanks for your help with this! Hope to see you on Friday!

Journeys – Also, as part of our new unit, we will be asking each family to help their child develop a timeline of significant events in their lives (learning to ride a bike, losing a first tooth, move to Moscow, birth of younger sibling, etc.) We will have more information about this later, but you may want to begin by collecting photos that represent significant experiences that will become part of your child’s life journey timeline. We are hoping to have the timelines sent to school by April 1.

Writing – Punctuation!!! We began this writing unit by searching through books for punctuation. Why do authors use it? How does the punctuation change the writing? Make it more interesting? What would it be like to read a book without punctuation? When doing your daily reading, talk about how your child changes his voice as he reads. How did you know you should do that? What punctuation is there?

Math –  Telling time – Keep in mind that a concept of time is just as important as being able to tell the time. Talk to your children about the times of the day that are important for them. We wake up at 6:30. You get on the bus at 7:15. Your activity finishes at 4:30. How would these times look on a digital and analog clock?

Important Dates:

Friday, March 22 – Walk to Pokrofsky neighborhood

Thursday, March 28 – ES Conference Day – formal uniform

Friday, March 29 – No School – Faculty professional development

Monday, April 1 – Student timelines due

Wednesday, April 3 – Sign-up begins for next activity session

April 8-12 – No School – spring break

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Enjoy the long weekend! No school Thursday and Friday for students. Hope you are enjoying some Maslenitsa celebrations and Happy Women’s Day to all of our first grade Moms!

Friday is Pajama day! – The elementary student council have invited us to leave our uniforms at home and come to school in our PJs on Friday, March 15. The children are welcome to bring a favorite stuffed animal with them on Friday as well.

How the World Works – materials – Ask your child about some of the investigations he/she has done in class this week.

Writing – Punctuation!!! In writing we have started an open-genre unit with a focus on punctuation. We are enjoying some fun and expression-filled read-alouds and beginning to write our own pieces that include some expressive punctuation.

Math –  The first graders are being introduced to telling time to the hour and half-hour. We are making connections between fractions and portions of time as we think of the clock as a pizza to be shared. Thirty minutes is ½ hour and 15 minutes is ¼ hour. As the clock hands are easily mixed up, you can help your child by directing his/her attention to the shorter hour hand on the clock to begin. Just looking at the hour hand, have your child begin by telling you, It is after 4 or it is just before 8 or it is between 6 and 7. Concentrating on the shorter hour hand will help students keep the two hands straight when we begin to look at both on the clock.

Add the conference date to your calendar! – Thursday, March 28 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:

Thursday, March 7 – No School – Faculty professional development

Friday, March 8 –  No School – Women’s Day

Friday, March 15 – Spirit Day – Pyjama Day

Thursday, March 28 – ES Conference Day – formal uniform

Friday, March 29 – No School – Faculty professional development

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