Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Goodbye – The end of the school year in International schools like ours can be a mix of emotions. We happily celebrate the conclusion of a year of learning and growing, but we also sadly say goodbye to some of our friends who are moving on to new places. Best of luck to all of the first grade families who will be moving on to new countries, homes, and schools. Your friends at AAS will miss you!

Grade One Party – Thank you to our room parents for organizing and to all who contributed to our grade one end-of-year celebration on Tuesday. The kids (and teachers!) enjoyed the relaxed pace.

Thank you Parents! – Thank you parents for  . . . daily reading with your child, sending treats in, tying skates, drying hair after swimming, packing snacks and lunches, volunteering on field trips, joining us for our expo, coming to conferences and concerts, volunteering at school events, organizing and participating in grade one celebrations, and for being your child’s first and best teacher. We appreciate all you have done this school year. THANK YOU!

Sharing the Planet – Plants – The courtyard garden is growing and beginning to produce some vegetables. The kindergarten will be donating the carrots, beans, potatoes and squash that are harvested to a local charity as part of their service learning. We were happy to be able to be part of their project. The school’s caretaker will look after it in the summer and we hope to see some of the fruits or our labors when we return in August.  

Writing – Our final writing unit on informational or “All About” books introduced the students to nonfiction formats. The emphasis has been on text features like headings, table of contents, labeled drawings, and some may have even included an index or glossary. Although our facts may not be entirely accurate, look for these text features when your child shares his/her work.

Reports  – Your child’s report will be issued electronically tomorrow afternoon. We have recently changed the software that we use for report cards, so they will have a slightly different layout. On the latest reports, we are unable to select a mark that is between approaching, meeting, or beyond meeting. Read the teacher comments to fully understand your child’s progress.

Summer Slide? It is often the case that students lose a little of the gains they have made when they have an extended time away from school. It is easy to avoid this “summer slide” by encouraging your child to read a bit each day. Most adults would be happy to have a quiet time to read for enjoyment, so why not have a regular family DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. For writing, encouraging natural opportunities to write like shopping lists, letters to relatives, a journal (paper or electronic) of my adventures or collections, a poem about an event are great ways to keep abreast of writing skills. And of course, we always recommend you get out the playing cards, dice, and dominoes so children can practice skills and build number sense while playing games.

Enjoy the summer! – Safe journeys to all who are traveling!

Important Dates:

Thursday, June 20 – Last day, Closing ceremony at 11:00, Dismissal at 12:00, Reports issued electronically in the afternoon

Monday, August 19 – Open House – Meet your new teacher and learn about second grade

Tuesday, August 20 – First day of Second Grade

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Help Us Thank our Support Staff – Our school has a large community of support staff who keep AAS safe, clean, and running smoothly. Each family is asked to help us show our appreciation for our green guys, security guards, cleaning staff, drivers, secretaries, etc. We want our support staff to know we greatly appreciate their efforts. Each grade level has a different assignment and first grade families are requested to bring cakes, cookies, cupcakes or pastries on the morning of Thursday, June 13.

Sharing the Planet – Plants – Field trip to the Apiary! On Tuesday we are heading to the Apiary in Kuzminki park where we will learn about bees and their relationship to plants. We will be outside much of the day, so students should be dressed for the weather. Please apply sunscreen at home and you may want to send a hat. All first graders will need a snack, lunch and water bottle from home on Tuesday.

Field Day on Friday – Our PE teachers have planned some fun events on the field. Bring a water bottle and hat, and dress for action. We will be out for about 90 minutes in the morning. Please apply sunscreen at home.

Writing – We are deep into our informational book writing and are looking at a variety of text features. Students have begun to include headings, a table of contents, and labeled drawings. Some may be ready to include a glossary or index as well. Ask your child about his “all about” book and how it is different from other books s/he has written.

Math – Have you got dominoes at home? They are great for playing a variety of games and helping students build number sense. When you think of the number five, do you see it as five spots as it is on dice or dominoes? A visual image of a number helps us to understand it better. Use the dominoes to play adding games. Each player draws one and adds. Highest number wins. Look for your child’s adding strategies. Is he counting all of the spots? Is he putting the highest number in his head and counting on? Try drawing two dominoes –  Is he seeing and adding doubles automatically? Is he recognizing and adding numbers that make ten?

Morning Play Schedule – Remember we all go to the field each morning (rain – cafeteria), where we will be picked up by a teacher when the bell rings.

Leaving Early? If your child will not be in school through the last day – Thursday, June 20 (12:00 dismissal), please email the classroom teacher as soon as possible. We want to make sure all work and extra clothing are gathered for each student. This will also assist our parents planning our end-of-year celebration. Thank you.

Important Dates:

All library books should be returned.

Tuesday, June 11 – Field Trip to the Bee Apiary – dress for an extended time outside – please apply sunscreen at home

Thursday, June 13 – Bring sweet treats for support staff appreciation

Friday, June 14 – Summer Field Day – dress for an extended time outside – please apply sunscreen at home

Tuesday, June 18 – Gr 1 End of year celebration at 2:30 on the Greentop, Parents welcome!

Thursday, June 20 – Last day, Closing ceremony at 11:00, Dismissal at 12:00, Reports issued electronically

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Spirit Day – We all looked very sporty today! Thanks for helping your child participate in our spirit day!

Botanical Gardens Trip – Thank you to the chaperones who joined 1DE and 1TM at the Botanical Gardens on Wednesday. It was a great day out!

Sharing the Planet – Plants – We are enjoying exercising our “green thumbs” with the potted plants in our classrooms and the space we have in the courtyard garden. We are learning that our garden plants require regular weeding and watering. Between our classrooms and the garden we have planted marigolds, mint, squash, beans and more. Ask your child about his/her plants and how they are doing. Field Trip! As part of our plant unit the first grade classes will be visiting the Bee Apiary in Kuzminiki Park on Tuesday, June 11. Please sign and return the permission slip your child brought home.

Writing – As we begin to delve more deeply into our informational or “all about” books, the first graders are experimenting with text features they might include in their books. Ask your child about the book they are working on – Are there headings or chapters? Will your book have a table of contents?  

Math – Practice adding strategies with playing cards. Each player draws 3 cards and adds them. The player with the highest number wins. This can be a challenge for some at first. Watch what strategies your child uses to add. Is he counting all of the spots? Is he putting the largest number in his head and then counting on. Is he recognizing pairs that make ten or doubles to make adding easier?  Is he thinking about ten when adding a nine? Need more challenge: Draw four cards, include the face cards Jack=11, Queen=12, King=13.

Activities are Finished – All after school activities finished this week. (Mother Tongue classes continue as usual.) Please make sure that your first grader and all concerned with pick-up times are aware of your child’s schedule changes.

Goodbye Playground – Today all of the students had an opportunity to say goodbye to our playground. Each grade-level posed for photos as they had their last playtime with the old equipment. In these last few weeks we will play on the field, greentop, and courtyard. We will be very excited when we return in August to see our new playground.

Morning Playground Schedule – Now our playground will be off limits at all times. So when the children arrive at school in the morning between 8:00 – 8:25 (Wednesdays 8:45-9:10), they leave their bags against the wall in the tunnel and then go down to the field. Children who normally come into the school with parents or bus monitors and drop their bags in the hallway outside the classroom will continue to do this and then go to the field. We will pick the children up on the field. If it is raining, children should go to the South Cafeteria as usual.

Important Dates:

No after school activities next week.

All library books should be returned next week.

Tuesday, June 11 – Field Trip to the Bee Apiary

Friday, June 14 – Summer Field Day – dress for an extended time outside – please apply sunscreen at home

Thursday, June 20 – Last day, Closing ceremony at 11:00, Dismissal at 12:00, Reports issued electronically

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Botanical Gardens Trip – Thanks to the chaperones who joined 1AO, 1DC and 1HM to the botanical gardens this week. 1DE and 1TM are looking forward to their trip on Wednesday. Your child will need a snack and lunch from home. Look for permissions slips for our next trip to the Bee Apiary coming home soon.

Sharing the Planet – Plants – We have enjoyed following our classroom plant growth. We are excited each time a new sprout appears from a seed we have planted. We continue to learn about the many things we use and consume each day that come from plants. Have a look around your house with your child. What would it look like if we removed all of the objects that come from plants?

Writing – The first graders are beginning to explore and write “All About” books. These are non-fiction pieces where we can share some facts about something we know. Does your child have a particular interest in dinosaurs, rabbits, volcanoes, hedgehogs, insects etc? This is a great place to start. What can you teach your friends about something of interest to you? In the coming weeks, we will be learning about how to organize an informational book and what text features we might include in our own “All About” books..

Math – A clear understanding of tens and ones is important as we build our knowledge of place value. Help your child at home by playing with ten and one ruble coins. Can your child show any 2-digit number with the coins? What will it be if I add/subtract a one? Ten? Use the coins to purchase things around the house. You need 57 rubles to buy 5 minutes of iPad time.  Your dessert costs ten less than 83 rubles. More Challenge? Add/subtract 9s and 11s from the number. You need 11 less than 72 rubles to  . . .

Morning Playground – Due to our upcoming playground remodel, first graders will be using the field for recesses before and during school. Beginning June 1, our playground will be off limits at all times. So when the children arrive at school in the morning between 8:00 – 8:25 (Wednesdays 8:45-9:10), they leave their bags against the wall in the tunnel and then go down to the field. Children who normally come into the school with parents or bus monitors and drop their bags in the hallway outside the classroom will continue to do this and then go to the field. We will pick the children up on the field. If it is raining, children should go to the South Cafeteria as usual.

Important Dates:

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

Thursday, May 30 – Last day of activities

Friday, May 31 – Spirit Day – sport theme

Tuesday, June 11 – Bee Apiary field trip

Friday, June 14 – Summer Field Day – dress for an extended time outside

Thursday, June 20 – Last day, Closing ceremony at 11:00, Dismissal at 12:00, Reports issued electronically

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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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