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Friday, April 6, 2018

Goodbye – Sadly we said goodbye to some of the first grade students and teachers this week. We wish them all well in their new schools. Your friends at AAS will miss you!

Spring Break – No school next week. Enjoy the time away. Safe journeys to all who are traveling.

Earth Day / Spirit Day – Friday, April 20 we will celebrate Earth Day. Students are invited to wear Earth colors instead of their uniforms and we will participate in the school’s Eco Fair.

Activities Finished – No activities the first week after the break. Please make sure all involved know the changes in your child’s schedule. New activities begin April 23.

How the World Works – materials – Many families got a glimpse into our new unit on materials with the investigation of liquids at student-led conferences. We began our inquiry this week with a closer look at ice, its properties, and how we can change it. Ask your child about it.

Writing – We continue to write “how to” pieces in class, but encourage students to record some of the events from their holiday if they wish. We welcome all students to share their spring break adventures with the class orally or in writing.

Math – Extra time at home or waiting at airports over the break? How about getting out the UNO cards or playing cards to help build number sense. Travels are also a great opportunity to play with coins. What 2-digit numbers can you make with tens and ones coins?

Important Dates:

Wednesday, April 4 – New Activity sign-up began (Tuesday April 17 – sign up ends)

April 9-13 – No school – spring break

April 16 – 20 – No after school activities – please make sure all involved know of your child’s schedule changes

Friday, April 20 – Earth Day – no uniform, wear Earth colors

Monday, April 23 – New After School Activities begin

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Conferences – Thank you for taking part in the student-led conferences today. It was a great opportunity for your child to share his/her learning. As always, if you have specific questions or concerns about your child’s progress, please contact the teacher.

One more week of activities – sign up for new activities beginning Wed April 4

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – We are wrapping up our journeys unit and are getting ready to move on to an investigation of materials. After students shared part of their learning journey this week at conferences, it is a great time to share one of your learning journeys again. It is good for students to understand that parents sometimes struggled with something new and with perseverance were able to succeed. (At least we hope that is how your learning journey progressed!)

Writing – We are in full swing in our “how to” writing unit. The students are using sequence words to tell about a process they know. As always, you can help your child generate writing ideas by pointing out things they do on their own. “You could write how to set the table or how to take care of a pet, or how to make a sandwich . . . “

Math – We are working on ten more and ten less and beginning to do these problems in our heads. What is 10 more than 42? Students may visualize 42 as 4 tens and 2 ones. Then think of adding another 10. At home: Play Ten More, Ten Less. Draw 2 cards, make the biggest 2-digit number you can make with them, then ask what is ten more than that. More Challenge: You could make it a competition. Each player draws 2 cards to make a 2-digit number. The player with the lowest number gets to add 10 more. The one with the highest number must tell what is ten less. The winner is the highest number after adding and subtracting.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, April 4 – New Activity sign-up begins

April 9-13 – No school – spring break

April 16 – 20 – No after school activities – please make sure all involved know of your child’s schedule changes

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Planetarium Trip – Thanks to all of the parent volunteers who joined us on the planetarium field trip this week. It was a good bus journey so that we could experience a virtual journey to explore the planets and beyond!

Conferences Thursday – The student-led conferences are next week. If you have not signed up for a time, please do so. Here’s what you can expect in your one-hour conference time that will be led by your child. There will be 4-5 families in the classroom at one time. Your child will share his/her growth through writing and classroom assignments. He/she will demonstrate some of our math practice with work samples, a game, or problem-solving activities. Your family will have a chance to explore as an introduction to our upcoming unit on materials. You may be creating your own family “How to . . . “ book. Look for your opportunity to star in your child’s next Seesaw post – and more! Teachers will be in the room to facilitate your child’s sharing, though will not be speaking privately with parents about individual student progress. If you wish to talk individually with the teacher specific to your child’s growth, please make an appointment for another time.

No School Friday – Faculty professional development day

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – Next week we take a closer look at one of our greatest and never-ending journeys. We will explore our learning journey through our student-led conferences. See you on Thursday!

Writing – The first graders have begun writing their own “How to  . . . “ books. Ask your children what process they are writing about and help them with ideas for their next book.  

Math – We continue building our understanding of 2-digit numbers and place value. At home: Last week we encouraged you to play the game Place Value Roll. (Check out last week’s blog for the rules.) Here is an adaptation that might make it interesting. Each time you roll the die, you place that number on your partner’s page. The highest score wins – hmmmm . . . What do I have to do to keep my opponent’s score lower than mine?  More Challenge: Divide your paper into three columns labeled “hundreds” “tens” and “ones”. This time place the cards for your opponent, or try putting the cards face down randomly. Reveal and read your number out.

Important Dates:

Thursday, March 29 – Student-led conferences

Friday, March 30 –  No school – Faculty professional development

Wednesday, April 4 – New Activity sign-up begins

April 9-13 – No school – spring break

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Spirit Day – Thanks for sending them dressed up today. We had classrooms filled with characters – hmmmm . . . that sounds like a regular day in first grade.

Train Museum Field Trip – Thanks to all of our parent chaperones who joined us on Thursday for our journey to the train museum. We had a great day out. Ask your child about the trip.

Planetarium Trip on Thursday – What would our journeys unit be without journeys, right? We are off to the planetarium on Thursday. Please sign and return your child’s field trip note. We will take a bus journey to take a virtual journey in space! Please let your child’s teacher know if you can join us. All first graders will need a lunch from home on Thursday.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – As we continue to take physical journeys with our field trips, we are also beginning to look at learning journeys we have had. Have you shared one of your learning journeys with your child? Please tell him/her about learning to drive, learning a new language or skill. What do you remember about the journey? Was it all good? How did you do at first? How did you feel at first? Were you an immediate success? Are you still working on it? Did it require hard work or perseverance? Use some of these questions to ask your child about one of his/her learning journeys –  riding a bike, swimming, skiing, writing, etc.

Writing – This week we began investigating “How to” writing. We are reading and noticing how writers give information about steps in a process to the reader, using words like first, next, then, after that, last, finally. You can help your child by talking about things he/she can do and write about. (How to build a snowman, make a paper airplane, make a smoothie or sandwich, brush your teeth, look after a pet, etc.)  

Math – We will spend a great deal of time working to build our understanding of 2-digit numbers. Can we represent them with drawings, tens and ones blocks, or coins? At home: Play the game Place Value Roll. Fold a blank paper in half and at the top left write “tens”, top left write “ones”. Roll the die (or pick a playing card – take out tens, jacks and kings, queens can be zeroes) and decide if you want that number to be in the tens place or the ones place. Your opponent does the same. Each player rolls the die again and places the number in the remaining spot. The highest number wins a point. Watch as your child develops strategies and thinks about the highest and lowest possible rolls and where best to put those numbers. More Challenge: Divide your paper into three columns labeled “hundreds” “tens” and “ones”. Use playing cards. When a player draws a card, he decides where to put it, but does so face down, so his opponent is unaware of his number until all three spots are filled and both players reveal.

Student-led conferences are on Thursday, March 29. This is an opportunity for students to share their learning and give evidence of the growth they have made. You received information about the sign-up system from the office on Thursday. Please schedule an appointment and make plans to come to school with your child on March 29.

Important Dates:

Thursday, March 22 – Planetarium Field Trip – bring a lunch from home

Thursday, March 29 – Student-led conferences

Friday, March 30 –  No school – Faculty professional development

April 9-13 – No school – spring break

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

No School tomorrow and Friday – Happy Women’s Day!

Train Museum Field Trip Thursday – As part of our journeys unit, we will be traveling to the train museum on Thursday, March 15. Permission slips came home today. Please return them as soon as possible. All first graders will need a lunch and snack from home. Part of the trip is outside and students will need to have their snow gear as usual.

Spirit Day on Friday – The ES Student Council has declared Friday a spirit day. Instead of uniforms, they are inviting all elementary students to come to school dressed as a favorite character.

111th Day – Thanks for sending in 111 things to share this week. We enjoyed our celebration of Place Value.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – We’ve investigated several kinds of journeys in the last few weeks. We’ve shared our life journeys, taken physical journeys, and tried some virtual journeys as well. Often the most difficult journeys to understand are learning journeys. Please chat with your child and share a learning journey you have had. Tell about learning to drive, learning a new language, learning a new skill – cooking or golf. How did you do at first? How did you feel at first? Were you an immediate success? Are you still working on it? Did it require hard work or perseverance? Use some of these questions to ask your child about one of his/her learning journeys –  riding a bike, swimming, skiing, writing, etc.

Math – As we are building our understanding of place value, it is important for students to be able to write and know the value of 2-digit numbers. What is the difference between 42 and 24? Which is more? How do you know that? How many tens and ones in each? At home: Play the game Who has more? Use regular playing cards (take out tens, jacks, queens and kings, aces are one) Spread the cards face down. Each player draws one. The person with the highest number gets one chip or counter. Next draw two cards. Players have to think about making the biggest number possible by deciding which card to put in the tens place and which in the ones place to make the highest 2-digit number. Highest number gets a chip. Draw 3 cards (if your child is ready for this) arrange them in hundreds, tens, and ones to make the largest number possible. Read your number. Highest takes a chip. Start again with one card and repeat. Need More Challenge? Keep going and draw 4 cards, making the biggest number possible with thousands. hundreds, tens, and one. Students must be able to say the number each time.

Save the Date – Planning ahead? Student-led conferences are on Thursday, March 29. This is an opportunity for students to share their learning and give evidence of the growth they have made. You will get information from the ES office about sign-up times in the near future. Please make plans to come to school with your child on March 29.

Important Dates:

Thursday, Friday March 8-9 – No school – Women’s Day

Thursday, March 15 – Train Museum Field Trip

Friday, March 16 – Spirit Day – dress as a favorite character

Thursday, March 29 – Student-led conferences

Friday, March 30 –  No school – Faculty professional development

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Short week coming – No School Thursday and Friday – Happy Women’s Day to all of the first grade Moms. We appreciate all you do for your child and AAS. THANK YOU!

Monday is Friday??! Because we have had more Fridays away from school, some children have missed several swimming lessons or art lessons. So on Monday we will be following a Friday schedule. Monday after school activities will still be on Monday. What does it mean for your child?

1RD – Swimming on Monday, but no library visit

1HA – return library books and wear PE uniforms on Monday

1HM – NO swimming, wear PE uniforms on Monday

1DC – wear PE uniforms on Monday (We will still go to the library – return books)

1AO – No PE on Monday – can wear regular school uniform

Tuesday is the 111th day of school! In kindergarten your child may have celebrated the 100th day of school, but in first grade the 111th day is a milestone. Hmmm . . . wondering why? Well in first grade math we are exploring place value and 111 is the first number that has a counter in the hundred’s place, ten’s place, and one’s place. So we will celebrate the 111th day of school on Tuesday. We are asking each family to send in 111 of something that can be shared with classmates (pieces of pasta, cereal, paperclips, raisins, cotton swabs, beads, stickers, pieces of paper etc.) Please help your child collect, count and bring in 111 things on Monday or Tuesday.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – This week many students shared information about their journeys over the break. Thanks to those who worked on their holiday journal and brought it in to show the class. Some of the classes have begun looking more closely at maps and how they help us on our journeys. Some have begun taking virtual journeys with our classroom iPads. Ask your child about it.

Field trip! – Thursday, March 15 we will journey to the train museum. Look for permission slips coming home next week.

Writing – This week the first graders worked on improving their opinion pieces by adding a “hook” to their writing. Thank you to our literacy coordinator, Maureen Carpenter, for demonstrating this lesson for teachers and making it easy! A hook is a beginning that grabs the reader. It can be a story, an attention getter (like a sound or expression), a question, etc. Although we are working on opinion writing, using a hook is a great way to start many writing genres. We are looking for students to apply their new hook-writing skills in future pieces.

Math – The first graders have been busy surveying their classmates this week. They have been asking about favorite colors, super heroes, pets, ice cream flavors, etc. Then they are using classmate responses to create bar graphs. At home: Ask your child about the survey questions he/she may have asked or answered in class. How does your graph look? What response was the most popular? Least? Find a kid-friendly bar graph online and ask your child to tell you what information he/she can learn from it.

Save the Date – Planning ahead? Student-led conferences are on Thursday, March 29. This is an opportunity for students to share their learning and give evidence of the growth they have made. You will get information from the ES office about sign-up times in the near future. Please make plans to come to school with your child that day.

Important Dates:

Monday, March 5 – we follow a Friday schedule

Thursday, Friday March 8-9 – No school – Women’s Day

Thursday, March 15 – Field trip to the train museum

Friday, March 16 – Spirit Day – dress as your favorite character

Thursday, March 29 – Student-led conferences

Friday, March 30 –  No school – Faculty professional development

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Maslenitsa

No School next week!  Enjoy the February Break! See you on the 26th.

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys

Field trip – Thanks to all of our parent volunteers who joined us on our field trip to Belarusskaya metro and train station for our journeys unit. We had a great day out. We hope your child was able to share some details of the journey aside from the pizza lunch!

Journeys Homework – We are enjoying sharing our life journeys with the timelines you created at home. They look great! Thank you for assisting your child with this. If you have not had a chance to complete your child’s timeline, please do so and send it in any time in the week after the break, so your child can share his/her life journey with the class.

Red Journey Journal – Your child brought home a holiday journal this week. Of course, this is optional, but it may give students some talking points when they share information about events over the holiday. Whether you will be in Moscow or traveling elsewhere, children can document some elements of their week away from school, such as the weather, food they ate, places they saw, types of transportation used, etc. Students are most welcome to include other items, stories, poems, souvenirs, etc. in their journals. We look forward to having them share their journeys and journals (if they choose to use them) when they return to school.

Writing – Although we spent a bit of our writing time working on our friendship cards, we continue to work on our opinion writing. You can help your child develop some opinion writing ideas by chatting about likes and dislikes. Tell your child about something you like and give 2 or 3 reasons why you like it. It could be as simple as why you like apples or the color blue. Ask your child about some of the opinion pieces he/she has been working on lately.

Math – We continue to work on linear measurement in math. We are beginning to move from non-standard units (buttons, paperclips, blocks, etc.) to using our centimeter cubes and rulers to measure. At home: Estimating is often the way we use measurement as adults. (We must have had 40 cm of snow in the last few weeks!) Students can begin to try this at home. Begin with a 30 cm ruler and find things that are about 30 cm, less than 30 cm and more than 30 cm. Then ask them to think about other objects. “Do you think a cereal box (pencil, your arm, a plate . . . ? ) is less than 30 cm, more than 30 cm or about 30 cm?”

Valentines Day – The students worked hard preparing friendship cards for their classmates. We hope your child gets an opportunity to share the valentine cards he/she received with your family. Thank you to families who also sent in treats for our celebration of friends!

New activities – Activities begin our first day back after the break. Please make sure that your child and all concerned with end-of-day routines are aware of schedule changes – particularly the bus monitor and company.

Skating is Finished – The weather cooperated with our skating schedule quite well this year. Although the skating unit in PE is finished, we hope you get an opportunity to get your child on the ice elsewhere to demonstrate growing confidence and evidence of his/her “learning journey” in skating.

From Elementary Ambassadors Club The ES Ambassadors are collecting a few small items they have selected to put into the “New Mom Kits” to send to Botswana with the High School Ambassadors in March 2018.

We are collecting New items only and are in need of:

·         Onesies

·         Small Blankets

·         Baby Socks

·         Small Packets of Wipes

·         New Pacifiers

·         Baby Hats

There will be a collection box in the ES office until March 12.

Please help us help the babies and moms in Pandamatenga!

Important Dates:

February 19-23 – No School  – February Break

Monday, February 26 – New after school activities begin

Thursday, Friday March 8-9 – No school – Women’s Day

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys

Field Trip on Thursday! As part of our unit, we have had a journey into the woods, some journeys around school, and a journey through the neighborhood. Our next journey will be by bus to Sokol metro station and then the metro to Belarusskaya. We will use the metro map to trace our journey. There we will take a look at the train station and its surroundings before having a pizza lunch at Il Patio and our bus journey back to school. Students will bring a morning snack as usual and may want to bring an extra snack for the afternoon in case they did not enjoy their lunch. Please return the permission slip on Monday and let us know if you can join us on this trip.

Thank you Pokrovsky families! – We had a great walk around the Pokrovsky neighborhood today as part of our journeys unit. It provided a good opportunity for us to connect images on a map to real life. We enjoyed finding our classmates houses as we walked along and again on our maps. Thank you for marking your house Pokrovsky families!

Journeys Homework – This week your child brought home a yellow paper describing the timeline project we are asking families to do at home. Please use photos, drawings, and writing to show important events in your child’s life journey. You are welcome to use the A3 paper sent home or any paper you choose. Please send in your child’s timeline any day next week.

More journeys homework! – OK this one is optional. As the children will have a week away from school and many will be embarking on journeys, next week we are sending home a red journal to record information about their week. Whether you will be in Moscow or traveling elsewhere, children can document some elements of their week away from school, such as the weather, food they ate, places they saw, types of transportation used, etc. Students are most welcome to include other items, stories, poems, souvenirs, etc. in their journals. We look forward to having them share their journeys and journals (if they choose to use them) when they return to school.

Valentines Day – The students have been very busy in school writing and decorating friendship cards for their classmates. We look forward to sharing the cards on Wednesday, February 14 which is Valentine’s Day. If you would like to send in a treat to share on Wednesday as we celebrate friendships, please let your child’s teacher know.

One more week of activities – You can sign up for new activities now by clicking the link in the ES newsletter. New activities will begin the first day back after the break.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, February 7 – New After School Activity sign-up begins

Friday, February 9 – No school – Faculty Professional Development Day

February 19-23 – No School  – February Break

Monday, February 26 – New after school activities begin

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Friday, February 2, 2018

No School Friday – Faculty professional development day

Where We Are in Place and Time – Journeys – We started our journeys unit this week by asking the students what they know about journeys or what they think a journey is. As we progress we will begin investigating different kinds of journeys, including life journeys and learning journeys.

Look Out Pokrovsky Residents! Here come the first graders! As one of our first journeys in this unit, the first grade students will be walking through the Pokrovsky neighborhood on Thursday. We are asking each Pokrovsky family of a first grader to mark their house with a sign – something like this: Dylan lives here or This is Luka’s house. Your child will bring home a balloon to help mark that sign if you like. We will begin our walk at about NEW TIME! NEW TIME! 1:00 on Thursday. If you are home, feel free to step out and greet us – we promise not to come in!

Homework – Timeline – In the next few weeks part of our journeys unit will be a look at our life journeys. Students will be asked to create a timeline of their lives at home that shows milestones of growth (born, lost my first tooth, learned to ride a bike, etc.) and big events in their lives (younger sibling born, moved to a new place, a memorable trip, etc.) Families will be asked to help their first graders create these life timelines with labeled photos or drawings. More information will be coming home next week, but you may want to begin collecting photos. Timelines can be sent in any time the week of February 12.

Winter Field Day! – A big THANK YOU to our PE teachers for arranging all of the activities on the field this morning. We had a great time out in the snow. Thank you also to the PTO parents who provided hot chocolate out there. Thanks for sending the kids dressed for the weather!

Sports Day! – We enjoyed showing off our favorite sportswear and teams today. Thank you to student council for choosing this no-uniform, spirit day!

Writing –  We hope you had an opportunity to share your child’s poetry at and after the expo last Friday. This week we moved from poetry writing to opinion writing. Most of the classes began with a discussion of opinion and how it is different from fact. We are reading some opinion books and giving our opinions about favorites.

Math – This week we began working on linear measurement. We are using a great variety of items to measure with – paper clips, blocks, buttons, pencils, etc. We are first learning the importance of using a consistent measuring device (Are all our paper clips the same length?) Also how do we lay them out next to the object to be measured? (Can there be spaces between them? Can they overlap?) At Home: Choose objects to measure with – legos, spoons, toothpicks, etc. and measure items around the house. If we measure the same object with different measuring tools, do we get the same measurements?

Valentines – We will be making friendship cards in class and sharing them on Valentine’s Day – Wednesday, February 14th. If you would like to send in a treat to be shared on that day as part of our celebration, please contact your child’s teacher.

Skating Continues – The weather has been very cooperative!

Important Dates:

Wednesday, February 7 – New After School Activity sign-up begins

Friday, February 9 – No school – Faculty Professional Development Day

February 19-23 – No School  – February Break

Monday, February 26 – New after school activities begin

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Friday, January 26, 2018

First Grade Expo! Thank you to all who joined us for our first-ever, first grade Expo. We enjoyed sharing our learning with our families. Please share your thoughts with your child about the Expo. Thank you again for your participation! If you were unable to attend, here are some possible questions to facilitate a discussion with your child: What does your invention do? What problem does it solve? What would you do differently next time?  What did you enjoy about the expo?

Reports – You will receive your child’s progress report online this afternoon. Please take some time to read it and talk about goals with your child. If you cannot access it for any reason, please contact the elementary office.

Winter Field Day is Friday! – Thank you in advance to our PE teachers who have planned some great activities for us on the snowy field. Students must come dressed for an extended time outside. Warm clothes, hats, scarves and waterproof gloves or mittens are highly recommended. A second pair of socks might be good to put on after field day in case we get snow in our boots. Friday is also a spirit day! It is sports day. Come dressed in your favorite team or sports gear.

Writing – Look for our poetry to come home soon. We hope you have the time to sit down with your child and read his/her poems. Please share some of your favorite poems. Did you have to memorize some in school? Do you still remember any?

Math – We continue to be full of math stories. Students are asked to read, think about and solve math stories almost every day. A good understanding of math stories is evident if students can make up their own. Give your child an equation and ask him/her to tell their own math story that follows it.  (8 + 5 = ?   7 + ? = 16  15 – ? = 8)

Skating – The weather has been great for skating. Here’s a reminder of the skating days:

1AO – Mondays

1DC  – Wednesdays

1HA – Wednesdays

1RD – Thursdays

1HM – Fridays

Important Dates:

Friday, January 26 – ES First semester reports issued electronically

Friday, February 2 – Winter Field Day! Spirit Day – dress for sport

Friday, February 9 – No school – Faculty Professional Development Day

February 19-23 – No School  – February Break

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