Anglo-American School of Moscow - Grade 1 Team

Author: Monique Horvath

Friday, January 31, 2019

Friday, January 31, 2019

How the World Works – materials –  We have been describing solids, liquids and gases as we have been looking at how people can manipulate and change materials. Ask your child how to describe solids, liquids and gases.  Is s/he using words like rough, smooth, hard, viscous, bubbly?

Writing –   The students are getting into their “How to” writing. Ask your child about the “how to” pieces s/he is writing. Can s/he tell you the steps using words like first, next, then, after that, finally, etc.? Is there a beginning “hook” to grab the reader and an ending sentence?

Reading – We are exploring nonfiction informational books in reading. If your child usually brings home fiction stories, encourage him/her to bring home some nonfiction books for their daily reading. 

Math – We are continuing our work on geometry. Sharing fairly has been a big topic in math this week. The students have explored the concept of fractions by focusing on sharing fairly. Have your child share fairly at home during meal times. S/he could cut a pizza or sandwiches into halves and quarters for the family. You can discuss the concept of parts and wholes. Challenge: Give your child a bag of skittles/peanuts or a chocolate bar and get them to share it fairly with all family members. Ask: What fraction did we each get?

Friendship Day is coming! – Friday, February 14 is Valentine’s day, but in first grade we are calling it Friendship day. We will celebrate friendships by asking every child to bring a card for each of his/her classmates. We are giving you some notice as your child may want to work on a few cards each day. More information about Friendship day as well as your child’s class list came home in the blue folder today.

Important Dates:

Friday, January 31 – Reports issued electronically

Wednesday, February 5 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up begins

Tuesday, February 11 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up ends

Thursday, February 13 – After School Activities Session 3 ends 

Friday, February 14 – First Grade Friendship day – Send in cards for your classmates

February BreakNo School – from 17 February to 21 February, 2020

Monday,February 24 – School resumes

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Friday, January 24, 2019

Friday, January 24, 2019

How the World Works – materials – The first graders have begun some investigations into solids and liquids. We are working on the properties of both. Ask your child about the words that they can use when describing solids and liquids. 

Writing – The students are slowly getting into their “How to” writing.  Ask your child what process they are/will be writing about and help them with ideas for the book they have in mind.  

Math – We are working on 2D and 3D shapes in math. Have your child go on a shape hunt at home. What shapes can he/she find? How many faces (flat surfaces) are there? Can you count edges and vertices (corners or points)? Can you find a cube, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, pyramid, and sphere?

Attention New Students and any who missed school photos! – Those who have not had their photo taken because they started late or were away that day should wear formal uniforms on Tuesday or Wednesday for their photo.

A note from PE:  We have looked at the weather and it is not going to be cold enough for long enough to build a rink this year. Ice skating during PE is canceled for this year. If for some reason this changes we will let you know. We know how much the students enjoy this experience and hopefully next year we will have a colder winter. There are many rinks in the city that are still functioning, it could be a great family outing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A note from Penguin Life: Ice skating after school activities will be held indoors with perhaps some outdoor activities. If parents decide to cancel ASA for their kids, they should notify Penguin Life.

 Important Dates:

Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday the 29th – Yearbook Makeup Photos – Formal uniform required

Friday, January 31 – Winter Field Day Canceled & Reports issued electronically

Wednesday, February 5 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up begins

Tuesday, February 11 – After school Activity Session 4 sign up ends

Thursday, February 13 – After School Activities Session 3 ends 

February BreakNo School – from 17 February to 21 February, 2020

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Friday, November 22, 2018

Friday, November 22, 2018

Conferences – See you on Thursday 28th November –  There is no school Thursday, instead please accompany your child to school at your scheduled time to discuss goals and progress with the teacher. If you have not scheduled a conference yet, please contact the elementary office to do so. Students wear formal uniforms for the conference.

Unit of Inquiry – As we get ready for the Grade 1 Expo, your child will be looking carefully at their artifacts to see if everything they brought in represents/explains parts of their life journey from birth to age 6/7. Your child might take some artifacts back home if they don’t want to include them and even opt to change them for something else from home they feel would better show a part of their life. Please help your child in this process.

Writing – The first graders have begun exploring poetry. Do you remember any poems that you learned or wrote in school? Can you still recite them?! Share some poetry in your home language with your child.

Math – As we have been working on all the number pairs that make 10, our next step is to use that knowledge to add 3 numbers.  Use playing cards to play Draw Three at home to practice this. Each player takes three cards and adds them. The partner with the highest number wins. What strategies does your child have for adding? At first s/he may count all of the dots. Then it is hoped they move on to putting the largest number in their head and counting on from there. Some may then begin recognizing numbers that go together easily like doubles and then counting on. Are they able to recognize pairs that make ten quickly and then add the third card? 

Save the Dates:

  1. First Grade Expo –  Thursday December 5th from 8:30 to 9:30, parents are invited to the Maly Theater at AAS as the first graders share their curated artifacts to give an insight into themselves as part of our units titled: Where We Are in Place and Time & Who We Are.  
  2. Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 12th from 9:00 to 9:45, the first graders will be on stage in the Bolshoi Theater at AAS, performing in their holiday concert. 

Important Dates:

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

Thursday, December 5 – Grade 1 EXPO in the Maly Theater from 8:30 to 9:30 am

Tuesday, December 10 to 12 – PTO New Book Fair

Wednesday, December 11 – After School Activities Session 3: Sign Up begins

Thursday, December 12 – Holiday Concert for Grade 1 to 4 from 9:00 to 9:45 am

Thursday, December 12 – After School Activities Session 2 ends

Tuesday, December 17 – Due date for filled Taganka bag donations

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

November 8

Friday, November 9, 2018

AAS Grade 6 Food Drive – October 15 to November 15, 2019

Please help spread the word about the AAS Food Drive.AAS Food Drive benefits the Noy House, which is a shelter that helps those in need who are willing to work to get back on their feet. People living there include those who work in the community for small wages, the elderly, those with disabilities, and women with children. We need non-perishable food (cans, dried foods, and baby food) and hygiene items (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers size 4 to 6, and baby wipes). Our goal is to collect 10,000 items. There are collection bins in front of the ES Office.

Unit of Inquiry – Artifact homework: If your child has not brought in artifacts yet, please help him/her to bring them in early next week.  We ask that you please help your child gather 8-10 artifacts (physical objects) to bring to school as the basis for creating their personal museum.  Please see our earlier email or contact your child’s teacher for more details.

Reading – Thank you for keeping up with daily reading with your child. Our up-coming conferences will be a great time to let the teacher know if you feel your child is bringing home books that are “just right” for his reading level or if you have any concerns about reading.

Writing – We will be wrapping up our Personal Narrative writing unit soon. As part of the wrap up, the students will be expected to edit and ‘publish’ a writing piece of their choice. Ask your child questions like, “What do writers check for when they edit their writing?  If a part does not make sense, what should a writer do? What do you want to get better at in writing?

Math  – Get out the dominoes and practice addition strategies. Draw a domino and add – the highest wins. Does your child recognize a 4, 5 and 6 without counting? When he is adding, your child may count all of the dots. Then he may say one number (hopefully the largest) and count on. They should begin to recognize doubles and adding of 1, 2 or 3 automatically. The more often you play, the more efficient he will become.

Conferences – Our student/parent/teacher conferences are on Thursday, November 28. There is no school that day, instead you accompany your child to school at your scheduled time to discuss goals and progress with the teacher. You will be receiving an email from the ES office with instructions for signing up for your conferences. If you have any difficulty in this process, please contact the office. Students wear formal uniforms for the conference.

Save the Dates:

  1. First Grade Expo –  Thursday December 5th from 8:30 to 9:30, parents are invited to the Maly Theater at AAS as the first graders share their curated artifacts to give an insight into themselves as part of our units titled: Where We Are in Place and Time & Who We Are.  
  2. Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 12th, the first graders will be on stage in the Bolshoi Theater at AAS, performing in their holiday concert. 

Important Dates:

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

Thursday, December 5 – Grade 1 EXPO in the Maly Theater from 8:30 to 9:30 am

Wednesday, December 11 – After School Activities Session 3: Sign Up begins

Thursday, December 12 – Holiday Concert for Grade 1 to 4

Thursday, December 12 – After School Activities Session 2 ends

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

 

Friday, September 5, 2014

How We Organize Ourselves – After investigating the need for teamwork and cooperation in our unit about Organizations, we will look more closely at roles and responsibilities. Many of the students have drawn or written about their responsibilities at home and school. Next we will look at specific roles in the most familiar organization – our school.

Reading – As we learn to choose “just right” books, most of us are selecting books and bringing them home each day. Please read with your child every day. Our love of learning begins with a love of reading. It should be an enjoyable experience for both of you.

e-Books – We are happy to inform you that  your child has access to hundreds of eBooks using the school’s subscription to Raz-Kids, www.raz-kids.com. Students can read, listen to, and even self-record reading these books. Reading-comprehension quizzes along the way show the progress that  your child is making. The specific login information for each class will be sent home.

Math Focus for Next Week:

  • Partition 2-digit numbers into tens and units
  • Order numbers up to 100 and position them on a 100-square

Counting practice – Give your child any 2-digit number and ask him/her to count on (or back for a challenge!) from that number. Ask what is one more or one less (or ten more or ten less for a challenge!) from that number.

Race to 100 Game – Many will be introduced to this game next week and you can play it at home with 10-ruble and 1-ruble coins and dice. If you roll a 1 or 2, you take 1 or 2 ten-ruble coins. If you roll a 3, 4, 5, or 6, you take that many one-ruble coins. After each roll, you add up the amounts. When you get ten 1-ruble coins you exchange them for a 10 coin. The first one to 100 rubles is the winner!

Parent / Teacher / Student goal setting conferences are Friday, September 19   Sign-up is now open! Please refer to the email you received this week about details.

Indoor Shoes – Children should have indoor shoes left in their lockers that are changed into when they arrive at school. These can also be their PE shoes. Please no open-toed shoes.

After School Activities Begin! – Check the Penguin Life news to find out about your child’s activities. Your child should be picked up in their activity space at 4:30. Please make sure drivers, nannies and bus monitors are aware of the changes to pick-up schedules for activities and mother tongue language classes.

Important Dates

Saturday – Welcome BBQ, Fun Run and Wellness Fair 11:30-15:30

Monday – After School Activities begin

Tuesday – 1FJ photo day – formal uniforms (check last week’s post for uniform info)

Friday, September 19 – Parent / Teacher / Student Goal Setting Conferences

Message from our Occupational Therapist:

PreK- Grade 2 PARENT WORKSHOP:  “Using Play to Facilitate Development” September 23, 08.45-10.00, South Cafeteria, presented by Occupational Therapist Melanne Maddalene Randall.   

 

Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. It is through play that children, at a very early age, engage and interact in the world around them.

 

Come join us for a presentation on development and specific activities that you can do with your child, all geared towards facilitating/stimulating the underlying developmental and sensory systems of your child.  Questions? Please contact Occupational Therapist Assistant Banu Ergoz at Banu.Ergoz@aas.ru.

 

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