Friday, October 12, 2018

How We Organize Ourselves Event Planning – We began our new unit this week with a an inquiry into events – What is an event?  Why do we have them? Our next steps will be to choose our own event to plan, prepare for, and host in the coming weeks.

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

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

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

Last week of Activities – We have one week left in this activity session. Sign-up for new activities begins on October 17. Look for the link on the Penguin Life page of the AAS website or in the ES News. No Activities the week after the Autumn Break.

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

Important Dates:

Wednesday, October 17 – Wear Pink

October 17-30 – Sign up for second session activities

Thursday, October 18 – Last day of Session 1 after school activities

October 22-26 – No School – Autumn Break

Wednesday, October 31 – Halloween celebration – students wear costumes to school

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Enjoy the long weekend!

Who We Are – Culture – As we are completing our unit, here are some questions you may want to ask your child: Tell me about something you learned about another culture. Why do you think it is important to learn about someone else’s culture? Did your work in class, make you think about a place you would like to visit to experience the culture?

Daily Reading – Keep working on developing the daily reading habit with your child. Remember the same time and place each day are a good way to start. Please let the classroom teacher know if you feel your child needs more assistance choosing “just right” books.

Writing – We hope the experiences during the 4 days away from school may inspire some personal narrative writing. Please remind your child that there are stories everywhere. If your child can attach any emotion to an event, you might say: “Hey this would be a good thing to write about.”

Pinktober – What is it? The Middle School student council has invited the elementary students  to join them in their breast cancer awareness campaign by wearing pink on Wednesdays in October. This is completely optional of course, but may be particularly poignant for the elementary students as one of the teachers is being treated at this time. We are telling the first graders it is our way of showing her we are thinking about her and wishing her well.

Math  – We have four days without school. It is a great time to get out dice, cards, or dominoes to help build number sense. You can use playing cards to play Slap Five. Use all the cards from ace to five and use the queens as zeros (remove 6-10 and jacks and kings). Split the deck in half and each player keeps a pile face down in front of them. The first player turns over one card, the second player turns over his first card next to it. They take turns putting cards on their pile. When the two cards showing on the top of each pile are a pair that make 5, the first player to slap his hand down on the deck, wins all of the cards.

Important Dates:

October 4 and 5 – No School – faculty professional development

Wednesday, October 10 and 17 – Wear Pink

Thursday, October 18 – Last day of Session 1 after school activities

October 22-26 – No School – Autumn Break

October 17-30 – Sign up for second session activities

Wednesday, October 31 – Halloween celebration – students wear costumes to school

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Friday, September 28, 2018

No School Thursday and Friday!

Puppet Theatre trip! We had a great trip to the puppet theatre on Wednesday. Thank you to our trip chaperones for joining us. If you haven’t had a chance to chat with your child about the trip, please ask him about the different puppets he saw and what he enjoyed.

Who We Are – Culture – As we begin to wrap up our unit, we shared our learning about culture with the preK and Kg students in our assembly today. Thank you to all of our families who have shared part of their culture with the classes. Our unit and understanding of culture was made much richer through your presentations and sharing. THANK YOU! Your opportunity has not passed! If you would still like to share an aspect of your culture with your child’s class, please contact the teacher to schedule a time.

Reading Homework – Many families talked about reading “just right” books during our goal-setting conferences. We hope your child is developing a daily reading habit with the books he is choosing from the classroom. You will often find that the books brought from the library are not “just right” books. The library is our chance to choose anything of interest to us. Speak to your child if you find they are often bringing the same type of book home and you feel they need a change.

Writing – Often generating ideas for writing is the most difficult part. Please think about helping to inspire your child’s personal narrative writing by sending in some photos of family trips or events. As mentioned previously, one photo of a child on an amusement park ride or at the beach or riding bikes with cousins can inspire lots of good writing. Thanks for your help with this.

Math  – One beginning strategy for addition is to count on. You can practice this with your child with dice, cards, or dominoes. First roll a die. Can your child say the number without counting the spots? If they are recognizing the dot patterns and numbers without counting, you are ready for two dice. Roll two, which is highest? Ask your child to say the highest number and count on the dots from the second die. Using the dice rolls as part of a game to see who rolls the highest number and keeping a tally of points can be one way to keep your child interested. More challenge: Use playing cards or dominoes for higher numbers. Does your child recognize 9 dots on a domino?

Important Dates:

October 4 and 5 – No School – faculty professional development

Thursday, October 18 – Last day of Session 1 after school activities

October 22-26 – No School – Autumn Break

October 17-30 – Sign up for second session activities

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Conferences – It was great to meet with families at our goal-setting conferences today. Thank you for taking the time to share information and set goals for your child. As many families are fighting the stomach virus that is going around, you may have been unable to attend. If so, please contact your child’s teacher to reschedule your conference.

Puppet Theatre trip! As part of the culmination of our culture study all of the first graders are off to the puppet theatre on Wednesday. We will see puppets from around the world as well as a performance of Puss and Boots. Your child will need a snack and lunch from home on Wednesday.

Who We Are – Culture Homework – To help us identify aspects of our culture as opposed to things we like, we are asking the students to return their “Me in a Bag” with a few artifacts from their culture. This time we may not have a favorite toy, but we might have something that tells about our family traditions and culture. Please bring the bags in anytime next week.

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

Writing –  As we begin writing personal narratives, it can be difficult for students to think of experiences they believe are worthy of putting down in writing. Although we know stories are everywhere and nearly any experience when told with detail and emotion is a good idea, this can be a challenge for some writers. How about providing a bit of inspiration for your child? Aside from talking about possible writing subjects or events, you can send in some photos that could inspire personal narratives. Students will keep the photos in their writing folders and refer to them when they need an idea to write about. One photo of a child on an amusement park ride or at the beach or riding bikes with cousins can inspire lots of good writing. Thanks for your help with this.

Math  – Here’s a game to try at home to help your child become more efficient with number combinations. Use playing cards to play Turn Over Ten. Remove the jacks and kings (queens become zeros). Lay the cards face down, in four rows of four. Players take turns turning over 2 cards, looking for pairs that make 10 (2 and 8, 7 and 3). If they find a pair they keep it and use the extra cards to fill the vacant spaces. When all of the cards are paired, the player with the most “tens” wins. Some families may want to begin with Turn Over Five. When your child is feeling comfortable with the pairs that make five, move on to six and seven. Need more challenge: Use the jacks (11), queens (12), kings (13) and jokers (zero) and try Turn Over Thirteen.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, September 26 – First Grade Puppet theater field trip

October 4 and 5 – No School – faculty professional development

Thursday, October 18 – Last day of Session 1 after school activities

October 22-26 – No School – Autumn Break

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Friday, September 14, 2018

See you at Goal-Setting Conferences on Friday! – If you haven’t signed up for a time, please do so. No school for elementary students on Friday, instead we will see you with your child at your scheduled time. We look forward to meeting with you. Students should wear formal uniforms.

Who We Are – Culture – This week some of the first grade families began sharing their culture and traditions with their child’s class. Our understanding of culture grows with each presentation. We’ve seen some traditional dress and photos of celebrations, as well as tasted some favorite foods.  We look forward to learning more about each other and our cultures in the coming weeks. If you haven’t contacted your child’s teacher to volunteer, please do so. Scroll down to last week’s blog for ideas on what you might share.

Reading Homework – On Monday the first graders will begin bringing home a book each day as we officially begin our daily reading homework. We ask that families listen to their first grader read for at least 10 minutes each day, but encourage more if your child is interested. The goal is to develop a reading habit and a love of books and stories. This should be an enjoyable experience for both of you. The children are working on choosing “just right” books independently.  At first you may find that these books seem too easy or too difficult as we develop our skills in choosing. If you find it is too difficult, please take turns reading or ask your child to find words s/he knows on the page and you read the rest. When you finish, ask your child what s/he thought about the level and the two of you should decide if it was “just right” or what s/he should look for next time.  Remember this should be an enjoyable experience for you both. Please return the books to school each day. Thank you for your help with this.

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

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

Important Dates:

Friday, September 21 – Parent-Student-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences formal uniforms

Wednesday, September 26 – First Grade Puppet theater field trip

October 4 and 5 – No School – faculty professional development

Thursday, October 18 – Last day of Session 1 after school activities

October 22-26 – No School – Autumn Break

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Who We Are – Culture – As our unit begins, we are aware that culture is a hard word to define. So this week the students rotated through each first grade classroom where the teachers introduced them to an element of their own culture. Ask your child about meeting the other teachers and what they learned about culture.

Thank you to families who have already volunteered to share your culture with your child’s class. We look forward to hearing from more families to be scheduled in the coming weeks. Please share your culture! Unsure about what to do? Share a special holiday or tradition that is important to your family. Introduce us to some music or a dance from your culture. Share a dish from your home country that your family enjoys. Teach or show us a particular sport or game popular in your culture. Can you think of another way to share your culture with the first graders? It can be 10 minutes or 30 minutes – whatever you are comfortable with. We need you! Please contact your child’s teacher now to volunteer to share!

Field Trip! As part of our unit on culture, all of the first grade classes will be visiting a puppet theatre on Wednesday, September 26. Permission slips came home this week. As the tickets are pre-purchased, we can only take two parent volunteers for each class. If you are free and would like to help chaperone our trip, please let us know on the permission slip and return it as soon as possible. Thank you!

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

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

1AO – Tuesday, September 11

1DE – Wednesday, September 12

1HM – Thursday, September 13

1TM – Friday, September 14

1DC – Tuesday, September 18 (Save your smiles for the next week!)

After School Activities Begin Monday – Please make sure your child, driver, nanny and bus company all are aware of changes in your child’s schedule.

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

Save the date – Friday, September 21 for our goal-setting conferences!

Important Dates:

Saturday, September 8 – PTO Welcome BBQ, Fun Run, Wellness Fair

Monday, September 10 – After School Activities Begin

Friday, September 21 – Parent-Student-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences

Wednesday, September 26 – First Grade Field Trip to the Puppet Theatre

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Who We Are – Culture – This is the title of our first unit of inquiry and it is going to be a great way to get to know each other. What makes us who we are? Often international school students have a great mix of cultural influences – Mum’s, Dad’s, the host country’s.

Please Share Your Culture – As mentioned at Open House, we would like to invite parents to share some of their culture with the class. We are very fortunate to have families from so many different cultural backgrounds and we can learn so much from you. You’re Invited! Please share something important to your family and/or culture with the first graders. There are many ways you can share: How about creating a display for our hallway bulletin board or table? You could visit your child’s classroom and share a special holiday or tradition that is important to your family. Introduce us to some music or a dance from your culture. Share a dish from your home country that your family enjoys. Teach or show us a particular sport or game popular in your culture. Can you think of another way to share your culture with the first graders? It can be 10 minutes or 30 minutes – whatever you are comfortable with. We need you! Please contact your child’s teacher now to volunteer to share!

Me in a Bag – We have enjoyed learning about our classmates as we shared our All About Me bags this week. If your child hasn’t brought in his, please help him to choose 5 objects that are important to him and share it next week.

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

Swimming – All of the grade one classes had their first swimming sessions this week. We will continue to swim on our assigned days all year long. Please bring suit, goggles, towel, swim cap and deck shoes  – all labeled – on your child’s swim day.

1TM – Swim on Wednesdays

1DC and 1AO – Swim on Thursdays

1DE and 1HM – Swim on Fridays

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

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

Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 4- Last day to sign up for After School Activities

Saturday, September 8 – PTO Welcome BBQ, Fun Run, Wellness Fair

Monday, September 10 – After School Activities Begin

Friday, September 21 – Parent-Student-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Welcome to Grade One! A Special Welcome to our New-to-AAS Families! It has been a great first week. The first grade teachers truly appreciate your flexibility with our new start-up schedule this week. We feel it has been an exceptional opportunity to get to know your children. We can plan more effectively and begin with greater awareness of what our students need, because we had time to meet with each student in our smaller afternoon groups. Again, thank you for being flexible. Full days all next week!

Me in a Bag – We look forward to learning about our classmates as each child shares his/her All About Me bag, decorated (some classes will decorate at school) and filled with favorite items. What will we learn about your child when he/she shares? Bags can be brought in any day next week. Perhaps your child could practice telling about his/her bag at home to help prepare? Thanks for your help with this!

Who We Are – Cultures – Our first unit is an investigation into culture and what makes you, you. We are excited to learn more about our peers and their family traditions and culture in the coming weeks. Please begin to think about and consider volunteering to share an important family tradition, celebration, dance, music, food or any part of your culture with your child’s class in September.

For My Locker at School I Need: indoor/PE shoes, extra clothes (doesn’t have to be a uniform),  raincoat and boots (for wet days and forest walks).

Swimming Begins – All first grade classes will be in the pool next week and each week throughout the year!  Please bring suit, goggles, towel, cap and deck shoes – all labeled – on your child’s swim day.

1TM – Swim on Wednesdays

1DC and 1AO – Swim on Thursdays

1DE and 1HM – Swim on Fridays

After School Activities – Sign up for activities begins on Wednesday. Please look for the Penguin Life link in next Wednesday’s School Newsletter to sign up.

Important Dates:

Wednesday, August 29 – Tuesday, September 4- After School Activity sign-up week

Saturday, September 8 – PTO Welcome BBQ, Fun Run, Wellness Fair

Monday, September 10 – After School Activities Begin

Friday, September 21 – Parent-Student-Teacher Goal Setting Conferences

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Goodbye and Good Luck – Best wishes to all of the first graders and their families who are moving to new schools and countries. Your friends at AAS will miss you!

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

Reports – Your child’s report will be issued this afternoon. There have been some glitches with the reporting software. If you have another child’s name or comment on your child’s report, please let the ES office know.

Math – As always we recommend playing games with cards, dice, and dominoes to help build number sense while playing. (Grandparents are generally good for this!) Scroll down through the blog posts to remind yourself of some of the games your child learned this year.

Reading – Keep up the reading habit and enjoyment of books. Remember to read to your child in his/her home language as well.

Important Dates:

Monday, August 20 – Open House – meet your child’s grade 2 teacher

Tuesday, August 21 – First day of second grade!

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