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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Friday, June 15, 2018

Last days! It doesn’t seem possible, but we only have 2 and a half days left of school!

Kuzminki Park on Monday! – All first grade will be heading to the bee apiary at Kuzminki park on Monday. As much of our day will be outside, students need to dress for the weather. Bring snack, water bottle, and lunch from home.

Wednesday is not a late start. Wednesday is our last day and we will begin at 8:25. The closing ceremony will be at 11:00 – Parents are invited. No lunch at school – dismissal is at 12:00.

Thank You Chaperones – 1WJ, 1AO, and 1MS had a great day out at the botanical gardens yesterday. Thank you to our trip chaperones.

Field Day! – Thank you to our PE teachers and the middle school students who ran the games for our field day this morning. We had a great time racing, throwing, and playing. Thank you!

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – You will see some evidence of our green thumbs coming home as we begin to take the plants we have nurtured home. Ask your child about what plants need to grow and why we need plants.

Math – We are reviewing many of the skills we worked on this year in math. At home, use tens and ones coins to practice making and understanding the value of 2-digit numbers. Grab a handful of ten and one ruble coins. How much is it? Did I get more or less than my partner? How do you know it is more?

Leaving AAS? – If your family is leaving AAS, please inform the classroom teacher and the office so that we can say goodbye and make preparations. Also let the teacher know if your child needs to clean out his/her locker and take home school work earlier to accommodate your pack-out day.

Traveling before the last school day? If your child will not be at school through June 20, please let the teacher know so that your child can say goodbye to classmates and bring home belongings. This is also helpful to know numbers when planning our last field trip (June 18) and class party. If a child is leaving early they may come to the office at the end of the day on their last day to pick up their yearbook.

Important Dates:

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary and grade 1 class party

Wednesday, June 20 – Last day – Not a late start – Closing ceremony 11:00 – dismissal 12:00

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Monday is BLU day! BLU – stands for Book Lovers United! The library has invited us to leave our uniforms in the closet and wear blu(e) on Monday to celebrate books and reading. The celebration continues all week and we will be visiting the library for guest readers and other activities. ES students wear blue on Monday!

Thursday Field Trip for 1WJ, 1AO, and 1MS – 1HM and 1DC enjoyed the botanical gardens today. Thank you to our parent chaperones! 1WJ, 1AO and 1MS are looking forward to their botanical garden trip on Thursday. Students will need snack, lunch and water bottle from home.

Friday is Field Day! – Our PE teachers have organized some great activities for us on the field. Check the weather and dress for an extended time outside on Friday.  Hats and labeled water bottles are recommended. Please apply sunscreen at home.

Kuzminki Field Trip on Monday, June 18 – The first graders are buzzing about our trip to the apiary. Thanks to those who have already returned permission slips and volunteered to join us!

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – The students are really showing their green thumbs! (English expression that means they are good at growing and caring for plants. Is there a similar expression in your home language? Share it with your child.) We started with seeds, and have seen sprouts, stretching stems, and lots of new leaves. We’ve enjoyed watching them grow.

Writing – We continue with our informational book writing. Many of the classes have been using the laptops to produce some electronic “all about” books. Ask your child about his/her latest informational book.

Math – We are reviewing many of the skills we worked on this year in math. We keep coming back to the importance of ten and the number pairs that make ten. Do a review of the pairs that make ten by playing Tens Go Fish with playing cards at home.

Leaving AAS? – If your family is leaving AAS, please inform the classroom teacher and the office so that we can say goodbye and make preparations. Also let the teacher know if your child needs to clean out his/her locker and take home school work earlier to accommodate your pack-out day.

Traveling before the last school day? If your child will not be at school through June 20, please let the teacher know so that your child can say goodbye to classmates and bring home belongings. This is also helpful to know numbers when planning our last field trip (June 18) and class party.

Important Dates:

Monday, June 11 – BLU Day! No uniforms – Wear blue

Thursday, June 14 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1AO, 1WJ, and 1MS

Friday, June 15 – Field Day!

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary and grade 1 class party

Wednesday, June 20 – Last day – Not a late start – Closing ceremony 11:00 – dismissal 12:00

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Friday, June 1, 2018

International Day tomorrow! – Come and enjoy the food and fun!

After School Activities Finished – No activities next week. Please make sure that all concerned are aware of your child’s schedule changes. Mother Tongue Classes continue until Thursday, June 14.

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – We are enjoying observing and nurturing our plants. It is amazing to see what can come from a tiny seed. With all of the plant products our classmates have shared we are learning how valuable plants are to us. Check out our plant field trips!

Field Trips – Permission slips for our upcoming field trips came home this week. Please sign and return them as soon as possible. We can take 2 parent volunteers on each trip, so let us know if you would like to join us. Here are the travel dates again: Botanical gardens on June 8 (1DC, 1HM) and June 14 (1WJ, 1AO, 1MS),  Kuzminki park apiary on June 18. Students will need lunches and water bottles from home for both trips.

Reading – With the great weather we’ve had, we are sure that students are getting out more to play. We hope you are still finding time to listen to your child read each day. Please let the classroom teacher know if your child needs assistance choosing or finding appropriate books. Remember it should be an enjoyable experience for you both! The goal is to develop a love of books and a reading habit that continues all summer long.

Math – Helping your child begin telling time? Start with only the short hour hand and ask what does that tell you. Is it on the 5? Just after 7? Between 8 and 9? Concentrating on the short hour hand first will make it easier to then add the minute hand. The minute hand can be very difficult as it does not use the numbers on the clock but the multiples of 5. When we begin telling time, it is typical for students to report 9:30 as “nine six.” In first grade we work to read and understand time on the hour and half hour.

Leaving AAS? – If your family is leaving AAS, please inform the classroom teacher and the office so that we can say goodbye and make preparations. Also let the teacher know if your child needs to clean out his/her locker and take home school work earlier to accommodate your pack-out day.

Traveling before the last school day? If your child will not be at school through June 20, please let the teacher know so that your child can say goodbye to classmates and bring home belongings. This is also helpful to know numbers when planning our last field trip (June 18) and class party.

Important Dates:

Saturday, June 2 – International Day

Friday, June 8 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1HM and 1DC

Thursday, June 14 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1AO, 1WJ, and 1MS

Friday, June 15 – Field Day!

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary and grade 1 class party

Wednesday, June 20 – Last day – Closing ceremony 11:00 – dismissal 12:00

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Spirit Day – Thanks for sending us back in time with the clothing today. It is interesting to learn what the kids think about periods of history. We will be back in 2018 and back in uniform on Monday!

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – As our unit continues, we are busy planting, watering, and observing changes in our plants. Please feel free to bring in more plant-based products from home to share with the class. Thanks to Ilya’s family (1HM) for sharing the great plant product video links!

Field Trips – As part of our plant unit, we have 2 field trips scheduled. Our first trip will be to the botanical gardens on June 8 (1DC, 1HM) and June 14 (1WJ, 1AO, 1MS). Our second trip will be to the Kuzminki park apiary on June 18. Look for permission slips coming home soon with your opportunity to volunteer to chaperone.

Writing – We are taking off with our informational books. As well as the typical table of contents and chapter headings, many students are including labeled drawings, maps, bold type words and a glossary. Ask your child what features are part of his/her latest “all about” book.

Math – Inspired by our work with beginning fractions, snack math is happening in some of the first grade classrooms. That’s right, some students are making fractions with their snacks. “I ate half of my apple. I can cut my sandwich into 4 pieces and eat one quarter. How would I cut my muffin to make 3 equal parts?” At home: Practice some snack math at home. Can you nibble that cracker so that one quarter is missing? One half? How could we put jam on one third of the toast?  Don’t forget to play with clocks and timers just to become more familiar with the passage of time and how we measure it.

Important Dates:

Saturday, June 2 – International Day

Friday, June 8 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1HM and 1DC

Thursday, June 14 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1AO, 1WJ, and 1MS

Friday, June 15 –  Field Day!

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary and grade 1 class party

Wednesday, June 20 – Last day – Closing ceremony 11:00 – dismissal 12:00

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday is a spirit day! No uniforms on Friday. The theme is “Back in time.”  The student council has invited us to dress in clothes from any time period in the  past – perhaps traditional home country clothing.

How the World Works – materials – Many of the kids have been inspired to try some kitchen chemistry at home. Even though we wrapped up our materials unit, we still encourage students to share experiences, photos or videos of the experiments they try at home.

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – We began our plant unit this week with some of the children bringing in an item from home that comes from plants. Thank you for providing this great introduction that helps us see the importance of plants and how we are interconnected. Homework:  If your child has not brought in an item or photo from a plant product to share with the class, please do so next week. Thank you for your help with this.

Reading – Please keep listening to your child read each day and let the classroom teacher know if you feel the books are not “just right.” Remember, it should be an enjoyable experience for your both!

Writing – We continue to work on our informational or “all about” books in writing. If your child has a particular interest in an animal, place, insect, video game, etc., encourage him/her to write an informational book about it. What could your chapters be? What information do you know? What would you like to learn more about?

Math – Part of our current math unit is an introduction to telling time. There are a lot of skills involved in learning how to tell time. Please begin by helping your child develop a concept of time (How long does it take to eat dinner? What can you do in a minute?) Then begin to talk about the times that are important to them. (It is ten minutes to 8. You go to bed at 8:00. That’s in ten minutes.) Let your child set phone or tablet timers for short periods to gain an understanding of what is 1 minute, 5 minutes, 30 seconds, etc.

Important Dates:

Friday, May 25 – Spirit Day – back in time

Saturday, June 2 – International Day

Friday, June 8 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1HM and 1DC

Thursday, June 14 – Field trip to Botanical Gardens for 1AO, 1WJ, and 1MS

Monday, June 18 – Field trip to the Kuzminki Park Bee Apiary for all grade 1

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Crazy Hair Day! – Thanks for sending them with their crazy hair or hats today. We enjoyed being a bit silly today.

How the World Works – materials – As we wrap up our materials unit, the first graders were creating and carrying out their own experiments this week. They decided on a question, made some predictions, and followed through drawing and writing their observations of results. Ask your child about his/her experiment. The students enjoyed being scientists in this unit and they will surely continue experimenting during their open inquiry sessions.

Sharing the Planet –  Plants – As we begin our new unit on plants next week, we are asking each family to send in something from home that comes from plants. Thanks for your help with this.

Writing – The first graders are becoming familiar with the text features of informational books. Ask your child about the book he/she has been working on this week. What are your writing about? Does it include headings? A table of contents? What do you think you will write about next?

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, cuboid or rectangular prism, pyramid, and sphere?

Important Dates:

Saturday, June 2 – International Day

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