Student Council Fundraiser

Dear Parents and Students,

Student Council is having a drive to collect supplies and monetary donations to help children who are the victims of burns.  Speransky Hospital takes great measures to make sure that these children are emotionally, socially, and intellectually stimulated while they are in the hospital.  Even after they leave, the hospital continues to provide social outlets and positive experiences.  To take on these projects, they need our support.

We will have a box outside of the ES office for donations of goods, as well as a special box for monetary donations.  In an effort to avoid waste, we will not distribute envelopes to every student.  Rather, students/parents may put the money directly in the box.  

The hospital has outlined a specific list of goods that they would like.  That document can be found here:  Playroom needs

Student Council representatives have created posters for their classroom to advertise the drive.  Additional posters will be placed throughout ES.

The drive will continue until March 28th.

We will include this information in the newsletter, as well.

Thank you for your support. 

ES Student Council

How the World Works

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Dear Parents,

We will be starting our 4th unit of Inquiry this week.  This unit falls under the transdisciplinary theme of How the World Works.  We will be making inquiries into the different forces, motion, magnetism and gravity.  We will be conducting simple investigations to solve problems or answer questions.

Central Idea: People use their understanding of forces and motion to create and invent.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • How things move
  • Connections between forces and motion
  • How people use their understanding of motion to create

This theme is science oriented. We plan to use lots of hands-on activities to help the children build enduring understandings.

Students will:

  1. Understand and identify a variety of forces that make things move and describe what causes  them to change speed and direction.                                                                                                   
  2. Understand the ways that different objects may balance or topple in various situations.
  3. Understand magnetic force and how magnets interact with each other and different materials.           

How can you help at home?

  • Engage your child in conversations about the variety of forces (push and pull) in your home. They are everywhere!
  • Encourage your child to look carefully at how things move. Ask him/her to name the forces applied.
  • Help your child identify forces at work. Discuss how objects are balanced. Help your child complete homework activities.
  • Share books, tools, toys, DVD’s and other resources from home connected to this unit.


The Grade 2 Team


G2 Village – How to Rotations (HWOO)

Our G2 team would like to thank all the parents, teachers and TAs who have taken on a role in our  Grade two village yesterday. The students came back to our classrooms buzzing with excitement about the activities they participated in. Thank you so much for your engagement and participation in yesterday’s event. It was definitely an amazing learning experience for our students.



Elementary Winter Field Day

Dear Parents,

Next Friday, February 2, 2018, is the Elementary Winter Field Day.  Students in Grades PreK – 2 will be outside in the morning.  Please be sure that your child comes to school that day with all appropriate winter gear (coat, gloves, hat, snow pants, boots) because we will be outside for an hour and a half playing the various games.  Everyone must be appropriately dress for weather as cold as -15C!

Also happening next Friday is our next school spirit day, Sport Day, sponsored by the elementary student council.  Students may come to school dressed in their favorite sportswear.  If a student does not wish to participate in the spirit day, they must wear their school uniform.

Music Concert tomorrow

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Parents are invited to the ES Winter Concert tomorrow. The concert will start at 9:30. Please make sure your child comes to school in their formal uniform. They could bring a change of clothes with them if they want to. (PE uniform/normal uniform)

Formal Uniform (Girls/Boys)

Oxford buttoned-down long sleeved collared shirt (White) + slacks/trousers/skirt (Navy Blue) + tie (available for purchase at PTO store) + black shoes + black belt.

For the Formal Uniform, Girls also have the option to wear the navy pinafore with the long sleeved oxford and tie underneath.

Reminder – PTO Book Fair

AAS PTO New Book Fair 2017

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The Book Fair is being held in the Malyy Theatre from Tuesday 5th December to Thursday 7th December, 2017.

During the week preceding the fair, teachers will be given zip bags for students to take home with instructions for parents. Parents will be invited to place money in the bag and to return it to school, on the first day of the fair, for your child to buy books during the class visit to the fair. 
Opening hours of the New Book Fair:

– Tuesday 5th of December 10 am  – 5 pm
– Wednesday 6th of December 8.15 am – 5 pm
– Thursday 7th of December 8.15 am – 5 pm

If you have any questions, please contact Oksana Tolstoy at .

Thank you!

Ice Skating


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Practice, repetition, rehearsal… GETTING READY!!!   

Ice Skate Lacing, Correct skate size check, school helmet sizing,

DECEMBER 4th -8th 2017


Pre-K to grade 5 bring in their ice skates to PE class


We will NOT be skating during this PRACTICE week

( Our January ice skating schedule will be sent out in two weeks)


Students will practice putting skates on/off

Blade sharpness check

Have all skates laced up before class

Practice at home to be prepared


The PTO Exchange begins collecting skates on November 27 and selling gently used skates on December 4.

Sportmaster (  over 50 locations in Moscow

Decathlon Stores

Winter Gear

Dear Parents,

Now that winter is finally here, please make sure that your child brings all of their winter gear to school each day:

  • hat
  • gloves or mittens
  • warm winter coat (with a zipper that works correctly)
  • snow pants
  • snow boots

The elementary school policy is that students must be wearing all of their winter gear (especially snowpants) in order to be able to play in the snow during the 3 recesses.  Hooray for snow!

Thank you,
Grade 2 Team