How We Express Ourselves

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Dear Parents,

Grade 2 will soon be starting our last Unit of Inquiry for this school year.  This unit falls under the transdisciplinary theme How We Express Ourselves.  

Central Idea: Artists use their creativity in many different ways to express feelings and ideas.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Ways that artists use their creativity
  • How we perceive art
  • Messages that art conveys                                                                       


Each grade 2 class will be hosting an End of Unit Celebration in the Malyy Theater on one of the following dates: June 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th,  A letter with the date and time for your child’s class will be sent home separately.  At this celebration,  we will be sharing with you all the different ways that “artists use their creativity to express feelings and ideas”. This will include a dance and song performance, an art show, poetry readings and more!  

The children will be key players in planning and preparing for this celebration and your presence and support will be equally important to the success of this celebration. Please mark your calendars and save the date.

As Russian Dance is one component of the dance performance, students will be wearing Russian Dance costumes for this celebration. Costumes will be fitted and distributed before the celebration. Students will need to have the following to complete their costumes.

Boys will need: 

  • Black pants
  • Black shoes and socks

Girls will need:

  • White dress shoes
  • White tights

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Warm Regards,        

Grade 2 Team

Market Day

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The 3rd graders will be holding their Young Entrepreneurs’ Market Day on Friday April 28th. This is the culminating activity for our HWOO Unit. Their hard work can only be rewarded by motivated consumers. Some products may cost as little as RUB 20, while others may be as much as RUB 250.  All profits will be donated to charity. Each teacher is asked to sign up for a time to bring their class to the Market and to pass this message on to their classroom parents. Please support us!

Date: Thursday. April 27, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:00

Where:  Hall of Flags

Suggested Pocket Money: Rub 100-300

Open to: Students Grade K and up, parents and staff

Outdoor Learning 2017

This morning has been a great learning experience for our 2nd graders. Caroline Carr and Zane Powles (Outdoor Learning Consultants) enthusiastically led about 85 students and 10 adults in a forest exploration. This exploration highlighted the importance of students gaining experience of the world beyond the classroom. Students participated in different learning activities and making connections with nature. They have shown how important it was to work in teams and to be respectful of their natural environment. Students had space, freedom, and time to work at their current interests. It was interesting to see how creative they can get when given time and opportunity to explore.

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Outdoor Learning

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Dear families,

On April 19th-20th we will be heading into the nearby woodland with the visiting Outdoor Learning Consultants, Caroline Carr and Clare Ward.  The consultants are coming to expand our understanding of learning in the outdoors.

We expect to be getting ‘up close’ to nature, therefore we request that everyone be dressed for the weather and prepared to get muddy.  Rubber boots or shoes and clothes that can get muddy are essential.    

Thanks for your support!

Student-Led Conferences

Student-Led Conferences

On Wednesday, March 29 students in the elementary school will be leading conferences for their parents. This is an important process for students to develop self-confidence, reflect on their practices, and to gain a better understanding of their learning.

What is a Student-Led Conference?

The student is in charge of the conference and shares work selected from his/her portfolio. Portfolios of student work have been compiled to demonstrate each student’s growth. The students will share the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the year. During the conference each student will engage parents in a variety of learning activities that they have experienced in previous units of study. Each session lasts 40 – 50 minutes.

Why Student-Led Conferences?

    • Students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their work, goals and their success throughout the year in developing their portfolio, which they share at the conference.
    • Students take ownership over the conference; this active involvement promotes student responsibility and accountability.
    • Students are able to reflect upon their learning when leading conferences.
    • Conferences allow students to share their perspective on their own learning and development with teachers and parents.
    • Conferences allow students to showcase their knowledge, skills, and understanding through actively participating in learning engagements.
    • Conferences provide an opportunity for the students to share their learning with parents.
    • Parents gain a better understanding of the classroom experience of their child.



The student’s role

  • To collect, select, organize and reflect on the items for their portfolio and to share learning experiences.

The teacher’s role

  • To ensure students are prepared for the conference.
  • To facilitate conferences and learning engagements occurring in the classroom.

The parent’s role

  • To attend the conference with your child. It is important you are there for them.
  • To ask supportive and inquiring questions. Examples of questions will be provided during the conferences if you would like to use them.

There will not be an opportunity for you to conference with teachers at this time.  Should you need further information, please schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher for a future date.

Grade 2 Team

Math Rubric

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Dear Families,

At AAS, we believe that Math learning is about more than simply being able to calculate. Our math standards include the Standards for Mathematical Practices that effective mathematicians use to make sense of problems, recognize patterns, and reason about the numbers and shapes around them. With this in mind, teams of Elementary teachers are developing engagements and assessment tools that allow students opportunities to show their growth in mathematical concepts as well as these practices. Through newsletters, blog posts and meetings, parents have also been learning about the Standards for Mathematical Practice that are part of our math curriculum from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

In an effort to help students and parents understand expectations for math learning and recognize growth and success, we have developed an adaptable common rubric for use in grades K-5. Teachers will begin working with this new rubric in the next round of unit assessments. It is our hope that this tool will allow students and parents, along with their teachers, to better understand how our assessments give children opportunities to share their understandings, recognize and celebrate successes, and identify areas for growth.

When your child’s next assessment comes home, we hope you will take time to discuss the information on the rubric, ask questions and help your child to identify goals for learning and showing mathematical understanding. Please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher if you have questions about assessments or the tools used to evaluate them.  We welcome your feedback as we endeavor to improve learning and communication at AAS.


The Elementary School Team

Link to the Standards for Mathematical Practices

Where We Are in Place and Time


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Dear Parents,

Grade 2 will be starting our fourth Unit of Inquiry next week.  This unit falls under the transdisciplinary theme of Where We are in Place and Time.  This is an inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations,  from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: Exploration leads to discoveries, opportunities and new understandings.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Reasons for exploration
  • How exploration has taken place
  • Consequences of exploration
  • What exploration can mean for us
Key Concepts:

  • causation
  • perspective
  • reflection
Related Concepts:

  • impact
  • discovery
  • curiosity

Our greatest resource is you!

If you have special knowledge in regards to this unit and you would like to be involved as a guest speaker in the classroom, please contact your child’s teacher.

Thank you for all your support!

The Grade 2 Teachers


Used Book Fair

The Used Book Fair is being held in the Malyy Theatre from Thursday 9th March to  Saturday 11th March 2017.

Thursday 9th March and the morning of Friday 10th March have been reserved for students and teachers only.

The Used Book Fair will be offering many genres books in English and Russian. Each book will cost 1 PTO Exchange Swap Ticket or 100 rubles.

Please send Swap Tickets or money in with your child on the day that your child’s class is visiting the fair. Your child’s teacher will inform you of the day and date.

If you have any questions, please contact Monika Cydzik at or call +7 916 714 09 46.

Thank you!

Winter Field Day Information – from the P.E. Department

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Winter  Field Day will take place on Friday, February 17th. The students will not have their normal PE lesson that day as Mr. Wohlberg, Mr. Buggs, and Mrs. Katie Lennon will be on the field for both sessions.


·         The PreK – Grade 2 students and teachers will go to the field at 9:20am and start their activities at 9:30 and finish at 11am.

·         The students will rotate around the field through about 9 stations spending approximately 10 minutes at each station. Each station will have a station leader, but the class teachers will be expected to help organize the students.

·     Students have played all of the games in their PE lessons so they will be prepared to participate.

·         There will also be a hot chocolate station where PTO parents will be passing out cups of hot chocolate for the students.

We recommend that students dress warm with snow pants, jacket, thermal socks, gloves, and warm hat.