Message from our Librarians

Keep your kids reading and enjoying stories!

Here are some resources that can keep you connected to our library throughout the summer.

As parents of young people, you have the ability to check out up to 15 books for the summer.  Your children in grades 3 and below are not able to check out books for the summer.  Summer checkout will begin on Saturday, 9 June, and books can be checked out to patrons with clear library accounts until the last day of school.

The AAS Library has access to:

 

Tumblebooks, where books are read aloud, and where you can find games and all sorts of fun activities.

 

Storyline Online, where famous actors read aloud their favorite stories.  The animation that accompanies it is wonderful.

 

PebbleGo, where students can practice their reading and find informational texts at their levels.

 

Brainpop, where informational videos and fun activities are available in a cool interface.

 

If you need to log in, the username is aaslibrary, and the password is penguins.

 

Some parents have also enjoyed audiobooks with their children.  See our Overdrive if you want to enjoy some favorites with your child.  If you need to set up an account with us, email library@aas.ru or come and see us.

 

We hope you have a beautiful, sunny summer with your child, and enjoy any reading you can do!

 

All the best,

The AAS Library

Library Resources During Summer Break

Dear Parents,

Please read the message below from our wonderful librarians about the library resources you can use during summer break!

Keep your kids reading and enjoying stories!  Here are some resources that can keep you connected to our library throughout the summer.

As parents of young people, you have the ability to check out up to 15 books for the summer.  Your children in grades 3 and below are not able to check out books for the summer.  Summer checkout will begin on Saturday, 9 June, and books can be checked out to patrons with clear library accounts until the last day of school.

The AAS Library has access to these web-based resources:

  • Tumblebooks, where books are read aloud, and where you can find games and all sorts of fun activities.
  • Storyline Online, where famous actors read aloud their favorite stories.  The animation that accompanies it is wonderful.
  • PebbleGo, where students can practice their reading and find informational texts at their levels.
  • Brainpop, where informational videos and fun activities are available in a cool interface.

If you need to log in to any of the web-based resources, the username is aaslibrary, and the password is penguins.

Some parents have also enjoyed audiobooks with their children.  See our Overdrive if you want to enjoy some favorites with your child.  If you need to set up an account with us, email library@aas.ru or come and see us.

We hope you have a beautiful, sunny summer with your child, and enjoy any reading you can do!

All the best,

The AAS Library

ECO Green Fair

April 20 is an all-School Spirit day: Blue and Green. 

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There will be a Farmer’s Market, Garage Sale and a broken electronics drop off. Children can bring a small amount of money to buy items for sale at the Fair, however we encourage ES students to roam the educational displays at the Fair and play games rather than spend their time slot at the Garage Sale. ES students are welcome visit Yard Sale after school with their parents.

We will give out certificates to the winners of the Art Contest at the Assembly, 2.45pm on Friday in the Bolshoi Theatre.

Here you can review and print the Schedule of the day https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xk908AJ2k4TaUPNZgSoLSHdBPaXCjBCzkBb3pqZXSTk/edit

Thank you!

Eco Green Committee

Student-Led Conferences (March 29th)

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What is a Student-Led Conference?

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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.

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.
  • Teachers will be circulating and participating in conferences as appropriate.  You can always schedule an additional conference with teachers to discuss your child’s progress.

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.

Some questions to ask your child during SLC: March 29, 2018

Please ask questions that promote self-assessment (Kath Murdoch)

  • What are you noticing about your thinking?
  • How do you think you are going with this?
  • How do you know?
  • What would you like to see improved? How could you make this better?
  • What are you going to do next? Why? How?
  • What do you think has improved since the last time you did this?
  • What would you like to work on next time?
  • What will you need to do to achieve this goal?
  • How will you know when you get there?

We hope to see you on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Visiting Poets: Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger

Message from our librarians:

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger are educators and authors with a high-energy flair for poetry. They have been working with our elementary and middle school students this week, March 19-21, and luckily we have been able to get our hands on a few books of their poetry and historical fiction for sale. We have poetry books for all ages ES-HS and a wonderful historical fiction that will work well for grades 4-8. Please stop by the library to see the cart of choices. All books are 500 rubles and they can be personally signed by the authors if they are purchased before Wednesday at 4:00 pm.

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. 

Sincerely,
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.

Sincerely,

The Grade 2 Team

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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.

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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.