Save the date – G2 Expo

Our Expo will be on Friday March 13th from 9:00am to 10:00am.

Expo is a chance for the children to share their learning with parents. This year we will be showcasing our Unit of Inquiry – How the World Works.

The children will send an invitation after the break, but please keep the date in mind.

The Grade 2 Team

Grade Two Homework in February (RAKS)

Our focus for the entire month of February will be Random Acts of Kindness (RAKS).

• Your child’s homework notebook will become a ‘kindness journal’
• The students will write about each RAK they do for each day
• They will have to bring their kindness journals to school on Friday as normal and be prepared to discuss what they have done with the class

How the World Works!

Dear Parents,

We have begun our new Unit of Inquiry  – How the World Works.   We will be making inquiries into the different forces, motion, magnetism and gravity and conducting simple investigations to solve problems or answer questions.

The 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. Their summative task will be to create their own compound machine! 

As part of our learning for this unit we will be going on a field trip to the Experimentarium on February 13th. Please ensure your child returns their permission slip.

Grade 2 will share their learning for this unit at our Expo on Friday 13th of March from 9.00am til 10:00am. An invitation will follow but please save the date!

Request for donated loose materials from home such as:

paper towel rolls, wine bottle corks, wire, yarn, string, sturdy boxes (all sizes), plastic bottles, small toy cars, extra unneeded lego wheels and axles, small wood pieces, unique recyclables or anything you think might be used to help us build a compound machine. (You should not expect these items to return home again)

*These items will be shared and used among the grade level.*

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

Reminder – school starts at 8:30am

Please be reminded that classes at AAS start promptly at 8:30am.

Students should be ready to enter the classroom at 8:25, take off their winter gear, go to the bathroom if needed and then be ready to learn at 8:30am.

It is disruptive to the class when children arrive late. They often miss important instructions or reminders about their day and are both unsettled and unsettle others who are ready to learn.

Please make sure your child is at school on time. We thank you for your support.

The Grade 2 Team

Ice Skating Update

The PE team would like to update everyone on the ice skating situation during PE. We have looked at the weather and it is not going to be cold enough for long enough to build a rink this year. Ice skating during PE is canceled for this year. If for some reason this changes we will let you know. We know how much the students enjoy this experience and hopefully next year we will have a colder winter. There are many rinks in the city that are still functioning, it could be a great family outing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The PE Department.

ES Swim Club – ASA Term 3 and Term 4

Please see the message below from the Aquatics Department about the opportunity for students in Gr. 2-5 to participate in the ES Swim Club during ASA Term 3 and Term 4.

Dear Parents,

The Elementary School Swim Club is an activity designed to improve stroke technique, aerobic fitness, and to have fun in the water for Grades 2 – 5. The Aquatics Staff are offering an evaluation for the students that would like to join the ES Swim Club VIEW

In order to see the number of participants and to evaluate their skill level… Any G2-G5 student that would like to register for the T3/T4 ES SWIM CLUB ASA, is required to complete a PRE-REGISTRATION SWIM EVALUATION. There are no exception that can be made.

  • The evaluation will be happening on January 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 3 from 15:30 – 16:10
  • You must use this Registration Form to make an appointment with the Aquatics Staff
  • If your child will not be able to attend one of the following dates and times, they will not be able to join the program.
    • Students may register for ONLY ONE ES Swim Club session (pending numbers)
  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ES Swim Club – view here for requirements and evaluation criteria 

ES Swim Club will run from March 11 – May 28.  The students will swim for one extra week during (April 13-16). All ES Swim Club students will be invited to participate in the Penguin Spring Classic on May 16.

Thank you and see you at the pool!

The contact person for ES Swim Club is Ms. Tatiana Goncharenko (AQ <>

Math Unit 4 – Addition and Subtraction within 200.

We have started our new unit for Math. Unit 4 introduces strategies for adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers.

Central idea :  Mathematicians use strategies to add and subtract in order to solve problems.

Lines of inquiry that will define this unit:

  • the properties of addition and subtraction
  • the role of place value in addition and subtraction within 1000
  • the effectiveness and efficiency of various strategies based on the problem

Please take a look at the link below to familiarise yourself.

Parent Letter for Unit 4

No Ice Skating during PE for now

Please read the important message below from the PE teachers regarding ice skating:

There is no ice skating during PE for the next two weeks, possibly longer. Instead we will be having normal PE classes for now. Moscow’s weather is unfortunately not cooperating with us and we have no ice for ice skating.  For the crew to create the ice rink it needs to get to a certain temperature for a several days in a row.  When we have more information about ice skating we will send this information out.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the elementary PE team. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Fingers crossed we get some cold weather here shortly!


The ES PE Team (Todd Wohlberg, Nathan Weaver and Jenny Collins)