Environmentally Responsible Young Entrepreneurs

Dear G3 Families,                                                             

We have kicked off our unit on How We Organize Ourselves. In this unit, students will become young entrepreneurs and will independently set up their own business for  Grade 3 Market Day which will take place on March 13, 2020 (time to be announced, but it will be in the afternoon). Parents are welcome to come and participate as customers.

This project will be managed step-by-step for the students.
Here are a few items you will be seeing over the next few weeks for homework:
1. Materials list
2. Cost analysis (loan cost divided by unit cost)
3. Loan contract
4. Business License

Environmentally Responsible Young Entrepreneurs
We will be discussing how we can reduce our environmental footprint as a young entrepreneur. We encouraged students to think about past learning and being environmentally conscious when setting up their business. Students will receive a Zero Waste sticker for businesses where the customer purchases and leaves no waste behind. 

This is a great project for interaction (ideas) between parents and children. But, the more students do themselves, the more they will gain from the learning process. The students should make the products themselves (even if it is difficult) and should set-up before and clean up after the market. If everything is always done for them, there is no way for them to learn. The greatest learning takes place when things are not easy and they have to struggle through it themselves!

Please mark your calendars for Friday, March 20th which will be our Grade 3 Expo. Students will have time after Market Day to calculate profits and draw conclusions about the success of their business. They will be ready to share their learning from this unit with you, and we hope you will be able to join us. More details about Expo will be announced as the date approaches. 

We are looking forward to seeing all the third graders blossom as young entrepreneurs in the coming weeks! More information about Market Day will come as we move through the unit and get closer to March 13th. In the meantime, please let your homeroom teacher know if you have further questions.

Kind regards,
Grade 3 Team

Ice Cream and Economics (How the World Works)

Last week, students were ‘paid’ a salary for tasks within the class. Some students were fined, others rewarded and the culture of the classroom changed. The power of money…

At the end of the week it was announced that the money they had saved and earned had real value in the Sundae Shop, where students could purchase ice cream by the scoop!. The rush was on! At the market prices changed due to supply and demand. Some ‘wealthier’ students had no issues buying a fast pass to get to the front of the line, while others could barely afford a scoop. Was this fair, or just business as usual? We’re hoping the students will decide.

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We are looking forward to exploring the world of economics as our third graders become “young entrepreneurs” and plan their own business to run for “Grade 3’s Market Day” on March 13th.

How can you support?

Families may help at home by reviewing the central idea and lines with their third grader as well as discuss some of the questions below. Engage with real life and discuss what you want out of a good business. What does a business person value?

How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry:

Central idea: Economic activity relies on a system of exchange and consumption of goods and services.

Lines of inquiry:
– economic activity.
– the role of cost analysis and business plans in the marketplace.
– our responsibility as producers and consumers.

Discussion questions:
How do entrepreneurs gather and use the information?
How do you run a business?
How do entrepreneurs deal with challenges and opportunities in business?
Why does a business choose to sell a product or service?
How do consumer choices impact the world around us?
How do supply and demand affect the market place?
Why do consumers choose particular goods and services?
Today we had a very special event called the Sundae Shop. It’s aim was to open our new unit of inquiry with a highly engaging and relevant introduction into the world of economics. Issues such as supply and demand, and their effects on value were in play.

Ice Skating Cancelled for PE this Year

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 ES PE Team



ES Swim Club Term 3/4 – Parent Information

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!

Your contact person for ES Swim Club
Ms. Tatiana Goncharenko (AQ) <tatiana.goncharenko@aas.ru>

Snow Gear at Recess

As winter finally starts to arrive in Moscow and the snow is staying around awhile, the kids need to have snow gear for recess. In addition to their coats, hats, and gloves, everyone needs snow pants and snow boots to play on the playground, field, or greentop.

Children without snow pants and snow boots will have to stay on the sidewalk (pavement) around the playground during recess.

Puppet Show Field Trip – January 22, 2020

Our current unit of inquiry falls under the transdisciplinary theme, “How We Express Ourselves.” The central idea for this unit is, “Through examining the arts people can gain an insight into culture.”

 In support of this unit, all of the Grade 3 classes will be attending a performance of “The Three Little Pigs” at the puppet theater Moscow State Puppet Theatre (Sadovaya-Samotechnaya St., 3).

 The field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, January 22. We will leave AAS at 9:30 am and return around 2:30 pm. 

 **Students will need to bring a lunch from home on this day as we will not be back in time for lunch in the school cafeteria.

If you have not done so already, PLEASE SIGN THIS FORM giving permission for your child to attend and send the form back to school to your child’s teacher.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

The Sundae Shop!

Dear Grade 3 Parents,

The Grade 3 Team is looking for volunteers! We are planning a very exciting opening learning engagement for our next unit of inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves. The central idea of this unit is: Economic activity relies on a system of exchange and consumption of goods and services.

 We are looking for some volunteers who would be able to come in and help us with a special event on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 28 from about 2:00 until 3:30 or so (including set-up and clean-up.) We will be building our own Sundaes at the Sundae Shop in the south cafeteria where students will be able to spend earned “money” on various add-ins for their sundae (whipped cream, sprinkles, etc…) to see the concepts of supply and demand in action! Our volunteers would need to be brave and ready to help our third-graders build their own sundae in an environment that is bound to be noisy and chaotic – probably a bit messy, too! 

Please contact your homeroom teacher to let them know if you would be able to help us with this fun and educational event!

Thank you,
The Grade 3 Team

No ice skating during PE for now

Dear All,

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



Families Learning Together and Sharing on Seesaw

Dear Third-Grade Families,

Read this letter from Seesaw about playing, creating, and learning together during the holiday break.

Your children’s teachers would love to see how you have had fun learning together as a family by posting your experience on Seesaw. The letter offers five ideas to get you started.

The third-grade team wishes you a wonderful winter break filled with lots of warm family memories.

We look forward to welcoming our students back on January 13, 2020!

Your Homeroom Teachers,
Brendan Canavan
Kristina Cevallos
Shanon Kristoff
Andrea Waltho



Unit of Inquiry Update

How the World Works, has come to a close. Through science investigations, reading, discussions, and forest walks, students have developed their understanding of the unit’s central idea and lines of inquiry:

Central Idea: We observe and record natural phenomena in order to understand.

Lines of Inquiry:
– natural phenomena
– applying scientific processes to help us to understand
– communicating scientific understanding

Some students dove deep into this unit. These students are continuing to investigate and observe even though we have moved on to a new unit of inquiry. Erosion is one area students have inquired about and are taking action to figure out ways they can reclaim an eroded hillside in the forest.

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We have just begun our new unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves.

Central Idea: Through examining the arts people can gain insight into culture.

Lines of Inquiry:
artistic forms
– culture
– how culture is expressed through the arts

During this unit, third graders are inquiring into different art forms (literary arts, visual arts, performing arts) and seeing how a particular culture is represented through the arts. After some learning engagements and independent explorations, students will choose an art form to recreate and explain how that art represents a chosen culture.

Families can help at home by exploring some of the arts from their own culture and discuss how that art is a representation of the culture itself. Or, discover the arts of another culture of interest.