Dear Parents of Grade 3 students,

The entire Grade 3 Team would like to thank you all for a wonderful start to the school year. As we establish our routines and procedures, we wanted to take a minute to communicate to you the best way to reach your classroom teachers. As we are usually teaching, in planning meetings or preparing lessons during the day, we ask that you please not plan to drop by before or after school to chat with us. It is difficult or sometimes impossible to stop our teaching or working with students to address you and give your questions our full attention. Additionally, our classrooms are often used for ASAs or Mother Tongue classes after school and we would not be able to have a quiet place to meet. If you do have a question or concern that you need to discuss with your child’s teacher, please send them an email and arrange a time or place to meet with them. We are looking forward to a wonderful year or working and learning together.



Our First Math Unit!

Our first math unit is scheduled to kick off Monday, September 2. The big push is for understanding multiplication and division. Although our instruction does follow the concepts and story of the unit, we teach children, not the program. Teachers will constantly be slowing down to review or speeding up to challenge. Please contact your homeroom teacher if you have any questions.
For greater understanding of this unit click the parent letter here.
To understand and help support your child with resources click here.

To understand how multiplication and division progresses through your child’s education feel free to watch this video.


Final Math Unit: Geometry and Measurement

In our final math unit, students will get intensive practice with word
problems, as well as hands-on investigation experiences withgeometry and perimeter. Students will solve one- and two-step word problems, classify shapes based on their attributes, learn what a tessellation is, study perimeter and area, and end with a review of Grade 3 fundamental skills. Here is the parent tips sheet for this unit.

FAQ’s on Market Day

Dear Parents,

Normally at this point, the questions for Market Day start to come from both parents and students. To help with that, we have put together some frequently asked questions.

Here is a video of last year’s Market Day. Please watch.

Market Day 2018


When is the Market Day?- Friday, April 26 from 1:15pm to 2:45pm. Students should be set up and ready to sell by 1:10. Children can go home with their parents once they have “sold out, cashed out,” and cleaned their area.

What does my child need to bring on Market Day? This is important!

On the day of the market, students are asked to

  • take out a loan of 500 rubles from their parents.  (example 50 ten ruble coins) so that students can make change from a petty cash fund. 
  • Bring and set-up their product, making sure that it is fresh, safe and hygienic. Example, if you are selling ice cream how will you keep it cold?
  • Any decorations, supplies or even costumes that will help the promotion of their item.

What can I do to help my child succeed on market day?

The more the student is independent, the more pride they will have in their work. However these are some guidelines.

  • Talk to your child about their product and how they are selling it. Discuss ideas that could promote or improve the product. Details like, “How will you get all your plants to school on time?” are things that help problem solving.
  • It is OK for students to ask for help with making the items with a parent, especially if there is need for a stove.
  • It is OK to listen and ask questions so that a student can be supported in their design and practice ‘working’ their business.
  • It is OK to give feedback to students by looking over their product, timeline, and advertisements.
  • It is OK to support your child by buying their product, just don’t buy all of their product. Failure to sell is part of the learning.

What should I NOT do?

  • It is NOT OK for the parent to sell or help their child between the times of 1:15 and 2:45.
  • It is NOT OK for the parent to make the item for the child; they should learn and work wherever possible.

Where is the learning in this market?

By the exposition students will have been introduced to the following areas of economic activity:

  • Understanding economic activity in terms of supply and demand; production and distribution.
  • Creating and applying a business plan including a cost analysis and conducting market research.
  • Managing a business and determining what the characteristics and responsibilities of a an entrepreneur are.
  • Executive functioning skills include, planning and prioritizing, management of resources including time and space.

What and when is the Expo day?

On Friday, May 3 at 8:30 to 9:30 , The Expo is a reflection and sharing of student learning. Students will guide parents through their learning journey.


This week students reflected on our community’s trash consumption by collecting trash for a week to see how much trash we actually make. Students discovered that trash is not simply trash. By classifying it into plastic, papers, tin and other things they began to offer ideas to reduce the trash. They also began to imagine how to repurpose the trash as musical instruments, tools, or event works of art!

It’s a great start to the unit! Please keep the trash talk going at home by reflecting on what your family can do to save our world one plastic bottle at a time.

Shaking off the break and hitting the ground running.

This week, students hit the ground running as the reconnected to our academics while also having a little time for fun with Halloween and a bit of exploration to the Lubyanka Science Park! It’s great to have everyone together and get back to the learning! November is really the start of the winter season for us so please ensure your child has the right clothing and gets there rest in the darkening days ahead. We’ve already had our first snow fall and eagerly await the next. 

ES PE Aquatics Schedule Grades 3-4-5

ES PE Aquatics Schedule Grades 3-4-5 SEPTEMBER 24th – OCTOBER 12th (Plus Oct. 18th&19th for Thursday/Friday classes)

Starting the week of Monday, September 24th through October 12th (Plus October  18th&19 for Thur/Fri PE classes) your class will have 3 weeks of aquatics twice a week  during PE lesson times.


● Swimsuit (one piece for girls and not below the knees for boys)  ● Goggles  ● Swim cap (for long hair that can hinder vision when swimming)  ● Towel – leave in changing room area to keep it dry   ● Flip flops – protect feet on locker room areas  ● Waterproof bag for wet swim gear

Please be on time to change out – we allow ten minutes for  dressing out.  Plan Ahead: Remember to be ready to swim: without a swim kit  means you are sitting out of a lesson at the pool!    Swim Gear: Sports store with over 50 locations; many at the large malls:

Helpful points to remember for aquatic safety lessons

● Be prepared for class with all your swim gear: suit/towel/goggles/cap/footwear   ● Change quickly to use time in the pool, not in the changing room!   ● Use bathroom before entering the pool area   ● Shower before entering the pool area ( pool rule)   ● Always move safely in pool deck areas   ● Be attentive to teachers and ready to go   ● Be supportive and positive with new swimmers and new skills

Boating rules:  

● Always wear a life vest in small crafts (boats)   ● Pre-trip your boat with boat positioning and gear ( safe paddle positions )   ● Enter a boat one at a time – others hold on to support and balance boat   ● Keep a low three point ( hand-hand-foot contact stance moving into and out of a   boat   ● Use caution and control your paddles with blade in or near water – away from   others in the boat

September Updates

September is moving quickly! We are looking forward to seeing all parents and students for the three-way conferences on September 21. We also have MAP testing, and classroom photos. For specific dates on these please consult your homeroom teacher.

Mathematics Unit 1
Students are now well into the topics of multiplication and division. Here is an outline of the key learning concepts from Unit 1. Much of this unit is spent on the representation of multiplication and discovering key concepts such as the commutative and distributive properties. These lessons can also be supported through LearnZillion, a free website that teaches in line with the Common Core standards of math.

Unit of Inquiry: The Power of Influence

Students are tuning in and finding out how people influence others. What are the characteristics of influential people; and what methods do others use to influence us. Strongly connected to our writing unit (biographies), students will discover how these people have caused change and solved problems. Help us by talking to your child about influential people in your life, peer pressure and how to make the right choices.

Reading: Readers use strategies to understand what they read.

Students are starting the year by focusing on the habits of good readers. Strategies such as predicting, summarizing, clarifying, and inferring will all be considered and practiced as students begin to consider their habits as readers.

Writing: Biographies

The story of a person’s life will be the focus of our first writing unit. Students will begin to consider the research, planning and organization required to publish the biography of an influential person.