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.

Holiday Concert

The ES Grades 1-4 Holiday Concert this year will be combined with Gr. 2-5 Strings students. The combined concert will be on Thursday, December 12, at 9:00, at the AAS Bolshoi. Please note that this is an adjustment from the printed calendars. Elementary students will not be taking part in the evening concert on December 10.
Students must wear their formal uniform for the concert.

New Book Fair – Dec. 10-12, 2019

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of imagination and helps children discover who they are. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their books will motivate them to read more and enjoy it.
The PTO invites you to visit our NEW BOOK FAIR and experience the celebration of reading that brings a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Books will be exclusively offered to the AAS community at approximately 35% below the average Moscow book store prices.
We will be at the AAS Malyy Theatre on:
Tuesday, December 10, 8:30am – 4:30pm 
Wednesday, December 11, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday, December 12, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Ask your homeroom teacher when your child will be visiting with their class.
Dear parents, please come and join us – there will be an excellent selection of books for you as well. The PTO prepared some Russian literature classics and great coffee-table editions. We are looking forward to seeing you and your family at our New Book Fair!

Love and Logic Parenting Workshop

We invite parents of all ages to join us for Love and Logic Parenting Classes. This is a great workshop that includes reading material, videos, discussions and the opportunity to learn and practice effective parenting skills. It’s a fun time to get with other parents, share the joys, challenges and humor of raising children. We will be running Love and Logic for 6 weeks on Thursday mornings and we encourage that you commit for all 6 sessions if possible as the sessions build upon one another and are most effective when taken as a whole. If you can’t make all 6 you are still welcome to attend and learn some new effective parenting tools. Some parents who have participated in Love and Logic may also be interested in attending some of the sessions as a refresher. All are welcome but please let us know you are coming so we have resources for you.
  • Dates: January 16, 23, 30, February 13, 27, March 12
  • Day and Time: Thursdays 8:45 – 10:15
  • Location: Community Room
  • Cost: Workbooks 600 Rubles
  • Register by emailing  or
  • Please contact Donna or Sharon if you have any further questions.

ES Drama 2020 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade

The ES Drama team will be holding auditions this year on Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th. There are only 30 spaces available for the 2020 ES Drama musical and, therefore, there will be only 30 spaces available for auditions. 

Please read this IMPORTANT PARTICIPATION INFORMATION before considering signing up for an ES Drama audition. 

Parents: We hope that only students seriously interested in performing in a musical will sign up for an audition. Please do not sign up your child for an audition without speaking to him/her first and ensuring this is something she/he wants to commit to doing for 12 weeks. 

The ES Drama team will assign a role to each of the 30 students who audition based on the consideration that everybody who signs up for an audition is someone who is serious about making the commitment to being a part of our show. 

Audition sign-ups will be coming out through Time Center, the same method used for signing up for Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. Look for this information in a message on the morning of Friday, November 29th, at 10:00 A.M.   

VERY IMPORTANT: If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending an audition on December 5th or 6th, then please sign up for one of these audition days/times anyway and contact Ms. Cevallos
( We will not open auditions up to those who have not signed up (we can only take 30 students), but we will work on rescheduling with those who have signed up for an audition who are unable to make it on one of those days. 

We are looking forward to creating a wonderful musical production with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade thespians!

Warm regards,
The ES Drama Team
Kristina Cevallos, Pol Sembrano, Anastasia (Nastya) Antonik, and Jeff Hinton 

Conferences Next Week – November 28th

Three-Way Conferences will be taking place on Thursday, November 28. Sign-up instructions have already been shared with all Elementary School Parents. Please make sure you have scheduled a time slot before November 26.
We strongly believe that children learn best through reflection on their experiences. Our students need to know that learning is something they do as opposed to something that is done to them. This type of conference allows your child to showcase their understanding and their learning journey so far this year. Three-Way Conferences provide students with the opportunity to take control of their learning by becoming independent and self-directed learners.
During the conferences, students are responsible for sharing a variety of work and learning engagements. Your child will lead you through discussions about personal, social, and academic achievements and progress. Your role as a parent is to be an active listener and help assist your child with their learning journey reflection and their next steps.
If you would like to discuss specific questions about your child in addition to what is planned for your 20-minute conference, as always, you may set up a time to meet with your child’s teacher on another day.