From Ms. Helen, our Art teacher

Thank you for your donations and please keep them coming! Here is a photo of the objects which are drawing greatest attention at the moment. We seek small items which are interesting in shape, color, or texture. Students are fascinated by nature, and also small toys, plastic jewellery, and replica treasures from ancient civilisations.  Many thanks for your continued donations!

G3 Home Learning (Homework)

“Math home learning” (homework) is sent home each Monday. It is due on Friday but this may be extended to Monday, if needed.

Third graders should be bringing home a notebook with a “Weekly Math Homework” sheet glued inside. The purpose of math homework (or home learning) in third grade is to get weekly practice in each of the skills areas so these skills are kept fresh. If your child can not do certain problems, that is OK. Eventually, though, it is expected that third graders are able to do each type of problem they will have for math home learning.

No more than 10 minutes is expected for math home learning. Third graders should work on the problems they can do listed under each day on the math sheet, then stop.  They should be showing their work for the problems, if they can; not all problems require them to show their work (for example, What fraction of the circle is shaded? – they would not be expected to show their work to answer this question, nor would they be expected to show their work for basic fact problems). If your child is able to do more than the day’s problems on the sheet in ten minutes, then they can certainly do as much as they can in 10 minutes – if they can finish the whole page in 10 minutes, that’s fine, then they are done for the week! However, it is highly encouraged that all third grader spend at least 10 minutes each evening practicing math. If they finish the math sheet early in the week, then they could (should) spend 10 minutes working towards the math goal they set for themselves. IXL is a great online resource for math skills practice. 

The other 20 minutes of home learning time should be spent reading a just-right book. This reading time could be a “shared reading” (reading with someone who is a better reader) with a discussion about the book. Some of this reading time could also be spent reading in one’s native language. The important thing is to build reading stamina and fluency by staying focused on a book for at least 20 minutes.

Please notify your homeroom teacher if you have any questions regarding G3 home learning (homework).

Goal-Setting Conferences

Our upcoming Goal Setting Conferences are an excellent time for you to share in your child’s education. The purpose of this conference is for the parents, students, and teachers to get to know each other better, find out how your child is adjusting to the school year, and discuss specific goals (academic, social, organizational, etc.) collaboratively. A few reminders for you regarding the Conferences:

  • Friday, September 20, is a non-instructional day. However, we ask that students come to school with their parent(s) since they are the centerpiece of the conversations. Students should be in their formal uniforms
  • Out of courtesy and respect for other parents, please be on time and adhere to the schedule.

These meetings are valuable; please attend. We look forward to meeting with you and your child. As always, we are here to support you and your child’s education. Your partnership is essential to us.

Fall MAP Testing

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing begins next week . . .

In the next two weeks, our Grades 2-5 students will take the MAP assessment, which will provide our teachers with another view into your child as a learner. The children will take the Math, Reading, and Language forms of the assessment. The MAP assessments provide us with external data that compares your child’s performance with a set of recognized standards. Because the assessment is adaptive, we are able to gather information about children outside of the constraints of grade level bands. This is not an assessment that your child can study for. In order to help her or him do their very best, please ensure that your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast or, for afternoon tests, encourage them to eat a healthy lunch. You can also help your child by not making a big deal about this testing experience. It is not a high stakes assessment and the children have no reason to feel stressed about their performance. You will receive information about your child’s performance on the MAP assessment after all students have completed the tests.

Grade 3 will have MAP testing on these dates and times:

Tuesday, September 17th at 8:45am

Monday, September 23rd at 12:45pm

Thursday, September 26th at 12:45pm

MAP is not a timed test, students have as much time as they need to finish. Please encourage your child to take his/her time. Early finishers usually achieve scores that do not reflect their true ability.

Also, on Tuesday, September 17th,  it would be helpful for all students to be on time for school so they don’t feel rushed and don’t create a distraction for others walking into the classroom late.

 Thank you for your support.

-The Grade 3 Team


School Photos

Elementary Students will have an opportunity for their yearbook pictures to be taken between September 10 and 17. Below is the picture day for each third-grade class. Your child will need to wear their formal school uniform for the picture. Details of uniforms are found on the AAS Website.

3CB – Tuesday, September 10th
3KS – Wednesday, September 11th
3CK – Friday, September 13th
3WA – Monday, September 16th


Room Parents Needed


There are still some needs for Room Parents in a few of our classes. If you are willing to help out in this rewarding and much-valued responsibility, it would be greatly appreciated. The following classes are still looking for volunteers:

  • PreKindergarten: PKEA
  • Kindergarten: KGL, KWB, KWL
  • Grade One: 1AO, 1DE,
  • Grade Two: 2TE,
  • Grade Three: 3CK, 3WA
  • Grade Four: 4KB, 4LB, 4MS
  • Grade Five: 5FR, 5FS

If you have a child in one of these classes, please CLICK HERE to volunteer for this role.

A request from our Art teacher . . .

The ES art dept is looking for lots of interesting objects to draw. We would love any of your junk which has interesting shape, texture or light/dark. Examples: shells, stones, toys, teddies, old/cheap jewellery, dried or plastic flowers/leaves/fruit, old machinery parts, nuts/bolts … (not too much bigger than your hand). We are also seeking materials which could be used for construction/3D junk modelling, such as toilet rolls, bottle caps, plastic food containers (cleaned), small boxes etc. Please forward to us in Room 3006 (the art room) With many thanks!

Unit of Inquiry 1: Who We Are

The Who We Are unit of inquiry is a wonderful unit to start off the school year as we inquire about the characteristics of influential people and how we influence each other. Establishing a “Growth Mindset” is also a part of this unit and is an essential part of being a self-directed learner.

As an opening learning engagement, students played with dominoes and watched videos of some cool domino tricks which led to a discussion about the ‘domino effect.’ Students then watched a video showing acts of kindness, and made the connection between the ‘domino effect’ and ‘paying it forward.’ This was an introduction to how we can influence others, either positively or negatively, and how our actions have an impact on those around us.

Central Idea: Through their, ideas, actions, and attitudes people have sought to solve problems to bring about change.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Characteristics of influential people
  • How people influence others to act and change
  • How we identify problems and solutions to bring about change

Impacts and Performance Areas:

Social Intelligence -> Interpersonal Skills
Self-Directed Learner -> Growth Mindset

Key Concepts: form, change, responsibility, connection
Related Concepts: influence, action, impact

For home learning, it would be helpful for families to engage in the unit with their third grader by discussing the Central Idea and Lines of Inquiry. Here are some possible discussion questions:

  • What does it mean to have an influence on someone?
  • What are the characteristics of influential people?
  • Who has influenced you? How have they influenced you (it could be in a good way or a bad way)?
  • Who do you think have influenced? How have you influenced them?
  • What are some problems in your communities (family, school, Moscow)?
  • How do people create solutions to problems – how do they know which is the right solution?

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ES Student Council Representatives for G3

The following students were elected by their classmates to serve on the Elementary School Student Council (StuCo) this year:

  • Minjune – 3CK
  • Dylan – 3CK
  • Luke B. – 3KS
  • Izabele (Bele) – 3KS
  • Raphaella – 3WA
  • Anna – 3WA
  • Chole – 3CB
  • Oliver – 3CB

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our newly elected ES StuCo reps and to all the students who showed what great risk-takers they can be by having the courage to run for election.