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Anglo-American School of Moscow – Grade 4 Team

Friday, 16th April, 2021

Earth Day Celebration and Student Dress-Up

Next Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day! In celebration of our earth, the ES Student Council encourages our community over the next week (and beyond) to engage in activities that support our planet – planting flowers, picking up trash in nature areas, creating earth-related arts and crafts or taking time to read or watch about how we can all help our planet. Next Thursday, in honor of Earth Day, all are encouraged to wear some “Earth Clothes” – items that are colored blue, green or brown OR an outfit or accessory that celebrates our planet. Students may wear Alternate Dress based on our Earth theme or their uniform. In the coming week, the ES Student Council will be sharing more ideas for how students can commemorate the day, both at school and at home.

Spring ES MAP testing

Spring ES Map testing on May 4, 6 and 7 with one make up day on May 11. If your child misses more than one testing session, there will not be an opportunity for a make-up session. We can only accomodate a make-up session for students who have not been able to finish a test or missed only one test. Please ensure your child is at school on those dates.

Unit of Inquiry – How The World Works

The students are exploring problems that exist at home, in AAS, the community or in the wider world. They will use the design cycle to design an energy innovation to help solve the problem they have identified. You may find that your child is asking for resources to design their prototype. Please support us by helping him/her to collect boxes, wires, etc. that s/he will need for the design process. 

Writing – Informational Writing

As we continue to write feature articles for our class websites, please ask your child to show you the class website in order to read what some of our students have been writing about.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Fractions

Students have been rounding fractions to halves and wholes to estimate sums and differences. They have also been adding and subtracting mixed numbers.

Important Dates:

April 17 – Curbside Library Pickup

April 22 – Earth Day – wear blue or green or brown

April 30 – Russian Labor Day – No school 

May 4, 6 and 7 – Spring ES MAP testing

May 10 – Victory Day – No school

June 11 – Summer Field Day for students (details to be determined)

June 16 – Last day of school for students (details to be determined)

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Friday, 2nd April, 2021

Unit of Inquiry – How The World Works

The students have been researching how different sources of energy work and how energy is converted and transferred to be used in our daily lives and homes. 

Writing – Informational Writing

Note-taking when researching to write an informational piece has been a big learning experience for most of our students. Ask your child a strategy that s/he finds useful when having to write in his/her own words.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Fractions

Students have been exploring strategies to convert mixed numbers to fractions and fractions to mixed numbers. While some are using repeated addition of fractions as a strategy, others have been using multiplication as a more efficient strategy that they find useful.

Travelling internationally during the April break?

If your family is travelling during the break, please ensure that your child remains in quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. Students who are in quarantine will only have access to school in the following way:

  • When students are fully on campus, we are not providing a parallel Distance Learning Pathway.
  • The student/s at home will have access to a one-way video/audio stream of many of the classroom learning experiences, with minimal opportunities to engage directly with the teacher and classmates.
  • World Language is still fully accessible for all students as long as it continues to be delivered in a virtual platform to all students.
  • Assessments will usually take place on campus when students are fully on campus. If they are being done on a virtual platform for the students, then the student/s at home will be able to do the assessment. Please note that some assessments are not at all possible through online platforms. An example would be the Math Practices where students would demonstrate these through discussion, debate, critique, models, and interaction amongst themselves on campus.
  • If assignments/instructions/resources are shared with students through Google Classroom and/or Seesaw, the student/s at home will also have access.
  • The teacher’s first priority for support and interaction is with the students at school. This can only be extended to a student at home if and when it is appropriate and possible for the teacher.
  • For any Grade Four standards or expectations that a student has not been able to consistently provide confirmation of achievement, s/he will receive an “Insufficient Evidence” and appropriate comment referring to the reasons why.

Important Dates:

April 5 to 9 – Spring break – No school

April 12 – School resumes – fully on campus only for students who have remained in Russia

April 16 – G4 drone photo shoot on the greentop – students should wear any red top

April 30 – Russian Labor Day – No school 

May 10 – Victory Day – No school

June 11 – Summer Field Day for students (details to be determined)

June 16 – Last day of school for students (details to be determined)

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PTO Used Book Fair


Dear Parents,
The PTO is very excited to announce the Annual Used Book Fair will be held on Thursday April 1st and Friday April 2nd!

Each Elementary class will be taken by their class teacher to visit the fair and will be able to choose up to 5 “new to you” books! We are asking for a minimum donation of 200 Rub for up to 5 books, the money raised will go towards up-coming PTO events.

ES families will be receiving an envelope in their children’s bag with a brief note explaining the event, the envelope can be used to return your voluntary donations.
There are some fantastic books to choose from, happy reading!

From the PTO!


Friday, 25 March, 2021

Unit of Inquiry – How The World Works

We have explored electrical circuits this week. Please ask your child about the meaning of a simple circuit, a series circuit and a parallel circuit.

Writing – Informational Writing

Students have continued writing informational feature articles which we are publishing on our class website.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Fractions

We have continued our inquiry into fractions adding and subtracting fractions this week. Adding and subtracting a fraction to a whole number was fun for most of the students. 

Student Led Conferences

Student led conferences this Friday will consist of 2 components. 

  1. The first is an at home component where students will share their learning and what they are proud of using online resources such as Seesaw to talk about their learning journey with their parents. 
  2. The second component will be a 15 minute Webex meeting with the homeroom teacher to discuss progress and goals with both the student and parents. Please reach out to the elementary office, if you have not yet signed up for a meeting time. 

Important Dates:

March 26 – Student Led Conferences – No school for students

March 31 BOOK CHARACTER DAY  – Dress Like your Favorite Book Character

April 1-2 PTO Used Book Fair

April 5 to 9 – Spring break – No school 

April 30 – Russian Labor Day – No school 

May 10 – Victory Day – No school

June 11 – Summer Field Day for students (details to be determined)

June 16 – Last day of school for students (details to be determined)

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Friday, 12 March, 2021

Unit of Inquiry – How The World Works

We have had our provocation on energy, exploring different energy forms in the inquiry lab. We have also been reading different online informational articles that write about topics on energy.

Writing – Informational Writing

Students have identified features of online informational writing in articles. Some of the noticings included:  

  • Titles are longer.
  • Subtitles to tell you what the paragraphs are about.
  • Rephrases what others have said.
  • Cites where pictures are taken from.
  • Glossary of words at the end.
  • Has charts or graphics.
  • Some words are highlighted and take you to a link for more information or for meaning.
  • Captions under photos.
  • Specific dates.
  • Fun facts.
  • Word count.
  • Credits author.
  • Quiz at end.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Fractions

We have continued our inquiry into fractions by comparing, adding and subtracting fractions this week. Using RDW was also a major focus as we solved real world math problems with a focus on fractions.

Student Led Conferences

Student led conferences will consist of 2 components. 

  1. The first is an at home component where students will share their learning and what they are proud of using online resources such as Seesaw to talk about their learning journey with their parents. 
  2. The second component will be a 15 minute Webex meeting with the homeroom teacher to discuss progress and goals with both the student and parents. You will need to sign up for a meeting time with the teacher when the school sends out the email for sign-ups. 

Important Dates:

March 26 – Student Led Conferences – No school for students

April 5 to 9 – Spring break – No school 

April 30 – Russian Labor Day – No school 

May 10 – Victory Day – No school

June 11 – Summer Field Day for students (details to be determined)

June 16 – Last day of school for students (details to be determined)

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Thursday, 4th March, 2021

Unit of Inquiry – How The World Works

We have begun exploring and reading about energy in preparation for our new unit. 

Writing – Informational Writing

Students have been looking at online informational news pieces to start noticing how others have written them. 

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Fractions

We have been comparing fractions this week. Understanding how to identify a fraction that is bigger than one and a fraction that is smaller than one, is paramount to effective comparisons. Please ask your child to explain the difference to you. Take notice of the vocabulary they are using. They should be using the words numerator and denominator when explaining it to you. 

Important Dates:

March 5 – No School for students – Teacher PD day

March 8 – International Women’s Day – No school

March 26 – Student Led Conferences – No school for students

April 5 to 9 – Spring break – No school 

April 30 – Russian Labor Day – No school 

May 10 – Victory Day – No school

June 11 – Summer Field Day for students (details to be determined)

June 16 – Last day of school for students (details to be determined)

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Friday, 26th February, 2021

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves

We are in the process of finalizing our learning on media, by looking at the many responsibilities we have as citizens exposed to the different media forms around us. 

Writing – Graphic Writing

Some students moved onto using digital tools to produce graphic writing pieces this week. 

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Fractions

We have discovered that equivalent fractions can be written in many forms. We have used multiplication and division to come up with equivalent fractions and have modeled equivalency through area models, tape diagrams and number lines. Ask your child to show you how s/he knows that 1/2 is equivalent to 4/8 and 5/10. 

Important Dates:

March 5 – No School for students – Teacher PD day

March 8 – International Women’s Day – No school

March 26 – Student Led Conferences – No school for students

April 5 to 9 – Spring break – No school 

April 30 – Russian Labor Day – No school 

May 10 – Victory Day – No school

June 11 – Summer Field Day for students (details to be determined)

June 16 – Last day of school for students (details to be determined)

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Friday 12th February, 2021

From Art!

Our Tenth Grade Spanish and French teacher, Ms Beatrice Chartrand, has reached out to me, for help in finding enthusiastic artists who would like to be involved in a creative project with real purpose. For students staying at home during the holiday, this will be a fantastic opportunity to engage in a Wonderful Work of Art, of their choice (W.O.W).

Please find the video titled ‘Introductional and Inspirational Video’ at the foot of the home page on THE MEMORY PROJECT website (Click here for link) , for an explanation of the project.

Please discuss the possibility with your child and if he or she is interested, PLEASE CONTACT ME, on helen.arnold@aas.ru by the end of Friday 12 February. Numbers are limited and therefore volunteers will be selected on a first come, first served basis. After receiving your email, I shall reply over the weekend, to let you know if we are able to include your child in this project. I shall also send further details as necessary.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please give the email a subject heading of Global Art Project, and be sure to provide your child’s full name and class, in the email.

Many thanks!

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves

We have begun recording our advertisements. Some students have completed them, while others are still working on them.

Writing – Graphic Writing

Most students have completed at least one graphic writing piece. After writing the first piece by hand, the students have begun planning for another writing piece that uses digital tools to create their graphic writing. 

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Fractions

We have started our unit on fractions. The students are enjoying the learning so far.

February 15 to 19 – February Break

If your family is going to be traveling internationally for the February break, please ensure your child is home for 14 days from the date of return to Russia, in order to self-isolate before coming back to the school. We plan to return to hybrid learning on February 22.

Important Dates:

February 15 to 19 – February Break – No school

February 22 – School Resumes

March 5 – No School for students – Teacher PD day

March 8 – No School – International Women’s Day

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Friday, 5th February, 2021

Library News – Saturday, 6th February, 2021 

Library is offering curbside pick up of library books for our AAS families. Parents order books for their kids, to then pick up the order. Use the following link to fill in a form and order the books you would like to read:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVLZb6G1MkSQqhPb8iiyQ2pfexnuQYu03bxbO0gdIFUT8mzQ/viewform

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves

We have begun our planning for our own advertisements by identifying the techniques we will use and the needs of our target audiences.

Writing – Graphic Writing

We are seriously into writing and producing graphic pieces. Students are learning techniques graphic authors use as they sketch and develop their first writing of the unit.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Fractions

We will begin the Fractions unit next week. The students are looking forward to it. 

February 8 & 9 – Photo days for new students.

New students and those who were absent on the photo day at the beginning of the year, will have the opportunity to have their photo taken next week. Please remind your child to wear the formal uniform, ensuring they are especially wearing a shirt and tie.  The grade 4 students listed below are expected to be ready for the photo on their assigned day:

Monday, February 8th – HUDDLE “B” 14:30-14:45

4AO (2 students) –Dmitry Streshinskiy, Sophie Zielke

4SC (2 students) – Nikolai Gauss, Jinwoo Park

Tuesday, February 9th – HUDDLE “A” 14:30-14:45 & 14:45-14:55

4AO (2 students) – Hyeokjun Oh,

4SC (2students) – Konstantinos  Papadimitriou, Maya Rafalovsky

4SA (1 students) – Donovan Craig

4WA (2 students) – Oliver Bertelli, Kaspian Valdemar Danestad

February 15 to 19 – February Break

If your family is going to be traveling internationally for the February break, please ensure your child is home for 14 days from the date of return to Russia, in order to self-isolate before coming back to the school. We plan to return to hybrid learning on February 22.

Important Dates:

February 6 – Library Curbside Pick up

February 8 & 9 – Photo days for new students

February 15 to 19 – February Break – No school

February 22 – School Resumes

March 5 – No School for students – Teacher PD day

March 8 – No School – International Women’s Day

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Friday, 29 January, 2021

Library News – Saturday, 6th February, 2021 

Library is offering curbside pick up of library books for our AAS families. Parents order books for their kids, to then pick up the order. Use the following link to fill in a form and order the books you would like to read:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVLZb6G1MkSQqhPb8iiyQ2pfexnuQYu03bxbO0gdIFUT8mzQ/viewform

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves

We have continued our exploration of techniques media creators use to influence our thinking.

Writing – Graphic Writing

We are enjoying our graphic novel preparations. Students have planned thumbnails of their pages and begun writing/drawing their graphic writing pieces.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We have been revising and practicing the skills of multiplication and division this week. Some classes have completed the assessment on the unit. If so, the marked assessment will be sent home either this week or next. 

February 4 & 5 – Winter Field Days

We are excited to announce that Winter Field Day is being planned for the Elementary School. On Thursday (Huddle B) and Friday (Huddle A), Pathway and weather permitting, we plan to hold two days of Winter Field Day. Each On-Campus Huddle will spend an hour on the field having fun in the snow. We have modified our regular Winter Field Day in order to ensure safety measures are in place. Huddles at home will have off-screen time during their class’s Winter Field Day times. ❄️Thank you to the PTO for providing hot chocolate . To help students stay comfortable, dry and warm for the hour they will be outside, there are a few things to ensure your child is prepared: 

  • Dress in layers with the outer layer waterproof
  • Gloves to keep their hands warm and out of the snow
  • Extra pair of socks to change into after (in case snow melts in boots)
  • Water Bottle

Important Dates:

January 29 – Mid year reports go out to families by email

February 4 & 5 – Winter Field Day – Grade 4 at 11:40 – 12:40

February 6 – Library Curbside Pick up

February 8 & 9 – Photo days for new students

February 15 to 19 – February Break – No school

February 22 – School Resumes

March 5 – No School for students – Teacher PD day

March 8 – No School – International Women’s Day

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Friday, 22 January, 2021

Library News – Saturday 23rd January, 2021 

AAS will be hosting a Virtual Visit with the award-winning author, illustrator and graphic novelist 

Jarrett J. Krosoczka (JJK) – via Zoom Webinar.

  • JJK has made a very nice intro video for our school (1 minute): https://youtu.be/jL_NRD5RgVQ
  • He has created some terrific videos about his work that will answer many of our general questions about him and about creating and publishing books.
  • For Grades 2-6:  How JJK Got Published (18 min), Jedi Academy (8 minutes), Lunch Lady (10 minutes)
  • The students have seen some clips of the videos in library classes but not all of them. Please enjoy them as a family.
  • Saturday, January 23 (Live Video Sessions)
    2:00 pm, Moscow time – Grades PK-1   Zoom Link; Passcode: 454762
    3:00 pm, Moscow time – Grades 2-6      Zoom Link; Passcode: 454762Don’t worry if you cannot attend the live video chat on Saturday. We will share the recording with the whole community the following week.
  • Additionally, JJK has a terrific youtube channel with tons of excellent videos that he made during the pandemic for ES students and parents. We thank the PTO for partnering with us to create this wonderful opportunity.

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves

We have been looking into our first line of inquiry for our ‘Media’ unit. Questions about media, the different forms, target audiences and techniques used to target audiences have been explored to stimulate thinking and look critically at media examples. Please ask your child to share his/her understanding on the topic.

Writing – Graphic Writing

We are enjoying our graphic novel preparations. Students have sketched characters, identified the problem and come up with solutions. They have also drawn out a story mountain to plan for their first graphic novel piece and experimented with different thumbnails to start writing the graphic writing piece.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We are wrapping up this math unit and an assessment of learning will be following soon.

February 4 & 5 – Winter Field Day

Huddle at school – Students need all winter gear and an extra pair of socks.

Huddle at home – will have off-screen time. 

Important Dates:

January 23 – Virtual Visiting Author – Jarrett J. Krosoczka (JJK) – via Zoom Webinar.

January 25 – Return to Hybrid learning – Monday 25th is the first day at school for Huddle B

January 29 – Mid year reports go out to families

February 4 & 5 – Winter Field Day – Grade 4 at 11:40 – 12:40

February 15 to 19 – February Break – No school

February 22 – School Resumes

March 5 – No School for students – Teacher PD day

March 8 – No School – International Women’s Day

Friday, 15th January, 2021

Unit of Inquiry – How We Express Ourselves

We have started our new unit of inquiry titled ‘Media’. We are exploring how media is used to communicate and influence people. 

Writing – Graphic Writing

Our new writing unit focuses on graphic writing. We have been immersed into a range of graphic novels to see how writers use pictures and writing to entertain and inform their reader. Thinking about and beginning to sketch out the characters has been an entertaining experience for our students.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We have continued with division and moved onto multiplication of 2 two digit numbers. Using a variety of strategies alongside the traditional algorithm has been fun for most of the students.

January 11 to 22  – Distance Learning

We will continue in distance learning next week.

Important Dates:

January 11 to 22 – Distance learning

January 25 – Possible return to Hybrid learning

January 29 – Mid year reports go out to families

February 15 to 19 – February Break – No school

February 22 – School Resumes

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Friday, 17th December, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Where We Are in Place and Time

We have completed our second unit of inquiry for this academic year. The students thoroughly enjoyed the learning in this unit.

Writing – Persuasive Writing

All students have published a writing piece of their choice. We had a range of persuasive modes. Some wrote letters, others wrote a short essay, and alot of students put their persuasive speeches into writing.

Reading during the Winter Break – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We have continued with division and moved onto dividing 3 and 4 digit numbers with a single digit.

January 11 to 22  – Distance Learning

After the break, we will all be in distance learning. Even if you do not travel, the school is taking precautions to keep everyone safe and return to school with less chances of exposure, by staying home for a full 14 days before coming back to campus.

Important Dates:

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break.

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes

January 11 to 22 – All students will be in distance learning to ensure 14 days of self isolation for those who have returned from travel.

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Friday, 11th December, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Where We Are in Place and Time

This week and next week, students will come up with an action plan in response to the problems and challenges of migration.

Writing – Persuasive Writing

We are in the publishing phase of our choice of persuasive writing.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We have continued with division and also looked at concepts such as factor pairs, prime numbers & composite numbers.

Next Week – Last Week of School before Winter Break

Next week is a 4 day week. The last day of school will be on Thursday, December 17.  We encourage all students to ensure they have completed and submitted work requirements for all subject areas before they go off for winter break. This will enable us to have evidence of completed work, so they are not marked with Insufficient Evidence for outstanding work in their mid year reports.

Important Dates:

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break.

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes

January 11 to 22 – All students will be in distance learning to ensure 14 days of self isolation for those who have returned from travel.

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Friday, December 4th, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Migration

This week, we have continued looking into the positive and negative effects of migration. Issues such as the “Brain Drain” and “Impacts to Country of Origin and Destination” were explored.

Writing – Persuasive Writing

We have continued to explore the use of persuasion techniques in our persuasive writing. Some students have begun editing and revising the piece they would like to publish.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We have started looking into division this week. The standard algorithm for division was a difficult strategy for some. Checking our answers using multiplication was a valuable strategy for kids to see if their answers were correct.

Hybrid Learning – December 7th to 17th.

We will go back to the regular hybrid schedules starting next week. The days will begin at 8:30am (except Wednesdays) and end at 3:30pm.  

Important Dates:

December 7 – Return to hybrid learning with Huddle A on Monday.

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break.

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes

January 11 to 22 – All students will be in distance learning to ensure 14 days of self isolation for those who have returned from travel.

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Friday, 27 November, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

This week, we have continued looking into other migration stories. Stories of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” and “Syrian Refugees” were researched.

Writing – Persuasive Writing

We have continued to explore the use of persuasion techniques in our persuasive writing.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We have continued with multiplication of multidigit numbers, using both algorithms and to solve math story problems. Next week, we will move into division.

Three Way Conferences – Thank you for joining us during the Three Way Conferences. It is always a pleasure to connect with families as the students reflect on their growth and new goals are set before we go on winter break in a few weeks.

Important Dates:

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes

January 11 to 22 – All students will be in distance learning to ensure 14 days of self isolation for those who have returned from travel.

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Friday 20th, November, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

This week, we had the opportunity to learn about the migration story of Ms. Selivanova. Her story began in Russia with a number of internal migrations when she was very young. Then her family migrated to the USA when she was 10 years old. It was an interesting insight into the difficulties of adaptation for people when they migrate. If you would like to listen to her story, you can find the webex meeting presentation at the following link:  Ms. Selivanova’s Migration Story

Writing – Persuasive Writing

We have continued our persuasive writing and begun looking at persuasion techniques that students could use to make their writing more powerful.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We have continued with multiplication of multidigit numbers, using both algorithms and to solve math story problems. 

Movember – For the month of November, to bring awareness to men’s health, students may wear alternate dress (the color blue) on Thursday and Friday instead of their regular uniforms.

Three Way Conferences – Please don’t forget to sign up for a parent-student-teacher conference time slot. It is a great opportunity to continue building our partnership to support the learning of our students. 

Important Dates:

November 26 & 27 – Three Way Conferences (Parent-Student-Teacher)

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes

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Friday, 13th November, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Migration: We have continued with our investigation of reasons why people migrate. If you have images that you can share with your child, s/he can add these to the online Bookcreator projects they are working on.

Writing – Persuasive Writing: Students have started experimenting with persuasive writing and trying out the techniques. They have all chosen different audiences to target for their persuasion pieces. Some are writing to the school, others are writing for their parents, and we even have a letter to Vladimir Putin in progress. 

Reading: Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division: We have moved into multiplication of multi-digit numbers using place value charts and learnt about a new strategy known as the area model. You can have your child explain the area model to you by showing you how to multiply 30 x 50.  It is a good way for them to practice their learning.

Movember: For the month of November, to bring awareness to men’s health, students may wear alternate dress (the color blue) on Thursday and Friday instead of their regular uniforms.

November 16 to 27: All three divisions of AAS will be in distance learning for the safety of all the community.

Important Dates:

November 16 to 27 – Distance Learning

November 26 & 27 – Three Way Conferences (Parent-Student-Teacher)

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes

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Friday, 6th of October, 2020

UoI – Migration: This week we have been looking into the reasons people migrate. Your child has been thinking about his/her own personal migrations and also looked into the meaning of a Third Culture Kid. They will be asking you (the parents) some questions about your personal migration story as well. If you have images that you can share with us of where your home is or the countries or cities you have moved to as an expat or if your migration was between cities within a particular country, please send them in. We would love to see and hear more about our families’ migration histories.

Writing – Persuasive Writing: We have started identifying topics that matter to us and planning what we will include in our writing to persuade our readers.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division: We have been working on solving math story problems that require knowledge of the formula for area and perimeter. Multi step problems have been particularly challenging as students have tried to make sense of them before solving them to find the answer.

Movember – For the month of November, to bring awareness to men’s health, students may wear alternate dress (the color blue) on Thursday and Friday instead of their regular uniforms.

Important Dates:

November 26 & 27 – Three Way Conferences (Parent-Student-Teacher)

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes

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Friday, 30th October

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We have started our new unit titled, “Where We Are in Place and Time” with a focus on “Migration”. The provocation was done this morning. Students had a feel for what the migration process makes people feel. They experienced ‘rejection’ just like real people feel when they are rejected from their application for migration to countries.  Please ask your child how it went, what they felt, was the process logical, etc.

Writing – Persuasive Writing

This week we have immersed ourselves into different persuasive writing pieces and speeches.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Multiplication and Division

We have begun our new math unit which starts with a focus on area and perimeter. Knowing the formula for working out area and perimeter was the first step. We are now looking at solving math story problems that require the formulas and multiplying those results to double or triple the area and perimeter.

Important Dates:

November 26 & 27 – Three Way Conferences (Parent-Student-Teacher)

December 17 – Last day of school before the winter break

December 18 to January 8 – Winter break

January 11 – School resumes

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Friday, 16 October, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We have wrapped up our current unit on Beliefs, Values, Diversity and Racism. After the break, we will be starting our next unit titled, “Where We Are in Place and Time” with a focus on “Migration”.  We would like to let you know that our provocation to give students a feel for what the migration process makes people feel, will result in some students feeling they could not participate in some of the provocation experiences (for example being sent to a “waiting room” for reasons they aren’t quite clear about and made to wait until the end of a session before being allowed to move on.) This will be done on purpose to give students a sense of ‘rejection’ that real people feel when they are rejected from their application for migration to countries.  Please don’t let your child know of this background information. We just wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ so you can help support our efforts when and if your child gets upset during the provocation part of our next unit. 

Writing – Personal Narratives

This week was focused on editing our chosen piece of writing and using a rubric to reflect on what we need to include in it. Teachers also give their feedback on the rubrics to ensure that the student understands areas they need to continue working on as writers.

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes per day is recommended.

Math – Place Value

We have wrapped up our learning on place value this week. We will focus on multiplication and division after the break. On that note, we recommend that students use Khan Academy to recap and to extend their math knowledge by exploring the learning activities that their teacher has assigned for them on the Khan Academy website.

Learning after the Break.

Please keep a lookout for the schedule of your child’s class, closer to the end of next week, in order to know if we will be returning to Hybrid learning or not.  We are optimistic that we will be back on campus, but just in case, we will wait until we are closer to the date, before sending out our schedules.

Important Dates:

October 19 to 23 – Autumn break – No school

October 26 – School resumes

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Wednesday, 7th October

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We have continued working on exploring beliefs around the world. As a follow on to this exploration, we move into the meaning of racism and how we can work to become anti-racists.

Writing – Personal Narratives

We have continued to work on the features of a personal narrative. Most students are at the stage of editing and publishing a narrative of their choice by making sure they incorporate the features they have been learning about. 

Reading – Please remind your child that reading is an expectation every night – including weekends and holidays. A minimum of 30 minutes is recommended.

Math – Place Value

Mid unit assessments on place value have been done this week or will be done next week – depending on your child’s class. These are a good ‘check-in’ to understand where each student needs further support as we continue our learning on place value. It is not a summative of your child’s ability. The unit continues and the mid unit assessment helps us to make sure we know where each student needs extra support.

Thursday 8th & Friday 9th, This Week

Professional development for the teachers on both days. No school for students. 

Distance Learning Next Week

All students will be learning daily through synchronous online lessons with all their teachers. The only session that will not take place is swimming. If your class has swimming scheduled next week, it is replaced in the schedule with a suggestion for your child to play outside.

Important Dates:

Saturday, October 10 – Last day for Mug Competition Design submissions to the PTO

October 12 to 16 – Distance Learning for all students. 

October 19 to 23 – Autumn break – No school

November 26 & 27 – 3 Way Conferences (Parent-Student-Teacher)

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Friday, 2nd October, 2020

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We have continued to explore the beliefs and values of the people in our community by focusing on our individual values and beliefs that are transferred to us from our family and culture. As embracing diversity is high on our agenda in this unit, we are also continuing to explore different faiths and religions both in our community and around the world. If your family has a picture of a particular symbol, icon, or relic that is of particular significance to your culture, please encourage your child to share it with us. 

Writing – Personal Narratives

We have continued to work on the features of a personal narrative. Ask your child about the difference between simple and compound sentences.

Reading – A must for all students for at least 30 minutes every night.

Math – Place Value

We have been teaching and re-teaching rounding to different digit values within a five or six digit number. You can support us by quizzing your child on rounding numbers. So they have to remember to use the rule that 5 and above round up while 4 and below round down.

MAP Testing

MAP testing continues for Grade 4. It will be completed by October 13th.

Important Dates:

Monday, October 5 – Map Testing Huddle B

Thursday & Friday, October 8 & 9 – Teacher PD – No school for students

Saturday, October 10 – Last day for Mug Competition Design submissions to the PTO

Monday, October 12 – Map Testing Huddle A

Tuesday, October 13 – Map Testing Huddle B

October 19 to 23 – Autumn break – No school

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Friday, 25th September

It was so nice to see families at the Webex Goal Setting Conferences today. Thank you for taking the time to meet with us and supporting your child in the process of goal setting. 

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are

We are continuing to explore the beliefs and values of the people in our community. This week we had some guest speakers from our school community sharing the family values and beliefs with the students. Parents who would be happy to share their family beliefs or values that impact their way of life and/or decisions, are welcome to schedule a time with their class teacher. An example of beliefs could include thoughts and practices related to vegetarianism or religious faiths. Alternatively, it may be cultural practices that you do in your home as a result of your particular upbringing. We would be happy to hear about a wide range of beliefs and values in our community. Embracing diversity is high on our agenda in this unit. Your share can be done via a presentation or by speaking to the children. We will be hosting you through Webex as the meeting platform, so you will not need to physically come into school.

Writing – Personal Narratives

We have started writing our personal narratives. Students have been exploring writing ‘hooks’ to capture their readers’ attention. They have also explored what showing their readers means versus telling their reader when they write.  Please ask your child to explain the difference to you.

Math – Place Value

As we continue with exploring place value, a major focus has been on rounding. Whilst most students understand the basic principles of rounding, it has been an interesting experience for them to round numbers to the nearest 100 or thousand when looking at six digit numbers. We will continue to work on this, but you can support us by exploring a number such as 265,363 and seeing what the number would be when you round it to the nearest 100.  Most students need to be reminded to look at the digit in the hundreds place (3) instead of looking at the digit in the hundred thousands place (2).  In this example, rounding 256,363 to the nearest hundred would be 265,400 not 300,000.

Photo Days for students:

4AO – Wednesday, 30th September (Huddle B)

4SC – Monday, 28th September (Huddle B)

4WA – Tuesday, 29th September (Huddle B)

4WA – Tuesday, 6th October (Huddle A)

4SA – Thursday, 1st October (Huddle B) 

4SA – Friday, 2nd October (Huddle A) 

MAP Testing

MAP testing begins next week for Grade 4.

Important Dates:

Thursday & Friday, October 8 & 9 – Teacher PD – No school for students

Monday – Friday, October 19 to 23 – Autumn break – No school

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Friday, 18th September

Wednesdays are a Late Start

Lessons start at 9:15am. If your child is supposed to be at school on a Wednesday, s/he can be at school anywhere from 8:45 to 9:15am.

Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are: We are currently focusing on different perspectives and the beliefs of different people in our community. Parents who would be happy to share their family beliefs or values that impact their way of life and/or decisions, are welcome to schedule a time with their class teacher. An example of beliefs could include thoughts and practices related to vegetarianism or religious faiths. Alternatively, it may be cultural practices that you do in your home as a result of your particular upbringing. We would be happy to hear about a wide range of beliefs and values in our community. Embracing diversity is high on our agenda in this unit. Your share can be done via a presentation or by speaking to the children. We will be hosting you through Webex as the meeting platform, so you will not need to physically come into school.

Writing – Personal Narratives: We have started noticing what writers do when they write personal narratives. We will use these noticings to help us begin writing our own personal narratives over the coming weeks.

Math – Place Value: We are currently looking at place value. Place value charts are a major focus. How to label them, use them to understand and compare numbers and their values was our focus for this week.

Reading: A love of books is what we aim to accomplish this year. Reading for joy as a pastime rather than choosing technology and games to stay occupied, especially as we have had to be at home more than ever over the last few months.

Student Goal Setting Conferences: Next Thursday and Friday, the 24th and 25th of September is when our Goal Setting Conferences will take place. Students will share with their parents and teacher their academic, social and/or organizational goals for the semester. We look forward to seeing you together with your child via a Webex meeting.  Your child is expected to wear his/her formal uniform even though s/he will be at home with you and joining the meeting virtually.

Important Dates:

Thursday, 24 September – Webex Goal Setting Conferences- formal uniform

Friday, 25 September – Webex Goal Setting Conferences- formal uniform

Thursday & Friday, October 8 & 9 – Teacher PD – No school for students

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October – Autumn Break – No School

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