This is just a reminder that tomorrow is a late start. We start class at 9:15, but students can start coming in the classroom at 8:45. For Huddle B, please log in to Webex at 9:15 am.
The Grade 4 Team
Curbside Library is here!
What does “curbside library” mean?
Parents and High School Students can request books for pick up from the AAS library.
These curbside days will replace our upcoming Saturday open days.
Our next Library Saturday is Saturday, September 19!
How does it work?
1. Request some books that you would like on our handy form.
2. Wait for the “You’ve Got Books” email.
3. Come to school on the days we have indicated in the emails.
4. Drive to school (or walk, or taxi, or bus) with your badge to come to the Main Gate.
5. Give your name to the librarians and pick up what you’ve requested.
6. Return any books that you’ve finished.
7. Enjoy your books at home!
We look forward to helping you out!
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
It was nice to see how excited the children are to see their teachers and reconnect with their friends this week. Even the new students seem to be adjusting well to AAS.
We are slowly getting back into the routine. Each class has reviewed/created their essential agreements and class expectations. This week, we’ve started our first units in Math, Writing, Reading and Unit of Inquiry. If you haven’t sat down with your child to fill out the survey, kindly take some time to do that this weekend. Link
Yay! We survived the first week of HYBRID Learning. Please keep in mind that we are doing our best to support ALL of our students’ needs as best as we can. There may have been some tech issues on our part and this is because we are still learning how to use this new platform in our classroom environment during this challenging times. We hope to get better in the next few weeks.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend. Your child’s teacher will be sharing with you shortly the schedule for next week.
Message from our SEN Teachers:
We are so happy to see students back in school and in our classrooms. As you know, we do our best to support them in their learning. Our strong belief that one of the ways to do so is by providing continuous professional growth for all staff members. At the moment, one of our team members is finishing her teacher certification program. As part of the program, and in order to improve the teacher’s instructional methods, she has been asked to record audiovisual samples of her teaching. The primary purpose of these recordings is to assess the teacher and provide feedback regarding her performance. Focus of the recordings will be primary on the teacher, but will also include students. If you wish for your child not to be in these recordings please, let your child’s teacher know via email.
We thank you for your support and all the work you do with students while they’re at home.
During Hybrid, we will be moving deeper into the curriculum and will be starting a unit in different subject areas (Math, Literacy and Unit of Inquiry). Your child’s classroom teacher will share with you your child’s weekly schedule.
Big Idea: Readers and Writers work together as a community to develop procedures and expectations to support strong independent literacy habits.
Guiding Questions (Writing)
Guiding Questions (Reading)
Please see the attached newsletters on how you can help your child with our first math unit.
Unit of Inquiry
We hope you have a great weekend!
Welcome New Families,
We have processed all iPads for usage by new families with students in Grades 1 to 4. Ideally, we would like to wait until the week of September 7th, when we are in person, to share new technology, as we would then be able to introduce the purpose and usage of applications, as well as ensure students understand our school’s Digital Citizenship policies. These whole group, in-person presentations allow us to frontload a lot of information, preventing families from having to troubleshoot at home.
However, because of the unique online opening to the school year, we understand the need for students to have access to an iPad before our formal in-person introduction. If your family does not have a functioning device for the next eight days and must have access to our school’s iPad prior to on-campus learning, we are making iPads available for pick-up at the school’s external guard house at the bottom of our entry hill.
If you have any further questions, please contact……firstname.lastname@example.org
ES Admin Team
The Grade 4 Team is looking forward to a great year with your child! We would like to highlight the following items as school starts.
Launching Learning will focus on creating our culture to support each student in getting to know each other and their teachers. It will provide routines and expectations which we will be following throughout the year. Students will also be introduced to the curriculum. This year, this will be happening through Distance Learning, and will involve whole class, small group and individual engagement. Students will be guided on how learning would look like in the next few weeks – whether it be hybrid, full on campus or Distance Learning. During this period of launching learning, students and teachers will be engaged in building relationships, gaining an understanding of the different subject areas, and making connections in order to build a better community.
– Webex Meeting
Snacks/Lunch (Please have your child Log off Webex during these times)
Lunch (During HYBRID SCHEDULE)
Uniform/Extra Clothing (HYBRID SCHEDULE)
Clothing (HYBRID SCHEDULE)
Outdoor Shoes (HYBRID SCHEDULE)
SWIMMING(Launching Learning) – Instructors will meet with each class to introduce themselves
REMINDER: DURING LAUNCHING LEARNING– OUR SCHEDULE will be flexible the first two weeks of school. Your classroom teacher will share with you the weekly schedule for your class.
Important information for your child:
WHEN WE START HYBRID….
– School lunches and snacks must be provided from home; another option is to order a set lunch from the cafeteria and have it delivered to your child’s classroom.
We are looking forward to a fun year of learning together in Fourth Grade!
The Grade 4 Team
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Unit of Inquiry
We spent this week discussing and answering these questions:
In the following weeks, we will be focusing on how we can use design thinking as a way to solve problems that encourages positive risk-taking and creativity.
Reading: In reading, students are making connections, predictions and inferences on the books they are reading. They are carefully evaluating which information is useful or not useful to make good predictions and inferences. They are also learning how to determine the theme of a story using details from the Texts.
Writing: Students spent this week adding important details to their fantasy stories.They are applying what they are learning in reading into their stories. They are experimenting with similes and metaphors and using powerful fantasy words in their writing.
In Math, students are learning about Symmetry. Students have been practicing:
REMINDER: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY
March 13th – Crazy Hair/Hat Day
March 20th- Jersey Day
Student Lunch Card
1.) ES students are NOT allowed to take their lunch card and go into the MS and HS cafeteria after school UNLESS they are accompanied by an adult (ie: driver, parent, nanny).
2.) ES students who have an ASA and want to get a snack after school are to go to the ES cafeteria.
3.) ES students are NOT allowed to take their lunch card after school.
On Thursday, March 27 students in the elementary school will be leading conferences for their parents. This is an important process for students to develop self-confidence, reflect on their practices, and to gain a better understanding of their learning.
What is a Student-Led Conference?
The student is in charge of the conference and shares work selected from his/her learning journey. Evidence of student work have been compiled to demonstrate each student’s growth. The students will share the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the year. Conferences will last for up to one hour.
Why Student-Led Conferences?
–> Students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their work, goals and their success throughout the year in developing their portfolio, which they share at the conference.
–>Students take ownership over the conference; this active involvement promotes student responsibility and accountability.
–>Students are able to reflect upon their learning when leading conferences.
–>Conferences allow students to share their perspective on their own learning and development with teachers and parents.
–>Conferences allow students to showcase their knowledge, skills, and understanding through actively participating in learning engagements.
–>Conferences provide an opportunity for the students to share their learning with parents.
–>Parents gain a better understanding of the classroom experience of their child.
The teacher’s role
To ensure students are prepared for the conference.
Teachers will be circulating and participating in conferences as appropriate. You can always schedule an additional conference with teachers to discuss your child’s progress.
The parent’s role
To attend the conference with your child. It is important that you are there for them.
To ask supportive and inquiring questions. Examples of questions will be provided during the conferences if you would like to use them.
Thank you for coming to the Holiday Concert yesterday. If you were not able to make it, please click on the link below to watch it.
Unit of Inquiry/Reading/Writing
We have started our units in Reading, Writing and Unit of Inquiry. Students have been busy and are in the early stages of researching, note taking, reading and writing articles related to energy. They will be sharing their learning journey with you during our Grade 4 Expo.
Unit of Inquiry Central Idea.Understanding how energy is used, transferred, and stored promotes innovation.
Writing Big Idea: Authors investigate a topic and structure their writing to inform their reader.
Reading Big Idea: Using a variety of skills and strategies, readers read nonfiction to learn about the real world (a real experience, person, an idea or a belief).
Math: Mathematicians develop more efficient strategies for solving problems through noticing patterns and repeated reasoning.
Students have been using their place value understanding and visual representations to solve multiplication and division problems with multi-digit numbers. This unit unit moves slowly but comprehensively to develop students’ ability to reason about the methods and models they choose to solve problems with multi-digit factors and dividends.
Click on the links to know how you can help at home:
G4 Unit 3 Topic A Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic B Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic C Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic D Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic E Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic F Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic G Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic H Newsletter