March 13th, 2020

Distance Learning

In order to prepare for the possibility of the AAS school campus closing for a certain period of time, the 4th Grade team has been preparing the students. Teachers have gone through some new online learning platforms that could be used, such as Google Meets and Explain Everything. Furthermore, students have been given folders to take home which contain some materials that may be useful at home. Additionally, students have been asked to take certain books, such as their Writer’s Notebook and reading book back and forth from school so they can be used in either location. 

 

Math Unit

All 4th Grade students will be finishing their Geometry unit next week, and beginning their new unit on Fractions. The unit is entitled,  ‘Fractions, Equivalence, Ordering and Operations’. Our Central Idea is: Understanding the relationships between fractions and wholes allows people to gather data and solve authentic problems. Our Lines of Inquiry are:

-fractions, referring to the same whole      
-modeling and solving algebraic operations with fractions
-questioning and defending mathematical strategies

Please see the Newsletter which outlines this unit. Furthermore, for more detail, please refer to the different topics: 

Topic A

Topic B

Topic C

Topic D

Topic E

Topic F

Topic G

Topic H

Reading Unit

Next week we will be starting our new reading unit. Our big idea is: Readers ask questions and critique the text to help them understand the story and generate a deeper level of discussion points. Students will be put into Book Clubs for the majority of this unit. The unit will be guided by the following questions:

  • How do we ask questions?
  • How do we go deeper with our thinking?
  • What is critiquing?
  • How do I read as a writer? 
  • What is a good question?
  • How do you turn a thin question into a thick question?
  • What does the author think that I already know?

What’s Happening in 4th Grade

Unit of Inquiry

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We spent this  week discussing and answering these questions:

  • What is innovation?
  • Why do we need to innovate?
  • How can we innovate using technology?
  • How does a problem lead to a technology innovation?

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.

Language Arts

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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. 

Math

In Math, students are learning about Symmetry.  Students have been practicing:

  • how to recognize lines of symmetry for given two dimensional figures; identify symmetric figures and draw line of symmetry. 
  • analyzing and classifying triangles based on side length, angle measure, or both. 
  • defining and constructing triangles from given criteria. Explore symmetry in triangles. 
  • classifying quadrilaterals based on parallel and perpendicular lines and the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. 
  •  reasoning about attributes to construct quadrilaterals on square or triangular grid paper. 

 

REMINDER: NO SCHOOL  FOR STUDENTS ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY

(MARCH 9TH-10TH) 

March 13th – Crazy Hair/Hat Day 

March 13th

Invitation-HWOO Expo & Market Day (1)

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.Image result for STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Student-Led Conferences:
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 student’s role
To collect, select, organize and reflect on the items for their portfolio and to share learning experiences.

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.

Grade 4 Expo a Success!

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming to our expo today! The students were so excited to share all their learning with you. We hope you enjoyed!

We are including some photos for your perusal.

There will be no home learning over the break. Enjoy your time. See you all on Monday, February 24th!

Sincerely,
Grade 4 Team

 

4th Grade update

Angle Measure and Plane Figures

Today we started our new unit about angle measure and plane figures. The central idea of this unit is: Mathematicians understand shapes through studying attributes and taking precise measurements.

In order to provoke the students’ thinking about this unit, we visited a number of metro stations to look at the beautiful shapes, angles and patterns that decorate the spaces. We took photos of what we saw. Students will use these photos throughout the unit to study shape attributes and consider the reasons why it’s necessary to have accurate measurements.  Please see some photos from our trip below.

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4th Grade Expo 

We invite you to attend the 4th Grade ‘How the World Works’ Expo. Come and learn about Energy through the eyes of your child. Your child will guide you through the entire process of a unit, from “Tuning In” to “Finding Out”; from “Sorting Out” to “Going Further” and “Taking Action”. It promises to be an interesting morning of learning. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Details: 

Who: G4 students

What: Expo of Learning (How the World Works: Energy)

When: Friday, 14th February, 8:45 – 9:45am

Where: Come to your child’s classroom to get started.

Students are to come to school wearing their formal school uniform. They will have an opportunity to change later in the day.

January 27th-31st 4th Grade News

Yearbook Make-up photos:

The photographer will be here on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 28th and 29th to take make-up photos for any new students, students who joined us after the fall photos, or anyone else who was absent during yearbook photos.   Please send your child in his or her formal uniform on Tuesday or Wednesday.  He/she is welcome to change into their regular school clothes after they get their photo made.

Class News:

Literacy – Students should by now be experts on Energy as they have been reading a plethora of non-fiction articles about forms and sources of energy, as well as energy innovations.  Students are using their reading skills to identify main idea and supporting details and take notes in their own words.  This research is then turned into an Informational Article in writing.  We are working hard to have these ready before our big Expo Day!

Math – Students are close to wrapping up our unit on multiplication and division and should be taking/reporting back on their End of Unit test within the next week or so.  That will take us into Unit Four, a geometry unit on Angle Measure and Plane Figures.  A unit overview is available here.

UOI – We continue our investigation into how Energy is used and transformed.  We look at sustainable and unsustainable sources of energy, as well as how energy can be transformed for our uses.  You will find out all about it at our EXPO on Friday, February 14th.

In other news, winter just has not cooperated with us this year.  Due to lack of snow and soggy fields, it has been decided to cancel our winter sports day.

We hope you had a wonderful time over the break with your family and friends. Please see some 4th Grade updates below. 

Ice Skating in PE

There is no ice skating during PE for the next two weeks, and possibly longer. Instead, we will be having normal PE classes. 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 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. 

4th Grade Expo SAVE THE DATE

Please ‘Save the Date’ for Grade 4s ‘How the World Works’ Expo. Come and learn about Energy through the eyes of your child. Your child will guide you through the entire process of a unit, from “Tuning In” to “Finding Out”; from “Sorting Out” to “Going Further” and “Taking Action”. It promises to be an interesting morning of learning. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Details: 

Who: G4 students

What: Expo of Learning (How the World Works: Energy)

When: Friday, 14th February, 8:45 – 9:45am

Where: Come to your child’s classroom to get started.

Stay tuned for more information!


Come join us next week for our 4th Grade Assembly! Some students from 4th Grade will be presenting their work to the Grade 4s and 5s. The Assembly starts at 8.45am. Swing by if you can!

Today the students are taking home their decorated Taganka bags. Here is a message from Student Council.

It has been a big part of the AAS holiday tradition to support the children of Taganka every holiday season. 

As a CARING community,  we would like to continue to donate Christmas gifts to the Taganka Foundation which is an organization that supports children with special needs,  troubled teenagers and families who need social and emotional support. We have been supporting the foundation since 1991. 
Students are asked to bring their filled bags back to school by December 17th. Student Council representatives will collect the bags from classes each day. 
We encourage students to bring these new items:

 

  • Winter Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Toys
  • Books in Russian
  • Christmas Candy
  • Art supplies
  • Personalised cards made by students

 

These items should represent the age or grade level of your student. Student Council thanks you in advance for your support! 

We are starting a new non-fiction writing unit next week. Our big idea is:

Authors investigate a topic and structure their writing to inform their reader.

Our writing unit will connect to our ‘How the World Works’ unit of Inquiry on energy and energy innovations. Students will create an online newspaper to share their understandings from the unit.

Our guiding questions are as follows:

How do authors pick a topic?
How do authors decide what (content) to include in their writing piece?
How do they organize their information?
Why do authors write informational pieces? (purpose and audience)
How do text features support the text?

 

 

Nonfiction Reading Unit

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After the break, the students will be starting a Nonfiction reading unit.

The big idea is:

Using a variety of skills and strategies, readers read nonfiction to learn about the real world. 

We will be focusing on the following:

  • What is nonfiction?
  • Why do we read nonfiction?
  • How and why do readers use nonfiction to investigate/research?
  • Why do readers read more than one piece about the same topic?
  • What reading strategies are used to understand nonfiction?

Students will also be introduced to the Nonfiction Signposts, which help them establish a deeper understanding of a text. Below are the signposts that we will look at in the first few weeks.

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Student Council Update

Dear Parents,

Thank you to a few teachers and parents who have given us some feedback about StuCo this year. As we have mentioned earlier, we are really focusing on student agency. We feel that it is very important to allow students to take ownership of their club. Although it is different this year and perhaps could look a little disorganized and messy, students will definitely learn from this experience and hopefully thrive by the end of the year. One thing we will try to do is share out our weekly agenda so you are aware of what is going on in student council.
Here is the link to our running agenda.
ES Assembly Dates 2019-2020
Student Council Assembly Dates 2019-2020
Date
Day 
Grade (Present)
Presenters
Focus
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units
Sept. 30th
5
(G4-5) G5
Grade 5
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
9th Oct 
4
(G2-3) G3
Grade 3
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
18th Oct 
5
(PK-1) G1
Grade 1
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
31st Oct
4
PK-5
Teachers/admin and students
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
25th Nov 
2
(G4-5) G4
Grade 4
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
16th  Dec 
4
(G2-3) G2
Grade 2
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
16th Jan 
6
(PK-G1) K
Kindergarten
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
24th Jan 
5
(G4-5) G5
Grade 5
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
25th Feb 
4
(G2-G3) G3
Grade 3
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
18th Mar 
6
(PK-G1)PK
Pre-K
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
23rd  Apr 
2
(G4-G5) G4
Grade 4
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
6th May
4
(G2-G3) G2
Grade 2
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
21st  May 
2
(PK-G1) G1
Grade 1
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
Upcoming Spirit Day(s)
  • Thursday, October 31st – tHalloween
  • Friday, November 1st – School-wide Penguin Spirit day (Black and White) to support Ceesa Players
StuCo Committees 
 Committees (1st Semester October – January) 2019-2020 
Grade 2     Grade 3    Grade 4     Grade 5
Helping Hands
Homeless, Needy
Taganka
Community Builders
Cafeteria, Recess, Playground
Assembly Committee 


Spirit Committee
Spirit Day publicity
ECO Green
Memo/Alen/Alex G. 
Anna/Leda/Wyatt
Mika/Kate  
Trevor/Alzbeta 
Belle/Luke
Oliver
Raphaella/Chloe  
Dylan/Minjune
Ava/Alex A.
Ela/David/Sofia
Mariam/Zain
Naeon/Sojie
Sophie/Sarah
Emily/Emma
Angie/Laura   
Diane/Maryam
       

70th Anniversary Week!

Our 70th Anniversary week starts tomorrow, Monday, the 7th of October. We appreciate your efforts in creating opportunities for AAS students to reflect on our past, present, and future. On Friday, October 11, students will engage in an afternoon of 70th celebration activities designed for each division. In addition, this week, our cafeteria will have special anniversary treats and menu items, while the student councils agreed to host five dress-up days this week.

Monday (October 7): 1940s and 1950s
Tuesday (October 8): 1960s and 1970s
Wednesday (October 9): Pinktober (wear pink to promote awareness of cancer)
Thursday (October 10): 1980s and 1990s
Friday (October 11): 2000s and 2010s

Students may wear an international costume on any of these days representing the many nationalities attending AAS.

Students may wear their uniform on any of these days.

For each Pinktober Wednesday starting this week on the 9th of October, staff can dress down, ie..wear jeans, along with their pink. Embrace and support this important student led awareness effort and remind those who are in your life to take care of their health!