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What’s Happening Next Week

Dear Parents,

PYPX: This week students heard from many guest speakers: AAS community members from the Peace Corps, Tom Grove, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, Irakli, a surgeon living and working in Moscow. We discussed how to do deeper research and how prompts and sentence starters can help us do that. Finally students have been divided into their PYPX groups created around the issues they have expressed interest in.
Next week we will develop lines of inquiry to guide our research. Students will make mind maps to see what they can do now, and they will make concepts questions to go deeper into their research.

Math: We continue to work with multiplying and dividing fractions. Please find helpful math tips G5 Unit 4 Topic D Newsletter, G5 Unit 4 Topic E Newsletter and G5 Unit 4 Topic F Newsletter.

Coronavirus Information and Resources: As a part of our school’s ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, AAS is committed to keeping our community informed. Please visit the Coronavirus Resources and Information Page for daily updates, and instructions.

Next Week: Please be advised that next week there is no school for students on Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10. Students are expected back in school Wednesday, March 11.

Swimming: The pool is closed and students will be doing dry land workouts. Please bring appropriate clothes for that.

Happy upcoming International Women’s Day & enjoy your weekend!
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening Next Week

Dear Parents,

Math: We will continue multiplying fractions. Students are expected to be modeling their thinking so they develop the deep conceptual understanding.

Literacy: Our reading, writing and speaking is tied to Exhibition. Student will be exploring how we alter our language depending upon the audience.

PYPX: This past week the students have started learning about PYPX. We talked about the Key Concepts, students received their PYPX binders, and began learning how to collaborate and work with each other. We heard from our first guest speaker, Ms. Chantal, what a changemaker is and continued this discussion in class. Students are learning how to document their research and create a bibliography with the help of MyBib. Next week we will continue diving into PYPX. Monday, several former Peace Corp volunteers will come in to talk about their actions. We will be choosing topics and forming groups. This is a very important week. Please check in with your child to see what they have been working on.

Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening the Week after Break

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
UoI: This week students have finished their research on the history of the technologies they chose. Their finished timelines now decorate the Grade 5 hallway and classrooms. Stop by to take a look!
Language: Over the week students have practiced and presented their speeches in their classrooms. Today nine selected students presented their persuasive speeches in the Bolshoi. Here are the issues that our Grade 5 speakers chose for their presentations: Animal Cruelty, Renewable Energy, Responsible Consuming, The Necessity of a Universal Right to Education, Water Pollution, Wildfires, The Dangers of Smoking and Gender Equality. Congrats and well done to all students who put in their hard work and created speeches on issues they feel passionately about! Here is a link to the the Kids Talk.
PYPX: After break, we will be starting our work on PYPX. During the first week students will learn about PYPX expectations, talk about self-management strategies, sharing ideas and collaborating in groups.

We will have a parent meeting about Exhibition and the expectations on Friday, February 28 at 8:00 AM in the Community Room.

Have a wonderful break!
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
Math: We are working on Unit Four ‘Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 4 Tips for Parents, G5 Unit 4 Topic E Newsletter. The focus continues to be on a deep conceptual understanding of what happens when we multiply and divide fractions.
Language: We are discussing what makes persuasive speech effective (what is characteristic of the introductions, conclusions and paragraphs in between?). Select students will be presenting their speeches at a KidTalk at the Bolshoi Theatre next week. We recommend watching these videos for inspiration: What’s Wrong with Our Food System, Try Something New for 30 Days & What Adults Can Learn from Kids. We will continue reading historical fiction.
The 7 Habits: Mrs. Hinton visited our classrooms this week to talk about the ‘7 Habits of Happy Kids’ to start preparing our students’ mindsets for their work during PYPex. PYPex will be starting right after we come back from our February Break. Feel free to take a look at t7 Habits Poster that names the habits we discussed and continue the discussion at home.
This week, Grade 5 classes will be visiting the Lights of Moscow museum.We will continue examining how technology advances and how it impacts society. Also, Russian and French classes will have field trips as well.

Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

What’s Happening This Week

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We are working on Unit Four ‘Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 4 Topic B Newsletter, G5 Unit 4 Topic C Newsletter and G5 Unit 4 Topic D Newsletter. The focus continues to be on a deep conceptual understanding of what happens when we multiply and divide fractions.
2. Language: In class we are working on creating, editing and practicing our persuasive speeches. Students have picked topics that they have a strong opinion about and selected materials for research. Soon we will be presenting our final speeches in class and selecting the speeches that will be presented at our KidTalk.
3. UoI: In our UoI unit, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’, students have been working on technology timelines, exploring what technologies were invented throughout history. They are selecting technologies, the histories of which they are going to individually research. The active vocabulary for the new unit can be found here. Students will be researching how we got to now.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

Skating in PE Update

The PE team would like to update everyone on the ice skating situation during PE. We have looked at the weather and it is not going to be cold enough for long enough to build a rink this year. Ice skating during PE is canceled for this year. If for some reason this changes we will let you know. We know how much the students enjoy this experience and hopefully next year we will have a colder winter. There are many rinks in the city that are still functioning, it could be a great family outing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The ES PE Team

What’s Happening!

Dear parents,
Here’s our weekly update:
1. Math: We have started Unit Four ‘Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals’. You can find helpful math tips for the new unit G5 Unit 4 Topic A Newsletter andG5 Unit 4 Tips for Parents. The focus continues to be on a deep conceptual understanding of what happens when we multiply and divide fractions.
2. Language: This week students discussed the difference between a ‘topic’ and an ‘issue’. They practiced writing persuasive texts about several issues outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
3. UoI: Our next unit, ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ has started. This week students talked about what technology and ingenuity is, discussed the timeline of which technologies were invented throughout history and started thinking about technologies they would like to research. The active vocabulary for the new unit can be found here. Students will be researching how we got to now.
Best regards,
Grade 5 Team

ES Swim Club Term 3/4 Parent Information

Dear Parents,

The Elementary School Swim Club is an activity designed to improve stroke technique, aerobic fitness, and to have fun in the water for Grades 2 – 5. The Aquatics Staff are offering an evaluation for the students that would like to join the ES Swim Club VIEW

In order to see the number of participants and to evaluate their skill level… Any G2-G5 student that would like to register for the T3/T4 ES SWIM CLUB ASA, is required to complete a PRE-REGISTRATION SWIM EVALUATION. There are no exception that can be made.

The evaluation will be happening on January 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Feb 3 from 15:30 – 16:10.
You must use this Registration Form to make an appointment with the Aquatics Staff
If your child will not be able to attend one of the following dates and times, they will not be able to join the program.
Students may register for ONLY ONE ES Swim Club session (pending numbers)
Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ES Swim Club – view here for requirements and evaluation criteria

ES Swim Club will run from March 11 – May 28. The students will swim for one extra week during (April 13-16). All ES Swim Club students will be invited to participate in the Penguin Spring Classic on May 16.

Thank you and see you at the pool!

Your contact person for ES Swim Club

Ms. Tatiana Goncharenko (AQ)