Anglo-American School of Moscow – Kindergarten

Author: Amanda Garrett (Page 1 of 2)

Halfway Point of Distance Learning

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Today marks the halfway point of our Distance Learning experience. Thank you for all your support on the homefront as we navigate these difficult times. We recognize that dynamics can vary greatly from family to family, including where you may be located in the world, number of students in your home, and the challenges of balancing Distance Learning with your own careers, etc. We want to make sure that we are designing our program to be flexible and adaptable for you and your child.

Please know that our daily slide decks are designed to meet a range of abilities and levels while still meeting the Kindergarten curriculum. As parents, we know that you have the best pulse on your child. The health and well-being of your child is the most important thing to consider. If you feel that your child has hit a ceiling with any part of Distance Learning, please know that your child can be flexible in completing assignments. We ask that you keep in communication with your child’s teacher about any challenges you are facing so that we can be aware and provide help and support as needed.

Supporting Writing at Home

Below you will find a link to a very valuable video hosted by Matt Glover. Matt Glover has been a visiting consultant at AAS and his practices and approaches to teaching students about writing are aligned with our philosophy at AAS. We recommend you watch both videos linked below. Supporting Spelling at Home and The Importance of Making Books will offer recommendations for how you can continue to support your child at home.

Supporting Spelling at Home
The Importance of Making Books

Supporting Reading at Home

All Kindergarteners received a collection of home readers as part of their Home Learning packet. However, now that we are three weeks into Distance Learning, you may have a need for additional reading material. The library at AAS has a great collection of online reading resources that are available to parents and students. We recommend the resource, EPIC, which has a collection of books with access to various levels and genres that you may find quite useful. Many books have an audio component which is also a great way to give your child more exposure to modeled fluency and expression.

On the link below, you will find videos and tutorials to help you with many aspects of Distance Learning, including a video to help you access EPIC:
https://sites.google.com/aas.ru/estech/distancelearning

Supporting Math at Home

IXL is an online resource that is also available to all Kindergarteners for math. If you find that your child needs extra practice in any of the skills being covered in Distance Learning and/or if your child is motivated to take their learning further, this is a resource you can use as well. Kindergarteners have been provided with their login and passwords for IXL earlier in the school year. If you need this information to be resent to you, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Below is a link to some more ideas on how your can support your child at home with math:

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/academics/advice/math/kindergarten-math-tips

Social Interaction and “Recess”

In order to provide the Kindergarteners with much needed social interactions during Distance Learning, we will begin offering an optional “recess” time for each of the KG classes. This recess time will take place on Wednesdays from 2:00-2:30 pm Moscow Time. Students may join their class for “recess” by accessing the Google Meet link for their class. A slide will be provided each Wednesday with the Google Meet link. Please note that this will be a supervised time.

Teachers will take time during next Tuesday’s live Morning Meeting to discuss the guidelines and expectations for students during “recess”. Please note that all live Google Meetings are recorded, including this recess time. Please remind your child that they should only access the Google Meet links during the times indicated on the slides. Students should never be in a Google Meet outside of these times, as it is not supervised.

In addition to the added “recess” time, Kindergarteners may also share with others throughout the grade level via the Kindergarten Village Seesaw account. In order to protect the privacy of our students and to provide appropriate feedback to students, Class Seesaw accounts are set so that students and parents cannot see and/or comment on other students’ work. However, the Kindergarten Village Seesaw account does have this capability. If your child has something special to share and/or if they would like to comment on what other students have shared, they may do this through the Kindergarten Village Seesaw account.

Look for the Icon for Kindergarten Village Seesaw account:Kindergarten Village Account

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Warm Regards,
Kindergarten Teachers

First Day of Distance Learning

First Day of Distance Learning

Dear Kinder Families, 

Congratulations on completing your first day of Distance Learning! The students all did a great job today and many finished their Seesaw assignments as well. There were only a few “glitches” throughout the day and we are working to fix those. 

Here are a couple of things to note as we move into the rest of the week… 

Tomorrow, your child will have their first live Google Meet session. The link and time to join those Google Meet sessions will be on slide #2 of the slide deck you will receive tomorrow morning. Your child must be logged in to Google Chrome with their AAS user name and password. A document was sent home with your child’s log in information along with their home packet. Email your child’s teacher if you cannot find this document. 

The Google slide deck will be sent as an “Assignment” tomorrow morning in your child’s classroom account Seesaw, not a notification through Kindergarten Village. Please help your child locate this in their assignment inbox. This is a change that was requested by administration and we do hope it goes smoothly for tomorrow. 

Important! 

Please ensure that your video camera and microphone are enabled on the device you are using. 

During the Google Meet session tomorrow morning, we will be reviewing our expectations with the children. You may need to be present to help get them started and sorted on the first Google Meet as we move towards independence with this. The Google Meet sessions with students will be focused on meeting with the children. For parents who would like to talk with us, please schedule a separate time for this. 

When completing all assignments in Seesaw, please help your child navigate to the correct class. For example, PE should be posted under “KWB-PE” for those students completing PE assignments from KWB and so on for each class. Specialist classes are located on the left-hand side of your child’s Seesaw page. Tap on their picture or icon in the corner and the list of classes will appear. Students know how to do this, they just need a reminder. All posts that are not for specialist teachers should be done in your child’s class account. 

For extensions in learning, the students may always take the learning objective for that lesson and go further with it. For example, reading another book, looking for more rhyming words, making additional number bonds, adding more details and or words to their work, etc. Please also remember that IXL.com is an optional resource that is available for all students if they would like to work on their math skills. 

In addition, our library also has an impressive list of resources accessible to all students. https://www.aas.ru/learning/library

Please let us know if you have any questions. 

Warm Regards, 

Kindergarten Teachers

KG Distance Learning

Dear Kinder Families, 

Monday, March 23rd, will be our first day of Distance Learning. Below are some tips and information to help you get started. 

What will Distance Learning look like for Kindergarteners?

Each morning, before 8:00 a.m., you and your child will receive a notification via Seesaw App in notifications. Notifications will show in both your’s and your child’s Seesaw inbox. In this notification, you will receive a link to a Google Slide deck with that day’s Distance Learning engagements. Please plan to assist your child with accessing the link and getting started. 

Kindergarten Week at a glance

 

 

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays there will be pre-recorded morning meetings for each of the kindergarten classes. Teachers will still be available if needed, on these days.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, your child will join a live Google Meet Session along with a small group of children from their class. Sessions will take place at either 9:00 am., 9:20 am. or 9:40 am. The schedule for these meetings, along with the link to join the meeting per class will be on the Google slide deck you will receive in your morning notification. All Google Meet sessions will be recorded! 

Please help your child find a quiet spot in the house, as free of distractions as possible, for these live sessions. They may need your help at first with following our established Meeting Agreements which include: Taking turns talking, using non-verbal hand signals and practicing muting and unmuting their microphone. We expect for this to be a bit tricky at first, but are confident that the kindergartners will learn this new way of communicating with each other quickly. Use of headphones is highly encouraged. 

Specialist teachers will also be hosting live sessions. These will be updated each week and will be indicated in the Google Slide Deck. 

Classroom teachers will be available each day from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for additional live sessions, as needed. Please send us a notification via Seesaw or email to arrange a meeting time. 

Tips: 

  • Set up a quiet space for your child to work. 
  • Use headphones to help minimize noise and increase your child’s focus.
  • Keep the “Home Learning” Packet we sent home nearby.
  • Please ensure that you are logged in on Google Chrome with your child’s AAS Google login information. This information was sent home in your child’s Distance Learning Packet.  If you are not logged into an AAS Google account via Chrome, you will not be able to access the Google Meet links. 
  • Videos play most easily when Google Slides are in “Present” Mode 
  • Make videos full screen when watching

 

Apps for Distance Learning

As of now, Kindergartens will only need one app: Seesaw Class Families/Parents should have the app: Seesaw Family

  • Please note that these are two different apps

If you have ‘checked out’ an iPad from AAS then the Seesaw Class app is already installed on your child’s iPad and they are well versed in using it. If you are using your own iPad these will be the apps you will need to download and to have ready. 

Setting a Schedule

It is highly recommended that you create a schedule as a family for you and your child to follow during this time. Others who have been doing this for several weeks now in other countries say that this is essential! Feel free to use or adapt the schedule below. The more you can involve your child in this process the better.

 

Remember to drink lots of water and to wash your hands often!

Thank you for all your support! 

KG Teachers

 

 

Support Materials for Kinder

Dear Kinder Parents,

Following up on the message sent yesterday to parents regarding AAS preparing for the possibility of Distance Learning, your child will be receiving a packet of support materials to keep at home “just in case” the campus does experience a closure. Inside the packet, you will also find a letter with student user names and passwords to access their Google email address. This will be needed for access to many of the services for Distance Learning. Please note that these steps are precautionary and are “just in case”.  We ask that you keep this packet in a safe place and access it only as needed. 

Warm Regards,

KG Teachers

Crazy Hair Day and Grade 3 Market Day

Dear Kinder Parents,

Happy International Women’s Day! We hope that you are all enjoying the long weekend.

This upcoming Friday, March 13th is CraZy Hair Day! Students are invited to come to school in their wackiest and craziest hairstyles!

Also, Friday is Grade 3 Market Day.  Kindergarteners are welcome to be a customer at Market Day! Students may bring small notes and coins to purchase products and services such as sweets, games and other fun items. The price range for items will be 20₽ to 500₽. All proceeds will be donated to a charity. We will take students who bring money to the Market during school hours.

Sock Drive

Dear Parents,

Our Kindergarten Daisy students (Girls Scouts) shared with the classes today about a Sock Drive. All socks will be given to SAMU an organization that helps the homeless with health concerns and readaption into society.

Please send in new men’s warm socks. Help them reach their goal of 100 socks by February 28th! Donation bin is located outside room 1042 (KGA). We hope you can help!

Daisy Sock Drive

Upcoming Events and Projects

Dear Kinder Families, 

This upcoming Friday, February 7th, is a Student Council Spirit Day. Students may come dressed in the theme of “Back to the Future”. Alternatively, they may also wear their uniforms. 

Also, on Tuesday, February 11th, Kindergarten will be celebrating the 100th day of school.  As part of the celebration the students have brainstormed a list of projects they can do at home and bring on the 11th to share with their classmates. 

Help your child to choose 1 or more of the projects to do at home and bring it to school to share either on or before the 100th day of school.

A paper copy of the project choices also be sent home. Please look for it in your child’s home folder. 

Thank you, 

The Kindergarten Team

 

 

Outdoor Clothing for Kindergarteners

Dear parents,

The Kindergarten teachers want to share with you their beliefs regarding recess wear for the students.At AAS, and as stated in our Early Years Philosophy, we believe that children are competent learners, who have different needs and understand the world around them through experimentation. With that in mind, we will be allowing students to self-regulate while playing outside. Before each recess, we will remind children to put on everything they came in wearing in the morning but once outside, they are trusted to make their own decisions on what they keep on. We want to give the students an opportunity to make decisions for themselves, thus making them more independent and self-reliant. 

We also want to respect your beliefs and trust that you will have conversations with your child about what you believe and expect from them regarding their outfits during recess time, forest time, or any other outdoor time.  

If you wish to communicate your expectations to your child’s teachers, we will be happy to remind them to your child, too. 

Please be informed that the classroom teachers are not always the ones on duty during recess and thus are not always aware of what the children might be wearing during recess. This stresses even more the importance of students being aware of your expectations and taking responsibility for their well-being.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support of our program. 

The Kindergarten team

 

Reminders and Up-coming events

Dear Kindergarten Families,

The next couple of weeks are quite busy. Here is some information to help you stay organized.

Monday, December 9 – Kindergarten Field trip to Experimentarium

*PTO New Book Fair is December 10-12

Friday, December 13th – Pre-K & K Winter Concert (see info below)

Tuesday, December 17th – Deadline to send in Taganka donations

Thursday, December 19th – Kindergarten Holiday Party and last day before Winter Break

All items in Lost and Found will be donated over the holidays. Please check for your missing items before they are gone!

Pre-K and K Winter Concert

When:  Friday, December 13th

Time: 9:00 am

Where: AAS Bolshoi Theater

Attire: Formal Uniforms

*Oxford buttoned-down long-sleeved collared shirt (White) + slacks/trousers/skirt (Navy Blue) + tie (available for purchase at PTO store) + dark-colored shoes + black belt.

For the Formal Uniform, Girls also have the option to wear the navy pinafore with the long-sleeved oxford and tie underneath.

 

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