About Laura Gist

Laura is an American with roots in Texas, Colorado and Alaska. She earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, BA in Communication Disorders with visual art and music minors. Creating a learning environment that promotes opportunities for students and teachers to actively inquire, investigate and co-construct knowledge within a supportive and trusting community is at the foundation of Laura's teaching philosophy. Laura began her teaching career at the International School Manila, ISM. She has been teaching internationally for the past 15 years; working in the Philippines, Italy, Hungary and now Russia teaching in a variety of Early Childhood roles. Laura enjoys swimming, Pilates, traveling, photography, music, ceramics, painting, designing and working with a variety of textiles. She also enjoys her summers in Alaska where she spends time with her niece and nephews fishing, hiking and going on adventures. This is Laura’s third year as the at AAS. The past two years Laura was the Early Years Art and Music Teacher.

Important Information

Report Cards

Report cards will be issued on January 31st. You will receive access to the reports via email. 


Message from the P.E. Department:

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

 

 

Math- Unit 4: Number Pairs, Addition, and Subtraction

Central idea :  

Mathematicians solve problems by adding and/or subtracting numbers.

 

What lines of inquiry will define the scope of the inquiry into the central idea?

  • Adding is combining numbers
  • Subtracting is taking apart and taking from
  • Relationship between addition and subtraction

Click on the images below if you’d like to know more and would like to support your child at home.

 

 

Author Study: Reading and Writing Unit

Reading and Writing  (Each Kindergarten class is focusing on two authors for their author study.)

Writing: 

Big idea: 

Writers have a voice and style that is unique. 

Writers learn from other writers.

Writing Guiding Questions:

What is voice?

How do authors use words and pictures to create voice?

How can I use voice in my writing?

What can I learn and use from this author?

What are similarities and differences in one author’s books?


Reading:

Big idea: 

Readers can connect to books by the same author in various ways.

Readers read books from the same author because they connect with part of the books.  

Reading Guiding Questions:

Why do writers write more than one book?

Why do some use the same characters or pictures in their book?

How do you know when multiple books are written by the same author?

How is this author different than other authors?

How do other books this author has written connect to each other?