Sharing The Planet – Unit of Inquiry

Dear Parents,

For the next 4 weeks we will focus on our Sharing The Planet Unit. We will continue to inquire into our connection with nature and our responsibilities towards it.  

Central idea :  People discover and learn through nature.

Lines of Inquiry that will define the scope of our inquiry into the central idea:

– what nature is.

– responsibilities we have towards nature

Learner Profile Attributes: Inquirers, Caring

Our Approach to learning will focus on observing nature and recording the changes we notice. Students will be encouraged to use all senses to find and notice relevant details and record their observations by drawing and note taking.

Our Distance Learning Reality limits our Nature exploration experiences but gives our students a sense of importance of nature in our lives.  

We will also continue to have a lense of Systems Thinking while exploring our relationships with nature.

Students’ Learning Goals: 

  • I can state why an object is nature or not and explain my thinking
  • I can spot systems in nature
  • I can name ways nature helps me
  • I can name ways I help nature
  • I can name responsibilities I have towards my pet/plant

Ways you can help:

  • Let your child build his/her own theory of what nature is.
  • If possible spend some time outside exploring nature with your child.
  • Let your child have responsibilities towards a pet or a plant at home.
  • Watch the Eagles with your child and talk about what he/she notices.

Explore through Nature!

Yours in Learning,

The Pre-K Team

How We Organize Ourselves – Systems

Dear Pre-K Parents,

We have begun our new unit of inquiry. The following information will allow you to support your child’s learning and understanding.

We are inquiring into the following:

Transdisciplinary Theme: How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems

Central Idea: Deconstructing and constructing systems helps us understand their complexity.

Lines of Inquiry that will define the scope of our inquiry into the central idea:

  • systems and their parts
  • exploring the complexities of systems

Learner Profile Attributes: Inquirers, Thinkers

Our Approach to learning will focus on data gathering and recording.Students will be encouraged to use all senses to find and notice relevant details and record their observations by drawing, note taking.

Our Distance Learning Reality gives our students an authentic experience of applying skills and knowledge they’ve gained in school to unfamiliar situations. They are challenged (as well as parents and teachers) to adopt to a new System of Learning through technology. 

Students’ Learning Goals: 

  • I can identify systems
  • I can name the parts of the system and how they are connected
  • I can name people who are part of a system
  • I can empathize

Ways you can help:

  • Be on the lookout for systems with your child around your home or while you are out and about. They are all around us and will be exciting for your child to begin noticing with a keen eye! Ask your child why they think something is a system. What are the parts of a system? How are parts connected?Who are people connected to the system?
  • Organize a Curiosity Workshop for your young learner at home. Let your child use some tools to deconstruct and construct different systems. Let your child be creative and explore the possibilities of being a Maker. For inspiration on this one watch a video of a former Yearly Years AAS teacher Amber Taylor

Enjoy exploring and creating with your child!

Yours in learning,

The Pre-K Team

Distance Learning Portfolio Conference

Dear Parents,

Today Friday, March 26th you are invited to experience a Distance Learning Portfolio Conference with your child.

Your child has brought home his/her Portfolio in a Big Blue Plastic Folder. Take some time to look through it with your child and help your child reflect on his/her growth.

You can help them talk about their earning artifact by asking questions like: 

Why do you want to share this piece with me?

Why is it important for you?

What were you thinking about while working on it?

How did you know how to do this?

Who else liked to do it with you?

 

Help your child feel proud of their growth. Compare the pieces from the beginning of the year to the work they were doing in February.

 Please use the Google Photo Album as your child’s Digital Portfolio to reflect on this week of Distance Learning.

 Some questions that might help you prompt your child to talk: 

What went well?

What can you do well while learning on the computer?

What do you like about Distance Learning?

What can you do on your own for Distance Learning?

What do you need help with?

Please set aside some uninterrupted time today or over the weekend to sit down and talk with your child about his/her goals for the next weeks to come. When brainstorming ideas of things to improve, try to think of areas that will help your whole family enjoy the Distance Learning experience and will support your child’s social and emotional development.

Some examples of Goals might be (not limited to!)

  be done with at least one assignment per day without any help, 

  clean up after I’m finished with my work

  comment on my friends’ pictures

  help my mom with setting and cleaning up the table for all meals

  Do not interrupt my brother/sister when they work on the computer

  Learn how to mute and unmute myself

  Listen to my friends during Meet

  Be dressed and prepared for the Meet

  Share my thinking during the Meets

  Etc….

You can use the “My Distance Learning Goal” slide from today’s presentation to help your child organize his/her thoughts about how to reach his/her goals. (If you have a possibility to print, you can just print the slide; if not  – draw it on a piece of paper.) 

It would be nice if you can take a picture of your child’s Distance Learning Goal paper and upload it into your child’s private Google Album. This way teachers would be able to see how we can help your child reach the goal.

We would also kindly ask you to fill out a short questionnaire for Grownups for us to have parents’ feedback on the Distance Learning process. Please follow the link to fill out a Survey

Thank you in advance for all the support you give your child and us during this New Distance School experience.

Yours in Learning,

The Pre-K Team

Welcome to Distance Learning

Dear Parents,

Our First Day of Distance Learning was a Great Success! We loved to see the kids being engaged and ready to learn.

Special thank you to you for helping your child with Tech! Your help is essential to make our Life Google Meet sessions a learning success.

Ways to help:

  • Revise the Google Meet Etiquette with your child tomorrow. Google Meet infographic
  • Help your child find a quiet spot in the house, as free of distractions as possible, for the live sessions. Use of headphones is highly encouraged. 
  • Stick to the time for your child to join the Meeting not to interrupt the other meetings.
  • This week they might need your help at first with following our established Meeting Agreements which include:

– Being dressed appropriately for learning, 

– Taking turns talking, 

– Using non-verbal hand signals and practicing muting and unmuting their microphone 

– Leaving the Meeting at the end of their time. 

Please remember that all Google Meet sessions will be recorded!

We expect for this to be a bit tricky at first, but are confident that our students will learn this new way of communicating with each other quickly.

Thank you so very much for working with your child, diligently and patiently to ensure that children have a positive and quality learning experience for the next six weeks.

Thank you for all your support! 

 The Pre-k Team

Happy Learning!!!

Celebration of Learning Stories

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for coming to our Celebrations of Learning. Students were very excited to teach you! Thank you for your reflections that show you’ve learned a lot about your child today!

Here is a full movie of all the shows our Pre-K students have created for you:

Make yourself comfortable, get you loved ones next to you and enjoy the shows!

Yours in Learning,

The Pre-K Team

The Celebration of Learning

    

The costumes have been created, the shadow puppets made, the clay has been animated!  It is time to put on our show!!!

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We would like to invite you to our Celebration of Learning, here in our Pre-K classrooms, on Friday, March 6th, at 1:30 am.

 

 

Since November, we have been learning to make and tell stories.  The children have been inspired to create their own stories and want to share them with their loved ones – YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the beginning of our unit, children were split into six learning groups.  They rotated through the classrooms learning the various skills needed to create their own stories.

 

 

Then, they had free reign over all the classrooms to play and experiment, returning to the spaces where they could put their new storytelling skills into practice.

 

 

Finally, after observing and listening to the children during play, the educators split them up into storytelling groups (according to their interests) and supported them to make their final products:  stories that they can share and tell to you!

                 

We hope you all can make it!  Please feel free to bring your child’s siblings along, and any other family members that would take pride in your child’s learning.  The videos that have been made will be put up on our website after the Celebration of Learning so that friends and family from afar will be able to see the work.

    

We hope to see you on Friday, March 6th!

The Pre-K Team

 

Ice-Skating note from the ES PE Team

Dear Parents,

There is no ice skating during PE for the next two weeks, possibly longer. Instead we will be having normal PE classes for now. 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 a 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. Fingers crossed we get some cold weather here shortly!

Sincerely,

The ES PE Team

Todd Wohlberg, Nathan Weaver and Jenny Collins

 

ES Ice Skating Information and Schedule

Starts right after the Winter Break on January 13

WHO: 

All ES students ice skate (Pre-k through grade 5) 

SCHEDULING: 

During both of your PE classes in a cycle: 

Day 1 and Day 5 at 14:30-15:15 

WHAT TO BRING: 

(Please have your child’s name on all skating clothing)
Ice Skates Easily put on by themselves, fit, sharpened (prefer Non Lacing PreK – Grade 2)
Snow pants
Winter coat
Winter Gloves

Hood on coat (for under helmet, no Hats)
Strong non-tear bag for skates, the school store sells ice-skate bags in PTO store
• Piece of cloth or small towel to dry metal blades clean after skating

HELP NEEDED:
Parents needed to volunteer for helping Pre-K to 2nd grade students in skating lessons.

Please click on the link below if you can help:

Ice Skate Lacing Help Sign Up 

SCHOOL PROVIDES:
• A helmet with face-guard  (NO bicycle helmet or helmets without a face guard) Students may bring their own ice hockey helmets with face guards.

SKATE TRY ON DURING PE: December 11th-18th (Students bring skates to school and put them on by themselves!)

INFO FOR NEW STUDENTS: https://goo.gl/6WbJ61                                                        

PreK Classes 14:30-15:15:

 

  • January 16, 20, 24, 28

 

  • February 3

Have a great Skating Season,

The Pre-K Team

3-Way Conferences this Thursday, November 28

Dear Parents,

On Thursday, November 28th we will be conducting Three-Way Conferences. A Three-Way Conference is when the student, teacher, and parents are present and the student shares, shows, and reflects on his/her learning journey. The student is the center of such a conference so his or her attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to wear their formal school uniforms this day.

 

As you prepare to come on Thursday to listen to your child share about his/her learning, here are some suggestions of questions to ask your child in order to better understand their thinking. 

Conference questions:

  • What is your favorite way to learn?
  • What makes you happiest at school?
  • What is a challenge for you?  Why?
  • What are your goals this year?
  • How can I help you achieve your goals?
  • What would you like to learn that you do not already know?
  • What do you want to improve or get better at?

The PE, Music, Russian Culture and ESOL teachers will be available throughout the day on a drop-in basis. Please plan to go to their individual classrooms or offices.

 Sincerely,

 The Pre-K Team