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Learning at AASWelcome to the Anglo-American School of Moscow’s Grade 1 Team Blog. Here you will find what’s happening in Grade 1 classrooms, student work and much more. Please check back often and feel free to leave us a message with your ideas, links and good thoughts.

Friday, August 26, 2016

First Week! – It has been great getting to know your children this first week of school. We are excited about the year ahead and  look forward to working with you. Please look for our blog posts updated each Friday to find out about our learning journey and follow the important dates and events in first grade. Please also check out the Elementary news in the AAS weekly newsletter sent to you each Wednesday.

Who We Are – Culture – This is the title of our first unit of inquiry and it is going to be a great way to get to know each other. What makes us who we are? Often international school students have a great mix of cultural influences – Mum’s, Dad’s, the host country’s. We will begin learning about each other by sharing our identity bags. Today, each child brought home an “All about Me” bag.  He/she began decorating the bag with drawings that tell about themselves.  We ask you to help your child select items to put in the bag that are important to him/her and your family. More detailed instructions are inside the bag. Please help your child choose objects/photos to share with the class on Monday. We look forward to learning more about our classmates as they share their bags and introduce themselves next week. Again, please return the bags on Monday.

Routines – The first graders are met on the playground each day at 8:25 (except Wed – 9:10). The playground has adult supervision from 8:00. If you are bringing your child into the building, we ask that you help us with hallway congestion and remain in the student lounge area until 8:25. Thank you.

PE – Keep your child’s schedule handy to know which days he/she should come to school dressed for physical education.

Library – Most of the first grade classes visited the library this week. Please check your child’s class schedule to see when his/her library books should be returned to school each week.

Swimming next week! All first grade classes will be swimming next week. Please make sure your child’s swim bag has swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel and flip-flops/shoes for the deck – all labeled please.

Here are our swimming days:

1DC – Mondays

1WL and 1HM – Tuesdays

1AO – Thursdays

1HA – Fridays

Important Dates:

Wednesday, August 31  – After school activity sign-up begins

Saturday, September 10 – PTO Welcome BBQ

Monday, September 12 – After school activities begin

Friday, September 30 –  Conferences – Parent/Teacher/Child goal setting conferences- formal uniform

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Goodbye! Best wishes to all of our first grade families who are moving on to new countries, new jobs, new schools and new adventures! Safe journeys everyone!

Reports – Your child’s final report will be issued today. Please contact the office if you cannot access it for any reason.

Parties! Thank you to all the parents who organized and contributed to the first grade party party yesterday. The kids had a great time! Special thanks to our room parents for taking a leadership role once again.

Parents, Thank you all for chaperoning class trips, tying ice skates, daily reading, sharing your culture, drying hair after swimming, helping with homework, sending birthday treats, and the many more things you have done to help your child in his/her first grade experience. We appreciate your commitment to your child’s education.

Tips for maintaining skills over the summer holiday.

Reading – 10 minutes a day (listen when you can). Read with/to your child in his first language too!

Writing – Keeping a journal is the best way to maintain skills and interest in writing. Glue/tape in pictures or souvenirs from the day, with a few sentences and drawings about the event. Draw a cartoon with speech bubbles about an event.

Math – Games with playing cards, dice or dominoes are a great way to help build number sense. Using coins in any currency is good practice. Make up prices and have your child “buy” his dinner wherever you are.

More – The AAS website has links to many online sites that can provide interesting and educational experiences for your child. Your child will be able to login to IXL math and RazKids reading all summer long as well.

First and foremost – Don’t forget to get outside and just have fun!
Enjoy the summer holiday!

Important dates:

Monday, August 22 – Open House – Meet your child’s second grade teacher

Tuesday, August 23 – First Day of School

Friday, June 10, 2016

***Note: Wednesday, June 15 school begins at 8:30 it is not a late start. Dismissal is at 12:00.

Thank You Parents! We received letters, notes, flowers and gifts as part of teacher appreciation week. Thank you to our first grade parents and the PTO for all the treats, gifts, and attention we received this week.

Bee Apiary – We had a great day out on Thursday, which included some sweet honey! (We were happily on the bus home before the rain fell.) Thank you to all of our parent volunteers! Ask your child about the trip and why it is important to protect the bees – one of earth’s natural resources.

Field Day! Thank you to the PE teachers for organizing an activity-filled morning on the field!

Sharing the Planet  – People can make choices to help support the earth’s resources – Our trip to the bee apiary helped us make connections between our actions and effects on our natural world. Aside from being a fun day out, our field trip was a great culmination to our waste and resources unit.

Reading – Don’t forget to check shelves at home for classroom and library books AND continue that consistent reading practice over the summer!

Writing – Many of the first graders were prolific nonfiction book writers. As our portfolios and writing folders come home, please give your child some time to share his/her informational writing pieces with you.

Math – The first graders have spent a great deal of time working to become problem solvers in math. Reading and understanding what happens in a math story is the first step. Next students are encouraged to retell the story using manipulatives or drawings. Then they show their thinking process through number bonds or equations. Working with understanding and explaining the steps involved in solving have been the focus of much of our math work this school year.

Home connection: Make up math stories with your child. Have your child use legos or drawings to retell the story. How would he/she show that in a picture, number bond, or equation? Can your child make up a problem of his/her own?

Leaving AAS? Please inform the school office if your child will not be at AAS for grade two. Please make sure your child’s teacher knows this as well so that all can have an opportunity to say goodbye to their classmates.

Leaving early for holidays? As room parents are planning end-of-year celebrations, and we would like to make sure all students get their art work, portfolios and locker possessions, please let your child’s teacher know if they will not be here through our last school day, Wednesday, June 15.   

Reports – Your child’s final report will be issued electronically on Wednesday. Please take time to access and read it.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, June 14 – End of school year celebrations begin at 2:30 – Parents welcome!

Wednesday, June 15 –  Last day – 8:30 start – 11:00 closing ceremony –  12:00 dismissal

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Field Trip to Kuzminiki Park on Thursday! As part of our Sharing the Planet unit on Natural Resources, all of the first graders are off to the bee apiary on Thursday. If you haven’t returned your child’s permission slip, please do so on Monday. We can take 2 parent volunteers from each class. If you would like to join us for a lovely day out, please let your child’s teacher know. We will be away all day, so all first graders will need a snack, lunch and water bottle from home.

Field Day on Friday! First graders should dress for activities on the field on Friday.

Spirit Day today – Hey we are filled with spirit! It was yet another spirit day today. This time the elementary students who were principal for the day chose to have a non-uniform day. Thanks for helping your child participate.

Sharing the Planet  – People can make choices to help support the earth’s resources – The students are making connections with resources and the choices we make that can help sustain them. This week we will focus on bees and their importance to our environment. Our unit culminates with our apiary trip on Thursday.

Reading – As we head into our final days, would you please assist your child with a look around the bookshelves at home for any classroom or library books. All books must be returned to the library before students can check out any books for the summer.

Writing – Many of the first graders are continuing to produce informational books. We are learning how to include text features such as a table of contents, headings, pictures and labels. As we read to learn more, we have been sharing a lot of fun facts with our classmates. Ask your child what he/she has been writing about recently.  

Math – The first graders continue to develop their problem solving skills. In this final unit we are working on math stories that ask “how many more, or fewer”. This is something that most understand when sweets are passed out. (One child gets 5 and the other gets 3. “He got 2 more than me!”) These can be more difficult to visualize when numbers get bigger. (There are 19 students in class. I  have 14 juice boxes. How many more students than juice boxes?) For many it can be unclear how to solve. One way is to show each number with blocks and lay them side-by-side to see how many more in one line than the other. We will also be learning how to draw tape diagrams to solve these.     

Home connection: Practice some “how many more” problems with your child  I jumped 26 centimeters. My friend jumped 17 cm. How much further did I jump?  Can your child make up a “how many more” problem?

After School Activities Finished – No activities next week. Please make sure students, drivers, nannies and bus companies are aware of the schedule changes.

Leaving AAS? Please inform the school office if your child will not be at AAS for grade two. Please make sure your child’s teacher knows this as well so that all can have an opportunity to say goodbye to their classmates.

Leaving early for holidays? As room parents are planning end-of-year celebrations, and we would like to make sure all students get their art work, portfolios and locker possessions, please let your child’s teacher know if they will not be here through our last school day, Wednesday, June 15.                     

Important Dates:

Thursday, June 9 – All first grade field trip to the Apiary

Friday, June 10 – Summer Field Day

Friday, June 10 -The campus will be closed at 16:00 on Friday, June 10th

Tuesday, June 14 – End of school year celebrations

Wednesday, June 15 – Last day – 11:00 closing ceremony  12:00 dismissal

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Spirit Day – Thanks for sending them in the country colors today! We all waved the flag for our favorite places.

Sharing the Planet  – People can make choices to help support the earth’s resources – The first grade classes have taken advantage of the good weather and headed to the woods to take a look at some of earth’s resources first hand. Enjoying the outdoor spaces makes us think more about our own choices and how we can help protect the earth through reducing, reusing and recycling.

Reading – We continue to enjoy lots of nonfiction selections during our independent reading times. Many of these books are great vocabulary builders as often the scientific words to describe things are very similar in many languages. Ask your child to bring home a favorite nonfiction book to share for his/her just right reading.

Writing – All of the first graders headed to the greentop today – not for playing, but for sharing our informational books. Many were inspired by their peers’ writing and came away with a wealth of ideas that they could write or additions they could make to their own books. We look forward to their inspired writing as we continue our nonfiction informational book focus.

Math – As has been the focus in math throughout first grade, we continue to practice reading and making sense of problems. Many shared their own problems from the homework choice board this week. Creating a variety of our own problems, helps us significantly when we are faced with math stories to solve.              

Home connection: Ask you child to create his own problems with a variety of parameters and then show you how he/she would solve them. “Use the numbers 16 and 21. A problem where we don’t know how many we have to start with. A subtraction problem with the number 23. A problem where some are added/taken away but we don’t know how many. A doubling problem, etc,”

Leaving AAS? Please inform the school office if your child will not be at AAS for grade two. Please make sure your child’s teacher knows this as well so that all can have an opportunity to say goodbye to their classmates.

Leaving early for holidays? As room parents are planning end-of-year celebrations, and we would like to make sure all students get their art work, portfolios and locker possessions, please let your child’s teacher know if they will not be here through our last school day, Wednesday, June 15.                     

Important Dates:

Thursday, June 2 – Last day of after school activities

Thursday, June 9 – All first grade field trip to the Apiary

Friday, June 10 – Summer Field Day

Wednesday, June 15 – Last day – 11:00 closing ceremony  12:00 dismissal

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Spirit Day – Thanks for sending them all inside-out and backwards today! It was an inside-out and backwards day in many respects!

Sharing the Planet  – People can make choices to help support the earth’s resources – Students are beginning to see the connections between waste and our natural resources. The next step for many is to think about what we can do to reduce, reuse, and recycle to produce less waste and conserve earth’s resources. We look forward to some creative solutions.

Reading – Many are enjoying reading non-fiction books and are focusing in on the text features they see and want to include in their own writing. Ask your child what topic he/she has chosen for an informational book. Perhaps you can help them research by finding a kid friendly site that you can read together that may give them some facts to add to their own book.

Writing – Most of the students have made a great start on their first informational books. After getting our ideas, we begin with a plan that might become our chapter headings or table of contents. We are reading about and sharing facts with our classmates as we begin to write what we know.

Math – We have been working on identifying the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Thanks to all who helped your child wrap shapes for the homework assignment and our identification and guessing game. In this unit we are also looking at fractions (one-half, one-fourth or one-quarter) as we divide shapes. We are also beginning to see the relationship of these fractions with the clock face as we talk about time on the hour and half-hour.

Home connection: Help your child develop a concept of time. “We will read for 10 more minutes and then it is bedtime.” Talk about what time you go to bed, get up, have dinner etc. Also help them get a feel for elapsed time. About how long is a minute? What can I do in a minute? An hour? How long is my favorite video? What takes about the same amount of time as the video? Eating dinner? Playing a game?                          

Important Dates:

Thursday, June 2 – Last day of after school activities

Thursday, June 9 – All first grade field trip to the Apiary

Friday, June 10 – Summer Field Day

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday is a Spirit Day – It’s inside-out day! No uniform, instead wear your clothes inside-out! This should be easy for first graders as this is how many of us come back from the swimming pool!

Sharing the Planet  – People can make choices to help support the earth’s resources – This week we began an investigation into natural resources – What are they? Thanks to families who helped their children develop a list of natural resources in their homework books. One of the next steps for some of the classes will be to investigate the relationship between our natural resources and waste.

Reading – Many students are enjoying independent reading time and that’s great. We hope you continue to find the time to read with and to your child as well. As we tackle more difficult books, an adult reading partner is invaluable to assist us with difficult vocabulary and help us to maintain our understanding.

Writing – After an investigation into text features, many of the classes will begin writing informational or “All About” books. You can help your child by talking about things they know a lot about or are interested in. They will be developing lists of possible writing ideas and trying some of them as our unit progresses.

Math – We spend a great deal of our math time reading and solving problems. After initial understanding of the problem, your child many know several ways to solve it. He/she may draw the objects, make a tape diagram, use number bonds, draw quick tens and ones, etc.

Home connection: Ask your child to solve this problem using some of the strategies mentioned above. Can he/she show and explain 2 or 3 different strategies? 22 kids were on the playground. Some of them were on the swings. Fifteen were not swinging. How many were swinging?                           

Important Dates:

Friday, May 20 – Spirit Day – Inside-out day. No uniform – Wear your clothes inside-out

Thursday, June 2 – Last day of after school activities

Thursday, June 9 – All first grade field trip to the Apiary

Friday, June 10 – Summer Field Day

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