Elementary E-Notes. January 16, 2017
We are happy to have students playing outside again. That said, we will be monitoring the pollution levels and planning for alternate play activities should there be a need. Please remember to label your children’s clothes so we can help them find lost items!
One item to note, there will not be an Elementary Parent Partnership meeting this week. We hope you will join our ES Technology Coaches next week as they discuss “21st Century Learning.”
Our classroom blogs are important communication tools. To ensure seamless connections, our teachers and Tech Coaches will be working to make sure the RSS function is working for all blogs. That will allow you to sign up to receive posts automatically. More information on that will follow in next week’s ENotes.
Important Upcoming Dates to Note:
(more detailed information below)
Grade 4 Chestnut- Bake Sale
Students in 4 CH have decided to take action after their recent learning on migration and refugees. The class voted to organise a bake sale for the Linen Refugee Centre. The Centre has refugees from Chechnya, Georgia, and Ukraine. The residents are provided with meals, basic medical care, childcare and some recreational opportunities. If you would like for your child to purchase a treat, please send them with 5-20 PLN on Thursday, Jan. 19th.
(Questions? Please email Grade 4 teacher: Charlotte Chestnut: email@example.com)
Parent Partnership Meeting: ES Tech Coaches
21st Century Learning
Wednesday, January 25- 08:45 to 09:45 in the MPR
We hear about 21st Century Learning and the skills our children need as learners, both now and in the future. What does 21st Century Learning look like and how do we use technology at ASW elementary school to ensure our students are developing the life, learning, and literacy skills necessary to be successful in this connected and information-rich era. In this session, we will discuss 21st Century Learning and share the process of thought and collaboration that teachers go through to ensure technology is being used effectively. We will then have hands-on time to experiment with some of the tools our students are using in the classroom.
(Questions? Please contact the ES Tech Coaches: Kris Sheehan and Simon May at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com)
Grade 5 Book Swap
It’s that time of year again! Join us in recycling used books and more. The Grade 5 Book Swap is an opportunity to exchange your old books (foreign-language books included) as well as games, DVDs and puzzles for used, new-to-you books.Turn in three used items (they can be a combination of the items listed above) to receive one ticket that you can then exchange for one item at our Book Swap. You can also purchase books or games at the Book Swap for 5 PLN each. Fifth grade students will be coming around to your classes to collect books and distribute tickets. Please note: the used books must be in good condition with no writing inside and no torn or missing pages; our diligent book inspectors will ensure all books are up to standard. Any games and puzzles must be complete with no pieces missing. We do not accept VHS (video) tapes.
Book collection and ticket distribution will take place January 16 - 24. The Book Swap itself will take place on Wednesday, January 25. All proceeds from book sales will be used to fund our grade 5 service learning projects. We look forward to working with you!
(Questions? Contact the Grade 5 Team Leader: Zuzana Matusova: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grade 5 Concert
Grade 5 concert will be at 2:30 pm on Thursday, January 26. The beginning band students in 5Ma and 5J will play songs using their first five or six notes on their instruments. Students in 5Mi and 5A will perform music using Orff xylophones and other classroom instruments. Parents and friends are invited to this concert as students share what they have been practicing and learning in music this year. Students are asked to wear black pants or skirts and a white top for this performance. We are all looking forward to this day!
(Questions? Contact ES Music Teacher, Karen Andrews: email@example.com)
ES Carnival Parade!: Friday, Jan. 27 (09:00- ES Parade)
The Elementary School will be celebrating “Carnival” on Friday, January 27. We are excited to offer an event which highlights our host country of Poland, while offering us an opportunity to have fun learning about other countries and their celebrations too!
The Polish Culture and Language teachers, together with our homeroom teachers, will be helping students inquire into this traditional celebration and how it is presented around the world. Here in Poland, Carnival is typically celebrated prior to Ash Wednesday. People wear costumes and eat traditional donuts called Pączki.
On Friday, Jan. 27, students should come to school already in their costumes.
As a group, we will parade through the school hallways from 09:00-09:30. (Parents are welcome to participate as our audience!) Following that, Homeroom Parents will be providing a sweet Pączki treat for each classroom.
(Questions? Please contact your child’s teacher.)
Math Kangaroo- An International Math Contest (Grades 1-5)
There is an international math competition called Math Kangaroo. This competition was first started in the 1980s and now has over 5,000,000 participants worldwide. Math Kangaroo is a challenging math test that is open to children across the grades. This will be the first time the American School of Warsaw participates!
This is an optional event/test that will take place during school hours. If you are interested in your child participating in this test, please read this entire letter.
The Math Kangaroo test will take place during school hours on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at ASW. Students from grades 1 - 5 can participate. This test is multiple choice and will be in English. The questions have been developed by a small committee who create questions that are challenging and require logical, out-of-the box thinking. The Polish organisers of this event will give each participant a certificate and a small math prize. Also, ASW will offer each participant a Math Kangaroo t-shirt for a small fee.
More information will come home with your child this week.
(Questions? Contact our ES Math Coach Ann-Marie Cetlinska: firstname.lastname@example.org )
We are happy to report that the library cleaning is almost completed. Everything (including books, carpets, furniture, computers, walls and ventilation system) has been cleaned and the ceiling tiles replaced. We are hoping to open the library mid-week if everything goes as expected. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and flexibility while the library has been closed.
(Questions? Contact our ES Librarian Miriam James: email@example.com)
Yearbook Update/Clarification: Photos and Names
The Yearbook Staff is working on our yearly publication. This student publishing group wants the Yearbook to be as accurate as possible.
IF you would like your child's name presented differently than how we refer to them in school, please complete this name verification form. (Teachers will check Yearbook names and nationalities to verify they are accurate before publishing.)
IF you would like to use an electronic version of a photo instead of the one taken here at ASW for the yearbook, please use this form to submit that photo.
All forms will be closed on March 1.
(Questions? Contact HS Design Technology Teacher Mr. Miele: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The first Rock’n’Rota of 2017 will take place on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 PM in the ASW Theater. MS and HS bands as well as some solo artists will make music to launch you on the last weekend of January. Admission is 10 PLN at the door. All money collected will be donated to the Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy - Poland's largest charity drive which helps equip hospitals and care facilities throughout the country.
Come support our students' musical talents!
(Questions? Contact MS & HS Music Theater Manager Chris Celinski email@example.com )
PTO Quiz Night
This years event will be held in Stixx, who describe themselves as “a high-energy, bustling bar, restaurant and lounge destination where you will feel like a VIP in an energetic, stylish world all to yourself”. We will have sole occupancy of their Terrace which is +/- 300 SqM which has its own fully stocked bar.
For a number of reasons we need to charge a nominal fee, 10pln per person in advance or 15pln on the night – tickets will be available to purchase from the PTO Shop from Tuesday 17 Jan, during the Shop regular opening hours. They will also be available to purchase on the night.
Our working plan is for people to arrive between 8 & 9pm with finger food being offered at this time. Then between 9 & 10, the quiz. Then from 10 onwards there will be a live DJ to take us to home time.
In terms of the tone of the questions, many will be multiple choice and they will be quite general along the lines of ‘how many bullets does it take to fill the Albert Hall’ as opposed to ‘who was the first man on the moon’.
Stixx are providing us with drink specials all night;
Żywiec Draft Beer 0,5l 10,-zł ,
SPIER – South Africa wine, red or white 10,-zł per glass
Screwdriver cocktail 15,-zł
Cuba Libre 15,-zł
Gin & Tonic 15,-zł.
It should be an electric evening !
(Questions? Contact Brian Mason firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel. 668 519 462 )
Design Center Grand Opening
Please join us on 26 January, 2017 10.30-11.30 in C 154 for the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the ASW Design Center
Come tour the center, see student design work in action and get a new understanding of the design opportunities for ASW students.
(Questions? Contact Agnieszka Swietliczko, Marketing and Communications Director email@example.com
Other Links of Interest:
ES Office Weebly
ASW Library Website
Ms. Ocaya Gamon
Specialists and Languages
Digital Learning :