On Tuesday, February 17, the Elementary school celebrated International Day. This was a chance for all teachers, parents and students to celebrate their culture and to share it with others. There were a number of stalls for various countries such as Germany, Russia, India, South Korea and the Philippines, packed with delicious traditional foods, cultural artifacts and interesting information. Some stalls even had games where students could win prizes for their knowledge about the country. A large Mongolian section was also present, which involved the grade 3 to 5 students giving presentations on the various aspects of Mongolian culture. Much fun was had by all, and everyone learned something new on this very exciting day. Many thanks to all the parents who volunteered for International Day.
The ASU 2015 Food Drive was a great success! From February 2 – 13, the number of food goods grew as students brought them in. It was wonderful to see so many families participating in this effort. The National Honor Society was responsible to bag the 1400 non-perishable goods and to buy Heviin Boov with the 580,890 MNT that was donated. The “Hariltsaani Hugjil” NGO which operates a kindergarten and vocational school to assist the community, and the “Veloo Foundation” which works with families near the “Red Peak”, helped to coordinate the distribution of food to the families that needed it most. On February 14, Ms. Khaliunna, Ms. Berger and the NHS students delivered the food, had a tour of the kindergarten and school, and even visited some homes.
This activity had a great impact on the students involved. “I learned many things I didn’t know before; including different living standards in different parts of UB. I felt very lucky and began appreciating what I already have.” (Enkh-Ariun M.) “It felt right to donate the food, and when we visited one of the families receiving our food, we could not help but feel the need to donate more.” (Taivanbat B.)
Thank you to all the parents, students, teachers and staff who contributed to making this Tsagaan Sar a wonderful one for many underprivileged families!
The elementary school held the annual show, ASU’s Got Talent, on February 12, showcasing the variety of talent among our young students. The selection process began a month earlier, when more than 70 students auditioned. The talent show committee narrowed it down to only 21 students, from Kindergarten to Grade 5, who were chosen to perform for the crowd of peers, parents and school staff. The audience was also treated to group performances by each of the Grade 3 classes during intermission.
This school year elementary students were provided with another supplemental resource to help them practice math. Mathletics contains more than 1,000 learning activities that allow students to practice their math skills and take part in competitions, where they can “challenge each other in real-time games of speed and skill.” In Live Mathletics, students can challenge each other to real-time math races that test speed and accuracy across ten levels of difficulty, and points are awarded for correct answers. The fourth grade classes regularly participate in math challenges and made it to the Mathletics Hall of Fame in January, when Ms. Duncan’s class ranked number 38 worldwide. Zaya from 4A reached number 37 out of the top 100 students in the world and claimed the top spot in Asia, with Sung Jun from 4A reaching number 3 in Asia. Congratulations to Zaya, Sung Jun and all the fourth grade students on being outstanding Mathletes!