AISB ES Passport to Learning

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY RESPECT YOURSELF, RESPECT OTHERS, RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT! At AISB, social responsibility is the philosophy and the practice of modeling and teaching our students developmentally appropriate skills and behaviors, which will lead to responsible decision-making. Our goal is to provide our diverse community with a positive school climate that fosters a safe learning environment for all the stakeholders in the community. Lifelong learning is important not only for our students but the teachers, assistant teachers and other staff. As a community, we uphold the 3 R’s: Respect Ourselves, Respect Others and Respect our Environment. Social values of friendliness, warmth, respect, humor, and support combine with intellectual values such as curiosity, risk taking, and perseverance to create a learning community in which everyone belongs and thrives. We support our students and community in their efforts to be responsible, take ownership for their actions and contribute to a positive school climate. Each of us plays an important role in upholding a school environment that is safe and secure for all students. The code of conduct applies to everyone involved in the school community, including students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members. Our community extends beyond the school gates and the code applies whether on school property, on school buses, at school-authorized events or activities, or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate. We aim to be respectful global citizens no matter where we are in the world.

We believe everyone in our community should: 1. Respect themselves, Respect others and Respect the environment 2. Be open-minded and caring in order to create a positive learning environment 3. Appreciate and embrace the diversity found in our community. 4. Work effectively, collaboratively and independently

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5. Accept responsibility for their actions 6. Reflect on their learning 7. Follow directions 8. Resolve conflicts in a respectful manner Clear expectations also entail the clear communication of consequences for disruptive behavior. In the elementary school, students are guided through progressive consequences, which can include self-reflection, problem-solving, working with a counselor, a visit to the Associate Principal or Principal’s office, parent notification, detention, or suspensions.










LITERACY & NUMERACY The Elementary School Curriculum is standards-based and concept driven within an inquiry framework. The

curriculum is language rich, providing students with opportunities to develop their identities as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, musicians, and athletes. Social emotional development is

AISB Value #8 We promote an open and caring dialogue in which each voice is heard.

inquiry is the

emphasized and technology is integrated throughout the curriculum to support students as digital citizens. We develop confident and independent readers, writers, speakers, and listeners with the aim of better understanding and positively impacting the world. Students are supported in their development within a workshop model of instruction.

personal path of

AISB Vision

“Simply put,


AISB is a leader among the international schools of Europe, recognized for its outstanding students, dedicated faculty, excellent facilities, and rich and challenging programs for students and the

investigating, and


reasoning that takes us from not knowing to


Effective communication

Reading decoding and

‣ Explicit modeling


‣ Shared practice

Writing Process

‣ Guided exploration

Mathematical Practices

‣ Independent inquiry


knowing…[it] is the engine for studentdriven learning.” -

Susie Boss -

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Balanced Framework

Workshop model

Understand and persevere

We are inquirers

Logic and reasoning

We are thinkers

Justify and critique

We are communicators

Strategically use tools

We are contributors

Attend to precision

We are agents of our own learning

Utilize structure

Utilize patterns




We require personal integrity and ethical behavior.

Through the academic lenses of science and social studies we develop curious inquirers who think critically and anticipate and embrace continuous change. Provocations are provided to kindle students wonder and allow them to pursue their lines of inquiry. Students are given opportunities to make connections

with cross-disciplinary concepts. Emphasis is placed on learning experiences that involve inquiry and problem solving about significant human issues and lead to respectful global citizenship. LEARNING FOCUS


Science and Engineering Practices

Observation of phenomena

Trans-Disciplinary Concepts

Developing questions and

Global Citizenship

Service Learning

Planning investigations

Environmental Sustainability

Applying disciplinary tools and

planning inquiries

School systems should base their curriculum not on the idea of separate subjects, but on the much more fertile idea of disciplines...

concepts •


which makes

Evaluating sources and using

possible a fluid

evidence •

We are inquirers

We are thinkers

We are communicators

We are contributors

We are agents of our own learning

Analyzing data

Constructing explanations

Argument with evidence

Communicating conclusions and

and dynamic curriculum that is inter-disciplinary. -

Ken Robinson -

taking informed action

AISB Mission The American International School of Budapest prepares its students to be responsible global citizens and inspires in each a passion for knowledge and lifelong learning. We are a nurturing and diverse community that instills respect for self and others, develops the whole child, and strives for academic excellence.

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HUNGARIAN CULTURE WELCOME! The aim of Hungarian Culture is to provide exposure to the host country’s culture as well as to aid in the utilization of Hungary’s diverse resources. It is our firm belief that experiencing and appreciating other cultures facilitates a heightened awareness of one’s own, as well as respect for the culture of others. In Hungarian Culture students discover and practice the traditions of their host country. In the early years they learn folk songs, folk tales, and children’s games, and practice basic vocabulary. First and Second Graders focus on Hungary’s geography, history, and Budapest, while in Third

Culture makes people understand each other better…

Grade the overriding theme is various aspects of traditional folklife such as folk dress

But first they have

and folk music. In the Fourth Grade Hungarian Culture is integrated into the Social

to understand that

Studies curriculum, as it is in Grade 5, when students explore the various forms of

their neighbor is, in

government. Each grade level participates on a Hungarian Culture related field trip.

the end, just like them, with the


same problems,

Grades 1-3 have two 40 minute

the same

lessons per week


Host Country’s culture (history, literature, geography, music, folk life

~ Paulo Coelho ~

studies) and language


Collaborate and integrate with the core Units of Study

Special Note: please visit our website throughout the year for updates and pictures of classroom activities and field trips.

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LIBRARY WELCOME! The mission of the AISB Library is to promote a love of reading, inspire lifelong learning, and develop the abilities to effectively locate, evaluate, and use information.

Libraries store the The library is centrally located in order to play a key role in supporting academic and personal inquiry.

~ Albert Einstein ~

the imagination.

The only thing that you

They open up

absolutely have to know is the

windows to the

location of the library.

world and inspire

We provide an inclusive collection of rich resources, both in print and online. Our library staff are skilled in inquiry and information literacy. Collaboration with classroom teachers provides a solid framework for YEARLY OVERVIEW (VARIES BY GRADE LEVEL)

Library expectations and orientation

Story read-alouds

Choosing appropriate and quality resources

Locating resources for pleasure and for research


Author studies

Research skills and project support

Online databases

energy that fuels

us to explore and


achieve, and


contribute to


improving our



quality of life. Libraries change

We are inquirers

lives for the better.

We are thinkers

~ Sidney Sheldon ~

We are communicators

We are contributors

We are agents of our own learning

guided inquiry and student learning. OPEN HOURS The Library is open Monday through Friday from 08:10 - 12:30 and 13:20 - 16:30. Parents are welcome in the library from 08:10 - 08:25 an 15:30 - 16:30.

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VISUAL ARTS WELCOME! Visual Arts in the Elementary School places a strong focus on both process and product, allowing all students to grow as artists. We explore various materials, tools and

techniques while learning about different

artists and art styles. We make connections with other subjects and the world, create

works of art that showcase students’ learning, and celebrate their unique creativity. Each grade level will participate in an Arts Night celebration during the year, which

The future

includes music and drama informances. We call them informances because they are

belongs to

designed to inform parents on how children learn through the arts and showcase what they have learned. Please refer to the website for specific dates and details about your

with an

child’s program. YEARLY OVERVIEW


Media explorations and awareness

Experimenting and Exploring

Elements of art

Developing skills and knowledge

Responding to art

Integrating and connecting concepts

Collaborations, contributions, and

Creating and Celebrating

celebrations LEARNING FOCUS •


We are inquirers

Safety, usage and application of

We are thinkers

different tools and materials

We are communicators

Art Vocabulary including the

We are contributors

Elements of Art and Design

We are agents of our own learning

Two and three dimensional Art

MA - 2 Winter Concert and End of Year Fine Arts Night

young people

education and the imagination to create. ~ Barack Obama ~

AISB Values #3 We embrace the American philosophy of

3 - 5 Grade Level Fine Arts

education and its approach to teaching that


emphasizes critical thinking skills, creativity, and inquiry-based learning.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION WELCOME! Physical Education in the Elementary School provides a balanced, international curriculum, emphasizing active participation and skill development. Our aim to is develop the whole child and empower students of all physical abilities to reach their full potential. There is a strong focus in teaching the key skills necessary to participate

in a wide variety of sports and activities with an emphasis on promoting life-long

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.

participation and a healthy lifestyle. We stress sportsmanship, cooperation, fair play, safety, respect and tolerance throughout all units of study. We strive to make the gym a comfortable and inviting environment where students can take appropriate risks and challenge themselves to become healthy, active individuals.

WHAT TO WEAR FOR PE MA - Grade 2: Are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes to school when they have PE and must change into proper indoor PE shoes. Grades 3 - 5: Must change into proper PE clothes and indoor PE shoes. YEARLY OVERVIEW • •

~ Lloyd Alexander ~

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Skilled Movement Knowledge & Concepts Fitness & Active Living Personal & Social Behaviors

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Participating Actively Developing Skills Learning Teamwork Playing Fairly Improving Health & Fitness Developing Body & Mind Learning and having FUN!


We are inquirers We are thinkers We are communicators We are contributors We are agents of our own learning


MUSIC WELCOME! Music classes involve singing, chanting, playing musical games, dance, movement, dramatizing, improvisation and playing instruments. In our twice -weekly classes students actively engage in the process of creative expression and making music. Each grade level will participate in an Arts Program during the year. Our Arts Programs include music and drama, as well as an

Music doesn't just happen. It is

art show. We call them informances because they are designed to inform parents on how children learn through the arts and use performances to demonstrate what children have learned. Please refer to the website for specific dates and details about your child’s program. YEARLY OVERVIEW


Read basic notation

Participating Actively

Sing with healthy vocal technique

Developing Skills

Play a variety of instruments


Perform in various styles including


folk, classical, jazz and world music


Play, sing and dance

Add joy to life whenever possible!



We are inquirers

We are thinkers

K-MA Big Sing (most Fridays)

We are communicators

MA-2 Winter Concert & Fine Arts

We are contributors


We are agents of our own learning

3-5 Grade level Fine Arts Events

Gr. 4 Recorder

Gr. 5 Ukulele

and what we make of it.

what we make it,

People think through music, decide who they are through it, and express themselves through it. ~ Nicholas Cook ~

AISB Value #1 We are an inclusive community of students, teachers and parents.

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GRADES 3, 4 & 5 ONLY

DRAMA WELCOME! Our aim in Drama at AISB is to encourage creativity and build confidence with the knowledge that the ES program aligns

vertically with the MS and HS

programs. The program nurtures

“It is the

the whole child so students feel success throughout the years.

supreme art of

Although formal classes run once weekly, integrated and collaborative project work based on conceptual units of study adds significantly to the value of the course.

the teacher to awaken joy in creative


expression and •

knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein ~


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Introduction to theatrical terms and protocols Dramatic forms and process Movement and sound Characterization, plot, story elements Dialogue and voice Responding and reflecting to the dramatic process

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Reduce stress and encourage experimentation to the highest level Understand and differentiate between process and product Perform for a variety of audiences and occasions Experience a variety of venues Use 3-5 Fine Arts Nights as parent-student-teacher collaborative moments


Working in an ensemble Learning the value of time and relaxation Developing speaking and acting skills Understanding script and improvisation Promoting respect for ourselves, others and our environment


We are inquirers We are thinkers We are communicators We are contributors We are agents of our own learning AISB Value #2

We appreciate each member of our community as an individual with unique talents.



WORLD LANGUAGES WELCOME! We offer three World Languages: French, German, and Spanish. Our curriculum is based on the AERO World Language Standards, and is part of our Grades 4-12 World Language Program which ultimately leads

Learning another language is not only learning different words for

to a high level of proficiency. Vocabulary and grammar are introduced in context to support our communication goals. We want students to gain the ability to read and understand a limited type of text and the skills to express themselves orally or in writing using simple conversational and narrative formats. We use the TPRS method (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Story-telling) in order to develop our students’ reading and writing skills in the target language. Our primary language of

the same things, but learning another way to

instruction and communication in class is the target language. Students are also exposed to various cultural aspects of the target language and make connections with other subjects. Our goal is to have students enjoy learning their new language as they become proficient communicators.

think about things. ~ Flora Lewis ~

YEARLY OVERVIEW We want our students to achieve

Listening and speaking

communicative competence in a variety of

Reading and writing


Acting / dramatic roleplaying

Cultural investigations

Vocabulary, grammar, syntax

everyday topics such as •

Personal Description

School Routine

Family & Friends

Leisure & Hobbies

Food & Animals

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We advocate social responsibility and community service.


We are inquirers

We are thinkers

We are communicators

We are contributors

We are agents of our own learning