Elementary School

A very warm welcome to the Elementary School at ASW!  


ASW ES Principal Jen Munnerlyn

Jen Munnerlyn, ES Principal 


We celebrate our students and the unique talents they posses. We believe children learn best by doing. Students in the elementary school are encouraged to take risks, ask questions, and to try new things. Differentiation is at the heart of our academic program and allows teachers to help children develop at their own pace.

Our students learn life skills alongside academics. Special classes in art, music, physical education, social-emotional well-being and foreign/ mother tongue languages allow elementary students to experience all ASW has to offer. There is a place for every child in our community to interact and develop.

With over 50 nationalities represented, we honor where students have come from and value what they bring to our school as learners and as people. Our dedicated EAL (English as an Additional Language) team supports students at all levels of English acquisition.

Our teachers are trained and qualified in the field of study they are assigned to teach. Over 90% of our teachers have earned a Master's degree. In addition to assigned teachers, each classroom includes the support of a Teaching Assistant. The educational background of our Teaching Assistants is exceptional as well, with all having earned at least a Bachelor's degree and nearly all having received Masters degree distinction.

We truly believe that visiting ASW during a school day and watching our staff work with students will help you to better understand the special learning community we enjoy!

Take a look at our blog Peeking Inside the PYP to learn more about life at our school.

Jen Munnerlyn, Elementary School Principal

Peeking Inside the PYP

Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 3-4)

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” - A.A. Milne

Our Pre-Kindergarten program is for three and four-year-olds.

Students must be fully toilet-trained before the first day of school and able to feed and dress themselves reasonably independently.

These, our littlest learners, enjoy school and acquire knowledge and new skills in our developmentally appropriate, inquiry and play-based experiential program.


We believe children learn best when concepts are integrated and addressed throughout the day. Pre-K learners are immersed in a language rich environment where literacy, math and science skills develop naturally through stories, hands-on experiences, music, drama and art.

All students attend special classes in music, art, and physical education, including 9-weeks learning to swim in our pool. Children are given ample opportunities to develop creative thinking skills through both indoor and outdoor play opportunities.


Social-emotional development is at the heart of our work with children at ASW. Pre-Kindergarten students learn how to cooperate and develop more independence and confidence as part of a community of learners. Bi-monthly lessons in the classroom setting taught by our school guidance counselors help Pre-Kindergarten children learn how to interact in positive ways, solve conflicts and respect differences.


Kindergarten (Ages 5-6)

“A person’s a person no matter how small.” - Dr. Seuss

Kindergarten children are naturally curious and interested in learning. At ASW we welcome these five and six-year olds into a rich, inquiry-based environment where early academic skills are acquired as children explore the world around them.


We foster a sense of wonder in our energetic Kindergarten classrooms by helping children strive to do new things. Reading, writing, math, science and social studies units guide children as they learn how to become learners. Across the busy academic day, Kindergarten students investigate, explore, question, draw conclusions, explain and solve problems in our inquiry-based classroom setting.

A few of the key skills developed in our kindergarten classes include:

  • Listening and speaking with clarity to teachers and peers.
  • Phonological awareness to assist with early spelling and reading tasks.
  • Early reading comprehension and story-telling fluency.
  • Writing as a means of communication, including legible letter formation.
  • Counting, sorting, matching, classifying, sequencing, ordering, pattern recognition and problem solving with numbers.

Student learning is connected throughout the week in our special classes: art, music, physical education, and native and non-native Polish language classes. Kindergarten students also spend nine weeks learning to swim in the ASW pool.


Developing social-emotional awareness is a key part of our curriculum. Kindergarten students are guided in how to develop friendships, share and care for each other and the environment, and how to communicate needs. The guidance counselors support student development with bi-monthly lessons throughout the year.


Grade 1 (Ages 6-7)

“The more you read the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
- Dr. Seuss


First grade is a time of dramatic physical, cognitive, and social change. Teeth are lost, skills are gained. Rapid physical growth is mirrored in rapid physical activity. Our first grade classrooms are busy places bursting with energy and ideas.

A few of the key skills developed in our grade 1 classes include:

* Becoming an independent reader. Students use a variety of strategies to decode words and to make meaning from what is read.

* Writing to convey meaning, writing legibly and neatly, and applying a variety of spelling strategies when writing.

* Developing an understanding of: addition, subtraction and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20, whole number relationships and place value, linear measurement and reasoning with shapes and their attributes.

* Inquiry into and analyzing outcomes in science and social studies units.



Social-emotional learning is a key aspect of our grade 1 curriculum. While students develop close friendships, they also need to learn how to play cooperatively, manage their feelings, and to use words to describe needs and wants to peers. Our teachers, together with our school counselors assist students with these important behavioral milestones.

Grade 2 (Ages 7-8)

“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” Albert Einstein


Students at this age love the routine and structure of school and appreciate their personal relationships with their teachers. Second graders are eager to try-out all they know, have learned and are learning. At this age, children are driven by curiosity and a strong internal desire to discover and invent.

A few of the key skills developed in our grade 2 classes include:

* Reading with increasing attention to who, what, when, why, and how, including character motivations and central ideas.

* Using phonics and word recognition skills to decode and spell new and known words.

* Writing to inform or explain and to recount an event with details, actions, thoughts and feelings.

* Extending understanding of base-ten notation, building fluency with addition and subtraction, using standard units of measure, and describing and analyzing shapes.

* Inquiry into and analyzing outcomes in science and social studies units.


Children in second grade are interested in being part of the group, however they are naturally also developing a more competitive spirit with peers. Managing social-emotional growth is an important part of our curriculum. Our teachers, together with our school counselors assist students with these and other important behavioral milestones.

Grade 3 (Ages 8-9)

“The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it.” Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie


Third graders are full of energy, imagination and have wonderful senses of humor. They thrive when busy and particularly enjoy working with peers. In third grade, teachers recognize students are ready to try, even if they aren’t yet ready to be perfect. It is the trying, and trying again that we celebrate.

A few of the key skills developed in our grade 3 classes include:

* Reading a variety of genres and developing a sense of the craft and structure of these texts.

* Writing to inform, convince or persuade. Using strategies to develop ideas specifically to engage the reader.

* Developing vocabulary and spelling strategies for increasingly complex words.

* Developing understanding of multiplication and division strategies within 100, basic fractions, rectangular arrays, area, and describing and analyzing two-dimensional shapes.
* Inquiry into and analyzing outcomes in science and social studies units.


Social-emotional development in grade 3 is often centered around group dynamics. Learning to respect and be kind to others is an important part of our curriculum. Our teachers, together with our school counselors assist students with these and other important behavioral milestones.

Grade 4 (Ages 9-10)

“We all can dance,” he said, “if we find the music that we love.” Giraffes Can’t Dance, Giles Andreae


Fourth graders are maturing into questioning, concerned and passionate youngsters. They have mastered many basic skills and are ready to engage in deeper and more though provoking tasks. Students of this age have opinions, concerns and want to share and convince others of their beliefs.

A few of the key skills developed in our grade 4 classes include:

* Referring to details, examples, and drawing inferences when explaining what a text says.

* Comparing and contrasting point of view, and first- and third-person narrations.

* Writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences using effective technique, descriptive details, and a clear sequence of events.

* Developing understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication and division, an understanding of fraction equivalence, adding and subtracting fractions, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers.

* Inquiry into and analyzing outcomes in science and social studies units.


Social-emotional skills help students form solid friendships, be more confident, and find support as they begin to become more independent learners. Learning to be yourself and to respect others is a part of our curriculum in grade 4. Our teachers, together with our school counselors assist students with these and other important behavioral milestones.

Grade 5 (Ages 10-11)

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Little Women, Louisa May Alcott


Fifth graders are confident leaders of the Elementary School. They work hard to create and share their knowledge. They are comfortable with and seek out opportunities to work in small groups and on extended projects. These students form deep and meaningful bonds with peers at this age.

A few of the key skills developed in our grade 5 classes include:

* Determining the theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in a text. Knowing and using various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

* Producing clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to the task, purpose and audience.

* Developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions; beginning to multiply and divide fractions; extending division, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and developing an understanding of volume.Inquiry into and analyzing outcomes in science and social studies units.


Understanding and respecting the perspective of others, and being able to apply this knowledge to social interactions with people from diverse backgrounds allows grade 5 students to better manage and control their feelings when interacting with others. Our teachers, together with our school counselors assist students with these and other important behavioral milestones within our curriculum.


ASW’s Elementary School Counseling Center is staffed by two full time counselors. Our comprehensive counseling program includes:


It is our goal to ensure that each new student has a smooth transition to ASW. Welcoming new students and their parents, providing them with an orientation of our Elementary School, and supporting each student’s adjustment to his/her new environment comprise the foundation that we build upon to make certain that each student succeeds socially and academically.

Classroom guidance lessons

Our comprehensive guidance program focuses on activities and lessons that are consistent with identified student needs. Our curriculum is based upon the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) model and includes lessons in the domains of academic, social, and career awareness. The counselors are in the classrooms on a regular basis and are available for supplemental lessons.

Small group counseling

A variety of small group counseling activities occur throughout the year which focus on issues that include academic and social development. These may be include New Student Group, Friendship Group, and Goodbye Group among others.

Individual counseling

Our counselors provide an environment that is conducive to students communicating freely and openly with them. Within this environment we strive to know each student as an individual providing them with the tools to overcome academic challenges, maintain a positive self-image, and utilize problem solving strategies.

Teacher and parent consultation

Collaborating with teachers and parents in a unified approach to find the most effective methods to help each child reach his/her academic potential is the cornerstone of our program. Always operating with the best interest of the student in mind, we work together to help each child achieve academic and social success.

Parent presentations and workshops

Parent presentations and workshops are given on a wide array of educational issues designed to help parents become familiar with special topics of interest, and our programs and services, all with the aim of better serving each child and strengthening the bond between home and school.


ASW has a large number of books available to parents and students that address topics such as parenting, school and social difficulties, and growing up. Books are available in the ES Counseling office.

Meet Our Teachers

Grade-level websites

Elementary School Handbook 2018-2019

To print the Elementary School Handbook please download the pdf version.