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Anglo-American School of Moscow – Grade 2 Team

Module 5: Addition and Subtraction Within 1000 with Word Problems to 100

In this module, students build upon all their previous
work with place value. They extend their work with
addition and subtraction algorithms to numbers up to
1,000. Students continue to use drawings and models to
strengthen and deepen their conceptual understanding.
They also continue to work with various types of word
problems with numbers up to 100.

• Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or
drawings and strategies.
• Mentally add 10 or 100 to a given number 100-900, and
mentally subtract 10 or 100 from a given number 100-900.
• Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using
place value and the properties of operations.

Visiting author on Saturday

AAS will digitally “welcome” Jarrett J Krosoczka on Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 2 pm – 5pm.

He is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, creator of the wildly popular Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad series, and his most recent book, Hey Kiddo, a graphic memoir about growing up in a family struggling with addiction. He’ll be great with readers from Pre-K to High School.

3:00pm-4:00pm – Session for Grades 2 to 6 (Speaking about illustrations, his popular series, the writing process, and drawing)

JJK’s zoom links are on each page for any given session; they will go live on Saturday before the sessions. You can join in a browser – no need to download anything to your computer.

Full details about all sessions are in the newsletter in the library section. You can join any session you choose, or more than one session if you would like.

Award-winning author, illustrator and graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka (JJK)

Hello to all of our ES students and parents!

AAS is delighted to welcome the award-winning author, illustrator and graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka (JJK) – via Zoom Webinar on Saturday, January 23rd. Here are some videos for you to tune in with his work as well as the very important Zoom Webinar link and passcode.

  • He has created some terrific videos about his work that will answer many of our general questions about him and about creating and publishing books.
  •  For Grade PK-1: How JJK Got Published (18 min), Punk Farm (8 minutes), Jedi Academy (7 minutes)
  • For Grades 2-6:  How JJK Got Published (18 min), Jedi Academy (8 minutes), Lunch Lady (10 minutes)
  • The students have seen some clips of the videos in library classes but not all of them. Please enjoy them as a family. 
  • Saturday, January 23 (Live Video Sessions)
    2:00 pm, Moscow time – Grades PK-1   Zoom Link; Passcode: 454762
    3:00 pm, Moscow time – Grades 2-6      Zoom Link; Passcode: 454762
  • Don’t worry if you cannot attend the live video chat on Saturday. We will share the recording with the whole community the following week.

Additionally, JJK has a terrific youtube channel with tons of excellent videos that he made during the pandemic for ES students and parents. We thank the PTO for partnering with us to create this wonderful opportunity.

All the best,

Kris and K


  • Every year, for 20 years, ES students have organized over 200 holiday gifts for children from the Taganka Foundation.
  • This year we were not able to organize this because of COVID
  • Instead, we are raising funds towards gifts
  • If you are inspired to help, you can donate Online below
  • Our goal is 100 000 Rubles and we are almost a quarter of the way there

Donate Here

Parent Literacy Workshops

Join Maureen Carpenter, the ES curriculum coordinator on Wednesday, December 16, for a parent workshop focused on skills and tools that can help you best support your child’s reading and writing during hybrid and over the break.

What: Tips To Best Support Your Child’s Reading and Writing
When: Wednesday, December 16
Writing: 10:00 – 10:20
Reading: 10:20 – 10:40
Where: Maureen’s Webex at https://aas.webex.com/meet/maureen.carpenter

Library Curbside Reminder

Hello From The AAS Library,

Have you wondered how to get real books before the break?

Please see some information about Curbside Requests from the Library.


More details and information about using the catalog and curbside request.

Fill out the curbside request form here.

Check out our catalog to see what’s available in the library and put books on hold.

Email kelsey.hedrick@aas.ru, kris.feller@aas.ru, or library@aas.ru if you need to.

To Return Books:

1. You can return anything you’d like to the AAS Guards at any gate or during curbside.

2. The emails you receive every week are automatic – we hope to have books returned but we understand that for some it might take longer than usual.

3. Renew any books by sending a picture of them to a librarian.

We miss you.


Kris Feller, K Hedrick

The AAS Library

Three-Way Conferences

On Thursday and Friday this week, November 26-27, 2020 we will be conducting Three-Way Conferences. A Three-Way Conference is when the student, teacher, and parents are present and the student shares, shows, and reflects on his/her learning journey. The student is the center of such a conference so his or her attendance is mandatory. Possible discussion points may include reviewing/updating goals, work habits, social development, sharing work samples, etc.

Conferences will be conducted from 8:00 – 16:00. Each conference will be a maximun of 20 minutes long. Please join your child’s teacher’s WEBEX on time.

Looking forward to connecting with you very soon!

Literacy Update

Grade 2 Literacy Update


We have started learning about nonfiction genres. The big idea for this unit is nonfiction readers notice, question and learn.

Guiding Questions:

What is different between fiction and nonfiction text?
How do we know whether a book is a non-fiction text?
What do readers do before, during and after reading nonfiction?
What are the genres of nonfiction?
What are different features found in nonfiction text and how do they help us understand?

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We are focusing on punctuation in our writing unit. The big idea of this unit is  Writers use punctuation to craft their writing in order to create meaning for their reader. 

Guiding Questions:

  1. What is punctuation?
  2. Why do writers use punctuation?
  3. How can punctuation change the meaning?
  4. How do we use punctuation?

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