Goal-Setting Conferences

Our upcoming Goal Setting Conferences are an excellent time for you to share in your child’s education. The purpose of this conference is for the parents, students, and teachers to get to know each other better, find out how your child is adjusting to the school year, and discuss specific goals (academic, social, organizational, etc.) collaboratively. A few reminders for you regarding the Conferences:

  • Friday, September 20, is a non-instructional day. However, we ask that students come to school with their parent(s) since they are the centerpiece of the conversations. Students should be in their formal uniforms
  • Out of courtesy and respect for other parents, please be on time and adhere to the schedule.

These meetings are valuable; please attend. We look forward to meeting with you and your child. As always, we are here to support you and your child’s education. Your partnership is essential to us.

Fall MAP Testing

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing begins next week . . .

In the next two weeks, our Grades 2-5 students will take the MAP assessment, which will provide our teachers with another view into your child as a learner. The children will take the Math, Reading, and Language forms of the assessment. The MAP assessments provide us with external data that compares your child’s performance with a set of recognized standards. Because the assessment is adaptive, we are able to gather information about children outside of the constraints of grade level bands. This is not an assessment that your child can study for. In order to help her or him do their very best, please ensure that your child gets plenty of rest and eats a healthy breakfast or, for afternoon tests, encourage them to eat a healthy lunch. You can also help your child by not making a big deal about this testing experience. It is not a high stakes assessment and the children have no reason to feel stressed about their performance. You will receive information about your child’s performance on the MAP assessment after all students have completed the tests.

Grade 3 will have MAP testing on these dates and times:

Tuesday, September 17th at 8:45am

Monday, September 23rd at 12:45pm

Thursday, September 26th at 12:45pm

MAP is not a timed test, students have as much time as they need to finish. Please encourage your child to take his/her time. Early finishers usually achieve scores that do not reflect their true ability.

Also, on Tuesday, September 17th,  it would be helpful for all students to be on time for school so they don’t feel rushed and don’t create a distraction for others walking into the classroom late.

 Thank you for your support.

-The Grade 3 Team


School Photos

Elementary Students will have an opportunity for their yearbook pictures to be taken between September 10 and 17. Below is the picture day for each third-grade class. Your child will need to wear their formal school uniform for the picture. Details of uniforms are found on the AAS Website.

3CB – Tuesday, September 10th
3KS – Wednesday, September 11th
3CK – Friday, September 13th
3WA – Monday, September 16th


Room Parents Needed


There are still some needs for Room Parents in a few of our classes. If you are willing to help out in this rewarding and much-valued responsibility, it would be greatly appreciated. The following classes are still looking for volunteers:

  • PreKindergarten: PKEA
  • Kindergarten: KGL, KWB, KWL
  • Grade One: 1AO, 1DE,
  • Grade Two: 2TE,
  • Grade Three: 3CK, 3WA
  • Grade Four: 4KB, 4LB, 4MS
  • Grade Five: 5FR, 5FS

If you have a child in one of these classes, please CLICK HERE to volunteer for this role.

A request from our Art teacher . . .

The ES art dept is looking for lots of interesting objects to draw. We would love any of your junk which has interesting shape, texture or light/dark. Examples: shells, stones, toys, teddies, old/cheap jewellery, dried or plastic flowers/leaves/fruit, old machinery parts, nuts/bolts … (not too much bigger than your hand). We are also seeking materials which could be used for construction/3D junk modelling, such as toilet rolls, bottle caps, plastic food containers (cleaned), small boxes etc. Please forward to us in Room 3006 (the art room) With many thanks!

Unit of Inquiry 1: Who We Are

The Who We Are unit of inquiry is a wonderful unit to start off the school year as we inquire about the characteristics of influential people and how we influence each other. Establishing a “Growth Mindset” is also a part of this unit and is an essential part of being a self-directed learner.

As an opening learning engagement, students played with dominoes and watched videos of some cool domino tricks which led to a discussion about the ‘domino effect.’ Students then watched a video showing acts of kindness, and made the connection between the ‘domino effect’ and ‘paying it forward.’ This was an introduction to how we can influence others, either positively or negatively, and how our actions have an impact on those around us.

Central Idea: Through their, ideas, actions, and attitudes people have sought to solve problems to bring about change.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Characteristics of influential people
  • How people influence others to act and change
  • How we identify problems and solutions to bring about change

Impacts and Performance Areas:

Social Intelligence -> Interpersonal Skills
Self-Directed Learner -> Growth Mindset

Key Concepts: form, change, responsibility, connection
Related Concepts: influence, action, impact

For home learning, it would be helpful for families to engage in the unit with their third grader by discussing the Central Idea and Lines of Inquiry. Here are some possible discussion questions:

  • What does it mean to have an influence on someone?
  • What are the characteristics of influential people?
  • Who has influenced you? How have they influenced you (it could be in a good way or a bad way)?
  • Who do you think have influenced? How have you influenced them?
  • What are some problems in your communities (family, school, Moscow)?
  • How do people create solutions to problems – how do they know which is the right solution?

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ES Student Council Representatives for G3

The following students were elected by their classmates to serve on the Elementary School Student Council (StuCo) this year:

  • Minjune – 3CK
  • Dylan – 3CK
  • Luke B. – 3KS
  • Izabele (Bele) – 3KS
  • Raphaella – 3WA
  • Anna – 3WA
  • Chole – 3CB
  • Oliver – 3CB

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our newly elected ES StuCo reps and to all the students who showed what great risk-takers they can be by having the courage to run for election.

Dear Parents of Grade 3 students,

The entire Grade 3 Team would like to thank you all for a wonderful start to the school year. As we establish our routines and procedures, we wanted to take a minute to communicate to you the best way to reach your classroom teachers. As we are usually teaching, in planning meetings or preparing lessons during the day, we ask that you please not plan to drop by before or after school to chat with us. It is difficult or sometimes impossible to stop our teaching or working with students to address you and give your questions our full attention. Additionally, our classrooms are often used for ASAs or Mother Tongue classes after school and we would not be able to have a quiet place to meet. If you do have a question or concern that you need to discuss with your child’s teacher, please send them an email and arrange a time or place to meet with them. We are looking forward to a wonderful year or working and learning together.



Specialist Classes on Wednesdays

Dear G3 Families,

Grade Three begins most days with Music, PE, or Library. Since every Wednesday is a late start, the schedule would have them missing some of these classes. In order to ensure continuity, each week, the PE, Music and Library classes that are impacted because of the late start on Wednesday will take place on the Day 3 schedule for that week. Reminders to students will support giving them agency in taking on the responsibility of ensuring they have made appropriate plans to be prepared for these classes.

Be sure to check the blog for the 6-day schedule as well as the “Classroom Schedules” page on the top menu of this blog. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

The Grade Three Team

Elementary Swim Club

Dear Parents,

The Elementary School Swim Club is an activity designed to improve stroke technique, aerobic fitness, and to have fun in the water for Grades 2 – 5. The Aquatics Staff are offering an evaluation for the students that would like to join the ES Swim Club.

In order to see the number of participants and to evaluate their skill level… Any G2-G5 student that would like to register for the ES SWIM CLUB ASA, is required to complete a PRE-REGISTRATION SWIM EVALUATION. There are no exceptions that can be made.

  • The evaluation will be happening on August 21, 22, 26 & 27 from 15:30 – 16:30.
  • You must use this Registration Form to make an appointment with the Aquatics Staff
  • If your child will not be able to attend one of the following dates and times, they will not be able to join the program.
    • Students may register for ONLY ONE ES Swim Club session (pending numbers)
  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ES Swim Club – view here for requirements and evaluation criteria

ES Swim Club will run from September 9 – the last week of October. The students will swim for one extra week during (October 28-31). All ES Swim Club students will be invited to participate in the Penguin Fall Classic on November 9.

Thank you and see you at the pool!

Kirby Boychuk  M.AA., M.Ed.
Athletic Director  Anglo-American School of Moscow
Home of the Penguins – Respect, Integrity, Courage, Curiosity & Care
+7 (903) 225-4755      www.aas.ru/penguin-life