Anglo-American School of Moscow – Grade 4 Team

Author: Alyssa McKillip

Formal Uniform for Recorder Concert

Dear Grade 4 parents,

Our students are required to wear their formal uniforms for the recorder concert. Students may pack a change of clothes, particularly if they have PE later in the day.

Thursday, June 13th – Recorder Concert
The Recorder Concert will begin promptly at 9am – please be on time so you can get a seat. Third grade will be the first to perform, so if you are late, you may miss your child’s performance. 

If you have any questions regarding the Recorder Concert, please contact your child’s Music teacher.

Support Staff Appreciation Lunch

Dear Families,

On Thursday, June 13th, the Elementary School will host our annual Support Staff Appreciation Lunch to show thanks to those in our community whose important work often occurs behind the scenes. The guests of this lunch are not teachers. They are employees of AAS who support our efforts in the classroom, from the drivers who bring your children to school, to the cleaning staff who ensure the school is neat and tidy.

The success of this event is directly dependent on the food donations from each family at each grade level, but a little donation by all will send a big message to our support staff. Below is a list of classes and food items each family is asked to bring. Each food contribution should serve 6-8 portions. Please label your serving dishes (each part) and utensils so we can ensure they are returned to you.

Class and Item:

  • Pre-Kindergarten – Individually wrapped chocolates
  • Kindergarten – Fresh Bread such as rolls, buns or baguettes
  • Grade 1 – Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes Pastries
  • Grade 2 – Savories (for example spring rolls or other finger-foods)
  • Grade 3 – Sliced Fresh Fruits Vegetable plates and dip
  • Grade 4 – Salads: Pasta, Garden, Greek, Potato, Coleslaw or other
  • Grade 5 – Sliced cheeses or meats (deli style)

Please bring the above items on the morning of June 13th, with the exception of Pre-K who can bring any time from June 10-13th. .

Warm regards,

Laurie Bartels


Sharing the Planet

Grade 4 students recently began an inquiry into Sharing the Planet. Students are starting to gain an understanding of interdependence and how important this concept is within ecosystems.  We have taken two out of three trips into the forest with a local biologist, with the final trip being Monday, 3 June. All students participated an a scientific simulation called Oh, Deer. Be sure to ask your child what they learned in this activity!

Sharing the Planet

 An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central Idea

Biodiversity depends on maintaining the interdependent balance of organisms within systems.


causation, connection, responsibility

Related Concepts

balance, biodiversity, interdependence

An Inquiry into:

  • Physical and behavioral adaptations of plants and animals
  • Events that affect the balance of an ecosystem
  • Consequences of imbalance within an ecosystem

Questions to consider:

Why and how to species adapt?

How would they fare in a different environment?

In what ways have ecosystems changed? Why?

What is the cause of change?

What happens when an imbalance occurs in a system?

What is our responsibility to biodiversity?

What is our responsibility in managing human impact on the ecosystem?

Notes: Playground and Library

Playground Closure:

We are excited to announce that our playground will be remodeled over the summer. Much of the current equipment and the play surface will be replaced. We are working with a reputable company that complies with safety standards.

In order for the playground to be complete in time for the new school year, we will need to close the current playground on June 1. Barriers will be constructed to keep children away from the work that will be happening in June and throughout the summer. The barriers will allow for a safe passage from the bridge to the school entrance nearest the kinder classrooms.

From June 1 to the end of the school year, students that arrive to school in the morning should go to the following areas for supervision:

Grades Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Wednesday
Pre-K 8:00 – 8:25 – Leave student bags at the classroom and then walk your child down to the field. We will pick the children up at the field at 8:25. 8:45 – 9:10 – Leave student bags at the classroom and then walk your child down to the field. We will pick the children up at the field at 8:25.
K-3 8:00 – 8:25 – Students should leave their bags against the wall in the tunnel and then go down to the field. We will pick the children up at the field. If it is raining, children should go to the South Cafeteria 8:45 – 9:10 – Students should leave their bags against the wall in the tunnel and then go down to the field. We will pick the children up at the field. If it is raining, children should go to the South Cafeteria
4-5 8:00 – 8:25 – Students should take their bags to the Green Top. They will be excused to their classes. If it is raining, children should go to the South Gym. 8:45 – 9:10 – Students should take their bags to the Green Top. They will be excused to their classes. If it is raining, children should go to the South Gym.

Please note that we do not have supervision available for children before 8:00 on each day except Wednesdays. On Wednesdays we do not have supervision available before 8:45. If children arrive early, they need to be supervised by a responsible adult.

We are so excited for our new playground and the opportunities that it will offer all of our students!

Library Notes:

The end of the year is coming soon, so we want to give you information to last you until June 21. We’ve also completed our annual report, with stats and top titles; check out our State Of The Library Annual Report.

In honor of BLU (Book Lovers United) Month, we are launching a new Facebook Group!  This group is a place for AAS people and friends to share book and media recommendations, and a way for us to find some book community in light of different housing complexes, divisions, and styles of reading.  Kris and I will be posting regularly, and we invite you to join and post as well.

Please be informed of the following dates and information:

  • May 31, 2019: Last Day of regular checkout.
  • June 7, 2019: All books are due.
  • June 8, 2019 (Saturday open day): Summer checkout begins for parents and students.

Parents can check out 20 books for the summer.

Students Grade 4 and up may check out 15 books for the summer.

If patrons have any books overdue, they will not be able to check books out.

G4 Expo

Please come and join Grade 4 on Friday morning, 1st  February to experience our EXPO on our Unit of Inquiry for How the World Works through the eyes of your child.  

Your child will guide you through the entire process of a unit, from “Tuning In” to “Finding Out”; from “Sorting Out” to “Going Further” and “Taking Action”.  Come and find out what an inquiry unit in Energy is all about! It promises to be an interesting morning of learning. Don’t miss this opportunity!

 Who: G4 students

What: Expo of Learning (How the World Works: Energy)

When: Friday, 1 February, 8:30 – 9:30

Where: Come to your child’s classroom to get started.

Students will need to come to school wearing their formal uniform and bring a change of clothes (P.E Uniform) to participate in the Winter Field Day in the afternoon.

Crafts for Halloween and other Celebrations

Crafts for Halloween and other Celebrations

A few parents have inquired about where they may purchase art/craft materials for Halloween parties, and other upcoming festivities. Please find links here, as to where you will most probably  find what you need. Enjoy!!

Наши магазины

Сеть магазинов художественных товаров “Передвижник” представлена четырьмя филиалами на станциях метро “Маяковская”, “Курская”, “Речной вокзал”, а также “Китай-город”.

Наши магазины

Контактная информация магазинов Красный Карандаш. Телефоны, время работы, адреса магазинов и карты проезда.

Visiting Authors Eric Rohmann and Candace Fleming

Visiting Authors were with us this week!

We were very fortunate to have visiting authors Eric Rohmann and Candace Fleming with us last week.  Grade 4 were part of a large gathering with grade five where the authors explained how and where they get their ideas and then how they go about crafting them into books.  One of the great things that was shared was that writing is a process that takes many tries in order to get it right. Ms. Fleming shared a great slide of a large stack of drafts which were all for one book. We were also able to have  a small group session where Mr. Rohmann walked us through the drawing process involved in his books. We created a five panel comic with him where the students were supplying the ideas and he supplied the drawings. It was great to see the interaction between the students and Mr. Rohmann.

Pinktober – Spirit Day

The High School Peer Helpers and ES student council have asked us to join them in Pinktober again this school year. Students are invited to wear pink in place of their school uniforms on Wednesdays in October. (pink hair, clothing, stickers and play tattoos are fine-no markers on face).

Please note that on October 31 we will be celebrating Halloween, so we will not take part in Pinktober on the 31st.


Who We Are

Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Central Idea
Exploring beliefs and values of a community builds an understanding of diversity.

Lines of Inquiry
– the beliefs and values in our community
– how people form their beliefs and values
– how does exploring beliefs and values develop an understanding of diversity

Form, perspective, connection (reflection embedded throughout)

Learner Profile Attributes
Thinker, open-minded

Global awareness

At Home Reinforcement
Words you might translate into mother tongue for your child:

beliefs, values, community, diversity, culture

Discussions you might have with your child:

  • what beliefs and values you and your family hold and what is their root
  • what communities are you, your child and your family a part of
  • how do my beliefs and values connect you to your community
  • how do I gain an understanding of the beliefs and values of other people

Hello Fourth Grade Parents,

It is an exciting start to the new school year! In fourth grade, students have a new music option that they did not have in the previous grades. Fourth graders must choose if they will (1) have General Music twice per week, or (2) have General music once per week and one Strings Ensemble class per week.

They can choose to learn violin, viola, or cello in Strings Ensemble.

Over the next few days, the fourth grade students will get a demonstration from the Strings teachers on the instruments to help them decide if they are interested. Please discuss this with your child to help them choose which option appeals to them. The sign up form is linked here. After signing up, they will be measured for instruments during their next music class.

Sign up for a strings class here. Sign up period finishes Sunday, September 2nd.

Thank you,
Adam Wolf – 4th grade music teacher

Pol Sembrano – 4th grade music teacher

Maria Lazareva – Strings teacher

Lyudmila Rhyzhova – Strings teacher

Galima Barsova – Strings teacher

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