Anglo-American School of Moscow – Grade 4 Team

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Message from our Librarians

Please visit Kris and K’s “digital libraries.
K is in a forest and Kris is in a meditation room, and we are bringing all the links.
Click around to enjoy.

Curbside Library is here!
What does “curbside library” mean?
Parents and High School Students can request books for pick up from the AAS library.
These curbside days will replace our upcoming Saturday open days.

Our next Library Saturday is Saturday, September 19!

How does it work?
1. Request some books that you would like on our handy form.
2. Wait for the “You’ve Got Books” email.
3. Come to school on the days we have indicated in the emails.
4. Drive to school (or walk, or taxi, or bus) with your badge to come to the Main Gate.
5. Give your name to the librarians and pick up what you’ve requested.
6. Return any books that you’ve finished.
7. Enjoy your books at home!

We look forward to helping you out!
Please email  if you have any questions.

First week of Hybrid Learning

Dear parents,

It was nice to see how excited the children are to see their teachers and reconnect with their friends this week. Even the new students seem to be adjusting well to AAS.

We are slowly getting back into the routine.  Each class has reviewed/created their essential agreements and class expectations. This week, we’ve started our first units in Math, Writing, Reading and Unit of Inquiry. If you haven’t sat down with your child to fill out the survey, kindly take some time to do that this weekend. Link  

Yay! We survived the first week of HYBRID Learning. Please keep in mind that we are doing our best to support ALL of our students’ needs as best as we can. There may have been some tech issues on our part and this is because we are still learning how to use this new platform in our classroom environment during this challenging times.  We hope to get better in the next few weeks.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Your child’s teacher will be sharing with  you shortly  the schedule for next week.


Message from our SEN Teachers:

We are so happy to see students back in school and in our classrooms. As you know, we do our best to support them in their learning. Our strong belief that one of the ways to do so is by providing continuous professional growth for all staff members.  At the moment, one of our team members is finishing her teacher certification program. As part of the program, and in order to improve the teacher’s instructional methods, she has been asked to record audiovisual samples of her teaching.  The primary purpose of these recordings is to assess the teacher and provide feedback regarding her performance. Focus of the recordings will be primary on the teacher, but will also include students. If you wish for your child not to be in these recordings please, let your child’s teacher know via email.

We thank you for your support and all the work you do with students while they’re at home.

It’s HAPPENING in Grade 4

Dear Parents,


We have completed the first two weeks of school (launching learning) and now we are ready to move on to Hybrid. 


  • Monday, September 7th (Day 3)  – last day of Launching Learning.  Your child’s teacher will be sharing with you your child’s class schedule.
  • Tuesday, September 8th (Day 4)  -1st day (Introduction to HYBRID) Huddle A Students at school; Huddle B Students work on asynchronous activities
  • Wednesday, September 9th (Day 4)  – 2nd day (Introduction to HYBRID)  Huddle B Students at school; Huddle A Students work on      asynchronous activities
  • Thursday, September 10th (Day 5) 1st day of Hybrid Learning  Huddle A Students at school; Huddle B Students connect synchronously at start of lessons
  • Friday, September 11th (Day 5) 2nd day of Hybrid Learning Huddle B Students at school; Huddle A Students connect synchronously at start of lessons
  • We will not have a late start next week, the first day that Huddle B is on campus. We will begin these the week of September 14.
  • Daily Health Pass All entering campus each day will need to complete and sign a Daily Health Pass.
  • Students will take home supplies from campus to be used at home; in isolated instances, families might need to purchase supplies to support asynchronous learning.
  • Drop offs and Pick-ups (please refer to this document)
  • Hybrid Presentation

ES September  Schedule for HYBRID SCHEDULE



During Hybrid, we will be  moving deeper into the curriculum and will be starting a unit in different subject areas (Math, Literacy and Unit of Inquiry). Your child’s classroom teacher will share with you your child’s  weekly schedule.


Big Idea: Readers and Writers work together as a community to develop procedures and expectations to support strong independent literacy habits.

Guiding Questions (Writing)

  • Why do writers write? 
  • How do writers create a voice and not an echo? (your own ideas, a process, word choice and sentence structures)
  • How do we use peer partners to revise and edit?
  • How do writers get ideas?
  • What are expectations for writers (during writer’s workshop)?
  • What strategies do writers use to improve their writing?
  • What resources do writers use when writing?
  • How do I get from a thought to a published piece? (process)
  • How do I improve my writing stamina?
  • What do writers consider when developing a piece? (RAFTs – role, audience, format, topic)

Guiding Questions (Reading)

  • How is Reader’s Workshop organized?
  • What systems do we need in place to function effectively as a community of readers? (challenging words, how to choose just right books, where/when to read, when to abandon a book, how to work in a book club, how to challenge myself with new genres, how to set goals) 
  • What is my role as a thinking reader? (strategies, recording and showing my thinking)
  • What are the different purposes of reading (reading in a book club, reading to learn – UOI, reading independently – a challenging book/easy book…)


Please see the attached newsletters on how you can help your child with our first math unit. 

1 Topic A Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic B Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic C Newsletter (1)

G4 Unit 1 Topic C Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic D Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic E Newsletter

G4 Unit 1 Topic F Newsletter

Unit of Inquiry


We hope you have a great weekend!

iPad Considerations for New Families with Grade 1-4 Students

Welcome New Families,

We have processed all iPads for usage by new families with students in Grades 1 to 4. Ideally, we would like to wait until the week of September 7th, when we are in person, to share new technology, as we would then be able to introduce the purpose and usage of applications, as well as ensure students understand our school’s Digital Citizenship policies. These whole group, in-person presentations allow us to frontload a lot of information, preventing families from having to troubleshoot at home.

However, because of the unique online opening to the school year, we understand the need for students to have access to an iPad before our formal in-person introduction. If your family does not have a functioning device for the next eight days and must have access to our school’s iPad prior to on-campus learning, we are making iPads available for pick-up at the school’s external guard house at the bottom of our entry hill.

If you have any further questions, please contact……


ES Admin Team

Welcome to Fourth Grade SY 2020-2021


Dear Parents,

It was great meeting most of you during our VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE today. You can find our grade level presentation link here.  Recording link here.

The Grade 4 Team is looking forward to a great year with your child! We would like to highlight the following items as school starts. 

Launching Learning Teaching Resources | Teachers Pay TeachersLaunching Learning will focus on creating our culture to support each student in getting to know each other and their teachers. It will provide routines and expectations which we will be following throughout the year. Students will also be introduced to the curriculum. This year, this will be happening through Distance Learning, and will involve whole class, small group and individual engagement. Students will be guided on how learning would look like in the next few weeks – whether it be hybrid, full on campus or Distance Learning. During this period of launching learning, students  and teachers will be engaged in building relationships,  gaining an understanding of the different subject areas, and making connections  in order to build a better community.

– Webex Meeting

  • On the first day of school, students should log in to their WEBEX AT  8:30 am. 
  • Please be on time.  Students will be counted as tardy after 8:30 am (9:15 am on Wednesdays).

Attendance and Absences - Term 4 Week 6– Absences/Tardiness

  • Please email your child’s teacher.
  • During Hybrid: If your child will arrive after 8:30 am, go directly to the office to report tardiness and collect a late pass before your child joins the class. This ensures that your child will be marked tardy rather than absent.

  Snacks/Lunch (Please have your child Log off Webex during these times)

  • Please provide a healthy snack/lunch  Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice and yoghurts/yoghurt drinks are a few suggestions


  • Payments can be made through the school website.

Uniform/Extra Clothing (HYBRID SCHEDULE)

  • Clearly label your child’s uniform with their name and class.
  • PE Uniform – red AAS PE top and bottom (navy blue or black shorts/tracksuit). Children will have PE two times per week, beginning the first week of school.


  • We go outside at least twice a day every day.  Individual children may not stay indoors during recess if everyone else is outdoors. Please prepare your child for our changeable Moscow weather by sending appropriate outdoor clothing, including rain gear and boots when needed. At this time, only one class at a time is allowed to go outside. 


  • Each child is requested to have a pair of “indoor shoes” to be kept at school.
  • “Indoor shoes” are worn in the school building and should be non-slip and suitable for PE.  No sandals, please.
  • “Outdoor shoes” are worn when arriving and departing, during recess and outdoor PE activities.  They should be suitable for the weather.


WSU among top 10 innovative schools for foreign language | WSU ...Foreign Language

  • This year three languages are on offer to your child: Russian, French or Spanish. They will have three World Language lessons per week. If you are a new family, please choose which language you would like your child to learn and let your child’s teacher know.


SWIMMING(Launching Learning) – Instructors will meet with each class to introduce themselves


Launching Learning Teaching Resources | Teachers Pay TeachersREMINDER: DURING LAUNCHING LEARNING– OUR SCHEDULE will be flexible the first two weeks of school. Your classroom teacher will share with you the weekly schedule for your class.

Important information for your child:



School lunches  and snacks must be provided from home; another option is to order a set lunch from the cafeteria and have it delivered to your child’s classroom. 


  • Students will be dismissed at 3:30 pm.
  • Please make sure that we know who will be picking up your child or if he/she is riding a bus.
  • Please note that the learning space outside the classrooms is for student use and there will often be groups occupying this space up to the end of the day. This is not a pick up zone. 
  • Please be prompt in meeting your child after school to avoid undue anxiety on the part of your child. Have a plan for where to meet. After 3:40 pm children who have not been picked up will be taken to the office.
  • Please write a note (paper or e-mail) if there are any changes in dismissal routine. If written notice is not received, your child will not be permitted to leave with anyone but the designated driver, nanny or parent. Thank you!

We are looking forward to a fun year of learning together in Fourth Grade!       

Warm Regards,

The Grade 4 Team

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What’s Happening in 4th Grade

Unit of Inquiry

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We spent this  week discussing and answering these questions:

  • What is innovation?
  • Why do we need to innovate?
  • How can we innovate using technology?
  • How does a problem lead to a technology innovation?

In the following weeks, we will be focusing on how we can use design thinking as a way to solve problems that encourages positive risk-taking and creativity.

Language Arts

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Reading: In reading, students are making connections, predictions and inferences on the books they are reading. They are carefully evaluating which information is useful or not useful to make good predictions and inferences. They are also learning how to determine the theme of a story using details from the Texts. 

Writing: Students spent this week adding important details to their fantasy stories.They are applying what they are learning in reading into their stories. They are experimenting with similes and metaphors and using powerful fantasy words in their writing. 


In Math, students are learning about Symmetry.  Students have been practicing:

  • how to recognize lines of symmetry for given two dimensional figures; identify symmetric figures and draw line of symmetry. 
  • analyzing and classifying triangles based on side length, angle measure, or both. 
  • defining and constructing triangles from given criteria. Explore symmetry in triangles. 
  • classifying quadrilaterals based on parallel and perpendicular lines and the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. 
  •  reasoning about attributes to construct quadrilaterals on square or triangular grid paper. 




March 13th – Crazy Hair/Hat Day 

March 13th

Invitation-HWOO Expo & Market Day (1)

March 20th- Jersey Day

Student Lunch Card

1.) ES students are NOT allowed to take their lunch card and go into the MS and HS cafeteria after school UNLESS they are accompanied by an adult (ie: driver, parent, nanny).

2.) ES students who have an ASA and want to get a snack after school are to go to the ES cafeteria.

3.) ES students are NOT allowed to take their lunch card after school.Image result for STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Student-Led Conferences:
On Thursday, March 27 students in the elementary school will be leading conferences for their parents. This is an important process for students to develop self-confidence, reflect on their practices, and to gain a better understanding of their learning.

What is a Student-Led Conference?
The student is in charge of the conference and shares work selected from his/her learning journey. Evidence of student work have been compiled to demonstrate each student’s growth. The students will share the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the year. Conferences will last for up to one hour.

Why Student-Led Conferences?
–> Students are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their work, goals and their success throughout the year in developing their portfolio, which they share at the conference.
–>Students take ownership over the conference; this active involvement promotes student responsibility and accountability.
–>Students are able to reflect upon their learning when leading conferences.
–>Conferences allow students to share their perspective on their own learning and development with teachers and parents.
–>Conferences allow students to showcase their knowledge, skills, and understanding through actively participating in learning engagements.
–>Conferences provide an opportunity for the students to share their learning with parents.
–>Parents gain a better understanding of the classroom experience of their child.

The student’s role
To collect, select, organize and reflect on the items for their portfolio and to share learning experiences.

The teacher’s role
To ensure students are prepared for the conference.
Teachers will be circulating and participating in conferences as appropriate.  You can always schedule an additional conference with teachers to discuss your child’s progress.

The parent’s role
To attend the conference with your child. It is important that you are there for them.

To ask supportive and inquiring questions. Examples of questions will be provided during the conferences if you would like to use them.

What’s Happening in Grade 4

Dear Parents,Image result for Holiday concert

Thank you for coming to the Holiday Concert yesterday. If you were not able to make it, please click on the link below to watch it.

Unit of Inquiry/Reading/Writing

We have started our units in Reading, Writing and Unit of Inquiry. Students have been busy and are in the early stages of researching, note taking, reading and writing articles related to energy. They will be sharing their learning journey with you dImage result for energy cliparturing our Grade 4 Expo.

Unit of Inquiry Central Idea.Understanding how energy is used, transferred, and stored promotes innovation.

Writing Big Idea: Authors investigate a topic and structure their writing to inform their reader.  

Reading Big Idea:  Using a variety of skills and strategies, readers read nonfiction to learn about the real world (a real experience, person, an idea or a belief). 

Math: Mathematicians develop more efficient strategies for solving problems through noticing patterns and repeated reasoning.Image result for division and multiplication

Students have been using their place value understanding and visual representations to solve multiplication and division problems with multi-digit numbers. This unit unit moves slowly but comprehensively to develop students’ ability to reason about the methods and models they choose to solve problems with multi-digit factors and dividends.

Click on the links to know how you can help at home:

G4 Unit 3 Topic A Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic B Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic C Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic D Newsletter (1) G4 Unit 3 Topic E Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic F Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic G Newsletter G4 Unit 3 Topic H Newsletter


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