March 13th, 2020

Distance Learning

In order to prepare for the possibility of the AAS school campus closing for a certain period of time, the 4th Grade team has been preparing the students. Teachers have gone through some new online learning platforms that could be used, such as Google Meets and Explain Everything. Furthermore, students have been given folders to take home which contain some materials that may be useful at home. Additionally, students have been asked to take certain books, such as their Writer’s Notebook and reading book back and forth from school so they can be used in either location. 

 

Math Unit

All 4th Grade students will be finishing their Geometry unit next week, and beginning their new unit on Fractions. The unit is entitled,  ‘Fractions, Equivalence, Ordering and Operations’. Our Central Idea is: Understanding the relationships between fractions and wholes allows people to gather data and solve authentic problems. Our Lines of Inquiry are:

-fractions, referring to the same whole      
-modeling and solving algebraic operations with fractions
-questioning and defending mathematical strategies

Please see the Newsletter which outlines this unit. Furthermore, for more detail, please refer to the different topics: 

Topic A

Topic B

Topic C

Topic D

Topic E

Topic F

Topic G

Topic H

Reading Unit

Next week we will be starting our new reading unit. Our big idea is: Readers ask questions and critique the text to help them understand the story and generate a deeper level of discussion points. Students will be put into Book Clubs for the majority of this unit. The unit will be guided by the following questions:

  • How do we ask questions?
  • How do we go deeper with our thinking?
  • What is critiquing?
  • How do I read as a writer? 
  • What is a good question?
  • How do you turn a thin question into a thick question?
  • What does the author think that I already know?

4th Grade update

Angle Measure and Plane Figures

Today we started our new unit about angle measure and plane figures. The central idea of this unit is: Mathematicians understand shapes through studying attributes and taking precise measurements.

In order to provoke the students’ thinking about this unit, we visited a number of metro stations to look at the beautiful shapes, angles and patterns that decorate the spaces. We took photos of what we saw. Students will use these photos throughout the unit to study shape attributes and consider the reasons why it’s necessary to have accurate measurements.  Please see some photos from our trip below.

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4th Grade Expo 

We invite you to attend the 4th Grade ‘How the World Works’ Expo. Come and learn about Energy 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”. It promises to be an interesting morning of learning. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Details: 

Who: G4 students

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

When: Friday, 14th February, 8:45 – 9:45am

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

Students are to come to school wearing their formal school uniform. They will have an opportunity to change later in the day.

We hope you had a wonderful time over the break with your family and friends. Please see some 4th Grade updates below. 

Ice Skating in PE

There is no ice skating during PE for the next two weeks, and possibly longer. Instead, we will be having normal PE classes. Moscow’s weather is unfortunately not cooperating with us and we have no ice for ice skating.  For the crew to create the ice rink it needs to get to a certain temperature for several days in a row. When we have more information about ice skating we will send this information out. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the elementary PE team. Thank you for your understanding and patience. 

4th Grade Expo SAVE THE DATE

Please ‘Save the Date’ for Grade 4s ‘How the World Works’ Expo. Come and learn about Energy 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”. It promises to be an interesting morning of learning. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Details: 

Who: G4 students

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

When: Friday, 14th February, 8:45 – 9:45am

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

Stay tuned for more information!


Come join us next week for our 4th Grade Assembly! Some students from 4th Grade will be presenting their work to the Grade 4s and 5s. The Assembly starts at 8.45am. Swing by if you can!

Today the students are taking home their decorated Taganka bags. Here is a message from Student Council.

It has been a big part of the AAS holiday tradition to support the children of Taganka every holiday season. 

As a CARING community,  we would like to continue to donate Christmas gifts to the Taganka Foundation which is an organization that supports children with special needs,  troubled teenagers and families who need social and emotional support. We have been supporting the foundation since 1991. 
Students are asked to bring their filled bags back to school by December 17th. Student Council representatives will collect the bags from classes each day. 
We encourage students to bring these new items:

 

  • Winter Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Toys
  • Books in Russian
  • Christmas Candy
  • Art supplies
  • Personalised cards made by students

 

These items should represent the age or grade level of your student. Student Council thanks you in advance for your support! 

We are starting a new non-fiction writing unit next week. Our big idea is:

Authors investigate a topic and structure their writing to inform their reader.

Our writing unit will connect to our ‘How the World Works’ unit of Inquiry on energy and energy innovations. Students will create an online newspaper to share their understandings from the unit.

Our guiding questions are as follows:

How do authors pick a topic?
How do authors decide what (content) to include in their writing piece?
How do they organize their information?
Why do authors write informational pieces? (purpose and audience)
How do text features support the text?

 

 

Nonfiction Reading Unit

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After the break, the students will be starting a Nonfiction reading unit.

The big idea is:

Using a variety of skills and strategies, readers read nonfiction to learn about the real world. 

We will be focusing on the following:

  • What is nonfiction?
  • Why do we read nonfiction?
  • How and why do readers use nonfiction to investigate/research?
  • Why do readers read more than one piece about the same topic?
  • What reading strategies are used to understand nonfiction?

Students will also be introduced to the Nonfiction Signposts, which help them establish a deeper understanding of a text. Below are the signposts that we will look at in the first few weeks.

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Student Council Update

Dear Parents,

Thank you to a few teachers and parents who have given us some feedback about StuCo this year. As we have mentioned earlier, we are really focusing on student agency. We feel that it is very important to allow students to take ownership of their club. Although it is different this year and perhaps could look a little disorganized and messy, students will definitely learn from this experience and hopefully thrive by the end of the year. One thing we will try to do is share out our weekly agenda so you are aware of what is going on in student council.
Here is the link to our running agenda.
ES Assembly Dates 2019-2020
Student Council Assembly Dates 2019-2020
Date
Day 
Grade (Present)
Presenters
Focus
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units
Sept. 30th
5
(G4-5) G5
Grade 5
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
9th Oct 
4
(G2-3) G3
Grade 3
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
18th Oct 
5
(PK-1) G1
Grade 1
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
31st Oct
4
PK-5
Teachers/admin and students
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
25th Nov 
2
(G4-5) G4
Grade 4
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
16th  Dec 
4
(G2-3) G2
Grade 2
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
16th Jan 
6
(PK-G1) K
Kindergarten
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
24th Jan 
5
(G4-5) G5
Grade 5
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
25th Feb 
4
(G2-G3) G3
Grade 3
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
18th Mar 
6
(PK-G1)PK
Pre-K
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
23rd  Apr 
2
(G4-G5) G4
Grade 4
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
6th May
4
(G2-G3) G2
Grade 2
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
21st  May 
2
(PK-G1) G1
Grade 1
Student Agency/LP/Action/UoI units/ CARE (one of our core values)
Upcoming Spirit Day(s)
  • Thursday, October 31st – tHalloween
  • Friday, November 1st – School-wide Penguin Spirit day (Black and White) to support Ceesa Players
StuCo Committees 
 Committees (1st Semester October – January) 2019-2020 
Grade 2     Grade 3    Grade 4     Grade 5
Helping Hands
Homeless, Needy
Taganka
Community Builders
Cafeteria, Recess, Playground
Assembly Committee 


Spirit Committee
Spirit Day publicity
ECO Green
Memo/Alen/Alex G. 
Anna/Leda/Wyatt
Mika/Kate  
Trevor/Alzbeta 
Belle/Luke
Oliver
Raphaella/Chloe  
Dylan/Minjune
Ava/Alex A.
Ela/David/Sofia
Mariam/Zain
Naeon/Sojie
Sophie/Sarah
Emily/Emma
Angie/Laura   
Diane/Maryam
       

Grade 4 Field Trip to Victory Park

Grade 4MS, 4SC and 4LB had a wonderful time visiting Victory Park as part of our ‘Who we are’ unit of inquiry. We visited an Islamic Mosque, Russian Orthodox Christian Church and a Jewish Synagogue. The students learnt about some of the important beliefs of each religion, and their important places of worship. The students will continue to look more deeply into these religions in order to strengthen their understanding of our Central Idea: Exploring beliefs and values of a community builds an understanding of diversity.

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MAP Testing

MAP testing begins next week for Grade 4. Please see the schedule below, outlining when your child will be taking part in each test.

Student Goal Setting Conferences

Next Friday, the 20th of September is when our Goal Setting Conferences will take place. Students will share with their parents and teacher their academic, social and/or organisational goals for the Semester. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

ES 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 exception 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.
o    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

‘Where we are in place and time’ Talk

On Friday the 1st of March, the Grade 4s were fortunate to have a guest speaker, Angelina Quintero Sutil (Avril’s Mum) talk to our classes about migration from Venezuela. She talked about the problems that people are facing in Venezuela, the reasons people are migrating and where they are relocating to. This talk was linked to our ‘Where we are in place and time’ unit of inquiry, which focused on human migration and the impacts of migration on people, place and time. We would like to say a big thank you to Angelina for her interesting and insightful talk. It was definitely eye opening for the students and teachers.