Anglo-American School of Moscow – Grade 4 Team

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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.

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

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

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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


AAS PTO New Book Fair 2019

The Book Fair is being held in the Malyy Theatre from Tuesday 10th December to Thursday 12th December, 2019.

The goal of the book fair is to sell all the books we’ve bought, so the selection of books is better earlier and thinner later.  

During the week preceding the fair, teachers will be given zip bags for students to take home with instructions for parents. Parents will be invited to place money in the bag and to return it to school, on the first day of the fair, for their child to buy books during the class visit to the fair.

 Opening hours of the New Book Fair:

Tuesday 10th of December 8:30 – 16:30 pm
Wednesday 11th of December 9:00 – 17:00 pm
Thursday 12th of December 8.30 am – 16:30 pm

Please send money in zip bags.

If you have any questions, please contact 

Thank you!


ES Drama 2020 for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade 

The ES Drama team will be holding auditions this year on Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th. There are only 30 spaces available for the 2020 ES Drama musical and, therefore, there will be only 30 spaces available for auditions. 

Please read this IMPORTANT PARTICIPATION INFORMATION before considering signing up for an ES Drama audition. 

Parents: We hope that only students seriously interested in performing in a musical will sign up for an audition. Please do not sign up your child for an audition without speaking to him/her first and ensuring this is something she/he wants to commit to doing for 12 weeks. 

The ES Drama team will assign a role to each of the 30 students who audition based on the consideration that everybody who signs up for an audition is someone who is serious about making the commitment to being a part of our show. 

Audition sign-ups will be coming out through Time Center, the same method used for signing up for Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. Look for this information in a message on the morning of Friday, November 29th, at 10:00 A.M.   

VERY IMPORTANT: If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending an audition on December 5th or 6th, then please sign-up for one of these audition days/times anyway and contact Ms. Cevallos ( We will not open auditions up to those who have not signed up (we can only take 30 students), but we will work on rescheduling with those who have signed up for an audition who are unable to make it on one of those days. 

We are looking forward to creating a wonderful musical production with our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade thespians!

Warm regards, 

The ES Drama Team

Kristina Cevallos, Pol Sembrano, Anastasia (Nastya) Antonik, and Jeff Hinton 


What’s Coming up?

Dear Parents,

Unit of Inquiry

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We will be  starting our next unit of inquiry next week, How the World Works. The central idea of this unit is Understanding how energy is used, transferred, and stored promotes innovation. We will be inquiring into: 

  • different energy sources
  • how energy is converted, transferred, and used
  • technological advances in energy

We would love to have parent volunteers especially if you have experience with this field. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are available to come speak.


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We have started our third unit in Math – Multi-digit multiplication and division. The central idea of this unit is: Mathematicians develop more efficient strategies for solving problems through noticing patterns and repeated reasoning. We will be inquiring into:

  • interpreting properties of multiplication and division
  • strategies for multiplication and division 
  • representing problems

Essential Questions:

  • How can I multiply multi digit numbers? 
  • What is the relationship between multiplication and division? 
  • What do you do with the remainder? 
  • What are some division strategies? 
  • What is the relationship between area and perimeter? 
  • How can I determine area? 
  • How can I represent an unknown quantity in an expression or an equation? 
  • How can I use estimation and mental math to make sure my answer is correct?
  • How can the reasonableness of a solution be determined?
  • How can I develop my fluency with factors and multiples – to support my work with calculations and noticing patterns?

These are the topics we will be focusing on in the next few weeks:


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Reading: Students continue their learning about the different Non-fiction Signpost and are beginning to have a deeper understanding through reading articles which are related to our Migration unit.




Writing: Students are definitely enjoying our Persuasive writing unit. They are learning to use the different persuasive writing techniques that we are learning in class.

Persuasive techniques:

  • Anecdote/Small moment
  • Expert – who is an expert, how do we know we can use this expert, does what they say back my point
  • Groups of 3 – alliteration, using powerful words to stick in readers’ minds
  • Repetition: use the same words over and over
  • Emotive language (Powerful/thoughtful/accurate/ words)
  • Facts/evidence – how do you know it’s a fact?
  • Questions – how and when to use a question – what are you asking your reader to do with this question?
  • Exaggeration (Hyperbole) exaggerated language used for effect

The big idea of this unit is that People can use writing to influence the thinking and/or actions of others. 

Guiding Questions:

  • Why do writers want to persuade?
  • How do writers of persuasive pieces develop their topics?
  • What techniques do writers use to persuade?
  • How do writers consider their audience in their writing?
  • What is the difference between expressing an opinion and persuading?
Message from the librarians:
The theme for our newest library bulletin board is “The Greatest Gift: Books!” Do you have any pictures of your son or daughter opening a book present? If so please send it to so that we can include it on our board. Thank you!
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences (Message from our Principals: Mr. Hinton, Mr. Burnett, and Ms. Villiers)
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Our Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are coming soon on Thursday, November 28. You will soon receive an email with directions on how to sign-up for conferences. Sign-ups will begin on Thursday,  November 14. Your child will play an essential role in this conference. We strongly believe that children learn best when they reflect on our experiences. Our students need to know that learning is something they do as opposed to something that is done to them. This type of conference allows your child to showcase their understanding and their learning journey. Three-Way Conferences provide students with the opportunity to take control of their learning by becoming independent and self-directed learners. Please note that teachers will also be sharing your child’s achievements during this conference.
During the conferences, students are responsible for sharing a variety of work and learning engagements. Your child will lead you through discussions about personal, social, and academic achievements and progress. Your role as a parent is to be an active listener and help assist your child with their learning journey reflection and their next steps.
We look forward to seeing you and your child on November 28.

Week 7 Happenings

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We have started our second unit in Math. The central idea for this unit is Systems for measurement and data collection allow mathematicians to solve problems and share findings.

The Lines of Inquiry are:


  • measurement and data collection
  • the relationship between the decimal system and the metric system
  • converting measurements to solve real-world problems


Here’s how you can help at home.

G4 Unit 2 Topic A Newsletter

G4 Unit 2 Topic B Newsletter

Unit of Inquiry

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We spent this short week introducing our 2nd unit of Inquiry, Where We are in Place and time. As part of our provocation activity, students were given choices on what activities they would like to participate in. They were then asked to reflect on their experience.

  • What happened?
  • How did you feel during the provocation?
  • How did you feel after the provocation?
  • Why did we do it?

Students will be recording and reflecting on their thinking throughout the unit using Book Creator. We will also be reading the book, Refugee in class. This is available on at school.  This is just one of the resources for students to have a better understanding of the unit.

Message from the PTO:
The PTO Elementary School Craft Fair is coming this Saturday, October 12th, from 12:00-3:00 pm in the South Cafeteria and Student Lounge.  This is always a very popular event for our ES students, who get the opportunity to make lots of different crafts in one afternoon.  We invite all ES families to attend.

In addition, the Craft Fair is a volunteer-run even and we are still looking for parents to assist on the day.  No experience or crafting abilities are needed!  Hoping you can support this event, our PTO and our Community at AAS, by signing up being a volunteer. Here is the link to sign up:

Many thanks from your PTO Craft Fair Team!

Message from the Health Office

Elementary School Health Screening Starts October 14h: Healthy Children Learn Better!

This consists of height/weight, vision and hearing testing. If your child wears glasses, please make sure they have them at school the day of screening. Students who are absent when their classes are scheduled will be individually screened at a later date. In cases where referral is needed, a letter will be email to the parents the student. It will also include a form with the student’s test results for the physician or other follow-up care provider to fill out. These forms should be completed and then returned to the school health office once the student has been seen.

If parents do not wish to have their children screened, they should notify the Health Office prior to the scheduled date of screening. Health screening is done privately and the results will be kept in your child’s school health record. The purpose of this screening program is to address the need to reduce the illness and associated academic failure from vision and/or hearing defects through early detection, referral and intervention, to give you information about your child’s health and well-being, and to increase community awareness of healthy eating and active living.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 231-4488 ext. 3911, or e-mail us at

It’s HAPPENING in Grade 4!

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Home learning will start TODAY, Friday, August 30th and will be assigned via Google Classroom every Friday. It will be due the following Friday. We have begun teaching students how to upload their thinking (written or electronic forms). Should there be any questions, Ms. Klosinski is available each morning at 8am to help troubleshoot. Please send her an email ( the night before if you will be coming in for help.


Message from the PTO:

Call for ClassRoom Parents!

Signup for Class Parents will begin this week on Wednesday, August 28.  We will use the same process as last year. There will be a SignUp Genius link in Wednesday newsletter.  Interested parents should click the link and enter their names and contact information on the SignUp Genius form.  The first two parents to sign up will become the Class Parents for each class. Note that the form only allows two parents to sign up.  We find that having two parents provides flexibility without overly complicating coordination. If this causes an issue in your class, please contact me to work it out.

Message from Art (Ms. Arnold)  

The ES art dept is looking for lots of interesting objects to draw. We would love any of your junk which has an 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!

Math Message 

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

G4 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 – Who We Are

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