4th grade news Week of September 27

Dear Parents,

Here we are nearly to October!  It goes so fast!  First of all, we’d like to remind you that there is no school for students on Thursday, October 3rd and Friday, October 4th.  Teachers will be attending a PYP training on Student Agency.  In light of the short week, the homework coming out this Friday will be a little “beefed up” to cover the longer time span. The homework will not be due until the following Friday, October 11th.  We will include time to spend working on students’ personal goals.

Unit of Inquiry

We are wrapping up our “Who We Are” unit this week.  Students are creating individual projects on the topic of Diversity.  We hope to have some good examples to display around the school or show on the school screens or at the International Fair. Our next unit will be “Where We Are in Place and Time”. Students will be investigating the topic of Migration, which is a very timely topic and a personal connection for most students.  Beginning with a provocation to simulate a forced migration, some students will come home having enjoyed the activity, some students will not have enjoyed it, but it is guaranteed to spark discussion. Students will continually draw from the experience and make connections as we go through the unit.


Our next reading unit will be non-fiction reading and some important skills to go along with that include finding the main idea and supporting details, using text features to enhance understanding, and learning to synthesize information into our own words. This will set students up to become successful researchers.  Our writing unit will be on persuasive writing, so get ready for all the requests for dogs and cats, which seems to be a popular topic with fourth graders!


We are wrapping up our place value unit with addition and subtraction and understanding story problems, including modeling with the use of tape diagrams.  Following that is our very short unit on converting metric measurement, which ties in very nicely with the place value understanding the students have been developing.

Thank you for sticking with me this long and I will close with a message from our librarians!

Message from Library


We are looking for pictures of kids dressed-up as book characters for our Halloween bulletin board. If you have a sweet (or scary) picture to share please send it to library@aas.ru. Thank you!

-Kris Feller


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

Welcome to Grade 4! 2019-2020


Dear Parents,


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. 


  • On the first day of school, students should arrive at their classrooms between 8:25 – 8:30 am. 
  • After the first day of school, students who arrive before 8:20 am should go to the playground until the morning bell rings. (before 9:05 am on late start)
  • The playground will be supervised from 8:00 am (8:50 am on Wednesdays). 
  • A bell will be rung on the playground at 8:25 am (late Start – 9:10 am). This is a signal for the children to line up.
  • Instruction begins immediately.  Please be on time.  Students will be counted as tardy after 8:30 am (9:15 am on Wednesdays).


  • Call the office at 231-4482 before 9:00 am to report your child’s absence.
  • 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.


  • Please provide a healthy snack and a spill-proof water bottle daily.  Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice and yoghurts/yoghurt drinks are a few suggestions.
  • Note that microwaving and refrigeration are not available.



  • Payments can be made through the school website.


 Uniform/Extra Clothing

  • 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.


Outdoor Clothing

  • 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.


Indoor/Outdoor Shoes

  • 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.


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 me know. 



  • Swimming will start the first week with safety walkthroughs. Please read the attached letter from the Aquatics Department.  We will need a few parents each week to help with changing. More information will be provided.



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

2019-20 Swimming News

Dear Parents,

My name is Kirby Boychuk and I am proud to be the Athletics Director at the Anglo-American School of Moscow. Myself and the Aquatics Staff (Dmitry Demin, Alexey Shegay, Tatiana Goncharenko, Yulia Tregubova and David Ismailov) are looking forward to the school year and having the students in the swimming pool.

 Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade students will be given an orientation of the swimming pool during for their first swimming lesson of the school year.. Students need to be ready to get into the water for swimming classes for their second swimming lesson of the school year. Please note your child’s weekly swimming class on his/her individual class schedule provided by the teacher.

Swimming is a required part of the elementary curriculum. Parents need to familiarize themselves with the new ES 6 Day (Week A/B) schedule in order to ensure your child is prepared for swimming on their specific day.


  • Swimming “kits” should include:


      • swim suit (one piece for girls)
      • towel
      • goggles
      • A swim cap is recommended for those with long hair
      • Pool shoes (flip-flops or crocs). For health and safety reasons, swimmers are required to wear proper deck shoes in the locker room and on the pool deck.


  • Other Needs


      • Please label all personal swimming gear with your child’s name.  
      • Swimmers with hair long enough to be tied back are required to use a hair tie or a swim cap. 


  • AAS Swim Program Objectives


    • allow students to become comfortable and more confident in and around the water.  
    • learn basic water safety, 
    • lead the students through a variety of water games and activities, 
    • have fun and enjoy the water.  
    • Basic swimming techniques and strokes will also be taught throughout the year. 

Our swimming instructors are American Red Cross certified and all have experience and extensive knowledge in teaching swimming.  In addition, swimming classes will be under the supervision of an American Red Cross-certified Lifeguard at all times. 

Feel free to contact me for additional questions regarding our program.

Thank you,

Kirby Boychuk  M.AA., M.Ed.

Note:  Your child’s 4th grade teacher will be letting you know his/her swimming day.

Don’t be part of the summer slide!


Most fourth graders gained 2, 3, or more reading levels this year.  But we want our students to keep these gains over the summer, right?  And what makes us better at anything we do?  Practice!  Please help your child practice by establishing a routine of reading at least 20 minutes per day, every day.  Here is a list of excellent books organized by Fountas and Pinnell reading levels, and another list of favorite fourth grade reads put together by students in Ms. Lewis’s class.  If your child prefers nonfiction, Newsela is a good source of age-appropriate nonfiction articles, and students can adust the level of difficulty on each article to their “just right” level.   They can log in with their school google login. Thank you!  And happy summer reading!  If you are coming back next year, the AAS library will allow you to check out a nice stack of books for the summer!

Summer Sports Day Rescheduled

The Upper Elementary Summer Sports Day was rained out on Friday. The resilient grade four teachers offered a variety of activities in our classrooms instead. Sports Day has been rescheduled for Monday, June 17th starting at 1:30. Team colors will remain the same for Monday. Fingers crossed for good weather!

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