Russian Enrichment

Russian Classes

We are not offering Russian during the 2017-18 school year, but plan to offer them again in the future.

Previous offerings were structures as follows.

Ages 5-10 divided by ability.  Tuesday afternoons 4:00-5:00 pm   Location: 4301 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221  

Group I  is for heritage speakers learning to read and write in their native language.

Group II  is for students wanting to learn Russian as a second language.

Taught by Ms. Nilufar. (See Faculty and Staff Bios in side bar.)

Fall eight-week session begins Tuesday, October 10 and ends Tuesday, December 4. There is no class the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Cost: $99/session due on registration. 

Registration form available on Forms and Docs page.  Email for more information.

Russian Immersion 

Summer Camp

Tentative Dates for Summer 2017: August 7-18, 2017

Russian through fairy tales, games, music, and crafts. 

For beginners aged 8 and up or young heritage speakers aged 6-10. 

Times: 9:15-12:15 Cost: $165 + $10 material fee (aftercare available)

Explore stories, music, and culture of the largest country in the world and other Russian speaking countries. Students will be introduced in a fun way to these Slavic countries, cultures, and literature, while exploring vocabulary, the Cyrillic alphabet,  and much more through this engaging unique course.


Russian is one of the six languages of the United Nations. 

Russia is still the largest country in the world.

Russian is spoken by more than 200 million people and is an official language in Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Russian is one of the easiest of the 13 "State Department Critical Languages" to learn with a phonetic alphabet of only 33 characters, many similar to the Greek or our Latin alphabet characters.

Russian is an Indo-European language and though a Slavic language, it does have some common shared vocabulary with French, German, and even English.

Russian is an important language, both culturally and politically.

Archived Russian Club info:  Russian Club has been replaced by the Weekend Russian School see above.

Heartwood Grove School Elementary Russian Club: 1st  – 5th 

Russian Club:


Past Events

Meets Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday


Club Leader Matthew Bice

About Matthew

Matthew is a 17 year old honor roll student at The Steward School.  He began his Russian studies in the fourth grade and has studied Russian for four summers through Concordia College's Lesnoe Ozero Language Village in Minnesota and has taken college Russian through Nova Community College.  He plans to be a Russian major in college.
Russian Club members are learning the alphabet and vocabulary through alphabet blocks, and games such as Bingo and hangman. They also are learning traditional Russian folk songs, making Blini, and enjoying Russian legends and Fairy Tales of Tzars, peasants, and witches. 

Upcoming Cultural Suggestions
:  If we have enough interest for these events we will arrange to go as a planned field trip, otherwise these are events open to the public which anyone may attend independently.  Please contact me, Matthew Bice at for further information. 
If we go as a group all carpool drivers will be adults, not student club leaders.

Upcoming Events:

March Event

Fabergé Egg Family Festival

at Washington, DC's Hillwood Estate

Saturday 28 March 2015 10:00am - 5:00pm — TICKETS NOT YET AVAILABLE
Sunday 29 March 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm — TICKETS NOT YET AVAILABLE
$18, $15 Senior, $10 Hillwood Member, $10 College Student, $5 Child (ages 6-18), free for children under 6

April Event: International Children's Festival!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mill Point Park, Hampton, VA
10am - 4pm

This festival takes place in Hampton on the 3rd Saturday in April and features cultural activities from countries around the world.  The Slavic countries that normally have booths are Russia, Poland, and the Ukraine.  There are Polish and Russian folk musicians and dancers, and of course ethnic food.

Past Events:

19th century French and Russian Art Exhibit!

We will visit this exhibit at the University of Richmond's Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in early March.  Details coming soon.  Exhibit runs Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, April 27, 2014 View the link for information.

Past Events:

Thursday, November 21 Trip

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble

Free and open to the public
7:00 p.m. Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church on the Randolph Macon campus, next to the Blackwell Auditorium - (musical
The St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble has been performing in churches throughout the U.S. since 2003. Their concerts include sacred songs by Russian composers and Russian folk songs. Members of the Ensemble have attended the Glinka Choir School and the St. Petersburg Conservatory. They have performed with many choirs and vocal groups including the State Academic Capella and the Choir of Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Fiddler on the Roof: November 21 - January 12

Dear Students,

This event is a pricier one.   This is the musical of the Russian-Jewish Community   "Anatevka" during Tzarist Russian rule around 1905.  Starring Broadway's David Benoit as Tevye.



December 14 Trip: Russian Winter Festival!

We will be carpooling to Washington, DC to the Russian Winter Festival at Hillwood Estate on Saturday, December 8.  More details to come. see link for information on the Festival.

Each year the Richmond Ballet along with the Richmond Symphony performs Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, but this season, they will also perform another ballet by the Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev, Золушка, or Cinderella.  Performances will be February 13-16, 2014.