I do hope that your child(ren) shared with you about some of their participation last week in the Maslenitsa celebrations. Valuing the diversity in our community, includes honoring the culture of Russia, our host country. Please take a moment this week to learn about the upcoming March 8 International Women’s Day traditions in Russia. We will celebrate this tradition with a holiday on Monday, March 9. There is no school for students on Tuesday, March 10, as staff will be engaging in full day of professional development on that day.
AAS is committed to creating opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate our Mission, Vision, and Core Values. The Global Impact Club students and sponsors hosted a celebration last Saturday night on the AAS campus. This event was student planned, organized, and led and our students were amazing. They shared service projects that they are committed to already and are proposing for the future. Those attending had an opportunity to donate to sponsor the education of students and teachers in Africa and Vietnam as well as fund projects to support the prevention of trafficking in Asia. Thank you to those community members who attended and donated towards the important priorities of this group.
AAS continues to be proactive in attempting to minimize the risk with well-being and safety of those in our community being our absolute priority. The AAS Leadership team is meeting at least daily to review the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and analyze information from world health organizations, as well as our host country, regional, and international government agencies. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our community as we make adjustments to our approach in keeping our community healthy. Please see our latest communication from March 4, 2020 that was sent as a separate message to the AAS Community in relation to the coronavirus. A reminder that all of our latest information about the coronavirus situation is posted directly on our website at www.aas.ru/student-life/safetysecurity/coronavirus-resources.
I will be gone from campus at least through this week because of the passing of a family member in the States. Chris Schuster will be the Acting Director in my absence.
A visual story titled "Care@AAS" has been showing in the Hall of Flags this week. The display shares hundreds of AAS community notes we collected over the recent months dedicated to those in our community who demonstrate our core value of caring on a daily basis. It is powerful to see students stop to read these nominations and reflect on the strength of our community and on what "care" means to them.
We recognize that the uncertainty of these challenging times can be unsettling, please support one another and let AAS know how we can support your child(ren) and your family.
Finally, after observing and listening to the children during play, the educators split them up into storytelling groups (according to their interests) and supported them to make their final products: stories that they can share and tell to you!
The videos that have been made will be put up on the Pre-Kindergarten Blog so that friends and family can see the work.
Have a great week and enjoy the upcoming long weekend.
Have a great day,
Julie, Jeff, and Eric
Donna Hinton for 3-5 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Room 2130
As information about the coronavirus continues to dominate the news, it is important to consider how we can help our children process it. Some ideas you might find useful:
stay positive and keep calm;
stick to the facts, but consider your child’s developmental stage when discussing them;
question the source of your child’s information, and fact-check when appropriate;
eliminate stigma and avoid blame; and 5) in case of anxiety, boost your family’s positive coping strategies. As always, if you feel you need additional help with an anxious child, contact the school counselor.
The video and link below may provide helpful support for your family.
A request for a specific teacher will not be considered. However, a request to be thoughtful about a child's learning style will be considered as part of our process. Please fill in the SURVEY FOR CLASSROOM PLACEMENT to let us know about factors unique to your child’s needs. Although we make every effort to place each student with a friend we cannot guarantee your child will be placed with specific friends.
The survey is only available for parents whose children are currently in grades PK - grade 4.
The survey will be available until Monday, April 13th at 4:00 pm when the survey will close.
Calendar & Category Legend:
- Elementary School
Last week we had a great time in the Middle School celebrating Maslenitsa. Between the blini, assembly games, and the burning of the effigy, it was a great opportunity to come together as a community.
Just a reminder that next week, Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10, are non-student contact days. We will see students back on campus on Wednesday, March 11.ParenTeenConnect.org, a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues. At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!
March is Media Mentor Month. This linked calendar is full of engaging ways to form connections between you and your children around fun, safe, and productive use of our smartphones, tablets, and computers.
As information about the coronavirus continues to dominate the news, it is important to consider how we can help our children process it. Some ideas you might find useful: 1) stay positive and keep calm; 2) stick to the facts, but consider your child’s developmental stage when discussing them; 3) question the source of your child’s information, and fact-check when appropriate; 4) eliminate stigma and avoid blame; and 5) in case of anxiety, boost your family’s positive coping strategies. As always, if you feel you need additional help with an anxious child, contact the school counselor.
Calendar & Category Legend:
- Middle School
- MS/HS Rotation Days
HS Associate Principal, Matthew Groves email@example.com
I was recently forwarded an amazing letter to parents written by Dr. Tim Fries of AAS Sophia, Bulgaria. His letter covered the topic of “Coronaracism”, which as he puts it, “is when a person or people are treated differently - often quite badly - because they are from, or appear to be from, an area that was hit hard by COVID-19.” His timing could not have been better, as I was working with some high school students on an advisory presentation for grades 9-11 on the same topic. It is comforting to know that as a top tier high school, AAS Moscow is not alone in having to face difficult issues. Students from our high school asked (some even demanded) we bring the HS community together to talk about this issue. The students, who came from a variety of backgrounds, were advocating for their Asian peers whom they felt were experiencing jokes and more criticism than they deserved.
The advisory presentation took place on Tuesday in the Bolshoi and during it an 11th grade Chinese student named Lily stood in front of her peers and told stories of families in China who have been devastated from the Coronavirus. Her message was poignant and easy to understand- the numbers we read about coming out of China and the rest of the world are more than just numbers, they are people. All of the people suffering from the effects of Coronavirus deserve our empathy, our support, and our love. It was a great moment to be an adult at AAS Moscow, as a student spoke a universal truth with our Core Values of Courage, Respect, and Care in her heart. Thank you Lily, for living our school mission!
Dr. Fries writes, “The true measure of a person is how they treat others when they are stressed.” From our student advocates pushing for an assembly, to Lily pouring out compassion on our stage, our students consistently show on a large scale that they are true global citizens.
Sean Sonderman firstname.lastname@example.org
The HS Counselors met with Grade 11 students this week to discuss next steps in the university process and what universities are considering as they review student applications. Students were encouraged to review the university handbook as a next step in this process.
Ms. Zimmerman met with Grade 9 and 10 Health Classes last week to discuss stress and to get student insight into things that we can do at school to support the social-emotional wellbeing of our students. This information will be considered in addition to the data that we are gathering from HS students through our Wellness Tracker. This survey is given to all HS students periodically throughout the school year starting this year as a way to learn more about the needs of our students and to identify school trends.
Virtual University Visits: We have 3 upcoming visits, please check this link for the list. Parents are always welcome to attend. Grade 9 and 10 have been invited to attend these “virtual” sessions in addition to grades 11 and 12, as they take place during lunch on Wednesdays and also provide pizza. This is great way for younger students to begin to explore their university options.
University Counseling Website: This page on our school website is up and running and it is a VERY valuable tool for all HS students and parents. Please check it out!
It contains a plethora of information that is updated daily, easy to navigate and right at you and your child’s fingertips.
GRADE 11 PARENTS: The Counseling staff can provide a great deal of information in order to help you and your child navigate the college planning maze, but we need your input! Please fill out the parent questionnaire. After completing the questionnaire, you are welcome to make appointments with the counselor who will work with your child. Counselor assignments are:
Lauren Zimmerman (email@example.com): Last names beginning with A-K
Bryn Will (firstname.lastname@example.org): Last names beginning with L-Z
Calendar & Category Legend:
- High School
- MS/HS Rotation Days
- ES Curriculum PE Swim Classes
- Swim instructors will provide dry-land training, land games or outdoor playtime depending on the availability of facilities
- Term 3 ES Penguin Clubs: pool activities: ES Swim Club, Splash & Deep End Water Games are Cancelled
- We acknowledge that not all parents can make arrangements on such short notice. Swim instructors will be available only on Thursday, March 5, until 16:30 to supervise any students who cannot be picked up at 15:30.
- As of March 6, all students who were scheduled for after school swim activities must be picked right after classes end at 15:30.
- MS/HS Swim Team CEESA Practice:
- Cancelled all practices Effective Thursday, March 5
- Coaches will have students meet with their coaches on Thursday (MS) and Friday (HS)
- Penguin Invitational March Swim Meet on March 6 & 7 is Cancelled
- MS/HS Curriculum PE Classes
- MS/HS PE teachers will begin their next unit of study earlier than expected or provide fitness training in the Fitness Centre
- Saturday Swim Program: Postpone the start date of the program. Parents will be notified of new dates. Refunds will be provided if needed
- SportZone Swimming is Cancelled until further notice.
MS D1 Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament – March 14 – Cancelled
Registration will open on March 11 for:
Middle School – Volleyball, Softball, Track
High School – Softball, Track, JV Girls Volleyball, Tennis
- HS Band, HS Choir, HS Strings – Cancelled after school practices in preparation for the CEESA festival
- HS Math – after school practices continue as scheduled. CEESA will carry out an on-line tournament in April. Dates tbc
- HS HELIMUN – after school practices continue as scheduled*
- MS MUN – after school practices continue as scheduled. There will be an in-house MUN conference on April 5
- MS Knowledge Bowl – after school practices continue as scheduled. There will be an in-house tournament on April 24
- MS Cultural Arts – after school practices continue as scheduled. Fashion creations made out of used materials will be displayed at AAS
Open Hours: Mon – Fri: 07:30 – 17:00
Open 10:00 – 13:00 on the following Saturdays: Mar. 14, Apr.18, May 30, Jun. 13
- Kris and K both just finished New Kid, this year’s Newbery winner. It’s about a young diverse kid going to an elite private school and facing racism in its various forms. The book is special, and it is the first graphic novel to win this Newbery Award!
- Did you know that one of the first filmmakers was a woman? Alice Guy-Blache was one of the first to creating talking movies, add color to film, and make stories. See her and more famous women on our Women’s History Month bulletin board.
- We will be starting inventory this week! Inventory is our chance to put our hands on every book in the library and ensure that nothing in our space is accidentally misplaced or unaccounted for. We will be working on this over the next few weeks, especially on Tuesday’s PD day.
- We do still have a discovery week display along with our newest books - while it is so unfortunate not to travel, we can always travel through our literature.
- Come see us from 7.30-5.00 every day, or email us at email@example.com.
March Media Mentor Month
- Many international schools declare March to be Media Mentor Month to promote family and school conversations around technology and media use. Follow this calendar to participate.
360 Health Office visits this week
Common symptoms reported included headache, sore throat, stomachache, and cough.
- Head lice/nits: One case in Grade 2, two cases in Grade 4
- Strep Throat: One case in Grade 1
Students exhibiting flu-like symptoms must stay home. Please keep students home until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have ceased. Your child must be fever-free without the use of antipyretics (ibuprofen, paracetamol/acetaminophen). Thank you very much for continuing to check all students' temperatures before sending them to school.
TICK-BORNE ENCEPHALITIS VACCINATION 2020.
- The next vaccination days for Tick-Borne Encephalitis will be March 24 and April 21, 2020.
- Tick-Borne Encephalitis, also known as spring-summer encephalitis, is a viral infection of the central nervous system transmitted by bites of certain vector ticks. In many European countries, children and adults are routinely vaccinated against TBE. The vaccine's effectiveness is not 100%, so staff and students will be encouraged to provide additional protection with clothing (long sleeve shirts, pants, socks) and using repellant.
Vaccination for Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE) is a 3 shot series:
- 1st dose
- 2nd dose: 1-3 months later
- 3rd dose: 9-12 months after 2nd dose
The completed series then provides approximately 3 years of protection.
- Middle and High School students who received 2 shots last year are highly recommended to receive the third dose, which completes basic immunization for Tick-Borne Encephalitis.
- If you paid for the third dose last year, your child is already on the list and will be immunized.
- In 2017 many 7th graders, as well as others from the school community, received the third dose of the Klesh-e-vac primary vaccination series.
- To continue the vaccination's effective protection, the first booster should be given 3 years after the primary immunization series.
- If you, or your child, have completed the primary vaccination series in 2017, you have received an email with an opportunity to reserve a booster dose.
Please print, fill out, and return the vaccination consent form.
Yours in health,
The Health Office Team
Please feel free to call the Health Office at +7 495 231 4462, or by calling the AAS main number +7 495-2314488 ext. 13911 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Happy International Women's Day!
- The AAS PTO wishes everyone a wonderful International Women's Day!
- The 8th of March is a United Nations recognized event that celebrates women's achievements and promotes gender equality.
- The International Women's Day can trace its origin to 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding voting rights, better pay, and shorter working hours.
- International Women's Day is widely celebrated in Russia and takes roots with Russian women's empowerment movement.
- On March 8, 1913, Russian women demanded the right to vote via a public demonstration.
- It became a recognized public holiday in Russia in 1918.
- In Russian, say "S vos' mym Marta!" (Happy March 8!).
PTO VACANCIES FOR 2020/21 Send your statement of interest in by March 8!
- Are you thinking about joining the PTO Executive Committee for the SY 2020-21? Submit your statement of interest by March 8!
- Joining the Executive Committee is a great way to increase your connection to the school and contribute to building our AAS community.
- The time commitment varies by role, with all members participating in a monthly Executive Committee and Community Coffee meetings.
- There is a "How To" guide for each position available to help get you started.
- Long term AAS parents and new arrivals are equally welcome to join the Executive Committee.
- The following positions need to be filled: President | Vice President - Internal Affairs | Vice President - External Affairs | Committee Secretary | Vice President Elementary School | Vice President Middle School | Vice President High School
- Find a brief description of each of the positions HERE.
- Click HERE for a sample statement of interest.
- Below is the election timeline and process details
- March 8: Deadline to submit a Statement of Interest to Election Committee (two Exec Committee members and three active PTO members)
- March 31: The Election Committee presents candidates to the Executive Committee for ratification, after which the candidate list is published in the AAS weekly newsletter and on PTO notice board
- April 21: The Executive Committee presents the candidate list at the monthly PTO coffee. Positions with only one candidate are approved at the meeting, while positions with multiple candidates will be submitted for e-voting, with the results published on April 30.
- Following the selection of the new Executive Committee, the old and new Committees will work together on a smooth transition.
PTO Enhancement Grant Program
- The Enhancement Grant Program submission window is now closed. We will announce the nominated proposals for next week's newsletter (March 11) . Thank you to all the community members who have submitted proposals to help enhance learning at AAS, Moscow.
PTO Staff Appreciation Lunch
- On Friday, March 20 the PTO is organizing an Appreciation Lunch at school for AAS staff.
- Your help to prepare and/or to serve a delicious lunch would be very much appreciated.
- New!Please SIGN-UP TO VOLUNTEER and show your appreciation to AAS staff.
PTO General Meeting
- The Next PTO General Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17, 8:45 in the South Cafeteria. Preview the Meeting Agenda.
- We prepared an exclusive tour of the Lomonosov Moscow State University for you, which is a very special place, a harbour of education and science, and one of the tallest educational buildings in the world - one of the Stalinist-style skyscrapers, also known as Seven Sisters.
- During the tour you will have a one-of-its-kind opportunity to enjoy the beauty of old lecture rooms with heavy wooden desks, wide hallways, and graceful columns - all filled with history, and to get to know what life of a Russian student looks like.
- The gem of this tour is definitely its observation deck we are exquisitely allowed to go up to on the very top of the building overlooking the city!
- Meeting time: 10.30 am
- Tour duration: 2 hours
- Meeting place: TBA
- Tour cost: 4500 RUB pp
- Please be aware that to join the tour you need to sign up in advance!
- Please send a mail to email@example.com for upcoming PTO trips.
- A place to swap gently-used ES, MS, and PE uniforms, books, skates, and shoes.
- The exchange is managed entirely by Parent volunteers to serve the community.
- Click here to view the full information, open hours are Monday-Thursday, 14:45-16:00
The space to pick up all PE uniforms, hoodies, polos, sweatshirts, bags, recorders, lunch bags, swim bags, etc…and lots of gift items!
Please drop in to see our new items:1) New black Penguin Hoodies in Youth Sizes are in!2) New navy blue Anglo American School hoodies in Adult Sizes are available now.
3) We have also restocked several other items- please come have a look!
Click here to view full information, including opening hours.