- Every year AAS Moscow students organize over 200 holiday gifts for kids from the Taganka Foundation.
- This year we need your help to ensure these kids are not forgotten.
- Cash donations accepted at the Pokrovsky Hills cafe.
- Cash donations accepted at the U.S. Embassy (See Dayra at 29C)
- Or donate online via the button below!
What academics do I need to work on? What meetings or help sessions with teachers do I have?
How am I being active today away from the screen? Going for a walk, playing outside?
At the end of Wednesday, what will be accomplished and how will that prepare me for Thursday and Friday?
- Next week our MS Student Council will be organizing a Spirit Week with dress up days.
- Students will be able to earn House points for participation.
- The days are as follows:
Monday: Holiday characters - students get to dress up as holiday style characters, examples are Gingerbread man, The grinch, snowman, any characters from books and movies
Tuesday: NY’s resolution day - students dress up as something they want to achieve over the break. For example if they want to learn how to play soccer, they dress up in a jersey
Wednesday: Holiday color day you wear colors that suit your culture and religion.
Thursday: Cozy day wear something that is cozy for you, sweaters, etc.
Empathy is the ability to understand, and even share, another’s feelings. Here in the MS, it’s a capacity we spend a significant amount of time helping our students develop. In their advisories, students are given opportunities to discuss and practice empathic skills, such as managing feelings, active listening, and perspective-taking. In the short term, a well-developed sense of empathy will help our children successfully manage conflicts with others, whether those conflicts happen in school, in the neighborhood, or at home. In the long-term, it will help them with the many interpersonal demands that the world of adulthood will place on them.
While students undoubtedly deserve empathy from each other, they also deserve empathy from the adults around them. I shared this article with teachers this week (“7 Ways to Respond to Students with Empathy”), but was so struck by the practical nature of the suggestions that I thought it also might be interesting, and potentially helpful, to parents; the concepts seem just as applicable for parenting strong-minded teens. My favorite quote from the article: “This approach puts the focus on understanding what students need from you instead of what you think they need.” If you have any thoughts or feedback on the article, please feel free to send me an email.
Please stay tuned to this section of the newsletter for details about a parent coffee scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th.
Lastly, and as usual, if you have specific concerns or questions about your child, please email me, and we can schedule a webex conversation.
With winter break fast approaching, many classes will have assessments due over the course of the next week. To help support your child, please check-in with them regarding what they have due and see what additional support you may be able to provide at home. Some possible ideas are:
• Helping to set up a structured calendar to focus on different assessments
• Setting up a work-space that is distraction-free
• Reminders or check-ins about the upcoming due dates
• Snacks or treats as they are working
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- This Friday 1-3PM - 35 universities from 12 countries will be participating!
- All students in grades 9-11 are expected to attend in this blind university fair which will allow them to explore universities on the basis of "fit" and their future goals.
- Students will be making question lists in advisory and choosing 4 of the 35 sessions based on "blind" university descriptions.
- Each session will be 25 minutes long and groups will be limited to 7 students in order to allow for lots of exchange with the representatives.
- Students will have a follow-up REFLECTION assignment that will be a part of their university planning portfolio in Maia Learning.
- The expectation is that the reflection will be completed with their families in order to share the event and start a conversation about university plans.
- PLEASE engage your grade 9-11 child this weekend to discuss the fair and assist them in completing the reflection of this event.
- It's a great way to share this experience and initiate this important conversation.
NEXT Wednesday's university visits
Both presentations are at 12:15PM on Wednesday, December 16th via Webex.
More information about each university is located in Maia Learning along with recordings of prior visits - click on past events.
Article of the week
Wellbeing Workshop for AAS Parents
Tuesday, December 15, Time TBD
Meet J Christopher Dadefumi and Cathryn Berger Kaye for a dynamic conversation about how to support the wellbeing of our children. Of course, AAS gives significant attention to what wellbeing means, what it looks like, and how to support each child during these uncertain times. With the school-home connection being vital to how a child thrives, what’s a parent to do? A time to share ideas, explore possibilities and learn together.
Only 30 places available due to the format of the interactive workshop.
December 12, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Request some books that you would like on our handy form or request books through the Destiny system.
Wait for the “You’ve Got Books” email.
Come to school on the days we have indicated in the emails.
Drive to school (or walk, or taxi, or bus) with your badge to come to the Main Gate.
Give your name to the librarians and pick up what you’ve requested.
Return any books that you’ve finished to the security guards during at AAS during a curbside day.
Enjoy your books at home!
The deadline for requests is Friday, December 11, at 12:00 pm.
We are bringing lots of links and fun stuff for our people.
Ongoing flu vaccinations until the end of the fall semester.
Email or call us if any member of your family is not feeling well.
Winter fun and activities!
- please remember about the road conditions and the weather changes outside
- dress nice and warm whenever you are planning on spending lots of time outside
- please don’t forget about all the usual covid safety precautions (masks and social distancing).
As much as we would wish for you to enjoy the winter season, we definitely want to see you all healthy and well!
- HS THIMUN conference on January 25-29, 2021
- HS CEESA Knowledge Bowl tournament on February 5-6, 2021
- HS CEESA Robotics tournament on February 5-6, 2021
- MS CEESA Robotics tournament on January 29-30, 2021
- MS MathCounts chapter competition on February 5, 2021
- Winter Practice Schedule - Athletics will update the Hybrid practice calendar on January 20th. We are very hopeful we will be back in the gym and pool on January 25. Check the following pages for more information: HS Athletics Webpage and MS Athletics Webpage (Practice calendar will be updated once the announcement for Hybrid is made)
- Possible Extension to Winter Sport Season - we want to be able to give the students an opportunity to participate and play basketball or swim for an ample amount of time. If needed, we may extend the basketball and swim season for a few weeks. Stay tuned to the newsletter and emails as we progress through the season.
- Coach & Teams’ Workshop - Equilibria in Sport January 13 & 20 @ 13:00 - The course will focus on developing students, coaches and staff into leaders with increased communication and engagement capabilities/awareness. Athletics would offer these workshops on an annual basis for our coaches and teams. To discover your e-colours complete the survey https://www.equilibriainsports.com/. More information will be emailed to athletes, coaches and parents.
Upcoming Events ***dates & events may change***
- Swim Meets - AAS has been invited to participate in (actual event at AAS pool may vary +/- posted days)
- January 30 - American School In Japan Swim Virtual Meet
- February 27 - Penguin Winter Classic Virtual Swim Meet
- March 13 - American Community School of Athens Virtual Swim Meet
- AIS Vienna Student Lead Leadership Conference
- February 12 – Mr Boychuk & Mr. Schnell and 18 HS students are collaborating on a student led presentation regarding the Penguin Leadership Programs (CIT, LG, WSI, FC, Penguin Events)
- American School of Warsaw - Virtual Basketball Event
- January/February (+/- dates are flexible) - HS teams will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of weekly skill based competitions over a 4-5 week period
- Penguin Invitational Basketball Simulcast - Virtual Basketball Event
- March 6-13. MS and HS events ***stay-tuned for updates***
- Penguin athletics is working towards a simulcast with 5 other CEESA or International schools that are able to compete in various events in real-time. Competition within CEESA or our time zone along the line of longitude from Russia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, to South Africa
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PTO ES VP
Dear AAS Community,
Looking outside and seeing Winter Moscow, it takes me back to winter 2017 when my family arrived in Moscow from Singapore. The winter season was beautiful with white snow, icy lakes, artificial lights in the city centre, hot chocolate and cozy atmosphere.
But the sun was not showing herself as much as I wished. Going for a walk every day and having a "happy lamp" ( blue energy light that uses the natural power of daylight to improve energy levels and mood) for artificial light in the house, helped me a lot with the lack of light and to enjoy the season to its fullest.
To make the winter season a happy one at school, in Elementary school the class parents are organising the Winter Holiday Party for the students. These parties will take place next week Wednesday & Thursday. The students will enjoy a snack, juice, movie or craft and the company of the class mates, teacher and TA in this holiday season.
Which brings me to wishing you and your family a sparkling New Year & all the best for 2021.
Enjoy the sunshine this week!
PTO HOLIDAYS COMMUNITY COFFEE
DECEMBER 15th, 4pm
Join us for our last PTO community coffee meeting in this calendar year to wish Happy Holidays to everyone!
Click https://aas.webex.com/meet/pto to join the meeting next Tuesday!
This time we will have short and interesting agenda and hear from our students!
Bring along your best, festive mood and a cup of coffee/hot chocolate
Wear something red :)
PTO IN DECEMBER
ONLINE HOLIDAY NEW BOOK FAIR
DELIVERY will be on 10th-11th of December
Soon you will receive an email from informing you about exact day of your delivery
Doorstep delivery 350 rub, FREE for orders above 2000 rub
Pick up point delivery - FREE
English book company office: Leningradskoe Shosse 57k1 (‘Rechnoy vokzal’ Metro) 9am - 8pm, Phone +7 (495) 128-21-04
US Embassy - Contact Dayra firstname.lastname@example.org
Pokrovsky Hills: Beregovaya 3, PB 63. Contact: Kristina email@example.com
Green Buildings: Beregovaya 4. Contact: Naree firstname.lastname@example.org - changed to Pokrovsky Hills pick up point, see above, we apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change
PAYMENT upon the delivery. Please prepare the exact amount of cash