As a friendly reminder, the PTO Enhancement Grant applications are due tomorrow, February 13, 2020. Please take this opportunity to review this funding option and consider submitting a proposal to our PTO.
AAS monitors the Coronavirus updates and latest developments regularly. As shared in my newsletter note last week, AAS implemented a mandatory 14-day exclusion from school for those students and families traveling to or through China until further notice, including February Break. This approach is consistent with other schools, government Embassies, and Consulates, as well as international businesses. The 14-day exclusion applies to any student who resides and has direct contact with anyone who has traveled to or through China. The visual below shows how this will work:
We are planning for the next Director’s Community Connection on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. We will hold two sessions, one at 8:45 am and one at 6 pm. We will share an agenda for this meeting in this section of the newsletter as the date gets closer. At this time, two anticipated topics are school status transition and communications feedback review and updates. Hope to see you there!
This week is your final opportunity to share feedback through our anonymous parent communications survey designed to understand and meet your communication needs. Thank you to those who completed the survey, your feedback is invaluable to making positive, data driven shifts in our communications.
There are many opportunities that continue this week in support of our students. Please stay connected through the AAS calendar, and thank you for your ongoing support of Learning at AAS, academic and holistic!
As the February break starts in a few days, AAS wishes you each quality time with your friends and/or family to reconnect and rejuvenate!
Dear Elementary School Families,
Dear Elementary School Families,
We hope that you have a wonderful February Break next week and that you are able to spend quality time together as a family.
Counselor Note on Class Placements For Next Year: Creating class lists is a complex process that requires great thought and time involving many perspectives. As professional educators, we invest a great deal of effort in the development of homeroom class rosters to create the best learning situations for all our students and classes.
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 this 2020 Request for Classroom Placement Consideration 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. All information from this survey is confidential and will only be seen by the counselors and leadership. The survey is only available for parents whose children are currently in grades PK - Grade 4.
The survey will be available from Wednesday, February 12 until Monday, April 13 at 4:00 pm. It will be available in the ES Counselor Section of the Newsletter each week during this time.
Spirit Day: On February 14, students can wear Valentines' Day colors (red, white, or pink) or their regular school uniform. This is an Elementary School Student Council sponsored Spirit Day.
Grade Four Expo: On Friday, Grade Four students will have their Expo from 11:00-12:00. This Expo will highlight the learning journey for each student in the "How the World Works" Unit of Inquiry. This was an investigation of energy with the Central Idea being: Understanding how energy is used, transferred, and stored promotes innovation. The Lines of Inquiry are Different energy sources; How energy is converted, transferred and used; Technological advances in energy. Please feel free to join Grade Four and their family members for this showcase of learning.
Enjoy the rest of your week and have a great February Break,
Donna Hinton for 3-5 | email@example.com | Room 2130
Creating class lists is a complex process that requires great thought and time involving many perspectives. As professional educators, we invest a great deal of effort in the development of homeroom class rosters to create the best learning situations for all our students and classes.
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.
All information from this survey is confidential and will only be seen by the counselors and administration.
Thank you for your partnership! If you have any questions, please email Ms. Donna Hinton at firstname.lastname@example.org. or Ms. Sharon Ronan at email@example.com
The survey is only available for parents whose children are currently in grades PK - grade 4.
The survey will be available from Wednesday, February 12th until Monday, April 13th at 4:00 pm when the survey will close.
News from the ES Student Council:
Last Saturday, February 8, ES Student council members, ES &HS Global Impact Club members went on a field trip to Taganka Youth Fund to reconnect and build relationships with the Taganka Children and their families. Our students enjoyed the presentations prepared by the children from Taganka, ages 4-18. They played games, learned some dance moves, and exchanged information about each other. ES StuCo, along with GIC members, is planning to invite the children to AAS and prepare activities for them after the break. We are hoping that we can make this a monthly event.
ES student Council is also organizing a coat drive for MPC refugees in Moscow. Please bring old or new coats (for all ages) in your child's grade level's designated room. (PK-G5). We will be collecting coats starting February 25 until March 31.
Spirit (Dress-up) Days
- March 14: Penguin Black and White
- March 20: Jersey Day
- April 3: Twin Day
- April: 17: Eco Fair Day
- April 22: Earth Day
- May 15: Penguin Black and White
- June 12: Hawaiian Day
Calendar & Category Legend:
- Elementary School
Although it is the last week before the February break, there is still a lot going on here in the MS. Our MS drama students will be traveling to Germany to participate in the ISTA festival. Some of our basketball players will be participating in the MISAS tournament on Friday. We know both of these groups will represent AAS well - Go Penguins! We also have Winter Field Day on Friday afternoon - fingers crossed for a bit more snow to make it an even better experience!
Semester 1 report cards were sent out on Friday, February 7. This report is to provide a summary of your student’s achievement to date. Please note that our end of year report card will cover the entire year. If you do not receive a report card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recess is great for kids! If we have heavy rain, we stay inside. Other than that, we believe that two 20-minute outdoor recesses translate into healthier students and better learners. Please make sure your children come dressed warmly and prepare to go outside every day, twice a day, for a break, and many of their PE activities. This includes hats, gloves, scarves, big parkas, snow pants, and boots to change into. Being warm is the cool look!
Winter Field Day - Friday, February 14, is the MS Winter Field Day. Students need to come dressed in their house shirt and bring all of their outdoor gear so they can “roll in the snow.”
The next MS Parent Coffee will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at 10 am in the Community Room. Join us as we will be talking about creating strong lifelong readers and student wellbeing. We look forward to seeing you there.
We hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable February break!
- In the spirit of the UK’s Safer Internet Day (February 11), I’m sharing two resources: The first is an international resource called Better Internet for Kids, where you’ll find tons of content on a wide variety of topics related to being safer online. The second is more specifically related to parenting--Sharenting: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Post.
- Have a safe and restful winter vacation next week.
Calendar & Category Legend:
- Middle School
- MS/HS Rotation Days
HS Associate Principal, Matthew Groves email@example.com
Congratulations to our Robotics team for bringing back two trophies from Bucharest! Welcome back to our theater students from ISTA and our Knowledge Bowl team. All of our students represented our school with honor. A special thanks to all of our coaches and the homestays of our CEESA friends.
The Student Council hosted our Faculty vs. Student basketball game on Monday, and the students won by 3 points. Once again, our students outshine us in their achievements. We wouldn’t have it any other way, at least not until next year’s game.
The National Arts Honor Society is hosting a production of "Harlequin" by the Open Arts Theatre, on Feb. 13, at 15:45, in the AAS Bolshoi. The production is performed by a group of actors with mental disabilities who will receive the money we raise by selling tickets.
On behalf of the HS administration, we wish you a restful February break!
Sean Sonderman firstname.lastname@example.org
Mock Exams are coming the after February Break!
The Extended Essays are now off to the IB for examiner review. The Theory of Knowledge class is done and dusted with all TOK Essays completed for internal moderation. Additionally, many students are well into the completion of CAS (while some still have hurdles to cross). At this same time, some courses will move into full-on revision in the next month. All of this spells a change of pace and focus for our Grade 12s at AAS. We will have two weeks after this week before we go on February Break. While it is nice to have another break, Mock Exams are lurking the week after the break. Mocks will run from Feb 28-March 6. They are a good indicator of where our students stand in their march towards the May IB Exams. So, while much has been accomplished, now is not the time to lose focus. The second semester will fly by for our Grade 12s, so please continue to support your child’s academic efforts over the coming months. Next week, we will publish the Mock Exam Schedule for families.
Grade 11 Extended Essay Subjects and Supervisors Assigned
Extended Essay subject areas and Supervisors were released a week-and-a-half ago. So all students should be diving into the EE process now. In order to get them off to a solid start, we set up a week of classes dedicated to topic development and beginning research. This is a crucial period. If students can develop a narrow topic that has available research over the next week, the process runs far more smoothly. Please talk with your Grade 11 student about possible topics to get the ball rolling. Again, topics should be very narrow in scope. Mr. Sonderman serves as the EE Coordinator and kicked things off on January 20-21, followed by sessions on research and topic choice delivered by Librarian Kelsey Hedrick. The first 1,000 words are due March 5!
A Note to Parents Regarding Semester 2 in the IBDP
This semester Grade 11 students will lose one of their weekly Study Halls to begin the Theory of Knowledge course. They also have begun the Extended Essay, the 4,000-word research-based essay that is a requirement of the Diploma Program. What this means is less time and more work. This is the semester where the reality of the rigor of the IBDP starts for many students. You may notice that your child is facing more stress this semester. At AAS, we attempt to control the flow of work and deadlines; however, at times, periods of intense workflow are an unavoidable component of the IBDP. The IB Coordinator and the Counsellors are here to support our students. Part of this process is making families aware of the gauntlet that faces their children over the next few months. Mid-April through June will be the most substantial period of the IB. Encourage your child to keep to deadlines and to get as much of the work on the EE done before mid-April.
This week your HS Counselors have been meeting with GR 11 students to review their university questionnaires and begin to talk about steps they can take to move forward on their university choices. This is an exciting time also as they start their Theory of Knowledge course, begin their Extended Essays and lose one study hall. This is a challenging semester for those students, so please reach out to them with your support.
We have a few upcoming visits; please check this link for the list and location. Parents are always welcome to attend, and our first virtual visit took place this week with LaSalle University. Grade 9 and 10 have been invited to participate in these “virtual” sessions as they take place during lunch on Wednesdays, and we even provide pizza — an excellent way for younger students to begin to explore university options.
University Counseling Website:
Unsure about the university process? Want to know more about SAT study prep? Looking for summer programs for your child? Interested in attending an open day at a university? This and more will be located on our university counseling page on the AAS website after February break. A plethora of information, updated daily, and easy to navigate right at your and your child’s fingertips. Stay tuned for the link after the break.
Grade 11 Parents
As the second semester begins, the college/university research and application process will become a much more prominent part of your child’s school experience. The Counseling staff can provide a great deal of information to help you and your child navigate the college planning maze, but we need your input! Please fill out the parent questionnaire at the following link:
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
We look forward to assisting you and your child with the college selection process.
Calendar & Category Legend:
- High School
- MS/HS Rotation Days
Term 3: February 24 – April 2
- List of participants is published at https://www.aas.ru/student-life/penguin-life/es
- Guidelines & Reminders for Participants in Penguin Clubs:
- The student should attend all days of the activity unless s/he is sick.
- The student should arrive to each club session on time.
- K and Gr 1 students: go to South Cafeteria to meet with your Club instructor (students will be assisted by classroom teachers).
- Aquatics clubs participants: parents are responsible for arranging transport to and from the pool and to help with their students getting changed.
- A parent or guardian must collect the student promptly at the end of the club period.
- Groups meet from 15:30-16:30 on their designated day(s).
- To cancel the club please email email@example.com
- Block 1: March 14 – April 25
- Block 2: May 16 – June 13
- Registration will open on February 26
Spring Season MS/HS Athletics
Registration will open on March 4
Middle School – Volleyball, Softball, Track
High School – Softball, Track, JV Girls Volleyball, Tennis
- MS/HS ACTIVITIES Spring Season
- On-line registrations continues for:
- MS Knowledge Bowl
- MS Cultural Arts
- HS Math
- HS Band
- HS Choir
- HS Strings
- HS MUN
- Practices will start the week of February 24.
- Students must get registered before attending their first practice.
- On-line registrations continues for:
Open 10:00 – 13:00 on the following Saturdays:
Mar. 14, Apr.18, May 30, Jun. 13
Did you know that the Navajo flag features a long rainbow and four mountains of various colors? K just finished a book in the spirit of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson called Race for the Sun (by Rebecca Roanhorse). The characters quest through Navajo myths to save the world.
Did you know that this year’s Printz winner (a best book for young adults) is about white privilege in Pennsylvania? After profiting hugely on the sale of their family farm, Gottfried and Marla decide to cut the kids out of all inheritance to encourage them to thrive on their own. The story looks at the results of this decision through the eyes of their five estranged grandkids. Come check it out. Kris just finished Dig, by AS King. And it is stellar.
Please join us this Thursday and Friday in the morning to pick up the newest books for the break! There are options for Blind Dates with Books (both romance and anti-romance), delightful treats, and all the freshest new books just in time for your sunshine-y, snowy, or otherwise awesome break!
- Find us online at https://www.aas.ru/learning/library or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
AAS HS Students Need Your Help!
- February is Heart Month: HS NAHS and STUCO will be hosting an assembly on February 14, 2020 to raise awareness about heart health and urge those around you to prevent heart disease.
- If you are a parent, student, or staff member with a personal connection to heart disease, we would appreciate hearing your story on how it affected your life, the lives of those around you, how help was found, and what advice you may have for others.
- Please email email@example.com and we will connect you with the HS students organizing the event.
"Harlequin" production at the AAS Bolshoi
- The National Arts Honor Society is hosting a production of "Harlequin" by the Open Arts Theatre, on Feb. 13, at 15:45, in the AAS Bolshoi.
- The production is performed by a group of actors with mental disabilities who will receive the money we raise by selling tickets.
- One former, and three current AAS HS students are responsible for creating and managing an IB Economics Instagram Channel called @IB-conomist
- Support this student project by following https://www.instagram.com/ib_conomist/ and engaging in the conversation on current economic topics.
NHS PEER TUTORING
- Announcing the Eco Green Fair on Friday, April 17
- Yard Sale
- Farmers’ Market
- ES Recycling Games,
- and many other exciting activities for everyone: parents, kids, and staff
- Starting March 1, we are collecting:
- Broken electronics for recycling. Location: a green bin near Lost and Found on the 1st floor.
- Tiny toys (small cars, action figures, dolls, bracelets, etc) to be used as prizes at the Recycling Games for ES students. Drop off: in front of the ES office.
- Yard Sale donations. We welcome costumes, toys, kitchen appliances, kitchenware, sports equipment, craft supplies, camping stuff. etc (No clothes please). Drop off: in front of the ES office.
- When: March 21, 17:00
- Where: AAS South Cafeteria
- Tickets: 2,000 rub per couple + 500 rub per additional daughter
- Buy your tickets March 2-6 in the Hall of Flags
- Ticket presale request can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sponsored by the Girl Scouts
- 1st dose
- 2nd dose: 1-3 months later
- 3rd dose: 9-12 months after 2nd dose
PTO Community Coffee
Thank you to all the parents - especially the new parents - who joined us early morning yesterday.
A special Thank You to HS students - for sharing their CEESA experiences with the community.
Please do come out to support the Open Heart Theater's production of Harlequin tomorrow (Thursday) at 3.45pm. Tickets will be available at the door.
Please click here for the entire presentation from our meeting on February 11, 2020.
The PTO budget can be found on slide 6 of the presentation.
Our next Community Coffee will be on Tuesday, March 17, at 8:45 in the South Cafeteria.
Closes Tomorrow!PTO Enhancement Grants
PTO Vacancies for 2020/21 Express interest by February 29
We are now actively looking for parents who might be interested in taking on roles as PTO officers on the Executive Committee for next school year. 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, but all members participate in the 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:
- PTO President
- PTO President
- Vice President - Internal Affairs
- Vice President - External Affairs
- Committee Secretary
- Vice President - Elementary School
- Vice President - Middle School
- Vice President - High School
CLICK HERE for a brief description of each role.
Please consider joining the Executive Committee and encourage other parents to do so as well. You are welcome to contact any of the current Executive Committee members for more information about the roles or email your queries to email@example.com.
- February 29 is the deadline to submit your Application and Statement of Interest to the Election Committee (comprised of 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 the PTO Display Board (next to the PTO Exchange)
April 21: The Executive Committee presents the candidate list at the monthly PTO coffee.
Positions with only one candidate are approved at the meeting.
Positions with multiple candidates will be submitted for e-voting, with the results published on April 30.
Following selection of the new Executive Committee, the old and new Committees will work together on a smooth transition.
Finally, we have another very important PTO role that will open up in the fall, but that we would like to fill as soon as possible. The PTO Shop Manager runs a small “business” within the school. The Shop Manager is responsible for all aspects of running the shop, from selecting, ordering and managing merchandise, to managing pricing and sales, to coordinating and motivating PTO Shop Volunteers. This is a perfect role for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit.
The current PTO Shop Manager, Pauline, will be happy to tell you more about the role. She is looking forward to training her replacement this spring to ensure a smooth transition.
New! Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day is March 20
- This is a great opportunity to say THANK YOU to the faculty and instructional support staff for everything they do for our children.
- As per tradition - we need parent volunteers to prepare traditional/national dishes to serve our faculty. We would also need volunteers to help the team during the event.
- The team will send out a sign-up request after the February break.
- Please send us a mail to PTO.appreciation@Aas.ru or to PTO.firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to sign up to help the team.
- Tour of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater - Behind the scenes- February 28
- We are really happy to announce an upcoming tour to the Bolshoi Theater with a ballet twist. This will be a marvelous opportunity to dive into the world of ballet and pointed shoes. A ballet dancer will be invited to our tour to share some ins and outs of her art during an improvised Q&A session. We will also have a tour around
the building -dated back to the 18th century, designed by a talented architect Albert Cavos and recently reopened after a vast renovation. We will dive into the atmosphere of the Imperial theatre, enjoy the historic stage without the
audience, and maybe even see a rehearsal.
Tour duration: about 2 hours
Cost: 3900 rub pp
Meeting time: 11:30
Meeting PLace: TBA
- 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
- New! We are urgently looking for PTO Shop manager for the next school year.
- This is a great role for managing your own “business” and working with a diverse group of parent volunteers.
- If you're interested in this wonderful opportunity, please email email@example.com. Full training will be provided.
- PTO shop is the space for all your AAS uniform needs. We stock PE uniforms, hoodies, polos, sweatshirts, bags, recorders, lunch bags, swim bags, etc…and lots of gift items!
- New! We are currently having a huge sale of all fleeces ( adult and youth sizes) for just 950 rubles. Come and have a look.
- The space is managed by parent volunteers who serve the school community. Click here to view full information, including opening hours.