Distance Learning Schedule - Just a reminder of our Distance Learning weeklong and daily schedule. Thursday will be a Day 1 and Friday a Day 2.
MS Open House Evening - Although we are not able to have our typical back to school night, we are trying something new. Tonight, the MS Leadership Team will be hosting a MS Open House evening - at 7 pm on Webex. Join us to hear an overview of programs and systems in the MS. At the end of the evening, we will share short teacher prepared presentations about classes in the MS.
Yesterday we shared a document that explains what our Asynchronous Wednesdays look like in the MS during Distance Learning. If you didn’t see the email, you can find a link to the document here, as well as linked in our MS Distance Learning plans on the school website.
Quarter 2 Electives - This Friday is the end of Quarter 1. After the break, students will be starting Quarter 2, which means new electives. Each grade level has different options for their elective class - including Flex. Descriptions have been shared with all grades: Grade 6 Quarter 2 Electives, Grade 7 Quarter 2 Electives, Grade 8 Quarter 2 Electives. Students will sign up for their electives starting Wednesday afternoon.
Friday, October 16 will mark the end of Quarter 1. It is very important for students to continue to work hard and put forth maximum effort both academically and behaviorally. Teachers have been updating JumpRope with recent assessments. On Thursday, October 15th, we will turn off Current Grades in JumpRope for teachers to be able to start entering marks and comments. On October 30, JumpRope will reopen and you will be able to see a progress update on your child’s Approaches to Learning and reports for quarter long classes like health and drama.
Remember, next week is Fall Break. Please have a safe and relaxing holiday!
If you would like to share your ideas on topics for parent coffee conversations with the counselors, please complete this short survey. On it, you can choose from topics that have been popular in the past, as well as a space for you to suggest other ideas for content. We look forward to organizing the first of these coffees in the weeks after the break. Thank you, and stay tuned to the newsletter for further updates.
I hope your children have made a successful transition to distance learning this week, and I hope they and you benefit from the vacation days next week. If you would like to discuss your child with me, please contact me via email.
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Have you heard of the AAS Leadership Academy? Tomorrow will bring together AAS student club leaders in a day-long virtual workshop where students will take a deep dive into the science and strategies of cooperation and leadership. These lifelong skills will help our students in their student club executive roles this year and beyond. The day will feature a number of guest speakers, including our very own Dr. Schuster and a workshop with Dr. Greg Dale, a Sport Psychology and Sport Ethics professor at Duke University. This year’s theme is “JEDI Courage” (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion). #CourageAAS #LoveLearningAAS #RespectAAS #LeadershipAcademyAAS
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Mr. Sonderman is meeting with all Grade 12 students individually for the next couple of months to discuss Year 2 in the IB, progress on major works such as IAs and the Extended Essay, university plans, and Predicted Grades. The meetings are meant to provide context for the year and to identify weak points that need to be addressed. They are also intended to give each student a range of expectations for the Predicted Grades that are sent to universities. Many meetings will take place via WebEx this year. Please discuss the results of your child’s meeting with Mr. Sonderman.
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Last week, the counselors hosted Elizabeth O’Connell, Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at University of Pennsylvania, for a discussion of Holistic Admissions in the United States. If you missed the presentation, you can watch the recorded session here. Highlights of the discussion include advice for finding a university that is the right “fit”, how to take advantage of the application components to demonstrate that fit, changes in admissions as a result of COVID-19, and the elements of Holistic Review.
This week's university visits include Nagoya University - Japan and American University - US. Both presentations are at 12:15PM on Wednesday via webex. More information about each university is located in Maia Learning along with recordings of last week's visits. Students are required to sign-up in advance through the Maia Learning portal. Here is the link to our visit schedule for the 20-21 school year.
The counselors would also like to remind parents of our next Counselor Coffee which will take place on October 29 at 10:00am, and will focus on Maia Learning - What is this program and how we use it to support students in personal and career exploration as well as university planning. We hope you can join us then!
If you have ideas for other Counselor Coffee topics, please share your thoughts by responding to this short survey.
With all of the unknowns this year as a result of COVID-19, it is reassuring to know that people involved in university admissions have our students’ interests and wellbeing at heart. 370 Deans of admission have signed and endorsed a statement from the “Making Care Common Project” at Harvard Graduate School of Education entitled “Care Counts in Crisis: College Admissions Deans Respond to COVID-19”. Take a look at the statement to see how universities are trying to promote “self-care, balance, meaningful learning, and care for others.”
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- Flu Vaccine
- The Health Office expects flu vaccines to arrive after the Fall Break.
- The cost of each vaccine will be 1550 rubles.
- We will share the flu vaccination sign-up form this week.
We are using Vaxigrip Tetra, made in France (not Russia) and it contains all the components recommended by WHO for this year’s flu vaccine.
Protecting Your Health and the Health of the AAS Community
- Considering the current COVID situation in Moscow, we are strongly advising to avoid crowded public places. Do to take walks outside, but, please remember to take care of yourselves and your families by maintaining the recommended distancing precautions, wearing your masks, and thorough handwashing!
ATTENTION ALL MS PARENTS AND STUDENTS!
- Thanks to a HS CAS project, MS students now have the opportunity to practice their French, Russian, and Spanish language skills!
- As of this Friday, two HS students will begin offering virtual language practice.
- Hurry! Limited space available in individual and group practice sessions!
- Sign your MS student up at http://bit.ly/ms-language-practice
- Be sure to check out and follow the AAS Eco Green Committee Facebook Page!
- You will find daily deals on items that we planned to sell during last year's Eco Green Yard Sale.
- See something you like? Post a comment and arrange to pick it up in Pokrovsky Hills or elsewhere.
- Be sure to wear gloves and a mask to ensure safety for yourself and others!
- All profits from the Facebook Yard Sale go towards funding AAS Eco Green initiatives!
- Huge thank you to Masha for all her work leading the Eco Green Committee and supporting green initiatives at AAS Moscow!
- Fall Season is no longer available for new sign ups.
- Current participants were notified earlier of PL schedule changes for Activities and Sports due to transitioning to Distance Learning.
- For details please contact the coaches.
- We wish everyone to get some rest, recharge, and stay safe during the upcoming October break!
MESSAGE FROM THE PTO TREASURER
Thank you to everyone who voted on the PTO Budget 2020-2021 yesterday during our Community Coffee meeting.
With your support and approval, we are able to continue to work on the projects we planned for our community.
It is most likely that many of our events will look and feel different this time around but we will try our best to support our students and community in many ways.
For those who haven't joined our meeting yesterday, the PTO Budget 2020-2021 will be posted to the AAS website under PTO soon, in the meantime you can see it here.
BIG THANK YOU
School Director Rhonda Norris
Board Member - Community-At-Large Representative Haluk Aydinoglu
Kirsten Welbes, Secondary Learning Coordinator
Maureen Carpenter, Elementary Learning Coordinator
Enhancement Grant coordinator Irina Lazarov
Cary Hart, ES ICT for presenting Enhancement Grant program and this fall projects. Please vote to support these projects via a recent email you should have received.
PTO Treasurer Naree Jung for presenting and explaining PTO budget for 2020/21
newly voted Executive Committee team members - Pauline van der Sman-Archer as VP Internal Affairs, Dayra Conrado - as VP MS, and Celia Schweizer as Committee Secretary for their interest and willingness to invest their time and heart for the benefit of our entire community
PTO MUG DESIGN COMPETITION RESULTS
SOHEUN LEE, 7th GRADE - THE WINNER OF THE MUG DESIGN COMPETITION 2020/21
- on the fourth place Seyoung Kim with 53 votes:
- on the 3rd place Kyuri Nam Grade 8 student with 76 votes:
- on the 2nd place Mete Olmez, grade 6 with 80 votes:
UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR AGENDAS
PTO HALLOWEEN SALE - Pokrovsky Hills, Gazebo, October 17, 3-5 pm
- Join us for a Halloween afternoon
- Stock up on spooky Halloween decorations and merchandize
- Everyone is invited!
If you are not from Pokrovsky Hills contact PTO.firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your entrance permission
PTO CONNECT - South Field Parking lot,
October, 28/29, at 2:00-3.30 pm
Join us for our 2nd casual get-together
Meet old friends and make new ones
Wear something orange and win some Halloween treats
CULTURAL TRIP - Kitay Gorod, November 2, 10am
Last Tuesday we had our first walk to Zamoskvorechye
We had it all, beautiful area of Moscow, great weather, interesting guide and amazing company of 10 ladies
Cultural Tour November: Kitay Gorod
Tour duration: about 2 hours
Tour cost: 1000 RUB per person paid directly to the guide
Meeting time: 10 am
Meeting point: TBA
Sign up deadline: October 30 at email@example.com
PTO COMMUNITY COFFEE - November 17, 10am, virtual
Help us create an interesting agenda
We are waiting for your ideas and suggestions
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