Welcome back to 2020! I want to share my warm welcome or welcome back to our families as well as wish you each a Happy New Year! I do hope that you each had time during the break to share with family and friends, as well as you found opportunities to relax and rejuvenate.
With the end of Quarter II / Semester I fast approaching on January 24, 2019, we especially appreciate the support you provide in helping your child focus academically as we return to a few short weeks left in this learning period. In addition, thank you for supporting and encouraging students as they engage in the many athletic, club, etc.. experiences and opportunities on campus.
We recognize that there is a quick pace at AAS this time of year, so we encourage you to remember to stay connected to the activities and events through the AAS calendar.
One of the most significant responsibilities AAS leadership has is recruiting the most qualified and best fit educators for our school. Our leadership team has been collaborating on hiring for several months. We are continuing these efforts by attending international teacher recruiting fairs this month. We visited Bangkok last weekend and will attend London this coming weekend with the following ideas in mind:
- remain engaged with potential candidates for future employment, including for next year where possible
- tell the story of our experiences these past few years in person
- be present so that candidates know that AAS is continuing to provide outstanding learning for our students
- support and advise candidates at the fair as they consider their options with other schools
There were ~630 candidates and almost 100 schools in attendance at the Search Fair in Bangkok. Overall, our impressions were that AAS continues to be a well-respected school. Candidates continue to be interested in working at AAS now and in the future. If you are aware of outstanding educators who are looking for next year and you believe they would be a good match for AAS’ current hiring environment, please reach out and encourage them to connect with us.
We are excited to have students and families back on campus to continue the Learning at AAS. Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful first week back!
Dear Elementary School Families,
Welcome Back! We hope that you and your families had a wonderful break and that you were able to spend quality time with family and friends. We will enjoy talking with students this week to hear about their adventures.
We are looking forward to all of the learning that 2020 will bring to our students! A special welcome to all of our families that are new to AAS. We look forward to working with you.
Shortly before our break, our grade 5 students assembled in the south cafeteria to share their feature articles with students from all of grade 5. Feature articles are informational pieces with a bit of opinion wrapped in them. The students found a topic they were passionate about, learned more about it through research, and then using descriptive, informative writing along with illustrations, taught their readers about that topic. It was a great way to celebrate and teach others!
Our teachers are busy writing our first-semester report cards. You will receive your child’s report card via email on January 31st. Please reach out to teachers at any time if you have questions about how your child is doing.
As a heads up, there will be make-up yearbook photos on January 28 and 29. If your child is new or didn’t not get his/her picture taken in the fall, they may do so on these days, in the Malyy Theatre, 8am-3:15pm.
Donna Hinton for 3-5 | email@example.com | Room 2130
Love and Logic Parenting Workshop We invite parents of all ages to join us for Love and Logic Parenting Classes. This is a great workshop that includes reading material, videos, discussions and the opportunity to learn and practice effective parenting skills. It’s a fun time to get with other parents, share the joys, challenges and humor of raising children. We will be running Love and Logic for 6 weeks on Thursday mornings and we encourage that you commit for all 6 sessions if possible as the sessions build upon one another and are most effective when taken as a whole. If you can’t make all 6 you are still welcome to attend and learn some new effective parenting tools. Some parents who have participated in Love and Logic may also be interested in attending some of the sessions as a refresher. All are welcome but please let us know you are coming so we have resources for you.
Calendar & Category Legend:
- Elementary School
Noah Bohnen firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar & Category Legend:
- Middle School
- MS/HS Rotation Days
HS Associate Principal, Matthew Groves email@example.com
Happy 2020 from AAS high school! We welcome four new students to our division, and we are proud to have you join our AAS family. We are also saying goodbye to a few students, but we ask that they always remember that a piece of them will always be a Penguin.
Semester 1 ends next week on January 24. Students in grade 9-10 science classes and electives will switch classes the following week. Report cards and progress reports will be available in early February.
As a heads up, there will be make-up yearbook photos on January 28 and 29. If your child is new or did not get his/her picture taken in the fall, they may do so on these days, in the Malyy Theatre, 8am-3:15pm.
Have a great week!
Sean Sonderman firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year and welcome back from break!
- 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 Penguin Clubs
- The list of Winter Term participants is available at https://www.aas.ru/student-life/penguin-life/es
🌧️ We are sorry the weather conditions are preventing outdoor winter sports. Students signed-up for ice skating, ice hockey and cross-country skiing will engage in other activities until the weather cooperates with our plans.
- The student should attend all days of the activity unless s/he is sick.
- The student should arrive at each club session on time.
- Ice skating, Ice Hockey, Skiing clubs participants: go to South Cafeteria to meet with your Club instructor (grade 1 students will be assisted by classroom teachers). Once the weather improves, parents must be present to help their students getting changed into skating gear.
- 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
- Library News
- Upcoming SEN (Special Education Needs) Meetings
- Make-up and New Students Yearbook Photos
- Student Projects
- Other News
Open 10:00 – 13:00 on the following Saturdays:
Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Mar. 14, Apr.18, May 30, Jun. 13
An audiobook on Overdrive written in verse (Poet X)
A graphic novel about women in the Japanese occupation of Korea (Grass)
A novel about three teens doing service learning in India and it not being what they expected (Forward Me Back To You)
A new bio about a famed pilot with twists and unexpected turns (The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh)
A strange celebration of weirdness with some fire (Nothing To See Here)
Race relations and vigilantes (The Watchmen)
The Awards Seasons and their films (Oscars and Golden Globes)
The trials of reporting against powerful people (Catch and Kill Podcast)
Helping Children Learn Through Sensory Integration
Date: Friday, January 24, 2020
Location: Community Room
SEN Parents Support Meetings Series
The Special Educational Needs Department (SEN) will be holding a support group meeting for AAS families on Thursday, January 23. Our first meeting topic will be on Developing Positive Family Communication Strategies. We will also complete a survey focused on developing future discussion topics.
In this group, we will meet to provide a sense of community and help you to evaluate your child’s progress in ways that cannot always be measured through an assessment or by a graded system. We offer a judgment free, accepting environment, where you can share your stories or just come to listen and gain resources.
The objective of this support group is meant to be an evolving one. However, the main focus will always be advocacy and empowerment. We will be sharing workable tools and strategies, so please bring a notebook and something to write with in case you want to take notes.
February 13, 2020
March 26, 2020
April 30, 2020
May 21, 2020
June 3, 2020
- One former, and three current AAS HS students are responsible for creating and managing an IB Economics Instagram Channel called @IB-conomist
- "We chose the topic of economics not only because of our interest but also because econ is a popular subject with the high school students of AAS. Our selling point is that our content is easy to understand, and we mix the explanation of econ terms into the explanation of specific issues. We started it as a CAS project, but at this point, we are going beyond CAS requirements because we want to see the account grow. This project is valuable to us because of the econ knowledge and social media management experience we gain."
- Support this student project by following https://www.instagram.com/ib_conomist/
NHS PEER TUTORING
Our next meeting is Saturday, Jan 18, 2020, in the South Cafeteria at 3:00 PM
This will be a general meeting. Stop by and see what Scouts have to offer.
Sign up your child K-5th grade and don’t miss out on the next fun adventure.
For more information, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maintain your balance by keeping your hands free. Try to avoid carrying packages or bags in your hands, and instead carry a backpack. Also, even if your hands are cold, keep them out of your pockets. If you slip, your arms will help you restore balance. If you fall, you can use your hands to break your fall and land safely.
- Wear shoes that have non-slippery soles. Shoes that have thick soles made of rubber or neoprene provide better traction on snow or ice than shoes that have plastic or leather soles.
- If possible, avoid walking on uneven surfaces.
- Walk slowly, take small careful steps. If you have to walk on ice, walk as flat-footed as possible.
PTO Community Coffee
- The First PTO Community Coffee of this calendar year is next Tuesday, January 21, at 8:45 in the South Cafeteria.
- Take a look at the agenda.
- It is finally snowing in Moscow and we will celebrate the arrival (finally) of the snow, by wearing something white to the morning community coffee on Tuesday.
- Here's an interesting story about this year's "unusual" winter in Moscow.
New!PTO Vacancies for 2020/21 New!
Serving on the AAS PTO is one of the most rewarding, exciting, and positive learning experiences that you can wish for as a parent.
Now is a great time to take on a PTO role for next year. You will be making a commitment to serve the students, community, and AAS.
PTO Enhancement Grants Now Open!
PTO New Families' Orientation and Seminars
- It was really nice to start this week by seeing several new parents at New Families' Orientation. Thank you to all PTO parents and staff who are involved with these sessions, especially to Newcomers Coordinators -Clare and Bettina and our Communications Director, Vitali Verkhovski.
- Next Monday morning, at 8.45, in the Community Room, we will host a seminar for new families about the curriculum and technology at AAS.
- On Monday, January 27, we will review the Special Education Needs and Counseling programs at AAS, also in the Community Room, also at 8:45 am.
ES: A great big thank you to all the class parents and other parent volunteers who helped make the ES winter parties a success!
- Being a volunteer is a great way to meet people, have fun and give back to the AAS community.
- If you are interested in volunteering for the PTO, please contact Ines Cremers (PTO Secretary) at email@example.com
- Join us in exploring Moscow!
- Every month we offer new activities, new tours - we will visit unique attractions of our host city together, we will have lunch together, we will go and visit theaters together, we will join in sports together, every month something new! Everyone is welcome! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Watch this space for the January Tour.
- 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.