Student Goals Progress and Updates
Reflection on Learning
Math (Content and Practices)
Registration began on Monday, November 16, and will end on Wednesday, November 25 at 14.00.
Conference times can be scheduled from 08:00 to 16:00 and are approximately 20 minutes in length
Select your child’s grade level below and then their teacher. Times available are a light blue rectangle. Select a time, fill in the required details, and submit. You will need to complete a separate booking for each child if you have more than one in the ES.
UNICEF, the UN agency responsible for providing humanitarian and development assistance to children worldwide, has some interesting parenting resources. This article from their website offers strategies for helping teens deal with these stressful times; I especially like this article because the fourth item on their list is caring for yourself, which is something all of us need to remember to do these days.
One maladaptive behavior that many teens might need help with is fighting against the tendency to “catastrophize.” Simply put, catastrophizing is thinking that hard situations are the equivalent of doomsday, that things will “never, ever get better.” The use of such extreme language can increase a teen’s feelings of anxiety and distress, or have other negative impacts on their well-being. When this happens, our children need us to remind them that simple mindful acts--like taking a few deep breaths, going for a walk, or listening to music--can get them back into a more calm, rational mindset.
November 25th and 26th are parent/teacher/student conferences. I will also be available for meetings during these days. If you would like to speak with me about your student then, or at any time, please email me.
HS SENIOR ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL | firstname.lastname@example.org
Building on last week’s section of the Flash, we would like to announce two upcoming sessions for any interested HS family that will focus on this important topic. We know that this year will be disruptive and difficult for the entire community, we want to share with you some of the things we are doing to support your child. If you have specific questions or concerns about how your child is doing please reach out to one of the HS counselors, Ms. Zimmerman (last names A-K) or Ms. Will (last names L-Z).
- The first, on November 27th at 14:00, will delve into the wellbeing data gathered in the student surveys, comparing trends from 2019 to 2020 as well as discussing what we are doing as a school to support student wellbeing. Please join us using this link.
- During the second session on December 10th at 14:00, we will take a closer look at one particular aspect of our wellness survey, motivation. We will look at what students are reporting and the multi-pronged approach focused on this one area. Please join us using this link.
We have already had many families signing up for conferences on Nov 26 and 27 to discuss their child’s learning, if you have not yet been able to, please use this link to choose a time to meet with your child’s teachers. This is also a great way to get to know your child’s teachers and learn more about what they are doing to support each student during our various learning pathways.
Upcoming HS Calendar
Celebrating Learning this Week
The deadline for the final Extended Essay came and went on Friday, November 6. I am happy to report that all the Grade 12 students met the internal deadline for this milestone component of the IB Program at AAS. This is especially worth celebrating given the difficulties this academic year and last have presented. We will, of course, now spend some time reading and completing academic honesty checks, formatting, etc. The final steps in the process include the viva voce defense of the paper with the students’ respective EE Supervisors and the presentation of the EEs in the Extended Essay Gallery Walk, which this year will be presented virtually. Through this year’s EE Gallery Showcase, the students will share their EEs with the community. Congratulations to the Class of 2021. Well done!
Lauren Zimmerman email@example.com supports students with last names beginning with A-K
This next week's university visits:
Considering the current COVID situation in Moscow, we are strongly advising to avoid crowded public places. Do 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!
Exciting week in Penguin Life!
Our HS and MS students participate in several international events this week demonstrating their great skills and perseverance.
- HS students Isaac, Finn and Maria represent AAS at THIMUN Singapore online conference. This is the first time that AAS students participate in this prestigious and reputable event. We are very proud of them!
- Our HS Speech and Debate team has entered the CEESA online tournament with 8 team members, representing AAS in Debate, Oral Interpretation and Original Oratory.
- Our MS Speech and Debate team has entered the CEESA online tournament with 5 team members, representing AAS in Debate and Oral Interpretation.
- We wish both teams the best of luck during the online rounds and finals this Friday and Saturday! Go Penguins!
Visit our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on what’s new in Penguin Life and to support the AAS Penguins.
PL Winter Season updates
- Season has started for MS Mathcounts participants. During the DL period practices are taking place on Wednesdays, during the asynchronous day. If you have questions about this activity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or coaches Ms Ridley and Mr Bullock.
- HS Knowledge Bowl season will start the week of December 1. If you have questions about this activity, please contact email@example.com or coaches Ms Donovan and Mr Fogel.
- Registration for Winter Season activities remains open. We welcome students that are in Moscow, as well as those who are not here yet to join in.
- We are pleased that you have registered your child for the 2020 Penguin Athletics Winter season. Unfortunately we have a slight delay for the start of the season but we are ready and excited to see the students on the courts and in the pool on November 30. Check out the following pages for more information: HS Athletics Webpage and MS Athletics Webpage (Calendar will be updated on November 25)
- MS & HS Swimming have started with dryland training this week. Coaches have sent an email to all students that have registered. Check out the email and kindly make sure swimmers join the Google Classrooms for the teams. Google Classroom will be the primary means of communication regarding information and workouts for the swimmers!
- Concussion in Sports
- Performance Enhancing Substances
- The Parent Seat - Supporting your child in athletics & activities
- First Aid, Health & Safety
- NCAA Eligibility - Want to play sport after high school
- Sport Nutrition, Social Media, Sportsmanship
- And more!
HS writers, poets, artists, editors, and publishers worked hard to create this publication!
The result is a thought provoking LitMag edition where each one will find a piece that resonates with them.
NEW CHALLENGE AND PRIZE THIS WEEK!
- Download the penguin outline (from the padlet or Facebook post)
- Print and create your own unique penguin with pencils, paint, collages, playdoh, etc...
- Or, use a digital paint/markup app to make a unique digital penguin
- Finished? Post your work to padlet.com/AASMoscow/cozy_november
- Best penguin art wins a Penguin Kigurumi next week!
MESSAGE FROM THE PTO PRESIDENT
KRISTINA TADIC | firstname.lastname@example.org
STAY HEALTHY AND FIT DURING COVID
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- November 18 - 25 | SMOOTHIE CONTEST
- November 18 - December 3 | ONLINE HOLIDAY NEW BOOK FAIR
- November 30 | VIRTUAL PTO CONNECT
- December 3 | CULTURAL TRIP
- December 15 | PTO HAPPY HOLIDAYS COMMUNITY COFFEE
ONLINE HOLIDAY NEW BOOK FAIR
NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 3
- The holidays are approaching and we can not imagine a better gift for your dear ones than a book.
- We have prepared the stocklist with 4500 books exclusively available for the AAS community with a 30% discount to market price in Russia! Check out this SPREADSHEET
- You can choose the books from different Categories: Christmas Books, Activity Books, Non-Fiction, Board Books, Illustrated Books 0 – 5 Years, Fiction 5-7 Years, Fiction 7-9 Years, Fiction 9-11 Years, Young Readers, Harry Potter Series, Minecraft Series, Young Adult
- The spreadsheet with the stocklist is very easy to navigate – it is indicating ISBN code, Title name, Author, Price, Format, Category and hyperlink to click on and see more details about the book or you can copy ISBN code and paste it into Amazon.com to get more details about the book and to see its cover.
- Check out this SPREADSHEET with all the books! Start browsing and choosing your favorite books.
- Your ORDER FORM needs to be submitted by December 3.
- DELIVERY will be on 9th-11th of December
- Doorstep delivery 350 rub, FREE for orders above 2000 rub
- Pick up point delivery - FREE
- PAYMENT upon the delivery. Please prepare the exact amount of money and place it in the envelope or similar
- We would love to have our fair in our beloved Malyy theatre, though due to current circumstances, this is simply not possible. We ask for your understanding if this event is a bit different than previous years.
SMOOTHIE CONTEST | NOVEMBER 18th - 25th
- make your smoothie or raw balls following the recipes here
- take a photo
- send it to email@example.com by Wednesday, November 25th (initial deadline was prolonged upon your request)
- all participants win Chocolate/Strawberry protein bars
VIRTUAL PTO CONNECT | November 30
- Join here: https://webex.com/meet/pto
- Bring your own coffee & drop in for a chat on Webex on Wednesday, 17th, any time between 10.30 - 11.30am.
CULTURAL TRIP | DECEMBER 3rd
Socialist Realism vs Lubyanka Reality - GULAG TOUR
- Discover Stalin's time, the tragic past of the Soviet people in the Great Purges, and the brightest world of Soviet Utopia.
- Our tour starts in front of the notorious KGB building on Lubyanka Square. What methods did Bolsheviks use to retain power? Do you know how the inner prison of Lubyanka functioned? Where was the bone-chilling "Shooting House" in Moscow? How many people were affected by the Great Purges? During our walking tour, we'll learn Russian history through the life stories of people who lived through the turbulent 20th century.
- The second part of the tour takes place inside NB Gallery. We'll discover a beautiful collection of Socialist Realist art. We'll have a guided tour around the Gallery collection and talk about the brightest world of Soviet Utopia.
- Tour duration: 2 hours, 1hour walk + 1hour in the Gallery
- Tour cost: 1500 RUB per person
- Meeting time: 10am
- Meeting point: TBA
- Sign up deadline: 30th of November at firstname.lastname@example.org