If you were not able to join the ninety two parents who took part in my Director Community Connection last Thursday, please see this video recording (the password is: Courage2020). Thank you to everyone who participated in this event, submitted questions ahead of this event as well as those shared questions and comments during this event.
Please find attached the files from the Chat and Q&A with the questions asked during the call. We did our best to address all of the questions during and after the call, but please do reach out if we missed a question. In addition, AAS continues to ensure that our community has access to all of the information from the most recent to the oldest Covid related communications via our Covid info page at https://www.aas.ru/covid.
We value your input, please help us improve our virtual connections by answering this 4 question post event survey.
I am delighted to share that two of our traditional community events are continuing this year, albeit in a digital format.
- The PTO Virtual Book Fair is on now, please check the PTO section to learn how you can order English books in Moscow in time for the holidays.
- The PTO Russian Artisans Fair kicks off today! Peruse the digital shops of 15+ local artisans and order wonderful handmade gifts for yourself and your loved ones.
Learning Stories Worth Celebrating
- The HS Penguin Press published their November issue!
- What a talented group of researchers, journalists, writers and editors.
- I truly enjoyed reading their coverage of the current situation and learning more about AAS TV from one of the published interviews.
- Our Speech and Debate students received two second and two third place finishes in last week’s online CEESA debates.
- Well done to all of the participants who prepared and adapted to a new online format.
- Grade 6 students completed a watercolor art project designed to get them familiar with new art techniques while exploring their imagination through art.
- Our HS MUN team had an impressive performance at virtual THIMUN Singapore. This was our team’s first visit to this very competitive conference and students reported a steep learning curve as they engaged with well prepared teams from a different region.
- In Elementary School, the enhanced distance learning schedule is supporting students in ways that would be natural in the classroom but were not integrated previously into distance learning. Thank you to parents for your ongoing support and flexibility as we find the best balance in our learning models. Please read more about this in the ES Express below.
Also in ES, students and teachers continue to innovate and find new ways to connect and engage with each other. Below are two student submitted artifacts from the Grade 5 Fitness Challenge.
If your child is identified as a close contact, either from being on campus or at home, they should be PCR tested as soon as possible
This gives prompt identification of positive cases who may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic as these patients can still transmit the infection to others
This would help us identify further close contacts and help to minimize further spread
This allows AAS to continue to monitor any impact a positive case on our campus might have
Please follow our AAS COVID Response Flowchart
Please remember to accurately complete the Daily Health Pass each morning before your child leaves for school
Additional ideas your family can do to protect themselves and the AAS Community
Eliminate or limit interactions with those outside of your household or social “bubble”
Avoid playdates and birthday parties where children gather from different classes, grade levels or households
Always properly wear a mask when in public spaces
Remain at least 1.5 metres from others in public spaces
Get plenty of rest, exercise regularly and outdoors if possible and maintain a healthy diet
Everyone should wash their hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
- In a recent First Grade class, a student was struggling to determine what types of details could be added to her book about Egyptian pyramids. After uncovering the struggle point and celebrating the student for wanting to share further, the teacher then spoke with the child about checking in at the end of the day for purposeful direction.
- Other teachers are using it as a time to meet independently with students and directly assess them to find out exactly what area is a strength and what area is a place for growth.
- Many of these assessment findings will be shared at the upcoming conferences.
- These end of the day individual/small group times can also be used by Single Subject teachers
- A Strings Teacher could add suggestions on finger placement.
- A World Language Teacher could help with articulation.
- An Art Teacher could provide additional feedback on how to further bring out a child’s imagination.
Last week, I included some brief content about “catastrophic thinking,” which is the tendency that many teens have to think of their problematic situations as more dire and long-term than they actually are. When our children fall into the unhelpful behavior of “catastrophizing” things that are happening to them, they may need our help in shifting their perspective to more rational and realistic views.
The New York Times just published an article related to this concept of reframing our thinking. The author poses the idea that some of our mental anxieties might be our body’s way of telling us to make some changes, like getting more sleep, exercise, or water, or calling a friend for a chat. If you’re interested, you can find the article here: “Your Brain is not for Thinking.”
Students in grades 6 and 8 have been spending time discussing and practicing techniques for managing stress and other strong emotions in their advisories (grade 7 will soon be doing so, as well). If your child is in one of those grades, ask them what strategies they feel could work for them.
While many of our anxieties can be diminished by maintaining healthy habits, sometimes the situation requires some outside help. If your child is struggling with stress or anxiety, please arrange a meeting with me to discuss how we can work together to improve the situation.
If you are ever wondering what day it is in the MS/HS learning cycle, you can view the calendar here.
Lauren Zimmerman email@example.com supports students with last names beginning with A-K
MS and HS Parents
- Middle and High School Parents are invited to join Kirsten Welbes on her webex on Friday, November 27 from 9:00-10:00am or 6:30-7:30pm to learn more about how parents, teachers and AAS use MAP data.
In addition, parents should look for the Student MAP Reports to be emailed to families on December 1.
- Elementary School Parents are invited to join Kirsten Welbes on her webex on Monday, November 30 from 9:00-10:00am or 6:30-7:30pm to learn more about how parents, teachers and AAS use MAP data.
In addition, parents should look for the Student MAP Reports to be emailed to families on December 1.
It snowed! Let’s celebrate with some seasonal books, games, and more.
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.
Enjoy your books at home!
We are bringing lots of links and fun stuff for our people.
November Issue of Penguin Press Newspaper Is Here
The COVID-19 crisis has definitely brought about challenges to the AAS community, and, unfortunately, Penguin Press has not been an exception. However, recognizing that our role as the school newspaper team has become more crucial than ever, we have worked harder to unite the school community through our monthly newspapers.
Nov 30th - Dec 4th flu vaccination appointments can be arranged Monday to Friday 10:00 - 14:00; if an alternative time required, please, contact Health Office to have it arranged.
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 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!
Last week AAS students participated in three international events which marked the culmination of their efforts and perseverance throughout the season. We are very pleased to share on their successes with the entire AAS community.
Winter Season updates
First HS Knowledge Bowl practice is scheduled for December 2. Please make sure to register at https://plife.aas.ru/login if your student plans to participate.
Practice calendar will be updated on December 2
AIS Vienna International Student Athlete Leadership Conference - February 12, 2021
Our penguins are working on a presentation about our very own Penguin Leadership Program: Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructions, Student Coaches (CITs), Fitness Centre Supervisors & Penguin Event Officials. Mr. Schnell, Mr. Boychuk along with a number of Alumni & High School students will be creating a presentation about our unique program. Students that have-been/are a CIT, LG, WSI, FC Supervisor, Penguin Event Official can contact Mr. Boychuk. We want your stories!
Penguin Best Practices
We are looking forward to having some great conversations with our penguin parent community. Some of the possible topics of interest will be:
- 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!
CEESA Speech and Debate
After weeks of intense preparation, two teams of AAS MS and HS students participated in CEESA online Speech and Debate tournaments on November 20-21, 2020. CEESA MS tournament was organized by the American School of Warsaw, Poland. CEESA HS tournament was organized by two co-hosts - NOVA International School, Macedonia and Tashkent International School, Uzbekistan.
In both tournaments our 2 MS students and 5 HS students made it into the finals and others were heartbreakingly close to making the finals. In MS the two students won medals - Michelle and Soheun took 2nd place in Debate. In HS four students got placed: Seungjae won 2nd place in Oral Interpretation with a beautifully presented scene from the “Scent of a Woman”, Anna Clair won 3d place in Original Oratory with her piece “Let’s read”, Vlad and Jonathan won 3d place in Debate.
Congratulations to both teams and their dedicated coaches Ms Fogel, Ms Playfair and Ms Laborde. We are so incredibly proud of every one of this year's participants. They each worked hard throughout the season made of many uncertainties to compete in one of the most time consuming and challenging student activities held at AAS, and were able to make the best out of it!
Three AAS MUN members participated in the THIMUN Singapore conference last week from November 16-20th. It was the first THIMUN Online conference ever, and our first time participating in this smaller, but more competitive, sister conference to THIMUN The Hague.
Finn and Maria participated in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) representing Egypt, while Isaac, our first THIMUN Singapore leadership appointment, co-chaired the Sustainable Development committee. All three saw amazing first-time successes!
Finn and Maria managed to secure back-to-back main submitter status, each leading their bloc to pass successful resolutions on "methods to promote education for disadvantaged populations", and "methods to assist informal workers", respectively. Meanwhile, Isaac was highly successful in leading his committee to pass resolutions for each of their debate topics, while juggling the many responsibilities of leadership.
We were well-received at the conference, and we represented AAS MUN with pride and dignity.
Congratulations to all those who helped us prepare, and the many more who participated from around the world. Next year, we hope to see Singapore in person, with a larger delegation, and perhaps additional leadership!
For all three members to achieve at such a high level at a first-time online conference or this caliber only confirms that we are ready to launch the Anglo-American Model United Conference (AAMUNC) in the spring of 2022!
NEW CHALLENGE AND PRIZES THIS WEEK!
Another week, another Cozy November contest! We have 10 sweet prizes to give out!
All you need to do is answer this World Traditions quiz!
Congratulations to Kyuri and Zeynep! Your prizes are on their way!
"I didn't expect to win this contest since there were so many other great designs that I hadn't even thought of. I drew these penguins just as a fun way to pass time and to take a break from all of my school work but I didn't expect such a great outcome. Thank you for choosing me as the winner."
MESSAGE FROM THE PTO PRESIDENT
KRISTINA TADIC | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s always a great idea to reflect on the things in life that we are thankful and grateful for. Very often we take for granted many things in our life. We are busy, preoccupied, very often stressed with everyday life routines, and we do not have time to stop and think about things to be thankful for.
Slow down, it's worth taking a break, zoom out from every day thoughts and craziness, and make a list of things to be thankful for, help yourself to see just how much positivity and happiness there is in the world. Yes, even nowadays when a pandemic is raging around us, and when we feel we have lost control over everything.
Take a moment and write down or say to yourself all the things you are thankful for. Once you start doing it, you will be overwhelmed by a sense of satisfaction, gratitude and positivity.
I would like to share with you three things I am thankful for:
- My Family and Friends - for never giving up on me, for loving me, making me laugh, inspiring and motivating me, and listening to me (some more, some less, some voluntarily, some not😊 )
- Today’s technology - imagine going through COVID-19 without technology?!
- PTO - imagine being on your own, without the community that can support you, help you, be there for you, motivate you - yes, we all should do that for each other! I am thankful for all of you being an active part of our community and I invite all of you, feeling disconnected to immediately join us for PTO Connect or for our Holiday PTO shop sale, more info about it in the text below.
ONLINE ARTISAN FAIR
NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 6 NEW
Our beloved Artisan fair is back, and it is a result of an amazing collaboration of entire PTO, parents and teachers together with the help and support from the school - idea and inspiration came from Laurie Bartels, our 5th grade teacher, organisation and set up was done by our Artisan fair coordinator, parent and volunteer Valeria Makarova, and all under the watchful eye of the Community Relation department - what exceptional teamwork, THANK YOU ALL!
Here are the easy steps on how to participate:
Browse the websites/facebook pages/instagram of the artisans you will find in our Artisan Fair presentation
Choose what you like
Order from each artisan directly
Pay directly using indicated payment options
Agree on delivery directly with the artisans
Stay at home while waiting for your treasures :)
If you have questions contact us at email@example.com
Enjoy our first ever Online Artisan fair!
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.
PTO CONNECT is going virtual
Monday, November 30, 10.00 - 11.00am
- Join here
- Bring your own coffee & drop in for a chat on Webex on Monday, 30th, any time between 10.00 - 11.00am.
- Super informal! Join, meet other parents, chat about everyday life, exchange local tips and just connect.
- The PTO Executive Committee team will be online to host.
- If you are reading this, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org saying ‘I am reading the AAS Newsletter’ and win a prize!
- Hope to see you there! Spread the word and stay connected!
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 email@example.com
PTO SHOP UPDATE
December 5th, 4-6pm
Mark your calendar: Saturday, December 5 from 4-6PM
The PTO will set up a Holiday Shop at the Gazebo at Pokrovsky Hills.
We will have fun holiday knickknacks as well as our hoodies, joggers, and other items.
We hope to see you there! Please email us with any questions.
The PTO shop has a newly designed AAS Athletic grey hoodie in stock! Right in time for the holidays!
And right in time for all those slippery, snowy days we offer Norwegian WhiteWalkers to make walking easier and safer
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your orders!