Maureen Carpenter | email@example.com
World Language Program Review
Have a great day,
Julie, Jeff, and Eric
Donna Hinton for 3-5 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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 email@example.com. or Ms. Sharon Ronan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The survey is only available for parents whose children are currently in grades PK - grade 4.
- The survey will be available until Monday, April 13th at 4:00 pm when the survey will close.
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- Elementary School
New! ES classes are currently collecting winter jackets for the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy (Supports refugees). Our goal is 100-150 Jackets!
New! ES STUCO and the ES & HS Global Impact Club are planning a visit from students at the Taganka Community Center on March 31.
Upcoming Spirit Days!
New! March 14, Penguin Spirit Day (Wear Black and White)
New! March 20, Sports Jersey Day!
Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful February break.
Thank-you to those parents who attended our MS Parent Coffee this morning. If you were not able to attend, you can find a copy of the presentation here: MS Parent Coffee 26 February 2020.
Safe travels to our AMIS Choir students who are traveling this week to Munich, Germany for the International MS Mixed Honor Choir. We know you will represent AAS well!ParenTeenConnect.org, a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues. At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!
This is a repeat from an earlier post, but it’s relevant to content presented in this morning’s MS Parent Coffee, so I’m including it again: At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking.
As information about the coronavirus continues to dominate the news, it is important to consider how we can help our children process it. Some ideas you might find useful: 1) stay positive and keep calm; 2) stick to the facts, but consider your child’s developmental stage when discussing them; 3) question the source of your child’s information, and fact-check when appropriate; 4) eliminate stigma and avoid blame; and 5) in case of anxiety, boost your family’s positive coping strategies. As always, if you feel you need additional help with an anxious child, contact the school counselor.
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- Middle School
- MS/HS Rotation Days
HS Associate Principal, Matthew Groves email@example.com
Welcome back from our February break. Our IB Mock Exams for grade 12 students will begin this Friday and continue throughout next week. The second semester is now in full swing, and students should be settling into any new classes they started at the end of January. As always, if you have questions about your child’s education, feel free to contact teachers directly through their email.
We are frequently coming together as a high school community for presentations during our advisory program. This week, our Equality Club students successfully made our first assembly on Black History Month. Later this week, we will celebrate Maslenitsa. Next week, we will be celebrating Women’s Day and also coming together on another day to discuss racism and marginalization as a result of the Coronavirus.
Regularly coming together as a high school community is an essential part of reinforcing a high school culture that brings our School Mission to life. Our students are remarkable people, and watching them educate each other, celebrate their achievements, and support one another is a true highlight of being an educator.
Have a great week!
Sean Sonderman firstname.lastname@example.org
This week the National Honor Society students are talking to the Grade 11 about “Grade 12 Readiness”, giving the students tips about handling stress, coping with some of the demands of IB, and things to keep in mind when choosing universities. We enjoy encouraging students to share their experiences and wisdom with each other, and feel that it empowers both the deliverers and the receivers of the message. We hope the Grade 11 students find it useful!
We are also continuing discussions with each grade about academic integrity, focusing this week on Grade 9 and how to start out high school with good habits, taking individual ownership over learning.
GRADE 11 PARENTS: Counselors have met with a number of Grade 11 students already to assist them in creating a list of universities that they consider good matches academically and personally. As a parent, it can be tough to figure out how best to support your child in this search. This article gives a brief overview of some important things to keep in mind as you help your child navigate the process of narrowing down university and course options.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s counselor! We are here to assist you as well!
Lauren Zimmerman (email@example.com): Last names beginning with A-K
Bryn Will (firstname.lastname@example.org): Last names beginning with L-Z
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- High School
- MS/HS Rotation Days
- New!Saturday Swim Program Registration is OPEN
- Be advised, we are VERY LIMITED in available WSI instructors. Available spaces will fill up quickly!!
Athletics/Aquatics: Kirby Boychuk | email@example.com
- Registration will open on March 11
- Middle School – Volleyball, Softball, Track
- High School – Softball, Track, JV Girls Volleyball, Tennis
- We are looking for more participants to join our Cultural Arts activity.
- This is the only art related activity offered by CEESA for students interested to further develop their creative and artistic skills.
- The 2020 festival theme is “Trashion Fashion”. Students are invited to explore the history of traditional national costume and create one using materials that are preloved, pre-used and free.
- Join in to try the role of a designer and/or fashion model mindful about the consumption and your relationship with the earth.
Open Hours: Mon – Fri: 07:30 – 17:00
Open 10:00 – 13:00 on the following Saturdays: Mar. 14, Apr.18, May 30, Jun. 13
Welcome back from break! We know there are a bunch of breaks still coming up - the long weekend in March, April, and two weekends in May. Come check out our new and improved travel section when you can. We’ve been ordering all the newest editions and took away the older ones.
Did you know that Nijinsky, lead dancer of the Ballet Russes in the early 1900s, was one of the most scandalous people in his day? He was only able to dance for half of his life, before he was put in an asylum as a (possible) schizophrenic. Check out his bio and many more in our freshly weeded Memoir/Biography section.
We have revealed a great Discovery Week set of books - full of titles set in the places the High School students are going and the topics they may be learning about.
Come see us from 7.30-5.00 every day, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New!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.
- New!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.
March Media Mentor Month
- Many international schools declare March to be Media Mentor Month to promote family and school conversations around technology and media use. Follow this calendar to participate.
Facilities Services Satisfaction Survey
- New! Our facilities management company, Four Squares, will plant a tree for every survey response they receive. It's a 90 second long satisfaction survey, please share your feedback if you have used their cleaning or maintenance services on campus.
- Our next meeting is Saturday, 29 Feb, 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.
- Our Girls group is growing. Girls in grades 2-4 are encouraged to join.
- For more information, you can email us at email@example.com
- 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
The next vaccination days for Tick-Borne Encephalitis will be March 24 and April 21, 2020.
Tick-Borne Encephalitis, also known as spring-summer encephalitis, is a viral infection of the central nervous system transmitted by bites of certain vector ticks. In many European countries children and adults are routinely vaccinated against TBE. The vaccine's effectiveness is not 100%, so staff and students will be encouraged to provide additional protection with clothing (long sleeve shirts, pants, socks) and using repellant. Vaccination for Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE) is a 3 shot series:
2nd dose: 1-3 months later
3rd dose: 9-12 months after 2nd dose
The completed series then provides approximately 3 years protection.
In preparation for the grade 6 Discovery Week, all students are highly recommended to receive the vaccination for Tick-Borne Encephalitis (Klesh-e-vac)). Time frame of the trips (May–June) and planned activities (hiking and camping) all warrant this preventative measure.
The High School and Middle School 7th and 8th grade Discovery week takes place outside the time frame for required 1st and 2nd shots. However, Middle and High School students who received 2 shots last year are highly recommended to receive the third dose, which completes basic immunization for Tick-Borne Encephalitis. If you have paid for the third dose last year, your child is already on the list and will be immunized.
In 2017 many 7th graders as well as others from the school community received the third dose of the Klesh-e-vac primary vaccination series. In order to continue the vaccination’s effective protection the first booster should be given 3 years after the primary immunization series. If you, or your child, has completed the primary vaccination series in 2017, you have received an email with an opportunity to reserve a booster dose.
Please print, fill out, and return the vaccination consent form.
If your student is returning to school with a medical certificate/spravka/doctors note please submit it to your students office (ES,MS,HS).
- Please pay attention to the notes being sent by your child’s trip advisors and review your student’s immunization records. If your child is not fully immunized or you have questions regarding their immunization record, consult with your doctor before embarking on a their discovery week trips. You can visit the CDC website for additional current information. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
- Please find links for some of the destinations visited: India & Botswana
Yours in health,
The Health Office Team
Please feel free to call the Health Office at +7 495 231 4462, or by calling the AAS main number +7 495-2314488 ext. 13911 or email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
PTO VACANCIES FOR 2020/21 Send your statement of interest in by March 8!
- 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: President | Vice President - Internal Affairs | Vice President - External Affairs | Committee Secretary | Vice President Elementary School | Vice President Middle School | Vice President High School
- Find a brief description of each of the positions HERE.
- Click HERE for a sample statement of interest.
- Below is the election timeline and process details
- March 8: Deadline to submit a Statement of Interest to Election Committee (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 PTO notice board
- April 21: The Executive Committee presents the candidate list at the monthly PTO coffee. Positions with only one candidate are approved at the meeting, while positions with multiple candidates will be submitted for e-voting, with the results published on April 30.
PTO Shop Manager
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.
PTO Enhancement Grant Program
- The Enhancement Grant Program submission window is now closed. Stay tuned for more information about the submitted proposals in future newsletters. Thank you to all the community members who have submitted proposals to help enhance learning at AAS, Moscow.
PTO Faculty Appreciation 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 to the faculty. We would also need volunteers to help the team during the event.
The team will send out a sign-up request link next week.
PTO General Meeting
- The Next PTO General Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17, 8:45 in the South Cafeteria.
Tour of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater - Behind the scenes- February 28th!
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 re-opened 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.
Please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming PTO trips.
- 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
- 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!
- The space is managed by parent volunteers who serve the school community. Click here to view full information, including opening hours.