When transitioning between learning models due to Covid, a decision might have to be made with little notice depending upon the circumstances of the positive case.
A positive Covid case could result in a decision to move all students to distance learning the next day until AAS leadership has had time to contact trace and share with close contacts about not returning to campus. We anticipate this type of transition will be limited in the number of days.
When making a decision to transition between Hybrid or Full on campus learning models to Distance learning, this transition may be for a single class, a grade level, a class section, or a division.
There are four communications when a positive Covid case is confirmed for an individual who has been on campus. The first two are to close contacts, one to parents and one to staff. The other two communications are to share with all staff and all parents that there has been a case with close contacts being contacted separately so that all are aware of the positive case and it is clear when an individual is a close contact or not.
All positive cases and close contacts must communicate and collaborate with the AAS Health Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure protocols are followed.
As protocols evolve, AAS considers current best practices and requirements to ensure the safest environment for our students and staff.
I’ve been doing some online reading about how to more successfully handle uncertainty in these uncertain times. This short slideshow is a consolidation of some of that reading. Now that the weather is turning colder and the daylight hours shorter, it feels particularly important to do as much as we can to manage our strong emotions. And, of course, help our children do so, as well. The resources I pulled from are listed on the last slide. If you know of others that you find useful, please let me know.
I hope all families managed to get some rest during last week’s break. If you would like to discuss your child with me, please contact me via email.
HS Senior Associate Principal, Matthew Groves email@example.com
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.
Lauren Zimmerman firstname.lastname@example.org supports students with last names beginning with A-K
Welcome back from October Break. We hope that you were able to find some quiet time and enjoy the outdoors a bit! As COVID concerns and precautions continue, we wanted to share a great article about the importance of "small" connections with others to enhance well-being. Please enjoy this bit of sunshine and we challenge you to purposefully create a couple of small connections each day for the sake of everyone in our community.
This week's university visits include the New School - US and Technion International - Israel. Both presentations are at 12:15PM on Wednesday via webex. More information about each university is located in Maia Learning along with recordings of earlier visits this year. 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.
Tulane University offers recorded webinar for parents to learn more about admissions in the US. Let us know what you think about this informative and engaging session for parents.
REMINDER this Thursday our Counselor Coffee which will take place 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 by joining Ms. Will's webex
If you have ideas for other Counselor Coffee topics, please share your thoughts by responding to this short survey.
Request some books that you would like on our handy form.
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!
Please fill out the above form as soon as possible.
- The Health Office will begin scheduling flu shots soon.
- The cost of each vaccine is 1550 rubles.
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 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!
MESSAGE FROM THE PTO SECRETARY
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice Autumn Break. My family and I took a short trip to St. Petersburg during the break. We just moved to Moscow from Heidelberg, Germany in late summer, and we were excited to take our first family trip within Russia. We are also trying to do and see as much as we can in Moscow while remaining mindful of our health and safety given the unique circumstances presented by COVID.
At the last PTO Community Coffee, I was happy to be elected to the PTO Executive Committee as Secretary for 2020-2021 school year. It is personally quite important to me to find ways to contribute my time and talent in the service of my children and their classmates, and I look forward to working with the other members of the PTO Executive Committee in support of the entire AAS community.
Toward that end, I encourage you (whether you are a veteran of AAS or new to AAS!) to explore opportunities to contribute to our school community in meaningful ways. The PTO Executive Committee is looking for volunteers to serve as Coordinators for upcoming events and as Classroom Parents. Please keep reading the PTO section of the Newsletter for more information about these opportunities.
You can also learn more about these engagement opportunities at AAS by attending an upcoming PTO Connect event and speaking to a PTO Executive Committee member. Our next PTO Connect events are this week; see below for details.
ES will celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30.
Class Parents have been working hard to make it a FUN event for the ES students, Pre-K through 5 Grade!
Juice, cookie/pizza & craft/movie is on the program.
ES children are invited to wear Halloween costumes to school on their Huddle party day.
All ES students will receive a PTO "Happy Halloween" goody bag!
Your ES child should bring home a PTO letter this week regarding donations toward teacher, IA and single subject teacher gifts. Please consider making a voluntary contribution to recognise our teachers, IA’s and single subject teachers for their dedication to educating our children.
Class Parents info: If you have signed up to be a Class Parent (or you are considering being a class parent and would like more information), but have not received an email from PTO ES VP, please contact Ines Cremers at email@example.com to get added to the distribution list.
PTO COORDINATORS NEEDED!
- Virtual New Book Fair Coordinator
- Winter Bazaar Coordinator - NEW
- Raise your hand and help us do even more great things for our school and students
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more
PTO ENHANCEMENT GRANTS
PTO Enhancement Grants Community e-vote ended on Sunday, October 18th. Both proposals have been approved and will be funded by the PTO:
- 3D Laser Printer for ES Makerspace: 88% approval rate.
- 3D Laser Cutter Supplies for ES Makerspace: 85% approval rate.
Thank you for taking part in the e-vote!
UPCOMING EVENTS - MARK YOUR AGENDAS
October, 28/29, at 2:00-3.30 pm
- Join us for coffee and snacks in the (heated!) tents at the South Field Parking Lot
- Update your Halloween decoration collection by browsing through our PTO shop Halloween merchandize
- Think it’ll be cold? - No problem, you will have a chance to purchase PTO Fleece jackets on a special offer
- Come and meet old and new friends
- Please wear your masks for COVID and something orange for HALLOWEEN!
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST - 29th & 30th of October - NEW
Come to school wearing a school-appropriate Halloween costume on this Thursday or Friday
Send your photo to email@example.com latest by October 31st 8 pm
Be funny, be scary, be creative, be original, be creepy, be your best Helloween version
Prizes: 3rd place - 1kg of sweets, 2nd place - 2kg of sweets and 1st place - 3kg of sweets
Winners announced on Monday 2nd of November
CULTURAL TRIP - Kitay Gorod, November 2, 10am
SIGN-UP ENDS THIS FRIDAY!
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
PTO COMMUNITY COFFEE - November 17, 10am, virtual
Help us create an interesting agenda
We are waiting for your ideas and suggestions
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org