Congratulations to our players and coaches who competed in the Penguin Invitational Basketball Tournament this past weekend. Thank you to all of the community members who attended on Friday and Saturday to support our players and teams.
We are fortunate for the generosity of our community in PTO fundraising efforts, which makes PTO Enhancement Grants possible. Please take this opportunity to review this funding option and consider submitting a proposal to PTO. The proposal deadline is February 13.
Last Friday marked the end of the first semester. AAS will be sharing student report cards or progress reports in the next few weeks. The assessment reflected in these reports is a key component of student learning, providing students with evidence of their progress as well as informing planning and teaching. Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and is viewed as an ongoing process.
The High School Prom is this Saturday, February 1, at the Spaso House. Prom is another significant milestone for our Seniors, and I wish those students who attend this Saturday a fantastic evening! Please stay connected with other events through the AAS calendar.
I will be in the U.S. next week, February 3-7, to attend a worldwide conference for international educational leadership. During my absence, Noah Bohnen will be the Acting Director.
There are different Board structures in international schools around the world. Learn more about the AAS Board. Thank you to our AAS volunteer Board Members for their ongoing contributions.
Last week, we shared studies that highlight the importance of strong parent-school partnerships in supporting student success. In an information rich world of today, school communications are competing for our attention and, therefore, AAS needs to ensure our communications are purposeful and engaging. Please take a few minutes to complete our parent communications survey designed to further understand and meet your communication needs.
Finally, AAS is aware of the Coronavirus situation and are actively monitoring the official channels and will continue to keep our community updated.
Dear Elementary School Families,
Winter Field Day: Unfortunately, the weather has not been cooperating this year. It is not cold enough to make ice for skating during PE, and there has been very little snow. As a result, the ES Winter Field Day that was scheduled for Friday, January 31 has been canceled.
Playground: When our ES students arrived back in August, they immediately jumped at all the opportunities presented by their completely renovated playground facility. Inspired by the spirit of improvement, students then looked for ways they could even further enhance their playground experiences. So, back in September, they started employing a problem-solving technique called Design Thinking to see how they might alter or enhance the playground.
First, they embarked on gaining EMPATHY - exploring the needs of the situation's stakeholders. Students Council students from Grade 2 to Grade 5 spent days observing their classmates in action and interviewing students, Instructional Assistants, and teachers to help better understand the playground's assets (things going well) and needs (things that need to get fixed). From here, they took all their data and DEFINED the four major issues that needed to be resolved:
- Create an environment where everyone has something to play and someone to play with
- Ensure student safety
- Create an organized system for lining up
- Provide a range of experiences for when the snow season arrives
The Student Council representatives started IDEATING possible solutions and then expanded their brainstorming to the general ES population through a series of lunchtime surveys, conversations, and additional interviews. Once they narrowed down all the possibilities (and finding out from administrators that "Roller Coaster" and "Zipline" wouldn't be feasible), they started PROTOTYPING, drawing out models for how the playground could evolve. They then put these ideas in practice by TESTING, reflecting, re-testing, and re-reflecting. They chalked out activities around the playground, determining the best dimensions and locations for different experiences. And by mid-December, a few of their modification recommendations included:
- Repurposing and painting the blacktop path areas to help with lining up (colored designs for each class) and with providing a more extensive range of games (such as as...4-Square, Hopscotch, Checkers)
- Offering a variety of snow toys for building and creative exploration
- Informing classmates of how to best use the available equipment to ensure inclusion and safety
Our first week back in January allowed for the opening of one of our storage sheds for the checking out of equipment. This Snow Store (so-named by a 1st Grader - "So...when's the Snow Store going to open?") is run by volunteer students and will open up again once the Moscow clouds hold up their end of the deal and drop some snow. And then, when spring rolls around, and the ground dries up for good, the students will help facilitate the painting of the pathways and the expanding of playground games.
We want to thank all the Student Council representatives and other interested volunteers who helped with this process and look forward to seeing the fruits of their efforts pop up as the year evolves.
Have an enjoyable day,
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
It’s finally looking like winter! In the MS, we have been celebrating this event with outdoor recess and a renewed hope that our Valentine’s Day scheduled, Roll in the Snow/Winter Field Day, will not end up as a roll in the mud. Students have begun the second semester and third quarter with new electives and a fresh start. The excitement is palpable. From 8th grade Math doing Barbie Bungee jumping to 6th graders delving into the Ancient River civilizations and a return visit from Julie Wright and Nick Foster, woodwind specialists, amplifying our Music program, there is a ton of learning going on in Middle School. Be sure to follow the MS Facebook page for a closer glimpse. This week, please note:
Global Impact Club(GIC) Get Together- This Friday, January 31, MS students are invited to join the Global Impact Club for a get-together, which will include several activities, including a film in the Malyy with popcorn. Donations will be accepted to benefit Orion Village and the Australian Bushfires. It will run from 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm.
Semester 1 report cards will be sent out on Friday, February 7. This report is to provide a summary of your student’s achievement to date. Please note that our end of the year report card will cover the entire year.
Winter is here! There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Please make sure your children come dressed warmly and prepare to go outside every day, twice a day for recess and for many of their PE activities. This includes hats, gloves, scarves, big parkas, snow pants, and boots to change into. Being warm is the cool look!
Uniform/Dress Code - We are almost halfway through the year, so it is a great time to remind students to come dressed according to the MS dress code. Jeans, leggings, and sweatpants are not appropriate for regular school wear. Students should also bring a change of shoes as boots are not appropriate to wear in school. You can find the complete list of uniform details on the AAS Uniform webpage.
Have a great week!
Calendar & Category Legend:
- Middle School
- MS/HS Rotation Days
HS Associate Principal, Matthew Groves email@example.com
A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the Penguin Invitational Basketball tournament. Our students and coaches did an excellent job representing our school. Thank you to Mr. Boychuck and his team for all they did to pull off this great event.
Semester 1 ended last Friday. Welcome to Semester 2. Teachers are busy grading assignments and getting reports ready. You will receive a report card that contains semester grades for semester classes as well as progress reports from all other classes. This report card will come out in early February.
Since our visit from the group Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) in December, we have been aware of a rise in the use of e-cigarettes and vaping in teenagers. Mr. Groves and I are speaking to all HS students this week about our policy on vaping, the consequences at AAS, and the reasoning for having a substance-free school. Please talk to your children about the dangers of vape products and the importance of keeping them out of our school.
Prom is this weekend. Mr. Groves and I sent a letter to all parents regarding the details. This event is primarily for 11th -12th graders, but underclassmen can attend if they have been asked by an upperclassman.
Our Model United Nations (MUN) team is in The Hague this week for THIMUN, which is generally regarded as one of the premier MUN conferences in the world. Early updates from Mr. Mooney reveal they are displaying their leadership skills and strongly representing AAS.
Have a great week!
Sean Sonderman firstname.lastname@example.org
This week your HS Counselors presented a lesson on beginning the university application process for Gr 11 students. Students will have advisory time this week to complete their university questionnaire, which will help them to start to think about and prioritize what they want in a university. This document will also be the basis of their discussions with the school counselor and provide information for letters of recommendation. Please feel free to start a family discussion about this with your Gr 11 student.
- 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
PENGUIN WINTER CLASSIC SWIM MEET
- February 1
- 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
- GO PENGUINS!!!
Saturday Swim Program UPDATE
- The Aquatics team is working on the possibilities of being able to offer the Saturday Swim Program for the second semester. We have a very small number of WSI instructors that are available to instruct on the weekends. The current swim instructors are working on a smaller draft schedule based on the limitations they are facing. We hope to provide families with a solution in the next week. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding, Regards, Kirby Boychuk, AAS Aquatics Director
Term 3 & Term 4 ES Swim Club Information
- Evaluations: All students must register and attend an evaluation session (even if you participated in T1)
- January 30, 31, February 3 @ 15:30-16:10
- MUST REGISTER FOR EVALUATION ON WEBSITE https://www.aas.ru/student-life/penguin-life/es/swim-club
- Start/End Date: March 11 - May 28 (student will attend week of April 13-16)
- Penguin Spring Classic: May 16 (ES Swim Club are invited to participate)
- Parents will be informed prior to February 5 if their child has met the ES Swim Club Criteria via email
- Parents that register children that have not passed (or attended) the evaluation session, will not be eligible to register for ES Swim Club and/or have their registration removed
- Visit the website to register for EVALUATION
- For more information contact Tatiana Goncharenko at email@example.com
MS/HS PL SPRING SEASON
- Next Wednesday, February 5, is the start of the sign up for our Spring Season Activities (Athletics sign up will start after the February break).
- Spring Season Activities will run as following:
- MS Activities practice schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 15:45 – 17:15
- MS MUN – first practice February 10, room 2067
- MS Cultural Arts – first practice February 24, room 2099
- MS Knowledge Bowl – first practice February 24, room 4023
- HS Activities practice schedule: Tuesday and Thursdays, 15:45 – 17:15
- HS Math – first practice February 25, room 5019
- HS HELIMUN - first practice February 25, room 4042
- HS Band - first practice February 25, room 2107
- HS Choir - first practice February 25, room 2119
- HS Strings - first practice February 25, room 2106
- MS Activities practice schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 15:45 – 17:15
CEESA MS Band & Strings Festival at AAS
- Next week AAS will host CEESA Band & Strings Festival.
- Eight CEESA schools are sending their musicians to Moscow to participate in the event.
- Big Thank You to all the families who will host visiting students throughout the event!
- AAS community and friends are welcome to attend CEESA Gala concert on Saturday, February 8, at 18:00 in AAS Bolshoi Theater. The concert will last for 1 hour and will be followed by a festive reception in the Hall of Flags. Admission is free.
Open 10:00 – 13:00 on the following Saturdays:
Feb. 1, Mar. 14, Apr.18, May 30, Jun. 13
- Did you know that Pliny the Elder, famed documenter of Roman life, died during the Pompeii volcanic eruption while sailing to save his stranded friends? K is reading a book about natural disasters (The Big Ones, Dr. Lucy Jones) and finding tons of curious facts about Lisbon’s earthquake, California’s floods, Iceland’s volcano, and more.
- Did you know that one ounce of white truffles can cost up to $200? Kris is reading a book about the industry of truffling (The Truffle Underground, Ryan Jacobs) that is rife with corruption and robbery.
- The American Library Association winners are out. While many are centered on American issues of race, there are some real gems that we are highlighting.
- Last year’s visiting author, LeUyen Pham, won a Caldecott Honor. We like to believe that all the drawing she did in our forest had some impact to the story, because she was working on it while she was here.
- We were researching about Vitamin D some as well - and we’ve created a Vitamin D Charging Station upstairs. Come find some brightness with us.
- Find us online at https://www.aas.ru/learning/library or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
AAS HS Students Need Your Help!
- February is Heart Month: HS NAHS and STUCO will be hosting an assembly at 11:25am, on February 14, 2020 to raise awareness about heart health and urge those around you to prevent heart disease.
- If you are a parent, student, or staff member with a personal connection to heart disease, we would appreciate hearing your story on how it affected your life, the lives of those around you, how help was found, and what advice you may have for others.
- Please email email@example.com and we will connect you with the HS students organizing the event.
"Harlequin" production at the AAS Bolshoi
- The National Arts Honor Society is hosting a production of "Harlequin" by the Open Arts Theatre, on Feb. 13, at 15:45, in the AAS Bolshoi.
- The production is performed by a group of actors with mental disabilities who will receive the money we raise by selling tickets.
- One former, and three current AAS HS students are responsible for creating and managing an IB Economics Instagram Channel called @IB-conomist
- Support this student project by following https://www.instagram.com/ib_conomist/ and engaging in the conversation on current economic topics.
NHS PEER TUTORING
- Want to be a part of history? Join our team that will draft our sustainability policy proposal for the AAS Board to review this year!
- If policy research and writing is not your thing, you must be more of an action focused personality. AAS Eco Fair is coming up on April 17 and we are looking for student, parent, and staff volunteers to help us make this an educational day for our community.
- Show you interest and support HERE!
Now Open!PTO Enhancement Grants
- PTO Enhancement Grant Program is once again open!
- We are looking for submissions from parents, students, or staff that will positively impact learning at AAS.
- Click HERE to submit a grant proposal, or check out some example of previous Enhancement Grants on the PTO webpage.
Reminder! PTO Charity Matching Fund
- The PTO has a 1:1 matching fund to support the charitable fundraising organized by any student group to benefit one of the many charities supported by our AAS community. If you have been involved in fundraising at school, please do not forget to apply for the matching grant, this could double your fundraising efforts. Click here to learn more.
Updated! PTO Vacancies for 2020/21
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:
- PTO President
- PTO President
- Vice President - Internal Affairs
- Vice President - External Affairs
- Committee Secretary
- Vice President - Elementary School
- Vice President - Middle School
- Vice President - High School
CLICK HERE for a brief description of each role.
Please consider joining the Executive Committee and encourage other parents to do so as well. You are welcome to contact any of the current Executive Committee members for more information about the roles or email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The timeline for the process is as follows:
PTO Shop Manager
- February 29 is the deadline to submit your Application and Statement of Interest to the Election Committee (comprised of 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 the PTO Display Board (next to the PTO Exchange)
April 21: The Executive Committee presents the candidate list at the monthly PTO coffee.
Positions with only one candidate are approved at the meeting.
Positions with multiple candidates will be submitted for e-voting, with the results published on April 30.
Following selection of the new Executive Committee, the old and new Committees will work together on a smooth transition.
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 Community Coffee
Our next Community Coffee will be on Tuesday, February 11, at 8:45 in the South Cafeteria.
- 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
NEW! On the go with PTO - Cultural trip and lunch on February 28
Tour of Bolshoi Theater– Behind the Scenes
Meeting point: TBD
Price: 3900 rub pp
Lunch: afterwards, not included in price
Sign up by February 15: Pto.email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.