Rhonda Norris | email@example.com
Dear Parent Community,
In our final few days of a school year, we would normally be planning our Closing Ceremony, a wonderful event including a flag processional that gracefully reminds us of the diversity of our community and ending with a ringing of the bells to close out the school year. We won’t have this in-person opportunity on Friday, but our Community Relations team will be sharing a video on Friday, May 1. We encourage you to watch this video as a family to celebrate the learning, perseverance, courage and care demonstrated by our community this year. We will also post this video on our website and social media.
With most of us at home for prolonged periods of time, we encourage each person to stay connected with friends, family and other members of the AAS community. AAS Moscow will continue to stay connected throughout the next few months via www.aas.ru/news and a biweekly newsletter. We encourage you to continue sharing your family’s positive stories of learning, caring, courage, and perseverance at padlet.com/AASMoscow/connect so we can all stay connected.
The Independent Learning Extensions (ILE) can be found at the bottom of our Distance Learning page and are designed as independent student learning engagements that do not require instruction or ongoing support from AAS educators. AAS educators will be available to facilitate ILE from Monday, May 11, through Friday, June 12, directly with students. For ES, this will mostly apply to students in Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5) but may also apply to our younger students that are able to email.
This facilitation is non-scheduled, and teacher engagement will not be real-time. This facilitation does not include ongoing instruction, or assessment, or regular office hours as provided through distance learning. If you have questions about an appropriate level of engagement for this facilitation, please contact division leadership.
Final grade reports will be generated by Friday, May 8. Please look for a communication from your division leadership on report distribution. Please enjoy some unstructured and unscheduled family time during the AAS Spring Break on May 8 to 12. Also, be on the look out for surveys in mid-May to gather feedback on the distance learning experiences. This feedback will be reviewed and considered in detail by leadership as we plan overall enhancements to learning at AAS as well as preparing for the next school year. Please see my letter from Monday, April 20 with more details on information and planning being considered by the school for the 2020/2021 school year. Also, please ensure you have connected with Admissions in recent weeks on your child’s re-enrollment at AAS for next year.
It has been my pleasure to serve this second year as the Director of the Anglo-American School of Moscow. I wish your families healthy, safe, and quality experiences over these next few months.
ES Principal Jeff.Hinton@aas.ru
Dear Elementary Families,
Welcome to the final formal week of school for the 2019/2020 school year. It will be a year to remember as we celebrated our 70th Anniversary and ended the year in incredibly interesting and somewhat challenging times.
We would like to thank you for all of your support, expressed appreciation, for assuming positive intent, and for providing constructive, focused feedback through these past six weeks of Distance Learning. We would not have been able to do this without your collaboration and dedication. You have become the main facilitators of learning in your home, a role that you have taken on with enthusiasm and dedication. We know that Distance Learning has required a great deal of your time and we are thankful for your partnership.
We are so thankful for all that our educators have done to create quality learning experiences for our students. We know that our educators have embraced greater time commitments and have approached learning from very different angles that were needed during Distance Learning. We have greatly appreciated it.
It has been a great learning opportunity for all of us. We are proud of our ES Community and their growth mindset. Congratulations on a job well done!
Independent Learning Extensions (ILE): Each family will be emailed student’s grade-specific Independent Learning Extensions (ILE) on May 1st by the ES Office. These will also be shared through the AAS Website under www.aas.ru/distance-learning/es-ile, which is password protected. The password will be sent to you through email, with a link being sent to students via Google Classroom in Grades 2-5. Please remember that the first week of May is now our Spring Break and that two previously scheduled Public Holidays are at the beginning of May as well. You and your family are encouraged to take advantage of a break before engaging in ILE.
The learning engagements in our ILE have been vetted through the lens of our ES philosophy. They are aligned to our Primary Years Program, inquiry approach and belief in student agency. Families are able to determine the level of engagement based on needs. For some, a very structured approach is ideal, and for others, a more fluid model will be more appropriate. There is ample choice for students that can be differentiated for each child’s needs. There are review opportunities, grade-level specific standard and expectation based activities, and also engagements that can be more challenging or fun. For every subject area, there are independent learning opportunities that most students should be able to access without much parent direction. There are also some lessons that will need more parent direction and support as well as some links to resources that need parents to sign-up for an account. We believe that the ILE will allow families to meaningfully continue children’s learning for many weeks and will promote self-directed learning. A very big thank you to Maureen Carpenter, our ES Curriculum Leader, who collated all of the resources into the Slides.
If your child has a specific question or needs clarifying support regarding an ILE, they may reach out to their teacher via email correspondence after May 11. Please note that there are no synchronous (video) sessions, nor additional teacher-created asynchronous sessions. Completed student ILE work should not be turned in to a teacher as they will not be giving feedback or grading any work during these extensions.
Virtual Field Day: The ES PE team has organized an ES Virtual Field Day for all of this week. The activities can be done during regularly scheduled PE times but can also be completed by students at their discretion. Everyone is welcome to participate, students, siblings, and parents. | Instruction Slides | Field Day Padlet (for sharing)
Report Cards: As Distance Learning comes to an end on Friday, teachers will be writing end of semester/year reports. These are planned for distribution to parents via email on Monday May 11th. For those students that are leaving AAS, parents may contact Admissions after May 18 to make arrangements to receive Leaving Packets
Current Grade 4 BYOD For Grade Five: Families of students in Grade Four that will be back at AAS for Grade Five need to be aware that in Grade Five we have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirement. A link to the AAS BYOD Guide can be found out on the tech section of our website.
Library: The Library has very thoughtfully created a resource that shares information about the Library and has ideas and resources to support students during Independent Learning Extensions and beyond. This Map To Everything We Have in the Library can be found here.
GoodBye: We hope all of our ES families engage in continued learning through our ILE and we wish you a wonderful summer. We hope that all stay safe and healthy and that families have a chance to participate in some of their original plans for the holidays. For those families moving on to another adventure in a new city and/or school, we hope all the best for you. We will miss you, but remember that once a Penguin, always a Penguin. For those of you returning to AAS in August, we look forward to catching up with you.
Staying Connected: We encourage you to stay connected in the coming months with friends and other members of the AAS community through our new AAS Connect Padlet.
Eric, Jeff and Julie
MS Principal, Noah Bohnen firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Associate Principal, Karisti Cormier email@example.com
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Here is a LINK to the week six of distance learning video for families. Here is the LINK to the student video.
Here we are in the final week of Distance Learning. Friday, our final day of Distance Learning, will be the final day for which students can submit work. Thank you for reminding your children.
Independent Learning Extensions: We are proud to have completed a very comprehensive, curated plan for learning after May 1. Our Independent Learning Extensions (ILEs) can be found here: www.aas.ru/distance-learning/ms-ile. The document is password protected. The password is “MS PENGUINS” in all CAPS with a space in between. Click on the page after entering and it will take you to grades six, seven and eight. This week teachers will be touching base with all students to make sure that they understand the plan they have developed for them to continue with their learning, independently. Teachers will be available to answer any questions students might have via email after May 1st through to the beginning of June.
Break: Our April Break was moved to next week. No one has had any kind of break for 10 weeks. Please enjoy your break next week. Turn away from screens, complete a jigsaw puzzle, read some fun books and stay healthy. Students who wish to begin working on the ILEs should consider starting on May 11.
Gratitude: As we shift away from our distance learning, communication will be less regular from the MS office. I wanted to once again thank all of the AAS MS families for making our efforts to support children's work. Beyond that, it has been a real pleasure serving the community as your principal. Your families will always hold a special place in my heart.
Staying Connected: We are wishing our middle school community a healthy summer, filled with positive experiences. We encourage you to stay connected with friends and other members of the AAS community through our AAS Connect Padlet.
James Villers| firstname.lastname@example.org | Room 2075
So. We’re finally coming to the end of the 2019-20 school year. I believe it’s safe to say that it wasn’t the ending that any of us expected when we started the year back in August. But I also think that saying it in those terms, in describing it as simply unexpected, understates the magnitude of what we’ve been experiencing. All of our preconceived notions were wiped completely away by the suddenness and reach of the pandemic. It affected all of us. And we were all, consequently, forced to adjust to circumstances and to set out on a different path. We didn’t choose it. But we moved forward, nonetheless.
I don’t want to over-dramatize the experience; I do, however, think it’s worth us all momentarily pausing in our day-to-day routines to reflect on it. You and your children have come through a significant challenge, and that merits some celebration. Or at the very least, taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate each other in some small way. In that process, I recommend ignoring any stumbles we may have made along the way. None of us adapted perfectly to the altered circumstances, after all. And that’s okay. Stick with--and celebrate--the positives, together.
During the next month of Independent Learning Extensions, please continue to visit the Wellness section of the school’s Distance Learning page; there are a variety of resources on the general topic of well-being, not solely related to the strains of distance learning. If needed, I will be available for conversations or meetings with you or your students. You can email me directly, or set up a meeting via this link: https://calendly.com/james-villers. If I see that you have requested a meeting time, I will reply to you with a Google Meet link.
HS Principal, Christopher Schuster email@example.com
HS Associate Principal, Matthew Groves firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Associate Principal, Matthew Groves email@example.com
Reflecting on the last six weeks: As we close out our academic semester and move to our independent learning extensions, it is important to reflect on the last six weeks of learning. Overall, our students, teachers, and parents did an excellent job committing to the process and meeting the demands of the situation. Students and teachers worked incredibly hard during this period. Students took between 7 and 8 online courses at the same time. They had to manage schedules, homework, projects, tests, and papers in a way they have never experienced before COVID-19. Next week is officially our spring break, and we highly encourage our students to take a break and recharge for a few days after this unique experience.
Independent Learning Extensions (ILE): For grades nine and ten, we ask you as a family to review our independent learning extensions and pick at least a couple of subjects for your child to study over the next month. The idea is that students identify subjects they are most passionate about and gravitate to these assignments. As a family, set goals and expectations and set routines in the household to maximize independent study.
For grade eleven, follow the schedule we provide to focus on a different IB subject group each week. Check individual class Google Classrooms for detailed information on material to study and work to complete.
Surveys are coming: We will be completing an in-depth review of our instructional practice over the last six weeks, and we will need your feedback to inform us of the best parts and the hardest parts of the experience. We will be sending surveys out to parents, students, and teachers soon, and we need your honest feedback so that we can adjust our practices in the event that we have to use a distance learning model at some point in the future.
Staying connected: We are wishing our high school community a healthy summer, filled with positive experiences. We encourage you to stay connected with friends and other members of the AAS community through our AAS Connect Padlet.
Sean Sonderman firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 12 Wrap-up
Once all Internal Assessment and Externally Assessed material (mainly Group 6 Arts courses) and CAS has been turned, your Grade 12 year is complete! Arts students, please make sure that your various components are finished and turned in to your respective teachers. Grade 12s should make sure to alert Ms. Natasha concerning CAS completion. Congratulations to those of you who have completed all of your coursework! Regardless of this abrupt ending and no exams, you deserve some rest and relaxation after two years of IB work.
Grade 12s- Protocol for releasing IB Results Transcripts to Universities
Ms. Natasha and I are getting the logistics set for supplying universities with your IB Results.
I have asked all students to supply Ms. Natasha with a form detailing the university they plan to attend, or those they are planning to choose from so that we can send IB Results Transcripts to universities. For those applying to the US/Canada, you can only name 1 or 2 universities, respectively. This is not due until June 1 (although we want it as soon as you know). So, these are pressing. After this date, we cannot send out Results transcripts for these students. After July 1, we cannot send IB Results transcripts for any student. Therefore, I am adding the website access link here for those of you who may need to send IB Results after July 1:
Hopefully, you will never need this site. But, invariably, some students have a need to release their transcripts for a variety of reasons. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Grade 11 Extended Essay- next deadline approaching
It may seem like several weeks away, but the 3000-word deadline is approaching quickly for the Extended Essay. Grade 11 students should be researching and writing to meet this extremely important deadline. We want to make certain that our students complete the full first draft before the end of the summer. The 3000-word draft is important as it allows Supervisors the time to give feedback on the direction of the essay before students move on to the 4000-word first draft. It also frees up what will be critically important time as the Grade 11s will be deep into the university process in the Fall.
Grade 10s- IB Diploma Course and Options Choices
A week ago Friday you received a Grade 10 Parent IB Course Options Presentation from Mr. Sonderman. It followed by a Grade 10 Student IB Course Options Presentation sent to your child. Both introduced the IB Diploma Program at AAS, as well as discuss the protocol and strategies for choosing courses. In general, students will choose 6 courses, 1 from each of the 6 subject Groups. In Groups 1 through 5 students are required to select 1 course. In Group 6, the Arts, however, students can select Music, Visual Arts, or Theater, or they could take a second Social Studies, Language, or Science. Course selection forms and the NetClassroom entry process were opened this week and are due on April 29. Thanks to those who joined our parent and student Q&A session on Wednesday, April 22. Best of luck in the process. We’re here to help!
Your HS counselors are preparing for ILE (Independent learning extensions) and beginning to work on schedules for next year. Please ensure that your son or daughter has submitted their course requests and feel free reach out to us as you have family discussions about your child's course choices for next year.
In addition, we strongly encourage families in HS to review the AAS University Application Handbook. This document includes important information about the process as well as timelines and activities for each grade to work on. It is a great document to review even in grades 9 and 10 so that when the time comes you are well informed and know where to go for additional information.
Recent news: Colleges are responding in a wide variety of ways in response to the pandemic from delayed start dates, shortened semesters, lowering offers to be a student's firm choice to suspending testing requirements for the class of 2021.
Here is a recent provocative article about how this phenomenon is playing out or your reading pleasure and to instigate some family discussion.
Your AAS Counselor is here to support your child and you throughout ILE. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Lauren Zimmerman (email@example.com): Last names beginning with A-K
Bryn Will (firstname.lastname@example.org): Last names beginning with L-Z
Please see our Independent Learning Document for all the links that you may need for the summer as well as for FAQs that were asked in the survey. We will be updating the Padlet, buying books on Sora, and checking our email regularly through the summer.
Returning Items Important Notice
- If you are returning next year, please return everything in the fall (iPads and instruments included).
- If you are leaving, you should have received an email earlier with instructions and information.
If you would like to return your materials before the summer, you can bring anything you want to the guards at AAS. Items will be officially checked in when the isolation orders lift. Please note that this is optional.
May you all have a happy and safe summer!
Penguin Games - New Video & Final Results
- Weekly Penguin Games challenges wrapped up for the season! Thank you to all who participated!
- Visit https://www.aasathletics.org/ to see the final results!
- Staying Connected: We are wishing all of our penguins a healthy summer, filled with positive experiences and encourage you to stay connected with friends and other members of the AAS community through our AAS Connect Padlet. Post pics in your penguin swag, or whenever you spot anything penguin related!
- Here's the Penguin Games wrap up video.
AAS HS students are delighted to bring you this year's High School Literary Magazine.
Designed, created, and edited by students, this publication includes all original art, stories, and poems by AAS students.
A lot of hard work, creativity, and determination went into finishing this publication and we hope you enjoy reading it.
Rupa Bhattasali | email@example.com
The 2020/21 PTO Executive Committee was Voted in!
- I am delighted to inform you that the 2020/2021 PTO Executive Committee was voted in by e-election with ballots sent to all current parents and teachers of AAS Moscow. Every candidate received more than 90% of the votes cast.
- A heartfelt Thank You to the Nominating Committee - Giselle, Tiiu, and Liz, for their effort in preparing the slate of candidates, given the unprecedented and challenging times.
- Special Thank You to Ivan from AAS IT and Vitali from AAS Communication teams for their support and managing the entire e-election process.
- The current committee will soon begin training (remotely) the new members to prepare for a handover over the next few weeks
- I would like to congratulate everyone on their appointments:
- PTO President: Kristina Tadic
- PTO VP Internal Affairs: Marjo Vaessen
- PTO VP External Affairs: Elena Tretiakova
- PTO Treasurer: Naree Jung
- PTO VP HS: Linda Corallo
- PTO VP MS: Antonella Oldani
- PTO VP ES Ines Cremers
- PTO Secretary: Vacant
PTO Divisional Updates
ES - Grade 5 Hoodies: Due to the self-isolation situation in Moscow, the timeline to pick up 5th-grade hoodies has been extended. You may collect your child’s hoodie through April 30 in Pokrovsky Hills, Moscow regulations permitting. Please email PTO.firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pickup time. Any hoodies not picked up by April 30 will be returned to school to be distributed in the fall.
ES - Grade 8 Hoodies: Grade 8 graduation hoodies are also ready to be picked up from PH after 3.30 pm on weekdays or anytime on weekends Please email Marjo at PTO.MS@aas.ru or email@example.com to arrange a pickup time.
HS - Graduation Blankets:12th-grade graduation blankets can be picked up in Pokrovsky Hills until May 15. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pickup time. If you cannot pick up the blankets before May 15, distribution will be handled by the HS office at a later date.