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January 23, 2019 

 
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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Rhonda Norris |  rhonda.norris@aas.ru
  

Congratulations to our athletes, coaches, and Penguin Life for a successful HS Penguin basketball tournament this past weekend.  Thank you to those who attended and supported our athletes.  Basketball continues this week with games on Tuesday through Friday, attend if you can.   

Welcome to the PTO Visiting Artists Julie Wright and Nick Foster who will be on campus this week from today through Saturday.  Also, the PTO continued to host the New Families' Seminars for those who are new to AAS with last Monday focusing on Learning at AAS and the Special Education Needs department.  Thank you for welcoming these new families and supporting their successful transition to our school community, which can be more challenging mid-year. 

HS students are heading to the Hague to participate in THIMUN at the end of this week and AAS will be hosting the CEESA Choir Festival next week on campus.  Please wish our student participants well in these and other upcoming events and please ensure a warm welcome for the CEESA visitors at AAS next week.  Also, please remember that photo makeup day is next Tuesday, January 29. This is only for new students and students who were not able to get a photo taken last September, please be sure that your child has a photo taken for this academic year. 

We are pleased to share that ES student council raised over US$2,000 with MS and HS students raising an additional US$ 2,000 in yesterday’s bake and t-shirt sale for Valeriy and his family. Thank you to our students, staff and all of the parents who continue to show tremendous support. AAS is in touch with Valeriy who is still undergoing treatment but staying strong and appreciative of everyone's support. 

Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, January 22, at around 16:20, a TLS bus was in an accident near Alye Parusa. The TLS bus was hit by a Moscow Transit tram. AAS traveled to the accident site immediately after being notified.  Upon arrival, AAS became aware that one student had reported injuries at the accident site and was being transported by ambulance to the hospital with her mother.  Local law enforcement was onsite and kept AAS informed as they investigated directly with TLS as the bus service provider.   AAS prioritizes the safety of each child as our primary responsibility and, therefore, has ensured that our leadership, health office, and our counseling teams are informed to support all students who were on the bus and present at the accident.  In addition, all teachers of students who were on the bus involved in the accident have been informed so that they are aware of possible support needed for these students.  Also, AAS is collaborating with TLS in terms of reflecting on circumstances of this situation to identify areas for improvement that can be implemented immediately.

Thank you for your continued partnership with AAS in the learning experiences of your children!

Have a wonderful week!

Rhonda

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Jan. 14- 25  MAP Testing For New Students, Grades 2 - 10
Jan. 23 - 26 PTO Visiting Artists: Woodwind Musicians, Julie Wright and Nick Foster
Jan. 24 SEN Parent Support Meeting, 15:45-17:00, Community Room (Open to all AAS parents)
Jan. 25 Workshop with Dr. Mel Randall: Helping Children Learn Through Sensory Integration, 8:30, Community Room
Jan. 28 PTO New Families' Seminar#3, Community Room (#3004), 08:45 | Details Here
Jan. 29 PTO General Meeting, 08:45
Jan. 29 Yearbook Photo Day, Make-Up and New Students, Malyy
Jan. 30 Staff Photos: Required for Each Staff Member Who Did Not Take an Individual Photo in September, Malyy
Feb. 1 ES Report Cards Issued | ES Winter Field Day
Feb. 2 Cafeteria Open, 09:00-15:00 | Library Open, 10:00-13:00 | Family Splash, 13:00-17:00 
Feb. 4 - 5 Gr. 5 Field Trip to "Light of Moscow" museum 
Feb. 6 After-School Activities: Term 3 Sign-Up Begins
Feb. 6 - 9 PTO Used Book Fair, Malyy
Feb. 9 Gr. 2 Field Trip to "'Experimentanium museum
Feb. 12 After-School Activities: Term 3 Sign-Up Ends
Feb. 18 - 22 February Break
March 2 Girls Scouts' Father-Daughter Dance, 17:00-19:00, AAS Campus, Tickets on sale Feb 11-15

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL 

Michelle Alzamora 

Dear Families, 

Last week I wrote about the PYP framework. One aspect of the framework that we do not often talk about is the “Action.” The word action has many different meanings to different people. As a school, we have slowly changed our perception of the role of action in learning from a big service-related project to small and large moments when children apply the concepts that they have learned in school to their lives in and out of school. You may have noted action at home when your child did something a little different based on something that they have learned. For example, my daughter was having a shower, and I noticed that she was turning the water on and off. I asked her later what she was doing, and she explained that she had learned about conserving water in a class and decided that she would turn the water off while she was lathering her hair in order to save water. Another example might be when a child begins to read books from a genre that they were not familiar with or comfortable reading before. 

Below is an excerpt from a website that focuses on the PYP. I believe that you might find this perception of action to be relevant and interesting. 

What is Action?

Many people think that Action is easy to define. It is something you do, right? But Action is much more than that. "Action" is a part of who we are. If we want to change the world we need to start with changing ourselves. But sometimes change is hard. How do we make changes to the way we think so we can help the world? 

If we want children to make a difference in the world we need to help them personalize the action they take and understand that it is not just a mandate from their teachers and parents, but a life long mindset they develop. 
Taking action can happen at any age. It’s all about how we as parents, educators, and the community, support children and youth as they begin the learning journey towards becoming adults that are change agents! Taken from www.whatisib.com. 

Yours,

Michelle

ES COUNSELORS

Sharon Ronan for PK-2  | sharon.ronan@aas.ru  | Room 2131
Donna Hinton for 3-5  | donna.hinton@aas.ru  | Room 2130

LIBRARY NEWS

Kelsey Hedrick  |   kelsey.hedrick@aas.ru         Kris Feller  |   kris.feller@aas.ru
Library Blog  |   http://blogs.aas.ru/library         Overdrive (electronic and audio books)     New York Times 

Hours:  Monday  Friday, 07.30  17.00    Saturday, February 2, 10:00-13:00

  • The  Overdrive system provides e-books and audiobooks to read and listen to on your device.  Our library runs the catalog, so if you have any requests, we are happy to honor them.  Email us at  library@aas.ru to learn more. 
  • It’s research season, particularly for our high school students.  Check out our Databases and make sure you have access to the New York Times to get access to the best, most current resources we have available. 
  • Are you looking for a new book to read?  Stop into the library from 7:30-5:00 to get a recommendation for current fiction, non-fiction, or books in Russian.  Feel free to browse our blog for special recs form the librarians. 
  • Check out our library catalog to see what books we have on our shelves.  You can also log in to see what you have checked out.  Keep in mind that the system is sensitive to correct spelling.
  • We love to hear from you.  Drop us a line or come up to see us any time.
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Jan. 14 - 25 MAP Testing For New Students, Grades 2 - 10
Jan. 23 - 26 PTO Visiting Artists: Woodwind Musicians, Julie Wright and Nick Foster
Jan. 24 SEN Parent Support Meeting, 15:45-17:00, Community Room (Open to all AAS parents)
Jan. 25 Workshop with Dr. Mel Randall: Helping Children Learn Through Sensory Integration, 8:30, Community Room
Jan. 28 PTO New Families' Seminar#3, Community Room (#3004), 08:45 | Details Here  
Jan. 29 PTO General Meeting, 08:45
Jan. 29 Yearbook Photo Day, Make-Up and New Students, Malyy
Jan. 30 Staff Photos: Required for Each Staff Member Who Did Not Take an Individual Photo in September, Malyy
Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 CEESA Band & Strings - Riga; Choir - Moscow
Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 CEESA Math Counts - Helsinki
Feb. 2 Cafeteria Open, 09:00-15:00 | Library Open, 10:00-13:00 | Family Splash, 13:00-17:00 
Feb. 4 Knowledge Bowl & MUN Begin
Feb. 6 - 9 PTO Used Book Fair, Malyy
Feb. 8 MS Progress Reports Issued
Feb. 18 -22 February Break

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL and ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Noah Bohnen   |  noah.bohnen@aas.ru         Karisti Cormier   |  karisti.cormier@aas.ru

Click Here to Like AAS MS on Facebook! 

Bake Sale - On behalf of the ES Student Council and MS Student Council, thank you to all who supported our bake sale and t-shirt sale. In support of Mr. Valeriy Trofimchuk and his family.  Please collect your containers outside of the MS office. 

The Winter Gift Box Project - This is the final week of the Winter Gift Box Project which provides gifts to the orphans and children from the Vyshegorodskaya Resource School, located near Naro-Fominsk, and families from the Noy House. Your support and contribution to this project is greatly appreciated and will help enrich these people’s lives. All materials are due to the advisory by Thursday, 24 January.

This is the final week of Semester 1. Please take this opportunity to remind your students to check for any work that is missing. The semester will end on Friday, 25 January.  Semester 1 report cards will be sent out on Friday, 8 February.

Quarter 3 Electives - MS students are in the process of signing up for their Quarter 3 electives. New elective courses will begin Monday, 29 January at the start of Semester 2. Elective course options can be found on the MS Electives page.

Winter is here! There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.  Please make sure your children come dressed warmly and prepared to go outside every day for recess and many of their PE activities.  This includes hats, gloves, scarfs, big parkas, snow pants and boots to change in to. 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.

Yearbook Photos - Next Tuesday we have photos for new students and those who did not get a photo in September.  These pictures are used in the yearbook.  Please be sure to remind your child if they have not had their photo taken.  AAS formal attire is expected.

FROM THE MS COUNSELORS

Joe George, Grades 6 & 7   |  joe.george@aas.ru
James Villers, Grades 8 & 9    | james.villers@aas.ru
 

Interesting Articles We came across some interesting parenting articles here in the NY Times. 

LIBRARY NEWS

Kelsey Hedrick  |   kelsey.hedrick@aas.ru         Kris Feller  |   kris.feller@aas.ru
Library Blog  |   http://blogs.aas.ru/library         Overdrive (electronic and audio books)     New York Times

Hours:  Monday  Friday, 07.30  17.00    Saturday, January 12, 10:00-13:00

  • The  Overdrive system provides e-books and audiobooks to read and listen to on your device.  Our library runs the catalog, so if you have any requests, we are happy to honor them.  Email us at  library@aas.ru to learn more. 
  • It’s research season, particularly for our high school students.  Check out our Databases and make sure you have access to theNew York Times to get access to the best, most current resources we have available. 
  • Are you looking for a new book to read?  Stop into the library from 7:30-5:00 to get a recommendation for current fiction, non-fiction, or books in Russian.  Feel free to browse our blog for special recs form the librarians.  
  • Check out our library catalog to see what books we have on our shelves.  You can also log in to see what you have checked out.  Keep in mind that the system is sensitive to correct spelling.
  • We love to hear from you.  Drop us a line or come up to see us any time. 
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Jan. 14 - 25  MAP Testing For New Students, Grades 2 - 10
Jan. 23 - 26 PTO Visiting Artists: Woodwind Musicians, Julie Wright and Nick Foster
Jan. 24 SEN Parent Support Meeting, 15:45-17:00, Community Room (Open to all AAS parents)
Jan. 25 Workshop with Dr. Mel Randall: Helping Children Learn Through Sensory Integration, 8:30, Community Room
Jan. 27 - Feb. 2 THIMUN Conference, The Hague
Jan. 28 PTO New Families' Seminar#3, Community Room (#3004), 08:45 | Details Here
Jan. 29 PTO General Meeting, 08:45
Jan. 29 Yearbook Photo Day, Make-Up and New Students, Malyy
Jan. 29 Science Individual Investigation, Hall of Flags, 12:00-12:40, Parents are welcome
Jan. 30 Staff Photos: A Requirement for Each Staff Member Who Did Not Take an Individual Photo in September, Malyy
Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 CEESA Knowledge Bowl, Krakow
Feb. 6 - 9 PTO Used Book Fair, Malyy
Feb. 7 - 10 CEESA Robotics, Bucharest
Feb. 8 Progress Reports Issued
Feb. 9 Prom, 19:00
Feb. 18 - 22 February Break

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Paul Sexton   |   paul.sexton@aas.ru
   

Well done to all the competitors and coaches involved in last week’s basketball tournament. Many thanks to all the organizers.

 

We have our second group of MUN students heading out at the end of the week to participate in THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations). This conference is considered to be the major event in the MUN calendar, and we are very proud of the fact that our students have been invited to attend. We wish the team and Coaches the best of luck – we know they will be great representatives of our school. 

 

The first semester comes to a close at the end of this week. Given that we have yearlong classes for most courses, the semester will pass by with little consequence for a lot of students. However, for students in grades 9 and 10, some classes (electives, PE and science classes) will be changing. Please review your child’s schedule on NetClassroom, so they are aware of their new schedule beginning Monday, January 28. For those courses ending at the semester, we will be generating a final grade and awarding credit. Report cards for courses ending at semester one will be available for download on Friday, February 8.

 

Have a great week! 

 

FROM THE IB OFFICE

Sean Sonderman | sean.sonderman@aas.ru 

Grade 12s - Theory of Knowledge Course Ending this Month

Our Grade 12 students are fast approaching another milestone. In November they completed the Extended Essay, and now they are nearing completion of the Theory of Knowledge course. The TOK essay, the final product of the course, is due on January 25.  The TOK Essay & Presentation combine with the Extended Essay to form the 3 Core Bonus Points in the IB Program. With the completion of the Extended Essay and the TOK course, our Grade 12s are rapidly moving towards their Mock Exams (Feb. 25-Mar. 16) and the Revision period. 


FROM THE COLLEGE OFFICE AND HS COUNSELORS

Bryn Will   |   bryn.will@aas.ru
James Villers   |   james.villers@aas.ru
Lauren Zimmerman   |   lauren.zimmerman@aas.ru

 

University Visits: Several university representatives will be visiting in the coming months.  

Visits are updated on a regular basis in 2018 College Visits, and parents are welcome to come to all info sessions. 

 

Grade 12 Parents: HS counselors will meet with Grade 12 students this week to discuss how to deal with unfavorable responses from universities. Pivot is a keyword in coping with university responses. If you are a parent of a Grade 12 student, we encourage you to read this article and discuss it with your child as they prepare themselves for a variety of university responses. 

 

Grade 11 Parents: As the first semester draws to a close and second semester begins, the college/university research and application process will become a much more prominent part of your child’s school experience.  The Counseling staff can provide a great deal of information to help you and your child navigate the college planning maze, but we need your input!  Please fill out the parent questionnaire HEREAfter completing the questionnaire, you are welcome to make appointments with the counselor who will work with your child.  Counselor assignments are:

We look forward to assisting you and your child with the college selection process.

LIBRARY NEWS

Kelsey Hedrick  |   kelsey.hedrick@aas.ru         Kris Feller  |   kris.feller@aas.ru
Library Blog  |   http://blogs.aas.ru/library         Overdrive (electronic and audio books)             New York Times

Hours:  Monday  Friday, 07.30  17.00    Saturday, January 12, 10:00-13:00

  • The  Overdrive system provides e-books and audiobooks to read and listen to on your device.  Our library runs the catalog, so if you have any requests, we are happy to honor them.  Email us at  library@aas.ru to learn more. 
  • It’s research season, particularly for our high school students.  Check out our Databases and make sure you have access to theNew York Times to get access to the best, most current resources we have available. 
  • Are you looking for a new book to read?  Stop into the library from 7:30-5:00 to get a recommendation for current fiction, non-fiction, or books in Russian.  Feel free to browse our blog for special recs form the librarians.  
  • Check out our library catalog to see what books we have on our shelves.  You can also log in to see what you have checked out.  Keep in mind that the system is sensitive to correct spelling.
  • We love to hear from you.  Drop us a line or come up to see us any time. 
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Athletics: Kirby Boychuk | kirby.boychuk@aas.ru
Activities:  Elena Plyuta   | elena.plyuta@aas.ru
Aquatics:  Michael McKinney  | michael.mckinney@aas.ru

ES AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES  

MS/HS SPRING SEASON

  • Penguin Life sign-up for Spring Season Activities and Sports begins today.  
  • Sign up at https://www.aas.ru/penguin-life/MS for MS Spring Season which starts on:
    • MS MUN – February 4
    • MS Knowledge Bowl – February 4
    • MS Cultural Arts – February 25
    • MS Volleyball – March 14
    • MS Softball  - March 14
    • MS Track & Field – March 25
  • Sign up at https://www.aas.ru/penguin-life/HS for HS Spring Season which starts on:
    • HS Math – February 26
    • HS MUN (HELIMUN) – February 26
    • HS Band – February 26
    • HS Choir – February 26
    • HS Softball – March 11
    • HS Volleyball – March 11
    • HS Tennis – March 25
    • HS Track & Field – March 25

CEESA MS Choir

  • All families and friends are invited to the Festival's Gala Concert on February 2, 18:00 at AAS Bolshoi. Admission is free

ATHLETICS 

AQUATICS 

  • Reminders
    • No outdoor shoes (even with shoe-covers) are allowed on the pool deck.
    • No children under the age of 13 may swim unsupervised, meaning that you are on the pool deck in your sandals and watching your child without being distracted by a device. Your child’s safety is our number one priority!
    • Regarding After School Activities, please note that it is the parents' responsibility to arrange a safe transition to and from the pool and to help with their swimmers being changed before and after swimming.
  • ES After-School Activities: 
    • ES Swim Club will resume during Term 3 on March 4.
    • Sign-ups will be on Feb 6-12. 
    • Please click here for FAQs about the ES Swim Club. 
  • Saturday Learn to Swim Program will start on January 12.    
  • Private Swim Lessons  
  • Contact

ATTENTION SPORTZONE MEMBERS

SPORTZONE HOURS

  • August 20 - June 22 (except holidays and closures) 
    • SZ OPEN Weekdays 19:00-22:00
    • SZ OPEN Weekends 09:00-22:00
  • Sports Zone Brochure
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AAS ECO-GREEN COMMITTEE 

Email Us |  ecogreen@aas.ru       
Eco-Green Blog |   http://blogs.aas.ru/green/
  
Facebook   |  Click here

  • The AAS Eco-Green Committee ran an awareness workshop for AAS support staff regarding our school's green initiatives.
  • If you or your children are eating outside of the cafeteria, please be sure to return all plates and cutlery, so the cafeteria does not need to use disposable plastics when they run out of reusable plates, cups, and cutlery. 
  • New! Every Friday is now Strawless Friday at AAS. Plastic or Planet? Choose to avoid disposable straws at AAS. Pick up reusable straw sets at the PTO shop or skip the straw altogether. Thank you for supporting AAS green initiatives.