🗓 2021-2022 Calendar Update
On September 17, 2021, the Russian government made adjustments to its national holidays calendar.
As a result, AAS have made adjustments to this and next year’s school calendars and these changes have been approved by the AAS Board. These changes were necessary to comply with the revised Russian national holiday schedule. Specifically these changes relate to two holidays that have been moved from January to May 3, and May 10, 2022. These holidays are not optional under our non-commercial organization (NKO) school status. This results in two previous three day weekends becoming four day weekends in May 2022.
You can see the updates reflected on https://www.aas.ru/calendar as well as on the 2021-2022 Calendar one pager linked below.
We have also adjusted the 2022-2023 Calendar by adding two additional school days that make up for the added May 2022 holidays. The revised calendar for next year has also been approved by the AAS Board. This is consistent with Board Policy 6.20 which requires that AAS ensure the average number of school days is 180 over a three school year period.
💙 In-Person Small Group Conversations
Rhonda and Chris will be launching a new series of parent meetings next week with the first Small Group Conversation of the year.
There will be two formats for meetings this year, the small group and the WebEx drop-in sessions. The Small Group meetings are designed to provide parents an opportunity to meet in person with senior leadership in order to connect or reconnect as well as to have a conversation. We plan to have about 8 of these conversations throughout the school year and each conversation will be focused on different segments of our parent population.
Our first meeting will be next Monday, September 27, and for new families who joined our community in the last two years. Invitations will be sent shortly to parents who have responded with interest.
Please note that all parents who attend must be fully vaccinated.
📎 AAS Staff
AAS staff members' families continue to receive visas and arrive in Moscow. These delayed educators continue to engage with students and with an on-campus substitute.
In addition, some of our AAS families will leave Moscow today or tomorrow to obtain new dependent visas. We did not receive authorization to obtain these visas outside of these individual’s home country, so they will be traveling back to North America. We anticipate multiple weeks of absence for this process. The division leadership will keep our parents updated based on the educators who are out.
We recognize that these adjustments to staffing due to delays and limited visa timeframes are challenging. We are working across the school to support all students and each other to ensure disruptions to learning are minimal. Our goal is to continue with all students on campus. We are meeting student learning needs through digital teaching as necessary which is preferred over distance learning.
🚩 ES Principal Update
We have some great news to report.
Our search for a new ES Principal for the 2022/2023 school year is well underway and our application process will remain open until September 30, 2021.
AAS is fortunate to have a strong pool of applicants for this position already and our hiring committee began reviewing and identifying the top candidates for the first round of interviews. Finalists will be selected in the coming weeks. If you are aware of possible quality candidates from other international schools, please share this link with them.
🔎 Director Search Focus Groups
Thank you to those parents in our Community who expressed interest in being a part of a focus group with our external consultant, International Schools Services (ISS).
These meetings are being finalized today. There will be two meetings for parents during the week of October 4-8, one meeting in the morning and one meeting in the late-afternoon/early evening.
🌳 Life and Learning at AAS
We look forward to more opportunities with parents on campus as the health situation in Moscow improves.
In the meantime, please continue to follow life and learning at AAS by adding our school media channels to your favorites.