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High School News

Dear HS Community,

I wish you all a great week. Busy times ahead of us with Thanksgiving drive coming up, Fiestas de Quito and semester 1 exams. Lot of work and everyone is here is to support our students.
Have a great week everyone.

Grade 10 IB and College Counseling Information Night
Our first International Baccalaureate and College Counseling night will be Monday, November 19th from 6-8pm in the Auditorium. This will be for parents and students and will be about one possible path for students to take as they enter 11th grade. Please let Brian Voeller (bvoeller@cotopaxi.k12.ec) know if you have any questions.  

Concerts this week
We have 2 concerts this week. Our Band and Orchestra Concert on Tuesday night (6-8 pm) and  our Piano and Choir Concert on Thursday night (6-8 pm). We are allow looking forward to those two great events.

SEMESTER 1 Exams
They are scheduled between December 14th and December 19th. Make ups for students that are sick and can’t make the original exam on the 19th and 20th. No early exams will be given.
Exam Schedule is HERE 

Fiestas de Quito
Students have picked their themes and order of presentation for the Fiestas de Quito Assembly on September 13th. 

Grade 10: History
Grade 11: Character
Grade 12: Traditions
Grade 9: Legends

The Assembly is scheduled for December 4th at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. This year, students will have six and a half hours to practice their 10 minute presentation. We can’t wait to see them :-)

QISSA Games
Tuesday, November 13: QISSA Girls JV & Varsity Volleyball - Cotopaxi @ Americano

Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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MIddle School News

If you need a conversation starter at home, ask your child what s/he is learning about during our Exploratory FLEX sessions. Students had the opportunity to sign up for anything from chess to crochet to movie making, and more! During November students are sampling these activities and developing themselves as lifelong learners.

MS Quito Days
You all should have received an email from your child’s Spanish teacher regarding parent involvement in Quito Days. Please refer to this document to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s Spanish teacher.

Concerts
We are looking forward to much musical entertainment this week! The Band and Orchestra Concert is on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00pm and the Piano and Choir Concert is on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00pm. Both shows are open to all AC families!

I look forward to seeing you at one of the events.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

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Elementary School News

Dear Parents,
At our last parent representative meeting, we discussed ways in which families can get involved in expressing gratitude, shared traditions that support our children’s growth as empathetic and global citizens, and reached some agreements regarding upcoming celebrations and the holidays.  Each Parent Representative will coordinate the holiday celebration in each grade level with their homeroom teacher.  Parents agreed to focus the celebration on gratitude and to stay away from material gifts for children.  For older children (Grades 1 to 5), parents suggested that each student write or draw a note for each member of the class which parents will organize.  These notes will be gifted to each student.  For PK and K, parent representatives will coordinate with their homeroom teachers and may modify the activity.   Here is a link to a gratitude video that we viewed together at our November meeting.  We encourage you to view it as you engage in conversations around giving thanks and the happiness that gratitude brings.

About progress reports and documentation of learning in SeeSaw
Since the beginning of the school year, your children have been learning, and observing their growth is a true privilege.  Your children take ownership for their learning and are proud of their accomplishments.  On November 14, you will have an opportunity to interact with your child’s teachers during parent teacher conferences.  And this week, you will receive special messages through your child’s SeeSaw accounts with narratives about their learning.  

This is the first year that we are using SeeSaw for progress reports and are excited to include information through this venue.  Throughout the year, you have had the opportunity to interact with your child’s showcase of learning through the posts on each student’s journal.  Now, we will use SeeSaw as the venue for progress reports for the first year.  Here’s how it will work:

November 12:  Specialists (Art, Music, PE) will include a general description of what students have been learning from the beginning of the school year.  Please note that this is not a personalized report of progress.  They will be able to expand on each child’s learning during conferences on November 14.  On Parent Teacher Conference day, please visit the specialists.  Report Cards (January and June) will have individual comments from specialists.

November 13:  Homeroom teachers will include your child’s personal progress report.  Spanish teachers, learning support specialists and English language learning teachers will also include personal narratives as appropriate.  Please find a special place in your home to read the reports with your child, make this a special time together and applaud their growth!

Here are the instructions on how to access your progress reports:
ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS INSTRUCTIONS

This is how conferences will work… - November 14, 2018
You will receive a link so that you can pick the time that works for you.  If you have more than one child, you will receive links for each child.  Please plan on being on campus for about an hour for each child.  Students do not attend these conferences as this is the time for you to speak to your child’s teacher.  Yet, see below if you want to bring your child to volunteer for a special project on November 14 for an hour.  You must register your child in order to participate.

Gift-bags for holiday drive
There will be a group of parents who will be making gift bags for our holiday drive in the elementary office.  If you like to sew, cut fabric, or want to learn...you are welcome to spend more time at school on November 14 and help us make fabric gift bags between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Student volunteers welcome
On November 14, we welcome children (PK - 5th) who would like to help set-up the books that were collected from the summer reading program.  These books will be donated to Extreme Response to open a library for children from families who work at the Garbage/Recycling Center in Zambiza.  Extreme Response is one of the foundations that was selected to receive funds from last year’s International Festival with the expectation to provide service learning opportunities. Children will help to organize the books, make bookmarks, mark books and place library card holders.  If you would like to bring your child to participate, please sign them up at this link.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions.

Inquiry Corner
This week, with progress reports and conferences occurring I invite you to look at your child’s learning with a balanced approach.  The PYP defines being BALANCED by placing importance in different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others.  What growth does your child showcase within different aspects of their life? How can we be role models of being balanced?

Warm regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary Principal

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High School News

HS Nov6

Dear HS Community,

I hope that everyone had a nice break and that you all ready for 5 weeks and 4 days before the semester exams. It is going to be busy, so buckle up!

High School Logo
The photo is the final version of the HS logo. Thank you to Carlota Gimenez and Ms Faidutti for working together. It looks great and we will start using it more and more

Attendance
We are seeing an increasing number of students arriving late to class throughout the day. This has an impact on instructional time and to align our beliefs (Be present from the HS logo), our handbook and our practices, students who accumulate unexcused late arrivals will serve detentions during lunchtime: 1 detention for every 3 late arrivals.

College Counseling
Mr. Washer will be out of the office this week attending the Council for International Schools Global Forum on International Admission & Guidance.  He will be available via email at lwasser@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

HS Yearbook photos: November 5th and 6th
Our annual photographer visits will be on Monday November 5th and 6th. Students have been notified when their photos will be taken and we are asking them to wear their AC Polo shirts that day. Thank you for supporting this. 

Grade 10 IB and College Counseling Information Night
Our first International Baccalaureate and College Counseling night will be Monday, November 19th from 6-8pm in the Auditorium. This will be for parents and students and will be about one possible path for students to take as they enter 11th grade. Please let Brian Voeller (bvoeller@cotopaxi.k12.ec) know if you have any questions.  

SEMESTER 1 Exams
They are scheduled between December 14th and December 19th. Make ups on 19th and 20th. No early exams will be given.
Exam Schedule is HERE 

QISSA Games
Nov. 6 QISSA Boys JV & Varsity Volleyball - AC @ Einstein 4:15    
Nov. 8 QISSA JV & Varsity Girls Volleyball - Einstein @ Cotopaxi 4:15

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Middle School News

MS Nov6
Cougar buddies - guagua de pan

Conference Feedback
Thank you to everyone who filled in the Conference Feedback form. Of the forty-one parent responses, 66% of you prefer the format where we have parents sign up for times, and the conferences are in teacher classrooms. We will be using this data, as well as all of the thoughtful comments, to refine our third quarter conference plan.

Upcoming Concerts
We are looking forward to much musical entertainment next week! The Band and Orchestra Concert is on November 13 at 6:00pm and the Piano and Choir Concert is on November 15 at 6:00pm. Both shows are open to all AC families!

Counselor’s Corner  - from Aubrey
This week in Cougar Time we begin our unit on Understanding Bullying. We’ll be going through how bullying is defined and what it looks like in all its forms. Later in the month students will explore the difference between bystanders and upstanders and how they can take action and come up with their own solutions to prevent and respond to bullying. The counselors (including myself) will be providing a parent workshop during the PTSA meeting this week to share ways in which you can help your child become an Upstander. Come join us in the library Thursday, November 8th at 2:00pm.

A reminder that Monday, November 12, is a half day for students, and a professional development afternoon for faculty. All students leave campus at noon.

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."

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Elementary News

ES Nov6

Progress Reports and November Conferences information

Dear Parents,
Since the beginning of the school year, your children have been learning and observing their growth is a true privilege.  Your children take ownership for their learning and are proud of their accomplishments.  On November 14, you will have an opportunity to interact with your child’s teachers during parent teacher conferences.  And next week, you will receive special messages through your child’s SeeSaw accounts with narratives about their learning.  

This is the first year that we are using SeeSaw for progress reports and are excited to include information through this venue.  Throughout the year, you have had the opportunity to interact with your child’s showcase of learning through the posts on each student’s journal.  Now, we will use SeeSaw as the venue for progress reports for the first year.  Here’s how it will work:

November 12:  Specialists (Art, Music, PE) will include a general description of what students have been learning from the beginning of the school year.  Please note that this is not a personalized report of progress.  They will be able to expand on each child’s learning during conferences on November 14.  On Parent Teacher Conference day, please visit the specialists.  Report Cards (January and June) will have individual comments from specialists.

November 13:  Homeroom teachers will include your child’s personal progress report.  Spanish teachers, learning support specialists and English language learning teachers will also include personal narratives as appropriate.  Please find a special place in your home to read the reports with your child, make this a special time together and applaud their growth!

Here are the instructions on how to access your progress reports:
ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORTS INSTRUCTIONS

This is how conferences will work… - November 14, 2018
You will receive a link so that you can pick the time that works for you.  If you have more than one child, you will receive links for each child.  Please plan on being on campus for about an hour for each child.  Students do not attend these conferences as this is the time for you to speak to your child’s teacher.  Yet, see below if you want to bring your child to volunteer for a special project on November 14 for an hour.  You must register your child in order to participate.

Gift-bags for holiday drive
There will be a group of parents who will be making gift bags for our holiday drive in the elementary office.  If you like to sew, cut fabric, or want to learn...you are welcome to spend more time at school on November 14 and help us make fabric gift bags between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Student volunteers welcome
On November 14, we welcome children (PK - 5th) who would like to help set-up the books that were collected from the summer reading program.  These books will be donated to Extreme Response to open a library for children from families who work at the Garbage/Recycling Center in Zambiza.  Extreme Response is one of the foundations that was selected to receive funds from last year’s International Festival with the expectation to provide service learning opportunities. Children will help to organize the books, make bookmarks, mark books and place library card holders.  If you would like to bring your child to participate, please sign them up at this link.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me if you have any questions.

Inquiry Corner
Action is a key element of the PYP.  Throughout all classes at AC, students use their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create action that impacts themselves, our community, and/or the world.  Action is highlighted in students’ own experiences ranging from a small thing to a large systemic change, these arises from students’ genuine interest and/or concern.  Our students choose, act, and reflect on actions that make a difference.  Many times action is witnessed beyond the classroom setting.  What actions do you see your children taking?  How do those impact themselves? Our community? And/or the world?

Warm regards,

Paola
Elementary Principal

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Elementary News

HS Oct

I hope that you are enjoying this week filled with joy with your children.  Pijamas, costumes, celebration of diversity… these are all moments that allow for valuable play and powerful interactions. Each event also brings the opportunity for you to engage in dialogue and engagements with your children.

Fortnite and other video games
So, we have continued to see issues where students share that the content of the video games that they are allowed to play at home is inappropriate.  We have also received parent recommendations and ideas on how to support balanced and appropriate digital lives for children.  It is truly wonderful to engage in these conversations and learn together.  The game “Fortnite” comes up regularly, yet I invite you to read the below and connect with your parenting approach to gaming and how you support your children with their digital engagements.

We have had many parents approach us with questions and concerns regarding children and video games.  We have also spoken to students and they share their habits connected to video games.  The game Fortnite is gaining popularity, not only amongst our students, but around the world and we are calling you to become informed and take action around this.   Fortnite’s  cover rates  it as “T” - appropriate for Teens primarily because of the open chat and action violence.  Exposing children to games that are developed for older developmental stages, is simply not safe and does not respect children’s needs and safety. 

We ask parents to check ratings and make informed decisions regarding what games children play.  At school, we have individual conversations with parents and ask that games that are not appropriate are eliminated as a possibility. Please be aware that “...there is live, unmoderated chat possible between users in the console and PC versions of Fortnite: Battle Royale. Both voice chat and on-screen text chat are options. This exposes players to random strangers and the likelihood of profanity.   Up to 100 people participate in a match together! Unmoderated chats are a serious security risk for vulnerable pre-teen  children…” (Psychology Today)

Speaking to other parents and reaching agreements for “device free playdates” is a great strategy to get children to find other healthier alternatives. As we shared in our parent workshop at the beginning of the school year, there are many positive uses of technology and you can support your child by determining if the engagement is contributing to their lives in positive ways.  Here’s one link where you can check on ratings and information about games, movies and media in general:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-fortnite

Inquiry Corner
This week each student demonstrated their creativity, personalities, and nationalities through Spirit  Week - A schoolwide initiative to celebrate our similarities and differences and value diverse perspectives.  What would our world be like if we all demonstrated being OPEN-MINDEDNESS?  Open-minded people “understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.” (-IBO).  Together, what can we do to positively impact our world?

Paola Pereira
ES Principal

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High School News

HS Oct30

Dear HS Community,

Thank you for a successful round of Student-led conferences last week. The High School has been busy with the PANMUN conference, the different volleyball and soccer games, the NHS induction ceremony, 60+ students attended a representation of La Casa de Bernarda Alba at Teatro Patio de Comedias) and on Friday, report cards are out on skyward.

This week is short week. After this, we are have 5 weeks and 4 days before the exams start… Good luck everyone!

College Counseling
November 1 is an Early Decision/Early Action deadline date for some 12th graders applying to University.  If your son or daughter is thinking of applying Early Decision/Early Action on November 1st, please make sure they have talked about this with Mr. Wasser before pressing “send.”

Parade of Nations - October 31st
The 2nd Annual Parade of Nations is right around the corner. It will be very similar to last year and will be in the morning 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31st. Parents are invited to watch and participate, so please come wearing colors/dress/accessories of the nation you wish to represent. 

HS Yearbook photos: November 5th and 6th
Our annual photographer visits will be on Monday November 5th and 6th. Students have been notified when their photos will be taken and we are asking them to wear their AC Polo shirts that day. Thank you for supporting this. 

Grade 10 IB and College Counseling Information Night
Our first International Baccalaureate and College Counseling night will be Monday, November 19th from 6-8pm in the Auditorium. This will be for parents and students and will be about one possible path for students to take as they enter 11th grade. Please let Brian Voeller (bvoeller@cotopaxi.k12.ec) know if you have any questions.  

SEMESTER 1 Exams
They are scheduled between December 14th and December 19th. Make ups on 19th and 20th. No early exams will be given.
Exam Schedule is HERE 

QISSA Games:    
October 30:    Girls JV & Varsity Volleyball: AC vs AAI at AC at 4:15 p.m.

Fred Bordaguibel
HS Principal

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Middle School News

MS Oct30

It was wonderful to see most of you at conferences last week. Your feedback informs our practice and it is important to hear from you! If you have not yet done so, please fill out the conference feedback form by Wednesday, October 31. 

Yearbook Photos
MS Yearbook photos will happen on Tuesday, November 6. You may want to help your child select their best AC uniform on this day. 

Counselor’s Corner  - from Aubrey
This past week in Cougar Time, students had the opportunity to explore Diversity & Differences. The key takeaway points were: 

  • Understanding we are different.
  • Understanding how we are different.
  • Learning to communicate those differences in an appropriate & respectful way.
  • Giving value to those differences.

Students also selected the nation(s) they wanted to represent in the Parade of Nations. In the Middle School alone, our students identify with nearly 30 different nationalities! We all have a rich history to share with and learn from each other, so let’s celebrate our diversity. 

We are all looking forward to the Parade of Nations on Wednesday! I hope to see you there!

With kind regards,
Sheryl

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
sgruber@cotpaxi.k12.ec
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001
"We are responsible for being informed global citizens who understand and affect positive change."
 

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