Elementary News

ES Dec18

Inquiry Corner
A conceptual understanding that we strive to develop at AC is human commonalities and how these make each of us unique.  I asked a handful of people from our school  what the holiday season means to them:
PK - “Yo les ayudo, a mi mamá y mi papá, a hacer unos bombillos,  el arbolito.  A mi me significa tener regalos de Papá Noel.”
Grade 2 - “HAPPY… Because you can have fun with family and eat yummy food!”
Grade 4 - “A place to have a break from school, and be with your family.  Because it is important to spend time with family, I get a warm feeling in my heart when we are all together.”  
Teacher - “It is a time to enjoy being with family, celebrating and cherishing time we have together.

Enjoy this Holiday Season with your family and friends!

Paola de Pereira
Elementary Principal


High School News

MS Dec11

I hope that everyone has had a nice long weekend celebrating fiestas de Quito. Now, we have 4 days to be reviewing in class, in study support and at home before the start of the exams on Friday morning. Let’s have a strong finish for this semester 1.

Exam schedule
Here is the exam schedule. We are starting on Friday morning. Please note that Friday is also a half day.

Use of school facilities
Reminder: the use of our school facilities. For security, no student can be in school outside of the school hours. Please review the extract of the handbook:
Students may be on campus outside of school hours ONLY if they are participating in a supervised activity, working directly with a member of the AC staff, or are in a supervised area (such as the Library or the HS Learning Commons). Students may not use the sports facilities, including the soccer fields and basketball courts, without adult supervision

High School Counseling
December can be a stressful month for students as they prepare for exams. This is a great opportunity to sit down with your students to go over their study plan with them (How will they organize their time?  How will they limit distractions while studying? Do they have questions for specific teachers and need to attend some after school sessions or set up a meeting with a teacher?). Breaks and rest are also very important to recharge and allow the brain to store what they have learned. If you see that your son or daughter is having a particularly hard time feel free to contact Ms. Keyes for some extra support.

College Counseling
12th grade parents: December 17th is the last day that the College Counseling Office will be giving feedback on essays and supplemental essays that are due for U.S. university applications that are due from January 1st to January 7th.  

HS Athletics
QISSA Season 1 has come to an end and this week our athletes are trying out for their Season 2 sports. The offerings for Season 2 are:
-    Basketball for boys and girls
-    Swimming for boys and girls
-    Soccer for boys
We have two CAISSA Tournaments this semester:
-CAISSA Soccer Tournament in Dominican Republic from January 30 to February 3.
-CAISSA Basketball Tournament in Quito from March 27 to March 31.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal


Middle School News

MS Dec11

Fiestas de Quito in the Middle School was a resounding success! The MS Spanish department was willing to try something new, and we were rewarded with a fun and festive afternoon. We all played traditional games from Quito and sampled special foods that accompany many Quito Days festivities. This way of celebrating Quito was very appropriate for the MS division. Students and parents alike were full of smiles and actively participating in Quito traditions. Thank you to our parent volunteers and the MS Spanish department!

Counselor’s Corner
Over the past month in Cougar Time, we have been working on our Understanding Bullying Unit. We covered definitions of bullying including differences between peer conflict, teasing and bullying, ways to support the target of bullying, and what to say and/or do when feeling bullied. We wrapped up the unit with students looking for effective and constructive solutions to prevent and address bullying. In their mentor groups, students created and submitted proposals for new ideas or campaigns which could be implemented in the Middle School. I will be going through all of the proposals to see how our students can have more of a voice and active role in promoting a safe and respectful environment for all. 

This full week of learning culminates with a half day for students on Friday. Teachers will spend the afternoon working with their departments on school-wide curriculum goals.

With kind regards,

Sheryl Gruber
Middle School Principal
(593-2) 382-3270 ext. 2001

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


Elementary News

ES Dec11

Two weeks before December/January break… What a wonderful time of the year this is!  The innocence of childhood combined with the beauty of our internationally minded community brings a great opportunity for your families to connect with your own traditions and learn about the traditions of others.  

In the spirit of the holidays, we highlight the power of positive words.  We invite you to join our Gift of Words campaign which will begin on Monday, December 17 through December 20.  Stop by our office and leave your positive thoughts.  You can also send us your positive thoughts and we will display these.  You can send these to Nardy Reinoso at with the subject “Gift of Words.”  

At home, catch your children doing things that are commendable and slip them little notes of appreciation with drawings for little ones and specific written comments for older ones.  Celebrate your children for things like putting their things away, giving you a hug spontaneously, helping to bring in groceries, using kind words with others, putting on their seat belts, using manners at the table, smiling at grandparents, remembering to brush their teeth, reading daily, bringing joy to your family… so many celebratory possibilities.  

So, let’s light up this season with kindness!

Please remember that there is a half-day on December 14.  Our teachers and assistants will engage in continued curriculum alignment work focusing on assessments and how these support our students’ learning.

Inquiry Corner
IBO describes being CARING when “we show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.” What actions could we take every day to practice being Caring?

Paola de Pereira
Elementary Principal

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