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Elementary School News

ES Jun 11

So the last week of school has arrived! I am sure you are as proud as we are to celebrate all the growth that has happened this year.  Your children have not only grown academically, but they have also grown from their experiences with their peers, and have gained skills as inquirers, problem solvers, creators, and agents of change. At our end of school assembly, we will highlight each grade level telling a short story of agency.  When children are empowered, feel confident, and develop understanding, they take action and this summer, we invite you to continue the conversations that our fifth graders charged us with during their exhibition: What problem do you care about and how can you make a difference?

Please note that report cards will be ready on Friday, June 14. These will be posted on Skyward and you will receive a reminder with directions of how to access these.  So, please take a moment and read the reports with your children.  These summative narratives provide closure for this school year and you can connect these with the posts that your child has on their personal SeeSaw portfolio.

We want to send a special message to the families who will move to a different location this year:  Thank you for having shared a part of your life with the Cotopaxi community.  Each student brings a special story and those stories contribute to our culture, making us more diverse, better informed and stronger.  May the next experiences bring your family much joy. Keep in touch with your friends and know that you can always reach out to us and come back to visit!
 

Inquiry Corner

Grade 1 students will showcase their Learn at our PYP Assembly, June 11. They have been inquiring into how people can get their needs met or how we can help others to get their needs met. After learning of the problem of homelessness here in Quito from their Grade 5 buddies, Grade 1 decided to take action in the hopes of making a positive impact. They have decided to raise money to meet some of their basic needs by holding a fundraising fair after the assembly. We invite you to have conversations with your children about what actions we each take that supports other’s needs.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Elementary School News

ES Jun 4

We carried out our last inspiration project showcase for grades 3-5 last school week. Four years ago, we moved away from traditional homework practices and included inspiration project development as part of our home learning program. Students use the design cycle to inquire into a problem, look for a solution and carry out steps by responding to questions and mapping out their project to showcase.  We want to thank parents for providing expertise, for extending children’s skills, and for celebrating authentic learning. During the summer, we invite you to continue to support your child to inquire about how to support society or the environment, then capture and develop their inspirations together. Here are the forms we use during the school year which you can use as a guide in the summer:

As we reach the last days of school, students will be involved in closure activities in their classrooms.  These include transition activities in preparation for the next school year and also getting their class and resources respectfully organized for the students who will enjoy learning in their space next year. Involving students in packing and organizing supports closure, gives them a sense of responsibility. 

Every year, we collect used backpacks, lunchboxes and school supplies for children in schools with low resources. You can send your donations through June 14 to the Elementary office. 

Inquiry Corner
The PYP ensures to celebrate learning throughout. At this time of year take advantage to carefully watch, listen, and participate with your child about what concepts they have learned, what skills are they practicing, and what areas of Learner Profile your child exemplifies.  

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Jun 4

Dear parents,

Here is some important information to keep in mind for the end of the year.

End of May and June Schedule:
Here

June Exam Schedule:
Here 

Review for Exams
Great article with techniques to review

Discover Ecuador 
Here is the form to fill in to select your Discover Ecuador trip. Your answers are needed by June 7th.

Capstone Presentations
Those are taking place on May 30, June 3 and 4 and you are invited. Here is the full letter and it also contains a schedule that says when each student is presenting. 

Seniors Celebrations
Our class of 2019 is back from their Service trip. They are now getting ready for the end of year celebrations:
Tuesday: Lunch with the Director and graduation practice.
Wednesday: Senior breakfast, farewell and roll call.
Thursday: Break.
Friday: Graduation.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Jun 4

We were treated to a wonderful week of performances last week. Congratulations again to our Band, Choir, and Drama families! The final MS Social on Friday was also a successful event. Socializing in a safe, healthy way is very important for Middle School age students and the MS Socials are a part of what we do at AC to help educate the whole child.

On Wednesday the entire school will celebrate our HS seniors by attending Senior Roll Call. This is one of the benefits of being part of a small school community, we can all be there to wish our departing seniors a final farewell. We will have regular, shortened, MS classes in the morning, attend Senior Roll Call, and then students have a noon dismissal and faculty has one final professional development afternoon.

Reminders:

Grade 8 Moving On Celebration
All Grade 8 parents have received an email with details about the Grade 8 Moving On Celebration on Wednesday, June 12. The celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium and the afternoon will end with a reception at 3:00 p.m. Please contact the MS Office if you have questions.

MS Awards
Following the AC tradition, the Middle School school year ends with a few award categories. Class Awards will be given on Monday, June 10. Presidential and other special awards will be given on Wednesday, June 12. If your child is receiving a class award or special award, you will be notified this week with an invitation to attend the event.

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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High School News

HS May 28

Dear parents,

Here is some important information to keep in mind for the end of the year.

End of May and June schedule:
Here

June Exam schedule:
Here 

Review for Exams
Great article with techniques to review

Discover Ecuador
Here is the letter I sent out last week. I will be sending a google form to have a clear ideas of who is interested by which trip.

Capstone Presentations
Those are taking place on May 30, June 3 and 4 and you are invited. Here is the full letter and it also contains a schedule that says when each student is presenting. 

Senior Service Trip
Seniors are going on a service trip to Tulipe, near Nanegalito. Thank you to Mr. Mapstone, Ms Salinas and Ms Lajoie who are chapering.

Senior Awards
On Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal

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Elementary School News

ES May 28

This week, our school will host Special Olympics and our elementary students will cheer teams as they engage in a basketball tournament. We encourage you to speak to your children about the importance of appreciating different talents and connecting with the enthusiasm that is felt during team sports.  

We also want to invite you to our June 6 workshop, where we will speak about the summer and engage in a collaborative conversation about how the summer enhances learning and development. You probably can go back to fond memories about your childhood during summer months and we will work together on understanding the challenges and opportunities that summer time can bring for our students in today’s world. 

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

MS May 28

We have another full week ahead in the Middle School! Tonight is the Band concert, Wednesday the Grade 8s will spend a few hours in the High School, Thursday we have the Choir and Drama performances, and Friday is the MS Social. And, of course, a very full week of classroom learning!

MS Social
Our final MS Social of the school year is on May 31. It will begin a bit earlier this time - the Social will run from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., in the Gym. MS Socials are for all grade levels, and the House Leaders would especially like to honor the Grade 8 students at this final social. If you are a Grade 8 parent, please encourage your child to attend.

Summer Learning
You will receive detailed information about summer learning expectations for all students. Here is an article you may like to read for ideas on how to incorporate learning experiences into your summer plans: Summer Learning (English)

Counselor’s Corner
Over the past week in Cougar Time mentors have facilitated some really important and engaging conversations in their mentor groups as we looked our topic on “Image.” There were three separate lessons on Self-Esteem, Gender Stereotypes, and Social Media that all tied together. If you are looking for a helpful article to understand a child’s developing self-esteem, here is an article for parents in English and Español

Reminders:

Grade 8 Moving On Celebration
All Grade 8 parents have received an email with details about the Grade 8 Moving On Celebration on Wednesday, June 12. The celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium and the afternoon will end with a reception at 3:00 p.m. Please contact the MS Office if you have questions.

MS Awards
Following the AC tradition, the Middle School school year ends with a few award categories. Class Awards will be given on Monday, June 10. Presidential and other special awards will be given on Wednesday, June 12. If your child is receiving a class award or special award, you will be notified a week in advance with an invitation to attend the event. 

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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High School News

HS May 21

Dear parents,

Here is some important information to keep in mind for the end of the year.

End of May and June schedule:
Here

June Exam schedule:
Here 

Review for Exams
Great article with techniques to review

Discover Ecuador 
Here is the letter I sent out last week. We will have a parent meeting on May 27 at 4:00 PM in the High School Learning Commons.

Capstone presentation
Those are taking place on May 30, June 3 and 4 and you are invited. Here is the full letter.

Last week to borrow books!
The last day for library check-out is Thursday, May 23.  
All library materials are due the next week, May 27. If a book is lost or damaged, you will need to pay the cost of replacement. Please see Ms. Egan if you have any questions.
When we have completed our inventory process, summer checkout will be allowed for students who have enrolled at AC for 2019/2020.

IB Group 4
Dr Hoyle, Ms Stacy, Mr Mapstone and Mr Spielman are taking students enrolled in IB Science courses to Bellavista to complete the IB Science collaborative project required by the IB. Departure on Tuesday morning at 8 am from AC. Return on Wednesday afternoon at 5 pm at AC.

Thank you!
Fred Bordaguibel 
High School Principal
 

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Middle School News

MS May 21

Concert season is a truly delightful time of year. Last week we enjoyed Middle School Orchestra and Piano performances and in the week ahead we will experience Band, Choir, and Drama. These performances are a wonderful example of real-life assessment and your children are to be congratulated for their dedication and persistence.

Grade 8 Moving On Celebration
All Grade 8 parents have received an email with details about the Grade 8 Moving On Celebration on Wednesday, June 12. The celebration will begin at 1:00 pm in the auditorium and the afternoon will end with a reception at 3:00. Please contact the MS Office if you have questions.

MS Awards
Following the AC tradition, the Middle School school year ends with a few award categories. Class awards will be given on Monday, June 10. Presidential and other special awards will be given on Wednesday, June 12. If your child is receiving a class award or special award, you will be notified a week in advance with an invitation to attend the event. 

MS Social
Our final MS Social of the school year is on May 31. It will begin a bit earlier this time - the Social will run from 5:30 - 7:30pm, in the Gym. MS Socials are for all grade levels, and the House Leaders would especially like to honor the Grade 8 students at this final social. If you are a Grade 8 parent, please encourage your child to attend.

I hope to see you at the Annual General Meeting this week Wednesday!

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

ES May 21

PYP Corner

The PYP is a transdiscipilinary framework for learning. This framework allows students to learn necessary content, skills, and character development with an authentic purpose.  For example, one of grade 3’s units focus on how people create inventions to meet a need or solve a problem.  Through this unit, students READ about inventors from the past and how they have designed creations. They WRITE proposals of inventions they want to create. They explore SCIENTIFIC concepts of simple machines. They analyze geometric phenomena in MATHEMATICS to understand how machines work. All disciplines get used, practiced, and learned through units like these.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
 

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