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Elementary School News

es sep 24

For this week, we are sharing our message from our elementary division during Back to School Night at this link. It was amazing to see so many parents attending. Thank you!

Your promises and commitments to your child’s learning stories are powerful and we want to invite you to our next moments when you will be directly involved with their learning. Your teachers will send you schedules this week so that you can decide what times are best for you to attend our Goals Conferences (Grade 1-5) and visits to “Peek into your child’s day” (Grades PK-K) on Tuesday, October 1.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

ms sep 24

Discover Ecuador is one of our most important weeks of the school year experiential learning. It is the best we can offer our students, and students at most international schools are incredibly privileged to have these opportunities. After months of preparation, the week is here! 

Each trip is planned to arrive back to school by 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27.

Parents will receive one daily communication by email from the Middle School. Please check your inboxes for this daily update. Remember, the policy is “no news is good news.” If you do not hear from us specifically about your child, this means that everything is going well!

If you have any questions, concerns, or an emergency during working hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), please contact Maria Leonor in the Middle School Office, and she will contact the trip leaders. After hours emergency numbers have been sent in a separate communication to each grade level.

Upcoming Dates (details forthcoming, for now please mark your calendars)

  • Middle School Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences - October 24 
  • Digging Into Standards Based Grading Parent Workshop, presented again for those who could not attend last week. - October 24
  • Middle School Social! - October 25
  • Parent Day in the Middle - November 7

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 Sep 24

Discover Ecuador
Please review the payment details sent in an email two weeks ago. If your daughter/son is not signed up there are spots for the Amazon trip.

Juramento a la Bandera
On September 26 at 1:30 p.m. we will celebrate Ecuador and our senior class. This is a very important ceremony for our beautiful country, for our senior class and for their families.

NHS Applications
Eligible students students received their NHS application letters on Friday, September 13. Complete applications are due on Friday, September 27 at 8:00 a.m. Finally, Ms Gallé, our NHS advisor, ran a workshop for eligible students on what constitutes a good NHS application on Monday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 18 at recess in her classroom. Good luck to all applicants.

Athletics
The QISSA League games begin this week with Boys and Girls Volleyball and Girls Soccer.

Tuesday, September 24
Girls Varsity Soccer at Colegio Menor
Boys Varsity Volleyball at Colegio Menor

Thursday, September 26
Girls JV & Varsity Volleyball at Academia Cotopaxi vs. Colegio Menor

All games begin at 4:30 p.m. Come and support our Cougars in another fun and exciting season. Go Cougars!

Saturday, September 28 - Fun Run and Shoe Chain
Please come and join AC’s annual Fun Run and support our second Shoe Chain organised by three High School students. Well done for this great initiative. If you prefer to bring shoes before the Fun Run, there is a box located in the HS Commons to gather collections.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Elementary School News

ES Sep 17

You are cordially invited to attend an evening of learning and community. This year's Elementary Back to School Night will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 beginning with a community gathering at 5:30 p.m. in the foyer of the auditorium.  
 
This evening is a time for parents to connect with the elementary staff to learn about who we are and understand our shared vision. This is a unique opportunity for parents and educators to come together. We ask that arrangements are made for children to stay at home as we will not be able to provide for childcare at school.
 
Homeroom teachers will facilitate experiences in the classroom that will support our community building. You will introduce your child and leave your learning promise with your commitment to their childhood. You will also engage in deeper understanding of our learning experiences, curriculum, and approaches.
 
We hope to see all of our parents here on September 18.
 
Warm regards,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Sep 17

Discover Ecuador
It is coming soon on September 23-27. Discover Ecuador is one of our most important weeks of the school year. Experiential learning is the best we can offer our students, and students at most international schools are incredibly privileged to have these opportunities. After months of preparation, the week is here! 

All students will report to their mentor classrooms at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, for attendance and to check their packing. You may find each packing list here: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8. You may also find trip information on the Discover Ecuador website.

Each trip is planned to arrive back to school by 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27.

Parents will receive one daily communication by email from the Middle School. Please check your inboxes for this daily update. Remember, the policy is “no news is good news.” If you do not hear from us specifically about your child, this means that everything is going well!

Please remember, students are NOT allowed to bring cell phones, computers, or other electronic communication devices.

If you have any questions, concerns, or an emergency during working hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), please contact Maria Leonor in the Middle School Office and she will contact the trip leaders. After hours emergency numbers will be sent in a separate communication to each grade level.

MAP
Thank you to all Middle School parents for your support at home last week during MAP testing. In the weeks following Discover Ecuador, Math and Language Arts teachers will be discussing MAP growth and goals with students

Upcoming Dates (details forthcoming, for now please mark your calendars)

  • Middle School Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences - October 24 
  • Digging Into Standards Based Grading Parent Workshop - Presented again for those who could not attend last week - October 24
  • Middle School Social - October 25
  • Parent Day in the Middle - November 7

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 Sep 17

Discover Ecuador
Please review the payment details sent in an email last week. If your daughter/son is not signed up there are spots for the Amazon trip.

Senior Brunch
On Saturday, September 21, we invite the senior class and their parents for our annual senior brunch at 10:00 a.m. and we will then proceed to practice for the Juramento a la Bandera ceremony.

Juramento a la Bandera
On September 26, at 1:30 p.m., we will celebrate Ecuador and our senior class. This is a very important ceremony for our beautiful country for our senior class and for their families.

NHS Applications
Eligible students students received their NHS application letters on Friday, September 13. Complete applications are due on Friday, September 27 at 8:00 a.m. Finally, Ms Gallé, our NHS advisor, will run a workshop for eligible students on what constitutes a good NHS application on Monday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 18 at recess in her classroom.

September 28 - Fun Run and Shoe Chain:
Please come and join AC’s annual fun run and support our second shoe chain organised by three High School students.
 
Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Elementary School News

MS Sep 10

Back to School Night
Mark your calendar. Elementary Back to School Night will take place on Wednesday, September 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Back to School Night is a parent evening. This is not an event for children as teachers and assistants will be engaging with you and speaking about learning in our school.

We have been diving into learning these days and are enjoying observing your child’s natural curiosity express itself in a variety of ways.  All classes have started their units of inquiry and children’s questions, wonderings and theories are captured to represent their thinking. You are invited to tap into your own questions about their learning as you engage in conversations at home. Another important observation at school is how positively students are interacting.  We are immersed in an amazing culture where different perspectives and experiences come together. Ask your children about what makes them laugh during playtime, about what they are grateful for and what makes them smile when they are in school. Instilling positive thoughts has a remarkable effect on mindset and overall happiness which then allows for children to be even more ready to learn.

After-School Activities
After school activities begin on Monday, September 9. Please send your child an additional snack for 3:00 p.m. If you will pick up your child, please arrive at 4:15 p.m. We will open the car riders gate at that time. If your child is a bus rider, they will also ride the bus at 4:15 p.m. If for any reason, your child will not attend an after school activity in any given day, please complete a change of transportation form.

Snacks
We have noticed that some students are modeling very healthy eating habits and are bringing snacks that are highly nutritious. Please involve your children in positive decisions regarding their choices for food. In Ecuador, individually wrapped products are labeled to indicate the amount of sugar, saturated fats and salt. Low levels are the best for children and natural non-processed foods present optimal results. Also, speak to your children about how to help the environment by avoiding packaged items. Each of our actions has a direct impact on our world!

Parent Representatives
In elementary, we aim to have at least two parent representatives for each classroom. Parent reps will work towards fostering stronger relationships between families, support our cultural fluency and represent families in our monthly elementary meetings. If you are interested in becoming a parent representative, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. Here are the guidelines for you to review.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS Sep 10

Parent Representatives
Thank you to our parent reps who met with members of the HS Admin team. The notes of our meeting with be sent to you by whatsapp.

Being on time
We want to make sure that students are on time and that they are taking full advantage of their time with their teachers and peers in class. To encourage this, and as discussed with our parents reps on Thursday September 5, we will re-activate the 3 unjustifed lates in a week: a lunch detention. Starting this week. Thank you for your support.

MAP Testing
We are finishing our first round of MAP tests this week and we will use the  data to personalise learning.

College Counseling

  • Our updated visit schedule for universities visiting us in September and October can be found here
  • A Common Application Workshop will be offered for 11th and 12th graders on Tuesday, September 17 (half day), from 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 
  • Please register here. Mr. Wasser will be offering a Presentation on Monday, September 16, at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium for 11th grade parents on the university application process. 

Discover Ecuador - February 2020
Thank you for the increased interest in our 2020 Discover Ecuador trips. Payment details are going to be sent very shortly.

Senior Brunch
On September 21, we will host our traditional senior brunch in the HS cafeteria at 10:00 a.m. We will also practice the ceremony of "Juramento de la Bandera" straight after the brunch.

Student Led Activities
High School Students hosted a very successful Activities and Club Fair for their peers on Friday morning. We had more than 15 offerings and lot’s of interest from the students. Activities will happen from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting next Monday. 

Athletics
Volleyball practices continue as scheduled. Our first games are scheduled for September 26.
Girls Soccer will meet on Monday at 4:00 p.m. for their first practice. Their first game is scheduled for September 24.
This is the link to the QISSA Game Calendar.
Come and support your children, GO COUGARS!!!

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel

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Middle School News

MS Sep 10

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night last week. The format allowed parents and teachers to engage in a meaningful way and opened the door for further conversations. We are very open in the Middle School - please feel free to contact your child’s teachers at any time with wonderings or simply to say hello.

We are less than two weeks away from one of the most important weeks in Middle School! Discover Ecuador is quickly approaching! You may find packing lists and other relevant information on the Discover Ecuador website. There are only three Middle School trips, grade 6 to Yunguilla, grade 7 to Ibarra/Zuelta, and grade 8 to Tsa’chilla. This week is a foundation of how Middle School students embody the AC mission: We are an English language-based international learning community that values diversity, embraces a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence, and inspires empathetic and ethical student leaders. Parental support of this week of experiential learning is crucial to help us grow as a community and it is a privilege to work with so many supportive families.

As noted in last week’s newsletter, we are MAP testing this week in the Middle School. Take a moment to check-in with your child to converse about the tests.

Counselor’s Corner
Last week we had our first two Cougar Time lessons. For students who are new to the Middle School, they received an introduction to our social-emotional learning program and worked together to create mentor group norms. Grade 7 and 8 students also worked collaboratively in their mentor groups to create group norms (agreements for how they will treat one another during our social-emotional lessons). Mentors will continue to check in with their groups on which norms they are following well and which norms they could follow better and how. Doing so helps us build relationships amongst group members as well as contribute to creating a respectful and kind community.  

Students have a half day on Tuesday, September 17. These monthly half days allow our faculty to engage in important professional development work, which benefits all students. All MS students leave campus at 12:00 noon on half days. Thank you.

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 Sep 3

Dear parents,

Thank you for joining us last week, during Back to School night, to share the learning journey of your child(ren). 

September is now upon us and the real stuff is happening. Assessment, grades, retakes, learning at different speeds. Let’s remind our students to be present, to do their best and to get involved.

Course Changes
Reminder that your students have until Tuesday September 3 to change any of their courses for this semester. 

Student-Led Activities Fair (SLA)
The SLA Fair will be held on Friday, September 6 during GC Time, from 10:55 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. The location will be the Learning Commons and like in past years, we will take the students by grade level as follows:

10:55 a.m.     Students go to their mentor.
11:00 a.m.     9th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:15 a.m.     10th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:30 a.m.     11th grade mentors take their students to the fair.
11:45 a.m.     12th grade mentors take their students to the fair.

Athletics News
We are on our second week of the season, teams are training well, captains have been chosen and our first games will be on September 24. 
For the week of September 2 - 6, we will not have 6:00 p.m. buses. The bus service will be moved up to 5:00 p.m. With this change, we will have to start practices at 3:15 p.m. Your coaches will add this information to your team chats. Starting on September 9, we will return to the usual schedule.

College Counseling News

  • September 6 is the last day you can register to take the SAT or SAT IIs on October 5. Seats still remain at Colegio Menor.  However, please do not delay in registering online.This is a message primarily aimed at 12th graders.
  • Mr. Wasser be hosting a Common Application workshop at Academia Cotopaxi on Tuesday, September 17 from 12:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  This is a half-day and transportation will not be provided. Mr. Wasser will be sending out a follow up RSVP message on September 9.  
  • There will be a general information center for Cambridge University in the Academia Cotopaxi Auditorium on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please RSVP here.

MAP tests
9th and 10th graders will be testing this week. Please be ready and do your best as we use the MAP data to personalise your learning. Here is the letter Ms Hoyle sent this week.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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