I hope that you and your personal community are doing well. I was introduced to a word last week that I think is very relevant for all of us - the “corona-coaster.” It is normal for life to have ups and downs, and these past two months have certainly contained a roller-coaster of emotions. This might be a good word to introduce to your family, and a way to talk about feelings with your Middle Schooler. 

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan
On Wednesday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m. I will be hosting a Parent Workshop (zoom link) geared towards families who will be leaving AC at the end of the school year. (This does not mean families who are staying cannot attend!) The workshop will look at transitions, moving, and how to help your child in “leaving well.” Although goodbyes are never easy, this year it is exceptionally different as we are constrained by new rules and restrictions, and I would like to provide you with some tips and concrete steps on how to navigate that for yourself and your child. We will be looking at this process using the RAFT acronym: Reconciliation, Affirmation, Farewell, Think destination.

I also wanted to provide you with information about an upcoming parent education opportunity led by FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. - Quito time. This webinar titled “Prevention in the Family: An Online Q&A for Teen Health Promotion” is meant to be an informative session to answer questions such as “Where do the main pressures on kids to use drugs come from?” and “How much impact do parent attitudes and modeling have on teen use?” The webinar is free and registration can be found here.

Please check out our bonus May edition of Service Learning in the Middle, which highlights two MS students.

As per the calendar, there are no class meetings on Monday, May 25. Enjoy the upcoming three day weekend.

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."