Disconnect, Connect, Admire, Inspire
Posted on June 14th 2017
AC student 2016 summer campaign resulted in many backpacks and books in the hands of childrenin the Coast of Ecuador in 2016. This year, we can give even more!!! Summer - a time to disconnect,…
Disconnect, Connect, Admire, Inspire
June 14th 2017
AC student 2016 summer campaign resulted in many backpacks and books in the hands of children
Summer - a time to disconnect, connect, be amazed and inspire!
First, we are collecting used backpacks and school supplies to donate to students in the Coast of Ecuador through Fundacion Amor 7.8 and Red Solidaria. Please send in your backpacks to the office by Friday, June 18!
Then get into the summer mood...Summer is right around the corner, and our students are excited about what is coming. Summer presents a unique opportunity to connect with your children, to watch them grow, to inspire them and to be inspired by them! As I envisioned my own family summer time, I started reflecting on some comments and observations I have had over the past weeks. I have sadly heard students compare themselves to their parents’ mobile devices… Some children feel that parents spent more time interacting with a device than with them. I am a parent, and more often than I would like to admit, my children have asked me to put down my phone...
So, I invite you to join me this summer in a “connection campaign” and disconnect from distractions allowing us to engage in powerful ways with our children. When time goes by, your engagement is what they will cherish. Start this summer with a plan to nurture childhood and enjoy the beauty of those special people in your life. Be present to listen to their stories, to laugh together, to cook together, to visit new places, to work on an inspiration, to fail together, to get up, to snuggle watching a movie classic, to theorize and experiment, to help others, to learn a new skill together, to build something, to invent, to immerse yourselves in the magic of stories by reading every day... Be that parent that has left the mobile device (or other distraction) to give yourself the privileged gift of parenting.
From our early childhood team...
Cotopaxi has partnered with Giving Tree Books and for a second year in a row will engage in the Summer Reading to Give campaign. We hope to have all of our students join!
Our counselor, Ms. Tanya has put together some recommendations and options if you are looking for ideas. We will share some ideas that are related to school, yet want to invite you to make of this summer a time where you will fill your hearts with childhood moments.
There are many studies that have concluded that summer can be a time of learning loss; yet the good news is, that it doesn’t have to be. Learning will certainly continue during the summer, thanks to the opportunities that you will present. Reading, writing and math engagements are strongly encouraged and have proven to enhance students’ performance over the years, when these happen during the summer months. While maintaining and strengthening concept and skill development in reading, writing and math are critical, supporting your child’s personal understanding of themselves, and strengthening their emotional development will present them with a life-time gift. So include activities that relate to the arts, understanding of society and global thinking and that support a holistic approach to development. Also, let’s take advantage of the time you have with your children to strengthen their self-esteem. (See: Positive Self-esteem for some ideas).
We invite you to have at least five tools available all summer:
1. A positive attitude combined with a desire to deeply connect with your child: Use your camera (Video and photography) to capture what your child is interested in, reflect, and inspire.
2. A discovery mindset: Step into summer to observe all that happens around us; take note, talk about it, take action. When taking a road trip keep in mind: Road trip
3. Books: Don’t leave without these: Those that your child can read and those that you will read to your child. Both count in their lives and in our campaign - Summer Reading to Give
4. Writing/Drawing utensils: Create special notebooks; gather writing pages, pens, markers.
5. Math games; Find ways to have fun with math concepts during the summer. Here’s a link to some cool ideas: http://www.math.com/parents/articles/funmath.html
Think about your summer memories and share these with your children. Help your child to think about one or two summer goals (reading new books, learning a new skill like, swimming underwater, riding a bicycle, up-cycling a piece of furniture together, writing a book, etc.), or notice when a milestone or accomplishment happens during the summer and make a big deal out of it!
Below you will find more ideas for summer. While you are welcome to use IXL, Raz Kids, and other online apps; we invite you to seek experiences that tap into your child’s need to be active, to interact with others, to discover and create. We encourage you to go through all of the ideas on the grid below or some of them. You may also want to give us some of your own ideas. Get your photo drives ready to capture and save the memories!
Summer learning resources: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/summer-learning-resources-matt-davis
Quick read on summer learning loss with ideas: http://www.parenting.com/article/stop-summer-learning-loss
Our teachers have collaborated to put together a set of ideas for you to use during the summer. These provide you with AC teacher ideas… (For a printable version - click here)
Looking Ahead Bulletin - Intermediate Division Newsletter
Posted on June 12th 2017
Happy Monday...one week to go! I can't believe that we are at this point in the year, does time ever speed by when you're having fun. Speaking of fun, this week promises to be lots of that with our…
Looking Ahead Bulletin - Intermediate Division Newsletter
June 12th 2017
Happy Monday...one week to go! I can't believe that we are at this point in the year, does time ever speed by when you're having fun. Speaking of fun, this week promises to be lots of that with our field days, moving on ceremonies, class parties, and all the rest. Make sure to come and take part in as much as you can. Also, like I said before, please make sure to check in with your child as this week is going to be emotional with all the leaving students and families...it's tough to say goodbye!
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to you, the parent community. I'm very sad today as we begin this final week knowing that it's my last week at AC. It has been an amazing 3 years, and what the school, the community, and Ecuador has given me and my family is more than we could have hoped for. What an adventure! I've absolutely loved my time here, particularly because of the incredible people that I've met along the way. Thank you for all your trust, your support and your love...it meant the world. I will get on that plane feeling very, very grateful for this experience...I cannot thank you enough.
Have a wonderful final week and I hope to see you all at some point so I can get one last hug. Have a safe, fun and adventurous summer holiday and spend time with those beautiful kids of yours! I will miss you! Dan :)
High School Happenings...
Posted on June 5th 2017
Congratulations to all 34 Seniors who successfully graduated from Academia Cotopaxi on Friday evening! It was a wonderful ceremony. I have written an email to HS Families that clearly communicates…
High School Happenings...
June 5th 2017
June 7: Exam Schedule Day 1
June 8: Exam Schedule Day 2
June 9: Exam Schedule Day 3
June 12: Exam Schedule Day 4
June 13: Alternate Schedule
June 14: Alternate Schedule
June 15: Alternate Schedule
June 16: Final day, half day... HS Awards Assembly at 10:35 a.m.
AC's 2017 School Yearbook ON SALE/ VENTA DE ANUARIOS 2017
Cashier's Office/ Caja AC
La Academia Cotopaxi está recibiendo donaciones de estos artículos para entregar a las siguientes fundaciones (Amor 7.8 y Red Solidaria). Por favor, entreguen su donaciones en la oficina de primaria hasta el último día de clases de este año escolar. ¡Sus donaciones serán entregadas a niños que necesiten mochilas para el próximo año escolar! Gracias por su generosidad.
Student Uniforms/Dress Code/Codigo de Vestimienta 2017-18
The student dress code for next year is now available on our division webpage and by accessing the following link: http://www.cotopaxi.k12.ec/
Please refer to the communication sent last week about how to order uniforms. Optional uniform supplier is on campus this week.
A time to read, a time to…
A time to read, a time to write, a time to give...
This week (November 7-11), our educators are continuing to grow as teachers of writing. Literacy consultant, Carrie Ekey is working with all teachers in grades PK - 5. There is a special opportunity for you to support your growing writer, and we invite you to attend this Thursday's parent workshop. Please visit the link to RSVP, especially if you will need to bring your child. We will have child-care provided in the school library.
To continue with the theme of literacy, I would like to announce the beginning of a special book drive. Academia Cotopaxi will be opening our first neighborhood lending library through our One Institute (formerly Language Center). Your family is invited to contribute with new or used books in any language. Get your children excited about placing books in the hands of other children from our neighborhood, go through your books at home and choose some to contribute to this exciting new school project. You may also want to purchase new books to donate at any local store or at the book fair (Nov. 14-18).
Mon. Nov. 7 - Book Drive Begins and runs through Nov. 18
Wed. Nov. 8 - Half Day - Professional Learning for teachers (PJ Day to celebrate Reading) - all students are dismissed at noon
Thur. Nov. 9 - Parent Workshop "Growing Writers" with Carrie Ekey - 6 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 11 - Progress Reports will go home
Mon. Nov. 14 - Literacy Week begins with Book Fair - Students will be able to buy books at the Book Fair. Your child's class will come with their teacher and will be able to purchase books ($8 to $15 each) or place books on hold to be purchased the next day. Books on hold will be reserved until 10 a.m. of the following day. You may come to shop at any time during the week during school hours, except for Friday when the book fair ends at noon.
Mon. Nov. 14 - Yearbook photos will be taken for PK - 2.
Tues. Nov. 15 - Character Dress Up Day - Students dress up and bring in book with character.
Wed. Nov. 16 - Parent Teacher Conferences PK - 8. No school for students in PK - 8. Book Fair will be happening for you to purchase books during your time at school.
Fri. Nov. 18 - PYP Assembly - 2nd Grade
Looking Ahead Bulletin -…
Looking Ahead Bulletin - September 5th 2016
As you also know, this Thursday is our Back to School night beginning at 5:00 with refreshments and mingle opportunities. At 5:30, there will be a meet the Board opportunity in the auditorium and then it's faculty introductions and teacher presentations at 6:00. We'll have you out of here by 8:00 at the latest. A quick reminder that this is not a time to have specific conversations about your child, and if you wish to do that then please make an appointment with your teacher directly. Also, we will not be providing supervision for children so please make the appropriate arrangements.
Our GIN class space is starting to take shape!
CTA: Banco Produbanco
Cuenta Corriente: 02-00401271-9
Discover Ecuador, Discover…
Discover Ecuador, Discover Yourself, Discover Classmates, Give Back
Here we go, this is our Discover Ecuador Week, AC's week without walls. So many good things happen on a week like this. As I was writing our rational last year for these trips, I didn't need to look any farther than Academia Cotopaxi's Mission Statement and Core Values found here: https://www.cotopaxi.k12.ec/Mission&CoreValues
Understand the importance of English when groups of diverse students are together – students will learn the necessity of a common language
Value the diversity of students within the grade – through various activities students will learn about each other’s talents and strengths as well as weaknesses and will learn the importance of trust, care and recognizing that all people have intrinsic value and potential
Develop inclusive minded students – by participating in the DE trip, students will be encouraged to work side by side with each classmate, building relationships, commonalities and sharing experiences - developing community
Promote collaboration – activities will require students to work hand in hand, listen to each other, value ideas, plan, create and innovate together to solve problems collaboratively
Strengthen empathy – while working beside classmates, sharing and building new memories, students will develop their sense of self and understand the strengths of their classmates; by working in a community and serving others, students will develop their ability to think outside of themselves.
Understand that personal challenge is necessary for growth
Experience first hand that integrity and commitment build trust