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Elementary School News

ES OCT 8

In this issue, I would like to thank our parent community for truly partnering with us and supporting learning. Your contributions in SeeSaw, your attendance at Back to School Night and Conferences, as well as your daily participation in your children’s learning lives is wonderful. Our parent representatives have been amazing in supporting our communications and we want to thank our community for following our guidelines in WhatsApp groups. We are looking forward to seeing you for Math Night on Thursday, October 17. 

Symphony Concert
On Wednesday, October 16 AC is delighted to host a very special concert. We had a last minute opportunity for OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) to perform at our school, so we jumped on the chance and our stellar music department is taking the lead on turning an opportunity into a reality. Many students will be attending a morning concert, and we are also making these concerts available to parents. You are cordially invited to attend an OSNE concert, either from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the AC Auditorium. This event is free of charge and is guaranteed to be a musical treat.

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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High School News

HS OCT 8

Seniors and ToK Presentations
Last Wednesday, our seniors did their ToK presentations in front of teachers, peers and 11th graders. This is the first time we are doing this at AC and it was great to see the level of critical thinking of our senior class. Thank you to our seniors and to Mr. Spielman.

IB Registrations
Mr. Voeller has been meeting with our seniors to discuss IB exam registrations. All of our students are registered on the IB platform and will be bringing home the “Fees Letter” that explains how the IB charges for exams and deadlines as well as their Registration Summary and Invoice Breakdown. We are asking parents to sign these and return them to Mr. Voeller by October 25. 

Discover Ecuador
We are extending the deadline for the payment of the deposits to October 15. For parents whose child(ren) is/are signed up for a trip but have not paid the deposit, please review this letter that was sent last Wednesday. Thank you for your support for this program.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS OCT 7

Standards Based Grading
The Middle School is now fully immersed in Standards Based Grading. Some of you have inquired about what you might expect to see in Skyward at this point. This will vary from class to class. For certain classes, a standard may be one that students will see all year, and thus your child may still be at the Developing stage, and this may be perfectly acceptable. In other classes, the standard may end within a few weeks, and therefore we would want most students to be Proficient at that standard. Please know that, as always, teachers will communicate if there is a concern, and that you are always welcome to contact your child’s teachers and inquire about your child’s progress toward a given standard.

Symphony Concert
On Wednesday, October 16 AC is delighted to host a very special concert. We had a last minute opportunity for OSNE (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador) to perform at our school, so we jumped on the chance and our stellar music department is taking the lead on turning an opportunity into a reality. Many students will be attending a morning concert, and we are also making these concerts available to parents. You are cordially invited to attend the OSNE concert, either from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the AC Auditorium. This event is free of charge and is guaranteed to be a musical treat.

Counselor’s Corner 
This week in Cougar Time we are exploring Friendships, including how friendships can change over time and how excluding others affect the community. Throughout the Middle School years, friendships and social dynamics evolve. As kids look to find a sense of belonging, we can help them foster inclusion and handle the exclusion they may face. Find some tips on how to talk to your child about this in the article: Helping Kids Cope with Cliques

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 oct 1

Dear Parents,

As you have read in our Director’s newsletter, our family will be moving to the Dominican Republic beginning in August 2020, as I will take on the role of Elementary Principal at the Carol Morgan School. After 25 years at Academia Cotopaxi, you can probably imagine that this decision was a difficult one for my husband and I. We are immensely grateful for every experience that we have had as part of the Cotopaxi family both professionally and personally, and know that Cotopaxi will always have a special place in our hearts.

During my search process, I engaged in many conversations with different leaders, teachers, and parents in different places of the world and was honored to be able to share stories of learning and community that are lived at Cotopaxi. Each of those conversations contributed to my feeling of gratitude for our school and the people who make it all happen.

Our Elementary division is an environment where families and staff members come together with a strong sense of collaboration and every member has a sense of belonging. Our division is truly a special place to be in. The aligned practices related to learning, physical environments, and social-emotional growth are solid, and I know that we will successfully plan for the transition in leadership, so that there is continued improvement in our division.

I am truly privileged to continue to work with our Academia Cotopaxi community throughout this school year and I am committed to contributing towards a smooth transition in leadership. I look forward to each of the interactions I will have with Cotopaxi parents, students, and staff members for the following ten months. 

With great appreciation,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

MS Oct 1

The above photo is from the Grade 6 Discover Ecuador trip where students are in action helping with and learning about one of the Yunguilla community projects: cheese making! For any MS family, we highly recommend a visit to Yunguilla. The community restaurant is open for lunch on the weekends and there are many trails to explore. Our continued visits will be an incredible way to assist with their sustainable community development program. 

We also have amazing news from the Grade 7 trip. The Ministry of Education was considering closing the school with whom we are working. Representatives from the Ministry visited last week, while we were there, and in large part because of AC’s commitment to the school, it will remain open. Additionally, the Ministry of Education will now provide groceries to the school so that parents and teachers can prepare lunch for the children, as most of them suffer from poor nutrition. Our students also worked with parents to help repair the kitchen. Sustainable development in action!

And from the Grade 8 trip, the Tsachila gained many valuable resources and experiences from hosting AC. Our students helped build a new arts and crafts building, and also provided resources for the bathrooms and showers. As we know, the Tsachila culture is under threat of extinction. Our valuing the conservation of traditions and customs of an indigenous group creates motivation for the Tsachilas themselves to maintain their language, typical dress, and other customs.  We, as outsiders, have the opportunity to help the Shino Pi Bolon cultural center to persevere with their mission of ensuring their culture does not disappear. 

Thanks again to YOU, parents, for your support of this experiential learning week. We will continue to reflect on and use the lessons learned during Discover Ecuador throughout the school year. Teachers will be adding their photos to shared folders. There may not be many when you look today, but please keep checking as they will be added during the week. Grade 8, Grade 7, Grade 6. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Please email or chat with Sheryl to share your comments. Thanks!

Counselor’s Corner
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from the inevitable adversity, stress, and challenges that life (and especially adolescence) brings. It is not something you are born with or without; it is a skill that kids develop as they grow. The Discover Ecuador trip always provides an opportunity for our students to foster their resilience as they step outside of their comfort zones, navigate challenges, take risks (sometimes healthy, sometimes not-so-healthy) and learn to trust their instincts. As we come back from Discover Ecuador to the comfort of our homes and school, we can continue to assist kids in building that resilience. Take some time to read this article on the 10 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids to find ways to help your child continue to survive and thrive in the face of life’s unavoidable stressors.

Between MAP testing and Discover Ecuador, our schedule has been quite varied over the past few weeks. We look forward to a “regular” week of learning this week.

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 Oct1

Dear Parents and Community Members,

There are several important announcements from our Counseling Department. Please note that we are reviewing numbers for the Discover Ecuador trips. I will be in touch soon.

Counseling
On behalf of the counseling team we would like to share a community event put on by the Universidad San Francisco. On October 2, three Harvard University psychiatry professors will provide a parent workshop: "Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: How to know if it's not just a phase?" The presentation will be given in English with Spanish translation. AC is in no way coordinating or endorsing this event but we would like to share the information for any parents who are interested.
Information and registration, here.

IB Corner
Many of our seniors have completed their Extended Essay, a formal piece of academic writing on a subject, topic and question of their choosing that is mandatory for our IB Diploma Candidates. We are inviting all community members to see their work at our annual EE Gallery Walk on Monday, October 7 during our Global Citizen Time (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) 

College Counseling News

The PSAT will occur at Academia Cotopaxi at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19. Your student must arrive by 8:30 a.m. There is no cost. This is not obligatory. Academia Cotopaxi is not responsible for transportation and students are responsible for bringing their own snacks.

However, if your student is planning on applying to the United States, I would recommend him/her taking the PSAT. If he or she is a non-IB Diploma candidate applying to Canada, I would recommend him or her taking the PSAT. The PSAT is not necessary if your student is only interested in the UK. The PSAT is 95% unnecessary if your student is applying to Europe.  

The PSAT stands for Practice SAT, and the only people who will see the results are the test taker, Mr. Wasser, and the student’s family. Universities will not see the result.  

*You must sign up by Monday, October 14.

  • Do you Want Financial Aid from a United States University?

If the answer is yes, on October 1, not before, you can begin filling out the CSS Profile & FAFSA.

If your student is applying to one of the following schools, you must check to see if you must complete the CSS Profile. You enter this system using your son or daughter’s CollegeBoard username and password.

If your son or daughter is a US citizen or permanent resident, you must also fill out the FAFSA.

Failure to do these things could result in your son or daughter’s university application being considered incomplete or your son or daughter being ineligible for any type of financial aid or scholarship.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Wasser, who is willing to work directly with your confidential information if you give him permission.

  • College and University Visits

We will have university visits the next 10 school days! Check them out here. You are always welcome and free to attend.

Athletics

October 1

4:15 p.m. - Boys JV and Varsity Volleyball: AC vs. Alliance Academy at AC Campus
4:15 p.m. - Girls Varsity Soccer: AC vs. Alliance Academy at AC Campus

October 3

4:15 p.m. - Girls JV Volleyball: AC vs. Alliance Academy at Alliance Campus
5:30 p.m. - Girls Varsity Volleyball: AC vs. Alliance Academy at Alliance Campus

*Off Season Boys Soccer will meet on Thursdays, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. for practice.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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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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