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Middle School News

MS MAY 19

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.

Service
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

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 19

Dear High School Parents and Students,

Thank you for your continued effort and commitment to our distance learning programme. Here is our HS newsletter for this week. Be safe!

June
The last week of June will be dedicated to a few things:
-Last meetings with teachers
-Sharing the summer work
-Capstone presentations with mentors. As always, parents are invited to join. Students will be reviewing the parameters of those presentations this Wednesday in mentors. Please encourage students to attend the session with their mentors at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

June Schedule
Below is our last week’s schedule:

College Counseling: Requesting Letters of Recommendation from Leaving Teachers
If you are an 11th grader wanting to request a letter of recommendation for your college applications next academic year, you need to provide your teachers with three weeks of advance notice. This means, you must officially request these letters of recommendation by next Friday, May 22. In order for your recommenders to do the best job possible, please make sure you share your Interview Sheet with your recommender. The more time you put into your Interview Sheet, the better job your recommender can do. Questions on this protocol?  Please reach out to Mr. Wasser.

Meet with Teachers - Schedule Appointments
We will continue to encourage students to set up appointments with teachers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to meet with our teachers.

CAS at Home
Mr. Shulman and Ms. Faidutti have created a google classroom to share ideas of cool CAS experiences that can be done at home. The CAS code is cmtf4ra. Those ideas will contribute to maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

Reminder of Netiquette
It is crucial that, together, we maintain strong and positive ways to interact and to present ourselves online. Please support us so that students respect the following netiquette.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Director Message

DIR MAY 12

Dear Parents and Colleagues,

This week we will be hosting two Thought Exchanges, one in English and the other in Spanish to gather ideas and thoughts from parents and faculty to help us in our planning by knowing what you are thinking about the current and near future opportunities and challenges we collectively face as a community at IMAGINE and Academia Cotopaxi with respect to COVID-19. Below is the link to join the Thought Exchange.

Watch live stream: https://youtu.be/SSaGmiHJVXU​​​​​​​
4:00 p.m | (English version)
7:00 p.m. (Spanish version)

Thank you to all the parents who have completed the re-enrollment questionnaire. We still have a significant amount of parents who have not completed this survey. We understand that many of you have doubts or questions about next year, that information itself is very valuable for helping us to plan so please EVERYONE fill in the survey, it is quick and all data we gather helps us better navigate through next year and the immediate benefactors of this information are our students.

On behalf of all of our students, teachers and support staff, I look forward to seeing you in the Thought Exchange.

Sincerely,

Robert van der Eyken
Director

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High School News

HS MAY 12

Dear High School Parents and Students,

Thank you for your continued effort and commitment to our distance learning programme. Here is our HS newsletter for this week. Be safe!

Meet with Teachers - Schedule Appointments
We will continue to encourage students to set up appointments with teachers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to meet with our teachers.

CAS at Home
Mr. Shulman and Ms. Faidutti have created a google classroom to share ideas of cool CAS experiences that can be done at home. The CAS code is cmtf4ra. Those ideas will contribute to maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

Reminder of Netiquette
It is crucial that, together, we maintain strong and positive ways to interact and to present ourselves online. Please support us so that students respect the following netiquette.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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Middle School News

MS MAY 12

I recently posted this on the MS student bulletin: I want to congratulate you, Middle Schoolers! The majority of you are on time to class, attending all classes, and engaging in your class sessions. This is wonderful! Some of you, though, are struggling and are consistently late. Please talk to your parents about helping you find a system to get to your class meetings on time. You might need to set an alarm on your computer, or you might need a reminder from someone in your house. You can do it!!

Parents, you know your children better than we do (and I suspect, better than you did two months ago!). Please, please, please, if you know that your child has difficulty managing their time and their distractions, talk with your child about a plan, and, as much as possible, help to support this plan at home. Although Middle Schoolers are gaining independence and like to do things on their own, many of them still need adult guidance. Thank you, as always, for your support!

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan
Last week in FLEX time, mentor groups had the opportunity to work together to create their own “Messages of Hope” to share with each other and the community. Please take a look at all of the groups’ creations, and hopefully they bring a bit of hope and smile to your face :) 
Messages of Hope from the AC Middle School

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 12

Dear Families,
 
We are looking forward to the conversations that will take place this week during conferences. We want to offer you the best experience possible as we co-construct a deeper understanding of children’s learning. Below you will find the communication that was sent to you last week with the links for conferences with specials. Homeroom teachers have sent their schedules to you directly.
 
Counselors are also looking forward to connecting with you on Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. for the Zones of Regulation at Home Parent Workshop - No registration required. Follow this link to join: https://cedia.zoom.us/j/94389910069
 
Conferences Communication:

On May 14 and 15, we will hold virtual parent teacher conferences. During our conversation, we will celebrate your child’s growth and also speak about next steps. Conversations are scheduled for 20 minute periods with homeroom teachers. Schedules for homerooms will be shared by your homeroom teachers. If you would like to schedule a time with any of your child’s specials’ teachers (Art, Music, PE, Spanish), please scroll to the bottom of this document. 
 
This distance learning experience has given us a unique opportunity to partner with you as we support your child’s learning through a strong partnership. We are looking forward to your contributions during conferences as you have been accompanying your child and observing their learning first hand during the last weeks. Together, we will co-construct a deeper understanding of your child’s development and will use that understanding to further impact learning and well-being. 
 
Below are a set of suggested guiding questions for your reflection and observations/conversations with your children that we ask that you consider prior to conferences.

Guiding questions for you to engage with your child:

  • What have you discovered as the best parts of distance learning? 
  • What have you learned how to do during this time at home?
  • What would you be excited to learn about next?
  • What/Who has helped you as a learner during this time of learning from home?

Guiding questions for parent reflections (jot down your reflections to bring to conferences):

  • What positive discoveries have you made about your child as a learner that perhaps you did not know before?
  • What positive discoveries have you made about your child’s way of playing and learning through play that you did not know before?
  • How has your child responded to this way of learning- working online; working with parent as a partner/coach; coping with #stayathome reality?
  • How is your child contributing to your family’s experience?
  • What opportunities exist in your family structure/dynamics for your child to express emotions and build resilience?

Homeroom Schedule (Will be sent by your child’s teacher)

Art Schedule:
Mr. Josep Navarro (Grades K-5)

Music Schedules:
Ms. Robyn Kammer (Grades PK-2)
Ms. Lacey Iverson (Grades 3-5)

Physical Education Schedules:
Mr. Ennio Leon (Grades PK-2)
Ms. Danielle Taylor (Grades 3-5)

Spanish Schedules:
Ms. Elsa María Crespo
Ms. Natalia Houser
Ms. Lorena Bueno
Ms. Daniela Salazar

Always together,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Director Message

DIR MAY 5

Dear Parents,

Please mark your agendas. On the evening of Thursday May 14, we will be hosting an interactive Town-hall style “Thought Exchange” exploring the theme of moving forward as a school in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Further details will be comin to you prior to the event.

Clearly on many of our minds, as parents and educators alike, is when and under what conditions we will return to on-campus learning. This is part of the purpose for the thought exchange. A fundamentally important part of our collective planning for next year, as a Board, administration, faculty, support services and families, is having as much data as possible. If you have not done so already, PLEASE take a few minutes to complete our re-enrollment questionnaire. The information you provide, including your own questions and uncertainties is invaluable for us to work with you as parents for the benefit of your sons and daughters.  

The challenges of navigating COVID-19 and all its implications is going to be for the foreseeable future. But there is still a lot to celebrate as members of this community. An excellent way to do this is to help celebrate our virtual International Festival. We are so grateful for the video and recipe submissions we received and the final product will be shared shortly with our community. Stay tuned to see how your contributions to this beloved event will add some sunshine to our memories during these difficult days. And once again PLEASE fill in the re-enrollment questionnaire.

Sincerely,

Robert van der Eyken
Director

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Elementary School News

ES MAY 5

Dear Families,

We have spoken before about possibilities that arise and how we embrace these. This week, I want to speak about strengthening our school-home relationships and express gratitude for the way in which you are participating in the co-construction of our collective understanding regarding how children learn and what we value in education.

We are extremely excited to engage in conversations during the upcoming parent-teacher conferences with families in this unique opportunity on May 14 and May 15. This conversation will focus on sharing with the primary purpose of celebrating and speaking about next steps. While teachers engage with children through the online connections, parents are accompanying their children and observing their learning first hand throughout the day.
 
So, we invite you to place close attention to how your child interacts with learning, how they learn best, the role that play has in their lives, what they enjoy, the effort that they put into challenging situations, how your relationship contributes to their sense of resilience... enjoy observing and take note of what you see. We know that children benefit from focusing on positivism and strengthening their confidence and boosting their self-esteem will always be a priority. As we think about their distance learning experience, we will together, harness this as a moment of celebration and project our true belief in their potential, in their intelligence and in the endless possibilities that are coming their way. Below are a set of suggested guiding questions for your reflection and observations/conversations with your children that we ask that you consider prior to conferences.

Guiding questions for you to engage with your child:

  • What have you discovered as the best parts of distance learning? 
  • What have you learned how to do during this time at home?
  • What would you be excited to learn about next?
  • What/Who has helped you as a learner during this time of learning from home?

Guiding questions for parent reflections (jot down your reflections to bring to conferences):

  • What positive discoveries have you made about your child as a learner that perhaps you did not know before?
  • What positive discoveries have you made about your child’s way of playing and learning through play that you did not know before?
  • How has your child responded to this way of learning- working online; working with parent as a partner/coach; coping with #stayathome reality?
  • How is your child contributing to your family’s experience?
  • What opportunities exist in your family structure/dynamics for your child to express emotions and build resilience?

Parent Opportunities Coming Up:

  • Wednesday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. - Link to RSVP

"Parents as Influencers of a Growth Mindset"
Link to join the meeting: https://cedia.zoom.us/j/92479470594
Zoom Meeting ID: 924 7947 0594

  • Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m.

"Self-Regulation and use of Zones of Regulation at Home"

  • Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15

"Parent Teacher Conferences" (Information regarding schedules will follow from your teachers)

Updates on Distance Learning Model:

Beginning next week, Spanish teachers will offer an additional opportunity for a live session for students in grades 1-5. Instrumentals has also been added to the live sessions for grades 4-5, and there is a book club that has been launched by our librarian for grades 2-5.

Always together,

Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal

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Middle School News

MS MAY 5

Thank you to those of you who were able to join the Parent Workshop last Thursday, it was delightful to connect and see parents. If you were unable to join us, you may view the slides here

Counselor’s Corner - Aubrey Jordan
At the parent workshop last week, I shared some health & wellness tips for parents during this time, that are helpful not just for students but for adults as well. One important point that has come up in teacher observations and students surveys is about sleep & routine. A couple of measures can be taken to assist our students in maintaining energy and focus during the day through a healthy and relatively normal sleep schedule. Here are a few examples of this:

  • Allowing enough time to wake up prior to first class.
  • Finding a location such as a desk or table in a common living area to participate in class. 
  • Exercising or moving the body for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Promoting a scheduled bedtime in which electronics/devices are turned off or stored in a location outside of the bedroom.

For a full list of those tips please refer to slides 7-8 on this slideshow, or for any other question, please email me at ajordan@cotopaxi.k12.ec.

Service
Please take a moment to view the Middle School Service Learning website, and read the May edition of MS service learning newsletter.

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 5

Dear High School Parents and Students,

Thank you for your continued effort and commitment to our distance learning programme. Here is our HS newsletter for this week. Be safe!

Conversation with the HS Admin team - May 7 at 1:00 p.m.
As we are running into May, I would like to invite you to a Conversation with the High School Admin team on Thursday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m.

We will address some programme updates, take a moment to share the status of the Class of 2020 events, celebrate our student-driven initiatives and listen to our counselors. We will also answer your questions that I am kindly asking you to send me before the event, by May 6, so that we can categorise them.

Mr. Brian Voeller, Associate Principal and IB Diploma Coordinator, Ms. Delaney Keyes Voeller, High School Counselor, Mr. Lysha Wasser, College Counselor, Mr. Juan José Fuentes, Athletic Director, and Ms. Leigh Murrell, Instructional Coach, will all join me to run this session and answer your questions.

We shall have this conversation in my “meeting room”, here: https://cedia.zoom.us/j/9238512101

We all look forward to seeing you on May 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Plans for June
In the light of the current circonstances, and after many meetings and conversations in our different teams, we have decided to not hold the Semester 2 exams in June this year. Our new reality with distance learning raises the question of the validity and the meaningfulness of such exams. In lieu of traditional exams, each department will hold final summative tasks that will allow all students to demonstrate their growth and mastery of content and skills. 

We have also decided to maintain the Capstone presentations. Those are typically the culmination of the reflections on students’ ATL and CAS goals from the beginning of the year. While this is still going to represent some aspects of this year’s Capstone presentations, we shall ask students to reflect on their own experience with distance learning and what they have learned about themselves as learners.

Those decisions will impact our scheduling of the last weeks in June since we will not have an exam week as such but we will calendar the Capstone presentations with mentors and parents will be invited to those.

Change to our Seniors Events
As you might know by now, the Class of 2020 events, including the senior breakfast, farewell, roll call and graduation, are going to be postponed to a later date. This is tough for them, their families and all of us really. But we will host a special Seniors Awards and GoodBye Ceremony on May 29 at 1:30 p.m.

NHS Tutoring
Our fantastic National Honor Society, lead by Ms. Gallé, are launching a peer to peer tutoring
AC Highschool, the NHS has been working hard to figure out how we can best serve you during this time of remote learning. We've put together a tutoring list of some of our most capable students so you can get the help you'll need while we're all at home. The tutors' names and subjects can be found in the first tab of the document, and the schedules are available on the second tab. Please don't hesitate to set up a meeting with them for anything academically related, be it help on math, history, or even tips on organization/homework skills!

Meet with Teachers - Schedule Appointments
We will continue to encourage students to set up appointments with teachers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to meet with our teachers.

CAS at Home
Mr. Shulman and Ms. Faidutti have created a google classroom to share ideas of cool CAS experiences that can be done at home. The CAS code is cmtf4ra. Those ideas will contribute to maintaining a healthy and balanced life.

Reminder of Netiquette
It is crucial that, together, we maintain strong and positive ways to interact and to present ourselves online. Please support us so that students respect the following netiquette.

Thank you,
Fred Bordaguibel
High School Principal

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