Message from the Superintendent
Dear ACS Families,
Thank you to the over 125 families that attend our virtual Town Hall June 15 yesterday. The presentation begins on slide 39. The slides prior to slide 39 include previous town halls and General Assemblies earlier this year.
It was terrific to see familiar faces and even some students in attendance. At the Town Hall we celebrated the service of ACS board members Rolf Olson, JM Saxton-Ruiz and former ACS Board President Michael Ose. We also reviewed important elements of our 2020-2021 Reopening Plan linked here for your convenience.
Paying Your 2019-2020 Tuition
Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday) and all this week from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. you will be able to pay 2019-2020 tuition at the security gate. We ask to follow the directions of ACS personnel and to follow the safety protocols posted outside of the school to reduce the risk of transmission of the CoVid-19 virus.
Last Friday, our technician from the Ministry of Education informed us of another technical issue that prevents them from releasing report cards that may be necessary to present at your bank to receive the Bono Familia. We are calling them daily to monitor their progress in resolving this issue and apologize for the inconvenience. We will send you the report cards electronically as soon as possible.
We hope that you and your families are well as we enter another phase of a dynamic quarantine next week. We promise to continue to update you about decisions that affect our reopening planning. In the meantime, please know that our faculty and staff remain committed to our children and this is evidenced by the care and personalized attention they deliver each day, as well as their commitment to their own professional learning over the next 2 months.
PICKING UP YOUR FACTURA
You should have already received electronic invoices for the payments you made during the quarantine. Additionally, we invite you to pick up a hard copy of your final factura for the 2019-2020 school year beginning Wednesday, June 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. until Friday, June 19. Please note that Thursday, June 11 is a holiday and ACS will be closed. The process will be strictly regulated following best practice safety protocols designed to prevent transmission of CoVid-19. No parents or students are allowed on campus for any reason. If you are on foot you can pick up your factura by following the directions provided by the security guard.
If you choose to drive please enter ACS Calvert ONLY through 10th street on the side of the Japanese Embassy. If you come from Calle Julio Patiño, you will kindly be asked to turn around. This is in order to prevent congestion with cars trying to drive past the school on 10th street.
Once you get to the gate you will be handed an envelope with your facturas and a form to sign indicating you have received it.
For families who need to pick up their child’s musical instrument or other essential items please complete this form prior to coming to school so that we can prepare the item for you to pick up in advance.
ACS will arrange for parents to drop off school materials such as library books and athletic uniforms at a later date.
Based on responses from parents on our Leaping Into The Future 2.0 survey ACS will not be offering a summer program for children. Parents interested in enriching their children's learning over the summer should refer to the following:
- In Elementary: On June 3rd families will receive a packet with their child's report card that includes our traditional summer reading challenge, a new summer math challenge and grade specific project-based family fun activities.
- In Secondary: The ACS Summer Reading List (by grade) sent on May, 22.
- All School: Some ACS teachers have indicated an interest in working individually or with small groups of students to provide academic and non-academic enriching educational experiences. The arrangements made between families and these tutors are private. As such, they are not administered or managed by ACS. Arrangements regarding time, methods, pricing are determined exclusively by the Summer Enrichment Teachers. Please click on this link for a full list of possibilities.
CoVid-19 is causing profound consequences in every aspect of our lives. But despite the hardships there are always reasons to celebrate. For a full list of College Acceptances for the Class of 2020 click here
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDREN
With Deep Respect,
Please click on this link for an archive of previous Messages from the Superintendent
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SPECIAL CORONA CoVid-19 VIRUS RESOURCE PAGE
With the quarantine extended and restrictions still in place we enter the final two weeks of the 2019-2020 school year mixed. We remain uncertain about how and when the Co-Vid crisis will end. We understand the importance of keeping our distance from from loved ones and, at the same time we desire the community togetherness that celebrations of student achievement have traditionally provided us at the end of a school year.
Be assured that over the next two weeks and beyond we will not let the inconvenience of our restrictions or our grief prevent us from highlighting our children's learning. Indeed, these times have allowed our learners to bring the mission of the school to life in unique ways as they think critically and creatively and practice responsible global citizenship from their homes.
As we shared in the last General Assembly the ACS Leadership team has been planning for next year and further details will be shared with you before we enter June and July. Right now, however, we are focussed on important ACS traditions such as our Awards Ceremonies and the Commencement Ceremony of the Class of 2020. These ceremonies will be virtual this year but no less celebratory. We invite you to be together with us by clicking on the links provided below to attend these events.
Resources for Parents
- ACS Distance Learning Apps
- The Discomfort You Are Feeling Is Grief (Spanish Translation click here)
- How to Talk to Kids About World Trauma
- How to speak with your children about Coronavirus (Spanish Translation click here)
- General information about coronaviruses (Spanish Translation click here)
- Guidelines for Keeping Students Home From School (Spanish Translation click here)
- Website filled with helpful information in Spanish
- Consejos para padres con hijos que padecen de ansiedad
- Como evitar pasarle ansiedad a sus niños
- ACS Distance Learning Expectations
- Health Risk Management Rubric
Consistent with our current expectations regarding preventing the spread of contagious diseases please also see our guidelines for keeping students home from school (p. 50 of SS Handbook, p. 40 of ES Handbook).
De acuerdo con nuestras expectativas actuales con respecto a la prevención de la propagación de enfermedades contagiosas, consulte también nuestras pautas para mantener a los alumnos en casa fuera del colegio (p. 50 del Manual de Secundaria, p. 40 del Manual de Primaria).
SUPPLY LIST 2019-2020
MEET THE TEAM
- 2019-2020 ACS Child Protection Policy
- 2019-2024 Strategic Plan
- 2019-2024 Plan Estratégico
- Quick Action Emergency Guide
- Academic Calendar
- School Profile
- ACS Learning Principles
- Student/Parent Handbooks:
- Elementary (English)
- Elementary (Espanol)
- Secondary (English)
- Secondary (Espanol)
- Athletic Handbook
- Extra-Curricular Handbook (English)
- Extra-Curricular Handbook (Espanol)
- ACS Network Security
- ACS Responsible Use Guidelines (RUG): Technology
- Lineamientos para uso tecnologia responsable RUG: Spanish
- ACS RUG Acknowledgement Form
- Reglamento Interno
- Parent Representative Guidelines
- Staff Directory and Profiles
- Board Members
- Chain of Command (English)
- Cadena de Comando (Spanish)
- Election of Board Members
- Board Meetings and General Assembly Dates
- Parents' Rights/Responsibilities and Communication with the Board
COUGAR PARENT LEARNING COMMUNITY
2019-2020 Special Parent Forums/Articles
- General Assembly, May 7: Screencast of May, 7th General Assembly Slide Deck
- May 7: Entire Zoom General Assembly
- How to Talk to Children About Coronavirus
- Special General Assembly: Nov. 21, 2019
- How to talk to children about difficult news
- Construir Esperanza- Bolivia
- Hablando a los niños en crisis
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- 2018-19 Presentations
- February 13: Improving Communication with Your Child
- Jan. 23rd: Substance Abuse and Warning Signs
- Nov. 14: Living in the Digital Age: What Your Child is Doing on Their Device
- Oct. 3: ADD/ADHD and Self-regulation
- Sept. 19: Standards Based Learning at ACS
- Sept. 12: How Do I Support My Child's Learning at Home?
- August 23: 6th Grade Parent Presentation
- Aug. 14 Senior College Counseling Kick-Off
- Dec. 4 Building Resilience in Children After a Crisis
- 2017-18 Presentations
- Nov 14: Living in the Digital Age: Nov. 14
- Dec 1: ES Emotional and Psychological Development in Children
- Dec 1: SS Emotional and Psychological Development in Teenagers.
- January 17: SS Improving PSAT Scores
- January 25: ES Creating a Happy Home
- February 6: Financial Aid Information
- February 6: Getting into College: Senior Parent Presentation
- March 22: Living in the Digital Age
- May 3: 5th-6th Grade Transition Presentation
- 2018-19 General Assembly Presentations
- All School
2019-2020 Learning Celebrations
May 7: Screencast of General Assembly Slide Deck with Spanish Subtitles
May 7: Entire Zoom General Assembly.
May 18: ES Presidential Award Ceremony
May 20: SS Presidential Awards Ceremony
Poster by ACS 7th Grader
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