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Message from the Superintendent

Dear ACS Families,

Thank you to those who "Found Their Roar" by exercising their right to vote during the board elections held last week. Congratulations to Kacee Ballew, Katie Buss, Fernando Liendo, Amanda Nagy and Meghan Thompson all of whom were elected to serve on the board for the remainder of this school year and for the 2021-2022 school year.

We head into spring weather in La Paz with hope that a vaccine will soon be developed, improved therapeutics will be available and prevention measures will slow transmission of the CoVid virus. This is an especially important time to continue to follow the 4Ws:

  1. Wear your mask

  2. Wash your hands

  3. Watch your distance

  4. Work together: to avoid large gatherings and remind each other of our collective responsibility to keep our community safe

At the same time, we are thankful that learning continues thanks to the efforts of our staff and parents who have wrapped around our children to keep them engaged and committed to their studies.

We have been busy preparing to open "semi-presencial" as early as February 1 pending permission from Bolivian authorities and our readiness to provide a safe and secure learning environment to the greatest extent possible. Stay tuned for more details associated with our DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN 2.0

TUITION PAYMENTS

The accounting office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. everyday for parents to update their accounts. Please follow our safety protocols and all instructions provided by the security team.

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

At this months board meeting the calendar of important dates for the 2021-2022 school year was approved. Click here to see when the school year begins, planned vacations and other important dates.

ONLINE ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS

ACS offers this list ONLINE ACTIVITIES 2020 for the convenience and consideration of parents. The arrangements made between families and these instructors are private and independent of ACS. As such, they are not administered, managed by, or have any affiliation with the school. Arrangements regarding time, methods, and pricing, are determined exclusively with the instructors.

DISTANCE LEARNING TIPS FOR PARENTS

Check out these other "Distance Learning Tips For Parents" (in Spanish and English) described in the Distance Learning Playbook for Parents by Rosalind Wiseman, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and John Hattie. Click on this link to learn more about the following 7 strategies to set your child up for success:

  1. Establish Routines

  2. Create a Learning Environment

  3. Learn how to log into Classdojo (ES), Google classroom (Gr. 3-12) and Powerschool

  4. Communicate with Teachers

  5. Monitor Screen Time

  6. Ensure Proper Sleep

  7. Take Care of Yourself

WAAGS: Week At A Glance

  1. All Secondary WAAGS: click here: All access to zoom recordings is by request only. Parents should email the teacher directly.

  2. All Elementary WAAGS: click here All access to zoom recordings is by request only. Parents should click on the link in the site and click "Request Access"

THE COUGAR PARENT UNIVERSITY

In response to parent feedback we are happy to launch the Cougar Parent University. Click on the picture to the left to access the University which consists of a list of parent forums (also below), scholarly articles, webinars, our Virtual Library and additional resources aimed at equipping you with the information you need to effectively partner with the school in your child's learning journey.

2020-2021 APPLICATION FOR AN ADDITIONAL CoVID TUITION DISCOUNT

The ACS Board is committed to assisting families to the greatest extent possible throughout the national health emergency by providing opportunities to apply for an additional tuition discount. The additional discount is offered in solidarity to our community and not as a result of providing the best continuous education in the region.

For those interested in applying for an additional CoVID Tuition discount for the 2020-2021 school year please see information on how to apply in the on-line application form linked here Tuition Discount Application 2020-2021 (English) or Descuento de Matricula 2020-2021 (Spanish).

  1. This discount can only be applied for tuition for the first semester. In December the Financial Aid Committee will revisit all submitted applications in order to determine whether ACS is in the position to maintain, increase or decrease this discount

  2. Eligibility for the award requires that families have no more than 2 months of outstanding debt for the 2019-2020 school year.

  3. Receiving this award is contingent on successfully enrolling in school following the virtual registration process described above.

  4. ALL DISCOUNTS ARE APPLIED FOR TUITION AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED LESS THAN 6 DAYS BEFORE THE END OF ANY MONTH WILL BE REVIEWED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, HOWEVER THE DISCOUNT MAY NOT BE APPLIED UNTIL THE NEXT FOLLOWING MONTH. FOR EXAMPLE, IF AN APPLICATION IS RECEIVED ON NOVEMBER 25, THE DISCOUNT MAY NOT BE APPLIED FOR DECEMBER.

CHILD SAFETY AND PROTECTION

SAFETY MEASURES AND CHILD PROTECTION

In partnership with and support from the US State Department we have purchased equipment and are upgrading our health facilities to reflect international school safety standards specific to CoVid-19 safety protocols. ACS will adhere to and likely exceed standards provided by Bolivian and US Government authorities as they pertain to the safe physical reopening of schools.

Child protection and safety is a top priority. The school is in strict compliance with Bolivian Law and follows International best practices to ensure child safety including cyber security and teaching students how to use technology responsibly in virtual learning environments

2020-2021 ACS Child Protection Policy (linked here)

ACS CALENDAR

COUGAR HUB

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Feedback Wanted

We welcome your observations and suggestions about all ACS programs, events and initiatives. You can provide feedback by clicking on this link. or by clicking on the Feedback links provided on each of the Secondary and Elementary Newsletters.