Message from the Superintendent
Dear ACS Families,
I hope you and your families are well and that your children are excited to begin the new school year. Today was the first day of school and students were able to reunite with old friends and begin making new friends much to the delight of their teachers.
Thank you for joining the ACS Adventure this year. On behalf of the Board, faculty and staff we are thankful for your commitment to and trust in ACS. We are looking forward to opening the school year tomorrow with increased dedication to our mission of inspiring our students to be critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers and responsible global citizens. Focussed on excellence, founded in integrity and committed to diversity our top priority is the health, wellness and safety of your children.
You can count on our teachers and staff to actively support your child and partner with you in their learning journey. Please see the information below for important updates and thank you again for joining the ACS adventure this year!!!
YOU'RE INVITED: GENERAL ASSEMBLY: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26 at 5:00p.m.
Please click on this link to attend virtually and hear about the state of the school, learning celebrations, and opportunities to be involved including parent representative information.
ACS ADVENTURE LEARNING KITS
To facilitate distance learning in ES we are excited to issue an ACS I-Pad and grade specific learning materials to every enrolled elementary student
Parents are encouraged to stop by school between 8:30-1:00 p.m. and 1:30-5:00 p.m. according to the schedule below:
Monday, Aug. 10 = KG3, KG4 and KG5
Tuesday, Aug. 11 = Grades 1 and 2
Wednesday, Aug. 12 = Grade 3
Thursday, Aug. 13 = Grades 4 and 5
Friday, Aug. 14 = open to all grades
Parents will also receive student belongings left in classrooms last year. Parents with more than 1 child can pick up all Adventure Learning Kits on the day assigned to the grade of their youngest child. All materials have been disinfected and parents are asked to follow strict safety protocols and the instructions of our security team during pick up.
Below are additional resource you will find helpful as we launch into the 2020-2021 school year.
Virtual Library: Updated with many more options for kids and parents.
Frequently Asked Questions linked (Frequently Asked Questions linked here in both Spanish and English.) in both Spanish and English.
2020-2021: 100% VIRTUAL REGISTRATION/PROCESO VIRTUAL DE INCRIPCIONES
We welcome your desire to register your child(ren) for the 2020-2021 school year using the form linked below. Late Registration is open beginning Monday, August 10-Friday, August 14 and families will have the option to pay in person at the front gate from 8:30-12:30p.m. each day Monday-Friday of this week.
Paso 1: Por favor lea el correo de ACS y los documentos de pdf adjuntos
Paso 2: Actualice sus pensiones usando las modalidades de pago de ACS o contactesé con Erika Ferrufino email@example.com)
Paso 3: Imprima, firme, escaneé y mande los contratos ACS e información del RUDE
Paso 4: Ingrese a este link: Master Virtual registration Form para:
a) Descargue el contrato firmado
b) Descargue una copia de su Cédula de identidad firmada (anverso y reverso)
c) Verifique la información de contacto se su hijo/a (actualizar si es necesario)
d) Acepte sus responsabilidades como padre de familia ACS
Paso 5: Pague su pensión 2020-2021
Una vez que haya completado el proceso de inscripciones recibirá una confirmación de nuestra oficina de contabilidad en las próximas 48 horas.
Recibirá una carta de la secretaria de su nivel correspondiente, con más información sobre el inicio del año escolar.
Nota: La distribución de materiales incluyendo iPads para familias empezará a partir del 10 de agosto
PAYING YOUR 2019-2020 TUITION
1. Bank Transfer/ Transferencias Bancarias:
2. Credit and Debit Card Payments/ Pagos con tarjetas de crédito o débito:
Option 1/Opción 1
Option 2/ Opción 2
In Person Payments
Beginning Monday, July 20 between 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. you will be able to update your accounts for 2019-2020 and submit payment for August tuition as part of our virtual registration process. 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.
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 APPLICATION FOR AN ADDITIONAL CoVID TUITION DISCOUNT
DEADLINE is August 24 at 4:00 P.M.
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 Financial Aid Application 2020-2021 (English) or Aplicacion Ayuda Financiera 2020-2021 (Spanish).
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
Eligibility for the award requires that families have no more than 2 months of outstanding debt for the 2019-2020 school year.
Receiving this award is contingent on successfully enrolling in school following the virtual registration process described above.
ACS TEACHERS ARE LIFE-LONG LEARNERS: 2200 Hours and Counting
This summer, our teachers are modeling the value we place on lifelong learning by enrolling in coursework to improve their practice. ACS and the Board of Trustees with support from a grant from the US State Department are proud to support 100% of our faculty and staff as they engage with one or more of the following organizations to ensure ACS provides the highest quality distance learning experience for your children based on current applied educational research and innovative best-practices:
Teachers’ College at Columbia University
Harvard Graduate School of Education
AASSA (Association of American Schools of South America)
AAIE (Association for the Advancement of International Education)
ISS (International Schools Services)
GOA (Global On-line Academy)
VHL (Virtual High School)
Bolivian Ministry of Health
TeachNow (Additional Certifications aimed at teachers who are already certified)
Digital Bootcamp (Early Childhood- specific to on-line learning)
Splash Academy (Virtual conference for Early Childhood Education)
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Google Teacher Certification levels I and II
ICMECS (International Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDREN
Please click on this link for an archive of previous Messages from the Superintendent
Please bookmark this site and keep it handy for quick reference. Real-time information about everything ACS is at your fingertips and just a click away.
SPECIAL PARENT RESOURCE PAGE
A good resource site for online learning and parent support is:
Tips for parents:
Early childhood dos and don’ts:
Creating learning experiences for children:
Talking with children about COVID-19:
Virtual recess activities:
ACS Specific Resources
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 2020-2021
MEET THE TEAM
Extra-Curricular Handbook (English)
Extra-Curricular Handbook (Espanol)
Staff Directory and Profiles
Chain of Command (English)
Cadena de Comando (Spanish)
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
February 13: Improving Communication with Your Child
Jan. 23rd: Substance Abuse and Warning Signs
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
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
2018-19 General Assembly Presentations
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
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.