Updating last week’s words revolving around security, let me share with you that we continue to be in touch with all the relevant authorities including the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy and their extended network throughout the world.  We continue to be cautious in this regard, choosing to relay information when appropriate.  We are…

Read More Newsletter – November 25

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the wonderful dusting of white I’m viewing outside my window tonight as I gaze through the collection of colorful socks that currently adorn the glass!! PTO Enhancement Grants were presented at PTO this week, and I couldn’t be prouder of the student-led initiatives that were presented, along with the array of…

Read More November 18 Newsletter

I write to you today saddened and confused.  A weekend of thought has not yet brought me to any level of understanding of the depth of the tragedy on Friday.  Tears have flowed for our friends that hail from France, in condolence for their loss of family, friends, and countrymen.  Our thoughts and prayers are with…

Read More Terrorist Threats and the Paris Attacks

Weekly update includes this week one additional administrative announcement.  I’m happy to report that we have concluded an agreement with Michelle Alzamora to move into the lead chair at the Elementary Division as the new principal.  Over the last 5 years, Mrs. Alzamora has held various roles at the school including teacher, Literacy Coordinator, and…

Read More Newsletter – November 11, 2015

As I have mentioned in previous articles, it is the time of year when many of our international staff are making decisions about next steps in their lives.  We always start with the core leadership team and after a number of years of stability, we find ourselves seeing some natural progression in their careers.  International…

Read More Newsletter – November 4, 2015

We’re heading off to our first week-long break of the school year, and I’m hopeful that you have plans to enjoy some family time and refresh/relax in preparation for a busy period in November and December as we get ready for the holidays. We are beginning the annual process of assessing our staffing needs for…

Read More Newsletter – October 21, 2015

FCD Parent Meeting Thursday, October 15 @ 8:45a Faculty Dining Room This week we welcome representatives from FCD Prevention Works (A Global Non-Profit Substance Abuse Prevention Organization).  We’ve hosted them multiple times over the years, and their message and materials constitute a major portion of our substance abuse prevention program that links to curriculum through our health…

Read More Newsletter – October 14, 2015

As we settle into a new month this week, the first stage of the school year moves into our rearview mirror.  We are launching into a critical learning period between now and October Break.  With many founding activities of welcome and the development of community spirit now complete, we capitalize on these qualities toward the…

Read More September 30, 2015

Published originally in December, Carol Dweck has extended her work to include this reinforcement of her concepts into the notion of “Getting to Yet”.  From Sweden TEDx in September, she proposes the concept of a grade for a class being a “Not Yet” rather than a failing grade. The concept of growth mindset has not…

Read More Getting to “YET”

To all of our special guests, faculty, administrators, parents, friends, and family members – we thank you for your pride and presence as we celebrate this, our 21st commencement exercises. I offer my deepest gratitude to Dr. Sarty for his words today. Above all, we value contributions like this and your participation here affirms the…

Read More Graduation 2015

At our most recent parent forum on technology, we discussed, as one of the many topics, the important aspect of sleep and the implications of technology to disrupt healthy sleep patterns. I’m going to attempt to compile here a set of the various resources that can help clarify the research on sleep and sleep habits. In…

Read More The Importance of Sleep

Appropriate at this time of year to share some thoughts about the upcoming Victory Day recognition that has been a tradition at AAS for a number of years. As in the past, we will welcome special guests, local veterans, for this remembrance.  This is particularly poignant given that this is the 70th anniversary of the…

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Dear Parents, In my many years working as an educator, I can’t begin to count the number of times I have learned important lessons from the children in my charge. Such was the case yesterday when a staff member shared the story of a student interaction that had just happened in our hallways. Two 3rd…

Read More Christmas Message 2014

Staff at the Anglo-American School of Moscow took a moment to stand together in a vigil in support of our colleagues at the Jakarta International School.  We take strong exception to the lack of transparency and due process in claims against two teachers.  Given the lack of any evidence, incarceration of these two individuals now reaching beyond…

Read More Showing Our Support

To all of our special guests, faculty, administrators, parents, friends, and family members – we welcome your pride and presence as we celebrate this, our 20th commencement exercises. I offer my deepest gratitude to Ambassador Myler for his words today. The Anglo-American School of Moscow values our sense of community and your participation here validates…

Read More Graduation Speech 2014

Dear Family, Friends, and Staff of the Anglo-American School, Welcome back from Spring Break.  We hope the holiday was refreshing, filled with renewal and engaged family time! In keeping with prior messages, I wanted to get an update out just after the break with the most recent information and to attend to current serious matters…

Read More Ukraine Update #3

Dear AAS Community and CEESA Friends, I’d like to provide an update regarding the political situation in the Crimea and Ukraine and the effect it may have on our school community. Since my last email to all on March 3, 2014, little has changed for the school¹s normal operation.  In the days leading up to…

Read More Ukraine Update #2