MS WEEK AT A GLANCE: August 13-24

Lunch Rotation: 7,6

Our Mission

AES provides a balanced education  defined by a joyful pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics, arts and service. We enable each student to be an inspired lifelong learner and a responsible, compassionate global citizen.


August 15        Independence Day - School Holiday

August 17        MS New Parent Coffee, 11:00 AM, MSMPR

August 21        MS Back to School Night

Aug. 21-23        MS Student Photos

Aug. 23        PSA Information Mela 11:30 am onward

Aug. 25        Faculty Retreat

Aug. 27        AES Fall Adult Ed begins

Aug. 30        MS Parent Coffee 8:30 am

Aug. 31        Restitution Parent Workshop, 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Sep. 4                Director’s Coffee, 8:30 AM, BCR

                PSA Meeting, 9:00 - 10:30 AM, BCR

Sep. 6                MS Family Math Night, 5:00 PM, HOP

Sep. 7                Restitution Parent Workshop, 8:30 - 10:30 AM        


Student Schedules:

These are still in flux please be sure to check PS for the most accurate class lists (don’t rely on your printed version).

Block Schedule

Here is the regular Block Schedule for your ready reference. However, the first week of school will have a few special schedules so that you have time to become familiar with your advisory groups and prepared for the new school year. Please check this link for the detailed schedule for each day this week.

Calling in Sick:

Please phone or text Melissa at 83770 23631. Be sure to mention which classes need to be covered with last minute requests.. Email your lesson plans to Melissa and copy Pooja, so they can be easily shared with the substitute teacher. Anytime you need to notify in advance for a substitute, please use either RAMCO or an email to both Melissa & Pooja.

Going Home Sick from School / Coming in late:

Please sign in / out in the office so we can be well informed about who is present in the building. In case of emergency this information is important for us to have on hand. If you are ill, please inform Melissa by phoning or texting 8377023631 before 7:00 am. Share lesson plans with Melissa & Pooja by email as soon as possible so they can be shared with the cover teacher.

Back To School Night (BTSN)

As we prepare for BTSN I know that there are some questions about how this will look and feel.  I appreciate you are willing to take a risk and give it a go.  Parents and teachers who have been part of a BTSN like we are preparing for have found it to be a positive experience. We will get feedback from our community after BTSN and adjust as needed.

Overview of BTSN:

We will work with department leads to coordinate the cross-over and single teachers.

Contact Information:

We need your correct information- please complete this short form!

Helpful Links:

Phone Tree:

Please find the link of this year’s Phone Tree here.  Please let Deepa know if there is any change in your contact numbers.


ASA Season 1

After school activities start on Tuesday, August 14th. Here is the link for the Season 1 brochure.


Professional Journal Routing

If you’d like to be included on the routing list for any of these professional journals or magazines, please sign up on the form by the end of the day on Monday, August 13.

Book Recommendations Display

We’re working on a display of titles recommended by teachers and staff. (Think of a bookstore’s “Our staff recommends” section.) If you’d like to recommend a book, simply email Linda with the title and why you recommend it.


Please bookmark this page to find all things library-related.

Professional Learning

Inquiry with Kath Murdoch

We are very excited to have Kath Murdoch on campus on Monday, August 20, for a full-day of professional learning on Inquiry as a Mindset for Teaching and Learning.  

This conference is available for AES teachers at a reduced rate of R15,000 (approx $220).  There is an additional cost of R3,000 for a supporting book (the book is optional, not required for the workshop).  

In addition to the deep discount afforded as we are a host site for Chapters International, AES will support you with Rs 3,000, which can be applied towards the book, The Power of Inquiry.

Please sign up by completing this form before Monday 12pm if you would like to attend.  Please keep in mind that AES has a total of 30 seats available, to be shared with the Elementary School.  Rather than a "first come, first served" basis, we will be seeking a balance of representation.


Lockers Supervision - Please take a look at this link to see if you are interested in helping out in one of the green highlighted blocks of time in the schedule. I am still looking for 3 more teachers to help out on the first and third floor. Please get in touch with me if you are interested.

PowerSchool Reporting Schedule Take a look at the schedule for how often updates will need to be entered into PowerSchool for this year. The reporting schedule is also included for each semester. These dates have been included the MS Private Calendar (Google).

Lunchtime Supervision for Quarter 1 (link)  - This is the plan made by the Teaching Assistant team for supervising students during lunch for the first quarter.

Chaperone Schedule for 2018-19  - This is an overview of what the planned chaperone needs will look like this year. Please take a look at them to see which ones you are most interested in covering. A Google Form will collect this information and then we will use a lottery system to determine how these are spread out for everyone.


Thank you for your positive energy this past week. Parents have reported their children have enjoyed their first days of school, this can only happen with our dedicated group of teachers working together.

Student Support Teams (SST)

This year we have:

A few of you have been asking about managing student behavior.  We are fortunate that our student body values education and a positive school environment. Children at this age also make mistakes. It’s our role, as adults to model and support good behavior. Nurturing a child is an ongoing  community effort, it cannot be fixed and monitored by one person, we each play a role.

Supporting positive behavior begins in the classroom and through daily interactions. Children respond best to feedback in the moment and in context, thus, most poor choices students make can and should be managed in the classroom in the moment, without fear or shame. If you would like strategies on how to support students in your classroom your colleagues may have tried things that have been successful. You can  also come and speak with Melissa or me. In general I offer the following:

We will also spend some time with grade level teams exploring the challenges, strategies and common language we can all use to support positive behavior. Should a child in your class consistently make poor choices Melissa and I are here to support you. Please speak with us.

Wednesday is an important day in the calendar for India...Happy Independence Day! In addition to celebrating it’s an opportunity to get a little extra rest after the first days of school.


Courtney Al Moreno, August 14

Michael Ho, August 17

Steena Richards, August 18