Dear Parents, Families, and Students,
What a wonderful first week back! There is so much energy and joy being shared amongst students, teachers, and staff, and we are thrilled to be back. We are grateful that you are part of the AIS family, and we continue to count our many blessings.
First Week of School
While of course we would have loved to have seen your smiling faces in person and on campus, our students’ bright lights shone through every Zoom session we hosted this week. It is wonderful to be connected to you and your beautiful children once again. I’m confident that you will have heard exciting things about your child’s/children’s experiences this week.
If you need help with technical support, please refer to your Divisional Principal’s Weekly Updates for further information about joining one of our virtual learning sessions next week.
Online School Family and Student Document
I’m pleased to share our AIS Online School Policy and Procedures document for parents, students, and families with you. Should you have questions about Online School, this document will help you find the answers you need. Of course, you are always welcome to speak to our faculty and staff at any time with questions you may have. Remember to always start with the classroom teacher, and then follow up with your Divisional Principal, if necessary.
On behalf of our PTA President, Mr. David Chang, we wish to thank those of you who have recently come forward to express interest in participating in the PTA this year. David is continuing to have conversations with anyone who is interested in pursuing this wonderful opportunity to help AIS PTA thrive. Research shows that student learning improves when parents are actively involved in the life of the school. It takes many hands to make light work. Remember, keeping the lines of communication open and building deep, trusting relationships is especially important when we cannot physically come together. We welcome your participation, big or small!
Zoom Sessions and Social Media
Some families have asked that we contact them regarding AIS’s teleconferencing policy and/or social media practices. All families who indicated that they would like an opportunity to follow up during online registration will receive an email asking them to please follow up with their child/children’s Divisional Principal. Please note that participation in Zoom calls is mandatory for all AIS students, as it is the primary instructional tool authorized and sanctioned by the school to facilitate learning. It is not possible to opt out of using this tool. A number of safety measures have been put in place, and we are confident in our practices, protocols, and record retention policy.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) validates the integrity of our school programs and assures all members of our school community that we are committed to excellence through the process of continuous self-reflection and ongoing improvement. This year, AIS will complete its accreditation process from 2-6 November 2020. Last year, the visit was cancelled, due to COVID-19. As a result, the Leadership Team at AIS has elected to complete a virtual accreditation, to ensure that the process is completed, as planned. We will share more information about the upcoming visit, as we approach that time.
In the meantime, on behalf of the Leadership Team and Faculty at AIS, we thank you once again for a truly wonderful first week back at school!
PS. We can’t wait for you to see our new High School student lockers and our new school PE change rooms!!
Head of School