Course Selection

Dear grade 5, 6 and 7 parents,
Recently we have met with all grade 5, 6 and 7 students to review our process for elective requests for the 2018-2019 school year. In our presentation, we covered elective requirements, course descriptions and the new process of collecting their requests.

This school year we have begun using a new method of collecting elective requests where the students log into PowerSchool and directly select their choices regarding World Language, Music and, in the case of grade 7 and 8s, other elective choices.

In our presentation students have been shown how to access this course selection feature by first logging into PowerSchool (student login). Once logged into PowerSchool students should select class registration.

Included at the top of the screen are all of the required classes. For these classes, there is no need to select or edit. Below the required class there will be fields for World Language, Music, and other electives. Please know that this will look different for each grade level.

Select the field of electives that you have a choice in and select your world language, music or elective choice. Once done the red exclamation mark will turn to a green check. When all selections show a green check click submit.

You will have the ability to edit course selection from March 13th to March 27th.

If you have any questions regarding this process please feel free to email your child’s counselor directly.



Below is a brief overview of the process that has been presented to students. Please note that screens may look slightly different on an iPad compared to a personal computer.


Here is a downloadable PDF of the Elective Selection

Grade 5 Parent Presentation

Use THIS LINK to ask questions to us about your child’s transition to MS. We will review the questions weekly and update the blog with answers.

Additional Note for Music Selection:


Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

Band – Brass

Trumpet, trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Euphonium

Band – Woodwind

Saxophone (tenor, alto, bari), Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Basson


Executive Function Parent Coffee – Jan 24th, 2018

Thank you for your participation in this weeks parent coffee where we discuss the meaning of Executive Skills/Functions and specifically the changes that occur in MS through the onset of puberty.
In recent years I have been drawn to the research from Dr. Zelazo, who has made connections between brain development and the executive function, stating that the massive amount of growth in the prefrontal cortex (seen during the puberty years) creates an increase in neurons activity, which results in a “too many cooks in the kitchen scenario”. What has been seen as an individual matures is the neuron pathways get prioritized and streamlined, making connections between different parts of our brain, most significantly the frontal cortex and amygdala more efficient.

In the presentation below he touches on the impact that this shift in Executive Skills will have in Empathy. The full presentations, and other by Dr. Zelazo, relating to executive function can be found on youtube.

The presentation is noted here.

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Additional resources that were used in this presentation was research from Peg Dawson titled Best Practices in Assessing and Improving Executive Skills. If you would like to read that entire article you can ExecutiveSkillsChapter. Please note that not all of the strategies presented in this work would be appropriate for all students in our school setting as there are many factors that would need to be considered.

Here is a link to the article regarding a mother’s conversation with her son regarding the brain’s changes through puberty.

Other publications that were noted in our presentation was the work of Dr. Daniel Seigal including The Whole Brain Child and Brainstorm. His work is very interesting and his books are appropriate for anyone that works with children, from parents to coaches to teachers. His works can be found by clicking here.

We also mentioned the book Mean Girls (which is a workbook that we have in the counseling office) and Siblings Without Rivalries.

Being your child’s digital mentor

Thank you for joining us to discuss how we work toward being a digital mentor for your child. Guiding MS age students to make healthy and positive choices is a partnership and increasing our understanding of how kids use technology.

Additional Resources
Fortnite: A Parent’s Guide
Common Sense Media
Screenagers Movie Website (with a Resources Page)
WHO Classifies ‘Gaming Disorder’ as Mental Health Condition
Healthy Kids

Week withOut Walls (WOW)

For any parents that missed the presentation regarding the upcoming week without walls please see below.
Also, please be reminded that the WOW Mela is coming up on Monday, October 8th in the Hall of Peace. As the expression goes, “the best gear to use is the gear you already own”. That said, there may be a few odds and ends (ie. torch, sun cover, etc) that you may want to pick up.

Additionally, here is the initial letter from the MS Assistant Principal’s office.

If you need a copy of the waiver please find it below. This needs to be signed and submitted to the MS office.
WoW Waiver.

MAP Assessment info

With MAP Assessment just around the corner, I wanted to post some details information. If you have some questions about what the MAP Assessment looks like feel free to review the slideshow and video below. For parents, please know that you will receive more info regarding how to interpret your child’s MAP data, after the assessment period.

MAP Assessments are not something that students and parents need to be stressed over, nor is it an assessment that requires any preparation. The best way to be ready is to have had a good nights sleep, be well nourished and have your iPad fully charged.

Here is a slideshow that shows some examples of questions.

Also, here is a small video that we made a few years ago to show what the assessment looks like. Please note that the schedule is different this year so the first assessment (language usage) won’t be until Monday.

NOTE: While this video is accurate in the MAP assessment information, please know that dates mentioned are false as this video was originally designed when the wed-based MAP format was new to AES.

Thank you

Where Did You Come From???? New Student Lunch




At an international school such as AES we love to celebrate the fact that our students are from all over the world. We’d love for you to contribute to an AES Map that shows where “home” is to you. The idea of “home” may be more difficult to define for some of us who have spent our life traveling the world, moving from post-to-post and integrating in and out of cultures.

Is home…

… where you grew up?

… the place where your passport is from?

… where your parents are from?

… where you lived last?

… a place that you identify with?

Home may actually be many places but I will ask you to select one place, if you can to put on our shared map.

Follow the link here to the AES New Student Map.