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Welcome to ACS Athens PTO

General Meetings

 

We meet in the Conference Center, located in the Administrative Building, at 10:30am.
The time schedule is as follows:
09:00 am - Academy School Principal's Coffee
09:30 am - Elementary School Principal's Coffee
10:00 am - Middle School Principal's Coffee
10:30 am - PTO Coffee

We welcome you as parents and urge you to actively participate and join us in the great community of ACS Athens.

Minutes from our general meetings:

Wednesday
Nov142018

November 13, 2018

Date: Tuesday, November 13th
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Administration Building, 2nd Floor, Large Conference Room

The meeting began with the President of the PTO Board welcoming all parents in the 2 nd General Meeting of ACS Athens Community.

Mrs. Dana Barrage started the meeting by giving a brief estimate of the money PTO Board raised from the Back to School BBQ Event as well as the Halloween Patch Sale (a net profit of 4.300 Euros in total).

Moreover, she mentioned the great success of the three events that were organized by the PTO Board and took place in November (the tour to the National Observatory of Athens, the hiking in Mount Immitos as well as the cookies and cupcake decoration workshop!) Then she refered to the cancellation of this year’s Turkey Bowl which was scheduled to take place Saturday 17 th of November.

She also referred to the anticipated event of the year which is just around the corner, the Holiday Bazaar. The Bazaar will take place Saturday 1 st of December,2018! She mentioned the importance of ACS Community participation in the upcoming Bazaar and invited all parents & guardians to join in various ways. By volunteering (you can sign up on line through ACS Athens website under PTO Events), by donating to Raffle or by donating small toys for the traditional Toys for Tots movement, where the US marines join ACS Athens celebrations, take pictures with the children and give away the donated gifts to local charities.

Moreover, Mrs.Barrage mentioned that PTO this year is also planning to donate a portion of the Raffle proceeds to local charity organizations such as "One Kid-One World" (Ένα Παιδί-ένας Κόσμος). She also invited any ideas about charity organizations which PTO can include in its future events.

Lastly, Mrs.Barrage announced the form of a cafeteria committee that is going to review the food choices and she informed us that soon we will hear about its actions. After this mini review from Mrs. Barrage Dr. Alessandra Sax JK-12 grade Counseling Psychologist took the lead.

Dr.Sax presented the very interesting topic of "Growth & Fixed Mindset", a methodology that our school started to embed in the classrooms (more actively in elementary) and in the general culture of the school. If you are interested in this topic you can find extra information by searching Mrs. Carol Dweck (Stanford University).

Dr. Sax presentation was followed by a stimulating presentation given by Ms. Christina Venos Faculty at 2 nd grade. Ms. Venos presented the practical implementation of Growth Mindset in the classroom by showing to parent's actual exercises and by giving specific examples.

The meeting concluded with Mrs. Vicky Koumbouni, Student Affairs Administrative Assistant where she explained thoroughly the ACS Athens Houses and how do they work. If you want to find out more about the Houses system you can email Mrs. Koumbouni at: koumbouniv@acs.gr

Prior of the ACS Athens PTO General Meeting the Academy, Elementary & Middle School Principal's Coffee took place.

Thursday
Sep202018

September 18, 2018

Date: Tuesday, September 18th
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Administration Building, 2nd Floor, Large Conference Room

The meeting began with the new President of the PTO Board welcoming all the parents of ACS Athens Community. Mrs. Dana Barrage explained the purpose of the PTO as well as the importance of all parents being active members of this organization. Then the rest of the Board presented themselves to the rest of the parents. A brief break followed with parents having the chance to complete volunteer sheets for the upcoming BBQ Event which is taking place this Friday 21 st at 19.00 in our school premises and mingle with the rest of the parents. After the short break Dr. Peggy Pelonis -Dean of Academic and Student Affairs- as well as Mrs. Mary Ann Augoustatos -Director of Academics Jk-12 Research and Learning Studios- kindly attended the meeting by sharing important information regarding school resources and facilities such as the Learning Commons (Research, Specialized Studios (Math/Writing/Media) as well as the Incubator. (You can find all this useful information in ACS Athens website under Academic/Departments/Learning Commons). Furthermore, the new Academy School Counselors introduced themselves to the parents Ms. Ina Hatziagelides & Ms. Helen Seretis as well as Ms. Anna Makris the Counselor Coordinator K-12 had a brief discussion with parents regarding mostly Senior student matters such as their time table program. Next, Mrs. Marisa Vogia made an announcement for the Senior Brunch Committee a brunch that is taking place for the Senior Students only the day before their Graduation. Mrs.Vogia expressed that any parent wishing to participate in the committee should feel free to contact her.

After the conclusion of the meeting the Middle School and Academy Principal's Coffee followed. The Elementary Principal’s coffee took place before the PTO General Meeting.

You asked- We respond!

  • A cafeteria committee will be formed for Middle School & Academy! If you would like to join please contact Mrs. Eleni Mastrogamvraki.
  • If you would like to join the PTO please to do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Dana Barrage our President.
  • If you would like to Volunteer in any event please to do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Pasant Hamdallah our Volunteer Coordinator.
  • For any matter concerning Elementary, Middle School or Academy Students you can contact our Representatives.

We would like to thank you all and we welcome you as parents and urge you to actively participate and join us in the great community of ACS Athens.

Friday
Jun082018

May 8, 2018

The meeting began with a presentation and discussion with Ms. Moros, the Elementary school Principal. Ms. Moros spoke about the manner in which the Elementary school was planning on expanding the facilities in which students can use laptops. There was a discussion about the measures that may need to be altered or increased regarding technological gadgets of any sort on campus in the Elementary School. We also spoke about stricter security measures for any people entering the campus and one idea was to allow teachers to potentially accompany students to their respective after-school activities. Some parents felt that would be helpful and it would reduce the number of parents entering campus at pick-up time. There was also a discussion about providing a designated place where students can stay if their parents or guardians are late. Next, the President of the PTO, Manya Louvari gave a speech about the very hard work and accomplishments of the PTO this year and thanked everyone involved. At that time we concluded with a vote on the positions for next year's PTO Board.
Friday
Jun082018

March 13, 2018

The meeting began with a welcome by the Financial Director, Mr. Kakaris who presented the school budget and congratulated the President of the PTO on the accomplishment of the new Elementary School playground. Ms.Tokatlidou was then able to present more about the Youth to Youth Program and how it has enormously benefited the refugee children as well as inspiring, teaching and motivating our ACS students. Next Mr. Pelonis and Ms. Constantinidies presented the Color of Peace Event, an event dedicated to promoting peace through sport, while honoring those who have lost their home because of war. Fundraising was accomplished by selling "stress balls" and proceeds were used to support the Youth to Youth Program. Dr GIalamas ended the meeting by speaking about how close to his heart the Youth to Youth Program is and how it is a program that inspires hope in out students as well as the hosted children.

Tuesday
Feb132018

January 2018

PTO Minutes - January 16,2018

Our first meeting of the new year was dedicated to technology issues and how ES parents can help kids to navigate today’s technology in safe and responsible ways. Ms. Manya Louvari introduced Ms. Helen Sarantes( ES Technology teacher) and explained that unfortunately Dr. Averginou (Director- Educational Technologyand e-Learning) would not be able to present due to illness. Before Ms. Sarante's presentation, Mr. John Papadakis( Director of Enrollment Management, Technology &Communications) gave an introductory speech. Ms. Sarantes introduced a very useful, hands on tool by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the "Family Media Use Plan", which helps parents set boundaries for their kids and ensures a healthy balance between "digital and real life". Flyers were passed out with useful information and an interesting discussion with parents followed.

Next, a discussion about job orientation ensued where it was emphasized that students in the Academy are welcome to reach out to Mr. Pelonis the Counselor for more assistance if needed.

Ms. Manya Louvari thanked Ms. Sarantes for the insightful presentation and went on to present PTO upcoming events and answer parent questions. Certain parents expressed that there were not enough field trips being organized for the school. One parent expressed that even if there were "qualitative" trips as opposed to many and if that could be arranged that it would be beneficial to the students.

The new Elementary School playground was something that some parents inquired about and it was announced by Manya Louvari, the PTO Chairperson, that it was well underway. More to be announced as soon as possible. The Salvation Army Drive is again in place and we are always looking for donations of useful items such as: shampoo, conditioner, baby wipes, diapers, etc. There are always bins in front of the Transportation Office for those who wish to donate.

The next organized community event is a trip for parents and students to see the Van Gogh exhibition at the Megaro Moussikis. This event will be followed by another where Chef Alexandros Papandreou will delight us with some new sugar-free recipes. All these events will be announced by e-mail.

Teacher Appreciation Week is approaching and we will be contacting all parents in search of volunteers who will bring food for our wonderful teachers and staff. We ended with a quick word from Dr. Gialamas who will be organizing a talk at our next meeting about the dangers of cell phone use in underage children. This will include talks by visiting doctors as well. The date will be announced.

As traditionally always done at ACS, we ceremoniously cut the year's "Vasilopita" ( New Year;s Cake), with Dr. Sabagh and Dr. Gialamas and Ms. Nathalie Wolters ( ES mother) was the recipient of the lucky coin!

Happy New Year and best wishes on behalf of the ACS PTO!