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Welcome to ACS Athens PTO

General Meetings

 

We meet in the Conference Center, located in the Administrative Building, at the below mentioned dates at 10am.
These General Meetings are preceded by the Elementary Principal's Coffee and followed by the Middle School and Academy Principal's Coffee.

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

Dates

September 19th, November 14th, January 17th, March 13th and May 8th.

Minutes from our general meetings:

Friday
Oct132017

September 2017

September 19,2017
9 :30 am - ACS Administration Building Conference Room
Meeting Minutes:

Introduction of the ACS PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) Board 2017-2018

The Chairperson of the PTO, Manya Louvari, introduced herself and spoke for a few minutes about the fact that the PTO wishes to emphasize that ALL ACS parents are already members of the PTO and that everyone must feel both included and welcome. The function of the PTO is not only to fundraise but also to express the thoughts of the parents to the school effectively and to all work together for positive changes.

Ms. Louvari announced that the significant funds raised last year by the PTO would be given to the school for the Incubator Project.(ISCI) This is a new student-led initiative that will allow students to design and develop innovative projects they have in mind. This is promoting the creativity and capabilities of all our ACS students.

A show of hands indicated that a fairly evenly divided group representing all three schools attended the meeting: Elementary, Middle School and Academy.

Parent Comments/Statements/Responses:

  1. We would raise more money each year if we invited ideas about what to do with the money. For example, a voting process online would be beneficial.
  2. Please make school events more interesting to Academy students.
  3. Previous PTO’s have voted on how to use the money.
  4. Please encourage your older children to volunteer at school events in order to promote school spirit.
  5. Are "Home Room Moms" only for the Elementary School? Yes
  6. In regard to the BBQ, will there be Veggie burgers, salads or vegetable skewers? In the past these sold very little but yes, there will be veggie burgers.
  7. Despite the school being international, it seems that the cafeteria food is limited and "Greek-biased".
  8. In order for positive changes to be made, committees have to be set up and action organized and taken effectively by groups of parents. You must show up and make your wishes materialize.
  9. A parent offered to help other parents who need help with Moodle or Skyward. She will be glad to meet in the Library and help.
  10. Sometimes Skyward only works through a desktop.
  11. The manager of the ACS parent band expressed interest in finding a bass player and a singer for the group.

The meeting continued with a presentation by Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Dean of Student Affairs regarding the ACS House System. Dr. Pelonis explained that the House System was created when she and Mr. Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academic Affairs and the IIC, held workshops with the ACS faculty about the type of individuals ACS wanted to foster. The question that they asked faculty was, “ If you could morph a student’s character, what would you do?” This provoked a long list of words referring to excellent character traits and the House System is supposed to promote the types of values that will enable students to be the best sorts of individuals possible. With 63 nationalities at ACS today, the challenge is to teach students a common value system. To help them be the kinds of human beings ACS wants to build.

This will foster a sense of community while using healthy competition in order to gain points for each respective House. At the end of the year, each House Captain gives something to the school with actions that benefit ACS. There is a public rubric one may enter through Moodle in order to look at points. As a parent, you may send an e-mail to the website and indicate a positive thing your child did in order to get points. You may also do this with your child's Moodle. More detailed information regarding this is on the website.

There were a few brief words from Mr. Steve Medeiros, Dean of Academic Affairs and the IIC who expressed that any parent wishing to discuss Academic Programs with him should feel free to contact him to set up an appointment.

Last, Olga Logan, (PTO Social Events Coordinator) explained that some of the social events from last year included international cooking classes hosted in the homes of ACS parents, museum tours, First Aid Course etc. The new events for this year will be decided and advertised shortly.

The PTO Chairperson, Manya Louvari concluded by again extending a warm welcome to ALL parents to please join us at all meetings or come to ACS events when possible.

Monday
May162016

General Meeting - May 2016

Welcome / Important Dates and News

PTO Chair Pam Stamatiou welcomed all who were present, to the PTO General Meeting.

  • The PTO’s main upcoming event is the International Spring Fair (ISF).   Pam spoke about the ISF, describing it for those who are new to ACS Athens.  Then each board member spoke about their section of the ISF and explained to all present how they can get involved and help out. Sign-up sheets were pasted around to sign up for:
    • A spot in the Car Trunk Sale
    • A table in the international Food Court, or to send in just a dish representing your country
    • Becoming a Volunteer to help out on the day
  • Anissa spoke about the PTO school calendar which will once again feature art work by ACS Athens students.   The theme is Greece, the submission deadline is May 15th and we urge all students to participate!
  • Pam spoke about the PTO Dinner Dance, “Under the Stars”, which will take place on June 10th, at 20:30, at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  More info will follow soon and you can RSVP to Marissa or Faye.

Elementary School Report

(Presented by Anissa)

  • Student Led Conferences are coming up next week
  • MAP test scores will be made available to all ES parents.  Individual appointments about MAP can be made with Ginger

Middle School Report

(Presented by Sharka)

  • June Exams - children will be given more time.  After their exam, at 12:00 all children must go home or stay on campus.
  • 8th Grade Graduation – contact Sharka if you can help out.  Make sure your child has ordered their gown.   No jeans or sneakers on the day
  • 8th Grade Prom is on June 10th
  • Tuesday, May 17th is MUN Day, parents are welcome to come and watch

Academy Report

(Presented by Marion)

  • The Truman Trial is being held next week on the 16th and 17th of May.  It’s a great event make sure you come and watch!

    Broadcast here...

  • 10th Grade trip on May 18th
  • IB students busy with their exams, good luck to them!

Optimal Learning Program

(Presented by Mina)

  • The OLP Office will be contacting parents to set up meetings so as to have an end of year re-cap and assessment
  • Parents who will be needing testing or shadow teachers for next year, must contact the OLP Office

AP / IB Representatives

(Presented by Roula)

  • IB exams will be over on May 20th
  • There will be a celebration for the IB students and their families held on May 23rd organized by the IB Office
  • 11th Graders taking IB mocks in June, make sure you read the emails from the IB Office!   They contain important information
IB Rep. was absent...

Cafeteria

U.S. Embassy

(Presented by Kirstin)

  • A day for the consulate to visit the campus so as to facilitate passport renewals, student visas etc is being organized.  No date has been set yet

Board of Trustees

Treasurer

Various / Other Events

2016 – 2017 PTO Board Elections were then held.   The PTO Board for the following academic year is as follows:

  • Chairperson – Casey Gripari
  • Vice Chairperson – Jennifer Ananiadis
  • Secretary – Position Vacant
  • Treasurer – Faye Caracosta
  • Academy Rep. – Position Vacant
  • Middle School Rep. – Sylvia Rogers
  • Elementary School Rep. – Natalia Dadidou
  • US Embassy Rep. – Kirstin Schlereth
  • IB/AP Rep. – Position Vacant
  • OLP Rep. – Angeliki Palios
  • Community Events Coordinator – Position Vacant
  • Social Media Coordinator – Mina Agnos
  • Volunteer Coordinator – Despina Giavridi

The floor was, in the end, turned over to Dr. Gialamas

This was the last PTO General Meeting for the 2015 - 2016 academic year.   We would like to thank you all for your help and support throughout the year at all of our events!

We hope to see you all on June 14th at the Volunteer Thank You Reception hosted by the ACS Athens Administration.

Wednesday
Mar232016

General Meeting, March 2016

Welcome / Important Dates and News

PTO Chair Pam Stamatiou welcomed all who were present, to the PTO General Meeting.

  • The PTO is continuing with its support of the Salvation Army:
    • Thank you all for your donations of clothing. They were delivered to the Salvation Army by PTO Chair Pam Stamatiou
    • For the month of March we will be collecting packaged foods/snacks, such as energy/cereal bars, cookies, crackers etc.   You may leave your donations in the bins outside the transportation office
  • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week: we need to provide breakfast and lunch for approx. 170 people and we rely on donations of dishes from parents. All were urged to send in food and a signup sheet was given
  • Indian Cooking class: On Friday, April 8th, at 10:00, at the home of Sangeeta in Halandri. A signup sheet was given
  • Elections for the 2016-2017 PTO Board and Nomination Forms:
    • Will take place during the May General Meeting.   There are many positions open and we urge you all to consider being part of this very rewarding experience.   Nomination forms were available at the meeting and should be submitted to Anissa at acmersk@aol.com. The election committee requires one member who is not currently serving on the board and Ms. Anne Marie Tsipouras volunteered.   Her email is atsipouras@yahoo.com
    • Nomination Form is also available for download here
  • The PTO school calendar for the 2016-2017 academic year will once again feature art work by our students.  The theme is GREECE and all ACS Athens students are encouraged to submit their art work. Please send in a photo of your work as a jpeg file and when sending choose the “original size” option.   Photos can be sent to Anissa at acmersk@aol.com
  • The International Spring Fair will be held on Saturday, May 28th.   Please contact Pam ( pamela.stamatiou@gmail.com ) or Casey ( caseygripari@hotmail.co.uk ) if you would like to host a food table from your country or if you would like to participate and help out in any other way.  We encourage all students, clubs and grades to participate in the Young Entrepreneurs In Action part of the Spring Fair - Please contact Marissa at marissakv@gmail.com. Mark your calendars and make sure you attend this fun filled and exciting day!
  • This year the PTO will be having its Annual Dinner Dance in June as a fun way to say goodbye for the summer. The date will be June 11th and the venue will be announced shortly

Elementary School Report

There was not much to report as the ES principal’s coffee had covered most issues. A parent asked if the ES was planning to hire a new Assistant Principal, and if we knew whether or not a new 2nd grade teacher was to be hired.   The ES rep said she would look into it and get back with answers.

Middle School Report

(Presented by Sharka)

Encouraged all middle school parents to help out with Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week and all middle school students to submit art for the calendar.   Sharka also recommended the book How to raise an Adult Break Free of The Over-parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott – Haims, as a valuable tool to all of us raising teenagers.

Academy Report

Marion was absent...

Optimal Learning Program

OLP Rep. was absent...

AP / IB Representatives

IB Rep. was absent...

Cafeteria

U.S. Embassy

Board of Trustees

Treasurer

Various / Other Events

  • Ms. Ginger Carlson who had requested some time in order to speak about MAP Testing
  • Mr. Steve Kakaris presented the 2016-2017 Budget

The next PTO General Meeting will be on Tuesday May 10th, at 10:00.

Monday
Jan252016

General Meeting, January 19, 2016

Welcome / Important Dates and News

PTO Chair Pam Stamatiou welcomed all who were present, and wished everyone a happy new year. She thanked all who had volunteered and helped the PTO in the past year, for without their help we could not have had such a successful year.

  • The PTO is continuing with its support of the Salvation Army:
    • For the months of January and February we will be collecting the following: Socks, Gloves, Warm Hats, Winter Jackets (all ages); Comfortable shoes, Winter Scarves, Warm Baby Clothes, Sleeping Bags (For Men, Women, Children and Babies)
    • PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DONATIONS INSIDE THE BINS IN FRONT OF THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE!
    • The Salvation Army is also working on setting up an office space for refugees to have access to computers, internet etc. Consequently they are in need of items such as desks, chairs etc. If you are able to donate any such item please contact any PTO member
  • There is a position open on the Board of Trustees for an ACS Athens parent, from now until the Board elections in May.   If you are interested please send your CV to Ms Helen Maravegias maravegiash@acs.gr
  • The floor was then turned over to Ms. Elina Kyriakou, an ACS Athens parent and organizer of the O Learning summer Camp, who said a few words about this project
  • The meeting was adjourned early so that the PTO Vassilopitta could be cut. We were joined by Dr. Gialamas, Mr. Sabbagh, the school principals and many department heads and staff members

Elementary School Report

(Presented by Anissa)

  • Updated the parents on "no school" days since the calendar online did not have them marked as days off
    • Clean Monday: Mar. 14
    • Greek Independence Day: Mar. 25
    • Colloquium days Apr. 21 - 22
  • Nurse was sick and out all of last week but back as of the 19th
  • Spring sports are starting and there's still space left
  • Arts Academy signups start January 25
  • Report cards are on Skyward if you need help logging in call or email Chrysoula Xiggi
  • Working on elementary lunch menu. Email any ideas to Anissa

Middle School Report

(Presented by Sharka)

Academy Report

(Presented by Marion)

Marion was absent but sent word that there was not much to report as all Academy students and teachers are busy with mid-term exams!

Optimal Learning Program

(Presented by Mina)

All necessary accommodations have been made for OLP students taking exams.

AP / IB Representatives

(Presented by Roula)

Info session for 9th & 10th grade parents to find out about the IB programme.

Cafeteria

U.S. Embassy

(Presented by Kirstin)

Arrangements are being made of an American Citizen Services Representative to visit ACS Athens in order to accommodate students, staff and parents with passport renewals, visas etc.

Board of Trustees

Treasurer

(Presented by Faye)

  • The PTO has raised nearly € 10,000 so far. The breakdown is as follows:
    • Welcome Back BBQ € 3,000
    • Pumpkin Patch Sale € 1,000
    • Holiday Bazaar € 6,000

Various / Other Events

Announcements and upcomin events

  • Tour of Benaki Museum: “The Valadoros Collection”, Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 11:00 am. (Kolonaki) – a sign-up sheet was passed around.   If you are interested in participating please contact Sharka
  • Greek Cooking Class with Marissa: Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10:00 am. (Marissa’s House in Kifissia) - a sign-up sheet was passed around. If you are interested in joining the class please contact Marissa
  • Valentine’s Day Brunch: Thursday, Feb. 11: Time and Venue to be announced - a sign-up sheet was passed around
  • Coffee with Dr. Gialamas: Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10:00 am. in the Conference Room. Everyone is encouraged to submit any questions they may have for Dr. Gialamas to the PTO email ptoacsathens@gmail.com
  • ACS Athens Literacy Festival: Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 16:00 - 18:00. All schools will be involved in this project, and the PTO has offered to provide the snacks. If you would like to help out, by baking or sending something in, please contact Pam Stamatiou
  • Burmese Cooking Class with Casey: Wednesday, Mar. 2 at 10:00 am. (Casey’s House in Ekali) - a sign-up sheet was passed around. If you are interested in joining the class please contact Casey.
  • Women’s Day Luncheon: March 8 at 13:00. (after the PTO General Meeting) - venue to be announced
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week: Tuesday, March 15 - 17. The PTO hosts a breakfast and a lunch for all teachers and staff. We will be needing volunteers and food items to be sent in!

The next PTO General Meeting will be on March 8th.

Monday
Nov162015

General Meeting, November 10, 2015

Welcome / Important Dates and News

PTO Chair, Pam Stamatiou, welcomed all to the meeting!

General announcements & various topics discussed were :

  • Events of the last couple of months were a great success and everyone enjoyed them.  The Pumpkin Patch Sale raised approximately € 1,000 and the Luncheon at Mama Roux had a great turn out and everyone had a great time
  • We are open to suggestions on venues owned by ACS community members to hold our future lunches/dinners
  • The goal of the PTO this year is to bring the community together and to make it fun for all!
  • Pam introduced the new PTO Board members: IB Rep: Roula Maltezou, IT & Social Media: Casey Gripari and US Embassy Rep: Kirstin Schlereth

Upcoming Events

  • Turkey Bowl - Nov. 21 @11:00
    Jennifer Ananiadis spoke about the event and encouraged all to attend as it is a great, fun filled day
  • Holiday Bazaar - Dec. 12 @12:00
    Each board member spoke about the area of the bazaar they are heading up:
    • The ES choir (3rd to 5th Grades) will be performing as well as “The Counterfeits” the parent’s band
    • Peppa Pig and George will be visiting the bazaar to entertain the children
    • Toys for Tots will be attending – The US Marines will be attending subject to confirmation. Stay tuned for more information
    • There will be a decorating committee which will be headed by Marielle . We will be decorating the areas of the bazaar on Friday, December 4th, all volunteers are welcome! Please contact Marielle at jelsteek2@live.nl
    • On the day of the bazaar we will need quite a few volunteers. There will be 3 shifts and various positions. Please volunteer! We cannot have events like these without parent helpers! Contact Christina christineanagnostou15@gmail.com
  • Cookie Exchange - Dec. 14 @10:30
    This great day will take place at Jennifer’s home. Please see the PTO Blog tab on the school’s website for more information
  • Holiday Lucheon - Dec. 14 @13:00
    Join us for a festive lunch at the King George hotel.  Please see the PTO Blog tab on the school’s website for more information

Elementary School Report

(Presented by Anissa)

  • New format for field trips for this year to see how it goes.   No parent chaperones will be invited.   Kids will be supervised by teachers and other staff
  • Muse newsletter taking on a new format.   Instead of reports from each grade level it was be a presentation or slides of what children are doing in class with pictures.  The plan is to have it come out more than 3 times a year but no dates are set
  • Wheelock College teachers are fully certified and working with grades 1-5 in the writing and math studios. Student teachers from Holland are working in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades
  • Student council and honor code students will be named soon

Middle School Report

(Presented by Sharka)

  • New teacher to replace Ms. Vicky Akrivou (Social Studies) - Mr. Dareck O'Campo - he will start as of next week
  • Spanish 1 Class had been split into 2
  • One big PE class (over 30 students) needs to be split. The principals are looking into possibilities
  • Request to make lunch break longer was noted
  • Recommendations for Cafeteria menu improvement will be sent to the Cafeteria Committee today
  • Appealed to 8th Grade students/parents to get a table at the Bazaar to raise money for the 8th Grade Graduation

Academy Report

(Presented by Marion)

Community Liaison’s Report

  • The PTO is helping to support the Salvation Army which is helping families, children and refugees in need
  • For the month of November we will be collecting DRY FOOD (pasta, rice, lentils, etc.).
    Please leave your donations in the bins in front of the transportation office

AP / IB Representatives

(Presented by Roula)

Various / Other

A few other announcements and items

  • PTO Online Bulletin Board :
    The online Bulletin Board was created as a way to unite the ACS Athens community. This "board" can be used in a variety of ways - posting and organizing of events, selling or swapping of personal items, requests for information (doctors, dentists, where to buy something) - and much more. We hope that by having this method of communication, our ACS Athens community will grow and prosper
  • OLP Summer Camp :
    The floor was then turned over to two parents, Mariza Bellou-Patinioti and Elina Kyriakou who are organizing an OLP SUMMER CAMP.   If you would like more information on this please contact Mariza at mariza99@gmail.com

Our next General Meeting will be on Tuesday January 19th, 2016.