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Child Protection at RAS

Virtual Parent Information Session - October is Child Protection Month at Rabat American School

On Behalf of Mr. Sean Goudie, Principal; Dr. Ted Fuller, SS Principal; and Ms. Katie Koenig, ES Principal

Dear Parents,

It's that time of year again; October is Child Protection Month at Rabat American School. Faculty, staff, and administration take Child Protection very seriously and devote the month of October to increasing awareness of not only the RAS policies and procedures in place to protect children, but to educate children on how to advocate for themselves, learn about peer pressure and behaviors that are unsafe, and gain an understanding of ‘trusting their gut’ when things don't feel right and being able to advocate for themselves when they get that feeling.

In Elementary School, students will be completing weekly Child Protection lessons during their community circle time. Students will engage in collaborative group work, discussions, reading stories, and watching interactive video clips. In Secondary School, students will engage in discussions in their Advisory classes, following the AISA Child Protection Curriculum, focusing on the following themes in an age appropriate manner:

1. IDENTIFY! - Students will learn how to identify safe and unsafe situations

2. ACCESS! - Students will learn how to access support structures

3. ACT! - Students will learn how to act to stay safe

4. VALUE! - Students will learn how to value themselves and others.

Please make no mistake- this is not a sexual education course, rather, it's a curriculum that endeavors to teach our learners to identify trusting adults in their lives, practice assertiveness, and distinguish between safe and unsafe scenarios. We use anatomically correct terms to ensure we are all speaking a clear language with no room for misinterpretation.

Please take some time to watch our Zoom Presentation on Child Protection at RAS to learn more about our curriculum, types of abuse we look for, and our policies and procedures for ensuring the RAS campus is safe for all students and staff.

Sincerely,

Katie Buell
Elementary School Psychologist & Counselor

Rachael Gerbic
Secondary School Counselor

U.S. University/College Admissions Process

Seth Allen will talk about the landscape of higher education in the United States, including the variety of higher education options available for students.  Seth will address the admissions process, spending time describing holistic admissions and what you and your student(s) can do to best prepare for the process of searching and applying to colleges and universities. Seth will also touch on the impact of Covid-19 and how that is impacting the admissions process this year and into the future as well.  Time permitting, there will also be a question and answer period following the presentation. 

Date: October 20, 2020

Time: 6-7pm

Target Audience: High School (Grades 9-12)

Location: Virtual (Zoom Link to be shared via email)

Seth Allen Bio

Seth Allen is Vice President for Strategy & Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pomona College (CA) and has three decades of experience in college admissions.  Prior to Pomona, Seth held positions as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Grinnell College (IA) and Dean of Admissions at Dickinson College (PA).  Seth earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University (MD), where he also served in admissions and directed the enrollment research and planning office. 

At Pomona, Seth works on broad strategic institutional initiatives, provides executive oversight to Admissions and Financial Aid, and is a member of the president’s leadership team.  In his strategy role, Seth helps Pomona chart the future, and in his enrollment role, Seth works closely with the faculty and other offices at Pomona to ensure the college attracts a highly talented, diverse, interesting and successful student body.

Seth has presented widely on admissions and financial aid topics at national and international conferences and has been quoted extensively by members of the US media.  He has served on a number of national admissions committees and is a former president of The Common Application as well as a former director of The Coalition for College.  

Pomona College

Established in 1887, Pomona College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, California, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The college offers a comprehensive curriculum, with 48 majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

One of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, Pomona is a close-knit and diverse community of accomplished scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists who are passionate about making a difference in the world. There are approximately 1,700 students who come from 60 nations and all 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

With a low student-faculty ratio of 8 to 1, students work closely with their professors in the classroom, in the lab and in the field. And our location—within an hour of Los Angeles and the mountains, desert and beaches—provides countless opportunities for field study, research and internships.

As the founding member of The Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven colleges and graduate schools, Pomona offers both the advantages of a small liberal arts college and the resources of a large university.

Pomona College admits U.S. applicants regardless of their ability to pay and then meets the full demonstrated need of all admitted students. Fifty-six percent of students receive need-based financial aid from the college.

Using Simple Strategies to Promote Deep Thinking & Independence in Your Student

Date: October 20, 2020

Time: 6-7pm

Target Audience: Elementary School 

Location: Virtual (Zoom Link to be shared via email)

RAS Library Learning Commons Digital Resources 

Did you know our LLC has LOTS of digital resources available for you and your students? From eBooks, the New York Times, and databases, to BrainPop, PebbleGo, and Noodletools. Carson LeMaster, Librarian, will show you how to access and use these amazing resources!

Date: October 13, 2020

Time: 6-7pm

Target Audience: All School 

Location: Virtual (Zoom Link to be shared via email)

 

Understanding the College Admissions Process and Timeline 

Rachael Gerbic, the RAS Secondary and College and University Counselor will explain the process and timeline used in grades 11 and 12 for researching and applying to universities around the globe and will share a checklist of next steps and resources for each grade followed by a Q&A session. 

Date: October 6, 2020 (recording will be available soon)

Time: 6-7pm

Target Audience: Grades 11 & 12 Students & Parents 

 

Organization at Home and School 

Katie Buell, Elementary School Psychologist & Counselor, will engage with parents on how to set routines and practice consistency in virtual and in person learning.

Date: October 6, 2020 (recording will be available soon)

Time: 6-7pm

Target Audience: Elementary School 

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