Elementary Program Overview

Supported by a certified instructional team, the AAI Elementary Division provides students in preschool  through 6th grade with an English Immersion, U.S.-style education. This integrated program provides children with supportive learning environments and dynamic educational experiences that enable them to achieve academic success, gain knowledge in core subject areas, and develop personal responsibility and integrity.

Purposefully integrating academics with biblical content and principles that reflect a Christ-centered monotheistic worldview and by intentionally cultivating a strong sense of community, students are inspired to become global citizens, problem solvers, and lifelong learners grounded in the truth of the Bible.

This holistic program supports and ensures continued learning and ongoing well-being in a nurturing environment. Our responsive learning program further meets the learning needs of individual students through our English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Department and Special Education & Counseling Support Team.

Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3)

Building on the solid foundation of development nurtured through our Early Childhood program, students in first grade through third grade are provided with an innovative approach to learning, resulting in individuals who are engaged and prepared for matters of both earthly and eternal significance.

Our first, second, and third grade classrooms provide a balance of child-centered learning and collaborative learning. Holistic in its approach, students participate in lessons, activities and projects that are planned, organized and presented in differentiated ways to respond to the individual needs of students as they explore content areas such as literacy (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), math, science, and social studies.

Daily biblical instruction develops students' ability to  critically think about matters of faith as they explore biblical content and principles that reflect a Christ-centered worldview. Weekly art, music, Spanish, computer, and P.E. instruction further round out their dynamic educational experience. Finally, age appropriate Life Skills classes, facilitated by members of our Counseling Department, address topics related to personal safety, healthy relationships and boundaries, internet safety, and anti-bullying strategies.

Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6)

Grades 4 through 6 are important transitional years that continue to build independence with a developmentally appropriate focus on individual responsibility. Interpersonal and academic expectations for students gradually increase in preparation for the important transition into Secondary. As students experience more autonomy, they engage in genuine explorations of peer dynamics and conflict resolution, enriching class discussions that are relevant and purposeful, and continue to grow as reflective members of our community. Reading, math, Bible, science, and social studies further develop students' critical thinking skills as they engage in researching, organizing, processing, and sharing information with their peers both orally and in writing. Life Skills classes are skillfully facilitated by members of the Counseling Department, Chaplaincy Department, and Physical Education/Health teachers to address topics related to personal safety, relationships and family life, internet safety, and anti-bullying strategies. Ecuadorian art and culture, music, physical education, computers and keyboarding, and Spanish classes continue to play an integral role in our well-rounded upper elementary program.

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Dear Elementary Parents,
Estimados Padres de Familia de Primaria,

 


We are so excited for the many successes that we have seen in the classrooms among students this month.  Just as thrilling, are the number of enriching events that are coming up in November including Harvest Fest, Parent Teacher Conferences, and the Secondary Drama Productions.

Estamos muy emocionados de ver todos los éxitos que hemos visto en nuestros estudiantes en las aulas este mes. Estamos igualmente emocionados con los fantásticos eventos que tendrán lugar en noviembre, incluyendo el Festival de la Cosecha, las conferencias de padres y profesores, y las obras de teatro de secundaria.
 

Sincerely / Atentamente,
Bethany Meekins-Coloma
Elementary Principal / Directora de Primaria
 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OCTOBER

LO MAS IMPORTANTE DE OCTUBRE

 

Elementary Spanish Department “Guaguas de Pan”: Students from Kindergarten to Sixth grade had the opportunity to celebrate an important ancestral and cultural tradition of our country such as the decoration of Guaguas de Pan for the Day of the Dead.  Thank you, parents, for helping support this cultural experience.

"Guaguas de Pan" del Departamento de Español de Primaria: Los estudiantes de kínder a sexto grado tuvieron la oportunidad de celebrar una importante tradición ancestral y cultural de nuestro país, la decoración de Guaguas de Pan para el Día de Difuntos. Gracias, padres, por apoyar esta experiencia cultural.

Elementary Parent Committee Presidents: Congratulations to our newly elected committees.  We are so appreciative of your partnership as parent leaders.

Presidentes del Comité Central de Padres de Familia de Primaria: ¡Felicitaciones a nuestro recién elegido Comité de Padres  de Primaria¡ Estamos muy agradecidos por su apoyo trabajando en colaboración con nosotros en su papel de líderes de los padres de familia.

Andrea Martínez (PS3 A), Byron Betancourt (PS3 B), Oscar Vasquez (PS3 C), Diego Pazmiño (PS4 A), Jessica James (PS4 B), Emilia Ribadeneira (PS4 C), Rachel Gómez (KA), Ronald Sutton (KB), Ana Dávila de Cornejo (KC), Santiago Robles (1A), Raul Aulestia (1B), David Cáceres (2A), Lola Páez (2B), Janena Carvajal (3A), Lorena Aulestia (3B), Marco García (4A), Alvaro Hernandez (4B), Marcela Muñoz (5B), Bellavenis Vallejo (6A)

 

2019-2020 Central Parent's Committee:

Comité Central de Padres de Familia 2019-2020:

Central Parent's Committee President: Mr. Mario Benavides Presidente

Representative of Early Childhood: Mr. Ron Sutton Representante de Educación Inicial

Representative of 1st to 3rd grade: Mr. Santiago Robles Representante de 1º a 3º grado

Representative of 4th to 6th grade: Mr. Marco García - Representante de 4º a 6º grado

Middle School Representative: Mrs. Lady Ulloa - Representante de colegio intermedio

High school Representative: Mrs. Ana García - Representante de secundaria

 
UPCOMING EVENTS & IMPORTANT REMINDERS
PRÓXIMOS EVENTOS Y RECORDATORIOS IMPORTANTES

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 11-12. The teachers will be contacting families directly to communicate their scheduled appointment times.

Conferencias de padres y profesores: las Conferencias de padres y profesores tendrán lugar el 11 y 12 de noviembre. Los profesores les comunicarán directamente sus horarios para las citas.

 

Christmas Bazaar: Our Annual Christmas Bazaar will be hosted by the 5th Grade parent committee on Thursday, December 5th. In addition to supporting our community members, this event will help raise money to improve the elementary school atrium. Students, community members, and the public are all encouraged to come and shop for Christmas gifts for their loved ones during the following times:

- Students: 9:00-15:00
​- Community Members and Public: 16:00-20:00

Bazar Navideño: Nuestro Bazar Navideño Anual organizado por el comité de padres de familia de quinto grado tendrá lugar el jueves 5 de diciembre. Además de apoyar a los miembros de nuestra comunidad, este evento permitirá recaudar fondos para mejorar el atrio de la primaria. Los estudiantes, miembros de la comunidad y público en general, están invitados a asistir y hacer sus compras navideñas en el siguiente horario:
- Estudiantes: 9:00-15:00
- Comunidad y Público en general: 16:00-20:00

 

Christmas Bliss: Mark your calendars for Christmas Bliss on December 12th 5:00-8:00, an evening full of joyful community to celebrate this special time of year. You won’t want to miss the special performances from our Elementary Jr. Praise Crew, cookie-decorating workshop, a pin-the-nose-on-Rudolph activity, and several other fun-filled games for the whole family. One of the highlights will be a Christmas Family photo-booth for you and your family to celebrate Christmas 2019. All this is included in the entrance price of $3.00 per person. Yummy Christmas treats will also be available for purchase.

Christmas Bliss: Marquen en sus calendarios el 12 de diciembre de 17h00 a 20h00, para Christmas Bliss, una noche llena de comunidad y alegría para celebrar esta época especial del año. No querrán perderse las actuaciones especiales de nuestro equipo de alabanza de Primaria, un taller de decoración de galletas, una actividad de ponle la nariz a Rodolfo y varios otros juegos divertidos para toda la familia. Uno de los aspectos más destacados será una cabina de fotos familiares para que usted y su familia celebren la Navidad 2019. Todo esto está incluido en el precio de entrada de $3.00 por persona. También habrá deliciosas golosinas de Navidad para la venta.

 

Student Punctuality & Tardies: Please remember to email the elementary office every time an absence/tardy occurs. This aids us in best responding to the needs of the students, as well as maintaining appropriate documentation. Students returning from absences due to illness are required to first stop by the Health Office before coming to the Elementary Office.

Ausencias y atrasos:  Por favor recuerden enviar un email a la oficina de primaria cada vez que su estudiante se ausente o se atrase. Esto nos ayuda a responder de mejor manera a las necesidades de sus hijos, así como a mantener la documentación apropiada. Los estudiantes que vuelven a clases después de ausencias por enfermedad, deben pasar primero por la Oficina de Salud antes de venir a la oficina de primaria.


Lost & Found: The Lost & Found Box is overflowing. Please stop by the Elementary Atrium after 3h45pm to take a look, and reclaim you child’s missing belongings. We also encourage parents to be proactive in labeling all your children belongings to avoid such losses.

Objetos perdidos: La caja de objetos perdidos está desbordándose. Por favor venga al atrio de primaria para revisarla, después de las 15h45, y retirar las pertenencias que sus hijos hayan perdido. Así mismo, animamos a los padres a ser proactivos y poner nombres en todas las pertenencias de sus hijos para evitar estas pérdidas.
 

Elementary Chapel & Spiritual Formation: This year we are so excited to see our Bible Department growing and Chapel program expanding. Parents are always welcome to join us for Chapel on Tuesdays:

Capilla y Formación Espiritual de Primaria: Estamos emocionados de ver el crecimiento y expansión del Departamento de Biblia y Capilla. Los padres de familia están invitados a acompañarnos en los momentos de capilla los días martes en los siguientes horarios:

PS3 / PS4           11h35-12h20

Grades K-1        10h10-10h55

Grades 2-3        13h45-14h30

Grades 4-6:         8h10-8h55

We hope you can join us as we strive to teach character and grow in our faith journey this year!

Esperamos nos puedan acompañarnos en nuestro esfuerzo por formar el carácter y desarrollar la fe de nuestros niños.


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