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 Elementary School News . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

 Elementary Grade Level News. . . . . . . . 6

 Secondary School news.. . . . . . . . . . 10




Falcon Flyer December 2011

 Alumni News . . . . . 14 Produced









d es k t o p

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AOSR W inter C oncert

A showcase of MS & HS talent

The HS choir performed 3 pieces: “Carol of the Bells,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and a joint piece with the MS choir and HS ensemble; “Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

Congratulations to Ms. Keppler and Mr. Zimmerman for their wonderful work with our MS and HS musicions. On Friday, December 7th our elementary school students and AOSR parents were treated to a Winter Concert by our choirs students and MS and HS instrumental ensemble. The pieces were varied with classic holiday and jazz tunes as well as some international flair. A big applause also goes to our elementary school students who demonstrated excellent concernt bahavior.

The MS Choir ....

The MS choir sang enthusiastically and entertained the younger students with their rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is my two Front Teeth.”

In addition to the Winter Concert, on Thursday, December 6th members of the HS choir performed at the US embassy tree-lighting ceremony and closed the program in style. The HS Ensemble showed off their hard work with six different pieces in a variety of styles.

O live H arvest


ELL Elementary about 4 months before the students can sample them. We also discussed the symmetry of the leaves and rotational symmetry in plants. We found plenty of examples of these while exploring the school grounds. The children drew and painted olive branches to illustrate symmetry and show the startling

contrast of the dark olive green

leaves to the silvery grey underside. Apart fun





children On November 15, coinciding with MATH MAGIC




ELL students from Grades 3, 4 and 5

learned vocabulary



harvested the olives from the small tree in the

sequence of what



Unfortunately the larger olive tree bore no fruit


this year so the harvest was limited. However,

participating in this

the children collected over 4 kilos and after

activity as they had

weighing and washing them, they put them in

never experienced

jars of brine using a ratio of 1 liter of water to 100


grams of salt. The olives need to be stored for

harvesting olives.







By: Ms. Phebe Cosentino Children in ES art were engaged in various art activities to illustrate November and its autumn glory. The higher grades experimented with watercolor, ink, and oil pastels to portray colorful autumn pictures of leaves and detailed landscapes. All work will be on display in the lunchroom and classrooms. The lower grades made moveable turkeys, woven place mats, Native American paper puppets and necklaces, and drew and colored pictures of the Mayflower and pilgrims to represent Thanksgiving.

N ews from L ibrary

the elementary

S chool

By Maria Falgoust Easy access, ease of use, educational games, interactive maps, a comparative encyclopedia, dictionaries, biographies and reference articles make this a wonderful one stop resource for our students, teachers and parents. We’ll be sending more information about how to access the website in a few days.

World Book Online:

http://www. We’re also moving full steam ahead with the ES Library Podcast Project with Ms. Mowry’s 3rd grade class working hard to tell us what they thought about their friend’s recommendations accompanied by a short film on the steps and merits of choosing a Just Right Book. Keep an ear and eye out for those, but we’re not just

The ES Library is ending the year with a bang! We’ve been abuzz with acttivity this semester and have loads of news to share!

stopping there. Ms. D’Aquanni’s Kindergarten class is writing their own book to podcast and present and Ms. McRedmond’s 1st grade class is getting ready to tell us what their books reminded them of in their own lives!

First of all, we have the Magnetic Poetry Board in the library waiting for all our budding poets to come and try their hand. The possibilities are endless for creativity and fun, so come on over and have a go! A special thanks to Silvia and Brian Morrill, Barb Lents and the PTO for creating the poetry board and providing the Elementary School students with an opportunity to have a fun and educational experience.

Extra Extra! We now have access to the World Book Online, which includes World Book Kids, Student, Discover (which enables read aloud on all sites) and The Early World of Learning which offers colorful and fun activities such as read-aloud stories, nursery rhymes, and sing-alongs for the youngest learners. World Book Kids, Student, and Discover are perfect tools for students who are curious about their world or doing research for a project.

Finally, we want to thank everyone for the success of the Scholastic Book Sale. The students were excited to see all the amazing new titles, the parents loved the variety and we loved having a book loving frenzy in the transformed ES Library. Thanks to all of the wonderful parents and teachers who volunteered. We’re looking forward to another exciting event in the spring!

RP 30:4

Tips on Gift-Giving and Receiving With the major holidays approaching, parents face two challenges: first, how to find the perfect presents for their children—the gifts that will be loved for years, not just hours—and perhaps more importantly, how to make sure their children are kind and grateful recipients, no matter what they get. Here are some ideas to try. Teach them what they’re thanking people for. What your children need to learn is that the thanks they give isn’t necessarily for what is in the box—it’s for the effort and caring that went into it. Their thanks needs to show that they recognize that someone cared enough to select a present just for them, pay for it, wrap it, and bring it to them. Understand that disappointment is part of life. It’s a guarantee that at some point your child is going to receive something he or she doesn’t like or want. Explain this to your child ahead of time. Laugh about some gifts you’ve gotten that were unusual. When to write thanks, when to say thanks. Let your children know that if a relative is in the room when they open their present, that a sincere face-to-face thank you (and a hug) is great. For everyone else, a thankyou note is an absolute must. Appeal to their desire for “more.” Sometimes children need to think of things from their own, slightly selfish, perspectives. Tell them that people may be less inclined to give them a nice gift if they don’t seem grateful for the gifts they’ve received in the past. When they’re the “giver.” One of the best ways to help children realize the significance of giving is to make sure they spend time finding and wrapping the gifts they give to others. Give them odd jobs to help them earn the money to buy gifts. Help them get excited about choosing just the right gift for each person.

Give to others. Help your children help those less fortunate. Save money for charity bell-ringers, adopt a less-fortunate child through anonymous giving programs, or work in a food kitchen. Show your children that giving is more rewarding than receiving. Give gifts that expand their interests. Among the best gifts for children are things that introduce them to new activities: origami, tie dying, model planes or cars, scrapbooking, photography, cooking, or basic woodworking. Look for presents that help them stay active. Any kind of sports equipment helps kids have fun and get exercise. Either give the child something you know he or she wants and needs (a new glove), or introduce him or her to a brand new sport (tennis racket and balls). Practical gifts can be fun, too. A sleeping bag for overnights, or a small overnight bag or suitcase can be wonderful presents. Look for designs that will appeal to the child for years to come. Spin the wheel, roll the dice, deal the cards. Card and board games are classics for a reason—they have been fun to play for decades. Look for games that children can play with just one or two others, as well as those that are for family-sized groups. Open up to books. When you give a child a book, you’re giving both of you a present. Younger children will enjoy the time they get to spend reading it with you. Older kids will be quietly building their reading skills and vocabulary, as well as their imaginations. If you’re really stumped about gift-giving, talk to friends or relatives who have children slightly older than yours. Ask what gifts their children really played with—gifts that lasted in appeal long after the “newness” wore off.

Report to Parents, written to serve elementary and middle-level principals, may be reproduced by National Association of Elementary School Principals members without permission. Current year back issues are available to members at

B ack to S chool N utrition

It is a delight in the afternoon to walk around and see how many talented musicians are

Shereen Jegtivig, Guide.

playing their instruments in the music program, including piano, guitar, flute, cello and drums.

Is good nutrition important for good learning? In a word, yes. Research has shown that

For further information about ASA please send

children who regularly ate breakfast had better standardized test scores, better behavior, and were less hyperactive than children who skipped breakfast. When comparing low glycemic index (GI) breakfasts to high GI breakfasts eaten by 9- to 12-year-old children, research also shows that children who eat high GI breakfasts (sugary breakfasts) tend to eat more at lunch. Breakfast Is Important






A fter S chool A ctivities by

Christine Hogan ASA Coordinator

an e-mail to IMPORTANT DATES ASA continues when we return to school on January 9th. SESSION 1 ends on February 17th. 2012 SESSION 2 begins on February 27th 2012 and ends May 30th.

What makes a good breakfast for children? One good example would be an egg, a slice of whole

The ASA has begun this year with about 200

grain toast with nut butter, a piece of fruit and a

students signed up for a variety of courses.

glass of low-fat milk. Tofu, lean meat and whole

We are very proud of our soccer players who

grain cereals are also good choices at breakfast.

now have uniforms to wear for their practices.

The protein and fiber from the whole grains will

Basketball is very popular, especially with the

keep your child satisfied until lunch time.

elementary school students and the coach has

Try to avoid giving your child sugary breakfast

already seen improvement in the players’ ball

cereals, white-flour pancakes and syrup -- all of


which will leave your child hungry and tired half way through the morning. If your child tends to

Juggling and watercolor painting, two new

get hungry in the middle of the morning no matter

courses this year, have enthusiastic partici-

what, send an apple, whole grain crackers, nuts

pants and fine work is being achieved.

and cheese snacks rather than sugary cookies or

The Hip Hop course is full and our dancers are

white-flour crackers.

becoming quite professional.


Photo of: Elementary School Science Club

N ews

from the

P re -K families and homes and are currently working on a variety of projects: drawing a map of their house on large paper, building their house out of recycled materials, and making a threedimensional paper model of their house with construction paper and glowing windows. They have been thinking about how people use houses, what they see in and outside of their houses, and what houses are made of, both here and around the world. Finally, the children are preparing for our holiday concert in the classroom on December 21st. We look forward to welcoming family and friends into the classroom for this special event!

The pre-K Giraffes and Pandas have been very busy for the past month. Both groups planted lettuce and bok choy (a type of Chinese cabbage) in the AOSR community garden. They dug holes for the baby plants and helped the teachers put them into the dirt. The children have been doing observational drawings of their plants and monitoring their growth. We look forward to watching our lettuce and bok choy grow and harvesting the vegetables when they are ready! The Giraffes (pre-k 3) have been busy with a long term project to build their own fountain with a giraffe for the school. The children have been especially curious about the fountain on campus since September and came up with the idea to create a fountain that included their mascot! To enrich this project, the pre-k 3 Giraffes went on their first field trip in November!

We traveled

to Villa Borghese and Piazza del Popolo to see three fountains with animals - a very tall fountain with turtles, the Fontana dei Cavalli Marini, and the lion fountain in Piazza del Popolo. We hope to reveal our giraffe fountain before the holiday vacation! The Pandas (pre-k 4) have been talking about

Congratulations to the Giraffes on their finished fountain! Check it out in our main park area.

K indergarten

G rade 1

Is it the holiday break already? Time flies when


you are having fun and there is always something

learning about different countries and their

fun happening in Kindergarten! We are starting

holiday customs.

to read mini books and beginning to share

classrooms, we have over thirteen nationalities

our thoughts through our drawings and journal

represented! Members of our children’s families

writing. We love listening to stories and especially

volunteered and are coming in to share some of

enjoyed the time we spent with Ms. Hogan’s class

the holiday traditions of their family’s culture. We

when they visited our classrooms and read their

are thankful to all who participate!






Between the two first grade

books to us. We look forward to publishing our own stories soon! Happy Holidays and Happy

As a culmination of our forest animal study, the


children have each written their own unique book about a forest animal and will have the opportunity to share their books with the classroom families during an author celebration this month. Next up in January- Arctic Animals!

G rade 2 Second graders had a “Math-tastic Day” at the Explora Museum! The museum was featuring a special exhibit called Math Without Numbers. Students manipulated shapes to make tessellations, took two dimensional geometric shapes and created a three dimensional object, problem solved in groups to create figures using blocks and navigated through a pretend city. We are busy learning about holidays around the world and we are enjoying learning about how different, yet the same, our human family is. We have just started learning about Early Man and the human timeline.

G rade 3

G rade 4 “Special Events” We went on a field trip to see “Nuts” at the Teatro Sistina. We all loved the show! “Secret Santas” We will be choosing our secret santas. It will be very hard to keep it a secret. “Current Events” We will be learning about the history of The 3rd grade has been adventuresome this month!

We have been venturing into the

wonderful world of multiplication as mathematical detectives.

We have channeled our Math

Magic excitement into multiplication songs, arrays, word problems, studies of area, and other representations.

We have learned that

we can use mental math to group multiplication sentences in many different ways. For example, we used our knowledge that 17x3=51 to help us solve 18x4 by adding 18 to 51 and then adding 3 more because 17 is 1 less than 18. We look forward to sharing all of our mental multiplication strategies with our families and friends. We were also pleased to see so many parents present at the Math Magic Workshop presented by Erma Anderson.

Olympics in order to prepare for our very own 3rd Grade Olympics on December 14th!


students had a blast reenacting chariot and torch races, and javelin and discus throws. In most of our athletic activities, we realized that we were able to be more successful by collaborating We really enjoyed

culminating our study of Ancient Greece and the Olympics with our own reenactment because it made what we had learned so much more meaningful.

Hannukah and Divali. “Geography” We have been working on our European country research projects and posters. It is really interesting learning about our continent. “Science” We are starting our new unit about the Oceans. It is really fun learning about beautiful oceans and the creature that live there! “Language Arts” We are writing and creating collages of our own favorite holiday memories and

In Social Studies, we studied the origins of the

with our fellow athletes.

Las Posadas, Christmas, Santa Lucia,

traditions. We all love our own holidays and we have many different customs! “History” We have begun our study of the Aeneid and Roman legends. We love to learn about our own city! By: Chloe and Beatrice Fourth Grade Journalists

G rade 5 All







devastating floods in October.

The children

research skills, how to document sources, and

have written to the mayor of Monterosso al Mare,

paraphrasing nonfiction text.

where the school for this area used to be, and they have so far raised over 300 euros.

Ms. Moose’s students have been diligently researching a country of their choice, in

On December 13th we held a celebration for our


student teachers and students who left AOSR:







Ms. Diaz, Ms. Liz, KC, Kayla, and Marsya. You all will be missed very much!

Ms. Rumbsy’s students will be getting into character as an ancient Roman while they tell about one aspect of the culture. Ms. Johannesen’s students will be presenting their in-depth research on one mammal. All the classes presented their projects to parents on December 20th

following the Winter Concert.

A huge thank you to parents and families for helping students be successful in class. Mrs. Rumsby’s class has been working on a community service project.

This year they

chose to help The Cinque Terre who suffered

AOSR T heater S trikes A gain ! Sound was managed by Levi F., with Angelo R. on lights. The show was directed by Mr. Kip Hendry and Ms. Daryth Davey. At the end of the performance, Mr. Hendry praised the cast and crew for their teamwork in putting the show together in only two months. He commended their risk taking and multi-tasking as many of the students had taken on multiple new roles, both behind the scenes and in front of stage. He was correct. In addition, the audience left the theater with the irony and the humor still in mind. Submitted by: Brian B.

AOSR Theatre 2011 got off to a great start this year with its hilarious performance of Bullshot Crummond, a detective comedy set in the 1930’s. Audiences were entertained with virtual car chases, converse force fields, sword fights, tarantulas, and afternoon tea, as the nasty German spy Count Otto Von Bruno and his sidekick, the dangerous Lenya, set out to destroy the diamond market by kidnapping the scientist, Lady Professor Fenton. An all-star cast led by Max G., as Crummond the lead detective, his assistant Algy Longworth, played by David C., (who played five characters ) the country police, (Laila I., who also had two other roles) and the professor’s daughter, Rosemary Fenton, played by Carmen P., combined forces against Ben L., the eccentric Von Bruno, and Mollyanne B., as Lena, to save Lady Fenton played by Alison C. Also stars of the show were the back stage crew: Lorenzo M., as assistant director and responsible for the great props, Alessandro E. and Orlando F. for the videos, make-up Flaminia M. and Helena F; and the set changers: Francesco D., Cecile D., Gabriele B. and Haya A.

F rench H onor S ociety

DELF: Diplôme d’études en Langue Français The DELF is a language exam that tests proficiency in the French language. It is the


equivalent of the TOEFL, or Test of English as

The AOSR community has many different

a Foreign Language, but is different in several

student groups, formed by scholars of the High

aspects. Instead of a score, students learning

School grades. All these various student bodies

French strive to acquire the six diplomas, A1,

accomplish goals that are set out at the beginning

A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. The higher the diploma,

of the year. They work under several aspects.

the highest being C2, the better the speaker’s

One very important aspect is the “reaching out”

proficiency in French. The test is divided into four

into places of the world that need help by funding

parts, listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

organizations that help them, or by directly giving

Fliers were put up to inform the AOSR community

The student must achieve a score of at least 50

supplies to the place in need.

of the meaning of the boxes, and to try to get as

out of 100 in order to pass the test and receive

many people interested in the project as they

the diploma.

Last year, the French Honor Society (Societe

could. By the end of the year, all boxes were put

The opportunity to take the DELF exam is

Honoraire de Francais) gave birth to an

together, and the supplies were successfully sent

available to all French students at AOSR. Last

extraordinary project. They made contact with

to Senegal.

May, several students completed the test in order

a school in Senegal, that needed supplies for

to receive a diploma. Hajar Al-Naqshbandi, Mina

the repair of the school facilities, and for a

This year, the FHS is taking on another project.

Kim, and Neha Pillai completed the A1 level exam

better education for their students. The FHS

Working for the same school, they are now trying

of the DELF, Paolo Rizzo completed the A2 level

then decided to collect supplies directly from

to raise money in order to send two new and

exam of the DELF, and Veronica Gabriele and

the school. They set out boxes all over school

advanced computers. Giving even just one penny

Marco Roselli completed the B1 level exam of

campus, in which anyone could deposit any sort

can change the lives of many children.

the DELF. It is wonderful for students at AOSR to

of school related supplies, such as pens, pencils, binders, as long as they were in good condition.

get the chance to put their language skills to the By Lamberto L

test and to see how far they have come in their studies, and the DELF allows them to do just that.

AOSR SPORTS After a very successful fall season where the AOSR Falcons earned two 2nd , two 5th and one 6th place finish, it is time for the winter sports season. In the winter, AOSR offers: basketball, cheerleading and wrestling. All sports are offered for both boys and girls. The wrestling program was expanded to the middle school for the first time and there are currently 6 high school students and 4 middle school students on the team. The wrestling coaches also coach the Italian national wrestling team, so this is a unique opportunity for the students to experience high quality coaching in a school environment. All students are very excited to be part of the team, and they are really enjoying the level of coaching they are receiving. The boys and girls basketball teams had a large number of students at tryouts and are currently training very hard. A large number of spectators are expected to attend home games to support the Falcons throughout the season. The cheerleading squad is looking great; coach Jane put a lot of work into the team last year and this shows making this year easier for coach Jane and our new assistant coach, Karena. Fourteen cheerleaders are currently on the team and this number makes it easier to perform stunts and cheers during the games. The cheerleaders support the boys and girls basketball teams throughout the season. Go Falcons!

NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE SCHOOL Congratulations to the Middle School

assist in problem solving. Now following a final

STUCO Executive Committee!

training meeting, there are nine teams of conflict

Student Council STUCO elections occurred


following the October Middle School trips with

following Grade 8 Conflict Managers:

candidates speaking to their Middle School class

Arturo V, Tommaso P, Federica F, Elena F,

peers to communicate their interest in and plans

Tebatso M, Gjon R, Maria Beatrice R, Clara S,

for the Student Council.

Isabel M, Garrett J, Nicole B, Alessia G, Livia O,

managers ready to work with the elementary Congratulations and thank you to the Paolo

Cristina D’A, David N, Leoluca G, Francesca M Congratulations to the following students on the

and Stefano C-G.

Study Skills 7 Continued...

Middle School STUCO:

A Student Perspective by Danika J

Executive Committee: Amitay E. and Tebatso M.

Today I had such an amazing experience, to

Grade Level Representatives for 6th Grade:

read to kindergartners. I enjoyed it a lot because

Lorenzo M, Victoria B, Leah G, Nick D, Camilla R,

while I was reading I just wanted to pinch their

and Leonardo C

cheeks. There were a few problems to read to

Grade Level Representatives for 7th Grade:

them. One was to get them to pay attention, not

Leonardo M, Cristian C, Garbiel K, Ari P, Shae R,

to stare around the room and talk to their friends.

Tessa F, and Gaia S.

Another problem was to get them to sit still; it was

Grade Level Representatives for 8th Grade:

like they just had eaten a bag of sugar! There

Elena F, Matteo LoS and Riccardo P.

was one more problem.... to get them to say what you wanted them to say. They would say

Since that time the group has had their first

negative things like, “I don’t like cats, I like dogs

successful event, the November 4 Spooky

better.” One kindergartener said “Your story is my

Dance, and are busy planning events to celebrate

favourite!” while later on he says the same thing

the holidays with a brunch and activities on December 20th and 21st, the last days of school before the winter holiday. Congratulations and

to all the other seventh graders who read to him!

Study Skills 7 Story Creation, Illustration and Sharing

thank you to the 2011 – 2012 Middle School STUCO members!

Grade 8 Conflict Managers Ready for Action!

Some comments the kindergarteners said when I asked them what they liked about my book were: Antonio: I liked the big dog.

The 7th grade study skills class has just

Edoardo: I liked your story, but I like dogs better.

completed working on a project, studying the

Gavin: I liked the owl, because his eyes were

life and work of the famous British author Beatrix


Potter. The students then wrote and illustrated

Jeremiah: I liked the cat!

stories in the style of Miss Potter. Then the 7th

Milos: I liked it when the snake went around the

graders were invited by the Kindergarten to read


In the month of October, all of the eighth

their stories .

grade students underwent an intensive two

It appears that the 7th graders are excellent

day conflict management training.

Since that

authors and illustrators because the younger

time, the students have had two follow up

students sat enthralled while they listened to the

sessions regarding conflict management and

stories. The 7th graders had a complex task,

at the conclusion of the training, many students

because not only did they have to write in a style

volunteered to serve as managers during the

which resembled another author but they had

grades 3, 4 and 5 recess periods. In the recent

to study the relationship between the text and

weeks, groups of Conflict Managers visited the

the illustrations that they were including in the

grade 3 and 4 classrooms to explain the role

story. They also had to bear in mind that their

of Conflict Managers to help students solve

audience was a kindergartener. I was thrilled with

problems that may arise on the playground.

the results of their work. Interesting stories, well

During the visits, Conflict Managers performed

recounted and beautifully illustrated.

a role play of how they will work with students to

- Christine Hogan

AOSR W ellness W eek :

lead a group activity. In addition, if you are aware of possible guest speakers in the greater Rome

M arch 19-23, 2012

community, please share their name and contact, as well.

AOSR has the great fortune to have two




Emotional Well-Being will be held at the end

community during the week of March 19, 2012.

of the AOSR Wellness Week Saturday, March

Psychologist and author Dr. Michael Thompson,

24th at Marymount from 9:00 -17:30. This year’s

who also visited AOSR in 2010, returns to share

conference theme is: “The Family in Focus:




his expertise of child development and will be on






Building & Maintaining Healthy Bonds.”

the AOSR campus Monday and Tuesday, March

call on all members of the AOSR community!

19 -20. AOSR is also pleased to announce that

All AOSR community members (Secondary

Dr. Schroeder will be the keynote and there

Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder to campus on Thursday,

School Students, Teachers, Parents and Alumni)

will be several guest speakers from the US

March 22, at which time she will be meeting to

are invited to share their wellness interest and

as well as local mental health professionals.

share her experience and working with issues

expertise with our students. Past presentations

Some workshops will also be in Italian.

pertinent to adolescents and young adults.

have included: fitness, yoga, tai chi, dance,

St. Stephen’s Peer Counselors will also have

light of their visits, AOSR has deemed March

internet and social network,

relaxation, dress

a workshop entitled, “Getting inside the Teen

19 – 23, 2012, as WELLNESS WEEK. Activities,

for success, planning for high school, time

Age Brain.” The fee is 55 Euro for PRE-

workshops and assemblies will be organized for

management, healthy relationships, adolescent

REGISTRATION and 65 Euro for On-Site

the student, teacher and parent communities

health, sexual education, substance abuse, the

Registration. Lunch will be served and there will

which focus on the theme of Wellness.

environment, and much more.

also be raffle door prizes for attendees. Please

A call for session leaders: In order for the AOSR

Please contact Sarah Ellyson at mscoordinator@

4752 or email ohanacounselingcenter@gmail.

Wellness Week to be a success we need to to share your thoughts and volunteer to

com for further information.



contact The Ohana Counseling Center at 338 710


Cold and flu season is here so be wise and give care! KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COLD AND THE FLU





1. Get plenty of rest, eat lots of fruits/vegetables and drink plenty of water and juice.

Onset of  symptoms  



2. Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 minutes.




3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.


General Aches,  Pains   Fatigue,  Weakness  

Extreme Exhaustion   Stuffy  Nose  

Sore Throat  

Chest Discomfort,  cough     Complications    



Quite Mild   Never  

Common Usual  

Mild-­‐ Moderate,   hacking    

Sinus Congestion,   Earache,  Strep  throat  

Characteristic High  for  3-­‐4  days   Usual;  often  severe  

Can last  up  to  2-­‐3  weeks   Early  and  prominent   Sometimes   Sometimes  

Common, can  be  severe    

Bronchitis, Pneumonia;  can  be   life-­‐threatening  

4. Keep your child at home if they have any of the following symptoms: • a fever greater than 100 F (37.8 C) • vomited more than once • diarrhea • frequent cough, • pain that does not go away (head, throat, stomach, ear, etc.) 5. Get a seasonal flu shot. Sources:,,,


By Geoff Miller (‘67), Alumni Coordinator What is Watson? For nearly four years IBM scientists have been working on a highly advanced Question Answering (QA) system, codenamed “Watson.” The scientists believe that the computing system will be able to understand complex questions and answer with enough precision, confidence, and speed to compete on Jeopardy! That is, David has been heading the creation of an advanced system that is capable of “reasoning”. Earlier this year, Watson defeated two Jeopardy champions on national television, earning a one million dollar contribution to charity!

We often wonder what has happened to our alumni.

We define an alumnus/a as anyone

who attended our school, for no matter how short or long a time and whether or not they actually graduated from AOSR. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet with many alumni who, because of their parents’ jobs, attended many international schools.

Most of

them remember AOSR (or OSR as we were called until the early 1980’s) as being special and was often their favorite. Here is one such story. David Ferrucci (’79) attended OSR during the 1975-1976 academic school year. He received a lot of attention in the States in 2011 because of his involvement with IBM. According to IBM’s website:

I recently contacted David, and here is what he had to say.

project currently focused on building Watson. … David has a background in AI [Artificial specifically


It was a very memorable year. My father, sister and I lived at 882 Via Cassia. We toured Rome and many other parts of Italy. I got to know many relatives from my father’s hometown in Caserta. It was an experience of a life time - an adventure I will never forget. Remarkably, just this year I ran into one of my two best friends from OSR, Edward Christian. It’s been 35 years!! We picked up like it was yesterday. Ed was one year ahead of me. He was 6th.

A lumni V isitors

Representation and Reasoning. He is most

Alumni visitors this

interested in projects that combine NLP, Machine

month included

Learning and KR&R to develop and apply

Joseph (‘87) and Paul (‘85)

intelligent systems. His team is also working on the DARPA Machine Reading Program, extending DeepQA to perform deeper understanding of natural language content.

Lisa (‘82),

Bucciaglia with several family members , including their

education was so different from what I was used to however, that I struggled a bit in the first semester. But by the end of the year I had straight A’s with highest marks in Science. I earned the “Excellence in Academic Progress Award” (I wonder if AOSR still gives that award). Of the numerous awards I have received in my life (and now with “Watson” there are quite a few), the one from OSR is the only one I keep on my desk. It came with 6,000 lire. The two bills are behind the glass frame along with the certificate. I am looking at it right now. It was signed by the Headmaster, James R. Bowditch

in 10th grade, I was in 9th and my sister was in

David is the principal investigator for the DeepQA


You can see a portion of this online at:

I remember every one of my teachers. The


Best Regards, Dave

R etracing M y S teps

lights came on to reveal the most amazing black on white abstract painting, with his signature in the left bottom corner.

By Miriam O’Brien

After the show, Ian was inundated with compliments and requests for photographs. He Gallery.

Ian Tweedy: Yearbook photo year 2000.

The event was held in the beautiful

Complesso Monumentale Santo Spirito in Sassia, originally a pilgrim’s hospital. In the huge darkened ex-chapel the event began with Ian seated, staring at a huge canvas the size of the entire end wall. He was holding a brush, attached to a meters long pole. Then sound

Ian Tweedy in 2000

effects began and a photo of Ian, walking under a

In the senior polls of the Yearbook 2000, Ian

tunnel, wearing a backpack, filled the screen. Ian

Tweedy (‘00) was one of the students voted

stood up, dipped his brush into the black paint,

most artistic. He also received the art award. Ian

and drew a line around the backpack. Then the

went on to study art in Milan, graduating from the

photo faded and another photo representing an

Nuovo Accademia di Belle Arte.

element of Ian’s life appeared in its place. For

took special time to meet with Ms. Joyce Dunn, his art teacher for three years at AOSR. She had taught him how to use the projector which he used in his show. They talked about the artistic challenge of letting go and “moving to abstraction”. To find out more Ian Tweedy, the artist, check out Valentina Ciarallo’s interview with him at:

two hours Ian painted as one image took the Now living in New York, Ian is becoming famous

place of another. Even a photo of the villa was

as a contemporary artist. His work is exhibited in

included. In addition to the shorter brush, he

New York, London, and all over Italy.

used a much longer one of about six meters to reach high areas. During all this time, reality was

On November 25, visitors were treated to the

suspended in the surreal atmosphere that only

most amazing live art performance by Ian, which

live art provides. When the painting was done, the

was sponsored by ENEL and the Spirito Due

The PTO Needs You!

STOCK TALK AOSR’s Parent Teacher Organization

Project: La Lingua Salvata

(PTO) is currently looking for volunteers

I am a parent of two AOSR graduates

to assume the roles of PTO Community

and my husband is a member of the

Service Coordinator and of PTO

Board of Trustees.

Secretary. I’m looking for contributors for a website In addition, the PTO needs parent

called, which

volunteers to help throughout the year

offers cultural and linguistic texts to

with a variety of school related activities.

migrant children, in order to, maintain

Please write to volunteer, or simply to get

their mother tongue. The languages

added to our mailing list and stay tuned

are Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, English,

to school news and events, at:

Romanian, Spanish and soon Bangla. Would you like to help me? If you are able to write, to draw, to transmit culture and language, please call me: Angela Pagano Linari 338.80 11 729 .

AOSR Board of Trustees Officers Mr. Ben Ziff, Chair Mr. Marco Figus, Vice-Chair/Treasurer Mr. John Carwile, Secretary Committee Chairs Finance, Mr. Marco Figus Buildings & Grounds, Infrastructure, Sarah Hall Security, and Technology, Ms. Sarah Hall Fundraising, Mr. Paolo Torchetti

H appy H olidays ! Wishing everyone in the AOSR community a holiday filled with joy and peace. Safe travels; We look forward to seeing you in 2012. Beth Pfannl (head of school) Ken Kunin (secondary principal) & Stephen Foster (elementary principal)

Contact Information

Villa Reception and Staff Villa Secretary: Ms. Manuela Ciocca 06-33438-300 Head of School: Dr. Beth Pfannl 06-33438-331 Secretary: Ms. Domenica Losani 06-33438-331 Business Manager: Ms. Elisa Bruno 06-33438-338 Admissions Officer: Ms. Sabine Neumann 06-33438-311 Busing: Mr. Kieran Canter 06-33438-372 Secondary School Principal: Mr. Ken Kunin 06-33438-326 Secretary: Ms. Anna Chiara Troisi 06-33438-326 Elementary School Principal: Mr. Stephen Foster 06-33438-395 Secretary: Ms. Joanne Hoberg 06-33438-395

Faculty & Coordinators PreK Coordinator: Ms. Amy Magazzu 06-33438-330 ES Coordinator: Ms. Susan Prideaux 06-33438-350 MS Coordinator: Ms. Sarah Ellyson 06-33438-336 AP/IB Coordinator: Ms. Belinda Fiochi 06-33438-337 HS College Counselor: Mr. Ivan Hauck 06-33438-327 School Counselors: Ms. Elizabeth Escobar 06-33438-373 Dr. Simona Reichmann 06-33438-373 Nurse: Ms. Jan Miller & Nancy Bergeson 06-33438-321 After School Activities: Ms. Christine Hogan Resource Room: Ms. Rene Ostapuk (ES) 06-33438-302 Ms. Jacqueline Gallo (MS/HS) 06-33438-390 Athletics: Mr. Max Squarcia 06-33438-313

American Overseas School of Rome 811 Via Cassia 00189 Rome, Italy Phone: (+39) 06.33438.300 Fax: (+39) 06.3326.2608

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