January 2021


Welcome to NOVA International School Library and our OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)

1/19/2021

Dear Readers, Welcome to NOVA International School Library and our OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), additionally, the online public access catalogue also serves as a one-stop-shop for many of our school subscriptions and external resources. Links for Blended and Distance Learning (https://nova.edu.mk/blended_and_distance_learning.aspx )and Libraries pages(https://nova.edu.mk/libraries.aspx ).

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Waiting for Santa - NOVA ES winter event

1/18/2021

Dear Nova Community,You and your family are cordially invited to attend and enjoy the evening of January 20th (Wednesday) at 6pm on the Nova YouTube Channel and FB page watching our little winter event Waiting For Santa where our lovely students perform together with their teachers.

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NOVA Musical Souls 2020

1/11/2021

Our creative students in 7th grade worked on a project called "My World Music Song" which celebrated music from around the world by singing their own lyrics in a language they haven't spoken before (translated and tutored by a peer they were paired with, who speaks that language). They used already existing world music songs, as their instrumental background. Filipa Gelevska and Blagica Dojchinovska are singing their lyrics translated and helped by their partners Iljas Oberhuber and Tomislav Protik. One of the projects that 8th graders had this year was "Recreate a classical music piece”, from the unit on the evolution of music, and their final task was to recreate any classical music theme of their choice, by adding and singing their lyrics in a video performance. Idil Su Arslan recreated "The Swan" by Camille Saint Saëns (performed on a cello by Yo Yo Ma), and she called it "Rainy Days in NY”. 

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Community Meet #6 - Students Talking Over Student Council and GSA

1/10/2021

Dear Nova community, we are happy to announce our sixth #CommunityMeet, on the topic of 'Student clubs: Student Council and Gender-Sexuality Alliance'.

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December 2020


Community Meet #5 - Students Talking Over Book and Politic Clubs

12/27/2020

Dear Nova community, we proudly announce our fifth CommunityMeet, on the topic of 'Student clubs: Book Club and Politics Club'.

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NOVA Anti-Bullying PSA

12/25/2020

We present you the winner of the school's competition on creating a Public Service Announcement titled The person behind the screen. The idea of this competition was to address hate speech and cyberbullying, while increasing empathy as a way younger generations communicate over social media and the world wide web in general. According to Very Well Family, there has been a 70% increase in cyberbullying and a 200% increase in traffic to hate sites during the covid-19 pandemic. As a community, Nova is taking a clear stand against bullying.

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Waiting for Santa

12/24/2020

At school, we were able to create our own winter Wonderland, visited by none other than Santa, one of Santa’s reindeer, an Elf and even the Grinch. Students along with their teachers prepared to dance and choir performances and enjoyed each other's creativity, all in the effort to usher the upcoming Holiday season. We are sharing some of this Holiday spirit through our photos. Wishing you restful and magical holidays! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Collaboration with Red Cross called Wishlist

12/23/2020

As a tradition, NOVA International Schools cooperates with the Red Cross, now a second year in a row. The holiday season is around the corner and with that the season of solidarity. Unfortunately, many children are left without presents and do not get to experience the same holiday comfort. As a way to give back to the community, we’ve teamed up with the Red Cross to donate gifts and support less fortunate children all across the country from their own wishlist. The leader of this project was Galena Jovanoska. This year we’ve gathered 65 presents based on the wishes of the children, with the support of our faculty&staff and our kind students, which was 1/3 of the wishlist.

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ES Narrative Writing pieces

12/22/2020

As we are enjoying our break, let us remind ourselves of class 5-1 which worked hard to complete a small moment narrative story. “There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” The students used the website Book Creator and shared their stories with one another. These are photos of the celebration of ending this semester’s chapters of storytelling.

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Thank you healthcare workers!

12/21/2020

A big thank you, health workers, from our students - for your dedication, commitment, and courage. Thank you for being on the front-line so we could feel safe. In this short video message, NOVA students are sharing their messages of support and gratitude to healthcare workers in our country and globally. Created by: Aleksandar Atanasovski, Jovana Krstevska, Eva Nedelkovska, Boris Stojanovski and Anja Panova.

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Creative Christmas workshops for community support

12/18/2020

In the past weeks, we had a few workshops organized by the students. The first one was a workshop for Christmas Ornaments - students used recycled materials to create Christmas ornaments to bring joy to sick children in the Children’s Oncology ward at Mother Theresa Hospital. The second workshop was for making Christmas cards for the elderly - Santa’s little helpers spent their afternoon creating 65 Christmas cards to bring joy to the residents in the Home for Elderly “Mother Theresa”. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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End of year staff gathering

12/17/2020

Saying goodbye to 2020 in the school’s backyard with some savory fluffy pancakes and tasty refreshments was a perfect send off to a most unpredictable year. It was a festive gathering, to show our appreciation for the dedicated and selfless work of our faculty and staff. If the first semester is anything to go by, we anticipate a most promising second semester. Here is to new and more hopeful beginnings. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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BUILDING HOLIDAY SPIRIT

12/17/2020

May the holidays be filled with warmth, kindness, and a lot of homemade Gingerbreads. Our students together with their teachers and Secondary School Assistant Principal Daniel Cunningham made this amazing video with step by step guidance on how to create your own Gingerbread House. Enjoy the holiday spirit with this video filed with sugar and spice and everything nice. "Gingerbread hugs and peppermint kisses."

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NOVA Community Days

12/16/2020

December is a month to (re)connect, as NOVA offers opportunities for students to come to campus to join in on activities that focus on applied skills, and also to come in to deepen their in-class learning with a hands-on activity. Last week's Community Day was filled with artistic experimentation like photography and art, chances to flex musical muscles, and opportunity to get outdoors and into nature. NOVA continues with its Community Days this week, with even more offerings!  Check out the photo gallery from hte acctivites here

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Gingerbread House Workshop

12/15/2020

Our ES students had the chance to create their own gingerbread houses made from scratch. We have also produced a video on how to make them by yourself at home while staying safe. Stay tuned!These Gingerbread Houses taste like Christmas Spirit! Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Our experience with Covid-19

12/14/2020

Resilience is accepting your new reality and trying to make it better than the one you had before. NOVA students interviewed members of our community, with faculty and students sharing their stories and experiences of how they’ve dealt with the covid-19 pandemic; how it has affected their lives and how they've managed to remain strong while maintaining hope for a better 2021.

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Waiting For Santa (ES winter event)

12/13/2020

We decked the halls and strung the lights for the ES Winter Event. This Friday let the warmth of good people and great performances take the chill from the air and the spirit of the season make winter easier to bear!

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Update on the Covid-19 pandemic

12/11/2020

Dear NOVA community, Update as of December 11th: Here are  a couple of timelines and dates you should take note of: Winter break - December 21st - January 8th We have scheduled two weeks of distance learning classes following the break - January 11th-15th and January 18th-23th For a proper distance from our holiday celebrations and travel, although we encourage families to refrain from both The Crisis Management Team will decide on grade level reopenings, considering current epidemiological numbers, government approval, community feedback (surveys), and school preparedness Families will receive the updated Secondary blended schedule, based on which will begin inviting students back to campus  Start of second semester - Monday, January 25th  Update as of December 4th: The Secondary school leadership has begun working on further modifications to the Secondary blended schedule, that will allow us to slowly bring back all grade levels to campus in a cautious and controlled manner. We intend to commence this process after the two weeks of school-wide distance learning, after the winter break, at the beginning of the second semester (Monday, January 25th). The reopening pace will depend on the same criteria we’ve set out from day one: current epidemiological situation including government approval, school preparedness, and parent feedback. You should expect more details in upcoming posts especially as we near the beginning of the second semester. Update as of November 20th: Let us remind you that if you have any questions or concerns you can always direct them to the Health and Safety Committee (hsc@nova.edu.mk). We try to respond within an ambitious timeframe realizing the welfare of community members takes precedent. We’ve expanded our return to campus policy, allowing students to remain in quarantine for a total of 20 days since first contact with the infectious person, in order to come back to school without a PCR test.  In order to ensure proper ventilation of classrooms, while managing indoor air quality, we’re going to be introducing a second air purifier into classrooms, during the heating season. This will allow for windows to be open for at least 10-15 minute, at the beginning of each class. We performed an internal study on how to best manage classroom air quality, to arrive at this conclusion. This is probably the year when we need to reconsider all of our social engagements and family gatherings, as the latest wave of infections has been primarily driven by such activity. Although this might be very difficult, consider it as an investment in future such celebrations. The vaccine is here, but now the challenge remains to ensure we remain healthy until we have access to it.  Update as of November 13th: More so than covid-19 infections, staffing issues arising from precautionary quarantine, have made it very difficult to continue delivering the blended model for our grade levels on campus. Next week will be shifting temporarily to distance learning for our grade 6 students as we anticipate the return of faculty. We’re also seeing the strain placed on our Elementary teachers not just teaching their classes but providing numerous substitutions. We’re going to be introducing a schedule change for Elementary commencing from Monday, November 23rd. This will limit the specialty classes students will have in the first half of the school day to only PE/Dance, delivered in the school's auditoriums, and the rest on-line in the afternoon. The change will also shorten the transition to distance learning from home by 30 minutes starting from 1:30pm. Although this change might be disruptive, we believe it’s warranted to further enforce the bubble approach to grade level groups, in order to limit the risk of exposure to specialties who are coming in contact with multiple grade levels. Update as of November 6th: With the ever increasing number of cases in N.Macedonia, we anticipate more on campus cases. In order to sustain our efforts, we’re looking at changes to our Elementary blended learning schedule, to minimize the cross sharing of specialties amongst grade levels. You can expect information in the coming week from your division principal. These changes will have an impact on the student’s school schedule, in order to ensure we can continue with on-campus learning. We hope together with other positive developments, we would be able to extend on campus learning until winter break. We’ve gained valuable experience, that we hope to utilize for bringing Secondary students on campus down the road.  The Health and Safety Committee met this Thursday, November 5th, to reconsider changes to our close contact quarantine policy, by reducing the length of time from 14 to 10 days, based on latest research, and also introduced a new policy on air pollution and our ability to effectively ventilate classroom spaces. Update as of October 30th: As we actively manage and contact trace community cases, we regularly receive questions of what would constitute a level 3 scenario according to our covid-19 risk matrix  where the whole school would potentially go into distance learning. One such outcome would be government mandated, the other would be where we have a sufficient number cases on campus, that would severely limit the school’s ability to deliver on-campus learning due to a lack of appropriate staffing. Such quarantine decisions, impacting staffing, will always be taken with the health and wellbeing of all of our community members. If we go that route, similarly to our reopening efforts, it will be subject to a two week reassessment. Based on our most recent CMT meeting, held this Thursday, October 29th, it was decided that we will continue maintaining the grade levels we currently have on campus, and try to sustain this status quo for as long as circumstances provide for it - meaning it could be days or weeks before closing, or we could potentially reach our desired winter break threshold. Another important decision reached was that immediately after winter break, the school will return in distance learning mode for all learners, for an initial two-week period, trying to accommodate travelers and address the higher transmission risk. Whatever we attempt to accomplish it will only be possible with your continued support and full adherence to safety protocols. An important point I’ve been asked to underscore is that students should remain home even when exhibiting the slightest flu-like symptoms. Update as of October 23rd: We feel fortunate to have started the school year early, providing two months of continuous learning. The pace at which we conducted our school reopening didn’t allow us to introduce higher grade levels to campus, but these decisions were primarily driven by factors we didn’t have control over. We remain mindful of this fact, and will work hard to ensure that all grade levels are included under the blended learning model, at some point in time during the school year, provided the right conditions. Approaching the end of October, I wanted to thank you all for contributing to our reopening efforts. As of today, we’ve had minimal covid-19 exposure on campus and more importantly, the testing results from all staff and students, considered close contacts, have thus far returned negative. We have another cohort of students being tested today, and remain hopeful that these results will return negative. If that is the case, it further will reaffirm the importance of all safety protocols and policies we’ve put in place, but more importantly your commitment to abide by them. We’ve received feedback from multiple sources that the school has been highlighted as a model for how institutions should deal with a pandemic. Although challenging, I hope we can sustain this level of commitment until the end of the school year. Update as of October 16th: We’ve experienced an increase in covid-19 cases in Skopje and N. Macedonia. This week we also saw our first case of covid-19 brought on campus. After being informed of the positive PCR test, we quickly moved to implement our Scenario (Level) Four: Confirmed Case of Covid-19 on Campus. If you did not directly receive a message from the school in regards to the case and follow-up steps, it is because based on our contact tracing effort we deemed that you or your child had not had a direct contact with the infected person, and therefore there is no need for additional precautionary steps. Our commitment to privacy and confidentiality will remain, as this is a private matter for affected parties. We ask that you assist us in upholding these expectations.This exercise has so far taught us that we’ve done well as a school. Advance planning as well as the safety measures and health protocols in place have served us well. This has reinforced the need we continue on our chartered course. Although we can hope for no new infections, they’re likely to emerge, so our ability to identify them early and follow through on policy will be key in our ability to continue on-campus learning. This is only possible if we have your full cooperation. We can only react once we’ve been timely and appropriately informed. Without your assistance our efforts as a school would have a minimal effect at best.   Our most recent CMT meeting was held this Wednesday (October 14th), where we considered our future reopening efforts. In light of recent developments, it was decided that we cannot introduce any new grade levels on campus. We will again reassess this decision in a two-week interval. Please note that this process is not one directional and can potentially be reversed. We’ve also received word from relevant authorities that should the epidemiological situation continue to deteriorate, schools might be mandated to close. We’re closely monitoring all relevant data and will inform you accordingly of any new developments.  Update as of October 9th: The successful return of our sixth graders was this week’s highlight. It was the first cohort of Secondary students on campus, allowing us to put in action the division’s blended schedule, and address any shortcomings. Implementing a new schedule, a combination of the normal and distance learning scenarios, is a complex undertaking. The schedule will continue being a work in progress. We welcome your input, and will try to give it our due consideration as we try to improve the overall blended learning experience.  We received positive parental feedback (125 respondents on the survey) on the first month of learning in the Elementary division. The survey reported that 98% of children are feeling happy at school, 97% of parents are comfortable with the health and safety measures the school has undertaken, and over 80% of parents are satisfied with the distance learning support their children at home have received. Feedback on our new on-line applications and tools was still reserved, with 40% of parents feeling it’s still too early to report on their roll-out. 80% of parents are happy with the amount of information shared by the school, while the rest feel there is an information overload.  Update as of October 2nd: Our return to school after traveling policy, part of the Reopening plan has been subject to discussion as it has impacted students whose parents are traveling. We understand that it has complicated matters, and limited students' time on campus. As we’ve stated all along we have adopted a conservative approach, but are continually looking to revise policy in light of latest best-practices and new findings/research related to the pandemic.The Health and Safety Committee will be meeting next week to look at how we can potentially revise our current travel policy to make it more friendly, while ensuring this change doesn’t significantly impact the safety and wellbeing of our community. We’ve adopted this approach to our whole reopening efforts, and will continually look for potential improvements.  Update as of September 25th: The CMT met this Wednesday, September 23rd, and considered the school’s continued reopening efforts. As in past meetings, we looked at the parent survey feedback for grades 6, 7 and 8 (18% of respondents were not willing to send their children to school, with higher grade levels having a higher percentage of reserved parents); the current local epidemiological situation, and our school's preparedness in welcoming this cohort of students back to campus. The consensus was that we are ready to welcome grade 6 students starting from Monday, October 5th, provided we don’t have a deterioration in the epidemiological situation or potentially a local community transmission. Once we have successfully integrated grade 6 students, we will consider higher grade levels. It’s important to stress that at this pace, it’s going to take some time before we can include high school students under the blended learning model. Our intention is to ultimately make the effort to bring them too on campus. In the meantime, we’re going to continue having a variety of opportunities that would ensure they have an on campus experience.  Update as of September 18th: We are happy to report at the end of another successful week. We were finally able to welcome our grade 4 and 5 learners, and with that have all of our Elementary students on campus, an important achievement. We’re now setting our focus on the Secondary division. By the end of next week you can expect a decision by the Crisis Management Team in regards to bringing grades 6 through 8 on campus. In the meantime, we will continue our distance learning support for Elementary School students that have remained home, and the whole grade 6-12 cohort. We’ve already began collecting feedback as to how our first three weeks of learning have gone, in the hopes we can learn and adapt. Should you receive a survey request, please make sure you respond, so your feedback is taken into consideration. On the Elementary School side, our arrival and dismissal procedures have proven very effective. We can report that families have followed through on our screening requirements, and students on campus on safety protocols. This has allowed teachers to direct their primary focus on learning, instead of enforcing protocols.  In the Secondary School the advisory support at the beginning of the day has served as an anchor to a student's day. We just had our first Community meet to underscore this important role for grades 6-8, helping parents understand how they can better utilize this important resource. This last Wednesday’s Community day was all about movement - celebrating a heart/mind connection, in line with our mission statement. On the following link you can see how the day unfolded. Starting from next week, we’re excited to introduce our Math Enrichment classes, to further build on student numeracy skills. Update as of September 4th: Our initial plan for inviting PreK 3 – grade 5 students back to campus, was stalled due to new Government regulations and approvals. Yesterday we hosted representatives from the newly formed Commission on the reopening of schools, who toured our facilities and verified our overall preparedness. We received very positive feedback, and were complemented on the work we’ve done to ensure we can reopen safely for our students. Today in the afternoon hours we received our second formal approval. Based on this outcome, we are going to be welcoming our PreK3, PreK4 and K grade students on campus from Wednesday, September 9th, and plan to welcome our grade 4 and 5 students on campus from Monday, September 14th. Once we reach these reopening thresholds, we will begin to consider including higher grade levels. We will make every effort to provide you with a timely notification of these decisions. Update as of August 28th: On August 27th, in the evening hours, we were contacted by a high representative of the Ministry of Education in regards to our issued Government approval from August 20th for the reopening of our school for face-to-face instruction for all grade levels (original Macedonian version and translated English version). We were informed that a new decision-making body, a Commission for the review of reopening requests for schools has been formed by the Government with ultimate oversight. The Commission was formed at the Government’s last session on Wednesday, August 26th (the official decision in Macedonian and English). According to the Ministry representative the creation of this new decision-making body had in effect voided the previous Government approval, for any grade levels outside of grades 1-3, and that we as a school are required to submit an additional request for the reopening of all other grade levels, subject to a new review at an upcoming session of this newly formed Commission.    In light of the new circumstances, the CMT held an emergency meeting and decided to proceed with the reopening for grades 1,2,3 only, while seeking a second Government approval for all other grade levels. Although we were provided a verbal promise of a date, we are deciding not to make time predictions as to when this decision will be reached but to duly inform you once we have it in our possession. We hope it would be a matter of days versus weeks. We therefore will only be able to welcome students from grades 1-3 starting from August 31st. We’re also proceeding with student orientations as originally planned for our Secondary students, as this doesn’t constitute an actual commencement of school.   Update as of August 21st: We are happy to report that the Government has reached a decision in regards to public schools’ reopening, and we’ve also received our formal reopening approval, independently of the public school system. We’ve also processed the parent and staff survey results, are completing our staff PCR testing, and have held our Crisis Management Team (CMT) meeting today, in which we formalized our initial school reopening model. Provided the current epidemiological situation, the Government's decision on school reopening, and our own school preparedness, we will commence the school year under the following models:  Early Education Center and Elementary School (grades Pk3-5) under the blended learning model, with an opportunity for distance learning for families not yet in Skopje or not ready to send their children to school Secondary School (grades 6-12) under the distance learning model  As a CMT we would have a two-week revision cycle of this decision. In case of no local school transmission of the virus, and an improved local epidemiological situation, we will consider including more grade levels under the blended learning model. Should there be a worsening of the epidemiological situation, or local school transmission, we would consider reducing the number of grade levels allowed on campus under the blended learning or potentially have the whole school switch to distance learning. We would then again assess the situation in a two-week period, deciding how to proceed. Update as of August 13th:  The decision for reopening is based on our decision matrix, currently at medium risk, taking into account the following three important conditions: the current epidemiological situation our community’s view on reopening (families and staff) and the formal decision and approval for reopening by authorities Our epidemiological situation has remained relatively stable over the last couple of weeks. Our reopening parent survey returned results where 20% of our families were hesitant about having their children return for on-campus learning, and 10% of families were unable to return in time for the school’s commencement on August 24th. We are also in anticipation of the decisions and approval by the Government in regards to reopening. As of today this has not happened. In conclusion, the Crisis Management Team (CMT) at the meeting on August 13th, decided to delay the school's reopening for a week, with the school year starting from Monday, August 31st.  We remain optimistic about our ability to reopen in the blended learning setting for at least some of our students. However, NOVA's CMT has decided to postpone the final determination on the commencement of the blended learning model. We have determined the further need to base our decision on the input of the full NOVA parent and faculty/staff community, as well as to await for a formal decision by the Government in regards to NOVA’s Reopening plan and the public schools’ reopening. What we can say with certainty at this point is that we plan to bring students to campus to introduce them to the new protocols, beginning on Monday August 31st and continuing to September 2nd. In anticipation of the decision, each division has determined a course of action to introduce the new safety protocols to students under carefully controlled conditions. We plan to lead the students through all of the new safety procedures, while also providing an opportunity for students to re/connect with their school and classmates. These connections will be especially important for our first-time NOVA students.

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Our experience with Covid-19 (Teaser Video)

12/10/2020

Each day NOVA students are finding new ways of supporting their community. This is a teaser of a short movie to be broadcasted on Monday, December 14th at 19:00. Through the Student Council, NOVA students interviewed members of our community, with faculty and students sharing their stories and experiences of how they’ve dealt with the covid-19 pandemic; how it has affected their lives and how they've managed to remain resilient, while maintaining hope for a better 2021.

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NOVA Community Days

12/9/2020

December is a month to (re)connect, as NOVA offers opportunities for students to come to campus to join in on activities that focus on applied skills, and also to come in to deepen their in-class learning with a hands-on activity. Last week's Community Day was filled with artistic experimentation like photography and art, chances to flex musical muscles, and opportunity to get outdoors and into nature. NOVA continues with its Community Days this week, with even more offerings! Check out the photo gallery from the acctivities here

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NOVA Elementary’s Halloween celebration on Nasha TV

12/7/2020

We’re thrilled to announce that NOVA's Halloween event will air on December 9th, from 7:30 pm. It will be rebroadcasted on December 10th, from 6:00 pm, December 12th, from 10:50 am and 6.15 pm and December 13th, from 4:15 pm.  Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing event. 

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Food Drive @ Nova

12/7/2020

A big thank you to our Nova community for all of the non-perishable food that was donated to help hungry families in our community. Our Nova PTA partnered with Retweet-a-meal, a citizen’s initiative that is doing amazing work meeting the nutritional needs of people around Skopje who don’t have the means to do so themselves. Many Nova families also donated funds that the PTA will use to purchase additional food supplies to help meet the needs in our area. In addition to that NOVA International Schools also prepared donation of 150 cooked hot meals.

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Workshop on Self-Care, Resiliency and Connection

12/4/2020

During these difficult times, it is important to take a break and reflect on our own strength and resilience. For this reason, NOVA invited Dr. Fran Prolman's to provide our faculty and staff with coping mechanisms in dealing with the pandemic while sharing guidance on self-care, self-trust and emotional healing.Dr. Prolman is an internationally recognized consultant specializing in educational leadership, school improvement and instructional strategies as well as communication skills, critical thinking and organizational development. She is known for her depth of knowledge coupled with high energy and practical application of content.Nova Parents are invited to participate in another session with Dr. Prolman on Tuesday, December 9th at 18:00. The workshop on Self-Care, Resiliency and Connection will be interactive and delivered through ZOOM. Please save the date and spread the word to others from our Nova community to join us. For more information on the session please reach out to info@nova.edu.mk

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Happy International Volunteer Day!

12/4/2020

Even now, during the pandemic, our NOVA volunteers generously give their time, act with kindness to their community. Today, we celebrate International Volunteer Day at our school by thanking volunteers and celebrating their efforts despite all the challenges at hand.This poster is in recognition of their hard work and dedication and is created by our IB student, Ergis Shaini as part of his CAS programme.

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Annual celebration of people with disabilities - Not all Disabilities are Visible

12/3/2020

On December 3 this year, during the annual celebration of people with disabilities, the 2020 theme ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ also focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent. Did you know? -Of the one billion population of persons with disabilities, 80% live in developing countries. -An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities. -One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability. -Persons with disabilities in the world are among the hardest hit by COVID-19. Even under normal circumstances, persons with disabilities are less likely to access health care, education, employment and to participate in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities right around the world. Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities, as well as these potentially detrimental— and not always immediately apparent— impacts on mental health is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus.

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November 2020


Another discussion is right around the corner!

11/27/2020

We sincerely invite you to our Empower Hour, which will take place online on the 30th of November at 7pm. The event is organized by Gagik Eritsyan - CS Leader in Advocacy at Nova International Schools and Jana Majnova - Girl Up Skopje an. It is in collaboration with the event's guests - Sara Milenkovska from Stella Network and Lussh Waisted by Nilija Brown. The main purpose of this discussion is to inform, elaborate and advocate for women's empowerment in small businesses and organizations. Hence, participants can gain more information and knowledge about the role women play in business and feel encouraged to become their own bosses. To participate, apply using the google form from the link provided below, after which you will be sent a Zoom link. Additionally, you can ask any question that will be addressed during the meeting anonymously. Link: shorturl.at/ilBQ8 Looking forward to seeing you at our discussion!

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NOVA's Speech and Debate Team Celebrates A Few Firsts

11/26/2020

A talented team of debaters and skilled orators took part in NOVA's first-ever official CEESA Speech and Debate Tournament - a complicated and highly technical event which NOVA hosted for the first time. The tournament took place entirely online and following safety protocols so that team members did not share rooms or computers. Eight schools, representing Finland, Lithuania, Russia, Serbia, Albania, Turkey, and Kazakhstan met online to compete across several events. One of our Debate teams, skillfully led by Lina Nikolovska (gr. 11) and Luka Pavikjevikj (gr.10), placed 2nd among 12 teams competing in the category, while another of our debate teams made it through to the quarter-finals. Three team members placed in the finals for Speech events, including Sare Ademoska (Gr 10) for Original Oratory, and Andrej Davitkov (Gr. 10) and Artan Zumberi (Gr. 10) for Duet Acting.

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NOVA staff on a hike in the sun

11/24/2020

On a sunny Sunday, a group of highly enthusiastic NOVA faculty and staff commenced their hike around the beautiful region of Skopska Crna Gora, where adventures awaited. One of them included finding a lost dog aptly named Lucky and managing to return it to its rightful owners. Getting some vitamin D, and enjoying your colleagues’ company while safe distancing, was a great way to recharge their batteries and get ready for the last few weeks of learning prior to winter break. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Food Drive @ Nova

11/23/2020

Dear Nova Community, In the spirit of Thanksgiving Day, the Nova PTA is organizing a Food Drive to collect food for the less fortunate, beginning Monday, November 23rd through Friday December 4th. We are partnering with#Retweet-a-meal, a citizen’s initiative that is doing amazing work meeting the nutritional needs of people in our community who do not have the means to do so themselves. In previous years, you may remember #Retweet-a-meal cooking and delivering hot meals to needy families, but due to COVID-19, this year’s initiative will be focused on collecting non-perishable food items that can be delivered to the families.  Beginning Monday, November 23rd, each morning PTA representatives will be inside the EMS front entrance to accept donations of non-perishable food products (pasta, beans, oil, flour, sugar, canned food, shelf milk, etc.) that you think can be utilized by any family in need. If your children are not attending school in person, you can still support this initiative by making an online donation through the following link. All donations will be used by the Nova PTA to purchase additional food items to be delivered to families in need. If your company would like to make a larger food donation, please contact Ms. Arta Kjato at arta.kjato@nova.edu.mk.

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ES Halloween@Nova Video Premiere

11/19/2020

On Wednesday, November 25th at 6 pm, you will have the opportunity to experience this year's "ES Halloween@Nova". Highlights of the event that you won't want to miss include: video clips of our super creative Nova students sharing their Halloween costumes, the costume parade with students having a chance to walk the stage and present their costumes to grade-level peers, and the classroom door decorations and beautifully decorated pumpkins brought by the students to add to the atmosphere. This fun-filled event could have not happened without your support, and our Nova PTA as well. Our school looked and felt festive, students were provided with Halloween popcorn and candy treats, and photos to remind them of the day. Homeroom teachers made sure each classroom had its own Halloween theme, the artwork being a joint student, teacher and parent effort. Nova captured all of these special moments on camera, so that parents and children alike could once again enjoy their superheroes, ghosts and goblins, fairies, witches and vampires, and hear the laughter and joy of these magical and mystical creatures. The event will be broadcasted on our Nova YouTube channel and Nova's Facebook page.

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'Boris Trajkovski - Nova' scholarship program

11/18/2020

This academic cycle we want to honor the modalities of how, globally and locally, students have been learning, communicating, and collaborating. The official start for this year’s Round 1 is December 2, 2020, and the application process will last until December 8, 2020. NOVA will organise a virtual meeting for all interested individuals in a form of live Q and A on the day of the start of the application, on December 2, 2020. https://nova.edu.mk/bt-scholarship.aspx

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NOVA will be organizing a first-ever CEESA online Speech and Debate competition

11/13/2020

NOVA will be organizing a first-ever CEESA online Speech and Debate competition for students in grades 9 through 12, along with other seven CEESA International Schools from Belgrade, Tirana, Moscow, Istanbul, Helsinki, Vilnius, and Almaty. The event will take place online over a period of two days (Friday and Saturday, November 20-21) where students will have a chance to participate in debate competition, as well as three speech categories: duet acting, original oratory and Oral Interpretation. Find out more about the event (in Macedonian) from the aticle published on www.fakulteti.mk  

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Students supported by "Boris Trajkovski" scholarship

11/9/2020

One of NOVA’s goals is to drive learners into society armed with the passion and the ability to learn how to affect positive change. Having a student such as Luka Pavikjevikj proves that. He, as a ‘’Boris Trajkovski’’ Scholarship recipient, has been involved in Nova Times as editor-in-chief, and the school’s Debate Club. Luka believes that being actively engaged in the community can contribute to everlasting improvements, because it is a civic duty and a pleasure, as well. He has inspired his fellow students to share inspiring stories about women’s empowerment and has been an advocate for students' mental health through UNICEF MK. Luka hopes to be a professor one day, where he can use his platform to inspire others, spark intellectual debates and express his opinions. This job fits nicely with the skills he is currently developing - research, writing, and public speaking.

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Nova Times 5th Edition

11/9/2020

Our NOVA Times had their fifth edition published this November. Covering crucial issues with an analytical vision, they are underlining the importance of activities and current happenings of both Nova community and international affairs. Today we share with you their editorial: History: a Boring Discipline? One day after International STEM day, they spark an interesting debate about SHAPE. Learn more through their article on our website:      https://nova.edu.mk/.../Nova%20Times%205th%20Edition.pdf Have you heard of SHAPE? You probably have not. It stands for social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy. SHAPE is an acronym that dons from the Universities and Arts Council of the United Kingdom would like to serve as a rebranding campaign to promote the humanities and the social sciences. The professors wanted to use this plan to emulate the success of the acronym STEM.

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Books donation by the Ukrainian Embassy

11/5/2020

On Monday, we had the privilege of hosting Ambassador Nataliia Zadorozhniuk, of Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of North Macedonia. Her Excellency and the Ukrainian Embassy donated more than 30 books for our Secondary School library. These books open a window to Nova students to experience Ukrainian nature, history and art. We thank the Ukrainian Embassy for its continued support.   

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NOVA PTA initiative "Donate a Device"

11/4/2020

During the last month, the whole Nova community was able to come together for a common cause and gather 25 devices that will provide a window to the world and the ability for children to continue their education. Half of the equipment was purchased by the school, and the rest were used yet functional devices, donated by NOVA families. In partnership with Project Happiness Skopje, NOVA's PTA launched the initiative "Donate a Device" to support children at social risk around N. Macedonia who are in need of devices for their online education. On Monday, the devices were shared with Project Happiness representatives, for further distribution directly to the children at social risk. NOVA and the PTA consider the lack of continued education for at-risk children a major concern, and therefore dedicated their efforts specifically to this cause, in order to ensure that everyone has a right to an education, even under difficult circumstances.  

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Halloween at NOVA Elementary School

11/3/2020

Last Friday in the spirit of Halloween, our Elementary School students had their own costume parade and pumpkin carving festival, while respecting all safety protocols. From ghost and goblins to fairies, witches and vampires, the laughter and joy of these magical and mystical creatures, filled our school classrooms and hallways. The beautifully executed event could have not happened without the PTAs support, making our school look and feel festive, and ensuring every student receives a candy treat. Homeroom teachers made sure each classroom had its own Halloween theme, the artwork being a joint student, teacher and parent effort. The parade of costumes was the highlight of the event, with students having a chance to walk the stage and present their costumes to grade-level peers, while also posing for a video and photos. The whole event was streamed for parents, who were unable to join their children in the audience. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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