Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ho Ho Ho!!!

While there are important notes below, please know that our greetings for a prosperous New Year and a Merry Christmas follow you wherever you choose to go during the holidays!! We are excited by the accomplishments since August and thrilled with the possibilities of the remainder of the school year. As I noted in recent remarks, I have a fond hope that 2020, the start of a new decade, will inspire vision and clarity in a world seemingly torn by conflict and confusion. This decade should one of addressing our challenges openly and thoughtfully in the spirit of truth and collaboration. May I offer a hope for all of you that the new decade is especially kind to our students who will graduate in the next ten years. Beginning with our first class of the decade, we hope for pathways to success and opportunity, unbounded by prejudice and discrimination. The resolution of 2020 must be one of kindness and compassion with a focus on global leadership above national greed. I will continue my mission with all who will participate to prepare this planet for our children in a way that makes us proud to hand them the keys!! Give everyone a hug for Mr. Z during the special days ahead.

Facility Access During the Holidays

While after hours access will continue during the holidays for outside facilities, please be advised that we will have a limited security team with only two guards on duty.  One at 24×7 desk, and a single walking patrol. After hours and on weekends and holidays, the outer gate may be closed. Those who want to enter campus will need to call the security desk using the phone number that is posted at the front entrance. The back entrance will not be open during the holidays. All normal access rules apply.

Career Fair

Parents from some sectors are still needed for the upcoming Career Fair on Thursday, January 30th.  Thank you to those who have already volunteered. We are honored by the turnout across all areas. Our hope is to get about 10 more participants in the field of law, medicine, sustainability, environment, and/or the arts. We have a good number of business people and engineers and a wide range of other fields. We have hundreds of students who would like to hear from parents and community members about their profession and present it to our students.  You can still sign up HERE!!

One More Reminder – Project Manager

We are now reviewing candidate applications, so please be reminded that we are looking for a project manager to serve in an advancement role for the school. The position announcement is HERE. Last chance to apply for this unique role!

Another Reminder: The deadline for withdrawal from second semester with a partial refund of fees is December 15 (that’s Monday). After December 15, no refund will be possible. Details about refunds can be found on our website here:  https://www.aswarsaw.org/admissions/school-fees

Zimplicity Director’s Desk Video Podcast (New Holiday Videos!!)
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This week and looking forward

Water Issues

First, my thanks for your patience and flexibility as we dealt with our water issue this week. It’s always a daunting challenge when we face environmental issues like this and have to address these through our emergency planning. In this case, our plans and reviews worked efficiently and our staff did a great job of identifying the issue, communicating it, and quickly applying remedies. It’s in these moments that you truly appreciate your support staff who spent countless hours protecting the environment for our students. There were many trips to facilities and offices, phone calls with representative and testing labs, monitoring of reports and results. My thanks go out to our team for all of their wonderful efforts on behalf of all the students in our care!

Recruiting

As you may remember, each year in November, we ask staff to make their decisions about returning for the next school year. We have just completed this project and staff have informed us of their intent. We’ll have detailed information about this out to you after the start of the new calendar year and our return in January. As usual, a majority of staff are returning for next year.

One item of note was the recent announcement by Ms. Jen Munnerlyn, Elementary Principal, that she has accepted a position as the new Director of Lower School at the American School of Madrid starting in August 2020. We are very happy for the Munnerlyns and will plan for opportunities toward the end of the school year for proper farewells as they embark on their next adventure.

A Search Committee has been formed under my direction and we began our work this morning preparing the position announcement for this important role. We are planning a process that will include ample opportunities for all stakeholders to be involved in helping us select the next principal for the Elementary. This will include finalist visits and opportunities to provide feedback to the committee for their deliberations. We’ll provide more details on this in January when we return from the break.

‘Tis the Season

If you have joined us last week for Band or this week for Choir, you have had a wonderful experience of music accomplishment. Our thanks to all the students performing and to the talented directors (Ms. Bechdolt & Ms. Lyons) for their amazing work!! We still have one more remaining and hope that many of you will join us for the Guitar Concert on Tuesday night at 6p in the Theater!

Also, the Arts Department will maintain its displays this week. They were a hit last night at the choir concert when they were unveiled and important that you stop in and take a look!

One Last Reminder

We are about to start reviewing candidate applications, so please be reminded that we are looking for a project manager to serve in an advanced role for the school. The position announcement is HERE. Last chance to apply for this unique role!

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Thankful!!

Since this is the season, at least on the American calendar, let me offer my earnest thanks for all your contributions to what makes a school community. Since the start of the school year, we have had scores of volunteers on campus on a daily basis helping us to embrace sports, activities, arts, social events, charitable causes, diversity, learning goals, and fellowship. We are a big family, often daunting in scope, but always rewarding in what we accomplish for the students we all serve together. Please continue to look for opportunities around the school where you can offer the gift of time and talent. Whether signing up for Career Day (<– click here!), selling a few books, or mixing a bit of Jingle Bell Run hot chocolate, we need all of you to help raise our children and support this wide range of opportunities! In the spirit of Thanksgiving and sharing the heart of a holiday, thank you for all that you contribute and thank you in advance of all that is yet to come!!

Engine Running in Parking Lot

Please be reminded that you may not run your engines anywhere in the parking lot when you are waiting for more than one minute. Running engines on school property while parked or in our “Kiss-n-Go” area is strictly prohibited. If you plan to wait in an area for an extended time, have a warm coat in case of cold weather. Running your vehicle unnecessarily and contributing to bad air quality will not be tolerated! Thank you to all who are doing such a great job following this essential rule!

Reminder: Unique Opportunity!

The school announced recently the creation of a new Project Management Role designed by the Board Advancement Committee to work under the Director and in collaboration with the Director of Communications and the Advancement Committee on projects associated with developing new projects for the school.  The role is limited to specific projects and deliverables that the successful candidate would help to define building on the committee’s initial work.  The job description and application portal is on our website HERE!

Reminder: The deadline for withdrawal from second semester with a partial refund of fees is December 15. After December 15, no refund will be possible. Details about refunds can be found on our website here: https://www.aswarsaw.org/admissions/school-fees

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FCD Returns and an Announcement

FCD Returns

John Tummon of FCD is back at ASW with important information to share with students and parents.  We had a good group join us for the parent evening on Tuesday night, but if you think you missed your opportunity, you would be wrong!  We are back together tomorrow morning at 8:30a in the MPR for our FCD Parent Coffee.  Please come and join us.  Remember my article back on September 18?  The issue is more intense now than ever and it’s important for our community to rally and get the information needed to avoid the damage that is being done to our children if we don’t get engaged.  Please come and join us to learn.  There is power in knowledge and collaboration!

Unique Opportunity!

The school is announcing the creation of a new Project Management Role designed by the Board Advancement Committee to work under the Director and in collaboration with the Director of Communications and the Advancement Committee on projects associated with developing new projects for the school.  This would include funding for scholarships, initiation of an endowment fund, and other special projects in support of the school and its mission and vision.

The role is limited to specific projects and deliverables that the successful candidate would help to define building on the committee’s initial work.  The job description and application portal is on our website HERE!

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