In recent weeks, we have moved some important items into our PowerSchool interface that are important informational and process links for parents. After login to PowerSchool, you’ll see a menu item labeled “QuickLinks.” Please click on this link to access the ASW Dashboard – your portal to the most critical information of school operation. You’ll note a governance link for direct board governance information, links to important documents of procedure and policy, and links to important forms for incident reporting and easy access to security information. We will be adding additional links here as required to make this a one-stop location for critical school information. Look for continuous upgrades in the weeks ahead.
Reminder – Vehicle Access
Reminding you that over the coming weeks, parking permits will be provided to all parents and staff who request them by presenting a valid ID at the main entrance security desk. You may register and pick up parking permits for up to 3 vehicles per family. Permits will be tied to individual cars (by license) and should be hung from the rearview mirror or placed behind the windshield so that they are visible when entering campus and while the vehicle is parked on campus. Starting now, security will be reminding everyone without a permit about the new requirement. After February 22nd, your badge will not open the entrance gate until a security guard confirms that you have a valid pass visible in the vehicle. Your ID badge and the vehicle permit are both required to enter the campus.
We are just about two months after our issues with the water supply and wanted to provide an update with regards to recent testing and our efforts during the winter vacation. We just received our most recent water tests and all measures were excellent. This was undertaken after additional work during the vacation on our water fountains and the general flow of water to all locations in the building. So this report confirms that everything is back to normal and we continue to monitor under our regular protocols. Reports are available for viewing in our Operations department at your discretion.
We are taking the new year as an opportunity to implement some additional tweaks to our security plan that were recommended by our ongoing review of practices and procedures. ASW will now require all vehicles to be registered for campus access. Over the coming weeks, parking permits will be provided to all parents and staff who request them along with a valid ID. You may register and pick up parking permits from the Security Desk at the main entrance (Maximum of 3 vehicles per family). Permits will be tied to individual cars and should be hung from the rearview mirror or placed behind the windshield so that they are visible when entering campus and while the vehicle is parked on campus. Until February 21st, security will be reminding everyone without a permit about the new requirement. After February 22nd, vehicles will not be permitted to enter the campus without a permit.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in implementing this quickly and efficiently during the coming month!
I hope everyone has returned refreshed and ready for ASW, 2019-2020, Part 2! Wishing you all well from afar as I’m out on the recruiting road seeking new staff for ASW for next year. As is the case every year, we will have some staff turnover, much as we do in our diplomatic and expatriate community. We are in the process of hiring now and looking to bring our process to quick conclusions. More details on this will eventually be posted here on Zimplicity and in future eNotes in order to keep you informed. I will return on Tuesday next week.
In the meantime, I know that we are all watching world events with some concern at the moment. I know that this can cause some levels of stress for our families, especially for those from selected regions of the world. As a community, we value our diversity and our collective regard for each other in times of concern and instability. Please know that we are monitoring for stress in our children during times like this and strive to make sure that our school is a safe place and supportive of their concerns as their age allows them to become aware of world events. One helpful site worth reviewing is here:
Much of this advice is part of the way we respond to world events that may be hard for children to understand. As the website points out, it is helpful to recognize that children are more aware at times than we might realize. Helping them to make sense of things is important and listening can be a key strategy for understanding their confusion and helping them resolve their concerns. Please let our counselors or your child’s teacher know if you have any concerns and know that we have other resources available as needed.
Best wishes to all on our first week back and I’ll look forward to greeting you at the entrance next week.
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.
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