New and Aspiring Board Member Training

New and Aspiring Board Member Training

A reminder to mark your calendars for the first session this year of the New and Aspiring Board Member training.  Like last year, I’ll be leading session on School and non-profit board membership. If you have an interest in a position on the ASW board, as a leader in PTO, or if you are looking to serve on other boards in the future, this training will help provide some of the key understandings associated with good governance in a non-profit setting.  The content of this training has been expanded to also include insights into ASW specifically.  We’ll explore selected ASW Board documents and will give some insight into ASW structures and policy.  Our first session will take place as follows:

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate, you can sign up by clicking here:  https://goo.gl/forms/cfjli5MvNnwzNiNs2

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A few updates…

Just a few updates this week on things happening around campus.

Cafeteria ID Card Initiative

We worked with the cafeteria this year to design and organize a school ID that would work with the cafeteria cashless system, but which would also work for other school wide systems including Library and general identification.  In coordination with CPS, we distributed ID cards to all Upper School students in grades 6 to 12.  During our pilot phase, use of the ID card for the cashless system provided by CPS, the speed of transactions increased significantly and lines were far faster.   But, now students are relaxing their use of the cards and we would like to re-energize the use of cards as a better option when compared to the lookup system (with photo) and the use of cash.  We plan in the coming weeks to work in partnership with CPS to separate the use of cards into identified lines during the lunch hours.  Those using cash or the lookup system will be restricted to one line that is already currently labeled in order to get students ready.  We are considering further the phase out of the lookup system in favor of identification cards in order to both speed the line and reduce the potential for erroneous entries.  Please help us by encouraging students to bring and use their ID card.  We will be doing the same in assemblies and classrooms in order to change our habits in favor of this preferred approach.  If you don’t currently have a cashless account with CPS, applications are readily available and the account can be easily linked to the current ID card.  Replacement ID cards for lost or stolen items can be handled at the divisional offices.  Parents can also get a barcode sticker for their parent ID cards to use the system in similar fashion.  Please contact CPS if you have any questions about this and thank you for your recent participation in their survey.

PD Day today…

Today was our last half day PD day and the work on our accreditation report and other important professional development went well.  In particular, our work on accreditation is yielding great results as we close in on our development of the final report.  We will be hosting the visiting accreditation team at our campus in February and will share more details of this visit in newsletters just after the holidays.  Thank you for your flexibility on these additional half days and your ongoing support of this important work!

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Welcome back and BOO!

I hope everyone had both a wonderful October break and that you fully enjoyed Halloween and All Saints Day!  It was evident that many who I spoke with were feeling refreshed and renewed by this break, helping us get ready for the many things on our agendas in the weeks before our longer Holiday Break.  It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the halfway point of the year and much, already, to look back on that inspires reflection.

The most recent memory, and one not to be missed in offering our gratitude, is our recent United Nations Day.  A HUGE thank you to PTO and all the parents who cooked and created and shared their talents on the day.  It was a fabulous event, casting yet another shadow on all prior years with more countries represented and more engaging activities for kids across the campus.  Our assembly was a wonderful kickoff for the day and we were all enriched by our diversity on display.  Thank you all involved for your dedication and commitment.

Stepping Up

One of our key messages during United Nations Day spoke to the important imperative of contribution in a community that is dedicated to the collaborative approach in nurturing our children.  Our core value, “Work Together. Because without us all, we’re nothing.”  We reflected on the imperative in the statement that we must depend upon all of us finding our role in a community of learners.

Further down in this E-Notes you will find a plea from PTO for new leaders to step forward and help with time honored events that are scheduled on our calendar this year.  We know that there are many wonderful organizers in our community and we are looking for leadership.  As Brian Mason, our wonderful leader in PTO since my arrival last year, has given notice that he would like to hand his baton to the next in line for succession, we are looking for the leaders in our community who can step in for this role.  In addition, some of the events remaining this year are still in need of leaders as well.  For the school’s part, we are ready to support and help you take on a leadership role of this nature.  We just need some new partners and hoping that you will encourage yourself and others to step forward and help.

Admissions Survey

One last reminder, we still need your input on our Admissions Survey.  If you haven’t done so already, please head to this link and complete it if you will be leaving mid-year or if you plan to enroll additional siblings next year.  That survey is here:

https://goo.gl/forms/HWUEtDqJ4mlJ2dKz1

New and Aspiring Board Member Training

Please mark your calendars for the first session of New and Aspiring Board Member training.  Like last year, I’ll be leading session on School and non-profit board membership. If you have an interest in a position on the ASW board, or if you are looking to serve on other boards in the future, this training will help provide some of the key understandings associated with good governance.  Our first session will take place as follows:

Thursdays, November 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate, you can sign up here:  https://goo.gl/forms/cfjli5MvNnwzNiNs2

Finally, as many of you know, I’m in Shanghai this weekend revisiting the Learning2 Conference that I helped inspire 10 years ago.  They invited me to attend and speak as I take a position on the advisory board of Learning2.  I’ll be back on Monday and, speaking of Monday, we have our next board meeting of the year.  As always, meetings are public and you are welcome to join us!

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the MPR.

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UN Day Opening Ceremony 2017

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https://livestream.com/accounts/15498644/events/7790464/videos/164538325/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfo=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=true&mute=false

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