It’s that time of year for reminders…

Just some reminders about daily things that we should all be checking and making sure we help others to monitor and manage:

Parking

Reminder to follow all of our parking rules here at ASW.  You can get a complete guide at the front security desk at any time, but here are the things to remember:

  • There is no parking in yellow zones throughout the parking lot.  Drivers may not leave their vehicles when waiting in a yellow zone and must be prepared to move as directed.  Yellow curbs should never be crossed by vehicles and it is strictly prohibited to park on top of or adjacent to yellow areas.
  • Park properly in your spot between the provided lines.  We know that these are tight for larger vehicles and it requires care and caution to make sure we are maximizing the space being used.  We always have overflow parking outside the back entrance to the school along the entry road on both sides.
  • Watch your speeds in the parking lot and keep them to a minimum for safety.  Students may emerge from between parked vehicles, so keep a watchful eye at all times.

Security & Safety

  • Parents and other visitors must wear badges at all times on campus.  Please make sure it is visible to students and staff.
  • Don’t forget to swipe your badge at the entrance as a walker or from your vehicle as you enter the campus.  Be sure to swipe the same badge on the way out as well.
  • Make sure students are wearing reflective clothing in the winter to increase visibility.
  • Make sure your contact information is updated in PowerSchool, particularly your mobile numbers for emergency communication.  You can click here to make changes after login: 

 

Other Items

  • Please make sure you are helping to keep our cafeteria clean after hours.  After 4:30p each day, you must clean up after yourself and make sure that dishes get returned to the racks near the cafeteria cashier stations.  We all need to help make sure that garbage is cleaned up after the cafeteria has closed for the day.
  • At this time of year we sometimes experience some small creatures making their way into the school from the surrounding fields and wooded areas.  As temperatures fall, they sometimes find their way into the building.  We’ve had two reports, one in a classroom and one in the cafeteria, so we have followed our protocol and have brought in our contract specialists who work to make sure we address the problem.  This happens each year when the temperatures start to fall along with the leaves outside.  Please report any sightings to our Facilities Team near the Business Office so that they can address any issues immediately.

Remember that we have a MS/HS Choir Concert next week on the 20th.  We had a wonderful Band Concert recently and they also joined us for some wonderful Pep Band style music last weekend.  Now time to have our voices take the stage next week starting at 6:00 p.m.  Please try to join us!

Finally, please consider helping PTO as a volunteer during their upcoming Book Fair!  Thanks to all who have already signed up!! A few spots are still available for helpers on each day.  Click below to sign-up for any or all of the days available:

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Welcome back…

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Fall Break and are refreshed and ready for all the activities that lie ahead during one of the busiest times of the year, the span between Fall Break and the Winter Holidays.

Thank you!

I wanted to thank everyone in the broader community for their thoughts and support during a difficult time for me and my family.  I just returned to Warsaw today after helping my mother endure surgery that was necessary due to a recent fall.  Surgery went very well earlier this week and she is resting now and moving to a rehabilitation center later this week.  I’m very happy to be home with my family and community.  Helping your parents during the sunset years is often daunting and I know many who have shared similar experiences with me.  Being caretakers is at the core of family and whether we are parents caring for children or adults caring for our parents, the importance of the family bond remains the same – one of love, compassion, and support without limit.  Give everyone in your family a big hug tonight!  I know I will!

Open House

Our amazing Admissions Office is preparing for their first Open House of the school year on November 15th at 10:00 a.m.  If you know of anyone who is considering applying to join ASW, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to get to know the school and learn more about the programs that we offer.  Please encourage them to attend.  Have them contact the Admissions Department at admissions@aswarsaw.org in order to RSVP in advance.

https://aswarsaw.openapply.com/openday

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 a 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 non-profit 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 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate, you can still sign up by clicking here:

https://goo.gl/forms/jjbOVFp059k9HLcg1

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UN Day and Aspiring Board Members

This post was inadvertently not published two weeks ago before the Fall Break.  Posting now.

What a wonderful day!!  It was inspiring to see such amazing community turnout and synergy across all lines of diversity.  I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for their efforts on the day and my appreciation for all that you have done to bring such a special treat to all of our students.  I particularly tagged along with a three-year-old group who were, by the third table, asking for napkins to wrap-up their treats in little bundles to take home and enjoy later.  It was particularly fun watching a dance presentation with them and they were watching carefully the action unfolding before them.  Our students learned much on the day and the memories will persist throughout the year.

I thought I would include the link to the poem read at the assembly.  It was a perfect message for the day.  The most important line was the last:

…the singing will never be done.

Our journey in teaching children is a path that has no end.  Educators know that our words and the experiences we craft together become part of memories that carry on long after a child leaves their preparatory years.  This is the meaning behind the poem, reminding us of our past as we continue our journey into the future.  I shared the concept of Ubuntu – In Zulu language, Ubuntu means “I am because we are” – the sentiment behind United Nations Day and a sentiment that lives at the core of our values. Thank you for everything today.  Seeds well planted…

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 a 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 non-profit 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 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate, you can sign up by clicking here:

https://goo.gl/forms/jjbOVFp059k9HLcg1

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When students drive the process…

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve watched the conferencing process unfold. In particular, the Upper School conferences yesterday and today were opportunities for reflective conversations on progress and goals.  I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your involvement and for waiting at times while queuing up for some of your teachers.

I’m thoughtful of the real conversations that will now take place at home and hopeful that you find opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments in greater measure to the consideration of goals or plans.  A term was introduced at training during the weekend that might help guide you in these deliberations – feedforward!  Unlike its cousin, feedback, feedforward is about finding the way to build dialog around empowering your child to drive the process.  The ultimate goal of deep listening is to help your child become self-directed, taking the wheel and driving their learning journey.  Questions to consider that could be starters at home:

  • How do you think it went?
  • How are you feeling about…?
  • What might be the causes of…?
  • What are your hunches about…?
  • What do you want to stay mindful of from now on?
  • So, how might you apply what you’ve learned?

One of our key strategic themes this year is the full deployment of an inquiry based model that develops student agency.  It’s not just about motivation, but more about enabling action and assuring that “Our students define the way we all learn at ASW.”  In this instance, think of yourself as being a parent coach, helping your academic “athlete” to embrace a growth mindset and the idea that reaching further than you thought you could is the best part of learning!

Drills Continued

It’s that time of year and our first Lock Down Drill approaches.  Different from our fire drills, the lockdown drill is meant to be an exercise in Shelter in Place due to a perceived threat to students in the area or at the school.  We’ll have our first and only announced Lock Down Drill on Friday at around 10:00 a.m.  We will also be testing our SMS emergency broadcast system.  Hopefully you have all updated your contact information in PowerSchool so that you will receive our message.  We’ll have a survey afterwards to check if there were any problems.  Updating information in PowerSchool is easy – just login and click on “Demographic Change.”  You’ll see all the fields for your phone numbers.  (Note: Please enter all numbers in country code format, including the “+” at the beginning.)

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