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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