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
Zimplicity Director’s Desk Video Podcast
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!
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!
URGENT! – PTO Still Needs Volunteers
The fun never stops and creating community requires everyone to support when the call goes out. Please be advised that PTO needs additional volunteers for an upcoming key activity – the Annual PTO Book Fair!!
Fun for all our students and already published in prior eNotes, please click on one or both of the following links and sign-up for one or more of the open slots.
Parents Needed for Upcoming Career Fair
Parents from all sectors are needed for the upcoming Career Fair on Thursday, January 30th. We have hundreds of students who would like to hear from parents and community members about their profession and present it to our students. We need 45 or more parents to make this a successful event. Sign up HERE!!
Also, if you are interested in reaching out more to students and alumni from ASW, we encourage all our parents to join our alumni network. You don’t need to be a true alumnus to join our alumni network. As a parent of a student at ASW past or present, you may join the network at any time and potentially provide mentoring or advice to our growing community of past and present community members of ASW! Join today by heading your browser in this direction: https://aswalumni.org/
New and Aspiring Board Member Training
It’s not too late to join us tomorrow (Thursday) night @ 6:00p in the MPR. You can still signup HERE or just come and join us if you are able.
Aspiring Board Trustee Training
Mark your calendars for the first session this year of the New and Aspiring Board Member training. Like last year, I’ll be leading sessions 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. 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 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the MPR
If you would like to participate, you can sign up by clicking here: https://forms.gle/PaqhCCWkc5bLQZcu6
A reminder that the deadline for informing us of your departure before the start of the second semester is November 15th in order to receive a full refund of fees for the semester. For further information, please consult our details on school fees on the school website: https://www.aswarsaw.org/admissions/school-fees
Are you interested in being part of Boy Scouts here at ASW? If so, there is an interest/organizational parent meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, in the MPR at 6:30p. Please come and join other interested parents to discuss our next steps.
Car and Traffic
There have been some significant traffic jams along the back road to school in recent days due to a project rebuilding the northern crossroad of Przyczolkowa and Drewny Street. This will continue through the end of November. There will be some changes to the car traffic and buses as a result. As part of the project, they are putting lights on the crossing at that location. This is actually good news in order to have a safer crossing that connects to the bike path that was recently installed.
I’ll reiterate my advice from last year that all bicycling should avoid the back road to and from school due to safety concerns. The challenge was the lack of a path on the main road that would allow safe transit to this area. That has now been resolved with the installation of a new bike path and this will continue to be improved in the weeks ahead.
Click here more info about changes in buses and changes in traffic as a result of this work.