ASW Culture of Giving

As would be expected at ASW, a number of giving and service-related projects are developing in our world of #lifesolation. Recent postings are included here and we are only getting started as the needs in our community become more apparent and urgent. We have many ideas emerging on how to address concerns and we know that more are coming where ASW can take steps to give back and to each other in a time of crisis and stress. We must continue to remind ourselves of the collective nature of a community. Ideas can be shared and we can gather together in spirit if not in person to tackle these challenges. I’m very proud of the work being done here!!

Face Shields

The ASW Design Center is helping local hospitals that are in need of critical safety equipment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by printing face shields.

Utilizing the school Design Center resources of seven 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines and a wide variety of high-tech workshop tools, the school is creating 3D printed face shields to help keep frontline medical workers safe. In addition, we are prototyping Arduino-based pulse oximeters, which are used to determine the severity of coronavirus symptoms. With our limited staff here at school, we can keep the machines running on behalf of students and provide this important service to our health care professionals on the front lines.

Masks

ASW community-made face masks

Moms are joining the fight against coronavirus by producing much needed protective face masks for medical staff on the front line. The picture at the right was the first set delivered to Banacha Hospital by our Service Learning Coordinator and the work continues on to help protect and defend those that are most vulnerable in the current situation.

Based on this inspiration, sewn, washable cloth masks are about to be produced by parents and students at home in isolation. Florence M., a 10th-grade design student, produced a mask prototype and tutorial to help guide our school community in sewing masks. ASW’s Design Center will be loaning sewing machines and supplies to our school community so our students and families can take up the cause.

One more way that parents, students, and staff at ASW are giving back to the community in small but important ways, demonstrating our commitment to the Warrior Way!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation

Our annual opportunity for sharing our appreciation for teachers and staff throughout the school is upon us and we are hoping for your virtual involvement this year. We won’t be able to have the traditional flowers or the wonderful lunch usually provided for all to enjoy. This year, we are hoping for messages of all kinds, whether images of colored pages, videos, or simply a short message to our teachers and staff for the wonderful things they do, but in and out of crisis. This is an annual tradition and we can’t entirely miss it because of the current situation.

First, the Facebook link this morning may have been a problem due to recent updates to the Facebook interface. But this link should work for our Facebook users on all platforms:

Additionally, we’ve setup a padlet for those who would prefer an alternative:

Finally, you can also email teachers directly at their email addresses that can generally be found on PowerSchool. Or, you can send messages to me with a name in the subject line and I’ll make sure it gets delivered.

And finally, Happy Śmigus-Dyngus from all of us at ASW…

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Governance – One more reminder…

Seeking Board Members!!

Reprise of an important item from last week…

Similar to last year, the BoT is seeking candidates for Trustees (U.S. citizens and Non-U.S. citizens) who will begin serving in the 2020-2021 school year. This process, overseen by the BoT Governance Committee, begins now with a call for both applications for appointment and nominations for election through a unified form completed by April 17, 2020. The link to our form is here:

https://forms.gle/FTP4PVoh4Twkf3w39

The Board is currently seeking community members with experience in fields like human resources, fundraising, development, and strategic planning. We are also seeking members with strong social networks within both ASW and our host community. Most importantly, the BoT needs parents who are committed to the values, mission, and vision of our community and the long-term wellbeing of our school and its students.

You can find more information about the BoT, including the composition of the board and qualifications at the following link:

https://www.aswarsaw.org/community/board-of-trustees

Thanks to those who participated in our event last Friday. If you have any question regarding the board or the process, please feel free to contact me.

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New Elementary Principal for 2020-2021 & Board Members Needed

It is my pleasure to announce that we have completed our process to select our new Elementary Principal starting in the 2020-2021 school year. It was an extended process with involvement from various stakeholder groups and facilitated by a Search Committee of 12 dedicated staff members. We want to also thank the students, parents, and staff members involved in the various stakeholder groups that met with and provided feedback about all of our candidates. We had 6 finalists out of a candidate pool of over 70 applicants. Today, we are pleased to introduce you to …

Jay Michael Fladager

Jay will be coming to us with a wonderful set of credentials from a broad range of experiences in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.  All who met with him from our various stakeholder groups admired his kind spirit and genuine nature.  Equally, his wife Kira and son, Cale, are very excited to join us after their wonderful visit along with Jay a short few weeks ago.  From Jay’s personal statement for the committee:

As a school administrator for the past fifteen years I have been responsible for all aspects of motivating and leading a team of educators and support staff for value-added gains in student achievement, community engagement, innovation and improvement.

ASW has a wonderful reputation as a school that embraces student’s learning potential and prepares them for future success. I have long believed that the key to high achievement, independent, engaged self-motivated learners and workforce readiness is to personalize the education experience to our learners. This includes knowing our children as both people and students and therefore understanding their passions, skills and personal goals.

You can review Jay’s resume and introductory poster for more information. I know you will all join me in welcoming the Fladager family as our latest Warriors!

Seeking Board Members!!

Similar to last year, the BoT is seeking candidates for Trustees (U.S. citizens and Non-U.S. citizens) who will begin serving in the 2020-2021 school year. This process, overseen by the BoT Governance Committee, begins now with a call for both applications for appointment and nominations for election through a unified form completed by April 17, 2020. The link to our form is here:

https://forms.gle/FTP4PVoh4Twkf3w39

The Board is currently seeking community members with experience in fields like human resources, fundraising, development, and strategic planning. We are also seeking members with strong social networks within both ASW and our host community. Most importantly, the BoT needs parents who are committed to the values, mission, and vision of our community and the long-term wellbeing of our school and its students.

You can find more information about the BoT, including the composition of the board and qualifications at the following link:

https://www.aswarsaw.org/community/board-of-trustees

Finally, we are opening a virtual Q&A session on Zoom with board members standing by to tell you more about board work and share insights into their role. Please try to join us on Friday at 6:00 p.m. in a Zoom open session for all who would like to find out more.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/401798225
Meeting ID: 401 798 225

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