Powerschool Items and Other Updates

ASW Dashboard

In recent weeks, we have moved some important items into our PowerSchool interface that are important informational and process links for parents. After login to PowerSchool, you’ll see a menu item labeled “QuickLinks.” Please click on this link to access the ASW Dashboard – your portal to the most critical information of school operation. You’ll note a governance link for direct board governance information, links to important documents of procedure and policy, and links to important forms for incident reporting and easy access to security information. We will be adding additional links here as required to make this a one-stop location for critical school information. Look for continuous upgrades in the weeks ahead.

Reminder – Vehicle Access

Reminding you that over the coming weeks, parking permits will be provided to all parents and staff who request them by presenting a valid ID at the main entrance security desk.  You may register and pick up parking permits for up to 3 vehicles per family. Permits will be tied to individual cars (by license) and should be hung from the rearview mirror or placed behind the windshield so that they are visible when entering campus and while the vehicle is parked on campus.   Starting now, security will be reminding everyone without a permit about the new requirement. After February 22nd, your badge will not open the entrance gate until a security guard confirms that you have a valid pass visible in the vehicle. Your ID badge and the vehicle permit are both required to enter the campus.

Water Update

We are just about two months after our issues with the water supply and wanted to provide an update with regards to recent testing and our efforts during the winter vacation. We just received our most recent water tests and all measures were excellent. This was undertaken after additional work during the vacation on our water fountains and the general flow of water to all locations in the building. So this report confirms that everything is back to normal and we continue to monitor under our regular protocols. Reports are available for viewing in our Operations department at your discretion.

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Some security tweaks…

We are taking the new year as an opportunity to implement some additional tweaks to our security plan that were recommended by our ongoing review of practices and procedures. ASW will now require all vehicles to be registered for campus access.  Over the coming weeks, parking permits will be provided to all parents and staff who request them along with a valid ID.  You may register and pick up parking permits from the Security Desk at the main entrance (Maximum of 3 vehicles per family). Permits will be tied to individual cars and should be hung from the rearview mirror or placed behind the windshield so that they are visible when entering campus and while the vehicle is parked on campus.   Until February 21st, security will be reminding everyone without a permit about the new requirement. After February 22nd, vehicles will not be permitted to enter the campus without a permit.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in implementing this quickly and efficiently during the coming month!

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Welcome Back!!

I hope everyone has returned refreshed and ready for ASW, 2019-2020, Part 2! Wishing you all well from afar as I’m out on the recruiting road seeking new staff for ASW for next year. As is the case every year, we will have some staff turnover, much as we do in our diplomatic and expatriate community. We are in the process of hiring now and looking to bring our process to quick conclusions. More details on this will eventually be posted here on Zimplicity and in future eNotes in order to keep you informed. I will return on Tuesday next week.

In the meantime, I know that we are all watching world events with some concern at the moment. I know that this can cause some levels of stress for our families, especially for those from selected regions of the world. As a community, we value our diversity and our collective regard for each other in times of concern and instability. Please know that we are monitoring for stress in our children during times like this and strive to make sure that our school is a safe place and supportive of their concerns as their age allows them to become aware of world events. One helpful site worth reviewing is here:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news

Much of this advice is part of the way we respond to world events that may be hard for children to understand. As the website points out, it is helpful to recognize that children are more aware at times than we might realize. Helping them to make sense of things is important and listening can be a key strategy for understanding their confusion and helping them resolve their concerns. Please let our counselors or your child’s teacher know if you have any concerns and know that we have other resources available as needed.

Best wishes to all on our first week back and I’ll look forward to greeting you at the entrance next week.

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