Jon Zurfluh

International Women's Day

On March 8 each year, we recognize International Women's Day, as it is appreciated around the world.  Embedded in the core values of ASW and our related welcoming statement is a significant focus on equity and justice as aspirations we hope for in a world free from bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.  Our students embrace this every day in deepening their understanding of how we become increasingly inclusive along all lines of diversity.

Our ASW welcoming statement is pertinent in this regard:

ASW Welcome Statement

At ASW we are committed to being Affirming, Safe and Welcoming.

We believe that feeling safe, seen, heard and valued is essential to learning,

And that when we belong, we feel connected to others and gain a better understanding of the world around us.

Together we will actively seek to include and celebrate diversity as a strength of our community. 

We raise awareness of these days of recognition to regularly remind us of our commitment to these essential tenets of human interaction as we seek to change the world for the better.  As a diverse community, respect and appreciation for this level of diversity is essential.

March is also International Sleep Month

One week into International Sleep Month and how are you doing?  Start logging your nighttime sleeping hours and track them for one week.  How would you do?  7+ hrs each night? Track bedtimes for children for a week - How would they do?  8 hrs each night?  Check out this CDC chart for sleep requirements, just in case you weren't sure: https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/how_much_sleep.html

I'll keep reminding you for the month of March on this theme.  Try to initiate positive change.  This is the month to set a sleep goal and try to make it a habit.

Facility Master Plan

While we are finalizing some details, we are ready to begin our discussion of the implementation of the Facility Master Plan that we first described to you many months ago and in some detail during our Town Hall in November.  We are moving quickly now to prepare for the first summer of work starting in June to bring these dreams slowly to reality.  That will mean many things happening next year that will require adjustments and moving of various programs and activities of the school for the next 18-24 months.  It's a significant undertaking that will maintain program delivery while we minimize the impact of the smaller work with the larger projects reserved for long vacations.  It is the core of how schools upgrade and renovations around the world.  We are working on the details now in anticipation of large initial work in the coming summer.  Hopefully, you will be joining us for Town Hall tonight and in future episodes as we give you more refined detail on what to expect.