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The PTA Update - Dec. 11, 2022

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

December 11, 2022

We wish you a wonderful winter break and happy holidays.

The next issue will arrive in your inbox on Jan. 8, 2023.


Parent-Staff Talent Show

Save the Date - Feb. 11, 2023, 15:00-17:00

Usually, our children are the ones taking the stage to perform for us, singing, dancing, acting, and playing instruments—you’ve been to their concerts! But what if, for once, it is WE who perform for THEM? Can you sing? Play an instrument? Juggle? Act silly in a sketch? Do magic tricks? Anything that can be shown on stage? Now is your time to shine. Solo, duet, and ensemble acts are welcome. Students can accompany, but adults must be the stars. Sign up now! The deadline to sign up is Jan. 27. For questions about possible acts or other information email José Beltrán at


International Festival

The ASH International Festival committee is continuing to accept Country Team volunteers to represent their nations during the festival on March 25, 2023. So far, 30 out of the 75 countries represented by ASH families have volunteered to set up booths, create raffle baskets, present performances, or cooking demonstrations, and/or contribute to the annual cookbook. If you would like to participate or want to know if a certain country is already represented, please email There will also be two online information sessions if you want to learn more before deciding to participate. Mon., Dec. 12, 20:30 or Wed., Dec. 14, 08:30. You can join in at

Due to the complex logistics involved in this volunteer-run event, the Country Team list will need to be finalized by Fri. Dec. 16. Please don't hesitate to reach out to now, even if you are not sure about your ability to participate. Volunteers can walk you through the process and help you decide what is doable.


Volunteer Needed

The PTA needs a volunteer to help with meeting invitations, writing agendas, and taking minutes at general meetings. Can you help? Email PTA President Frances Joseph at with questions or to volunteer.


Spirit Wear

ASH spirit wear makes a great holiday gift. Along with all of our classics, we are proud to introduce NEW ASH Gear available NOW for purchase! Go to to order (you can pick up your order in the Spirit Wear Room near the Middle School office) or shop the collection in person Tuesdays from 15:00-16:00.


Community Events

Concert and Christmas Carols Sing-Along

Join the ASH Community Choir for a concert and Christmas carol sing-along at ASH on Wed., Dec. 14, at 18:30. The concert is free and open to the public, but scan the QR code to register your attendance.

Dickens Festival

The Dickens festival, Sat., Dec. 17, plays host to a cozy Christmas atmosphere in the village square. After a warm buffet, beautiful music can be enjoyed in the Dorpskerk by Excelsior and the ASH Community Choir. The audience can also sing along with various well-known Christmas songs. The cost is for adults (including food) €22, half price for children under 12. For more details.

Hand-Building with Clay Classes: Matching Mug Sets

Looking at the winter ahead and worrying about the best way to keep warm? Imagine drinking that delicious cocoa from a cup that you made yourself!

Join hand-building with clay classes where you will build a matching set of mugs, plus two matching ceramic spoons. Jan. 12, 19, 26, and Feb. 2 (Thursdays) from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (3 hours).

Click here to register or for more details. Contact Zareen at or +31 611 399 615 (mobile) with additional questions.

Dutch for Expats

Absolute Beginners: This ten-week course is meant for students without knowledge of Dutch. Students will work with the course book "Totaal," an elementary class for foreigners with a higher education background. This course will bring you from level A0 to A1 (Common European Framework). Classes will be Thurs., 09:00-11:00, beginning Jan. 19.

Beginners+: This 11-week course will serve as a continuation of the currently running beginners course. This course is meant for students with some knowledge of Dutch and will continue working with the course book "Totaal." Classes will be Wed., 09:00-11:00, beginning Jan. 11.

For more information, contact Cynthia Mulder, at, or by email at

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