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The PTA Update - Jan. 8, 2023

January 8, 2023

Happy New Year, we hope everyone had a fun winter break.

Upcoming PTA Events

Thurs. Jan. 12, 09:00-10:30: International Festival Planning Committee Join us for the next International Festival Planning Committee meeting at ABF. We will be discussing volunteer needs and the next steps.

Wed. Jan. 18, 09:00-10:00: PTA General Meeting Join us for our next PTA General Meeting. We will provide a PTA update, committee updates on upcoming events including the talent show, international festival and spring bazaar, fundraising ideas end of year event ideas, and volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you there. RSVP now

Feb. 11, 2023, 15:00-17:00: Parent-Staff Talent Show 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 this time we will be performing for THEM.

Parent-Staff Talent Show Sign-Ups

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 or other information Email José Beltrán.

International Festival

The ASH International Festival will be held on March 25, 2023. If you would like to participate or want to know if a certain country is already represented, please email

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.

Community Events

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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