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The PTO Update

September 12, 2021


Upcoming PTO Events

Tue., Sept. 14: MMN Langstraat Field Trip and Lunch

Monday Morning Networking will take new Wassenaarians on a field trip down the Langstraat, the primary shopping street in town. You will visit a number of interesting shops and have a chance to chat with the owners. It's a great opportunity to pick up some treats--for the family, for yourself--while you're there! The group will meet at POPS cafe ( Langstraat 121, 2242 KL Wassenaar) at 9:30 and the tour lasts 1.5 to 2 hours. There are very few spots left, so register right away on the PTO events page:

MMN is also hosting a lunch immediately after the tour. You do NOT have to attend to tour to join us for lunch. Come for some grub and conversation at Zebedeus Cafe, just off the Langstraat (Achterweg 11, 2242 KS Wassenaar). We meet at 11:30, so don't forget to sign up before it fills up (separate from the tour sign-up):

Thur., Sept. 16: PTO Walk and Talk at Panbos

Refresh yourself with cool, green nature and much-needed adult conversation at this PTO-hosted stroll through the woods of Panbos National Forest. Only a five-minute drive or twenty-minute bike ride north of Wassenaar, this park has trees, ponds, dunes, and even a path to the beach. Dogs are welcome on the leash, and while strollers are permitted, they may be difficult to push up some of the sand dune paths--although it can make for a great arm workout! If you've been feeling too cautious to venture on your bicycle, traveling with the group is your perfect opportunity. Bike riders will meet at the ASH Main Campus bike shed at 9:00. There's no shame in driving, though! Simply meet at the park entrance at 9:30. There is a miniscule entrance fee of €2, and you can pay by pin card. Sign up quickly at

Mon., Sept. 20: MMN Luifelbaan Field Trip

Complete your induction into Wassenaar with a trip down the Luifelbaan, the second main shopping street in the village. The Monday Morning Networking team will take you to the butcher shop, the expat shop, and many other local favorites. There are still plenty of spots available, so sign up TODAY at!



The PTO can't host its many planned events without help from YOU! Do you like holidays? Do you like helping your school? Do you wish there were more fun events for the whole family? Volunteer to help make our plans a reality. ASH families are always coming and going, so this year our calendar is full of activities waiting for that helping hand. See which project suits your interest and email your information to Bonnie at

Monday Morning Networking: The Spring semester will offer a slew of new lectures and field trips. If you like sharing your experiences with others, this is the job for you.

High School Grade Level Coordinator: If you have highschoolers and know the frustration of feeling out of the loop, this might be the role for you. Help other parents know about PTO and community events, and help organize activities such as teacher appreciation. This doesn't require a lot of your time, just your willingness to share information.

Spiritwear Store: The shop that sells all of our ASH clothing and accessories could use a helping hand. Let us know if this is up your alley.

Halloween: We know this a favorite holiday for so many of you. Let's give our kids a true Halloween experience by organizing and running a Trunk or Treat, a pumpkin sale, and maybe even more. We need a committee chair and plenty of helpers, so don't hesitate to jump in.

Holiday Bazaar: What are the holidays without gifts? Pending Covid-restrictions, we hope to host an in-person event which brings local vendors to campus to sell their art and other goods. We will need a committee chair and helpers for this as well, so if you love the holiday season, come make it happen.

Your ideas: If there is something you would love to see the PTO do, maybe you can be the one to make that vision a reality. Email your ideas to in to start the process.


Community Events

Wed., Sept. 15: Tiny Tots Picnic and Play

Do you have little ones at home? Want to relax and meet other parents while they poke around in a playground? Come to Grote Speeltuin, 2242 XA Wassenaar, for a casual, spontaneous gathering. No need to RSVP, just bring your toddler and a hello!

ASAP: Join the Cub Scouts!

Do you have a BOY or GIRL in Kindergarten through Grade 5 who loves the outdoors, making things, learning new skills, and having fun with friends? There is still time to join Cub Scout Pack 140. Find out more at The first campout of the year will be held Sept. 16-18--if you hurry you can still sign up. Send an email TODAY to to join the Pack and learn everything you need to know about upcoming meetings and events.


What to do on the Weekend?

Stoomtrein Katwijk Leiden: It's ALWAYS the season for a steam train ride. Let your kids climb aboard for a 30 minute ride on a real, working steam train. Then hop off to check out their train museum. Book in advance for the best time slots!

Omniversum: If the rain, rain won't go away, how about an IMAX movie on a giant domed screen? The Omniversum boasts a packed schedule of films to send you into the ocean, the deep forests, or even Antarctica. Choose your movie and time here:

If everyone is still energetic, pop next door into Museon, an interactive, educational museum with a range of displays about science and culture, and an exciting temporary exhibition all about Music.

De Olemhorst Orchard: It's apple-picking season! What better way to try your hand at authentic Dutch apple pie than by picking those babies yourself. This nearby orchard is now open for self-picking of apples, zucchini, and corn! Register first, then pick until yours arms fall off. Pay by the kilo and away you go.

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