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The PTO Update

September 26, 2021


Upcoming PTO Events

Mon., Sept. 27: Monday Morning Networking, Cooking & Shopping

Do you feel a little confused, even overwhelmed, at the grocery store? Why are the carrots so big, while the milk jugs are so small? How come the sugar isn't next to the flour? Why do they sell so many chocolate sprinkles? And what on Earth am I supposed to cook for dinner tonight?!! Let us be your guide through the world of Dutch products, not only for cooking and eating, but cleaning and other household essentials as well. This meeting will be virtual, so simply click the link on the PTO calendar at 9:30 am. See you there!

Mon., Oct. 4: Monday Morning Networking, Exploring the Netherlands

Don't spend your weekends sitting in the house!

The Netherlands may be a small country, but it's absolutely dripping with quaint, historical towns, gorgeous farmlands, and kid-friendly, fun activities. Join this meeting to get ideas for day trips, long weekends, special outings. You can easily get to know every corner of this wonderful country in the time that you live here, so come with your calendar and pencil ready! This meeting may be in person, so watch for updates!

Wed., Oct. 6: Virtual PTO Meeting

Have thoughts, opinions, or just plan curiosity about what the PTO is doing? This meeting will largely focus on Halloween, so get involved! Come one, come all to our next virtual meeting, 9:00 am. Follow the link on the calendar.



This week: Pumpkin Sale!

Get into the spirit of the season with a pumpkin for your doorstep. The PTO takes all the hassle out of your Dutch pumpkin search, by selling them directly to you. Families will be able to purchase pumpkins soon from the Spirit Wear store, and they will be available for pickup on Saturday, Oct. 9. More info will be coming this week in a Halloween Bulletin.

Sat., Oct. 30: TRUNK OR TREAT

The event you've all been hoping for is coming back to campus! Give your children a Halloween to remember with the PTO's Trunk or Treat. ASH families can volunteer (that means you, hint hint) to bring their decorated car to Main Campus and hand out treats to ASH kids of all ages. This is a PTO fundraising event, so with your purchase of an entry wristband for each attending child, you will contribute directly back to our school. Families who volunteer their trunks enter free, so CLICK HERE to register today!

The best-decorated car will even win a prize!

Look for a special Halloween bulletin next week for more details about the Trunk-or-Treat event, including how to purchase wristbands, what to expect, and everything else for a spooky, fun-filled evening!


Community Events

Fri., Oct. 1, 10:30 - 3 pm:

Wassenaar Community Fair:

Bring Back the Buzz

Get to know some amazing entrepreneurs in your community. Hosted by SOAR WITH US, a personal safety and self-defense organization started by ASH moms, this event brings together more than ten small, local, up-and-coming businesses. Mix and mingle with neighbors from both ASH and the wider area while perusing this entrepreneurial showcase.

Tickets are €5 and include a welcome drink, nibbles, and a raffle ticket.

Purchase by clicking HERE:

Address: Pieter Postlaan 8, Wassenaar

Wed., Oct. 6: ASH Parent Book Club (first meeting), 9:00 - 10:00

The wonderful and welcoming ASH school counselors are hosting a book club for parents. The book they will be discussing is The Thriving Child: The Science Behind Reducing Stress and Nurturing Independence by Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson. We can all use more tips, advice, and someone to talk to when it comes to parenting, so use this opportunity to explore what the experts have to say.

Click HERE to sign up TODAY.

Two additional meetings will follow on Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

All meetings will be virtual and can be joined via this link.

NOW: Join the ASH Community Choir!

Do you love music? Do you enjoy singing? Then come for a trial rehearsal with the ASH Community Choir! No audition required and non-ASH individuals are welcome too. Rehearsals are Monday evenings. The choir is diverse and international, and so is its repertoire: from Classical and World music to jazzy and musical theater styles. There are several performances throughout the year. For more information about joining, send an email right now to:

Wed., Sept. 29: Tiny Tots Picnic and Play, 12:30

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!


What to do on the Weekend?

Sat./Sun. Oct. 2 - 3: Open Studios Den Haag, 12:00 - 6 pm

Discover new art and meet the artists in their own studios at this annual event. Located right in the city center, 59 artists will be showcasing their work for you to discover, learn about, and maybe even take home. Whether you prefer sculpture, textiles, film, ceramic, or painting, give yourself a day of local art appreciation. For more information and a map of participating studios, visit

Rotterdam Harbor Tour: Did you know that the Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, and the third largest in the world? Do you want to see massive container ships being unloaded with huge cranes? Are you still waiting for your own household container and are curious where its headed? Relax inside or outside on a smooth, comfortable river cruiser while eating broodjes and learning about the sights and history of Rotterdam. The whole family will enjoy it.

Birdpark Avifauna: If you have never really thought about how beautiful, interesting, and diverse birds can be, let this unique zoo change your mind. Just east of Leiden, this foliage-rich park will delight you with birds of every color, hailing from every continent. There are indoor aviaries with free-flying birds, powerful birds of prey, and an enclosure for handfeeding lorikeets. But that's not all! Besides the zoo, Avifauna boasts a GIGANTIC playground with super-tall slides, go-karts, water obstacles, motorized diggers, and anything else you might wish for. Plan to spend a whole day at this place. Hurry and book before the cold weather settles in for the year!

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