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The PTO Update - January 28, 2024

January 28, 2024
Upcoming PTO Events

Mon. Feb. 5, 2024, 10:00 – 12:00: Clara Maria Interactive Cheese Experience (and Clog Factory) – Join us for our field trip as we visit the beautiful Clara Maria Cheese and Clog Farm, including an interactive cheese-making experience. You will try making cheese, witness a clog-making demonstration, partake in a cheese tasting, and cap it off with apple pie and tea/coffee. Registration closes Thursday - RSVP now.

International Festival

We are pleased to unveil the logo for this year's International Festival, My Home, My Earth, being held on Saturday, April 20. ASH parent Naylet Seymour submitted the winning entry. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for an official International Festival t-shirt and other merchandise options.

Spirit Wear Updates

Ideas for new Spirit Wear items - Do you have an excellent idea for a new product you want to see in the Spirit Wear store next year? Let us know by sending us an email at

ASH70 Merchandise - Time is running out to get your ASH70 merch. Don't miss out on these unique, commemorative items - polo shirts, trucker hats, t-shirts, hoodies, and crewneck sweatshirts. They won't be available much longer.

Sustainability Corner

International Day of Clean Energy (Jan. 26) - highlights the need for more sustainable energy sources. We still mainly depend on fossil fuels to generate electricity and heat, which results in nearly 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

What do we NEED to do? Invest in renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency plug air leaks, improve insulation (wall, floor, and ceiling), solar panels, heat pump for hot water, solar water heating, smart radiator valves, window upgrade, hybrid heat pump, air conditioning (for heating too), heat pump with underfloor heating.

Parent Volunteers Needed

ASH is looking for parents to share their study, professional, and life experiences with grade 11 students on February 26, March 4, and March 11. There is a particular need for speakers on March 4 and 11. The goal is to have as much diversity in study and professions as possible!

Grade 11 students are at a key time in their high school learning, reflecting on how they can take who they are as people and put it into the world in their studies and career choices. These talks will help students prepare for their life after ASH journeys. Please share your interest here by Friday, February 2.

Student-Run Activities

Valentine's Day Parents Night Out - High school students participating in the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Academy to Nepal this year are organizing a fundraiser. Parents can enjoy an evening out and take advantage of child care on Valentine's Day, February 14, from 18:00-21:00. Sign Up to plan a fun night for yourself and your children! Questions? Email

St. Baldrick’s Event - A group of 8th-grade students are organizing a community-wide St. Baldrick’s event on March 14. Any community member can sign up to shave their head or cut their hair to donate it (30 cm minimum) to people battling cancer. The funds raised will support cancer research and treatments at Princess Maxima Center for Childhood Cancer in The Hague. The event is being organized in memory of Mrs. Sarah De Mooij-Segal and in honor of those members of the ASH community whose lives have been affected by cancer.

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