Dear AST Families and Friends,
We hope that many families had the chance to spend more time together on Friday with the unexpected cancellation. Everything on campus seems to have returned to normal by the time we returned this morning. Based upon the cancellation, we have moved the Back to School Night event to this Friday, August 31. We know that this will pose a challenge for some and now allow others to attend because of the short notice, but this event is more valuable the sooner we can hold it. So, thank you to those who can shuffle schedules to make this work. For those that are unable to rearrange your schedules, we completely understand.
Finally, our fall MAPS testing session will be held this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This data is gathered three times per year to inform teachers’ instructional practice, and to look at growth of our students over time. We will provide additional MAPS information as we move forward during the year..
We continue to update our website both for the new school year and to add information that was not previously available. The latest addition is that under the AST Directory you can now find short bios for most of our teachers. This information shares degrees, certifications, and other related information about them.
The club information for Fall has been posted on the appropriate page on the website. Included is a list of clubs and the schedule of club meetings.
Very shortly we will be updating our bus information and hopefully this will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for related to bus routes.
Clubs, Athletics, and Funding
Middle and high school clubs and athletics starts this week. All clubs and athletics are free for the first two weeks. After this trial period, some clubs will require payment. We are trying to be as transparent and simple as possible in defining who is paying for what.
AST will pay for:
- AST Facilities
- Athletic Coaches
- AST Faculty Sponsors
- Bus Transportation for practices, matches, and tournaments for off-site events.
- Typical basic shared supplies for established sports (for example, soccer balls, volleyballs, etc.)
- Additional insurance when students travel off campus
Club members will pay for:
- Facility rentals (for spaces outside of AST)
- Specialty equipment (for example, chin guards for soccer, swimsuits for swimming, individual Lego robot kits for robotics club, and paper for origami)
Club members will pay a minimum fee of 100 NTD for joining a club. This will happen even if the club believes that will not spend any money. All money collected for clubs will be spent solely on that club.
The exceptions to the minimum payment are our service clubs. These clubs will have no fee.
The students are beginning to work on their club budgets and proposals this week.
2018 AST Club Fair:
Back to School Night: Friday, August 31st - Revised Date!
Another exciting event that is happening this week is Back to School Night! We are taking a different approach this year where the focus is “Getting to Know Your Teachers!” Parents will have an opportunity to meet and greet their child’s teachers in a more personal way, to develop direct communication from the beginning of the school year. Parents will also receive important information about the academic programs. We strongly believe parents and teachers are partners in a child’s education and invite you in to get to know each other!
The elementary program will start at 2 p.m. in the gym. Following the director’s address and the specialists introductions, the classroom presentations will take place in the elementary classrooms. The program will end in the gym with parents and specialist teachers getting to know each other. .
The middle/high school program will start at 3:45 p.m. with the Director’s address in the gym. Afterwards, parents will then be able to visit teachers’ tables in the gym or in the cafeteria from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.
We hope that with this new approach parents and teachers will feel more comfortable reaching out to each other as needed, developing a closer working relationship for the benefit of our children.
For more information, please see our schedule below.
Have a great week,
Anthony and Annie