The ASD Community is vibrant and diverse, with many strengths and opportunities. Please join me and new members of the ASD leadership team to discuss our community and how we are “Innovating to Sustain Ourselves, our School and our Community”.
The Director’s Coffee and Conversation on October 25 at 8:15 am will provide insight into how ASD is managing the impacts of the blockade on families, finances, technology and communication.
As Director of the school, I look forward to engaging in conversation with you. I will provide an overview of how the school is supporting families and staff during the blockade.
Here are a few people who will join me in our Coffee and Conversation,
Jeff Kersting, ASD’s new Innovation and Technology Director will share his view of innovation and technology at ASD.
Yahaira Pineda, new Development and External relations manager will engage you on communications from ASD and the initiatives begun around sustainability.
Patty Foster, ASD’s new Director of Finance and Operations will provide some insight into the financial health and sustainability of ASD.
The morning promises to be informative and engaging. We look forward to meeting each of you at our first Coffee and Conversation.
Recently, I met with members of the Sheikh Faisal Foundation who have sponsored a Distinguished Scholar of Arabic over the past number of years to work with ASD. Dr. Abbas Al Tonsi, noted Arabic Language professor currently on the international affairs faculty at Georgetown University - Qatar, was selected as the Distinguished Scholar in 2013 to work with ASD to develop a world-class Modern Standard Arabic program for schools like ASD.
Dr. Al Tonsi and the Sheikh Faisal Foundation remain committed to the development of the Modern Standard Arabic program at ASD. It was great to see so many of you at the MSA coffee several weeks ago to learn more.
In the past week, we were asked by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to work with them to better understand the nature and requirements of an American school abroad. As part of the process, ASD Director of Teaching and Learning will present to the Ministry personnel and ASD will host a “best practice” visit here on campus.
The reputation of ASD among the schools and Ministry of Education and Higher Education is something to be celebrated and is a great reflection of the work the teachers and staff and leaders of ASD have put into developing a world-class American school right here in Qatar.
As tournaments for the first season of MESAC approach, Dave Farmer (ASD Athletics Director) and I continue to work with other members of the conference to achieve a favorable outcome for all athletes and students in the second season which culminates in February.
Mr. Farmer has met with the Varsity Club council at school, and Dave and I have met with members of the Booster Club to discuss possible options.
At present, due to the travel ban, teams from ASD would not be allowed to go to the Emirates for the season 2 MESAC sports events being held at American Community School of Abu Dhabi (j.v. soccer), Dubai American School (cross country and tennis) and American School of Dubai (v. basketball).
Likewise, the three Emirati schools would not be able to travel to participate in the tournament scheduled to be held in Doha (v. soccer). ASDoha is willing to move again to neutral sites for season 2, but the schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are not willing to do the same and move all events to neutral sites again.
We will continue to explore options, but I apologize that we will not be able to host either varsity soccer or, at this point, varsity track and field in the 3rd season.
The PTA would like to thank the faculty, staff, parents, and students who made this year’s Elementary School Book Fair a success! As with any PTA effort, this event could not have been pulled off without the amazing efforts put forward by parent volunteers. Thank you all for your help in getting books into the hands of our children.
It makes me incredibly proud to be the Director of ASD because I see a school and community committed to excellence in the classroom as well as in the opportunities we offer students beyond the walls of the school. I look forward to engaging with you on campus soon.
Pre-kindergarten Application Reminder
If your son or daughter was born before August 31, 2014 and you are interested in applying for our pre-kindergarten program for the 2018-2019 academic year, then you will need to complete our online inquiry as soon as possible.
Once the inquiry form has been completed, you will then receive a link to our online application that will need to be completed in full.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or by phone at +974 4459 1511.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In past years we have completed the Run for a Cure led by Sam McGuinness. This year we would like to continue the movement.
Many of us are affected by cancer, either personally or through the struggles of family and friends. Run for a Cure ASD is an opportunity for us to recognize and acknowledge those struggles and get out and enjoy some wellness together.
Please join us at
Sunday, October 22 at 3:15 pm
on the ASD track as we
Run for a Cure.
Some of you will be aiming to complete 5km, others just a few wellness laps of walking, dancing and laughing around the track. All are welcome.
This year, we will have a dedication board where you can post notes to recognize and send a message of support to your loved ones affected by cancer. If you would like to post a dedication on this board you can either, send an email to Megan Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or write up a note to be posted on the day.
Singing Dragons compete in Katara
ASD sent 75 singing dragons to the very first Qatar National Music Competition on Sunday, October 15 at the Katara Drama Theatre. After beautifully passionate performances, the Treble Choir earned a silver medal and the Mixed Choir earned a bronze medal. The awards ceremony and gala concert will take place on Thursday where gold medalists will perform and medals will be distributed.
Enjoy the performance from the Treble Choir.
Junior/Senior Parent Committee - Pumpkin Patch
The Junior/Senior Parents Committee will host their annual Pumpkin Patch October 24-25 from 7:45 am- 3:30 pm in the Main Administration Foyer and HS/MS Cafeteria. Come by and check out all the Halloween and fall decorations for sale, including real Pumpkins!
AMA and PTA Community