22-29 May 2008
Posted 22/05/2008 01:00AM
Take Note
22-29 May 2008

----ALL-SCHOOL----

ASL'S NEW MISSION STATEMENT
"Our mission is to develop the intellect and character of each student by providing an outstanding American education with a global perspective."
See the full mission statement and the Head of School's letter on asl.org or SchoolNet.

APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!: TUESDAY, 27 MAY, FFG, 5-7 PM
Please join us to celebrate our remarkable community, this great year and the success of The Campaign for the American School in London: Fulfilling Great Expectations. All ASL parents, faculty, staff, and members of the London ASL community are invited to attend. Entertainment by the High School Jazz Band. For an online invitation, click here http://www.asl.org/events/center/applause/index.html.

ALL-SCHOOL REUNION BEGINS TOMORROW, FRIDAY, 23 MAY
There's just time to register, so sign up now! Pre-registration is essential.
Schedule of events: http://alumni.asl.org/alumni/reunion/schedule.asp.
To register: https://secure.asl.org/alumni/reunion/register.asp.
For more information, contact Laurie Hindley, laurie_hindley@asl.org or 7449 1409.

REUNION PHOTOGRAPHS
A selection of London photographs taken by ASL students are displayed on plasma screens outside the School Center with original music written and performed by HS students including, "There's no Place Like London," sung by Rachel Walker '08. The MS and HS plasma screens will display an array of photographs from the ASL archives compiled by alumni parents Gigi Werner Winslow '82 and Danielle Renaud '86. Look for some familiar faces and learn about the school's 57-year history.

CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE: SATURDAY, 24 MAY, SC, 10 AM
All members of the ASL community are invited to attend as part of our All-School Reunion.

"ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST" - TONIGHT!
Attention all theater-lovers, don’t miss the HS production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." This sophisticated and moving production is a must-see. Performances are tonight and tommorrow, Thursday-Friday, 21-23 May, SC, 7 pm; and Saturday-Sunday, 24-25 May, SC, 2 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance for £5, Waverley Place reception (WPR), 2:45-3:45 pm.  

WHAT'S NEW ON ASL.ORG >
and SchoolNet homepages: Mission statement review and letter from the Head of School.

MELLON LIBRARY
All Mellon Library materials are due by Tuesday, 3 June. Patrons who have cleared their library obligations may begin summer borrowing on Thursday, 12 June. Normal library hours continue until the close of school. Mellon Library summer hours will be posted shortly—watch this space! 

ISST CONCESSIONS WORKERS NEEDED
We need alumni and parents to help sell food and merchandise during the varsity baseball and end-of-season tournament, Thursday-Saturday, 29-31 May, CP. The athletes appreciate your help and it's fun to watch the play and be part of the great ASL community. Contact Lynn Gilbert, teamgilbert@aol.com.  

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Don't forget you can download photos of the International Festival from the secure website SmugMug. Go to SchoolNet > Community organizations > PTO homepage > Download photos. Parents are reminded that they can download parent Maria Vidal's song, "Green," from http://www.henhousestudios.com.

ADOPTION GROUP
If you’ve been touched by adoption in any way, please consider joining a group founded several years ago by an ASL mother. All facets of adoption are explored in a comfortable, relaxed and confidential atmosphere. Membership extends beyond the ASL community. We meet monthly at members’ homes; the next meeting will be in September. For more information, contact Lari Abraham, tabrny@aol.com or 7372 4169.

USED BOOKS NEEDED
The volunteers at Kilburn Park School library are seeking additional books for the school's non-fiction collection. Donated books should have been published within the last few years, and be appropriate for 7-12 year olds. We have particular requests for the following subjects: sports (mainly British), drawing, animals, cookbooks and graphic novels. Gently used "Horrid Henry" and "Captain Underpants" are most welcome. Place books in the box in LSR.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD: WHAT'S NEW ON CBB?
The CBB is updated regularly with notices of interest to the ASL community. Send entries to ptobb@asl.org.
> Personal trainer
> Nanny/housekeeper
> Wembley tickets
> Moving sales

---ALL-SCHOOL REMINDERS----

BUS SERVICE ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
The transport office is unable to accept bus transfers on the last day of school. Parents should make alternative arrangements for students who do not wish to be dropped off at home.

SCOOP SEPTEMBER NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEES FOR NEW FAMILIES
Help welcome new families to your neighborhood in September. We are looking for volunteers to host neighborhood coffees on Wednesday, 17 September. These coffees are greatly appreciated by parents who are new to the school and often new to London. A local resource and a friendly face can make all the difference. If you are interested in hosting or helping with a coffee in your neighborhood, contact Meg Gracey Brena, jgbrena@aol.com. Please include your name, telephone number and full postcode.

DIABETES DUNK: MONDAY, 2 JUNE, FFG, 3:30 PM
Join us for a fun and festive afternoon at the Second Annual Diabetes Dunk, tickets are £3. Come support the students and faculty to help cure juvenile diabetes.

AUGUST WELCOMERS NEEDED
There is a Scoop Summer Coffee for new ASL families, Monday, 4 August, 10 am-12 noon. We need current ASL families who will be in London to meet and greet new arrivals. Parents and children are encouraged to attend this informal get-together at the School. RSVP to Janet Reilly, jwreilly@aol.com, so she can bake accordingly.

BUDDY FAMILY PROGRAM 2008
If you're willing to help a new ASL family, please volunteer to be part of the Buddy Family Program. We'll pass around sign-up sheets at the upcoming grade-level Parent Information Coffees or contact Patty Eagan, eaganuk@aol.com. 

VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY
If you have some spare time this summer, consider volunteering for some great charities. Visit SchoolNet > Community organizations > PTO homepage > Volunteer opportunities.

RECYCLING
You can recycle DVDs, CDs, printer cartridges, batteries and mobile phones. Place these items in the appropriate bins outside the LS computer lab, room 111.

---- LOWER SCHOOL ----

PARENT INFORMATION COFFEES
Parent information coffees provide essential information about curriculum and activities. This is important news you won't get anywhere else in depth.
Grades 3 & 4, Wednesday, 28 May, LSR, 8:30-10 am. Julie Ryan will explain how to interpret the results of the ERB tests, which were administered recently in Grades 3 and 4. Joanne Morris will discuss book choices for summer reading, along with suggested websites. End-of-year events and activties will be explained, along with staffing for next year.

NEWSLETTERS
Grade 3
Howe: http://www.asl.org/lsnewsletters/22may/3howe.pdf
Lindstrom: http://www.asl.org/lsnewsletters/22may/3lindstrom.pdf
Victorian Project: http://www.asl.org/lsnewsletters/22may/3victorianproject.pdf
Grade 4
Disher: http://www.asl.org/lsnewsletters/22may/4disher.pdf
Mann: http://www.asl.org/lsnewsletters/22may/4mann.pdf
Pearl: http://www.asl.org/lsnewsletters/22may/4pearl.pdf
Robertson: http://www.asl.org/lsnewsletters/22may/4robertson.pdf

PARENT INFORMATION COFFEE NOTES
Grades 1 & 2: http://www.asl.org/public/pdfs/LSCoffeeNotesG1-2.pdf

REASONS TO VISIT SCHOOLNET > LS > THE CLASSROOM
> The classroom > Grade 4 > Attachments: Little Canada trip information.

TRIPS TO HONEYPOT LANE GARDEN
Wednesday, 28 May, K1 Lituchy
Children should wear clothes appropriate for outdoor weather and physical activity.
Remember to pack:
a waterproof jacket,
suitable shoes or wellies,
a drink and a lunch.
Students will return to school for their regular dismissal time.

UPCOMING EVENTS BY GRADE
Monday, 9 June, no LS classes: LS report-writing day.
K1
Wednesday, 28 May, Hewett to The Old Vic Theatre, 9:45 am-1:15 pm.
Thursday, 5 June, "The Little Black Cloud," CA, 8:45-9:15 am, followed by brunch in the classrooms until 10 am.
Thursday, 12 June, picnic, Violet Hill Park, 11 am-1 pm.
K2
Friday, 30 May, "K2 Project Odyssey," SC, 8:30-9:15 am, followed by brunch and poetry sharing in the classrooms until 10 am.
GRADE 1
Wednesday, 4 June, Big Bug Bash, MPR1, 12:30-2:30 pm.
Tuesday, 10 June, Grade 1 to the Natural History Museum, 9:30 am-2 pm.
GRADE 2
Friday, 6 June, "Gallery of Grade 2 Work," Grade 2 classrooms, 8:45-9:30 am.
Tuesday, 10 June, London Zoo trip.
GRADE 3
Thursday, 5 June, Great Exhibition, LSR, 8:45-11 am. 8:45-9:45 am open to parents; 10:15-10:55 am open to other grades, teachers and parents.
Wednesday, 11 June, picnic at Regent's Park.
GRADE 4
Open lunches, 12:20-12:45 pm:
Friday, 23 May, Robertson.
Tuesday-Friday, 27-30 May, Little Canada trip.
Tuesday, 10 June, CP.
Friday, 13 June, Promotion/Farewell assembly, SC, 8:45-10 am, followed by a brunch, Grade 4 area, 10-11 am. Grade 4 dismissal takes place at 10 am; students must be accompanied by their parents/guardians from this time.

---- LOWER SCHOOL REMINDERS ----

PE  FOOTWEAR
Although the arrival of warm weather has us reaching for our beachwear, Crocs and sandals are unsuitable for PE class. Please remember to send your child to school with appropriate footwear, such as sneakers or trainers, on PE days.

LS LIBRARY INFORMATION
All library materials due: Friday, May 30.
Summer check-outs: Weekdays, from 2-13 June.
The LS Library is closed during the summer, but you can stock up on some great books for the holiday. Our summer library card enables parents to check out up to 25 books over the summer. To be eligible for summer check-out, simply make sure your family has returned all their library books by Friday, 30 May. Visit the library 2-13 June to choose your summer reading  books.
Library hours: Weekdays, 8 am-3:30 pm, (Wednesdays 4 and 11 June, 8 am-6 pm.)   
   
---- MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS ----

REASONS TO VISIT SCHOOLNET > MS > THE CLASSROOM
Grade 5 > Photos > Ellis Island.
Grade 5 > Attachments > Calshot forms and kit list.
Grade 6 > Photos > Roman Britain trips.
Grade 7 > Photos > Spring trips.
Grade 8 > Photos > Spring dance.
Grade 8 > Attachments > Preparing for High School PowerPoint presentation.
SchoolNet > HS > Curriculum > HS Curriculum Guide 2008-09.

STUDENT VISITORS
The end of the school year is approaching fast and we are expecting it to be busier than ever. Unfortunately, we are unable to authorize student visitors after tomorrow, Friday, 23 May.

GRADE 5 TRIP TO CALSHOT
All Grade 5 students leave for Calshot on Tuesday, 27 May. Please meet at Waverley Place reception (WPR) no later than 7:15 am. All forms, including kit list, are posted on SchoolNet > MS > The classroom > Grade 5 > Attachments.  We return on Friday, 30 May, to Loudoun Road, at approximately 4 pm. Updates will be available on SchoolNet. 

DATE AMENDMENT: GRADE 6 PARENT LAPTOP COFFEE, WEDNESDAY, 28 MAY, GF, 8:30-10 AM
Please note this event takes place on Wednesday, 28 May, not 30 May, as previously posted.
This event is designed to give parents a "running start" with the laptop program for Grade 7. Information given at the coffee will be shared again at the laptop evening for all Grade 7 in the second week of school in the fall. Questions and RSVPs to mslaptop@asl.org.

GRADE 6 SPRING PARTY: FRIDAY, 6 JUNE, MG, 6:30-8:30 PM.
The theme is summer, but dress code applies; tickets are £3. All students must be collected by an adult. No one will be allowed to walk home alone or with a group of other students. Please be on time to pick up your child.

GRADE 7 SCAVENGER HUNT: TUESDAY, 10 JUNE
This is an annual event. If you are interested in chaperoning this trip and did not sign up at the parent coffee, contact Howard Gregory, 7449 1282.

ACTIVE PARENTING: MS DADS PIZZA NIGHT, THURSDAY, 29 MAY, 7:30-9:30 PM
Toni Bain and Carrie Stafford are hosting a Pizza Night for Active Parenting Dads. RSVP to Mary O’Connor, mary_oconnor@asl.org, by Tuesday, 27 May.

MS SPRING CONCERTS
Mark your calendars for the upcoming MS concerts. All MS students are required to participate. More detailed information is available on the SchoolNet calendar. Students are asked to bring snacks for a post-concert reception: savory snacks for students with last names beginning A-K, and sweet snacks for last names beginning L-Z. Questions to Peter Lutkoski, peter_lutkoski@asl.org.
Grade 6 Concert: Tuesday, 27 May, SC, 7 pm.
Grade 7 & 8 Band Concert (with MS Jazz Band): Wednesday, 28 May, SC 7 pm.
Grade 7 & 8 Choir and Orchestra Concert, Thursday, 29 May, SC, 7 pm.
Grade 5 Concert: Tuesday, 10 June, SC, 7 pm.

FOTA VOLUNTEERS FOR SPRING CONCERTS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to help with the May pre- and post-concert receptions. If your child is performing in one of these concerts, consider showing your support by volunteering at these celebrations of the musical talents of MS students. For the Grade 6 Concert on Tuesday, 27 May, contact Preeti Nalwa, preetinalwa@yahoo.com; for the Grade 7 & 8 Band Concert on Wednesday, 28 May, and the Grade 7 & 8 Choir and Orchestra Concert on Thursday, 29 May, contract Elna Drava, e.skier16@googlemail.com.

ATHLETICS
Thursday, 22 May
MS tennis boys and girls vs. TASIS, home, CP, 4:15 pm.
MS softball vs. TASIS, home, CP, 4:15 pm.
MS track meet London Schools at Brunel University Track, (2:30 pm early release) 4 pm.
Saturday, 24 May
MS orange softball festival, home, CP, 9:15 am-3 pm, bus departs ASL 8 am, returns to ASL 4 pm.
MS black softball festival, home, CP, 12:15 am-6 pm, bus departs ASL 11 am, returns to ASL 7 pm.
MS baseball festival, home, CP, 9:15 am-3 pm, bus departs ASL 8 am, returns to ASL 4 pm.
Saturday, 31 May
MS tennis festival, ACS Cobham, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, bus departs ASL 7:45 am, returns to ASL 4:45 pm.
Thursday, 5 June
MS Sports Spring Season Party, Commons, 3:30-5 pm.

---- MIDDLE SCHOOL REMINDERS ----

GRADE 8-9 TRANSITION POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
The PowerPoint presentation from last week's Grade 8 to 9 transition evening is available on SchoolNet > MS > The classroom > Grade 8 > Attachments > Preparing for High School.

---- HIGH SCHOOL NEWS ----

WHAT'S NEW ON SCHOOLNET > HS >
Preseason sign-up forms: > Athletics > Overview.

SENIOR TRANSITION NIGHT: TUESDAY, 3 JUNE, SC, 7 PM
Join us for this ASL tradition where we will talk about issues that students and their parents will soon face, e.g., what to take with you to college, how to deal with those first bouts of homesickness, and the empty nest.
 
WANTED: PROM PICTURES
The communications office would like to do a short piece about Prom in Accents or on the alumni website. Whether this Prom was your child's first or last, what did the event mean to your family? We'd like to hear about it. Pease send your words and pictures to rebecca_moore@asl.org by Friday, 30 May.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES
Registration materials (including Program Request Forms) will be handed out by deans/college counselors to current Grade 10 and 11 students on Friday, 23 May. Students should return their completed Program Request Forms to the academic advising and college counseling office by Tuesday, 27 May.

PRESEASON SPORTS: SAVE THE DATES
Monday-Thursday, 19-22 August, 3-6 pm. Sign-up forms are available on SchoolNet > HS > Athletics > Overview.

---- HIGH SCHOOL REMINDERS ----

2008-09 SAVE THE DATES
Classes begin: Tuesday, 26 August.
Grade 9 & New Parent Evening/SLD evening: Thursday, 11 September, 6:30 pm.
HS Back-to-School Night: Thursday, 18 September, 6:30 pm.
 
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ABOUT TAKE NOTE
Take Note is ASL's weekly electronic bulletin for families, faculty and staff. It contains important schoolwide and divisional news. Please be sure to read both the All-School section and the relevant School section/s, as items are not duplicated.

Take Note is posted on Thursday afternoon. Entries are due by 12 noon on Wednesday, the day before. Please email entries to takenote@asl.org. Take Note is posted and archived on SchoolNet. If you need more information about Take Note, please contact Publications Editor Wendy Robinson, wendy_robinson@asl.org or 7449 1273.

Location key:
BG: Blue Gym
BR: Boardroom
CA: Creative Arts Room
CP: Canons Park playing fields
FFG: Farmer Family Gymnasium
FOTA: Friends of the Arts
GF: Gym Foyer
HCR: High School Conference Room
LCR: Lower School Conference Room
LSR: Lower School Reception
MG: Main Gym
ML: Mellon Library
MPR1: Multi-Purpose Room 1
MPR2: Multi-Purpose Room 2
MPR3: Multi-Purpose Room 3
SC: School Center for Education and the Arts
SCF: School Center foyer
SL: Staff Lounge
WPR: Waverley Place Reception