Principal’s Points

Dear Parents,

This is the first Principal’s Points to Parents of the year. Typically, once a month I will share an update with you. I hope you will find these helpful and interesting. If you ever misplace this email, you can go to the Parents- Elementary School Group page on InsideASH to read it.   

We have had a very positive and smooth start to this school year with all grade levels settling in to their daily routines. It takes time to get fully acclimated into “school life” routines so I hope by now, you and your family are set. Thank you for your support in getting your sleepy children up, out of bed and to school on time.  As a reminder, school starts at 08:30 at the Upper Elementary (UE) and at 08:45 at the Early Childhood Center (ECC). Students who arrive after these times are considered tardy and need to be signed in at the respective office.

Every year we have a Back-to-School Night Open House, which is an opportunity for your child’s teacher to explain general information as well as specifics about our curriculum, class schedule and expectations, volunteer opportunities, communication plans, home learning practices, and more. You will also have time to meet other parents in your child’s class. 
Our first event will take place this evening, September 5th from 18:45-20:30, for Grades 2-4, at the UE Atrium
Our second Back to School Night will take place on Thursday, September 12th from 18:45-20:30 for Preschool to Grade 1, at the ECC Gym. To assist in planning, our evening will follow this schedule:

18:45 Coffee Social and a chance to meet other parents19:00 Welcome, introductions and announcements19:25 Parents join teachers20:30 Open House concludes

Notice:  Open Houses are for parents only. Childcare for a fee is available both evenings at the Croco Club, located at the ABF near the main building parking lot. Please contact Fabiane Quint, Croco Club manager, at if you need childcare.

As our school year settles in, if you find that you or your child is experiencing any difficulty, we ask that you speak with the source of the issue first. For example, if you have questions or comments about something in the classroom, speak with your classroom teacher. If it is something regarding school bus matters, contact our Transportation Office. Or if you have questions about a matter regarding school lunch, please speak directly with the cafeteria staff. Should you feel that you need further assistance, please contact one of our counselors (Ms. Ann or Ms. Lauren), our Assistant Principal (Mr. Winton), or make an appointment to speak with me as we are all happy to help you.

Do you agree that there are always two sides to a story/issue? Should your child share something with you that may sound a bit extreme or perhaps unrealistic, do take the time to find out more information before taking action. I will highlight this again at our Back to School evenings but it’s worth an introduction here, “We promise to believe only 50% of what we hear happens at home if you will agree to believe 50% about what you hear happens at school.” 


September 21 is set aside for our Community Conversation. Come and join us from 9:00 – 11:30 am as we share thoughts and ideas about what the future of ASH could look like. 

We are excited that this will be expertly facilitated by Alex Bell, a member of the NoTosh Team, our external partners in this process. Alex is a co-founder of XtalksWORLDListens, a social enterprise whose mission is to give voice to students from places all over the world, no matter how remote. He’s a former head teacher in the UK who took his school from “requires improvement” to “outstanding” in all areas in just two years. Alex will bring his considerable facilitation skills and help us generate lots of ideas in small and large group conversations. Don’t miss this!

Other upcoming items for your calendar include:

Tuesday, September 17, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in MS 2.36 as well as an evening session from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the M3 room with Ken O’Connor, an educational consultant helping us re-examine our grading and assessment practices. 

Thursday, October 3, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the M3 room with Eowyn Crisfield on, “What Does it Mean for Parents to be their Child’s Learning Partner and Exploring the “how” and “why” of Home Languages in International Schools.

The new “school year buzz” is off to a great start in the Elementary School and it is wonderful having your children fill our classrooms and hallways with the sounds of school and learning. 

One of my goals is that your child will have an enriched and dynamic experience this year. I have not worked with a more dedicated and passionate group of professional educators than those who make up our ES faculty. Regardless of your child’s age, we are working hard and with great passion to provide each of our students with a bedrock foundation upon which they can build a lifetime of joy for learning.  

Teachers and I are excited about this new school year and we look forward to partnering with you in this journey. Our hope is that you will feel connected with your school and be part of the fantastic learning and growing that will be taking place throughout the year.

Warm regards,

Tim Messick, Principal