Dear ASFM community,
As we now conclude this infamous and unique 2019-2020 school year, I would like to thank all of you for your flexibility, trust, compassion, and dedication as staff members, as parents, and as students. Although we were faced with an unprecedented end to the school year due to COVID-19, we came together as one strong “family” to make sure learning, health, safety, wellbeing, and growth were kept front and center at all times. You should feel very proud of all you have done!! As the Superintendent of ASFM, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I would also like to use this final note to reiterate and emphasize some of my past Weekly Eagle messages. Over these past three months, I have tried to use one voice to share with you important information regarding the contingency, the pandemic, our distance learning plan, and more importantly, many important life lessons that have proven important to me over the years. My messages have spoken about hope, fellowship, flexibility, balance, intentionality, patience, prioritization, forgiveness, serenity, courage, wisdom, simplicity, inclusion, and acceptance. I have tried to share with you what I feel is important to me as the Superintendent and as a person, and what I feel is important to the success and happiness of all.
With that said, I now share the following quotes with you as a thank you for a great school year:
“It is only as a united community, that we will be able to support our students, our staff, and our parents as we navigate this uncertain time. I recently read a phrase that stated that “fear travels faster that hope” and although I probably believe this to be true at times, I also believe that our ASFM community is strong enough, united enough, resilient enough, and persistent enough to make sure that on this occasion HOPE will travel faster than fear.”
March 20, 2020
“The final lesson I learned from this [John Maxwell] series was to be “intentional” with things that make a difference; intentional with your personal time, family time, “catch-up” time, “added value” time, faith time, and thinking time. I thank Mr. Maxwell for these life lessons and I encourage our entire ASFM community to think of this “new normal” as an opportunity to prioritize what is important to you as a person, as a parent, as a professional, as an educator, and as an open minded, caring, global leader!!”
March 26, 2020
“The current ambiguity that we are all living plus the discomforts, opportunities, and creativity that we are all experiencing, gives us an amazing chance to rethink teaching and learning and re-prioritize our lives. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a “new normal” that is possibly more in line with a well balanced life of serenity, courage, and wisdom!”
April 3, 2020
“Everyone, staff and parents alike, are doing their absolute best, as fast as possible to figure things out, make things work, meet student needs, and ensure ongoing growth and learning for our ASFM Eagles from Nursery through grade 12. This teamwork, coupled with understanding, forgiveness, patience, respect and trust will help us maintain our pace and will fill us with hope for the future.”
April 24, 2020
“As a school, we are proud of who we are and what we offer to our entire community. We truly believe that when we learn, we thrive. I would like to thank the entire ASFM community for your trust, commitment, and dedication to the School and to each other; during the past five years and during this current contingency.”
June 2, 2020
As we now enter into the summer break, please stay tuned for additional information, details and news regarding the start of the upcoming school year in August, the three possible learning scenarios, health regulations and requirements, and regarding our community in general. Although we will not be creating and sharing a typical Weekly Eagle at the end of each of the upcoming weeks, rest assured that we will share important information as necessary and with ample time for planning. Please also be sure to check out the "Summer Recommendations by ASFM - 2020", put together by Gaby Maiz and our EPU, for great ideas, suggestions, and activities for the entire family for the upcoming summer break.
I once again want to thank teachers and parents for all your effort and dedication to our ASFM learners. Take care, stay safe and don’t forget to watch this week’s video that highlights the main points from the videos I have created over the past three months. As always, please feel free to reach out to me personally if you have a question, doubt, positive comment, or concern; or if you want to just say hello.
Best wishes for a safe and restful summer break!
Dr. Michael W. Adams