ASD students and the school, benefit in a myriad of ways from volunteer parent groups including PTA, Booster Club, CAST, Jr/Sr Moms, and the AMA. The following descriptions detail each organization’s activities and provide contact information.
Parent Teacher Association
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) plays a vital role in supporting and strengthening a vibrant ASD community. Every parent, student, faculty member and administration belongs to the PTA and has an important role to play. Our role is simple but focused; supporting and strengthening the ASD community and reinforcing the partnership between home and school. We support educational and social development through supporting the school’s academic, athletic and fine arts curriculums and financially contributing to enrichment programs for our students. We also support parents ensuring they are connected to ASD and feel a valued and welcome member of the school community. We place special emphasis on welcoming new parents and students and easing their transition into a new school and country, sharing the wonderful Qatari culture and way of life. We have set up two dedicated committees to support this; the Parent Community and the Culture Committee.
Our key focus is to support enhanced learning by reinvesting directly into our children’s education in a tangible and sustained manner. We are fortunate to have an amazing group of corporate sponsors who support our fund raising activities and we always welcome new sponsors. We reinvest 100% of funds raised and during 2015-2016 we were able to support the following:
- Awarded the annual Mike Shahen PTA Scholarship to two 2016 graduates who embodied the ASD Values.
- PTA Elementary Book Fair spent over QAR60,000 on carefully selected leading fun and educational UK and American books to enhance the wonderful reading experience of our elementary students.
- Provided funding for the refitting of one of the elementary playgrounds.
- Financed the purchase of Makers Space - supporting vital STEMs education and our Robotics teams. Our Middle School students are using the equipment and are very excited.
- Donated $20,000 toward the development of a Music Technology Lab, giving our HS and MS students the latest in music technology.
- Provided 100% funding to the Teacher Training Program with one of ASD's adopted school, St Pius School in Arusha, Tanzania.
- Donated QAR30,000 to the ASD Global Citizen Fund which support student led community initiatives.
We have an exciting calendar of innovative fund raising and social activities in addition to those already mentioned which include:
- Friendship Festival - very popular family event with local entertainment, games and food
- PTA 2017 Calendar – student led calendar with images of Qatar and the ASD community
- International Buffet – a celebration of the many wonderful cuisines from our multi-national community
- Homeroom Parent Coordinator - organizing volunteer parents for Elementary School
The PTA is a community of members from many different nationalities and cultures. This wonderful diverse multi-national blend enables us to provide the best community for our children. We welcome volunteers for our committees or just giving one hour helping at any of our activities during the school year.
Regular and open communications is core to the success of the PTA and we have many ways to share information, provide feedback, ask questions or offer to volunteer:
- Monthly PTA meetings, open to all
- Dedicated site on Sahifa
- Secure ASD Parent Teacher Association Group on Facebook
- Dedicated PTA email accounts where you can contact any member of the PTA Board
If you have any questions relating to the PTA or want some general information on life as a parent in ASD and Qatar, please do not hesitate to email the PTA President on firstname.lastname@example.org or PTA Communications on email@example.com
We look forward to welcoming you to ASD and the Parent Teacher Association.
With kind regards,
Booster Club directly benefits ASD’s athletes and athletic program. Booster Club sells concessions at games and events and for special days in the Dining Hall. They operate a Booster Club Store with ASD memorabilia in the high school that is open during lunches and after school. Booster Club also coordinates housing for MESAC Championship weekends, sponsor baseball and softball tournaments and decorates lockers.
Through the funds raised, Booster Club purchased all the coaches/sponsors’ airline tickets for MESAC tournaments, paid for the hotel for ASD’s track and field team for the MESAC tournament, gave travel bags to all the varsity athletes and assisted students who needed help for their MESAC travel, and provided a scholarship to a senior boy and girl. In addition, at the end of the year, Booster Club funds a ‘wish list’ from the Athletic and Activity department for items which directly improve the quality of ASD’s athletic programs.
Booster Club President
CAST supports the Fine Arts Department at ASD. Their presence lets ASD students in the arts know that they are cared for and provides a fantastic way for teachers, students and parents to stay in touch and work as a team. Their fundraisers include concessions during performances, a booth at the Friendship Festival, and Mother's Day flower sales. CAST was formed to be a hands-on support group that provides meals during long rehearsals, financial assistance for school trips, and four scholarships for graduating seniors. Recently they also contributed to the new music lab, purchased a projector for the theater, and a glass kiln for the middle school.
The Junior/Senior Fundraising Committee’s goal is to make the senior year all the more memorable for twelfth graders. The Junior/Senior Fundraising Committee host favorite fund-raising events during the year such as the Pumpkin Patch, Valentines’ Day Treats and St. Patrick’s Day root beer floats. The Committee also provides the concessions for the popular Powderpuff Football Game between the Junior and Senior girls. The proceeds support the annual 100 Days Celebration, which also honors Senior teachers, and extraordinary decorations for graduation and prom.
Please contact the Junior/Senior Fundraising Committee Chairman, Peggy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AMA has just opened its doors during our 2013-2014 academic year. The AMA consists of a group of mothers who act as a support group for the school and students.
AMA members will help in school events, assist new students and their families in getting acquainted with the Qatari culture, and help them feel welcome in their new community. To date, the AMA has worked on many initiatives beginning with Eid Al Adha by placing creative displays in both the elementary and high school filled with Arabic desserts, beautiful calligraphy displays, a Majlis, and pictures of Eid celebrations around the world.
During International Week, the AMA put up an Arabic tent that consisted of a majlis, different Arabic desserts, cultural paintings and a live falcon. Live professional dancers performed the traditional Palestinian dance (dabkeh) for a full day.
Please contact AMA president Huda Al Mansoori at email@example.com for more information.