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Some Days Are Simply Meant for Playing

“This place is so pretty. I feel like I’m at a resort.” -Student-musician visiting from American School of Warsaw The weather. It has been a topic in most conversations I’ve had over the past few weeks. You might think, “Dr. Fries, you really need to work on your conversation skills,” and that is true. However,…

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Greetings From the AAS Board

As we begin the third trimester of the year, I would like to take a moment, on behalf of the AAS Board of Directors, to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students, faculty, and staff so far this year. Listening to the presentations by our seniors during the Silver Tray Ceremony, I was sincerely impressed…

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Spring Has Sprung

It’s that time of year again, spring, a time of renewal and rebirth. We get to watch the flowers blossoming and green grass return to our parks. With all of this happening, I recently found myself witnessing a rather amusing spring-themed scene: a parent was faced with the challenge of explaining to their young child…

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Teacher Spotlight: Kiera Pennell

Introduce yourself using three words only, please. Kiwi, PE teacher. What would you be if you weren’t a teacher? A builder. Why did you decide to become a teacher? For how long have you worked in education? Fast approaching the 10 year mark… I wanted to become a PE teacher because that was my favorite…

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Teacher Spotlight: Yasmeen Pelayo

We continue our rubric with Yasmeen Pelayo, our Kindergarten teacher. Introduce yourself using three words only, please. Risk-taker, Foodie, Joyful What’s something most people may not know about you? I can speak four languages. Why did you decide to become a teacher? For how long have you worked in education? I have been in education…

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On Educating the Whole Child

“By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.” -Mahatma Gandhi On Friday, February 16, I had the pleasure of going to Patches Blues Bar to see/hear the AAS staff band, the Edumacators. I don’t get out much, so it was a treat to…

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Teacher Spotlight: Brenda Costello

We are re-starting our ‘Spotlight’ section with Mrs. Brenda Costello, Gr. 5A Teacher Introduce yourself using three words only, please. Intuitive, Creative, Empathetic What’s something most people may not know about you? I have lots of ridiculous stories! Most people don’t know that I was once picked up by an elephant at a zoo by…

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January Blues

Preventing Child Suicide: Signs and Symptoms to Look For Have you ever heard of Blue Monday? After the holidays, many people can feel depressed or sad, and the third Monday in January (Blue Monday) is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. I can’t verify whether or not this is true for everyone, but…

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Wicked Range

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life The most interesting people I know Didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t Back in 1997, these lyrics jumped out at me.  Buried in the…

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Success Is a Journey, Not a Destination

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou Happy New Year! I hope that you had a pleasant holiday with plenty of warm family time. As we begin 2024, I have been thinking about success. Success can take many forms. On Monday, January 8,…

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