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Director’s Blog

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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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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Happy Thanksgiving!

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus As a kid, Thanksgiving was not one of my favourite holidays. I did not dislike it, but it was not a holiday that I looked forward to. I’m not sure…

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Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year at AAS-Sofia! Today marks the end of the first full week of school. Many students (and quite a few staff) get used to sleeping in a bit later (or a…

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I Hope You Feel A Lot of Summer

“A dark night, lightened up by thousands of glowing fireflies. It is magical.” – Ama H. Vanniarchchy To me, lightning bugs mean summer. Growing up in the Seattle area, I didn’t see fireflies as a child, but somehow the luminescent beetles (lightning bugs are beetles not flies) epitomize summer. Our kids first saw lantern flies…

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To Have or Not to Have (Dessert)

“I’m hungry. I hope there’s pudding.” – Luna Lovegood Earlier this week, I received a letter from Liana, a 2nd grade student at AAS. It was a well written opinion letter with proper form. The letter had a good introduction, three solid arguments supporting her opinion, and a clear conclusion. As expressed in her letter,…

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Welcome Back After Spring Break

“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.” – Yogi Berra   I hope that you had a relaxing and fun Spring Break. We had the good fortune to visit Scotland and Ireland over the holiday. As is the way with travels, we had some expected and…

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Spotlight the Daily Wins

“There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.” – Hamilton (musical) Last night I had the pleasure of watching the AAS students’ performance of Cabaret. It was an incredible show! Through the years, I have enjoyed and been impressed by all of the AAS musicals. The addition of the Rila Theatre has…

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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family had a pleasant and relaxing holiday. We are two weeks into 2023. For many people, that means they are two weeks into their New Year’s resolutions; for some people, that…

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The Magic of December

“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.” – Anamika Mishra Autumn was longer and warmer than normal this year (yes, technically it is still autumn). The usual easing into winter didn’t happen. With the recent dustings of snow and holiday decorations in the malls, it feels sudden that the “holiday season” has arrived. A…

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