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Thank You For Volunteering Your Time

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” -Elizabeth Andrew As we approach the final 9 school days of the 2023-24 school year, I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize two vital parts of the AAS community, the PTO Board and the AAS Board of Directors. Both the PTO Board…

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Repairing My RAFT

The end of the school year always brings a storm of emotions with a long “to-do” list. Preparing for these final weeks could feel impossible for those leaving AAS, including myself. For decades, international schools have supported departing families with the acronym RAFT: Reconciliation, Affirmation, Farewells, and Think Destination. It seems straightforward: leave on a…

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Who Are Your Children?

“No, we’re pretty much done. This is who we are.” A few weeks back in a Grade 12 Health class, we were discussing how personality and character evolve over time, and how the role one plays in relationships likewise changes as you learn more about yourself and how the world around you reacts to your…

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The Busiest Time of the Year

“You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.” -John Rogers   At some point in my education, a teacher told me that when you face a writing block, the best thing to do is to just keep writing. That is what I am doing…

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How We Define Learning at AAS

“Learning at AAS is a dynamic and engaging process of inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking that prepares students to contribute purposefully to the world around them.”– Anglo-American School of Sofia Definition of Learning created 2024 As many of you already know, AAS is jointly accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New…

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Teacher Spotlight: Beth Burnett

Today we present Beth Burnett, ES Learning Support Teacher.   Introduce yourself using three words only, please. Genuine, Loquacious, Giving What’s something most people may not know about you? I almost bit my tongue off when I was three years old. While climbing on a kitchen stool, I slipped, fell to the floor and banged…

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PTO in the Spotlight: Radostina Rashkova

This week we introduce Radostina Rashkova, PTO President and a mom of two beautiful girls. Introduce yourself using three words only, please. Positive, organized, empathetic How did you decide to choose AAS for the education of your child, and how has your perception of the school evolved since then? We choose AAS because of the…

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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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