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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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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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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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