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Life is certainly never dull at AAS!  From sports tournaments to musicals, field trips to art competitions there is always something happening!

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Fun at Summer School 2019!

From playing with water to playing in water. From learning to use flour to nature walks and discovering another type of flower. From performing arts to creative art and craft to… just playing. Aged from five to 12 years, the children who came to the summer school 2019 at AAS had a wonderful time.

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Director Jim Urquhart playing Bulgarian gaida

On Wednesday the school held a special, all school assembly to formally say thank you, goodbye and send all our good wishes to our outgoing School Director Jim Urquhart and his wife Andie who has served both as the Athletics and Activities Director and as a Middle School counsellor. After eight years at AAS, the Urquharts are leaving this summer and the school marked the occasion with a school-wide celebration. 

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Professionals Give Career Advice

The third annual AAS High School Career Fair took place this Tuesday and featured a variety of careers that have not been presented in the past. We are grateful for the support of our AAS patrons who represented 10 of the 11 careers that were showcased in the fields of Business Consulting, Public Policy, Social Entrepreneurship, IT, Healthcare, Social Inclusion, Commerce, Architecture, Catering, Acting and Finance.

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Bulgarian writer Alexander Shpatov visits AAS

During Bulgarian Culture Week, we hosted the contemporary Bulgarian writer Alexander Shpatov, winner of the National Best Fiction Debut and the Sofia Award for Literature in 2005 and 2015, respectively.

After Mr. Shpatov’s presentation, it was time for the audience to ask him some questions. It was then that Mr. Reynolds, the AAS HS history and business teacher, stood and asked Mr. Shpatov:

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Students awarded in DeLux Story competition

The DeLux Short Story Competition, begun in 2013, seeks to encourage budding writers from AAS and the American College of Sofia in their creative endeavours, providing an opportunity to recognize their talent beyond the classroom.
On Monday, five AAS students from Grades 10 and 11 travelled to ACS to attend the prize-giving ceremony.

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From the AAS Blog

Staying Active During Distance Learning

Entering another period of online learning brings back the challenges that go hand in hand with it - more screen time, more time spent sitting, less physical activity, less time spent outdoors, more stress and less opportunities for fun and leisure activities. So what better time than now to remind ourselves of some of the benefits of physical activity.

Physical activity is not only essential for healthy growth and development, but also important to learning. Research shows that physical activity of any kind - team sport, biking, hiking, swimming or playground games - has positive effects on the brain and on school performance

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Overcoming Anxieties

“Are you nervous about having the baby, Ms. Lindsey?” This was one of the first questions I was asked this week by one of our fourth graders while I visited classrooms to introduce Mr. Kevin, who will be filling in for me while I am on maternity leave. I found myself pausing for a moment and then emphatically agreeing. Even though I have been a school counselor for thirteen years and know a lot about parenting strategies and child development from a professional angle, my husband and I have never been parents ourselves and will be in a few short weeks. I feel the anxiety in me along with all of my other feelings about impending parenthood. 
Anxiety is a common struggle we face for many different reasons. Things that may seem easy to one person may cause huge anxiety in someone else.

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Learning in Uncertain Times: How Worried Should We Be?

We, as a generation, have struggled through the most difficult times in education. As a parent and an educator, I have painfully watched my son, Kenshin, struggle through remote learning, social distancing, loss of school activities, and a host of other irregularities. I often find myself wondering how the pandemic will affect my son. Will my son’s math, for example, be on par?

I’m not alone in worrying. The Pew Research Centre, for example, identified that 65% of the parents they surveyed were concerned about their children falling behind. Other polls report even higher levels of concern, citing 9 out of 10 parents worried about their children’s academics. While some caveats come with this data (it was based on US public schools) it’s fairly safe to say this is a global concern. Like other parents, my worry has also led me to attempt to “fill the gap” with extra studying and more work outside of school hours.

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Selma Felice PTO President

Yesterday we had the first PTO Book Club meeting of the school year, a very special one. In June the book was chosen, orders were taken, everything was under control as it should be. Back to school in August, orders were placed with our local vendor only to learn that the title was unavailable. Second choice also unavailable. Third choice, same. Last resort had to be Amazon and several orders were placed only to be cancelled afterwards followed by all kinds of excuses. Time was passing by and still no book for our September encounter. Andrea, our PageTurners Coordinator, then goes to the library and checks out the first book with as many copies available as we needed: Life of Pi, a beautifully written tale of hope and the innate human ability to overcome adversities. And it couldn’t have been better and more appropriate. The discussion was meaningful, deep and full of different colours, coming together from such a diverse group of people. With our tummies full and souls replenished, we left our encounter longing for more.

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Education of the Heart

Starting in 1st grade and until I finished my studies at the Russian Embassy School in 2017, one of my favorite activities around the Christmas holidays was the Christmas Charity Bazaar we organized at school. During that one Friday during the year, all of the students would bring baked goods and interesting things for their grades to sell, the parents would organize challenges and games, and the teachers would teach us - the young salesmen - how to work with money and customers. The Charity Bazaar was the administration’s way to not only unite the school community and bring joy to the student body, but to also allow some of the sick children in Sofia to experience the magic of Christmas. Just in one day, we would raise money to support the children at the emergency department at Pirogov and would turn toys into the joyful laughter and smiles of the patients.  

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