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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

Kevin Phair ES Counselor

The AAS student body is smack dab in the middle of exploring our monthly characteristic trait for January: perseverance. It is a fitting theme for this time of year as we are also in the middle of one of the longest, uninterrupted stretches of our academic calendar. Not to mention, many of you have also dealt with unexpected quarantines, having to miss work, and the struggles of virtual learning. If we can just hunker down and persevere until break arrives at the end of February, everything will be fine, right? Well, not exactly. The ability to show perseverance and patience through difficult times is a vitally important skill for everyone to learn and try to master.
However, trying to “white knuckle” your way through life by sheer perseverance alone during difficult times is not always the answer.

A key component of successfully persevering through difficult times is living a balanced lifestyle. Finding the right balance between the different responsibilities we have in our lives, big and small, can be challenging, especially considering the hectic lives many of us live.

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Angela Assed

The holiday break ended and as we return to our learning environment, we face the challenge of a new wave of anti-epidemic measures, quarantine, and distance learning. Like schools around the world, we have been facing these challenges since the beginning of this pandemic. Students, teachers, parents, and administrators have quickly learned that flexibility and being at ease with uncertainty are key to our mental health and success these past (almost) two years. We also learned that schools and learning are more important than ever. Thankfully, learning continues to flourish at AAS despite the uncertainty of the world around us. We have been fortunate to not have to face the extensive challenges that schools around the world have faced during this time.

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Linda D

The Marginalian is often a source of interesting reading, ideas, or poetry.  A piece that opened with the following quote from the American playwright, Tennessee Williams,  caught my attention recently: “The world is violent and mercurial — it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, and what we must save from it, all the time, is love.”   

Yep as we enter 2022 - the COVID pandemic, climate change, dizzying amounts of disinformation and misinformation sure seem to be our burning building. So how do we save our love from this crazy world? My dad is building a “silver linings file” where he records moments when love or goodness were unexpected. When we talk each Sunday he relays what has gone in the file. He is saving the love and passing it along. Talking with my ancient auntie (93 and still fiercely independent) each week she,  without fail, will share how someone was good to her, helped her, how she saw a beautiful bird or a glorious vista at the beach –that life is good.

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Wishing You a Gratitude Filled New Year!

In last week’s Weekly Howl, MS Counselor, Mr. Johnson, wrote about gratitude; earlier this week I was in an elementary classroom as they were discussing gratitude. Gratitude is a noun that means being thankful. I think gratitude should also be a verb and an adjective (perhaps even an adverb), so I will use it however I want in this, the final Weekly Howl of 2021. I know that some English teachers and grammarians may not approve of me making up and/or misusing a word, but I don’t care; I am gratitudy for those people who just let this slide.

2020 was the year of our discontent (nod to Shakespeare and Steinbeck), or so we thought. I recall a year ago kicking 2020 out the door with relief and satisfaction: 2021 had to be better. Well. 

It is easy to focus on the challenges of any year, and 2020 and 2021 have had more than their fair share. However, there is so much more to be gratitudy for than to lament. 

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