Author: Jon Zurfluh

Director at the American School of Warsaw

Web: www.techtied.net

Lazy morning preparing our games and materials at the lodge got us prepared for a wild afternoon at our Fair in Pandamatenga. In simple terms: Sunshine Finding the children Coming from all directions 200 kids playing games and enjoying the activities 20 adults in sessions with Project Humanity on the risks associated with alcohol Wind/rain…

Read More What a day…

We had a wonderful day on Saturday meeting the village elders and getting permission to enter the village. They had a wonderful dance that greeted us (video later) and the assistant chief of the tribe welcomed us to the village and gave us permission to enter. Later, we were invited to a church setting a…

Read More First full day…

I’m sorry to say that I’m having tremendous difficulty with connectivity with blog from here in Kasane.  I’ve gotten through some of the material and trying to upload more things, now that the first day is coming to a close with dinner in a couple of hours. I was a bit more successful with Facebook…

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Getting to south Africa has proven to be a bit of a challenge. Not because of paperwork or documentation because that all went very smoothly. So glad we followed the South African Embassy process. That proved to be the best part of our overall paperwork. But, the time it takes on the flights and the…

Read More Still in transit…

The Ambassadors gathered at school for our departure at 3p today and the mood was good.  All was well prepared and every ounce of luggage utilized for the trip to meet the benefactors of their efforts.  Clothing and other gifts were packed in every nook and cranny. So, as we now prepare for the long…

Read More Africa began…

I’m heading off tomorrow for an adventure with 27 of our high school students.  After a quick board meeting, I’m on a plane to Africa to help out with our school building projects in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  My thanks to all who contributed to this project both through the many activities throughout the year and…

Read More Africa Begins

Dear AAS Community, Just a few more days until the AAS Ambassadors go on their service learning trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe to work on their project “AAS Builds Schools.” The Ambassadors are actively engaged in a primary school build, village development, and community garden project in Pandamatenga, Botswana. They are also working on a…

Read More Director’s Challenge!!

Those of us who live the international life know that some things are often fickle.  We have all experienced the closure of a favorite restaurant, the change in service at a hotel, the often unpredictable attitude of a taxi driver, and the constant difficulties with government services, for almost all nationalities.  Both inside and outside…

Read More Things you can count on…

I want to take this opportunity before our annual February break to thank parents for their ongoing involvement and tremendous flexibility and diligence during recent weeks.  We weathered the storm of the influenza outbreak together.  We practiced our emergency drills.  We got through all the many activities and performances with style and engagement.  Thank you…

Read More Newsletter – February 10

It’s been a busy week here at AAS with a number of activities that were enjoyed by many.  We capped off a weekend with the International School Theater Association and started the week with visiting musicians and dancers for an array of activity.  Thank you, PTO Enhancement Grant program!!  Click here for photos of the event.  Click here to…

Read More Newsletter – February 3

I caught on CNN this morning that today, January 20, is Penguin Awareness Day (not to be confused with World Penguin Day in April).  I couldn’t help but smile as I read the article and thinking, as I often do, about the little “penguins” running around school every day.  I know that some have chided…

Read More Penguin Crosswalk

Greetings Parents!! We have just one day left before a well-deserved holiday.  The beauty of winter vacation the Moscow way is that extra bit of time that we have in January before we need to return.  You’re welcome!  But, let’s make sure to be back in seats on Monday the 11th to bask in the…

Read More Final Message for 2015!

In past weeks, we have oft reflected on the “tone” of the world.  Coming out of recent events, I think we have done well in maintaining a calm and safe environment for students in an often chaotic environment with mixed messages.  While I think most students weave through their day relatively unaware of world events,…

Read More Newsletter – December 9, 2015 – Calling on all parents…

Happy December, Everyone!! I first want to take this opportunity to welcome the last additions to our administrative team in preparation for next year.  As informed previously, Noah Bohnen will be moving into our MS Principal role next year and Michelle Alzamora will be moving into the ES Principal spot.  We’ve also already announced that…

Read More Newsletter – December 2