A busy couple of days in the “Z” countries…

A busy couple of days in the “Z” countries…

We left Pandamatenga on Wednesday with much sadness as we considered all of the many things we had experienced in Botswana.  The previous night gave us opportunity to say goodbye to our friends in the community, but on the morning’s ride, we contemplated our farewell’s to this wonderful country that had exposed us to the wildlife […]

Weekly Newsletter – March 22

Weekly Newsletter – March 22

  Greetings from deep within Africa.  As I write this we are packing for our trek from Botswana to Zimbabwe.  We’ve had a lovely sojourn here in Pandamatenga and are all very sad to leave this wonderful village and country.  Earlier today as the sun was setting in the sky, we said goodbye to the […]

What a day…

What a day…

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 […]

First full day…

First full 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 […]

Connectivity issues…

Connectivity issues…

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 […]

Director’s Challenge!!

Director’s Challenge!!

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 […]

Newsletter – March 9 – International Women’s Day

Newsletter – March 9 – International Women’s Day

We hope you all enjoyed your special holiday weekend with family during our extended days. I find that we sometimes forget the meaning behind holidays, so I wanted to make sure that we remind ourselves of the significance of International Women’s Day.  In this year, it is particularly poignant that we consider the roots of this special […]

Things you can count on…

Things you can count on…

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 […]

Let the Challenge Begin…

Let the Challenge Begin…

Once in awhile, there is a project that comes into your life that truly inspires you.  You know that feeling you have in your chest, somewhere close to your heart, that tells you that the action you are about to take is just simply the right thing to do.  I had that moment recently, and […]

Newsletter – February 10

Newsletter – February 10

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 […]

Newsletter – February 3

Newsletter – February 3

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 […]

Newsletter – January 27, 2016

Newsletter – January 27, 2016

A quick note this week to encourage good health practices during this time of year.  I’ve noted the increase in some bugs going around. Some of them have hit students, parents, and staff quite hard in some cases.  Dr. Dalida has provided notes in his blurb from the Health Office on care and practice during […]

Penguin Crosswalk

Penguin Crosswalk

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 […]

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all!!

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all!!

When last I wrote, we were heading into the final days of 2015 and thinking about the messages we can send our children.  I suggested it was time to send messages of encouragement to balance the despair associated with recent media reports about events around the globe.  My congratulations to all for your work in […]