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Photos from Kirsi's Field Trip to India House

Last Friday, Kirsi took a field trip with "Delhi Out and About" class to India Gate and President's House. Their purpose was to discuss the history and architecture of the buildings.
Here are her photos, which she took with the iPad that is provided by the school.

Grade 6 Kirsi - School and Soccer

Kirsi - Grade 6 Kirsi is loving AES (link to AES Middle School). She's made good friends and is at home on the campus.

Kirsi has joined the ASIAC (American Schools in India Activities Conference) soccer team. She'll compete against teams from The American School of Bombay and The American International School - Chennai.

This is a group of Grade 6-8 girls of which she is one of the youngest. She's feeling very at home on the pitch though (kudos Coach Jean from Yorktown). She's scored goals in the first couple of scrimmages and that has helped to make her feel more comfortable and confident out there. She comes back soaking in sweat due to the humidity.

She may also enter drama for this session (there are 3 sessions every year). She's debating joining drama but her family all thinks she should as she fools us quite often due to her acting abilities.

Because of her experience in French Immersion, she chose to take Spanish. She could have chosen Mandarin instead but h…

Grade 4 Aidan - School and Soccer

Aidan and Grade 4 Aidan is loving school, his teacher, and having his own iPad in school. You can see his blog here.

Aidan has chosen soccer and baseball for his after school iPop activities (iPop stands for Power of Passion). Activities start this week. Baseball is new to Aidan so it will be interesting to see how he enjoys that sport.
At recess, the popular game is 4-Square, which he really enjoys. We've watched a few YouTube videos on 4-Square strategy.
He is happy to have Mrs. Peters for his teacher as well. You can see their class blog here.
His best friends are from England, Australia, and Malaysia but he quite likes everyone in the class. It seems like a nice group with few, if any, troublemakers.
Aidan chose Spanish for his World Language class. He could have went with French but he is too advanced for the beginner French here after having been in French Immersion.
Another highlight for Aidan are the delicious lunches that the school offers. We, of course, pay a fee for l…

Raksha Bandhan, Badgers on Meth, Church, Selfies, Uber, and Shopping

Happy Raksha Bandhan!!!!!

Happy Raksha Bandhan everyone!

This is really a beautiful celebration of brothers and sisters - and something I wish that Kirsi and Aidan would take more to heart. This is the perfect example of how different religions can learn from one another.

Kirsi and Aidan are sweet kids but when they fight with each other they're like viciousbadgers on meth.

According to Wikipedia:
Raksha Bandhan, or simply Rakhi is a Hindu festival, celebrated in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, notably India and Nepal.[2] Raksha bandhan means "bond of protection". It is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month of Shravana, which typically falls in Gregorian calendar month of August.[3][4]The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.  It is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister type of relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related. On Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a r…

Uber, Staff, Shopping, & Lattes



This week, all the returning teachers came back and everyone has been fantastic.

They're a group of people from the U. S. A., Canada, Spain, U. K., Colombia, Russia, France, China, Japan, Bangladesh, and India. I'm sure that I'm missing some countries as well. There's too many staff to get to know every one.

As one new staff member told me last night at the Street Food Festival hosted on campus, "they don't hire wusses." It's a very social, competent, and personable group of educators.

Being Hired  

We see being hired here as a blessing.

But the process was interesting. I had interviewed with a couple of schools who saw my wanting to change roles from HS Principal to a Tech role as a demotion. Some could not get over the fact that I wanted to "step down." Perhaps some interviewing admin were threatened. I cannot say for certain but it seemed to hurt me in a couple of interviews.

Not so with AES. They saw that my experience as Pr…