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posted 21 February 2020

A few words from AES Director, Jim Laney, Jr.,
who shares this morning's exciting event at school...

Today we celebrated the strength of our diversity at the American Embassy School, in our first school-wide International Day Parade. More than 1500 colorful students, teachers and staff mar-
ched with 66 flags on display, representing all
the passports our community includes. Although we come from many places,
India Lives in All of Us (our Alumni Association’s motto). Our staff and teachers who danced so beautifully reminded us that we are all here, from many home countries, in Incredible India. Our Middle and High students’ songs and speeches gave us much to be proud of and to think about. “Would you prefer to eat at a
table with 100 bowls, all the same dish, or at a table with 100 different, tasty dishes?” Thank you especially to our three Assistant Principals—Serena McMahon, Scott White and Derwin Kitch—for their planning and preparation for our assembly. Did you know our three APs are from three different nations?!? AES is truly New Delhi’s international community school.

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From Sachiko Ito (wife of Jonathan Wilder AIS Class of 1974)
posted 19 February 2020

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posted 14 February 2020

About a month ago, Maria T. Sanchez (AES Class of 1983) visited India with her brother, Tony Sanchez (AES Class of 1985). Maria, who lives in Geneva, was delighted to see her nearby mall, Balexert Mall, transformed into the Taj Mahal
with the inside theme, Little India.

"Someone must have heard I was so homesick for India, so they brought me
back to the Taj Mahal ... at the Balexert shopping mall! Yes there is an Indian
theme there til the end of the month!"
- Maria T. Sanchez, 11 February 2020

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posted 9 February 2020


posted 5 February 2020

We had the pleasure of hearing from former AES teacher, Robert Thompson.

"Lots of fond memories from AES during the five years I was teaching there
1995 to 2000). Since those days I went on to head several schools including the American School of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands 4 years, the ICARDA Inter-national School of Aleppo 5 years, The American Cooperative School of Tunis
4 years and finally the British School of Lome in Togo 4 years. Now I am retired
at our home in Segovia, Spain. Of all the experiences I think Delhi was my
favorite. Fond regards to all AESers!"
- Message dated 4 FEB 2020

posted 31 January 2020

Update: My sister, Lee Woodman, (AIS Class of
1965) recently won the 2020 William Meredith
Poetry Prize for her poetry collection, Mindscapes.
The book is available from: and also from the usual
online sellers. (Check that Lee Woodman is the
author; there are other books with that title.)
Also ask at your favorite bookstore.
Lee’s collection, Homescapes, will be published by Finishing Line Press on May 22. Here, Lee explores the meaning of “home” in poems about her childhood in India
and deep family roots in New Hampshire. You can pre-order by clicking here.
Best to all. - Betsy Woodman (AIS Class of 1963)

posted 22 January 2020

A few months ago, the American Embassy School dedicated a reading bench to the late Bandana Sen (AES Librarian) in a beautiful ceremony where the kindergarteners paraded around the entire school holding placards saying "We are Readers,"
while the older children and staff came out of their buildings to cheer them on for their newly-acquired (acquiring!) abilities.
The ceremony included retired teacher, Peggy Sood, reading
one of Ms. Sen's favorite book, "Tiki Tiki Tembo" out loud to everyone.

Read more of this beautiful event (and see photos) from Ms. Sen's son, Akash Premsen

posted 21 January 2020

Once upon a time in AIS (now AES), New Delhi. Now in D.C.!!
Was so much fun catching up after decades!
- Alka Bipin Bhatnaggar (AIS Class of 1970)

(l-r): Sue Lindahl ('66), Hank Freeman ('66), Alka,
and Barbara Huey Brennan ('66)
were amongst
the eight attendees at the lunch on 12 January 2020.

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posted 19 January 2020

Maria Sanchez (AES Class of 1983) and her younger brother, Tony Sanchez (AES Class of 1985) are currently touring in India, which included a visit to our school three days ago. (16 January 2020)

The last time Maria was in India was on a business trip in 1994 and wasn’t able
to visit AES at the time; and this is Tony’s first time back in India since leaving in 1980. Thank you, Maria, for sharing your AES visit with us.

"Taking a tour of our old school in New Delhi. Wow it has changed so much! I was in 7th and 8th grade, and Li'l Bro'
was in 6th and 7th grade then. We were only there for 1.5 years but we loved it!” - Maria Sanchez

Please click here to see Maria's photos and captions.

posted 12 January 2020

Sad news from Jane Robinson Gray (AIS Class of 1966) on the
passing of her brother, James Robinson (also AIS Class of 1966),
on 3 January 2020. Our condolences to the Robinson Family and
may Jim rest in peace.

posted 3 January 2020

Sad news from John Blee (AIS Class of 1969) on his brother,
David C. Blee's (AIS Class of 1971), passing a few days ago.
Obituary by Milward Funeral Directors

posted 2 January 2020
Written by Sunaina Suneja AES Class of 1975

The year has been marked by interesting, fun travel experiences. Firstly,
Abu Dhabi for a Khadi fashion show which went off very well. Visiting the
new Louvre Museum there was another plus after the successful show.
Solo trips to Ahmedabad, to see the Indigo exhibition. On display were works
of art and not craft but exceptionally beautiful although it wasn't clear whether
all the artists had used natural-or synthetic-indigo or the color blue. Anyway, it
was well worth the visit. And to finally experience the Calico Museum and its collection of textile and garments was a big treat - time there is deliberately
kept limited but it didn't matter as the evening before I was regaled by new
friend Vaidehi's museum-worthy personal collection of vintage garments, each
one hand crafted and delectable, between my hands and close to my view!
Read more of Sunaina's fun travel experiences this past year.

posted 1 January 2020

Welcome 2020! Wishing you all peace,
joy, and good health in the coming year.

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posted 12 December 2019

ATTENTION AES CLASSES 2018 and 2019...You're Invited!!

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posted 10 December 2019
posted 2 November 2019 (Facebook)

Another great SPAN edition, this one featuring
the US Embassy. At this time, Tim Brown's
(AIS Class of 1970) dad was the Editor.

Contributed by Ted Beck (AIS Class of 1969)

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March 1965 issue.

posted 8 November 2019
posted 2 November 2019 (Facebook)

Here is the article on AIS from the
September 1963 issue of SPAN magazine.

Contributed by Ted Beck (AIS Class of 1969)

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September 1963 issue.

posted 7 November 2019

The Board of Directors is excited to introduce the
new Association President, Katherine Arens (AES
Class of 1979). Katherine joined the board as a Director in April 2017 and became Recording Secret-
ary in October 2018 before being elected as Presi-
dent. When asked how she felt about her new role,
she replied: "It is a bittersweet moment in the life
of the AIS/AES Alumni Association. Retired Presi-
dent, Mary Williamson, was a dynamic, actively-engaged leader and an inspiration to this association and me personally. I look forward to working with the association board and getting to know you all. If you are interested in working with us, let me know! If you have ideas about the 2021 Reunion - or you want to join the Reunion Committee - let us know! We'd love to hear from you."

Katherine T. Arens After attending the 2015 Reunion, Katherine was excited to join the Board of Directors. When asked, she immediately agreed to become
the Recording Secretary and to help alumni remain in contact and strengthen the bonds that we all share. She said India was quite an experience for all of us.

Currently, Katherine lives and works about 50 miles south of Wash-
ington, DC, for a great marketing firm in Tysons, Virginia, and works mostly from home where she is supervised by Olivander Snickerdoodle, her trusty yellow lab.
She loves to paint, mostly in oils and enjoys ceramics and now resin work.

"It's the human connection, the love and friendships that keep us united. it's the treasured memories and the opportunity to reconnect."


posted 1 November 2019

Please join us in extending best wishes to Mary Flanagan Williamson (AIS Class of 1974), on her retirement as
President of the AIS/AES Alumni Association Board of
Directors, effective November 1, 2019. Mary joined the
board in 2005 and held the positions of Recording Secretary
and Vice President before she was elected Association Presi-
dent in January 2011.

Mary attended AIS from 1971-1973; her mother's work with
the US Department of State brought them to India. Prior to New Delhi, Mary
and her family lived in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, where she and her sisters attended the American International School of Calcutta (AISC) for four years.

Always a very active alumna, Mary served many years as her class secretary
as a way to locate and keep in touch with classmates. Read more on Mary
while serving on the Board, before and after becoming President.

1) Dhanyavaad (Mary's Announcement to Former Board Members She Served With , 25 OCT 2019)
2) Mission Accomplished (Mary's Notification to Current Board Members, 25 OCT 2019)
3) Moving Forward & New President Voting Process (25 OCT 2019)
4) Thank You to All (posted 6 NOV 2019)

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Web Editors
Pages 1-3: Tim Brown (AIS Class of 1970)
Page 4: Stefan Rykowski (son of Anne Weathersby, AIS Class of 1965)
Pages 5-29: Mary Flanagan Williamson (Assoc. President, AIS Class of 1974)
Pages 30 & 31: Mary Flanagan Williamson (Director Emeritus, AIS Class of 1974)

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