What I am excited about this week…
Thank you to all of the students who submitted a poem for this contest. While the student and teacher judges found it difficult to select the winners, we are proud to announce that we have ten winning poems! The judges considered style and content when making their selection and believe these poems capture beauty we experience every day in Zambia. Stop by the primary office and view the winning poems in the glass display case.
As a joint Primary/Secondary project, students in Mrs. Nevers Grade 10 Visual Arts class will be illustrating the poems. We plan to display the images along with the poems at the pond before the end of the school year.
Keeping up with your child's media usage can be overwhelming for parents today. Most of us had to integrate into the digital world and were not born into it like our children. While we may laud the days-gone-by, we cannot ignore that our adolescents how have easier access to information than ever before in history. This includes topics and images that they may not be developmentally ready to handle. That's why it is important for parents to be on top of what their kids are doing online and the types of things they are watching or listening to. A great resource for all parents is commonsensemedia.org.
To celebrate your child’s birthday at school, parents may send a birthday snack to school to share with the class during a time pre-arranged with the class teacher. This is not a party! Please limit your celebration to a cake or small snack; no balloons or goody bags. As some of our students have allergies to specific foods, please make sure to ask your child’s teacher what ingredients must be avoided so that all students can enjoy the birthday treat.
Birthday party invitations may be distributed at school only if all the children in the class are invited or all the children of one gender are invited. We ask parents and students to be mindful that we are an inclusive school and to please take that into consideration when creating the guest list and/or talking about an upcoming birthday party in class.
Congratulations to all of our grade 12 students. To the relief of all of them, this morning was the conclusion of all IB DP exams. While we will wait patiently for the results to be released in July, we rest easy knowing that each and every one of these students is already a success. It is unfortunate that 14 years of hard work and dedication comes down to a few exams. In reality, the growth that every single grade 12 student has made is remarkable. We are extremely proud of all of them.
Once again, I invite the school community to help us celebrate the conclusion of extraordinary academic careers at AISL. The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 will be held Saturday, May 27 at 1400 in the PAC. We hope to see many of you there.
As many of you know, Ms. Anne-Marie, one of our G2 teachers, is due to have a baby in July and will be leaving a few days before the end of the school year to give birth in the Netherlands. June 7th will be her last day in class for this academic year. In her absence, Ms. Andrea Mwalula will be covering her G2 class. She will transition with the class beginning May 31st so that there will be a very smooth handover for the current class of G2 students. Ms. Mwalula is a former AISL Primary Teacher, having taught in both the early childhood and primary sections of the school. She is a trained PYP teacher and familiar with our curriculum here at the school. She will finish the year in Anne-Marie’s class as well as begin the next school year with the new G2 class until Anne-Marie returns to AISL on November 1st. We look forward to welcoming Ms. Mwalula as part of our team.
AISL Board of Directors Open Meeting and EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting for Elections)
May 22, 2017
19:00 in the Protea Tree Conference Room
All Members of the Parent Association Welcome
Consent Agenda (Frank Monticello, Board Chair)
To be treated as a single item for approval:
●Approval of agenda for meeting
●Approval and signing of minutes from Open Board Meeting of April 3, 2017
●Acknowledgement of receipt of committee and director reports and documents
EGM: Board Elections
There is one vacancy on the Board of Directors for the 2017-18 school year. This vacancy is one of two elected positions reserved for an employee of the U.S. Governmentor spouse. Joseph Gibson, current Board Treasurer, is standing for re-election for this position. There were no other nominations.
Presentation: Director’s Report (Russ Menard, Director)
The Director will update the Board and the Association on school initiatives, including:
●Student Support Services
●Marketing/ Branding/ Communications
●Campus Improvement Program
Presentation: AISL’s Vision for the Future
Secondary School Teacher Francesca Mulazzi do Valle will present the results of the school’s review of its mission and vision statements.
Comments or Correspondence from the Community (Frank Monticello, Board Chair)
What I am excited about this week…
The Torpedoes Swim Club recently held its Annual Award Ceremony at AISL. Many of the club's 46 swimmers and their parents attended a celebration of personal achievement and sportsmanship, followed by a Team social.
Mr Guy Phiri, President of the Zambian Amateur Swimming Association (ZASU), presided as Master of Ceremonies and in his opening remarks, mentioned Ralph Goveia, a beginner swimmer from AISL, and now the first Zambian swimmer to attain Olympic classification times.
Coaches Ian Stephenson and Walid Sammoud commended every swimmer for their achievements over the 2016 - 2017 season. Over the season, more than 730 Personal Best times were attained (PBs) and more than 20 Zambian and ZASU records were broken.
The evening had also some emotional moments when the Team Captains, Naested and Fleur, praised the departing members: Coach Walid, Tom, Austin, Tyler and Lulu.
It's been both an amazing yet challenging season. The Torpedoes Swim Club has completed it's first season operating independently from AISL. The Club are proud to be associated with the school, and are extremely grateful for the support they have received from the school this season.
Some exciting news regarding Mia and Coach Ian from the Torpedoes Swim Club:
The International Olympic Committee through the National Olympic Committee of Zambia has awarded Zambia an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (19 - 23 July) in The Bahamas.
The Zambia Amateur Swimming Association (ZASU) has only been given one slot for a swimmer and another for a coach. ZASU were pleased to announce that Mia has been selected as the swimmer and Ian Stephenson as the coach, who will attend the Commonwealth Youth Games on behalf of Zambia.
Mia achieved the fastest qualifying time amongst all the athletes aged between 14-18 years, having amassed 581 FINA points.
We wish to congratulate Mia and Coach Ian for their selection to participate in the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Grade 9 Visual Arts has been working on a project where they have taken used plastics and turned them into beautiful flowers handing from the tree outside the art room. The installment has brought added color to the campus. Also, the grade 9's have been working on an inspirational word wall in a multitude of languages spreading the love and diversity. Well done to Ms. Nevers and her amazing 9s!
As we near the end of a wonderfully busy year, part of our transition is looking ahead to what is coming next. All of our students will be experiencing some kind of transition, whether that is a move to a new country, a new school, or a new grade level. After working with your child for a whole school year, your child’s teacher has had a chance to know how your child learns best and has observed who s/he interacts well with both inside and outside the classroom. These key pieces, in addition to balancing gender, language, learning needs, and peer groups inform our decision-making in the complex process of creating class lists for next year. We ask that you please trust our professional input as we engage in this complex process.
Good luck to our Middle School rugby athletes that will be traveling to Musikili this weekend for a big tournament. We are excited to for our students to participate and show what they have learned after working hard in practice.
The Middle School team will also be hosting a mess of other schools next Friday, May 26 on the Secondary field. We welcome the community to come out and cheer them on as they demonstrate their mental and physical toughness!
Attention Grade 5 Parents:
Please join us in the Protea Room on Tuesday, 23 May at 7:30 AM for an information session about your child's transition to AISL's Middle School. Kathleen Bowin, the MYP Coordinator/Assistant Principal and Driekie Smith, the Secondary School Counsellor, will provide an overview of the transition process and features of the AISL Middle School. They will also describe our annual Grade 5 Fly-Up Day, which is scheduled for Monday, 12 June.
We hope to see you there!
On Friday, May 26th, from 17h00-18h30, we will be hosting our G4 and G5 end-of-year dance in the Secondary science block. This was an idea initiated by two of our G4 students as a way to celebrate G5 students' transition to Middle School next year. Thank you to all of our G4 and G5 families who have signed up to contribute snacks and decorations. We have received enough contributions and we look forward to a very fun event. We have many teachers chaperoning this event so additional supervision by parents will not be needed. As the event is only an hour and a half, we ask families to bring their child on time and to pick up promptly at 18h30.
Tuesday Parent Info Session
Executive Function Skills:
Please join us in the Protea Room on Tuesday, 30 May at 7:30 AM for an information session about "Executive Function Skills" once again for parents who may have missed the original presentation on March 7th 2017!
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