A very impressive launch to our AISL DP Visual Art Exhibition, 2017... If you have not seen it yet, please make a point to visit our DP Visual Arts Exhibition by Friday, March 31. This exhibition showcases the work of our Diploma Program Visual Arts students. Their work is truly incredible. The exhibition is housed in both the PAC Gallery and the upstairs of the gym.
Here are a few photos - visit the Exhibition to view -and appreciate - more!
What I am excited about this week…
1. IB DP Visual Arts Exhibition! If you have not seen it yet, please make a point to visit our DP Visual Arts Exhibition by Friday, March 31. This exhibition showcases the work of our Diploma Program Visual Arts students. Their work is truly incredible. The exhibition is housed in both the PAC Gallery and the upstairs of the gym.
2. Parent-Teacher Conferences! Please plan to visit with your child’s teachers during our Parent-Teacher Conference days next Wednesday and Thursday, April 5th and 6th from 13:00-17:00. Classes will end at noon on each day and there will be no ASA’s. Please see the Primary School and Secondary School sections for more information.
3. ISAZ Soccer! Congratulations to our U10 Boys Soccer team who won the ISAZ championship last week. Congratulations also to our U16 Boys for taking 2nd and U16 Girls for taking 3rd in last week’s championships. Go Leopards!
4. MYP Play – Agatha Rex! Don’t miss this year’s MYP Play: Agatha Rex. It is a new take on Sophocles’ Antigone set in a modern high school! Show times are at 19:00 on March 30 and 31 and 15:00 on April 1. Tickets are K50 and are available at the door. Please come celebrate our talented scholar-actors and all the hard work they have put into this production.
5. New Leopard’s Tale Format! This is the second week we will be piloting our new Leopard’s Tale format. The new format is based on a significant amount of feedback we have received over the last year, including the results of our survey about the Leopard’s Tale. The new format will open directly into your email and should be easily readable on any device. This is the last week we will be sending the Leopard’s Tale in its original format. After this week, we will only use the new format. We hope you enjoy the Leopard’s Tale’s new look.
This morning, our preschool and pre-kindergarten students shared a fabulous performance of storytelling, dance, music and singing in their performing arts assembly. Preschool shared their interpretation of 'Gunny Wolf' by Katherine Yanez-Arellano through drumming, acting, and singing. Pre-kindergarten performed the story of 'Pretty Salma' by Niki Daly, an African version of Little Red Riding Hood. Well done to our youngest risk-takers, many of whom were performing on stage today for the first time. A big thank-you to our ELC teaching team and Ms. Natalie, our Performing Arts Teacher, for making the performance possible.
Congratulations to our Primary and Middle School Math Olympiads who showed commitment and perseverance as they applied their thinking and reasoning skills to solve rigorous math problems. In 2016, approximately 170,000 students and 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the competition. This year at AISL a couple dozen Grade 4 and Grade 5 students voluntarily joined the Primary Math Competition as well as a number of students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 in the Middle School Math Competition as an enrichment experience, complementing their learning in the classroom.
Dr. George Lenchner created the international competition in 1977 (2017-1977= 40 years!). Highlights for our students were the five monthly contests, administered from November through March, and strengthening relationships with friends through the study of mathematics. Results from this year’s competition will be shared with students in late April or early June in an assembly.
I would like to share with you two more interesting articles before moving on from the topic of the importance of sleep. The first article comes from the New York Times unveils a study that demonstrated a correlation between lack of sleep and behavioral issues in students. The second article from The Guardian is a much more technical article that highlights the science of how the brain consolidates memories (improves learning) during sleep through “cleaning” and how sleeping on one’s side can maximize the effect.
On March 30th, the Secondary School will open the MYP production for this year, Agatha Rex by Lindsay Price. This is the second production of the year and highlights the talents of nearly 40 students grade 6-10. Since auditions in January, the students have been spending their time after school memorizing, making costumes, planning light cues, and creating their characters. Agatha Rex is a classic tale of loyalty, duty, honor and standing up for what you believe in and is based off the classic play Antigone written by Sophocles in 441 BCE. It is surprising how the themes of antiquity still resonate today. These pictures show secondary student theatre makers in action! Check out Agatha Rex, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 3:00. Tickets are 50 kwacha at the door.
What I am excited about this week…
1. New Leopard’s Tale Format! This week we will be piloting our new Leopard’s Tale format. The new format is based on a significant amount of feedback we have received over the last year, including the results of our survey about the Leopard’s Tale. The new format will be sent separately and will open directly into your email and should be easily readable on any device. As we fine tune the new format, we will continue to issue the Leopard’s Tale in this format this week and next. We hope you enjoy the Leopards Tale’s new look. Speaking of new looks, don’t forget to check out our new website at www.aislusaka.org.
2. ISAZ U19 National Soccer Champions! Congratulations to our U19 Girls Soccer team who won the national championship last weekend and to our U19 Boys who won second place! We currently hold five ISAZ U19 national titles (out of the six we pursued): Girls and Boys Basketball, Girls and Boys Volleyball, and now Girls Soccer – with a silver medal for Boys Soccer. Wow! GO LEOPARDS!
3. ISAZ U12 Midlands Soccer Champions! Congratulations to our U12 Boys who won the Midlands Championship last weekend and to our U12 Girls who took 5th place.
4. ZASU National Swimming Championships! Last weekend, AISL was honored to host the Zambian Swimming Union Championships at our upper pool. This three-day event included 245 swimmers from across Zambia. Many of our AISL swimmers put in superb performances with numerous personal bests and national records.
5. More soccer this weekend! This weekend our U16 Boys and Girls team will be in the finals at Baobab and our U10 Boys will be in the finals at ISL. Please come out and support our teams.
6. MYP Play – Agatha Rex! Don’t miss this year’s MYP Play: Agatha Rex. It is a new take on Sophocles’ Antigone set in a modern high school! Show times are at 19:00 on March 30 and 31 and 15:00 on April 1. Tickets are K50 and are available at the door. Please come celebrate our talented scholar-actors and all the hard work they have put into this producti
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From Nurse Jennifer
Continuing in the spirit of Greek Theatre, the AISL Department of Drama will present the MYP production, Agatha Rex by Lindsay Price. Agatha Rex is a modern day reimagining of the classic greek tale, Antigone by Sophocles. Set in modern day Thebes High, instead of the ancient city of Thebes, Agatha is a model student who is forced to make a choice when confronted with injustice. Thebes High is run by the strict and conservative Dr. Creon whose inequitable punishments place the students in a difficult situation. Agatha is loyal to her family and loyal to her school, but when the stakes become high she cannot turn away. Featuring students in grade 6-10 onstage and in the booth, this promises to be a fast paced and lively show.
Tickets are 50 kwacha and available at the door.
Well done to the U12 teams, Boys brought the trophy home and Girls came in 5th. Also congratulations to the U19 Boys who came in 2nd at the Nationals and Girls who came 1st. Well done to all our Leopards!
This weekend is another round of finals , Our U16 Boys and Girls Teams will be battling it out on the pitch at Baobab for the trophy. Our U10 boys will also be playing in the Final Tournament at ISL this Saturday as well!
Thank you to all the parents that have come out to support our teams! We hope to see you this weekend as well!
Student led-Conferences (SLCs) will take place on Wednesday 5 April and Thursday 6 April in the Primary School classrooms from Preschool to Grade 5. While the Listening Conferences in September were parent-directed and the Parent-Teacher conferences in October were teacher directed, the Student-Led Conferences offer students the opportunity to take the lead in sharing their progress in learning. Although we have already had many important conversations during this school year—in addition to work shares after units of inquiry; assessed work; report cards; and informal conferences—this is the opportunity for us to celebrate each student’s success and review goals for the remainder of the academic year. KG-Grade 5 teachers will meet briefly with each student and their family as part of three-way conversation around learning goals. Your active participation and involvement in the student-led conference is vital to your child’s success during this learning experience. As a parent, your first and most important role is as a listener. Your second role is to talk with your child about the work that s/he is presenting.
In this ½-day format, all students will attend regular classes until 12:00 on the 5th and the 6th, and will be released at noon. Please allow your child to ride the bus home as usual or pick up your child at 12:00. Please supervise your child until your scheduled conference time. The canteen will be open and the playgrounds will be available. However, we will not provide lunch/playground supervision between 12:15 and 13:00. There will be no After School Activities on April 5th and 6th. ALL Primary Students must accompany parents to the conference! Siblings of Primary students should NOT accompany students and parents to the conference. Teaching Assistants will provide supervision on the ELC playground and the Primary playground from 13:00 to 17:00. Upper primary students with ELC siblings should play in the Primary playground area, and NOT on the ELC playground.
Leverne Hinze, our Primary Assistant, has recently sent an email for all Primary parents regarding the sign-up process. Please reply directly to her with your preferred conference times and she will aim to coordinate the various times for families with more than one child in the school. If you have not received the email, please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to support you through the sign-up process as well as answer any questions you may have.
Follow-up from Primary Parent Information Meeting on Executive Functioning Skills by Maya Monteroso and Iole Pizzola
As promised, we wanted to share the presentation from our Primary parent information session on executive functioning skills facilitated by Maya Monteroso and Iole Pizzola at the end of February. Thank you to all of you who were able to attend. For those of you who were not able to be there, the presentation below shares the content that was covered.
ELC (preschool and pre-kindergarten) will have their performing arts assembly this coming Wednesday, 29 March at 7h45 in the Performing Arts Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for our youngest students to share their creative talents through some of the work they have done with Ms. Natalie over the semester. We look forward to seeing our preschool and pre-kindergarten parents next Wednesday morning.
Tuesday Parent Info Sessions
There is no session on 19 September due to the staff Professional Development Days.
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