After a wonderful morning of coming together, Preschool to Grade 12, for both the flag parade and a whole school assembly, our Primary students spent the morning engaged in various learning experiences around the school facilitated by our specialist teachers. Each activity had a focus on unity/diversity; cultural celebration; and/or global awareness. Our Primary students worked together with their 'buddy class', providing a great opportunity to come together in mixed groups. Below is just a sample of what happened this morning.
Maddy's been busy! Amazing video from this morning - the AISL WorldFest! Parade...
What I am excited about this week…
Worldfest! 2017 is on Friday, April 28! Here are some details of the International Food Festival that will help with organization.
We will have the Food Festival set up on the lower field - near the Primary Tuck Shop. There will be three tents with tables underneath. The PTA will have signs indicating the different regions we are representing. You are welcome to begin setting up anytime after drop off.
The Protea Room will be open to use to hold food or anything else you might need. Please note that there will NOT be a refrigerator available, so please prepare to keep your food cold or hot as needed. Since we will be set up on the field, there will be no electricity there either, but it will be available in the Protea Room.
We will have PTA members at both the Primary and Secondary Waiting Huts to collect food if you are simply dropping off. PLEASE be sure to have your food item clearly marked. If your dish contains NUTS of any type or NUT FLOUR, please be sure to indicate this clearly. We do have children with allergies and we need to know which foods they should avoid. In addition, if your contribution is GLUTEN-FREE, please indicate that as well. We will do our best to have these options available for our students who are gluten free. In addition, it would be best to have your contribution in a disposable container - that way we won't lose any treasured serving pieces.
If you plan to stay and help out at your table, you are free to use whatever decorative serving dishes you please! Also feel free to decorate your table in any way that represents your home country. Plates and napkins ONLY are provided by the school and PTA. If your dish requires utensils, you will need to provide these items. We also ask that you provide any necessary serving utensils.
The Food Fair will begin at approximately 11 AM and run through about 1 PM. ALL TABLES SHOULD BE PREPARED TO BEGIN SERVING STUDENTS AT
11 AM. Classes will come in groups starting with Kindergarten. Secondary students, beginning with the Middle School, are expected to begin arriving at about 12:00.
We will be feeding over 600 people, so please keep that in mind as you prepare your tables. Items can be cut into small serving sizes to allow for as many servings as possible. We are trying to give the students a "taste" from around the world! In addition, we want to have food throughout the 2 hour Food Fair, so plan accordingly.
Finally, please encourage others to continue to sign up. We would love to have as many families and cultures represented as possible!
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions. You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Krafft, PTA
The big day has arrived for our Grade 5 students...their PYP Exhibition. Over the past six weeks, they have been researching, collaborating, refining their creative talents, and collating their work ready to share today. They have had a busy morning presenting their work to students from AISL, both from Primary and from Secondary, as well as students visiting from the International School of Lusaka. Our students are very proud of their work, as they should be, and have had opportunities to share, both in their presentations and during our morning's assembly. The students sang songs, played original pieces and performed an original choreographed dance as part of their Exhibition. We look forward to seeing our families this evening as we continue the opportunity to share and celebrate their work.
Three AISL Secondary students took part in the the Queen's Baton Relay 2018 (QBR18) as it passed through Zambia. By way of background, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II launched the QBR18 at Buckingham Palace on 13 March 2017. The launch signaled the start of an ambitious (and exciting) 388-day journey that will take the Queen’s Baton through all Commonwealth countries and territories across the globe: traversing Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Oceania – the longest such relay ever – before arriving in the Gold Coast, Queensland on 4 April 2018 for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Maddie and Joshua K. (Australia) acted as AISL's international and Commonwealth representatives each carrying the baton for a leg of the relay. Mia P. acted as AISL's Zambian representative. Not only is she a participant of the relay, Mia has been selected to represent Zambia by qualifying for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Congrats Mia!!!
?If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?
This past Monday, our Primary students came together to share their learning in a number of areas across the school. It was wonderful to hear some of our Grade 3 students share their talents on the ukelele. Our Grade 2 students shared their original poems about animals, caring for our environment, and conservation as part of their unit of inquiry. We also announced the winner of our WorldFest logo contest who was Evelyn Kielar in Grade 4. Evelyn's design celebrated the unity and diversity we have here in our community at AISL and we are proud to have that represent this year's WorldFest celebration.
The AISL Library & Discovery Center will be closed Thursday May 4 & Friday May 5 for IB exam testing next week. We regret the inconvenience to our patrons! We will have regular Saturday hours May 6th: 9 am to 2 pm. Thank you for your understanding.
Mother Teresa once said, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
On April 28, we will be hosting our 30-year anniversary celebration coinciding with WorldFest Day. This is a day to celebrate the school’s diversity, peace, and our shared humanity. While the world outside of our school walls may seem topsy-turvy at times, we will continue to try to shape the world as we want it to be, a place where all nationalities, races, genders, and cultures appreciate one another and enjoy the variety of perspectives and flavors that we bring to each other’s’ lives. It is a time for equality and a time to demonstrate how each member and culture within the AISL community is greatly valued. AISL models peace and understanding through our diversity. It is our differences and our ability to respect them that make us great.
I offer the following videos as way of showing how much diversity and the appreciation of humanity means to us.
Poetry is one way through which we can express ideas and feelings through the use of a distinctive style or rhythm. Beauty and intense emotions are qualities often observed in poems. Zambia and her beautiful natural environment can provide great inspiration for poems. We invite Kindergarten through Grade 5 students to enter our "Poetry Around the Pond" contest. More details are available in the flyer. See Ms Mandy or Ms Chye for more information.
The PYP Exhibition is a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the learner profile that they have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP. (From PYP Exhibition Guidelines)
On Wednesday, 26 April, Grade 5 students will share the results of their inquiries into the central idea: "Through expression, our creativity and ingenuity can change the world." They are busy preparing displays, reports, songs, dances and works of art and are excited to share these with AISL students, faculty, parents, and the Year 6 students from ISL.
Please join us for this celebration and culminating event.
.During the evening we will have live music from Nomkanjani and Pink Blues, Dinner, and Dancing. A cash bar will be available to purchase drinks throughout the night.
The committee is also busy putting together a silent auction to support the AISL scholarship program - If you have any items you are willing to donate for us to auction of please contact email@example.com.
Tickets are limited so please buy soon. Tickets are available at the main office and the Friday market or alternatively you can email to reserve your tickets (all reserved tickets must be collected and paid for by Wednesday 3rd May)
This is a busy week for our Secondary Students with many of them involved in ISSEA events across Southern Africa! As always, please check the AISL Facebook Page for news & highlights and the links to external sites. For more information about the amazing opportunities for ISSEA and more, check out the AISL Sports & Activities page...
Here is the AISL College News for this week:
What I am excited about this week…
On Monday, May 22nd at 1900 in the Protea Room, the Board of Directors will hold their annual Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for Board elections. There is one vacancy for the 2017-18 school year, which must be occupied by someone affiliated with the U.S. government (employee or spouse). Please see below for more details.
The Role of the AISL Board of Directors
The AISL Board of Directors is the governing body of the school and serves as the guardian of the school's mission and vision. It is the board's responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission.
More specifically, the basic responsibilities of the AISL Board of Directors are as follows:
A seven-member Board of Directors governs AISL. According to the school’s by-laws, the US Ambassador to Zambia appoints two of the Board members, and one of those appointed Board members will also serve as the Chairperson of the Board. The five remaining members are elected by the AISL Parent Association, which is composed of parents and legal guardians of students who are enrolled at AISL. Of these members, two must be affiliated with the US Government, and the other three are elected from the general parent community. Board members serve for two years and are eligible for re-election.
The following positions are open next year on the AISL Board of Directors:
Nomination and Election Procedure
The AISL Board nomination process for elected candidates and election timeline and procedures are as follows:
Timeline & Procedure
By Friday, May 5th
Nominations must be submitted to Shantall Adonis in person or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each candidate must be nominated by a minimum of two members of the AISL Parent Association in order to run for the AISL Board of Directors. Candidates must be members of the AISL Parent Association. Shantall will have nomination forms at reception.
By Wednesday, May 10th
Candidates submit an electronic copy of a brief statement and biography (250 words or less) to Shantall Adonis. This will be printed in the Leopard’s Tale.
By Thursday, May 11th
List of candidates along with brief statements/biographies will be published in the Leopard’s Tale.
Monday, May 22nd at 19.00
EGM: Presentation of Board candidates and elections in the Protea Tree Conference Room. Candidates will have the opportunity to make a brief speech up to five minutes in length.
The democratic process plays an important role in our school community, particularly in regard to the strategic direction and continuous improvement of AISL. Seeking to serve on the AISL Board of Directors and/or casting your vote as a member of the AISL Parent Association presents a wonderful opportunity to engage in the democratic process and make a positive contribution to the education of your children. I hope to see you on Monday, May 22nd at 19.00.
If you are considering a nomination for the AISL Board of Directors and have some questions, please feel free to contact the School Director or any Board member.
WELCOME BACK COFFEE MORNING
Tuesday 16 January 2018:
Welcome Back Coffee Morning at 07:30-08:30am, outside the library & main office
Tuck shop menu
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30