When some students return from a vacation it may appear to teachers that they have forgotten what they’ve learned. MAP results may indicate drops in math, reading and language scores. This coffee session will offer activities, resources and strategies to use with students while on vacation that are fun and engaging. Please come and experience some of the activities. In a previous parent coffee morning presentation, we shared the following information. We hope that it will be useful as you're thinking about the upcoming vacation.
Additional Online Summer Resources for Students
“While unstructured time for fun and play is valuable,” says the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Share My Lesson Team in this American Educator article, “many students could also benefit from intellectual stimulation during the summer.” For students who may not be able to take part in structured programs, the AFT suggest these free online resources:
- Summer Learning at Home
- Celebrate Science
- Teacher Resources Inspired by Films
- Storyline Online
- Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens webinar
- Math Homework Help for Parents
Please visit this AISL LibGuide for more information and ideas...
SYNC is a FREE audiobook download program for teens ages 13+ (and those of us who enjoy great YA reads!). Starting this week, TWO books (paired thematically) will be available for download EVERY week through July 25. Woohoo! The tech requirement is having the Overdrive app installed on your preferred device (iPads / iPhones / laptops / Kindle / Android devices in order to download and then listen to the book (the free download is very helpful given internet connectivity issues here sometimes).
Have a look at all the great titles and enjoy!
What I am excited about this week…
As we look back on a busy school year, we want to make sure that everybody has a chance to provide feedback on how we are doing. Could I trouble you to take a few moments to complete our annual online parent survey? This survey allows us to evaluate our programs with an eye toward continuous improvement. We will use the results to set goals for the 2018-19 school year.
The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete. I know you are busy but, if at all possible, I would appreciate if you could complete one survey per child based on that particular child's experience at AISL. This is especially important if your children are in different divisions of the school. This means that if you have two children enrolled at the school, then please complete two different surveys. Your responses to this survey are anonymous. Please complete the survey by May 1.
The AISL Board of Directors approved the operational budget and school fees for the 2018-19 school year. The approval of the operational budget was the culmination of a lengthy review and consultation process grounded in the following principles.
The AISL Budget reflects a commitment to:
Throughout the process, the Board strove to keep any necessary tuition increases as low as possible. Through careful and targeted budget management, the Board and Administration will continue to significantly improve our programs while keeping costs as low as possible. As a result, tuition changes for next year are as follows:
On Thursday, 24 May, our library will be hosting a Comic Con day for our students. The premise is to promote reading and acknowledge that graphic novels and comic books are important formats to engage students. It also builds community among the staff and students. Students and staff can dress up or wear T-shirts with their favourite characters. The library will have fifteen different stations that students can rotate through, which will be split between the IT lab and the library on that day. Please mark this day as a dress-up day for students.
On Thursday, 26 April, our G4 students had the opportunity to share the work they have been doing as part of their 'How the world works' unit of inquiry. Students showed their understanding of how different forms of energy are used by demonstrating their experiments and sharing their data. The students also shared their recent sculpture pieces made from recycled electrical parts and bits of plastic. Thank you, Mr. Mulangala, for supporting the work that went in to making these pieces. Thank you to all of the families who came to support our G4 students.
Well done to our Grade 3 students who had the opportunity to share their collaborative city projects as part of their 'How we organize ourselves' unit of inquiry. Thank you to all of the families who came to support their Celebration of Learning on Monday, 23 April. During this unit, the students explored the central idea, "Communities rely on interdependent systems that change over time". Using what they had learned from exploring their lines of inquiry, their city projects considered aspects such as the systems required for a community to function and how communities are planned purposefully. Below are some photos from the morning.
This week Grade 5 students have been busy sharing their learning from the PYP Exhibition. On Wednesday, 25 April they preformed a drama, dance, songs and speeches that were inspired by the central idea, 'Knowledge and action can inspire people to innovate and solve world problems for future generations.' to classes, Grade 5 from the International School of Lusaka and parents. Thanks to the teaching team, Sue Birner, Jenni Redman, Joyce Phiri, Ben Mukwatu, Mandy Ray, Maya Monteroso, Jill Daley, Frank Louw, Mwamba Mulangala, Mark Cormack & Elisa Ingles Verlasco, the performing arts teachers; Natalie Coombs, Dee Hausman, Chel Illingworth; Edwin Kamangala, and the over 20 mentors that supported the Grade 5 students learning. Special thanks to Kelley Toole for speaking at the parent presentation of the PYP Exhibition.
Study Leave is in full swing this week. Many students are taking advantage of the school's library and study spaces. Bilngwe is staying active while she studies, running and dancing between study sessions. Ntama is making the most out of study week by collaborating with friends in the library and getting a lot of rest time. Elsa is tackling study week by collaborating with friends, asking questions, and clarifying points from her notes. In addition, she feels motivated to work when she is surrounded by others who are also working.
Zakie is making the most out of study week by getting lots of rest, coming to school only at 9am, and then staying at school until 2:30 to work in a focused environment! We wish you luck next week, students!
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