Banned Book Week was begun in 1982 as the United States' book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. At AISL, we subscribe to the spirit of the American Library Association's School Library Bill of Rights & its Freedom to Read statement.
Additionally, we strive to uphold the following Principles of Intellectual Freedom:
What I am excited about this week
1. Professional Development at AISL! AISL has become widely known in the region for offering high quality professional development for teachers. During this first semester, we are hosting five multi-day workshops. Three of these workshops are specific to the IB program, one was dedicated to Making Thinking Visible classroom routines from Harvard’s Project Zero, and the last will be focused on better leadership through Cognitive Coaching. These are open to our own teachers as well as those from around the world. This is part of our dual commitment to upskill our own teachers while also providing training opportunities for teachers from other schools. This is one of many ways that AISL shows leadership in the international school community. Many thanks to AISL’s three IB Coordinators: Christine Kelly (PYP), Kathleen Bowin (MYP), and Francesca Mulazzi (DP) for organizing these valuable events.
2. AISL Sports this weekend! Please come out and support our Leopards this weekend. On Friday afternoon, we will be hosting the ISAZ U14 and U19 swimming gala. On Saturday ISL will host the ISAZ U14 and U19 basketball tournament. Our U14 and U19 Leopards' basketball teams (4 of them!) travel to ISL this Saturday, September 30, from 08:00 to 17:00. There are 12 participating schools, and we would love if you are able to stop by ISL and support our 40 Leopard players! Note: At the U19 level, the top 4 teams move on to the ISAZ Nationals. The U11 and U13 cricket team will be playing on Saturday at the Italian School. GO LEOPARDS!
3. ISSEA Hosting – 50 beds left to go! Many thanks to those who have offered to house some of our 140 visiting scholar-athletes for the upcoming ISSEA Volleyball tournament (25-29 October). We are truly grateful for your help. We still need to find about 50 more beds. Please help AISL show our guests the same hospitality that will be shown to our own students when they travel to other schools for ISSEA events. We are asking families to please consider opening your home to two or more visiting students. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or complete the Volleyball Hosting form here.
On Wednesday, 11 October and Thursday, 12 October from 13:00-17:00, Primary School will be having Parent-Teacher Conferences. More details regarding Parent-Teacher Conferences and the process for sign-ups will be coming to you via email by the end of the this week. Please watch for this information in your inbox. If you do not receive any information regarding conference sign-ups, please stop by the Primary Office on Monday, 2 October and see Leverne Hinze, our Primary Assistant, who will be happy to assist you with conference sign-ups.
On Tuesday, 10 October, from 7:30-8:30 in the Protea Room, Darlene Huson, Primary Principal, and Kathleen Bowin, Secondary Assistant Principal, will be hosting a parent information session on understanding your child's MAP results. This session will provide an overview of what MAP Growth is as well as support in how to read an individual progress report for students in Grades 2-10.
All students in Grades 2-10 have completed the 'fall' MAP Growth assessments and student MAP reports are ready for viewing for families through the Portfolio tab in Managebac. Click here for the Quick Reference sheet from the NWEA to help you better understand the different components of the Student Progress Report. For any assistance in accessing your child's report, please see Leverne Hinze, our Primary Assistant, in the Primary Office who will be more than happy to provide support.
We would like to thank the many parents who came to our first parent group! We were sorry there was not enough time for everyone to share during our session. Our next meeting will be on Friday, October 6th in the Protea Room. In order to have additional time for discussion, we will extend the meeting time from 7:30 to 8:45. We will continue to build on our boundaries discussion and include fostering compassion and empathy in our children. We hope to see many of you there. If you missed the first meeting, please do not let that stop you from joining us next time!
Jenn Caldwell (AISL Primary Counselor) and Noa Mor (AISL Parent/Family Counselor)
On Tuesday, 3 October from 7:30-8:30 in the library, we will be hosting a parent information session focusing on 'Literacy in the Primary School'. At the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Primary school made some commitments in the areas of high-frequency words, handwriting, and word study. Please join us as Mandy Ray, our Literacy Teaching and Learning Coach, and Darlene Huson, our Primary Principal, share the updates on how these commitments will help your child receive a more balanced approach to literacy in the primary grades. In addition, Jill Daley, our Primary Librarian, will share why reading aloud with your child is a valuable part of their literacy development. Parents will have the opportunity to see Jill model a read aloud with some of our students and explain the importance of each component.
We are excited to be organising the 3rd Annual Ski Trip to Verbier, Switzerland, taking place during the school holidays, leaving 30 March and returning 7 April 2018. This trip is open to AISL students from Grade 5 to 11. The trip is run by a well established organisation called Les Elfes (http://leselfes.com/), who are in charge of all the lessons, activities, meals, accommodation, while in Switzerland.
We currently have 5 places still available for this trip! Please click here to download your copy of the permission slip and return to the primary or secondary office by the end of the month.
Today marked the return of Community and Service Day (CSD) for the 2017-18 school year. CSD is a monthly event that seeks to have our students take ownership of our school and wider Lusaka community by working in service groups that seek to improve our school or connect with the wider community. It is our hope that through the CSD experience, students will learn the importance of citizenship and taking an active role in promoting the health of one's community. This year's groups include: African Dance, Art on Campus, Brick by Brick, Community School Tutoring, Zambian Theatre Project, Feed the People, Green Team, GHO Appleseed Community Center, Sports in the Community, Student News Action, Swim with Tim, Community Rugby, Community Band, Community Basketball, Stories from Zambia, In and Out of the Ghetto, and PAWS. Each group is sponsored by a staff member(s). However, each group is led by one or more of our Diploma Programme students. Groups consist of a mix of students in grades 6-12. It was great to see so many of our neighboring community school primary students on campus working with AISL students as well as the efforts to bring vibrance to our school. Thanks to everyone involved!
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30