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 email@example.com 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!
What I am excited about this week...
1. Explore Zambia! Across the next couple of weeks all students in Grades 5-8 and half of Grade 9 will venture out on their Explore Zambia trips. These trips allow our students to experience an exciting part of Zambia, bond with their teachers and classmates, and pursue curricular objectives. As you can imagine, these trips bring a very taxing 24/7 supervisory responsibility to teachers. Please be sure to thank them for their commitment to providing these enriching experiences for your children.
2. ISSEA Hosting! As I mentioned last week, we are honored to be hosting this year’s ISSEA Volleyball tournament on 25-29 October. In order to do this, we need to host 140 visiting student-athletes. We are still about 80 beds short. Please help AISL show to 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.
Kindly note that all attendance excusals and absences must now be sent in writing via email, so that we can improve our attendance systems and have an accurate record. Please use the new Secondary attendance email for all future attendance excusals and absences. The email is email@example.com. Please be aware this email is only for Secondary school student attendance records.
On Friday, 15 September, our ELC and Kindergarten students celebrated International Dot Day. International Dot Day is inspired by the book, 'The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. This is a global collaborative day that focuses on celebrating creativity, collaboration, and connecting with others. Thank you to Jill Daley, our Librarian, for facilitating this fun event. Below are some photos from the day. Thank you to Claire Potts for capturing these great moments. (image: www.thedotclub.org)
WHEN: Monday 25th September to Friday 15th December, 2017
GRADES: ELC to Grade 5
REQUIREMENTS (All items to be labelled):
* Swimsuit (girls required to wear one piece suits)
* Goggles (optional) Students to them bring only IF they are certain they will use them
* Swim cap - this is a MUST have for all students
* Students must wear their PE kit even on the days they are swimming so that they are ready to do regular PE in the event that swimming is canceled e.g. due to weather. If your child is not well, please send a note. Students with a cough or running nose will be excused from swimming.
With the warm weather settling in, we will be enforcing the hat rule during recess and outdoor after school activities. Students have been reminded over the week to wear their hats during both outdoor play periods and their after school activities. Coaches know that students must have a hat in order to participate in their after school activity. Parents, please make sure your child has a labeled hat with them everyday so that they can fully participate in their day. Thank you in advance for your support with this.
The kids have two days off of school. Why??? Is it worth it when you have to arrange for extra child care, transportation to a friend's house or play date, and extra food in the fridge, not to mention the worries of whether siblings have survived the day at home together? Despite these headaches, teacher professional development (PD) days are essential to the growth and improvement of our school.
During the Monday PD, the Secondary Teachers spent the day collaborating and planning to make our Advisory Program something that makes our school distinctive among others. Built around the IB Learner Profile, the Secondary Advisory Program picks up where the standard classroom leaves off, teaching the intangible skills for a happy life and future success, such as social and emotional intelligences, executive skills, ethics, and much more. Our Advisory Program is essential to delivering a holistic education and properly preparing our students for challenges they will face throughout life.
During the Tuesday PD, teachers took time to break down components of assessment in education, review latest research on the topic, and began revising an outdated assessment policy. One of the Secondary School's primary focuses this school year is upon assessment and defining a common philosophy, purpose, and policy. The teacher's work during PD contributes to the process of creating a new and improved AISL Assessment Policy by the end of this school year. One of the residual effects of this process is a better understanding by all teachers of what constitutes high quality and effective assessment.
So, are two days of school missed by the students worth it? Undoubtedly YES!
Please note that this is an early notice to mark the dates of October 11 and 12 from 1300-1700 on your calendar to visit your child's teachers and learn more about their progress during the Secondary Parent-Teacher Conferences in the library. We encourage all of our families to attend.
A message from the PTA:
Looking ahead we will begin planning our annual Halloween Trunk or Treat and Santa's Grotto events. For these events to be pulled off we are looking for parents to get involved and help us organize these fun events. Volunteering will not take a lot of your time but will rather make the organization process easier.
We encourage everyone to get involved! if you are willing to assist us contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, September 21st, meet at school at 7:30am and retuning by 12pm.
We will explore different community centers and charities in the community.
Spots limited contact email@example.com
Primary Parent Support Group
Friday 17 November:
Primary Parent Support Group, at 07:30am in the Protea Room
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