Please join us for our next Primary Parent Support Group this Friday, 3 November at 7:30am in the Protea Room. This week's session will focus on 'stress management for yourself and your child'. We hope that you you will be able to join us to learn more about successful stress management techniques.
Ms. Jenn Caldwell, Primary Counselor and Noa Mor
After three months, Ms. Anne-Marie Van Hooijdonk returns to teach her Grade 2 class beginning Wednesday, 1 November. This past week Ms. Andrea and Ms. Anne-Marie have been teaching together to ensure a smooth transition for the students and families. We would like to thank Ms. Andrea for all of her hard work and dedication these past three months as she covered for Ms. Anne-Marie's maternity leave.
As part of the inquiry cycle, our kindergarten students have begun tuning into their new unit on materials through exploration and collaboration. In collaboration with Jill Daley, our Primary Librarian, our kindergarten teachers and students used 'The Three Little Pigs' as an inspiration to build their own houses using different materials. Palm leaves, sticks, cardboard, 'bricks', and paper were some of the materials that students had an opportunity to work in their small groups. Below are some images and a short video from this activity.
On Friday, 27 October, our Grade 3 students shared their creative talents through singing, dancing, storytelling, and acting in their annual performing arts assembly. The students wrote the original story which sent a powerful message about being open-minded, caring, and united. It was lovely to see the families who came to support our Grade 3 students. A big thank-you to Ms. Natalie Coombs, our Primary Performing Arts Teacher, for making this possible. Below are a few scenes from the performance.
On Friday, 13 October, our students joined together to celebrate Zambia Day with a focus on 'Reflecting on the Past, Recognising the Present, and Working towards the Future!
Throughout the day, Primary students participated in cultural activities including storytelling, dancing, traditional games, bead making, and clay modelling. We ended the day with a whole school assembly. Thank you so much to our Zambia Day planning committee (Andrea Mwalula, Andrew Muyamwa, Judith Takawira, Diana Hoffman, Ken Hoffman, Emma Ten Cate, Frank Louw, Mwamba Mulangala, Driekie Smith, Ty Smeins, and Matildah Kapila) for making this possible. Below are a few images from the special day.
The Bushcamp Company of Zambia recently sponsored development of a free new app called Did You Know...African Wildlife. This app is for iPhone, iPad, & Android and features photos, sounds, and interesting facts. Whether you head out to the bush with young children who always have so many wonderful questions or if you are a veteran wildlife-lover looking to expand your knowledge, this app will surely be a great addition to your toolkit.
And don't forget that the AISL Library & Discovery Center also has a GoPro Camera (with a large range of attachments), a motion-activated trail camera, and a UV light that can be checked out any time. What a wealth of wildlife we have to explore right at our doorstep!
What I’m excited about…
Attention AISL community members: November 1st marks the beginning of "Movember" a worldwide initiative to address men's health and mental health issues. Or as we like to call it, 'Moustache Season'.
Founded in 2003, the Movember Foundation has funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world and continues to be the leading fundraising organization dedicated to men's health. For more information click here.
AISL teachers have a four year history of participation; raising over $1000 for education and support worldwide.
This year the "Lusaka League of Extraordinary Moustaches" would like to encourage more male (and female!) members of our community to join the effort. We want YOU to be a part of this worldwide initiative and represent our school.
If you would like to be a "Mo Brother" please join our AISL Movember team. The rules are simple:
And....don't forget to register for the team. Otherwise you are just growing a moustache in November and why not put it to good use.
Women: If you would like to be a "Mo Sister" your involvement will be invaluable. In addition to tolerating our moustaches; your donation, encouragement, or support will go a long way.
For more information or to find out what you can do to help out, please see the AISL divisional captain:
Primary: Tony Potts
Secondary: Jeff Redman
As part of our continual review of best practices for our learners, the Primary School has implemented changes in the way we report on modern languages and Informational Technology Fluency (IT and library). Please see below for details.
INFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FLUENCY (ITF)
The Primary School has combined the focus of both Informational Technology and Library standards to be integrated into grade level units of inquiry. Integrated ITF collaborative planning sessions occur during specific units during semester one and two. The ITF teachers then comment on standards in the unit of inquiry comments section for any integrated units that were taught.
Recognising that learners at AISL enter the modern language programme at different ages and with varying levels of language experience, a sequence of developmental phases has been developed to accurately identify current levels of a student’s development. Each phase represents the learner’s current language proficiency and is organised either as receptive language - receiving and constructing learning through listening and reading, or productive language - creating and sharing meaning through speaking and writing.
CAUTION: The Health Minister said Lusaka District has been put on Cholera Alert!
What is cholera? Cholera is an acute, diarrhea illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
What are the symptoms of cholera? Cholera infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe. Approximately one in ten (5-10%) infected persons will have severe disease characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In these people, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours. It can take anywhere from a few hours to 5 days for symptoms to appear after infection. Symptoms typically appear in 2-3 days.
Where is cholera found? The cholera bacterium is usually found in water or food sources that have been contaminated by feces (poop) from a person infected with cholera. Cholera is most likely to be found and spread in places with inadequate water treatment, poor sanitation, and inadequate hygiene.
How does a person get cholera? A person can get cholera by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacterium. In an epidemic, the source of the contamination is usually the feces of an infected person that contaminates water and/or food. The disease can spread rapidly in areas with inadequate treatment of sewage and drinking water. The disease is not likely to spread directly from one person to another; therefore, casual contact with an infected person is not a risk for becoming ill.
What is the treatment for cholera? Cholera can be simply and successfully treated by immediate replacement of the fluid and salts lost through diarrhea. Severe cases also require intravenous fluid replacement. Antibiotics shorten the course and diminish the severity of the illness, but they are not as important as receiving rehydration.
How can I avoid getting cholera? The risk for cholera is very low for people visiting areas with epidemic cholera. When simple precautions are observed, contracting the disease is unlikely. All people (visitors or residents) in areas where cholera is occurring or has occurred should observe the following recommendations:
Thank you to everyone who attended our second open board meeting on Monday, 09 October. All of our monthly board meetings start with an open session to allow the parent association at large to learn more about the school and to provide input and feedback.
In Monday’s session we received an update on the exciting facilities development plans which will greatly improve our campus experience. Plans for this year include opening up the new land purchased last year; adding a new multi-purpose ‘pavilion’ and courts; and improving the existing gymnasium, including improving ventilation and significantly expanding the playing area available. Russ will lead a further information session on this in the coming weeks.
We learnt about the teacher recruiting process which ensures we get the very best teaching staff here at AISL. We also learnt about several upcoming cross-school projects including Zambia day (tomorrow!), WorldFest!, a branding committee, a cultural events series planning team, and an alumni engagement team. We also heard about the school’s goal to build a partnership with a Zambian university to help train some of the students in their teacher training program.
The board adopted the environmental sustainability vision statement which had been discussed at the previous open board meeting. It reads: Our vision is to involve students, staff, and the community in developing sustainable practices that minimize our impact on the Earth. We aim to set an example of mindful use of our limited natural resources while educating future generations to become better stewards of the interconnected environment we call home. The Green Team will now work to make the vision a reality and we welcome engagement from across the association in achieving this.
Finally, we had feedback from the association on classroom temperatures, which we will explore further now that we have an improved electrical infrastructure at the school.
Open board meetings are just one way we are aiming to get your feedback, both positive and constructive. We also now have a board email address: email@example.com. This will be checked before every board meeting. As always your children’s teachers, principal, and director are the first port of call for any concerns. Tuesday morning information sessions are another great way to learn more about the school and an avenue to share your views.
The AISL Board
What I’m excited about…
Parents of Grade 5 students are invited to join the Who We Are unit presentation on Friday 27 October 2017 in the Grade 5 classrooms. The presentation will include a review of resources used and the key concepts covered (see below) .
Popularity is always a hot topic in Secondary schools. Everyone seems to want a piece of it. But as this week's article explains, popularity may not necessarily be all it's cracked up to be. Without knowing it, kids might be setting themselves up for immediate and future failures when they seek popularity at any costs. While the article covers different aspects about popularity, there is one part that I feel that it has failed to mention. Those that are popular through status become prisoners to popularity. They do whatever it takes to keep their status, even when they know what they are doing is wrong or against their family's morals. This pours over into adulthood. How many of us found ourselves saying things about others in conversations that we know are not right? This is our desire to fit in or be popular taking over. That's why it's important to teach our kids that popularity isn't always all that it is cracked up to be.
Diversity. Have you thought about how unique of an experience it is for our students to attend an international school where they rub shoulders with 60+ other nationalities on a daily basis? Being able to think beyond one's own culture and open-mindedness are characteristics that today and tomorrow's employers desperately seek. For our kids, this comes naturally. It gives me great hope in the world to watch our students interact. Cultural barriers are invisible to them, while this is nearly an insurmountable hurdle for others around the world. Our students do not see differences in race, ethnicity, religion, etc. as something to fear, but something to prize. They do not look at the outside of a person, but what is in their hearts and minds. And this makes us proud to be Leopards!
Primary Parent Support Group
Friday 17 November:
Primary Parent Support Group, at 07:30am in the Protea Room
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