What I'm excited about this week:
I thought it might be fun to start a new column in the Leopard’s Tale where I shared interesting facts about the school. So, here goes:
Did you know that AISL is one of only 356 IB Continuum Schools in the world? An IB “World School” is one that offers one or more of the IB’s programs while a “Continuum School” is one that offers all three of IB’s major programs: Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme.
The AISL Board of Directors will hold their next open board meeting on Monday, 22 January at 18:00 in the Protea Tree Conference Room. All members of the AISL parent association are welcome to attend. The items on the agenda are as follows:
Welcome back! It is so wonderful to see all the rested and smiling faces here at AISL after our month-long holiday. The students are very excited to be back, meeting up with familiar and new friends. Fourteen new Primary students will be joining us this semester.
This is a reminder that sign-ups for Term 2 of After School Activities (ASAs) for G1-G5 will take place from 18-21 January. If you need any assistance with sign-ups, please contact Christine Moono (email@example.com) on the upper floor of the Secondary Gym. Activities will begin on Wednesday, 24 January. Please pick up your child at the Primary Waiting Hut at 15:40 on days that they are attending an activity (Monday-Thursday) and at 13:40 on Fridays.
On days that your child is not attending an after-school activity, remember that parents/caregivers are required to collect the students at their classroom for Grades 1, 2 & 3. Students in G4 and G5 are welcome to meet their families at the Waiting Hut or another pre-arranged area on campus.
Finally, please make sure your child has a hat and water bottle each day. The weather is still very hot and they need to take precautions from the sun. Remember to label ALL of your child's items from lunch boxes to sweatshirts so that we can keep our Lost and Found to a minimum.
It is lovely to see all of you back. We are looking forward to a great second semester.
On Tuesday, 23 January, at 7:30 in the Protea Room, we will be hosting a PYP Parent Information Session focusing on how we support and share student learning in the PYP through assessment and reporting. Integral to students' learning is understanding where they are now and their next steps. To support this understanding, data collection through formal and informal assessments is essential to all teaching and learning in the PYP. Learn how we gather evidence of student learning and use that data to inform instruction in the classroom. Tony Potts, the Primary Assistant Principal for Technology and Innovation, and Christine Kelly, the Primary Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, will jointly be leading this session. If you have specific questions that you wish to have addressed during the session related to the topic, please email Christine Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 19 January. We look forward to seeing you there.
I hope that this email finds you well. I have really appreciated everyone's patience and support as we worked to gain approval for reopening the school. As stated in yesterday's email to the community, we will fully reopen on Tuesday, 16 January, as originally scheduled.
Due to the cholera outbreak, we have put several precautions in place that will have a direct effect on our AISL community:
Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we worked to ensure both the continuity of our educational program and the health and safety of the AISL community. I am particularly grateful to the Embassy of the United States including USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both of which have been actively communicating with the Ministry of Health on our behalf. This morning we had a very successful campus inspection by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry has since indicated to the embassy that we may reopen, on schedule, this Tuesday, 16 January. We are grateful to the Ministry for this permission and will continue to ensure that our campus is a safe place for our community. Our understanding is that the Zambian Government will also be communicating more details regarding the opening of local and international schools shortly as the the number of cholera cases appears to have plateaued.
In a previous email, I outlined the significant measures we have taken to ensure a very high level of sanitation and hygiene on our campus as well as additional education for staff regarding cholera prevention. We extend our thanks again to our Health and Safety Officer, Martina Van Vlaanderen, and her team for their efforts. We will continue these measures for the time being and may, upon advice from health experts, add additional precautions. We will be sure to notify the community of any additional measures that may be necessary.
If you would like to learn more about the measures we have taken, please feel welcome to attend one of our two information sessions for parents. Please feel free to join me in the Protea Room at 18:00 on 15 January or at 07:30 on 16 January.
As always, if you have any specific concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience and support.
As many of you are aware, parts of Lusaka have suffered an outbreak of cholera. This has led the Ministries of Health and Education to declare that schools should be closed and there should be no public gatherings until the outbreak has been contained. That directive is scheduled to be reviewed on January 30.
The AISL administration and the U.S Embassy will be monitoring the situation and liaising with the relevant authorities before making a final decision regarding re-opening on schedule on Tuesday, 16 January. Fortunately, we have the benefit of some time to allow the situation to become more clear and the Board of Directors will make a final decision on our course of action by Friday, 12 January. We hope that we can find a solution that will ensure the health and safety of our community while also ensuring the continuity of our children's education.
Due to the government's directive against public gatherings, we will cancel any sports practices, sports camps, and our library's holiday hours until further notice.
We very much appreciate your patience and understanding as we determine how best to move forward in this difficult time.
There are many great reasons for choosing to study the IB Programme. Here is a link to one site that shares an overview of IB, the benefits of the programme as well as some tips for success...:
From 8-11 December, AISL hosted Cognitive Coaching for 34 school leaders from around Africa and the globe. "The mission of Cognitive CoachingSM is to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community." During the four day course educators practiced the skills of mediating thinking in another person to help with planning or reflecting towards better educational practices. AISL looks forward to hosting the second part of this workshop next year.
Cognitive Coaching 2017, Thinking Collaborative (website)
The primary school pools will be open to members of the parent association during the holiday, daily from 10:00-18:00. There will be no lifeguard on duty and all swimming is at one's own risk. Students may not use the pools unless there is a parent physically present within the pool fence. Please note that the secondary school pool is open only to AISL and Torpedoes swim training programs and, as such, is never open for community swimming. Many thanks for abiding by these rules. Stay safe!
As some of you may have already noticed, the gym renovation is underway. Across the next several weeks, the contractor, Hong Chen Construction, will be building an addition on the parking lot side of the gym. During the first week of February, they will move inside and begin the internal renovations. The gym will be closed for all uses from 1 February until the completion of the project in late June. The locker rooms will be accessible from the outside during most of the construction period. The Secondary School Pool will be open to authorized users during most of the internal renovations but will be closed for 4-5 weeks starting approximately the first week of April.
What I’m excited about…
Yesterday, as part of the culminating activity for their 'How the world works' unit of inquiry, Grade 2 students launched their rockets! As well as showing off their knowledge and understanding of some of Newton's Laws to an audience of primary AND secondary students, they were very excited to help Mr. Louw with the launching of their rockets and reflect on their successes. What an amazing experience!
On Wednesday, 13 December, our two kindergarten classes had their open swim day, sharing their skills in small groups and swimming together with their families. Thank you to Ms. Luwisha, Coach Ian, and Mr. Antonio for all of your hard work and dedication in supporting this year's swim season. It was wonderful to see so many parents who came out to support the event, both in the stands and in the water.
As we head out for our extended break, we want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and, for those who are heading to a new destination, safe travels. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, 16 January for a full day of school.
Please join us on Tuesday, 16 January at 7:30 for a Welcome Back Coffee with the Principals and PTA near the library.
Secondary students have created fantastic Padlets that show their favorite reads from the library based on popular genre categories (we have more genre categories than included on the Padlet). If your middle schooler or high schooler is looking for some great books to read over the holiday, please take a moment to remind them of these lists they've created:
And don't forget- the AISL Library & Discovery Center is open for 6 days across the break- see our school website for details.
Our Grade 4 students were busy selling their items on Thursday at their Holiday Sale as part of their recent unit of inquiry. From food to toys to creative inventions, each booth had something special to offer. Students from both Primary and Secondary popped by to visit and make purchases at the sale. Well done to all of the students for their careful planning and presentation for this special event.
Welcome Back Coffee Morning
Wednesday 24 January 2018:
Join us for coffee, tea, and treats in front of the main office from 07:30-08:30. Please come join us to welcome new parents, make new friends, rekindle old friendships, and share stories of your holiday adventures.
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Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30