As we head into the final weeks of the school year, we wanted to share some dates that might be of interest so you can begin to organise your calendars...
1 ELC Performing Arts Assembly at 7:45 in the PAC (UPDATED TIME)
5 Parent Information Session: G5 Transition to Middle School at 7:30 in the Protea
8 Final PALS assembly for leaving students at 7:30 in the PAC
8 ELC-G2 Sports Day from 10:30-12:00 in the Primary field
8 G4&G5 Dance from 17:00-18:30 in the Secondary science dome
8 ASA Term 3 ends
11 G5 Transition Ceremony 13:30-14:30 in the PAC
11 Class lists shared with returning families
12 Parent Information Session: ELC-12 Personal & Social Education curriculum roll out
12 Primary School 'fly-up' day (students will visit the next grade level)
12 G3-G5 Sports Day from 13:00-14:30 in the Primary field
13 Semester 2 report cards sent home to families
14 Last day of school - 12:00 dismissal for all students
What I am excited about this week…
The AISL Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Monday, 21 May 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:
Across this year, a group of AISL teachers have met informally after school to talk about best practices related to visible thinking. Visible Thinking, which grew out of an initiative at Harvard's Project Zero, centers around a framework for helping teachers & students become more specific about the type of thinking they are developing and the strategies they are using to hone specific forms of thinking and to make this "visible" through a variety of means. Ron Ritchart, one of the founders of Harvard's Project Zero, recently published a follow-up book related to visible thinking that is called Creating Cultures of Thinking: The Eight Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools (2015). AISL has been championing visible thinking for nearly a decade and offers on-g0ing professional development in this area. Teachers who've been involved in our visible thinking group meet regularly to share stories of how they have used these strategies in the classroom with the goal of strengthening their teaching by learning from each other. The end goal is always to provide a richer educational experience for our students!
As many of you are already aware, Wildtracks Lodge already caters for our G5 and G10 Explore Zambia Trips.
They are also offering another exciting event this year open to all children aged 10-14: a Holiday Camp from the 15-21 July 2018. Please feel free to check out their Facebook page, read the information below or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information...!
Last year three of our AISL students joined and had a great time!
Don't miss this week's FREE audiobook downloads from Audiosync. Each week two free titles are available for download via the Overdrive app to any device. The books are thematically paired and feature excellent YA (young adult) titles for students ages 13+. Titles change weekly and this promotion runs through 25 July. If you need a hand downloading please ask any member of our library team. Happy listening!
Dear AISL Community Members,
Please take note of the following end-of-year dates:
Monday 28 May: all library materials are due (for our annual inventory)
Thursday 7 June to Thursday 14 June: holiday checkout (10 items per child): note- holiday checkouts are for returning families with clear records. You are welcome to take materials with you on holiday but will be responsible for returning the items or for the cost of the item if lost. Holiday items are due back the first day of school.
If you have lost an item please let us know so we may issue an invoice for payment. We add an additional 30% of the cost of the item to cover international shipping & processing fees. Please be aware that because we purchase library-bound copies meant for heavy use and have them shipped internationally, the prices are higher than what you would see on Amazon.
We will be CLOSED for the first part of the holiday for light construction & some sectional carpet replacements to improve our facility for all patrons.
We will be OPEN from 9 am to 12 noon for the latter part of the holiday as follows:
Wednesday 18 July (9:00-12:00)
Saturday 21 July (9:00-12:00)
Wednesday 25 July (9:00-12:00)
Saturday 28 July (9:00-12:00)
Also, have a look at our Holiday Learning Libguides with excellent book recommendations & other activities (password is the same as the one for the parent portal & virtual library system):
Primary Holiday Learning
Secondary Holiday Learning
Please come on by and let us help you find your next great read!
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 07:15 - 15:45 / Friday: 07:15 - 14:30