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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, 5 December, our Grade 3-5 students participated in a non-competitive swim gala to show how their swimming skills have progressed over the past few months in PE. Thank you to all of the families that came out to support this fun event. A special thanks to Ms. Luwisha, Coach Ian, and Mr. Antonio for teaching our students during their swimming unit as well as organising this special event. Below are a few highlights from the afternoon.
Stanford Professor, Jo Boaler, has advice for parents to support students in learning in math. In particular, she discusses how students' perception of themselves as a math student and having a growth mindset are two huge components of a student's success. At AISL, we seek for students to understand math concepts, apply this information, and see challenges as an opportunity for learning rather than a weakness. Please take a look at Jo Boaler's article for ways to support your child in math.
Congratulations to the fifty Primary students who shared their talents in last week's Talent Show. We had a chance to some talented dancers, singers, musicians, and comedians through a variety of individual and group acts. Thank you to all of the families that came to support our students. A special thank you to Ms. Jenn, Ms. Natalie and Ms. Elisa for coordinating a successful event. Below are some photos from a few of the acts.
Multi-Age Learning Focused on the Writing Process: Ms. Nevers' Gr7 Visual Arts Students & Gr1 Mr. Matt's Students
Ms. Nevers' Grade 7 Visual Arts students have been creating humorous picture books for young readers. In order to develop their text and images, they buddied up with students from Mr. Matt's Grade 1 class to solicit feedback on their drafts. The Grade 1 students provided excellent suggestions with regard to which parts they found funniest, places where the stories were a little hard to follow, and which pictures were particularly effective or others that needed development. It was a valuable learning experience for all of our writers and further illustrated the point that all writers use feedback to strengthen their messages.
As part of their current unit of inquiry, our Grade 4 students are busy preparing for the annual holiday sale. On Thursday, 7 December, students in Grades 1-5 will be visiting the sale. If your child is interested in purchasing some of the homemade crafts, food or drink, please send in a small amount of money on that day with your child. The poster below, created by the Grade 4 students, includes the details about the event.
On Friday, 1 December, we will be hosting the AISL Primary Talent Show in the Performing Arts Center. Ms. Jenn, Ms. Natalie, and Ms. Elisa have been instrumental in organising this wonderful event.
This show is a celebration of our many talents and with almost fifty students performing, it is sure to be an amazing event!
The Primary Parent Support Group is meeting again this Friday, 17 November, at 7:30am in the Protea room. This week's discussion is focused on the developmental stages of children. Ms. Jenn Caldwell, the Primary Counselor, and Noa Mor will facilitate the conversation. We hope many of you will be there to join us!
Please view this three minute IB video which provides a good reminder of what students in the IB PYP look like as learners, what they learn, and how they learn in an IB school.
Who: Students in Grades 1 and 2 - families are invited!
When: Wednesday, 29 November, from 13:15-14:30.
Where: Primary Pool
Students must have their:
*Swim cap (required)
* Goggles (optional) Students to them bring only IF they are certain they will use them.
This event is a celebration of learning and an opportunity for students to participate in and enjoy fun-filled swim races. The emphasis is on showcasing the various swimming skills and stroke techniques that they have been learning in their PE swimming lessons. We hope to see many families at the event to support our students.
On Monday, 13 November, our Grade 3 students shared their learning from their 'Who we are' unit through a living museum. The students explored the central idea of 'ordinary people who take action can make a difference in our lives and communities' by choosing a person in history who has made an impact on others by the actions that they took. It was lovely to see so many teachers and families at the celebration of learning supporting our students.
Today, our Grade 2 students shared their creative talents through storytelling, drama, singing, dancing, and fine art as part of their celebration of the arts. As part of their unit of inquiry, they have been learning about folktales. In Performing Arts, they watched and read some Tinga Tinga tales and chose one that they liked. They wrote their own scripts using the Tinga Tinga Tales as their inspiration.
Tinga Tinga tales are pourquoi stories. A pourquoi tale explains why something is the way it is. The Tinga Tinga animations and books are inspired by Tinga Tinga art from East Africa. Miss Anne-Marie's class performed a Tinga Tinga tale titled “Why Giraffes Have a Long Neck” and Miss Emma’s class performed “Why Lions Roar”.
It was wonderful to see so many families there to support our students. Thank you to Ms. Natalie Coombs for orchestrating a wonderful performance and to Mr. Mulangala for curating a great art exhibition of student work.
This week, as part of their PYP unit of inquiry, 'How We Express Ourselves', Grade 2 students are exhibiting their cave paintings after examining the similarities of this primitive art around the world. Through visual storytelling, students explored the simple, yet effective use of line, tone and texture as part of their visual arts curriculum. The display will run until Monday 20 November in the PAC Gallery. Thank you, Mr. Mulangala, for coordinating this art exhibition.
Also, on Friday, 10 November at 7:35 in the PAC, the G2 students will have their annual Performing Arts Assembly coordinated by Ms. Natalie Coombs. We hope to see many G2 families there!
This past Friday, we had a very full PALS which included student stories, documentaries, songs, and presentations. Additionally, our Primary Student Council shared the outcome of all of their research these past few months on how to make our playground and shared areas safer for everyone. Through student interviews, teacher interviews and meetings with the Principal, they gathered feedback and created new expectations or refined existing ones. PALS was a great opportunity to make sure we were all hearing the same messages about safety. Thank you to Ms. Jenn and Ms. Redman for facilitating that process with the Student Council.
As part of our message on student safety, Mr. Louw and Nurse Jennifer shared a protocol with the Primary students on what to do if a student spots a snake on campus. Their presentation included role-playing, demonstrations with a rubber snake, and a fun video showing G5 students demonstrating the protocol. The protocol is for students to move to a safe distance (5 meters or more) and then point to the snake while holding up two fingers to alert everyone around. Then, two students are dispatched to go tell the principal and the nurse so that the snake handling team can be notified. The presentation was very effective and included a lot of audience participation.
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.
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