With the students back on Monday, 15 February, we will continue with our original plan to complete our swimming unit on Friday, 26 February. As a reminder, if your child is Kindergarten-Grade 5, he/she has two PE classes each week and must come dressed in his/her PE kit for both of them. One of those lessons will be dedicated to a ‘dry’ PE lesson with Ms Kate and the other lesson will be a swimming lesson with Coach Allen and Coach Antonio. For ELC, students have one PE lesson per week which will be a swimming lesson.
On your child’s swimming day, they must bring a swimming kit in a separate bag that includes a swimming costume (one-piece swimwear for girls), a towel, a swimming cap, sunscreen and goggles (if you child uses them). Your child’s swimming day will remain the same as before the December break. For new students who have joined AISL from January, your child’s swimming lesson day will be shared with you via Seesaw.
These final swimming lessons are optional. If you prefer that your child does not participate in them, please email Ms Kate Luwisha (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know so that we can plan group numbers accordingly.
Believe it or not, we passed our 100th day of school last Thursday! Different grades and classes marked the date through various activities. Below is a peek at how the Kindergarteners explored their understanding of 100 on that day: creating ten groups of ten; how many times they blinked in 100 seconds; what they imagine they will look like when they are 100 years old and much more.
ALL THE WAY BACK TO ISSEA 2016
In January 2016, AISL had the privilege to host ISSEA Swimming and what an ISSEA Swim meet it was. AISL won both the female and male ISSEA championship trophies, breaking and making many records that weekend!
AISL is proud to be accredited by Council of Independent Schools (CIS), Middle States Association (MSA), and the International Baccalaureate (IB). Every five years we seek re-accreditation with these agencies to ensure that we continue to meet their educational standards. In March 2020 we completed our Preparatory Visit and are now in the Team Evaluation stage of re-accreditation. This stage is known as the 'self study' as different members of a school's community review, rate and report on their compliance to standards.
The faculty, staff and teachers have been working to create reports in each of the domain sections for CIS/MSA including such groups as; purpose and direction, facilities, staffing, teaching and learning, just to name a few. Additionally, we have another layer of standards that need to be met for the IB. As part of IB accreditation process we have been refocusing our efforts with the Approaches to Learning.
Before April these different committees will complete their reports and submit their findings to the accreditation organisations for early feedback. In March 2022 accreditation teams will visit AISL to confirm compliance in all the different areas. We are grateful for the many parents, board members, students, faculty, and staff that are playing an active role in this process.
We wanted to share with families the new structure we will use this semester for our KG-G5 Primary Assembly for Learning and Sharing (PALS). As of the new year, Google Meet is now limited to 100 participants at a time, which means that we are unable to gather together as a full Primary School.
Beginning this Friday, we will shift to an Upper Primary PALS (G4-G5) and a Lower Primary PALS (KG-G3) each month from 12:00-12:30. It will be fully virtual while we are on Distance Learning and your child will see the invitation in their Google Meets. Once students return to campus, we can resume the format where 2-3 classes attend at a time, pending the situation, and the rest will join virtually. When your child is sharing something, his/her homeroom teacher may invite you to the PALS Meet as well.
On Fridays, when there is not a PALS assembly scheduled for your child’s grade-level, his/her homeroom teacher will be doing alternative community-building activities with the children as a class. Though assemblies will be happening less frequently this semester, the new format still allows us to come together as a community.
It is truly something to celebrate that we concluded the first semester with our campus fully open to students. We wish all of our families a wonderful holiday, wherever you may be. Upon return to school, on 19 January, we will open the second semester with four days of Distance Learning.
As shared in last week’s newsletter, all lessons will be Path 2 (synchronous learning) on Google Meet according to your child’s timetable from 19-22 January. For those families who wish to connect via Path 3 (asynchronous learning) for that week, please inform your child’s homeroom teacher. Seesaw will remain the platform for accessing and completing tasks for that week. For that reason, your child (KG-G5) will be bringing his/her iPad and charging cable home with him/her on 18 December. In order to necessitate the return of charging cables and iPads, your child will complete a sign-out sheet indicating that he/she has one in his/her possession. It will be the family's responsibility to take care of the device and cable over the holiday break. For cables that are not returned in January, there will be a USD$20 fee to cover replacement costs.
We look forward to seeing everyone again in person on Monday, 25 January. Should your family’s quarantine extend beyond the 25th, please inform your child’s homeroom teacher and the Primary Office (email@example.com). Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
When we return from the holiday break on Tuesday, 19 January, students will be connecting via Path 2 of the distance learning program. For four days (19-22 January), all lessons will be synchronous on Google Meet according to your child’s timetable. For those families who wish to connect via Path 3 (asynchronous learning) for that week, please inform your child’s homeroom teacher. Seesaw will remain the platform for accessing and completing tasks for that week. For that reason, your child (KG-G5) will be bringing his/her iPad and charging cable home with him/her on 18 December. In order to necessitate the return of charging cables and iPads, your child will complete a sign-out sheet indicating that he/she has one in his/her possession. It will be the family's responsibility to take care of the device and cable over the holiday break. For cables that are not returned in January, there will be a USD$20 fee to cover replacement costs. Thank you for your support.
At our PALS assembly last Friday, our G2 actors and singers performed a theater piece and song to conclude their recent unit of inquiry, ‘How we express ourselves’. Over the past six weeks, the G2 students have been inquiring into how we learn and connect with others through shared stories. By putting together a performance of The Tortoise and the Hare, the students learned about the common elements of stories; how stories are created and shared; what stories can teach us; and how they can affect our lives. Well done, G2!
We encourage all of our returning families to stock up on books for the December / January break and we will also have an opportunity for you to collect more books mid-way through in January. Our guidelines are as follows:
- Returning students may have up to five books out at a time
- Returning parents may have up to ten books out at a time (per parent)
If you are leaving us at the end of the semester, we kindly ask that you return all library materials to us so that they may circulate to other patrons.
If you have lost an item, please have your child see a member of our library staff for a bill, which is to be paid in the business office. Note that we are obliged to add 30% of the cost of the item to cover international shipping, library bindings, and library processing.
During the break, you may also request books for collection. There will be one collection opportunity during the break. Please fill out your request by midnight on Tuesday 5 January, and collect your books from the guards by the main secondary entrance (where the secondary students walk in) from 10:00-18:00 on Wednesday 6 January. We hope that this will keep everyone reading during the break! The links for requests are on the library page of our school website, the virtual libraries, and also posted here:
Primary Library Book Requests
Secondary Library Book Requests Form
We always welcome photos of you and your family reading! Please send them to us and we will share them at school.
We wish you and your family a healthy, joyous holiday season and a wonderful start to the New Year!
Terry, Jill, & Lunyunge
Image by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
Overall, our students have done a wonderful job remembering all of the pieces necessary for creating a healthy and safe school during our pandemic. However, we want to make sure that we continue to be very vigilant about the following:
The Leopard's Tale is our main medium to keep our families informed on such things as the day to day happenings on campus, after school activities, summaries of any arts and sports events, helpful resources, and important dates and reminders.
Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: