A very happy end of the week to you all! Another seven days in the books, and another week closer to on campus learning. I want to thank all of you who joined us this last Tuesday evening for our informational sessions. A big thank you to our Director of Student Services Chantra Reinman, MYP Coordinator Ingrid Turner, and DP Coordinator Monica Murphy for their wonderful contributions.
This Thursday was the 100th day of school, which in my experience has always been a milestone to celebrate and reflect on how far we have come. This year, of course, feels different. We celebrate 100 days in school online, distant from each other, and anxious about the future. However bleak the situation may seem though, I am grateful for the students, for the teachers, for the parents, for the administrators, for the staff and for the Board. Everyone at AISL has really pulled together and fought through difficulty after difficulty this entire year. That alone is worth being optimistic about. With the kind of dedication this community is capable of, what is impossible?
Again, thanks to everyone for all the hard work that you do for the benefit of our kids.
Have a great weekend!
Parent Information Sessions:
We host three to six Parent Information Sessions each month to support our parents in understanding what their children are learning and how to support them at home.
Thank you to all who took the time to join us this last Tuesday night for our “Approaches to Distance Learning” information session. Again, a big thanks also goes out to Monica Murphy, Ingrid Turner and Chantra Reinman for their wonderful presentations. In case you missed the session Tuesday night, HERE is the recording of the main session.
If you have ideas about Parent Information Sessions that you or others would like to attend, please let our Assistant Principal, Dr. Sheila Seiler, know by writing to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQS for the Class of 2021
Our Diploma Programme Coordinator, Monica Murphy, has created a Frequently Asked Questions page to provide guidance for students and families around the May 2021 examination session. It will be updated as the IB provides more information. You can submit questions through this form.
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Grade 12 Personal & Social Education
As teachers and students begin a new semester in an academic year full of many uncertainties, we can all reflect on our experiences of 2020 and realise that academics are certainly not the most important part of our lives. The relationships we form with others, our physical and mental health, our beliefs and our values - all of these contribute to our well-being and sense of self. AISL's Personal and Social Education (PSE) curriculum aims to complement our academic program with lessons on a variety of important topics, including, for our older students, sessions on sexual education. These sessions are led by Advisors, Counselors, or subject teachers, as appropriate.
Honoring the diversity of our community, we provide parents with the dates and topics in advance. While the following lessons will be postponed if we are in Distance Learning, the current schedule for upcoming lessons is as follows:
- Reproductive and Sexual Anatomy (Bob Stewart, co-taught by Biology students) - Both blocks February 19
- Human Sexual Response and Sexual Dysfunction (Julie Baldry) - F-block February 23, G-block February 25
- Sexuality, Media, and the Arts (Florence Bouillot/Monica Murphy) - F-block March 5, G-block March 16
- Personal and Shared Sexual Behaviour, Abstinence; Sex and Religion (Julie Baldry) - Both blocks: March 22
- Sexuality and Society; Gender Roles & Diversity (Julie Baldry) - F-block April 1, G-block March 30
All parents can review the lesson topics in more detail in the PSE Parent Handbook.
If any parents would prefer that their child not attend a PSE lesson, they are welcome to email email@example.com, to exempt their child from attending. Whether or not your child is attending a PSE lesson, we do encourage all families to discuss these important issues with your children at home.
Social & Emotional Health
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We know that this can be a time filled with uncertainties, so please understand that our highest priority is the health and well-being of your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Dr. Rick Odum, Secondary Principal
Dr. Sheila Seiler, Secondary Assistant Principal
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.
Click on the 'Newrest' icon below to download the app and order from the menu: