18th October 2019
Dear AISL Community,
Welcome to another week. Next week is International Week in AISL and that means we look at the world and how we play a part in it. Recently, we have welcomed some new students in the early years and we have a couple of more students arriving. New students bring new ideas and new cultural aspects for our students to be exposed to.
The world is made up of nearly 200 distinct countries. However, it would be made up of many more different cultures. While there are those who do not like diversity or different people arriving at a country, I think that it is important that we embrace diversity. Diversity is extremely important in the development of our world. Scientifically, we need diversity in our species to ensure a genetic diversity, so it is logical that we also want diversity in the cultural aspects of what makes up the human race.
I have lived in 6 countries now, but visited many others, and I am always surprised by how different our cultures are and yet, how similar we are as a collective group of people. We all have similar wants and needs, but our history and our culture comes from a lot of different, often very old, sources.
There are not many countries left in the world that do not have a diverse cultural background. As an Australian, my country was founded on the idea of diverse immigration. While we still have work to do to respect the first land owners, we have most nationalities of the world represented in our population. We may identify as Australian, but culturally we have so many different backgrounds that make our country. Definitely makes the choices for going out for food a great experience!
The United Nations celebrates their annual UN Day on Thursday, 24th October. This year, they have a global focus on indigenous languages. As a school we will be looking at this and how we can appreciate where our languages come from.
I hope you are able to join us for some of the International Week assemblies.
From the Director
American International School of Lesotho
A reminder that the school has now created some sports uniforms for the days that PE lessons happen and also if we compete in competitions at other schools.
The are not quite ready but will be available shortly to buy. The prices are about M220-250. We will have a variety of sizes so stay tuned for when they are on sale. We have some samples to check for sizing.
The school photos have arrived in digital format. Please feel free to come to the school office and work with Mme Limpho so you can decide which ones will be printed. We are hoping to print them in a week from now. If you have not ordered yet, there is still time.
Sports Uniforms and School Photos
21 October- 25 October 2019
AISL will be celebrating International Week from Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October 2019.
Special assemblies will be held on each morning at 8:00am and guest speakers will be addressing the students about a particular country in the region or the entire region.
Each day, students are encouraged to wear traditional dress to represent that region of the day as follows:
Monday – The Americas
Wednesday – Asia and Oceanaia
Thursday- UN Day (the theme is internationalism)
Friday – Lesotho and the rest of Africa
As part of the display for the Monday assembly, hosted by our Art students, and to be displayed throughout the week, we intend to collect cultural artifacts alongside other artworks produced by the art students and teacher.
If you have any art or artifacts to share with the school for that week, kindly bring them to the art room on or before Thursday (17th October).
If you would like to volunteer to share your culture with any of our grades during lesson time please contact Ms Natasha, Ms Makuena or Ms Ruth as follows:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Please, look out for emails and next week’s newsletter for updates on international week.
We look forward to celebrating our diversity with you!
AISL International Day Organizing Committee
International Week at AISL
On Thursday 17th October, we had some parents meet to discuss the philosophy of a big topic in schools - homework. Our goal for this year is to come to a consensus for what our understanding is of homework. We had some good discussions where parents talked about their concerns, worries, beliefs, and hope for homework. It was interesting that there were a range of cultures in the room and we had some similarities with what parents wanted. There were also some differences. Some of the main outcomes from the discussions were:
Homework is to be an extension or link directly to what was happening in the class and not just "busy work".
Some families want to have family time to also develop character skills.
Content of the homework should be age appropriate and aimed to bring success.
Homework should have in class follow up so that students learn from the experience.
Parent Forum on Homework
Kindergarten is the year we learn how to read. We practice reading with/reading to our partners or to ourselves every day.
It’s fun to learn to read with our friends.
On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, Kindergartners have indoor choice time when they choose what they would like to do: painting, building, creating, writing, or imagining. During this time, we have noticed new friendships emerging based on common interests. Inevitably, this is also the time when conflict is likely to occur. We use this as an opportunity for children to practice conflict resolution methods we have learned in class.
Learning to work together as a team.
Chloe observes that putting the yellow and purple counters together makes a different color.
Owami enjoys expressing herself through drawing.
Kindergarten: Choice Time
KG: Choice Time (continued)
(Above) Levon sets up his dominoes.
(Left) Sebusiso's marvelous creation- Car 3000!
(Below) Imaginative play in Kindergarten
Learning to count to 100 with our friends.
Painting with water colors during choice time.
Kindergarten: Word Detectives
On Wednesdays, we are word detectives! Eight new vocabulary words are hidden around our garden and we search for them and write them down. Once all the words are found, we choose one to write in a sentence. So far, we have learned about transport, spring, apple, weather, shape, camping, and color words. It is super fun being detectives and we get to practice our writing too!
Shhh - don’t let anyone know where it’s hiding!
Thambo found ‘‘train’’!
Three friends find the hidden word.
In Math, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We practiced making 2D shapes with our bodies and with ice cream sticks. Last week, we learned about cubes. We made our very own cubes from scratch using 6 square cardboard faces. We taped the cardboard together, papier mâchéed and painted them, and then painted dots on each face. Viola, we had made our own dice! We used our dice to play ‘snakes and ladders’ and practiced number recognition and counting while having fun.
KG: Learning about Shapes
(Above) Cole, Paco and Stacey playing ‘snakes and ladders’ with their handmade dice.
(Right) Meredith is papier mâchéing her cube.
(Left) We made spheres with playdough.
We made hexagons with our bodies and discovered that we could make 2 six-sided hexagons because we are 12 kindergartners.
We learned that a pentagon has 5 straight sides.
Thanks to the interest surrounding the Mo Willems books, we are pleased to announce that the preferred medical bay on our campus (during recess and lunch hour) is now the Library. For those recuperating from minor injuries or in need of a place to rest, the Library is offering soft cushions to lie on and some great reads to keep you entertained. Of course, ice packs come in handy, and it also helps that the Library has some great assistants who are always willing to read out loud to you!
Library: Hot dogs and ice packs!
Hey! Is that you, Pete?
The AISL Library has been the center of activity on our campus this week after we introduced 5 new Pigeon books and An Elephant & Piggie Book to our collection!