21st February 2020
From the Director
Dear AISL Community,
We are well over half way through our school year and we have come to another significant component of the academic and learning path: report time.
It is important to look at reports with a number of things in mind. Reports should never be seen as the be all and end all of a student's academic journey. It, like other metrics such as MAP, are snapshots in time. They are a description of where the student is right now. They should not be used to label children or lock them into any particular category. Adults change over the years, so do children. Some students take longer to find their feet in different subject areas. Some children struggle their whole life.
What is important, as highlighted in the tweet above, is that our academic journey can be driven by many different things. I do not know who Ben Cichy is but his sentiment is an accurate one. Academics, while important, are not the only aspect of learning. We could sit in class and drill in millions of facts and knowledge, but that is just it; facts. We want our children to grow up with skills that allow them to adjust to an ever changing environment and a society that does not exist yet.
One of our character counts is resilience. I think this is a great one as it means our children will have the drive to keep trying, they will not give up easily. That way, any future obstacles, and let's be honest there will be many, can be handled well.
Curiosity, also called inquiry, is another important component. If our ancestors never asked "but why?" or "what if?" where would we be? We are a curious species and we are always looking to try things, experiment and better ourselves. Let's hope we can encourage our children to have that same positive attitude.
American International School of Lesotho
A Call for Volunteers!
The Emerald Crown
The Emerald Crown School Play is looking for some parent volunteers on a few creative projects!
We need support in the following areas:
1) Creating a "Snake Head" Costume Piece for Neo, Grade 4.
2) Digitally preparing a "Program" for the Show
3) Supplying baked goods/snacks to be donated to the MS Student Council concession stand
4) Helping the production team to set up the stage the day beforehand
Day Of Show:
1) Helping students get into make-up and costume (supporting the main cast and/or a class)
2) Assisting with supervision from 12:15pm to 14:00pm before the play starts.
3) Stage Managing backstage (along with a teacher)
4) Filming the play (may need to supply their own filming equipment)
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above items or have any questions, please send an email to Ms. Margot (with your volunteering preference) at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emerald Crown, School Play: Friday, March 6th at 2pm at the Maseru Club Theatre
A sneak peek into AISL's annual school play
AISL Teacher community Service
Giving back to the community is something important for everyone. For a few years now, AISL has been connected with a local school in Kolonyama in the northern part of Lesotho. We have had their teachers come to AISL to shadow our faculty. We have also supported their school in other ways.
On the President's day holiday, 4 of our staff, Jessica Ake, Betty Matlali, Dee Broussard and Mark Brookes visited the school to run professional development sessions with their teachers. The local teachers there were very appreciative and keen to learn from our staff.
Professional Development to local school in Kolonyama
Thank you for your support!!!
AISL Blood Donation Drive
Library: Top Reads this Week
New Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter on display!
First off, a big thank you to the Thiemann family for donating copies to the Library. Lulu and the Brontosaurus is a favorite amongst our younger readers who are practicing to read longer texts.
Also on display is the Rita Williams-Garcia trilogy, the first of which has been recognized by multiple award committees: Newberry, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, National Book Award and Coretta Scott King Award. This will be an excellent addtion for our older elementary students who are seeking a mature read and some challenge.
Other titles include the 4th installment of the Trials of Apollo (mythology) and book 5 of the Skeleton Creek series (horror). For our Middle Schoolers, we have Angel and Lost by James Patterson and the 6th book in the Lorien Legacies that capture the adventures of an alien race that lives on our planet to protect themselves from their hostile enemy. We have one more book in this exciting science fiction adventure that is expected soon in the Library.
Reminder that we will be having our first wine tasting on Thursday, 27th February at 6:00 p.m. at AISL. Please make sure you stop by the office to pay for your attendance as well as your friends and family you invited.
AISL Wine Tasting