Director's Letter

on Friday, January 31, 2014

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all.
I am pleased to welcome a number of new students to AISB. Since the winter break we have welcomed the following students:
  • Eyob – Pre K 2
  • Salem – PreK 4
  • Soraya – Grade 4
  • Malika – Grade 5
  • Martina – Grade 6
  • Carla – Grade 11, returning after being away for nearly two years – welcome back!
  • Cara will be starting in grade 2 on Monday. 
We have a number of other inquiries and other students who will be joining us in February. We are very happy to be welcoming new students and families to AISB. We are confident that this growth will continue in the coming months.
If you have a child who will have turned 2 years old by September 1st, 2014 and are interested in them joining our PreK 2 class in August, please contact the office. We are holding an open day for PreK classes on Wednesday 5th February for any prospective parents who would like to see our PreK program in action. See attached flyer. Please share this information with friends who may be interested.

Congratulations to Abigail and Joshua (and the rest of the family) on the arrival of their little sister, Tirzah Sanyu Osiru who was born on Saturday 18th January.
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Report Cards

Last Friday you should have received your child’s first semester report card. Thank-you to all of you who have already returned the envelope to Oumou in the office.
We understand that grading in different countries varies. For secondary school students at AISB a “B” is considered to be at grade level. While we would all like all students to be achieving A’s, the most important thing is that you child is working hard and meeting their full potential. If you have questions or concerns about anything in your child’s report, please make an appointment to talk to the relevant teacher  - either by emailing them or arranging this through Oumou in the office.

Christmas at a Local Orphanage

Before the winter vacation, many of you kindly donated toys and games to give to children at a local orphanage. Munnie Schmann and Aracely Andersen delivered the gifts, which were distributed to some very happy children!

Thank-you for your generosity.
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International Fair

On Saturday we will be holding the AISB International Fair. This is an event to celebrate the diversity of our school community and sample food (kindly prepared by members of our school community) and listen to music from around the world. Come dressed in your national colors.
Tickets cost 2,000cfa and include four food and drink tickets. Please wear your AISB ID to speed up your entrance to the school.
We will also hold a raffle during the fair with prizes including a return flight to Senegal, a fridge, DVD players and vouchers for local restuarants.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
All the best,
Caroline Jacoby

Important Dates



  • Monday 14th - Friday 25th: MAP testing 
  • Monday 14th - Friday 18th: Spirit Week 
  • Wednesday 16th: AP Environmental Science Mock Exam: 12:30 -3:30
  • Wednesday 23rd: AP Human Geography Mock Exam, 1;40 -3:55
  • Saturday 26th: School play, "In a Good Book", 18:00 at AISB. Get your tickets now from the office.


  • Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd: Holiday - no school!
  • Monday 5th: AP Environmental Studies Exam
  • Wednesday 7th: Progress reports sent home
  • Thursday 8th
      • PTO meeting, 7:30 a.m.
      • AISB Board meeting, 6:30p.m.
  • Friday 9th: AP English Exam
  • Tuesday 13th: AP Human Geography exam
  • Thursday 15th: Board elections and Annual General Meeting
  • Friday 16th: Intra-mural competition - indoors
  • Monday 19th - Friday 23rd: Africa Week
  • Friday 23rd: Africa Week Assembly - afternoon
  • Saturday 24th: Piano recital
  • Monday 26th - Friday 30th: Teacher Appreciation Week


  • Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th: Non-academic activities for secondary school students. 
  • Thursday 5th: Graduation - evening
  • Friday 6th: School finishes. Summer holidays begin!

Employee of the Month

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Oumou was nominated by members of the AISB community for the following:
  • Her calm, friendly and reassuring presence in the front office
  • For being so helpful to teachers - arranging a variety of field trips, visiting speakers and happily fulfilling all sorts of weird and wonderful requests – including finding camels in Bamako! 
  • Helping teachers with visas and making arrangements for personal appointments.
  • Translating between English, French and Bambara
  • Her kindness to students when they are hurt or not feeling well.
  • The effort she puts into learning things that are new to her.
  • Taking on other people’s work when they are away.
  • Her kind and friendly greeting – always! 

News from the Library

on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mark your calendar for the AISB LITERACY WEEK running from February 18 to 21.   


  A variety of literacy activities will be organized including a BOOK SWAP on the last day. Now is the time to decide with your child/children which books to swap. All grades level students should bring their books to the library. This can be done starting this week until Wednesday 12th February. Students will be given a chit for each book deposited, which number will be equal to the number of books swapped. The books should be in good/fair condition.

The swap table will be set upstairs. The program will be as follows:

  • 11:00 - 11:30 - Pk. 2/3/4
  • 12.30 - Kg/Gr. 1
  • 13.00 - Gr. 2/3
  • 13.30 Gr. 4/5
  • 14.00 MS 
  • 14.20 HS


Interesting title available in the library: Raising Global Nomads 

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A Turkish Delight

On Friday the grade 6/7 combined group was thrilled to welcome Mr. Bayram from the Turkish embassy.  


Mr. Bayram presented Turkish culture and customs as part of our study of the Middle East.  Our students welcomed him with some homemade Tulumba, a Turkish pastry, and were enthusiastic to learn about Turkey.  

By the end of the presentation many of our students had set a goal to visit Turkey!  

Amanda Leavitt

MS Language Arts and Humanities Teacher

Fasting In Grade 2/3

Grade 2/3 are learning about energy that people, animals and non-living things need. For four days students kept track of what they ate. They then compared this with their class-mates. This was particularly interesting considering the diversity of cultures (and eating habits) we have at AISB.

Then for the really challenging exercise! The best way to learn things is to experience them. The students experienced a morning of "fasting", no breakfast, no snack, until lunchtime. While this is a short time compared to what many children around the world experience, it isn't easy for 7-8 year olds who are used to eating regularly.

We wanted the students to experience how important it is to eat regularly and for them to understand that their bodies need food in order to have energy to function well. Some of the students' comments during the morning included, "I thought his fingers were hot dogs" "My tummy started talking, I told him to be patient" "I saw chicken flying all around me" "Our teachers are torturing us”.

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Pre Kindergarten Open Day

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Calling All AISB Artists!

Calling All AISB Artists!

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The yearbook staff kindly invites all submissions of original art work for the yearbook front page.  We are also looking for smaller pictures to place through out the yearbook.

  • Use 8 1/2 “ X 11” white paper (portrait style) 
  • Write your name, grade and homeroom teacher’s name in small letters in the right bottom corner!  (Ask your teacher for help if this confuses you)
  • No more than 1 entry per student. 
  • Make your artwork NEAT and COLORFUL. 
  • Fill the page—make your picture large and leave very little white space. 
  • Represent AISB or show your school spirit—maybe use our school colors (Red and Black) or school mascot (hippo) in your design. 
  • Draw your favorite school event or memory of AISB. 
  • Include school name “American International School of Bamako” & year (2013‐2014). 
  • Check your spelling! Misspelled entries will not be considered.
  • Turn in to Ms. Leavitt no later than February 3rd.  Winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day.
  • First place drawing will be featured on the front page!   

International Fair

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The Fickle Thing - a poem by Moussa Diarra, Grade 10

The time is set, the strings have been sown,
it comes in the night when you’re alone,
it dances, it flutters,
it whispers, it mutters.
It laughs, it growls,
it screams and howls:
I cannot be stopped, I tie the knot between your life and death
I take away health for I am stealth
and I’m with you in sickness and health;
oh you may stall, but you’ll answer the call
for I’m something you may hate
the rich the poor they have it in store
beware, for I am Fate!