Director's Letter

on Friday, February 28, 2014

Dear Parents,

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Last week’s Literacy Week was jam packed with activities to highlight the importance of reading and writing in our lives. There were so many fun and educational activities but for me the highlight was the opportunity for students to work with a buddy from a different section of the school. High School students read with and to, their PreK – Grade 1 buddies and also worked together to make a costume for the final day’s Book Character parade. Grade 2-5 students worked with Middle School students to write a story in pairs or groups of three and then present it to the rest of the group. I saw leadership and caring from our older students as well as great pleasure from all students as they got to know and work with a student from a different section of the school. We had excellent participation in the Book Character parade.


Other popular activities included: 

  • DEAR (drop everything and read) time each day for all members of the school community; students, support staff, office staff and me.
  • A teddy bears’ picnic
  • Reading breakfast in the library in our PJ’s
  • Door decorating contest

Many students challenged themselves to read as much as they could during the week as part of the read-a-thon. The student who read the most during the week in the Elementary School was:

  • Gladd Mbaoh – Grade 3, who read for 13 hours and 32 minutes, closely followed by…
  • Mell Mbaoh – Grade 5 – 12 hours, and 
  • Anouk Ganga - Grade 5 – 11 ½ hours

In Middle School there were two 7th grade students who each read for 5 hours. They were:

  • Popoda San
  • Chade Musafri van de Flirt
In High School the winner, who read for 13.4 hours, was Carla Rattunde, Grade 11.

Each winner in Elementary School and Middle School will receive a $20 voucher to buy books during the next Scholastic Book Club.


As well as encouraging students to read, the read-a-thon was a way of raising money to buy materials and teaching supplies for our students to use with some of our community service partners  - the school for deaf children and the girls from Sabalibougou. Students raised 551,975 FCFA ($1,103.95) though collecting sponsorships and donations. Parents, thank-you for your generosity. We will use this money to help less advantaged children develop their literacy skills.

Thank-you to the Literacy Week organizing committee – Chelsea Wilson, Amanda Leavitt, Aafke Zoutewelle and Souleymane Kone – for their work in organizing a great week.


I will be away from school next week.  I will be visiting the International School of Kampala in Uganda. I will checking my email regularly while I am away. In my absence, Jeff Brown will be in charge at school.


All the best,

Caroline Jacoby

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Events Taking Place Outside of School

March


Please see below flyers for an art competition that children may like to enter and also a community event that will be taking place this weekend.

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Girls' Basketball

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The girl’s basketball team had their first game last week against our neighboring school and they won 24-4!

The game was aggressive and quick-paced but they were able to keep their cool, play well, and maintain great sportsmanship. Each one of them did a good job and should be proud of the progress they have made in both their fitness and basketball skills. They have come together as team and continue to grow.

 

 

Our next game is next Friday, March 7th against a team of embassy/expat women. Come and cheer us on!

(Enjoy more photos of the game on our Facebook page) 

From Our Librarian

I would like to thank the whole AISB community for making the literacy week such a success.
Suggestions for next year’s literacy week are welcome. Please send your feedback to me at:
Souleymane Kone: skone@aisbmali.org

Some Titles to Interest You:

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A survival guide for parenting teenagers.







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How to help your kid manage stress and become happier, kinder, and more compassionate










Great movies for your entertainment during the weekend

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James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre.
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While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

Literacy Week @ AISB

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  Check out photos on our Facebook page

Mathematician of the month

Did you know that: -

Euclides

  • He was born 300 BC (Leena)
  • His place of birth is unknown (Mathilda)
  • He probably belonged to a rich family. Some people believe he was the son of Naucrates, but this is disputed by others (Angelique)
  • He was a Greek mathematician (Leena)
  • His name is the Greek word for ‘Good Glory’. He may have studied at Plato’s Academy in Athens (Mathilda)
  • Others believe he was taught by pupils of Plato (Angelique)
  • His book ‘The Elements’ is one of the most influential works in the history of mathematics (Mathilda)
  • One of the oldest surviving fragments of it was found in Oxyrhynchus and dated about 100 AD. His work was based on the work of earlier mathematicians like Hyppocrates and Theudius (Leena)
  • Some say he merely collected the work of others (Angelique)
  • 'The Elements' consists of 13 volumes (Mathilda)
  • It was first published in 1482 (Angelique)
  • It tackles perspective, conic sections, spherical geometry, number theory, rigor and many other aspects of geometry (Mathilda)
  • In it he also proves that there are only 5 regular solids possible. These are known as Plato’s solids (Leena)
  • He also proved there is no largest prime number, because if you take the largest prime and add 1 to the product of all primes smaller or equal to it you get another prime number (Angelique)
  • Apart from the Bible it is the most read book. It served as the main textbook for teaching math until the early 20th Century (Mathilda)
  • This was a period of more than 2000 years (Mathilda). Modern geometry is still Euclidean geometry (Mathilda)
  • Some of his postulates which we still learn in school are (Leena):
    • Given 2 points there is 1 straight line that joins them o A straight line segment can be prolonged indefinitely
    • A circle can be constructed when a point for its centre and a distance for its radius are given
    • All right angles are equal o Things equal to the same thing are equal
    • If equals are added to equals the sums are equal
    • If equals are subtracted from equals the differences are equal
    • Things that coincide with each other are equal
    • The whole is greater than a partPunt
  • He moved to Alexandria to teach at the university and learn from their library (Mathilda)
  • This was during the rule of Ptolemy (Angelique)
  • When asked by Ptolemy if there was no shorter road to geometry than through the Elements, he replied that there was ‘no royal road to geometry’ (Leena)
  •  Another quote of his is ‘The laws of nature are but the mathematical thought of God’ (Angelique)
  • Other books by Euclid are: 
    • Data: what properties can be deduced when other properties are given
    • Divisions: constructions to divide areas into parts of a given ratio
    • Optics: the first Greek book on perspective
    • Phaenomena: elementary mathematical astronomy
    • As well as books on Surface Loci, Prisms, Conics, Fallacies and Elements of Music (Angelique)
  • He was nicknamed the father of Geometry (Mathilda)
  • He died in Alexandria around 256 BC. After his death the group of mathematicians he had been working with wrote ‘The Complete Works of Euclid’ (Angelique)
  • Only centuries after his death people started writing about him, so there is not much information known about him (Mathilda)

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Pre K 3/4 News

We willl start by saying a big “thank you” to the parents who took time to come and read to our class during Literacy Week. We enjoyed all your wonderful and interesting stories!

In Social Studies the Pre K 3/ 4 students continue to dig into the unit about “People at School”.  Through this unit students are beginning to understand that AISB is a community with many people doing different jobs.  The unit has brought our class closer to all the AISB workers that we are learning about; such as the Receptionist, Director,  SAM 6133ibrarian, Admin. Assistant, Gardener, Chief Security Guard, et cetera. Students now know them by their names, understand what they do at school and nicely say “hello” whenever they come across some of them.

HPIM0785  The little Pre K 3/ 4 “Journalists”     have had the opportunity to            interview some of the “People at    School” including Ms. Jacoby.    Students asked her questions they  had composed themselves, such as:“Why are you the Director of the school?”“Why does Ms. Cisse help you?”“Why do you ask students to stand up at the assembly when it’s their birthday?”“Why do you bring visitors to our class?”“Why are you happy?” etc.

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Lots of whys that Ms. Jacoby took time to respond to. In the coming week, we hope to continue our visits and interviews.
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Ayo Wilson
awilson@aisbmali.org