Back to School BBQ

on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The Senior Class of AISB was in charge of organizing and coming up with activities in order to make the Back to School Barbeque more memorable for the community as a whole. As this was the first major event of the year, our class wanted to make sure we took the lead to make it noteworthy in order to set an example for other classes that are to plan future events.
Activities that were available included a mural painting corner for young children, soccer and basketball. These activities were chosen because they were not too complicated and as a result, the senior class could also enjoy other festivities. The class was also responsible for hiring a band to entertain parents and students as they were eating. We chose a band that would play traditional music and incorporate a little bit of Malian culture into the atmosphere.
Time was additionally taken to plan and determine what in the previous years we thought could be improved upon. A point was made that high school and middle school students had not had seats and an area where they could mingle amongst themselves. As a result, a high and middle school seating area was made which was an overall success although we may have gone overboard with too many seats!
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Overall, the Back to School Barbeque seemed to be a success with everyone enjoying the entertainment, food, and activities.
Kale Kamano
Grade 12

We Need Your Input!

AISB is exploring how we can increased the opportunities for our students to be authentic, innovative, and collaborative in their learning. Therefore, we are gathering a group of students, parents, and faculty to investigate options for a 1:1 device program from elementary to high school.
If you are interested in being part of this group and giving input on the tools and skills that our students need, please contact Your involvement is flexible and can range from once-a-month meetings to weekly committees to helping actually deploy the hardware and software once a plan has been approved.

Best regards,
 Matthew Kelsey
IT Coordinator, American International School of Bamako

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Mathematician of the month September: Maurits Cornelis Escher

Did you know that:
  • EscherHe was born in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands on the 17th of June 1898 (Bastiaan) 
  • The house he was born in is now a ceramics museum, called the Prinsessenhof (Bastiaan) 
  • He was the youngest of 5 brothers (Susane) 
  • From early childhood he had the ability to visualize distinct special patterns (Susane)
  • His family moved to Arnhem in 1903 (Bastiaan) 
  • He attended primary and secondary school there until 1918 (Bastiaan)
  • He was a sickly child and placed in a special school after failing second grade (Bastiaan) 
  • He was very good at drawing, but his grades were not as good as his drawings (Bastiaan) 
  • In his free time he took carpentry and piano lessons (Bastiaan) 
  • In 1919 he went to the Haarlem School of Architecture and Decorative Arts (Bastiaan) 
  • After failing some subjects in architecture he switched to decorative arts (Bastiaan)
  • He was encouraged to continue graphic arts by his teacher Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita (Karima)
  • He left the school in 1922 (Bastiaan)
  • He is well known for his mathematical woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints (Bastiaan) Butterflies
  • He made 448 of these in addition to 2000 drawings and sketches (Karima) 
  • His work explores echoing patterns, perception, space and transformation (Susane) as well as concepts in geometry, logic, space and infinity (Susane)
  • He is most famous for his impossible constructions. Examples of these works are: Ascending and Descending, Relativity, Metamorphosis I, II and III, Sky & Water and Reptiles (Karima) 
  • Like some of his famous predecessors (Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer and Holbein, he was left-handed (Karima) 
  • He was really a graphic artist and not a mathematician (Bastiaan) 
  • His work appears in books, on tapestries, on postage stamps and on murals (Karima) 
  • He was embraced by both artistic and mathematical communities (Susane) 
  • In 1922 he traveled to the Mediterranean and was influenced by the Moor-designed Alhambra in Granada, Spain (Susane)
  • He married Jetta Umiker and had 3 children. They lived in Rome (Susane) 
  • He traveled expensively through Italy and used many of the sketches he made then in later work (Karima) 
  • During the Second World War he lived in Switzerland, where he was fascinated by the Regular Division of the Plane (Karima) 
  • His work shows us that reality is wondrous, comprehensible and fascinating (Karima) 
  • Kubus escherHe passed away on the 27th of March 1972 (Bastiaan)

From the Library

The AISB Library collection is managed using Follet Destiny, a very powerful tool that allows you to explore our collection wherever you are connected to the Internet. Here is the link:, also available on FOCUS and the AISB website. Once you are on the page, you have different search options as shown below. No login required.

Parents are welcome to check out the numerous adult novels available in the library for their personal reading, as well as other resources to be read to children.

Reading Tips for Parents
It has been demonstrated that children whose parents read to them succeed more than those who don’t. Here is a great site to help you develop your child reading skills:

Contact Mr. Kone at: if you have any questions.
AISB Librarian

Child Protection Classes

on Monday, September 29, 2014
Students in Kindergarten – Grade 5 will be have Child Protection lessons over the next couple of months. These are designed to help equip children with the skills to seek help if they are ever faced with a situation where they are being mistreated, physically, emotionally or sexually.
Lessons and resources are taken from the Child Protection Handbook, which parents can access at: 

As the year continues AISB will continue to develop this program to also include older students.

MAP Testing

Learn how interpret your child’s MAP report and learn about how teachers use the data to help their students achieve their full potential. Parents who attend will be given their child’s MAP report during the session. Others will be sent home later in the week.

  • When: Wednesday 8th October, 7:30 -8:15
  • Where: Library 
  • Who: Parents of students in Kg – Grade 10

2014-2015 PTO Committee

Congratulations to the following people who have been elected to the AISB PTO executive for this year:

  • President: Vinisha Nankani 
  • Vice President: Christianne Nsengiyumia 
  • Treasurer: Nathalie Richer 
  • Secretary: Marie-Claude Racicot 
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Danuta Nganko & Cecilia Soares 

Thank-you to all these people for agreeing to take on a leadership role and others who committed to supporting them in these roles throughout the year. We look forward to some great PTO events and new ideas and ways of supporting our students and the school.

Suzanne Anderson on Leave

As I am sure some of you have noticed, Suzanne Anderson will soon be having her second child. She will go on leave on Wednesday and return for the beginning of the second semester. We wish her all the very best with the delivery and look forward to meeting the new baby in January.

In Suzanne’s absence, two of our part time teachers will be increasing their teaching loads, Alexis Schultz will be teaching PE classes and Christina Arn will be teaching Suzanne’s art classes.

AISA Board Meeting

I am a member of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) board.

NewImageIn this role I will be traveling to Addis Ababa to participate in the AISA board meeting on Thursday 2nd October and will return on Tuesday 7th October. I should be back just in time for the swimming activity!

In my absence Jeff Brown will be the teacher in charge. I will also be contactable by email while I am away.

Tabaski Holiday

Tabaski will be celebrated in Mali on Sunday 5th October. AISB will be closed for all students, faculty and staff on Monday 6th to allow families and staff time to celebrate and recover from the festivities. Please note this is a change to the original calendar.
Congratulations to one of our janitors, Daouda Doumbia on winning the sheep in the support staff raffle at the faculty and staff party this last weekend.
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I wish everyone who is celebrating Tabaski, Sambé Sambé!
Best wishes,
Caroline Jacoby

Counseling for Students & Families

Guiding students to find their strengths and build upon them to achieve goals and overcome obstacles.

Tama Walley is a licensed social worker & psychotherapist, specializing in stress management for individuals, children, and families. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Organizational Development and a master’s degree in Social Work.

In addition to traditional approaches to psychotherapy, Tama is trained in EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness, Yoga, and Expressive Arts Therapy.

For further information:, 78 81 99 38.

Halloween Carnival – Save the date!

AISB’s Halloween Carnival will be held on Saturday 15th November NewImage(please note it has been moved from October).

Get your costumes ready! More information to follow soon.
on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Scholastic Book Club opened, starting September 15- 24. An opportunity to choose and purchase your favorite books.