on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you are surviving the very hot weather. Please do continue to remind your children to have a water bottle (named) at school to drink plenty of water.

Congratulations to Sira, our PreK 3/4 teaching assistant, who recently gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Fatoumata. We are pleased to welcome Sira back to school this week.

Thanks to those of you who has inquired after Brad Waugh, our incoming Director, who currently works in Kathmandu at Lincoln School. He sends his thanks for your concern. Thankfully members of their school community are safe, however as I am sure you know, thousands of people in Nepal have lost their lives.  Communications and information are limited in Kathmandu and people are anxious as after shocks continue. I am sure you will join me in keeping Brad, his wife Renee and everyone in Nepal in our thoughts and prayers.

Annual General Meeting and Board Elections – May 14th

The Annual Meeting of the AISB Association will be held on May 14th. At this time the board will share the school’s financial position, share the results of the Parent Survey and hold elections for the Board of Trustees.  The incoming Director, Brad Waugh, will also be in attendance at the meeting. Please consider standing for the board. Nominations close on May 7th – send yours to Caroline Jacoby now!

Please consider standing for the AISB board.
Get to know your child’s school, be involved in the continued development and governance of AISB.

Genius Hour by Bijan Philippart, Grade 4


Genius Hour was a really fun thing to do as an after school activity. When we first started I had a billion questions like how are we going to know what we should do or how are we going to know our subject. So Mr. Fessler showed us some ideas children had. And Genius Hour was created by Google. Each employee had an hour to work on their project. Did you know that Gmail was created by an employee in Google? I had many, many ideas but I chose one: What were the first creatures to walk on earth? In the beginning of the activity I thought that my idea was the worst because there was no exact answer. On a website it said that it was a giant scorpion. The first day I did my PowerPoint I felt proud of myself that I did all that research. But it  was hard to put in place. When I was finally done I was just so excited that I was going to present it. And I also made a clay model about their habitats. I did a lot of research. I was proud that lots of people liked it.

Epic Soccer Match

On April the 23rd, our AISB boys soccer team had a friendly match against the AISB faculty and staff. Previously, our AISB boys had never beaten the faculty and staff in a match. Our boys were determined to change their record against the faculty and staff on a hot Thursday afternoon measuring 43 degrees Celsius. Our boys proved to be men as they astonished their respectable opponents to beat them by a lofty 10-1 scoreline in the burning heat. Shady Daoud scored early in the first half to give our boys the lead. Jonathan Tannous extended the boys' lead to 2-0 with a powerful shot a couple of minutes later. The first half ended with a 3-0 scoreline for the boys with another goal scored by our team captain, Shady Daoud. In the second half, the goals were raining for the boys as Hussein Kone scored a stunner, his second rocket this season, Thierno Issabre scored two honorable goals including a spectacular diving header, and Shady Daoud scored another stunning four goals to end the match in a record win for our boys. At the end, there were smiles all over as everyone thoroughly enjoyed the friendly encounter.

Raising Money for Mali Health

Anouk, Elena, Eva, Liv, Malika, and Shima made a lemonade stand and also sold cupcakes, cookies, lemonade and pancakes. We did this and gave the money to Mali Health (9th grade project). Lots of people came and bought cupcakes, cookies and the rest. The pancakes were the ones that were most popular. It was a great success. We were able to make 40,000 cfa.

We intend to do another sale in May, and we are thinking of doing a pancake stand with all types of different flavors like nutella, whipped cream, sugar… We hope to see you at our next sale. Thank you very much.

Grade 6 Girls

AISB Art Show

On May 8th (Parent/Student/Teacher Conference Day)  there will be a grand exhibition of all the art work that the students have done over the past year. This will include works from Kindergarten through High school!

Come and enjoy the hard work and creativity of AISB students!

Scholastic Book Fair

Our last BOOK FAIR for this year will be on Parent-Teachers Conferences Day, May 8.

The fair will run from 7:30am  to 4:00pm and the stands will be set up in the main hall.  It is a great opportunity to purchase brand new and used books of all reading levels at a very low cost. Don’t miss the chance to offer your child/children and yourselves exciting books for the summer reading.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Kinder Reflections

Here are some results from a recent interview I did with students about what they liked learning this year, and what they still wanted to learn before the end of the year.   The best part of the interview, besides getting to know each child a little bit better, was that the answers were so varied and reflected so many individual interests.   It just goes to show how unique we all are.

Grade 3 Invertebrate Research

Grade 3 has been doing research on Invertebrates.

The students had to research one group of invertebrates and choose one invertebrate from that group. The had to find facts, see what they eat, their life-cycle and habitat. They had to think about creative ways to display their knowledge. The final task was to present it to other classes and their parents.

Important Dates

Wednesday 29th:Teacher Appreciation Day, breakfast (7:30 -9:30a.m.) and whole school assembly, 2:15.
Thursday 30th:Elementary School Assembly, PreK 3/4 hosting, 7:30a.m.
Mock AP Biology and Human Geography Exams, 1:30
Friday 1st:Labor Day Holiday - School holiday, AISB closed
Monday 4th:AP Psychology exam, 12:00
Tuesday 5th:AP Calculus AB exam 8:a.m.
Wednesday 6th: AP English Literature Exam, 8:00a.m.
AP Physics Exam, 12:00
4th quarter progress reports sent home
Thursday 7th: Board meeting, 5:30p.m.
Friday 8th:Parent/Student/Teacher conferences - no regular school but Grade 3 -12 students should attend
Art Show - all day
Book Fair - all day
Monday 11th: AP Biology Exam, 8:00a.m.
Tuesday 12th Final PTO meeting, 7:30a.m.
AP French Exam, 12:00
Thursday 14th: Elementary School Assembly, PreK 2 hosting, 7:30a.m.
Annual General Meeting of AISB Association. Board Elections - 6:30p.m.
Friday 15th: AP Human Geography, 8:00a.m.
Saturday 16th: PTO Garage Sale, MPR, 10:00-1:00
Board Retreat, 9:00 - 4:00
Wednesday 20th: All library books due back
Thursday 21st: Elementary School Assembly, Beginner French hosting, 7:30a.m.
Friday 22nd:After School Activities end
Monday 25th:Africa Day Holiday - AISB closed
Thursday 28th: Whole school assembly, 7:30a.m.
Grade 6 Medieval Festival
Friday 29th:Senior Walk Through - 2:15p.m
Monday 1st - Wed 3rd: HS exams
Thursday 4th:Seniors' breakfast and graduation rehearsal, 8:00a.m.
No school for students in Grades 9-11
Graduation Ceremony, 6:00p.m.
Friday 5th:Report cards sent home
Final whole school assembly, 10:45a.m.
Students dismissed 11:45a.m.