Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff, The winter break is almost here and I hope you take advantage of the time to rest, relax and celebrate with family. We had a big start to the year with our preparations for and then the hosting of a very successful accreditation visit. Of course there are many more exciting and important dates still to come. Here are some to keep in mind:
Our annual Winter Show will take place on Wednesday, December 5th at 1:40pm in the MPR. There will be performances by students of all ages. Please join us.
The last day of classes before the Winter Break - and the final day for this round of After School Activities - is Friday, December 14th. School will resume on Monday, January 7th.
The second quarter (and first semester) ends January 25th, and high school students will be sitting semester exams and submitting term projects after the holiday. Exams run from January 22-25, and you can see the schedule here.
The date of the PTO-AISB International Fair has not been finalized but will be some time in February. If you are heading home for the break don’t forget to pick up food and clothes that you will need for the Fair! If you know of anyone who would like to donate some nifty prizes for the tombola draw, please let the good folks of the PTO know (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Looking far ahead to the start of the 2019-20 school year, the first day of classes is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 20th. The calendar will be finalized at the January meeting of the AISB Board of Trustees.
As one of its goals for 2018-19, the AISB Board of Trustees will be doing a review of the school’s Profile of Graduates (PoG). A multi-stakeholder session to consider the PoG will take place in January. Please contact me if you are interested in participating.
We wish you a happy and restful holiday. See you at school, Brad
Welcome and Farewell
AISB is delighted to welcome Figne Hansen as our School Nurse. Miss Figne is Danish and did her nurse’s training in Copenhagen and Kenya. In her time with us Miss Figne has already been meeting with local health providers to investigate quality care in Bamako and working on the school’s health policies and manuals, and she is of course --most importantly -- taking care of the usual parade of scrapes, bumps and upset tummies daily. Meanwhile, Miss Oumou remains the school’s first “one to go to” for students, and we appreciate Miss Oumou’s warmth and superhero skills at caring for students while keeping us all organized.
We are also very pleased to welcome Aimée Zokpon to the staff. Aimée has been filling in for Julie Gibson, and will take up duties as the teacher for Intermediate French beginning in January. We are very pleased to have her!
At this time we also bid a fond farewell to Ms. Isabelle Thomazeau-Pépin , who will be leaving us at Christmas, to join her husband in Dakar. In her six years with AISB Miss Isa has made many contributions to student learning and the life of the school.
We will miss her, but we wish her the very best in her new life, and we remind her that Dakar is right next door!
Halloween Carnival appreciations
Dear parents, It was great seeing so many of you out at the Halloween Carnival! A special thanks and congratulations to our PTO members for organizing such a successful event and also to the US Marines, for their Haunted House, our student, parent and teacher volunteers, for all their hard work, Mr. Baba Coulibaly and the guards for keeping us secure, Mr. Adama Sidibe and his team for their work setting things up and keeping them clean and all the folks in the office for taking care of tickets, finances and other important matters. The next PTO event will be the International Fair in February!
College Counseling Corner
As we approach the holiday break, our 12th graders are getting ready to finalize their college applications. Please check in with your son or daughter about the following tasks, so that all applications can be submitted on time:
Draft, revise, revise, and revise his or her personal statement
Make sure that a teacher has been asked if they would be willing to provide a letter of recommendation
Contact previous schools to send high school transcripts if student has not completed all high school grades at AISB
Double check application deadlines to ensure that nothing is submitted late
This can be a very hectic time for our 12th graders, as they are busy applying to university, while still staying on top of their course load. With proper counsel and time management, this is something that can be achieved by all of our seniors. Our current goal is that most students will have their applications submitted by the end of break, aside from a few students applying to schools with much later application deadlines. I will be available via email over the break for any questions or concerns.
For parents of 11th graders, please note that in quarter 3, your child will be asked to join the college counseling after-school activity, where we will discuss all important matters related to applying to and attending university, as well as begin working on a college list. It is important that juniors stay attend this activity, as we will be covering information very important for their academic futures!
Registration is open for second semester at AISB: Seeking AISB Ambassadors
As second semester approaches AISB is preparing to welcome new families to our community. We are always glad to see new faces, and we are proud of the community warmth and diversity that help make AISB a terrific school. Please join us in welcoming our newest additions to the school when you see them.
AISB is also pleased to reach out to the wider community to potential families and students. You, our parents and students, are the best ambassadors for the school. By sharing your experience with new potential families you help our community grow, and you help families find the right school for their children.
If you know of anyone interested in joining AISB, please feel free to point them in our direction. Here are some ways you can do that:
Our Registrar Our registrar, Mariam Keita, is happy to assist new families by answering questions about the school and the admissions process - in French or English! Interested families can contact Mariam by email (email@example.com) or phone (2022-4738).
The School Website and Facebook page Families can find out about the admissions process, the school's academic program, and much more, by going to aisbmali.org. A nice view of our community is available at the school’s Facebook page.
The School Brochure Our AISB brochure is another way to share information about the school. If you would like copies of the brochure for your workplace or community hang-out, please do be in touch. We'd be happy to provide you with some.
English classes for non-AISB students/ Cours d'anglais pour les étudiants non-AISB
Children’s English Classes for different levels at the American International School of Bamako (AISB). The new semester starts from the second week of January. For information and subscription please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org call 188.8.131.52
Cours d’anglais pour enfants de différents niveaux à l’American International School of Bamako (AISB). Le nouveau semestre commence à partir de la deuxième semaine de janvier. Pour des questions, des commentaires et / ou des suggestions. Pour toutes informations et inscription: email@example.com appelez au 184.108.40.206
Cours d'anglais pour les adultes/English Classes for Adults at AISB
Our program for Adults helps develop your English by focusing on speaking and listening abilities. Our classes are open to all levels of fluency, even complete beginners. Days and times for classes are flexible and will depend on the needs of those who register. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org call 220.127.116.11
Notre programme d’anglais pour adultes développera vos compétences linguistiques en mettant l’accent sur l’expression et la compréhension orales. Les cours sont ouverts à tous niveaux, même pour débutants ! Nous pouvons proposer jours et heures selon les demandes et/ou effectifs. Pour toutes informations: email@example.com appelez au 18.104.22.168
January 2019 HS Exam Schedule
It seems early, but some students are already asking for study guides for the January exams. It’s probably true that exam period looms large in most student minds, no matter how nonchalant some might appear!
Because exams can become a source of anxiety, it’s important that all students develop healthy, productive and empowering approaches to exam preparation and study in general.
It’s also important for students to keep in mind that although exam-preparation and exam-writing skills are an important part of a student’s toolkit, exams are only one of many ways we measure student learning at AISB.
As exams approach, you can help your child to maintain a balanced approach to study, rest and recreation. This will help them succeed in their work and increase their sense of empowerment as learners.
Help your child succeed. Here’s what you can do to support your child in preparation for exams:
Allow plenty of time and a quiet environment for study.
Encourage your child to make a reasonable study plan that includes clear and achievable goals -- otherwise, studying can feel like an endless, unconquerable mountain. Remind your child that his or her teachers can help to identify study priorities and can also help them to construct an effective, manageable plan.
Encourage your child to eat well and maintain a healthy schedule that includes plenty of exercise.
Keep an eye out for studying that doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere -- it could be a sign that your child needs some help from a teacher, or that she or he needs a break.
Remind your child that we don’t learn when we are exhausted – it’s important to get enough sleep. Brains need rest as much as bodies do.
And most important:
Remind your child that exams, although important, aren’t everything. There are many ways to demonstrate what you know, understand and are able to do.
AISB swim team traveled to Lagos, Nigeria on November 28 for the WAISAL swimming tournament which ran on November 30-December 1. AISB had eight student-athletes competing at the swim meet in various categories such as freestyle, breaststroke and relays. Our swimmers gave their best effort, individually and as a team, and made connections with fellow athletes from our sister schools in West Africa. In addition to these wonderful learning experiences, the team scored 7 first-place finishes, 3 second-place finishes, and 2 fourth-place finishes. At the end, our athletes won two medals one silver and one bronze. As a swim coach, I am extremely proud of our team on the way they represented our school __ Amadou Ba
Help your child learn to read: from the National Council of Teachers of English
Learning to read doesn’t happen magically. Parents and teachers play important roles in developing young readers. This brochure describes ways you can help your child as a reader. Read more...
AP Human Geography Visits ICRISAT
On Thursday, November 22nd the AP Human Geography class had the pleasure of visiting the West African Headquarters of ICRISAT. Below you read about the vision and mission of ICRISAT and two students' opinion on GMOs. Also, you can see the whole AP HG class learning about sorghum and millet. Visiting ICRISAT was very educational and great way to learn more about how some AISB parents are working to improve the world in which we live.
ICRISAT which is a non-profit organization that is working on agricultural research. The mission mission is to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in dryland tropics and create a vision of a prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics where it will not be hard to get food because they work on ways to improve agriculture in places with a dry climate. ICRISAT is now working in 55 countries with a semi-arid climate where they grow crops like millet, groundnut and sorghum.
There is one main biotechnology company in the US called Bayer that produces chemicals that are used as herbicides and creates many GMOs. This company is a private company, meaning that it is not being subsidised by the government therefore, the company works for the profit. The main goal of this company is to create/come up with solutions against the increasing population and world hunger, surely, so why does it have to be involved with politics? Why should we let people that have little knowledge in biotechnology decide for hundreds of people? Why should let those people interests rule over a large number of human lives?
Bayer is a company that seems to have as first goal to improve the economy and bring more money into rich people's pockets, rather than improving human lives and bring safety to poor people. Bayer works towards the greater good of commercial farming. It is not beneficial at all for small farmers. Small farmers usually use organic seeds and not modified seeds. To get those modified seeds they oftentimes have to collaborate with those big companies and start getting involved in some shady businesses and end up struggling because there is only one rule in the contract,” ride or die” . Since GMO seeds are not natural, small farmers can not grow seeds and then keep some of the seeds that have been collected to plant them again. You can only use those seeds once. In Mali, ICRISAT, works towards the greater good of the population as a whole in order to give them a better life, without profiting from them. They use the government aides, in order to help small farmers improve their conditions of life by helping them increasing their incomes. In general, small farmers do not have a stable lifestyle, but with the help of NGOs such as ICRISAT, they can meet their family needs and their commerce. From my point of view, ICRISAT does not really create GMOs, but rather creates Smart Food. They look for different ways to improve crops and seeds, make it easier for small farmers. Instead of coming up with a all new seed that didn't exist before.
AISB 11th Grade Internship Week: We Need You!
GRADE 11 STUDENTS ARE SEEKING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Each year, as part of their regular program of studies, AISB students in the 11th grade undertake a community internship placement of their own choice. The internship program allows students to observe professionals in their working environment, to investigate their obligations and potential as workers, to learn about workplace safety, and to gain valuable practical training and experience.
At this time, students are exploring appropriate placement options and we need your help. If your organization is able to sponsor a student for this internship program, please contact Terae Soumah at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you sincerely.
The library is pleased to invite you to visit its redesigned space. Parents, while you wait to pick up your child after school, why not take advantage of the free “fitness walk” - the stair climb - to visit the inviting space. You can read a magazine while you wait, or borrow a novel from the parents’ section.
Nibbles, our friendly book monster, stands at the door to welcome you, and to receive books that you want to return.
Book borrowing @ the AISB library In order to make efficient use of library time, the library has started to implement a biweekly book borrowing schedule for elementary classes. This means that your child selects books once in two weeks. Grades 1 to 5 students can check out a maximum of 3 books at any one time.
To help all students take care of their library materials, each elementary student has been assigned a clear bag labelled with their name for carrying their library books. Please help your child keep their books in the bag, and be sure to return them with the bag. We hope that this will make it easier to keep books safe from damage or loss.
Library books may be kept for two weeks, then must be returned. A book may be renewed (checked out again) if the student is not finished reading it. An overdue (late) book means a student cannot borrow another book (until the overdue book is renewed or returned). Students are responsible for handling library books with care, since they are for everyone to share. Please keep books away from pets, food, and all liquids. Any book damage should be reported to the library as soon as possible so we can attempt repairs. If a book is lost, payment toward a replacement will be requested from the parents.
Encourage your child to read Reading is one of the most important skills your child will learn in school. Like all skills, improvement comes with practice, and the Library provides a wide variety of books for students to borrow for reading practice, information, and enjoyment. Encourage your child to spend time reading at home every day. You can also help them by reading to or with them, and asking questions about the story.
We hope your child, and your entire family, will read and enjoy many books and grow in reading skills while attending our school.