AISB TIMES

20th Ed. March 6, 2021

Spring Edition

WORTH A THOUGHT


Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”
Noam Chomsky

Featuring:


  • Spring Break
  • Routine Testing/Wait Time
  • Attendance Policy
  • End of Quarter Three
  • Covid-19- Country Situation
  • Secondary Science & Fun Experiments
  • A Peek into Pre-K Class
  • 100th Day of School
  • Valentine's Dance
  • Parent-Teacher-Conferences
  • SAT/TOEFL
  • College Night
  • Elementary Assembly
  • Advanced French Classes
  • Grade 4&5 Science
  • Recruitment Update
  • Lunch Menu
  • School Holidays

The Spring Break-Being Cautious During Election Week

AISB will be closed from Monday 15 to Friday March 27, 2021. School will resume on Monday March 29.


For safety reasons, avoid crowded areas and night movements during this period. You may want to stock up on food, water and basic needs in case of any unforeseen circumstances during or post election. Exercising caution is recommended.


Teachers have prepared emergency hard copy materials for student use in the event of internet disconnection/loss as had been the case in the past and if we can't resume school as planned.

Routine Testing for COVID-19- Wait Time

Dear AISB Families,


Thank you for your continuous support and collaboration as we seek to make AISB a safe school for all our students, your children and employees. We recently embarked on a random testing for Covid-19 and understand how unsettling the procedure could have been for everyone.


The wait time after testing for results is quite long leading to close to a week of online learning, with its own disadvantages. AISB strives to offer a blended learning model during such times to ensure that students continue to learn whether at school or at home.


To make the experience better, we hope to invest in rapid test kits for use during our random sample testing soon. We also have parents from the WHO who have promised to help us in various capacities such as ensuring that our results are prioritized at the labs. We are indeed grateful for everyone's effort in this direction.

Attendance Policy Reminder

Being present enhances a child’s chances for success. Missing school is at times unavoidable due to circumstances such as illness, religious holidays, family emergencies, and school-sponsored trips. However, it is the school’s expectation that absences from school be kept to as few as possible, and that students be present and on time for every class every day possible.


Excused absences: An excused absence results from reasons that are acceptable, such as illness, medical/dental appointments, school-sponsored trips, class field trips, family emergencies, legal appointments, pre-approved family trips, etc. It is in the child’s best interest if everything possible is done to minimize these absences. Students will be allowed to make up work missed as a result of an excused absence.

Unexcused Absences: An unexcused absence results from reasons that are not permissible or acceptable, such as skipping class, truancy, over-sleeping, shopping, unauthorized trips, leaving school without permission, etc. In addition, absences due to family trips are considered unexcused unless prior approval from the office is obtained. Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up quizzes, tests, presentations, and other assignments missed on the day of an unexcused absence.


Absences due to illness are excused. However, upon a student’s return to school, communication from a parent explaining the reason for absence is necessary. Students who become ill at school will obtain a pass from the classroom teacher / office before reporting to the doctor. The doctor keeps a record of all students seeking assistance due to illness or injury. If it is determined that a student needs to go home, or if additional care is indicated, AISB will contact the parents and arrangements will be made for the child to go home. If the student does not go home and returns to class, the doctor will provide a pass for the student to return to class. Before leaving campus, the student must also obtain permission to leave campus for the guards at the gate.

End of Quarter Three

The 3rd Quarter ends on April 6 and the 4th & last quarter of the year begins on April 7. Students are reminded to catch up on missed assignments as soon as possible because there won't be much time left after the break to do so.
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For More COVID-19 Situation BY Country, click below

Secondary Science & Fun Activities

The first set is of the 9th grade class being first exposed to a geographical information system (GIS) which utilizes satellite and other remote sensing devices to manipulate and analyze geographical features. The second group is of the 8th graders testing their designs for their vacation duck experiment which will continue on Tuesday. This experiment builds upon their ducks in space experiment and incorporates different and engineering problems which the students individually attempt to manage and to design working solutions
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A Peek into the Pre-K Class

Pre-K Interactive Learning! ✍🏻🌈

100th Day of School

Students dressed up like they were 100 years to celebrate this day amongst other fun activities.


It was streamed live on Facebook and be watched by clicking on the link below.


https://fb.watch/43fJo0k84Z/

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The Valentine's Dance

On Friday February 19, AISB organized a cohort based Valentine's dance. The 4th and 5th graders had great fun from 5:00-6:00PM while the secondary students came in from 6:00-7:00PM.
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Parent-Teacher Conferences

On April 8th and 9th, we will have student-led conferences at school. Parents are requested to attend and learn about how their children learn, their strengths, and areas of improvement. It is also a time to foster the relationship between students, parents and teachers as a vehicle for improved student outcomes.


Elementary parents will have a schedule to follow with specific time slots, while in the secondary, it will be a matter of first come come, first served.


School will end on both days at 12:00 and conferences will begin at 1:00PM.

SAT & TOEFL at AISB

AISB is a test center for the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). These tests are open to our students and the Brazzaville community. Take advantage of our services and be ready for college or meet other professional requirements.


The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) will be written next Saturday March 13 by all 11th graders and some of our 10th graders as they prepare for college admissions in the US.


AISB also offers the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) more than once a month.


To register, follow the instructions below:

Click on the link: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/


You can then click on “test centers, test dates and seat and seat availability” to search for available locations and dates.

You will come to a page where you can enter the location where you are looking for testing.

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College Night

Our next College Night is scheduled for Tuesday, March 30, 2021. All students in the 10th and 11th grade should take special note.

Elementary Assembly

The Kindergarten and 1st graders yesterday had a presentation on what they have been learning in Science about living and non-living things.


This assembly was streamed live on Facebook to enable parents to watch from from. Click on the link below and enjoy.


https://fb.watch/438qut9EYc/

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Mr. Alioune's Advanced French Classes

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Grade 4 & 5 Science Measurement Spree

The 4th & 5th graders embarked on an interdisciplinary unit in Math and science and went all out to measure distance, temperature, weight etc.
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Recruitment Updates

Being an extraordinary year, and affecting many important processes, recruitment is no exception. Job fairs organized for the recruitment of international school teachers such as the International School Services (ISS) and Search Associates that AISB attended and recruited from in the past, were not available this year for obvious reasons. However, there are online platforms for recruitment that have been explored and are being helpful in the process. There are two more positions to be filled for recruitment to be complete for the 2021-2022 school year.


Take note that the 4th and 5th grade classes will be split next year for optimum results based on the projected numbers for those classes.


We would like to thank the 4th & 5th grade parents for their cooperation, understanding, and patience through our challenges.


The following are vacancies for the 2021-2022 school year and the current situation:



  1. High School Math Teacher- Position filled
  2. High School Language Arts Teacher- Position filled
  3. Middle School Math Teacher- Position filled internally
  4. Middle School Social Studies Teacher- Position filled internally
  5. Grade 5 Teacher- Position filled
  6. Grade 4 Teacher - Position pending
  7. Grade 2&3 Teacher (teacher moving to secondary)- Position pending


In the next AISB Times edition, the entire team will be introduced to you all as has been the case in the last few years with everyone's detailed bio.

Lunch Menu

Find below the menu for the entire month of March.
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School Holidays -Coming Up

Friday, April 2 will be Good Friday, a school holiday.


Monday, April 5 will be Easter Monday, a school holiday.

Have a pleasant weekend!


Best regards,


Dr. Laura Viban

Ed.D in Educational Leadership & Management

Director

American International School of Brazzaville

director@aisbrazza.org / www.aisbrazza.org