13th November 2020
From the Director
Dear AISL Community,
It was so good to see students back on campus this week with more coming next week. It seems so long ago that they were running around the campus, laughing and enjoying each other's company. The students fell straight back into this pattern very quickly; however with the physical distancing in place.
I visited the classrooms in the morning to see how students were settling in. They were all happy to be back on campus; possibly not as much as the parents! Students have managed to help the new students learn the campus despite having been away for months. Finally meeting them in person was great.
We still have a number of new students to arrive in the coming months. Please enjoy some of the pictures of our first few days on campus.
I should have some news regarding our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes next week. With luck, we will be able to have them join us on campus also.
American International School of Lesotho
Dear AISL Community,
We are up and running with our reopening. Please ensure that you are aware of your role in the process of sending student back to campus. Thank you to all the parents who I have seen following the rules already. It is good to see you all again dropping off students. Please remember to wait to ensure that your child is able to enter the campus.
We slightly changed the process of campus entry. Now there are two temperature checks. One at the gate so that we can let parents know it is ok for the student to enter, and then one with the nurse at the inner gate that is documented.
The students were well prepared for re-entering the campus and had no problems adapting to the new requirements.
Thank you all for your support in reopening.
We are hoping to have news about early years in a couple of days.
School website: www.aislesotho.com
This worked really well this week. Middle School students came back on Thursday and grades 3, 4, and 5 were back on Friday.
The school's Reopening protocol document has been sent to parents. It is also available on the school website under the COVID-19 Menu.
We have a new school nurse who started work in the beginning of November. His name is Sengovuka. His school contact number will be made available, but his email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have already experienced some hybrid classes with students zooming in from their locations.
Campus Reopening Update
Back to School
Would you be surprised if you were told that the earliest ideas for Stuart Gibbs' novels came to him as early as a 4th grader?! In his conversation with his readers around the world on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Mr. Gibbs shared that he always knew he wanted to be a writer. Some of the earliest ideas he'd had, came to take the shape of bestselling novels after he had spend years perfecting it. While he said he typically worked on 8 to 10 drafts of his novels, it was not unusual for authors to take about 40 attempts before they were satisfied with their own efforts! His earliest works were fan fiction for the famous James Bond movies. Much impressed by the movies, Mr. Gibbs wrote a version from the perspective of the protagonist who is Mr. Bond's son, a character he created and named, Jimmy Bond. Who'd have known that his Spy School books would some day be made into a movie (coming very soon), much along the lines of a Bond film!
Library: Confessions of an Author
Confessions of an Author (Continued)
Authors spend an incredible amount of time researching their topics: a few weeks, months, or even years! For the latest installment of the series, Spy School Revolution, Mr. Gibbs admits his inspiration is Gorge Washington. Numerous visits to Mount Vernon, the historic home of the first President near Washington D.C., had sparked his imagination. General Washington in his campaign against the British forces is known to have used secret codes (image on the left).
Mr. Gibbs ranks Ms. Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game as a superior piece of mystery writing. This Newberry award winner captivated his imagination for years and motivated him to create stories that would have the same effect on his audiences as the novel had had on him. Mr. Gibbs continues to own a copy of the book: the very same copy he owned as a young boy!
The idea for the FunJungle series came from the author's visits to the Philadelphia Zoo as a student while working on a project. During that time, he was in the company of zookeeper's and got to learn some interesting facts about animal behavior. This became the basis of the first novel in the series Belly Up!
Mr. Gibb's best friend Garrett is an astronaut by training. This meant, Mr. Gibbs was able to spend a lot of time at NASA where Garrett worked. His friend took a copy of Belly Up into space (see image on right) on a mission to the International Space Station. Garrett took a photo of the book in space, and yes, you guessed it right, that's indeed planet Earth in the background as it appears from outer space!
Mr. Gibb's publishers were thrilled and wondered if Mr. Gibbs would write a story set in space... and...
Most museums of Natural History have cool displays for their visitors. But did you know that for an author looking for ideas, the preferred place to explore would be the storage facility in these museums?
Most movies depict spaceships as huge vessels, big enough to hold the population of entire cities! In reality, most space shuttles can only allow few crew members. The image of the craft shown below can only accommodate three astronauts.