18th December 2020
From the Director
Dear AISL Community,
By the time you read this, the school community will most likely already be heading into the Christmas holidays.
I would like to wish you all a happy, safe, and relaxing holiday. Please remember to be cautious about interactions and traveling over this break, we want to make sure that all our families are able to return to us in January.
As with all school years, we have a number of families leaving us this break. Some families had their plans delayed from June due to the Coronavirus travel disruptions, while others are moving on to new challenges. As one door closes, other doors open. We will also be welcoming some new families to AISL in January. Some will be familiar to us as they are returning from overseas locations, and some will be new to Lesotho and AISL.
To those families who are leaving us, some of the students have been in AISL for a number of years. We hope that the time you have spent with us in AISL has allowed you to develop and grow as an individual and we are all proud of the children you have become.
We would normally have a special farewell at the assembly. However, this year we are doing a virtual one rather than on campus class parties to ensure we are compliant with COVID-19 regulations.
From all of us in the AISL community, we wish you the best for your next adventure and we hope that you remember AISL fondly.
American International School of Lesotho
Friday, 18th December, 2020 - Last day of school
Saturday, 19th December, 2020 - Sunday, 10th January, 2021 - School Holidays
Monday, 11th January, 2021 - Teacher only work day - no classes
Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 - Students return to campus
I received this from the Head of the CDC here in Lesotho. While it is important as a school we ensure the safety of children while on campus, we ask that parents are also vigilant at home, particularly when it comes to play dates, traveling together, or mingling outside of the school campus.
The CDC has done their due diligence and research and found that schools are not necessarily the location where students are contracting COVID-19. They are being exposed through contact with classmates outside of the campus where families may be relaxing the hygiene rules such as masks and physical distancing, etc.
As we go into the holidays, please be cautious about how, where, and who you are having contact with. There has been a lot of social media content of people illegally crossing the border where they are not being tested or checked.
Take care of yourselves and see you in 2021.
All students may return to campus on Tuesday 12th January 2021 as long as they are not showing symptoms of any illness.
If someone in the household is symptomatic, please keep the child home. Contact the nurse.
We have a new school nurse who started work in the beginning of November.
This is his contact information +266 5888 7263 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade 5 Newsletter
By Sebastian, Eli, Reginald, and Amohelang
In Math this term, we worked on Variables, Expressions, and Equations and the properties of multiplication.
What we learned:
We learned what variables are and how to use them. Variables are unknown numbers. You use a letter in the alphabet to show what a variable is. A variable is a letter that can be anything, and you don’t have the answer for.
Expressions are problems without an answer. (example: 4+8). An expression could be in multiplication, division, subtraction, or addition. (Expressions can have variables too).
Equations are a problem with an equal sign and an answer. (They also can have variables). Equations also mean whichever way you put them you get the same answer. (Example 21).
You can break up numbers and put them into smaller numbers and the answer will stay the same.
When you add (or multiply) it doesn’t matter how you group it, the answer will stay the same.
When you add a zero to a number, it will stay the same. In multiplication, when you multiply a number by one it will stay the same.
The order of the problem does not matter; the answer will stay the same.
By Thamakha, Tumisang, Boitumelo, Hubert, and Luntha
This year, we have been learning about government. Government is a group of people that work together to build a country. We made presentations about different countries around the world such as Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, and more. Next, we learned about different types of government: dictatorship, democracy, republic, and monarchies. There are three branches of government that are legislative, judicial, and executive branches. And so we learned about power. What is power? Power is the ability to command and prevent actions. After learning about power, we learned about the senate and the parliament in the U.S. We learned that the U.S senate is made up of 100 people, 2 from each state. First one to reach 270 votes wins and gets to be the president of the country. Also you could be president for four years or more.
By David, Tadana, and Adrian
In Language Arts, we learned about prefixes, suffixes, pronouns, and nouns. With nouns, we learned that proper nouns have to be capitalized, for example, 'Adrian' which is written with a capital letter since it is the name of a person. So is the word 'I' which is a pronoun that tells you that you are important. We also did capitalization and learned that specific nouns have to be capitalized, but common nouns are not going to be capitalized unless they are in a title or a beginning of a sentence. Pronouns are words that replace nouns. For example, instead of 'Adrian' you could say 'he'. Prefixes are basically letters that go at the beginning to show a different meaning. For example, the word 'pre' as a prefix means before. Suffixes, on the other hand, go at the end of a word to show action or to describe what the word can represent, indicating that they can turn verbs into nouns.
Math With A Guest Math Teacher
By: Adrian, Sebastian, Amohelang, Neo, and Bokang
Math teacher: Marta Garica
On Tuesday, December 15, 5th grade got to work with a guest Math teacher, Professor Marta Garica. We were working on Fractions Number Talk. It was fun and hard at the same time. We first worked on 9 ¾ + 3 ½. You might think the answer is 13 but it is not; it is 13 ¼. We used different strategies to solve the Math problems. We also interpreted what our classmates were saying as well as shared the first step we took towards our answers.
It all began with some tree branches from the school premises, knitted creatively together, and having a chance to live again as our Christmas tree. With joyful devotion, we painted till every twig and branch could breathe fresh with rainbow colors. And so it became our rainbow Christmas tree!
As we proceeded to decorate the tree, great excitement rang in the heart of the students as they sighted the Christmas balls that would serve as accessories for our Christmas bells made out of plastic bottles. This served as one of the Christmas ornaments. Finally, the day we had been waiting for arrived. With high spirit and cheerful beams, hidden behind masks though, the students watched as the tree was placed to stand and decorated with the hand-made ornaments. It arrived at its final destination: the front of the school gate and stood tall as an emblem of hope, strength, and glad tidings that Christmas brings to everyone.
Our Art Christmas Story