Elementary Back To School Night on September 15

Hello Everyone,

We are off to a very smooth start this year and are looking forward to the challenges ahead of us. We grow when we are challenged. The new staff have settled in very quickly and all programs are up and running. The after school clubs calendar will be hosted here today. I look forward to seeing you all soon.

The Elementary School will be hosting a “Back To School “evening on Sept.15 for all Grade PreK-5 parents and students .The evening will begin in the Al Rayes Auditorium at 6:30 pm with the introduction of the administration team and some general announcements.

Following the announcements the school will be open to visit with school staff and see the classrooms until 8:00 pm.  Art, Music and Physical Education staff will be in their respective work areas while the Religion and Arabic staff will be met in the hallways in which they teach.

We welcome you to celebrate the start of a new school year to greet your child’s teacher.

I look forward to seeing you.

Kevin Haggith
Elementary School Principal

Welcome back!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome back to AIS and another school year! I hope that your family has enjoyed a good vacation. We have just begun staff training and there is lots of excitement in the air! We are pleased to welcome Tyler Wilson and Brenda Azamian as elementary Assistant Principals.

At the end of school last year we sent report cards, class supply lists and your child’s class placement to you. Please refer to that email to refresh the information.

Class placements are final. A tremendous amount of thought goes in to the placement to make sure the class is designed for optimum learning for all. It is essential for a child to learn how to adapt to new surroundings and new people. Do not be swayed by feelings of uncertainty and some fear of the unknown. This is natural and your child will overcome this challenge.

Important Dates:

  • August 18 School offices open
  • August 28  ES Open House (1:00 pm-2:30 pm)
  • September 1  First Day of school PreK-Grade 5 (PK has a staggered start)
  • September 15 ES Back To School Night. Please come and meet our staff.


I am looking forward to the new school year. My wish is that it is an exciting year full of growth and development for your child. Please feel free to contact me at the email below.

Kevin Haggith

Elementary School Principal


ES School blog: aispyp.wordpress.com

Student Led Conferences

May 15, 2014

Dear Parents,

It is that time of year again!!  Our students will be holding Student-Led Conferences on  May 21, 2014.  These conferences will provide an opportunity for your child to reflect upon their successes during the year and to provide you with examples of what they have learned this year.  We emphasize that these are student-led conferences and the teachers will be attending as observers, but not as active participants.

What to expect:

  • Your child will be in charge of the conference and has planned specific areas to share and has rehearsed the conference in a specific order.  Please allow your child to proceed with the special plan.
  • You will be shown completed work, see demonstrations of skills, and be told about the class and your child’s part in it.
  • Several children will be conducting conferences in the classroom at the same time.  Please do not bring other children and kindly switch off your mobile phone during the conference so that your attention to your child’s presentation can be uninterrupted.
  • Your child may be unsure of your reactions to their presentation.  Please provide encouragement and feedback as your child proceeds.  Ask questions to clarify and try not to direct or control the conference.
  • We will be present to facilitate and support the conference.  Please do not initiate discussions that will exclude your child’s participation.
  • Expect your child to share his/her strengths, successes, best work, and favorite subjects.  Your child may suggest areas of improvement.  Discussion of a plan or goal for improvement is encouraged.

Thank you for all your support of the PYP and for supporting your child’s successes and growth at AIS!

We look forward to seeing you next week.


AIS Teachers

Some Dates to Remember

Coming Down The Tracks (events may be changed or added…. please be flexible. Your teacher will help keep you informed of specific classroom events.

  • May 8                        -PreK Show!
  • May 15                      – KG1 Show
  • May 21                      -Student  Led Conferences (5:30-8:30)
  • May 26                      -KG2 Show (8:45-10:00)
  • May 26                      -Grade 5 Leaving assembly (1-2:30)
  • May 29                      – Dress Down Day
  • June 2                        -Student Last Day
  • June 4                        – HS Graduation
  • June 7                        – Reports and Class Lists to Parents
  • June 8                        -Teacher Last day
  • June  12                     -School Closed
  • September 1            -ES First Day of School :)

Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile.

Gary Ryan Blair

Parent Tea on May 12 and Class Formation

Hello Parents! You are invited to a Parent Tea Monday May 12 at 6:30-7:30 pm in the elementary multi-purpose room. please come and share your reflections of the school year and participate in discussion about changes to our school, curriculum and teaching staff. I will be seeking your advice on direction for next year.

Our class formation process has begun with the teachers. The Parent Request forms will not be sent home any more. This issue has been discussed by staff and at two parent teas where it was decided that the process needs to stop. Some of the reasons are listed below.

  • teacher is best informed on classroom needs and should construct the classes
  • forms can be frustrating for both staff and parents to honour the many requests
  • decisions are to be academically centered with an awareness of social needs
  • special needs are assigned accordingly with all parties considered

The teachers and administration go through four rounds of checks to create equal and balanced classes in the best attempt to create a good learning situation for your child. We ask that students be given some support in each class and an opportunity to make new friends every year. Teachers can not promise a specific teacher to you but will listen to learning requests for certain characteristics that you think fit your child. All decisions are finalized by administration. Changes will not be made to the set classes one they are released on June 7th by email.