Literacy Help for Home

Would you like some strategies, practical skills and website resources to help your child’s literacy?
Is it ok to read Arabic books with my child?
Are there library resources available for me?

Yes, Yes and Yes!
Please come, meet Ms Terry Pedersen – new Literacy Coach for ES, gain new skills and strategies, and have time to ask questions about improving your child’s English literacy.

ES Multipurpose Room #2 prior to conferences November 24th and 25th , each evening from 5:00 – 5:25 p.m.

PYP: Did you know???

In the PYP we focus on 5 Elements for developing each child to their utmost.

• Significant, relevant subject matter that we wish students to explore and know about.
• Powerful ideas that have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop understanding.
• Those things the students need to be able to to do to succeed in a challenging world.
• Dispositions that are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs, and feeling about learning, the environment, and people.
• Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behavior through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice on the other essential elements.

Minister of Education visits AIS – November 11

Yesterday we were very pleased to welcome the Minister of Education to AIS. Students and teachers in several classes enthusiastically greeted Education Minister, Bader Al Essa.

The Minister, who toured the entire AIS Campus dropped in to meet Elementary staff and students in:

Priscilla Borges’ Exploration class
Deb Sandberg’s KG2 class
Molly Hinh’s Grade 3 class
And our K12 Library/Learning Commons

The Minister of Education often tours local public and private school and we were thrilled that we were his first stop on a three school tour.

H1N1 Update November 11

Dear Parents:
Representative doctors from the Ministry of Health, Preventive Health Department/ Private Schools, were on campus yesterday. They checked all students in grade one, the grade of our one confirmed case. They verified the good health of our students. These Ministry doctors asked us to continue to monitor our students, as we typically do, and reinforce good habits, like regular hand washing.
Again, we ask that you review the materials we sent to you yesterday and that can be found on this blog under Communication. And, we ask that you continue to monitor for flu-like symptoms, especially high fever.

H1N1 Update

Dear AIS Community,

Today, we have been informed that we have one confirmed case of H1N1 in the elementary school.
Please find three documents that review both AIS H1N1 procedures and those provided by the Kuwait Ministry of Health under the blog heading Communication/ H1N1 Information

• If your child has a high fever and/or flu-like symptoms, seek medical advice immediately.
• If your child is diabetic or asthmatic, it is strongly recommended that you get them a flu shot immediately.
• Avoid hugging, kissing on cheeks, and shaking hands while greeting
• Regularly wash hands and use hand sanitizers to control the spread of infection

At AIS, we are taking many precautions, including the complete sanitizing of our classrooms, issuing hand sanitizer around the school and in bathrooms, and providing information to staff, students, and parents about how to control the spread of H1N1 in our school.
Again, if your child has any flu-like symptoms, then please keep them at home. If you are seeking medical attention due to flu-like symptoms, please inform our divisional offices, so we can track flu and other like-symptom cases within our school.

Thank you for your help in keeping AIS as H1N1-free as possible.


AIS Administration

Dasman Diabetes Institute Visits AIS Elementary

On Sunday, November 8 through Wednesday, November 11 the Dasman Diabetes Institute will be visiting our Elementary school. AIS has been working with Dasman for the past number of years on a longitudinal study focused on student health. This year they will be coming as a follow-up and will be gathering data on all our students. All students will have their eye sight, weight and height measured. Additionally, those students who have completed and submitted a consent form in previous years will also have their blood pressure and sugar test done. No new consent forms were sent out this year.

In participating in this study it is our hope that our students and the entire Kuwait community will benefit from what we learn. The results will be shared with the school and will be used to help inform our educational program and practice.

Thank you for your on-going support of this important study.

December 10 International Day

International Day T-shirt Order Form

Each year at AIS we celebrate International Day. It provides a wonderful opportunity for learning about all the many cultures that make up our student and staff population. This year our theme for International Day is “We Are One” and as an initiative to support our theme, we are selling International Day T-shirts. If you decide to purchase a t-shirt, you may wear it for International Day on December 10th to celebrate!

The cost for each t-shirt is 5KD. The shirts fit small, so if you are in between sizes we recommend that you order one size up to ensure that the shirt fits. We have given the PE t-shirt size in brackets for reference to help with ordering.

Please fill out the form that will be sent home on Wednesday, November 4
and return it with 5KD to your homeroom teacher by Monday, November 9th, 2015.

Thank you for your support of International Day. Truly “We Are One.”