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AISL Weekly

Friday, November 15, 2013

Issue 13 Volume 50

Dear AISL Community, The business office is making a concerted effort to make sure that all parent accounts have been settled and are up to date for the year. Thank you to the majority of parents who have settled all accounts for this school year. Letters and emails have been sent out this past week, kindly reminding parents who have not settled up their accounts, to please do so. If you are unsure about your account please email Agbeke account1@aislagos.org in the business office who is in charge of the accounts and she will gladly check your account balance. Please be reminded that tuition payments can be made by check, wire transfer, or direct deposit to any of the accounts identified on the invoice. The school no longer accepts cash for tuition-related transactions as we keep very little cash on campus. At this time, non-tuition related fees such as those for school trips or after-school activities may be made in cash or any of the other payment methods identified. A special note regarding Naira check payments from the business office: Please note that all Naira check payments must be drawn on NUBAN compliant checks and the drawer must ensure that pre-approval is given on amounts drawn where appropriate. Thank you and have a great weekend. Tim Travers Superintendent


Elementary School Update Meet With M&M! Report cards will go home next Friday for kindergarten through 5th grade students. Occasionally report card time can be an anxious time for students and parents, although it really shouldn’t be. We all know that grades are not a complete picture of a young person and “pressure” is not the name of the game. Grades should be accepted as a report of how a student is performing in class at this time. Please make sure to praise your child for the good work they are doing and discuss with them a plan for how they might do better if that is the case. If you have questions, make sure to bring them up with your child’s teacher. Mr. Imhoff has been working all week with parents to sign up students for both after school activities and Saturday sports. After school activities for trimester #2 will begin next week, November 18. Unfortunately Wednesday’s “Beading and Needlework” activity will not start until the following week due to a serious family issue facing the instructor. Tomorrow will be the final day of Saturday basketball and also the Saturday basketball award presentation! 2nd trimester Saturday soccer registration was this week, but it’s not too late. You may also sign up this Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00 and next Saturday, November 23, at the Saturday soccer “Evaluation/Tryout Day”. Please refer to Mr. Imhoff’s schedule in this newsletter for specific Saturday soccer evaluation times on November 23. Also on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00 to 3:00, everyone is welcome to come to school for the PTO Bazaar! It is a fun event every year. I look forward to seeing all of you here over the next few busy and fun weeks! Mr. Martin-Muth Elementary/Middle School Principal

American International School of Lagos Behind 1004 Estates, Victoria Island, P.O. Box 2803 Lagos, Nigeria http://aislagos.org Phone (234-1) 461-0985 (234-1) 461-0987 Fax (234-1) 461-0986 Superintendent Tim Travers High School Principal Garth Wyncoll High School Vice Principal Carlos De La Sobera Middle School Principal Dan Luce Elementary Principal Bill Martin-Muth Early Childhood Coordinator/ Director of Admissions Donnie McCoy Curriculum Coordinator Kim Hayes

Contributions to the newsletter may be emailed to: casobo@aislagos.org


Middle School Update Greetings! Many of you have probably seen episodes of some of the popular TV series like, “Deadliest Catch”, “America’s Toughest Jobs” or “Dirty Jobs”. The point of them is to expose some of the aspects of jobs that cause them to fall into the “very difficult” or “undesirable” category. Often times, while watching an episode of one of these shows with others I have heard comments like, “You couldn’t pay me enough money to do that job” or something similar. The truth is that most of the time (although not always) the people doing those jobs are compensated at a high level because of the danger or extreme nature of the task. The point of my introduction is that I believe that one of the most difficult jobs on the planet has never made its way to an episode of any of the TV shows previously mentioned. It is also a job in which no financial compensation is received. The job that I am speaking of is parenting. Being a middle school principal definitely has its challenges but parenting is much more difficult. The job description is contained in several volumes rather than a page or two. Although many books have been written to try to assist parents to be good parents, a handbook does not exist. Granted, any healthy human being can be a parent but “parenting” is exigent, taxing and demanding; especially as our children hit adolescence. Helping children to grow into a caring, independent and responsible adult is the goal of any good parent. Adolescence can be a confusing time of change for teens and parents alike. But while these years can be difficult, there's plenty you can do to nurture your teen and encourage responsible behavior. Probably the most important thing to remember as the parent of a teen is that no matter how much they avoid you, (because you are another adult) continue to show them that you love them. Do this by spending time with them and listening to what they have to say. Remember that their feelings are not their thoughts and although you might disagree with their thinking, the feelings they are experiencing are not disputable, any more than yours or mine. Give praise as often as possible and make feedback as constructive as possible, rather then critical. When your teen doesn't seem interested in bonding, keep trying. Regularly eating meals together may be a good way to stay connected to your teen. Invite your teen to help you with projects at home. On days when you're having trouble connecting with your teen, consider finding creative ways for each of you to do your own thing, but do them in the same area or space. Being near each other could lead to the start of a conversation. They still need you even though they may not show it. The next month or so will be a busy time for everyone. The end of the school semester and the holidays are coming. Tensions run a little higher, both at home and at school. Model ways to manage stress and to calm oneself when times become difficult, stressful and tense. This will help you but also help teach them techniques to employ for themselves. Remember to include laughter. When stuck in a go-slow look for things that are amusing and funny and share them aloud. Laughter releases endorphins in the brain that lift the mood. These are just a few tips that I hope will help you more successfully navigate these times with your teens. As they are working to move through this new territory, helping them to see it as an adventure rather than a scary trip into a dangerous and unknown wilderness will help to maintain your relationship with them. It will also help to provide them with an all-important sense of safety and security. And after all, isn’t that what we all want in our lives? “Never respond to an angry person with a fiery comeback, even if he deserves it...Don't allow his anger to become your anger.” ~ Bohdi Sanders Thank you for the privilege of serving your student. Dan Luce MS Principal


High School Update International schools in many ways are global villages. Within the walls of AISL, we find cultures mixing, hear languages from different ethnicities, and develop an appreciation for the mix. We are a village. We help each other, support each other, and have fun together. When one of our constituents hurt, we all hurt. Over the past week, Typhoon Haiyan, called Yolanda in the Philippines, devastated many parts of the Philippines–a country that a few of our students hail from and that we, the Wyncoll family, were lucky enough to call home for six wonderful years. UNICEF Canada is collecting money for relief efforts, and the Government of Canada as well as Loblaws, a grocery store chain in Canada, are matching donations. If you want to make a donation through AISL, please give your Naira or dollars to me (we have already collected over =N=64,000!). I will make a credit card transaction using a Canadian credit card so we can take advantage of this generous offer. I will post the transaction details for all to see on the community bulletin board and ask that Mr. Travers oversee the finances for transparency. There are many powerful news reports and photos that have documented the extensive damage. Here is a link that documents the destruction: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/tacloban-city-before-and-after-supertyphoon-yolanda Please read notes below from the Deputy Headmaster, Mr. Jeffrey Hammet, and the HS Principal, Mr. Jason Atkins, of Brent International School Manila. The notes underscore the idea that we live in a global village and assist each other when the need arises. “Many thanks to you and your family for reaching out. Brent Schools are all unscathed physically by Typhoon Yolanda but emotionally we are pretty much spent. Lack of communication from the affected areas keeps those with family there in pain. Only time will tell whether the news is good or otherwise. And yes, we are fully cranked into relief mode. Sent one shipment by boat on Monday and will hopefully send a second by truck tomorrow afternoon. There is a link on our website for sending financial aid.” “We are doing well at Brent although a few in the community are still missing friends and family, but we are turning our energies toward relief activities. Thank you for the prayers. They are appreciated. By the way, we are hosting APAC choir and several of the other schools are bringing donations. The outpouring of support is heart warming.” Any help for our far off village members is appreciated. The girls and boys volleyball teams are in Ghana, competing at the WAISAL Volleyball tournament. We wish them all the best - Go Eagles! Upcoming Events HS Parent Forum November 20 at 2:00 p.m. Topic: Merit System, IT at Home, and Career Counseling International Trip Week November 22-30 Thanksgiving Holiday Wednesday, November 27 11:20 a.m. Dismissal Thursday and Friday Holidays, November 28-29


Counselor’s Corner News & Events The hardest job a parent has, is to discipline a child. Disciplining can happen at any time, often unexpectedly. One of the best ways to “be ahead of the game” is to sit down during a calm time and create a menu of consequences and rewards for your child. The best part is that your child is a “partner” in what happens when he is disciplined. Then, there are no surprises and as a parent, you are prepared and ready when the moment to discipline comes. Attached are a CONSEQUENCES AND REWARDS MENU for children ages 5-9 and 10-14 that can be found on the website, Empowering Parents. Here are some tips to keep in mind. 1. Use the CONSEQUENCES MENU as a starting point for ideas. You know your child best and what will motivate her. When you sit down and ask her to choose the rewards, she will be more motivated to make good choices and stay out of trouble. 2. Consequences are most effective if they are “time-limited” and “task-oriented”. The goal is to teach your child what the appropriate action is, for the next time. Be sure to make the duration of the consequence fit the “crime”. And make sure to specifically repeat again, what the expected behavior is. An example - if your middle school child is verbally abusive, taking her phone away for several hours (decide the time limit before it happens) and she practices how to talk in a kind way during that time. 3. Use only one consequence at a time. With one behavior, choose one consequence. When a parent and child are in a heated discussion, the parent has a tendency to “stack” the consequences. It could look like this: “That’s it, you’ve lost your phone! Ok, you want to keep it going, now you’ve lost TV for a week”, and so on and so on. If there is only one consequence for one behavior, the child already knows what will happen and you can remain calm and stick to the point. 4. Review and problem solve with your child after the consequence is done. Problem solving with your child AFTER the consequence is done, will help your child act differently in the future. Remember that giving consequences alone, will not change your child’s behavior. Please feel free to contact me if I can help your child be successful at school. Sincerely, Mrs. Susan Imhoff ES/MS Counselor


Menu of Daily Consequences and Rewards For Ages 5–9

Consequence

Reward

Loss of TV

Additional TV time

Loss of video games

Additional video game time

Loss of computer time

Additional computer time

Going to bed early

Staying up later

Doing additional chore

Having someone else do your chore

Not earning favored activity

Gaining additional activity

Loss of playtime/free time

Additional free time

Ideas for favored daily activity

Ideas for weekly rewards

Craft projects (drawing, coloring, playing with clay, painting) Making something in the kitchen Playing a game of child’s choice Playing with one-on-one with parent or other favored person Going to the playground/park Getting an extra story read aloud Playing “pretend” games (dress-up, house, school, pirates, dolls, tea parties, LEGOs) Watching a video or movie

Having a playdate/sleep over Going to a museum Going to the playground/park Getting a treat/meal out Choosing a small toy/item from dollar store

EmpoweringParents

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© Legacy Publishing Company

Help for Tough Child Behavior www.EmpoweringParents.com


Menu of Daily Consequences and Rewards Consequence

Reward

EmpoweringParents

®

© Legacy Publishing Company

Help for Tough Child Behavior www.EmpoweringParents.com


Menu of Daily Consequences and Rewards For Ages 10–14

Consequence

Reward

Loss of TV

Additional TV time

Loss of video games

Additional video game time

Loss of computer time/Internet access

Additional computer time/Internet access

Loss of personal media device (e.g., PSP, iPod)

Additional time with personal media device

Going to bed early

Staying up later

Doing additional chore

Having someone else do your chore

Not earning favored activity

Gaining additional activity

Loss of free time

Additional free time

Loss of cell phone

Additional time with cell phone

Ending an activity early

Gaining additional time at activity

Ideas for favored daily activity

Ideas for weekly rewards

(PLEASE NOTE: We do not recommend taking away things like sports or music altogether because kids gain so many benefits from these activities, such as teamwork, responsibility, time management and commitment. You can, however, use extra time doing these as an incentive if that is motivating to your child) Craft projects (drawing, painting, sculpting, beading) Making something in the kitchen Extra time playing an instrument Extra time playing a sport/activity of child’s choice Watching a movie

Having a sleep over with friend(s) Going to a museum Doing activity with parent/friend (i.e., fishing, hiking, swimming, camping, biking, going to the beach, bowling, mini-golf) Going to the mall

EmpoweringParents

®

© Legacy Publishing Company

Help for Tough Child Behavior www.EmpoweringParents.com


Menu of Daily Consequences and Rewards Consequence

Reward

EmpoweringParents

®

© Legacy Publishing Company

Help for Tough Child Behavior www.EmpoweringParents.com


News & Events After School Activities (ASA) After School Activities for session 2 starts this Monday November 18th. *Beading and Needle Work on Wed. Nov. 20th is cancelled (Death in the family). Parents: Please sign up to coach your son/daughter’s Saturday Soccer team.Your volunteer time is ONLY on Sat. during their game. We need your help to make this work the best it can. SATURDAY SPORTS SOCCER EVAUATION DAY is November 23rd Pre K / K 1st / 2nd 3rd / 4th 5th / 6th Girls 7th/up Boys 7/8 Boys 9-12

8:00 - 9:00 am 9:00 - 10:00 am 10:00 - 11:00 am 11:00 - 12:00 12:00 - 1:00 pm 1:00 - 2:00 pm 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Sign ups for Saturday Soccer are November 13th,14th, and 15th. Time: 7:30-8:30 am and 2:30-3:30 pm Cost: $125.00 US or =N= 20,500 Location: In front of the PTO building Extra Registration on Saturday Nov.ember 16 at 9:00am to 12:00 noon close to the AISL pool.You may also sign up all day on Evaluation / Try out day (Nov. 23rd). Table will be close to AISL pool. Middle School Volleyball Evaluation/try outs for 6,7,8th grade boys and girls are November 19th & 21st. Time: 3:30-5:00 in the gym. Practices are Tuesday/ Thursday. Cost is $75.00 US or =N= 12,300. Please pay in the office to Ronke. Elementary Basketball for girls and boys in 4th & 5th grades starts on Tuesday, November19, 2013. Practice will be on Tuesdays/ Thursdays from 2:30-3:30. Cost is $75.00 US or =N= 12,300 pay in the office to Ronke.

PACK MEETING

The Pack Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 16 at AISL Gym 1-3pm (don’t be late). We will be awarded belt loops and pins that you have earned. Please continue to let your Den Leader know when you have completed the achievements for belt loop and pins. Questions?? - Contact Karen Bishop (Pack Secretary) kmhabishop@gmail.com or your Den Leader.


First Semester Exam Schedule Monday, Dec. 9 8:00 Economics I Economics II

12:00 IB Music I Biology I Biology I IB Biology I IB Biology II

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Thursday, Dec. 12

English I English II English III English IIII IB English I IB English II

Algebra I Geometry Algebra II IB French ab initio IB French I IB French II IB Spanish ab initio IB Spanish I IB Spanish II

French I French II French III French IV French V Spanish I Spanish II Spanish III Spanish IV EngCom/ELL IB Math I IB Math II IB Math Studies I IB Math Studies II

Sociology US History World Religions World History IB History I IB History II

Chemistry I Environmental Science IB Chemistry I IB Chemistry II

Physics I IB Physics I IB Physics II Second Mod. Lang.


School Calendar November 2013

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

2

All School Spirit Week

SWAISAL Swim Meet

WAISAL Swim Meet

Saturday Basketball

AM Scholars WAISAL Assembly 3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Session 2 ASA Sign Up’s

Session 2 ASA Sign Up’s

Session 2 ASA Sign Up’s

Session 2 ASA Sign Up’s

Session 2 ASA Sign Up’s

SSAT Exam

Assessment Meetings

10

11

12

Session 2 ASA Sign Up’s

Session 2 ASA Sign Up’s

13

11am Dismissal PD

ASA Session 1 Ends HS Drama Production - Gym 14

HS Volleyball WAISAL @ Ghana

15

HS Volleyball WAISAL @ Ghana Tentative Swim Meet - Abuja ES 1st Tri Ends

17

HS Drama Production - Gym

16 HS Volleyball WAISAL @ Ghana Tentative Swim Meet - Abuja Saturday Basketball Awards - Pool

HS Movie Night Gym 5:30-8:00pm

Boys Scout Pack Meeting 1:00-3:00pm

18

19

20

21

22

23

ASA Session 2 Starts

ES Basketball TryOuts

ES Basketball TryOuts

ES Basketball TryOuts

ES Report Cards (going home)

PTO Bazaar

Due Date ES Report Cards

MS Volleyball TryOuts

MS Volleyball TryOuts

MS Volleyball TryOuts

PTO Board Meeting - Parent Lounge

MS Assembly GYM

HS Parent Forum

House Basketball PM Scholars

Collaboration Meeting 3:00-4:00pm

HS Basketball vs. CIS - Gym

MS Talent Show Stage/Gym 5-9pm

24

25

26

27

28

29

HS International Trips

HS Interntional Trips

HS Interntional Trips

A HS Interntional Trips

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break

PTO Teachers Thanksgiving Brunch - Staff Room

Thanksgiving Play Courtyard

Campus Closed

Campus Closed

BOD Meeting 4:30-6:30pm

11am Dismissal

Saturday Soccer Begins AISL Internation Tennis Tournament HS International Trips

30

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