Welcome to AIS-R’s Kg2-Gr.5 school programs page. Here you will find specific information about our Eagle Honor Code, curriculum, home learning, food services, after school activities parent partnerships and communication. For additional information, please visit the lower school blog.
EAGLE Honor Code:
AIS-R lower school students are expected to follow our AIS-R EAGLE Honor Code, which defines what it means to be an AIS-R EAGLE: Ethical, Adaptable, Global, Learning, and Environmental. Classroom expectations and behaviors are grounded in these principles. We believe our lower school children are AIS-R Eagles and that they Make a Difference. As a community we are committed to explicitly teaching, modeling, practicing, and expecting developmentally appropriate social-emotional competencies that provide the foundation for living our EAGLE Honor Code daily. Students are asked and expected to Give their Eagle BEST and Be their Eagle BEST!
Eagle BEST (Believe; Effort; Support; Trust):
- We believe. I believe in myself, my work, my learning, and my choices
- We give 100% effort. I gave it my all!
- We support each other. I’ve asked for support or I’ve given
supportto another to help each of us reach our Eagle BEST.
- We trust. I trust myself. I trust my Eagle friends. I trust my Eagle teachers.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL):
Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and enhances students' ability to succeed in school, careers, and life. At AIS-R we understand that explicitly teaching Social-Emotional competencies prepares students for success in school and beyond. It is through the explicit teaching and modeling of Social-Emotional competencies that students are provided the opportunity to demonstrate and live the attributes of being an AIS-R Eagle, listed above. The five Social-Emotional Competencies are defined below:
- Self-awareness - the ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
- Self-management - the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
- Social awareness - the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand the social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports
- Relationship skills - the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
- Responsible decision making - the ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions and the well-being of self and others.
- All Kg2-Gr. 5 Curriculum Descriptions for both Homeroom Content Areas and Specialists can be found on our AIS-R LS Curriculum Site and/or our Student Parent Handbook HERE.
Home learning is dependent upon student need and is assigned respectively. AIS-R does not promote or support a “homework” expectation/environment. Homeroom teachers determine a student’s specific need for home learning due to absence and/or the need for further practice. When assigned, home learning is communicated with the respective parents/families (i.e. email, blog post, assignment notebook) and does not exceed 30 minutes in Gr.1-3 and 45 minutes in Gr.4-5. Kg2 students are not assigned home learning.
All students eat snack and lunch at school. AIS-R students are required to bring a snack from home for their morning break, Kg2 students eat snack in their rooms while grade 1-5 eat snack in the Kg2-Gr.5 Dining Hall. AIS-R students may choose to bring a lunch from home or grades 1-5 may pay for a hot lunch (Kg2 must bring a lunch from home). The Dining Hall is a cashless payment system for hot lunch purchases. Students AIS-R ID Cards are required to purchase meals. All AIS-R student ID Cards are housed in the Dining Hall. Parents or students add credit to their lunch card in the Finance Office (minimum of 200SR at a time).
All food brought from home needs to adhere to our Healthy Eating Guidelines for Snacks and Lunches HERE:
- With 60 nationalities and a transient community, AIS-R is NOT an allergen-free (nut, milk, wheat, fish, etc.) campus and due to our outsourced food caterers, we cannot guarantee that food prepared in our Dining Halls or food brought to school by students is nut/allergen free. It is the expectation of the parent to inform the nurse of their children’s allergies. No child is admitted to AIS-R without a completed medical form.
Animals & Allergies:
Our learning environments support the natural curiosity of our AIS-R Eagles and therefore incorporates natural elements such as plants, soil/sand, flowers, and fruits/vegetables as well as the care for several live animals of different species to include but not limited to birds, lizards, and small mammals (guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.). Should a child be allergic in such conditions, accommodations may be possible within our program parameters, but cannot be guaranteed. Modifications to the program such as removal and/or relocation of an animal(s)/natural elements (during student attendance) cannot be accommodated. It is the expectation of the parent to inform the nurse of their children’s allergies. No child is admitted to AIS-R without a completed medical form.
After School Activities:
The After School Activities Program offers a wide range of activities for students in Grades 1-5. Most of the activities are designed by individual teachers and are aimed at specific grade levels. These activities include sports and recreation, arts and crafts, and fun games. The minimum number of participants in an ASA is 10. Activities run from 3:30 - 4:20 with offerings on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. If less than 10 students sign up for an offered ASA, the ASA will be cancelled or combined with another ASA. If an ASA is cancelled, the students enrolled may be offered an ASA that has open spots. Parents will be contacted by the LS Office for additional choices.
Parent Partnerships & Communication:
Open, honest and ongoing communication is critical to the success of the educational partnership we strive for between students, parents and teachers. We ask that you follow the Communicating Issues and Concerns at AIS-R Flowchart when communicating concerns. The following are sources for school related information:
- K-12 Activity Calendar: A calendar of all AIS-R events is shared via our Eagle Site.
- Blogs: The Lower School blog, http://blogs.ais-r.edu.sa/jcanar/, contains news and information about Lower School activities.
- Grade Level Blogs: All grade level events and activities can be accessed via your child’s grade level blog.
- SeeSaw: An ePortfolio learning platform that allows students to demonstrate their understanding specific of learning goals in both homeroom and Specialist classes.
- Instagram: Homeroom and Specialists Instagram accounts highlight photos of learning.
- Email: Families can email teachers and administration with questions and concerns.
- Newsflash: A weekly newsletter of upcoming events, articles, and items of special interest to parents and students is emailed to all parents and can be viewed online through Moodle.
- Skyward: Is our school information system that allows parents to view their child’s report cards, MAP scores, and school messages. Each parent is issued a Skyward ID and password. Please keep your skyward contact information current.
- Website: Browse the school’s website to find general information about each grade level and general school information www.aisr.org.
- AIS-R APP: Houses the latest news, daily updates, events, social media, and pictures of what is happening at AIS-R (Apple and Android).