Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Minutes of 7th AIS Parent Council Meeting -2018/2019 March 4th 2019


Minutes
7th AIS Parent Council Meeting -2018/2019
Date | time 04.03.2019/4pm | Meeting called to order by Jane Awuh (PC Secretary)


In attendance

List of attendees:
1.
Alfiya Mol
1A – (deputy representative, DR))
Excused
2.
Edd Smith
1A – (representative, R, swapped with voted Rep)
Present
3.
Nagarajan Lakshamanen
1B – R
Excused
4.
Sudhil Mishra
1B - DR
Absent
5.
Malgorzata Gradziel
2A – R
Present
6.
Jane Awuh
2A – DR
Present
8.
Vidhi Kumar
2B - R
Present
7.
Allison Thom
2B - DR
Present
9.
Sofie Holte
3A - R
Present
10.
Kristine Iversby
3A – DR
Present
11.
None
3B - R
-
12.
Maja Thywissen
3B - DR
Excused
13.
Tale Skjølsvik
4A - R
Absent
14.
Kathrin Volkmer
4A – DR
Absent
15.
Bård Osland
4B
Absent
16.
Kyle Depew
4B
Absent
17.
Kate Rushdy
5A
Present
18.
Tara Tinholdt
5A
Excused
19.
Robert Smallshire
5B
Present
20.
Tessa Howell
5B
Present
21.
Mette Reitz
6 - R
Present
22.
Anastasia Hole
6 - DR
Absent
23.
Anurag Sahajpal
7 - R
Excused
24.
Andrew Kalirajan
7 - DR
Absent
25.
Kavita Chaudhary
8 - R
Present
26.
Haresh Khut
8 - DR
Absent
27.
Andrew Langridge/Elisabeth Olsen
9 – R
Present
28.
Anja Stidahl
9- DR
Absent
29.
Mark Williams
10 – R
Present
30.
Per Annar Sandaune
10 – DR
Present

Mr Mark
VP (beginning of meeting)
Present

Mr Jonathan
Beginning
Present


Principal’s Statement

Principal R. Browne was in the board meeting so could not attend but Mr Jonathan and Mr Mark were present to update on ongoing school activities. Mr Mark highlighted aspects that were a continuous focus for the school such as staff expertise, in-house excellence and outreach. He also briefed the committee on an evaluation visit of an inspector from Dysleksi Norge on March 1, 2019. The organization works to safeguard the interests of people with reading and writing difficulties, mathematical difficulties and language difficulties, through information and assistance to individuals, information and outreach work to public authorities and private institutions. AIS hopes to be approved as a dyslexic school that works systematically to ensure that no students fall off. More information on this can be found at: https://dysleksinorge.no/
Mr Mark was very pleased then to announced that the evaluation resulted in very positive outlook that AIS would be recommended as a dyslexia friendly school. More information in this will be available as it comes in.
Mr Jonathan is the PYP coordinator and he gave a short presentation of the IB evaluation process for certification. AIS is currently registered as an authorised IB world school in both the Primary Years Programme and the Middle Years Programme. A visit from the IB organization is expected on March 22-23rd, 2019 to evaluate performance for the PYP programme.
According to the IB standards and practices, all stakeholders are supposed to be involved, including parents. He therefore asked the PC committee to help set up a parent focus group (2 per grade) to meet regularly to help with the evaluation of the school’s delivery of IB standards. This group is expected to start working as soon as possible.

Approval of last minutes

The minutes from the last meeting were approved and adopted.

Meeting chair

The meeting was chaired by the PC Chair/ Secretary.

Budget and financial situation

The treasurer disclosed that there is about 27000NOK in the PC coffers.
Suggestions for how or on what to spend some of the money during this school year were raised by PC committee members e.g. playground equipment, library books, skiing equipment, etc. Another idea was to ask the Student council of they had any specific needs that could be supported by the PC.

2018/2019 Activities/ New business

·         Traffic conditions near AIS: Discussions on better behavior are still ongoing. Other suggestions to help control the traffic situation near AIS included asking the school (by the class rep) if Grade 10 students could help with directing traffic sometime just to emphasize the correct flow and behavior. More on this again in the next minutes.
·         Use of big Gym by SFO: Apparently, the use of this facility was no longer an option for SFO, however more on this discussion will be available once we have had a chat with the SFO staff.
·         AIS memorabilia: There were some dissatisfaction raised by parents regarding the AIS sweatshirts delivery. The cost of shipping was too high that the sweatshirts could be delivered directly to those who ordered. This issue will be brought to the attention of the suppliers and we will be updated on the outcome. On the other hand, this is an activity that is normally organized by the student council, with support from the parent council.
·         Skiing as part of PE: The PC will follow up on the school’s plan or intention to introduce skiing in school during PE or as an outdoor activity when there is enough snow.

Committee reports

Feedback: More updates from the winter committee regarding the funds raised is expected in the next meeting since they could not make it this time.
Carnival committee: All was on track although more volunteers are always appreciated.

Announcements to the Parent Council/Community

-          Volunteers are needed to participate in the IB evaluation focus group, one per grade. Please send an email to your class rep if interested or for further information.

-          This is a reminder to ALL. Please show some sense and consideration for others and the children when driving in to and out of the parking lot especially during rush hours. Do not stop in the driving lanes to drop off. Follow the driving directions/traffic flow. Pull into available parking spots which could extend to Plantasjen. See below maps of the parking lots and driving directions.





-          The school calendar for 2018/19 and 2019/20 with scheduled holidays are available on the school website.
-          Ideas regarding more academic activities that could be organized by the PC are most welcome through class representatives.
-          Parents are encouraged to visit the AIS blog and join the AIS Parents Facebook group that also circulates information on events and more.
-          Meetings take place once a month, on the first Monday of every month at 4pm prompt, chaired by the Chair. Please send issues for discussions via your class reps.
-          The PC blog will be updated as usual by the Secretary with minutes and other important announcements/events

The meeting ended at approximately 16:45.

Next meeting

01.04.2019, at 4pm in AIS.



Thursday, 28 February 2019

Minutes of 6th AIS Parent Council Meeting -2018/2019 February 4, 2019


Minutes
6th AIS Parent Council Meeting -2018/2019
Date | time 04.02.2019/4pm | Meeting called to order by Jane Awuh (PC Secretary)


In attendance

List of attendees:
1.
Alfiya Mol
1A – (deputy representative, DR))
Excused
2.
Edd Smith
1A – (representative, R, swapped with voted Rep)
Present
3.
Nagarajan Lakshamanen
1B – R
Present
4.
Sudhil Mishra
1B - DR
Absent
5.
Malgorzata Gradziel
2A – R
Excused
6.
Jane Awuh
2A – DR
Present
8.
Vidhi Kumar
2B - R
Present
7.
Allison Thom
2B - DR
Excused
9.
Sofie Holte
3A - R
Present
10.
Kristine Iversby
3A – DR
Present
11.
None
3B - R
-
12.
Maja Thywissen
3B - DR
Excused
13.
Tale Skjølsvik
4A - R
Excused
14.
Kathrin Volkmer
4A – DR
Absent
15.
Bård Osland
4B
Absent
16.
Kyle Depew
4B
Present
17.
Kate Rushdy
5A
Present
18.
Tara Tinholdt
5A
Excused
19.
Robert Smallshire
5B
Excused
20.
Tessa Howell
5B
Present
21.
Mette Reitz
6 - R
Excused
22.
Anastasia Hole
6 - DR
Absent
23.
Anurag Sahajpal
7 - R
Excused
24.
Andrew Kalirajan
7 - DR
Absent
25.
Kavita Chaudhary
8 - R
Present
26.
Haresh Khut
8 - DR
Absent
27.
Andrew Langridge
9 – R
Absent
28.
Anja Stidahl
9- DR
Absent
29.
Mark Williams
10 – R
Present
30.
Per Annar Sandaune
10 – DR
Present

Mr Robert Browne
Principal (beginning of meeting)
Present

Mr Jonathan Tom
VP (beginning of meeting)
Present


Principal’s Statement

Principal R. Browne and Mr Mark were present to update on the school activities, including various clubs that come up from time to time, such as debate, latin, dance, etc. Please check the school website and newsletters for these updates and publications. Emails are usually sent to the grades concerned.

Approval of last minutes

The minutes from the last meeting were approved and adopted.

Meeting chair

The meeting was chaired by the PC Chair/ Secretary.

Budget and financial situation

Due to the absence of the treasurer there were no updates. Details of the financial situation are readily available from the Treasurer who gives an update at the monthly meetings.

2018/2019 Activities/ New business

·         Carnival: This is scheduled for March 15th and the committee in charge updated that plans are on schedule. The parties are planned for grades 1-4 & 5-7.
·         PC meeting attendance: A doodle vote rescheduled the meeting time for PC to 4pm on the first Monday of the month.  This should encourage more people to attend and participate.
·         SFO in August: More information on that will be provided once the Principal has looked into the options available.
·         Traffic conditions near AIS: Once again, there was discussion on reckless drop/pickup behaviours by parents at rush hours. It was suggested that parents should be more active at calling out reckless drivers or reporting to the school for further action. In addition, there was a proposal to put up temporary driving signs and directions at the parking lot every morning and afternoon. This was to be raised with the Principal for such a possibility. In which case, parents would be expected to collaborate to take in and out the signs again. More on this when we know more from discussions with the school.

Committee reports

Feedback: More updates from the winter committee regarding the funds raised is expected in the next meeting since they could not make it this time.

Announcements to the Parent Council/Community

-          This is a reminder to ALL. Please show some sense and consideration for others and the children when driving in to and out of the parking lot especially during rush hours. Do not stop in the driving lanes to drop off. Follow the driving directions/traffic flow. Pull into available parking spots which could extend to Plantasjen. See below, maps of the parking lots and driving directions.




-          The school calendar for 2018/19 and 2019/20 with scheduled holidays are available on the school website.
-         Cups/plates etc are available for upcoming events, so for those planning to organize parent-led activities please ask the PC before buying more.
-          Deadline for collecting AIS sweatshirts from AIS is March 4th, 2019, between 3-4pm.
-          Ideas regarding more academic activities that could be organized by the PC are most welcome through class representatives.
-          Parents are encouraged to visit the AIS blog and join the AIS Parents Facebook group that also circulates information on events and more.
-          Meetings take place once a month, on the first Monday of every month at 4pm prompt, chaired by the Chair. Please send issues for discussions via your class reps.
-          The PC blog will be updated as usual by the Secretary with minutes and other important announcements/events


The meeting ended at approximately 16:45.

Next meeting

04.03.2019, at 4pm in AIS.



Minutes of 7th AIS Parent Council Meeting -2018/2019 March 4th 2019

Minutes 7th AIS Parent Council Meeting -2018/2019 Date | time 04.03.2019/4pm | Meeting called to order by Jane Awuh (PC Secretary) ...