Welcome to Preschool!
|Layla El-Sayed Shalaby
Head of Preschool
Young children arrive in Preschool from diverse backgrounds
and with a variety of experiences. They develop through similar stages, but at
individual rates. They need differing amounts of time and support to develop
common understandings. The Preschool program provides learning experiences that
meet individual and group needs, interests, and developmental levels.
Additional support is provided to children with special education needs to help
them increase their potential for learning.
Young children are naturally curious and eager to learn.
Learning is enhanced by interaction and cooperation with others, including
adults and children. Through interactions, organized activities, interactive
technology and purposeful play in the Preschool program, children explore and
experiment with their environment to add to their knowledge, learn new skills,
and practice familiar ones.
Parents are their children’s first and most important
teachers and play a central role in the lives of their children. When children
begin Preschool, parents and teachers form a partnership to support learning at
home and at school. In Preschool the values and beliefs of the home are
acknowledged, and the cultural diversity of families is recognized.
Children begin to develop independence, initiative,
decision-making ability, creativity, early literacy and numeracy skills, the
ability to learn, the ability to relate to others, verbal communication skills,
and feelings of self-worth! What young children learn at this stage will have a
major impact on successful learning experiences in school, on personal development,
and on future participation in society.
The Preschool Program Statement describes clear expectations
in seven learning areas:
The learning areas focus on the early learning in English
language arts, mathematics, science, physical education, French, and the fine
and performing arts. They provide a transition to the subject area expectations
of elementary schooling.
Our Preschool program provides early childhood education and
care for children, and help them develop a range of skills that make them ready
for their learning journey:
- Social skills: the ability
to empathize and interact successfully with their peer group, and also relate
easily to adults.
- Language skills: the
ability to have adequate language skills in order to benefit from experiences
facilitating their cognitive, educational and social development.
- Emotional self-regulation
skills: the ability to adapt behaviors depending on the situation, to control
impulses , and to shift attention.
- Fine and Gross motor Skills:
the ability to perform complex muscle-and-nerve acts that produce movement.
Through activities such as writing, drawing, painting, walking, jumping, and
hands on activities- we help students develop the skills they will need in
their future years!
Welcome to Elementary School!
|Layla El-Sayed Shalaby
Head of Elementary School
The Mission of LWIS-AiS is to
create a nurturing environment where students, faculty and families work
together to develop academic excellence, ethical behavior and personal
The Elementary functions as a vibrant center of
transition into new academic cycles and beyond. It continues the Mission
of shaping our students into life-long learners and enhances students’
abilities through its rich academic and individualized programs as well as
educational and recreational activities which assist your children in becoming
independent thinkers and problem solvers.
Students are changing and growing and it is
important to focus on the social/emotional development of your child while
encouraging them to become decision makers which serves to enhance self-esteem
as well as self-confidence. Life-long learning continues in Grades 1
through 4 where critical thinking is emphasized and creativity and
self-expression are at the center of our teaching methodology along with
learning centers, cooperative learning, and inquiry based learning.
Additionally all students successfully navigates
the information age of the 21st
Century by incorporating Technology
into all subject areas as well as encouraging students to explore, research and
experiment during classroom activities.
Monthly thematic assemblies are held to promote
such topics as "Friendship and Love”, "Respect” and "Responsibility”, "Peace”
and "Making wise choices”.Our students learn the importance of diversity,
and how each individual has their own unique characteristic that adds value to
our school environment. Fine and Performing Arts are also offered as a part of
the curriculum to enhance each student’s freedom of choice and their
Portfolios are kept where each student chooses their
best work to place in the portfolio. This enables parents and teachers to
monitor the growth and productivity of each child throughout the academic year.
Our teachers are not simply
highly qualified but also dedicated to providing the best learning environment
for your child. We take great pride in our curriculum which offers
French, Arabic, English, Math, Science, Computer, Art, Music/Drama, PE and
Martial Arts. Religion is offered to students in Grades 1 to 4 but is
optional. Our curriculum also links peace education, diversity, and
character education into all subjects’ areas.
Welcome to Middle School!
Head of Middle School
LWIS-AiS offers a challenging academic program in a safe, caring environment. We encourage students to master basic skills, sample a variety of educational, social, and cultural experiences, and begin assuming more responsibility for their learning and their citizenship. Our school system is equipped with the tools for coping with the physical, emotional, and intellectual changes that our young teens undergo which play a critical role in shaping their future.
We recognize and address the needs of individual learners, and provide integrated, active, innovative, and exciting learning experiences. Staff, parents, and students work together to create an educational community whose members treat one another with concern and respect. Our goal is to provide LWIS-AiS students with the skills and opportunities necessary for them to make a direct contribution to their community. The LWIS-AiS Middle School Team honors educational achievement and excellence at every level.
Transition to and from Middle School
"Will I be bullied?"
"Do I look fat?"
"Did I physically develop more than my friends?"
"Am I the tallest?"
"Am I the shortest?"
"How can I prove myself?"
"What will my teacher think of me?"
"Will I be bullied?"
More and more unanswered questions and concerns causing instability in the minds of students beginning in Middle School and throughout their Middle and High School years are encouraging to be a problem. Through reassurance, support, empathy, care, a sense of security, understanding, patience, etc... students will succeed to overcome their fear and concerns. This is the main reason why LWIS-AiS adopted the Peace Education Program.
Understanding "Physical Changes & Emotional Instability"
During early adolescence (ages 11 to 16), the body experiences more physical and emotional changes than it has experienced since infancy. These changes are well noticed through behaviors that are often difficult for adults to cope with and are usually centered around:
- Hair Styles
- Hormonal Effects on Skin
- Body Odors
- Girls' Physical Development
- Boys' Physical Development
- Love Issues
- Peer Pressure
Therefore, having staff members understand the changes/situations, support the students, discuss the changes, care, love, and be there for students without forgetting students' utmost need for structure and limitations is a key point in the middle school years, and this takes place mainly through student focus groups during Personal and Social Development time, where students express themselves and are encouraged to get to know each, and introduce themselves to others.
A well-planned, complete transition involves all members in the partnership: students, academic and non-academic staff members and parents.
They are encouraged to:
- attend all open houses and introductory events. When parents know the child's teachers, they establish a relationship with the teachers and a sense of security for their children.
- attend school meetings to learn about the concerns and questions their children have and will have and those addressed by the teachers.
- talk with their children about the school, beyond academics.
- be a good listener and be there for their child.
- watch for signs of depression and be ready to address them.
- learn about young adolescents and their developmental issues and stages so that they will better understand the changes that are happening with their children.
- be able to interact with their children in positive ways that strengthen their relationships
- encourage physical activities.
- keep an eye on their child and remember that this is the time where children shift away.
- provide privacy moments but not forget their presence.
The role of the academic and non-academic staff goes beyond academics. They provide:
- A Good Listening Ear
A student will succeed through knowing their Rights and practicing his or her Responsibilities. And those are:
- the right to learn and his/her responsibilities are to study, participate in class and school academic and non-academic activities, and follow class and school rules.
- the right to speak and his/her responsibilities are to know how to present and defend his or her opinion.
- the right to a safe and healthy environment and his/her responsibilities are to practice and promote safe and health standards.
Students are encouraged to participate in the decisions made by the school for and on behalf of their interest and may express personal opinions through evaluations and requesting meetings with the person in charge and during the class representative’s meeting.