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Elementary School Weekly Update 27 September 2019

Dear Parents, 

The highlight of the week was the leadership displayed by many of our students who contributed to the school community at this month’s elementary school assembly. This month’s assembly was planned and presented by our grade five students. They used our Portrait of a Learner to showcase the Super Traits of our students. Here is the video of the entire assembly. I hope you enjoy learning about all the ways in which our students display elements of the Portrait of a Learner here at school. You will also meet this year’s Student Council members, our First Lego League Team and this year’s Tech Crew Team.  All of these students exemplify the Portrait of a Learner as they are curious thinkers and contributors in our community. 

At the end of the video, you will see two important presentations and videos. Camden Lively, a grade four student was concerned about the large amount of food that ES students throw away each day at lunch time.  He worked with his former PE teacher, Ingrid Ferguson, to make a video about how to avoid wasting food. He also reminded us all that there are children all over the world who have very little to eat. Jill Bellamy highlighted ways that students are being kind here at school. She also challenged us all to find ways continue to be kind to others in our school community. 

Please take time to reflect with your family about food waste at home. Set a family goal to help reduce food waste in your home. Also, ask your children what goal they have set for being kinder here at school. Together we can make a difference! 

Upcoming Parent Conferences 

Please plan on attending our upcoming ES Parent-Teacher conferences on October 9th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and all day on October 10th. This is a great opportunity to learn about your child’s current strengths and areas for growth as well as ways to support his or her learning at home. 

Upcoming Parent Workshop: 

Language Proficiency in the International School Setting: What Parents Need to Know and Do 

Dr. Gini Rojas specializes in English as an Additional Language Development and in providing access for English-knowing bilinguals through differentiated instruction and progressive scaffolding for developing academic English. She will be at AISJ working with teachers on effective programs and strategies for English learners. 

On Wednesday, October 9 in T & L 1 from 8am-10am she will be presenting to parents on Language Proficiency in the international school setting. It is geared to parents of multilingual children and will stress the importance of continued development of home languages to support your child’s development of English. 

She will be considering some of the following questions in her session: 

·         What’s a parent to do when their children enter the international school with one or more home languages? 

·         Will continuing to use the home language ‘confuse’ children who are also learning in English? 

·         In a home with two languages, should parents choose one language of communication? 

·         What should parents understand about schooling in a language other than the home language? 

·         What can parents do if full bilingualism is a long-term goal? 

·         What is translanguaging? 

We hope you will be able to join us for this great learning opportunity. 

Upcoming Author Presentation:  

Joint Book Launch of This Messy Mobile Life: How a MOLA can help globally mobile families create a Life by Design. 

Please join Santa Fe Relocation and Mariam Ottimofiore in an intimate session to discuss how This Messy Mobile Life can be an integral tool in helping families acclimate and flourish in their global mobile lives.   

Two sessions :  

Date: Thurs, 3 Oct 2019 

Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am 

Location:  American International School, Johannesburg Campus 

 Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2019 

Time: 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm 

Location:  American International School, Pretoria Campus 

The book will also be available, on a cash basis at the launch and Mariam will be delighted to sign a copy for you. 

This Messy Mobile Life helps global families make sense and order of their colorful yet messy lives.  A combination of personal reflection, expert advice from several globally recognized subject matter experts, and practical exercises guide you effortlessly through what can often be an overwhelming experience to find one’s footing in a new country.  

The learning in this book supports HR and global mobility specialists, international schools, and bilingual/multilingual educators in providing assistance to help international families thrive. It is exciting to see how this book compliments Santa Fe Relocation’s audience and values. This relevant insight helps to drive employee engagement and enhance employee experience acquired from international work assignments.  

Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore is a Pakistani expat author, writer, researcher and economist. When she was 19 years old, she left her home in Karachi with a blue suitcase and a one-way ticket to Boston. She has lived in nine countries as an expat child and an expat adult: The Kingdom of Bahrain, the United States, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Ghana. Seventeen years and four continents later, her life on the move is messy.  Mariam shares her survey-based research, insight and creative tools to help guide expatriates living in a multicultural home and setting. 


We are so proud of all the students who stepped forward to be part of our ES student council this year. It is great to be part of a school where so many students are prepared to take on leadership opportunities.  

We are happy to announce our new ES STUCO representatives for the 2019/2020 school year.

Jonnie Dawes     (5A)       President

Sinazo Ngema    (5B)        Vice President

Julius Nielson     (5C)        Treasurer

Jimin Hong          (4A)        Secretary

Aida Rivera         (4B)        Historian

Eva Guo              (4C)        Secretary

Hez Okello           (3A)        Representative

Xiwen Jiang         (3B)        Representative

Katia Dorner        (3C)        Representative

If you have new ideas for our ES, please be sure to talk to our STUCO.


Lee and Karen

Upcoming Events: 

Tuesday, October 1st: Communinity Information Session – T&L 1 @ 6pm

Thursday, October 3rd and Friday, October 4th: ES Musical auditions take place 

Friday, October 4th: Grade 2 Field Trip to Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden 

Wednesday, October 9th and Thursday, October 10th: ES Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School for ES students on Thursday, October 10th) 

Friday, October 11th: International Day and Food Festival (Early Release 1:30 pm) 

Monday, October 14th to 18th: No School- October holiday 

Monday, October 21st – Wednesday, October 23rd: Health Screenings


Thanks for your ongoing support of the elementary school. 

Best regards, 


ES Principal