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Elementary School Weekly Update 8 November 2019
Elementary School Weekly Update 8 November 2019

Dear Parents, 

Last Saturday was an exciting day for South Africa and the Springboks Rugby Team, but it was also a big day for our elementary school's First Lego League teams. This year AISJ sent two middle school teams and two elementary school teams to the regional tournament at the Sci-Bono Discovery center in downtown Johannesburg. Our fourth and fifth graders worked hard and displayed true team spirt as they competed with teams from all over the city. The students did an impressive job of engaging in several rounds of robotics challenges as well as presenting their real-world problem and solution to a round of judges. Special thanks to their coaches: Mark Marshall, John Barton, Rene McCabe and Leonie Pretorius. 

Upcoming Parent Coffee: On Thursday, November 14th at 2:00 in T and L 2 our counselor, John Gaston, will present a parent coffee entitled, Puberty: The Wonder Years. Here is a description of the workshop: 

Hello Grade 3, 4, and 5 parent/s and/or guardian/s, 

I would like to invite all parents and/or guardians to partake in a discussion on Puberty, November 14th at 2:00 in the T&L room presented by the Elementary Counselor, John Gaston. 

Beginning during the week of November 18th, all grade 5 students will participate in a curriculum titled, "Puberty: The Wonder Years". Although, this puberty curriculum is not currently being taught in grades 3 or 4, it is a great opportunity to listen to the material that will be presented to the grade 5 students as well as gain resources for possible future conversations you might have as a family. This is a developmentally appropriate health curriculum out of the USA that follows the National Health Education Standards. An emphasis is placed on setting a safe classroom climate and encouraging family communication, expanding knowledge of changes in puberty, including social-emotional changes, and developing media literacy skills regarding the importance of accessing accurate information. 

We hope to see many of you at this coffee. 

Upcoming Elementary School Assembly: The grade 3 students will be hosting this month's assembly on Thursday, November 14th at 8:00am in the theater. As usual parents are invited to attend. 

Chris Hani Toy Drive:  The ES Student Council is planning their annual Christmas Party for the children who are being treated for cancer at the Chris Hani Hospital. Every year they collect gifts from the AISJ community to give to the children.  

Here is the information from STUCO: 

Please help us spread some cheer by donating toys suitable for children aged 0 – 12. Gifts should be wrapped and labelled by gender and age. They can be delivered to the ES office. STUCO will deliver the gifts at the party on November 16th. Please note: Games, dolls, soccer balls, stationery, cars, and baby toys make good gifts. Please do not send gifts requiring batteries or, books (as we don't know the language of all kids receiving the gifts). As a guide, gifts should be valued at around R200. 

Dear AISJ Parents and Friends,

It's hard to believe but it's almost time to start the special holiday gifts hunt at our now traditional MISTLETOE MARKET, all made in Africa!

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to shop with more than 50 vendors while positively impacting our local communities, all this in an exceptional festive atmosphere full of awesome surprises. A FREE shopping bag will be received at the door!

! SAVE THE DATE November 21st !

Example of products...

Stone and metal sculptures

REVERSE ME! 3-in-1 Reversible Handbag, Cross Body Sling Bag, Scarves and hats

Handcrafted tea products crafted from wild harvested, indigenous, African plants 

Shawleez that can be worn 18 different ways. 

100% natural beard grooming and shaving products

Natural mosquito & insect's repellent products

Coconut & clay soap gift boxes

Cupboard smells and room diffuser

Decoupaged wooden trays, tissue paper boxes, cutlery trays & cheese boards. 

Aluminium wind chimes

Multi-functional storage cabinet for children and adults

Artisan Confectionary

Students will be able to buy lunch with their Mocca Cards or cash, the food will have a carnival flavour -


Hope to see you all there!

Brought to you by the Parents Association JHB

Upcoming Events:  

Thursday, November 14th: Parent Coffee: Helping Your Children Understand Puberty 

Thursday, November 14th: ES Assembly (led by grade 3) 

Wednesday, November 27th: ES Sports Day 

Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th: No School- Thanksgiving holiday 

Enjoy the weekend! 

Best regards, 


ES Principal