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Parent Update, Friday, September 27


Dear Pretoria Campus Parents,


Please be reminded of our Pretoria Parent Workshop today at 1:45-2:45 PM in the Annex.

Our Middle School Social for all Middle School Students is today from 3:00-4:30 PM.


AISJ Visiting Author:

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: Thursday, 3 October 2019

Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Location:  American International School, Johannesburg Campus


Date: Friday, 4 October 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.



If your child/children would like to join the workshops or participate in the sport activities during Service Learning Action Day on Saturday, 05 October, please give permission on Powerschool. Please provide permission in order for us to best prepare resources for this event. Parent Permission will close Wednesday, October 2.


From our Pretoria PA President, Stephanie Sexton:

Once again, it’s been a busy week. PA is trying to be very thoughtful about putting out WhatsApp messages, but sometimes it feels like too much. Please know, we are working on aligning the process and will be seeking guidance from you through a survey to be distributed in the next few weeks.

Volunteer opportunities galore! Action Day (October 5) or International Day (October 11) or both!!! We need your help, please refer to messages with links to Sign Up Genius to help make those days a success.


This week:

·         October 1, Community Information Session, Johannesburg Campus, 6:00 PM, T&L2

·         October 2, Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

·         October 3, Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences, 7:30 AM–3:30 PM

·         October 4, Visiting Author, Parent Session, 1:45-2:45 PM, Parent Room

·         October 5, Service Learning Action Day, 8:30 AM – Noon

Looking ahead:

·         Wednesday, October 9, October Parent Association Meeting

·         Friday, October 11, International Day, Please make sure to submit this form: International Day Form


Enjoy the weekend.