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Weekly Principal Update October 11,2019
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October 11, 2019

Dear Parents,

Thank you for reading this week’s news from the Middle School.  We have had a productive week of learning in advance of the October break.

First and foremost, a huge thank you to all the parents who turned out to support today’s International Day.  Events such as these are a true testament to the community spirit that makes AISJ special.  The celebration of our diversity was on full display and one cannot help but be moved by the Parade of Nations, which truly highlights how “international” our school community is.  The International Food Festival, as always, was a highlight too.  Thanks so much to the many parents who contributed time and effort to this.  While we acknowledge International Day as “the day” that we celebrate our diversity, it is my hope that apart from the celebrations, great food, and dressing up in clothing from a huge variety of countries and cultures, that the most lasting message of International Day are the values of open-mindedness, acceptance, and tolerance. Again, thank you for all the support from parents on this truly remarkable day.

The week-long break will be most welcomed after a busy first nine weeks of school.  It is hard to believe that we are quarter of the way through the school year.  What’s that saying about “times flies?”   A lot has already been accomplished in those weeks with much more to look forward to when school resumes.

The first Drama Showcase of the year will take place on Thursday evening, October 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Theater.  The showcase will feature a variety of work from students enrolled in Middle School theatre classes this term.

On Saturday, October 26th, student-athletes who have participated in Middle School basketball during Season 1 will have their end of season tournament.  AISJ will be hosting several schools here on campus.  Games begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day.  I hope that many students and parents will turn out to support our MS Eagles.

In two weeks’ time, during the week of October 28 – November 1, the 8th graders of the Middle School will embark on their annual Classroom Without Walls trips.   The following week, November 4 – 8, it will be the 6th and 7th graders turn. The final planning and preparations are in full swing and I know that students and teachers are both getting excited.  More details about CWW trips for each grade level are found further on in the newsletter.

I wish all of you a great holiday week ahead.  We look forward to having everyone back with us when school resumes on October 21st.   Thank you for your continued support of the Middle School.

Sincerely,

Andy Ferguson

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 CLASSROOM WITHOUT WALLS

GRADE 8:   OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 1

GRADE 6 & 7:  NOVEMBER 4 – 8The Grade 8 CWW trip to Sugar Bay will take place from Monday, October 28 through riday, November 1.  8th grade students will need to be taken to school on Monday morning, October 28th, by their parents as we are asking students to be on campus by 6:00 a.m.   No AISJ busses will be providing 8th grade students transportation that morning.  Students will meet their teachers and the busses in the carpark above the Theater/Covered Courts.   After attendance they will depart for Sugar Bay by chartered bus at 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning.   It is important that students arrive on school on time – no later than 6:00 a.m. - so that we can depart on time at 6:30 a.m.  We expect the students to return to campus by 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.  Parents are encouraged to pick up their children from school on the return day as we only offer a 4:30 p.m. late bus to transport students’ homes on the Friday.

 The Grade 7 CWW trip at the Blyde Adventure Camp near Hoedspruit will take place from Monday, November 4 through November 8.  A reminder that 7th grade students must be at school by no later than 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, November 4th.  Students should arrive to school that Monday with their luggage and meet in the parking lot just above the Theater/Covered Courts.  With a long road trip ahead of them that day, it is important that our transportation to the Grade 7 CWW location leaves on time. We expect the students to return to campus by 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon in time to catch the 3:00 p.m. bus.  Parents may also pick their children up at school upon their arrival back to campus.

The Grade 6 CWW trip at the Blyde Adventure Camp near Hoedspruit will take place from Monday, November 4 through November 8.  A reminder that 6th grade students must be at school by no later than 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, November 4th.  Students should arrive to school that Monday with their luggage and meet in the parking lot just above the Theater/Covered Courts.  With a long road trip ahead of them that day, it is important that our transportation to the Grade 6 CWW location leaves on time. We expect the students to return to campus by 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon in time to catch the 3:00 p.m. bus.  Parents may also pick their children up at school upon their arrival back to campus.

 For each of these trips, parents can expect to receive updates about our safe arrival to CWW venues as well as a daily update around 9:00 a.m. with daily highlights from the trips.  Thank you for your support.  I will provide one more update to parents regarding CWW trips in the Weekly Update after the break.

 FROM THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR

Housekeeping:

Season 2 Co-Curricular Activities Registration: With registration now closed, please contact the Activities Office directly (Activities@aisj-jhb.com) if you have any questions or need support.

AISJ Middle School Instagram: with more than 70 followers already, the MS Activities Instagram account is becoming quite popular.  If you’d like to check out all of the great things happening each day in the Middle School, please consider following the IG account. If interested, please click on this link. Once the Communications Office confirms that you are a parent, they will grant you access. With a new photo being posted each day, don’t miss out!

Shout-outs:

Season 2 Activity Sponsors: As Mr. Ferguson always says, “It takes a village.” For us to offer students a robust and diverse selection of Co-Curricular Activities, faculty members need to step up and go beyond the call of duty. Shout-out to all of the faculty members who are helping us to extend learning opportunities for our students.

 Clara Kim, Zac de Castro, and Eli Cuyamendous: The Activities Fair wasn’t merely a success just because of the adults involved. It was a success thanks in large part to Clara’s photography, Eli’s Spotify playlist, and Zac’s willingness to put on the Eagle mascot outfit and parade around. Shout-out to these three students for playing such a pivotal role in the Activities Fair.

Important Dates:

October 14th – 18th

9:00-11:00am

Tree House

Volleyball Camp*

 

October 22nd

7:30am

T&L

Ski Trip parent information meeting**

 

October 26th

 

 

Season 1 CCA Activities end

 

November 1st

1:00pm

Curro School

Junior Swimming Meet

 

November 2nd

9:00am

JHB Field

Steph Sprint for Cancer Awareness

 

November 4th

2:50pm

 

Season 2 CCA Activities begin

 

*Over the vacation, Grade 8 Students are invited to participate in a free, drop-in volleyball camp. There’s no need to RSVP. Simply show up.  

**Check out the poster and the parent information letter for further information.

Bus Schedule 

Monday

3:00pm

4:30pm

5:00pm

Tuesday

3:00pm

4:30pm

 

Wednesday

1:40pm

3:00pm

5:00pm (only for select students in specific programs)

Thursday

3:00pm

4:30pm

 

Friday

3:00pm

4:30pm

 

 Schedule:

The schedule is a live document containing all information regarding MS Basketball. Since this is a live document, I will include this link every week. I encourage you to check it every week, as well, so that you are up-to-date on exactly when and where practices, matches, and meets are being held.

Activities Note:

Enjoy your vacation! More stories and thoughts in two weeks.

Zak Cohen

Middle School Activities Coordinator

zcohen@aisj-jhb.com

Other Important Dates and Events for the Months of October through November

October 12 – 21

School Holidays

October 24

Drama Showcase @ 6:00 p.m. in the Theatre

October 26

AISJ MS Basketball Tournament

October 28 – November 1

Grade 8 Classroom Without Walls – Sugar Bay

November 2

Steph Sprint 3 km Run for Cancer Awareness

November 4 – November 8

Grade 6 & 7 Classroom Without Walls – Blyde Adventure Camp

November 8 – 13

World Scholars’ Cup Tournament of Champions @ Yale University

November 14 – 16

Grade 6 – 12 Musical Production – “Matilda”

November 19

Principal’s Coffee Morning @ 8:15 a.m. in the Library.   Topic:  Digital Safety and Raising Teens In the Social Media Age

November 26

MS/HS Band Concert @ 6:00 p.m. in the Theater

November 28 – 29

U.S. Thanksgiving Holidays – No School

THREE CHEERS

Three Cheers for all of the parents who supported AISJ’s International Day.

Three Cheers for school holidays.  Enjoy your week off everyone.