ES Principal's Weekly update - September 16, 2016
Posted 16-09-2016 02:28PM

Dear Parents,

There has been so much excitement in the Elementary School around purchasing ‘Topes’ in support of the Sunflower Fund, that this morning we ran out. There have been some disappointed students in the school, as they were desperate to get a Tope, and we are doing all that we can to purchase more from our provider so that these can become available next week. Apparently ‘Pick N Pay’ have also run out, but we will do all that we can to arrange another batch of Topes for early delivery next week.

Making in the Elementary School- So what is a Makerspace anyway?

The ES Maker Space is a flexible learning space that all students (PK-5) can use to create, innovate, design and tinker through a range of areas including robotics, design technology, electronics, video, wearable technology, and 3D modelling. It can be found between the Media Centre and the Grade 1 classrooms. Parents are invited to come by and take a look at any time. You might want to stay and tinker yourself!!


When might the Makerspace be used?

  • Whole classes, small groups or individual students can come through integrated instructional lessons
  • After school activities (robotics clubs, engineering, building clubs, etc)
  • Before school on Mon/Wed/Fri: Maker passes for individual students who are interested via a "Maker Pass". These can be obtained from homeroom teachers as we are limiting the amount of students who can come at one time.
  • During school: classes may come in for integrated units with lunch "Maker Pass"
  • Genius Hour: Small groups or individual students may come for an hour to follow a "passion" that they have
  • Integrated into Science/Math units. Each grade has identified at least 1 unit per year that has a Design Thinking focus

Right now, we have been in the testing phase and trying out different periods of time (lunch periods, before school) with small groups of Grade 4 and 5 students. We plan to hand out maker space passes to other grades soon!

 International Day of Peace on September 21

AISJ is celebrating International Day of Peace on September 21. On this day our intention is that every faculty member and student PK-12 wears white clothing in recognition of this important event. This is going to be a whole school event, so it would be great to see the Elementary Students getting behind it.


By now you will all have received information on how to log on to your child’s SeeSaw account. We hope you enjoy looking at some of your child’s work, goals and reflections. Our students are excited about using this tool, and proud to share with an authentic audience, and to receive feedback on their progress.



 MAP Testing

Towards the end of September, students in Grades 3-5 will be involved in MAP testing. Every year, AISJ students in Grades 3-8 partake in a standardized assessment called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®).   Students are administered this assessment twice throughout the year, in September and again in April. During the weeks September 26- October 7, Grades 3-5 students in the Elementary School will take three tests in reading, mathematics, and language usage.  The results will be shared with parents towards the middle of October. More information will be sent home via your homeroom teachers webpage, and a formal letter can be found on the ES Portal.

 Message from the Nurses Office

We have seen a number of students and staff members with cold and flu symptoms lately, as well as non-food related stomach problems, throughout the school. This is a common occurrence at this time of the year.

In most cases this is caused by a virus and the symptoms include runny/congested nose, sore throat, cough, sometimes a fever, nausea/vomiting and/or diahorrea. If your child has any of these symptoms, especially with a fever, please consult your doctor in order to establish whether it is viral or bacterial, as the treatment differs for each, and to establish whether your child should stay away from school.

Personal hygiene is the best way to avoid infection so regular hand washing is important, especially after coughing or sneezing, and avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth. Cover the nose/mouth with a tissue or sleeve (not a hand) when coughing and sneezing and discard all tissues after one use.

Please do not hesitate to contact the medical centre if you have any queries or concerns.

Nurse Mary 0878091818

Nurse Patricia 0878091913


Important Upcoming Events


Monday, September 19 Professional Development Day, (no school for Students)

Wednesday, Sept 21, World Peace Day

(All students in PK-12 are encouraged to wear white (or as close as possible on this day)

Thursday, September 29, ES assembly, AISJ Theatre @ 8am

Tuesday, October 4, Pre-Kindergarten Community Garden, PK Classrooms @ 8am

Tuesday, October 4, Board of Directors Community Information Session T&L1 6:00- 8:00pm





Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

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