ES Principal Weekly Update, September 30th, 2016
Posted 30-09-2016 03:26PM

Dear Parents,

This morning, our Grade 2 students enjoyed sharing the math toolkits with parents through a math celebration. It was great to see so many parents in attendance, and I would like to thank the Grade 2 teaching team for helping to create excitement around purposeful learning of math. We are steamrolling ahead to the October break, and lots is happening in the Elementary School. Hopefully this bulletin keeps you up to date with the important happenings in our school.

 ES Assembly

It was great to see so many parents in attendance at our assembly yesterday. Our Grade 4 students were all on stage, showcasing their learning through a recent Social Studies unit on ‘Identity and Culture’. One of our aims over the past two years has been to make our assemblies student centred, with a main goal of showcasing learning. Yesterday was the very first time students were involved in running the entire performance. Our ‘Tech Crew’ are a group of Grade 5 students who have been training with Mark Marshall to learn how to use all the sound boards, lighting boards, and projection equipment. They did a fantastic job, and shows how capable our students can be with technology, given the chance.

Math Workshop for Parents October 11 @ 8am, in T & L 1

Jill Bellamy, will be leading a math workshop for parents. The purpose of this session will be to share information regarding our progress with using numeracy profiles as a way of monitoring growth, and differentiating instruction. We will also be sharing information with parents about some of the various ways we assess students in math, and how we use this information to differentiate classroom instruction. This session is open to all parents PK- Grade 5.

Lost and Found

We have a large amount of lost and found items. These will all be out on display in the Gazebo and teachers will be taking their classrooms for a walkthrough so students have the opportunity to claim any missing items. Please feel free to come and take a look next week. We also ask that you clearly name any items your child brings to school. This will help us immensely. All unclaimed items at the end of the week will be washed, folded and stored. We will hold them until Christmas at which time we will donate all unclaimed items.

 Elementary School Production- “Alice in Wonderland”

We are getting geared up and ready to start the Elementary School Production for the 2016/17 school year. This year the production is the musical ‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland’, and is open to third, fourth, and fifth graders. The show dates of the production are February 3rd, and 4th, 2017. The cast this year will be around forty students, plus back-stage crew and painting crew. Twenty-six of these are main roles dedicated to fourth and fifth graders, and the rest will be for the ensemble (chorus) with students ranging from third to fifth grade. The students will be notified of the exact date and time of their audition.

Audition Dates:

October 24 & 25 Main Characters (4th and 5th Graders)

Singing Audition: Monday, October 24th, 8:00 – 1:00pm

Character Audition: Tuesday, October 25th, 8:00 – 1:00pm

Call Backs for Main Characters: Tuesday, October 25th, 1:30 – 3:00pm

Ensemble Members (mostly 3rd, and some 4th, 5th Graders)

Singing Audition: Monday, October 24th, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Pre-K Service Learning Community Garden

We welcome all PK parents next Tuesday at 8am to come and launch our community garden. Thanks to Tara Barton and the PK teachers for organising this fun event.

International Day- Friday, October 14th

International Day is one of the highlights on the AISJ calendar. Each year, students decide which country they will represent, and come dressed representing that country. Below are details for both the Parade of Nations and the International Food Festival which happen on the same day.

Parade of Nations

All students will come to school representing their nationality. They might choose to dress according to a relevant colour theme, in traditional clothing or in a costume of their choice. It is important that as a family you make a clear decision as to which country you choose to represent, as students throughout the entire school (Pre-K-12) will be divided up according to their choice of nationality. If your child has multiple nationalities to choose from, it is important that you choose only ONE country for them to represent, otherwise it will be confusing for them and us on the day. Some families choose alternate countries to represent each year. The Parade of Nations will begin at 9:00a.m. on the Soccer Field in front of the school. All parents will be invited to sit at the soccer stand seating between the field and the road. At 9:30a.m., students will begin to parade around the field according to the country they will be representing. They are encouraged to bring their own flag to wave during the parade and these should be clearly named. At the conclusion of the parade, students will return to their homerooms and prepare to head up towards the cafeteria for lunch.

 We ask that parents do not go to homerooms after the parade.

International Festival of Food

All elementary students will eat at the food festival from 10:45am-11:30am in the Kgoro area. Teachers will be encouraging students to think about 4-5 countries that they might like to sample different foods from, prior to International Day. Due to the high numbers of students to feed, we are asking that parents do not eat food until after 1p.m. once ALL AISJ students have eaten. Many parents have volunteered to help out on the day, and I would like to thank all of you for your time, especially the country Ambassadors for helping to organise this event.

Please remember your child will still need to bring a morning and afternoon snack to school, and a water bottle and hat to wear outside. Thanks in advance for your support of International Day.


 Soccer Tournament Tomorrow

Good luck to our boys’ and girls’ soccer teams who will be representing AISJ in a soccer tournament tomorrow from 9-3pm.

Board of Directors Community Information Session

The AISJ Board of Directors invites you to the annual Board Community Information Session on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. The Board will give the annual state of the school report, share how the strategic plan is being implemented, and the Board and School Director will present their goals for the year. All members of the AISJ community are invited. Refreshments will be served. The session will be held in T&L1 at the Johannesburg Campus. For transportation from the Pretoria Campus RSVP to by October 3 at noon.

Wanted-Recyclable materials!

The Makerspace is in need of recyclable materials for a number of student projects as well as the family Maker Day on Nov 12th. We are looking for cardboard, egg cartons, toilet/paper towel rolls or plastic. It just needs to be clean! Please send in with your child and drop off at the ES Makerspace (beside the Library Media Center). Thanks so much for your support!

 Important Upcoming Events

Monday Sept 26- Oct 7, MAP Testing for Grades 3-5, Classrooms

Saturday, October 1, ES Soccer Tournament, AISJ

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

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

Tuesday, October 11, ES Parent Coffee on Math in the Elementary School, T&L 1 @ 8am

Friday, October 14, International Day

                                       Early Release @ 1:30pm

October 17- 21  , School Holiday


Ben Hart

Elementary Principal

Johannesburg Campus

Work: +27 (0)87 8091893





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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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