ES Principal's weekly update - October 7, 2016
Posted 07-10-2016 03:51PM

Dear Parents,

This morning I attended the opening ceremony of JOMUN (Johannesburg Model United Nations) in the Middle and High School. It was impressive to hear how passionate the student speakers were on the theme of ‘Transforming Africa’. What a strong example of the way in which AISJ is developing a strong sense of advocacy in students for tackling major issues that affect each of us in the world. It reminded me of the importance in providing students with forums for discussing and debating real world issues, to send the message that each one of us can make a difference.

Math Workshop for Parents -Tuesday, 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.

 Maker Day- Saturday, November 12

We are holding our 2nd annual Family Maker Day on Sat, November 12th from 9am-12pm in the Kgoro. Last year, we had over 100 families signup for this exciting event! The Maker Day is an event held to promote awareness of science, technology, engineering, and design-thinking activities. Through various challenges, students are encouraged to problem-solve, innovate, tinker and test out their ideas through various stations including robotics, electronics, circuit making, coding, e-textiles, Rube Goldberg machines and much more! The event is flexible in nature so students can choose what and how they would like to spend the morning. As this is a family event, parents are encouraged to be active participants in the activities and work with your child. Please note that this is not a “drop-off” event and parents must supervise their children. The event is open to all students from Grades PK-8. There are limited number of spots (and fills up quickly) and parents must register through this link in order to attend:  The Tuck Shop will be open to purchase drinks and snacks.

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.

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 their lunch first, from 10:45a.m.-11:30a.m. 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.

 Halloween Celebrations- Wednesday, October 26th

This year the PA will be changing some of the routines for our ES Halloween parade, and the costume and art contests. We have decided to celebrate the holiday together as a whole school down on the ES Playground, and we will do prizes for the contests in the grassy area outside of the Gr. 4-5 classrooms. (This is where we met for the ES Playground opening.) One reason why we chose to make some changes is so each class can show their costumes in the parade and to help parents participate if they have more than one child. We also think it will be wonderful to celebrate as a whole Elementary School. More specific information will be sent to you through your Room Parent representatives, but here is some important information to know:


Before School: Halloween Art Contest drop off

8:00am: Halloween Assembly in the THEATRE

12:00pm: Halloween Parade and all school Trick or Treat (ES Playground)

 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 16, International Day

                                     Early Release @ 1:30pm

October 17- 21, School Holiday

Wednesday, October 26, Halloween Celebration  All parents are welcome to come and join in the fun   ES Playground, bottom zone

Wednesday, October 26, ES Assembly - Spanish Learning Showcase, AISJ Theatre @ 8am


Ben Hart

Elementary Principal

Johannesburg Campus

Work: +27 (0)87 8091893

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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