Welcome back and Happy New Year!! I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing holiday, whether you stayed in South Africa or travelled abroad. We have had a calm and purposeful first week back and it has been great to hear all the holiday stories from your children as they have been bouncing back into the classrooms of the Elementary School.
On Wednesday, we welcomed 14 new students to our school. It is always exciting to have new families in our community and we look forward to getting to know you more as the second semester progresses. On behalf of the Elementary School, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all those who are new to AISJ.
Sign Up for Alerts
Every Friday, I write this weekly update to the community. The ES Office sends it out as an Alert (it is not emailed out). The only way parents can receive this Alert is if they have checked the correct box in their option settings through their website accounts. There are detailed instructions on how to sign up for Alerts on the ES Portal. Today we are sending this update via email so new families have a chance to read it. From next Friday onwards, we will only be sending this as an Alert.
Parent Workshop with Reading Consultant- Kathy Collins
In the month of January, we have a world renowned reading consultant coming to AISJ to work with the elementary faculty. She will be doing a parent workshop titled ‘Ideas to support your child at home to become avid, engaged readers’. I would encourage all parents to attend as Kathy is an engaging and energetic presenter, who is well researched and versed in the aspects of reading development for elementary aged children.
Grade 4 Parent Meeting for CWW- Monday, January 16 @ 3pm in Ms. Lindy’s class (ES 18)
Grade 4 parents are invited to attend the CWW camp meeting this coming). This session is an opportunity for parents to learn more about the camp experience and receive important information in order to prepare their child for the CWW experience.
Grade 5 Parent Meeting for CWW- Thursday, January 19 @ 3pm in Ms V’s Classroom (ES 17)
This is a repeat session for those parents who were unable to attend the first parent presentation on Maraneman Camp before Christmas. The Grade 5 teachers will be providing information about the camp, what to pack and all other important information.
Equestrian Announcement from Julia Stock
If you are interested in your participating in Equestrian and riding for AISJ, please access this flyer for important information.
Parent Association Welcome Back Coffee
Next Wednesday, the Parent Association is holding a Welcome Back Coffee at 7:30am in the Parent Room. We welcome all new and returning parents to attend. Communications will also be holding a Website Orientation Session for New & Existing Parents at 9am following. Any parents who would like help learning more about the features of our website are encouraged to attend with their laptops or devices.
Online Report Cards
Most of you have now accessed your child’s report cards online through PowerSchool. If you have had difficulty setting up your account, or need support in anyway, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact to support you with this process.
Important Upcoming Events
Monday, January 16, Grade 4 CWW Parent Meeting, ES 18 @ 3pm
January 16, Session 2 ASA’s begin again for ES students,
Wednesday, January 18, Parent Association Welcome Back Coffee, AISJ Parent Room @ 7:30am
Website Orientation Session for New & Existing Parents, AISJ Parent Room @ 9:00am
Building Bus Communities PK-12- All bus riders meet in bus groups to go over rules, and procedures., ES Classrooms @ 1:00- 1:30pm
Thursday, January 19, Grade 5 CWW Parent Meeting, ES 17 @ 3pm
Wednesday, January 25, ES Parent Workshop with Kathy Collins ‘Ideas to support your child at home to become avid, engaged readers’, T&L 1 @ 12pm
Saturday, January 28, ES Play Rehearsal, AISJ Theatre @ 9:00am
Monday, January 30, ES Assembly, AISJ Theatre @ 8am
Friday, February 3, Alice in Wonderland Performance, AISJ Theatre @ 6:30pm
Saturday, February 4, Alice in Wonderland Performance, AISJ Theatre @ 1:30pm; ES Basketball Tournament, Gould’s Gym & Treehouse
Monday, February 6-9, Grade 5 CWW, Maraneman Camp
Thursday, February 9, Valentine’s Day
Sponsored by the Parent Association, TBD, Early Release, @ 1:30pm
February 10-13, School Holiday
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