Good morning Pretoria Campus Parents,
This week seems to have passed quickly and the long weekend is now upon us. Please remember that there will be no ASAs today and we will have an early release. Rachel left Pretoria yesterday evening to fly to Europe as part of her transition to her new school, and she sends her best wishes for a safe, enjoyable long weekend and looks forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.
Dates for your Diary
Thursday, April 26: Early release, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, April 27 until Tuesday May 1: Public Holidays: School re-opens Wednesday, May 2
Wednesday, May 2 to Friday May 4: Pretoria PA Staff Appreciation Week at Pretoria Campus
Friday, May 4: Field Trip for Gr 8 to Pococks Beach Volleyball
Friday, May 4: Parent Meeting re MS CWW 2018/2019 in the Library Annex, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 4: Pretoria Band and Choir Concert in the Lapa, 3:10 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: Pretoria PA Yard Sale at 9:00 a.m. at the Pretoria Campus
Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 25: Measure of Academic Assessment (MAP) Window is Open
Tuesday, May 8: Gr 6 Field Trip to Bush Camp Game Reserve at Dinokeng from 8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9: Pretoria PA Meeting in the Pretoria Parent Room at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 10: Pretoria Sports Awards Night in the Lapa, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 10: Field Trip Grades 6-8 Golf Elective at the Kimiad Golf Course
Thursday, May 10: Grade 8 Students visit JHB Campus, Transition Program
Friday, May 11: Pretoria Season 3 Co-Curricular Activities end
Friday, May 11: Parent Presentation on Substance Abuse by Sean Yauger, DEA Agent at 1:45 p.m. in the Library Annex
Friday, May 11: Pretoria MS Social, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12: Special Grade 1 event @ Waterkloof Ridge Dog Park, 9:00 a.m. (see below for more details)
Monday, May 14: Field Trip Grades 6-8 Golf Elective at the Kimiad Golf Course
Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19: Pretoria Play in the Lapa, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22: Field Trip Grades 6–8 Indoor Climbing Barn at Mooiplaats
Wednesday, May 23: Service Learning Celebration
Thursday, May 24: Field Trip Grades 6–8 Indoor Climbing Barn at Mooiplaats
Friday, May 25: Grade 8 Promotions Ceremony in the Lapa, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 28: Field Trip Grades 6-8 Squash Elective at Boardwalk Meander
Wednesday, May 30: Field Trip Grades 6-8 Squash Elective at Boardwalk Meander
Friday, June 1: MAP Presentation for parents - facilitated by Dr Robert Evans, Library Annex, 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6: ES and MS Report Cards released
Wednesday, June 6: Pretoria End of Year Assembly in the Lapa, 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 7: Pretoria MS Year-End Trip
Thursday, June 7: Pretoria Grade 5 Recognition Ceremony in the Lapa, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, June 8: Last day of School for Students. Early release, 1:30 p.m.
Our annual Winter School, open to students currently in EC to Grade 5, is open for registration.
To access the required form please click here. Please print, complete and return to the Office.
MS Classroom Without Walls 2018-2019
A parent meeting will be held on Friday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Annex regarding the MS CWW Camp 2018-19 for students currently in grades 5-7.
The CWW shall be taking place from Monday, September 3 to Thursday, September 6 at Camp Cyara in Hekpoort. To view the Camp and its facilities please click here.
Band & Choir Concert
The AISJ Pretoria Bands and Choir Concert will begin with our Grade 5 students and Beginning Band Middle School students, most of whom have just begun learning their instruments in August. They have made remarkable progress and will share with you several Band arrangements in our upcoming Band & Choir Concert on Friday, the 4th of May starting at 3:10 p.m. in the Lapa. Our Intermediate Band students have been playing their instruments for two, three or more years and have advanced to complex arrangements challenging them to further develop their ability to express dynamics, demonstrate various articulations and balance in ensemble playing. The Choir students have been working this year on articulation and tone as well as singing songs in a variety of styles. We will celebrate both our Choir and Band students after the concert with a reception. We hope to see you there!
News from our Counselor
On Friday, May 11 we will have the privilege of hosting a parent presentation by DEA Agent Sean Yauger on Substance Abuse. If you have middle school children, you will find this presentation informative. Topics such as alcohol and drugs particular to the South African context, will be discussed. There will also be times for a Q&A. We hope to see you there. The presentation will take place in our Library Annex 1:45–2:45 p.m. Sean will also be leading a session for our 8th Grade students.
News from our Middle School:
The last MS Social of the year will be held on Friday May 11 from 1:30 – 4:30. Permission slips including bus changes for the day will be sent home soon.
Grade 1 is Helping our Canine Community 7 you can too!
Grade 1 students are collecting dog and cat food for an animal shelter called Wet Nose as part of their Service Learning unit. They are a non-profit organisation devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abandoned, abused and neglected animals.
Please join us in the Waterkloof Ridge Dog Park on May 12th at 9:00. Bring your dogs and a picnic basket and enjoy the morning with us.
Please help Wet Nose by donating a tin or bag of dog/cat food. Once we have enough, we will take everything to Wet Nose.
P.S. You do not need to have pets to join us in the park.
Save the Date for Pretoria Grade 5 Recognition Ceremony
Pretoria 5th graders will be celebrating their completion of elementary school on June 7 at 1:30 p.m. Please save the date! Our program will include speeches, songs and the awarding of certificates. We will provide you with additional information closer to the date. See you there!
From the PA
Meetse Parent Reading Program
The next visit to Meetse with the Parent Reading Program will be on Thursday, May 3. The bus will leave the Parent Room at 8:30 am.
Donation Drive Complete!
Thank you parents for all your generous donations during our drive for our partners and other worthy organizations in the area!
On Tuesday this week, after sorting, cleaning and getting packaged for donation (the PA - that’s you! - bought bins so Meetse donations could be appropriately stored and organized for kid use) we delivered to Meetse a bin of dinosaur figures; a bin of animal figures; two wooden train sets and accessories; a large box of LEGO Duplo; three small boxes of regular LEGO; a kitchen set and accessories; three bins of cars; three bins of dress up dolls; a box of Kinex building toys; colouring books; picture books; a LEGO table and two chairs; 27 twelve piece puzzles in bags and art supplies for a mural in Grade R (both purchased by the PA); puzzles and board games to join the rugs and bean bags for the library and the bird netting and trees the Grade 3 brought to the Meetse on the 13th and purchased by the PA. The teachers were so pleased and the reaction from the kids was simply a very audible "Wow!"
Then we took to the road! Thanks to Mr. George and Mr. Philip for being our driver and security and Scott Bennett for coming along as we we took five large boxes of clothes, a huge box of shoes and other items to Mercy House for Refugees in the Bez Valley. http://www.mercy-house.co.za./
After that, we gave four bags of washed and dried stuffed animals, baby clothes and other play items to Botshabello to be delivered to crèches in the Olivehoutenbosch area through their crèche teacher training program, Uplift Ed. The video on the website about this important program is worth a watch. http://www.botshabelo.co.za
Thank you again for your participation in this drive, and in the PA's programs which support the work of these wonderful partners!
PA Officer Positions
Enjoy all the wonderful events and community building that the PA supports? Consider joining our team for the 2018/2019 school year! We will hold our Annual General Meeting next month on May 9 at 11:30. All parents are encouraged to join for our nominations and assist with voting in new officers. We NEED you! Questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to any current PA officer.
Staff Appreciation Week
Stay tuned for information regarding our upcoming PA sponsored Staff Appreciation Week. Mark your calendars for May 2 - 4.
Saturday, May 5 our annual Yard Sale is happening on campus! Plan to sell your used household and clothing items (and more!) from 9 - 11. Contact Pretoria-PA@aisj-jhb.com for more information.
Wishing everyone a lovely long weekend,