Elementary School Weekly Update 19 January 2019
Posted 18-01-2019 02:52PM

Dear Parents,

We have had another busy week of learning in the elementary school. There are several parent education workshops coming up and we would love to see as many parents attend as possible. This week a communication came out to the community regarding the suspension of our 5:30pm bussing. Please expect a longer drop off time for our 4:30pm bus as there are more students riding these buses resulting in more drop off's per route. Thanks for your patience and understanding as these routes become familiar and hopefully faster as we settle into new routines.

Parent Workshop on the ES Child Protection Curriculum; led by Elementary Counselor John Gaston

Thursday, January 24th @ 1pm (before the ES Assembly @ 2pm) in T&L 2

Please join our Elementary Counselor, John Gaston to have a discussion on the key components of the child protection lessons shared with the students in Elementary. This will be an interactive session beginning with a short power-point followed by discussion and questions around the Child Protection curriculum and how you can support your child's learning at home. 

Parent Invitation to Film Screening: "ANGST: RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY"

All AISJ parents are invited to attend a screening of a newly released film called "Angst". The film addresses the complex and prevalent issues of childhood anxiety and its impact on our children's social, emotional and academic development. Our Elementary and Middle School faculty will be watching this together next Wednesday during PGCT. We are also holding two PARENT SCREENINGS of this film on the following days:

ü  Wednesday, January 23rd @ 8am: FAC

ü  Friday, January 25th @ 8am: FAC

Film Synopsis and Website

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they've found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition. https://angstmovie.com/promote/

Parent Education Workshop in Math:

Monday, February 11th, 7:45am-10:00am (venue TBD)

We are pleased to be able to offer further parent education in Math. As many of you know, we have recently published a Parent Numeracy Guide, and we are now wanting to hold a more hands on parent workshop to provide insights into the way your children are learning math in the ES. The workshop will allow parents the opportunity to observe math being taught in the classrooms, as well as breakout sessions that will provide information on varying developmental aspects of our programme.  

Parent Education Workshop with internationally renowned writing consultant Matt Glover:

Thursday, February 21st 2:10pm- 3:30pm @ Elementary Library

We are fortunate to have Matt Glover return to AISJ to work with our teachers on developmentally appropriate writing instruction and best classroom practices. Matt will be offering a Parent Workshop on the importance of developing both the compositional and conventional aspects of writing and the help parents understand the difference between the two. He will share student examples, along with current research around best instructional practices in schools. Matt is a highly engaging speaker, who has authored many books on writing development and teaching practices. He has worked in many leading international schools throughout the world, and I strongly encourage all of you to find time to attend this workshop. The workshop will be held in the ES Library on February 21st, from 2:10pm- 3:30pm. Child care will be provided for those children who are not in CCA's. We hope you can make it.

Grade 3 Camp Information Meeting

Monday next week there we will be a parent information session for Grade 3.



Camp Dates

Parent Meeting


AISJ Student Sleep in tents on campus for 1 night

1 night

Jan 31st – Feb 1st (Thurs-Fri)

Tuesday, January 22nd


Season 3 Co-Curricular Sign Ups

Season 3 online sign-ups opened this week Monday, January 14th -25th. We ask that parents think carefully about their children's choices as no changes will be able to be made after January 25th. It is challenging for the Activities Office to have parents requesting changes after the final date, as it impacts coaching, staffing and personnel decisions. We ask for your support and understanding in this process.

To sign up for Co-Curricular Activities, parents must log into their PowerSchool accounts and access the CCA button found on the left side of the site. Information on the various activities on offer can be found here. Please remember that CCA's are only on offer to students in Grades 1-5.

Hosting Help Needed

The activities office is hosting 3 major international events over three weeks at the end of January and early February.  We seek willing families to help provide beds for the visiting students.  Please see the below three links for more information and requirements.  If any of the requirements seem too much for you please reach out to the Activities Office as we can help find a solution.  Our priority is to find the beds!  Please be invited to help out and show the AISJ Eagle spirit!

January 24th to 27th – High School Basketball Tournament – CLICK HERE

January 30th to February 3rd – MS/HS ISSEA Rugby Tournament – CLICK HERE

February 6th to 10th – MS AMIS Choir Festival – CLICK HERE

Information session with the Board of Directors

Important Elementary Events




Tuesday, Jan 22

Grade 3 Camp Information Session for Parents

5C Classroom (Ms. Vicente's room)

Wednesday, Jan 23

Parent Screening of "Angst"

@ 8am: FAC


Thursday, Jan 24

ES Assembly (Specialist Assembly)


@ 8am: AISJ Theatre

Friday, January 25th

Parent Screening of "Angst"

@ 8am: FAC


Jan 30- Feb 1

Grade 4 Camp



Jan 31- Feb 1

Grade 3 Camp



Feb 5- Feb 8

Grade 5 Camp


Lapalala Wilderness Camp

Thur, Feb 14

Valentine's Celebration

Parent Association Event


Thur, Feb 21

International Mother Language Day


10:30am- 2pm in ES

Parent Education Workshop with internationally renowned writing consultant Matt Glover


2:10pm- 3:30pm in ES Library

(Child Care will be provided)

Fri, Feb 15

Early Release


@ 1:30pm

Mon, Feb 18

Professional Development Day for teachers



Tues, Feb 19

Season 3 Co-Curricular Activities begin



Thur, Feb 28

ES Assembly


AISJ Theatre


Ben Hart 

ES Principal


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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