Elementary School Weekly Update 1 March 2019
Posted 01-03-2019 03:03PM

Dear Parents,

Yesterday we had a wonderful learning celebration from our Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten students. We have uploaded the live stream of the assembly onto the ES Portal for your enjoyment.  See Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten.

Student Led Conferences

Next week, on March 7th the Elementary School will hold Student-Led Conferences. This is not a normal school day. There will be no classes and students should ONLY come to school for their scheduled conference time, returning home afterwards with their parents.  All students and parents are expected to attend Student Led Conferences. More detailed information on SLC's can be found on the ES Portal. To sign up for your child's conference you will need to follow the instructions below: 

Mon, Feb 25- Mar 5:  All ES parents will be able to sign up for a SLC time through PowerSchool (see the conference button on the left hand side of the home page once logged in). 


Today our Grade 5 students organised a bake sale to fund the spray paint for next week's Spray-a-thon. Please remember to go onto PowerSchool and complete the permission form if your child would like to participate on Friday, March 15th. Hair spraying will cost R25 and students can bring the money with them in a sealed envelope to their Homeroom teacher any time during the next two weeks. The spray paint we use is organic and washes out easily in the shower/bath. All proceeds of the day go to one of our Service Learning partners: CANSA. Please visit the ES Portal for more information.

·         Spray-a-thon is designed to raise awareness about cancer.

·         All proceeds from this event go towards the CANSA organisation to support the fight against cancer through prevention programmes, and patient care services. 

·         For more information, visit the CANSA website www.cansa.org.za  "CANSA Spray-a-thon is one of South Africa's best-loved events in support of a worthy cause. People spray their hair to show solidarity with cancer survivors or to remember loved ones lost to the disease." 

·         Please give your permission on PowerSchool by Monday, March 11th

·         Payment of R25 should be made to your homeroom teacher by Thursday, March 14th

·         We will only be permitted to spray elementary students who have been given permission on PowerSchool. 

Thank you for your support, 

Student Council and Grade 5 Students 

Festival of Running

On Friday, 15th March, the annual AISJ Festival of Running will take place on and around the JHB campus, starting at 9:15 am. It is a wonderful whole school event celebrating wellness and healthy living. We invite all parents to come and support the student runners whose focus is to accomplish their goal of completing the whole distance.

All students PreK – gr 12 will participate by running different distances according to their grade level:- PreK – relay around the field; K-2 – 800m; gr 3/4 – 1.6K; gr 5 – 3K.  Students have been practicing running for their specific distances in PE classes, and any practice outside of school is certainly welcomed and encouraged.

For easy identification during the run, each grade level has been assigned a specific colour, and students will need to wear a t-shirt in that colour for the run. Please note the colour below for your child's grade level:

PreK Meerkats – blue   

PreK Otters – green      

Kindergarten – red                                     

Grade 1 – green                                                        

Grade 2 – yellow                                                       

Grade 3 – blue

Grade 4 – green

Grade 5 – pinnies over red shirts (the pinnies will help separate them from the MS and HS who have no designated colours)

It is very important that students wear running shoes and socks, and exercise clothes on the day. Students should not be running in sandals, flip-flops or jeans. Hats, water bottle and sunscreen are also necessary. Please make sure that hats and water bottles are labelled in case they get lost, and apply sunscreen to your child in the morning before school.

Parents wishing to run the 5K can sign up from 8.30am on the morning of the event. Parents are asked to cheer on their children from the hill or from areas outside of the marked course.

We are looking forward to a day filled with fun and physical activity! Your support is necessary for us to have a safe and successful event.

Mrs Ferguson and Mr Keet

ES PE Department


Winter School

AISJ offers a holiday program that runs in the June/July holidays.  This program runs for 3 weeks from June 3rd to June 21st.  You can do 1, 2 or all 3 weeks.  It is a wonderful place to send your child should you not be leaving South Africa straight after school closes for the June/July break.  The program starts at 09:00am and finishes at 1:00pm each day and the cost includes door to door bussing, engaging workshops, all supplies, snacks and a field trip each Friday which includes packed refreshments.  This year the field trips will be Bounce, The Monte Casino Bird Gardens and Ice-skating (Gr. 1 and up) and PlayScapes (Pre-k and kinder). 

To register your child/ren, please log onto Powerschool and click on forms/signups, this will take you to the Johannesburg Campus Winter School Request form.  Please note that registration starts in February and runs until May 24th.  Closer to the start of Winter School you will receive an information letter regarding the program.

Please contact Nikki Kaplan, in Middle School, by emailing her on nkaplan@aisj-jhb.com should you require any further details or have any questions.

AISJ Board of Directors Elections

Grade 3 Fundraiser

Grade 8 Request for Human Rights Advocates

The 8th Grade Social Studies class is planning its next unit on Rights with a focus on Human Rights.  As students learn about the concept of Human Rights in Social Studies, we wish to provide students with authentic opportunities to investigate and engage with members of the community who work for human rights organizations and/or advocate for human rights.

This is where you come in: are you involved, informed or connected in any way to organizations or to specific people who advocate for, or assist people directly in terms of human rights violations? If yes, would you be able to pass along information to us, or come to the school and talk to the students directly?

We are planning to host our 4th Annual Human Rights 'Fair' where students have the opportunity to find out more about a social issue connected to a human right that they are interested in investigating during this unit.  Ideally, we would like to have you present/speak with students in small groups for 20 minutes which would include the opportunity for students to ask questions.

The fair is scheduled for Monday, March 11th from 12pm until 3p.m. If you are available on March 11th to present to students or if you can provide us with a contact, please email Chris Megaffin, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher cmegaffin@aisj-jhb.com.

Thank-you so much – we are looking forward to learning from our parent community.

StuCo Bake Sale

Dear ES AISJ Community,

We Student Council and 5th grade would like to thank you for your help and support by buying from our Bake Sale and supporting the Spray-a-thon and CANSA.  We raised R8044.00 from all your support.  This money will be used to buy the hair spray for our Spray-a-thon

Yours sincerely,

Student Council & 5th grade

Important Elementary Events




Thur, March 7

Student Led Conferences



Fri, March 15

CANSA Spray-A-Thon

Festival of Running


Early Release

@ 1:30pm

Mar 18- 22

School Holiday



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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