Elementary School Weekly Update 8 March 2019
Posted 08-03-2019 03:30PM

Dear Parents,

Thanks for your engagement and support of your child during Student Led Conferences. We loved walking around and watching these conversations about learning and growth transpire. Students feel so empowered when they can discuss their learning with those that are most important in their lives. We hope you enjoyed the conference and got a good sense of your child's strengths as a learner and areas for growth.

We would appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback on the SLC, so we can use this data to inform our practices and organization next year.

SLC Parent Survey

Spirit Week Next Week

Next week students (and adults) are encouraged to come dressed in the different themes each day. Spirit week is a Student Council Led initiative. Each year I try my best to talk the students out of Pyjama Day- and this year I finally succeeded, so we have some creative and new themes next week. Once a month, Mrs. Bellamy and I meet with this group and spend time listening to ideas and suggestions for making our school a better place. It is fun to work with this dedicated and strong minded group of student leaders. We often ask these students for their perspectives on various initiatives that we are thinking about, and there is certainly no shortage of opinion or ideas on offer. Thanks for your support in making AISJ Spirit Week a huge success.

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.

Please note that NO vehicle will be allowed to move on campus, exit or enter campus on Friday 15 March 2019 between 9:45 am – 10: 45 am.

This 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


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 

Board of Directors Elections

PA Social Event

Dlala Nje is delighted to pilot this custom tour with the AISJ Parent Association on Tuesday, 26 March 2019. We will be visiting some of our favourite spaces and exploring what they mean to us and the role they have played in the transformation of Johannesburg. 

Telkom Tower
It has been the tallest structure in Africa for 45 years. The tower was initially known as the JG Strijdom Tower, after JG Strijdom, South African Prime Minister from 1954 to 1958. On 31 May 2005 it was renamed the Telkom Jo'burg Tower. The Hillbrow Tower has been closed to visitors since 1981, primarily due to security reasons. Before the closure, the Hillbrow tower was one of the largest tourist draws in Johannesburg.

Alhambra Theatre
The grand old dame of Doornfontein, the Alhambra Theatre, is set to be transformed into a much-needed arts and training centre. The 1921 building, once famous for its theatre productions which drew people from across the country and which staged some of the best productions, has been lying empty for 20 years. The building, which was owned by Pieter Toerien, has been sold to the Affordable Housing Company (Afhco) to be turned into a centre for arts learning and training.



Welcome home to Central Kitchen! Nando's started in South Africa and, as they've broadened their reach around the world, we've recognised that Nando's will always have it's soul in Africa. Central Kitchen is the heartbeat and the lifeblood of Nando's South Africa.


Victoria Yards

Redefining the Joburg inner-city landscape. Through building an eco-system where tenants thrive as a community, Victoria Yards presents a uniquely integrated urban complex that is as much about social development as it is commercial enterprise.


Kind Regards,

Penny Dixon

Grade 3 Fundraiser

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.

Important Elementary Events




Fri, March 15

CANSA Spray-A-Thon

Festival of Running

AISJ Field

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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