Elementary School Weekly Update 12 April 2019
Posted 12-04-2019 03:44PM

Dear Parents,

We are looking forward to Family Fun Day tomorrow. A huge thanks to our Parent Association for the organisation of this event. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the weather plays its part.

Lightning Update

Thanks to everyone for their patience on Wednesday, as we had to enact the 'Stay Put' alert due to lightning. Lightning is a serious threat to the safety of children and adults on campus, therefore we have developed procedures to ensure that their safety is of the utmost priority.

Below are some interesting statistics that highlight why AISJ is taking the threat of lightning so seriously:

  • There are approximately 60 deaths per year caused by lightning in the Gauteng province alone
  • Since October, 2018 there have been 11,500 lightning events within 15km of the AISJ campus, 8 lightning events within 500m and 40 lightning events within 1km
  • The closest lightning strike has been 70m from the center of AISJ

AISJ has contracted with AfricaWeather who have access to 26 sensors across SA, used to track lightning patterns. There are 10-12 sensors within 500 km of JHB/PTA. Each sensor has a 1000km monitoring radius and are all inter-linked. When lightning is within 15km of AISJ, this triggers the school's alarm system telling everyone to seek shelter inside. Selected AISJ personnel receive SMS and email alerts, to begin tracking the lightning activity through AfricaWeather's web portal. Once the alarm is sounded, we enact the 'Stay Put' alert and children are not allowed to be released from class until the all clear is given.

We realise that having students stay indoors past dismissal time is disruptive to after school schedules, however, we feel a strong obligation to ensure that the safety of our children comes first and foremost. We thank you in advance for your understanding during these situations and please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions regarding our procedures.

Placement Letters due next Thursday, April 18th

If you would like to submit a placement letter for consideration, please read this letter carefully. Parent Placement Letters are due next Thursday, April 18th and due to the timing of our placement process, late submissions will not be accepted.

Withdrawal Procedures

A reminder to please email es-office@aisj-jhb.com if your child is withdrawing AISJ at the end of this school year. Your withdrawal is only official once we have received this email confirmation. Once we receive your email, Carol or Heather will contact you with further information about the withdrawal procedures.

All returning parents are requested to log into PowerSchool (Forms/Signups > Enrolment) and indicate their enrolment intentions for each child for 2019-2020.

    • An online enrolment form must be completed for all students intending to enroll at AISJ for 2019-2020 - (PowerSchool > Forms/Signups > Enrolment)
    • If you are unsure, please complete the form and mark maybe - (PowerSchool > Forms/Signups > Enrolment)

Please note that only one parent needs to complete and submit the online form per child. The signed tuition schedule must be returned to the business office directly.

Elementary School Musical- Metaphasia

We are gearing up for this year's elementary musical. On May 9th, all ES students will be treated to a 20 minute preview, and there will be two performances as follows:

  • Friday, May 10 @ 6pm
  • Saturday, May 11 @ 2:30pm

Tickets will go on sale through the ES Office the week of April 23rd. Tickets are R80. We would love to see as many parents and students there to watch our Grade 3-5 actors in action.

 MAP Testing

Earlier in the week, the office sent a letter regarding MAP testing to parents in Grades 3-5. Please find this on the ES Portal.

Parent Coffee Change of Date

We have moved the upcoming ES Parent Coffee time from May 14th  to April 24th as the AISJ Counselling team are planning on doing a PK-12 presentation on Cross Culture Kids.

On April 24th at 8:00 in the Middle School Library all AISJ Johannesburg counsellors will be part of a presentation discussing supports for students and families in transitions along with information on Cross Culture Kids (CCK's).  This presentation will focus on CCK's and supporting these students and families who are either new to AISJ/South Africa or who will be leaving AISJ at the end of the 2018/2019 school year or in the very near future.

The above presentation and date will replace the previously scheduled May 14th meeting on "Students and Families in Transition" that had been scheduled for Elementary parents.

Please feel free to contact the Elementary Counselor, John Gaston if you have any questions.


John Gaston


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 Tattoos for Sale in Support of our AISJ Seniors

Holiday due to SA Elections

The 8th of May 2019 has been declared a public holiday in South Africa due to the national and provincial elections taking place. There will be no school for students on the 8th of May; however, IB Exams will continue as scheduled. All events scheduled for May 8th will be postponed, the new times and dates will be communicated shortly.

Important Elementary Event


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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