The first week "back to school" was very busy with the lessons resuming, the baby clothes swap taking place and the sewing group mending many uniforms.
Please note the new "Dates to Diarise" towards the end of this mail.
Our on-going "Wish Lists" and calls for assistance with any contacts in terms of internships for our FEP students are also included below.
LESSONS THIS COMING WEEK
MONDAY 7 August 2017 - Grade 3 Lesson
The lesson will cover
1) Phono-Graphix - Revising and Introducing new sounds
2) Reading words and mapping them in the correct columns
3) the sound that is being covered over the next two weeks is the "a-e" sound. The Green and Purple groups will be introduced to various ways to represent this sound, namely [ai], [ay] and [a-e].
4) The sound targeting buddy reader activity - reading and discussing the story "Sam Snail's Rainy Day" and underlining words with the target sound.
5) See sample worksheet attached.
6) Leaders will also prepare the learners for the visit from the fire department that is scheduled for Monday 14 August 2017.
The Pink and Blue groups will continue with their usual programme focusing on the 3 and 4 sound words. The Blue group is revising sh, ch and th at the moment.
We will meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre outside Piatto at 9am on Monday as usual for a brief meeting and will then go onto the school.
**** NOTE the agreed time change ***** Now meeting at 8:30am on Tuesdays ****
Thank you to our regular Tuesday volunteers who have agreed to start 30 minutes earlier than usual on a Tuesday in order to accommodate the Grade 2 time table.
The new programme worked well this week where we are starting right at the beginning of the programme teaching 3 sound words to a new group of Grade 2 learners who are in great need of additional support.
The 24 learners who we worked with previously have now been put into one class and will continue to work their way through the programme.
We will continue to
build (segment); manipulate; read (blend) words in the Pink and/or Blue levels working with 3 and 4 sound words.
Follow the lessons "word building", "phoneme deletion", "word reading" and "word spelling".
We will play educational games as part or all of the lesson.
We now meet at Piatto's at 8:30am on a Tuesday so that we're able to get to the school for a 9am start.
The "Baby Club" -a new initiative being run by Anthea with her team of volunteers meets on Tuesdays. A "baby clothes swap" took place on Tuesday this week. Over 300 items were swapped and the teen moms also donated their own clothes back into the group for other moms to use.
If you want to follow the Baby Club and see what they're up to .. follow this link and "like" the Baby Club Facebook page.
The Sewing Group met yesterday and Anthea, Tasha and Meghan spent several hours at the school mending many school uniforms. A much needed service which ensures that children are able to wear their uniforms for longer and keep warm. Thank you ladies!
There is an exciting learnership opportunity for a few past pupils to join a year long Level 1 Learnership in "Clothing Manufacturing Processes" at SEW AFRICA in central Johannesburg. It is hoped that a few people from the Diepsloot community will attend and then be able to contribute to this sewing group on a regular basis.
DATES TO DIARISE
Fire department to visit the Grade 3s onMonday 14 August 2017.This is to align with the learners "fire safety" theme that week. The fire department with be doing a presentation in each of the class rooms on this day.
Food Pantry -next food distribution to child-headed households at DCS on Wednesday 23 August 2017 at 10am
If you want to read more about Meghan's project "Ngangifisa" and how she feeds child headed homes on a monthly basis with the support of many of you - visit her Ngangifisa Facebook page.
The best way to support this project is by donating a few non-perishable items (such as those in the picture below) to add to the parcels that the families get each month.
The Zoo trip has been scheduled for Monday 18 September 2017. As we have more learners than usual this year we will be appealing to all volunteers to assist us on this day as well as to invite some of your friends. Details will be shared with everyone once they are confirmed.
We have managed to confirm free entry for ALL the children to the Johannesburg Zoo on this day which is a huge saving. We will still ask the volunteers to pay their own entrance fee on the day.
We need transport for 180 kids (three 60-seater busses). If anyone has contacts with any bus companies, please let us know.
ON-GOING WISH LIST - FEP STUDENTS
General Needs - FEP students
Smart phones, laptops and toiletries are items that are needed by most students. It is difficult to get second hand lap tops as they are often destroyed to protect confidential data and software. If you're able to access working lap tops where the hard drives have been removed, we will still be able to use them as buying a hard drive is cheaper than buying a new lap top.
Practical Experience / Internships required
Our FEP students who are finalising their studies are in desperate need of practical experience and need to do an internship in order to meet the requirements of their degree or diploma.
Please share the information below as well as the CVs attached if you have any contacts who might be able to facilitate an internship for the following students.
Lolo an FEP student is completing a Diploma in Office Management and Technology and is needing 9 weeks of practical experience. His work integrated learning experience can be at any kind of company and he's available to start immediately, however he does attend classes on Mondays and Thursdays. If you know of any firm that might take Lolo on for 9 weeks of practical experience, please let us know and we can forward his CV to you.
Lucky (Lehlolonolo) and Gladwin are also FEP students looking for an opportunity to do complete an internship in Information Technology.
Specifications include: Minimum of 6 months internship in any IT related company specialising in Software Development.
See CVs attached.
We said another goodbye this week ... Jessie attended her last session on Monday as she has been given very short notice and is leaving for China this coming week. She then moves on to the Philippines.
Thank you for giving your time to DCS - the pink group will miss you!
Looking forward to seeing our regular volunteers as you start to return from your travels over the next few weeks.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.