It was great to be back at DCS this week and to see so many of you after a long break.
We will continue with the same assessments this coming week on both Monday and Tuesday.
Please note the "DATES TO DIARISE" towards the end of this email so that you can look at our programme for the year at a glance and diarise our special events - such as the holiday programme, zoo trip etc.
Assessments for Monday & Tuesday
The instructions on how we conduct the assessments and a sample of how we would like the assessment sheet to be completed, is attached. We will also go over this at the briefing meetings on Monday and Tuesday.
New in 2018 Sponsor a Learner (or Multiple Learners) at DCS
All of our Edu Fun volunteers display tremendous commitment and dedication to helping DCS students improve reading, writing and spelling skills. In addition to teaching the Phono-Graphix method, volunteers and learners form bonds throughout the year not only during lessons but through social Edu Fun activities such as the zoo trip and annual Christmas party.
The hard work of Edu Fun volunteers is reaping rewards for learners. In 2017 assessment scores showed that over the course of the school year grade 3 student reading skills improved by 60% and spelling skills improved by 73%.
New in 2018 we have a funding opportunity for volunteers and supporters who would like to sponsor one or more grade 2 or 3 learners for the 2018 school year. A donation of R500 per child will cover all costs Edu Fun incurs for stationery, books and supplies needed to teach that child throughout the year. In addition the donation will cover the costs for the sponsored children to attend the annual zoo trip, receive an Easter gift and participate in the annual Christmas party. Volunteers who form bonds with specific learners are welcome to select the children (by name) who they would like to sponsor. If you have friends or contacts who don't come to school with us or who live abroad who might be interested in sponsoring a child or children, we can also put together photos and bios of learners and we are happy to update donors with information about the progress of those they have sponsored at various points throughout the school year.
Please contact Liza@readforafrica.com if you would like to find out more or if you would like to contribute to this initiative.
FEP Update - do you have any makeup to donate for Shoki
Shoki is one of our FEP students who graduated in Performing Arts Technology at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). She is now doing a makeup learnership and needs makeup to do her assignments. If you have any makeup that you no longer use, because it may be the wrong colour or if you have any brushes or cases that you no longer use or need, please bring them along to DCS on Monday or Tuesday and we will pass them on to Shoki.
AKA Spread a "LOT of Love" this week
Tracy and the President of the local chapter of AKA Sorority, Thandie joined us at the school this week and distributed 1908 peanut butter sandwiches in celebration of the 110th birthday of their sorority which was established in 1908.
They continue to supply the school with up to 200 peanut butter sandwiches and apples every Monday as part of the "Spread a Little Love" programme. Please continue to supplement this initiative by either bringing a loaf of peanut butter sandwiches or a bag of apples on a Monday when you can.
AKA also donated R10 000 to the Food Pantry in support of the work that Meghan does through Ngangifisa. It was great to have some of the AKA Sorority Sisters with us this week. Thank you for your continued support.
TERM 1 Every Monday and Tuesday until Tuesday 13 March 2018
Grade 3 Teaching Programme – Monday 29 January
This week's lesson is still going to be dedicated to conducting assessments with individual Grade 3 learners. The assessment instructions are attached, but I will also explain the process at our briefing meeting at Piatto's on Monday 29 January at 9am.
Meet in the Parking lot outside Piatto’s at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am for a brief meeting to discuss the assessments.
Car pool to the school at 9:10am.
The assessment session will run from 9:30am to about 10:45am and we should be back at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre soon after 11am.
Grade 2 Teaching Programme - Tuesday 30 January
This week's lesson is still going to be dedicated to conducting assessments with individual Grade 2 learners. The assessment instructions are attached, but I will also explain the process at our briefing meeting at Piatto's on Tuesday 30 January at 8:30am.
Meet in the Parking lot outside Piatto’s at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am for a brief meeting to discuss the assessments.
Car pool to the school at 8:40am.
The assessment session will run from 9am to about 10:15 and we should be back at Dainfern Valley by or shortly after 10:30am.
Baby Club Meeting - Saturday 10 February
There will be a baby clothes "Swap Shop" at the school on this day as well as a visit from a nutritionist who will offer the young moms some advice on what to be feeding their babies.
Term 1 will continue until Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March 2018
Lessons will continue until Monday 12 March and Tuesday 13 March 2018. There will then be a break due to the public and Easter holidays and lessons will resume for the second term on Monday 16 April 2018.
Term 2 - Monday 16 April to Tuesday 19 June 2018
Lessons resume on Monday 16 April and Tuesday 17 April 2018
SCHOOL CLOSED - Monday 30th April and Tuesday 1 May 2018
School continues from Monday 7 May until Tuesday 19 June 2018
Holiday Sports and Buddy Reader Programme - Tuesday 26 June to Thursday 28 June 2018
Edu Fun, in Partnership with Read For Africa and St Peter's School will run the annual Holiday Programme from 8:30am to 1pm daily on Tuesday 26 June, Wednesday 27 June and Thursday 28 June 2018.
Term 3 - Monday 23 July to Tuesday 18 September 2018
Lessons resume on Monday 23 July 2018 until Tuesday 18 September
International Literacy Week Celebrations - Week starting 3 September 2018
Zoo Trip - Monday 10 September 2018
Heritage Day theme and last day of term on Monday 17 September 2018
Term 4 - Monday 15 October to Tuesday 13 November 2018
Lessons resume on Monday 15 October until Tuesday 13 November 2018
Grade 3 Year End Party - Monday 12 November 2018
Grade 2 Year End Party - Tuesday 13 November 2018
Please let me know if you have any queries, questions or suggestions.