We will be starting with our Grade 3 lessons on Monday and continuing with assessments on Tuesday with the Grade 2s.
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 the term dates as well as our special events - such as the holiday programme, zoo trip etc.
MONDAY 5 FEBRUARY
As Monday will be our first lesson with the learners our focus will be on
Handing out the books and name tags to each learner (volunteers, please assist with letting us know who does not have a book, a name tag or photo or whether there are any changes required.
Team leaders and volunteers to introduce themselves to the group and play any ice breaker games - e.g. Simon Says, Kiddies Yoga etc.
Activities will include:
Going over the Edu Fun rules
The "I am Special Poem"
Assisting the learners in responding to personal questions - there names, age, what they like, what they want to be when they grow up. This worksheet needs to be collected in at the end of the lesson and all copies given to Liza.
Examples of the above are attached.
We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am and car pool to Diepsloot and usually back in Dainfern by 11am.
TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY
We will continue with assessing the Grade 2 learners on Tuesday.
We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am and car pool to Diepsloot and usually back in Dainfern by 10:30am.
Teaching Team for 2018
Sadly Memuna and Anthea have other commitments and won’t be able to lead a group this year. We appreciate the role they played in the teaching last year and their continued involvement in Edu Fun. We look forward to them joining us at school when they can.
We're excited that Sachi has agreed to lead a group this year.
So the teaching team will now be Liza,Gillean, Meghan, Sachi and Jenny. Ms Mphaka will fill in for any of the leaders when they are not available.
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
Thank you so much to Anette and her daughter Sofia as well as Leslie for donating make up for Shoki this week.
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.
Please continue to "Spread a Little Love" when you can
We continue to make peanut butter sandwiches as well donate bags of apples every Monday to supplement the school's feeding programme. Please assist when you can by bringing a loaf of sandwiches and/or a bag of apples.
Please email Carolien on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information. This group focus on doing eyesight and dental checks with the learners as well as provide nutritional and other guidance.
Whilst having qualified doctors and dentists and other health practitioners on the team is a bonus, one does not need to be qualified to assist.
Colgate will be visiting the school this coming week - on Friday 9 February. They will do a presentation on dental hygiene, donate toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as do dental screenings with the kids.
Dates to Diarise
TERM 1 Every Monday and Tuesday until Tuesday 13 March 2018
Grade 3 Teaching Programme – Monday 5 February 2018
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 6 February 2018
This week's lesson is still going to be dedicated to conducting assessments with individual Grade 2 learners.
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.