We will be teaching our Grade 3 learners in their new groups on Monday and continuing with assessments on Tuesday with the Grade 2s.
The DCS computer lab is in need of a fan. Should anyone have one that they are not using and can donate it to the school, the IT teacher would really appreciate it as the room is very hot.
Please note the "DATES TO DIARISE" towards the end of this newsletter.
MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY
The learners have all been grouped according to their ability levels, so the class sizes will be smaller from this point. Thank you Liza for the hours and days spent on evaluating the assessments, updating the lists and preparing the books.
On Monday, we will
Hand out the books and name tags to each learner (volunteers, please assist with letting us know who still does not have a book, a name tag or photo or whether there are any changes required. New kids are joining the school daily :-)
Team leaders and volunteers to introduce themselves to the group and play any ice breaker games - e.g. Simon Says, Kiddies Yoga etc. The grouping is different from last week and you may end up with different children.
Activities will include:
Phono-Graphix reading and spelling activities differentiated per group. I've attached a basic lesson plan on the 4 key Phono-Graphix lessons as well as an information sheet on the method. We will run a volunteer workshop for new volunteers soon.
The months of the year - discussing the year ahead and key events such as News Year's Day, Christmas, their own birthday as well as Valentine's Day.
Groups for Monday:
Pink Group with Jenny in Ms Mphahlele’s class (3B)
Blue Group with Gillean in the Container class room
Green Group with Liza in the Library
Purple Group with Sachi in Ms Dladla's class (3A)
Orange Group with Ms Mphaka in her own class (3C). This group will usually be led by Meghan, but she is going to be away on Monday 12th.
Volunteers will be allocated to groups on Monday morning at Piatto's and at DCS. Where possible you will work with your same leader as last year.
We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am and car pool to Diepsloot and usually back in Dainfern by 11am.
TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY
We will continue with assessing the Grade 2 learners on Tuesday. I thought this process was finalised, but not all kids were in class on Tuesday and new children have been added. Hopefully this will be the last week of assessments and then we will start with lessons the following week.
We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am and car pool to Diepsloot and usually back in Dainfern by 10:30am.
Sponsor a Learner (or Multiple Learners) at DCS
Thank you to Memuna Williams for sponsoring the first 5 Grade 3 learners as part of our new "Sponsor a learner” campaign.
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.
Please continue to "Spread a Little Love" when you can on Mondays
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 does 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 visited DCS today to provide oral hygiene education to 650 learners from grade R to 3. Dental screening was provided to all grade R’s, and all children received 2 toothbrushes and a tube of Colgate. The teachers also received educational posters and materials. A big thank you to Colgate, Zama, Ouma and the Health Group volunteers! Follow this Facebook link to see pictures.
Dates to Diarise
TERM 1 Every Monday and Tuesday until Tuesday 13 March 2018
Grade 3 Teaching Programme – Monday 12 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 13 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 tomorrow as well as a visit from a nutritionist who will offer the young moms some advice on what to be feeding their babies.