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Term 3 – Newsletter 5

Dear Parents

I trust that all had a happy Women’s Day and a good long weekend. Thanks to all who supported Slipper Day on Wednesday. Fund-raising efforts this term have brought our total up to R37 313.30.

A few reminders of up-coming dates:

SPRING HAT COMPETITION
We are looking forward to seeing our pupils’ creations on 31st August. Prizes will be awarded to the hats that best depict Spring.

RAFFLE
The winners of the hampers will be announced on 3rd September. Please aim to fill up your raffle sheets and return them once full. There is still a bit of time to try to get as many people to participate as possible.

ASSESSMENT PRESENTATIONS, Grade 7 – 9
The assessments will take place from 10th – 19th September. Pupils will receive their research topics from their teachers and should start working to ensure that they present work of a high standard for this term.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING
Our Speech & Drama evening will be presented over two nights this year, so please indicate on your ticket order which evening you would like to attend: Wednesday 26th September/Thursday 27th September. Tickets cost R30 per person.

All pupils have been given a list of items needed for their costumes. Please ensure that these items are at school by 17th September.

MAKRO
Please send your MAKRO form back as soon as possible. If you already have a MAKRO card, please consider linking it our school by sending us the number on your card and we’ll do the rest.

Don’t forget to visit our new website and to keep on “liking” our Facebook page. We would appreciate it if you could forward the ad that we placed on Facebook for enrollments for the new year to all your Facebook contacts.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.” – Unknown

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 4

Good morning Parents

With a short week ahead, there’s much to be done in the three days available to us.

MAKRO
Please send your MAKRO form back as soon as possible. If you already have a MAKRO card, please consider linking it our school by sending us the number on your card and we’ll do the rest.

WEBSITE
Many thanks to Maylin for getting our new website up and running. All our events, along with assessments, exam timetable, outings, etc will be accessible to you on the website calendar.

SLIPPER DAY
Pupils are invited to wear their slippers this Wednesday in celebration of the long weekend and Women’s Day. Cost is R10. Crumpets will be on sale at R2.

ASSESSMENT PRESENTATIONS, Grade 7 – 9
The assessments will take place from 10th – 19th September. Pupils will receive their research topics within the next fortnight and should start working to ensure that they present work of a high standard for this term.

SPRING HAT COMPETITION
We are looking forward to seeing our pupils’ creations on 31st August. Prizes will be awarded to the hats that best depict Spring.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING
Our Speech & Drama evening will be presented over two nights this year, so please indicate on your ticket order which evening you would like to attend: Wednesday 26th September/Thursday 27th September.

All pupils have been given a list of items needed for their costumes. Please ensure that these items are at school by 17th September.

Please return your reply slip re props and catering by this Wednesday, 8th August.

“Happy are they who dreams dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.” – Leon J Suenes

I wish all teachers, mothers, grannies, aunts, friends and acquaintances of Abeille Ruche a blessed Women’s Day.
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 3

Dear Parents

A heartfelt thank you to all who attended our parent/teacher meetings last week and for all your positive comments. We are so proud of the great progress our pupils are making with the help and support of their skilled and caring teachers. We love to see our pupils blossoming in this small, nurturing environment.

If you were not able to attend the meetings last week, please get in touch with your child’s teacher to arrange for an alternative date.

A busy term lies ahead, so please note the following:

SILLY SLIPPER DAY, 8th August
Pupils may wear their slippers to school next Wednesday 8th August, for a donation of R10 towards our grass fund.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY, 9th & 10th August
School will be closed on 9th & 10th August for Women’s Day and a school holiday. We wish all women associated with our school a happy day of rest.

RAFFLE
We are asking all parents to support our raffle. Two hampers are up for grabs, each containing a Gilbert rugby ball signed by Eben Etzebeth, a bottle of wine and chocolate. Tickets are R20. Pupils have been issued with raffle sheets. Closing day for entries is Thursday 30th August and the winners will be announced on Monday 3rd August.

SPRING HAT DAY, 31st August
Pupils are invited to enter our Spring Hat competition by paying R15 and decorating a hat to celebrate spring. Prizes will be awarded to the most beautiful spring hats.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, Thursday 27th September, van der Spuy House, 19h00
We are thrilled and excited to announce that we will be holding our first “theatre under the stars” as we present our Speech & Drama Evening on our beautiful new playground at 19h00 on 26th & 27th September.

Tickets are on sale for R30 each, which includes a cup of tea/coffee & eats.

Please return your reply slip regarding assistance with props, backdrops and catering as soon as possible.

With the new venue, we will be able to extend our Speech & Drama to two evenings, so will open our “theatre” on 26th for the first production of this year’s play. When you order your tickets, please endorse the tickets with the evening you would prefer to come and watch. If you have already sent in your ticket money, please let your child’s teacher know which night will suit you best.

HELP WITH TRANSPORT
A bench has been donated to our school playground, but we need help to get it to our campus. If anyone is able to assist, please let me know.

PARKING REMINDER
Please observe our protocol when dropping off/collecting your children:
Grade 1 – 3/van der Spuy House:
Enter van der Spuy from Visagie and turn left into Utrecht to join traffic flow or continue on with van der Spuy.
Grade 4 – 9/Utrecht House:
Enter Utrecht from van der Spuy and stay with traffic flow.
Pick-up times can be a bit chaotic, but using the above protocol does help to keep everyone moving in the same direction. Please ensure that lift-providers are aware of our traffic rules.

If you are visiting the school and need to park, please observe the above, so that you park with traffic flow on the same side of the road as the school.

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, merciful, generous or honest.” – Maya Angelou

Have a blessed week
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 2

Dear Parents

We have a busy week ahead, with parent/teacher meetings takings place. If you have not yet booked your time slot, please pop in and write your name down on the roster, or write your preferred day & time in your child’s homework book. Please make every effort to attend these important meetings and do arrange for an alternate day and time should you not be able to make it this week. Grade 7 – 9 pupils must attend the meeting with their parents.

CENTURY CITY/MONTE VISTA TRANSPORT
I believe that there have been transport problems again. Please contact Gift on 0619865699 if you are need of of transport between Century City and our campus.

SPEECH & DRAMA
Auditions for the main characters took place on Friday. Rehearsals will begin this week. Pupils will be told what costumes they need to have for the evening I have attached a list of props and backdrops/catering with which we request your assistance. Individual pupils will be told what items of costume they need. Tickets will be on sale at R30 per person. Please place your ticket order in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and “TICKETS”. Ticket order forms have been stapled in your child’s homework book.

LOST PROPERTY
There is a huge pile of lost property at the school, Please ensure that all items that your children bring to school, including clothing, are clearly marked. If you know that your child is missing items of clothing, please ask him/her to check in lost property. Any items not claimed by the end of the week will be handed over to the clothing bank.

CLOTHING BANK
If you would like to donate used school clothes for resale, please send these to school. I have attached the recycle first brochure in this regard.

MAKRO
Your child will be bringing home a form for you to link your MAKRO card to our school, which will help with fund-raising. Please complete the form and return it to the school should you be willing to assist us in this way. Encourage family and friends to consider linking their cards to our school as well.

SILLY SLIPPER DAY, 8th August
Pupils are encouraged to wear their slippers to school, with their school uniform, at a cost of R10.

RAFFLE
We will be raffling two hampers, containing a Gilbert rugby ball signed by the Springbok captain, Eben Etzebeth, a bottle of wine and chocolate. Our pupils will bring home their raffle forms today. Tickets will cost R20 and we ask all parents to help by selling raffle tickets at work etc. The winners will be announced on Monday 3rd September.

SUPPLIES
A reminder that supplies as per the attached should be handed in by Friday.

SPORT FLYER
I have attached a flyer regarding sport for your information.

“Can we listen with our whole beings, not just our minds and offer our attention rather than our opinions.” – Terry Tempest Williams

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 1

Dear Parents

A warm welcome to the third term at Abeille Ruche and a reminder that school opens tomorrow. Please note the following term dates:

Tuesday 17 July – school opens for the third term
Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th July – Parent/Teacher meetings for Grade 1 – 5
Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th – Parent/Teacher meetings for Grade 6 – 9
Wednesday 8th August – Silly Slipper Day
Thursday 9th & Friday 10th August – school closes for public holiday and school holiday
Friday 31st August – Spring Hat competition
Monday 10th September – High School Assessment Presentations start
Monday 24th September – public holiday
Thursday 27th September – Speech & Drama Evening
Friday 28th September – School breaks up for Michaelmas holidays

GRASS PROJECT
Our pupils will enjoy playing on their brand new playground tomorrow and I’m sure all will be delighted with this lovely new environment.

SUPPLIES
Please note on the attached which supplies you need to send to school this term. Please try to hand these in by Friday 27th July.

PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS
Please pop into school to indicate when you will be able to attend the important consultation with your child’s teacher/s. Should you not be able to make a date during the scheduled week, please contact your child’s teacher to schedule a mutually acceptable day and time.

GED CENTRE AT ABEILLE RUCHE
We welcome Mrs Theresa Minne, who will be operating a GED matric alternative on our premises. This option will, in future, be available to pupils who have passed our Grade 9. She will be holding a meeting in the new term to inform our parents about this curriculum.

EVENTS
Our parents have a done a great job in fundraising to assist with the creation of our new playground, but we did not reach our target before the playground was installed, so this term will see a few more fund-raisers:

Silly Slipper Day, where pupils can wear their slippers, for a R10 donation, on Wednesday 8th August, which is our way of celebrating Women’s Day!
Spring Hat competition, Friday 31st August. In celebration of the coming of spring, we would like our pupils to create a gorgeous spring hat. Cost to enter will be R15. There will be prizes, but more than that, we would like our school to enjoy a festive look for spring.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING
All practices will take place at school until the final practices which will take place at the venue. We will be making contact with parents nearer the time to request assistance with various aspects of the event.

GRADE 1 2019
Should you have family/friends who are looking for a good school to start their children in for Grade 1 next year, please spread the news that there is still space available in our Grade 1 class for 2019.

“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley

Here’s to a fab third term
Liz

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Term 2 – Newsletter 12

Dear Parents

The last week of term has dawned. It has been filled with so many events, from the regular classroom activities, to fund-raising, and now, the exciting installation of our new playground taking place as and when weather permits.

JELLY BEAN GUESS
This week is the last opportunity for you to get your guess in for the jelly bean in a bottle count. We’ve had a variety of guesses ranging down from several million, so please send R2 or more along for the last few days of term. The competition closes on Thursday and the winner will be presented with his/her bottle of jelly beans during movie day. The funds raised will go towards our playground.

PYJAMA/MOVIE DAY
This Thursday, 21st, is our Pyjama & Movie Day. For R25, pupils get to wear their pyjamas to school, to watch a movie and receive a snack-pack, consisting of popcorn, a chocolate and a chocolate milk drink.Please generously support this last fund-raising effort for the term. Funds raised will go towards our beautiful new playground. Siblings/friends/family who are at least five years old may attend the movie day at the same cost. Please let your child’s teacher know if such children will be attending so that we can cater for them.

REPORTS
You will receive your child’s report electronically on Friday, the last day of term. Parent/teacher consultations will take take in the second week of the new term, for discussions on your child’s second term results.

CLOSING TIMES
School will close at 13h15 today (Monday), Tuesday & Wednesday. On Thursday, Movie Day, school will close at 12h00 and at 10h30 on Friday, 22nd, break-up day.
Aftercare will operate daily until 17h30 on 22nd June, close for the holidays and reopen on 17th July.

NEW TERM
The third term commences on Tuesday 17th July. Please see attached supplies list for the third term.

I have attached information on a sports event that will take place during the holidays, in case anyone is interested.

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far one can go.” – T S Elliot

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 2 – Newsletter 11

Dear Parents

Another chilly week begins, with exams now well underway and end of term in sight.

As you may have seen on our Facebook page, the playground is under construction and pupils are being taken to the nearby field for extended breaks while we wait for the playground to be completed.

PYJAMA MOVIE DAY
21st June is our Pyjama and Movie day. Please place R25 in an envelope marked with your child’s name and “Movie Day” and send to school. The R25 covers the civvies, movie and snack pack. School will close at 12h00 on that day.

SCHOOL TIMES TO END OF TERM
Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th June, school will close at 13h15 for all pupils
Thursday 21st June, movie day, school will close at 12h00.
Friday 22nd June, school will close at 10h30 and school and aftercare will close for the winter holidays
Aftercare continues to run until 17h30 daily until 22nd June.
Please ensure that lift providers are informed of the early closing times.
Tuesday, 17th July. school will reopen for the third term

“There is no easy walk to freedom and many of us will have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” – Nelson Mandela

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 2 – Newsletter 10

Dear Parents

I hope all are keeping warm as winter officially gets its hands on us.

Many thanks for supporting our boerie-roll fund-raiser last week. As you may have seen on Facebook, we now have R34 973 in our grass kitty.

GRASS PROJECT
We are expecting work to begin tomorrow (Tuesday), so we’ll soon have that beautiful playground we’ve been dreaming about. Fund-raising will be on-going until we have covered the expense, but the intensity of fund-raising will finally be reduced.

MOVIE DAY, 21st June
On 21st June, pupils may come to school comfortably dressed in their pyjamas, bring a blanket and snuggle up to watch a movie. Cost will be R25, which includes the civvies dress up, movie and snack pack. Please place R25 in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and “Movie Day” and hand it in to your child’s teacher.

WATER USAGE
We received an email from the municipality last week, warning us that our water usage is too high and breathing threats all over us. You can help by ensuring that your child has a full water bottle with him/her at school every day, and that he/she has enough drinking water for the day.

EXAMS
Exams start on Wednesday for Grade 7 – 9 pupils and on Friday for Grade 6 pupils. We wish our pupils all the best as they write these important exams.
Pupils who write exams may leave at 13h15 every day, with the option of staying at school should they wish to.
Grade 1 – 5 pupils will continue will their normal timetables during exams..

EXTRA MATHS
Ms Styane has asked me to inform you that the last extra Maths classes for the term will take place this Wednesday from 13h15 – 14h30 for Grade 7 – 9 pupils and on Thursday from 14h45 – 15h30 for Grade 6 pupils. I would like to thank Ms Styane for going the extra mile for her pupils.

SCHOOL TIMES TO END OF TERM
Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th June, school will close at 13h15 for all pupils
Thursday 21st June, movie day, school will close at 12h00.
Friday 22nd June, school will close at 10h30 and school and aftercare will close for the winter holidays
Aftercare continues to run until 17h30 daily until 22nd June.
Please ensure that lift providers are informed of the early closing times.
Tuesday, 17th July. school will reopen for the third term

“Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls, to arrive at its destination of hope.” – Maya Angelou

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 2 – Newsletter 9

Dear Parents

Welcome to a new week, with exams starting next Wednesday for Grade 7 – 9 pupils and Friday for Grade 6 pupils.

EXAMS
Grade 6 – 9 pupils should be hard at work, studying for the up-coming exams. Pupils who write exams may leave at 13h15 every day during exams, or remain at school to study, should they choose to do so.

GRASS PROJECT
Our grass grew slowly last week, bringing our total up to R34 392. There are two fund-raisers this week to help our project:

Boerie rolls will be on sale on Thursday at R15 each. Please place the correct amount in an envelope and write the quantity required and your child’s name on the envelope. Please send to school tomorrow.

A “Guess the number of jelly beans in the bottle” competition is starting today. For R2, pupils and parents can write down their guess. They may enter as many times as they like and the winner will be presented with the jar of jelly beans on Thursday 21st June during Movie Day. The jar is in Mrs Terry’s classroom.

“Mind mist” is on sale at R65 per bottle.

PARENT COMMITTEE
Our school’s constitution makes provision for a parent committee comprised of a parent representative from each grade, giving us a total of nine committee members. We have, in the past, elected our committee members at the Parent Information Evening which is held at the beginning of every year, as this is the best opportunity for getting parents together all at once. Membership is voluntary and we have found over the past few years that our committee member numbers have dwindled away. I still believe that our parent committee does have a role to play and would love to see it revived to its former status, with a parent from each grade becoming a member.

The committee meets once or twice per term to assist with find-raising ideas and takes the role of an advisory body to assist with general ideas pertaining to the school.

Let me know if you feel that you would like to contribute to the school in this way.

SCHOOL TIMES TO END OF TERM
School will function as usual for Grade 1 – 5 pupils during exams.
Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th June, school will close at 13h15 for all pupils
Thursday 21st June, movie day, school will close at 12h00.
Friday 22nd June, school will close at 10h30 and school and aftercare will close for the winter holidays
Aftercare continues to run until 17h30 daily until 22nd June.
Please ensure that lift providers are informed of the early closing times.
Tuesday, 17th July. school will reopen for the third term

“Children are the most vulnerable citizens in any society and the greatest of our treasures” – Nelson Mandela

Stay warm and well
Liz

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Term 2 – Newsletter 8

Dear Parents

From the number of my Newsletter, we can tell that the term is almost over and the countdown to exams has begun.

Our Muslim children are fasting. We wish them well during this time.

Our Grass Project raised R675 last week, bringing our total to R34 127. We are approaching our goal, so please keep on supporting this project and asking family and friends to help with donations. Also consider purchasing the mind-mist spray, as a small profit goes into the grass project for every bottle sold.

Boerie Roll orders
Next Thursday, 24th May, boerie rolls will be on sale again, at R15. Please place your order in an envelope marked with your child’s name and the number of boerie rolls you require and send to school by Monday 21st May. Please send a container for the boerie rolls.

FAMILY DAY POSTPONED
Our parent committee has asked me to let you know that the family day scheduled for 2nd June has been postponed.

EXAMS
Exams start on 6th June for Grade 7 – 9 pupils and on 8th June, for Grade 6 pupils. Grade 6 – 9 pupils may leave school at 13h15 during exams in order to provide them with time to study in their own quiet space. Grade 7 – 9 pupils may also remain at school for the duration of the school day should you wish them to study here. Please ensure that lift providers are aware of the early closing time during exams.

Pupils in Grades 1 – 5 will follow their normal timetable until Friday 15th June. From Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th June, school will close at 13h15 for all pupils. On Thursday 21st, movie day, school will close at 12h00. Please ensure that lift providers are informed of the early closing times.

Aftercare continues to run until 17h30 daily until 22nd June.

On Friday 22nd June, school will close at 10h30 and school and aftercare will close for the winter holidays. Pupils will return to school on Tuesday, 17th July.

MOVIE DAY, Thursday 21st June
On 21st June, pupils may come to school in their pyjamas, bring soft toys and their blankets and enjoy a movie. The cost of the movie day will be R25 and school will close at 12h00 on that day.

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Kind regards
Liz