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Term 3 – Newsletter 10

Good morning Parents,

Welcome to the penultimate week of the third term.

TWILIGHT MARKET, Friday 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00
We are looking forward to celebrating the long weekend with our Twilight Market this Friday. Please come along with a bit of cash to spend, as there will be stalls selling interesting items. If you have battery operated fairy lights at home, please could we borrow them for the evening?

The draw for our raffle will take place at the market. If you still have forms at home, please ensure that they are returned to the school by Thursday.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September
Today marks our first dress rehearsal, so the big day is approaching fast. Tickets will be sent home today. If you have not yet ordered tickets, please send the required amount to the school, indicating which evening you would like to attend.

DATES & TIMES FOR NEXT WEEK
Monday 24th September – school will be closed for the public holiday
Tuesday 25th September – school will close at 12h00 for all pupils
Wednesday 26th September – school will close at 12h00 for pupils, and pupils will return at 18h00 for the speech & drama evening
Thursday 27th September – school will close at 12h00 for pupils, and pupils will return at 18h00 for the speech & drama evening
Friday 28th September – school will break up at 10h30 for the Michaelmas holidays and reopen on Tuesday 9th October

Please ensure that lift-provider are aware of the school closing times for next week

Aftercare will remain open until the normal time of 17h30 on all school days next week, but will be closed from 1st to 8th October.

READMISSION FORMS
Readmission forms are due on 12th October. I have attached a form for your convenience.

“Instead of worrying about what people think of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” – Dale Carnegie

Wishing you a week of accomplishment!
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 9

Dear Parents

There are just two full weeks of teaching to go and then our Speech & Drama Evening will crown our glorious term!

TWILIGHT MARKET, 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00
Our Twilight Market will take place from 18h00 – 20h00 on 21st September. There will be ten stalls, with various offerings, ranging from pancakes, to natural beauty products, to fine coffee. There will also be a bead-making stall for children and the announcement of the winners of the raffle, so please come and support us.

We are looking to borrow battery operated fairy lights for the evening, so if any parents are able to help, please send your fairy lights to school as soon as possible. Mark them with your name so that we can get them back to you.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September, 19h00

Our first dress rehearsal will take place on 17th September. Pupils must have their full costume at school on that day.
Tickets are still on sale at R30 each.
Commemoration mugs were very popular last year, so will be on sale again this year, at R60 per mug. Your child will bring an order form home in his/her homework book today. Please let us have your order by 18th September.
Just a reminder, too, to parents who have offered donations of tea, coffee, milk and sugar to help with the catering for the evening. These may be sent to school as soon as possible. Perishable items may be handed in on the evening you attend.

READMISSION FORMS
Thanks to those prompt parents who have already submitted their readmission forms. 12th October is the closing date for readmission forms.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to do so with some passion, some compassion and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Have a passionate, compassionate and stylish week
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 8

Good morning Parents

Spring has sprung! We had some wonderfully creative spring hats on show last Friday, each hat having something uniquely wonderful about it. Have a look at all the decorative hats on our Facebook page. Once again, many thanks to all parents who supported this fund-raising effort.

I would also like to say a big “Thank you” to teachers, parents and pupils who supported our marketing day at the Edgemead Shopping Centre on Saturday. It was definitely worth the time spent advertising our school and making ourselves known to the community.

Slowly, but surely, we’re ticking off the events of the term, one by one, with the following still to come:

RAFFLE
Our raffle officially closed on Friday, but we have decided to delay the announcement of the winner until the Twilight Market on 21st September. This means that there is still a little time to sell tickets at the event. Should you still have a form at home and can sell more tickets, you’re welcome to hold onto it until 20th September, or to send it back to school, as you have already played your part in supporting this fund-raising effort.

TWILIGHT MARKET, 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00
Our Twilight Market will take place from 18h00 – 20h00 on 21st September. We welcome all to come along. I’ll be speaking briefly about the alternative educational environment that Abeille Ruche provides and other speakers will be informing visitors about their field of expertise. Our classrooms will be available for viewing, and we hope to attract more pupils to our school through this informative, yet fun evening. Market stalls will be offering a variety of goodies to taste and items to purchase.

The market will be held on the Friday evening leading into the long weekend, so what a good way to start long weekend.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September, 19h00
Our first dress rehearsal will take place on 17th September. Please could you make sure that your child has all the items needed with him/her at school on that day. Do let your child’s teacher know if you’re having difficulty with any of the items so that we can see if we can help.

Please order your tickets at R30 each and indicate on your order form which of the two evenings you will attend. While there may be some space for one or two to squeak in on the night, we would prefer you to pre-order your tickets, as this is the first time we’re using our school as the venue and running over two nights. It will help us if we know how many will be attending on each night.

REPORTS
With all the excitement of the Speech & Drama Evening, Twilight Market, etc, we are not forgetting that term assessments are underway and reports will be sent out electronically on 28th September.

READMISSION FORMS
We have reached that time of year again, when we need to know how many spaces are available for new pupils in 2019. Please complete the readmission form emailed and send it back to school by 12th October. Should you prefer to receive a hard copy, please let me know.

BREAK-UP DAY, 28th September
School will close at 10h30 on Friday 28th September and re-open on Tuesday 9th October.

“If I were to begin life again, I should want it just as it was, only I would open my eyes a little more.” – Unknown

Have a wonderful first week of spring.

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 7

Dear Parents

It was lovely to see the rain over the weekend and to hear that our dams are slowly but surely recovering.

Remember to come along and support the marketing of our school at the Edgemead Shopping Centre this Saturday, 1st September, between 09h00 and 16h00. We would much appreciate your presence with us to help to talk to shoppers about the environment that our school offers. Pupils should wear their uniform.

SPRING HAT COMPETITION
Pupils are asked to decorate and wear their spring hats to school this Friday, 31st August and to enter the competition for R15.

RAFFLE
Next Monday (3rd September) Will see the raffle draw, so please get those last tickets sold and send your form back to school by Friday.

TWILIGHT MARKET, Friday 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00, Abeille Ruche School playground
Excitement is building for the twilight market that will take place from 6 – 8 p m on 21st September. Please do make your family and friends aware of this event that will promote a holistic approach to education.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September, Abeille Ruche open air theatre, 19h00
Our Tales of Narnia Speech & Drama evening will be held over two nights this year, right here on our own campus. The stage is ready, our pupils are practising and soon it will be time for them to showcase their efforts. Tickets are on sale at R30. Please send in your ticket order, also indicating which evening you would like to attend. Commemorative mugs will be on sale again this year – more details to follow.

ASSESSMENT PRESENTATIONS
Grade 7 – 9 pupils are hard at work, compiling their assessment presentations for the term. We eagerly anticipate seeing their creativity, as they summarise the learning they have done this term and present their findings to their teachers.

Their Maths term assessment will take place on 17th September.

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Have a wonderfully warm week!
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 6

Dear Parents

I have just discovered that we’re half way through the third term, which means that the end of term is approaching fast, with our fabulous open air theatre production of Tales from Narnia forming the grand finale to the term.

We ran a programme/ticket/mug design competition among our pupils and I would like to congratulate the winners: Dean, for the mug design; Amir, for the ticket design and Mathew J for the programme design. These pupils will each receive a commemorative mug for their designs.

Commemorative mugs will also be available for purchase. More details to follow.

Some exciting developments have been taking place at school and there are some new dates to note.

UKULELE LESSONS
On Friday Front Row Music visited our school to demonstrate playing the ukulele. Forms are being sent home today, with the possibility of classes being offered at our school, should there be enough demand. Should you wish to enrol your child for ukulele lessons, please complete the form and send it back to school by Friday. Pupils do not need to own their own ukulele in order to enrol.

SPRING HAT DAY
The children tell me that they are busy decorating their hats for next Friday’s competition, 31st August. Cost to enter is R15 and there will be prizes for the best hats. We are looking forward to celebrating the coming of spring, albeit that winter seems to have a firm grip on us still.

RAFFLE
The draw for the winners of the raffle will take place on Monday 3rd September. Thank you for supporting this artificial grass fund raiser. As you will notice, our thermometer is still a little shy of where we need to be, but almost there!

MARKETING DAY AT EDGEMEAD SHOPPING CENTRE, 1st September
You will not believe that, after eighteen years of serving this community, we still find people who claim that they have never heard of our school. At the suggestion of our teachers, we have hired the front section of the Edgemead Shopping Centre on Saturday 1st September, from 09h00 – 16h00. Our staff will be there handing out flyers and talking to the community about our school. We’ll be painting bees on the faces of children visiting the centre, not only to symbolise Abeille Ruche, but to celebrate spring. If you are able to support us by bringing your child in his/her school uniform, and spend a little time with us chatting to shoppers about our school, we’d be truly grateful. We would also appreciate some help with the face painting. If there are pupils/parents who would like to assist, please let me know.

At the marketing day, we will also hand out invitations to the next exciting event to be held at our school: A Twilight Market to be held on our new stage in our beautiful new playground.

TWILIGHT MARKET, Friday 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00, Abeille Ruche School playground
Please see attached flyer for the twilight market that will take place from 6 – 8 p m on 21st September. It is the Friday of the long weekend, so, if you’re not going away, it will give you a fun start to the weekend. Please share the flyer with your family, friends and colleagues.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September, Abeille Ruche open air theatre
Last, but most definitely not least, for the term, is our fabulous Speech & Drama Evening. Our theme this year is Tales from Narnia and we’re looking forward to seeing you all there, along with extended family members and friends. Tickets are on sale at R30 and are selling fast, so please send in your order if you have not already done so. Remember that the event will take place over two evenings this year, so please indicate on your ticket order form which evening you would like to attend.

In between all these activities, of course, are on-going tasks and assessments that need to be completed to keep our pupils academically on track, so our beehive is a very busy place!

“My best friend is the man (woman) who, in wishing me well, wishes it for my sake.” – Aristotle

With well wishes to each of you
Liz

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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