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what’s jamm’n in March

Thank you for a wonderful first Term. Amidst the stress around the Coronavirus we have had a super special time this term and look forward to what lies ahead in 2020.

Individualised Educational and development programmes (IEDP’s)

IEDP’s have been postponed due to the recent events. A new schedule will be sent out as soon as possible. Please note that we would like to align ourselves with the other Special Needs schools and rename the IEDPs; we will now refer to them as Individualised Support Plans (ISPs); please keep this in mind for future reference. The format will remain the same with a summary of the goals for the year. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.

Covid-19 Contingency Plan

As it currently stands we will re-open on Wednesday the 15th of April and if all is in order we will close again for the Mid-Term break on the 26th of June. We continue to encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions and to limit exposure. The safety of our children is of utmost importance and we trust that by taking these precautions we will overcome this.
100 Club Winners

Congratulations to our 100 Club Winners

In 3rd place – True Lubricants, in 2nd place – J. Claassen and in 1st place –M. Oliver. Thank you very much for everyone’s support. We are so blessed and would like to announce that all three winners donated their winnings back to us so that we can tick off something from our wish list. (Please take note that we will allocate all monies to savings at the moment due to the current Covid-19 situation. In the future this money will be allocated towards the upgrade of our sandpit).

Snack Trolley

Thank you all for supporting Snack trolley Friday. It creates great excitement amongst our learners and they get the opportunity to learn new skills. We will do this on a twice-monthly basis from the new term.

Sick children

Please remember that it is very important to keep sick children at home as they often carry contagious infections that spread quickly throughout the school and affect many of our learners with weak immune systems. This is especially important in light of the current situation and for the winter season coming up.

School Communication

We will continue to have the Apricot Tree Parents and Teachers Whatsapp Group. Should you need to contact your class teacher during the school hours please contact Annette on 082-332-9348 or alternatively on the school landline 011-849-0330 as the class teachers do not have their phones on them during the day.

Please note:
We have decided to add another Whatsapp group called “Apricot Tree Notification group”, this will be a closed group run by admin communicating important notifications. The current group will remain and can be used as a social and support group for one another. This is to ensure that important notifications are not missed while ensuring parents can still communicate with each other, we can send birthday messages and celebrate exciting events.

School accounts
A friendly reminder that school fees should be paid before the 7th of each month over a 12 month period. Should you have any queries regarding your account please contact Annette van Niekerk at [email protected] / 082-332-9348.

MySchool

Please don’t forget to swipe your MySchool card when purchasing items at Woolworths. If you do not have one yet please get one at your nearest Woolworths or alternatively contact Annette as she has cards available. Register your card online at www.myschool.co.za and select The Apricot Tree Trust as your preferred beneficiary. Thank you to all who are using their card.

Fundraisers

Our Valentines fundraiser with Max Kaan was a huge success and we raised R 12 000.00. Thank you very much for everyone’s support. (Please take note that we will allocate all monies to savings at the moment with the current Covid-19 situation. In the future this money will be allocated towards our projects and wish list items).

Due to the current situation, we had to postpone and cancel some of our events:
Please take note that Bowls day has been moved to the 5th of September 2020 and the Barnyard fundraiser has been cancelled.

The golf day will then be our next fundraiser. Please start communicating this and encouraging your golfing buddies to book a four-ball or businesses to sponsor a hole. Kindly familiarise yourself with the new dates below:

Fundraising events 2020

03-Jun-20 – Golf Day
25-Jul-20 – Ladies tea
29-Aug-20 – Music Quiz
5-Sep-20 – Bowls Day
31-Oct-20 – Apricot Tree Festival
21- Nov-20 – Concert

We cannot do this without our amazing parents, thank you for your continued support. Stay safe! 

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what’s jamm’n – COVID 19

We would like to inform all parents that, in line with the government announcement made over the weekend, we have taken the decision to close our centre this week with the last school day being Wednesday the 18th of March. Please notify me if you have logistical problems due to this short notice.

The current guideline given by the government is that schools are to remain closed until after the Easter weekend in April, should this change in any way we will advise. We are looking at options available to potentially shorten the remaining holiday periods in 2020 to offset some of the impact of this closure to all of you and will provide a follow-up communication in the next week or two in this regard. Please take all the necessary precautions to limit your and your child’s exposure.

Amongst all the communications about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) it is difficult to know what is true and what is not. Please note that as a Centre we have chosen to follow the sanitation guidelines as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

We need to work together to protect our children, staff and parents/guardians. We ask that you assist us with the following habits and you reinforce this at home:

  • Hand Washing Techniques – As a Centre we have decided to use a song to reinforce the proper handwashing routine. It is important that we wash our hands for a minimum of 20 seconds and we emphasise getting all the areas e.g. in between our fingers, our thumbs and wrists etc. We will include the song and routine at the end of this Newsletter.
  • Avoidance – Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Find alternative ways of greeting instead of shaking hands and close contact with others. Remind your children to cover their mouths and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when they cough or sneeze (if this is possible).
  • Signs and symptoms – We will be checking the learner’s and staff’s temperatures as they arrive at the Centre. If there is any sign of a fever we will ask that the learner or staff member goes home immediately. We also encourage parents that if your child is presenting with any symptoms of a cold or weakened immune system that they stay at home until they are fully recovered.
  • Reporting – If any member of your family is presenting with any symptoms of cold or flu, please self-isolate immediately by staying at home and/or not sending the children to school; we advise that you follow these steps:
    • Phone your doctor and get advice as to where the correct place is to report in order to be properly tested for possible infection.
    • Only report back to work or send your child to school once written clearance from your doctor has been given.
    • Please inform the Centre immediately should anyone in your family be infected by the virus.
  • Returning from travel – Please self-isolate for 14 days and seek medical attention if you have just returned from any travel in an area that has cases of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Hand Washing Song:
Sing this song while washing your child’s hands. Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Wash, wash Wash your hands
Wash them nice and clean.
Scrub them here (with hand motion scrubbing together)
Scrub them there (with hand motion scrubbing tops of hands)
And scrub them in between (with hand motion scrubbing between fingers).

Wash, wash, wash, your hands
Play our handy game
Rub and scrub, scrub and rub
Germs go down the drain HEY!

Wash, wash, wash, your hands
Play our handy game
Rub and scrub, scrub and rub
Germs go down the drain HEY!

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what’s jamm’n January

Individualised Educational and development programmes (IEDP’s)

Every learner at the centre has an Individual Educational and Development Programme where specific goals are set out by their support team for the year. This year’s IEDP’s will run from the 2nd of March 2020. Each session will be scheduled from 07:00-07:45 with teachers, therapists and facilitators in attendance. An email will be sent out with a detailed schedule shortly.

Valentine’s Day Celebrations
On Friday the 14th of February we will have an outing for the learners; details to follow soonest. Save the date – 15 February 2020 is our first fundraising event (It is NOT to be missed especially if your husband is not good at planning Valentine’s Day. Spoil your spouse with this one). This will be an evening event.

Tumbling

Inga from Eagle’s Tumbling is still interested in joining our team and offering movement therapy once a week. Tumbling will be treated like all other therapies; where you will sign a contract with and make payments directly to Eagle’s Tumbling. Please advise your class teacher if you would like your child to join Tumbling.

Music Therapy

Jessica was an amazing addition to our team last year and her music therapy sessions were so beneficial. With a heavy heart, she took up another offer for this year where she was hired as the centre’s therapist on a short-term fixed contract. This has allowed her to be able to expand on her knowledge and experience in a different field for the benefit of her studies. Jessica ensured us that as soon as this contract has ended she would love to join us in the middle of the year. We wish her all the best and can’t wait to work with her again.

Aftercare

Based on the votes collected last year we have come to the conclusion that running aftercare would not be feasible. We will continue exploring all options where we could possibly assist parents by raising funds for a Centre vehicle or potential afternoon programmes.

Snack Trolley

Thank you for the interest shown in supporting our young adults “Snack Trolley” venture. The following goods will be made available on the trolley on a weekly basis: Chips – Popcorn – Chocolate minis – Juice boxes – Flavoured milk – Fruit (Seasonal)

A special something will be made available once a month. The Snack Trolley will be run every second week as a start. An “order form” will be sent in the communication books at the beginning of that week for you to indicate what your child would like to purchase. On “Snack Day”, the teacher will then be able to assist learners in ordering from the young adults. For non-verbal learners, the teacher will record the learner’s order on a device so that they can participate in the “ordering/choosing” process. This is very much a “trial run” and we will be learning as we go. Your input and feedback is much appreciated.

Arrivals and departures

Thank you for sticking to the morning arrival times from 07:00 – 08:00. We thank you for your patience with the opening and closing of access gates to the property and we ask that these only be operated by the Teacher on duty. Departure and collection is at 12:30. There will be a waiting class for children who cannot be collected at 12:30. The waiting class will only be until 13:00. The learners will be supervised during this time. Please inform your class teacher if your child will be staying for waiting class. Please ensure that you sign the class register when dropping off and collecting your child.

Safety

The learner’s safety is of utmost importance to us therefore we would like parents to please inform Abby, Annette and/or the class teacher if there are any changes with regards to who will be picking up or dropping off your child from school.

Sick children

Please remember that it is important to keep sick children at home as they often carry contagious infections that spread quickly throughout the school and affect many of our learners with weak immune systems.

School Communication

We will continue to have the Apricot Tree Parents and Teachers Whatsapp Group. Should you need to contact your class teacher during the school hours please contact Annette on 082-332-9348 or alternatively on the school landline 011-849-0330 as the class teachers do not have their phones on them during the day.

School accounts

A friendly reminder that school fees should be paid before the 7th of each month over a 12 month period. Should you have any queries regarding your account please contact Annette van Niekerk at [email protected] / 082-332-9348.

MySchool
Please don’t forget to swipe your MySchool card when purchasing items at Woolworths. If you do not have one yet please get one at your nearest Woolworths or alternatively contact Annette as she has cards available. Register your card online at www.myschool.co.za and select The Apricot Tree Trust as your preferred beneficiary. Thank you to all who are using their card.

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