Just a few reminders and some information for the week.
On Entry Testing
Over the next few weeks Julie Birch and I will be conducting the On-entry assessment program with our classes. The assessment is conducted in a one-on-one situation and is completed with all Pre primary students in West Australian schools.
What is the purpose of the program? The main purpose of the On-entry Assessment Program is to provide teachers with information about the skills and understandings that a child brings to school. Conducting this assessment early in the year ensures that your child’s teacher has information about the current skills and understandings of each child to assist in the planning and development of targeted learning programs that address the needs of each individual and identify children who may require early intervention or extension. This approach is supported by national and international research into the early identification of students’ literacy and numeracy skills.
I will be out of the classroom this Wednesday to begin the testing.
This Wednesday the children will receive ashes in the form of a cross drawn on their forehead. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. Our Pre primary classes will receive the ashes in our classroom.
Our class reps, Leah Pearson, Claire Jeffrey and Carolyn Trowbridge would love your updated contact details. Please look out for a sheet on the bench with the parent roster and check if your contact details are correct.
If your child has been away please remember to check our filing boxes for any missed notes. The boxes a located on the bench as you come in the door - aqua for girls and black for boys.
Important Student Information - medical condition
Penny Whelan in our class has Type 1 Diabetes. The following information has been provided by her mum Natalie. Please take the time to read this so you are aware and so you can help your child understand her condition.