Thursday, September 20, 2018

Last day and assembly!!!

We have made it through Term 3 and are finishing off with our amazing assembly!!!

Just a reminder to try to get to school early so we can all get over to the hall to get organised.
There won't be any home readers going home this week. New books will be issued next term. Keep practicing your sight words though!!

Thank you to all of our wonderful parent helpers!! The classroom help, excursion help and PMP help is hugely appreciated. If it wasn't for your willingness to help we wouldn't be able to do half the things we do. So a big thank you and make sure you have a very restful holiday.

Our excursion to Caves House was an awesome day. Here are some photos from the day....

Thank you
Kristie and Katie

Monday, September 10, 2018

Week 9 happenings

Good morning parents

We have just two weeks left of this term! Well done to all of the PPL students on being such little superstars at the Athletics Carnival on Friday. Not only were they all so excited, but so well behaved, grown up, and everyone had a go!

This Tuesday the students will be lucky to attend the Jungle Book 1pm Matinee.

Learning Journeys
This will be held next Monday 17th September after the excursion. During this time parents and children will be able to wander around the classroom looking at the amazing achievements made by their child. If the classroom is looking very crowded maybe you and your child could wait outside until others have finished and then come in.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal
If you haven't brought in your gift and money for the shoebox could you please bring it in by the end of the week so we can make them up ready to send.

Performance Assembly (21st September)
The students have been busy preparing and practicing for our Performance Assembly. By now you should have received a note home as to what character your child will be. Please come and see one of us if you need assistance with costumes, or you haven't received a note yet.

Excursion (17th September)
Can all parents please return your permission slips by this Wednesday at the latest. We need to communicate to Caves House as to how many students we will have on this day. Thankyou.
We now also have enough parent help for this day.

Kristie and Katie

Monday, August 20, 2018

Week 6

Good morning and welcome to Week 6!

Thursday is SCHOOL PHOTO DAY. Please see the newsletter from Friday for the schedule. 
Ensure you have photo orders in asap.

This week sees our Integrated study classrooms swap – this means the students who were in with Mrs Leahy for Science activities each week will now be in with Mrs Nottle with topics in Humanities covered and vice versa. 

Book Week – Dress up Thursday 30th August
This years theme is ‘Find your Treasure’, we will have some learning stations throughout the classroom next week to celebrate this, including gold panning. This sensory activity also links with our olden days topic in Humanities and Pioneer Village. Dress up for the day next Thursday is to be centred around a special book if possible. We also have an author DC Green visiting the school this day. Parents are welcome to stay for this incursion. Details in the newsletter.

The Pre-primaries will be involved in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. A note will go home giving details on the appeal and what is involved.

A huge thank you to all of PPL's wonderful families for making my birthday so special. It's always fun having a birthday at work, the kids get so excited!!

If you have any questions of concerns don't hesitate to come and see either Katie or myself.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Mission Market, Home reading and Sight words

Thank you for remembering to bring in home reading folders each day. We will change the books on a Tuesday and Thursday if we can see that the book has been read. Please help your child to remember to place their folder in the container in the classroom each morning. If it's not there we won't be able to change their book.
Just a reminder that Julie Birch and I are happy to run a Home Reading Information session with any parents interested in how it all works. So please let us know ASAP.
Here is a video discussing the importance of the types of readers we send home and why we ask that the book is read at least twice before it is changes. It is worth a look!!

Sight words
Everyone now has some sight words to practice at home. Each fortnight the children will be tested on their ability to read and spell their words. If they have success they will receive a new set of words to practise. Sometimes they will receive a new set and may have one or two from the previous set to practise too.

Mission Markets HELP PLEASE!
Our annual OLC Mission Markets will be held on  Wednesday 15th August. 
PPB and PPL will be organising the cake stall.  We ask that all parents bake single serve items to sell at the cake stall.  Cup cakes, chocolate crackles, honey joys, pieces of slice and fruit sticks are always popular. Please remember that we are a NUT FRIENDLY school.  
All baking will need to be delivered to the Wet Area by 9am on the morning of the 15th. 
We will require two parents to assist with set up and sales between 11am and 12 noon.  Please let us know if you can help. 

Our rosters have quite a few gaps.  If you are able to help then please do so. Don't forget our PMP roster on a Thursday.

Thank you 
Kristie and Katie

Monday, July 16, 2018

Half way!!!!

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope everyone enjoyed their break, I know I certainly did. A trip to the warmth and sunshine of the north was an awesome getaway for the Leahy family.

Term Three is traditionally a time when we step up the learning yet again.  There will be a big emphasis on early writing and reading.

So far this year we have worked on,
1. Recognising and saying the sounds for each symbol of the alphabet. 
2. Listening for sounds in words and writing symbols to match those sounds.  This does not mean that their spelling will be perfect but that they can represent key single sounds.  
eg.  little = litl       tree = tre     table = tabl    They have not yet been taught digraphs and are not expected to recall them.  
3.  Blending two sounds using onset and rime.    c -at   = cat
4.  Blending three sounds  c - a - t  = cat
5  Segmenting three sounds   cat = c-a-t 

Students will be introduced to digraphs sh, ch, th, ck this term as they show readiness.  Some students may require further extension. 

If your child is not recognising and writing all of the alphabet symbols they will be participating in a comprehensive revision programme. 

The students across the two classrooms (PPB and PPL) will be tested and grouped according to their recall of these skills.  The groups will spend two weeks at a time in each classroom.  By swapping over each two weeks the home room teachers will maintain strong contact with their students. The students will be regularly assessed and groups reformed to meet the changing needs of individuals. 
All teachers will meet weekly to discuss student progress across the groups and to plan for the next step in each child's learning. 

Mrs Jo Nottle will be completing her Long Term Practice in PPB this term.  She will take on the roll of classroom teacher in PPB and will plan and teach in collaboration with all Pre primary teachers. 

Our Numeracy programme will also be structured similarly to the Literacy block. 

This term we will be learning about the 'Olden Days' in HASS and the forces of push and pull in Science and will be making toys that use simple mechanisms that utilise these forces. 

If you have any interesting items from the 'olden days' that  are not too fragile or valuable please send them in for display in our 'museum'.  Things like old 'brick' mobiles, cassette tapes, VHS videos, photo negatives and hair rollers have caused much intrigue in years gone by. Black and white photos of past family members are also very interesting. Kitchen items like old flour sifters, irons, jaffle irons for the fire, tin mugs and plates, embroidered table cloths, crockery and billy tins would be great. 
We would also love to see old toys like spinning tops, push cars, hobby horses, jacks, marbles and knuckle bones. 
At the end of term we will have an olden days dress up day so keep your eye open for suitable costumes now. Olden days being any era before the present!

If you have access to any rope, simple pulleys, cardboard tubes, PVC pipe, connectors etc, we would love your donations for our Science investigations.

Home readers will be sent home on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please make sure that home reader folders are in the box on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  If you would like more information on the home reading process then please see me this week. If there is enough parent interest we will run a parent information session one evening. 

Sight Words to be practiced will be put into your child's reading folder. They will need to practice reading and writing each word. They will also practice these words during school time. Each fortnight they will be tested on their ability to read and write the words. When they can read AND write each word they will receive a new set to learn. By the end of Pre primary students are expected to know the first 25 sight words. 

Home reading and sight words should not take longer than 15 minutes.  

What can you do to support your child's learning in Term Three?
1.  Continue to revise alphabet symbol recognition. 
2.  Set up a writing table at home for your child to 'play write'. The writing table should have paper, pencils, textas, whiteboards, blackboards... anything that they can write with or on. Don't judge or 'mark' this writing.  Encourage and praise what they do.  If you now that they can do better then scaffold them up.  eg.  I love your shopping list.  Can you now write a sentence telling me which thing is most important to buy and why?  or  Do you know a better way to write this word?  Say the word.  What sounds can you hear?  Which sound did you miss out?  
Write the first 25 Sight Words  on a piece of paper and put in a place where your child can see them and use the list as a resource when writing. Make sure writing is fun and a choice they have made. Don't force them to write. 
3.  Continue counting.  Count objects when you are packing away.  How many pieces of lego fit in this box?  Pay particular attention to the changeover from one decade to the next.  ... 29.30,31. Calmly model the correct change over if your child is unsure or makes an error. 
4. Sort objects into like piles. Combine two piles and count to see how many altogether. 
5. Listen to your child 'read' at least 4 times a week.  Read each book twice over two days. 
6. Continue reading to your child.  
7. Make sure your child is having adequate sleep each night. 
8. Encourage your child to slow down and just 'be' for a while each day.  Take away the rush, the electronic stimulus and just be calm for a while.  We need to teach our kids this vital life skill. 

Our PERFORMANCE ASSEMBLY is scheduled for the last day of this term. The 21st of September.  Pencil in the date and plant a seed with grandparents who may wish to visit and view. 
This assembly will be a combined assembly with PPB.

23rd of August.  School Photos. 
30th of August.  Book Week Dress Up Day. 

News Roster
Pre-Primary News Roster –
Term 3  2018
Zoe H
Zoe S


News telling suggestions:
Week 1: My holidays
Week 2: A favourite game of yours and/or the family
Week 3: A favourite book of yours and/or the family
Week 4: All about my mum
Week 5: All about my dad
Week 6: An item that can be pushed 
Week 7: An item that can be pulled
Week 8: An item that rolls
Week 9: An item that is magnetic
Week 10: Free choice

 They will be need to describe their news using 2 elements such as:
 : what it is + what type
 : what it is + where it is found
 : What it is + one piece of information
 : What it is + what is it used for
 : what it is + what is it made from

Please help your child choose their item/picture for news and decide what they are going to say using one of the above suggestions. 

Morning Writing Journal groups will remain the same as last term. 
Please let your child try to sound the words out and write what they hear rather than telling them what letters to write (you may write the word correctly underneath their attempt once they have finished so they see how the word is written).  Your child may need a helpful reminder to start their sentence with a capital letter and end it with a full stop. Placing a finger space between each word is also necessary either by using their own finger or a popstick spacer to help.  Always get your child to read what they have written as a way of checking if it makes sense

If another day for writing with your child is more convenient, feel free to swap to another day that week.

Have a lovely night
See you tomorrow
Kristie Leahy

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Week 6

We hope you have all enjoyed your long weekend and managed to escape the horrible weather on Monday  night and Tuesday.  It was really nice to have an extended weekend - at this time of the term everyone seems to need it.

Week six sees the completion of assessment tasks that have been used to finalise marks for the end of semester reports that your child will receive on the last day of Term 2. Assigning 4 and 5 year old children marks is a formidable task.  They are growing and changing all the time.  While some children take off in a hurry others are more tentative and need time to consolidate their new learning before they head into next level learning.  The Pre primary marking system asks us to mark towards an end of year goal.  Therefore many children will receive a 'Working Towards" grade.  This is totally normal and rest assured if we have concerns about your child's development then we will see you.

Our latest Technology project will require some recyclable materials from home. If you can send a bag of goodies in it would be much appreciated. These items will be placed in a big box for the children to share.
Items to include.

  • Clean plastic milk bottles. 
  • clean cardboard milk cartons. 
  • string
  • fine wire
  • fabric
  • mesh onion bags
  • balsa wood  or small pieces of pine (untreated).
  • wool  (knitting)
  • sticks  (vine pruning s, rosemary pruning s - long and flexible,)
  • Weave able grasses. 
  • empty water bottles. 
We are also a bit low on our boxes for box construction so if you have saved any cereal boxes etc then they can come in too.

Prayer Assembly
The two Pre primary classes will combine to present a prayer assembly next Friday the 15th of June.  Parents are always welcome to attend. 

Rugby Tops
Please check that your child is wearing their own rugby top.  Two have gone missing with out a trace and this usually means that a child has unknowingly decided to wear their friend's home!  If your child's rugby top does not have a name on it then please put one on it before tomorrow.

Kristie and Katie

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Week 4

Reading Books
 A small group of children who are displaying readiness will receive home readers this week.  The books will be placed into their reading folders and swapped twice a week. Please take very good care of the readers and make sure they are placed back into your child's bag (in the folder) each day.
Please remember it is not a competition to see who has readers and who doesn't. Each child develops readiness at their own pace.  In recognising this we acknowledge the importance of differentiated learning and developmentally appropriate practice.  If a child is pushed into home reading too soon it can actually do more damage than good.  In saying this if your child receives a home reader but is not cooperative or keen to read at home please let us know ASAP.
All children should be on readers by the end of term three. If your child is not showing readiness, rest assured, we will contact you to discuss the matter well before then.

In our HASS studies this term we will be looking at where we live.  Beginning with our home.
It would be appreciated if all parents could send in a photograph of the street view of their home.  That is the front of their home. The children will use this in week 4 for an activity.
Please email this to

Living Things.
 In science this term we are looking at living things.  Beginning with a look at plants. If you happen upon any interesting plant growth feel free to bring them in. If you have any empty clear soda water bottles could you please bring them into our classroom. We will be using them to grow a plant from seed and will need them next week for Science.

Parent Helpers
Thankyou to the parents for placing their names on the PMP roster for Thursdays, Ms Holt really appreciates the help. We also have a lot of empty places on our morning classroom helper roster so if you have a morning to spare please fill in a space.

Kristie and Katie