Monday, August 19, 2019

Week 5

Hi Everyone,

Gathering Time Challenge
Just a reminder of our gathering time challenge that started today. Each morning there will be a task of two for you and your child to undertake during gathering time. Have a read of the small whiteboard as you walk in the door to see what it is each day.
These challenges give you and your child a chance to look around the room and really take notice of what we have on display.
Well done to Finn H and his Grandad for being the challenge champs today by being the first to notice the challenge!!!

Keeping Safe - Child Safe Curriculum
This week the PP children will be beginning the Keeping Safe lessons focusing on privacy and the body. The lessons will discuss:
1. Body awareness,
2. Parts of the body
3. Our whole body is private
4. Touching that is OK.

We will be reading a story called 'Everyone's got a bottom' and emphasising the fact that all parts of their body are private. I understand that the children may laugh and giggle when we talk about the anatomical names, but this is important for every child to know.


Recent research shows that knowing the anatomically correct language terms enhances children’s body image, self-confidence, and openness. 

This is in conjunction with the Child Protection Curriculum which has been mandated in all schools in Western Australia.

Please find the lesson outline below for the Parts of the Body lesson and a link for the outline of the book if you feel you need to discuss this with your child.



Everyone's got a Bottom

Please email me if you have any questions.

Book Week
A reminder that this Friday it is Book Week Dress up day. The theme is 'Reading is your super power'. At the assembly in the morning on Friday the children will be having a look at what everyone has come dressed as.

Home Reading and Sight Words
Please don't hesitate to see me or email me if you have any questions regarding your child's home reading or sight words.
It's great to see the kids getting into the home reading so much. If we can capitalise on their enthusiasm for reading now it will set them up for a successful reading future. This also goes for learning their sight words!!!!

Thanks
Kristie

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Week 4

Good Morning,
Welcome to week 4!! A few reminders first...

Mission Market on Thursday for OLC Feast Day celebrations
The PP classes are holding the cake stall. Please remember to bring in individual portions of cakes, cup cakes, slices, biscuits etc on Thursday morning. We will need some parents to help us set up and sell on the day so if you are available from about 11.30 - 12.45 please let me know.

Your child will need to bring about $5 in small change to use on the day as well as a cloth bag to carry all of their purchases. If they have a small purse or zip lock bag to keep their money in it will be easier for them to handle.

Year 2 are looking for pre-loved toys, books, games etc to sell at their stall so if you have anything suitable please take it to the Year 2 classrooms or leave it with us and we can pass it on.

Home Readers
Thank you for being so efficient at bringing in the home reader folders. Due to popular demand we will be sending the folders home on a Friday so will now be changing the books on a MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. 
Remember to read the books twice or more if your child is super keen!!!

Gathering Time Challenge
Beginning next week you and your child will be invited to engage in a gathering time challenge each week. This will be based on what we have been learning in class and will give your child an opportunity to show you their work or to teach you something.

Book Week
Next Friday (23rd August) we will be celebrating book week. The theme this year is 'Reading is my Super Power!!' Have a think of a character from a story that you may want to dress up as.

Have a great week
Thanks
Kristie


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Welcome back to Term 3

Hi Everyone,
It has been great  hearing all of the amazing things the kids got up to on their holidays. Whether it was going away to another place or playing with their family at home, they all seemed to enjoy their time.
Now we are all ready for a brand new term!!!!

Literacy
Our literacy rotations continue this term where we will focus on learning to read and write. We will be doing a lot more writing this semester where we will put into practise our letter/sound knowledge to write words and sentences. We have already been learning 'sight words' but will now be bringing them home to practise.

Sight words, often also called high frequency words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print. 
When a set of sight words is brought home, please help your child practise reading and writing these words. The aim is for your child to recognise these words instantly. We will test the children's ability to read and spell these words every 2 weeks. If they gain success they will bring a new set home to learn. Otherwise they will need to continue practising the set they already have. It is important that they can read AND write these words.

Home reading
Each child is also bringing home a book to read to you each night. The books will be changed on a Wednesday and Friday. The books provided to begin with are called 'Decodable' books. This means the majority of words within the text are able to be sounded out. The aim is for your child to read the book as many times as possible. The first time it is read there will be a lot of sounding out and decoding of the words. On the second reading there will be less sounding out needed. With continued reading of the text your child will not have to work as hard to work out words and they will begin to practise some fluency and gain comprehension.
Please write the title of the book in the reading log when it his been read so we know it is ready to be changed. If you have any questions please let me know.
Reading Folder
In order to keep the books in excellent condition each student will need a 'reading folder'. We are asking that you purchase a particular folder that have proven to be the best to protect the books and last for years to come.  An example folder is on display in the classroom as you walk in. Folders can be purchased at local news-agencies.  These folders will be also used in Years 1 and 2.
If you would be interested in attending an information session regarding home reading and sight words please let me know. If we get enough people interested we will organise a date.

Mathematics
This term we will be working on mastering the numbers 0-20 and beyond along with a focus on 'time'. Currently we are looking at collecting, recording and displaying information.

Gathering time
We will continue with our writing days during gathering time. Remember to allow your child to 'have a go' before you help them. Ask questions like: 'What sounds can you hear?' 'What do you think comes next?'

News Roster
A new roster has been sent home. Each child has a different day.  There are some suggestions for news ideas on the sheet if your child is struggling to decide on their news. We are looking at using these elements in our news this term: who, what, when, where, why.

Parent Help Roster
We would really appreciate parent help again this term. If you are able to help please fill in our parent help roster by the door. Ms Holt also needs parents on a Thursday for our gross motor program.

Mission Markets 
Our annual OLC Mission Markets-  celebrating Our Lady of the Cape Feast Day-  are fast approaching (Thursday 15th August - Week 4)  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.  

P&F Plate Fundraiser

The P&F Plates have arrived, if you ordered one please collect it from the office.

Dates for Your Diary:

OLC Quiz Night: Sat 3rd August
Book Week Dress up : 23rd August
Photo Day: 12th and 13th of September
Athletics Carnival: 19th September

Thank you for all of your help
Kristie



Monday, June 24, 2019

Scarlett's farewell

Hi everyone,
Scarlett Lawrence in our class is leaving us to go and live in York (after visiting the fabulous Portugal!!!).
This Wednesday 26/6 will be her last day and we will be having a little class party for her in the afternoon.
Natalie (Enzo's mum) and Sarah (Georgia's mum) are going to bring in some cup cakes and popcorn to share.  We don't want mountains of food but if you would like to bring something in could you please let either Nat or Sarah know.
Thanks
Kristie

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Week 8

Gathering Time Writing
Thank you very much for being available to write with your child once a week. It is really nice to see you work together. Just remember that this is a time to help your child hear the sounds in the words they want to write. Please don't just tell them the letters to write, they need to do the thinking - not you.

Rice for Refugees day
This Friday is Rice Day.  This is a way that the children can mark World Refugee Week and have an idea of what it is like to be a refugee.
Information on this day is in the newsletter.  Please let Mrs Leahy know by Thursday morning at the lastest if your child would like to have rice for lunch.
Your child may wish to contribute a coin to the Caritas box on our Prayer table on Friday to help support people in need.

Home Readers
Some children have begun to take home small decodable readers for night reading. The children will receive one as they are ready, most won't until next term.
If your child has begun bringing home a reader, they are to be kept for 2 nights and read on both nights. The books will be changed on a Wednesday and Friday so the folders need to be brought in on those days and placed in the box as you walk into the room. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Reading Eggs
If you are interested in using Reading Eggs at home with your child please come and see me for their log in details.

Here are some recent photos of what we've been up to ......






























Thanks Kristie






Sunday, May 26, 2019

Should I send my child to school?

Dear Parents,

Please make sure you have read the previous post regarding our gathering time activities in particular.

Also winter is a time of many sicknesses and within an early childhood classroom they spread like wildfire. Please have a look at the following information regarding when to keep your child home.

Thank you
Kristie

Monday, May 20, 2019

Week 4

Hi Parents,
Thank you for an awesome start to Term 2. We have already covered so many new things with many more to come. Please read on for important information...

Gathering time writing
Beginning Week 5 (27th/5) we will start writing during gathering time each morning. Each child will be assigned a day where they are to 'write' about anything that interests them. As they are only just learning to write they will need the assistance of their parent. This is where parents will talk to their child about what they want to write and help them to orally construct a sentence that they will attempt to write down. When the children are attempting to write their sentence parents will need to help their child listen to the most obvious sounds in words. The emphasis is NOT on correct spelling, the emphasis is on representing the sounds they can hear. eg: an attempt at writing 'I liked the weekend' may look like 'i l w' or 'i likd weknd'. The children may be reluctant to have a go at writing to begin with so please give lots of encouragement and praise for any attempts they make. Once they have 'written' their sentence and drawn a picture, parents can scribe underneath what was written. 
At this stage they only have one writing day each week. If the allocated day does not suit you please let me know. If for some reason you can't help your child on their assigned day feel free to do it on another day that week.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Enzo
Jed
Josie
Georgia
Campbell
Lucas
Duke
Scarlett
Flynn
Bella
Zak
Archer
Joshua
Jaega
Grace
Sophia
James C
James D
Darcy
Finn H
Maddi
Jack
Olivia
Finn T
Poppy
Alex
Nixon
Hazel
Zoe


Pupil Free Day
Just a reminder that this Friday (24th/5) is a pupil free day. The teachers will be attending a professional development day on the Bright Paths Writing program.

Spiny Leaf Insects
We welcomed 'Rusty' and 'Lollipop' the Spiny Leaf Insects into our room last week as well as a number of snails. During Science we are looking at insects and minibeasts and so far have learnt how to care for snails.

Our Place in Space
During Geography so far we have discussed how the Earth is round and can be seen this way using a globe. But we can also look at it using a flat map. We know that there are seven continents and Australia is the continent that we live on. Using Google Earth we were able to zoom right in to see our school and by slowly zooming out we could see our town, our continent and our planet - Earth.

PMP - Perceptual Motor Program
This week we will be starting our Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) on Thursday afternoons with Ms Holt. PMP is a program which aims to develop a child's perceptions and understandings of him/her self and his/her world through movement/motor activities.  PMP provides multi sensory experiences which give the child a wide range of experiences in seeing, hearing, touching, processing the information, making perceptual judgements and reacting. It is sequentially structured so that the child gains progressively higher order skills.
We rely on parent/grandparent/aunty/uncle help in order for this program to run each week as each activity station requires an adult helper. Two or three parents are required each week. Could you please add your name to a slot on the PMP parent roster if you are able to help. The session runs from 1.30-3pm on Thursday afternoons for Term 2 and 3.


News
The news roster is the same as last term. 
We are currently on even weeks (week 4)
Even weeks:  2, 4, 6, 8, 10
MONDAY
WEDNESDAY
FRIDAY
Darcy
Olivia
Jack
Scarlett
Jaega
Isabella
Flynn
Josie
Zoe
Hazel
Joshua
Zak
Alex
James C
Duke
Odd weeks: 3, 5, 7, 9
MONDAY
WEDNESDAY
FRIDAY
Finn T
Jed
James D
Campbell
Maddison
Nixon
Poppy
Sophia
Lucas
Enzo
Georgia
Finn H

Grace
Archer





















Book Fair this week
This is an opportunity for you and your child to look at and purchase books.
Wednesday – Book Fair.  8.00-4.00 in the library.

Thursday –    Book Fair   8.00-4.00 in the library 

Mathletics and Reading Eggs
Currently the children are logging on to Reading Eggs and Mathletics during some of our literacy and numeracy rotations. These are both programs that supplement our explicit teaching and hands on activities.

Sight Words
The children are currently being exposed to sight words during our literacy rotations. Sight words, often also called high frequency words are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight.
By the end of Pre primary the children are expected to read and write the first 25 sight words. When your child is ready they will bring home some sight words to practice reading and writing. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me or come and see me.
Thanks Kristie