Saturday, 18 November 2017

Week 6

It's Athletics day on Tuesday 21st Nov and the weather forecast says partly cloudy and a high of 21 degrees. Perfect weather for some fun outdoors. 

Athletics day starts at 9:30am -12:30pm. Please send your child in a t-shirt, shorts, suitable  footwear, a hat, sunscreen and a large drink. You are welcome to come along and watch if you would like to. Our classes events are: shot put, high jump, sack races, egg and spoon and 50m races. 

Also remember our class party on 12 Dec, 12:00pm in M1 - bring/send a plate of food for a good old pigeon-style hot dog party! If you would be happy to help me with preparations on the day, please let me know 😀

Remember costumes are due to school by the end of the week in a named plastic bag please (see earlier post for details) Thank you !

This Monday is the last day for issuing books from the school library to allow for a full stocktake to occur . Our readers will cease coming home from the end of next week. Please have a hunt around at home for any readers or stray library books and return in book bags- it's a NO QUESTIONS asked book amnesty! Topping up sets of books is really costly to the school, so we need to do our best to get them all back in. Thank you !

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Week 5

Congratulations to Frankie's family on the arrival of their baby girl Rose last week. We can't wait to meet her soon! 

Life is getting busy, so this week I will start with the important dates for your diary:

You're Invited! 

Save the date:
Book fair 13-15 Nov
The Bike Guy Visit 15 Nov 11:00-11:45am
Year 1 & 2 Athletics Day 21 Nov
M1 Parents Social - Friday 1 Dec Venue and time TBC
Carols on the Green 4 Dec 6:00-7:30pm
Y1 Production 5 Dec 9:30am  & 6 Dec 2:00pm
End of Year Class Party 12 Dec 12:00pm
Final Assembly Y1 & 2  14 Dec 9:30am
Class visits and last day of term 15 Dec 12:30pm finish

Thanks for your patience last week as I completed the bulk of of final assessments. We have only a few more weeks of readers coming home before they will be collected in. Thanks for all the amazing supporting you have done at home this year with the home readers. The children have made amazing progress as a result!

Spelling: now that we are rotating for Passion Friday options in the middle block on a Fridays, and trying to squeeze in rehearsals, it is getting increasingly difficult to find time to test spelling words in class time. I have decided to add a final list into your child's spelling notebook this week if they have words to learn from list 1 or 2 still. Those above these levels will have the remainder of the words from the list they are currently working on added into their book. This way they can work on them for the remainder of the term and over the holidays if they care to.

Please keep hunting for your costume pieces ( see older blog post for details). Please send costumes to school by Friday 24 November ready for our dress rehearsals.

Monday, 6 November 2017

A Bee-utiful Day at the Honey Centre and Parry Kauri Park and Museum

Luck was on our side with the weather today and we got to enjoy a lovely day together learning about bees, sampling honey and taking in the sights and sounds of the native NZ bush. We proved to be very good at identifying some of the native plants and trees we came across and even managed to stay quite quiet for a spot of bird watching!

Thank you to our parent volunteers for keeping us focused and safe throughout the trip!

Here are a few pictures from our fun day. Additional photos from parent groups and these photos can also be accessed and downloaded from a shared folder.  The link for this folder will be emailed out shortly.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Week 4

Wow it's Week 4 already! We are excited to be taking a trip this Tuesday. Thanks to Sian, Sarah, Helen, Claire and Kimberly for joining us on this trip. Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform for the trip. At this stage the forecast is looking okay, so remember to apply sunscreen to your child as they will be outside for part of the day.

This week we will be learning about the native plants and animals of NZ. We will look at what is at risk of dying out and what we can do to support efforts to save/ regenerate numbers. On our trip we will use our five senses to appreciate nature, looking for signs of native birds and plants and listening to the birds song that is unique to NZ. A walk through our school's native garden on Monday will help prepare us, so we know what to look for!

If your child is particularly interested in learning more about native birds and wants to do some bird spotting of their own, try this great interactive site . Children can select the bird they thought they saw, listen to it's call, find out facts and see other photos of that species.

Here are some of the songs of native birds we will be trying to listen for on our trip:

We did some note-taking in Week 3 to learn more about bees. Here is the video for those who may wish to revisit it ahead of their trip.

Have a great week!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Week 3

Happy Halloween everyone! It was lovely to see so many of you having fun at the Halloween Disco on Friday night. Your costumes looked amazing!

On 7th November we are taking a trip. Our trip will take in two stops- the Honey Centre in Warkworth, and the Parry Kauri Museum and it's native forest walk. This trip supports our inquiry around sustainability. We will be learning about the importance of bees in maintaining the balance of our planet's ecosystems. We will take a walk thorough the native forest to appreciate the nature of NZ and try to identify some native trees to NZ. We will pop inside the museum to learn about how logging happened in the past. When we return to school we will compare it to the speed and methods used to clear forests around the world today. For this trip we will need 5 parent volunteers for our class if possible. Please let me know if you are available to come, and try to return the form as promptly as possible when it is sent out. If you have opted to pay as you go, payment can be made at the office. The final amount will be confirmed in the notice, but will be around $20. If you paid the activity fee at the start of the year, the cost is covered by the remaining amount in your account, so further payment should not be necessary at this stage.

Save the Date for the Year 1 Production- There will be two performances 6th Dec at 9:30am and 7th Dec at 2pm. We hope you can make one of the shows. Our theme is Christmas around the World.  M1 is partnering with B3 to bring you a taste of a Hawaiian Christmas- ALOHA!
Where possible we will try to provide costume items, but request that parents of boys dancers and ukelele players try to find a Hawaiian style shirt and combine it with a pair of summer shorts. Start asking friends or family now if you don't have one in your child's wardrobe.
Girls, please wear a plain bright coloured singlet top (no words on front if possible) and dark shorts/short for under their grass skirts. We will provide skirts and leis, but if you have a grass skirt or lei at home please send it/them in before we buy more to top up our collection).
A small number of children have asked to be palm trees- if that is your child they need brown/black pants and a long sleeve plain brown top (no writing if possible). At school we will add leaves to the top with safety pins- similar to the picture below. I will be in touch if your child's costume differs from the above listed items. If you know you will be absent for these dates, please let me know so we do not purchase items for your child. Thanks :)

Mufti Day Tuesday- no donation needed. Costumes can be worn if desired, but please no weapons!

Regulation school hats will be enforced from this week, so please ensure you child has the correct hat at school.

Whole School Assembly Friday
Hannah for Jo on Thursday

Have a great week!