Welcome to Week Four!
Congratulations to those who managed a 5 day week last week - phew that was a shock to the system for us all! It was really exciting to see our Te Pihinga kids stepping up to the new challenges in their learning - there is LOTS to learn about our systems and style of learning and the kids are taking to them like ducks to water!
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We are beginning our literacy programme this week.
(Thursday). Some of your children will be bringing home readers to read at night. These will be familiar to your child and yes, you may have seen them in 2018. This is OK as the reading at home should not be a challenge (they get the challenge in class with the teachers). We would like your children to start getting used to reading to themselves and then maybe sharing about the book with an adult (retelling and recalling events) rather than reading aloud to an adult (again they do this with the teachers at school). Some of your children will NOT be bringing home readers. They are instead expected to start exploring the many, mini-chapter book series we have at school - or from the town library. We want these readers to read for pleasure and self-select text they are interested in. It would be wonderful for these readers to read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Please check your child's bag on THURSDAY to see if they have bought home a home reader - and if you are not sure flick us an email and we will confirm with you our expectation.
We still have some teary children in the morning. We can assure you that they are perfectly fine by the time we have done the roll. We have found that by dropping your child at the gate - instead of to the classroom really helps them to gain that confidence to start the day as they walk down the path. Incentives (like a sticker chart) from home are also a good way to encourage your little one to be brave.
We also are really trying to have your 6 and 7 year old responsible for their own clothing and bag packing. Meeting them at the gate at 3 instead of at the classroom deck will help them with this independence. Thanks for your support with this.
This Thursday is our Annual School Walkathon. This is the first event organised by our SFRC (Social Fund Raising Committee). We have had two wonderful parents offer to help and need 3 more to cook sausages or sell jucies for the event to run smoothly. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. Our SFRC has dropped dramatically in size as many of our members had children in Year 6 last year - we need your support to keep raising funds for your children. Be brave and come along to the next meeting - you will have fun - meetings are relaxed, informal and a great way to meet other families in our Frankley Community.
Beach Day : Monday 25th February: If the weather is not fine the day will be cancelled. We need parents prepared to get into the water to monitor our swimmers .... as well as parents to spend the day with us building sand castles and exploring the beach. If you can help please let Lyndon or Wendy know.
Sickness - we often find with 6 and 7-year-olds bugs spread fast in Te Pihinga. We think it is because they are busy wiggling teeth and often putting their fingers in their mouths. At the moment we do have a tummy bug doing the rounds and sore throats. If your child is unwell PLEASE keep them home until they are better. This helps with keeping others well including the adults in the room! Please remind your child about washing hands and etiquette of after blowing noses on tissues - to put tissues in the bin - not relying on someone else to do it!
And finally Touch Rugby starts tomorrow - Both Lyndon and I are involved with teams and will be heading out to Oakura at 3.15 on Mondays - so please note we will not be available for meetings on Monday afternoons for the next 6 weeks - thanks for your understanding.
Lyndon and Wendy.