February 17, 2019

Term One Week Four

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!

We will try to put weekly information on our blog to keep our families in the loop so please let your friends of Te Pihinga know to subscribe to our blog to receive these updates.

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 wendyp@frankley.school.nz 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.

February 8, 2019

Attention Te Pihinga Parents

What a wonderful week we have had in Te Pihinga.  It has been great to have all our tamariki bring their togs to school to enjoy our pool.

A change for you all to take note of.  Our library day will now be WEDNESDAY. All children are expected to have book bag to transport books to and from school. 

Also next week we are exploring our individual Pepeha as part of our literacy programme.  We would love it if you could email us a family pic that we are able to print and use as a wall display.  

Please email either lyndon@frankley.school.nz or wendyp@frankley.school.nz.

Have a great weekend.

Wendy and Lyndon.

January 31, 2019

Whānau Information Evening
Tuesday 5th February
You are invited to come along for an informal chat.

What: How we teach and learn in Te Pihinga

When: Tuesday 5th February.
 Times are listed in this weeks school newsletter out tomorrow.

Who: All your family are welcome - as we are having a whole school picnic on the field.

Why: To share with you how your children will be learning in Te Pihinga.

Please click on this link to add any specific queries you want to be answered on the night.

Thanks for your time.
Lyndon and Wendy.

January 30, 2019

Te Pihinga Stationery - Please Read this!

What a great day we are having today with meeting our Te Pihinga Whānau!

Some of our super kids have already bought their stationery from the school office and I have just had a peek inside... and noticed an error from Office Max!  

They have put in this book:
Instead of this book:
Can we please ask (if it is not too late) that you do not write your child's name on the RED book as we can exchange it for the correct one as it is the error of Office Max.  Just bring it along to Te Pihinga (not the office)  and we will send it back when we have everyones.  If you have already written on the red book we will make sure to use it during the year.

Please share this post with all your 
Te Pihinga friends.

Wendy and Lyndon.

January 27, 2019

Students Talents Interests and Needs - STIN Interviews

Kia ora koutou

A very warm welcome to Te Pihinga for 2019. We are very much looking forward to the year
and supporting your child in their learning journey. To those returning to our Hub, we look
forward to continuing the journey.

We thought we would put a few notes together to help prepare for the S.T.I.N. interviews
next Wednesday 30 January. S.T.I.N. interviews help us to learn about your child’s Strengths,
Talents, Interests and Needs.

These interviews are for you and your child to talk to us. We are interested in hearing about
anything you can share that could help with their engagement, their interest in learning,
things that may impact on your child’s year in Te Pihinga.

Please feel free to make a few notes to bring. You may wish to talk to your child and form
notes together.

Some ideas for you.

What are your child’s interests, hobbies, chosen recreational activities at home?

What are your child’s passions, hates, loves?

What annoys them? At home and at school.

What have been the successes in your child’s learning at school?

What have been the challenges for your child’s learning at school?

How hard do they persist at tasks?

How do they react to new ideas?

How do they cope when working/socialising with others?

Have they any fears, home or school?
What activities would your child like to be involved in at school?

What are the best strategies used at home to encourage your child to join in..try
something new…?

Does your child share school successes/problems or concerns with you?

If there was one thing you could tell me to help your child with their learning in 2019
what would it be?

What else would you like to share? What would your child like to share??

We would encourage you to follow our class blog to keep up to date with what is going
on within our Hub. We can also be contacted via email with lyndon@frankley.school.nz
and wendyp@frankley.school.nz.

See you all soon.

Ngā mihi nui

Wendy and Lyndon.

January 24, 2019

Welcome to 2019

Welcome to our 2019 Te Pihinga Whānau!
If you are no longer with us and wish to stop getting our blog posts please unsubscribe - but make sure to subscribe to your child's new class for 2019.
This is where all of our communication about Te Pihinga events will be shared so please add us to your 'safe list' so you don't miss out on anything.
We are so looking forward to 2019 and can't wait to meet you all at the Student Talent, Interest and Need meetings to be held on:

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Ngā Mihi
Lyndon and Wendy