Last Term 4 – It’s a busy one!!!

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Welcome back to our last term of the year!

This term is going to be a bit emotional for me (Leanne) as it is my very last term of teaching, I have made the decision to retire so these last 8 weeks are very precious and I look forward to sharing them with you and your child!

giraffescantdance_guyparkerrees_305_392_80Term 4 is always a very busy one especially with our Junior Primary concert and the excitement of Christmas.  Our JP Concert will be on Friday 2nd December in the afternoon in the Gym – every one is welcome.  (More info as we get closer) We are doing a book adaptation “Giraffes Can’t dance”   This is to support our ” – Positive Growth Mindset. – we can do it if we just try!

OUR COSTUMES are all made but we need your child to wear black pants/leggings and black top to go under the bits and pieces we have.  we might need a ‘sewing bee’ as we have borrowed the costumes and they may need some adjusting , i.e. shortening elastic, and a bit of maintinence a i.e. sticky tape.   Keep an eye out we will ask in this blog if we need too!

A couple of reminders …

Attendance and being on time is very important, if your child arrives after 8:45 we need to record a late attendance, if your child is away please let us know the day before or SMS the front office.  It is a requirement by law for us to keep these records and to monitor your child’s attendance.

Hats are required for outside play and activities and if your child goes to OSHC please put a spare hat in their school bag, already we have had children borrowing hats from the class and leaving them at OSHC which means they have no hat for school the next day.

Show and Share Days.  We are encouraging the students to describe what they have bought along to show.  Please help your child choose something that will fit in the palm of their hand .  Our clever children can then describe what they have, telling us about the colour, how it feels, special features etc.  all  before showing it. So… one car , one photo, one shop kin – you get the idea :)

Our curriculum focus this term in maths is now on numbers to 20, in literacy we will be writing, producing and sharing with each other lots more books,  and we are having a big focus on letter formation (handwriting)by making a dictionary of our tricky words, and consolidating our reading through the Daily 5.  In Science we will be exploring living things and in our Child Protection Curriculum we will be using drama to talk about safe and unsafe situations and working with Mrs Camac on “Whats the Buzz”

READING  Sometimes you might think that the book your child is reading  at home is too easy, our answer is YES it is easy, the book your child brings home is in their proximal development… it is intentionally easy so they get success and pleasure from the reading.   At school we are extending their reading abilities. At home you are supporting us by listening to/reading with your child so they can practice the skills we have taught at school.  You read the book at home then we use that book during the next day to do our reading activities, changing their books at the end of the day.  Don’t forget to keep practising your sight words and Jolly Phonics sounds.  Please don’t forget to practise the tricky words and Jolly Phonics sounds.  If your child has finished them then it’s a good idea to go back and revise.

Jesika Alex’s mum has asked me to tell you about Alex’s condition – he has deterioration of the hip ball joint and although at times Alex looks like he is walking ok he is actually in pain and should be keeping weight off it as much as possible, Jesika is happy if you want to ask her any questions.  In class your children are amazing, helping Alex, getting books for him making sure he has a chair etc we are very proud of them and their supportive ways!

In Term 4 we have two more transitional visits from the kindy during our playful learning time, 20 students go each time to the kindy for a play and the kindy send their students so they can get to know the school and its surrounds. Kindy students have also been visiting the library and Japanese and Music.

24th October Student Free Day

4th November Assembly – we are singing Funky Monkey

14th 18th November –  Responsibility week

25th November Assembly

2nd December – JP Concert  in the gym all welcome (watch for more news)

16th December – End of year Assembly (always lots of fun) and 2:05 early dismissal

Leanne and Di



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End of Term

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Hi Families,

On Thursday 15th of September our class is attending a Teddy Bears Hospital workshop at school – this is designed to reduce children’s anxiety about visiting hospitals and health professionals and to encourage a healthy life style.  They have asked us to get the children to bring along a small stuffed toy so it is as if they are taking their toy to the hospital.

Also just to let you know that I talked to the class this afternoon to let them know that I will be away for the last 3 weeks of term because I have to have a  little visit to the hospital.  Mrs Bradley will be in on Monday Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Ms Anna Raff will be in for Thursdays and Fridays.

I will see you again all fit and healthy for term 4.

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Book Week Dressups

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Hi Families when talking with the class yesterday many told me that they wanted to dress up so if your child wants to dress up as their favourite book character and bring that book that’s fine.  – they can be dressed up all day – no need to be getting changed.

We will still as a class be FINDING A BOOK IN THE LIBRARY about ANIMALS and making a mask to go with it.

Your child can choose if they want to dress up or just wear a mask for our BOOK WEEK PARADE at our Friday assembly.

Thanks Leanne and Di

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Responsibility Week

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Wow its Week 5 again – so its Responsibility week!  Say goodbye at the door.  :)

Week 6 is Book week and all you need to do is help your child find their favourite book with an Australian theme to bring along.  We will be making Australian Animal masks to wear for the parade.  This will be at our Friday assembly  (2nd of September Friday Week 6).  See school newsletter for more information.

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A Very Busy Start to Term 3

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rio-2016-olympic-logo-vector-graphic-22013Hi every one and a big welcome back to term 3.

There is so much happening this term and it all begins this weekend.   Please make sure you keep checking Skool Bag app with all the details of school events.

First up is The Almond Blossom Parade is on this Sunday. There is a RIO theme and if your child would like to participate, check the details in the school newsletter.

WEEK 2 is Interview week – appointments are available booked through Skool Bag App please note that on Tuesday Mrs Bradley will be taking the class so that I have all day free to meet with families.  If you choose a Tuesday time please meet me in the wet area and come in via the back door – near the Library

Also on Tuesday 2nd our class will be performing with Mrs Grahams class in the Gym for Almond Blossom lunches.  We will be singing Hickory Dickory Dock – with a twist and we are on at 12.20.  Can your child please wear their sports day teeshirt on this day as we are hoping to have the Olympic colours.

Week 3 we will be concentrating on our big zoo/sleepover excursion.    We will send home reminder notes of what to bring next week.  We know there are some ‘nervous nellies’ out there but please, we are encouraging all children to be brave and to give it a go. Be assured if your child is upset, we will ring – we don’t want negative experiences because  this is all about being able to have a new experience in a very safe way.  You never know what you can do if you don’t give it a go!

Our class RESPONSIBILITY WEEK is again in week 5.     We did this last term and it was a great success with students showing us that they can be very independent and capable class members!

Week 6  is Book Week.  We have a book fair running all week and Friday that week will be our our Book Week Assembly.   The theme for Book week is ” Reading across Australia ” more information abut dressing up for the book week parade later.

Week 8 the Wednesday the 9th September is a School Closure day for the Show

This term’s literacy focus will be, as always, reading, reading, reading and writing our amazing books , singing, dancing and exploring our world through playing.

In maths Mrs Bradley continues to focus is on Number work. counting, recognising and writing numbers up to 10 including combinations, subitising and problem solving. We will also be focusing on days of the week, months of the year and seasons.  Mrs Crockford will be focusing on collecting data and statistics

We continue our Child Protection Curriculum focusing on part 3 ‘recognising and reporting abuse’. This includes body awareness, personal space, naming our body parts with correct terms and recognising safe and unsafe situations and good/bad secrets.

Science, Mrs Bradley will be helping us look at ‘what things are made of’ – the chemical sciences.

Well busy busy busy, so if you have any questions shoot us an email.


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100 Days Smarter

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 PARTY Friday 8th July

On the last day of term we will be 100 days smarter. Over the last two terms we have been counting down every day and we are so excited that we are  nearly there.  We are going to celebrate with lots of 100 day activities and will be sharing the fun with Mrs Grahams’s class.  The thing we are most excited about is our party.

Please send along a SMALL plate of party food to share and put the plate on the tables in the art room in the morning.  We can heat up a few things but not much. So Boys bring a sweet plate and Girls a savoury plate :)

Your child will still need recess and brain food, their drink bottle but no lunch!

WooHoo we can’t wait.

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