We have had lots of people asking about book week information so here it is again! For Book week we are continuing our multicultural theme looking at animals from around the world and what country they come from – for the book week parade can your child please bring a toy animal to carry, – they don’t need to dress up just bring a toy! Please help them find out what country it comes from and a fact about that animal. Book Week begins next week – please check the school newsletter for dates and times for the book fair and don’t forget our book week assembly on Friday 28th.
We will also be using this toy as our show and share item in week 6 to talk about all we have found out about our animal. Please DO NOT write information on a note for us to read, it is about you helping your child find some basic information and them being able to share it with the class. Get them to practice a few times at home. It only needs to be very simple i.e. This is a zebra it comes from Africa (show us Africa on our class map)they are black and white and are related to horses and donkeys.
We are very busy practising for jump rope next Thursday and hope that you are busy getting your sponsors. All the children in our class are participating because we jump rope in lots of different ways.
Here is a sneak peak of our great JUMPING!!!
Below is the link to sign up Congratulations to Jamie and Phoebe who at the moment are in the top 5 fundraisers.
So every week 5 in terms 2, 3 and 4 it’s Responsibility Week. We are ask all family members to say goodbye outside the class room door and then to leave, please don’t stand outside watching, let your child come in to do their jobs responsibly we already know they can! We know that some brave families are saying goodbye at the gate.
We will be at the door if you need to give us information or if your child is apprehensive. Please don’t prompt from the door way as it defeats the purpose. If you arrive late go to the office and sign in, then bring your child to class you still need to say goodbye to your child at the door.
IT IS TIME TO TAKE A BIG STEP BACK.
We won’t be doing reading this week as children don’t understand why some parents can be in the room and their parent can’t!
We have been talking about this a lot in class over the past few days to get them ready and it would be great if you could over the weekend too.
Some parents find this week very difficult they believe that their child is too young to be able to do these jobs independently but just look at a child who goes to OSHC in the morning, they come in and do all their jobs with no problems, they ask if they are not sure – a very commendable skill. We will of course be there to support and guide. At the end of the day they pack their bags all by themselves and do great job.
We have been having responsibility weeks now for a few years and it always proves to be a very insightful week don’t forget we will be supporting your child if they need it!
One of Willunga’s school values is Responsibility and we all work every day to develop this skill. One of the ways we do this at school is by giving our students the responsibility of the morning jobs. Up until now we have all been helping them with reminders and occasionally doing it for them but now we need to see how much has really been learnt.
We hear/see and often find ourselves in these situations……..
You do it Mummy!
I can’t find my school bag. Where did you put it? I didn’t put it any where Mummy put it somewhere!
I haven’t got any lunch. Have you checked your tray? Yes. Your school bag? Yes. Do you have a lunch order? No. – When the canteen orders arrive there it is!
I left my library book/reading bag at home. Did you put it in your bag? No, Mummy didn’t do it
We ask students to change their books then get notes saying they have had the same book for a week.
At the end of the day we are amazed to see all the students walk out the class with their bags on their back only to see then throw their bag at their poor parents who then have to carry all their children’s school bags.
Sandy, Leanne, Deni and Jess
Welcome back to Term 2!
Our very first job this term is to welcome Miss Kneebone and Miss Atkin. Jess and Deni are 4th year student teachers from Flinders and they are doing their final practicum with us. You will have already seen Jess and Deni as they have been visiting over term 1 to get to know the students and this term they are with us full time for 6 weeks. We have all been working together to plan teaching units and they have some very exciting lessons planned in measurement for maths, a fantastic unit “On the Move” for science, and some fun alphabet/family blends activities in Phonics.
So what do you need to know to start this term?
We are beginning the term with Parent Teacher interviews – we will also provide written reports at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. Interviews will be 15 minutes – if you have any questions or concerns and require an interview please fill in the interview time sheet on the window next to the white board. If you can’t get to school send us an email with three convenient times and we will put you in and mail you back. If you can’t find a convenient time please talk to us 🙂 Please make sure you record the time, day and date – if you miss your allocated time we can not reschedule.
Week 5 is RESPONSIBILITY WEEK. During this week we ask that you say goodbye to your child at the door so they can come in and do all their jobs on their own. We will be talking to the students about this over the next couple of weeks and we will give you more information about this very special learning week in week 3 so you can also talk to your child about their jobs and responsibilities.
Week 10 we will celebrate 100 days of school with a class party – more info closer to the day!
HATS are not required for play time during term 2/3 but we still use them if it is warm. Please ensure your child’s hat is cleaned and returned. (They were sent home on the last day of Term 1)
A reminder of where things go. BAGS go outside on the rack – please help your child stand their bag up and place it neatly, nothing should be left in bags, reading bags are in the yellow boxes, lunch/recess/food is in their tray. Lunch orders in the pink box out the front. Just a quick note on lunches – if your child cannot open/manage it by themselves please do not send it. You may need to open it for them and put them into an other container, for example cans of tuna, cans of baked beans, some packaging and please don’t send food that requires reheating, we know that some classes use microwaves but the students in our class require us to heat their food, remember that each item of food will need 1 to 2 minutes to heat it only takes 5 students to want to heat something and there is no eating time left. There are also OHSW issues of how hot the food is, spilling on other children, to be fair it is easier to say no to everyone 🙂
Please don’t forget to send brain food and recess if your child has a lunch order.
READING – We look forward to seeing you all again and any new helpers are very welcome
PLEASE REMEMBER TO RECORD YOUR CHILD’S HOME LEARNING IN THEIR RECORD BOOK, ALPHABET AND SIGHTWORD PRACTICE IS ALL PART OF THE READING PROCESS.
Please try to find time to stay one morning a week to help out with reading, the more times the children can read to different people the more success they will achieve, its all about confidence and having a supporting person to share their excitement and enthusiasm about reading with. All you need to do is talk about the cover, (what the book might be about from the picture on the front) then read the book to them, read slowly and point to each word, after you have finished reading the book ask them to have a turn. EASY!!
LIBRARY – Books only need to come to school on TUESDAYS then they can go onto of their tray ready for library which is after lunch.
SHOW AND SHARE – Below is your child’s show and share day. (Please read our further information on Show and share in the manual tab). It is your child’s choice what to bring each week we do not give topics, it can be a photo, something they made or found or something they just want to share. Please remember that your child is only allowed to BRING 1 ITEM other wise it just turns into I bought this and this and this and this and this rather than them thinking about the descriptive words we need to use – the who, what, where, when, why, the colours, sizes, shapes and the associated feelings. We stick to the days for sharing and if they forget/ are away etc, we DO NOT CATCH UP THE NEXT DAY.
Show and share will start week 2
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