Parent Info: Term 1 Newsletter


Hello Kereru Families
On this page you will find notices, updates, events etc so remember to check in regularly!
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28 January 2018

Kereru Newsletter Term 1 2018
 Kia ora Parents and Caregivers!
 Welcome to Kereru Class 2018!

I trust you all have enjoyed a wonderful summer break (or a bit of a break!) with your children over the holiday period. Now it’s back to school time so here is an newsletter designed to give you some information about our classroom.

Class Blog
Kereru class has a blog that is updated each week. It is a great way to keep up with what we are learning in class and to find out about up and coming events. Weekly homework is listed on our blog so that parents can check what is expected.
On our blog you will see a tab that links to our school website. Once you are on the website click on ‘Communication Hub’ to find links to our school 
calendar and newsletters.

Our school theme for 2018 is ‘We Are The World’. It will run through the year with a different focus each term. In Term One we have an integrated social science study related to the theme.

Swimming
Swimming at The Aquatic Centre will begin in week 6. Kereru’s timeslot is 2.00-2.30. You are welcome to come along and watch.
The students will need to bring their togs, towel and goggles each day.

Physical Education & Library
The students have a weekly skills session with our Sports Coordinator, Mrs McQuillan, on Tuesday mornings and a class PE session later on in the week. The students need to wear their full PE gear for lessons. It is a good idea for students to leave their PE gear in their locker each Monday and then take it home on Friday to washed over the weekend.
Please note that school hats are compulsory in Term 1.

Our library day is Wednesday. The students are encouraged to take out at least one book to read at class reading time (after lunch) and/or to take home.


Performing Arts
We have the fabulous Mrs Margy Wallace taking the students for dance/drama and music again this year. Students will receive seven or eight 1½ hour sessions with Mrs Wallace over the term.

Reading
The class Guided Reading programme will run from Monday to Friday.
At this level the students won’t bring books home from school but are encouraged to read their choice of text each night for at least 20 minutes (comics, magazines and graphic novels are perfectly acceptable reading material). Your support in this is appreciated.

Mathematics
Our Mathematic focus this term will be Place Value, followed by Statistics and Decimals.
If math’s homework is assigned it will be related to work the students are covering in class.

Spelling
The students will be tested early in the term on the Essential List words, which relate to the words that your child will be coming across at a high rate in their reading and writing.. The students have instruction in class for spelling. These lessons focus on spelling rules, patterns, word families, etc. 

Homework
Homework will begin in week 3 due to the first couple of weeks being short weeks. Students will generally have homework related to class work or current events. I understand family life can be very busy so if your child is unable to complete his or her homework, please email me or send a note to school. Homework is assigned on Tuesday and due back at school the following Monday. This is to give those students with other commitments throughout the week, time over the weekend to complete their tasks. Your support is appreciated.
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Seesaw
We use Seesaw as a platform for students to share their learning with parents. Seesaw empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. They can “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links.
Look out for an invitation to join Seesaw in the next few weeks.

EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom)
In Year 5/6 we try to incorporate EOTC experiences into our learning. Students learn valuable skills from the hands on experiences and builds on what they are learning in the classroom.
Parents/Caregivers are welcome to join us and we may request that you help out with transport for the students.

Classroom Help
If you are available to help out in the classroom (listening to reading, helping a writing group, art etc) please let me know. No regular commitment or experience required J

Wish List
We are always in need of boxes of tissues (which you should have received with your stationery order) and also multi purpose wipes (for cleaning down tables). If you are able to donate either of these items at some point throughout the year it will be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to a positive and engaging year with your children.

Please feel free to email me or phone the school if you have any questions or would like to set up a meeting with me at any stage.

Thank you
Angie Hampson

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