Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Week 2 Term 2 Newsletter


Kowhai News, week 2, Term 2

It has been a busy and exciting start to Term 2. The children have really enjoyed the experiments that we have been doing in class. It has been fantastic to hear that many have also re-done the experiments at home. Our new systems that we have put in place for reading and maths are going really well. The children are settled and working really hard. Well done kids! As part of our maths and reading rotations children get opportunities to work on Mathletics and Reading Eggs. We are finding that the children need quite a bit of help to log in and log out. To help with building independence it would be great if they could log in and log out on their own when they are at home.

Cross-country
Our junior school cross-country will be held on Thursday the 18th at approximately 2pm. We are still looking for 5 more parent helpers. Helpers will be used to stand at various points around the cross-country course when the year 1’s are running to help direct ‘traffic’.  When the year 2’s run you will be able to hand the job over to the year 1 parent helpers and come up and cheer the children on. Please sign up on the sheet just inside the door if you can help.

Reminders
·         - A friendly reminder to help the children to take responsibility for packing their book bags each day, and for bringing them into the classroom.
·      -    Appropriate running shoes for cross-country practise.

Regards

Jane, Lucinda & Sarah

Kowhai Team 2 Newsletter 11 May

Kowhai News, week 2, Term 2
It has been a busy and exciting start to Term 2. 

The children have really enjoyed the experiments that we have been doing in class. It has been fantastic to hear that many have also re-done the experiments at home. 

Our new systems that we have put in place for reading and maths are going really well. The children are settled and working really hard. Well done kids! 

As part of our maths and reading rotations children get opportunities to work on Mathletics and Reading Eggs. We are finding that the children need quite a bit of help to log in and log out. 

To help with building independence it would be great if they could log in and log out on their own when they are at home.

Cross-country
Our junior school cross-country will be held on Thursday the 18th at approximately 2pm. 

We are still looking for 5 more parent helpers. 
Helpers will be used to stand at various points around the cross-country course when the year 1’s are running to help direct ‘traffic’.  When the year 2’s run you will be able to hand the job over to the year 1 parent helpers and come up and cheer the children on. 

Please sign up on the sheet just inside the door if you can help.

Reminders
·         A friendly reminder to help the children to take responsibility for packing their book bags each day, and for bringing them into the classroom.
·         Appropriate running shoes for cross-country practise.

Regards

Jane, Lucinda & Sarah

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Newsletter Week 9 - Term 1

Kowhai News Term 1, Week 9We are nearing the end of Term 1 which has zoomed by. We will be welcoming Jane back to the Year 2 team and I know she is looking forward to getting to know the children. We will be saying farewell to Elaine next week in our final assembly on Thursday, 13 April. Everyone is welcome to come to this assembly which will be held at 2pm.Elaine has put 25 years of teaching into Bayfield School and has dedicated her time and energy to our children’s learning. We are sad to see her leave but we know she is looking forward to spending more time with her lovely grandchildren.

Corbans Art Centre :Thank you to all the parents who came with us on the Corbans trip. The Pacifica Mamas were entertaining and the children responded with the same energy. They learnt how to greet people in different Pacific languages, they made their own leis and practised dancing and drumming. The parents got into the swing of things as well! We are tempted to post videos of mums and dads dancing . . .Please bring in workshop plans when they are finished so we can book in children’s workshops for Flexi Fridays. We don’t have any booked in for term 2 yet. We book the workshops in and then let you know the date that your child will run their workshop. Some children think that they do the workshop in the week they return their plan but we have to book a date so we can spread them out over the year.

Mathletics and Reading Eggs:Please make sure your child is completing their Mathletics homework – we are monitoring who is going onto the site and completing their assigned homework.You have paid for Mathletics and Reading Eggs for the year so it is in your interest that your child has regular use of both sites to improve their learning skills. We notice in particular that the children using Mathletics regularly make faster gains in their maths knowledge than children that don’t use it.
If you are having any problems logging on with either please let us know.A reminder that we communicate through the Kowhai blog site and use SeeSaw mainly for showing children’s learning and quick messages that we need to send out for the next day. We also post photos on the blog so if you want to keep up-to-date this is the best place to go.Regards Lucinda, Elaine and Sarah


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Corbans Photo Montage



Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Newsletter - Week 7 - Term 1

Kowhai News Term 1, Week 7
Thank you to all the families who attended the Learning Conferences this week. We have been so impressed with the way the children talked about their learning and the positive responses from parents to their child’s presentation.

Mathletics and Reading Eggs : We have started setting homework tasks for children to work through in Mathletics. We will set new tasks on Fridays and the children will have to complete the tasks before they can do other activities. We do not set a time for doing Mathletics or Reading Eggs as homework but 10-15 minutes per night will make a difference. You may find that your child enjoys learning through these programs and may want to do more. An alternative is to do Reading Eggs one night and Mathletics the next.

We have noticed each year that the children who use Mathletics regularly make big gains in their basic facts knowledge and are better prepared to learn and practise new strategies because their basic facts are well established. Live Maths is particularly excellent for improving speed and accuracy.

The response to Reading Eggs has been very positive and children are enjoying working through the activities. Some children have been retested this week and will be working in Reading Eggspress from now on.

We have several children in our Kowhai team who have epipens due to allergies – PLEASE ensure that you check that your child’s lunch does not contain ANY NUTS (including peanuts, cashews and almonds). Many snack bars contain nuts so please read the ingredients and if they contain any nuts DO NOT put them in lunchboxes. We want to minimise the risk to these children of having a severe reaction at school.

We are desperately short of parent help in our learning spaces and at library times – if you can help regularly please put your name of the sheet in the classroom. We appreciate any time that parents can give and it makes a huge difference when we have regular helpers to read with the children and help with the day-to-day routines such as putting reading books away.

Kowhai Trip : Next week we are visiting Corbans Art Centre, on Wednesday 29 March for the Pacifica Experience. So far we have had one parent let us know they will come which may mean that the trip will have to be cancelled as we don’t have enough parent helpers. On any school trip we have to have a ratio of 1 adult to 6 children which means we need another seven parents to help please. Corbans is a great experience and our Year 2s and the parents really enjoyed it last year.

If you are interested in attending as a parent help please let us know asap.


Regards Lucinda, Elaine and Sarah

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Newsletter - Week 5 - Term 1

Kowhai News Term 1, Week 5

We are looking forward to our Learning Conferences in week 7 where your children will talk to you about their learning. Please ensure that you have booked a 15 minute time slot for you and your child to conference on the dates given.

On Wednesday 29 March the Kowhai Team will be going to visit the Corbans Art Centre to take part in an art program called Pacifica Experience. Children will be introduced to the Pacific Mamas, experiment with musical instruments of the Pacific and learn drum patterns and dance movements. They will learn how to transform recycled resources into fashionable and colourful lei.


If you are interested in attending as a parent helper please let us know. We prefer helpers to come on the buses to help with management and movement – we won’t be able to take pre-schoolers with us due to numbers.


This week Constable Rob ran the Stepping Out program which focused on road safety for pedestrians. Classes took a short walk on the streets around the school and practised crossing driveways and roads safely. We have had to talk to the Year 2s about staying away from the staff carpark as several of them have been running across the driveway to play on the other side.


Please ensure your child has their book bags and sunhat every day so they are ready for school. We are still finding some children are not prepared for the day with book bags and hats. Children cannot take reading books home if they don’t have their book bags at school.

We are desperately short of parent help in our learning spaces and at library times – if you can help please put your name on the sheet in the classroom. We appreciate any time that parents can give and it makes a huge difference when we have regular helpers to read with the children and help with the day-to-day routines such as putting reading books away.


Regards Lucinda, Elaine and Sarah