Monday, 19 June 2017

Kowhai Team 2 Week 8 ending 23 June

Matariki Kites
Thank you for sending in bits and pieces for our Matariki kites.  If anyone is free on Thursday afternoons @ 1:35pm we would love some helpers for our kite making.

Trip to the Museum
Thank you so much to our Museum parent helpers. The children really enjoyed the trip and our learning from the Matariki session has tied in nicely with our work in Te Reo and our further explorations in class.  The kids had a great day!

Writing
This term we have focused on children joining two ideas in compound sentences and adding detail (thoughts, what they can see/feel/hear/taste). This week the children completed an independent writing sample. It was pleasing to see that many of the children have started to do these things in their writing. Well done Kowhai Team!

Flexi-Friday Workshop timetable
Coming up . . .
Friday 30 June : Mischa, Samuel, Seb

This Friday 23 June is a sausage sizzle day – orders need to be placed via Wrap it Up by 9:15am on Friday.  NB:  popcorn is no longer available

Regards

Jane, Lucinda & Sarah

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Kowhai Team 2 Newsletter - Week 6 ending 9 June

Science Inquiry
We have now started our inquiry ‘Our Place in Space’. We are looking at the impact of the sun, moon and stars on earth and also finding out things about the other planets. We know that some children have a special interest in space. If you have any great books at home the children are welcome to bring them in for sharing (please make sure they are named).

Matariki Kites
Later this term we will be inquiring into Matariki. As part of our exploration we are planning on making kites (manu tukutuku). Over the next few weeks it would be great if the kids could bring in some thin bamboo, toitoi, feathers or small shells in to school to use on their kites. 

Trip to the Museum
We have our trip to the museum today, Thursday 8th. We look forward to sharing some photos and some of the things that we learned at the museum in our next newsletter.

Clothing
It is starting to get very muddy on the field so we are asking children to remove their shoes before they come into the classroom in order to keep our carpets clean. It would be great if the children can wear shoes that they can get on and off easily and quickly by themselves.
We are also finding that gloves and scarves are a distraction in the classroom. If children wear these items to school they will be asked to keep them in their bag during class time.

Dojo Reward
The Kowhai team have earnt their next reward of a dress up day. The children will be able to come to school dressed up in their favourite costume on Friday the 16th June.

Sausage Sizzle tomorrow Friday 9 June,  Please place orders via Wrap it Up by 9:15am tomorrow morning.

Flexi-Friday Workshop timetable
Coming up . . .
Friday 9 June: Amia, Constance and Aaryan
Friday 16 June: Beatrix, Seb and Mia C
Friday 30 June: Mischa
We still need children to do workshops on Friday 23 June (3 slots) and Friday 30 June (2 slots)


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Week 4, Term 2 Newsletter week ending 26 May

Cross country
Thank you for the fabulous support at our Year 1 and 2 Cross country on Monday. We were so proud of the sportsmanship that the children showed – all trying their best and supporting their classmates.
The place getters are as follows:

Girls
Boys
Place
Name
Place
Name
1
Constance Mason
1
Lucas Crawford
2
Mia Taverna
2
Bruno Simpson
3
Rebecca Fraser
3
George Flatt
4
Maisie Morrison
4
Thomas Victor
5
Ava Plummer
5
Noah Beagley
6
Maisie Keelan
6
Harry Scott
7
Mia Crosby
7
Winston Bracewell
8
Serena Zhang Gavin
8
Frankie Wallace
9
Gemma Flaszynski
9
Alfie McKendry
10
Beatrix Richardson
10
Cameron McLay

Matariki Kites
Later this term we will be inquiring into Matariki.  As part of our exploration we are planning on making kites (manu tukutuku).  Over the next few weeks it would be great if the children could bring in some thin bamboo, toi toi, feathers or small shells in to school to use on their kites. 

Trip to the Museum
On Thursday, 8 June we will be going on a trip to the Auckland Museum as part of our Matariki inquiry.  We will leave school at approximately 10am and return at approximately 2.30pm.  
Please email your child’s guardian teacher if you are available to help on the trip and they will confirm with you. The teacher’s emails are: 
Please include your child’s name on the email.

Reminders
-          At times teachers have meetings in the mornings. Please be aware that children are not to be in the classroom alone before 8.20am.

-          Our library sessions are on Tuesday afternoons for all children. Please make sure that your child brings their library book bag to school and puts it in the box by Tuesday morning. There are a lot of children who aren’t taking library books out because they don’t have their book bag. We have a fantastic library and we need to make the most of it.


-          There are many unclaimed clothes in the lost property in the classroom – it helps if clothes are named so they can be returned quickly. All other clothes will be put with the general lost property.

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