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27 January 2019

Kereru Newsletter Term 1 2019

Kia ora Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to Kereru Class 2019!

I trust you all have enjoyed a wonderful summer break with your children over the holiday period.
It’s almost back to school time so here is the term 1 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. 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. Click on the link below to view our class blog.

Our school theme for 2019 is ‘Journeys’. 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.

 Physical Education
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 be washed over the weekend.
Please note that school hats are compulsory in Term 1.

Performing Arts
We have the fabulous Mr Philipps back with us this year! He will be taking the students for dance/drama and music. Students will receive six or seven sessions with Mr Philipps over the term.

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.

Our Mathematics focus this term will be Place Value, followed by Statistics and Addition/Subtraction.

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.  

I understand family life can be very busy and many children have after school commitments. Students completing homework has declined significantly over the last few years so the homework this year will be online maths tasks and students will be expected to spend some time reading each night. Students may occasionally have some homework related to a specific task or topic.

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 the 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

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.

 School Liturgy
We meet for a school liturgy every Friday morning at 9.00 am. You are more than welcome to join us.

Important Term 1 Dates:
Wednesday 30 January: First day back at school
Monday 4-Wednesday 6 February: No school-Nelson Anniversary Day/Waitangi Day holiday. School is also closed on Tuesday
Wednesday 20 February: Parish Mass/Picnic at school @ 5.30pm
Wednesday 6 March: Ash Wednesday Mass at school @ 11.00am
Monday 11 March: Museum visit @ 1.00 pm (transport required please)
Monday 18 March: Year 5/6 The Science Roadshow at Waimea Int @
                             10.30-12.00 (parent helpers required please)
Friday 12 April: Last day of Term 1

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.

Kind Regards
Angie Hampson

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