A week with a lot of extra opportunities and fun. We also have some important messages below – please take the time to read them.
SPOTLIGHT was absolutely lovely and our children really enjoyed sharing their talents with you. As someone who is a dance teacher, I was impressed with how our blossoms showed their learning in Music and Movement, and I look forward to seeing how that develops over the next few years.
Ms Benusa came in on Tuesday to sing songs that are stories with our young ones which had the children rapt. This week we also focused on tall tales (John Henry, Thunder Rose and Captain Stormalong being favourites). Ms Kipfer came in on Friday and read a story about a quilt, and the children were able to create kindness quilts. The children continued to build on their understanding of patterns in mathematics, and they demonstrated growing understanding of the narrative with their use of role play and puppet play.
Tamie Nakamora was our visiting artist this week and the children worked on mosaics with her, creating some lovely pieces. Many thanks to Ms Kim Campbell for organising this opportunity.
The SPLAT troupe came this week and our children were treated to dramatised poetry, which was both extremely funny and highly captivating. Thanks to Mrs Jenny Lovegrove for organising this.
Razkids – We have been setting up for each Prep C child their Raz kids account. This is to expand their reading opportunities at home. We encourage students to first listen to a story, and then read it for themselves. There is the option to record their voice if they wish. Some stories have quizzes attached, and this is an optional feature. Gaining points to build a robot is also an optional feature. It is important that the children see this as another reading option as well as their take home readers, library books (and class books are still available for children to read at home); parents are encouraged to enjoy this extra opportunity with their children.
Next Thursday after parent groups we will be having coffee and tea in the classroom. The times are slightly different for coffee – 8.50-9.10.
Messages from the school:
The Book Swap for Pre Rec-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria! Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one. If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. Kids can also use their leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! So please come to the 12th floor cafeteria before school on Thursday 30th March for the Pre Rec-Grade 2 Book Swap!
Session 2 of Swimming will commence on March 28th.
Swimming lessons for Prep C students will be 10:30-11:30am in the CDNIS pool on Tuesdays:
Your child will need the following things on swimming days:
- Bathing suit and goggles
- Swimming cap
- A bag to hold wet items and a separate labeled bag to hold all these swimming items.
During Session 2, parents and helpers are invited to watch from the 2nd floor gallery but are asked to refrain from helping with the changing process. We encourage you to help your child learn to dress themselves independently between the 2 sessions.
Session 2 dates: Mar 28/ Apr 25 / May 2, 9, 16, 23 / June 6
Kindly note that swimming is part of the Physical Education curriculum and children are expected to participate. If on the swim day your child is unable to participate due to illness or any other reason, please send us a message in your child’s communication book with a doctor’s note.
We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there are a few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.
The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.
Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.
In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.
The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.
All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.
Lower School Admin Team
Have a wonderful weekend everyone