Looking Forward and Looking Back in RB

by liamacoritto on June 9, 2017


On behalf of Ms. Safene, Mr. Jack and myself, I’d like to thank all of the RB families for your support this year and for the great dedication you have for raising your RB learners.  It definitely comes through in the way the children bounded through the classroom door (on most days) ready for learning!  When we look back on the year, we are proud, amazed, and truly excited at the progress they have made and the things they have indeed taught each of us.  We feel confident that they are all ready to move to the next page in their learning story, and we’re honoured to have been a part of this learning journey! We’re also very touched by your cards, messages of support and gifts and look forward to sharing them with friends and family over the summer holidays.  We also wish Mr. Jack all the best in his next teaching adventure as a classroom teacher at Carmel School of Hong Kong!

During the summer holidays, take time to:

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY-spontaneous, creative, imaginative, undirected, social, fantastical, fun!  Here’s a great article about how to optimise play with your child.

to your child, with your child and listen to your child read to you (they may be reading the pictures, creating their own story, reading a few of the words or the whole text)-they will develop confidence and have a positive attitude towards reading!  Here are some suggested books, of course you and your child will be the best judge of the right books for you!
Find fun ways for your child to write for a reason!  Check out great ideas here to develop reading and writing skills.


Develop your child’s independence with self-help skills!  Encourage them to eat independently, dress themselves, help with household chores-this list gives you ideas of what’s age appropriate.  Continue to work on your child’s bedtime, aiming for at least 11-12 hours of sleep each night.  We’re working towards early mornings and all day at school, so even moving back bedtime by 15 or so minutes each week will help!

We will leave up the photo links over the summer for you to download any photos you would like.  When teachers are back at school on August 7th, we will be taking this down to prepare for the new year’s blog, so please download before then.

Thank you for subscribing to my blog this year, as we are closing this academic year and getting ready for the new school term, I recommend you unsubscribe from my blog so that you won’t receive updates intended for next year’s class.  Please follow these steps to unsubscribe to a teacher’s website. I highly recommend you subscribe to your child’s new teachers’ sites next school year.  

Here are the links for the last two weeks of learning fun in RB:


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

We’ll always remember how RB friends and family made us feel!

Celebrating in RB-Week 37

by liamacoritto on June 4, 2017

As this learning year in RB is coming to an end, we are thinking back and thinking ahead!  We had our last PMP session on Monday, choosing our own centres independently and being thinkers to work out problems.  We’ve been working to get the classroom ready for new friends next year, and sharing our ideas about what things we’d like them to have (even a welcome sign!)

On Thursday we experienced a day in the life of a Prep students, visiting different Prep classrooms, meeting teachers and having our snack in the 12th floor cafeteria (where Prep students eat lunch!)  We were very excited to move up to Prep and did our best to be principled and good communicators!

On Friday we celebrated our year with family and friends at Parkview (AM) and AMC (PM).  We had a wonderful time playing, eating and talking with the RB community!  A huge thank you to Michelle and Claire for organising such a fun and memorable event!

Things to Remember this week:

  1. Your child will take home their portfolio to keep this week.  Find a special spot to house this record book, as we’re sure they’ll want to read and reread time and time again!
  2. On Wednesday, June 7th we will have a water fun day for all of Reception on the playground. Please send your child in their regular swimming clothes (bathing suit underneath with PE uniform on top), a towel and spare underwear. Please have them wear flip flops or croc-type shoes that can get wet. Hats and sunscreen are a must! Your child may bring in a water toy such as squirters but we ask that no gun shaped toys come in please. (Please note this is a student only event).
  3. The last day of school for students is on Thursday, June 8th.  If anyone is leaving early for holidays, please let us know so we can return all items to your child.

Reflecting in RB-Week 36

May 28, 2017

As we reflect on our year of learning, RB shared stories of their favourite centres, activities, friends and more.  We wrote stories for our portfolios as a way to remember this year.  Playground, building centres, celebrations, and fabulous friends featured heavily in our stories.  We are very proud of RB friends risk taking in their writing, having a […]

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Risk Takers in the RB Spotlight-Week 35

May 21, 2017

We began this week with an exploration of the Arts Centre Stage in preparation for Wednesday’s Spotlight. RB friends learned about using the space on stage, creating larger movements and expressions and practised various songs and dances they’ve learned throughout the year.  We couldn’t have been prouder as friends shared their learning with families, friends, […]

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Marvellous Moms in RB-Week 34

May 14, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to our RB Moms!  We hope you’re enjoying a relaxing day, and have been surprised by a few treasures from RB friends!  We thought long and hard, and were very committed to making something special for our Moms-you deserve it! We continued taking responsibility for our plants this week, watering the seeds […]

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Folk Singing in RB-Week 33

May 5, 2017

As confusing as this week has been with public holidays and school days, RB friends were great communicators speaking about their adventures and writing stories.  They created messages for their Gr. 6 Learning buddies to be stored in a time capsule and opened when the students are in Gr. 12! RB wished their buddies would “have […]

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Terrific Teachers in RB-Week 32

April 28, 2017

This week RB friends were risk takers, leading their student families around the school learning spaces as part of their first (or second) Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLRs)!  We had some great feedback from student parents: “We love to see her so happy and enthusiastic about school!”  “It was good for her to verbalise her […]

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Picking up on Paws-Week 31

April 21, 2017

RB friends were back from Spring Break with interesting stories to share!  We wrote these holiday stories in our journals to read with our friends.  We also welcomed Professor Paws (Animal Asia) to our classroom, and we met Sunny (and Chiu B in the AM).  Ask your child about how to meet a dog, and what our […]

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Parent Workshop , Special Dress Down Day News

April 19, 2017

URGENT:  April 21st Parent Workshop Cancelled It is a busy time and unfortunately, we did not have enough parents sign up to be able to offer the extensive parent workshop we had planned for this Friday, April 21st. We have a Prep to Gr1 and Rec to Prep Transition Parent Workshop in May so will add an optional […]

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New Life in RB-Week 30

April 7, 2017

We began this week in PMP style, balancing, rolling, crawling and aiming our way through different centres.  RB friends are getting very creative in suggesting different ways to extend and vary movements, and work together in their teams. We collected seeds from our produce at home, and some friends chose to observe and sort the […]

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