Newsletter July 2012

Dear parents and whanau

It has been a wonderful few weeks here at Grace with our lovely new teacher, Ms Kelly O’Dea, settling in well. With our teaching team being small and very close, it has been essential that we have teachers that can inspire each other. Who also understand God’s love for our children and teachers that will pray for our families and each other.

There will be aKindy Fish and Chip night held during term 2 to meet and celebrate Kelly (Ms O’Dea), also Andrea (Mrs Boult) and Meg (Mrs Humphries) who have taken on extra teaching hours. The date has yet to be arranged.

 

Programme

We have continued with our programme of showing atawhai (kindness) love and respect with both of the sessions. The children have been so thoughtful with their ideas of how to be kind and ways of sharing God’s love.

Next week we will be having discussions and acting out stories with both of the sessions which look at Jesus’ life in order to celebrate Easter and Jesus’ resurrection.

The Younger Tamariki Session children have decorated frames and the Older Tamariki Session have made and painted wooden crosses to take home as a special Easter gift.

A focus on science experiments has been very popular with the older session, as was the recent trip to the Nairnville Park Recreation Centre where they attended their ‘Gymnastix’ class. Such fun was had by the children, the teachers and parent helpers on the large bouncy slide, the large trampoline plus lots of other challenging activities.

 

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family.

A big Grace welcome to the Zhang family, the Smith family, the Schwarzhaupt family, the Robinson family, the Pohvilainen family,  the Poh family, the Munn family, the McGee family, the Macdonald family, and the Eves family.

 

Parent Help

Thank you to the parents who have signed up forParent Helpfor term 2. Parent help is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

We are requiring each family of the Younger Tamariki Session to put their name down to two parent helps each. The Older Tamariki Session are needing three parent helps per term. Please note that if you have a child to pick-up from school that the afternoon parent help duty can be made earlier to accommodate this.

 

Praying for you

Each week the teachers pray for your children. If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please pop into our prayer container (on the sign in table) or speak to one of the teachers. Alternatively feel free to send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.

 

Lunchboxes

Please label your child’s drink bottle and their lunchboxes. A sharpie can be used from the teachers’ office.

Please make sure there are no chocolates, lollies or products containing nuts in your child’s lunch. This includes no peanut butter sandwiches and muesli bars containing nuts. For the Younger Session please do not bring in any whole eggs (such as egg sandwiches).

 

Winter Clothing

The weather is starting to turn cold and very changeable, so please remember to pack and label a warm jacket for their outside play.

 

Waiting List

At present we are full on our roll however at the end of term 2 we will have a couple of vacancies in

in our younger session. Please grab some flyers, from our sign-in table, if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

May God bless you and your children.

Kind Regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 Term Start End
One 2019 Tuesday 22ndJanuary  

Friday 12 April

 

Note: Easter and Anzac day are held within the school holidays    
Two 2019 Monday 29thApril Friday 5thJuly
Queen’s Birthday

is a public holiday

Monday 3rd June  

 

Three 2019 Monday 22 July  

Friday 27thSeptember

 

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Newsletter July 2012

3rdDecember 2018

 Dear parents and whanau

It’s such a lovely time of the year being able to discuss with the children the real meaning of Christmas. The  children are having such an exciting time making props and decorations for our upcoming Christmas show, close friends and relatives are also very welcome to join us in celebrating our Christian culture.

TheKindy Christmas Show will be held here this Friday 7thDecember. At 5.30 the church hall opens, 5.45pm the children will be asked to come out the back with the teachers and the show will begin at 6pm.

The show will be followed by a shared supper.

For the safety of our children we ask you to make sure that NO cars are parked on our driveway.

In order to help teach the Older Children manaakitanga (hospitality), we have invited some of the residents from Churton Leigh Rest-home to come for morning tea and to see the children sing some Christmas songs on Tuesday 18thDecember. The children will be handing out morning tea and the bookmark gifts they have made for our special guests.

We would also like to extend the above invitation to Grandparents and special friends of our children.

‘Little Dogs Barking’ puppet show will be coming to Grace Kindy on Tues 11thDecember at 1pm. Both sessions are invited to come to see ‘Twinkle’ – the cost is $5. Please note that any children who wish to attend from the younger session will need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

 

Programme

With both of our sessions we are having some very insightful discussions, songs and stories about the birth of Jesus. With our Older Tamariki we are ‘encouraging the children to understand that they are uniquely gifted by God’ (from our Special Character Curriculum). We are doing this by encouraging the Older Tamariki to become reporters of their culture. They have been busy bringing in resources such as photos, video’s, instruments etc that relate to special family traditions and their own unique culture.

The Older Tamariki have even become so confident with speaking that they have embraced using te reo forintroducing themselves.

 

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family.

A big Grace welcome to theHeinrich-Agius family, the Morris family, the Willard family, the Young family and the Smith-Cakebread family.

 

Parent Help

Thank you to the parents who have signed up for Parent Helpfor term 4. Parent help is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

We are requiring each family of the Younger Tamariki Session to put their name down to two parent helps each. The Older Tamariki Session are needing three parent helps per term. Please note that if you have a child to pick-up from school that the afternoon parent help duty can be made earlier to accommodate this.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Andrea Boult visited another centre for her Professional Development and has gained an insight in how other centres work.

Pip McGee attended a course on ‘Communicating with empathy’ which looked at ways of recognising children’s needs on an emotional level.

 

Praying for you

Each week the teachers pray for your children. If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please pop into our prayer container (on the sign in table) or speak to one of the teachers. Alternatively feel free to send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.

 

Lunchboxes

Please label your child’s drink bottle and their lunchboxes. A sharpie can be used from the teachers’ office.

Please make sure there are no chocolates, lollies or products containing nuts in your child’s lunch. This includes no peanut butter sandwiches and muesli bars containing nuts. For the Younger Session please do not bring in any whole eggs (such as egg sandwiches).

 

Summer Clothing

The weather is starting to turn quite hot, with some very sunny patches, so please remember to pack and label your child’s sunhat.

 

Waiting List

We have a couple of vacancies in our younger session, during term 4, so please grab some flyers, from our sign-in table, if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

May God bless you and your children.

Kind Regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 Term Start End
Four 2018 Monday 15thOctober  

Friday 21st December

 

Labour Day 22ndOctober (Monday) Is a public holiday    
One 2019 Tuesday 22ndJanuary Friday 12 April
Waitangi Day Wednesday 6thFebruary  

 

 

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Newsletter July 2012

 

27thSeptember 2018

 

Dear parents and whanau

What a wonderful last week we are having with lots of outdoor play and the children still being very excited about the successful kindy disco we had last Friday night. Thank you to all who helped us out with selling, dancing and supporting this fundraising/ social night. We have raised $825 which will go towards some additional playground equipment.

 

We would like to acknowledge andthank New World Khandallahwho again has very kindly supplied us with all of the food for the disco, including sausages, chippies, orange drinks and sauces.

Thank you also to Gareth Eves who donated a disco ball along with Cory’s Electrical, Porirua branch

 

Please make sure that you pencil in your diaries the date of ourKindy Christmas Show.

This will be held here onFriday 7thDecember, 6pm to 7.30pm and will involve the children celebrating by singing their favourite kindy and Christmas songs.

 

 

Programme

In light of Conservation week we were able to have the opportunity to observe a Powelliphanta snail (NZ giant snail). The children were very excited discussing their observations and feeding it worms which they had found.

 

We have been having a focus on languages and other ways of greeting and saying thank you – including te reo, Chinese and sign language. This week the children have been very interested in our Chinese cultural display as well as using the fans, chopsticks and looking at the globe and maps of the world.

 

For our older tamariki we decided to extend their interest in a book which contained a photo of some Chinese people farming. We did this by providing them with the experience of actually carrying their own buckets of water on a pole balanced on their shoulders. Learning that not everyone has a car or access to a bus or a train provided lots of thought provoking discussions.

We have also had a variety of interesting thoughts shared from the children about being grateful and thanking God for what we have in NZ.

 

The trip to Johnsonville Police Station with the older tamariki was a huge success, thank you Blair for giving us the experience of seeing road spikes demonstrated and finding out what is kept in the boot of a police car.

 

 

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family.

A big Grace welcome to theClements family, the Morris family and the Marks family.

 

Health

Please remember to inform the kindy if your child is absent. We have a book available on the sign in table to write in if you are going on holiday. If your child is sick, a quick phone call or email is much appreciated and will help us to monitor if there is an illness going around. Vomiting or diarrhea has a 48hr exclusion period from kindy.

Also please continue to check your children’s hair for nits. Please see one of the teachers for information regarding treatment if found.

 

Parent Help

Thank you to the parents who have signed up for Parent Helpfor term 3. Parent help is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

We are requiring each family of the Younger Tamariki Session to put their name down to two parent helps each. The Older Tamariki Session are needing three parent helps per term. Please note that if you have a child to pick-up from school that the afternoon parent help duty can be made earlier to accommodate this.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Due to our recent Professional Development on Autism, the teachers have been left feeling enthused in the additional skills they have gained .

 

Praying for you

Each week the teachers pray for your children. If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please pop into our prayer container (on the sign in table) or speak to one of the teachers. Alternatively feel free to send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.

 

Lunchboxes

Please label your child’s drink bottle and their lunchboxes. A sharpie can be used from the teachers’ office.

Please make sure there are no chocolates, lollies or products containing nuts in your child’s lunch. This includes no peanut butter sandwiches and muesli bars containing nuts.

 

Winter Clothing

The weather is starting to turn quite warm,

with some very sunny patches, so please remember to pack and label your child’s sunhat.

 

Waiting List

We have a couple of vacancies in our younger session, during term 4, so please grab some flyers, from our sign-in table, if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

May God bless you and your children.

Kind Regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 Term Start End
Three 2018 Monday 23rd July Friday 28thSeptember

 

Four 2018 Monday 15thOctober Friday 21st December

 

Labour Day 22ndOctober (Monday) Is a public holiday    
     
One 2019 Tuesday 22ndJanuary Friday 12 April
Waitangi Day Wednesday 6thFebruary  
     

 

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Newsletter May 2018

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Newsletter July 2012

September newsletter coming soon.

14thMay 2018

 

Dear parents and whanau

The teachers and the children have already had a very busy start to term 2. The children have been so excited to be making a special card for their mothers and we have been busy discussing with the children lots of the special things God has created, including their Mothers.

 Programme

With this week being sign language week we have been reiterating some of the signs we use during our session, particularly when saying our Grace at morning tea time.

The Older Tamariki Session have been running its own version of the ‘Grace Kindy Commonwealth Games’ and have learnt lots of new skills such as javelin throwing, long jump, gym/beam work, rowing and weight- lifting. The Older Tamariki session will finish off with a special medal ceremony held on Thursday at 2.45pm, complete with the National Anthem and a podium set up (Any parent is most welcome to join in).

For both sessions, we are having a focus on retelling and acting out bible stories. The children this week very much enjoyed the teachers acting out ‘Jesus calms the storm’. We will be encouraging all the children to join in and have a go at acting also.

THANK YOU to Blair who has fixed a variety of equipment this week.

 

 Parent Help

We require each family of the Younger Tamariki Session to put their name down to two parent helps each.

Also for the families of the Older Tamariki Session to put their names down for three parent helps each

 Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family.

 

A big Grace welcome to theCross family, the Humphries family, the Millar family, the Ung family and the Bosman family.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

As a teaching team we will be attending a talk on the importance of ‘Raising Resilient Kids’ and ways of helping children manage stress better. This talk is also open for parents to attend so please see the notice board or one of the teachers if interested.

 

Praying for you

Each week the teachers pray for your children. If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please pop into our prayer container (on the sign in table) or speak to one of the teachers. Alternatively feel free to send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.

  

Lunchboxes

Please label your child’s drink bottle and their lunchboxes. A sharpie can be used from the teachers’ office.

Please make sure there are no chocolates, lollies or products containing nuts in your child’s lunch. This includes no peanut butter sandwiches and muesli bars containing nuts.

 

Winter Clothing

The weather is getting very chilly at the moment, so please do remember to now pack a sweatshirt or something warm for your child as outside is open all year round, if there is no rain.

 

Waiting List

Please grab some flyers, from our sign-in table, if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

May God bless you and your children.

Kind Regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 Term Start End
Two 2018 Monday 30thApril Friday 6thJuly
Queen’s Birthday

Public Holiday

4thJune
Three 2018 Monday 23rdJuly Friday 28thSeptember

 

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Newsletter March 2018

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Newsletter July 2012

12th March 2018

 Dear parents and whanau

We are continuing to have another busy month ahead. The children have well settled into the term and have had so much fun celebrating the Chinese New Year, experiencing Chinese drumming and Chinese lion dancing. The Older session have cooked dumplings, made lanterns and made a large art piece of a Chinese lion together.

The Parent Connection BYO Lunch was a huge success and Laurel has kindly indicated that she would love to do this again in the near future.

We are having a St Patrick style dress-up day which will involve dressing up in something green, making green biscuits and having a variety of greenish art activities. The teachers will be practising some simple Irish dance steps so we can enjoy with your children. We will have hats available that the children can decorate if you don’t have anything green to wear.

The Older Tamariki Session will dress-up on Thursday 15th March.

The Younger Tamariki Session will dress-up on Friday 16th March.

 

Parent Help

We still have quite a few vacancies this term for Parent Help so please sign up urgently if you have not done so already. Parent help is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

We are requiring each family of the Younger Tamariki Session to put their name down to two parent helps each.

Also for the families of the Older Tamariki Session to put their names down for three parent helps each

Is there a handy parent? who would help us by fixing a little wooden dolls high chair and a wooden stroller

 

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family.

A big Grace welcome to the Opetaia family and the Ellery family.

 

Programme

For both sessions we have been looking at the Chinese New Year reinforcing that God has made us unique and with special gifts and family tradition to share.

Prior to Easter we will be celebrating our very special Christian Culture through art activities, discussions, music and bible stories. Also revisiting God’s love for us, the life of Jesus and the many miracles that he did.

The Older Tamariki Session will be attending a ‘Gymnastix’ session held at Nairnville Park Recreation Centre on Thursday 5th April.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Pip McGee has recently attended a Professional Leaders Meeting.

Pansy will be attending a ECE Teacher’s Network Meeting this week.

 

Praying for you

Each week the teachers pray for your children. If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please pop into our prayer container (on the sign in table) or speak to one of the teachers. Alternatively feel free to send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.

 

Lunchboxes

Please label your child’s drink bottle and their lunchboxes. A sharpie can be used from the teachers’ office.

Please make sure there are no chocolates, lollies or products containing nuts in your child’s lunch. This includes no peanut butter sandwiches and muesli bars containing nuts.

 

Autumn Clothing

The weather is so very changeable at the moment, so please to remember to now pack a sweatshirt or something warm for your child as well as a sun hat.

The teachers will continue to put sunscreen onto your child around 1pm. Please advise the teachers if you prefer to provide us with your own child’s sunscreen.

 

Waiting List

Please grab some flyers, from our sign-in table, if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

May God bless you and your children.

Kind Regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 Term Start End
One 2018 Tuesday 23rd January Friday 13th April
Waitangi day 6th Feb

(Tuesday) is a public holiday

Easter Friday 30th March Tuesday 3rd April

(school holiday)

Two 2018 Monday 30th April Friday 6th July
Queen’s Birthday

Public Holiday

4th June
Three 2018 Monday 23rd July Friday 28th September

 

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Newsletter February 2018

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Newsletter July 2012

5th February 2018

 

Dear parents and whanau

Welcome back to kindy for 2018. It is so lovely to see the children so happy, settled and engaged despite the very hot weather.

Mrs Wee (Pansy) is in Singapore for three weeks, to celebrate with family a very special birthday. She will be back with us on Monday 26th February. We look forward to her skyping the children at kindy and sharing some of the Chinese New Year celebrations with us.

During this time Esther van der Voorn will be relieving as well as Sally Rowe. These qualified teachers are familiar with the children and our centre so we are excited to welcome them back.

 Please pop into your diary Friday 23rd of February for a midday parent get together and BYO lunch in the OCC hall, starting from 12:00pm.  Thank you to Laurel (Ezekiel’s mum) who is kindly organising this opportunity for parents to get to know each other.

 

Help

We have quite a few vacancies for Parent Help so please sign up urgently if you have not done so already.

Is there a handy parent who would help us by fixing a little wooden dolls high chair.

 

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family.

A big Grace welcome to the Sheldon family and the Yeoman family. Also another child from the Dycus and the Monk family.

 

Programme

For both sessions we have been looking at some of the ‘fruits of the spirit’ and sharing examples of these with each other. Literacy and maths concepts have then been added to extend this topic.

We have enjoyed hearing the Older Tamariki’s prayers in response to showing kindness to their family and friends.

 

Next week we will be focusing on the Maori culture as Tuesday is Waitangi Day. The children will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as, flax weaving, using rakau sticks to a variety of waiata, and cultural stories.

If you have some ideas for Maori based activities or have a contact who is involved in kapa haka etc (this could be your own older child) we would love to hear from you about ways we can provide our children with Maori cultural experiences.

Health and Safety:  The intersection of Ngatoto Street and Khandallah Road is very dangerous when making a right turn to drive north.  Due to the road alignment and speed of vehicles travelling along this stretch of road, we regularly see near misses of vehicles pulling onto Khandallah Road.  We ask all our families wanting to head north please continue down Ngatoto Street, onto Swansea Street and back around to the intersection of Lucknow Terrace and Khandallah Road.  This is a much safer intersection to rejoin back onto Khandallah Road and is only one or two minutes slower.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

We are requiring each family of the Younger Tamariki Session to put their name down to two parent helps each.

Also for the families of the Older Tamariki Session to put their names down for three parent helps each.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Pip McGee will be attending a Professional Leaders Meeting later this month and will also be updating her first aid certificate. Nicola has updated her first aid certificate over the Christmas holidays

 

Praying for you

Each week the teachers pray for your children. If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please pop into our prayer container (on the sign in table) or speak to one of the teachers. Alternatively feel free to send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.

 

Lunchboxes

Please label your child’s drink bottle and their lunchboxes. A sharpie can be used from the teachers’ office.

Please make sure there are no chocolates, lollies or products containing nuts in your child’s lunch. This includes no peanut butter sandwiches and muesli bars containing nuts.

 

Summer Clothing

This continues to be a very changeable time of the year, so please remember to make sure that your child has access to both a sweatshirt and a sun hat. For all outdoor play the children must be wearing a sunhat.

We encourage you to place sunscreen on your child before their arrival to kindy, however we have a bottle of sunscreen beside the sign-in sheet for use on your arrival.

The teachers will be putting sunscreen onto your child around 1pm. Please advise the teachers if you prefer to provide us with your own child’s sunscreen.

 

Waiting List

Please grab some flyers, from our sign-in table, if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

May God bless you and your children.

Kind Regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 Term Start End
One 2018 Tuesday 23rd January Friday 13th April
Waitangi day 6th Feb

(Tuesday) is a public holiday

   
Two 2018 Monday 30th April Friday 6th July

 

Please check out and ‘like’ our facebook page (you don’t need to be a member to see it). It contains all of our updates, plus if you like or follow it you can receive updates to your newsfeeds.

 

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New Flyer

Posted: 08/07/2013 in General News

We’ve got a new flyer on the way!

Please grab a couple and give them to your friends and family who might be interested in sending their children to Grace.

Grace A6 Mailer V3 page 1

 

Grace A6 Mailer V3 page 2

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