Newsletter 9th June 2017

Posted: 09/06/2017 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

9th June 2017

 Dear parents and whanau

It’s been another wonderful term, with lots of enthusiastic children singing at the tile and mural opening.  The tiles really do look wonderful on the building and what a great full page photo of our kindy in the local paper, the Independent Herald.

Our Annual Information Evening is being held here at Grace Kindy at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th June.

We look forward to seeing you there and having your feedback about our Educational Curriculum which contains Grace Kindy’s Christian philosophy. Supper will be provided.

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

A big Grace welcome to the Finau family, the Lukin family, and a sibling from the Rees-Thomas family.


Health and Safety

The repairs to the drainage at the front of the building continue to take time.  OCC is working closely with the Council to ensure forward progress is steadily made.  We ask that you continue to take care when entering and exiting the building.  Please be careful of the uneven surfaces and children need to be closely monitored as you navigate through this area.



For both Sessions we have been looking at sign language and have learnt lots of new ways of signing for a variety of things, such as ‘rabbit’, ‘lion’, ‘Happy Birthday’ etc.

With our Older session we have looked at friendships, how to make friends and ways of contributing to a group. The teachers have acted out a variety of skits to demonstrate. We have also had discussions with the children about how Jesus taught us the importance of including people and showing love.

Maths concepts for the Older Session continues, last week we looked at predicting and forming theories, volume, pattern and shapes

The Older session children are also about to look at the topic of culture and each individual family’s culture. Please look out for your child’s cultural invitation which will be emailed out to you later in the week, along with some ideas of what your child could bring in.

Please see our blue learning snapshot board for some examples of learning during term 2.


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.



Is there a parent who would please help us with ‘Scholastic Book orders’. This is a great way of fundraising books for our kindy.

We would love to form a fundraising committee, who would help plan for fundraising events during the year. Please see one of the teachers if you are interested.


 Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Mrs Wee has recently attended professional development on the topic of ‘cultures within NZ’.

Mrs McGee will be attending A Supervisors network meeting.

Miss Goodman will be attending a workshop regarding ‘challenging behaviours in children’.


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.



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 products containing nuts in your child’s lunch. This includes no peanut butter sandwiches and muesli bars containing nuts.


Winter Clothing

This has been a very changeable time of the year, so please remember to make sure that your child has access to a warm sweatshirt or jacket for outside play, if it isn’t raining.


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 2017 Tuesday 24th January Thursday 13th April
Easter included Friday 14th April Sunday 30th April
Two 2017 Monday 1st May Friday 7th July
Queen’s Birthday Public hol Holiday Mon 5th June
Three 2017 Monday 24th July Friday 29th September
Four 2017 Monday 16th October
Labour Day Public hol Monday 23rd October


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