Newsletter February 2018

Posted: 05/02/2018 in Uncategorized

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

 

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