Newsletter May 2016

Posted: 27/05/2016 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

25th May 2016

 

Dear parents and whanau

What a fun and busy term we are having. There have been lots of finishing work being done to our kindy foyer and all looks to be on target for the Kindy and Church Open day celebrating the new church facility, on Saturday 11th June starting at 1pm.

The kindy will be open in a reduced capacity for all our visitors to check out what we do, and there will be some other activities for the children in addition to this. The official ceremony begins at 2pm and our kindy children are very excited to be involved in this by singing ‘God made the earth, God made the sky…’

Justin Lester will be officially opening the facility followed by afternoon tea being served at 2.45pm providing an extra opportunity to mix and mingle.

Parent help spots not yet filled in for the term. A reminder that parents are required for two parent help duties per term for the Younger Tamariki Session and two to three 3 duties per term for the Older Tamariki Session.

 

Road works and parking

On Monday it is forecast for the replacement of the water mains in Ngatoto St to reach outside our kindergarten. Potentially this will mean very limited parking outside on the road.

During the peak drop off, 8.30am to 9am, the teachers will endeavor to provide a drop-off for parents who are wishing to sign the children in at our main doorway, and have the teachers take their child into kindy for them. After 9.15am you can park for 5min, down the driveway, while you enter the kindergarten to drop-off or pick up your child.

If you would like to spend more than 5 minutes in our kindergarten during this time you will need to park up on the road.

Please note the parking of cars down our driveway will only be temporary due to the roadworks.

 

Working Bee

Our Kindergarten working bee will be held this Sunday at 12.30pm

Thank you Pete Rhodes-Robinson who has spent most nights painting our kindergarten entrance hall, including doors.

Thank you also to Mark Williams, Matt Wet, Simon Gill, Hamish Mowat, Rhys Musson and James Rees-Thomas who heightened our playground fence.

 

Programme

We are having a focus, for both of the sessions, on ‘Children gaining the ability to be creative and expressive’. Through this theme the children have been actively learning sign language, exploring acting out stories, using props to make up their own stories. Plus drawing their own illustrations to express their ideas.

Please check the Blue Learning snapshot board for some of the older children’s responses to our planning. Please also check out the notice board (by the kitchen door) for examples of how we encourage our younger children to learn with and alongside others.

 

Entertainment Books

Entertainment books are still available for purchase. Please see one of the kindergarten teachers re purchasing options.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Mrs McGee attended a Health and Safety Course plus a Supervisors Network meeting.

 

Did You Know?

That the average children’s yogurt contains almost 5 teaspoons of sugar (19 grams)

 

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 speak to one of the teachers or send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.

 

Winter Clothing

Please remember to make sure that your child has access to a warm sweatshirt or jacket for outside play, if it isn’t raining.

 

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.

 

Waiting List

We have an available spot for our Younger Tamariki session at present.

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.

 

Help Needed

Is there someone in your family that would be willing to help us with some small maintenance jobs? We are needing some shelves and brackets to be installed in our new shed. We also would like some shelves installed in a small cupboard for our puzzles and board games.

 

May God bless you all in the coming weeks ahead.

Kind regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One 2016 Tuesday 26th January Friday 15th April
Easter Friday 25th March Tuesday 29th March

(school holiday)

Two 2016 Monday 2nd May Friday 8th July
Three 2016 Monday 25th July Friday 23rd September

 

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Newsletter March 2016

Posted: 24/03/2016 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

24th March 2016

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Dear parents and whanau

We would like to wish all of our families a wonderful Easter holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Here at Grace kindy we have had lots of excited children making gifts to take home and doingart for our walls regarding Easter. The ‘Older Tamariki’ have created a ‘Jesus’ literacy dice and the ‘Younger Tamariki’ have painted a cross canvas.

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Aliza Fearnley (mum Tori and dad Andrew) and Arden Monk (mum Jamie and dad David)

 

Programme

Our major area of interest, for both of the sessions, has been observing our cocoon which produced a lovely Monarch butterfly. We then had the arrival of a second caterpillar.

This time the Older Tamariki session were actually able to witness the caterpillar turning into a cocoon and the dumping of the outer caterpillar skin. A process that only took ten minutes!

We also had a focus on Fiji, with the children being able to view and explore an area especially set up. Thank you to Samuel’s family who brought in some beautiful weaving done by his grandmother. Also to Joel’s mum who organised a box of supplies for a Fijian kindergarten.

While praying for Fiji, the children had some wonderful ideas on what we could pray for God to help with… such as stopping the winds, getting the people to make houses out of bricks, helping people to be able to help the sick and to help people not to feel so scared.

The Older Tamariki went on a walking trip to Nairnville park a few weeks ago. We all had fun doing a variety of running and ball games, followed by playing at the main children’s playground.

 

Entertainment Books

Please look out, over the next few weeks, for information we will be sending out to you regarding the Entertainment book fundraiser

  

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Mrs Wee attended a Teachers Network meeting.

During the school holidays the teachers will be reviewing how we incorporate the cultures of our families into our curriculum and planning. This review will also include our Christian culture.

 

Praying for you

Did you know that each week the teachers pray for your children? If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please speak to one of the teachers or send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.

 

Sun Safety

Please remember to bring your child’s sunhat to kindy, also to apply sunblock to your child before their arrival. However if you have forgotten you are welcome to use the kindy sunblock which is on the sign-in table.

Please note that the children will have sunblock reapplied to them by the teachers at 1pm. Please let the teachers know if your child has an allergy to sunblock or if you would rather supply your own sunblock for the afternoon.

 

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.

 

Waiting List

We will have a couple of spots available for our Younger Tamariki session, during the later part of the year. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Help Needed

Is there someone in your family that would be willing to help us with some small maintenance jobs? We are needing some shelves and brackets to be installed in our new shed. We also would like some shelves installed in a small cupboard for our puzzles and board games.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One 2016 Tuesday 26th January Friday 15th April
Easter Friday 25th March Tuesday 29th March

(school holiday)

Two 2016 Monday 2nd May Friday 8th July
     

 

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Newsletter July 2012

Dear parents and whanau

How great the term has already been for our children who have been making the most of the fabulous weather. There has been lots of physical play and exploration in our new playground and we keenly await the addition of two extra swings that will hold groups of children, now that we have the swing pole braced.

Our new teacher, Nicola Goodman has been an enthusiastic new member of our close teaching team and the children have responded well to her. We feel that once again our prayers have been answered. Also with Andrea Boult who will start her part time teaching role on the 22nd February. Thank you for your prayers for both of the new teachers.

Fish and Chip Night – Please mark in your diaries Friday 26th February. This is always a fun night to connect families with each other. This night will also be an opportunity to say an official farewell to Mel Lienert (our old part time teacher) and to welcome our new teachers.

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Rio McLay (mum Susie and dad Paul), Anna Pereira (mum Christina and dad Daron), Sammuel Camaivuna (mum Alice and dad Alipate), Joshua Machin (mum Rachel and dad Michael), Oliver Mowat (mum Stephanie and dad Hamish) and Henry Picker (mum Louisa and dad James)

 

Programme

Our focus for both of the sessions is ‘The hungry Caterpillar comes to Grace kindy’ in which the kindy children are being encouraged to observe, research and record the changing process of our caterpillar into a Monach butterfly.

We have also been focusing on Waitiangi Day and the Chinese New year, appreciating the different cultures that God has blessed us with.

Please check our blue snapshot noticeboard over the next weeks for communication on the ways we incorporate literacy, maths and science into our cultural focus. This will also include our Christian culture.

Our Older Tamariki Session will be walking to Nairnville park this Thursday 18th February. The postponement date will be Thursday the 25th February.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Mrs McGee will be attending a Supervisors Network Meeting.

 

Praying for you

Did you know that each week the teachers pray for your children? If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please speak to one of the teachers or send us an email. We will happily include that in our prayers.

 

Sun Safety

Please remember to bring your child’s sunhat to kindy, also to apply sunblock to your child before their arrival. However if you have forgotten you are welcome to use the kindy sunblock which is on the sign-in table.

Please note that the children will have sunblock reapplied to them by the teachers at 1pm. Please let the teachers know if your child has an allergy to sunblock or if you would rather supply your own sunblock for the afternoon.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 1 2016. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

 

Waiting List

We have a couple of spots available for mid 2016. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Help Needed

Is there a builder in your family that would be willing to help us with some small maintenance jobs?

 

The Term Dates are as follow:

Term Start End
One 2016 Tuesday 26th January Friday 15th April
Easter Friday 25th March Tuesday 29th March (School holiday)
Two 2016 Monday 2nd May Friday 8th July

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Newsletter December 2015

Posted: 16/12/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

15th December 2015

 

 Dear parents and whanau

What a wonderful and exciting term we are having celebrating the birth of Christ in so many different ways. Such as making props for the Christmas show, decorations to take home, baking and of course holding the actual Christmas show itself.

We had a lovely evening for our Christmas show, with families coming together singing and sharing supper. The children were just fantastic either singing on the stage or singing from the laps of their parents.

We would like to farewell our lovely teacher Beth Henderson and also send out our best wishes and prayers as she moves back to Auckland to help care for her sick father.

We have all appreciated her being part of our teaching team.

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Immanuel Perera (mum Therese and dad Dan),

 

Appreciation and Fundraising

Thank you to those parents who helped us move the chairs for the Christmas show and for also helping us clean up afterwards. You were such a blessing with your kindness.

Thank you to Jillian (Toby’s mum) and our ‘Abacus’ fundraising supporters for helping us raise $382.

The babysitting club raised approximately $200

All of the above proceeds will be used in funding our extended playground.

 

Programme

Our focus for both of the sessions is Jesus, the son of God. Also reiterating that Jesus wants ‘kindness and love’ for Christmas, also how we can show kindness and love.

We are continuing to do a variety of extended activities over the week with the Older Tamariki Session, such as baking, making sherbet and also creating driftwood Christmas decorations.

We had Esther (our reliever) doing felt making with the children.

Heather (Alex’s mum) recently conducted a music session and Rachel, from Easy Swim, spoke to the children about water safety.

Last week we had Mark and the Fire fighting team visit with their fire engine. The children really enjoyed washing down the Youth Pastor’s van.

  

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Mrs McGee recently attended a refresher course in first aid and a Supervisors Network Meeting.

 

Praying for you

Did you know that each week the teachers pray for your children? If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please speak to one of the teachers or send us an email. We will happily include that in our prayers.

 

Sun Safety

Please remember to bring your child’s sunhat to kindy, also to apply sunblock to your child before their arrival. However if you have forgotten you are welcome to use the kindy sunblock which is on the sign-in table.

Please note that the children will have sunblock reapplied to them by the teachers at 1pm. Please let the teachers know if your child has an allergy to sunblock or if you would rather supply your own sunblock for the afternoon.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 1 2016. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

 

Waiting List

We have a couple of spots available for mid 2016. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Help Needed

Is their a builder in your family that would be willing to help us with some small maintenance jobs?

 

The Term Dates are as follow:

Term Start End
Four 2015 Monday 12th October Friday 18th December
One 2016 Tuesday 26th January Friday 15th April
Two 2016 Monday 2nd May Friday 8th July

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Newsletter October 2015

Posted: 29/10/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

29th October 2015

 

Dear parents and whanau

We are so very happy and proud to be exploring and playing with your children in our new extended kindy playground. The space is fantastic and the children are so very happy having the extra space to enhance their climbing skills and for team sports and games.

This week we have lots of excited children who have begun practicing some of the Christmas songs they will be singing to you at our Grace Kindergarten Christmas Show.

Please mark in your diaries the date for the show which will be Friday 4th December, starting at 6pm.

 

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Tomas Schepers (mum Ann and dad Stijn), Julian Nestmann (mum Daniela and dad Michael), Noah McGee (mum Shayna and dad William) and Toby Hunter (mum Jillian and dad Mark).

 

Appreciation and Fundraising

Thank you to all of our families who have taken part in our fundraising efforts, we feel truly blessed to be part of such a supportive and encouraging community.

Thank you to Sym Gardiner, from the Grace Kindergarten Board of Management, your continuous hard work over the holidays has been particularly noticed as well as assisting to build our wonderful shed.

Please note that the last fundraiser for the year will be the ’Baby Sitters Club’ on Saturday 12th December.

 

Programme

Lots of outdoor play – It is so lovely hearing the joyful squeals and laughter of the children enjoying the new larger playground. The teachers are so very happy and have planned a variety of physical play to extend the children’s gross and fine motor skills in the outdoor environment.

We are currently observing the children’s interests as to what focus to start this term. Our Christian focus for both of the Older session is spontaneous prayer.

 

Other

We have now put up the bible verse which Ashleigh (Miss Best) gifted us, ‘Let the children come unto me’. Esther Van der Voorn (a former board member) had a few years ago expressed that this would be a lovely verse to have up on our wall. So this will be a lovely reminder of both Ashleigh and Esther.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

The teachers have recently done a ‘Music Review’, which has given us the chance to reflect the ways we incorporate Music into our planned and unplanned portion of our programme. This was also an opportunity to research, compare and to inspire each other.

Miss Henderson has recently attended a refresher course in first aid.

 

Praying for you

Did you know that each week the teachers pray for your children? If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please speak to one of the teachers or send us an email. We will happily include that in our prayers.

 

Sun Safety

Please remember to bring your child’s sunhat to kindy, also to apply sunblock to your child before their arrival. However if you have forgotten you are welcome to use the kindy sunblock which is on the sign-in table.

Please note that the children will have sunblock reapplied to them by the teachers at 1pm. Please let the teachers know if your child has an allergy to sunblock or if you would rather supply your own sunblock for the afternoon.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 4. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

 

Waiting List

We have a couple of spots available for 2016. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
Four Monday 12th October Friday 18th December
     
     

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28th September 2015

 

 Dear parents and whanau

It has been such an exciting time with lots of social events tied in with the fundraising for our new playground. Thank you all so much for your support. Please checkout our fundraising thermometer.

Already we have had our new storage shed built, temporarily in front of the fort. Later on this week the landscaping will begin and then the safety matting will be laid during the second week of the school holidays.

This Wednesday we are having a ‘coffee and Play’ from 10am to 11.30am for parents and their children who would like to come into our centre for a casual visit.

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Huntley Pyke (mum Suzanne and dad Steve), Sylvia Hawkesby (mum Gillian and Christian), Harriet Lester (mum Liz and dad Justin), Jack Britton (mum Sarah and dad Alex), SebastianCole (mum Kerry and dad Matthew), Luke Cobham (mum Kirsty and dad Josh), Lachie Morrison-Clark (mum Carey-Anne and dad Alex) and Makayla Goh (mum Sandra and dad Jonah).

Appreciation

We would like to express a big thank you to Debbie Moore (Bria’s mum) for the work she has done in organizing the silent auction. What a huge success with $1,395 raised.

Thank you to Blair MacDonald (our board member) and fellow cake bakers, for raising $450 at the Movie night.

Also to Mel Lienert (our 4th teacher) and Prolight Electrical who organized our disco, plus the wonderful team of parents who helped to support this social event. We raised a fantastic $806.

We also have greatly appreciated those parents who took part in our ‘builders working bee’.

and having the water trough legs freshly painted by Michelle Stevens (Felicia’s mum).

 

Art for Christmas Gifts

With Christmas approaching next term we would like to encourage you to start thinking about the special people around you that may cherish a calendar, greeting card, notebook or diary that has your child’s own art on it. Your child has already been busy doing a piece of artwork for this fundraiser. Further information, including the art, will be on display for you to view and place orders at the beginning of term 4.

Later this week we will be sending out information in regards to promoting a bake sale and second hand book and toy sale. This will take place in Johnsonville on Saturday 17th of October (next term).

 

Programme

Our Christian focus for the Older sessions is continuing with ‘God made our bodies for a purpose’. We also added science experiments to help emphasise this.

The younger session has been looking at ways that “God has made our food’ (trees, vegetables growing etc).

 Other

The teachers have been working on a review about ‘Gaining a Maori Perspective’ during our sessions. Please see the board set up near the sign-in table.

Praying for you

Did you know that each week the teachers pray for your children? If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please speak to one of the teachers or send us an email. We will happily include that in our prayers.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 4. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

 

Waiting List

We have a couple of spots available for 2016. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October Friday 18th December

 

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Newsletter August 2015

Posted: 10/08/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

10th August 2015

 

Dear parents and whanau

What a great term we are having with lots of Social and fundraising events happening. This is such a great way to connect with other families from Grace Kindy and form closer relationships. We started off this term with a dessert evening at the Teal’s house. This was followed by a movie night at the Light House in which we raised over $450 for the new playground. Thank you to all that encouraged your family and friends to join us. And also for the enthusiastic board members who organized and baked some wonderful cakes. It really was a great movie, thank you Blair.

The disco is the next exciting event, so please practice your dance moves with your children and book in Friday 11th September 5.30pm to 7pm in your calendars. We will need some helpers with this so please look out for the ‘help list’ which will be on the parent sign-in table from Tuesday.

 

Our Programme

Our Christian focus for both sessions is on ‘forgiveness’ – How to fix mistakes made and forgiving each other.

This term we are focusing on the way our Younger Tamariki actively explore their environment and what they are learning. Our focus with our Older Tamariki is ‘Ways we communicate with our bodies’ and the ways the teachers incorporate literacy and numeracy into this focus.

Teachers’ Professional Development

Mrs Wee attended a workshop which looked at ways of incorporating the Maori language into our programme in relevant ways.

 

Praying for you

Did you know that each week the teachers pray for your children? If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please speak to one of the teachers or send us an email. We will happily include that in our prayers.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 3. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

 

Waiting List

We may have a couple of spots available at the end of the year. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

We are looking for someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied. Please contact one of the teachers if you can do this.

 

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October Friday 18th December

 

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Newsletter July 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

2nd July 2015

 

 Dear parents and whanau

We have had a wonderful term with lots of action on the new church hall site. The children loved observing the crane and electric scissor lift at work from our especially set up viewing area.

This week we held Fancy dress-up days with lots of excited children enjoying ice-cream parfaits and having their photos taken in the photo booth set up.

Miss Henderson (Beth) has settled in well to her new position, as a full time teacher, so we are all feeling very fortunate to have already formed a close teaching team.

We would like to welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Dulain (mum Gayani and dad Milinde).

Praying for you

Did you know that each week the teachers pray for your children? If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please speak to one of the teachers or send us an email. We will happily include that in our prayers.

Teachers’ Professional Development

During the school holidays we will have a speech and language therapist (Christian Wright) providing us with professional development regarding language development, as well as working with children who have English as a second language.

Our Programme

This term for our Older Tamariki we had a focus on Maths and Construction, where the children have had opportunities to use tape measures for finding numbers, ruling and cutting out lengths of paper as well as lengths of wood. We also celebrated Matariki, the Māori New Year. The Younger Tamariki have had a variety of waiata and te reo used in books and CDs. The Older Tamariki have been involved in Māori art by exploring koru shapes for screen printing. They also have been making fry bread and participated in a variety of games using te reo. As well as storytelling, non-fiction books and YouTube video’s on space.

Next term our Older Tamariki will be going on a bus trip to Te Papa to participate in a Matariki programme.

 

Parent Night

Kellee Teal has kindly volunteered to host a dessert evening for parents, caregivers, teachers and board members to socialise together on Thursday 23rd July at 7.30pm.

 

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 3. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

 

Waiting List

We will have a couple of spots available during the middle of the year. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

We are looking for someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied. Please contact one of the teachers if you can do this.

 

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October Friday 18th December

 

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Newsletter May 2015

Posted: 28/05/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

28th May 2015

 

Dear parents and whanau

There is a lot of excitement again with the children, from both of the sessions, now that the new church hall construction is well under way. We are encouraging the children to express their ideas, describe and predict what will happen next with lots of problem solving questions.

With this regained interest in building, our older children have been busy drawing up and labeling their own building plans. Their fantastic outdoor and indoor house plans will soon be displayed for parents to view.

 

We would like to welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Sofia (mum Amy and dad Oliver), Maliha (mum Amy and dad Daniel) and Huntley (mum Suzanne and dad Steve)).

 

This week is ‘Samoan Language Week’ so we are taking this great opportunity to engage the children with the Samoan culture through a discovery area set up, through songs, stories and with our older children making coconut buns to share with the younger session. A special thanks to Opeta and Noga who have helped the teachers in learning some new songs and a Samoan Grace. Also to Splendira who has shared some Samoan items, including a precious Fale Samoa (traditional model of a house).

 

We are currently encouraging early literacy by engaging the children to act out stories and through storytelling. They have been enjoying learning new ways of using creativity and literacy for a purpose, such as writing words and making Mother’s day cards.

 

Our Christian theme this term for both sessions is ‘Serving like Jesus’. We have also had the older Tamariki session children involved in making ‘prayer and praise’ rocks for making up the building foundation of the new church hall. The teachers recently attended a professional development day on additional ways of implementing our Christian culture in creative ways.

 

Grace Kindergarten Annual Update

Please join us for dessert and an update about Grace kindergarten. The proposed layout of our enlarged playground will also be presented for discussion.

 Parent Help

The start time for parent help for the later part of the Younger Tamariki Session is now 11.00am.

 Artistic parent wanted for mural

We are currently thinking about adding a mural to our new playground, once extended. If you are able to help us with this we would really appreciate your assistance. Please see one of the teachers.

Waiting List

We will have a couple of spots available for our Younger Tamariki session, during the middle of the year. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

We are looking for someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied.

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October TBC

 

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AGM Flyer 2015

 

These are the details for the Grace Kindergarten Annual Update.

Image  —  Posted: 22/05/2015 in Board News, Consultation, General News