Wednesday, 25 January 2017

2017 Newsletter

Junior Team Newsletter Kakano Hub
30th January 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome to the Kakāno Hub.  We trust you all had a lovely holiday and are ready for a very busy and exciting first term at Francis of Assisi School.
Our team
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our Kakāno team to you.  Mrs Paula Brown will be teaching Y1/2 in Room 11.  Paula is the team leader for the Hub. Miss Angela Bailey will be teaching Y1/2 in Room 7. Miss Mackenzie Kane is teaching Y1/2 in Room 8.  Mrs Cath Shaw will be teaching NE/Y1 in Room 10 and Mrs Louise MacKay will be in Room 9 teaching NE/Y1. Mrs Angela Shea is our Reading Recovery and ORS teacher
We are continuing to embrace a collaborative approach this year and while your child will be assigned a classroom and a classroom teacher- we will all be taking a role in your child’s learning and wellbeing.  We are all feeling very excited and privileged to be teaching your wonderful children.
Medical and Health Concerns
Please ensure you have discussed any medical issues with your home base teacher.  We appreciate any background information about your child.  Information that we find useful are any allergies, issues with food and any medical conditions.
Please ensure your child has a named sunhat with a wide brim at school. During terms 1 and 4 all children must wear a sunhat when outside in the playground or for any outside activities. These sunhats will need to stay at school during these terms. Please also ensure that your child has had sunscreen applied before school.
Morning Routines
Part of your child’s learning involves learning to take care of their own belongings and becoming independent. For this reason, we ask that in the afternoons when you are picking your child up from school, that you wait outside the classroom until the bell rings and encourage them to pack (and unpack) their own school bag.  
The children should only have water in their drink bottles. We would like the children to have two drink bottles. One that stays in the classroom and goes home for washing on Friday and one that comes daily to school and remains in their bag.  It is important that your child has a healthy lunch with sandwiches so that they have plenty of energy.  We encourage wrapper free lunches so any rubbish will go home with your child in their lunch box.  If your child requires a spoon for any reason- please include this in their lunch box. We, unfortunately, are unable to heat food for the children.
Reading Homework
Throughout the year, your child will be given a reading book about 4 times a week to take home to read.  The reading programme will officially begin in week 2. Please set aside some time to read with your child.  For those children new to school, you will notice that the books will start off repetitive and that your child may be relying on their memory. This is perfectly normal and you will notice the books become less structured as they move through the levels.  If  you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask.  Please be aware that after a long holiday break- it is usual for a child to begin reading at a lower level than where they finished last year. Your child will have a reading notebook where we would like you to record the book they read to you each night.  
In addition to reading, your child will most likely be bringing home some “Snap” or spelling words to learn.  “Snap words”will come with a full explanation as to how they are to be used. As your child completes each list, please return them to your class teacher to re use.
For now, this will be the only homework that is sent home. Occasionally there may be an additional task to complete for homework. Please remember that there is also so much learning for your child to be done at home through play and everyday activities and through talking with your child.
This year we will be communicating with you through the Hub Blog and email  in addition to our regular school newsletter. Please ensure you are checking this regularly.
In addition to the delivery of the curriculum, children will participate in Hub and homebase prayers, attending Mass, Priest visits and reflecting on the Gospel each Monday.
We will visit the library each week to exchange books.  Please return the books each week on your child’s library day.  Your child’s teacher will let you know which day they go to the library.  
Please ensure that your child has their fitness kit at school each day.  It is very important that your child has each item of clothing clearly named and that they have a separate bag to put their uniform in  (including sports shoes). Sports gear is  to go home each Friday to be washed and returned to school on Monday.
Project Based Learning (PBL)
Our topic for Term one is about “Me as a learner”. We will be focusing on getting to know each other,  ourselves, our learning and our families

As your child settles back into school, they will be tired. Our days are busy and they will need a good night’s sleep to help them feel rested and ready for the next day’s learning.
We look forward to 2017 and please feel free to make contact with us before or after school  or make a time to catch up if you wish to discuss anything..
Some dates for your diary
Waitangi Day - 6th February
Parish Life and Food Festival - 12th February
Ash Wednesday- 1st March
Meet the Teacher - TBA
Term one ends - Thursday 13th April

Warm regards,
Paula, Angela, Mackenzie, Louise and Cath.

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