Tuesday, 11 August 2020

But wait there is more.....

 Sorry!  I missed a few things on Sunday night. 

Chicken Pox and Head Lice

We have a confirmed case of chick pox in our classroom and there is also one in PPL.  Please be vigilant in checking for any signs on your child. Please also give your child a thorough check over for any signs of head lice as there have also been cases of head lice. Treat if necessary.  Do not send your child to school with live head lice. 

OT Screening

Hollie and Kirsty from Potential Therapy Services have completed the occupational therapy screening of the Pre Primary students that were at school during the week. Yesterday we sent home the summary of your child's results. Please take the time to read through what has been observed and if you have any questions please contact Hollie or Kirsty to discuss. Please don't leave too much time to contact them.

Key areas for practise - from OT screening

The main areas of concern overall were with letter formation, pencil grip, cutting skills and fine motor control. These areas will need considerable attention for the rest of the year. We will be sending home various home tasks to practise each skill, however we require parent involvement to ensure the skill is practised correctly. There is no point in having our children practise the skill incorrectly. Please take the time to complete the particular activity along side your child making sure you are correcting and praising their efforts.

Vegetable Garden

Today we planted snow peas, beans, lettuce and beetroot.  The children loved being involved in the planting process.

Tomorrow, weather permitting we will pland some more vegetable seeds and some flowering plants.

In science we are focusing on the living world around us and our vegetable garden is an important part of that programme. 

Thank you,

Julie Birch 

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Parent Meetings

 Parent Meetings

I am very aware of the fact that we have not had our normal parent communications this year due to Covid.  At this stage it is not looking likely that we will have our 'Learning Journey' evening either.  Whilst we can't have large group meetings we can have small parent meetings so I would like to encourage parents to book a time to see me after school on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.  I will be available until 4pm. There will be a roster placed on the door outside the classroom for you to choose a time suitable to you. These meetings will be quite informal in nature and will allow your child to show you work displays and their books. They will be approximately 15 minutes.  Should parents like to have a more detailed discussion about their child's progress then we can book a slot accordingly. Likewise I will approach parents if I see the need for a more formal meeting. 

Below is a copy of the form you will find on the classroom door.  You can not book electronically and will need to write your name on the chart on the door.  




August 17th

August 19th

August 20th















August 24th

August 26th

August 27th
















August 31st

September 2nd

September 3rd

















Many thanks,

Julie Birch 

Week 4. Term 3.

Dear Parents,

Father's Day

At this stage, due to covid restrictions, it is not looking good for our class to do the Father's Day prayer assemby as planned but we will still be doing some special things for our dads so...Can we please have a photo of your child with their dad or grandad for a Fathers Day project we will be working on. Please send a digital photo as an attachment to julie.birch@cewa.edu.au before the end of the week. Thank you! 

School Photos 

Your child should have brought home an order form last week. Please check in with Mrs Marrell if you have not received one yet.

Just a few notes and reminders to help everyone get through the week. 

  • Please ensure that your child has their library bag on Fridays so that they can receive a library book.  Some children have overdue library books and these need to be returned ASAP. 
  • Please double check that you have packed your child's rugby top each day.... it can be very cold in the playground. 
Congratulations to Francisco and Charlotte who have received merit certificates in Weeks 2 and 3.  Wonderful work you two!

I have been called to jury duty tomorrow (Monday 10th August) so Miss Gilpin will be teaching the class.  Hopefully I will be back on Tuesday!

Have a lovely week. 

Julie Birch 

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Sharing Roster Term 3

Even Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8

Odd Weeks 3,5, 7,9

Weeks 2/3   Plants.  Trees. Flowers. Seeds.  Tell us about something you know to do with plants.
Weeks 4/5   My favourite animal is…. because …..  It lives in ……. 
Weeks 6/7  When my dad was little he…..  Interview dad and find out something interesting he did when he was little.
Weeks 8/9  Free Choice.

Week 2. Term 3.

Dear Parents,

Here are a few points to keep you up to speed with what is happening in PPB.

Firstly, congratulations to Mrs Young, who has welcomed a beautiful new granddaughter this week.  Being the beautiful mum that she is, she is flying to Queensland to give her daughter some support for the first few weeks.  Ms Kent will work full time in PPB while Mrs Young is away. 



The children were very excited to take home their first readers last week.  Listed below are some important notes to make home reading run smoothly.

1.  Readers are exchanged on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Please ensure that your child's reading folder is at school on these days. The idea being that the children read the book twice. The second reading should allow them to read with increased confidence. 
2.  Parents must record their reading sessions in the journal that is located inside the reading folder. If this is not filled in we will take it that your child has not read the book and will need to have it again. 
3. For many children the task of reading is laborious and tricky.  We have endeavoured to provide decodable readers that are achievable for your child.  Please make sure that all feedback you give your child is positive and encouraging.  
4.  Your reading session should last no longer than 15 minutes. If your child is not happy to "have-a-go" at reading then please let me know and we can come up with some solutions. 
5  Please read the notes inside the orange journal.  We are asking parents to ensure that the children are decoding... not guessing what the words are. It is still a good idea to look at the pictures before reading a text to give the chidlren a general idea about what is happening in the text but once they engage in decoding they must do just that ... decode. E.g.  c -a - t  = cat. Make sure they blend the word before moving onto the next word.  Eg    Th - e    the    c - a - t  cat  s - a - t  sat  o - n  on th-e  l-o-g log. This process can be long and arduois but is vitally important. 

Other important points, 

  • In literature we are presently identifying and discussing the parts of a story.  The title, the character, the setting, the problem and the resolution.  
  • We are also identifying real sentences and sentence fragments as we learn about what makes a sentence a good sentence. 
  • We will continue to focus on letter formation and pencil grip to ensure that our printing is legible and accurate. 
  • The children will transfer their decoding knowledge to their writing when completing dictation pieces.  They will use their sound hand to identify the sounds in simple words and them write them using their present phonetic knowledge. 
  • One of our favourite activities this term is Guided Reading.  In small groups we are learning to use our decoding skills to find meaning in texts. 
  • The development of a broad vocabulary is fundamental to strong literacy skills so each week we are investigating some interesting words and their synonyms. 
  • Strong oral language is integral to strong writing skills.  If a child can't say a sentence then they will have great difficulty in writing it.  Each week we are taking time to tetell stories orally.  Last week we made puppets to help us retell the story of the Little Red Hen. 

Rugby tops

Please ensure that your child's rugby top is clearly labelled and in their bag each day.  It gets very cold on some days and all children need their jumpers.  I would also prefer that they wore their rugby tops when inside rather than put the heater on as we all get sleepy when it gets too warm.

Mission Markets

Our annual OLC Mission Markets -  celebrating Our Lady of the Cape Feast Day -  are fast approaching (Friday 21st August - Week 5). Please keep an eye on the blog for what our year level will be hosting/ providing for the day.

PLD Packs - Please have these returned by Tuesday morning. 
Library Bags - Please have these returned by Friday morning. 

Thank you to the wonderful parents who always have their children organised for these days. 

The official rule is.....No library bag... no book!  We have helped out the children with out library bags in first semester by providing spare bags but we  now ask that all chidlren are organised for Friday library exchange in the future. 

Sharing Roster

A sharing roster will be placed on the BLOG very shortly. Please try to stick to the suggested topics for sharing and do not send in toys for sharing unless it is your child's birthday.  The children are always welcome to share something new or different that has happened in their lives.  Photos can be emailed to me and I can project them on the large screen. 
Your child should be able to tell 

WHAT is it.
WHEN did they get it/do it.

A good news recount would sound like this. 

Today I have brought in a bird's nest.  I found it when I was walking in the bush with my nanny.  The wind must have blown it out of a tree.  It is made of .............   I think that a .......... must have built this nest because ...............
I found this very interesting because...........

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Julie Birch 

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Week 1 Term 3. Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,

We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday break... and yes we are very jealous of those of you that made the treck up north... oh for some sunshine!
Here we go! It is Term Three and we are on the home run to Year One.  We are looking forward to another wonderful term and can't wait to see our little people tomorrow!

School Values

The focus School Value for term three is RESPECT.
Take some time to discuss with your child how they can display respect for themselves, others and their environment. 


In first semester your little people worked to develop the foundations of literacy and this semester we will consolidate and extend that learning.  It is quite a steep learning curve and requires a lot of hard work and concentration from your children and support from parents.  They will begin to take home readers and parents will be asked to support them with this task. More information is to come on this.

In Term Holidays

Whilst we are fully aware that many families can only take their holidays during term as their businesses are dependent on holiday trade we would like to remind you that in term holidays can be very detrimental to your child's progress.  Preprimary is their foundation year of learning.  It is very important and when children miss two and three week blocks of carefully planned sequential learning it can be difficult for them to recover.  Please come and see me if you are going away and I will help you out with a few ideas to keep their learning in place. Thank you to the clever parents who have already done this.

Kiss and Drop

Whilst we seem to live in one of the safest places in the world we are still erring on the side of caution and continuing to Kiss and Drop in the mornings. When all parents are present in the classroom it increases the risk factors dramatically.  Teachers also feel it would be a shame to return to our former Gathering Time procudures due to the amazing powers of independence and self organisation the children are developing.  The communications book and lunch order box will be placed on the trolly outside and parents are asked to remain outside of the classroom.

Reading Folders 

There are still a small number of parents that have not sent in a reading folder.  Please do so by Friday this week.  If you scroll back to previous blogs you will see of photograph of the folders required. If your child does not have a reading folder they will not receive a reader. The reading folders protect the readers from water bottle leakages and food spills.  Readers are very expensive and need to be treated like gold.

Parent Communications

Please feel free to email me at any time if you have questions or concerns. There are days when I do not get to open my emails until after school.  If the matter is urgent please leave a message at the office for me to contact you.


Pick up

If your child is going to pick up lane or will be travelling on the bus then please put that information in the communciation book.  Some children forget instructions and it causes them distress.
Likewise, if someone out of the norm is picking up your child please let us know.

PPB Father's Day Prayer Assembly

PPB will host the Father's Day prayer assembly this term.  It is not a preformance assembly but will  be special.  Dont forget to tell the grandads too.

Dates to remember:
  • OLC Open Night : Wednesday 26th August.  Parents are invited to visit the classroom.
  • OLC Athletics Carnival: Thursday 27th  August.  Preprimary students participate in a running race and two team games at the start of the day.
  • Pupil Free Day: Friday 28th August.  Teachers will participate in Professional Development.
  • Catholic Day (Pupil Free Day): Monday 31st August.
  • School Photo Day: Thursday 10th and Friday 11th  September.  
  • Pupil Free Day - 25th September.  Teachers will participate in Professional Development. 
  • Grandparents Day - Friday 23rd October (Further details to follow)
  • Sacrament of First Eucharist - Sunday 8th November @ 9am at OLOTSC.

Phew!  I think that's enough for now.  Next week's BLOG will contain some more information about our learning focus this term. 

See you tomorrow,
Mrs Birch and the PPB TEAM 

Monday, 29 June 2020

Week 10. Happy Holidays.

It's Week 10 and our last week of term.  I know the children are really looking forward to their holiday and I think the teacher's might be too!
Parents should be very proud of their children... because we are.  Despite interuptions from Covid they are reading and writing and very excited about being able to "Crack the code".

Mud Day - Wednesday
Depending on the weather we will be having a 'Mud Day' this Wednesday (1st July). During Science this term we have been looking at getting dirty and getting clean. To conclude our program we will have a morning of mud play where we have activities planned that will extend your child's thinking and allow them to have lots of fun.
Your child will need to come to school dressed in some old clothes with some old shoes or rubber boots. Please bring a clean, dry outfit o change into if need be and a towel. We expect that they will thoroughly enjoy getting muddy!!

Reading Folder
As mentioned in previous blogs, each child needs a reading folder ready for next term. The following is a photo of the folder that you can get at Sea Change Dunsborough. Could you please bring it in as soon as possible.

Library Books and Comprehension Packs
Could any outstanding library books and comprehension packs be returned on Wednesday this week (tomorrow). We need to return them to the Library. We did not take books out on last Friday and will not be taking them this week in order to allow Mrs Kemp time to stocktake.

Friday Free Dress
This Friday children from Leeuwin (Red) faction have free dress for winning the terms token count. Well done to Leeuwin!!

Merit Awards
Last week our merit award winner was Freddie Redhead! Well done boys!!! This weeks award will be a Star Citizen award for appreciation.

Literacy and Numeracy
This week in literacy and numeracy we are recapping the concepts we have covered this term. We will practise 'cracking the code' (blending and segmenting the sounds in words). This will involve lots of reading and writing CVC words. We will also practise writing simple sentences using spaces between our words, a capital to start and a full stop to finish. We need lots of practise at trying to listen to the sounds in words and then writing them down to create a message.
During numeracy we will look at symmetry, numbers 1-20, before and after numbers and pattern making.

Semester One Reports
Reports will be sent out at the end of this week via SEQTA as an email instead of the previous form of hard copy so keep an eye on your inbox for these.  Just a reminder that in the interesting events of COVID, the academic reports your child will be sent will look at little different than the usual semester reports. This follows the guidelines set by the government and CEWA,  Please feel free to contact me via email with any questions you may have about  your child's progress.  We can also organise a meeting for the first week back after holidays if you would like one. Please let me know.

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday break.  I am very jealous of those who are heading towards the warmth up north.  Where ever you are make sure you slow down, relax and embrace your family time. 

Julie Birch