It's week four and wow! I can't believe how far your little people have moved already. I am loving their confidence, developing independence and the kindness they are showing each other during the day. The cooler weather today has really brought out the best in every child and I am looking forward to watching them grow even more during the year.
On Entry Testing
A note explaining On Entry testing was placed in your child's bag today. During weeks 4 and 5 the Preprimary teachers will be conducting the On-entry assessment program.
The assessment is conducted in a one-on-one setting in order to gain uninterrupted information about your child's present knowledge in numeracy and literacy. It also allows us to observe your child's oral language. This assessment is completed by all Pre primary students in West Australian schools, both private and State.
The main purpose of the On-entry Assessment Program is to provide teachers with information about the skills and understandings that a child brings to school. Conducting this assessment early in the year ensures that your child’s teacher has information about the current skills and understandings of each child to assist in the planning and development of targeted learning programs that address the needs of each individual and identify children who may require early intervention or extension. This approach is supported by national and international research into the early identification of students’ literacy and numeracy skills.
I will be testing TOMORROW 25th of February. Then again on Wednesday the 4th of March and Thursday the 5th of March. When I am testing a relief teacher will take the class while I take each child out for a session in the library.
Mrs Gemma Sorgiovanni will be relieving tomorrow. Gemma has taught PP here at OLC for many years and the children know her well.
Mrs Jo Nottle will be relieving next week. (I know Jo well and she will do a great job).
This Wednesday the children will receive ashes in the form of a cross drawn on their forehead. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolise the dust from which God made us. Our Pre primary classes will receive the ashes in our classroom.
The children are introduced to Lent as a time of working to be more like Jesus. Kind, understanding, helpful, respectful and friendly. We talk about using our God given bodies and talents to do good for our friends and families. They will be encouraged to help out with chores in the home and display extra special kindness to their family and friends.
- Please send in a family photograph before Wednesday this week. email@example.com
- Please have all PLD packs in on a TUESDAY morning.
- Please have all Library bags in on a FRIDAY morning.
- Pick up time is 3pm. Children become distressed when their parents are late.
NB. I will be absent on Friday for family reasons. Mrs Sorgiovanni will be the relief teacher for the day.
Have a lovely week,