Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Parent Night and a bit more!

Thank you all for your attendance at our parent Information Session on Tuesday evening. 
We  had almost  a 100% turn out and the couple of parents who really couldn't make it have already booked meetings to make sure they are up to scratch with all the information shared. 

Our P & F parent reps are Ash McLaren and Jess Dodd.  Ness Gleeson has kindly put her hand up to get these gorgeous girls started as they are both new mums to the school. 

'Starry', a wonderful dad from PPL has offered to help with the play ground up grade along with a couple of other dads who have trades that they can share at the Busy Bee.  

Thanks to all who have offered their time so far.  

Mr Wilkie will give us more information about timetable and plans in Friday's newsletter. 

Your little people are settling in very well.  They are coping with new routines and the beginning of a slightly more formal literacy and numeracy routine. You may notice your children becoming quite tired over the next couple of weeks.  This is quite normal.  It takes a little while for their bodies to adjust to being at school every day.  We remain mindful of this ourselves and adjust our daily expectations accordingly. Be reassured that our days are filled with fun, play and laughter.  If your child is unsettled or sad we will let you know. A few of our little people are falling asleep at rest time. Our policy is to let them sleep on as they obviously need it however there are some parents that feel that this interrupts their nigh time sleep.  Please let us know if you prefer that they are woken up. 

Today your child received a library book.  Please treat this book like gold.  Keep it at home until after the weekend and then place it in its library bag and return it to the library box in the classroom.  Your child must have returned their library book by Wednesday morning in order to receive a library book for the next week.  

Tomorrow the children will bring home a PLD Comprehension Pack.  This pack contains a story book and a question card.  The ideas is that you read the book to your children and then ask them the questions on the card.  Try to engender conversation about the text and encourage deep thinking. This too, must be returned by 9am each Wednesday so that it can be swapped. As these books are limited in number they are swapped on a rotational basis.  If you don't return your book on time then the child due to have that book next is compromised.  

We are presently working to encourage the children to ask questions.  Asking questions is central to inquiry learning.  We have discussed question words like who, where, when, what, how and why. 
We honour all questions and answer them in the best way that we can or preferably help the children to answer them for themselves. 

Next week we will begin the On entry testing.  All Pre primary students in WA complete this testing.  It gives us a sound indication as to what your child's learning needs are and also gives us a base from which to measure their future growth.  While this testing is happening Mrs Sorgiovanni will be teaching and Mrs Birch will be testing.  At this stage testing will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday next week and on Tuesday in Week 5.  Each test takes about 40 minutes.  It is completed in two 20 minute sections.  Your child will go with Mrs Birch to the library or staff room and answer a series of  questions.  The children usually love this chance of having some one to one attention from their teacher and skip all the way there and back!  The results are sent off, collated and a parent report is sent back and handed to parents at the Parent Teacher interviews in week 9. 

We will have our first Keeping Safe session tomorrow and as promised we will inform you if there are any questions or concerns. 

Kind regards,
Mrs Birch and Mrs Sorgiovanni.