Sunday, 18 September 2022

Week 10. Term 3.

 Dear Parents,

We made it! It has been a big couple of weeks. The 'bug' that has made it's way through the students and teachers has been a horrible one and I think we all desperately need a rest and some sunshine. I am looking forward to some time with my little Will, my three big kids and to going camping for a few days. 

Guest Artist

Tomorrow we have a guest artist, Andrew Fraser, in the classroom which I am very excited about. He will be with the children for an hour.  I can't wait to see what they do! A big thank you to the P&F for making this happen.

Sports Carnival

A big congratulations to all of the children for doing such a professional job at the carnival last Friday.  It was great to see a few blossoming champions and I was very proud of the children who put on their brave face and participated in the running when they were were not wanting to! 

Shoe Box Donations

Last call for shoe box donations.  We will be packing these on Tuesday.  If your child has not contributed then their group box will be incomplete. Remember all items must fit in a small shoe box. Each child must also contribute $2.50 to cover postage.  This is a wonderful incentive.  It warms our hearts to think that little chidren somewhere in the world will be receiving their first ever gift!

Extended Holidays

A reminder that if you are taking your child on holiday before Friday then you must notify the school at reception and fill in an extended holiday form. 

Our new learning and important revision in literacy and numeracy will continue right up until Friday. 

English

We are presently working on the digraphs 'wh', 'th' 'oo' and 'ng'.

 It is very important to correct your child when they pronounce the 'th' sound as 'f'. Incorrect pronunciation will directly effect their attempt at spelling words that contain the 'th' sound.

We are working really hard on our writing and are becoming very good at remembering capital letters to start, full stops to finish and spaces between words. The best part is when we remember how to write a particular tricky word in our sentence!!! We have also been trying to make our sentences more interesting but adding more detail.

This week we will write persuasive statements using the conjunction 'because'.  

Students will:

• Write a simple statement of position.

• Provide a simple supporting argument.

• Use simple persuasive devices (e.g. personal opinion followed by reason).

• Write a sentence.

• Use sentence level punctuation.

Look out parents!  Your little people are sharpening their persuasive tools! 😉😉

Maths

Currently in maths we are looking at larger numbers and finding patterns that are hidden within a 100's chart! It is amazing how many you find when you look closely.

What does 100 look like? 

A homework task this week is to fill a clip lock bag with 100 things and bring it to school to put on display. You could fill your bag with seeds, gravel stones, paper clips, nails etc.  Work with your child to count the 100 objects.  Lay them out in lines of 10 and check your counting as you go.  

A big thank you to Joni Beaston and Prisca Glaskin who have very capably been our relief EAs over the last two weeks. 

We would like to wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break with your children and look forward to seeing the children come back next term refreshed and ready for their last 9 weeks of Preprimary!

Kind regards,

Julie Birch and the PPB Team. 

Sunday, 11 September 2022

Week Nine Term 3

 Dear Parents,

I am at home today with laryngitis brought on by the coughing bug that has raced through the class over the last two weeks. We have had a lot of very sick children and the coming holiday break will be very timely. 

I will also be away in Perth on Tuesday and Wednesday in order to attend two days of Professional Learning. 

As Mrs Young is in Queensland supporting her daughter after the arrival of her newest grandchild, a little boy named Oakley, and Ms Kent is taking LSL this week we will also have relief Education Assistants. As you can imagine, despite leaving a huge pile of notes, some routines may not be adhered to in our absence and we ask for your patience. 

Just a few reminders... 

Faction Sports Carnival.

The Faction Sports carnival will be held on this Friday.  Preprimary children will compete in two relay events and one running race.  These will be timetablelled directly after the kindy race first up in the morning so I suggest that you drop off your child and walk down to the oval to secure a good spot to view the action. The children will walk down as a class just after nine. Students should wear their faction t shirts, shorts (or trackies) and sandshoes. After their races they will watch for a while and then return to class. If you take your child home early after the carnival has finished then you must check in with me. 

Shoe Box Presents.

Please send in your gifts and $2.50  by the end of this week.  Refer to previous blogs for details. 

Extended Holidays.

If you are planning on leaving early for holidays then please fill in the extended holiday form at reception and let me know for planning purposes.  

Please be aware that formal learning will continue right through week 10. 

See you on Thursday.

Kind regards,

Julie Birch and the PPB Team. 

Monday, 5 September 2022

 

Dear Parents,

Wow! What a weekend. Father's Day and a Dockers win. (Yep... even this crusty old Eagles supporter is celebrating the Dockers win!)

We hope all the dad's had a wonderful day on Sunday. The children were very enthusiastic about making their special presents for their dads so we are hoping that they made it safely home.

Thank you to all the parents who made it to the Learning Journey session last Thursday evening. It was lovely to watch the children proudly showing you their work.

Literacy

On Thursday the children will have a test which will include all work we have done so far in Initialit. This test will check their recall of work covered this year. As part of this test the children will have to READ all Tricky words covered so far. As we cover them each day in class this should be easy but a little review at home never goes astray! I will send home a fresh copy of the last two sets of Tricky Words for you to practise with. Please note they do not have to WRITE all of these words. The children only have to write the words in their Tricky Words Writing list (the orange folder).

Reading Tricky words included in this review will be...

go, so, no, this, then, put, very, do, like, as, look, have, of, here, with, little, all, call, ball, tall

Home Reading

Please ensure your child's home reader folder is brought in each Tuesday and Thursday so that we can exchange books. We will not exchange the books if the record has not been filled in. IE. If the reading record is not filled in we assume that you have not read the book and therefore do not require a new one.

We will sometimes exchange them on the days inbetween if we have time.

Shoe Box Gift 

The PP's are involved in a ‘Shoe Box Gift’ as a part of Operation Christmas child initiative to send underprivileged children throughout the world a gift for Christmas. 

The children have been placed into groups of four and between them they will fill a shoebox with a variety of items. The items do not need to be expensive. Each child in the group will be asked to cover the cost of sending the shoebox to its final destination. We ask them to bring in $2.50 each.  The children will be given time in the classroom to pack their shoeboxes and explore some of the places that their shoe boxes may be travelling to. 

Children will need to have their items in by the End of week 9 (Friday 16th September. 

Do Not Include

Lollies; chocolate or food; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquid); liquid paint; toothpaste; shampoo; aerosol cans; bubbles; medicine; vitamins; used clothes; old toys; glass; porcelain; mirrors; war-related items; toy guns, knives; military figures; skull and crossbones; Halloween items; play money; dominoes; tracts and Bibles (children are given an Operation Christmas Child evangelistic book at an outreach event).

ALL DONATIONS MUST FIT INTO A SMALL SHOEBOX


School photos

Please let us know if you did not receive a school photo note. Check in school bags or reading folders.

PREPRIMARY SCHOOL PHOTOS ARE THIS WEEK on FRIDAY

The children should wear full winter uniform. Track suit pants (not leggings), school issue socks, faction polo shirt and rugby top. Predominately black or white sports shoes. Hair should be groomed.

Coughs and Colds

We have another round of coughs and colds going through the classroom. Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. Remeber to fill in an absentee form and send it in on the day.


Important Dates  

School Photos: Preprimary - Friday the 9th September (Week 8) 

Shoe Box Gift: Friday 16th September (Week 9) 

OLC Athletics Carnival: Friday 16th September (Week 9) 

OLC's Got Talent: Friday 23rd September (Week 10)


Mrs Young will be away for the rest of the term. Joni Beaston will be in PPB to take her place.


Have a lovely week.

KInd regards,

Julie Birch and the PPB Team.

Monday, 22 August 2022

Week Six Term 3

 

Dear Parents,

It was so lovely to get the children out in the sunshine today.  They really enjoyed their outdoor play.  I hope you got to soak up some rays too. 

Just a couple of important reminders this week. 

Book Week Dress Up Day 

This Thursday, 25th August, we will celebrate Book Week. The children are invited (but not required) to dress up inspired by a book or character of their choice. We will not be having a whole school assembly to share costumes but will share our dress-ups with our Year group buddy class and then complete activities in class based around a short listed book for this years Book Week awards. After lunch we will walk around the school to see what every one has done.


Don't forget..... it's a Student Free Day THIS FRIDAY!


Tricky Words


Please put your child's tricky word practise scrap book and orange tricky word record folder in your child's reading folder with their reading book. If the orange record sheet has not been filled in we will not issue new words.

The children are being individually tested this week to see if they need a new set of words. They must be able to both read and write the words.

Remember books are exchanged on Tuesdays and Thursdays, however if your child is wanting more books then bring them in on other days too and we will try to swap them. It is best to read each book over two nights. The second reading allows your child to consolidate learning from the night before.


School Photo Order Forms


If you have not yet received a school photo order form please speak to me.


Behaviour


As we move past half way of Term Three, the children often become weary and a bit worn out from the colds and bugs they have had, we sometimes see a decline in behaviour.

Please support the teachers by maintaining a consistent approach to your behaviour expectations at home.

We strongly encourage kindness and patience along with adherence to classroom safety rules. Today I asked all the children to think about how they meet and greet each other and their family members. Of late I have witnessed quite a few children leave the classroom, dump their bag on their parents feet and run off to play without acknowledging their parent. We discussed the importance of a smile, a greeting and perhaps a cuddle before they go to play with their mates.



Mrs Young


Mrs Young will be taking a few weeks long service leave in the near future to support her daugher in Queensland who will be having a baby.


Thank you all for your continued support,

Kind regards,

Julie Birch and the PPB Team.



Sunday, 14 August 2022

Week Five. Term 3.

 Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. 

Firstly a big thank you for supporting our Mission Market fundraiser efforts.  Our Sensory Trail was a huge hit!  Altogether the markets raised over $2000.  A fantastic effort! 

Tricky Words

Last week you received your tricky words practise packs. Please make sure your child writes these words at least four times a week. The children will be tested each fortnight to ensure progress is being made. If you are having problems or are still unsure what to do then please come and speak to me as I am happy to help. 

Initialit

This week in Initialit we will be learning about the vowel digraph 'ee'   as in tree and the consonant /z/, /zz/




Book Week

Thursday the 25th of August is our dress up day for Book Week. Your child may come to school dressed as a favourite book character.

The theme this year is 'Dreaming with eyes open.....'

There are many sites on the internet that supply costume ideas.  You do not neet to purchase costumes.  Let your child search their wardrobe for items that may help them transform themselves into their favourite book character. 





Apologies

A big apology for handing out the school photo order forms  incorrectly on Friday afternoon. 
Each letter contains an individualized order code for each child.  I handed them out in a rush thinking it was the same code for all children and not seeing the names. (It was a BIG day on Friday!!). 
Please return your letter and I will hand them out correctly tomorrow. If any are missing Mrs Marrel at reception has a list of order codes.  Remember ... if you don't put in an order for school photos you will not receive any. 


Wet Weather

The weather is coming in again this week so please ensure that your child has their rugby top at school every day.  I keep the classroom door open to increase ventilation and it can get quite chilly sometimes. 

Have a lovely week,

Julie Birch and the PPB Team. 


Monday, 8 August 2022

Week 4. Term Three.

 Dear Parents,

A busy week again this week finishing with our Mission Market Fete on Friday.

Mission Market

Please see the chart on the window outside of the classroom to see what you can donate  in order to help us  make a Sensory Trail that is an engaging activity for the children.  All donations need to be in by Thursday please. A big thank you to those amazing parents who have already brought in donations! 

Remember all money raised will go towards the children of the Ukraine. 

On Friday please send your child with a  money purse/wallet containing coins to spend.  There are quite a number of activities with most costing about a $1.  (See the poster on the classroom window to make a spending plan). 

Literacy

During our Initial lit sessions we are learning various 'digraphs'. Digraphs are when two letters join together to make one sound. So far we have learnt the digraphs 'ss', 'll' and 'ff'. These digraphs are only found at the end of words. For example: kiss, bell, puff.

This week we are learning the digraph 'sh'. This digraph can be found at the beginning and end of words. For example: shark and wish

Maths

Currently in maths lessons we are beginning to learn about patterns. We are looking at how patterns repeat and are identifying patterns within our environment. I wonder if there are patterns at your house??

Seesaw

Over the weekend a mathematics worksample was posted for your to view. 

I am presently halfway through posting the latest Culmulative Review.  This test takes in all learning completed over the year so far. It is expected that all children will score marks 80% or higher. 

Sadly there is a  correlation between lower marks and children who have spent in term time away on holidays. If your child has achieved a score below 80% please make an appointment to come and chat with me to find out what we are doing at school and what you can do at home. 

When you view your child's Seesaw post please take the time to comment positively and constructively to your child. This also helps me to ascertain who is looking at these posts and if they are valuable feedback for parents. 

HASS   Family Celebrations

Thank you all again for my lovely birthday flowers and gifts.  I have been very spoilt and have had some wonderful time with family and friends celebrating. 

If you have any photographs of your family celebrating a special event then please email them in as they will be very helpful for our HASS discussions.  

Below is an example - This photo was taken at my family celebration last weekend.  My dad, myself, my son and my grandson.  Four generations and we are all exactly 30 years apart! (Well Will arrived a couple of months early but we think he still counts). Very special. 



Baptism

In Religious Education we are discussing the sacrament of Baptism.  If you have photographs of your child being baptised s then please send  in copies of these  too. 


Thank you for supporting us in our teaching endeavours!
Kind regards,
Julie Birch and the PPB Team. 



Sunday, 31 July 2022

Week 3. Term Three.

 Dear Parents,

It is nice to be back after a very refreshing break. I was lucky enough to spend  a week in South Australia exploring the wonderful wine producing regions of McLaren Vale and the Barossa and Clare Valley with a group of special friends.  I have also enjoyed lots of time with my three kids, their partners and my delighful little grandson.  

I am feeling recharged and look forward to seeing the children again tomorrow.

Learning

Literacy

We will continue our learning in Initialit with a focus this week on - 

Phonemes:  w, ck, ll, ss, ff.   

Tricky Words:  his and have will be introduced. 

Numeracy

Revision focus: Teen number recognition and order. 

This weeks Investigation will continue with sorting using like atributes.  

WANTED:  BUTTONS.  PLEASE SEND IN ANY UNWANTED BUTTONS. 



News Roster Term 3. (As per term 2)

Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3

Jack

Sophie

Hudson

Connor

Joshua

Mitchell

Liam

Isaac

Lenny

Poppy

Stella

Ivy

Harper

Stirling

Indigo

4

Luna

Monty

Van

River

Dallas

 

Kiki

Freya

 

Jay

Belle

Piper

Bella

5

Jack

Sophie

Hudson

Connor

Joshua

Mitchell

Liam

Isaac

Lenny

Poppy

Stella

Ivy

Harper

Stirling

Indigo

6

Luna

Monty

Van

River

Dallas

 

Kiki

Freya

 

Jay

Belle

Piper

Bella

7

Jack

Sophie

Hudson

Connor

Joshua

Mitchell

Liam

Isaac

Lenny

Poppy

Stella

Ivy

Harper

Stirling

Indigo

8

Luna

Monty

Van

River

Dallas

 

Kiki

Freya

 

Jay

Belle

Piper

Bella

9

Jack

Sophie

Hudson

Connor

Joshua

Mitchell

Liam

Isaac

Lenny

Poppy

Stella

Ivy

Harper

Stirling

Indigo

10

Luna

Monty

Van

River

Dallas

 

Kiki

Freya

 

Jay

Belle

Piper

Bella

Topics:

Week 3 & 4 –  Object share.  Something special from nature.

Week 5 & 6  – Recount.  Something I did on the weekend/holidays/after school etc.When did I do it?  Where did I go? What did I do there. How did I feel about it.  You are welcome to email a photograph to support his if you wish.

Week 7 & 8 – Something I made.  What did I need.  How did I make it? Order.  

Week 9 & 10- Free Choice. 

Mission Markets

The preprimary classrooms will be setting up a sensory activity area to fund raise for the missions on Friday the 12th of August.  To set this area up we will require donations of groceries we can use to make up these sensory experiences.  Eg.  Cornflour for Ooblek. 

Later this week we will place a list on the classroom door and ask that you indicate what you would like to donate by putting your name next to items. 


Important dates for Term 3

Mission Markets and Mass: Friday 12th August (Week 4)

Pupil Free day: Friday 26th August (Week 6)

OLC open afternoon: Thursday 1st September (Week 7)

School Photos: Thursday 8th September (Week 8)

OLC Athletics carnival: Friday 16th September (Week 9)

OLC's got talent: Friday 23rd September (Week 10)


Have a wonderful week every one.  

Kind regards,

Julie Birch