Sunday 31 March 2019

Kahikatea Newsletter Term 1 Week 8

Our lessons start on the 27th - 31st May & 4th - 7th June 2019.
Group 1: 11-12.20am Amber & Anna's Group
Group 2: 11.30-12.50am Jules & Charlotte
Swimming Helpers Term 2
There are three breaks in our school day for children to eat. Morning tea, Brain break and Lunchtime. The reason for Brain break is because there is a delay between morning tea at 10.30 and lunch 1.20. Some of our children need a little bit more food to ensure they have enough for their lunchtime eating. Each food break is monitored by teachers and we do remind children not to eat all their food at Brain break.
Cross Country Practice
We will be running each day to prepare for Cross Country on Monday 6th May (postponement date is the 7th May). Please ensure your child/children has a named water bottle and that they are wearing appropriate footwear everyday.
Home Reading
Please use the reading log to record the books your child/children read at home.
Reading everyday makes a HUGE difference to how quickly children acquire early reading strategies.
Many early readers will still need to look at the pictures in the book- this is important because the pictures hold meaning. When your child is looking at the pictures and having a go at reading they are engaging in an appropriate early reading strategy. Praise them. When they are ready you can support them to look at the words, matching their finger underneath each word as they read along. Eventually the finger pointing is replaced by 'pointing' with their eyes.
Innovation Inquiry: Boat Building
This week children were encouraged to build boat! The key stages we went through were:
* Plan
* Gather materials
* Build
* Test
* Making changes or innovations to improve our boats

Sunday 17 March 2019

Kahikatea Term 1 Week 6

Kia Ora Whānau
Would you like to join us for Discovery? 
We welcome 1-2 parents in each week to share their culture or skills on Wednesday mornings 9.20-10am or Friday's 2.15-2.45pm. We have the materials - you have the knowledge!
Things you could share:
* A song, game or activity from your home culture
* A food related or cooking activity
* A sport or outdoor activity
* An art or craft
or something else.
Please come and talk or email a teacher if you would like to join us.
Parent Helpers
We are always happy to have parent help and there are some days when our program are a little different. Please check with you child's hub teacher to find out which day and time is best for parent help.
Reading At Home
Your child will be self-selecting their home reading book each day. Reading at home should be relaxed and enjoyable.
“For students, independent reading of materials they choose themselves: Builds the habit of reading, Allows them to practise reading strategies with books that interest them, Builds their vocabulary and helps comprehension, Helps them sustain concentrated reading for a set time, Promotes fluency, Puts the responsibility for solving problems with words and meaning into their own hands, Helps build their confidence about trying unfamiliar books.”  Effective Literacy Practice -Years 1 to 4. Ministry of Education 2003.
If you have any questions about our reading program please talk with your child's teacher.
Kind regards, Kahikatea Teachers

The Beckenham Ballers miniball team play at Pioneer each Thursday afternoon.  
Parents Returning Reading Books 
If you would like to see how the 'system' for returning our reading books works the wonderful Sally will be here at 9am on Wednesday to show you what to do. Kia ora Sally!
Swimming in Term 2 
Yes! We will be attending swimming lessons at Aqua Gym from Monday the 27th May. Details and further information will be forthcoming.
Scooters & Bikes 
When children arrive at school on a scooter or on your bike they are not permitted to ride through the school grounds or ride it up and down verandas. Please ensure your child/children park their wheels as soon as they get to school. There are two bike parks, one is behind kōmanawa and one you can access via Sandwich Rd.
At the end of the day they must walk their bike/scooter through the school grounds.
Discovery Action & Outdoor Challenges 



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