Week 8, Term 1 2019 Prep Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Week 8 of Term 1. We are so proud of how well the children have settled into all of their routines and learning. Please continue to celebrate your child’s successes with them and engage in their learning when they ask you questions.

Thank you for attending our recent Parent Teacher Interviews. It is always great to have the opportunity to talk to you about your child and learn more about them.

PANTOMIME Lights, camera ACTION….yes the Early Years Pantomime is coming. Every second year we have a pantomime to give the children the opportunity to perform in a production. Mrs Moore will be sending you lots of details about the Pantomime.

SCHOOL ARRIVAL We have noticed many children are trying to come and unpack bags and enter classrooms well before the 7:55am bell. Please note and pass this message onto any helpers/caregivers that drop your child at school: Any child in Prep who arrives at school before the 7:55am bell should wait on Level 1. Once they hear the bell they can walk to their classroom and unpack their bags. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

SCHOOL PHOTOS We will be having our class photos taken during next week. Your class teacher will advise you of the day for your class. The whole school photo will be taken on Wednesday morning on the field.

HOME READERS

Home reading is continuing to go well. The children are now in the routine of choosing and changing their books daily. It is important to note that the books going home are to be enjoyable and easy to read. This fosters the children’s love of reading and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate the reading strategies and skills they are learning and developing. Please note that any readers bought home need to be returned daily.

SWIMMING PROGRAM

The swimming program has started well and will run to Week 3 Term 2. The students have shown courage towards approaching swimming and learning new skills.

LITERACY

We are continuing with the focus on sound patterns and rhyme. The students have enjoyed listening to a range of rhyming stories and creating their own sound patterns. To support this learning at home we encourage you to identify the words that rhyme when singing nursery rhymes or when you are reading books.
NUMERACY

We are now shape and pattern experts and will now focus on an introduction to addition for the rest of the term. As children begin to learn about addition it is important that they know what it means: addition is joining groups of things together. We can use numbers to represent this. It is helpful if parents can model the concept of addition in everyday life. For example at the supermarket we need 3 apples and 4 bananas. How many things did we get?

HASS
We have been focusing on celebrations and what each family celebrates. It is great for the children to hear different perspectives about what families value. These include birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Chinese New year, Australia Day, Valentine’s day, Diwali, Halloween and St Andrew’s Day.

TYPHOON FORMS

A gentle reminder to complete the typhoon forms. This can be found on the AISHK website under the parent pack.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • School photos- Monday 25th March- Friday 29th March (Week 9)
  • End of Term 1- 4th April