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Week 1 Reminders

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have all had an enjoyable break with your child/children and are ready for another fun and busy term.

Just a reminder that Monday is a Pupil Free Day and school resumes on Tuesday 25th July.

This term our specialist subject times have changed. Please note that Room 22 now has PE at 8:50 am every Tuesday morning (previously we had PE on Friday morning). Children will have PE first lesson back at school on Tuesday so please ensure you are on time for a smooth transition back into the term.

I look forward to seeing all those smiling faces on Tuesday 😊

Marie

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End of Term

Dear Readers,

A huge congratulations to all of the citizens of Readeville on a fantastic term of learning! Some recent highlights have included:

  1. Special Person’s Day: Well done to our singers and actors for a stellar performance and thank you to all of their special people for making the day such a hit.

  1. Readeville garden: The children have harvested the beetroot, carrots and peas that they planted and raised in our garden. We also did a taste test between produce that comes fresh out of the ground and vegetables that come from the supermarket. The children loved feeling, smelling and eating their own crops – and we now have more space for new garden plantings next term.

  1. Toy inquiry: The students have been busy designing a toy for our inquiry ‘What is the best toy ever?’ The children had to follow design criteria to ensure that their toy was environmentally friendly, inexpensive, long-lasting and could be played by children everywhere. There were some highly creative suggestions, including variations on Scissors, Paper, Rock, a version of skittles involving dice and marbles made out of non-toxic paper-mache so they would not harm any animals that may eat them if they accidentally ended up in waterways.

  1. Maths: We have been exploring how ones become 10s and how 10s become 100 as part of our work on place value. The children have been very enthusiastic exploring the value of digits.

  1. Disco: There were some seriously funky moves on display at our school disco! For many children this was their first experience of going out independently after school. Their attitude and behaviour on the night were exemplary.
  2. Farwell Minjae!: Another of our Readeville citizens left us this week. We will miss Minjae’s positive outlook and strong friendships with others and we wish Minjae and his family all the best for their move interstate.
  3. Early dismissal and pupil-free day: Just a reminder that tomorrow is early dismissal (the children will leave at 2:10). It is also a casual day – children can wear footy colours (no gold coin required). Please note, day one of term three is also a pupil-free day.
  4. Lap-A-Thon: A friendly reminder about our school lap-a-thon in week 2 (August 4).

Please enjoy a rest with your children and if you are looking for homework ideas…please keep reading, practising basic number facts and continue with Story Bird stories on the computer.

Thanks for your support in the classroom and at home.

All the best for a happy and safe break, see you next term.

Marie

 

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Reminders and Week 9 info

Hi readers,

Can you believe it’s week 9 already! Just a few reminders for what’s happening this week.

SPD – Performance times are as follows. Cast 1… that’s us!

Dress rehearsal/parents performance 9:40 am in the hall Tuesday.

Special Person’s Day performance 9:40 in the hall Wednesday.

I have most the t shirts at school. If you have not sent your child’s t shirt in yet please bring it in tomorrow morning as students will be wearing them Tuesday and Wednesday. They will be sent home Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure that your child wears navy pants or navy skirt Tuesday and Wednesday. Thanks in anticipation 🙂

After the performance on Wednesday, special guests are invited to visit our classroom and see your child at work. They may like to take the opportunity to visit the Library together and purchase a book for the school, of course this is optional.

Disco – The year 1 disco will be held after lunch on Thursday. Students will be required to wear school uniform as usual. I will collect the $4 from students in the morning. This covers entry, a packet of chips and a drink. The year 2 disco will be after school from 5 pm – 6:15 pm. Tickets are on sale at lunch time Tuesday and Wednesday for $3 and at the door on the night. Students can purchase chips for $1 and drink for $2 if they wish at the disco.

Glow sticks will also be sold on the night for 50 cents.

Nature Play – The Year 1 students will have their second session of Nature Play next week. Please bring in gum boots and rain coats throughout the week. Light rain is expected some days next week.

Lap-a-thon – Sponsor forms were sent out on Friday for our biggest fundraiser this year. More information will be sent our next term.

Thank you for your continual support,

Marie 🙂

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Week 7 and 8

Dear Readers,

Here are a few important updates about our adventures in Readeville:

1. Oxford Words: On Friday your child took home the latest spelling assessment of the Oxford Words. The words that are grey/white are the words your child could spell in term one. The highlighted words are the words that your child was learning from term one and can now spell. Words in black are for your child to practise.

We thank you for your support in helping your child practise two or three words from the list each week as part of home learning.

3. What are we learning about? The photos below capture some of our key learning points from the past two weeks:

The SRC shared information about the Salvation Army’s Winter Appeal; we have been exploring poetry as part of English; we are making sure we use correct maths language to describe numbers, digits, numerals and number names; our spelling investigations took us through the different letter combinations that make the ‘ay’ sound; and one of our nature missions took a design-and-technology turn when the children had to create a shelter to protect an insect from the elements.

Wow, what expert learners! We hope you enjoy the enjoy the photos.

Marie

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Week 4 and 5

Dear Readers,

Another busy fortnight in Readeville. Here are some highlights:

Inquiry: The children have been highly engaged in our latest history and geography inquiry question: What is the best toy ever? The students started by playing their favourite games and then discussed the differences between games and toys. They also had to be researchers and mathematicians when they examined historical photos of toys and had to chart them on a timeline from oldest to newest.

Nature Missions: Our latest nature missions have been create a nature band and follow an insect. The children have been completely immersed in these independent investigations, which require creativity and mindfulness.

Year 1 Nature Play: The year 1 students enjoyed spending last week exploring the nature play garden with Room 15. This experience allowed students with the opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers, problem solve, think creatively and critically and enjoy the sounds of nature. The year 1 students will have their next session in week 10 this term.

Health: As a follow-on from the play Bully No More, we have been investigating what bullying is and where it might happen in our world.

Spelling: We have been testing the children on the Oxford words. Look out for your child’s updated word list in their blue reading folder during the next two weeks.

Special Person’s Day: Look out for notes coming home early this week with information about this important school event.

We hope you enjoy the photos. See you next week

Marie 🙂

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Mission Accomplishd

Dear Readers,

A few highlights from the past couple of weeks:

Developing fluency with skip counting  and number patterns.

Outdoor Missions: This week, the children in Readeville completed their first ‘outdoor mission’, as part of Outdoor Learning Day. The children have loved setting up our garden and watching their own patch of nature take shape, and were excited to extend their focus to other types of learning outside. This week’s mission: Get from point A to point B without being seen by a single bird. We hope to complete an outdoor mission each week.

Novel Discoveries: Simone, our teacher librarian, reviewed a whole lot of junior fiction for the year ones and twos, many of who are discovering the delights of novels. The children are now super excited to get back to the library to choose a new batch of books to enjoy.

Storybird: We have been using the online program ‘Storybird’ to create online Ebooks. Students have their own login and can continue their stories at home if they wish.

3D printing: We had another opportunity to explore the 3D printing Makers Empire app.

Read to Someone: We are practising fluency and also celebrating shared stories as part of our reading program. In maths, we are investigating this guiding question: What makes a pattern a pattern? We are also continuing to build a positive culture around working through maths problems and challenges. In handwriting, we are working on correct formation of chicken, giraffe and monkey letters.

 

We love using the Plickers app to support our learning!

⚫️🔵Board games: Next week, Readeville will start a History inquiry into toys and games – their past, their future and what makes them successful. This inquiry will be linked to a pilot 3D printing project at the school. As part of this, we are asking children to bring along a non-electronic game (eg a board game, elastics, knuckle-bones). We will need the games by next Thursday (May 25) please.🔵⚫️

Bully No More: Next Tuesday (May 23), the children will be watching the play Bully No More, as part of our Health curriculum. There is no cost for this play.

Farewell Bella: We said farewell to Bella this week because her family is moving interstate. The children enjoyed a popcorn party to celebrate Bella and all of her learning at Colonel Light Gardens Primary School. Bella has been a remarkably caring, thoughtful, conscientious member of the Readeville community and we wish her and her family well.

See you next week,

Marie 😀

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Hi Readers,

If you were unable to attend the assembly today, check out the awesome video that Room 22 made about our school values. We had a blast filming it!

Room 22 would love to see some comments about our video as they were so keen to share it!

SQUAD VIDEO

Thursday Thinkers

If you have any spare odd socks lying around at home we would love to use them as whiteboard erasers for our math fluency tasks.

Wishing all the mothers and carers a fabulous Mother’s Day this Sunday.

Mothers Day Quotes

Have a great weekend,

Marie 🙂

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Week 1 Happenings

Dear Readers,

Check out the fun and learning that has been happening in Room 22 this week!

Library Legends!

We had so much fun at the library legend morning tea this morning.

Mathematics

We have been continuing with our learning about money and collections of coins.

Writing

This week we began our learning about writing procedures. We wrote our first procedure about how to make fairy bread. We really enjoyed eating it after we wrote down all the steps to make it!

Inquiry

This week students came up with their own experiment they would like to conduct to further develop their understanding about research and inquiry skills. Some examples we came up with include:

  1. Will a carrot crow quicker than a broccoli seed?
  2. What will happen to the colour of the vegetable if I add food colouring?
  3. Will a seed grow if it is sealed in a box with no light or air?

Have a great weekend,

Marie

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Week 1 Term 2

Dear Readers,

We hope you have enjoyed the break from school routines and your children are recharged ready for another busy term ahead. A little info relating to the week ahead….

Odd Socks: If you have an odd spare sock at home please send it along with your child during the first week back to school. The children have opportunities to communicate their learning in a variety of ways (other than just pencil in their books). One of their favourite ways is using individual mini whiteboards and markers. Socks are used as an eraser for the whiteboards and also a handy way to store individual markers.

Maths challenges: Some of you have asked about home maths challenges for the students. One starting point is the resource Nrich (nrich.maths.org). This website is full of puzzles and challenges that encourage children’s mathematical engagement and thinking in a wide range of ways. If you do explore Nrich at home, we would love to hear any feedback about what your child liked about it (or didn’t like, if that’s the case). We hope you enjoy it.

Notes:  A note about the JP special lunch order was sent home today as well as a note about your child bringing in a small jar or container to school for a planned science experiment. It would be great if these jars/containers could be brought in by Monday, week 2.

Room 22 are library legends!

As a reward for the continuous respect shown during our library visits, the students in room 22 have been invited for a VIP morning tea and movie this Friday. Room 22  earned a green sticker every single week last term! I’m so proud of how Room 22 consistently demonstrates our school values of care, respect and safety.  Please return the consent form on the bottom of this note to give permission for your child to watch the movie Moana (PG) on Friday morning.

Room 22 Assembly.

Room 22 will be hosting the next JP assembly (Friday 12th May) at 11:15 am in the hall. All parents and family members are invited to attend. The students would love to see you there.

Kind regards,

Marie 🙂

 

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A BIG THANK YOU

Dear Readers,

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

We really appreciated all the donations and fruit for our stall. Readeville Drinks was a huge success and we sold out of everything! Word spread quickly around the school about our fresh lemonade. Thanks Koula (Isabella’s mum), Simone and Sia for squeezing all those lemons this morning.

Thank you to all the parents that helped out on the stall throughout the day and for donations of coolers and jugs. I know I have said it a thousand times but your support is really appreciated. We wouldn’t be able to run these events successfully without your support. The children were really proud of our stall and we had so many little helpers helping serve and collect money.

Casual Day: This Thursday is a casual day as a fundraiser for the Cancer Council. The school is asking children who come in casual clothes to bring a ‘daffodil-coloured’ coin (i.e a gold coin)

Early Dismissal: A reminder that there is an early dismissal time of 2:10 on Thursday.

Wow! What an incredible first term at CLG it has been. I have LOVED teaching in Room 22 with an amazing bunch of children! I hope you all enjoy the holiday break with your child/ren and see you all back for another busy term.

Happy Holidays,

Marie 🙂

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