Mission Accomplished

Dear Readers,

A few highlights from the past couple of weeks:

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.

  

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.

Novel discoveries: Simone, our teacher librarian, reviewed a whole lot of junior fiction for the year 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.

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 the letter b and the letter d.

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Also, just a few items for future reference:

National Simultaneous Storytime: Next Wednesday (May 24) is National Simultaneous Storytime, which we will be enjoying along with other classes from the school. A picture of the book that will be read is attached:

Board games: Next week, Readeville will start an 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.

See you next week!

Rachel and  Michelle

Shhhh….Plastic Bag Please….

Dear Readers,

Could you please send along a named plastic bag tomorrow or Friday (shhhhh….we can’t tell you why….it’s a surprise).

Also, please send along $5 tomorrow if you would like your child to buy a gift from the Mothers Day Stall (as per the notice which was sent home on Tuesday in your child’s blue reading folder).

Thanks

Rachel & Michelle

Skateboarding Inspiration

Dear Readers,

This term, we are starting to look more deeply at ‘what to do when we don’t know what to do’ – particularly in terms of maths problems.

The children brainstormed other words for ‘problems’ that they may come across in maths and other learning areas and came up with puzzles, challenges, missions, mysteries, ‘confusions’ and investigations.

We watched this video about blind skateboarder Tommy Carroll:

We were all inspired by Tommy, particularly his words “falling is a skill you get good at”. The clip reminds us of the importance our mindset plays when facing challenges – and of the rush that happens when we finally achieve something that feels scary or uncertain.

Hopefully you can find a few moments to watch the video with your child and talk about how it applies to taking safe risks.

Also, glass jars! A final friendly reminder to please send along a glass jar with your child tomorrow for our science experiment. If you have a couple of spare jars at home, too, please send them along if you can.

Thanks and regards,

Rachel and Michelle

Term 2 and First Week Highlights….

Dear Readers,

The term began with a flying start. We have had a very busy week of learning and preparing for the weeks ahead…..

Special Persons Day: This will be held on Wednesday of Week 9 this term (28th June). Every child (R-2) will be involved in singing several songs for the Special Persons Day performance. Year 2 students will have an opportunity to audition for a speaking role too. A notice was sent home on Friday with details about the auditioning process for these roles. Your child may choose whether or not they wish to audition. More information about Special Persons Day will be sent out shortly.

Reminder: Thanks so much to the many parents who have sent in a small jar for our upcoming science experiment. If you haven’t done so already please send in a small jar or plastic container on Monday (as per the note below):

A busy term ahead: Please see the term overview below:

Highlights of the week…

Legends!  Congratulations Room 24 and Room 22 on consistently demonstrating our school values of care, respect and safety during library visits. Our VIP morning was a well deserved reward!!

 

Regards

Rachel and Michelle

Pupil Free Day Reminder and Welcome Back…….

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….

Student Free Day: A reminder that the first day of term 2 is Tuesday 2nd May. Monday is a student free day; teachers will be at the school involved in a Professional Development Program.

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.

Rachel Absent: Rachel will be attending a Mathematics Conference on Thursday and Friday (4th & 5th May). We are fortunate to have Dawn Drewer to continue with room 24’s learning program on these days.

We look forward to a wonderful term of learning ahead!

Kind regards,

Rachel and Michelle

Looking Forward to Learning and Growing More in Term 2

Dear Readers,

It is hard to believe that it is the end of the term already!

We have enjoyed a busy and productive term with many highlights including lots of learning and the beginning growth of Readeville’s garden.

It’s been great working with you and thank you for all the support you are providing at home with your children’s learning.

Have a safe and happy Easter holiday break.

Regards,

Rachel & Michelle

Thank you, Thank you…

Dear Readers,

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

The sun was shining and we had a very successful Enterprise Day.

We really appreciated all the donations 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, Simone and Sia for squeezing all those lemons this morning….an amazing effort!

Thank you to all the parents that helped out on the stall throughout the day and for donations of coolers, bowls and jugs. I know we have said it many 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.

An incredible TEAM effort!

Thanks,

Rachel & Michelle

Casual Day

Dear Readers,

Just a couple of housekeeping points:

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 on Thursday there is an early dismissal time of 2:10.

Parent Representatives: Thank you to Darcy’s parents, Nicole and Marcus, who have agreed to be Room 24’s parent representatives for this year. They would like to organise a class list prior to the school holidays so that people can catch up over the break if they would like. If you would like to be on this list, please email Nicole your details  (e.g your name, your child’s name, your phone number) at nicole@allears.com.au.

Thanks and regards,

Rachel and Michelle

Enterprise Day

Dear Readers,

Just a few notes regarding Enterprise Day:

  • selling begins at 12:30 and concludes at 2:00
  • parents, friends and family are most welcome to attend
  • canteen will be closed (no lunch orders)
  • suggested spending money value is $5 (mixed change)
  • a disposable bag for purchased ‘goods’ would be useful
  • children are expected to stay at school until the usual end of day at 3:10. At the conclusion of selling children will be involved in valuable learning time, reflecting on the day’s events.
  • please make sure your child is wearing sunscreen when they come to school in the morning and have some packed in their bag to re-apply.

We are in need of parent helpers, please let us know if you are able to help in one of the following ways (we will add your name to the helper list outside our classroom doors):

  • ‘preparing’ goods first thing in the morning for approx. 30 mins.
  • ‘setting up’ from 12:00 to 12:30
  • selling at our stall (some time during the selling period of 12:30 to 2:00).

And a final reminder, please send along ingredients/goods for our stall (as per our letter and previous blog post) on the morning of Enterprise Day.

Thanks in advance for your support with this key school fundraiser.

Rachel and Michelle

Readeville – Week Nine

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your support with our school interviews this week. It was great to have the opportunity to talk with you in more depth about your child’s learning.

Here are a few more things to celebrate (and to remember) in Readeville:

Japanese Children’s Day: The children have been busy this week making three colourful carp to send to our sister-school in Japan to recognise Japanese Children’s Day. The students showed great creative energy in putting these fish together (please see photo attached).

Notes: Yesterday students took home two school notes. One was about Enterprise Day and the other was about Easter seminars at school (please return the permission slip if you would like your child to attend).

Readeville Garden: It has been very exciting to observe the first shoots coming up in our garden. The carrots, beetroot and peas are all starting to grow. As part of our inquiry, students have also conducted their own science experiments investigating what plants need to grow and thrive. We hope you enjoy the photo.

See you next week!

Rachel and Michelle

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