Fran’s class

Farewell,

What a week!! As unfortunate as it was that we missed our day at Greenwich Baths, everyone still had a wonderful time at the farewell party on Tuesday. We were all extremely busy cooking in the morning and the food was delicious! On Wednesday, the children worked like trojans scrubbing & cleaning; chairs, tables, easels, lockers, walls and window sills. The main classroom is now (almost) ready for the new group next year. Thursday we will have a whole school meeting and say “goodbye” to the year 6 group in Wendy’s class who are moving on to high school. We will then have sustaining Currambena and begin moving classrooms i.e. Wendy’s to Jo’s, Jo’s to Olivia’s and Sarah’s to Wendy’s.

Thankyou’s….

  •  this week, to Chrissie (Elsa’s mum) the sole parent who came in on Monday to help clear our walls.
  • to all the parents who have transported and supervised the children to and from swimming and excursions throughout 2011.
  • to the parents who have come in to cook and create, read and assist with both classes. You are an invaluable part of the classroom and help make the children’s experience so much richer.
  • to Bronwyn for reading with the children on Fridays
  • to Nicola who keeps our cogs moving

On a personal note: this being the last post as the current ’Rainbow Diamonds’ I am feeling a slight case of melancholia. As much as I am excited about teaching with the group I will have next year, I can’t help but feel a little sadness at leaving the Rainbows and Fran. We have had a ball being together and they are all an extraordinary group of children, inciteful, sensitive, witty, funny, happy, energetic, relentless, individual and gorgeous. Also,  my thankyou to Fran; she has been an amazing mentor, friend and teacher to work alongside. I am looking forward to next year’s adventures.

Next year, school will resume on Wednesday 2nd February.

Have a safe and happy holidays!

Sarah, Fran & Nicola.

 

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Hello to everyone,

This week, our 2nd last week of the year, the children have been focusing on completing their portfolios and writing their own self assessments. These will all be ready to take home on Friday of this week. The portfolios are a showcase of what your child is most proud of, what work they deem their best and which displays his/her learning and growth taken place throughout the 2nd half of this year. The self assessments have provided an opportunity for them to reflect on the areas they feel their strengths lie and those they may need more help with.

Unfortunately, the weather prevented us from swimming again this week however, we danced the afternoon away and then went to Jo’s class to watch an impromptu dance performance put on by some of the boys in her class – “party rockers in the house tonight…..”

Farewells this year to ….. (from Fran’s class) Mia, Matilda, Max & Annabel. We wish the children and their families all the best for the future. Thankyou for being a part of the Currambena community and for all that you contributed, you will be deeply missed! A farewell and end of term party will be held at Greenwich Baths next Tuesday 13th (weather permitting).

Next Monday 12th, we will start the arduous task of cleaning up for the year. This will be a big job, so if you have some time it will  contribute towards your maintenance hours. Let us know if you can help.

That’s all folks!

Sarah, Fran & Nicola.

 

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Hi there,

IMPORTANT NEWS RE NEXT YEAR: a recap for those of you that have missed the last couple of newsletters or may still be confused about what’s happening. In 2012 Olivia and Jo will be taking a year off, so we have employed 2 new teachers to fill their places while they are away. They are, Louise Doran (an experienced teacher from England) who will be teaching what would be Olivia’s group and Blake Mitchel (a recent graduate from New Zealand) will work with Fran teaching the Year 1 group. Sarah’s group will stay with her and transition to what is now Wendy’s space and Wendy will take Jo’s class space, phew!! I hope all that is clear however, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to come and ask.

This week in English the Rainbows and the Diamonds have both been learning more about describing words. The Rainbows through the text, ”Where the wild things are” and the Diamonds through “George’s Marvellous Medicine” by Roald Dahl. Check out the wild things in the main classroom that the Rainbows have created. In Maths, both groups have been learning about multiplication and the Diamonds have been introduced to times tables.

Next week we will be concentrating on the children’s portfolios and completing all end of year assessments.

Our end of term party and farewell to Annabel, Max & Mia will be on Tuesday, 13th Dec at Greenwich Baths (weather permitting). All food for this event has been taken care of and we still need a few more drivers to sign up! On the Thursday, the last day of school, Fran and I thought it would be fun to show a movie and make popcorn. This is yet to be discussed with the class but somehow I don’t think there will be any objections.

HELP PLEASE: If anyone can assist with the end of term cleaning your help would be most appreciated. During the last week starting Monday, 12th will be when we will need assistance and any hours you can contribute will add towards your maintenance fee.

Sarah, Fran & Nicola

PS. thankyou to swimming parents and to Nicola – guardian angel!!

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Greetings,

This week on Tuesday we had orientation morning and from all recounts it went very well. The Rainbows welcomed the Pre-schoolers that will be moving up to Fran’s next year and the Diamonds were able to spend their time in Wendy’s room, which will be their space in 2012. The Diamonds (who may receive a name change) are very excited that they will be joined by Josh, Tara, Christian, Cameron and Julia who are currently in Jo’s class.

Unfortunately we missed out on swimming this week and the time was spent building cubbies, wrestling and reading.  The children demonstrated how very resourceful they are when there is a change in the timetable. We also had a whole class discussion on respecting other people’s property.

Thankyou to Lisa Mercer who came in on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and did some reading & spelling with the Diamonds. Also, to Bronwyn (Alex Addis’ grandmother) who reads with the Rainbows on Fridays.

Short but sweet this week,

Sarah, Fran & Nicola.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE RE: Uncle Toby’s muesli bars. All, but the chewy and crunchy apricot bars contain almonds. A reminder that nuts are a banned product at school due to some children being allergic so please be diligent at checking the labels of snack bars. Thankyou.

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Hi everyone,

How were those children on Friday night….. weren’t they terrific! And not only on the actual night but throughout the whole process leading up to their performance; managing & organising themselves, learning lines, coming up with such a creative and inspiring story about a large group of beings: animals, humans, ghostly ghouls and moon creatures all socialising and cohabiting, accepting their differences, and then, in the end, all coming together for a party on the moon! A huge thank you to all the helpers along the way, for your time, energy, patience and enthusiasm.

On Tuesday we had a lovely day at Greenwich Baths. The water was clean, the sky was blue and we had cake and lollies. Thank You to all the parents who drove, and supervised.

This week, and over the next 5 weeks the Rainbow Diamonds are consolidating things learned throughout the year. So, there will be a lot going on: story writing activities, spelling, grammar and punctuation skill practice, number problems, counting by 2′s, 5′s & 10′s & multiplication. As topics arise projects are ongoing, as are weekly guided reading groups and assessments.

The Diamonds have completed reading “Ivy and Bean”, a series of books that the children have been engaged with for the majority of this year. It has been a wonderful way to link the children’s interest to the NSW curriculum. We understand that series 8 is being written, until then……………. the Diamonds have produced their own, so stay tuned for the next installment of adventures.

UP COMING EVENTS: Next Monday, 21st at 7pm Fran will be holding her “Starting Kindergarten” night. On Tuesday 22nd, it will be Orientation Day, where the children will move to the next teacher (or remain with the same). We hope to have the new teacher that will be working with Fran here that day, however, that is yet to be confirmed.

NOTE: As the end of the year is almost upon us, could you please let Julianna know asap if you are not returning to Currambena next year. We have families on the waiting list and it would be helpful to know how many places we may be able to offer. Thank You, for your cooperation on this.

Have a wonderful week,

Sarah, Fran & Nicola.

 

 

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Hi everyone,

IMPORTANT NEWS: In regards to the school concert this Friday night.

  • Please be sure to have your child at school by 5.30pm, well in advance to the 6pm start so we can organise and check last minute costume adjustments and do face painting (if needed).
  • You will need to bring your own chairs, blanket and food -(finger food please to avoid using plates and washing up!) with enough to share. Drinking and eating will not start until all the performances are complete and the concert is over.
  • All classrooms (except for Fran’s space) and the main building will be locked and all children present are the responsibility of their parent/s.

This week we have been concentrating on the concert performance. There is a huge amount of learning experiences and creativity that go into bringing it all together. From script writing to costume design, set design, performance and music. The children have learnt organisation skills, patience and respect for others and the ability to work collaboratively as a group.

Aside from this there has been storywriting, spelling, maths skills, personal projects and comprehension activities that both groups have been busy with.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday night!

Sarah, Fran & Nicola.

 

 

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Hi there,

IMPORTANT NEWS in regards to next year: With our beloved ladies, Olivia, going to Mexico and Jo, having a baby, a few parents have been asking, what’s happening next year? Well, the selection committee have culled the list of applicants and interviews will begin next week for 2 teaching positions that have been offered for the year 2012. What this means for the children is: one of the chosen teachers will work with Fran, team teaching the K/1 class. Sarah will continue teaching her current group next year, who will then be year 2. Jo will remain at the school for the first 6-8 weeks of Term 1, supporting the teacher taking years 3 & 4 (currently Olivia’s class). Also, there will most likely be a classroom move happening. If so, Wendy will be moving into Jo’s class space, for extra space, and Sarah’s class will move into what is now Wendy’s – all very exciting stuff!!

With the concert just one week away, (aaahhh!!!!) our morning practises have been getting more and more serious and showing great promise of what is going to be a very interesting, enlightening and fun evening.

Throughout this week in English the Rainbows have been spelling new words from their storywriting and in Maths have been learning about ordinal numbers.

Over the past 2 terms the Diamonds have been obsessed with a series of books called “Ivy and Bean”. If you haven’t already heard the stories, they follow the adventures (sometimes mischievous) of two young girls who develop a very close friendship. We are currently up to book 7 “what’s the big idea?” where the topic has turned to Global Warming! So, with the children’s curiosity bubbling and questions spilling out thick and fast we (including me) are discovering and learning more about this topic and, how we can help save our planet! On the wall in CASP is a collection of drawings displaying their interpretation of global warming – some are rather intense.

Thankyou, to the parents who came swimming with us on Tuesday. It was unfortunate that the weather was a little too chilly for the Baths and we were short on drivers, so if there are a couple of parents that could add their names to the list till the end of term that would be wonderful.

That’s all folks!

Sarah, Fran & Nicola.

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Hello to everyone,

What a shame the weather didn’t carry over from Monday in order for us to be able to go swimming on Tuesday – ho hum! Pray for clear blue skies next week.

Thank You to Rory’s mum, Abby, who joined us again last Monday, assisting the children with their costume making. All preparations for our ‘play’ are coming together – slowly, slowly!

This week, the Rainbows have been researching topics of personal interest and are creating projects around this. The Diamonds have been concentrating on their writing through short stories, as well as focusing on their handwriting and punctuation skills.

The Diamonds have been reviewing some of the Maths concepts we have covered throughout the year via their text books and also learnt about ‘tessellating’ shapes. Rainbows continued to extend their knowledge on Fractions.

A COUPLE OF NOTES:

  • Fran’s orientation night, for next year, will be held on Monday 21st November and the orientation morning, for those children moving to new classes will take place on Tuesday 22nd.
  • Thank You to all the deliverers of boxes for our construction and creative space. We now have ample, so no more is needed this year.

Love and best wishes,

Sarah, Fran & Nicola.

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Hello, hello,

If you haven’t already noticed, we have a very ‘spooky’ corner in our classroom and there can be seen some very ‘creepy’ bats flying around a certain section. Abby, (Rory’s mum) and the children had a wonderful day on Monday creating, constructing and painting all manner of things, including a ‘haunted house’! These will all be used as props for our play, after which the children may take their creations home. So a huge thankyou to Abby for your time, energy, patience and creativity.

Just a reminder: what happens in the play is a secret – so no probing questions please!

In Maths this week we are looking at Fractions and finding different ways to halve, quarter and further cut things into equal parts. By the time you read this, we would have made and ate our very own pizzas, demonstrating our understanding of this topic through the cutting of them. YUM!

Apart from our morning ritual of ‘play practise’, the Rainbows are looking at sentence structure and the Diamonds have been reviewing sight words through reading and spelling. The Diamonds also had an interesting discussion on ‘anger’. They all offered some very inciteful comments on the different strategies they use to help self soothe, when faced with a difficult and frustrating situation.

What a wonderful afternoon we had at Greenwich Baths last Tuesday. The clouds opened and the sun shone down for us, let’s hope that every swimming day will be the same. Thankyou, to the parents who drove and supervised the children. These excursions wouldn’t be as fun or possible without you.

A note in regards to enrolments next year: if you have any intention (for whatever reason) of withdrawing your child from Currambena, could you please let your child’s teacher know asap, as a courtesy for us to inform people on the waiting list. Thankyou, for your cooperation on this.

Cheers,

Sarah, Fran & Nicola.

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Hello everyone and welcome back!

First up, here are some Term 4 Dates for your diary:

  • Swimming will be every Tuesday afternoon and we will now be going to Greenwich Baths. We need drivers/parent helpers from 1pm – 2.45pm. If you can help please sign your name on the list of date/s which is on the door of our classroom.
  • Friday 11th Nov will be our school concert, (start time to be announced) the excitement and work has already begun.
  • Next Monday 17th at 11.30am we have a group of drummers coming. They will be giving a demonstration and a workshop on drumming to the whole school.
  • Also next week, from Wednesday to Friday a friend of Chris’ (craft teacher) who is also an artist will be joining us. Kath Ellis is a sculptor who works with bamboo and with assistance will guide the children in creating ……………????????

This week, the Rainbow Diamonds have started brainstorming ideas for the concert; writing and drawing descriptions of their characters and the events that will take place. The Rainbows have been reviewing adding and subtraction and the Diamonds are looking at (unfamiliar) 2D shapes and Fractions.

A huge thankyou to Izabella (Imogen’s mum) who brought in and donated, through her work, some beautiful wooden Aboriginal pieces. They are presently in Pre-school on display – true treasure!

If anyone is looking for maintenance hours, there are some cleaning jobs in the classroom that we would love done. Please speak to Fran or myself if this is something you can do.

That’s all for this week,

Sarah, Fran & Nicola

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