Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Titoki Team 1 - Term 1 week 4 ending 2 March 2018

It is hard to believe we are in week four already.  It has been a great start to the year so far.  We are getting on with learning now and have loved getting to know all of the children as learners and planning to meet their individual learning needs.

If you are still holding any stationery at home please return it to us as soon as possible because the children are well underway with writing in their books.

It has been great to see that so many of the anxious children are now happily saying a fast goodbye in the mornings, and sitting happily on the mat as we start the day.

Thank you to those families who have been remembering to keep toys at home and include a hat and water bottle each day.
Unfortunately with this humid weather there seems to be more cases of Head lice and stomach bugs than normal in the Auckland region.  We would ask that if you have the slightest concern that you keep your little one home, and treat as necessary, just to be on the safe side. 

Lunch Boxes
We would like to remind you that while children are at school they sometimes eat more than they might eat in a typical day at home.  We have found that one or two children have actually run out of food by lunchtime.  Please make sure that there is ample food available for your child to eat throughout the day.  We have also been checking at the end of lunchtime to make sure that all children have eaten enough. Sometimes there are children that can be distracted, or too keen to get on with playing and slip past the duty teacher without their lunch box being checked.

Fabulous Friday
As part of Fabulous Friday the children have the opportunity to be the teacher in a ‘student led workshop’, this is an opportunity for a child to teach their peers about something they are passionate about or good at.  Some ideas might be: how to make something, sports skills, arts and crafts (bookmarks, cards, head masks, shakers etc) dance routines, baking, origami etc

The child plans the activity and brings along the materials needed for the small workshop (approx. 5 at a time). Please encourage your child to think of something that they would like to take a workshop on. Parents are encouraged to come along to help and need to bring your own recources required for the workshop. If they would like to do a workshop please come and get a form and fill it out before the Friday of the workshop.  

We are still keen for any cardboard boxes that the children can use for box modelling on Fabulous Friday.

Key Ring Words
Just a reminder that children need to be practicing their keyring words every day and multiple times a night. We recommend reading them forward then back, before reading, after reading and before bed.  These really help the children learn the words that they are frequently using in their readers.

Parent Help
We love parent help in the Titoki Team! Thank you so much to all of the parents who have already offered and been in to assist in the classroom.  If you haven’t had a chance yet, there is a roster on the middle door of our space. Please write your name in the time slots available. If you would like to help but aren’t able to make the times available, we like help before and after school too, especially sharpening pencils and putting away readers.  Any help is hugely appreciated!

Play Dates
It’s great to get to know new friends and families in our team and organising playdates is a great way to build friendships outside the classroom and school environment. If you would like to have your name and contact number available for other parents to arrange playdates we have a ‘Playdate Hub’ up in our space on the door right next to the parent help roster.

A reminder of our contact details
Please feel free to chat to or email any one of us teachers with questions, queries or issues. We are more than happy to help.J
Kind regards,
Kate, Louise, Ashleigh and Michaela.

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