May 7

Week 3

Week 3 has been a busy week as we launch into our integrated studies topic Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Me with two exciting presentations by two of our much appreciated MPPS parents. Special thanks to Alison Sim and Belinda Bickerton for teaching us about bones and teeth. We’ve been talking about feelings and emotions and how we recognise and act on these. Our letter of the week is ‘E’ and you are probably aware that we have reached day 50 in our count up to 100 days of school.

May 1

Term 2 News!

Dear parents and carers,

Term 2 has literally started on the run, as this week saw us all participating so enthusiastically in our Cross Country Run! Congratulations again to all students for a terrific effort on what turned out to be such a beautiful morning. The autumn sunshine was a welcome sight- and for the rest of the term we can continue to enjoy it without our hats, which you can now put away until term 3. Don’t forget to label all other clothing items very clearly, as we find many leftover things in the bag room each afternoon.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Me!

Learning about the benefits of exercise is a big part of our Integrated Studies topic this term. We have started with our run this week, and later in the term will have our whole school Athletics Carnival. Students will also be learning about recognising and expressing their emotions, recognising and acting on their basic needs, recognising safe and unsafe environments, knowing who helps to keep them healthy and knowing which foods are healthy for their bodies. We’ll be asking for lots of your input to assist us with this topic- thank you to those parents who have volunteered to be guest speakers, and to those who might like to offer their expertise in the health field, please let us know as soon as possible. (Grandparents are also welcome to contribute!)

Numeracy

We will continue to work on our understanding of numbers to 20 and beyond, and will also be learning about addition, subtraction, length and time. Remember to talk about numbers that you see in your everyday life and practise counting anything and everything! You can use the number charts and number lines sent home earlier this year to practise recognising and finding numbers, and counting forwards and backwards. Ask you child to tell you everything they know about a number, you may be surprised with how much they can tell you! Our first 100 days of school are flying by, and next Tuesday we will be celebrating our halfway mark- day 50.

Literacy

Our literacy program will continue to focus on the letters of the alphabet and the different sounds they make, important reading strategies to help us become independent readers, writing skills, comprehension skills and recognising the most commonly used words by sight. Keep up the work at home with the M100W lists that come home, and don’t forget to discuss your weekend activities with your child before Monday morning! Later this term we will be holding a literacy information night for prep parents, so you can understand more about how students learn at school and assist them more at home.

Helpers

Home Reading is going well- thank you for all your assistance with the program. Please remember that our students are trying hard to focus during our literacy session, so distractions need to be kept to a minimum. While you are welcome to bring your younger children, please be prepared to find an alternative if it’s not working!

Coming up later this term will be MPPS Athletics Carnival. This is a great day out for the whole school, and one that we couldn’t manage without the support of our MPPS families. If you can come along for half an hour all the whole day, let us know when the notes come out soon!

Welcome to Ashlee and Samantha from Victoria University who will be working in the Prep Area during Term 2 and Term 3 on their teaching placements!

Term 2 Dates to Note

Please place the dates to remember in a spot you will remember to check, as the term ahead is a busy one.

Week 3 Thursday 8th May
  • Student Free Day
Friday 9th May
  • Mother’s Day Stall
Week 4 Tuesday 13th May
  • Fitness activity – Clare Walker
Thursday 15th May
  • Yoga – Sandra Katsikis
Week 6 Wednesday 28th May
  • Whole School Athletics Carnival
Thursday 29th May
  • The Power of One incursion
Week 7 Tuesday 3rd June
  • Police visit
  • Prep Literacy Evening
Wednesday 4th June
  • Ambulance visit
Week 10 Thursday 26th June
  • Semester 1 reports sent home
Friday 27th June
  • Last day of Term 2
 
  • 2:00pm Assembly
 
  • 2:20pm Home Time

Kind regards,

Jenny, Rebecca and Nicole