July 29

Term 3 Update!

Dear Foundation /Prep Families,

Welcome to term 3, which is slipping by too quickly. 103 days of school down already! We’re very excited about heading into our next hundred; so much learning happens during this term, now that our students have settled into all the routines of school.

Integrated Studies 

Our Integrated Studies topic for term 3 is Our World of Animals, and we’ve enjoyed one very exciting event so far- a fantastic incursion by Wild Action Zoo. We’ve met, held and patted many different animals so far, including a (small) salt water crocodile called Steve, a barking own called Connie, a wallaby joey called Sugar, a green tree frog called Freddo, a two headed lizard (not really!) called Bumpy Stumpy, a turtle called Shellie, 2 snakes called Casper and Ollie, a potoroo called Paleo and a beautiful blue and golden macaw called Midget. Have a look at our blog to see the photos we took! We are really excited about next week’s excursion to the Collingwood Children’s Farm, thank you to those parents who have volunteered to come along and help. Don’t forget to send in something that has to do with animals for Show and Share, that will then be added to our ‘Observation Table.’ If you need a new Show and Share roster please let us know.

Literacy

In literacy we are learning about nonfiction texts this term, so don’t be surprised if indexes and tables of contents pop up in conversation! Your child will continue to bring home books each night, and the M100W wordlists. When they are able to recognise the first 100 words by sight, we will send home a Look Say Cover Write Check book, which is one of many strategies we use in our spelling program. Each Friday teachers will endeavour to select 5 words for your child to practise spelling at home; students shouldn’t spend more than 10 minutes on this each week. Remember to keep the reading and word activities fun and light at home- so your child continues to develop a healthy, relaxed approach to sharing their learning at home and school.

Numeracy 

In numeracy we will continue to explore numbers to 20 and beyond, and will be looking at time, addition and subtraction, shapes and simple graphs. You can support your child in their numeracy development at home through board games, dice and card games, and including them in any real life situations where number skills are needed- counting, shopping, cooking etc. We also begin learning about some of the different strategies in our “Mathematician’s Toolbox”. These are the strategies we can select from when solving mathematical problems.

Special events

Other highlights that are coming up are Italian Day on Monday 3rd August, (don’t forget to dress up!) and a special show at the local library for Book Week, put on by CARP productions. Attached is our Prep term calendar with other upcoming events. Please check the Prep blog each week for any other updates or photos of what we’ve been up to at school! We will send you some more information about the exciting events we have planned to celebrate Book Week, Science Week, and Literacy and Numeracy Week soon.

Kind regards

Jenny, Nicole and Melanie

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

February 21

February Prep newsletter

Friday 21st February, 2014

Dear Prep parents,

Congratulations on surviving the first few weeks of school with your prep children! They are all doing an amazing job, settling in well and learning the routines and expectations of busy school life! Here are a few reminders and helpful ideas to assist your child at school.

Library

Until further notice, we will be going to the Library every Thursday, so please make sure that the book your child borrows is returned each Thursday, in a clearly named library bag. Students are able to use the library bag that came home from school with them last week, or one provided by you. Unfortunately, if library bags are left at home on the day of borrowing, students will not be able to borrow another book. (Library rules!)

Golden Words

Your child has brought home a copy of the Golden Words, which they will be able to tell you all about! These are 12 commonly used words that have been chosen from the Magic 100 Words program, which encourages children to recognise and process important words in reading and writing. (Research shows that there are 100 words that make up, on average, half the words found in reading and writing.) We would like your child to practise searching for and finding these 12 words at home, in support of their school Literacy program. You can help them by commenting on these words when you see them in books, or in the environment. You can play games with these words, such as Memory, Bingo, or Snap. We do not expect that you spend a lot of time on these activities- no more than fifteen minutes per week. Remember, the golden words are everywhere- so they can be easily found and pointed out by you and your child while going about your normal activities. As with our home reading program, it is very important that this is a fun time with your child. As your child gains confidence with the words, we will send home other words to practise, too.

Journals

Every Monday, as part of our literacy program, we will spend some time talking, drawing and writing about our weekend. You can support your child in this by having a chat about their weekend activities on Sunday night or Monday morning, to enable them to recall more easily what they have done. Sometimes it’s very easy to forget by Monday morning, so a quick conversation about something your child has enjoyed over the weekend would really help them in this activity.

Poetry Books

Your child has brought home their poetry book to share with you over the weekend. Every week we will be learning a new poem, based on our letter of the week and our Literacy program. Please find 5 minutes to share these with your child every weekend by reading them together and talking about the words and the letters. As we will be using the poetry books regularly, they need to be returned in the satchels every Monday.

Thank you for your support in making your child’s transition into school life so smooth,

Jenny, Nicole and Rebecca