Monday, February 13, 2012

Week 3 Newsletter

Term 1 Week 3
Monday 13th February
Dear Parents,

At last, a full week, and we can get stuck into our learning. The timetable is up and running now although there is still some testing to be completed.

Homework Books are ready now. There is a copy of this newsletter in there as well as a reading record sheet and a spelling record sheet. Reading Groups have now started and children will be bringing home a book each day. Sometimes these will be new books and sometimes old favourites to consolidate learning and to practise reading fluently. Remember to talk about the story with your child and ask them questions to check their understanding.

You will find the spelling in the back of the homework books. The words to learn are in green. Three words go onto the spelling record sheet (in the front of the homework book) and these are to be practised for homework each night. When you have run out of green words just move onto the next spelling list.

This week I will be assessing the children’s phonic abilities to enable cross grouping between the junior classes to start next week. Children are grouped with others at the same phonic level for a 20 minute phonic session every day. This really helps both their reading and writing development.

Next week will be number knowledge week with the number ladder appearing in homework books soon afterwards.

Homework books (and reading books) need to come to school every day. They can stay in the book bag in the chair bag. Reading books that have been read go into the silver book box by the window. One copy of each book will end up in the treasure box to be chosen again on another occasion. I will keep the homework books each weekend to monitor homework and to get the next newsletter ready.

Our class library time begins this week. We are last thing on a Monday and children will each be bringing a library book home. Please return each week for a new book to be issued.
Thank you for the prompt return of all the cybersafety and internet permission slips. Its great to see that everyone can have their work published on the blog. If you have a change of heart over any of the permissions you have given please let me know and we can update the list.
A well done also to all the children for having named hats for playtime. Lots of the children are wearing their jumpers in the mornings and then discarding them as the day warms up. Please ensure that all clothes, bags, lunchboxes and drink bottles are named so item can get back to their owners.

A quick reminder about food and drinks. Water is the only drink the children should have at school. We are lucky enough to have a water fountain right outside the classroom, although if your child would prefer their own bottle that is fine.
Brain Food – we stop for 5 minutes at about 10 o’clock for our brain food. It should be quick and easy to eat. Fruit or vegetables are the best brain food. Dried fruit and nuts are also good but the dental nurse is concerned about food getting stuck between the teeth. A couple of crackers and a slice of cheese is also a good option.
Morning Tea – 10 minutes to eat just before playtime
Lunch – 15 minutes to eat just before lunch play. Any healthy foods are fine for these meals. Sandwiches, pots of yoghurt, museli bars. Chocolate biscuits are fine but small chocolates are not.

Lucky Book Club will come home later this week. Orders need to be returned to class please by Friday 2nd March. Cheques to be made payable to Havelock North Primary

Take a look at the class blog
Don’t forget to sign up for the parent teacher interviews the code is G7DLR
And a date for your diary is the school picnic – Thursday 23rd February 5:30 – 7:30. Hope to see you all there.

Kind Regards,    
Karen Duligall

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