Teacher: Kathy Snodgrass
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During these sessions, run alongside the classroom programme in Room Kauri, children become familiar with the school environment, classroom routines and etiquette, as well as meet other children who will be in the same classroom as them.
While children are involved with the teacher, our Principal, Mr Moyle will discuss with parents various aspects as set out below. This is an opportunity for parents to be fully informed of the school’s expectations, current education philosophies and to ask questions.
Children also have two class visits prior to starting school from 8.50– 12.20am. The children will become involved in the morning class programme, please bring morning tea. You will be welcome to stay with your child, or leave them depending on your preference.
The 2019 Kaharoa School class stationery lists for 2019 are available http://www.myschool.co.nz online and in store.
Parents are able to order online (www.myschool.co.nz) with OfficeMax or pop into their store on Fenton Street as they have our school class lists available. Mention Kaharoa School at the store so our school can earn rewards for every order through OfficeMax. Order online and they deliver to your door.
Class Newsletter for Term 1, 2019.
Welcome to Term one 2019 in Room Kauri. For some of you it is a ‘Welcome back’ and for others, this marks the start of your journey into school life with your child.
I am excited to be starting this journey with each of you and your gorgeous children. I hope you all managed some relaxing in the sun and much needed downtime over the summer.
For the first few weeks of school, we focus on getting set up and establishing culture and routines so everyone understands what is happening and begin to feel more comfortable together. Lots of Social Skills practice and learning happens for us during this time.
We will count down the first 100 days of school (usually pretty close to the end of term 2) and have a celebration on the 100th day. Each afternoon we will be swimming in preparation for our junior swimming sports in week 6.
This is a fun event focused on participation and enjoyment, while showing new found water skills to our families. Please ensure your child has a Kaharoa School sunhat. These are the only ‘uniform’ at Kaharoa and must be worn Term 1 and 4. They are available at the office should you need to purchase one. Our schoolwide cornerstone value for the term is RESPECT - Willingness to treat with courtesy; to hold in high regard; to honour, to care about yourself and others’. This means being caring. We we look at how to be respectful to the environment, ourselves and others.
The Key competency focus is a Self Manager. For our little people this means looking after their belongings, hanging their bag up independently, bringing in their book bags and signing themselves in for their day. Please make sure you join our class dojo - a link has been sent via email. This is a great communication tool and will keep you up to date with the day to day school events.
Dates for the calendar. Thursday 31/1 - Meet the teacher 4:30-5:00 followed by a picnic Tuesday 12/2 - Science in a van show 15/2 - School Triathlon 18/2 BOT meeting 5:30 - ALL WELCOME 27/2 - Wheels day 6/3 - Junior swimming sports 27-28/3 - Parent Interviews Each Wednesday pm - preschool visitors End of term Friday April 12th @ 2:50pm.
Nga mihi Kathy Snodgrass
Suggestions to Help Increase Understanding
· Give your child time to work out words (5 seconds or more is reasonable)
· After 10 seconds ENCOURAGE your child to use the following strategies when they come across an unknown word:
Correcting Mistakes Your Child Makes
· If the mistake makes sense, as in a misreading of house for home, let your child continue to the end of the sentence. Then go back and ask, ”What word is this?”
· If the mistake does not make sense, lead your child to correct the mistake by allowing time to self correct
· Reread what your child has said and ask’ “Does it make sense?”
· Finally, if the meaning is still not clear, look at the word and find familiar sounds such as ’s’ at the beginning and ’ing’ at the end.
What to Read?
One way of getting your child to understand what they are reading or listening to is to get your child to ask questions.
When you are involved with reading with your child try the following:
Blends and Contractions
As conventions of print come up in your child’s reading, refer to them and ask your child about them.
Contractions - eg: don’t-do not can’t-can not etc
Consonant blends - eg: dr, cl, pr etc
Word endings - eg: s, ed, ing, er etc
Compound words - eg: today (to day), something, etc
As your child progresses the following strategies can be used:
Pause: The First P
The first thing to do after a child makes a mistake is to refrain from doing anything, pause.
This means :
This allows time for your child to do his/her own thinking. Being able to problem solve is an important part of reading.
Prompt: The Second P
If a word is not attempted, go looking for more clues.
- “Read on”
-”Try that again”
-”Go back to the beginning
If a word does not make sense, give a meaning prompt. Ask a question about the meaning
If the word makes sense but is incorrect, give a visual or sound prompt. Direct attention to what the word looks or sounds like
Praise: The Third P
Praise can and should be given for:
-Prompted self corrections
Give time to work the word out.
If unable to work it out try some of the following:
Junior learning sites
|22-03||Friday Assembly - Whole School|
|25-03||Mobile Library Service|
|27-03||Parent Teacher Interviews|
|28-03||Parent Teacher Interviews|
|03-04||PTA AGM & DISCO|
|05-04||Friday Assembly - Whole School|
|19-04||Friday Assembly - Whole School|
|03-05||Friday Assembly - Whole School|
|03-05||Rotorua Mini Marathon|
|17-05||Friday Assembly - Whole School|
|31-05||Friday Assembly - Whole School|
|07-06||20 Hour Famine - 7-9 June|
|14-06||Friday Assembly - Whole School|
|22-06||KCA Mid-Winter Dinner|