Rutherford Street Kindergarten Newsletter – September 2010
September Newsletter, 2010.
In this newsletter:
• Policies for this month – Equitable Opportunities
• Parent survey – finishes end of September
• Photos on the Web Page
• Masked Parade: Friday 15th October- theme is ‘On the Move’
• Volunteers to man RSK stall at St Joseph’s Gala – Sunday 17th October – 11.00 till around 2.00ish
• Bookings for 2011
• Remember to sign in and out with time and your signature and to write clearly
• Lion’s Foundation Grant
• Last day term 3: Friday 24th September.
• First day term 4: Monday 11th October.
Welcomes and Farewells: We have welcomed Abe Postance, Lily Nicholls, Christian Lennon, Oscar’s younger brother Arlo and Oscar Dykzeul. We hope you enjoy our small and friendly Centre.
We also have a student from Nelson College for Girls with us on a Monday for the rest of the year. Please say hi to Anastasia.
We have said goodbye to James and Rhea to school and George has gone back to Canterbury.
We welcome parents and friends of the family who may want to come and spend time here at the Kindergarten. You are welcome anytime. We love it too if you have a skill or activity to share with the children.
Thanks to those families who have already filled out the annual parent survey on “Survey Monkey”. You can find it if you visit the website www.rutherfordst.school.nz , then click on to ‘Parent Info’ and it will be on the drop down menu. If you would prefer a hard copy, let one of the teachers know. We appreciate your feedback. The close-off date for the survey will be the end of September.
While you’re having a look at the web site check out the new photos that have been posted. If you would rather not see your child’s photo on the web page, please let us know asap.
Masked Parade: This year we will be taking part in the ‘Masked Parade, as we do every two years. The theme for the parade is “On the move”. We want to create a school of fish to swim down Trafalgar Street. We will have a week of creating this in the last week of term 3. (20th -24th September) Please feel free to pop in and help with this effort. It is a great thing for us as far as marketing and having fun in a community event. We will have all the materials needed to create a green and blue sea theme but will require some helpers. We will keep everything the children create here at Kindergarten until the parade day, and then meet at the venue with all the gear. The hardest thing will be keeping the creations here, so please help with that one. If every child and adult helper could wear a red t-shirt on the night we will look amazing.
St Joseph’s Gala:
RSK is hoping to have a stall at this year’s Gala, not so much for making money but for exposure and recruitment of new families to the kindergarten. Of the 20 children on the waiting list at present only 10 are from families that have no past connection with RSK, and most of those 20 children will not be starting at RSK till mid 2011 at the earliest.
The idea is to have a couple of parents manning a table with flyers and leaflets and also run some sort of game (magnetic fishing 3 x attempts for 50cents – with everyone getting a balloon).
So what is needed: (1) parents to offer some time to help. (2) One parent to make the fishing game or something similar.
Magnets: We have had some magnets made with our name and logo on them. Each child should have received one in their communication pocket. If you have not please pop into the office and see Catherine or e-mail her. These are handy for when you have to ring in with absentees. We are trying to raise our profile again.
As well as the magnet were also some very helpful tips on what to feed you child for lunches and morning/afternoon teas.
Bookings for 2011:
This could be a bit early – forever trying to be organised!
If you have any idea of what sessions you would like for next year could you please e-mail or leave a note for Catherine so that she can up-date the waiting list. We are endeavouring to accommodate everyone with their requests. Catherine will ring around after 10th January to confirm bookings.
With the warmer weather approaching, please remember to put your child’s ‘green bag’ in their bag for changes of clothes. We are very short of plastic bags and find the ‘green bags’ much more user friendly. From the start of next term we will require each child to have a sun hat and a change of clothes in their bag. Preferably all named!!! We will also begin to apply sunscreen to the children who stay all day.
Policies: The policy on the wall for discussion this month is Equitable Opportunities.
Remember; if you would like to comment on any procedures here at the Kindergarten, you can do so by…
• writing a comment on the related policy that is on the parent notice board each month (inside by the blocks)
• attending the monthly committee meeting
• talking to the staff
• talking to one of the members of the committee – the list of committee names is on the window inside, above the block shelf
Lion Foundation Grant: We are very excited to have received a grant from the Lion Foundation of $1,300.00. We applied for the grant to have a shelf built that will house our Parent Library and schools information. This has been in the pipeline for 2 years now and it is wonderful that it can finally happen. So plans have been drawn and it will eventually also house the children’s computer suite, and other important information like our policies and information from ERO. Thanks to Karina for the information gathered and the Lion Foundation for recognising this as a worthwhile project.
Talking of projects: we are well under way for the planning of the renovation to the outside play area. We hope to have this work done in the January school holidays. By the end of January we aim to have a platform built around the tree by the swings, the barked area extended, the concrete re-laid (and its associated drainage problems), an all-weather deck built and the new sandpit built on the existing gravel area. The plans have been floating around for a while; if you would like to see them again, please ask one of the teachers.
Help! I need someone with a trailer to take a load of rubbish to the tip. Can you help?
Next committee meeting here at Kindergarten Tuesday 21st September. 7.30pm.
Thanks for your continued support; from all the teaching team: Libby, Mary, Angie, Ellie, Catherine with help from Ji-Young and Loren.