Rutherford Street Kindergarten Newsletter – September 2011
Welcome: to Milla Dahlenburg, Charlie Mant and Maia Howse and their families – all these children have had older siblings here.
Off to School: Jack has left for Hampden Street School and Stephanie will be joining him there very shortly; while Coszie is off to Tahunanui School. We wish you all three of you the very best for your years at school; and lots of good fun, educational times!
Gala: The gala is fast approaching; only three weeks to go! This is a committee venture that is being co-ordinated by Karen Darling and Kim Stark. It will run from 10am – 12 midday here at kindergarten, out in the carpark. We have also booked the hall in case it rains. Lots of you have already signed up to different stalls but we still need more people – let’s make this a great day for families and fundraising, all in one go! The money that’s raised will go towards the purchase of three interactive panels along the back fence – one with letters, one with numbers and one with shapes (that’s the thinking so far…).
People are still needed for the following areas:
• Two people to run the healthy food stall
• Two people to run the baking stall
• Two people to run a drinks stall
• Someone to do face painting
• Two people to be in the playground to talk to visitors and to monitor children’s play
• People to bake for the baking table
• People to make items for the healthy food table (some ideas are sushi, fruit kebabs, tortilla wraps with healthy contents and popcorn)
• People to make homemade lemonade
• Donations for the second hand goods table (please drop your donations off at kindergarten during the week of Monday 19th Sept – Friday 23rd September; they will be stored in the long shed at kindergarten.
Please phone Karen 545 9313 or Kim 548 4990 to register your availability, and/or add your names to the list on the table at the entrance to kindergarten.
(At all times throughout the gala, parents are responsible for their children).
Survey: We are putting out a survey, so please take a few minutes to fill this in – your feedback would be appreciated. If there’s anything you would like covered that you don’t feel is covered by the survey, please also write your feedback about this – feel free to write on the back of the survey pages too! Please put your completed surveys into the box by the daysheets by September 19th. Thanks.
Relieving: As you know, Angie is off overseas in two weeks for two months. During this time, Ruby will pick up Angie’s mornings and Sarah will step in to take on the rest of her hours. Sarah has done a lot of relieving for us lately and the children all know her, so the transition should remain smooth and settled for them and for all of us! And we’ll be looking forward to Angie’s stories when she gets back!
Student: Welcome to Diane Walker who will be doing a five week practicum with us for the remainder of this term. Diane is a first year student with the Open Polytechnic, and Ruby will be her Associate Teacher.
Planned Programme: The children, with help from Mary and Ruby, have planted a tray full of seeds that we hope will come up in time for the gala! Angie and Ann have put lots of time into facilitating art activities which is resulting in some interesting art from the children. Thinking of the gala again, we are planning to put up a display showing some of this work so that the wider public can also enjoy our children’s work.
We’ve had some visits from Kath Bee and Noa Parker, and have more to come. We are also having two visits from Vanessa with Buckle Bear (from Plunket), to teach children about safety in cars, including car seats. Plunket is happy to come in one day at pickup or dropoff time and check that carseats are properly fixed in cars – please give the teachers feedback about which days/times would suit you best and we will arrange it accordingly.
We have a gym trip coming up later in the term – look out for a notice about this in your pockets in a few weeks.
Professional Development Ruby and Ann have the second half of their course on Literacy and Numeracy that’s being undertaken over two Tuesdays. Professional development is really important for practicing teachers to take part in, and is the best way for teachers to keep up with the latest developments in early childhood and brush up on our techniques.
Administration:Please keep those immunisation records rolling in, for those who have found notices in their pockets. Please also remember to keep us up with any changes in your details, like changes in addresses, phone numbers, emergency details etc.
Another area to remember is to sign your child in and out at the start and end of their sessions at kindergarten. Like the immunisation details, this is a Ministry of Education requirement. Thanks.
‘On the Floor’: Please could everyone make sure your children’s bags are labelled, either by writing on them with vivid markers or by attaching a label. This will save the teachers a bit of time trying to find the right bag! There are vivid markers both in the basket just inside the office window, and in a container on the shelf above where the lunch boxes sit.
,/p>Also please remember to check your child’s art folder regularly – this way there’s always room for more to go in!
Policies This month’s policy is Excursions – this is on the parent’s wall above the blocks shelf. Feel welcome to make any changes you feel are needed, either by writing directly on the policy or by letting a staff member know. This policy will be passed at the next committee meeting.
Committee Meeting: This will be held at kindergarten in the staffroom on September 21, at 7.30pm. An agenda will be posted on the noticeboard beforehand.
Mary, Angie, Ann, Ruby, Ji Young and Catherine.