Nga Kiwi 1/2/3 Notices

Term 4 - Week 5


Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Excellence.


Road patrol: Lucy is doing road patrol this week so will not be available after school.

Assembly: Ngā Kiwi 3 are hosting our special Heart of Achievement assembly for week 5. Aidan, Alex, Cameron, James, Layla, Ryder, Senuthi and Sophie M will be speaking. Assembly will be held on Thursday at 1.40pm.

Poetry competition: Please help your child practise their poem over the weekend as the competition is not far away! We will be using our upstairs space for the competition. Parents and whānau are welcome to attend. 

NK1 - Tuesday 21st of August at 9:05 am
NK2 - Wednesday 22nd of August at 9:05 am 
NK3 - Thursday 23rd of August at 9:05 am 

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for a new book to be issued. 


Release time: Shelley Barbour is teaching for Sarah on Monday and Friday and Kate Stokes is teaching on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lillian Glasson is teaching for Louise on Friday.
Week 5 fairytale: The Elves and the Shoemaker.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,
Lucy, Sarah, and Louise

Term 4 - Week 4


Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Community 

Important: The school will be closed on Wednesday the 15th of August due to strike action. 

Assembly: Assembly will be held in the hall on Tuesday the 14th of August at 2:15 pm. 

Poetry competition: The Ngā Kiwi 1, 2, and 3 poetry competition will be held in week 5 (see days and times below). Please help your child practice their poem at home in preparation for this. Whānau, you are welcome to come along and support your child on the day of their poem recital! 

NK1 - Tuesday 21st of August at 9:05 am
NK2 - Wednesday 22nd of August at 9:05 am 
NK3 - Thursday 23rd of August at 9:05 am 

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for a new book to be issued.

Newspapers: We would appreciate any spare newspaper you have.


Lost clothing: Please check your child's clothing to make sure it belongs to them as we have a few lost items. June in room 22 has a collection of lost property in case your child is missing any clothing.
Release time: Kate Stokes is teaching for Sarah on Thursday and Friday.

Fairytales: This term we will be studying a fairy tale every week. Here is the schedule:
Week 2: The Three Little Pigs
Week 3: Jack and the Beanstalk
Week 4: The Princess and the Pea
Week 5: The Elves and the Shoemaker
Week 6: The Gingerbread Man
Week 7: Little Red Riding hood.
Week 8: Hansel and Gretel
Week 9: Billy Goats Gruff
Week 10: The Ugly Duckling.
If you have any fairy tale books, the above or others,  please send them along to school. We will be reading these daily and would love to read the children's books.

Please let us know if you have any questions.



Kindest,
Lucy, Sarah, and Louise.


Term 3 - Week 3

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Initiative. 

Important: The school will be closed on Wednesday the 15th of August due to strike action. 

Scholastic Book Sale: The fair will be set up in the hall from Monday morning until Friday morning. Whānau are invited to come and check out the books between 8am and 9am each morning, and after school between 3pm and 3.30pm. EFTPOS is available at the fair. Tamariki will be visiting the fair during school hours and may come home with a 'Wish List' to discuss at home. The school earns commission in the form of books, Scholastic Rewards points or cash back which we will use to build up our library and classroom collections.

Assembly: No assembly this week due to the Scholastic Book Fair.

House Colour Mufti Day: Thursday 9th August. Gold coin donation with proceeds to Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.

Eco Expo: Come along to the Eco Expo this Thursday 9th August in the hall. The Eco Warriors will share sustainable lunch box options with you. They have exciting prizes to give away from the Lunchbox Queen, Kiwi Wraps and Kai Carriers. The expo will run from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for a new book to be issued.

Newspapers: We would appreciate any spare newspaper you have.


Lost clothing: Please check your child's clothing to make sure it belongs to them as we have a few lost items. June in room 22 has a collection of lost property in case your child is missing any clothing.
Release time: Shelley Barbour is teaching for Sarah on Friday.

Fairytales: This term we will be studying a fairy tale every week. Here is the schedule:
Week 2: The Three Little Pigs
Week 3: Jack and the Beanstalk
Week 4: The Princess and the Pea
Week 5: The Elves and the Shoemaker
Week 6: The Gingerbread Man
Week 7: Little Red Riding hood.
Week 8: Hansel and Gretel
Week 9: Billy Goats Gruff
Week 10: The Ugly Duckling.
If you have any fairy tale books, the above or others,  please send them along to school. We will be reading these daily and would love to read the children's books.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,
Lucy, Sarah, and Louise.


Term 3 - Week 2

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Manaakitanga.

Certificates: Well done to Theo J, Lucy, Imran, James A, Zion and Havana who received a certificate at assembly today.

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for a new book to be issued.

Newspapers: We would appreciate any spare newspaper you have.

Lost clothing: Please check your child's clothing to make sure it belongs to them as we have a few lost items.
School Photos: This Wednesday will be our formal class and individual photos. Please send your child in the correct uniform. Sweatshirts are only allowed in the photographs - no polar fleeces also no bright coloured shoes or tights.

Release time: Sam Hill is teaching for Lucy on Tuesday. Nicola Evans is teaching for Louise and Shelley Barbour is teaching for Sarah on Friday.

Fairytales: This term we will be studying a fairy tale every week. Here is the schedule:
Week 2: The Three Little Pigs
Week 3: Jack and the Beanstalk
Week 4: The Princess and the Pea
Week 5: The Elves and the Shoemaker
Week 6: The Gingerbread Man
Week 7: Little Red Riding hood.
Week 8: Hansel and Gretel
Week 9: Billy Goats Gruff
Week 10: The Ugly Duckling.
If you have any fairy tale books, the above or others,  please send them along to school. We will be reading these daily and would love to read the children's books.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,
Lucy, Sarah, and Louise.

Term 2 - Week 10


Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Creativity.

Certificates: Well done to Juliet, Kyriakos and Senuthi who received a Heart of Achievement at assembly today.

Reading: Our last day of guided reading for the term will be Tuesday. Please return all reading books to us on Wednesday.

Shared lunch: We are having a shared lunch on Thursday at 12pm to celebrate our learning this term. Please bring a plate
of kai to share. Whānau are welcome to join us for this celebration.

Thursday early finish: School finishes at 2pm on Thursday due to parent interviews happening throughout the school.
Interviews are for children who have not yet had an interview this year.

School holidays: School holidays will be for 2 weeks. Term 2 finishes on Friday 6 July and term 3 begins on Monday 23 July. We look forward to seeing you after the holiday break!

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for
a new book to be issued.

Overdue books: If you have 'Roger the Rally Car' by Dick Oliver or 'Space Justice - Lego' by Trey King please return
them ASAP.

Assembly: NK3 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9.10 in the hall. Casey, Hannah, Jack, Michelle, Sophie P, Willow, Ammar, Zion and
Clara are speaking.

School App: To access day-to-day updates of activities happening at school, please download the St Albans school
application on your phone. You will receive notifications reminding you of important events such as cross-country or
mufti day.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their morning jobs independently.
Farewelling your child by 8:50 allows them time to settle in before the 9:00 am music.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,

Lucy, Sarah, and Louise.


Term 2 - Week 9

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Excellence.

Certificates: Well done to Alex, Olive G, and Neave who received achievement awards and Cameron, Charlotte, and
Carter who received values awards.

Union meeting: This will be held this week, on Tuesday 26th of July. If you have no returned the pink form this needs
to be returned urgently. All children will need to be picked up at 12:30 pm, unless otherwise stated on the pink form.

Plastic bags required: This term we are focusing on reusing various materials to create art. We would love to have any
spare plastic bags you have for art next week.

St John visit: We had a fabulous visit from St John last week and learned some really important information about what
to do in an emergency. We are practicing our addresses and phone numbers during class time so that we are prepared.
Please help your child practice these at home!

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for
a new book to be issued.

Assembly: NK1 are hosting assembly on Friday. Amro, Finn, Frank, Kase, Luka, Theo, Carter, Elsie, and Juliet will have speaking roles.

School App: To access day-to-day updates of activities happening at school, please download the St Albans school
application on your phone. You will receive notifications reminding you of important events such as cross-country or
mufti day.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their morning jobs independently.
Farewelling your child by 8:50 allows them time to settle in before the 9:00 am music.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,

Lucy, Sarah, and Louise.

Term 2 - Week 8

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Manaakitanga.

Certificates: Well done to Kase, Will, Joaquin and Kyriakos who received a certificate at assembly today.

Union meeting: Please return the pink slip to us if you have not already. Let us know if you did not receive a notice.

Plastic bags required: This term we are focusing on reusing various materials to create art. We would love to have any
spare plastic bags you have for art next week.

St John visit: St John are visiting us on Wednesday to discuss the care they provide for the community.

Parents' dinner: Now that we are nearly halfway through the school year, some of the Nga Kiwi 1, 2, and 3 parents thought it would be fun to organise a parents' dinner to get to know each other a bit better.  If you are keen to come along, please send an email to juliet@caldercommunications.co.nz by Friday 8 June letting us know the names of those who would attend and which of the following dates would work for you:
 - Friday 22 June
 - Wednesday 4 July
We will go with the most popular date and then choose a venue based on numbers (any suggestions welcome!). 

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for
a new book to be issued.

Assembly: NK2 are hosting assembly next Friday. Gus, Charlotte, Elise, James, Libby, Olive J, Olive G, Ella and
Imran will have speaking roles.
School App: To access day-to-day updates of activities happening at school, please download the St Albans school
application on your phone. You will receive notifications reminding you of important events such as cross-country or
mufti day.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their morning jobs independently.
Farewelling your child by 8:50 allows them time to settle in before the 9:00 am music.

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste.
When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their
lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to
see many of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to
bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.


Release time: Shelley Barbour is teaching for Sarah on Friday.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,

Lucy, Sarah, and Louise.

Term 2 - Week 7

Kia ora whānau,

Queen's Birthday: School is closed this Monday 4th of June. See you on Tuesday 5th of June.

Value of the week: Respect

Welcome to school/School visits: Clara starts on Monday.

Certificates: Well done to Poppy, Seita, Abdullah, and Niina who received a certificate at assembly today.

Union meeting: Please return the pink slip to us ASAP. Let us know if you did not receive a notice. The meeting
is on Tuesday 26th of June.

Art and Recycling: This term we are focusing on reusing various materials to create art. We would love to have any
plastic bags, bottles and bottle caps (fizzy drink style bottles, lids from various bottles), and tin cans that you are
finished using. We look forward to displaying our artwork as we finish each piece.

Parents' dinner: Now that we are nearly halfway through the school year, some of the Nga Kiwi 1, 2, and 3 parents thought it would be fun to organise a parents' dinner to get to know each other a bit better.  If you are keen to come along, please send an email to juliet@caldercommunications.co.nz by Friday 8 June letting us know the names of those who would attend and which of the following dates would work for you:
 - Friday 22 June
 - Wednesday 4 July
We will go with the most popular date and then choose a venue based on numbers (any suggestions welcome!). 

Phonics books: NK1 and 2 letter sounds - 'sh' and 'th'. NK3 letter sounds: 'd' and 'g'. Read/sing the song, make the
action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same
sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.

Library: We will not be visiting the library this week. You can return your book the following Monday.

Assembly: NK4 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9:05 am in the hall.

School App: To access day-to-day updates of activities happening at school, please download the St Albans school
application on your phone. You will receive notifications reminding you of important events such as cross-country or
mufti day.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their morning jobs independently.
Farewelling your child by 8:50 allows them time to settle in before the 9:00 am music.

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste.
When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their
lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to
see many of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to
bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.


Release time: Kate Stokes is teaching for Louise on Monday and Tuesday and Shelley Barbour is teaching for
Sarah on Friday.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,

Lucy, Sarah, and Louise.

Term 2 - Week 6

Kia ora whānau,

Queen's Birthday: School is closed this Monday 4th of June. See you on Tuesday 5th of June.

Value of the week: Fun.

Welcome to school/School visits: Clara visits on Tuesday and Thursday.

Certificates: Well done to Elsie, Shunya, Isobel and Maxi who received a certificate at assembly today.

Spencer Park trip: Thank you to all our wonderful helpers. Have a look on the blog for photos.

Union meeting: Please return the pink slip to us ASAP. Let us know if you did not receive a notice. The meeting
is on Tuesday 26th of June.

SPCA visit: The SPCA are visiting on Tuesday. We will learn about caring for animals and showing empathy towards
them.


Wheelie Day: Children are welcome to bring a scooter, skateboard, or bicycle into school on Tuesday. They will
be able to ride from 12:50 pm to 1:15 pm. All children need to have a helmet in order to join in.

Reading: Our normal programme will resume on Wednesday.

Release time: Lucy is attending a workshop on Wednesday and Mel will be teaching. Kate Stokes is teaching for
Louise and Shelley Barbour is teaching for Sarah on Friday.

Phonics books: NK1 and 2 letter sounds - 'x' and 'ch'. NK3 letter sounds: 'r' and 'm'. Read/sing the song, make the
action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same
sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.

Library: We will not be visiting the library next week. You can return your book the following Monday.

Assembly: NK5 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9:05 am in the hall.

Parents' dinner: Now that we are nearly half way through the school year, some of the Nga Kiwi 1,2 & 3 parents thought it would be fun to organise a parents' dinner to get to know each other a bit better.  If you are keen to come along, please send an email to juliet@caldercommunications.co.nz by Friday 8 June letting us know the names of those who would attend and which of the following dates would work for you:
 - Friday 22 June
 - Wednesday 4 July
We will go with the most popular date and then choose a venue based on numbers (any suggestions welcome!). 

School App: To access day-to-day updates of activities happening at school, please download the St Albans school
application on your phone. You will receive notifications reminding you of important events such as cross-country or
mufti day.

Family photos: For those families in Ngā Kiwi 3, we would love to have a family photo you to display on our family
wall. You are welcome to send this to Louise on email or bring a hard copy in. If your child is in NK1 or NK2 and you
have not sent a family photo in, you are still welcome to do this.

Art and Recycling: This term we are focusing on reusing various materials to create art. We would love to have any
plastic bags, bottles and bottle caps (fizzy drink style bottles, lids from various bottles), and tin cans that you are
finished using. We look forward to displaying our artwork as we finish each piece.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their morning jobs independently.
Farewelling your child by 8:50 allows them time to settle in before the 9:00 am music.

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste.
When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their
lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to
see many of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to
bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,
Lucy, Sarah and Louise.

Term 2 - Week 5

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Creativity

Welcome to school/School visits: Welcome to Ammar and who start next week.

Certificates: Well done to Elise and Sophia who received a Heart Of Achievement certificate at assembly today.

Spencer Park trip - Helper required: A helper has pulled out of our Spencer park trip and we are in need of one
more helper for Ngā Kiwi 3. If you can assist, please contact Louise as soon as possible:
louise.schollum@stalbans.school.nz

This trip is on Thursday (31st of may) from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Please make sure your child is at school
by 8:45 am at the latest. Your child needs to wear mufti. Please ensure they have a warm jacket as well as a jumper.
Additionally, your child will need a sun hat, morning tea, and a full drink bottle inside their bag.

Reading: Teachers are conducting assessments over the week. Your child will be bringing home a browsing book
of their choice. They may choose the same book every day if it is a book they really enjoy or they may choose a
book that is different to their current reading level. You are welcome to continue reading at home as normal.

Wheelie Day: Children are welcome to bring a scooter, skateboard, or bicycle into school on Tuesday. They will
be able to ride from 12:50 pm to 1:15 pm. All children need to have a helmet in order to join in.

School App: To access day-to-day updates of activities happening at school, please download the St Albans school
application on your phone. You will receive notifications reminding you of important events such as cross-country or
mufti day.

Release time: Cara will be teaching for Lucy on Friday.

Family photos: For those families in Ngā Kiwi 3, we would love to have a family photo you to display on our family
wall. You are welcome to send this to Louise on email or bring a hard copy in. If your child is in NK1 or NK2 and you
have not sent a family photo in, you are still welcome to do this.

Art and Recycling: This term we are focusing on reusing various materials to create art. We would love to have any
plastic bags, bottles and bottle caps (fizzy drink style bottles, lids from various bottles), and tin cans that you are
finished using. We look forward to displaying our artwork as we finish each piece.

Phonics books: NK1 and 2 letter sounds - 'y' and 'x'. NK3 letter sounds: 'e' and 'h'. Read/sing the song, make the
action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same
sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for
a new book to be issued.

Assembly: NK3 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9:05 am in the hall.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their morning jobs independently.
Farewelling your child by 8:50 allows them time to settle in before the 9:00 am music.

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste.
When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their
lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to
see many of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to
bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,
Lucy, Sarah and Louise.

OVERDUE BOOKS

Please return these ASAP.

I Spy a Balloon by Jean Marzello

Cars by Lisa Marsoli

Missing Treasure by Giles Andreae

Ruby the Red Fairy by Daisy Meadows

There Were Ten in the Bed by Susan Ealitiri

Where's Wally? by Martin Hanford

Term 2 - Week 4

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Excellence.

Welcome to school/School visits: Maha and Michelle start on Monday. Jack, Ammar, William
and Danylo visit throughout the week.

Certificates: Well done to Theo, Jhai, Libby and Billie who received a certificate at assembly today.

Lucky Book Club: All orders need to be handed in at the office by Tuesday 22nd of May.

Mufti day: This Wednesday. Please bring a gold coin donation for the SPCA.

Art and Recycling: This term we are focusing on reusing various materials to create art.
We would love to have any plastic bags, bottles and bottle caps (fizzy drink style bottles,
lids from various bottles), and tin cans that you are finished using. We look forward to displaying
our artwork!

Newspaper: We would appreciate any spare newspaper you may have.

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on
Monday in order for a new book to be issued.

Assembly: NK1 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9.05 am in the hall.

Family photos: Please email your homebase teacher a photo of your family for our display if
you have not already done so.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their
morning jobs independently. Farewelling your child by 8.50 allows them time to settle
in before the 9:00 am music.

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box,
as they do with lunch waste. When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put
their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are
needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to see many
of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Long hair: If your child has long hair please ensure it is tied up. This is to reduce the spread of
headlice and to keep hair off their face during fitness and P.E.

Phonics books: NK1 and 2 letter sounds - 'w' and 'v'. NK3 letter sounds: 'n' and 'c/k'. Read/sing
the song, make the action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find
pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be
checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.

Release teachers: Lucy and Sarah are attending a course from 9am to 1pm on Tuesday. Cara Wallace
and Shelley Barbour will be teaching alongside Louise for the morning. Shelley will be teaching for Sarah on Friday.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest,
Lucy, Sarah and Louise.


Term 2 - Week 3

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Community

Welcome to school/School visits: Welcome to Zion and Casey. Michelle and Jack visit this week.

Certificates: Well done to Frank, Lucy, Gabriel, and Imran who received a certificate at assembly today.

Cross country: Well done to all of Ngā Kiwi for your excellent participation!

Lucky Book Club: All orders need to be handed in at the office by Tuesday 22nd of May.

Art and Recycling: This term we are focusing on reusing various materials to create art.
We would love to have any plastic bags, bottles and bottle caps (fizzy drink style bottles,
lids from various bottles), and tin cans that you are finished using. We look forward to displaying
our artwork!

Spencer Park trip: Thank you to all the parents who have said they can help already.
You should have received a pink notice about our Spencer Park Beach trip happening in week 5.
Please let us know if you did not receive a notice. NK1 and 2 have enough helpers and NK3 needs one more. Thank you!

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on
Monday in order for a new book to be issued.

Assembly: NK2 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9.05 am in the hall.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their
morning jobs independently. Farewelling your child by 8.50 allows them time to settle
in before the 9:00 am music.

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box,
as they do with lunch waste. When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put
their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are
needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to see many
of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday.
They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Long hair: If your child has long hair please ensure it is tied up. This is to reduce the spread of headlice and to keep hair off their face during fitness and P.E.

Phonics books: NK1 and 2 letter sounds - 'j' and 'z'. NK3 letter sounds: 'p' and 'n'. Read/sing
the song, make the action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find
pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be
checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.

Release teachers: Shelley, Jo (our new deputy principal), and Becky will be teaching for Sarah,
Lucy, and Louise on Friday. We have been released on the same day to conduct planning as a team.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kindest, Lucy, Sarah and Louise.

Term 2 - Week 2
Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Initiative.

Welcome to school/School visits: This week we welcomed Alex, Aidan, Hannah, James, Sophie, Ryder and Willow to NK3. Zion starts next Wednesday, Casey visits on Wednesday and Jack visits on Tuesday and Thursday.

Certificates: Well done to Kase, Finn, Amro, Ella and Gus who received a certificate at assembly today.

Cross country: This Wednesday 9 May (pp 10 May). Sports shoes need to be worn. Please encourage your child to wear their house colours. If you are coming to watch, please be seated in the two bays in the stand closest to the Port Hills by 11am. You will need to be there in plenty of time and will need to keep clear of the entrance to English Park as this is part of the course. The course starts in English Park, goes behind the stadium, back into English Park and finishes in front of the stadium. The best place to watch is in the stands at English Park. Approximate start times are 11.25am for the Y1 girls and 11.35am for the Y1 boys.

Spencer Park trip: You should have received a pink notice today about our Spencer Park Beach trip happening in week 5. Please let us know if you did not receive a notice. If you can help on this trip please return the pink notice to your homebase teacher ASAP.

Library: We visit the library every Monday. The previous week's book needs to be returned on Monday in order for a new book to be issued. 

Assembly: NK4 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9.10 in the hall.

Morning jobs: We are encouraging the children to manage themselves and do their morning jobs independently. Farewelling your child by 8.50 allows them time to settle in before the 9am music.

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste. When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to see many of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Phonics books: NK1 and 2 letter sounds - 'f' and 'b'. NK3 letter sounds: 't' and 'i'. Read/sing the song, make the action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.

Release teachers: Mrs Shelley Barbour will be teaching for Sarah on Friday.

Kindest, Lucy, Sarah and Louise

Term 2 Newsletter for all Ngā Kiwi
Dear Parents and Caregivers.
Welcome back to term two. This term Ngā Kiwi hub welcomes back from her overseas travel, Louise Schollum, who will be the homebase teacher for Ngā Kiwi 3 and will teach collaboratively with Ngā Kiwi 1 and 2 homebases
Term coverage
This term we continue with our annual plan of ‘Our Big Backyard’ – Our Turangawaewae. Last term we focused on our whanau and community which we will continue this term as well as looking at our environment. We will look at waste and any problems we encounter then find ways that we can solve these problems. Initiatives that started last term were looking at packaging on our food that we have at morning tea and the rubbish that is around the school/community. An excursion this term will be to Spencer Park beach where the Christchurch council educators will lead us in a learning in action programme called ‘Searching the shoreline.’ This will happen in week 5. More details to come.
We will be investigating decomposition and how long objects take to break down which will lead the children to find out what materials are best to use.
In our art unit we will be creating sculptures using creative junk.
The whole school cross country will be held in the second week of the term. All the children will be taking part in this fun activity and we will continue to build up their fitness.
We will be incorporating digital technology in all areas of the curriculum. The children have enjoyed using google maps to find their own home and taking photos of their finished creations. They have also been learning the basics of coding and animation.
Numeracy and literacy are key components in your child’s first year at school. All children are learning their letters/sounds, essential list words, numbers to/from 100 and addition/subtraction to 10. Children all need to practise these skills daily and they love to show how clever they are at reading their books to an adult.
Clothing:
Please name all your child’s clothing as with the mornings becoming colder the children will be taking off sweatshirts/polo fleeces and these can be very easily lost.
Drink Bottles:
Please supply your child with a drink bottle daily.  We are a ‘water only’ school.
Allergies
At St Albans school we are all about keeping everyone safe. We do not have anyone in the Ngā Kiwi hub with any extreme airborne food allergies e.g., nuts therefore there are no restrictions, at this stage, on any specific food you can put in your child’s lunchbox.
Reading folders and reading books:
Reading folders need to come to school daily. Please write a comment each night and write the number of nights in the space provided.  Once the child has read for 25 nights they get a sticker and every 25 nights thereafter. 
Newsletters:
Weekly newsletters this term will only be posted on our blog by the start of the new week – no emailed newsletter this term. Here is the link Ngā Kiwi Blog. Please read this weekly so that you know what your hub is doing and what your child may need.
Junior Team Assemblies:
These are held every Friday at 9.10 am in the school hall, led by the children. All new entrants will be given a ‘Welcome to School’ certificate at these assemblies in the week that they start. All whānau are welcome to attend these assemblies. Our first assembly will be this Friday 4 May lead by Ngā Kiwi 5.
Absences:
Please remember to ring the office if your child will be away. If you are late, please collect a late pass from the office.
Bell times:
School is not officially open until the 8.30am bell. Children who arrive early are required to wait on the astroturf in front of the office. Please help your child to arrive 15 mins before the 9.00am bell.  This is so they have enough time to put away their belongings and unpack what is needed for the day.  To help develop independence and establish class routines we ask that you leave as soon as possible after your child is settled.
Three o’clock:
This is a busy time of day, making sure all children have notices and belongings and once they see their wonderful parent, that is all they want to focus on. So please wait outside the classroom then the children can focus on the instructions given. (This will change over the term as the children become used to routines). If there is no one to meet your child outside the classroom after school, they must come back inside the classroom. If your child has not been collected by 3.15pm they are sent to the school office, due to teacher meetings.
Contact details:
It is important that we have up-to-date email, phone and address details for you. If you have not received a school newsletter via email please let the office know re new details. If you do not have an email contact please ask the teacher for a paper copy.


 
Yours sincerely
Ngā Kiwi Team

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Week 11
Kia ora whānau,

Important changes to weekly email: From term 2 onwards, the weekly newsletter will be posted on the blog in the 'Ngā Kiwi 1, 2, 3, notices' tab. You will no longer receive the newsletter via email and will need to check the blog each week. If you have any issues finding your way around the blog, feel free to ask for help. 
We regularly update the blog with photos of class and hub activities. You can also find hub waiata, phonics songs, high-frequency words and essential list words to practice with your child. 
Follow this link to explore the blog and find out where the newsletters will be posted next term: https://funkidsstalbans.blogspot.co.nz/


Value of the week: Creativity

Welcome to school/School visits: Zion, Aidan, Eric, Hannah, Sophie, and Willow visit throughout the week. 

Certificates: Well done to Luka and Charlotte who received Heart of Achievement awards. 

School holidays: School holidays will be for 2 weeks. The school will be closed on Monday 16th of April and will be open again on Monday 30th of April. We look forward to seeing you after the holiday break!

Assembly: NK2 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9.05 in room 22.

Lost property:  A number of our students have lost school uniform items. Please check your child's uniform to make sure they haven't acquired anyone else's belongings by mistake. We know how expensive school uniforms can be!

Reading: The last day your child will receive a guided reading book will be on Wednesday. Please return any books you may have at home by Wednesday (these can be placed inside your child's reading folder). 

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste. When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to see many of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Phonics books: The letter sounds for week 11 are 'g' and 'o'.

Word cards: Please ensure your child is practicing these regularly. They will be returned to the teacher when all words have been learned.

Library: Library will resume this week and your child will be issued a new book. Please ensure your child keeps their current library book inside their reading folder. If they do not have their library book with them on library day, we won't be able to issue them a new book.

Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy on Wednesday.





Have a lovely holiday break! 

Kindest, 

Sarah and Lucy

Week 10
Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Excellence.

Welcome to school/School visits: Havana starts on Wednesday, Hannah Morgan visits on Wednesday and Sophie Miller and Willow Durand visit on Thursday. 

Easter holiday: School will be closed on Friday 30 March, Monday 2 April and Tuesday 3 April. We look forward to seeing you back on Wednesday 4 April.

Assembly: NK5 are hosting assembly on Friday at 9.05 in room 22.

Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste. When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Organic scraps will be collected. It has been wonderful to see many of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Yoghurt update: Thank you for your wonderful effort at reducing our yoghurt waste! Have a look at the school newsletter for our special mention.

Family photos: We have received many photos of the families in Ngā Kiwi. Since it is an 'All About Me' term, the children are focusing on the things that are important to them. If you have not sent one via email/brought one in yet, please do this as soon as possible.

Scrap paper: Please continue to bring in scrap paper if you have any spare.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Phonics books: The letter sound for week 10 is 'd'.

Word cards: Please ensure your child is practicing these regularly. They will be returned to the teacher when all words have been learned.

Library: No library next week. Library will resume in week 11.

Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy on Wednesday. Kate Stokes will be teaching with Sarah from 11.30 on Friday as Lucy will be attending Krysta's wedding!




Team blog: We regularly update the blog with photos of class and hub activities. You can also find hub waiata, phonics songs, high frequency words and essential list words to practice with your child. Follow this link: https://funkidsstalbans.blogspot.co.nz/



As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.

Kindest, 

Sarah and Lucy

Week 9 

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Manaakitanga

Welcome to school/School visits: Alex visits on Monday and Havana visits on Wednesday. 

Easter Friday, Monday, and Tuesday: On Friday this week (week 9), and Monday and Tuesday of week 10, the school will be closed for the Easter weekend. Please note, not all workplaces close on Tuesday, but schools do. 

Easter Fun: To celebrate Easter, your child is welcome to come to school on Thursday 29th wearing their Easter hat! Help your child decorate their school hat with Easter themed items (that are removable). Below is an example: 




Morning tea: The children need to put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste. When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Yoghurt containers will be collected and rinsed. Organic scraps will also be collected. It has been wonderful to see many of you using containers, reusable wrap, and kai carriers.



School-wide waste reduction initiative: This week we collected all our yoghurt packaging to see how much we use each week. We counted 20 yoghurt pouches and 34 yoghurt pottles! All of this packaging can only be used once before it is recycled or thrown into the rubbish bin. We asked the children how we could reduce this single use yoghurt packaging. 



Here are their ideas:

Have yoghurt for afternoon tea instead of at school - James

Use a small container that can be washed and reused many times. Jhai said this was a good idea as you could save some yoghurt to eat later if you were full. You could make your own yoghurt or buy a big container from the supermarket.

We will collect any packaging again next week and see if we notice a difference! 


Here a few alternatives to single use packaging:

- Buy a large container of yoghurt and put the yoghurt in a small container for school

- Make your own yoghurt with the EasiYo maker (Cara is an expert!)



Family photos: We have received many photos of the families in Ngā Kiwi. Since it is an 'All About Me' term, the children are focusing on the things that are important to them. If you have not sent one via email/bought one in yet, please do this as soon as possible.



Scrap paper: Thank you to all those who have bought scrap paper in! We will send out another request when we need more. 



Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.



Bell times: School is not officially open until the 8.30 music plays. If you arrive early you are required to wait on the astroturf in front of the office.



Phonics books: The letter sounds for week 8 are 'r' and 'm'. 



Word cards: Please ensure your child is practicing these regularly. They will be returned to the teacher when all words have been learned.

Library: We visit the library every Monday. A new book will be issued once the previous week's book is returned. 
Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy on Wednesday



Team blog: We regularly update the blog with photos of class and hub activities. You can also find hub waiata, phonics songs, high frequency words and essential list words to practice with your child. Follow this link: https://funkidsstalbans.blogspot.co.nz/



As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.

Kindest, 


Sarah and Lucy

Week 8

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Respect.

Book Character Day: This Monday 19 MarchChildren (and staff) will be coming to school dressed as a character from a favourite book. Whānau are welcome to join us for the blessing of our reopened library space at 9.45am which will be followed by a book character parade on the blue astroturf at 10am.

Welcome to school/School visits: Senuthi and Layla start on Monday and Havana visits on Wednesday.

Morning tea: From Monday the children will put their morning tea waste back in their lunch box, as they do with lunch waste. When you arrive in the morning your child will need to put their kai on a plate and put any packaging back in their lunch box. Only 1 or 2 items are needed for morning tea. Yoghurt containers will be collected and rinsed. Fruit scraps will also be collected. It has been wonderful to see many of you using containers, reusable wrap and kai carriers.

Family photos: Since it is an 'All About Me' term, the children are focusing on the things that are important to them. Please send us a photo of your child and your family together so that we can display it on the wall. 

Scrap paper: We are always in need of scrap paper and would appreciate anything you can bring in from home. 

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Bell times: School is not officially open until the 8.30 music plays. If you arrive early you are required to wait on the astroturf in front of the office.

Phonics books: The letter sounds for week 8 are 'e' and 'h'. 
The phonics book is provided for home learning - we recommend completing two letters a week, starting with 's' and 'a'. Read/sing the song, make the action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.

Word cards: Please ensure your child is practising these regularly. They will be returned to the teacher when all words have been learnt.

Library: We visit the library every Monday. A new book will be issued once the previous week's book is returned. 

Release teachers: Lucy will be attending a meeting on Tuesday afternoon and Nicola Evans will be teaching with Sarah. Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy on Wednesday



PTA Sausage sizzle: Orders to be placed by 9am on Friday morning, outside the hall, for collection at 12.30 that day. $2 per sausage. Vegetarian sausages available.



Hot cross buns: Please support the senior camps this year and buy your hot cross buns through school. Traditional or Chocolate, $4 for a pack of 6. Orders can be placed at the cafē or office. Please place your order by Monday 26th March for delivery at school on Thursday 29th MarchAll funds raised will go towards subsidising the senior camp costs this year.



Team blog: We regularly update the blog with photos of class and hub activities. You can also find hub waiata, phonics songs, high frequency words and essential list words to practise with your child. Follow this link: https://funkidsstalbans.blogspot.co.nz/



As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.

Kindest, 

Sarah and Lucy

Week 7

Kia ora whānau,

Value of the week: Creativity.

Welcome to school/School visits:  Welcome to Jhai, who starts on Tuesday in NK3. Senuthi visits on Monday.

Marae trip: We are visiting Rehua Marae this week, on Wednesday 14 March from 9.05am to 12.30pm. Your child will need to bring a jacket on this day (preferably water/shower-proof). 

Family photos: Since it is an 'All About Me' term, the children are focusing on the things that are important to them. Please send us a photo of your child and your family together so that we can display it on the wall. 

Lunches: Please ensure you provide a spoon in your child's lunchbox when it is applicable. 



Scrap paper: We are always in need of scrap paper and would appreciate anything you can bring in from home. 



Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.



Bell times: School is not officially open until the 8.30 music plays. If you arrive early you are required to wait on the astroturf in front of the office.



Aquatics: Swimming is now finished for the term. 



Phonics books: The letter sounds for week 7 are 'c' and 'k'. 

The phonics book is provided for home learning - we recommend completing two letters a week, starting with 's' and 'a'. Read/sing the song, make the action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.



Library: Our issuing system is up and running so your child will be issued with a library book on Monday. They can keep this in their reading folder until the following Monday (when they will be able to choose a different book). 



Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy on Monday.





PTA Sausage sizzle: Orders to be placed by 9am on Friday morning, outside the hall, for collection at 12.30 that day. $2 per sausage. Vegetarian sausages available.



Hot cross buns: Please support the senior camps this year and buy your hot cross buns through school. Traditional or Chocolate, $4 for a pack of 6. Orders can be placed at the cafē or office. Please place your order by Monday 26th March for delivery at school on Thursday 29th MarchAll funds raised will go towards subsidising the senior camp costs this year.





As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.



Kindest, 
Sarah and Lucy

Week 6
Kia ora whānau,
Value of the week: Creativity.

Awards: Well done to Lucy who received a Heart of Achievement certificate at assembly today.

Welcome to school/School visits: We welcome Cameron who starts on Monday. Senuthi visits on Monday and Layla on Wednesday.

Marae trip: We are visiting Rehua Marae on Wednesday 14 March from 9.05am to 12.30pm. Please return the pink form if you are able to be a parent helper.

Aquatics: Swimming is now finished for the term. 

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Bell times: School is not officially open until the 8.30 music plays. If you arrive early you are required to wait on the astroturf in front of the office.

Phonics books: The letter sounds for week 6 are 'p' and 'n'. 
The phonics book is provided for home learning - we recommend completing two letters a week, starting with 's' and 'a'. Read/sing the song, make the action, colour in the letter and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book. This book will be checked weekly so please ensure it is kept up to date.

Library: Our issuing system is up and running so your child will be issued with a library book on Monday. 

Assembly: We will have our first whole school assembly on Friday at 9.25am in the hall. Students will sit in their house groups.

Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy on Wednesday.

PTA Sausage sizzle: Orders to be placed by 9am on Friday morning, outside the hall, for collection at 12.30 that day. $2 per sausage. Vegetarian sausages available.

Hot cross buns: Please support the senior camps this year and buy your hot cross buns through school. Traditional or Chocolate, $4 for a pack of 6. Orders can be placed at the cafē or office. Please place your order by Monday 26th March for delivery at school on Thursday 29th March. All funds raised will go towards subsidising the senior camp costs this year.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.
Kindest, 


Sarah and Lucy

Week 5
Kia ora whānau,
Value of the week: Excellence

Awards: Well done to Neave who received a Values award and Carter who received an Achievement award at assembly today.

Welcome to school/School visits: We welcome Maxi who starts on Monday and Billie who starts on Tuesday. Cameron and Layla visit on Wednesday.

Permissions: Please ensure that this document is filled out and returned as soon as possible. 

Notices: Notices will be given out as students leave the classroom (end of the day) or folded and placed in the back plastic pocket of their reading folders. Please check this pocket each night.

Aquagym: Due to the bad weather last week, we will be completing the remaining Aquagym lessons over the week. Your child will need their togs every day. Please ensure all swimwear and clothing is named.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Phonics books: The letter sounds for this week are 't' and 'i'. 
This book is provided for home learning - we recommend completing two letters a week, starting with 's' and 'a'. Read/sing the song, make the action, colour in the letter, and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book.

Library: Unfortunately, the issuing system in the library is down. Until this is resolved, we will spend our library time exploring the books that are available (every Monday afternoon).

Assembly: Ngā Kiwi 5 are hosting assembly at 9:10am on Friday in the hall.

Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy on Monday.

PTA Sausage sizzle: Orders to be placed by 9am on Friday morning, outside the hall, for collection at 12.30 that day. $2 per sausage. Vegetarian sausages available.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.
Kindest, 


Sarah and Lucy 

Week 4
Kia ora whānau,
Value of the week: Community.

Awards: Well done to Shunya who received a Values award and Elsie who received an Achievement award at assembly today.

Welcome to school/School visits: We welcome Abdullah who starts on Monday and Nina who starts on Thursday. Billie will visit on Tuesday and Cameron on Wednesday.

Notices: Notices will be given out as students leave the classroom (end of the day) or folded and placed in the back plastic pocket of their reading folders. Please check this pocket each night.

Aquagym: Your child will need their togs every day next week. Please ensure all swimwear and clothing is named.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Phonics books: A phonics book is now in your child's reading folder. This is provided for home learning - we recommend completing two letters a week, starting with 's' and 'a' next week. Read/sing the song, make the action, colour in the letter, and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book. 

Library: We will visit the school library every Monday afternoon. Your child will be issued a book that they will need to return the following week.

Assembly: Ngā Kiwi 1 are hosting assembly at 9:10am on Friday in the hall.

Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy on Wednesday.

PTA Sausage sizzle: Orders to be placed by 9am on Friday morning, outside the hall, for collection at 12.30 that day. $2 per sausage. Vegetarian sausages available.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.
Kindest, 

Sarah and Lucy 

Week 3
Kia ora whānau,
Value of the week: Initiative.

Awards: Well done to Ishan who received a values award and Poppy who received an achievement award last Friday.

Welcome to school/School visits: We welcome Kyriakos who starts in NK2 on Monday.  Billie, Maxi, Abdullah, and Nina visit throughout the week.

Notices: Notices will be given out as students leave the classroom (end of the day) or folded and placed in the back, plastic pocket of their reading folders. Please check this pocket each night.

Aquagym: In week 4, Aquagym instructors will be conducting swimming lessons with the students every day for half an hour.

Toys: Please ensure your child does not bring any toys to school from Monday to Thursday. They are welcome to bring toys/items to share on a Friday for news time.

Parent Helpers: We are always in need of parent helpers! Currently, we would love some help returning reading books to the resource room. Please talk to us if you can assist in any way.

Sunhats/Suncream: These are required every day in term 1. Suncream stations are positioned around the school for students to apply their own suncream. Please help your child practice putting their own suncream on if you would like them to use suncream during the school day. 

Reading: For home learning it would be most beneficial to read with your child. Please reread the guided reading books we send home each day (inside the reading folder). 

Phonics books: You will find a phonics book inside your child's reading folder. This is provided for home learning - we recommend completing two letters a week, starting with 's' and 'a'. Read the poem, make the action, colour in the letter, and write the letter on the lines. Feel free to find pictures of things that start with the same sound to stick into the phonics book. 

Aquatics: Our swimming days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please send your child’s named togs, towel and goggles in a waterproof bag on these days.

Library: We will visit the school library every Monday afternoon. Your child will be issued a book that they will need to return the following week.

Assembly: Ngā Kiwi 2 are hosting the assembly at 9:10am on Friday in the hall.

Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy Wednesday and Mrs Shelley Barbour will be teaching with Sarah on Friday.

PTA Sausage sizzle: Orders to be placed by 9am on Friday morning, outside the hall, for collection at 12.30 that day. $2 per sausage. Vegetarian sausages available.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.
Kindest, 

Sarah and Lucy 

Week 2
Kia ora whānau,
What a great start we had to the 2018 school year. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the pōwhiri and team assembly. We are looking forward to our week ahead.
Homebase teachers: Sarah is the NK1 homebase teacher and Lucy is the NK2 homebase teacher. We will be spending the majority of our days together as one class. Your homebase teacher is your first point of contact but both teachers are able to answer questions/discuss any concerns.
Communication: Please ensure you read this weekly newsletter, the school newsletter and the whiteboard outside our classroom.
Value of the week: Manaakitanga.
Welcome to school/School visits: We welcome Imran Zumarai who starts in NK2 on Monday. We welcome Maxi Chapman who visits on Monday, Abdullah Jawawdeh who visits on Wednesday and Nina Noda who visits on Thursday.
Aquatics: Our swimming days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please send your child’s named togs, towel and goggles in a waterproof bag on these days.
Library: We will visit the school library every Monday afternoon. Your child will be issued a book that they will need to return the following week.
Public holiday: A reminder that school is closed this Tuesday 6 February due to Waitangi Day.
Assembly: Ngā Kiwi 4 are hosting assembly at 9:10am on Friday in the hall.
Release teachers: Cara Wallace will be teaching with Lucy every Wednesday and Mrs Shelley Barbour will be teaching on Friday in week 3 and 7 with Sarah.
PTA Sausage sizzle: Orders to be placed by 9am on Friday morning, outside the hall, for collection at 12.30 that day. $2 per sausage. Vegetarian sausages available.
Sunhats: These are required every day in term 1.
Our Big Backyard: This is our school inquiry for 2018. We will be learning about our environment and how to look after it. NK1 and 2 will begin exploring this in the next few weeks by sorting our morning tea waste into rubbish, recycling and organics.
If you have any questions or concerns, please come to see us or send an email.
Kindest,

Lucy and Sarah

Welcome to St Albans School.  
Starting school is an exciting time and we absolutely love having the privilege of

being your child’s teacher for 2018.
Over the first few weeks we will be building relationships with your child and setting routines and expectations in our classrooms.
Stationery Packs: These can be dropped off in your child’s class on Wednesday 31 January from 12.00pm – 2.00pm. The school is open for at this time for all whanau to explore their new spaces and talk to their teachers.
Please name all stationery and place in containers in the learning spaces.
The whiteboard markers, gluesticks, crayons and pencils in the stationery pack will be combined into a class set.
Personal Belongings:
We provide pencils, crayons, felts and colouring in pencils therefore your child does not need to bring these to school so they can keep them at home for their homework. Please also keep toys and precious items at home as breakage or loss can be very upsetting.
Clothing:
We have a full school uniform at St Albans that each child is required to wear. School hats are compulsory in Term 1 and 4.  Please leave these hats in your child’s locker at the end of the day ready for the next day.  If your child goes to after school care e.g., OSCAR, they ask that the children wear their hats home. So please return them with the child the following day.
Please make sure all items of your child’s clothing are named as we will be swimming in the school pool and due to all the children wearing uniform, ownership can be an issue.  Packing spare undies/socks/shorts etc in your child’s school bag is also helpful in case of accidents. There is a lost property box located outside Tipu.
Aquatics:
Our swimming hub days are:
Ngā Kiwi 1/2 Mon: 10.30 – 11.00, Tues: 1.30 – 2.00, Wed: 12.00 – 12.30.
Ngā Kiwi 4/5 Mon: 10.30 – 11.00, Wed: 11.30 – 12.00, Fri: 1.30 – 2.00.
Please send your child’s named togs, towel and goggles in a waterproof bag on these days, even if the weather isn’t fine in the morning, as it may change. We get changed in our spaces and walk over to the pool for our lesson.
Drink Bottles:
Please supply your child with a drink bottle daily.  We are a ‘water only’ school.
Allergies
At St Albans school we are all about keeping everyone safe. We do not have anyone in the Ngā Kiwi hub with any extreme food allergies e.g., nuts therefore there are no restrictions at this stage, on any specific food you can put in your child’s lunchbox.
Reading folders and reading books:
Reading folders need to come to school daily.  These contain a home reader book, which will have the child’s reading book, listed inside it.  Please write a comment each night and write the number of nights in the space provided.  Once the child has read for 25 nights they get a sticker and every 25 nights thereafter. 
Newsletters:
There will be a weekly newsletter, which will be emailed by the start of the new week and posted to the blog. Please read this weekly so that you know what your class is doing and what your child may need.
Junior Team Assemblies:
These are held every Friday at 9.10 am in the school hall, led by the children. All new entrants will be given a ‘Welcome to School’ certificate at these assemblies in the week that they start. All whānau are welcome to attend these assemblies. Our first assembly will be Friday 2 February.
Absences:
Please remember to ring the office if your child will be away. A roll will be taken at 9.00 am. Any absences will be noted and if the absence has not been notified the office staff will be in contact.  If you are late, please collect a late pass from the office.
Bell times:
School is not officially open until the 8.30am bell. Children who arrive early are required to wait on the astro turf in front of the office. Please help your child to arrive 15 mins before the 9.00am bell.  This is so they have enough time to put away their belongings and unpack what is needed for the day.  To help develop independence and establish class routines we ask that you leave as soon as possible after your child is settled.
Three o’clock:
This is a busy time of day, making sure all children have notices and belongings and once they see their wonderful parent that is all they want to focus on. So please wait outside the classroom then the children can focus on the instructions given. (This will change over the term as the children become used to routines). If there is no one to meet your child outside the classroom after school, they must come back inside the classroom. If your child has not been collected by 3.15pm they are sent to the school office, due to teacher meetings.
Class blog
Our hub will have a joint blog and the link can be found on the school’s homepage. This blog will be updated frequently with exciting things that are happening in our classrooms.
Contact details:
It is important that we have up-to-date email, phone and address details for you. If you have not received a newsletter via email please let your homebase teacher know then contact the office re new details. If you do not have email contact please ask the teacher for a paper copy.
Daily timetable for Monday to Thursday. (This will vary in the first few weeks due to our swimming timetable)
9.00 Community Time
9.05 Phonics
9.25 Writing
10.10 Interval
10.30 Maths
11.10 Fitness
11.30 Reading
12.30 Lunch
1.25 Roll/Story
1.40 Handwriting
2.00 Inquiry
2.45 Pack up and Reflection.
Friday’s timetable will differ from above to include discovery, poetry, Te Reo, music and assembly.
The first term at school is all about establishing routines, reinforcing organisational skills, giving children success and being positive about school.  The children will also be developing their self-management and independence skills during this time.
Please ask your homebase teacher if you have any queries.
Thank you for letting us teach your wonderful children!
Yours sincerely
Ngā Kiwi Team
June Thompson-Sutherland  june.sutherland@stalbans.school.nz

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