Friday, 16 February 2018

Tired Little People and Busy Bee Excitement.

Tired Children

I happened across this article on the big wide web and I felt it was very appropriate to share with you all at this time.
The article refers to Kindy children but please remember your children are now, suddenly, full time at school.  One of our little men was a bit teary on Thursday and when I spoke to him about it on Friday he told me that he had just needed his teddy and a rest but he was 'OK' today.  How wise was he..
Please click on the link below.
A letter to mum from your child. Dad's to read too!

Be reassured that we are considering your child's needs constantly.  We allow for rest times, regular water and toilet breaks.  Please speak to us if you are worried at all about your child.

Busy Bee Excitement

As mentioned at the Parent Information Night we have a Busy Bee on this Saturday.  It is very close.  I have had a father from PPL offer to do some work and add his ideas, as well as an offer of plants and painting skills from PPB parents.
I will put a sheet on our communication wall on Monday and ask you to register your possible assistance.
Mr Wilkie put a note in our school newsletter on Friday about the Busy Bee.
There are lots of jobs to do so come and help us out!

Below are photos from the playground at Vasse Coles.  We would like to put a balance/stepping stone walkway into our play ground like this.
There will be mulch to spread, weeds to pull, trees to trim, pavers to high pressure clean and cobwebs and bird poo to remove!
We really want to put in a bike path but that may have to wait until the next busy bee.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Parent Night and a bit more!

Thank you all for your attendance at our parent Information Session on Tuesday evening. 
We  had almost  a 100% turn out and the couple of parents who really couldn't make it have already booked meetings to make sure they are up to scratch with all the information shared. 

Our P & F parent reps are Ash McLaren and Jess Dodd.  Ness Gleeson has kindly put her hand up to get these gorgeous girls started as they are both new mums to the school. 

'Starry', a wonderful dad from PPL has offered to help with the play ground up grade along with a couple of other dads who have trades that they can share at the Busy Bee.  

Thanks to all who have offered their time so far.  

Mr Wilkie will give us more information about timetable and plans in Friday's newsletter. 

Your little people are settling in very well.  They are coping with new routines and the beginning of a slightly more formal literacy and numeracy routine. You may notice your children becoming quite tired over the next couple of weeks.  This is quite normal.  It takes a little while for their bodies to adjust to being at school every day.  We remain mindful of this ourselves and adjust our daily expectations accordingly. Be reassured that our days are filled with fun, play and laughter.  If your child is unsettled or sad we will let you know. A few of our little people are falling asleep at rest time. Our policy is to let them sleep on as they obviously need it however there are some parents that feel that this interrupts their nigh time sleep.  Please let us know if you prefer that they are woken up. 

Today your child received a library book.  Please treat this book like gold.  Keep it at home until after the weekend and then place it in its library bag and return it to the library box in the classroom.  Your child must have returned their library book by Wednesday morning in order to receive a library book for the next week.  

Tomorrow the children will bring home a PLD Comprehension Pack.  This pack contains a story book and a question card.  The ideas is that you read the book to your children and then ask them the questions on the card.  Try to engender conversation about the text and encourage deep thinking. This too, must be returned by 9am each Wednesday so that it can be swapped. As these books are limited in number they are swapped on a rotational basis.  If you don't return your book on time then the child due to have that book next is compromised.  

We are presently working to encourage the children to ask questions.  Asking questions is central to inquiry learning.  We have discussed question words like who, where, when, what, how and why. 
We honour all questions and answer them in the best way that we can or preferably help the children to answer them for themselves. 

Next week we will begin the On entry testing.  All Pre primary students in WA complete this testing.  It gives us a sound indication as to what your child's learning needs are and also gives us a base from which to measure their future growth.  While this testing is happening Mrs Sorgiovanni will be teaching and Mrs Birch will be testing.  At this stage testing will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday next week and on Tuesday in Week 5.  Each test takes about 40 minutes.  It is completed in two 20 minute sections.  Your child will go with Mrs Birch to the library or staff room and answer a series of  questions.  The children usually love this chance of having some one to one attention from their teacher and skip all the way there and back!  The results are sent off, collated and a parent report is sent back and handed to parents at the Parent Teacher interviews in week 9. 

We will have our first Keeping Safe session tomorrow and as promised we will inform you if there are any questions or concerns. 

Kind regards,
Mrs Birch and Mrs Sorgiovanni. 

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Parent Information Session

A reminder that it is very important that at least one parent from each family attend the Parent Information Session for Preprimary. 
This session will be THIS TUESDAY  after school 
All parents will first go to the hall for a General School information session before moving to the classroom for Preprimary specific information. 
Session 1- Years 6, 5, 1 and PP
5:00 - 5:30  - Hall for important whole school information
5:30 - 6:15 - Classroom sessions  - Parents move to their respective child's classroom for important class information from their classroom teacher.
Session 2 - Years  4, 3, 2
6:30 -7:00  - Hall for important whole school information
7:00 - 7:45 - Classroom sessions  - Parents move to their respective child's classroom for important class information from their classroom teacher.

PPB Sharing Roster

Even Weeks
Oscar A
Oscar B
Odd Weeks

This term the students will be focussing on ‘Object Descriptions’ during news. They will be need to describe their news using 2 elements such as:
 : what it is + what type
 : what it is + where it is found
 : What it is + one piece of information
 : What it is + what is it used for
 : what it is + what is it made from

Please help your child choose their item/picture for news and decide what they are going to say using one of the above suggestions.

NB.  It is Week 3 this week so Tom and OLiver will be on Monday.  

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Week 2 Lots of Learning Through Play

It has been wonderful to watch this delightful group of children settle in so quickly to the routines of PPB. 
They were very understanding when my voice 'disappeared' last week and tried very hard to be good listeners. 
Whilst we like to begin the school year gently and allow the children plenty of time to get to know their teachers and each other, we do get into learning routines pretty quickly. 
Here are some photographs so you can have a 'window' into your child's day at school. 

We always try to include photographs of as many children as possible.  However, some children tend to avoid the camera.  If you don't see many photographs of your child then let us know! 

Our First Day

Outdoor Play

Learning to speak Indonesian.  

Working With Numbers  

Playing and Learning Outdoors. 

A Parent Information Session will take place next Tuesday evening.  Please read the newsletter this week for more information. 

  • We ask that all PPB families have at least one parent at the meeting. 

  • There is a Parent Help Roster on the wall near the classroom entry door. Please add your name to the roster.  When you are on roster we will need you from 9am - 11am.  

  • If your child has allergies or is on any medication please make an appointment with us to discuss this. 

  • Please pack your child's morning tea and lunch in separate lunch boxes. 

  • A 'Sharing Roster' will be sent home shortly.  Please follow this roster and prepare your child for the sharing topic.  We ask PLEASE NO TOYS for sharing time. 

  • If you are not picking your child up at the end of the day then please write in the communications book to tell us who will be.  Even another mother from the class.
See you at school!

Mrs Birch and Mrs Sorgiovanni. 

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Week 1. 2018. WELCOME to PPB

Dear Parents,
Welcome to PPB.  We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead teaching your lovely children in partnership with you. 
There are always first day questions so listed below are some reminders to make day one as easy as possible for both the children and the parents. 
1. First day back is Wednesday the 31st of January. 
2. Gathering Time begins at 8.30am.  Please do not arrive earlier than this. All children should be at school no later than 8.45am.  
3. The children should wear Pre primary uniform.  Teal school issue polo shirt. Black shorts. Brown sandals or white running shoes with white socks. School Rugby top if cold. Coloured faction polo shirts are only to be worn on Fridays. All items of uniform, including shoes, must be clearly labelled with your child’s name. Hats will be kept at school in your child’s drawer.
4. All children should have a packed lunch.  Please pack a separate smaller box for their morning tea.  We encourage fruit for morning tea with the addition of crackers, cheese etc if required. In accordance with our sustainability plans we prefer Nude Food with as little packaging and plastic as possible.
Please note, if your child is not willing to eat the food you pack then it will be sent home so you can see just what is working for lunch boxes and what is not. 
If your child eats breakfast very early then we suggest that they have something to eat just before going to school. 
5. Your child must have a water bottle each day.  Water bottles are sent home at the end of the day to be washed and refreshed. At Gathering Time your child will need to put their water bottle on the water bottle table. Water only in the bottles please.  No cordial or juices.
6.  Please do not label the school stationary supplies that you have purchased.  All supplies go into the store room and are used on a share basis. Please bring this stationary pack to school on day one if it has not already been delivered to school.
7. Pick up time. Please be at the door at 3.00pm ready for 3.05pm dismissal.  There is a communications book on the parent information table.  If your child is being picked up by someone different then this must be recorded in the communications book.  Please also write down if your child is going to Pick Up Lane or is going to Day Care.
8. Our pres have a rest after lunch each day.  They will require a SMALL pillow.  The smaller the better as we have limited storage space in the classroom. 
9.  Please email in a family group photograph with all family members present (Mum, Dad, kids and pets!) before Monday the 29th of January. This can be sent to  .
10.   All other key organisation information will be passed on at the Parent Information Meeting in Week Two.
If you have any questions about the first few days then please email Julie Birch on the above address.
We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday.
Kind regards,
Julie Birch and Gemma Sorgiovanni.
Education Assistant
Mrs Birch
Mrs Young
Mrs Birch
Mrs Young
Mrs Birch
Mrs Sweeney
Mrs Birch
Mrs Annert
Mrs Sorgiovanni
Mrs Young

NB.  This year PPB will have a Fourth Year University Student completing an Internship with us.  The students name is Mrs Jo Nottle.  She will be with us for the first two weeks and then on Mondays and Tuesdays for the rest of semester one.  In Term 3 she will complete a full time prac.  Please make her feel welcome. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

A Final Word...

Well it is hard to believe that the 2017 school year has drawn to a close and that your gorgeous kids are moving on to Year One.  It was with a heavy heart that I said farewell to them today.  After the best part of a year together each and every child has earned a special place in my heart.
Thank you so much to all of the parents for your continued support over the year.  You have come to the party with costumes, food and importantly your time.  It is the team work between teachers and parents that shows the child just how important they are.
Your amazing gift today was a lovely surprise and very much appreciated.  I can't wait to make use of my voucher ... you may not recognise me next year when I come back looking ten years younger!
Many thanks to those parents and children who took the time to write a message on a card.... Words are so special.
Thank you to Chris Gibbins who scrubbed all of our chairs and to Julia Thompson who cleaned the drawers and some of our play equipment today.  We would love a couple of parents to help to do a little more cleaning tomorrow.  See Mrs Sorgiovanni in the morning if you can.

Today we had our 'Fun Day'.  Your children should be tired tonight because we played hard today!
It was a beautiful way to end a lovey year.
We managed to get a few shots before the battery ran out on the camera.

Towel station.

Thanks to Mrs Martin for bringing in a plastic water slide!  It was awesome fun!