Kahikatea News Week 2 Term 1 2020

Learning Conferences
What a pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet with all of you over our two days of learning conferences. Thank you for taking the time to come along. We appreciate this is a valuable time to share information and to build familiarity with you and your child/children.
If you were not able to make a time please contact your child's homegroup teacher.

Playground Development
The junior playground is currently under construction. There is an amazing team working on this and we are looking forward to seeing the final product!
Because of this our veranda area can be very congested at drop off and pick up time. You can support your child's/children's independence by waiting to meet them by the hall steps or the library veranda or by the flag pole at the end of the day. This will really help to reduce the number of people waiting near our entry and exit points.

Drop-off's and Morning Routines
As the new year starts and our tamariki are forming new relationships with their teachers and getting to know new friends we understand that your child/children may experience some difficulty saying goodbye in the morning. To support you and your child we encourage you to: 
  • Be at school between 8.30 and 8.45. This will allow time for your child to complete their morning jobs and to settle into an activity or task
  • Make contact with your child's home group teacher if you need support to farewell your child
  • Support your child to find something to do. Often doing the same thing each morning with your child (e.g. a puzzle or reading a book together) is very reassuring
  • Let your child know when you will say goodbye (e.g. in 2 minutes I am going to say goodbye, or after I have read a story, or when you've put your bag into the cubby. Sometimes a quick, positive "Have a nice day and I will see you after school" is a good way to share that presupposition and I know you will be fine.   
  • Our tamariki appreciate routine and consistency. Establishing these routines and expectations early on is super helpful for everyone! The hub is often very busy with people coming and going and we appreciate you being mindful of the extra noise so many extra people in this space can make. 

Discovery Time
In team Kahikatea we run our discovery time slightly differently to Team Koru. During the first few weeks of school, we will be exploring learning through discovery most mornings and some afternoons.

Collaboration is an important feature of our teaching and learning programs. Your child's home group will often be working collaboratively with other home groups across the day and the week. We use the hub spaces flexibly and we encourage and support our tamariki to enjoy learning across the hub.

Upcoming Events

We are nearing the end of term and it is a busy time for us all! Here are the upcoming events for the rest of the term:

  • Tuesday 10th December - Helpers' Thank-you Coffee and Croissants 8:30am
  • Wednesday 11th December - Sherrilee's Farewell Assembly 9.30-10:30am
  • Friday 13th December - Final Assembly 9:15-10:30am
  • Friday 13th December - Kahikatea end of year Performance 2:15-2:45pm
  • Monday 16th December - Kahikatea Waltham Park and Pool Day 11am-3pm
  • Tuesday 17th December - House Games and School Picnic 12pm (Beckenham Park)
  • Thursday 19th December - School finishes for the year 12:30pm

Over the next week and a half, the children will be bringing home their books and any artwork or writing which has been displayed. 

We are all looking forward to our day at Waltham Park and Pool. It is going to be an amazing day. Here is a link to the social story for Waltham Park and Pool. Please take the time to look through it with your child and go over the expectations. We look forward to a successful and fun day! If you are able to help out on this trip, we are looking for more parent helpers. Please, can you let your homegroup teacher know as soon as possible. Thank you!

Kahikatea Celebration Friday 13th December

Kia ora Whanau,
We warmly welcome you to join us in the hall on Friday the 13th of December at 2.15.
We will have an end of the year celebration, performing our Sasa and singing Christmas songs and our dance group will perform.
All welcome. Meet us in the school hall.

Kahikatea End of Year Picnic and Swim

Kia ora whānau,

On Monday 16th December, the children in Kahikatea team are going to Waltham Park and Pool. 
Matou tamariki will be leaving school at 11:00am and walking to the park.
After playing games and having time in the playground.
Then we will eat our lunch before cleaning up and walking to Waltham Pool at 1pm.
After our swim, we will be leaving Waltham pool and arriving back at school by 2:50pm.  

The contribution of $2.90 per child would be appreciated.
This is to cover the pool entry and swim. 
This can be made at the office or via your school account. 

We will need up to four parent helpers per home group for this trip.
If you are able to assist, please email your child’s teacher as soon as possible.  
Our whānau helpers are needed to assist children to change into and then out of their togs.
We do not expect whānau helpers to swim as we have arranged for extra lifeguards
to be on duty on the day

Noho ora mai

Jules, Amber, Charlotte, Anna & Lisa