Kōwhai News Term 3 Week 2

Kia ora whānau,

We have had a great start to Term 3. The children (and teachers) have all come back refreshed and excited for the term.

We are continuing to have one of our teachers at the flagpole in the morning to greet students and parents as well as teachers being in the hub in the mornings. Teachers have meetings 3-4 days a week which start at 3:15. If you do need to share information or catch up with your child's teacher for a meeting then please email them to arrange a time. 

In Class Music 
This term we are starting our music teaching for the year. Nick and Rowe's class will be taking ukulele lessons on a Tuesday afternoon  with Roger and Laura and Tracey's will be taking recorder lessons with Josie. We will swap these around in Week 7 of this term and continue till the middle of Term 4. We are making sure the recorders are cleaned in a hot dishwasher after each session.

If your child would like to bring their own recorder, then you can find these for about $13-$15 dollars from the music store Rockshop, or you could have a look at The Warehouse as well.
If you do choose to bring your own recorder in, please make sure it is clearly named.

We will not bring in our own ukulele as these need to be individually tuned each week by our ukulele teacher Roger.

We have such fabulous readers in Kōwhai! Please help remind your child to bring in their reading folder every day, and write in their reading log all the books they read. We have some children who are up to 50 books already which is amazing. Your child can choose to bring their own book to school to read during our independent reading times if they would like. 

We are also still looking for some parents to help us with reading with students and putting books away so please contact Laura laura.williamson@beckenham.school.nz if you would like to do this. 

This Friday your child/children will be bringing home their Readathon card. The final return date for this is 21st August, NOT 14th August. Apologies for this error. 
Thank you for you support of this important event. 

A reminder that if your child would like to bring in their own headphones then please do. They will need to be named and it will be the students responsibility to look after them. 

Hillview Cross Country
During Level 3 the decision was made that our school was not going to attend the Hillview Cross Country inter-school event this year. We have now been informed that they are going ahead with the event on the 4th of August. Our tamariki will not be attending, but if you would like your child to take attend as an individual then please contact your class teacher and they will pass the relevant information they have onto you. You will need to make your own arrangements if you decide to attend. 

Maths Focus 
We have been focusing on addition and subtraction recently in our Mathematics learning. Below are some examples of how students may solve these problems. To solve these problems children need a good base knowledge of basic facts i.e adding to 10. Please continue to practice basic facts at home to support this. 

Discovery Learning 
This week we have introduced woodwork and gardening into our Discovery Learning. The children have enjoyed learning how to make their own watering can and how to use the woodwork tools in a safe way. 

Have a great weekend! 
The Kōwhai Team - Laura, Nick, Tracey and Rowe

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