Karen’s Cycle 1 Class
Dear Parents and caregivers,
I would like to welcome you and your child to their new class (the “HONEYEATERS”). This year the class will consist of 11 Reception children for the first semester, with a few mid-year entrants beginning in the second semester. Aside from me, in the classroom this year will be our teaching assistant, Jane, who will be working in our room 4 mornings a week.
A few bits of information….
SCHOOL HOURS – School hours are 8:50am – 3:20pm. 8.50 is our administration time where we will be completing the roll book, collecting notes, etc with quiet work time commencing at 9:00am.
School gates will be open at 8:30am and a teacher will be on duty. This will allow you greater flexibility in dropping off your child in the morning. The main school building will open at 8:50am and all children will enter through their classroom door. At 9:00am, all doors will be closed and locked and any children arriving late will need to enter via the front office. A late slip will need to be filled in at the front office. If you are picking your child up early it is now a requirement that you come into the front office to sign them out, and administration staff will send a message to the classroom for your child to come up and meet you in the office.
TERM OUTLINE- While many of our subject areas cross over and interrelate, our mornings will generally have a focus on numeracy (presentations, lessons and individual Math booklets), literacy (Jolly Phonics intensive program, individual literacy Boxwork, oral language, writing) as well as fitness lessons. The afternoons are more of a Cultural Studies focus where we will be covering areas such as History, This Is Me and Art. Science and Health will be a major focus on Fridays, along with our Friday program. The children will also have specialised lessons in Music, Creative Arts and Italian, as well as Buddy Program and a tennis clinic. It will be a BUSY BUSY term!!!
NUTRITION – A Montessori program considers the growth of the whole child and believes nutrition plays a vital role in the development of young children. I therefore ask that foods and drinks high in sugar, salt, fat or artificial colours and flavours, NOT be included in school lunches. Please note that many pre-packaged foods fall into these categories and are not suitable food choices for school.
UNIFORM – School colours are strictly navy blue and white. A school hat is also essential and must be worn during outside play. (It is also helpful if children’s belongings are clearly named).
PLANT- It would be lovely if your child could bring a class plant to school that is suitable for an inside environment, that they can be responsible for throughout the year.
PARENT HELPERS– If you would like to help in any way in the classroom this is always very welcome! There are always things like cutting fruit, listening to reading, covering books, cutting up resources, helping on the computer, sorting word cards, etc that need to be done, so if you are interested please come and see me. You will need a current police check (cost covered by the school as well as an induction session with Noel).
COMMUNICATION- The priority in the mornings is to be with the children to help them settle and focus without distractions. For this reason, I ask that if you need to see me you pop in after school, jot down a note and leave it on my desk, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your consideration.
CATCH UP- Finally, I look forward to hopefully catching up with you all on Friday afternoon of week 1 to celebrate a great first week and to get to know you all a little more!! Here’s to a wonderful year!
Best wishes, Karen.