Kia ora whānau,

Term 4 is here! We hope everyone has had an enjoyable past two weeks having the kiddies home.

With the nice weather and sunny evenings I have been one of many trying to get into an exercise routine! My partner laughs when I say I will continue it when I go back to school next week. When you see me feel free to help motivate me to keep up the running!

During the holidays us teachers have had fresh ideas and planned for a busy term ahead. On Friday we had a professional development day together, reflecting on teaching and learning. It was a valuable day to share our thinking and challenge norms.

The week ahead:

Tomorrow (Monday) morning we will be having a pōwhiri to welcome new children, families and teachers. The pōwhiri will be at the outside the office entrance area of the school unless it is raining, in which it will be in the hall. Carolyn and Waka Huia are very excited to be welcoming eight 5 year olds starting tomorrow. We will also be welcoming the lovely Alison to our teaching team. Alison will be teaching the newest 5 year olds from week 6 onwards in Room 10. I cannot wait to work alongside Alison as we transition the youngest learners into RSS this year. Her warm, caring and creative personality will be a perfect fit for our little learners.

On Wednesday I am hoping to take the Year 6 students to IPU for them to celebrate their Japanese learning, while experiencing the Japanese culture with those studying at the university. However… I need parent helpers to make this trip possible. If you are able to come for our Wednesday afternoon trip from 12.15pm-3pm, please let me know asap by calling into school or emailing me kellyc@russellst.school.nz

Thursday marks New Zealand Shake Out Day. We will be Dropping, Covering and Holding for up to one minute at 9.30am. This is a great opportunity to review, learn and reflect on the procedures the children have both at school and at home to keep them safe. See more at https://www.shakeout.govt.nz/

There will be no Morning Maths Busters this term. A big thank you to all the children and parents who have supported Maths Busters this year.

This term BGR8 will be welcoming Troy who will be teaching in Room 8 every Friday replacing Maddy. Troy is thrilled to be back in the classroom this term.

Pita Pit lunch orders are continuing this term. Don’t forget to get orders in by 9am Friday. https://www.lunchonline.co.nz/

 

Other reminders and information:

The sun is out and so are hats and sunblock! Please help your children to bring their RSS hat to school each day this term. If you need to purchase another hat, then you can through the online shop or pay $10 at the office. Packing drink bottles is always helpful this term so that the kids don’t have to go out of class to use the water fountain.

Another reminder that we have a Teacher Only Day next Tuesday (October 23rd), the day after Labour Day.

Please note there will be information coming out soon about the process around making any particular requests for class placements or teaching approaches for your child for 2019.

 

We are looking forward to seeing all the smiling faces back at school ready for Term 4 tomorrow. I wonder who will run in rushing to share that they lost a tooth, got a haircut, caught a fish, can now do a cartwheel…..the joys of being a child. I love it!

Ngā mihi,

Kelly