Mōrena Atawhai whānau,

Somehow we’re already at the end of Week 9 and there’s only 2 more weeks of Term 1 left. Where does the time go?!

Te Kupu O Te Wiki:  Whānau – Family

This week we had a visit from my whānau – my Auntie (Ali) & Uncle (Mike) who live in Canada. They are teachers too so they loved seeing the special place that RSS is and spending time in Atawhai. They flew home to Vancouver last night, but already want to come back to spend more time with our tamariki! They were especially impressed with the waiata and haka we performed for them. I’m sure you’ve heard all about their special visit at home – our kids are still talking about them every day!

Pānui for Wiki 10:

  • Teaching changes – On Monday and Thursday of this coming week I am not at school. Unfortunately I have a tangi to attend out of town tomorrow, and on Thursday I am attending school-related meetings. Alison is in for me on Monday – she is a beautiful teacher who the kids will know well from last year. She’s super excited to spend the day with Atawhai. On Thursday we have our lovely Samantha who our children are very comfortable with since she’s in Atawhai every Wednesday morning. I know many of our tamariki will benefit from knowing in advance that I’m not going to be there, so this is a bit of a ‘heads up’ for them.
  • Learning Conferences – Thank you so much for the amazing response I’ve had to booking conferences. Each child in our class now has a booking! Remember, it’s extremely valuable if your child is able to join us, as this is their chance to share their learning and set new goals.
  • Te Kākano – Atawhai join Te Whāriki (Room 12) for Kapa Haka on Fridays. Together, we are the junior school kapa haka rōpū (group) which is named Te Kākano (the seeds). We’re currently learning some waiata for a competition later in the year! In time, the group will be opened up for other tamariki in Papatūānuku to join if they wish to. For now, our two classes are working hard so that we can be the leaders/tuakana. It’s a very exciting time for us because we just love all things Māori!
  • Toys at school – Just a friendly reminder that toys and special things need to stay at home – this is a whole school rule. I’ve had a chat to the kids about this because we’re seeing more and more toys being brought to school. I’d really appreciate a little ‘reminder’ chat at home too. Thank you for your ongoing support in this.
  • Reading tracking – I will send home some forms for reading tracking this week so the kids can earn pizza vouchers – keep an eye on book bags!
  • Swimming – Keep bringing togs!! The pool is still open and it’s still hot in the afternoons, so we will continue to swim while the weather permits! Alison will decide whether swimming goes ahead tomorrow closer to the time (our slot is 12pm). Samantha will do the same on Thursday (our slot is 1.30pm). The kids absolutely love getting in the water after lunch.
  • School is closing at 12.30pm on Tuesday, April 9th to allow for Learning Conferences. Alternative arrangements for your child need to be made.

That’s all from me this week!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you all on Tuesday.

Kia pai tō rā (Have a good day),

Nā Lucy

lucy@russellst.school.nz

My Auntie Alison talking to our kids about the grizzly bears and black bears they have way up North

Reading a pukapuka (book) about the Northern Lights

Mahi tahi (teamwork) to make a spaceship!

Working together to solve our Maths problem

Creating our own ‘aurora’ artwork inspired by Auntie Alison’s story. She and Mike kindly gave us 5 books from Canada.

My Uncle Mike with Atawhai – we’d just finished pulling funny faces! We had a lot of fun with them.

Kapa Haka time with Te Whāriki. We LOVE this time every Friday!