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Newsletter No. 10 Term 2 Week 2 25 July 2011 DATES TO REMEMBER 28 July Stgae 2 and 3 ARL Clinic 1 August Education Week Starts State Rugby League Knockout ICAS English Test 2 August Open Day 7pm P&C Meeting 3 August Athletics Carnival at Milperra UWS 4 August Stage 2 and 3 ARL Clinic Cool at School 5 August K – 6 Assembly PARENTS Praise children's efforts to try new things. Accept that children are not all the same. Respect and care deeply for children. Encourage children to talk about their feelings, experiences and ideas. Notice changes as children grow in all areas of development. Talk through things with children, listening to what they say. Support and encourage children to 'have-a-go'. Queensland School Curriculum Council. (1997). Hand in Hand - An Early Literacy and Numeracy Information Package, Queensland Government. EDUCATION WEEK – OPEN DAY I hope that we see many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family and friends at our Open Day on Tuesday 2nd August. SYDNEY KINGS Today two members of the Sydney Kings Basketball team, Luke Martin and Julian Khazzouh, will visit the school. For a gold coin, students will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the players. SWIM SCHEME There are still a few places available in the learn to swim scheme which will be conducted from 15th to 26th August. If you are interested please contact the front office as soon as possible. SHOPPING DOCKETS The school has registered for a number of programs where we can obtain sporting goods, educational and gardening supplies or donations to charity through the collection of shopping dockets or barcodes and old mobile phones. Barcodes from McCains products can be given to Mrs Stephenson. Woolworths dockets can be given to Mr Tobin or deposited in the box in the admin building. Coles dockets will be collected from 1st August. Old mobile phones can be placed in the box in the admin building. MATHLETICS The school has signed up to the Mathletics program for the rest of this year. All students are able to access the program from home. We will be monitoring the use of the program to consider whether we continue in 2012. A letter with further details will be sent home soon. SHONDRE LEE As we advised you last term, Shondre has been selected in the NSW Rugby League team. This is a fantastic achievement for him and a great accolade for our school. There is significant expense to Shondre’s family in order for him to be able to take his place in this team. All team members have been given raffle tickets to sell to their friends, family and schools. These tickets are available from the front office for $2 each and have great prizes such as laptops and iPods. I urge you to try and purchase some tickets to support Shondre. NEW SCHOOL UNIFORM The new school uniform is on display in the admin building. Order forms will be sent home later this term. A meeting was scheduled to be held this Wednesday at 7pm however as we have been able to finalise the uniform this meeting is no longer necessary. KINDERGARTEN 2012 Do you have a child starting Kindergarten next year? Do you have a neighbour or friend who has a child starting Kindergarten next year? Please ensure that they complete the enrolment process so that we can include everyone in the orientation days which we are currently planning. NEWSLETTER Thank you to those families who completed and returned the newsletter survey. We are currently compiling our mailing list for those who have requested that they receive the newsletter via email. If you wish to receive your newsletter by email and have not done so yet, please notify the front office. Emailing newsletters should commence from week 4. Mrs D. O’Connor Principal STAGE 2 Stage 2 teachers would like to welcome you all back for our third term this year. We welcome three new, year 3 students to our stage, Jai in 2/3S, Jadyce in 3/4D and Khaled in 3/4S. This term stage 2 embark on a journey of the Human Body Systems in a COGs unit called Growth and Change. Students have been asked to watch the channel 9 series Inside the Human Body, it airs each Thursday night at 8:30pm. This term stage 2 are trialling a new spelling program. Students have a word family which is used to teach them spelling rules as well as 3 words from the COGs unit and 3 words each week from their maths groups. To evaluate this, students will undertake a dictation each Friday using the words in context. During RFF lessons with Miss Loney students will be learning about visual literacy, in particular advertisements. If you have any brochures or junk mail at home which you don’t need could you please send it to school with your child for use in class. We would like to remind you to encourage your child to use their home reading diaries to record at least 15 minutes of home reading every night. Stage 2 students are encouraged to discuss what they have read with someone at home and return their diary to school on Friday’s for their class teacher to sign. I would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents that stage 2 students should be bringing their own equipment to school each day, ensuring that they are ready to learn, are able to show responsibility for their own equipment and their own organisation. An equipment list is provided below for you to be able to check that your child is fully equipped for learning: - HB lead pencils - red pen for dates and headings - ruler - green pen for marking - coloured pencils - scissors - glue stick - rubber - sharpener Please ensure you restock all the listed equipment to be prepared for term 3. Label all of your child’s equipment. Provide them with a pencil case large enough to accommodate it all. Mrs Stoddart Assistant Principal Stage 2 Education Week Open Day : Tuesday 2nd August, 2011 Come To All Or Any Part Of Our Day 9:30 - 9:50 Debate: Nuwarra and Greenacre Public School “Australia should have a 3 day weekend” 9:50 – 11:00 Building Education Revolution (BER) Recognition Ceremony including Stage, Choir and Dance performances 11:00 – 11:30 P & C Auction 11:30 – 12:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Open classrooms 12:30 – 1:30 Chess game and staff/student sports event 1:30 - 2:00 Recess We are holding a book fair in the Library from 8:30 to 3:30pm. Come and visit our library. Books can be purchased for your child or you may wish to donate a book to the school. SPELLING BEE This year Nuwarra Public School will once again be competing in the Premier’s Spelling Bee. This competition is for students from grades Kindergarten to Year 6. A Spelling Bee is a fun competition where children from each grade compete against each other in an elimination style final. Students from Kindergarten to Year 2 will be competing in an in-school competition. Two students from Stage 2 and Stage 3 will be chosen to compete at the Regional Spelling Finals with the winners progressing to State Finals. To support and encourage your child’s participation in the Spelling Bee we have placed the link for the 2011 Spelling Bee Word List on our school website. Alternatively you can use this link below with the Username and Password. https://staffowa.det.nsw.edu.au/owa/redir.aspx?C=8c61f417a24e4563a467d944f50f17 86&URL=https%3a%2f%2fwww.artsunit.nsw.edu.au%2fspeaking- competitions%2fspelling-bee%2f2011-premiers-spelling-bee Username: teacher Password: arachnophobia If your child is in Stage 2 then the words lists begin at Level 1 through to Level 5. If your child is in Stage 3 then the lists begin at Level 2 through to Level 7. Class competitions will be held in Week 4 with Stage Finals being held on Friday 12 th August. Mrs Barrington Spelling Bee Coordinator. Values Education Each fortnight a core value, as suggested by the NSW Department of Education and Training will be the focus of whole school attention. Students will have opportunities to discuss what these values mean and what they look like in practice. Students will also have opportunities to demonstrate these values in the classroom and on the playground. This fortnight the value we are focusing on is Excellence. Excellence is doing your best, giving careful attention to every task and every relationship. Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is a desire for perfection. The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit. When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition. Excellence is the key to success. (http://www.virtuesproject.com/) In classrooms students demonstrate excellence by Reaching personal best performance Maintaining high learning expectations Setting and meeting high standards Persisting through challenges and difficulties in learning (NSW Department of Education and Training) Give your child the opportunity to discuss and practice what excellence means at home.
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