Official Newsletter of Pinemont Preschool
Inside this Issue
3 Co-President’s Report by Wendy Hammond & Shelly Macdonald
4 Pinemont Calendar
5 Teacher’s Profile
6 Parent’s Corner—Best Ever Brownie Recipe
7 Parent’s Corner—Parent Approved & Kid Tested
8 Ickle Kids Educational Toys
9 Easter Picnic and Race Night, It’s a Small World After All
10-12 Hello Joeys!
14 & 15 Calling All Koalas!
16 Executive List, Staff, and Contact Information
Dear Parents—Please remember not to
park on the bend on Hygeia Parade as
you may be fined (some parents have
already been fined). It is illegal to leave
a vehicle stationery opposite a
continuous single line. There must be
three metres of clearance between your
vehicle and the dividing line on a curve.
If you would like to contribute any ideas, information or articles to the newsletter,
please email Samantha Poling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-President’s Report by Wendy and Shelly
To all our kinder families, welcome May – look out for the Hocking
back to second term, we hope Stuart Boards going up this week.
everyone had a great break and
There is a morning tea coming up
are raring to go. for Joey mums and dads on
The committee has worked hard, Wednesday 21 st April at 9.15am. If
especially Narelle, to complete the you are able to attend please put
new VECTAA agreements for the your name down on the board at
staff. Everything is now finished the kinder door – it would be great
and we are about to receive to see you there.
funding from the Department of
We still don’t have an Income
Education and Early Childhood
Generation Offic er, s o please
Development to defray the cost to consider taking up this position. If
the Kinder in order to implement
you would like to help out at the
kinder but are unable to commit to
The race night held on 18 th March committee meetings, we have a
was a great success, with a couple of positions on the
number of both 3 yr old and 4 yr fundraising committee that are
old families enjoying a picnic at going begging!
McAlpine Park. Thanks to all the
Coming home soon, in your child’s
Easter egg donations we had a bag, are raffle tickets for the
number of raffle prizes for the
Kind er Parents Victoria (KPV)
raffle. We understand that
The next working bee is scheduled sometimes it seems a lot but the
for Saturday May 1 at 9.00am. It kinder needs fundraising dollars to
would be terrific to see as many continue operating.
families as possible to make our
If at any stage you require any help
Kinder look it’s best for the open please don’t hesitate to contact
day. Pinemont Kindergarten Open
either of us.
day is being held on Saturday 8 th
Come along to ...
Morning Coffee & Wed. April 21st 9:15am at Warran Glen
Chat for Joey Parents Nursery & Cafe
Working Bee Sat. May 1st 8am to 12noon at the
Mothers Day Stall Mon. May 3rd Time to be confirmed
Pinemont Open Day Sat. May 8th 10am to 12noon at the
Pamper Night Thurs. May 13th 7pm at the kinder
Working Bee Sun. July 11th 8am to 12noon at the
Bunnings BBQ Sun. August 1st 8am to 5pm
Working Bee Sat. October 2nd 8am to 12 noon
Please remember to put your name down on the duty roster—there are still
many slots available. You will find sign up sheets for the duty roster, working
bees and Bunnings BBQ beside the sign in books. And remember, your $50
maintenance bond will be reimbursed to you when you complete a working
Teacher’s Profile by Di
I began to write this by looking up dining out and involvement in the
my efforts for past newsletters scouting movement, on the
(isn’t the save key on the computer administration side, being secretary
a great thing?) and the thing I for a number of committees. Last
could not believe is that this is my year I was honoured to be
12 th year at Pinemont. Where has presented with the Distinguished
the time gone????? Service Award by the
Governor of Victoria.
I came to Pinemont
as the Joeys Di’s favourite things:
assistant in 1999, (I thought about
took on the Koalas changing some of
assistant position these – but no - they
too from 2003 ‘til are the same as in the
2008, and am now past)
enjoying less working Food —anyt hing that
hours just as the someone else has
Joeys assistant prepared and cooked.
again. I have lots of Colour—the dark red of
experience in my favourite “Mr
education and child- Lincoln” rose
care having been a Animal—cats
primary teacher, a three year old movie—Willie Wonka and the
kinder teacher and an out of Chocolate Factory
school hour’s childcare co- Team—I
AFL Team don’t have one (one
ordinator in the past. one-eyed Carlton supporter in this
I am married to Neil and we have house is more than enough)
What I look forward toto—more fun
five children – all now living
and enjoyment at kinder with the
independently. We have nine
grandchildren (another due in children, Sarah and Chris. I get
paid to play in the sandpit!!!!!
June) and one very spoilt dog. In
my leisure time I enjoy gardening,
You need 1 medium sized pot, parchment,
and an 8" sq. baking dish
Ingredients: 1/2c butter
1/2 c Brown Sugar
1 c White Sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 c flour
1/2 c cocoa
1. Preheat oven to 195 deg. Celcius (175 deg. fan forced)
2. Melt butter in pot on stove.
3. Remove butter from heat, let cool about a minute, then add sugars (just
use the pot as your bowl...it saves you more dishes). Mix well.
4. Add eggs, flour, cocoa, salt, and generous tablespoon-splash of vanilla,
and mix well.
5. Line baking dish (or square cake pan) with parchment, pour in batter, and
pop in oven.
6. Bake 20-25 minutes. Test with a knife in the centre and remove from
oven when only a few little crumbs cling to the knife.
7. Cool one hour or overnight.
Parent Approved and Kid Tested
This playground was suggested by However, the highlight of Hays
Kerryn Barwick, and she says, Paddock is the all-abilities
“There is a great playground in east playground which sits on the banks
Kew. Little bit further away but only of the billabong. The playground
about 15mins if you go down the was designed to enable children
Eastern Freeway. It is called Hays with disabilities and those without
Paddock and is fantastic. It is fully to play together. It includes the
enclosed and has a huge castle usual swings and slides, plus a
thing, swings, hammocks, sand pit swing with harness, double-width
with diggers and plenty of slide, extra wide see-saw, hammock
trees. Toilets right next door and and a spider's web trampoline
we spend ages there.” which ensures fun for all children.
The Boroondara City Council In addition, there are tables and
website describes Hays Paddock as seating for picnics, toilets,
“a large park located in East Kew barbecue, sand pit with sun-shade
which can be accessed via Lister and car parking. The whole area
Street at the northern end or via has a bushland theme with plenty
Longstaff or Leason streets from of seating and shade.”
the south (Melway 45 J1
Hay's Paddock is an
area consisting of two
sportsgrounds which are
used for soccer during
the winter and cricket
during the summer. In
addition, an archery
paddock sits at the
northern end of the
Image credit: www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au 7
Icke Kids Educational Toys
I first met Laine Yates at the Ringwood
Heights Primary School Market Night last
year. Laine was recommended to me as a
potential stallholder by my neighbour and
friend, Alex, who has been friends with
Laine for several years. And I am very
happy that we were introduced, as Laine
has proven to be very generous of her time
and business knowledge.
She established her small business a
couple of years ago after finding it hard to
find quality travel games for her son (she
now has two sons). Her product range has
expanded to include educational toys and
games, as well as travel and activity toys
and games. Ickle Kids toys and games are
suitable for children 12 months and up.
She has some great maths and literacy
games, brain teasers, logic games, wooden
toys and role play toys.
Check out her unique range at
www.icklekids.com.au where you can shop
online or find some fantastic tips for
travelling with kids. Laine also has a blog
Easter Picnic and Race Night
The Easter Picnic and Race Night held at
McAlpine Park was a tremendous success,
with everyone reporting what a fun evening
it was. There were many tremendous
prizes that were donated for the raffle,
Chris wove her magic as “Tina Sparkle”,
and the weather was absolutely lovely.
Thank you to everyone who came along,
and an especially big
thank you to the donors
of the Easter Raffle
It’s a Small World After All
As you have probably guessed by now, I am ever so slightly (ahem, ok maybe not
so slightly!) addicted to blogs, and maybe the internet, too, but there is so much
wonderful stuff out there about and for kids that it is hard not to pass it along.
Another blog that I enjoy is called “Smaller” www.smallmagazine.typepad.com a
journal of inspiration and ideas from the editors of “Small”, a wonderful online
magazine about all things kid. The magazine showcases illustrators, designers,
children’s clothing, books, toys, with a focus on independent and small business
owners. You can view the Spring Issue (it is a US based website, but features
businesses from around the world) at www.smallmagazine.net
Hello Joeys! By Sarah
Aloha!! Greetings from Hawaii!! And are twins like Abigail and Kirylee.
welcome back to term 2......doesn’t Sam thought that Di and Sarah
the year just fly! What a term we were twins but we soon dispelled
have had! We have done some that theory!! From there we talked
amazing learning, growing and through family and how many
developing—it is hard to capture it people live at our houses. We drew
all! We started off our year getting them using just black textas. Not
to know each other and only did we think through who was
understanding how kinder works in our family, we had to
and what to expect. Everyone has concentrate on drawing a person
settled into the routine well and and how we construct that on
with our parent helpers we have paper.....not always easy. Each
achieved much. I child adding the
am proud of the little details they
attitudes of all the Lucas says, “I want to marry Di.” rem em b e r ab out
Joey’s with each Lucy says, “You can’t marry Di— the members of
child willing to give she’s already married.” their family was
things a go, and amusing and
wat c h ing ot h e rs interesting to listen
around them celebrate and to!!
encourage them in their
“Friends” has been an interesting
topic of interest at Kinder this term.
We have learnt all about “Me” to How do we become friends? What
begin the year. We have looked at do I say? Is everyone my friend?
what we have to work with on our She is not my friend anymore!!! I
bodies and how our limbs are to hear this everyday at least once
help us in our world. We made our when one c hild want s t o d o
very own faces and discovered that something different from the child
everyone is different, even if you they were just with.
Hello Joeys! (cont.)
We are teaching the children that challenge but as we progress
you need to use your words to through the year we will consolidate
communicate your needs, what you and master most of these skills
are doing and sometimes invite ready to navigate our way through
others in to your play so that the playground at school.
everyone is included in our kinder
If you could talk to
room. We are your child about
learning basic Sarah was talking about
skills of sharing, differences—long hair/short in their time and
turn taking, hair, blonde/dark, boy/girl, etc. kinder and discuss
w ait i ng , a s k i n g, Di said, “There are two people what you can say to
listening and at kinder who look the same others when they
negotiating. This look like they need
(meaning Kirylee and Abigail,
can be challenging
our twins) - does anyone know a place to play or
and that’s one
who?” Connall said, “Yes—Di fit. We also
thing kinder is discussed what to
really good and Sarah!”
do if someone is
d oing s om et h ing
skills. As the children are you don’t like....ask the kids to
surrounded by the same and
show you.....they always get that
different children each day we are
right first time!!
encouraging them to be friends
with everyone and if someone asks Healthy eating and food as been
to play you always say... “of course another topic this term. Healthy
you can!” This is sometimes a food equals a healthy body which
means we get more out of life when
A sailor went to sea, sea, sea . .
Hello Joeys! (cont.)
we eat healthy. We talked colleague and I know you will enjoy
lunchboxes, food groups, fruit and her company for the start of term
veg, sometimes foods and treats!! two. I want to thank Di, Chris and
This sparked our skill of cutting and Helen for a great start to the year
using the scissors to cut out from and working together to achieve the
magazines, papers and more. We best we can for all our beautiful
have concentrated on this skill kinder kids. Please look after Di
during our food topic and seen and Chris for me while I am away, I
much improvement. couldn’t do it without them and I
I am writing this as I sit in cold but appreciate them so, so very much.
And I know they need your help and
beautiful Canada, I hope you, too
support while I am away.
have had a wond erf ul b reak ,
enjoyed the time with family and I will be back the day after Anzac
friends and are ready for a new and Day, so sending big cuddles to all
great term. To welcome the new my munchkins—enjoy the start of
term Alana will be me for two term 2!!
weeks. She is a great friend and
Keep packing fruit and sandwiches in lunchboxes........it is great to
Water in drink bottles and then the kids can drink any time during
No hats are needed in term 2.
Washing rosters and parent duty rosters are out so remember to
sign up—always so much fun!!
JOEY’s are heading up to Ringwood Heights Primary School to see a
Dove puppet production on MAY 3. If you are not in Monday’s group
you are more than welcome to come along and stay with your child
from 2-3pm at the school!
. . .
Gumnuts by Sarah
WOW what a way to start the book s t o show our ab ilit y in
year...........we have done comprehension as well as having
EVERYTHING!! We are dancing, s o o m uc h f u n !! Th e s l e e pi ng
singing, performing, drawing, princess is the all time favourite
talking and playing amongst the ranks
all in our gumnuts so we have had to
Sarah was telling the children
time. We have learn new ones to
that she would be away for two
concentrated on get some variety!!
weeks and asked that the
giving things a go
children look after Di. Sam Chris and Sarah
this term so we have thoroughly enjoy
all been trying it all!! replied that he would make sure
working with the
The claves have Di doesn’t “sleep on the job!”
children to build
come out and their confidence,
e ve r y o ne has p la y ed t og et h e r
skills and understanding in areas of
making beautiful music in rhythm
music, dance, drama and also
and time. We have learnt some themselves and their capabilities!!
musical terms like pitch and tempo
and have made sounds with our This term will be no different, gross
bodies and instruments to motor development (obstacle
demonstrate their meaning. courses), dance and movement,
expression through all sorts of
Drama has been a huge part of this media and just plain fun!!
term, but not just getting up and
performing but understanding the
dynamics of an audience, speaking
clearly, following instructions and
then recalling the story being acted
and that is why we have made two
we all live in a yel
Calling All Koalas! By Helen
Songs and Rhymes- using signing
& picture cards. This assists in
providing a way for all children to
find their comfort zone and a
variety of ways to participate.
-Naughty Pussy Cat
-Here are Grandma’s Glasses
-Little Easter Bunny.
We put on the Bunny ears and
hopped around the room hiding
Easter eggs for others to find. were tilted from side to side and
the marbles rolled backwards and
We offered the children marbles as forwards. A variety of colours were
a painting tool. They created some used. They spent many hours
creating. They discovered the
larger marbles moved around with
more effort than some of the small
marbles. Some children found that
marbles became thick with paint
and they would not move. Oh well,
hands are always useful! It was a
great sensory experience using and
establishing many skills.
marvellous patterns and designs, The children were excited by the
which were used for their Easter idea of being able to have objects
Cards to their families. The trays hidden for them. We talked about
being surprised when we discover Other possible themes for Term 2:
something special. They decided to
hide special stones for the 4’s to
find. They repeatedly hid the jewels Mothers and Babies-families
digging carefully in the sand. Some Autumn
of the jewels were left buried for
the 4’s but some just happened to
be discovered in pockets at home. We will be having a visit from
What a big surprise! “Molly and Jack’ in June and
looking into homes.
Naturally the hunt for Easter Eggs
was even more exciting, but as Looking forward to an exciting and
always over in a flash. What clever happy term!
bunnies we have at kinder!
Planning – for Term 2
We thought with Mother’s Day
around the corner we might spend
some time sharing in activities
focusing on Mum’s and babies.
You might be able to help us by
providing a baby photo of your
Pinemont Preschool .... Presidents (Shared) Wendy Hammond,
. . acknowledges the
importance of providing high Vice President Kathryn Grieve
quality preschool education and
Treasurer Nadine Dowler
positively promotes, and
encourages, the development Secretary Melanie Irvin
of the ‘whole’ child.
Payroll Officer Narelle Webber
Enrolment Officer Kerryn Fitzgerald
Director, Joey Teacher
Fees Officer Mia Penfold
Joey Assistant MIKA Officer Claudine Gray
Gumnut Leader, Publicity & Samantha Poling
Koala Assistant Promotions Officer
Social 4 Yr Old Liz Adams
Physical 29 Hygeia Parade, Social 4 Yr Old Frances Martuccio
Address: North Ringwood,
Victoria, 3134 Social 3 Yr Old Catherine Stone
Postal P.O. Box 2187,
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Victoria, 3134 Officer (2)
Phone: (03) 9870 3582 Maintenance Officer Mark Smith
Maintenance James Reid
Fax: (03) 9870 3582 Assistant
Email: Maintenance Paul Mayorkinos
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