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ELC Communication Notes

ELC Communication Notes
Term 3, Week 6

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Banking
Library
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

Lunchboxes
Thank you to all the families who have been placing their child's lunch in the fridge. This has helped us to keep children's lunches safe at a good temperature. As lunches are now kept in the fridge, there is no need to bring your child's lunch in an insulated bag. In fact, having the lunch in an insulated bag takes up a lot of space in the fridge and doesn't add to keeping the lunch at a safe temperature. Can I ask that you bring your child's lunch and morning tea in a box without the insulated bag so that all children can store their lunches safely. There is a separate box for warm food to be kept in next to the fridge.

2021 ELC Enrolments
We are already starting the planning for 2021 and considering room groups for the new year in light of the information shared in the Google forms completed by families. There will be another slight change to the operations of the ELC in 2021 which reflects the growth of this area in the College. The Burudyara Room will move across to the opposite building in between the Mariposa and Papillon Rooms. We will be installing doors in between these rooms to keep each room separate.

We will also be introducing a second Preschool/Caterpillar Room in 2021 which will be where the Burudyara Room currently is. We are starting to consider names for each of the Caterpillar Rooms and would love your feedback on this. We are already reflecting Spanish, French and Indigenous in our Butterfly Rooms and would like to consider some other languages for our Caterpillar Room. Please let one of the educators know if you have some ideas for our Caterpillar Room names. Each of the Caterpillar Rooms will have fifteen children and each of the Butterfly Rooms will have 20 children. We are looking forward to another year of growth and new children in our ELC for 2021.

We are Learning

Preschool / Caterpillar Room
The children in the Caterpillar Room have a number of projects happening reflecting the current interests and questions from the children. There is a strong interest in learning about the farm and you may have seen the amazing farm space set up for children in the Caterpillar Room. Children have been extending their knowledge of farm animals which also leads to where our food comes from. This learning has also been incorporated into their 'Letter of the Week' and identifying either an animal or food item which starts with that letter. For example, 'E' is for egg, 'C' is for Cow and so on. The children have also been learning about planets and the solar system and have recently created planets using papier mache. The children have been investigating certain characteristics of the planets and learning to identify them. It will be interesting to see where these projects lead to over the coming weeks.

Prep / Burudyara Room
The children in the Burudyara Room have been continuing their investigation of the human body and learning about the skeleton, heart and lungs. This has been a really interesting topic for the children to learn about and has seen an added element in their role play in the hospital area. The children have also been learning about how Jesus saves us from sin which came from a question from one of the children. This led to a discussion and learning about creation, sin entering the world and how Jesus' death on the cross and resurrection have saved us from sin and mean we get to spend eternity in heaven. The educators have enjoyed responding to children's questions about God and exploring these as a group. The 'trash to treasure' news has seen some incredible creations including a crocodile, a planter box with watering can, lady bugs and aeroplanes. The children have also been focusing on writing their names and it's been wonderful to see the sense of achievement for children when they can do this for themselves.

Prep / Papillon Room
The children in the Papillon Room have been exploring the qualities of a good friendship and how to be a good friend. They have made a friendship bracelet for someone else in the class and used it as a gift for this child, expressing some of the positive qualities of this child. The educators have been quite intentional about children giving the friendship bracelet to a child that they may not normally play with. The children have also been exploring different emotions and identifying these in themselves as well as in others. The 'trash to treasure' news has been especially exciting in this room as children have been bringing in a pen holder and a numbered house made out of recycled items. We look forward to seeing what other creations are made using recycled items.

Prep / Mariposa Room
The children in the Mariposa have continued their learning about healthy eating and taste testing different fruits. Some of the recent trials have been with olives and pineapple. It has been encouraging to see children tasting something that they wouldn't normally eat and then either deciding that they like it or probably wouldn't eat it again. There is also a focus for the children in this room on building their self help skills. The children will have the opportunity to make their own sandwich in the coming weeks which will involve putting butter on the bread and choosing their fillings. This experience will also be extended as children become more responsible for their own belongings, putting their jumper and jacket away and packing their own lunch box. We would encourage you to be doing the same things at home to promote your child's confidence and independence.

Upcoming Events
View all upcoming activities on the College Home Page. Click here to read more.

Kind regards,
Mrs Suzi Scott

ELC Communication Notes
Term 3, Week 4

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Banking
Mini Athletics Carnival (19 August)
No Library on 19 August
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

Mini Athletics carnival
On Wednesday 19th August, the children in the ELC will be participating in the College Mini Athletics Carnival. Due to current circumstances, no parents will be allowed at the College to view this event. We will be taking lots of photos from the day and posting them on Storypark for you to enjoy. The children will be participating in a series of events including Parachute games, Duck Duck Goose, Bean bag races and Red light, Green light. Please ensure that your child comes with their drink bottle and hat.  We will be applying sunscreen on the children before heading to the oval. We are looking forward to a fun day of physical activity!

Munch and Move
We are continuing our focus on healthy eating across the rooms ensuring that all children are eating their fruit and vegetables first before any treats. We are also looking at the Healthy eating plate to see which food groups the food children have brought belong to. It has been wonderful to see many children bringing food from all five areas of the Healthy Eating Plate. I have attached this document here for your reference.

Contacting the ELC
During College hours, families can call the College phone number (8889 4600) to be put through to the ELC. The College admin is closed at 4:30pm therefore after this time please call the OSHC mobile (0414 948 141) and you will be put through to the ELC. Storypark remains the best way to be in contact with the educators during the day.

Staffing update
We have had a few new casual educators join us in the last few weeks which has been wonderful to expand our team.  Bridget has recently resigned from her permanent role in the Burudyara Room and has moved to a casual educator in the ELC. Ani has accepted a permanent part time role in the Burudyara Room to replace Bridget.

Ben will be going on Paternity leave at the end of August to welcome he & his wife's first child. Ani will continue in the Burudyara Room to replace Ben for this time.

Burudyara Room access
If you arrive for the day after 8:30am for the Burudyara we are asking all families to access this room by the outdoor verandah rather than walking through the caterpillar Room. This practice is proving to be quite disruptful for the children in the Caterpillar Room with families and children walking through. A note will be placed on the door at 8:30am as a reminder.

Caterpillar Room meal times and resting
The educators in the Caterpillar Room have made a slight change to their meal times and rest time to make this time of day more efficient.  Previously, the children were using the front dining room for their meals and rest however this was proving difficult for the educators. The decision was made to remain in their room for this time. The fridge has been moved to their room and their bed sheets have also been moved back into their room. This has already made for a more successful meal time and rest period for all the children.

Upcoming Events
View all upcoming activities on the College Home Page. Click here to read more.

Kind regards,
Mrs Suzi Scott

 

ELC Communication Notes
Term 3, Week 2

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Library & Banking
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

Water as a drink
We have noticed over the past few weeks that quite a few children are bringing juice to drink during the day. The preference is for children to just bring their water bottle full of fresh water each day as this is the best form of hydration for young children.  As an ELC we have a strong focus on encouraging healthy eating and physical movement for children.  Please refer to this link for more information about choosing water as a drink.

Lunchboxes
Each room now has a fridge for children to store their lunch boxes in to keep their food safe for the day.  This means that you no longer need to bring your child's lunch in an insulated bag as they will be kept in the fridge.  To make storage of lunch boxes easier we are asking for all children to bring their lunch in one box so that all boxes can be kept in the fridge.  The use of large insulated bags makes storage quite difficult for all children.

News time
The room roster for news time has been sent to all our families on Storypark so that you know when your child will be presenting their news to their room.  The theme for this term is 'From trash to treasure'.  This is an opportunity for children to make something out of recycled items and found objects.  The children will then present their creation and talk about how they made and what they used.  Please note, for the children in the Caterpillar Room, news will only be once this term rather than every week.

We are Learning

Preschool / Caterpillar Room
The children in the Caterpillar room have shown a recent interest in farm animals which has since started a group project of learning about the farm.  This includes typical farm animals as well as different structures found on the farm.  It has been wonderful to see children using blocks to create their own farm and describe the elements of their farm.

The children have also been working on being a good play partner, to take turns and to include others in their play.  This has been a focus of the group as more children join the Caterpillar room and become familiar with the routine and program.

Prep / Burudyara Room
The children in the Burudyara room are currently exploring the human body and learning the names of different parts and organs.  To begin with the children listed everything they already know about the body as well as some things they want to know or questions they have.  This will be the basis of their learning as a project for this term or as long as the interest and questions last.  This interest also includes a focus on hospitals and the job that doctors and nurses have.  They will be looking at xrays and growing their knowledge of bones and how their body works.

Prep / Papillon Room
The children in the Papillon Room have been investigating their emotions, feelings and friendships.  The educators have created an emotions wheel for children to identify their different emotions and how this can be expressed.  This is also leading into how to play well with other children, how to resolve conflict within a friendship and appropriate social behaviours.  For the devotions time each day the children have been looking at the goodness of God and reading about times in the Bible where God displayed His goodness.

Prep / Mariposa Room
The children in the Mariposa room have been looking at healthy eating and have introduced a fruit of the week.  So far they have looked at some different fruits to what children would normally bring in their lunchbox as a way of exposing children to the wider world of fruit.  The children have had the opportunity to try ruby red grapefruit and custard apple.  This involves children feeling the texture of the fruit, smelling the fruit and thinking about what it might look like on the inside.  This is a fascinating experiment with the children as they determine what the flavour may be based on what it looks like.

Historical Communication Notes, Term 2, 2020

ELC Communication Notes
Term 2, Week 7

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Library
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

Winter Uniform
It has been so wonderful to see the children arriving in their winter uniform this past week.  The uniform provides a great opportunity for children in the ELC to feel part of the College and as a way to assist in the preparation for starting Kindergarten.  If you still require some items please contact the Uniform Shop via email at [email protected]

Preschool Caterpillar Room learning
The children in the Caterpillar Room have been focusing on all types of transport for the past couple of weeks.  This project started as children were often seen building roads as part of their play and then finding various types of vehicle to drive on the road.  This project has seen children identify different types of transport and discuss how we get to school.

The children have also been interested in the vegetable garden and finding bugs crawling among the leaves.  There has also been an interest in self-portraits and looking at the artist Van Gogh.  Some children have also been learning how to write their names and forming letters.  We have used different mediums for this including flour, sand and playdough to form letters.

Prep Papillon Room learning
The children in the Papillon Room continue their project in artists and exploring the different concepts in visual arts.  The children looked at Wassily Kandinsky 'Colour study: Squares with concentric circles' which allowed children to discover contrast and shapes.  This was reinforced by using the book Elmer which features contrast and shapes to form the body of the elephant.

The children have also been spending a lot of time working on their play of The Story of Joseph.  Children have been practising their lines and working on props for the story.  It has been wonderful to see this play come to life over the past few weeks.

Prep Mariposa Room learning
The children in the Mariposa Room have continued their project on Africa looking at the people of Africa.  This has also led into how African people live and the food they eat.  The children enjoyed a few cooking experiences making Zimbabwe cookies using sweet potato and Kenyan doughnuts which were truly delicious.  These doughnuts are called Mandazi.  The children have built an African hut in their room which they enjoy spending time in and using their knowledge of African culture.

The children have also been looking at the story of Joseph in the Bible and have put together a verbal timeline of the events from his life.  The children put together some illustrations of the events showing what happened to Joseph and have displayed this in their room.

Prep Burudyara Room learning
The children in the Burudyara Room have continued their learning about dinosaurs from the past few weeks. They shared their questions about how dinosaurs grow, what do they eat and how dinosaurs have different characteristics.  It has been fantastic to see their play in this area develop as their knowledge of dinosaurs continues to grow.  From the interest in dinosaurs, the children then started to talk about volcanoes which inevitably meant that we needed to create one!  This was a very exciting experiment for children to be involved in.  The children have also asked the question, "Who is God" which has started a wonderful journey of discovering all the words we can use to describe God - powerful, perfect, forgiving, with us, love, protects us, never changes.  I'm curious as to see how this question evolves over time.

Semester one reports
The Semester One reports will be sent out at the end of this term.  Please note, however, that children who were absent from the ELC for four weeks or more during Covid-19 will receive a brief developmental summary instead of a full report.  Children who have recently commenced at the ELC will not be receiving a report or summary although are welcome to book a Student Progress Meeting (SPM) in early term 3.  If you have any questions regarding the information in your child's report or summary please don't hesitate to contact one of your child's educators.

 

Historical Communication Notes, Term 1, 2020

ELC Communication Notes
Term 2, Week 3

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Library
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

Winter routine
The ELC has now moved to the winter routine for the children in all rooms which allows outdoor play to be in the middle of the day. We will commence our day in the Caterpillar Room before moving to our own rooms between 8:30 - 9:00am. For children in the Mariposa and Papillon rooms, your bags are kept in the dining room lockers and then brought over when we separate for the day. Children will then unpack their bags, finding their lunch box and water bottle. Children's bags will be back in the dining room around 4pm for the end of the day. Our team of educators are happy to help you out if you are stuck with where to put things.

Social distancing
With the majority of our families and children now returned to the ELC, it is more important than ever that we enforce social distancing in spaces where adults congregate. There is a sign on our front door outlining that only two adults are to be in the front foyer at any time. Please wait outside if there are already two adults in the foyer. Educators will collect children from you in the dining room and take them through to their room. This is to limit the amount of adults moving around the spaces. Educators will also bring your child back to you in the afternoon. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Carpark / Arriving during College hours
The McCulloch street gate is locked between 9:15am and 3:15pm to limit access to the College through the front entrance.  If you arrive during College hours and the gate is locked, short term parking is available through the Regent street gate.  Please leave a note on your dashboard "Collecting my child from ELC" so that College staff know where the owner of the car is!

Winter uniform
The colder weather has certainly arrived and this has prompted children to arrive in their winter uniform. Due to the nature of the past few months, a few of our families are yet to order their winter uniform. Winter uniform will be expected to be worn by every child by Week 6 (Queens Birthday Long Weekend). From this date, children are expected to wear long pants with either the jacket or jumper. Children can also wear a long sleeve white or black top under the t-shirt. Please use the next few weeks to order any uniform items that you will need for the colder months as long pants under shorts or other clothing is not complying to the uniform policy. Please label your child's clothing clearly so that if it is misplaced it can be easily returned to you. Please also check the lost property tub in the foyer if you have lost any items.

Semester one reports
Our team of educators are currently working on the Semester one reports for children based on observations and interactions over the past few months.  Due to a number of children being absent from the ELC for quite a few weeks, not all children will receive a full report.  This is due to the lack of time and opportunity for evidence to be gathered in order to assess the learning of children.  More information regarding reports will be available in the coming weeks.

 

ELC Communication Notes
Term 1, Week 7

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday Library
School Banking
Thursday
Friday

General reminders

A reminder to families to be checking what your child is packing in their bag before coming to ELC.  Please be aware that any individual sunscreen for children must be handed to an educator to be placed in the first aid kit, not left in the child's bag.  It is also not necessary for your child to pack hand sanitiser as we are quite vigilant with washing hands and make every effort to prevent the spread of infection.

Nut aware centre
A reminder to all families to be mindful of what food is being packed for children and to make sure it doesn't contain nuts as the primary ingredient.  This will include Peanut Butter, Nutella, Nut Bars and Nut snacks.

We are Learning

Caterpillar / Preschool Room
The children in the Caterpillar room have continued their focus on number recognition looking at numbers 0 to 5.  It has been wonderful to hear the children counting during play as they become more and more familiar with the concept of numbers.  There is also an interest in restaurants at the moment with children exploring social roles during this imaginative play.  The children have also been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and looking at matching games when identifying the food in the story.

Burudyara / Prep Room 
The bug and insect project continues in the Burudyara room with the children learning about exoskeletons over the past week.  There has also been a new project commencing about transport with the main focus being aeroplanes.  The children have started to build their own aeroplane and it will be interesting to hear the ideas of the children and the questions they have.  The children have also been learning about the Ten Commandments and practiced being empathetic during the day.  Along these lines, the children have been identifying their emotions and creating faces with play-dough.

Papillon / Prep Room
The children in the Papillon room have continued with their gardening project now looking at compost and how it can be used to help with growing plants.  The children have been collecting their scraps from meal times and putting them in the compost bin.  So now we wait for it to decompose and then we can use it in the garden.  The interest in the supermarket has grown and changed into finding out where fruits and vegetables come from.  Children have been discovering some grow under the ground, some on trees and some on vines.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this learning continues.

Mariposa / Prep Room
The project on ancient Egypt has continued with children being able to experience virtual reality in the past weeks.  Children were able to go on a tour of Egypt and view the pyramids, camels and landscape.  This project will continue as children work with clay to write hieroglyphs.  The educators used the project on the human body to explore the story of the bones coming to life in the Bible (Ezekiel 37) and discuss the power of God.  This will continue as the children explore the story of David and Goliath and view X-rays on the light box.


ELC Communication Notes
Term 1, Week 5

General Reminders

Meet and Greet
A reminder to all our families that we have our Meet and Greet afternoon tea coming up on Wednesday 4th March.  This is a great opportunity to spend some time meeting with your child's educator, to have a look in their rooms and see what they have been learning about as well as meeting with other families.  Please use the link to indicate your attendance at our Afternoon Tea so we can cater effectively.

Car Park Safety
The car park for our families can be quite a busy place in the mornings and afternoons however it is important to remember that there are children coming in and out of cars during this time.  Please use the space at the rear of the car park to move towards the ELC rather than walking in front of cars as this is the safest place for children to be moving around.  Please keep your speed low as you move along the driveway as there are often other students in this area as well.

We have one disabled parking space reserved for families with an approved disability sticker on their car.  Please be respectful to these families by leaving this space clear for their use only.

We are Learning

Caterpillar / Preschool Room
The children in the Caterpillar room have continued their learning around colours and emotions and practice identifying how they are feeling each morning.  The children have also been focussing on numbers 0 - 5 throughout different learning experiences such as building blocks, play-dough and drawing.  There has also been a focus on personal belongings and being responsible for putting away their hat, water bottle and lunch box.

Burudyara / Prep Room
The children in the Burudyara room are continuing their project on insects and discussing what is an insect.  They have been collecting insects during outdoor play and trying to identify them.  So far they have identified a beetle and bull ant.  The children have also been focussing on the disposition of empathising during their play.  This has been evident in the water play as they wash baby dolls and this week has extended to doctor play as they learn to care for others.  The children have also been working on letter recognition and writing the letters in their name.

Papillon / Prep Room
The children in the Papillon room have continued their gardening project with lots of watering of the new plants and removing any weeds.  You may have seen the addition of a scarecrow in the garden beds which the children proudly made together.  It has been a very effective scarecrow keeping away any birds who may want to eat the new plants.  The children have recently created some still life paintings which has demonstrated their creative skills and ability to represent what they see.

Mariposa / Prep Room
The children in the Mariposa room have started a project on ancient Egypt after having a discussion about Moses and finding Egypt on the world globe.  This has led to an investigation into landmarks in Egypt such as the Nile River and the Pyramids.  It will be interesting to see where this project leads to.  The other project in the Mariposa room is on the human body and the children have recently learnt about digestion and how food moves through our body.  This will continue as they learn about how lungs and breathing work.  With all this talk about the human body their favourite song at the moment is "Dem Bones"!

 

ELC Communication Notes
Term 1, Week 3

General Reminders

ELC Meet & Greet - Come along for a delicious afternoon tea at the Early Learning Centre to meet with the educators, spend some 'play time' with your child and learn more about the program and learning opportunities available for your child.
Please RSVP here for this event so that we can cater effectively. We would love to see you there!

Spare clothes - Please remember to pack labelled spare clothes for your child in case of any toileting accidents or if your child requires a change of shirt. The spare clothes do not need to be a uniform, these can be plain clothes, appropriate for the ELC. If your child has used some of the ELC spare clothes please return these back to the ELC as soon as possible ready to be used by another child.

Nut Aware centre - To ensure a safe environment for all children we require all families to not pack any food with nuts. This includes peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches, snacking nuts or any other snack with nuts as the main ingredient. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

News time - Our news time for each of the rooms starts next week with each child being assigned a day for this term to bring something in for news. The focus for this term is 'All about me' with each room being asked to bring in something specific for their room. Please check the Storypark post for what your room is doing or speak with one of the educators.

We Are Learning

Caterpillar/Preschool Room
The children in the Preschool room have spent the last couple of weeks getting to know each other, remembering each other's name and becoming familiar with the routine and program. Some of the teaching goals over the first few weeks has been on building their awareness of emotions and being able to label them, identifying and working with colours and investigating weather. It has been wonderful to see how fast the children in this room have settled in to their new room and starting to build friendships.

Burudyara/Prep Room
The children in the Burudyara room have started a project on bugs and all things creepy crawly. The children have enjoyed looking at images of different bugs, learning their names, looking at their different body shapes and sizes. They are also investigating insects and looking in our outdoor environment for any such creatures.

Papillon/Prep Room
The children in the Papillon room have commenced a project on gardening and they can often be found outside working in the garden beds. The children have created a beautiful mural in their room showing the roots of plants including seeds and are learning what these seeds need to grow. They have been very active gardeners, removing weeds and making sure that new seedlings are given a chance to grow. This project will be continuing as they start to build a scarecrow for the garden.

Mariposa/Prep Room
The children in the Mariposa room have started to look at the human body and what makes up our body including bones, muscles and organs. One of our families will be coming in to share some information with the children about the torso and the function of the organs. This will include a mannequin of a torso to give children a visual representation of what they are learning. The children have already started to identify the heart and lungs and their function in our body. I'm sure this will make for some interesting dinner conversations!

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