Kindergarten Communication Notes

Weekly Organisation
Monday
Kindy Koala Library (weekly)
Tuesday
Grade Assemblies, Kindy Echidna/Platypus Library (weekly)
Wednesday
P.E.
Thursday
Grade Assemblies, Kindy Kangaroo Library (weekly)
Friday
Sport

Term 2, Week 5

Cross Country
Well done to all the students who participated in the 2022 Cross Country Carnival. It was great to see students encouraging each other and persevering with the challenge. Thank you to all the parents and careers who came to cheer and support Kindergarten students as they ran their first Cross Country event in Primary.

Home Reading
This week our Home Reading will be changing to include a decodable reader being sent home. Please keep an eye out for further communication on this.

Norwest Challenge
The Kindergarten Application Form for the Norwest Challenge is available on the College website (see 'Letters, Notes and Forms' tab, found here. Evidence of student participation in extra-curricular events and service opportunities (e.g. Anzac Day Ceremony) should be forwarded to your child's classroom teacher as soon as practical after the event. We encourage all Kindergarten students to participate in the Norwest Challenge. If your child attended an ANZAC Day Service, this can be included as 1 hour of Community Service. Some of you may have attended the Riverstone ANZAC Day Service along with others from the College, but we are aware that some families may attend a different service. It would be great to see photos of your child if they attended another service.

PRC
A friendly reminder that the 2022 Premier's Reading Challenge has begun! Remember you can also visit your local library to find books which can be added to your child's PRC reading log. Students' login details are located on their Home Reader folder.

Winter Uniform
It has been wonderful seeing students dressed in their full winter uniform over the last few weeks. Just a reminder that long sleeves shouldn't be seen under the College uniform. On sports days students can wear their rust coloured jumper underneath their sports jacket. The sports jacket or the College Blazer should the outer most layer when arriving or leaving the College. If there is a concern with uniform, please email your classroom teacher to communicate so that a uniform warning is not given. More information on uniform can be found on the College Website.

National Reconciliation Week
The College will be taking part in National Reconciliation Week from Friday 27 May to Friday 3 June. Your child's classroom teacher will have various activities to involve them in this significant week. The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

Assembly Awards
At our Grade Assemblies held every Tuesday morning, we take the time to acknowledge students' efforts in the classroom by distributing assembly awards. These awards aim to recognise and highlight desirable learning habits, attitudes and behaviours which we value at the College. For example, a child may receive an award for persevering during a challenging task or excelling within an area. Classroom teachers will post a picture of the weekly award recipients on their Seesaw page. If your child receives an award, please take the time to view their smiling face on Seesaw!

Term 2, Week 3

Winter Uniform
Thank you for your support this week, as students have begun wearing their winter uniforms. On formal uniform days, blazers are to be worn to and from the College. Girls must wear charcoal stockings and boys must wear Norwest trousers. If for some unforeseen reason a student is not able to wear the correct uniform, please notify their class teacher in writing, seeking permission for a variation for that day. On Wednesdays and Fridays, all of Kindergarten have PE/Sport and are to wear their sports uniform, with their sports jacket as the outermost garment. The rust coloured jumper or vest may be worn underneath the sports jacket for additional warmth if required. Please note students are not to wear long sleeve undershirts. It would also be helpful if you could practice taking on and off the blazer with your child at home, especially focusing on the buttons.

Premier's Reading Challenge

It has been wonderful to see many of our Kindergarten students working towards achieving their Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) this year! Thank you for supporting your child with reading and recording books on their PRC reading log. 

Details of your child's PRC login can be found with their Home Learning folder and further information about the challenge can be found on the NSW PRC website. If you have any questions regarding the PRC, please contact your child's teacher.

ELC/Infants Disco - Friday 20 May
The ELC/Infants Disco is on next Friday 20 May from 5:00-6:15pm in the College Auditorium. The theme is "White". If your child would like to attend, please find further information in the note from the P&F here, including a link to book your child's place. Please note that parents are required to stay and actively supervise their child at the ELC/Infants Disco - you are unable to drop them off and pick them up at the end. We look forward to a fun evening together!

History Celebration Day

This term in History, we are focusing on answering the following question: "How do my family and friends celebrate important events from the past?" To support our learning, we will be having a special 'Celebrations Around The World' immersion day in Week 8. We are looking forward to discovering all about a variety of celebrations that are important to different families in our College. Through this, students will stretch their empathising skills as they seek to understand how others might think and feel. To make this day relevant and valuable, we would really appreciate parent support! Please register your interest in being part of this day using the following google form: https://forms.gle/qdm6KQUx2sThdbk27 

Some of the ways that you can be a part of this day include providing decorations, preparing food, sharing a family tradition, etc.

Norwest Challenge
The Kindergarten Application Form for the Norwest Challenge is available on the College website (see 'Letters, Notes and Forms' tab, found here. Evidence of student participation in extra-curricular events and service opportunities (e.g. Anzac Day Ceremony) should be forwarded to your child's classroom teacher as soon as practical after the event. We encourage all of our students to participate in the Norwest Challenge. If your child attended an ANZAC Day Service, this can be included as 1 hour of Community Service. Some of you may have attended the Riverstone ANZAC Day Service along with others from the College, but we are aware that some families may attend a different service. It would be great to see photos of your child if they attended another service.

Mothers' Day
A big thank you to all the mothers, grandmothers and carers who joined us for our Mothers' Day Breakfast last Friday! What a fantastic event to join as a community and celebrate the important women in our students' lives. Kindergarten students were so excited to share their learning, classrooms and gifts!

Wear Orange Wednesday - Thanks SES!
Next Wednesday 18 May, is Wear Orange Wednesday - a day to recognise the amazing work of SES Volunteers, as part of National Volunteers Week. This is a day where we encourage students to add something orange to their normal uniform on the day e.g. hair accessories, ties, hat, socks. Students will also have a chance to send messages of thanks and encouragement to some of our local SES units.

Term 2, Week 1

Welcome to Term 2
Welcome back to all of our kindergarten families. We pray you all had a refreshing holiday break, spending time together as a family and connecting with friends. The teachers are looking forward to a wonderful term of learning!

Norwest Challenge
The Kindergarten Application Form for the Norwest Challenge is available on the College website (see 'Letters, Notes and Forms' tab, found here. Evidence of student participation in extra-curricular events and service opportunities (e.g. Anzac Day Ceremony) should be forwarded to your child's classroom teacher as soon as practical after the event. We encourage all of our students to participate in the Norwest Challenge. If your child attended an ANZAC Day Service, this can be included as 1 hour of Community Service. Some of you may have attended the Riverstone ANZAC Day Service along with others from the College, but we are aware that some families may attend a different service. It would be great to see photos of your child if they attended another service.

Winter Uniform
Students will be required to wear their formal Winter uniform from Week 3 of this term, so please take the time to check it's in good condition and ready for wear. A friendly reminder that on sport days, students should first wear their sports jacket. The rust coloured jumper or vest may be worn underneath the sports jacket for additional warmth if needed, but should not be the outer layer.

Afternoon Collection
Please ensure you have filled out and updated the Afternoon Collection form to reflect any Term 2 changes. The form can be found here.

Infants Lunch Clubs

This term there are a number of lunch time clubs that Year 1 & 2 can attend:
Monday: Ministry For Kids (M4K)
Wednesday: Craft Club, Skipping Club
Thursday: Infants Board Games, Infants Book Club, Infants Choir
Friday: Soccer Club

Premier's Reading Challenge
A friendly reminder that the 2022 Premier's Reading Challenge has begun! Remember to visit your local library to find books which can be added to your child's PRC reading log.

Mother's Day
Students across the College will have two special opportunities to celebrate Mothers’ Day. We would love to have you join us as we celebrate and acknowledge the important role of Mothers in our lives.
Mothers’ Day Breakfast: This year the College will be providing a breakfast to celebrate Mothers’ Day on Friday, 6 May 2022 from 7:45am in the Primary Years’ Quad (Please note, for catering purposes RSVP and payment was needed for this event). Primary mothers will be able to attend the Primary Years Assembly from 8:35am – 9:00am.
Mothers’ Day Stall: Students in the Primary Years will be once again be participating in a Mothers’ Day Stall. Gifts must be pre-ordered for $6.50 each by 2pm on Friday, 29 April 2022 by clicking here Primary students will select their gifts on either Wednesday, 4 May 2022.

Term 1, Week 10

Easter Holidays

Today at the College our Kindy students participated in a whole school Easter Service facilitated by our College Chaplain, Mr Elton. Students had the opportunity to hear about the hope and life offered to them through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and grow their understanding of how Jesus dying on the cross was all part of God's big rescue plan to save us from a lifetime of sin. As we celebrate Easter during the school holidays, it is our prayer that you and your family be filled with the peace and joy that comes only through having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Home Learning
Thank you for your continued support of your child's Home Learning over the past term. While no Home Learning will be distributed over the holidays, we strongly encourage you continue the routine of regularly reading to your child to support the development of their literacy skills. If you are looking for ideas to support your child academically during the break, we encourage you to refer to the activities handout provided during your recent SPM. Home Learning will recommence after the school holidays and students will be provided with a new home reading diary and home readers at this time.

Norwest Challenge
School holidays are a great time to review your child's progress towards the Norwest Challenge. The Kindergarten Application Form for the Norwest Challenge is available on the College website (see 'Letters, Notes and Forms' tab). Evidence of student participation in extra-curricular events and service opportunities (e.g. Anzac Day Ceremony) should be forwarded to your child's classroom teacher as soon as practical after the event. We encourage all of our Kindy students to participate in the Norwest Challenge.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Student login details for the Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) have now been distributed to all Kindy students. As outlined in the PRC communication distributed earlier this week, Kindergarten students are required to read (or have read to them) 30 books to be eligible for the Award. Suitable books to read are listed on the PRC booklist (see https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/studentExperience.html#/).
Why not visit your local library over the school holidays and borrow some PRC books to read! To get our students started on their PRC tally, here are some books from the PRC booklist we have been reading in class:
Bogtrotter by Wild, Margaret & Rossell, Judith (ill)
Grandpa and Thomas by Allen, Pamela
Chrysanthemum by Henkes, Kevin
Nice walk in the jungle by Bodsworth, Nan
Very hungry bear, The by Bland, Nick
Wombat goes to school by French, Jackie & Whatley, Bruce (ill)
Annie's chair by Niland, Deborah
Macca the alpaca by Cosgrove, Matt

Uniform & Stationery Check

Please take the time over the school holidays to check your child's uniform (including shoes) and stationery supplies for any repairs or replacements required. Students will be required to wear their formal Winter uniform from Week 3 of next term, so please ensure you have prepared for this accordingly. A gentle reminder that on sport days, students should first wear their sports jacket. The rust coloured jumper may be worn underneath the sports jacket for additional warmth as needed.

I Can't Remember What I've Been Learning!

It is very common for our Kindy students to be overwhelmed with information at the start of Kindergarten and to have difficulty in recalling different activities they have participated in throughout the day. To help facilitate meaningful conversations about what they have been learning over the past fortnight, why not ask your child:
* to sound out, read, and write some words using the sounds m, s, t, a, and p (e.g. mat, sat, tap, at).
* to retell the story of their class "bear hunt" around the school
* to read the time on an analog clock (o'clock)
* to explain the difference between the past and present, and give examples of how life and families differed between now and then.

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

Kind regards,
Miss Pendlebury
Mrs Evans
Miss Knight
Mrs Brian