Sunday, 19 November 2017

Week 6 Term 4
Hi all, welcome to Week 6. 

Thank you to all the parents who have agreed to help out with our end of year Big Day out. We are very fortunate to have such supportive families. 
More information will follow soon, so keep your eyes posted for notes in book bags. 

Thank you also for your generous donations of a gold coin and can for those less fortunate than ourselves. The Young Vinnies are still collecting cans if you would like to donate one. 

Swimming-  we only have the pool Tuesday and Friday this week due to the Middle school and Seniors needing it for swim coaching. 

I have now completed all the end of year testing and am very pleased with our results. The children have worked so hard this year and we have been lucky to have wonderful family support, so well done everyone. 

Here is the week ahead:
Tuesday: Swimming 2.30pm
Wednesday: School singing 8.45am.
Friday: Swimming 2.30pm
Sausage sizzle and juicies

- It's Teacher Only Day next Monday 27th November- you will need to make arrangements for your child as the school will be closed that day.

There is a Christmas Tree up in the office foyer. This tree is the ‘Angel Tree’.  The following letter explains what the Angel Tree is all about.
To St Mary’s parents, caregivers and community,
Last year our church community supported ‘Angel Tree’ which is a branch of the ‘Prison Fellowship of New Zealand’ (PFNZ), a Christian charitable organisation that was founded over 40 years ago.  For  18 years PFNZ and angel tree have been making a difference at Christmas for children with a parent or grandparent in prison.  Last year nearly 4000 children benefitted nationwide, and our church community supported 42 of those children.  This year through our school community we are hoping to support 50 local Rotorua children.
This is how it works and how you can help.  By the end of this week a Christmas tree will be in the office foyer with 50 gift tags on it. On each tag is written a child’s name, age and a present suggestion from their caregivers.  Gifts are $25 each, please support angel tree by taking a tag and buying a present.  When you have bought the present bring it back to school UNWRAPPED and with the tag attached by Friday 8th December.
If you can’t get to the school office to pick up a tag, please text or phone me and a tag will be sent home in an envelope with your child. Angel tree would prefer that children didn’t select the tags to take them home.
Your support helps local Rotorua children receive a gift from their loved one at Christmas.
For any questions or to organise a tag to be sent home please phone Rachel Schuster on 0274461351
Thank you for your help and support,

The Rotorua Angel tree team

All the very best to Maddisyn who is representing St Mary's Kapa Haka group on Friday for the big Ahurei competition. We know you will be a star performer and make us proud.

Have a great week everyone.

Thanks for your support Room 11 for the Young Vinnies mufti day.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Today we did a dictation race for writing, focusing on spelling and punctuation.  Our buddy had to read a paragraph about our Concept topic Egypt, while the other buddy wrote it down. We had to have really good listening ears to make sure we wrote the sentences correctly. When we finished we had to edit our work. Congratulations to Jackson G and Hannah who won the race. 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Week 5 Term 4

Hi all
Welcome to Week 5. 
We had a wonderful celebration on Friday for Grandparents mass. It was fantastic to have so many neat grandparents and friends come and visit us in our class. Thank you all for the lovely morning tea, we all enjoyed it very much. I have posted some photos below. 

There is no swimming for us this week.

A normal week for us this week.

Wednesday: School singing 8.45am
Friday: Young Vinnies mufti day - gold coin donation please - details below.
Sausage sizzle + juicies for sale.

I will be testing the children's reading this week so they won't have a reader. They will have a poem each day I am testing. Please encourage them to read their poems pasted in their homework books as rhyme is an essential literacy skill for young children. 

Young Vinnies - our wonderful group of Young Vinnies are having a mufti day this coming Friday and to come dressed as your favourite book character. They are asking for a gold coin donation. They are also collecting cans for the church food bank.

The following is what the mufti day funds are going towards:

New Zealand’s Largest Christmas Party For Special Children

The SKY TV Special Children’s Christmas Parties in association with Manuka Doctor are the biggest events of their kind in New Zealand for special needs children and their families. We work closely with hundreds of charities, schools, community groups and government organisations throughout New Zealand to select these special children. The children invited are children who suffer from one of the following: life threatening illness, physical and intellectual impairment, domestic violence, or living in underprivileged circumstances.

The Goal is simple: To put Smiles on these children’s faces for at least one day this year!

At every event across New Zealand these children are treated to a day of celebrity stage shows, fun rides, interactive games, plenty of yummy food, face painting and many more fun activities. The highlight of the day is when the children enter Santa’s Toy Cave where they are given 2-3 high quality toys to call their own.

Grandparents day photos

Have a great week.