Friday, May 17, 2019

Week 4 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
We can't believe that we are into Week 4 of Term 2.  We are so proud of our team who got to teach a younger team how to Scratch code this week.  It was great to hear them reflecting on how their teaching went, and we look forward to more teaching opportunities.  Have you tried their game?

INQUIRY TRIP
We are in the midst of organising an Inquiry trip for Wednesday 6th of June.  This will connect with our learning about native plants.  As soon as we have had quotes returned, we will send the notice home via email/paper.

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking at what are the best conditions for native plants to grow at Silverstream, and how we can produce native seedlings to thrive in this environment.  We have already started with pH testing of different liquids, before we move onto soil.

TEACHER ONLY DAY
Below is an excerpt from the newsletter that was sent out last week:
In addition to these events, our Community of Learning (Kahui ako) will meet
at a teacher only day on Friday 31 May. This will involve 9 Kaiapoi schools and provide
teachers with professional development alongside those from neighbouring schools. We
hope this will offer families the opportunity for an extra long weekend when combined with
the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday 3 June.

CALENDAR 
Week 4
* School Cross Country - Monday 20 May (postponement Tuesday 21)
* Sausage sizzle - Friday 24 May
* Winter Sport/Options - Friday 24 May
* Assembly - Friday 24 May

Week 5
* Whole school water education (at school) - Tuesday 28 May
* Pegasus Cross Country - Wednesday 29 May (may be changed)
* Teacher Strike Day - Wednesday 29 May
* Teacher Only Day - Friday 31 May

Week 6
* Queen's Birthday - Monday 3 June
* Inquiry trip - Hōpara - Wednesday 5 June (pp. Thursday 6 June)
* Famine after school - Thursday 6 June
* Famine morning tea - Friday 7 June
* Assembly - Friday 7 June
* Musical Bingo - Friday 7 June
* Winter Sport/Options - Friday 7 June

Have a super week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Friday, May 10, 2019

Week 3 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 3 of Term 2.  It is great to see the effort that the children are putting into their learning - we are going to have some great future debaters.  Hopefully you got to see our awesome assembly item.  We say goodbye to Kai next week, as he makes a big shift, and wish him all the best in his next chapter of his life story.

DEAR
Thanks for helping your child have a chapter book in their bag to read.  This could also be non-fiction (if that is what they enjoy reading).

WACKY HAIR DAY
As part of Bullying Free Week, we will be holding a 'Wacky Hair Day' on Wednesday.  There will be no cost, however we ask that children think of something kind that they could do for someone on that day.

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking at what are the best conditions for native plants to grow at Silverstream, and how we can produce native seedlings to thrive in this environment.  We have already started with pH testing of different liquids, before we move onto soil.

TEACHER ONLY DAY
Below is an excerpt from the newsletter that was sent out last week:
In addition to these events, our Community of Learning (Kahui ako) will meet
at a teacher only day on Friday 31 May. This will involve 9 Kaiapoi schools and provide
teachers with professional development alongside those from neighbouring schools. We
hope this will offer families the opportunity for an extra long weekend when combined with
the Queen’s Birthday holiday on Monday 3 June.

CALENDAR 
Week 3
* Mother's Day - Sunday 12 May
* Wacky Hair Day - Wednesday 15 May
* Fish and Chips - Thursday 16 May
* Pizza Fundraiser (Year 8) - Friday 17 May

Week 4
* School Cross Country - Monday 20 May (postponement Tuesday 21)
* Sausage sizzle - Friday 24 May
* Winter Sport - Friday 24 May
* Assembly - Friday 24 May

Week 5
* Whole school water education (at school) - Tuesday 28 May
* Pegasus Cross Country - Wednesday 29 May
* Teacher Only Day - Friday 31 May

Have a brilliant week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Friday, May 3, 2019

Week 2 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 2 of Term 2.  We have dived straight back into learning - persuasive arguments, pH testing, Flamingo Boy, new ChILL assignment, etc.

TEACHER UNION MEETING
A notice came out via Facebook with information about this.  Teachers will be attending a  meeting on Thursday 9 May at 1:30pm, that was postponed from last term.  We would really appreciate it if you could pick your child/ren up at 1:00pm on this day.  If this is impossible, can you please let Kathryn know by emailing her at: admin@clarkville.school.nz
Thanks for your co-operation in this important matter.

SEESAW
Over the holidays, you should have received three rubrics on Seesaw (Writing, Reading and Mathematics).  This week, we have sent out a Values and Inquiry document.  We will be working with these during Term 2, and any Seesaw posts coming home about these curriculum areas will refer to these rubrics/documents.

DEAR
This term, we are planning to have DEAR (drop everything and read) most days.  We would appreciate if your child has a chapter book to read, in their school bag (hopefully one that they are reading at home as well).

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking at what are the best conditions for native plants to grow at Silverstream, and how we can produce native seedlings to thrive in this environment.  We have already started with pH testing of different liquids, before we move onto soil.

CALENDAR 
Week 2
* PTA meeting - Monday 6 May - 6:45pm
* NZEI teacher meeting - Thursday 9 May - afternoon
*Assembly - Us sharing - Friday 10 May - 1:40pm
* Mother's Day - Sunday 12 May

Week 3
* Fish and Chips - Thursday 16 May

Week 4
* School Cross Country - Monday 20 May (postponement Tuesday 21)
* Sausage sizzle - Friday 24 May
* Winter Sport - Friday 24 May
* Assembly - Friday 24 May

Have a brilliant week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Friday, April 26, 2019

Term 2, Week 1 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 1 of Term 2.  We hope you had a lovely break from the school routine and ready for a wonderful term of learning.

SEESAW
Over the holidays, you should have received three rubrics on Seesaw (Writing, Reading and Mathematics).  We will be working with these during Term 2, and any Seesaw posts coming home about these three curriculum areas will refer to these rubrics.

DEAR
This term, we are planning to have DEAR (drop everything and read) most days.  We would appreciate if your child has a chapter book to read, in their school bag (hopefully one that they are reading at home as well).

INQUIRY
Last term, we looked into the meanings of ecosystems and biodiversity, and how they related to us and Silverstream Reserve. This term's Inquiry focus will come out in the next few weeks. Here is a link that leads to an ecosystem game that is rather awesome (have a look around at the other games too): https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/feed_the_dingo.html.  


CALENDAR 
Term 2
Week 1
* School starts for Term 2 - Monday 29 April

Week 2
* PTA meeting - Monday 6 May - 6:45pm
* NZEI teacher meeting - Thursday 9 May - afternoon
*Assembly - Friday 10 May - 1:40pm
* Mother's Day - Sunday 12 May

Week 3
* Fish and Chips - Thursday 16 May

Have an awesome week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Friday, April 5, 2019

Week 11 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 11 of Term 1, our last week of the term.  Thank you for all of your support throughout these last 10 weeks.  We farewell Emma our student teacher at the end of this week, and we wish her well in her last year at University.

PATHWAYS
There is only one week left of our term.  Children are expected to have done at least 2 pathways by the end of this term.   Please keep having discussions with your child about what pathways they are doing.

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking into the meanings of ecosystems and biodiversity, and how they relate to us and Silverstream Reserve.  Ask your child what they have learned.  Here is another link that leads to an ecosystem game that is rather awesome (have a look around at the other games too): https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/feed_the_dingo.html.  

SEESAW
By the end of the term, you should have seen 2 reflections from your children and teachers.  Please take time to read these with your child.  They love getting your comments.

CALENDAR 
* Daylight Savings ends - Sunday 7 April - 3am fall back to 2am
Week 11
* Mufti Day - colourful day - Wednesday 10 April
* Subway - Thursday 11 April
* Assembly - Friday 12 April - 1:40pm
* Last day of Term 1 - Friday 12 April

Term 2
Week 1
* School starts for Term 2 - Monday 29 April

Week 2
* PTA meeting - Monday 6 May - 6:45pm
*Assembly - Friday 10 May - 1:40pm
* Mother's Day - Sunday 12 May

Have a lovely week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn, Emma

Friday, March 29, 2019

Week 10 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 10 of Term 1.  We can't believe how fast the term is flying, and how much learning that is happening.

PATHWAYS
There are only 2 weeks of our term left.  Children are expected to have done at least 2 pathways by the end of this term.   Please keep having discussions with your child about what pathways they are doing.

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking into the meanings of ecosystems and biodiversity, and how they relate to us and Silverstream Reserve.  Ask your child what they have learned.  Here is another link that leads to an ecosystem game that is rather awesome (have a look around at the other games too): https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/feed_the_dingo.html.  

HEAD LICE
Just a reminder to continue checking your child's hair often and treat if necessary, so we can eliminate all head lice.

SEESAW
Over the next couple of weeks, you should see reflections from your children and teachers.  Please take time to read these with your child.  They love getting your comments.

CALENDAR 
Week 10
* Canterbury Swimming Championships - Thursday 4 April
* Huxter Bike Race - Friday 5 April
* Daylight Savings ends - Sunday 7 April - 3am fall back to 2am

Week 11
* Subway - Thursday 11 April
* Assembly - Friday 12 April - 1:40pm
* Last day of Term 1 - Friday 12 April

Have a super week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn, Emma, Dwayne

Friday, March 22, 2019

Week 9 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 9 of Term 1.  Thanks for all of the hard work you put into our gala.  The children can now hand in pathways - please see the notice that was sent home for the criteria.  We hope that you had successful bids on your child's art.

PATHWAYS
There is only 3 weeks of our term left.  Children are expected to have done at least 2 pathways by the end of this term.  We are getting a variety of pathways in for marking, and it is always exciting to see what your children do outside of school.  Please keep having discussions with your child about what pathways they are doing.  Just a reminder that we shared at goal setting at the beginning of the year - black and white level gets a medal, and the two other levels (blue/white and red/black) will receive a certificate.

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking into the meanings of ecosystems and biodiversity, and how they relate to us and Silverstream Reserve.  Here is another link that leads to an ecosystem game that is rather awesome (have a look around at the other games too): https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/feed_the_dingo.html

SWIMMING
Swimming finishes today, as the water is getting a lot cooler.  We will resume this sometime during Term 4.

HEAD LICE
This still continues to be a problem.  Please check your child's hair often and treat if necessary, so we can eliminate all head lice.

CALENDAR 
Week 9
* Sausage sizzle - Friday 29 March
* Assembly - Friday 29 March - 1:40pm

Week 10
* Canterbury Swimming Championships - Thursday 4 April
* Huxter Bike Race - Friday 5 April

Week 11
* Subway - Thursday 11 April
* Assembly - Friday 12 April - 1:40pm
* Last day of Term 1 - Friday 12 April

Have a fantastic week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn, Emma, Dwayne

Friday, March 15, 2019

Week 8 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 8 of Term 1.  Our team is getting excited, as the Gala is on Friday, and we will be able to run our stalls.  Look out for the art auction of your child's masterpiece!

GALA
THIS FRIDAY!  Children will need to bring their own tables and chairs, and any other furniture that they will need.  If you are dropping these off, please place them at the rawhiti (end) of our team.  We really value your help, and thank you in advance for helping clean up your child's stall completely.

PATHWAYS
We are getting a variety of pathways in for marking, and it is always exciting to see what your children do outside of school.  Please keep having discussions with your child about what pathways they are doing.  Just a reminder that we shared at goal setting at the beginning of the year - black and white level gets a medal, and the two other levels (blue/white and red/black) will receive a certificate.

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking into the meanings of ecosystems and biodiversity, and how they relate to us and Silverstream Reserve.  Here is another link that leads to an ecosystem game that is rather awesome (have a look around at the other games too): https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/games/ecosystem/feed_the_dingo.html

NETBALL
Clarkville Netball registrations are still open. We are looking for a couple more players for the year 5/6 grade teams. If you are interested, please register at the link here or email clarkvillenetballclub@gmail.com

CALENDAR 
Week 8
* North Canterbury Swimming Sports - Thursday 21 March
* Teacher Union Meeting - Thursday 21 March - afternoon
* GALA! - Friday 22 March

Week 9
* Sausage sizzle - Friday 29 March
* Assembly - Friday 29 March - 1:40pm

Week 10
* Canterbury Swimming Championships - Thursday 4 April
* Year 8 Pizza fundraiser - Friday 5 April

Have a brilliant week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn, Emma, Dwayne

Friday, March 8, 2019

Week 7 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 7 of Term 1.  We hope you are getting excited about the Gala as much as we are.  This week, we will give children time to make signs for their stalls.  We welcome Emma and Dwayne to our team, who are two student teachers from University of Canterbury.  They will be working with the children over the next five weeks.

EGG ALLERGY
We have a student in the school with a severe egg allergy. We ask the whole community to support us with keeping this student safe by not sending eggs to school in lunches. Eggs in baking are fine but we request that egg sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs and bacon and egg pies are treats saved for home. 

GALA
The PTA still need parents to assist with activities.  Please contact Krissie Clark if you are able to help (see the email that has been sent out).

PATHWAYS
We are getting a variety of pathways in for marking, and it is always exciting to see what your children do outside of school.  Please keep having discussions with your child about what pathways they are doing.  Just a reminder that we shared at goal setting at the beginning of the year - black and white level gets a medal, and the two other levels (blue/white and red/black) will receive a certificate.

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking into the meanings of ecosystems and biodiversity, and how they relate to us and Silverstream Reserve.  If you are interested in making your own miniature rainforest, have a look at this link - https://craftingagreenworld.com/articles/terrarium-diy-miniature-rainforest/

KA MAU TE WEHI - AWESOME AWARDS

CALENDAR 
Week 7
* School tryathlon - Monday 11 March
* Pegasus swimming sports - Thursday 14 March
* Assembly - Friday 15 March - 1:40pm

Week 8
* North Canterbury Swimming Sports - Thursday 21 March
* Teacher Union Meeting - Thursday 21 March - afternoon
* GALA! - Friday 22 March

Week 9
* Sausage sizzle - Friday 29 March
* Assembly - Friday 29 March - 1:40pm

Have a super week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn, Emma, Dwayne

Friday, March 1, 2019

Week 6 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 6 of Term 1.  Thank you for responding to your child's seesaw posts about their goal of relating to others. 

GALA
Our Gala this year is on Friday, 22nd of March.  Please have a chat with your child about what they are doing, and send back the permission notice (thanks to those that have already).  We do require parents to check in with their children if they feel they are going to struggle, especially with setting up of stalls, the initial running, and completely packing down their stalls (including taking all rubbish and belongings home).  The PTA still need parents to assist with other activities, so we recommend that only one parent per group needs to check in occasionally.  Please contact Krissie Clark if you are able to help (see the email that has been sent out). As we are environmentally conscious, we do promote rubbish free stalls.

INQUIRY
This term, we are looking into the meanings of ecosystems and biodiversity, and how they relate to us and Silverstream Reserve.  If you are interested in making your own miniature rainforest, have a look at this link - https://craftingagreenworld.com/articles/terrarium-diy-miniature-rainforest/

DEVICES
We really appreciate that if your child has a device that they are able to use and bring to school, that they do so, as we use these a lot with our learning.  We do have some at school for those that aren't able to do this.

SWIMMING
Our swimming sports were fantastic, and we now have a small group of children who will be going to Pegasus and North Canterbury Swimming Sports.  Best of luck, and be proud.  We will continue with swimming, and will start training (running and swimming) towards our tryathlon in Week 7.  This will also include biking on Heywards Road (on the tryathlon day). 

CALENDAR 
Week 6
* Fish and chips - Thursday 7 March

Week 7
* School tryathlon - Monday 11 March
* Pegasus swimming sports - Thursday 14 March
* Assembly - Friday 15 March - 1:40pm

Week 8
* North Canterbury Swimming Sports - Thursday 21 March
* GALA! - Friday 22 March

Have a super week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Friday, February 22, 2019

Week 5 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 5 of Term 1.  In the next week, you should receive goals for Term 1 home, and a reflection post about Relating to Others while at Hanmer Springs Camp.

INQUIRY
Thanks to those that joined us at Silverstream Reserve for our school picnic on Thursday night, and getting to know our local reserve better.  Our Inquiry this year is based around the environment, and we will be spending time at this reserve to learn more about looking after the world we live in.

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP
If you are interested in viewing heaps of photos, please contact one of the parents that went on camp, and they can connect you to the Messenger site where you can view these.  We also have a display of some photos and 6-word narratives in our team room.

DEVICES
We really appreciate that if your child has a device that they are able to use and bring to school, that they do so, as we use these a lot with our learning.  We do have some at school for those that aren't able to do this.

GALA ART
This coming week, we will be working on our art for the Gala auction.  The PTA have kindly purchased various canvas boards, and the children have been shown some ideas.  You are welcome to chat about possible ideas as well.

SWIMMING
A notice has been sent home about the swimming sports.  We are unable to give you exact race times - please refer to the notice.

GALA
Our Gala this year is on Friday, 22nd of March.  Two PTA representatives came in on Thursday to talk about stalls that your children are interested in running.  Please have a chat with them, and send back the permission notice.  We do require parents to monitor their children, especially with setting up of stalls, the initial running, checking in, and completely packing down their stalls (including taking all rubbish and belongings home).  As we are environmentally conscious, we do promote rubbish free stalls.

CALENDAR 
Week 5
* PTA meeting - Monday 25 February - 6:30pm
* School Swimming Sports - Wednesday 27 February
* Assembly - Friday 1 March - 1:40pm

Week 6
* Fish and chips - Thursday 7 March

Week 7
* School tryathlon - Monday 11 March
* Assembly - Friday 15 March - 1:40pm

Have a brilliant week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Friday, February 15, 2019

Week 4 Home Communicatio

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)


Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 4 of Term 1.  What a hot but fun week we have had!

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP
A big thank you to all parent volunteers who came, and to those who offered.  Without you, we would not be able to participate in such valuable activities.  Hopefully all of your belongings have made their way home, and if not, we will send the rest home on Monday.  Camp was incredibly hot, but we are proud with how the children coped.  Enjoy all of their memories.

SCHOOL PICNIC
Invitation to a family picnic
Families are invited to attend a picnic at Silverstream Reserve on Thursday 21 February at 5.30pm. Please BYO dinner and drinks. There will be activities to help us get to know the Reserve better.

SWIMMING
A notice has been sent home about the swimming sports.  We are unable to give you exact race times - please refer to the notice.

GALA
Our Gala this year is on Friday, 22nd of March.  A PTA representative came on Monday this week to ignite some interest with the children running stalls.  A notice will come home next week with more information.

CALENDAR 
Week 4
* School Picnic at Silverstream Reserve - Thursday 21 February - 5:30pm
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday 22 February

Week 5
* PTA meeting - Monday 25 February - 6:30pm
* School Swimming Sports - Wednesday 27 February
* Assembly - Friday 1 March - 1:40pm

Week 6
* Fish and chips - Thursday 7 March

Have an excellent week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn



Friday, February 8, 2019

Week 3 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 3 of Term 1.  We are all set for camp and looking forward to fun activities!

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP
A notice is coming home today with reminders of camp (we will email this too).  The packing list was sent home last year, and we have also put this on the blog.  We ask that you pack appropriate clothing - i.e. tee-shirts and long sleeved shirts, shorts and track pants, sneakers, hats, sunscreen, etc.  Singlet tops are inappropriate due to sunburn and other weather conditions.  It is very helpful if you name all your child's belongings, as we usually come home with lost property.  Please remember to pack a container of home baking

SWIMMING
We hope to swim most days each week.  If your child is unable to swim, can you please let us know (email, note, in person). Thanks.  Swimming sports are in Week 5.  A notice will be coming home shortly.

LUNCH
Hopefully you have heard of the changes to our lunch time.  Our children are also working very hard at getting as many tokens into our jar, so they can be rewarded for being in the right place at the right time.

GALA
Our Gala this year is on Friday, 22nd of March.  Some PTA representatives will be coming to speak with our team on Monday, to share possible ideas.  More information will come out about this later.

CALENDAR 
Week 3
* Hōpara Hanmer Springs Camp - Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 February
* Assembly - Friday 15 February 1:40pm (Note the change of time)

Week 4
* School Picnic at Silverstream Reserve - Thursday 21 February - 5:30pm
* Sausage Sizzle - Friday 22 February

Week 5
* PTA meeting - Monday 25 February - 6:30pm
* School Swimming Sports - Wednesday 27 February
* Assembly - Friday 1 March - 1:40pm

Have a fabulous week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn



Friday, February 1, 2019

Term 1, Week 2 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 2 of Term 1.  We have slotted back into the school routine quickly, and it has been lovely to see everyone collaborating together.  The whakatauki above is so true, and we value your support and assistance.

SWIMMING
We hope to swim most days each week.  If your child is unable to swim, can you please let us know (email, note, in person). Thanks.

HANMER SPRINGS CAMP
A notice will be coming home next Friday with reminders of camp.  For the parents who are assisting us on camp, we will have a parent meeting on Thursday at 5pm in Hōpara.  The packing list was sent home last year, and we have also put this on the blog.  We ask that you have appropriate clothing - i.e. tee-shirts and long sleeved shirts, shorts and track pants, sneakers, hats, etc.  Singlet tops are inappropriate due to sunburn and other weather conditions.

MATHS
Hit the button is a fantastic game to help your children learn their basic facts.  They can select the multiplication or division tables they want to learn, or do all of them at once.  We expect all children to recall their basic facts by the end of Year 6 (this is with speed).  Please help them with this, as it also helps with their computation in all maths areas.
Basic facts game - a fun game that can be done at any level.

LUNCH
Hopefully you have heard of the changes to our lunch time.  This has been sent home in the newsletter this week - please read.  Our children are also working very hard at getting as many tokens into our jar, so they can be rewarded for being in the right place at the right time.

CALENDAR 
Week 2
* Waitangi Day - Wednesday 6 February
* Hōpara parent camp meeting - 5pm, Thursday 7 February

Week 3
* Hōpara Hanmer Springs Camp - Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 February
* Assembly - Friday 15 February 1:40pm (Note the change of time)

Have a brilliant week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Term 1, Week 1 Home Communication

Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku! 
(Choose to be more!)

Kia Ora, 
Welcome to Week 1 of Term 1, our first week of the school year.   We hope you have had a lovely break from the school routine.  The staff in Hōpara this year are Chris Goldsack, Nick Burson, and Lynn Moffitt.

If you have misplaced your stationery or packing list, these are on the blog.

SWIMMING
We hope to swim most days each week.  If your child is unable to swim, can you please let us know (email, note, in person). Thanks.

MATHS
Hit the button is a fantastic game to help your children learn their basic facts.  They can select the multiplication or division tables they want to learn, or do all of them at once.  We expect all children to recall their basic facts by the end of Year 6 (this is with speed).  Please help them with this, as it also helps with their computation in all maths areas.
Basic facts game - a fun game that can be done at any level.

DIGITAL SAFETY
We have had some parents asking about how to keep their children safe online.  There is a product from Norton, that is a possibility.  Below is a link to this.

CALENDAR FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Week 1
* Goal setting day - Monday 28th January
* School (full days)  - Tuesday 29th January onwards

Week 2
* Waitangi Day - Wednesday 6 February
* Hōpara parent camp meeting - 5pm, Thursday 7 February

Have an awesome week!

Chris, Nick, Lynn