Sunday, 10 November 2019

Week 5 Term 4 Update

Good afternoon parents,

Welcome to another amazing week here in 4R. I hope that you stayed cool in the heat of Saturday...I was lucky enough to enjoy a delicious high tea for an important charity and then spend time chilling by the pool. It was a little devastating when I soon realised it was time to start reports!

We had a fantastic excursion to Eagle Heritage last Thursday and another huge thank you to Fiona, Michelle, Mike and John for coming along to keep us safe and make sure that no birds of prey carried anyone off!

The students will be using this information that they gathered to begin planning for the bird of prey information report that we will be starting next week!









Our day was then finished off superbly with an artist workshop conducted by Alan Meyburgh...after a slight change to plan he came up to school and we had a great time working in the hall on creating a sculpture of a bird using a variety of recycled materials. I was blown away by there amazing creations and the students were super proud of themselves...rightly so I say!















REMINDERS - WEEK 5

Uthando Doll Thank You Afternoon Tea - We will be having a small afternoon tea on Wednesday afternoon (13th November) to hand over the dolls ready for them to be sent off! All parents that came to help in our weekly sessions are warmly invited to attend. 

WWWFW - It is looking to be better weather wise this week! Thank you for your support in sending in waste free lunches and coordinating bike rides and buddies! Our last week...let's go 4R!


HOMEWORK - WEEK 5

1. Reading - Students are to read for 15 minutes each night. Please encourage them to read out loud to you at least twice a week.
2. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 31. All sections are to be completed by Friday.

3Spelling - LSCWC & Word Study Activity Sheet. These are to be completed by Friday.

4Champion Life Challenges - If you can encourage your child to complete at least one video challenge a week. This is a fantastic initiative which whilst increasing levels of physical activity also aims to inspire students through valuable life learning.


Have a great week...let the sun keep shining!!














Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin



Sunday, 3 November 2019

Week 4 Term 4 - OMG the End is Near!

Good morning parents,

Welcome back to what is shaping up to be a much nicer weekend weather wise! I hope the rain filled up your tanks and gave your car a good wash!



REMINDERS - WEEK 4


Mr John Hogan Healing Mass - You may have read in the newsletter that John Hogan has recently been diagnosed with cancer. We will be holding a whole school mass on Friday morning at Our Lady of the Southern Cross beginning at 9.30am. All parents are warmly invited to attend if you are able. Award cards and MJR awards will be given at Mass as well.

Excursion to Eagle Heritage - We will be putting on our research hats on Thursday and heading off to visit Eagle Heritage to observe the features of the birds of prey. We will then be heading off to visit Mr Alan Meyburgh at his studio to experiment with making our own birds of prey using recycled materials...it is looking to be a beautiful day and I am sure the kids will have a lot of fun! Please make sure your child's permission slip has been returned by tomorrow.

Uthando Doll Thank You Afternoon Tea - We will be having a small afternoon tea next Wednesday afternoon (13th November) to hand over the dolls ready for them to be sent off! All parents that came to help in our weekly sessions are warmly invited to attend. 


WWWFW - It is looking to be better weather wise this week! Thank you for your support in sending in waste free lunches and coordinating bike rides and buddies! A couple of weeks to go...let's go 4R! Apparently we are right up there in contention for the win.


OUR LEARNING

We have once again been working hard in 4R in our literacy lessons, we have been learning about how to make connections within our reading to ourselves, other types of texts and how this can anchor me to the world. 

We have been looking at the structure of an informative text as well as the different types of language that should be appearing in our writing. We have learnt about subject specific and comparative language and this week we will begin looking at the language of cause and effect...it goes something like this. "If you don't have your room cleaned up when I ask, this will result in you not being allowed to go for your sleepover on the weekend".

In Math's we have been looking at time and completed our end of unit assessment today. This is always a tricky concept and one that needs to be practiced constantly, any time you can direct your child's attention to reading the time both digitally and in analogue time will help a lot. Another important part to this is asking them to calculate elapsed time...how many minutes or hours have passed or how many minutes do we have before we need to leave to head to school/basketball training/dancing or until bedtime.

In our STEM lessons, the students had a fantastic time building their towers...it felt like a small city! Justin, Rhavi, Hudson were able to build the biggest tower at 2.71m...nearly touching the roof! The students are really working hard to understand the technical language and considerations of each of the challenges and are really enjoying them!


HOMEWORK - WEEK 4

1. Reading - As part of our reading group rotations, the students will be writing a book review on a familiar book of their choice. Students are to read for 15 minutes each night. Please encourage them to read out loud to you at least twice a week.
2. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 30All sections are to be completed by Friday.


3Spelling - LSCWC & Word Study Activity Sheet. These are to be completed by Friday.

4Champion Life Challenges - If you can encourage your child to complete at least one video challenge a week. This is a fantastic initiative which whilst increasing levels of physical activity also aims to inspire students through valuable life learning.


Have a great week!


Mrs Sandy Ricciardone & Mrs Alison Martin

Sunday, 27 October 2019

What week 3 Already!?!

Good morning everyone,

It's amazing the difference a bit of sunshine can make to one's mood and outlook on life! 

Yesterday was such a perfect summer's day in the middle of spring, a great little taste of what's to come. I know I made the most of it while it was here, I hope you too had fun out in the sun with your loved ones xx

This morning was such a beautiful way to start the week, my heart was filled with so much love and gratitude watching the students interact with their grandparents. The students first treated their guests with a little gift we had made for them. They then completed an interview with their grandparent, exploring many new things about them like what they loved to play, read and do at school. Lastly the students proudly took their grandparents on a little tour of the class, showing off their quality pieces of work!

Here are a few pics from this morningšŸ˜Š







REMINDERS - WEEK 3

Assembly Week 3 - Assembly will begin at 2.10pm this week, as we have merit certificates, 2M presenting an item and the presentation of confirmation certificates. All are welcome!


Wheelie, Walkie, Waste Free Wednesday's - Thank you so much for the strong support of this initiative last week. It was amazing to see that so many students in our class were able to gain two points each to go towards our fight to win the free excursion at the end of term! I must say the students were so happy and focused on Wednesday, what a difference I little bit of exercise can do in the morning!


It is back on again this week. Please don't worry if you can't walk or ride to school, you can help out with your nude lunch (no packaging).



SocktoberThis Friday we will be holding a ‘Rock your socks off’ dance party during the lunch break for Socktober to mark World Mission Month with the theme "Do not Fear I am with You". Children and staff are invited to wear crazy socks and make a gold coin contribution on the day to raise money for Catholic Mission Australia.


Eagle Heritage Excursion - Next Thursday the 7th November we are heading off Eagle Heritage to coincide with our Information Report topic of Birds of Prey. By Thursday a note will be sent home with more information, as well as a permission slip that needs to be sent back as soon as possible. Please keep an eye out in your child's bag for this!

We also will need 5 volunteers from each class to come along and assist with taking a group around the park collecting information and filling in their booklets. Volunteers get in for free, however we can take no more than 5, so it will be 'First in Best Dressed!'. I look forward to get out and having fun!


OLC's Got Talent - On Monday the 4th of November the students will have the opportunity to audition for OLC's Got Talent during their music lesson. All students are welcome to enter, however they do not need to do so.


Whole School Mass - There will be a whole school mass on Friday the 8th of November. I will confirm the time and location in next week's blog.



HOMEWORK - WEEK 3

1. Reading - As part of our reading group rotations, the students will be writing a book review on a familiar book of their choice. Students are to read for 15 minutes each night. Please encourage them to read out loud to you at least twice a week.
2. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 29, p 60& 61. All sections are to be completed by Friday. These are marked in class every morning.


3Spelling - LSCWC & Word Study Activity Sheet 
(NEW!! PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT!!) These are to be completed by Friday.

4Champion Life Challenges - If you can encourage your child to complete at least one video challenge a week. This is a fantastic initiative which whilst increasing levels of physical activity also aims to inspire students through valuable life learning.


Have a great week, lets hope the sun keeps shining!!















Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Week 2 Term 4

Good morning everyone,

What a dream weekend, I hope you had a great one! Perfect for any activity whether it was relaxing at family camp, mulling around Dunsborough and getting to the beach or hitting the big smoke to visit family and friends. For us, it was hanging by our pool and soaking up some much needed sun!

Last week, we ended it with a visit to St Mary McKillop for an Open Day at the college. It was so fantastic to see so many OLC parents taking up the opportunity to take a tour and see what was on offer. Our students were so well behaved and loved the activities they got to experience.

We first got to test our cooking abilities and make scrumptious fruit smoothies. It was great to see the students work so closely with the Year 9's listening and following their every direction. It was quite funny to see the shocked looks on their faces when it was time to wash up and clean their kitchens. 

We then got to draw self portraits of themselves using oil pastels without lifting the pastel off the page. The kids had a lot of fun doing this and were highly engaged! You would have seen the excellent results in their pieces they brought home last Friday.

Lastly we tested our acting abilities in Drama. The students were amazing at working as a team when playing charades to score as many points to be the winning team. They had fun being animals, objects and occupations. There were many interesting actions and poses going on!! 

Take a look! 












REMINDERS - WEEK 2


Change to Assembly Time for Term 4 - Just a reminder that we are trialing a new time for Assembly this term, beginning at 2.15pm. There is an assembly this week and merit awards will be presented.


Wheelie, Walkie, Waste Free Wednesday's - These kick off this week and will run for Week's 2 through to 5. There is a class challenge and I would love for 4R to kick butt and show we are the BEST CLASS IN THE SCHOOL! Let's see how many students we can get wheeling or walking. If you are unable to wheel or walk, please make sure your child is coming with as much nude food (no packaging) as possible. 



Interschool Athletics Carnival - This will take place this Thursday the 24th October. There are three students attending from our class. If your child is one of those children, can you please send in the permission slip that was sent home last week. Please see Mrs Sinclair if you have any questions.


Opening of the New Building - Bishop Gerard will be coming to formally open and bless the new buildings on Friday 25th October. 


Confirmation - All Year 4 students and their families are warmly invited to attend the Confirmation Mass on Saturday 26th October beginning at 6pm. All students are invited to come and support the Year 6's at this special time and join in the choir.



Grandparents Day - One of our favourite days of the year! All grandparents are warmly invited to come and visit on Monday 28th October, please let them know if you haven't already! Further details will follow in the newsletter.



HOMEWORK - WEEK 2

1. Reading - As part of our reading group rotations, the students will be writing a book review on a familiar book of their choice. Students are to read for 15 minutes each night. Please encourage them to read out loud to you at least twice a week.
2. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 28, p 58& 59. All sections are to be completed by Friday. These are marked in class every morning.


3Spelling - LSCWC & Word Study Activity Sheet
(NEW!! PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT!!) These are to be completed by Friday.


4Champion Life Challenges - If you can encourage your child to complete at least one video challenge a week. This is a fantastic initiative which whilst increasing levels of physical activity also aims to inspire students through valuable life learning.



Have a great week, lets hope the sun keeps shining!!



Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin



Monday, 14 October 2019

Welcome Back to Week 1 Term 4

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to another busy term in 4R...I absolutely can't believe it is our last term together...I feel a little ripped off as to how fast the time had passed! I have loved watching our little darlings develop and mature as the year has progressed and I am so very proud of all of their hard work. I will be sad to say goodbye to them at the end of the year for sure! 


I hope that you enjoyed your holidays and had some down time as well as some adventures...mine were great with lots of visits from family and friends, as well as some time to relax and have fun with my boys! 



REMINDERS - WEEK 1

SMMC Visit - This Friday 18th October, we will be heading off to St Mary MacKillop for our Orientation Day visit. Please make sure that you have RSVP'd directly to SMMC if you wish to attend the tour later in the afternoon. Please let me know if your child will be staying with you.

Change to Assembly Time for Term 4 - Just a reminder that we are trialing a new time for Assembly this term, beginning at 2.15pm. 

There is no assembly this week as the Year 6 students will have just returned from their Camp and many students will be making an early start off to Family Camp for the weekend!

Wheelie, Walkie, Waste Free Wednesday's - These kick off next week and will run for Week's 2 through to 5. There is a class challenge and I would love for 4R to kick butt and show we are the BEST CLASS IN THE SCHOOL! Let's see how many students we can get wheeling or walking. If you are unable to wheel or walk, please make sure your child is coming with as much nude food (no packaging) as possible. 


Crunch n Sip - As the year continues I am finding that many of the students LOVE Crunch n Sip. We normally have this in class around 9.30am depending on our specialist schedule.

Interschool Athletics Carnival - This is on next week, the 24th October. Please see Mrs Sinclair if you have any questions.

Opening of the New Building - Bishop Gerard will be coming to formally open and bless the new buildings on Friday 25th October. 

Confirmation - All Year 4 students and their families are warmly invited to attend the Confirmation Mass on Saturday 26th October beginning at 6pm. All students are invited to come and support the Year 6's at this special time and join in the choir.

Grandparents Day - One of our favourite days of the year! All grandparents are warmly invited to come and visit on Monday 28th October, please let them know if you haven't already! Further details will follow in the newsletter.



OUR LEARNING - TERM 4

In Math's this term we will be looking at time and how to use an analogue clock to calculate elapsed time. If your child doesn't have an analogue clock at home, it might be handy to dig one out for them as it is a very concrete concept that is helped along with lots of practice. It might also be a good time to get the kids working hard for their pocket money as we will also be looking at financial Math's with a particular emphasis on calculating change. Having a pile of cash to practice playing shopkeeper with is highly motivating and helpful!

In our writing this term, we will be looking at writing Information Reports. The students will be learning about the purpose, structure and language features of an information report. We will be heading off on excursion to Eagle's Heritage on Thursday 7th November in which the students will be looking at the characteristics of a bird of prey and then writing their report on this bird.

We will continue with our reading groups this term and as a new activity we are getting the students to work on their creative writing as one of their rotations, as well as looking at the reading comprehension strategies of making connections, summarising and visualising. 

The students will also be choosing a familiar book to write a book review on. They will need to have completely finished reading their book by the end of Week 2 to begin work in Week 3.

We will also be trialing a new spelling program in Year 4 called Sound Waves. It will still be differentiated spelling lists and activities and will continue to expose students to a range of words appropriate to their level.

In History we will be looking at Early Explorers and how this has impacted the location and names of places around our region. Students will be given a research project to work on at home and in class later in the term.

In Science we will be studying Biological Sciences, where we will be studying the local ecosystems that surround us in this region. We will place great focus on the local flora and fauna and identify topics such as adaptations, producers, consumers and decomposers. It should be a lot of fun and relevant to the children.

In Art this term we will be connecting with our writing by creating Birds of Prey sculptures after a visit to Eagle's Heritage and local artist Alan Meyburgh's studio. We will be making our own sculptures of a bird of prey...wish us luck!


HOMEWORK - WEEK 1

1. Reading - As part of our reading group rotations, the students will be writing a book review on a familiar book of their choice. Students are to read for 15 minutes each night. Please encourage them to read out loud to you at least twice a week.
2. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 27, p 56& 57. All sections are to be completed by Friday. These are marked in class every morning.

3Spelling - There is no spelling homework this week. 


4Champion Life Challenges - If you can encourage your child to complete at least one video challenge a week. This is a fantastic initiative which whilst increasing levels of physical activity also aims to inspire students through valuable life learning.














Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Week 10 Term 3 2019

Good morning parents,

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Those very exciting holidays are fast approaching and boy oh boy we are ready for them. 

It has been a busy term! Over the past week, whilst preparing for tonight's open classroom, we have realised that the student's have worked incredibly hard to learn many new concepts and produce high quality pieces of work. We are so very proud of them and can understand their need for a break! 




REMINDERS - WEEK 10

Open Classroom - Tonight is your chance to come and check out the work your child has been doing throughout the year. It starts in the hall at 5pm, where Mr Lee will welcome us and some students will carryout a short musical performance. Classrooms will then be open from 5.15-6pm for you share in celebrating your child's achievements.

Please remember that this is a special time to spend with your child to discuss what they have enjoyed learning, and not a time to discuss any issues with the teacher. I am happy to make a separate appointment to do this, where needed. I look forward to seeing you tonight.


St Mary MacKillop College Visit - Just a reminder that all permission slips need to be returned by the end of this week, even if your child will not be attending MacKillop. I have only received 16 at this stage, if you need a new slip please ask your child to get one from me. 



Athletics Carnival - Please note that the athletics carnival is tomorrow. The events schedule was emailed out to all parents last Friday, see the office if you have not received this. 

It is looking to be a beautiful sunny day, therefore it is important that your child has had sunscreen applied in the morning before coming to school. We will have some on hand in the tents as well. As usual your child is to come to school in their faction uniform with their hat, water bottle and food in their school bag.

The children are welcome to colour their hair, wear face paint and bring teddies so that they can cheer for their team. 

The canteen will be doing a sausage sizzle ($3) for lunch, however you need to place an order at the canteen with the correct change and their faction labelled on the bag. Parents can purchase one on the day.  Tea/coffee and cake will also available for purchase on the day for $5.

If you would like to take your child home after the carnival, you will need to fill in a form found within the classroom. I have also sent a copy home with each child today. You or anyone else, will not be able to take your child if I am not given this form. Thank you to those would have brought theirs in already.


Whole School Mass - On Friday the 27th September there is a whole school mass at Our Lady of the Southern Cape. We will be leaving school just before 9am to walk down to the church. The Star Citizen certificates will be presented at church after mass, you will be notified soon if your child is the lucky recipient of the Star Citizen this week.



Uthando Dolls - If you can please make sure that your child has brought in their $1 coin to help pay for the postage for the dolls it would be greatly appreciated.








HOMEWORK - WEEK 10


Besides Reading, there is no homework this week. ENJOY the sunshine!


Have a great week!















Mrs Ricciardone