Sunday, 17 March 2019

Week 7 - IMPORTANT STUFF BELOW!

Good morning everyone, 

I hope your weekend has treated you well and the children have had a chance to rest and recoup ready for the last week of the their swimming lessons.

Congratulations to Lucy McKeaig on receiving our Star Citizen Award and to Jaz Currie on receiving the merit award this week. They are both outstanding role models within our class who are showing many positive learning qualities. I'm happy to brag with you all that there are so many positive things to celebrate in our class at the moment.



REMINDERS - WEEK 7

SWIMMING LESSONS:
A big thank you to you all for being so organised with the children's swimming needs last week, the sessions ran really well, with only a few occasions where a t-shirt went walkabouts, a towel/thongs were left at school and a forgotten rashie. All in all, it was pretty easy experience! I am hoping it remains the same for this week. 

Just a reminder that there is NO canteen at all this week, due to the students being absent at the eating times.


Majority of the children have been very responsible with applying sunscreen before we leave using the class sunscreen that I distribute, however can you please ensure that you remind your child of how important it is to do this.



DAY SWAP:

Mrs Martin has an appointment that she must attend this Wednesday the 20th of March, therefore we have swapped her work day. This week, Mrs Martin will be working on Tuesday 19th of March and I will do Wednesday instead. 


STUDENT LAPTOPS:

The students will be receiving their laptops to bring home today. The students will be having an information session with Mrs Janine Johnson and myself in library this afternoon. In this session the students will found out the basics of how to use the laptop and the safety procedures that need to take place for them to ensure that are protected and cared for. They will also learn about what applications are currently installed on the laptops.

Obviously as we use these devices more and more, the students will develop a greater familiarity with its functions. Your child may have questions about the laptop and what they can do, please encourage them to ask and Janine will endeavour to answer as many questions as best possible.

Just a reminder that Janine is offering parent information sessions to share what she has done to setup and prepare the laptops for the children. These will take place on Monday the 25th March at 2.15pm and again at 5.30pm in the Library if you are free to attend.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or Janine (janine.johnson@cewa.edu.au) if you have any further questions about the laptops.


PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS:
Year 4R Parent-Teacher meetings will be held across week 8 and week 9.I have placed a copy of the roster for our meetings on the Front door outside the classroom. A copy of the roster has also been provided below. If you would like to email me your first 3 preferences for times I can select a time for you and add it to the roster (I will confirm your time through email). Otherwise please feel free to add your time when you visit the classroom next. I am hoping that by offering a range of times, that I have catered for all families and their needs.



PARENT HELP NEEDED:
We are looking for some help with our reading groups on a Monday and Tuesday at 9am and Wednesday at 10am beginning next week. We would need you for approximately 30 minutes. 

You would be there to provide supervision, reading and literacy support to a small group of students…no previous experience necessary! You would have a group leader and a very clear explanation of what the students need to do.

I will put a roster (see below) up on the front door of our class for the remainder of the term, if you are able to come in for any time, it would be greatly appreciated! I can not guarantee that you will be placed with your child for this time as we have a set schedule that the students work through. Please don’t feel bad if you are unable to help because of work or younger siblings or other commitments, we completely understand!





HOMEWORK - WEEK 7

Please see below for the homework assigned for this week. 

Can I please ask that you keep asking and checking in with your child that they are doing all of their homework, as there were around 50% of students last week that didn't complete certain parts.

1. Reading - Students are to read for 10 minutes each night and enter it into their Reading Log. They are to bring it to you to be signed each night. 

2. Timetables practise - they need to begin learning their 7 timestables this week. 
The students will be tested on their 6 times tables this week.

The students are to practise at least 5 times throughout the week at home. We are hoping that you are able to quiz them as often as possible to ensure their recall of their timestable facts is accurate and efficient. Please sign their Homework log when you have done this.

3. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 6, p.12&13. This will be marked on Friday morning.

4. Spelling - the students are to complete LSCWC with their new spelling words each night. 
They are to also complete dictionary meanings for their words which are due on Friday morning.




Enjoy week seven everyone, it is going to be a big one with the exciting inclusion of the laptops!

Many thanks,

Sandy and Alison



Monday, 11 March 2019

Week 6 - Getting Our Swim On!

Good morning,

I apologise that this blog is arriving a little later than normal this week, with a big day yesterday there was no time to stop and get this info out. 

I am so pleased to say that our first day of swimming was a huge success yesterday! We managed to work hard in the morning, get changed, eat and swim like champions, all before coming back and learning a little more. 

The students were very  responsible with their belongings and there were no reports of anything being lost (hopefully this was still the case when they got home later in the day). Can I just ask that all students bring thongs or  slip on sandals today to change into before the lesson, as these are far more convenient to put on when the children get out of the water with their sandy feet to walk up to the bus!

In the class, we have started to celebrate students who are 'On-a-roll', meaning they are working hard to show personal growth/progress in different Learning Areas. There is a display in the classroom where the selected student's work is displayed and celebrated. These samples will be changed regularly throughout the term. Our first 'On-a-roll' winners are Jake, Cameron and Imogen. Three very different pieces of work but all of them showed brilliance int heir own way! Please see the image below or feel free to come in and take a look!




REMINDERS - WEEK 6


PROJECT COMPASSION
As it is the season of Lent, a time when we show extra mercy to others, we have begun to raise money for Project Compassion. The money raised goes to the under privileged children in third world countries who do not have the luxuries of clean water, fresh food and the opportunity to go to school and learn with suitable resources. I ask that you remind your children if they have any spare change that they may want to donate it to this very worthy cause. It doesn't have to be much, it is more trying to make the students aware of how lucky they are to have what they have!


CALLING ALL BOOKS THAT ARE COLLECTING DUST!!
I have purchased some new novels from book club and brought in my sons Where's Wally, Star Wars and Ninjago books to jazz up the class library, however it is still a little bare. If you have any books that are no longer being read and are collecting dust, we would greatly appreciate any donations. 


Swimming Lessons - Week 6&7  
Our lessons take place at Dunsborough Foreshore (Jetty) at 1.05-1.45pm. We will be leaving school at 12.45pm.

Our learning program will run as normal up until lunchtime. As you can imagine, after two weeks of this the children will be very tired, I ask that your children get as much rest and sleep during this period to ensure they still have the energy to learn each day.

We ask that your child wears their bathers to school underneath their sports uniform to make life easier for them. They are to wear their sneakers to school and bring their thongs to change into at swimming time. No child is to wear their things to school during these days. They will need:
  • Swimming bag - not their school bag
  • Bathers & Rashie - please note that all children must wear a rashie to keep them sun safe.
  • Thongs
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Water bottle - perhaps think about packing a spare one as it can be a long hot day for them!
Please ensure all items are labelled to prevent items being lost



OUR LEARNING 

Last week in our Friendology lesson we discussed how sometimes we can get negative thoughts (A.N.T's) in our minds and often these thoughts diminish our confidence, clouding the view we have of ourselves. We discussed that to be successful, happy and confident we need to develop our growth mindset and view things from a different light. 

To be able to squash these A.N.T's, when things become tough or too difficult we talked about developing personal 'Power Statements' (like Nike's - Just Do It) that the students could say to themselves as way of resetting their mindset and promoting more positive thinking. The students came up with a multitude of great sayings to enhance their confidence in their learning. 

I have placed those that are finished on display. I encourage you to come and take a look and be inspired yourself to change that mindset and squash those A.N.T's!



Sorry they are difficult to read, the bright background wasn't being my friend!



HOMEWORK - WEEK 6

Please see below for the homework assigned for this week. There is a slight change in the Spelling due to the short week last week.

1. Reading - Students are to read for 10 minutes each night and enter it into their Reading Log. They are to bring it to you to be signed each night. 

2. Timetables practise this is the last week we are focusing on our 6 timestables. They will be tested at the end of the week! The students are to practise at least 5 times throughout the week at home. We are hoping that you are able to quiz them as often as possible to ensure their recall of their timestable facts is accurate and efficient. Please sign their Homework log when you have done this.

3. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 5, p.10&11. This will be marked on Friday morning.

4. Spelling - the students are to complete LSCWC with their new spelling words each night. 
They are to also complete dictionary meanings for their words which are due on Friday morning (Some students may have already completed this last week and do not have to do it again!)

Please note the students have the same spelling list this week due to the short week last week.



Have a wonderful week everyone. Fingers crossed we get through a full week of swimming without too many tired and grumpy students! Apologies if you bare the brunt of this at home 😊


Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin

Monday, 4 March 2019

Week 5 - Half way there!



Good morning,

We hope you had a fun-filled weekend in the glorious sunshine! I had family down from Perth and getting out and about made me realise how lucky we are to live in such a special place.

A big congratulations to all the year four's who swam last week in their first swimming carnival. There were a few nerves on the day, however they all can be proud that they had a go and tried their best! Well done to Jaz, Ebony, Lara and Vinny for receiving a medal on the day



REMINDERS - WEEK 5


Ash Wednesday Mass - Tomorrow the 6th of March is Ash Wednesday. The Year Four's will be leading a mass in the hall tomorrow at 9am to welcome the season of Lent. We would love it if you are able to join us, to celebrate this important Catholic ritual.

We ask that those students who have a reading part to practise tonight to ensure they are confident tomorrow during the mass.


Swimming Lessons - Week 6&7 - Swimming lessons begin next Monday 11th March and run for two weeks. Our lessons take place at Dunsborough Foreshore (Jetty) at 1.05-1.45pm. We will be leaving school at 12.45pm.

Our learning program will run as normal up until lunchtime. As you can imagine, after two weeks of this the children will be very tired, I ask that your children get as much rest and sleep during this period to ensure they still have the energy to learn each day.

We ask that your child wears their bathers to school underneath their sports uniform to make life easier for them. They are to wear their sneakers to school and bring their thongs to change into at swimming time. No child is to wear their things to school during these days. They will need:
  • Swimming bag - not their school bag
  • Bathers & Rashie - please note that all children must wear a rashie to keep them sun safe.
  • Thongs
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Water bottle - perhaps think about packing a spare one as it can be a long hot day for them!
Please ensure all items are labelled to prevent items being lost

Harmony Day 2019
FROM JULIE BIRCH
Dear Parents,
We need you…..
On the 29th of March the students of Our Lady of the Cape Primary School will celebrate Harmony Day. 

It is our aim to support the development of respect and appreciation for cultures other than their own in the students. To do this we would like to immerse the children in a rich variety of experiences that include food, music, visual arts and the development of a knowledge base of the cultural traditions of others.

Information is always best coming from those who have experienced the learning first hand so we are asking parents help out on the day.

We would love parents to lead an activity as part of a rotation between 9am and 11am on the day.  There would be no more than 20 children in each group. Each session would last 15 minutes and you would repeat this activity up to 6 six times.

If you were born in another country you may wish to present some photographs, samples of traditional foods, clothing, games etc. and tell the children about how you grew up. How is was different to here… and the same as here.

If you can play a musical instrument you may like to share your skills.  The children would love to listen. 

Perhaps you can write some great haiku… or fold some tricky origami. 
Those of you who teach dance, karate or craft may like to come and share your talents.
Children always love to cook.  We would love to have someone making pasta, pizza or some other cultural delight (remembering that you only have 15 minutes).
So… if you can help please email Julie Birch.  



OUR LEARNING 

In our reading sessions this week, we will be focusing on learning about the season of Lent and the special days that are important during this time in the lead up to Easter. 

The students are now working on publishing their setting descriptions that they wrote last week. They have done an incredible job with the use of their adjectives, similes, onomatopoeia and noun groups, I highly recommend you coming in to read them once they are completed.


In our Religion lessons we will be learning about the season of Lent and as part of this we began some charcoal drawings that reflect on Jesus and the sacrifices he made for us during this special time. They will be on display in the hall as of tomorrow to support the Ash Wednesday Mass.


HOMEWORK - WEEK 5

Please see below for the homework assigned for this week. There was some incomplete homework that was given in last week. If you can please support your child to complete all parts of their homework each week. This helps with their personal organisation reduces anxiety of getting in trouble when it is not done. 

1. Reading - Students are to read for 10 minutes each night and enter it into their Reading Log. They are to bring it to you to be signed each night. 

2. Timetables practise this is the last week we are focusing on our 6 timestables. They will be tested at the end of the week! The students are to practise at least 5 times throughout the week at home. We are hoping that you are able to quiz them as often as possible to ensure their recall of their timestable facts is accurate and efficient. Please sign their Homework log when you have done this.

3. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 4, p.8&9. This will be marked on Friday morning.

4. Spelling - the students are to complete LSCWC with their new spelling words each night. 
They are to also complete dictionary meanings for their words which are due on Friday morning. Please note the students will be retaining the same spelling lists in week 6 due to the short week.


Have a wonderful week everyone. Hopefully the sun will keep shining:) 

Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Week 4 Update

Good afternoon parents,

Welcome to another fantastic week in 4R. We would just like to say that the children are working so hard, they are following instructions beautifully and we are getting through a lot in each day...we hope they are sleeping as soundly as we are!


A big thank you to those parents that were able to attend our meeting last week. If your child has not yet given you their copy of the booklet, please let me know or come in and grab one. They are hanging on the homework board as you walk into class.

REMINDERS - WEEK 4

Swimming Carnival - Is on this Thursday 28th February! All parents are welcome to come and support if they can.

We ask that your child wears their bathers to school underneath their sports uniform to make life easier for them. They can wear thongs to school but they must bring their sneakers to put on after they return to school. They will need:
  • Swimming bag - preferably not their school bag
  • Bathers & Rashie - please note that all children must wear a rashie to keep them sun safe.
  • Thongs
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Packed recess and lunch
  • Water bottle - perhaps think about packing a spare one as it can be a long hot day for them!
School AGM - Will be held in the Hall on Thursday 28th February beginning at 6.30pm. As many parents as possible are encouraged to attend.

Times Tables App - One of the parents has shared with me a fantastic App that is really engaging and fun to work with when helping your child with their tables. Check it out!


OUR LEARNING 

In our reading groups this next cycle we will be looking at the Summarising strategy. This is helpful for the students to pay attention to the important information within a text. You can help them develop this strategy in their home reading by asking them to tell you the important facts from the chapter/page/paragraph that they may have read.

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The students have finished their Hulk character descriptions and these will be up for display in the coming days. We will then move on to looking at the importance of a good setting to help our readers to enjoy our story as much as possible.

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In Maths this week we will be looking at Place Value. This can be where it sits in a Place Value Table and then it's worth. For example, a number will sit in the hundreds column giving it a value of 300.

In Health we have been looking at the different types of drugs and the effects that they can have on our system. We have discussed the positives and negative aspects of taking drugs - this has prompted some great conversations about the effects drugs can have on our bodies and our decision making.

In Science we have been looking at how Natural Processes can effect the earth, such as erosion and weathering. The students are able to define the different processes and explain how this impacts our earth. In Design and Technology we have been looking at the processes and equipment involved in planting and then harvesting potatoes as part of our Food and Fibre Unit.

Our weekly Making Jesus Real sessions have focused recently on a couple of main topics...these being how to win the hard ball in life. This means that in life we sometimes have to be tough and have self-discipline so that we can do the right thing. The second topic which prompted a lot of great discussion was about being humble...a quiet achiever. We shared some examples of people we thought of as quiet achievers and the students were asked to list some people they thought were quiet achievers.

On the whole it has been a very busy time in Year 4 as you can see! 


HOMEWORK - WEEK 4

Please see below for the homework assigned for this week. There was some incomplete homework that was given in last week. If you can please support your child to complete all parts of their homework each week. This helps with their personal organisation reduces anxiety of getting in trouble when it is not done. 

1. Reading - Students are to read for 10 minutes each night and enter it into their Reading Log. They are to bring it to you to be signed each night. 

2. Timetables practise this is the last week we are focusing on our 5 timestables. They will be tested at the end of the week! The students are to practise at least 5 times throughout the week at home. We are hoping that you are able to quiz them as often as possible to ensure their recall of their timestable facts is accurate and efficient. Please sign their Homework log when you have done this.

3. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 3, p.6&7. This will be marked on Friday monring.

4. Spelling - the students are to complete LSCWC with their new spelling words each night. 
They are to also complete dictionary meanings for their words which are due on Friday morning. 

Thank you for a wonderful first few weeks of the term, we are REALLY enjoying working with your beautiful children!


Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Week 3 Update

Good evening parents,

Where did that weekend go...and out of nowhere we are into week 3 of term 1. It's madness I say!!


REMINDERS - WEEK 3


Parent Information Evening - is on Tuesday 19th February beginning at 6.30pm in the Hall before moving over to our class (Year 4R) for a whole class session at 7pm...we expect that you will be at home on the couch with a cup of tea by 8pm!

If you are unable to attend this meeting, we understand...please send us an email to let us know and we will send home the relevant information with your child on Wednesday.

Swimming Trials - The Year 4's will be leaving school at 9am to attend our swimming trials at the GLC in Busselton on Tuesday 19th February.

We ask that your child wears their bathers to school underneath their sports uniform to make life easier for them. They can wear thongs to school but they must bring their sneakers to put on after they return to school. They will need:
  • Swimming bag - preferably a smaller bag to take to the pool (not their school bag)
  • Bathers & rashie
  • Thongs
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Packed recess

We will be back at school in time for lunch so your child can order on this day.


OUR LEARNING 


We have been working very hard settling into our learning groups routine, we have been looking at the Visualising Strategy during our Reading Groups. This has been great for us to make sure that we are tuning into the details in the text to help add to the 'movies in our minds' as we read.

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During our Writing sessions we have been looking at how to write a good Narrative. We have looked at the structure needed to make it fun to write and fun to read. We also looked at the importance of using adjectives when describing our characters to really help our readers enjoy our story. We wrote a great description of The Incredible Hulk!  It was interesting to see that when we put the same character in different settings that how we describe them can change quite significantly!

Reading a good story is like riding a roller coaster, we want to help our readers experience a wide range of emotions to add to their enjoyment through our writing!
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In Math's we have been using our Number of the Day warm up strategy to help us lock in those need to know concepts as well as looking at Odd and Even Numbers. We will begin looking at Place Value and Expanded Notation this week which will be a lot of fun!


HOMEWORK - WEEK 3


Please see below for the homework assigned for this week:

1. Reading - Students are to read for 10 minutes each night and enter it into their Reading Log. They are to bring it to you to be signed each night. 
NB: Please ensure your child returns their READERS from last week tomorrow to get a new one for this week.

2. Timetables practise - this is the last week we are focusing on our 5 timestables. They will be tested at the end of the week! The students are to practise at least 5 times throughout the week at home. We are hoping that you are able to quiz them as often as possible to ensure their recall of their timestable facts is accurate and efficient. Please sign their Homework log when you have done this.

3. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 2, p.4&5. This will be marked at the end of the week so your child does not need to return their homework book until Friday.

4. Spelling - the students are to complete LSCWC with their spelling words each night. 

They are to also complete dictionary meanings for their words which are due on Friday morning. 



We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday night, if not before. Have a great start to the week.

Many thanks,


Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Week 2 Term 1 2019

Good afternoon parents,

What a stunning weekend to relax in the sun, giving us a chance to rest and recoup from our first week of school. Last week was a great start to the year, we accomplished so much work. 

Firstly we worked hard to set some SMART goals about what type of learner we wanted to be this year. In this, each student made a promise of what they are going to aim to do. Please come in and check out what your child has chose!
























Another activity we completed was associated with the making of our class rules. To do this we had to look at the school values of COMPASSION, APPRECIATION, RESPECT and EXCELLENCE and how these should look, feel and sound in our school. The students in pairs had to illustrate these ideas onto templates to display under our values. Look below:




In Religion we have started the unit called 'Loved and Forgiven' and in this unit the students learn how to carryout love and forgiveness, just as Jesus did. Within this unit the students will revise the sacrament of Reconciliation and study further Holy Week and the sacrifices Jesus made for us. Mrs Martin got her creative flair on with the students and created beautiful crosses to symbolise Jesus and his love for us. They then underneath had to write one thing they are thankful for. 



Lastly, my favourite thing of the week was the student's 'All About Me T-shirts' where the students had to share more information about themselves through writing and illustrations. The children did such a wonderful job with these, they are hanging proudly on display!



Among all of this, we completed a range of tests to ensure our Reading, Math and Spelling groups were able to be up and running in week 2. 

So if your child was tired on Friday, you can probably see why! This week looks to be just as great:)


HOMEWORK:
This week the students have:
1. Reading - Students are to read for 10 minutes each night and enter it into their Reading Log (the students will receive a Reader tomorrow, once the students have read this we ask that the students read a book from home).

2. Timetables practise - this is the last week we are focusing on our 4 timestables. They will be tested at the end of the week! The students are to practise at least 5 times throughout the week at home. We are hoping that you are able to quiz them as often as possible to ensure their recall of their timestable facts is accurate and efficient. Please sign their Homework log when you have done this.

3. Mental Maths- Complete Unit 1, p.2&3

4. Spelling - the students are to complete LSCWC with their new spelling words each night. They are to also complete dictionary meanings for their words which are due on Friday morning. 

PLEASE NOTE: The students do not have to bring their Homework book to school each day. I will be collecting their finished homework on FRIDAY , as well as the Reader they were given for the week.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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P&F Meeting
The first P&F Meeting will be next Wednesday 13th February at 9am in the Staff Room. Please come along and be a part of an exciting 2019!

School Board and P&F AGM – Thursday 28th February
All families are encouraged to attend the AGM on Thursday 28th February at 7pm. At this meeting there will be reports from the Parish, School Board, P&F and School. The reports will detail the achievements in 2018, together with plans and goals for 2019.

Family Detail Forms
These forms were sent out on Friday afternoon. Please check all details, update where necessary (including any new medical details), sign and return to the box outside the school office by the end of next week. 

From Sandpit to Adulthood - Maggie Dent
We are again including the promotion of the Maggie Dent seminar that the P&F have organised for our school next week. Register before the event is sold out. Visit our website https://www.ladyofcape.wa.edu.au/index.html to book for this well sought-after speaker.

Swimming 2019
Swimming lessons will take place this term in Weeks 6 and 7. We  will have our lessons at the beach. Our lesson starts at 1.05pm and finishes at 12.45pm. We will be leaving school at 12.50pm to get to the beach in time for our lesson.

The swimming forms were sent home on Friday. Please return them as soon as possible.

Please email or see us if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, we will be more than happy to help. 

sandy.ricciardone@cewa.edu.au
alison.martin@cewa.edu.au

Have a great week:) 

Many thanks,

Mrs Ricciardone & Mrs Martin