Sea Turtles Class

Sea Turtles Newsletter Term 2

Upcoming events:

  • Journey and Discovery: 5th and 6th May
  • Mother’s Day Stall: Fri, 12th May
  • PREP oral presentations begin 1st June
  • Semester 1 Reports released: 9th June
  • Parent/Teacher interviews: 12-15th June
  • Last day of term and Sunlight concert: Friday, 16th June

Welcome to term 2! The children have returned to school refreshed, enthusiastic and brimming with stories from their holidays.

This term our students will be focusing on the continent of ‘Africa’ and taking a closer look at its animals, plants, map and flags.  We will be trying our best to convey an understanding that Africa is made up of many different countries each with their own people, culture, language etc. We will also be investigating ancient Egypt followed by reptiles and amphibians.

In our practical life area, our students have learnt how to grind coffee and grate nutmeg (that I am sure you have found in their bags!). In the weeks to come, we will be re-introducing wood and brass polishing.

I am busy getting our sewing curriculum activities ready and look forward to introducing these to the children gradually over this term and the next (depending on skill level and interest).

Are there any parents who would be able to help us prepare sewing and other craft activities? This does not involve anything too challenging, however, it must be done precisely! This would include things like punching holes into card, rolling wool into small balls, cutting out shapes etc. If you can help please let us know. You are very welcome to take the activities home and return them back to us when they are ready.

C1A April 17 2In weeks one and two, our students learnt about the spirit of the ANZAC’s. We read stories, discussed the history of WW1, painted poppies and made ANZAC slice (which was very popular).

A change is as good as a holiday

We have changed our morning routine slightly this term by moving our outdoor work from the play area at the back of our classroom to the wooden deck at the front of the classroom. We share this space with the Sea Stars and so far it’s been a very positive experience as the children work with and alongside children from Jon and Rana’s class. Maria Montessori believed that an outdoor environment should be an extension of the classroom and this is what we are aiming to achieve. Examples of outdoor activities are raking, watering and sweeping.  Children are encouraged to choose work from both areas throughout the morning and not stay inside OR outside for the duration.

“There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature.” - Maria Montessori

Sports Day Fun

Thank you so much to all of our parents and caregivers who helped at Sport’s Day. Your contribution makes a huge difference and the children had a great day.

C1A April 17 3   C1A April 17 4

 General Notices

Laundry: A big thank you to the families who have washed our laundry this year. Your help is greatly appreciated! If you would like to support us with this, we have a laundry roster on our notice board for term 2.

Flowers: Our students arrange flowers for our classroom as part of their practical life work. Donations of flowers to our classroom are required for this. Thanks again to the families who donate regularly. Please try and send flowers with stems that the children will be able to cut with a pair of scissors.

Fruit and Vegetables: Fruit and vegetable cutting is another practical life job that our students thoroughly enjoy. Donations of fruit or vegetables easily managed by the children (such as apples, bananas, berries, oranges etc.) are greatly appreciated. Our donation basket is located on the kitchen bench. This term we would particularly like donations of oranges so that the children can “juice” the oranges.

Independence

Maria Montessori said, ‘Help me do it myself.’ Developing independence is an integral part of the Montessori philosophy, so we ask that your child carries their own bag to and from school and brings in their lunchbox, water bottle, hat and shoes themselves. Families of pre-prep aged students, please remember to sign your child in and out each morning. This is not required for our preps. Our classroom door opens at 8:15am and we close our door at 8:30am to begin our 3 hour work cycle, so we ask that you promptly drop your child off in the morning so they can become settled for the day. If you arrive later than 8:30am, please collect a late slip from the office and have your child quietly enter the classroom.

Library

Students must have their library bag (or something similar) in order to borrow books on library day. Library visits take place every odd week on Tuesday this term. It might be a good idea to have their library bag packed every Tuesday as not to forget.

Show and Tell

Each child has been allocated a day to bring their “Show and Tell” – this roster has been emailed to you and is also on our notice board at the door. We would like “show and tell” to be an event that is prepared for and carefully considered in terms of what to “show” and what to “tell”. The chosen item should be relevant to one of our themes this term. We would appreciate you coaching your child at home with what they could tell us about the item. Things to discuss could include what it is, what it is used for, when and where it came from, who found it/got it, how it works, what it is made of etc.

Please do not allow your child to bring toys or super hero items. We are doing our best to ground the children in the real world. Please diarise your child’s show and tell day and date. If they (or you) forget they will have to wait for their next rostered day.

Show and tell provides a wonderful opportunity to develop the ability to stand and talk in front of a group, share information and answer questions. Preps will be assessed on an oral presentation later in the term – more info to follow.

Birthdays

On or around your child’s birthday we will have a celebration in our classroom. If you would like to bring in food to share, a fruit platter would be greatly appreciated. We also ask if you could please bring in a photo from each year of your child’s life. Please talk to Helen or Katie when a Birthday is getting close.

Kind regards

Helen and Katie  sea turtle


Sea turtles (1A) - Newsletter - Term 4, 2016

This term we are learning about:

  • Week 1-6: South America (map, flags, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, fauna, flora)
  • Weeks 7 & 8: Science (magnetism & float/sink)
  • Week 9: Cultural celebration: Christmas

Dear Parents and caregivers:

Welcome to the fourth term 2016 in the Sea Turtles classroom. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday.

This term we welcome our new assistant, Lhamo, to C1A. She is a registered teacher, whose particular interests include Science and Yoga.

Home readers and Show & Tell will begin in week 2.

This term C1A will enjoy an incursion by Adrian’s mum (in week 3), who will give us some insight into Peruvian culture.

The annual CMS Grandparents Day takes place on Friday 28 October. See CMS newsletter for details.

Report discussions will take place in week 7 (pre-preps) and week 8 (preps) and we conclude our term and year with a shared morning tea on Friday 2 December.

We look forward to an exciting term in the C1A class.

Upcoming events:

Thursday 6 October at 2pm: Beginning of term assembly

Monday 17 October: Pupil Free Day

21 & 22 October: CMS Journey & Discovery

Monday 24 October: Prep presentations begin

Wednesday 26 October: Prep transitions begin

Friday 28 October: Grandparents Day

Monday 14 November: Report Discussions begin (pre-preps); Monday 21 November: prep discussions begin

Friday 2 December: last day of term and year

Special projects

Parents are invited to share any books, artefacts, pictures and information regarding our learning topics for this term.

Each student should provide a labelled shoe box by start of-week 6, to be used when mak-ing a rainforest diorama.

Prep students will deliver an oral presentation on a chosen-South American country in week 4. See details on attached info sheet.

Asistance / resources currently required:

Laminating Montessori activities (to be found in Home Reader Basket)

Craft/ art/ cooking / gardening for our class (in small groups) in the after-noon (Wed / Thurs)

Donations of fruit / vegetables for food preparation in practical life area – please chat to Lhamo in this regard

Meeting / discussion days

I (Karen) will be available on Thursdays and Fridays, straight after school (3 pm) for discussion with parents. Please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange. Fili, our parent representative is contactable via e-mail on:

Best Regards, Karen & Lhamo


Sea Turtles Having Fun and Learning

Charmaine and C1A

On Thursday 5 May, Charmaine discussed composting with the students of C1A and installed an in ground worm farm in our vegetable garden. Food scraps are placed in the tunnel and then accessed by the worms in the soil ,to create organic fertiliser for the garden.

  Pizza making 1A 2  Pizza making 1A 3 

Pizza making 1A 4     Pizza making 1A 1 On Tuesday 24 May the students of C1A made pizza, as part of our study of the continent of Europe, this term and focussing on Italian culture that particular week.

1A Italian                 1A Italian 2

On Tuesday 31 May Yvonne visited our class to discuss some aspects of Italian culture with our students, as she was born in Italy.  She showed them the Italian flag, a favourite cheese, truss tomatoes, mineral water, a popular herb for cooking (basil) and artisan crackers. The children have enjoyed using these foods, part of food preparation, on the practical life shelf. Thank you Yvonne for sharing your heritage with us!

     1A mentoring 1                         mentoring 1A 2

On Wednesday 8 June some of our senior cycle one students enjoyed the opportunity to mentor new students during an orientation day in C1A.


 

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Sea turtles (1A) Newsletter - Term 3, 2015

Dear Parents and caregivers:                         Turtle

Welcome to the third term in the Sea Turtles class-room. We hope you have all had a restful break.

Recently we welcomed four new students and their families to C1A: Liya, Aaban, Sami and Heidi. They are currently settling in to our school and community. Please make them feel welcome and assist them if necessary.

If you know of someone who would be willing and able to play a musical instrument that is usually played in an or-chestra (brass, woodwind or strings) for our students please speak to Karen about this.

You are invited to our class meeting on Monday 20 July at 3.15 pm in the C1A classroom for an explanation of the term plan, upcoming events, special projects, etc.

This term we are learning about:

  • NAIDOC week: week 1
  •  Human Biology: weeks 2 & 3
  •  Health: weeks 4 & 5
  •  Physical Science: weeks 6-10

Special projects

Parents are invited to share any books, artefacts, pictures , information regarding our learning topics for this term.

Before winter is over we would like to make vegetable soup in class, to share at lunchtime. If you are able to supply ingredients such as pumpkin, carrots, onions, etc. please let the teachers know.

Assistance /resource s currently required:

  •  Laminating Montessori activities (to be found in Home Reader Basket)
  •  Craft/ art/ cooking /gardening for our class (in small groups) in the after-noon (either on a Wednesday/ Thurs-day)

Upcoming events

  • Class Meeting: 20 July
  • School tree day: Friday 24 July
  • Cross country: 31 July
  • Maria Montessori: birthday celebrations: 21 August
  • Sports Day: Friday 28 August
  • Father’s Day stall: 4 September
  • Pet Smart Incursion: 9 September
  • C1 Concert: 11 September
  • Learning Journey: Friday 18 September

Meeting/ discussion days

I (Karen) will be available on Thursdays and Fridays, straight after school (3 pm) for discussion with parents. Please email me to arrange. Ken McGrath, our parent representative is contactable via e-mail.

Best Regards, Karen, Shelly


Sea Turtles (1A) Newsletter - Term 2, 2015

Dear Parents and caregivers:

Welcome to the 2nd term in the Sea Turtles classroom. We trust you have all had a wonderful Easter break.

As we are heading for winter soon, the children will be making soup again. If you are able to donate fresh ingredients please chat to the teachers re the details.

Our prep students will be presenting an oral report on a chosen animal (vertebrate / invertebrate in week 5) - select date to present via the list on the noticeboard—Information sheet attached. If any other students are interested in participating in this activity, let me know.

Cycle one has started a voluntary gardening committee, with a purpose of maintaining and beautifying the garden ,as well as assisting students, (on Thursday afternoons) with gardening activities. It is led by Jane Smith (C1B assistant) and Roxanne Eather (C1A & C1B parent). Let me know if you would like to participate.

mollusc   This term we are learning about:

  •    ANZAC Day (wk. 1)
  •    Invertebrates: arthropods (wk2)
  •    Invertebrates: annelids (wk3)
  •    Invertebrates: molluscs (wk4)
  •    Africa (wks. 5 –9) 

 

Special requests

  1. Parents are invited to share any books, artefacts, pictures, information or presentations regarding our learning topics for this term.
  2. Late coming: School begins at 08h15. Your assistance is required in making every effort to arrive between 08h15 and 08h30 in order to facilitate a smooth start for the student.

Assistance /resource s currently required:

  • Laminating Montessori activities: to be found in Home reader basket
  • Recyclable items to use as planters for the classroom and garden e.g. Tea cups & saucers, watering cans, tea-pots, metal buckets, old vases, etc.

Meeting/ discussion days

I (Karen) will be available on Tuesdays and if necessary Thursdays, straight after school (3 / 3.15pm) for discussion with parents. Please place your request for a meeting in the communication book outside the C1A classroom or email me to arrange. Upcoming events:

  • Journey & Discovery: 8 & 9 May
  • Incursion on insects: details TBA
  • Bike Education: 3 June
  • End-of term shared morning tea: 19 June —time TBA

Karen & Shelly


MARCH 2015

 The Sea Turtles have many new little faces that have joined the class community and have settled into their own approach to learning. We welcome each and every child and are looking forward to the magic that will transform our new apprentices into professional learners.

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IMG 2174    Work in the Sea Turtles takes on various aspects: Oliver enjoys writing, Finn loves public speaking and Danny is keen on practical life experiements.


 

Sea turtles (1A)Newsletter

 

Term 1, 2015

 

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Welcome to the 1st term in the Sea Turtles classroom. We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season.

You are invited to our class meeting on Monday 9 February at 3.30pm in the C1A classroom for an explanation of the term plan, upcoming events, special projects home reading and general housekeeping. This is particularly informative for new families. If you are not able to attend, notes from the meeting will be e-mailed to all. Although no formal childcare service is provided , Jon will be supervising on the playground during our meeting.

As we have just acquired new carpets in our classroom, the children have agreed to take off their shoes and socks, when inside and place them on the shoe racks provided.

NB: show & tell will begin in wk 2, home reading in wk 3.

This term we are learning about:

·Australia Day, states, flags (wk1)

·Living/ non-living, plants/animals (wk2)

·Zoology: vertebrates—mammals (wk3)

·Chinese New Year (wk4)

·Birds, Reptiles, Fish, Amphibians (wk 5-8)

·Invertebrates: insects (wk9)

·Easter (wk10)

 Special requests

· Parents are invited to share any books, artefacts, pictures , information or presentations regarding our learning topics for this term.

· Late coming: School begins at 08h15. Your assistance is required in making every effort to arrive between 08h15 and 08h30 in order to facilitate a smooth start for the student.

 Assistance /resource s currently required:

· Laminating Montessori activities (can be done at home)

· Any items towards starting an aquarium (e.g. tank, pump, fish, etc.)

Meeting/ discussion days

I (Karen) will be available on Tuesdays and if necessary Fridays, straight after school (3 / 3.15pm) for discussion with parents. Please place your request for a meeting in the communication book outside the C1A classroom or email me to arrange.

Best Regards, Karen, Shelly

 

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