Welcome to 1/2C's Homepage!
Please know that your child's welfare and happiness is of the utmost importance to me and that should there be any concerns from home or at school that may affect your child's behaviour or performance I would appreciate knowing so that I can take this into account. If you need to speak to me, please drop me a line or ring the office to make an appointment to see me. Thus an appropriate time can be designated to your child's needs. It is not possible to stop lessons to discuss pupils with parents and before and after school times are not always appropriate with the need for preparation, staff meetings and the like.
Changes of Routine
Count Me in Too maths groups will operate from 8.30-9.30 on Tuesdays.
On Tuesdays at 11am the children have Library. Please make sure your child has a library bag for borrowing or they will not be allowed to borrow. They also need to have their identity swipe card.
Each day after lunch we have D.E.A.R. time and children must either have a book from home or borrowed from the Library to read during this time. Please encourage them to bring books to school which they are capable of reading.
On Wednesdays after lunch we will go to D Block in the high school area for computer lessons.
On Friday morning the children have Sport. This term it is the "Sport in Schools" program which operates from 9.50-10.30. Please make sure they always have a hat at school and that they wear appropriate sports uniform and footwear. They should also carry a water-filled bottle with them. Children who get asthma should also take their inhalers with them as well. The cost is $40 for the 10 week program or $4 per week and no family needs to pay more than $80, the cost for 2 students.
Also on Fridays we have a Weekly Assembly starting at 11.00 a.m. Each class has a turn at running the assembly and our turn this term is on Friday 16th March.
Mrs Collins is taking the class for R.F.F. on Fridays after lunch and in this time she will be teaching Creative Arts. She will concentrate mainly on Visual Arts and Drama as K-2 Dance will be done jointly by the K-2 teachers on Wednesdays before lunch and I will teach music in short bursts as lesson breaks.
Homework sent home
Star cards sent home
Count me in Too (8.30-9.30)
Return Star Cards
Choir - begins Term 2
R.F.F. Creative Arts Period 5
The Star Card program is being trialled in some classrooms in Term One this year.
This card is intended to give you more information concerning your child at school. The main aim is to encourage positive behaviour and work habits within the classroom.
Each week we will record on the child's card a behaviour and work ranking and initial the card. We will also include a comment, their weekly sight word results and whether homework has been completed.
The card will be sent home on Monday, a parent signs it and then it is returned on Tuesday. Please return this in a plastic sleeve in your child's home reading folder so it is not damaged.
This is sent home on Mondays with students.
Please return it with your child on Fridays. If it is not returned on Friday it will not be marked.
It is important to work with your child every night as it supports their learning.
Homework should take no longer than 15-30 minutes a night at this stage.
Please contact us if you have any concerns regarding homework.
Your child is to bring their home reader with them each day in order to change it for a new book.
Please listen to your child read each night and record the details on the home reading card.
Home readers should be easy reading for the students. Teachers give guided reading sessions at school on more difficult texts.
Students receive awards for each 25 nights home reading they complete. Awards for 50, 100, 150, & 200 nights are presented at the weekly assembly.
These will be held at the end of Term One to assist in catering for each child's needs.
Appointments can be made at a later date.
If an interview is required at another time during the school year please make an appointment to ensure that enough time is available to discuss relevant issues.
Notes and money
Please place money in a sealed envelope with your child's name, class, what it is for and the total enclosed, written on the front. (Excursion money needs to be sent to school at least one week before the date of the excursion or your child will not be able toattend.)
Please send a note to school with your child when they return after an absence, stating the dates and the reason they were away.
Notes being sent home will go into their home reader folders to try to make sure they arrive home to you safely.
Absentee notes must be received within 7 days of your child's absence; otherwise it is recorded as an unexplained absence. Partial absences must also have an explanation. Please ensure if your child is late to school that you send back the docket received from the front office, explaining the absence.
Please contact the school if your child has a highly contagious infection such as chicken pox, measles, whooping cough, swine flu or any other contagious illness.
You may send birthday cakes to school but please ensure they are cupcakes or lolly bags. This is due to possible hygiene concerns and the need to avoid interference with class learning time.
Please ensure your child is able to tie his/her shoelaces or wears shoes that they are able to put on themselves.
We have fruit & vegetable break at around 9:30 each morning. Please send a piece of fruit or a chopped vegetable to eat at this time.
At Wadalba we support healthy eating at school. Please ensure your child has food for recess and lunch each day.
Lunch orders can be placed in the lunch basket (in the classroom) each day Mon- Fri. You may also like to setup an account and order via the internet. The primary canteen is open on Mondays and Fridays at lunchtime if students wish to buy snacks.
Students are not allowed to borrow from the library without their library bag.
Our library day is Tuesday.
If any parents would like to volunteer to cover our books, it would be most appreciated.
Our class has daily Morning Circle. Each child may speak for one minute about something that interests them. If they do not wish to speak they say, "Pass". Each child must choose to share at least once a week.
Please avoid allowing your child to bring anything expensive to school to show. We cannot guarantee its safe keeping.
As we progress throughout our units of work your child may be required to give a topic talk rather than news. You will be informed of this closer to the dates.
Please ensure all school clothing is clearly labelled with your child's name. Black shoes must be worn from Monday to Thursday unless there are special circumstances (a note must be provided). Sport shoes can be worn on Fridays. Though we do our best to prevent it, no responsibility will be taken by the school for lost items. All items found without labels can be claimed from lost property.
Drop Off / Pick Up
Thank you to all parents for remaining under/near COLA in afternoons. As you can understand this is a busy time when students and teachers are packing up, handing out notes and giving information for the following day. When children see and hear family and friends outside they are often distracted which makes this a much longer process. Please also remember that no parent should drive into the staff car park and that students should not be allowed to walk through the car park. This is for their own safety.
Please make sure you get a visitor's tag from the office before coming to the classroom. The office needs to know who is on the premises in case of emergency and to keep the students safe.
All parent helpers need to fill out a Working with Children Check form. These are available at the office.
You may wish to help with exchanging home readers, listening to students read familiar texts, supporting the groups in their learning in Count Me in Too maths, learning computer skills or in any way you feel you could use your skills to support the learning of the students. Let me know if you would like to contribute in this way. When supporting in the classroom, please use the same care with the other students as you would like shown to your own child.
There are opportunities to assist in other areas of the school such as fundraising, canteen volunteers, book club, making costumes for performances, transporting students to rehearsals and sporting events and other areas as they arise throughout the year. Please let us know if you are interested so we can enable the right people to contact you.
The Primary Newsletter is available each fortnight (odd weeks) on the schools website. This newsletter contains important news and events. If you do not have internet access, please advise the front office so a paper copy can be sent home. To access this go to www.wadalba-c.schools.nsw.edu.au/our-school/primary-newsletters . Saving this link or the school home page to your favourites would be a good idea.
Units to be covered this year
The Olympic Games
Interest area T.B.A.
Maritime Museum - 20th March
Laycock Theatre, "James and the Giant Peach" - 15th May
I do hope this has given you a fairly clear picture of what will happen in my class this year. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask. I am already enjoying teaching your children and look forward to a great and successful year of learning ahead. Please remember that we are in partnership with one another for the betterment of your child and that I value your contribution and communication.
Mrs Kerry Crowther