Our school is participating in the Premier's Reading Challenge again.
Kinder to Year 2 will complete with the teachers in the classrooms.
All of Years 3 - 6 have been given their log in details. We have had a glitch with Year 3 and are currently waiting for their details to be reset. Years 3 - 6 will be completing their own reading logs online. It is best to use the Safari web browser. For Year 3 & Year 4 the class teachers and I will be promoting the Challenge as a mandatory activity. Our expectation is that students will read for at least 20 minutes per night. The first 20 minutes of the library lesson will be dedicated to students reading or borrowing so that they are successful with this challenge and in class teachers have times for reading as well. It is also important to realise that the local libraries also encourage the Premier's Reading Challenge and are only too happy to help over the holidays.
Year 5 & 6 are now able to complete Bookopoly and the Premier's Reading Challenge as the students site matches up with the squares on our Bookopoly board.
Congratulations, everyone. We are halfway through the term and our learning is a long way from over. It's just one step at a time. It's helping each other. It's building on what we already know. Learning is for life.
I wonder what learning you are enjoying the most? I know I have been doing lots of learning about thinking. I've been doing lots of learning about creativity and the importance of taking time to think so that I can try and be creative. I have been learning about Google Classroom because I hadn't really used it before. Maybe you'd like to share what you have learnt this term in the comments below.
Kinder have been learning that the library is a special place in our school made up of different spaces for reading, borrowing, returning and working. They have started to borrow books and they have been so excited. They are really looking forward to reading these books to their mums, dads, grandparents, aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters. They have been learning how to care for their books and by the end of the term they will be making their own map to show where the library is from their classroom.
Amaroo Blue have been learning to be great digital citizens and have enjoyed travelling to the other side of the world without leaving the library. One of the best places we have visited is San Diego Zoo. If you'd like to visit too, you can click on this link to take you there:
https://kids.sandiegozoo.org Remember to always follow one of our important rules - Always ask a trusted adult before going online and tell them where you are going.
Maybe you'd like to share what you liked about the website in the comments section below.
Techsperts and Library Heroes
Thank you to our Techsperts and Library Heroes who have been helping in the library at lunch. The Techsperts are doing a great job trying to get the VEX Robotics mat together so we can have some real fun with our robots.
It was announced at this morning's Assembly that the 2018 GSFM Poster Competition is now open in preparation for Book Week Celebrations. We have run this competition for a few years now and we love it because it is one of the opportunities that encourage creativity and design.
Each entry must meet the following criteria to be considered for the judging:
* Needs to be completed on an A4 piece of card / paper
* Images must be original images - no adding pictures from the Internet
* The theme of Book Week must be displayed clearly - Find Your Treasure
* The words Book Week 2018 must be displayed clearly
* Your first name should be written on the front
* Your first and last name, class needs to be written on the back.
All entries need to be received by Mrs Cook in the library by Friday, 22nd June, 2018 at 3pm.
Kinder have been practising using their home key fingers today in library. When we write with a pen or pencil on paper there is a proper and preferred pencil grip that we encourage. In this the 21st Century, our students also need to be able to use a keyboard properly. They need to know the layout of the keyboard and how to use it effectively and efficiently.
Keyboard skills is something that parents can help with at home and our lesson today on home keys has proved challenging but with further practise the students will improve. Kinder have been asked to keep practising this game at home to try and break their already established habit of 1 finger 'typing.' Just click on the link below to go to the game or you can click on the picture.
As we have more and more grades taking on 1:1 iPads it is really important that students be able to understand and know the keyboard. It is also important for students to be able to move between devices and not just know how to use one device.
Today information sessions are being held for those parents of children coming into Grades 3 & 4 next year (2018).
If you were unable to attend or did attend the link for the school iPad information is found below:
As part of our ongoing commitment to raising literacy and numeracy levels in our school purchases of new reading materials for K- 2, Years 3 - 4 have been made. We are grateful to CEO who have supported us in this initiative. Between the school and the CEO there has been at least $50 000 spent to prepare these resources for classrooms ready for use in 2018.
As you can see from the gallery above, each copy has been added to the library catalogue and allocated to the various grades. They have then been covered in contact by our band of parent helpers and organised into magazine boxes. There has been new furniture ordered for classrooms to assist teachers in storing these boxes.
We still need help getting these books covered BEFORE 20th November, 2017. If you can assist please pop in to the library and Mrs Cook or Mrs Medina will pass on a box with the contact precut. If you would like to sit in the library and cover books on a Friday, we can offer you a cuppa as you work.
Again, we would like to say thank you to those parents who have been helping us.
A stocktake of all Reading resources in K-2 classrooms will begin during Week 7 until the end of term. Please return any reading resources to the school that may have been left at home so we can account for all of these reading materials.
You can also see from the gallery above that we have big books, atlases (and many more resources to be delivered in the next few days) that need to be covered.
We are so grateful and appreciative for any time or support you can give.
This is our library website where we connect with the wider community. Please feel free to comment on anything that you like. If you do comment please make sure you use only your first name or initials. If you would like to submit a post, contact Mrs C with your article/review.
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