Tuesday, 17 July 2018

NAIDOC Week Presentation

Good afternoon everyone,

On the last day of Term 2, we had a special NAIDOC presentation where the whole school presented to each other what they had been learning in class about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. I know there were some parents who were curious about it and interested in seeing it. So I taped it and have posted on the blog. We were so proud of the way our students presented their information, so confident in their speaking.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6rsA7-wqcq4


I will be deleting this link from my Youtube account in a week for privacy reasons. You won't be able to view this video after this time.

We hope you enjoy.

Sandy & Adrian

Monday, 16 July 2018

Term 3 Week 1


Welcome back to Term 3! I hope you all had a lovely holiday and the students are feeling refreshed and renewed after their two week break. I know I am!


What's On This Term?
This term we are going to be very busy in our learning. We will be beginning a couple of new initiatives to continue to cater for the wide variety of learners within our classroom.  

Our writing focus this term will look at Information Reports, as well as Procedures. A weekly Literacy session this term  will be dedicated to Speaking and Listening, where the students will be given a topic to present a short oral presentation. These presentations will commence in Week 3 and students will only be expected to present once a term. A roster will be posted on the blog within the week for the students to begin their preparation.

Our Maths focus this term will be fractions, decimals and percentages,  representing data, measurement (mass & capacity) and pre-algebra.


In our HASS subjects we will be focusing on the geographical features of the world; dividing up the globe to explore the continents, oceans, climates, flora and fauna specific to particular regions. In History we will be finalising our topic of Colonisation with the arrival of the First Fleet. As part of Civics and Citizenship we will be exploring the 3 levels of government and how laws are made. Towards the end of the term we are hoping to go on an excursion to reinforce this learning. Further details will be advised at a later time.

During the term we will be exploring Earth Sciences looking at areas such as soils, rocks and fossils. We will learn about the different types of soils and soil layers, as well as the importance of soil in our world. We will then explore the different rock types and processes such as erosion, weathering and deposition. The students will have the opportunity to carryout experiments and research to make connections to the outside world.

In Week 4, we will be beginning an inquiry project, where the students will explore and solve an inquiry question (that is derived as a class). This project will aim to integrate many learning areas. The students will be guided and provided with scaffolds to assist in their learning along the way.


'CARE' and 'RESPONSIBILITY' are our main focus' for this term's goals. We would like the students to really think about what these words mean and the importance they have on their learning and interactions with others. The students will be devising a set of actions that they will implement throughout the term to ensure they are showing care and responsibility.

WORKBOOKS - This term we would also like to place an importance on presentation and neatness. This week the students will be bringing home their Mathematics, English and Homework books from Term 1 and 2. These do not need to be returned. We will be starting fresh this term, really trying to encourage a sense of pride when they produce any piece of work.

STATIONARY Can you please ensure, if you haven't done so already that your child comes to school with a top up of stationary. This means having a red and blue pen, pencil, eraser, glue, ruler and scissors. Majority of the class didn't have all of these items towards the end of last term.



HOMEWORK
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) 
FOCUS: Homophones and Homonyms
The students will keep the same words for week 1/2 due to the shorter week this week.

Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 20, Day 1-4

Reading - Reading Log 
READERS - Every child will receive a Reader on Monday and the title will be written into their Reading logs. This is for them to read first before they have free choice or use Reading Eggspress.
Can you please ensure they are all returned on a FRIDAY morning. 
It is important that students complete their reading log. This means writing in the date, title of the book and getting a signature from yourselves to say they have read.


Dates for Your Diary:
Class Prayer Assembly: Friday 20th July
(The students will be presenting their Uthando Dolls to Lynn Tognolini, it would be great if you could join us for this presentation)

School Photos: 23rd and 24th August
Jumps: 28th August
Throws: 4th September
Athletics Carnival: 6th September
Book Week: 30th September


As always, thank you for your support and if you have any questions please email or come and see me.

I can't wait to see the students tomorrow and hear the amazing holiday adventures they've had!

Have a great week,

Sandy Ricciardone & Adrian Torrese

Monday, 25 June 2018

Week 9 Term 2

Good morning parents,


I can not believe that we have already reached the half way point of the year! The students have completed so many wonderful projects and events this term that they deserve some time to relax and chill. 

Grandparents Day was a huge success, we had so many loving grandparents come in to celebrate this wonderful OLC tradition. The day started with a beautiful prayer service dedicated to our  grandparents. The slide show that Mrs. Meyer put together was absolutely stunning and I know that the students felt very proud to share these special people with everyone. The grandparents then enjoyed a delicious morning tea and came into the classroom to view some of the student's work before being delighted with the final presentation of the Go Fish musical. Please send a very heartfelt thank you to the grandparents who were able to make it! It was lovely to see the smiles and love shared amongst the students and their grandparents.

Congratulations to Kade, Jye and Gabriel on receiving a Merit Award at last week's assembly. You are all very deserving winners in your own way!

Reports will be sent home with the children on Friday afternoon, please keep an eye out for this in your child's bag.


HOMEWORK

1.No Spelling Homework this week! We will be reviewing 'Contractions and Homophones' during the lessons in class.

2. Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 19, Day 1-4

3. Reading & Reading Log You are to complete the reading log using a book of free choice. NO READERS HAVE BEEN SENT HOME THIS WEEK, AS WE NEED TO DO A STOCK TAKE TO ENSURE THEY HAVE ALL BEEN RETURNED. Can you please return any reader's you still have at home.

ALL students have been sent home with a short reading to practise for a NAIDOC presentation to the school on Friday. Can you please ensure they are practising this as part of their reading homework.


REMINDERS:

PUPIL FREE DAY - Monday 16th JulyJust a reminder that students return to school on Tuesday 17th July.  

Assembly Item - Week 1 Term 3On Friday 20th July (week 1), we have our assembly item. The students will be participating in a reflective service where the Euthando Dolls will be presented to Lynn Tognolini. The students will not require any costumes for this assembly.

PENCIL CASE RESTOCKPlease ensure your child has all of their essential stationary items ready for next term. There are many students who do not have pencils, pens, glue, rulers and an eraser. Each lesson is consistently interrupted and extended with many students walking around or talking at their table to borrow stationary.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support this term. Especially with the Go Fish Musical, First Eucharist, Euthando Dolls and Parent Help roster. It really does give us the motivation to do the very best for your children, ensuring they get the best out of their learning opportunities.

If we don't get to see you before the end of the week, we wish you a safe and happy holiday! We hope you get the time to share in some special moments with your little ones.



All the best,

Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese
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Monday, 18 June 2018

Week 8 Term 2

Good afternoon parents,

I can not begin to explain how proud I was of all the students yesterday at the First Eucharist mass. They acted with great reverence and respect, participating so well in every part of the mass. 

A tear did well in my eye when I saw the students reciting the prayers and completing the actions at the appropriate times. We thank you for the support and guidance you have given throughout the preparation of the sacrament. All of the students have taken home today their poster, banner, prayer card and cross as little mementos for you to keep and reflect on in time to come.

Congratulations to Lucas, Taylah and Gabriel on receiving a Merit award at Friday's assembly, they are working hard to achieve their best.

It has been a very busy few weeks and we have some important events coming up, please see the Reminders section below.



REMINDERS - WEEK 8

World Refugee Lunch Day - is being held this Wednesday 20th June, your child will need to bring a container for their lunch as well.

If you would like for your child to participate and you have not already returned the note, please let Mrs Meyer know. 

If you can also please discuss with your child the donation that can be made...this is the average cost of what it take to feed your child on this day. If your child may have some pocket money to contribute towards this it would also be great! 

P&F Disco - Get ready to shake your groove thing on Friday 22nd June...for some of you this may be as you drop your child off for a couple of hours...other might be there to volunteer! Please see the email and flyers sent from Mrs Marrell or your class rep.

Cross Country - Is on this Thursday 21st June beginning at 9am. Please make sure that your child comes with their faction shirt on. An email has been sent with instruction on where to park etc.

Grandparents Day Photos - Just a reminder to send any photos of students with their grandparents to Mrs Meyer before the end of the week. Don't forget to send your RSVP if any of the family is attending.

Final Euthando Doll - Final Euthando Doll session this Thusday 20th June from 1.45 - 2.45pm. It would be great to get as many hands to help out with this final session. 

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Week 7 Term 2

Good morning,

I'm hoping you've had a restful weekend so far and the children have been able to recoup after their
big performance on Friday night! I was so proud of them, as they did such an amazing job! Just to see the excitement and then the sense of achievement afterwards was priceless! Thank you to all of you for being so supportive with the make-up and costumes, it can not run so seamlessly without wonderful parents by our sides.

CLASSROOM
Congratulations to Hannah Kerr on receiving the Star Citizen Award last week. She is such a wonderful role model to have in our class! 

I also congratulate Banjo and Toby on receiving a Merit award at Friday's assembly, they are working hard to achieve their best.

Religion
We are in full swing in preparing for the First Eucharist this coming Sunday 17th June. Last week we were learning about the different parts of the mass and the crucial prayers and gestures the students have to know when receiving Communion. We will continue to practice these next week. On Friday, we were lucky to have Amie Meyer come to the class and go through the process of receiving the bread and the wine. The students were then able to role play the event using unconsecrated hosts, in preparation for Sunday.

RECONCILIATION
On Tuesday 12th June, after lunch  all of the students will be involved in a Reconciliation Liturgy with Father Ian. After the Liturgy, the students will have an opportunity to individually sit with Father Ian and participate in Reconciliation. I will prepare the students for this on Monday, however I do ask that you speak with your child and ask them to think about what sins they may seek forgiveness for during this time.

CHURCH TOUR

On Friday 15th June, after recess Mrs Meyer, Mr Torrese and myself will be heading to the Church with the students to meet with Fr. Ian. We will be visiting the church for a practice of the Sacrament, followed by a tour of the church with Fr. Ian, where they will be encouraged to ask any questions about the church and the Sacrament. 

Students will need to bring a packed lunch and water bottle to have at the church on the day.
If your child is receiving the wine at the First Eucharist, Fr. Ian would like the mother's of the children to present this to them at mass. We will be practicing this at the church on Friday, so if you are available to come at 12pm to quickly run through it you are more than welcome to meet us there.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact myself, Amie or Adrian via email at any stage. 

Literacy 
1. Reading Comprehension Strategy - Evaluating
This week we will be learning about the Reading Comprehension Strategy of 'Evaluating' in our Reading groups this week. The definition I will use with the children for 'Evaluating' is to 'make judgments about what I read and explain why'.
2. Spelling - Kangaroo group - More Greek Roots (Geo, Therm, Scope, Metre, Logy)
                     Possum group - Schwa + R Spelled er, ir,and ur in first syllables
                     Lorakeet group - /air/ sound – air and are
3. Narratives- this week we are publishing our narratives into picture books. The children have already started this are very excited about what they are going to produce.

Maths 
We completed our assessment on 'Chance and Data' last Friday and the students have done very well.  We will be moving onto studying Fractions, as our final unit before the school holidays. 


HOMEWORK
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) and 1 activity (per week)
- (See above for the groups rules) Test on Thursday

Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 17, Day 1-4

Reading - Reading Log 
EVERY CHILD SHOULD NOW BE BRINGING HOME A READER. 
CAN YOU PLEASE SPEND A NIGHT OR TWO READING THIS BOOK AND THEN USE A BOOK OF THEIR OWN FOR THE OTHER TWO NIGHTS. 
This term the students only have the Reading Log to complete, no additional Word Study or Book Review. 


IMPORTANT EVENTS COMING UP:
First Eucharist Money is NOW DUE - ONLY TWO PEOPLE LEFT!!
Just a reminder that those participating in the Eucharist, need to pay $10 to cover the costs of the little gifts, certificates and treat they will receive. I thank you to those people who have already handed this in.

First Eucharist Family Poster - NEARLY DUE!
Just a reminder that these are due on Monday 11th June (this week), so we have enough time to display it at the church before the Eucharist mass. All children are to complete one of these to display. On Monday 11th June, I will be emailing families who haven't handed in this poster.

First Eucharist Mass - Sunday 17th June 
On Sunday 17th June at 9am, we have our First Eucharist Mass where the children will receive communion for the first time. It is expected that everyone attends the mass, even those not receiving the sacrament, in support of their peers. Morning tea will follow after mass.

WORLD REFUGEE RICE FOR LUNCH DAY
In the lastest newsletter, an initiative was explained about World Refugee Day, where we are offering the students at OLC a lunch of rice, lentil & chick pea, dahl and flat breads for lunch on world refugee day, in exchange for a donation of money. Attached to that email was a form that needs to be filled in and returned to me by Wednesday 13th June.

Even if you can’t help but would like your child to participate, please still return the form so that we can estimate quantities for cooking.



Enjoy the remainder of the weekend!

Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Week 5 Term 2

Good morning,

I'm hoping you've been able to keep safe and warm throughout this cold and blustery weekend. Take me back to last weekend, when I was sitting on the beach and soaking up the sun! 
Image result for windy storm

CLASSROOM
Congratulations to Jasper and Zahra on receiving a Merit award at Friday's assembly, they are shining stars in our class.🎉

Religion
We began the Eucharist banners this week and the students loved it. I must thank Sue-Ellen Phillips for donating some of her time to sew the hems for these banners. We have two sessions planned in this week to continue these, one of them being Friday at 11.30 - 12.40. If you are able to lend a hand at this session it would be handy as we will be sticking their pieces down to their banners with hot glue guns. It is not a problem if you can't, as I am already conscious of the amount of parent help we are receiving at this stage. Please know that it is always appreciated.

Literacy 
1. Reading Comprehension Strategy - This week we are putting our Reading Groups on hold, as we are still at the drafting stage of our narratives and require longer writing sessions to ensure the concepts are modeled and then written correctly by the students. 
2. Spelling - Kangaroo group - Prefixes – tele, phon, photo and graph
                     Possum group - R-Influenced O in Accented Syllables e.g. forty
                     Lorakeet group - /sh/ sound – sh, ti, ch, si, ssi, ci (continued from last week)
3. Narratives- this week we are continuing to write the draft of their own narrative. These will be finished and edited this week. Ready to be published the week after.

Maths 
We have begun our topic of 'Chance and Probability'. We will continue to explore the meaning of these two terms and apply them to everyday situations, as well as, determine what is fair and unfair.

Image result for spaghetti bridgeSCIENCE
This week we will revise the properties of materials, in particular 'strong' (strength) and 'flexibility'. Using spaghetti, the children are going to explore the terms, tension and comprehension, in an attempt to make the best suspension bridge for a loaded toy truck to drive over. They will have to investigate the best way to support and connect the strands of spaghetti and determine the amount of strands required to be strong enough. This will be a good team building exercise, as the last final challenge is timed and then judged! Stay tuned for photos next week.


HOMEWORK
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) and 1 activity (per week)
- (See above for the groups rules) Test next Thursday - wk 6 because of the long weekend

Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 15, Day 1-4

Reading - Reading Log 
- This term the students only have the Reading Log to complete, no additional Word Study or Book Review. 


IMPORTANT EVENTS COMING UP:
Euthando Dolls
Thank you to all the parent helpers that attended last Friday afternoon's Euthando Double Up session. You are all very talented, yes, even you Ken with those very witty and on topic jokes! Adrian has asked for donations of CLEAN and REASONABLY NEW socks to the project, as these come in very handy to create little hats and underwear for the dolls.

On Wednesday 6th June, there will be NO Euthando Doll making session, as we have the 'Go Fish' Musical Matinee, starting at 1.30pm. However in week 7, we will do a Wednesday and Friday double up if needed.

First Eucharist Money is NOW DUE
Just a reminder that those participating in the Eucharist, need to pay $10 to cover the costs of the little gifts, certificates and treat they will receive. I thank you to those people who have already handed this in.

First Eucharist Family Poster - Not long now!
Thank you for the 5 First Eucharist posters I have already received. Just a reminder that these are due on Monday 11th June (not long now), so we have enough time to display it at the church before the Eucharist mass. All children are to complete one of these to display.

Go Fish Musical - Friday Week 6
Matinee - Wednesday 6th June @ 1.30pm
Show - Friday 8th June @ 6.30pm (gold coin donation on the night)

First Eucharist Mass - Sunday 17th June 
On Sunday 17th June, we have our First Eucharist Mass where the children will receive communion for the first time. It is expected that everyone attends the mass, even those not receiving the sacrament, in support of their peers.

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend!

Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Week 4 Term 2

Good evening,

What a glorious weekend... so difficult to think about returning work after the wonderful weather we've just had! Not to mention a girly wedding fix, checking out the nuptials of Harry and Meghan. I do love a wedding!


CLASSROOM
Congratulations to Saffi and Sophie on receiving a Merit award at Friday's assembly, their efforts in class are greatly appreciated.🎉


This week looks like this:

Religion
From this week onwards, we will be placing a large focus on the First Eucharist, including our Eucharist Art. I have decided that the students will make felt banners with their names and photos on (see the photo of the example). I hope the students enjoy making these and are able to hold onto them as a keepsake in years to come. All students will be making these.

Literacy 
1. Reading Comprehension Strategy - This week we are putting our Reading Groups on hold, as we are at the drafting stage of our narratives and require longer writing sessions to ensure the concepts are modeled and then written correctly by the students. 
2. Spelling - Kangaroo group - Prefixes – micro-, mega-, super-, hyper- (focus on size) 
                     Possum group - Unaccented Final Syllable (le)
                     Lorakeet group - /sh/ sound – sh, ti, ch, si, ssi, ci
3. Narratives- this week we are planning and writing a draft of their own narrative. There will be a lot of teacher modeled writing sessions this week to ensure that their development of a plot is detailed and formed correctly.

Maths 
Tomorrow (Monday 21st May) the students have their assessment on the Mental and Written Division strategies we've learnt in class. On Friday a revision sheet was sent home with the students with explanations and examples of each concept taught. Starting Tuesday, we will be starting the new topic of 'Chance and Probability'. Those that are away, will catch up on Tuesday.

HASS
In History, we will continue to explore Colonisation: identifying the famous exploration of the Dutch in East Asia and the affects it had on Australia. In Geography, we will be studying the indigenous tribe, Ngarigo, identifying their geographical location and the resources they used from the land to ensure they could survive in that area.



HOMEWORK
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) and 1 activity (per week)
- (See above for the groups rules) Test on Thursday.

Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 14

Reading - Reading Log 
- This term the students only have the Reading Log to complete, no additional Word Study or Book Review. 

Take Home Readers - I have found a set of Take Home Readers in the library for  the students who are now classified as 'Independent Readers' to borrow from each week. The books vary in level, so if you find one is too difficult please send it back so your child can choose another book. I will be sending home a book on a Monday with every child, this is to be returned the following week. If they want to swap it half way through  the week for another I can do that for them, otherwise I am happy for them to read free choice AFTER they have read their Take Home Reader.



IMPORTANT EVENTS COMING UP:
Assembly Date Change
Some of you may have noticed that there was an assembly date change, instead of being this Friday 25th May it will be on Friday Week 1 Term 3. This is because the assembly will be themed around the Euthando Doll Project and the presentation of the dolls to Lynn Tognolini. Apologies if this has caused any problems.

Euthando Double Up
This week there will be a double of the Euthando Doll Making session. The second session will take place on Friday the 25th May from 1.30 onwards. This will give those parents who aren't able to help on a Wednesday afternoon a chance to participate in the project. If you are free to lend a hand on Friday afternoon, it will be greatly appreciated!


Book Fair
On Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th of May, there is a book fair in the library. The library will be selling books from 8-9am and 3.30-4.30pm on these days.

First Eucharist Money is NOW DUE
Just a reminder that those participating in the Eucharist, need to pay $10 to cover the costs of the little gifts, certificates and treat they will receive. I thank you to those people who have already handed this in.

First Eucharist Family Poster - The Count Down is On!
Thank you to those who have already returned their posters. Just a reminder that these are due on Monday 11th June, so we have enough time to display it at the church before the Eucharist mass.

Go Fish Musical - Friday Week 6
Matinee - Wednesday 6th June @ 1.30pm
Show - Friday 8th June @ 6.30pm (gold coin donation on the night)

First Eucharist Mass - Sunday 17th June 
On Sunday 17th June, we have our First Eucharist Mass where the children will receive communion for the first time. It is expected that everyone attends the mass, even those not receiving the sacrament, in support of their peers.

Enjoy the week!

Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese