Sunday, 2 December 2018

Week 9 Term 4- LAST ONE!

Good afternoon parents,

So it has come, our last week together. I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support throughout the year. This is such a lovely cohort, so it has been an absolute pleasure to teach your children. They have grown and developed into such confident and motivated young people. I have learnt so much from them and will miss them greatly. I wish you all a safe and happy festive season.

Some information for the last week:

Recycling bags for books
We ask the each child brings a green bag or plastic bag to school tomorrow so they can take home their books from the year. We will send home the assessment/display folders on Thursday with the more formal pieces of work.

Christmas Concert
On Wednesday at 5.30pm, the entire school will be getting together to celebrate the Year 6 Graduation, the Christmas concert performed by the Year 5's and each year group will be presenting the 2018 Making Jesus Real CARE award and the subject award for Design and Technology. This will be a brilliant night filled with glitter, Christmas cheer and some good old Christmas carols. We ask the you bring your child to the grassed area outside the hall by 5.20pm so the children can line up in their classes, ready to go into the hall. If you cannot come for any reason, please email me :)

Soccer Incursion
Tomorrow there is a Yr 4-6 soccer incursion for those who have indicated they would like to play. These children have taken home a consent form and at this stage it should have been returned. Those that are playing will be required to wear their normal school uniform to school and bring their sports uniform in their bag to change into at lunchtime (the students are allowed to bring a soccer top if they would like to wear one). They also need to bring along $5, if this hasn't been done previously.

Water fun day
As mentioned in the newsletter in week 7, the children will no longer be going to the Boat ramp due to size and water safety restrictions. We will instead be having a water fun day on the last Friday at school where we participating in a variety of water fun games...including a bouncy castle! The children will also be treated to a sausage sizzle and a drink or icy pole. Please dress your children in bathers, rashie, hats, towels, another change of clothes (if needed) and come to school with sunscreen applied. We have some here and we will reapply before we go to our games. We are SO excited for our water fun day!

If you have any other questions, please email me.

Thanks again,

Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Week 8 Term 4 - Important Stuff!!

Good evening all,

Boy oh boy are we getting close now to the end!

This week started well with the students on Monday morning having a taste of what life in Year 5 will be like next year. As sad as I am to lose this class, I know they are ready to be challenged with Mr D.

Congratulations to Kobe, Remy and Zali on being our week 7 merit award winners. In their own special way, they have made such wonderful progress in the final term of the year. 

Below I have included many important reminders for the busy week ahead.



IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Christmas Play and Awards Evening - is scheduled for Wednesday 5th December commencing at 5.30pm. All students are asked to come dressed in their Christmas colours - feel free to wear antler, hats, tinsel, etc as it 'tis the season to be jolly'!

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS HAMPER APPEAL – PLEASE HELP! - Each year at OLC we take time to be thankful for our blessings and to assist those in need by contributing to Christmas Hampers distributed by the St. Vincent De Paul Society. This year boxes will be located in various areas of the school and families are invited to contribute specified items. Please look out for boxes in the following areas and add to the box closest to your child’s classroom. Please give generously to support others in what can be a difficult time of the year. Thank you for your support.

We are asked to bring in items such as: toiletries, such as shampoo, hairbrush, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lip balm, sunscreen, moisturisers, soap etc. Our box is located in the wet area! Please make sure that you have brought in your donated items by Monday 3rd December.

Year 4/5 Choir - This Friday night Graduation Mass will be taking place at the church from 5.30pm. We are asking for any students in year 4/5 to help Mrs Horrocks in the choir. Those that are available to attend and sing in the choir would be greatly appreciated by all.

Art Project - This Friday we will be making a little gift to send home for Christmas. Without revealing too much, we require any old green, white, red, silver or gold buttons. I have collected many already, however I have said to the students that they may have some special ones they want to bring in to add to their gift.

Take Home Readers - I ask that all Take Home Readers are returned by the end of this week, as Mrs Kemp is in the process of doing a stock take. I would hate for anyone to get an invoice by mistake.

Books Sent Home - Please note, we will begin sending home work books next week. We will still keep working right up until the very end but we are very mindful of not saving it all to go home on the last day! If you can please make sure that your child brings an additional bag with them on Monday 3rd December!


HOMEWORK - WEEK 8

Reading - If you can please make sure that your child is reading and completing their reading log.

Spelling - Students are to complete LSCWC of their list words and Dictionary meanings.

Mental Maths - No Mental Maths this week.


PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO HOMEWORK NEXT WEEK!
Enjoy the rest of the week,

Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Week 6 Term 4

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, doing something special with your family. It was great seeing many of you at the fete yesterday, even if it was when I was being drowned in the 'Dunk tank'!

Congratulations to Taylah for being our Star Citizen Award winner from last week. She has worked hard and has been an outstanding role model within our class all year.


LISTENING & SPEAKING TASK: 'If I could live in another part or the world...'
This week Banjo, Kobe, Hannah, Axton, Zahra and Kade will be presenting. Please see below the roster for the following weeks:




ASSEMBLY LAST WEEK
Thank you to those who were able to attend our assembly item last week. I was so proud of the children and the efforts they made to share the important messages we have been learning throughout the start of the term in such an effective way. They spoke with confidence and clarity, and best of all they really enjoyed themselves. 


RECYCLED ART: Last Friday the children painted their backgrounds to their Recycled Art in preparation for the composition this week. To do this we will need to use hot glue guns. For safety reasons we would like a few parent helpers to man the glue guns to prevent children being burnt. 

So if any parents are available to assist on Friday 12th November from 2.15pm, we would be most appreciative. LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE.


Dates for Your Diary:
Fr Ian's Farewell Mass and Morning Tea - Friday 16th November 
Awards Night - Wednesday 5th December

Please see the school calendar for further dates and events.


HOMEWORK
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) & Dictionary Definitions
NB: Please note that the students have the same words for week 6.
FOCUS: 
Kangaroos: Greek and Latin Roots - ced/cess/ceed, ten/tend, lit
Possums: Comparatives - 'er' and 'est'
Lorakeets: VV and VCCCV 



Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 29&30 - FINISH OFF
Finish these units, as these were not completed last term. Please ensure these are done this week!


Reading - Reading Log 
I have distributed readers to those who have returned theirs from last week, however there are many students who have not returned or changed a book in a while. Can you please ensure they are returning these.

Family Homework

Speaking and Listening Speech preparation


Not long to go now, have a wonderful week everyone!


Mrs Ricciardone, Miss Charles and Mr Torrese

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Week 5 Term 4

Good afternoon everyone,

Another ripper of a weekend, it can only be a sign of the awesome weather soon to come!

Congratulations to our Merit Award winners from last week: 
Banjo and Kade. We are so impressed to see that both of you are working incredibly hard, right up to the end of the year.

LISTENING & SPEAKING TASK: 'If I could live in another part or the world...'
Just a reminder that the Speaking and Listening presentations began last week and WOW did we have some great presentations! Please remind your child to begin preparing or continue practicing if their speech is soon approaching.

This week Toby, Lachlan, Savannah, Sienna, Allira, Jasper, Charlie and Jye will be presenting. Please see below the roster for the following weeks:







ART: IAN MUTCH
On Friday the students were surprised with a visit from local artist Ian Mutch, who was very humble in sharing information about his career, techniques he uses and personal experiences. In recent weeks, the students have been studying and creating artworks inspired by the techniques of Ian and were super proud to hear that Ian was most impressed with their pieces. It was great to hear that one of Ian's strongest messages was that "It's ok to make mistakes, as we learn from them and often we can develop something better out of our mistake". 



RECYCLED ART: Last Friday a brief about the Recycled Art project was sent home to provide you with more information about what to collect. If this piece of paper did not make it's way into your hands, I have included an image of it below:

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF ANY PARENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST ON FRIDAY FROM 2.15pm WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS ART. WE WILL NEED TO USE HOT GLUE GUNS, SO THE MORE HANDS ON DECK THE BETTER. LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE.

Assembly Item:
This Friday the 9th November we have our Performance assembly where the students will be presenting a short news segment. There is no need to watch the news that morning, as we will have it sorted:)

The children have received their parts and hopefully have been practicing all weekend. I have tried to keep the costumes as basic as possible. I am hoping that the students who have a shark costume from the 'Go Fish' musical at home will be able to bring it in for us to borrow. I have included a list of the roles and costumes below. Please check with your child what they are so you can see what they need to wear. Please see me if you have any questions or queries.

Narrator: sports uniform
News Reporters: Shirt/pants/skirt/dress (something formal)
Scientist: pants, lab coat (already have at school), glasses
Sharks: costumes from musical
Dolphin: Blue/grey clothing (we can make a fin & tail at school)
Surfers: wetsuit/bathers/rashie/towel, etc.
Protestors: sports shorts and a casual top
Minister of Parliament: pants, suit, tie, etc
Readers: sports uniform
Artists: large shirt for art smock (any accessory that fits)

Can the students who have a costume to wear on the day, bring their sports uniform to get changed into after the assembly.

I thank you for your support with this, it should be something fun and a great way for us to end our year.


FETE:
Just a reminder that the year 4 families have been asked to donate a whole cake to the fete on Sunday.


Dates for Your Diary:
Class Performance Assembly: Friday 9th November
Remembrance Assembly: Friday 9th November @ 10.40am
OLC Fete: Sunday 11th November
Fr Ian's Farewell Mass and Morning Tea - Friday 16th November 

Please see the school calendar for further dates and events.


HOMEWORK
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) & Dictionary Definitions
NB: Please note that the students will have the same words for week 5 & 6, as Spelling lessons will be cut this week for assembly preparations.
FOCUS: 
Kangaroos: Greek and Latin Roots - ced/cess/ceed, ten/tend, lit
Possums: Comparatives - 'er' and 'est'
Lorakeets: VV and VCCCV 



Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 29&30 - FINISH OFF
Finish these units, as these were not completed last term


Reading - Reading Log 
Please have the students practice their script for the assembly each night, especially those that have a larger reading part.

I will also distribute reader's this week.


Family Homework

Speaking and Listening Speech preparation


Have a great week everyone, can't wait to see you all Friday.


Mrs Ricciardone, Miss Charles and Mr Torrese

Monday, 29 October 2018

Week 4 Term 4

Good afternoon everyone,

What a wonderful weekend, the weather couldn't have been any better!

Congratulations to our Merit Award winners: 
Saffi and Gabriel. They are both showing great focus and determination, keep it up guys!

LISTENING & SPEAKING TASK: 'If I could live in another part or the world...'
Just a reminder that the Speaking and Listening presentations begin this week. It is great to hear that many students have begun their preparation, can you please just double check with your child to ensure they have made a start on this. 

This week Sophie, Jack, Gabriel, Taylah, Oliver and Lucas will be presenting. Please see below the roster for the following weeks:





ART: Recycled Art
FROM MISS CHARLES: This week students will be exposed to artists in focus that use recycled waste, beach debris and pre-loved items as materials for their artwork. Students will begin planning their artwork in response to the artist and applying their technique, including creating a vision board on Pinterest. Through this they will have a better idea of what they need to collect. Just remind students they need natural fibres as well, including shells, rocks, dried leaves, sand, sticks, etc. These items are due next Friday 9th November.



NEW!! Assembly Item:
Next Friday the 9th November we have our Performance assembly where the students will be presenting some of the recent stuff we've been learning this term. The children will receive their parts tomorrow and we will be encouraging them to learn and practice these as often as they can. Some children will require a basic costume and will be notified of this tomorrow.



Dates for Your Diary:
Class Performance Assembly: Friday 9th November
OLC Fete: Sunday 11th November
Fr Ian's Farewell Mass and Morning Tea - Friday 16th November 

Please see the school calendar for further dates and events.


HOMEWORK
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) & Dictionary Definitions
FOCUS: 

Kangaroos: Greek and Latin Roots - press, pur/purg, pend
Possums: Suffixes '-y, -ly, -ily'
Lorakeets: VCV and VCCV - double or single consonants (continued)


PLEASE NOTE - This term the students have to complete dictionary meanings for their list words at home and are due Friday with their other homework.


Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 32, Day 1-4

Reading - Reading Log 
READERS - Every child will recieve a Reader tomorrow 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. This isn't happening every week unfortunately.

Family Homework - I'm hoping you are starting to see some more 'Spirit of Jesus' moments happening at home. I would love to hear any feedback about this.

Local Government Booklet due Tuesday 30th October

Speaking and Listening Speech preparation

Enjoy the rest of the week, let the sun keep shining!


Mrs Ricciardone, Miss Charles and Mr Torrese

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Week 3 Term 4

Good morning everyone,

If anyone could slow this term down, I would be most appreciative😊. I have just realised how close we are to the end and it has come too quickly. 

Congratulations to our Merit Award winners: Allira, Sienna, Cooper and Oliver. They have all started the term with great focus and determination.

ART: Recycled Art
FROM MISS CHARLES: Aloha! an amazing start to our visual arts unit for this term. I have been so proud of the students responses to Ian Mutch's art work. Their art pieces  they have created by applying Mutch's techniques and style are looking incredible.

Looking ahead... next week we will have a new artist in focus. The theme for the next 2 lessons with the students will be exploring the use of recycled materials to create art.  It links well with Ian Mutch's brand new book MORE, MORE, MORE which explores the message of collecting more and more things until our 'home' can no longer carry the load. The message ends with the fact that finding each other is more important than finding 'things'. 

Students will explore artists that use beach debris, recycled materials, waste and pre-loved toys to create incredible sculptures and mixed media works. This ties in beautifully with our whole school focus on the war on waste and minimising our impact on our environment. 

Can you please encourage students over the weekend to gather materials for this project. This could include a quick beach cleanup (take 3 for the sea) hunting through recycling bin (coloured, bottle caps etc.) old broken or unused items, toys, materials around the home that you never get around to fixing or struggle to throw away. We want to encourage our children to reuse, upcycle and see the potential in the things they might possibly throw away. 

Please visit my pinterest board that I have created for inspiration at the following link
https://www.pinterest.com.au/156clicks/school-art-project-ideas/ 



"Soup" a series by photographic artist Mandy Barker featuring plastics and trash found on the beach

Civics and Citizenship: WE NEED NEWSPAPERS! If you have local newspapers at home (preferably recent) can you spare them for our local government studies. Students are exploring the services our our local government and their involvement in our community. Researching articles in our local rag, will help students make connections.If you have any at home lying around PLEASE BRING IN TOMORROW! 


Friendology: We have got right into the swing of the 8 week intensive Friendology program. Our last session was a lot of fun with a great message!

So far we have focused on self-awareness, teaching children to ‘get real’ about who they are. In order to create healthy friendships, we need the students to first look inward and shine a light on their strengths.We are hoping they will learn to be the best versions of themselves. We also looked at the skills required to spark a new friendship. Students learnt how to introduce themselves and practice the art of conversation. We had fun introducing ourselves to each other, using correct body language, eye contact and a firm handshake. Once they knew how to hold a conversation (like a game of catch), they learnt how to take it to the next level by finding something in common with someone to plant the seed for a new friendship to grow.

From here, we will review the 4 Friendship Facts, setting the stage for what’s normal in a friendship.


NEW!! Interschool Athletics Carnival:Just a reminder that the Interschool Athletics Carnival is this Thursday 25th October. Please remember the students need to wear their school sports uniform (green polo) and bring their recess, lunch, water bottle and hat on the day. It does look like it may be raining, so some wet weather gear may also be appropriate.

NEW!! Socktober: Friday is “Crazy Sock Day”.  We are encouraging the students to wear crazy socks and to bring in a gold coin donation for children in poverty. Students will be invited to a lunch time dance party to “Dance their Socks Off”, with Year 3-6 dancing from 1.00-1.15, and P-2: 1.15-1.30.

NEW!! Reconciliation: Just a reminder that the year 3's will be celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday 24th October. It begins at 6pm at Our Lady of the Southern Cross Church, for anyone who is able to come along and support these children.

Dates for Your Diary:
Interschool Athletics Carnival: Thursday 25th October
Socktober Fundraiser: Friday 26th October
Class Performance Assembly: Friday 9th November
OLC Fete: Sunday 11th November

Please see the school calendar for further dates and events.


HOMEWORK
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) & Dictionary Definitions
FOCUS: 

Kangaroos: Greek and Latin Roots - intra, inter, intro and circum
Possums: Prefixes - uni, bi, tri
Lorakeets: VCV and VCCV - double or single consonants


PLEASE NOTE - This term the students have to complete dictionary meanings for their list words at home and are due Friday with their other homework.


Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 31, Day 1-4

Reading - Reading Log 
READERS - Every child received a Reader today and the title is 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. This isn't happening every week unfortunately.

Family Homework - I'm hoping you are starting to see some more 'Spirit of Jesus' moments happening at home. I would love to hear any feedback about this.


Have a great week everyone:)

Mrs Ricciardone, Miss Charles and Mr Torrese

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Speaking and Listening Challenge Term 4 2018

Today your children were given a copy of this information, to begin their new Speaking and Listening Challenge for this term. The speeches will begin in week 4, see the roster below.

Term 4 Year 4 2018: Speaking & Listening Challenge
“If I could live in another part of the world, it would be…”

Each week on a Wednesday and Friday (starting week 4), students will be taking turns to present a short 2 minute presentation on the topic “If I could live in another part of the world, it would be…”The aim of this project is for the students to use the feedback given last term to improve their Speaking and Listening skills.

Students need to:

Interest Talks Roster 

On the information sheet sent home, I have included the assessment proforma, for the children to check that they have included the success criteria into their presentations. We were really impressed with the quality of their presentations last term and are encouraging them to look back at their feedback given and improve even further!

Please see either Adrian or myself if you have any further questions about this.


Many thanks,

Year 4 teachers