Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Discover Deadly

Good evening,

What a wonderful day we had at Discover Deadly! 

We were so blessed with the fun and exciting activities that were on hand. We had the opportunity to touch a turtle and a snake, as well as watch both animals being fed. The lovely ladies at Discover Deadly, did a one off special, by feeding the salt water crocodile on it's wrong day. I was so appreciative of the extra time and care the presenters spent with the students to share their wealth of knowledge.

I would like to thank Gemma Sorgiovanni, Sharonne Douglas and Michelle Kerr for giving up their time to share in this experience with us. 

Below are some pictures of our brave little snake handlers:




On another note, I will be away this Friday 14th September, as I will be attending a Friendology Summit in Perth. The class will be left in the very capable hands of Mrs Kathy Holt. 

Don't forget Monday 17th September is Learning Journey afternoon, from 3.30pm -5.00pm. We would love to see you there if you are able to attend. We have been so busy this term and have so much to share with you.

If you have any further questions please contact me. Have a lovely end to the week.

Sandy Ricciardone

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Week 8 Term 3

Good evening,

Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful Father's out there. I hope you have been waited upon and spoilt with love from your little cherubs!


Congratulations to Zahra and Hannah on receiving a Merit Award last week. Both these young ladies are outstanding role models within our classroom.


Here are a few updates for the week ahead, please note that the homework is slightly different for the following two weeks due to our Inquiry Project!



ATHLETICS CARNIVAL & THROWS

The students have their Athletics Throws on Wednesday at 10.20am. You are more than welcome to come and watch this event. 

On Friday the Athletics Carnival will begin at 9.30am and finish approximately at 2pm.  You are more than welcome to take your child home at the end of the day, however you will need to print, sign and return the permission slip found in last week's newsletter before the end of the week. I will print spare copies and have them in class, if you want to pop in and sign one before Friday. Please see last week's newsletter on the school website for further details.



CREATING DIORAMAS

The students will finish planning their animal's diorama tomorrow morning. I encouraged the students last week to begin collecting items for their dioramas over the weekend. We will begin creating these dioramas on Tuesday afternoon. The students will be given 4 sessions over the next two weeks to complete this project in class. 

The students will not need all their items on Tuesday, however it is important that ALL students have brought in a shoe box to start painting their backgrounds. Please contact me if you have any questions about this. 



EXCURSION NOTES

As you know we are off to Discover Deadly on Wednesday the 12th of September. An excursion note was given out last Thursday afternoon, can you please ensure the permission slip is returned by Wednesday this week. So far I have two parent helpers, I am hoping for at least one more:)


LEARNING JOURNEYS

On Monday of week 10 (17th of Sept) OLC will be holding a Learning Journey afternoon. This is a open classroom opportunity for you to come into Year 4 with your child after school. You will be invited to have a look around the classroom and the children can show you some of the work they have been doing over the year.

The classroom will be open from 3.30pm - 5.00pm for you to come in at your leisure. I look forward to sharing this wonderful year of work with you and your child. If you have any queries or questions, please email me.



SPEAKING and LISTENING

The presenters this week are Zali (Wed), Allira (Wed), Jasper (Fri) and Annabelle (Fri).





HOMEWORK:Spelling - LSCWC (each night) 

FOCUS: Kangaroos - Greek and Latin elements - 'gen', 'mort' and 'bio'                           Possums - Prefixes - 're' and 'un'            
             Lorakeets - Adding 'ed' 

Mental Maths - NO MENTAL MATHS FOR THE FOLLOWING TWO WEEKS! (We will still do Day 5 in class on Friday)


Reading 10 mins each night - Reading Log 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.


NEW! DIORAMA PIC COLLAGE POSTER
In Geography we have been researching the student's chosen animal's habitat, in preparation to make the student's dioramas. The students are to use Pic Collage to display the information they have found in the form of a poster. The students will begin this on Tuesday in class. A success criteria will be shown for the students to see what is expected. 
THE POSTER IS DUE: TUESDAY 11th September (Week 9)



Have a great week everyone. Let's hope the sunshine starts to appear, now that spring is here!


Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese



Sunday, 26 August 2018

Week 7 Term 3

Good morning everyone, 


I hope you had a chance to rest and recoup in the gorgeous sunshine this weekend. I was a very proud mumma this weekend and got the chance to cheer on my little man playing Auskick at Optus Stadium. It's a shame the Docker's didn't follow it up with a win!


Congratulations to 
Alicia and Savannah on receiving a Merit Award at Friday's Assembly, it is such a pleasure to watch you both blossom in our classroom.

FAREWELL... Friday will be Alicia's last day in our classroom. She has fit seamlessly into the classroom,  forming strong friendships and being so eager to learn. We have loved having her in our class and learning a little more about Spain and her way of life in Alicante. We will miss her when she leaves.

LEARNING IN CLASS:
There is a lot of work on display at the moment, as we have been so busy this term. Please feel free to pop in and have a look at the work the students have produced. I am really proud of their efforts and improvements they are making this term. 

ANIMAL DIORAMAS:
Last week the students began researching the habitats of their chosen animal. In our Geography lesson tomorrow, the children will begin designing their diorama and planning what items they will need to collect and bring in. On Tuesday 4th September we will begin making our dioramas, so it is important that they have their materials returned by then. Craft items will be supplied at school, however all students will be required to bring in a shoe box and any other specific items they want to include in their diorama.

Speaking and Listening Speeches - The presenters this week are Taylah (Wed), Kade (Wed), Jack (Fri) and Savannah (Fri).

SPEAKING & LISTENING ROSTER




HOMEWORK:
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) 
FOCUS: Kangaroos - Greek and Latin elements - 'gen', 'mort' and 'bio'
            Possums - Prefixes - 're' and 'un'
            Lorakeets - Adding 'ed' 

Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 26, Day 1-4

Reading - Reading Log 
READERS - Every child has now received a new reader for this week, unless they didn't return their previous one. Can you please ensure your child returns their reader on FRIDAY to allow us to swap them over in preparation for the following Monday.

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.

NEW! Animal Research
In class we have been researching the student's chosen animal, using an A3 planning template. Some students have not completed the research component, therefore they will be bringing it home for homework. It is to be completed by Thursday, ready for us to write our final Information Report, which will be assessed.

NOTICES:
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE...
OPERATION CHRISTMAS BOX
If you haven't done so yet, can you please send these items and the $2.50 in by the 7th September that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to those who have already done this. If you have any questions about the suitability of your chosen items or any concerns about participating, please let me know.

NEW! BOOK WEEK
Just a reminder that on Thursday we have our BOOK WEEK dress up. The theme is 'find your treasure', however the children are welcome to dress up as any of their favourite book character on this day. In the morning, an author will be visiting the school to share their love of books with the children. After recess, we will be carrying out a Book Week parade, you are more than welcome to join us.

NEW! ATHLETICS JUMPS
On Wednesday at 10.20am, the students will be completing their official jumps for the Athletics Carnival. You are more than welcome to come and watch them at this time. 

NEW! FATHER'S DAY BREAKFAST
On Friday morning  there is the Father's Day breakfast in the hall at 7.30am. All are welcome! Please don't forget to send your RSVP to the office and bring along a gold coin donation on the day.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Athletics Jumps: Wednesday 29th August
Book Week: Thursday 30th August

Athletics Throws: Wednesday 5th September
Athletics Carnival: Friday 7th September - Change in Date!!



Have a great week everyone!

Mrs Ricciardone

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Prac Student Term 4

Good morning parents,

Today in the classroom, we have we have a wonderful Pre-Service Teacher from Edith Cowan University named Miss Katherine Charles. She will be joining us every Wednesday until the end of the term and then beginning her final practicum from weeks 1-6 in Term 4.

Please feel free to come in and say 'Hi' to Miss Charles, when she is here, and we look forward to her joining Year 4 next term!

If you have any questions or queries, please let us know.

Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Week 6 Term 3

Good afternoon everyone,

What a perfect weekend, such a nice taste of what is to come very soon (I hope)!


Congratulations to 
Allira on receiving the Star Citizen Award at Friday's Assembly. She is a true ambassador of our school value 'RESPECT'.


LEARNING IN CLASS:

INQUIRY PROJECT
Our inquiry project has begun! Today the students got the opportunity to select their animal from one of the continents; Africa, Asia, North America or South America. This project is multilayered and will integrate a few Learning areas over the next 4 weeks. All research and learning will be scaffolded and led by me to ensure we produce a quality final product. The tasks will include:
  1. Literacy - information report & oral presentation
  2. Geography - diorama of habitat (including country, continent, latitude longitude, altitude, climate, flora, fauna, predators, prey, etc) & poster (Pic Collage)
  3. Art - clay model of animal chosen
  4. Science - fossil foot/paw print of their chosen animal.
We will be heading on an excursion in week 9 to Discover Deadly to explore Australian reptiles, their habitats/enclosures and the adaptations they have made to live here in Australia. More information will come home soon, with a permission note for you to sign and return. Please keep your eyes peeled for this.

Speaking and Listening Speeches - We would like to congratulate the students who have presented thus far, the quality of each presentation has been excellent. The presenters this week are Zahra, Axton, Charlie, Toby, Sienna and Jye.

SPEAKING & LISTENING ROSTER




HOMEWORK:
Spelling - LSCWC (each night) 
FOCUS: Kangaroos - Greek and Latin elements - cap, corp, pod/ped, dent/dont (definition focus)
            Possums - /f/ sound made by 'ph' and 'gh'
            Lorakeets - Adding 'ing' to VCe and VVC

Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 25, Day 1-4

Reading - Reading Log 
READERS - Every child has now received a new reader for this week, unless they didn't return their previous one. Can you please ensure your child returns their reader on FRIDAY to allow us to swap them over in preparation for the following Monday.

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.

NEW! Religion Assessment - Thursday 23rd August
Please encourage your child to look over what we have been learning about in regards to emotions, being filled with the Holy Spirit and Confirmation. This can be found in their Religion book.


NOTICES:
MISSION MARKET DAY
Thank you for your support with the Mission Markets last week. The jelly cups were such a hit, so much so, that they sold out within no time!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS BOX
If you haven't done so yet, can you please send these items and the $2.50 in by the 7th September that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to those who have already done this. If you have any questions about the suitability of your chosen items or any concerns about participating, please let me know.

NEW! SCHOOL PHOTOS
Just a reminder that school photos are on this Thursday and Friday. The time slot our class has been given is 1.50pm. Can you please ensure your child has a brush or comb to tidy their hair after lunch if there is a need to. 

REMEMBER the students must wear their full-school uniform WITH their green knit jumper.

NEW! BOOK WEEK
You might want to start discussing with your child their costume for Book Week next Thursday 30th September. The theme is 'find your treasure', however the children are welcome to dress up as any of their favourite book character on this day.


IMPORTANT DATES:
School Photos: 23rd and 24th August
Athletics Jumps: 28th August
Book Week: 30th August

Athletics Throws: 4th September
Athletics Carnival: 6th September



Have a great week everyone!

Mrs Ricciardone

Monday, 13 August 2018

Week 5 Term 3

Keeping Safe: Children's Rights Poster
Good evening,

I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the glimpse of sunshine that we got yesterday! I was lucky enough to enjoy two perfect days in Perth amongst the sunshine. It has been a busy couple of weeks, as new learning is taking place!

Congratulations to 
Toby and Jack on receiving a Merit Certificate at Friday's Assembly. It is such a delight to see their hunger for learning grow, acting as great role models for the other students


LEARNING IN CLASS:

SCIENCE
We have been little Geologist recently, learning about an array of soil and rock types. It has been a delight to see the children become so involved in this topic, that they have chosen to bring in their treasures, creating  a mini museum within the class. Last week we began looking at the process of erosion. This week we will carryout an experiment that reinforces their learning and shows them the effect this process has on different types of rocks! I will be asking the students to help collect the rock samples we need for Thursday to complete the experiment. If you have any of the following items around the garden, it would great if they could bring them in for THURSDAY.

ITEMS NEEDED: metal tin with lid, small pieces of marble, coal, concrete/brick, quartz pebbles.




GEOGRAPHY

The students are loving to explore the globe in Geography, we have researched the topics of latitude and longitude identifying key lines such as the Prime Meridian, Equator, International Date Line, Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer. The students have also learnt about the concepts of altitude and climate and how these are different within the continents of Asia, Africa, North America and South America. This learning will be used in the NEW Inquiry project the students will receive next week. The students will be researching an animal and it's habitat from one of the continents above, with intention to write an information report and construct a diorama with a model of the animal and it's habitat.


DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY UPDATE
Leading on from our very informative and inspiring incursion from Otis eyewear, we are now learning more about the design process by designing a new Otis logo and Sunglasses packaging.

The Year 4 student must decide on:
Who are you designing the product for.
What are materials that the sunglasses packaging will be made out of? Will the materials be recycled and environment-friendly?
Design sketches with measurements (length of sides, width and height)
Think about your ideas for what the new logo represents or means. The logo must be clear on the packaging.

I am looking forward to seeing some creative ideas and the students utilising their understanding of design from our incursion.


This will lead us really well into our next project which will require the students to design and create a very useful, day to day item and will incorporate some of the skills we have learnt this year during Design and Technology…..more will be revealed soon!!

MR T


RELIGION
We have been focusing on the Story of Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit in the lead up to the Year 6's Confirmation this week. This story has helped the children understand some key teaching points about this sacrament. Please see some examples of the comic strips that we created to illustrate the Pentecost story.


MATHS
Last week we explored the link between fractions, decimals and percentages. This week they will be using their learning to help with the problem solving assignment involving money. Within the assignment, the students have to write a variety of shopping lists, add the totals, use the appropriate notes to pay and then find the change they will receive. Lastly they will have to use a catalogue to create a shopping list that makes a total closest to $30. The less change the better! So hopefully by the end of this week you will have excellent little helpers on food shop day!


LITERACY
Information Reports - We have just began writing our second Information Report on OTIS Eyewear to link in with our Design and Technology project. I can already see significant improvements being made in this piece of writing from the previous one.

Reader's Theatre - This has become a very exciting and popular Reading Group activity that the children are loving to do. They are really considering the techniques they need to employ to keep their audience engaged. This week we are recording each group's presentation, so they can view it and self-assess their performance, identifying what they did well and what they can improve on.

Speaking and Listening Speeches - We would like to congratulate the students who have presented thus far, the quality of each presentation has been excellent.

SPEAKING & LISTENING ROSTER




HOMEWORK:
I am very impressed to see the quality and completion of homework is more consistent this term. The children are working hard to achieve our class goal of 'Responsibilty', and this is one way they are showing it!

Spelling - LSCWC (each night) 
FOCUS: Kangaroos - Greek and Latin elements - cap, corp, pod/ped, dent/dont
            Possums - Soft C and G using 'ce', 'ss', 'ge' or 'age'
            Lorakeets - Adding 'ing' to VC and VCC words

Mental Maths - Think Mentals, Unit 24, Day 1-4

Reading - Reading Log 
READERS - Every child has now received a new reader for this week, unless they didn't return their previous one. Can you please ensure your child returns their reader on FRIDAY to allow us to swap them over in preparation for the following Monday.
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.



NOTICES:
MISSION MARKET DAY
The OLC Feast Day is on this Wednesday 15th August. Just a reminder that our class is selling jelly cups and it would be greatly appreciated if your child could bring a small donation of jelly cups (toppings are optional and left to your creativity) on Wednesday morning.

The Mission Markets will be held between 11.30 and 12.45pm. We ask that all students bring a small amount of change in different denominations with a cloth or reusable bag to store their loot! We require a couple of volunteers to help with our stall during this time. If you are able to assist with this, can you please let either one of us know.


OLC FEAST DAY MASS
OLC Feast Day Mass is on this Wednesday 15th August. We will be hosting the mass here at school in our hall beginning at 9am. All parents are invited to attend if you are able.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS BOX
If you can please send these items and the $2.50 in by the 7th September that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to those who have already done this. If you have any questions about the suitability of your chosen items or any concerns about participating, please let me know.


CONFIRMATION
Mrs Meyer sent an email yesterday asking for students to attend mass on Saturday night to help sing in the choir. These are a great way to build our school community and I would be personally grateful to anyone who is able to get there child there.


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



Have a great week everyone!

Mrs Ricciardone

Monday, 6 August 2018

Operation Christmas Child Initiative

Dear Parents,

Over the coming weeks, the students in Year 4 are going to participate in an initiative called 'Operation Christmas Child' which aims to pack a shoebox to give to a child who has never received a gift before. This ties into our school value of Compassion as we are helping less fortunate children in need.


The students in Years 3-6 will collaborate on collecting their donation items and we will come together as a mixed group to put the boxes together. 

The following classes are responsible for the items listed below:
  • Year 3M - Something to wear
  • Year 3D - A personal hygiene item
  • Year 4 - Something to draw with
  • Year 5 - Something to play with 
  • Year 6 - Something to love.

In the coming days your child will be bringing home a note which indicates if they are bringing in an item for a boy or girl and what age. All students are asked to bring in $2.50 to help pay for postage.

It would be great if your child could perhaps use their own pocket money to purchase the items needed so they have a sense of ownership in their contribution.

All items are to be no longer than 20cm long or  too bulky as they will not fit in the shoe box. Think of if your item can be rolled to ensure that it fits into the box.

Your child will bring home a note which outlines what kind of items are suitable. 


We are asking for all donations to be brought to school by Friday 7th September. 

Please see below an example of the provided shoe box for Operation Christmas child:





We thank you in advance for your support of this excellent initiative!

Kind regards,


Mrs Ricciardone & Mr Torrese