Sunday, 14 August 2022

Week 4

 Kia ora whānau,

This weekend definitely felt like spring was on its way. A cold start but the most amazing days.  


Last week we had a lovely Mass to celebrate Mary Mackillops feast day, we then enjoyed fun sports as a junior school then special crafts in the afternoon.  We even had some special guests visit in the afternoon.


Here are a few photos. Check out the school Facebook page for more photos.
















Art Provocations


This week we continue with art provocations in the morning,  The children have been creating some amazing artwork.  Provocations in the morning provide the children to try a range of different art principles.

We always need boxes, bottle caps, yoghurt containers.  It is a great way to reuse your recycling so the children can explore different types of art.  Think of our classroom before filing your recycling bin.


Cross Country this Friday


The children have been training for this event and are looking forward to running this Friday.  We will get started at 11:20.  The children will need their PE gear or a pair of shorts and Tshirt.

We need lots of parent help for marshalling the track to make this a great event for our children.  If you can help can you please email your child's teacher and be at school at 11:10


Mini Marathon

Thanks to those of you who are keen to do this. Please remember to return your forms.



Week Ahead

Monday - normal school day

Tuesday - normal school day

Wednesday - normal day

Thursday - normal school day

Friday - rollerskating in the hall, sausage sizzle and juicy $1.50 each.  Cross Country


Look forward to another week, Melissa Elvidge

Sunday, 7 August 2022

Week 3

 Week 3

Kia ora whānau,

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend and made the most of the fine weather when it was here!


Last week we had many children absent with sickness. Thank you for keeping your child at home when they have a cough or unwell. I would appreciate some more boxes of tissues - this is part of your child's stationery to send a box into the class. We really need them.


Cross Country - we have been busy training for our school cross country which is happening in in week 4. It is not always Kakano- 8's favourite part of the day but they are persevering and able to run with all the other classes now.










Fun Netball for Kākano children

We have a lovely volunteer who is keen to share her skills and knowledge of Netball with our tamariki.  Every Tuesday there will be “Fun Netball” for all children who wish to participate on the Turf at lunchtime (weather permitting).


Collage Materials

Thank you to those who have recycled boxes, bottle caps, yoghurt containers and brought them to school.  We still need more of these items as the children love creating with them.


Mini Marathon

Thanks to those of you who are keen to do this. Please remember to return your forms.


Feast Day of Mary MacKillop

This week we will be celebrating Saint Mary MacKillop who is a very important part of our school. Make sure to ask your children what they know about Mary MacKillop over the week. We will be having a school mass on Friday which all whānau are invited to.


Special Sunday School Mass

Next Sunday, the parish has a Māori Miha (Māori Mass) at 10.00 am followed by a procession carrying the Statue of Mother Mary around the Church and our school. All students and families are invited to join the procession with their parents at 11.00 am in front of St Mary’s Church.


Week Ahead

Monday - normal school day

Tuesday - normal school day

Wednesday - Room 5 cake stall ($1 per item)

Thursday - normal school day

Friday - 9am school mass, rollerskating in the hall, sausage sizzle and juicy $1.50 each



Look forward to another week,

Melissa Elvidge

😀


Sunday, 31 July 2022

Week 2

 Kia Orana,

It is Cook Island Language Week! Hope you all had a restful, safe weekend. It has been great to have everyone back at school after the holiday break. Kakano 8 welcomes Ariana and her family to our class this week. We are growing and now have 13 students. There has been some sick children in our class already so I'd appreciate any boxes of tissues and remember to keep your child home if they have a cough.


Three Way Learning Conferences: Korero Mai

A reminder that Tuesday this week are our 3-way conferences. Thank you to all of you who have already booked in a time. Please do so by tomorrow if you haven’t. School will finish early on Tuesday at 2PM.

Your child will not receive a report like the rest of the students in our school. Instead the conferences will be an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves properly and share any important information about your child.

Please note we have allocated 10minute slots for each interview, if you have more to discuss please let your class teacher know and schedule a meeting for a later date.


How to book for Three Way Learning Conference:

Parent-teacher interviews will be held at the following times:

• 2:30pm - 6:00pm Tuesday 2nd August

To book your interviews, go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz in your browser, and enter the event srprt

Then follow these three simple steps:

  1. First enter your name, your student's name, and your email address. If you need to book for more than one student, change the “Book for x students” setting, and enter the other student's name.


  1. On the next page, pick the teachers you want to meet.  Choose from the list of teachers.


  1. Then you'll see a timetable showing when your chosen teachers are available. Simply click on the times that suit you.

When you have finished, your interview timetable will be emailed to you. And you can return to the site and enter the event code srprt again to change or cancel your interviews. If you don't have internet access, please call Shanelle at the school office (phone 07 3481701).  She will be able to make a booking for you.


Holiday Reading Log

Thank you for returning your child’s holiday reading logs. The draw will be held this Friday during assembly.


Week Ahead

Monday - normal school day

Tuesday - school finishes 2PM

Wednesday - normal school day

Thursday - normal school day

Friday - rollerskating in the hall, sausage sizzle and juicy $1.50 each, assembly.


We look forward to seeing you all this week, especially at the three way conferences.

Kākano Teachers













Sunday, 24 July 2022

Welcome to Term 3!

 Welcome back to another Term!


We trust you all had a wonderful break even though the weather was not the best.


School Production

Term 3 will be a busy term with our school production happening during week 10.  All Kākano children will have a part in our production “Little Red Rocking Hood” and over the next 8 weeks will learn a dance they will perform with their class.  More information will be sent out about the production later in the term.


Three Way Learning Conferences:

Week 2 of this term is our termly Three Way Learning Conferences.  Please see the attached information on how to book. 


The Three Way Learning Conference is an opportunity for you to discuss the start of your child’s learning at St Mary's, share any information with me about your child, to learn about structured literacy and home learning routines.


How to book for Three Way Learning Conference:

Parent-teacher interviews will be held at the following times:


• 2:30pm - 6:00pm Tuesday 2nd August

• 3:10pm - 5:20pm Wednesday 3rd August


To book your interviews, go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz in your browser, and enter the event srprt


Then follow these three simple steps:

  1. First enter your name, your student's name, and your email address. If you need to book for more than one student, change the “Book for x students” setting, and enter the other student's name.


  1. On the next page, pick the teachers you want to meet.  Choose from the list of teachers.


  1. Then you'll see a timetable showing when your chosen teachers are available. Simply click on the times that suit you.


When you have finished, your interview timetable will be emailed to you. And you can return to the site nd enter the event code srprt again to change or cancel your interviews. If you don't have internet access, please call Shanelle at the school office (phone 07 3481701).  She will be able to make a booking for you.



Winter Uniform

A reminder that children need to be wearing correct winter uniform.  Please ensure jerseys are named.  We encourage our students to be independent and to manage their own belongings.  You can support your child in this by reminding them to pack their own bags and to place jerseys into bags when they are not wearing them.


Art and Craft

If you have any empty boxes, containers, material, buttons, bottle caps that you no longer use we would love to have them in our class.  Our collage area is looking a bit empty and the children love to create with a variety of materials.


We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow,

Kākano Teachers


Sunday, 3 July 2022

Week 10


Welcome Kākano 8 families and friends! We had such a fun time last week with our new class. The tamariki are settling in well, learning all the new routines and making new friends.

All of the tamariki were happily tired by the end of the week and ready for a restful weekend.


Stationery

Thank you to the families who have organised this. We will be starting to use our books properly next term. Our library day is Friday, it will be really important that your child has their bookbag to take there so they can bring some library books home for the holidays.


Sausage sizzle and juicies

Every Friday there is a sausage sizzle and juicie lunch $1.50 each. If you would like your child to have one of these (or both) they must order it before school on Friday. There is a teacher taking orders in the toast making area of Kakano.






The week ahead:

Monday: Book giveaway 2-2:15

Tuesday: 

Wednesday:

Thursday: 

Friday: Sausage sizzle and juicies $1.50 each, roller skating club at lunchtime (you need to bring your own roller skates)


I look forward to sending through more photos of our days during the week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a fabulous week.

Melissa Elvidge

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Kia Ora, Welcome to Kakano 8

 Welcome to Kakano 8 


Kia ora, 


Welcome to Kakano 8!  My name is Mrs Melissa Elvidge.  I am delighted to be your child’s teacher and look forward to sharing the rest of 2022 together. I am married to Craig and we have two children Gabi a Year 11 at Western Heights Highschool and William a Year 9 at Rotorua Boys Highschool.  I have taught in the junior school at Otonga School for the last 9 years and Wellington before that.  I am a passionate teacher who loves coming to work knowing each day will have a new celebration, a new challenge and be full of fun and joy. 


With Christ as our centre, we are the St Mary’s Crew.  In Kakano 8 our school values will be woven through all that we do.

  • Be Courageous: Be brave to learn new things, share our ideas and keep trying, showing manawanui even when something is challenging.

  • Be Respectful: be caring and kind, showing manaakitanga for our world

  • Show Excellence: Be the best we can be, 

  • Show Wonder: Be curious and creative about everything around us

  • Be Joyful: Be thankful and excited about the things I love


Please come and see me if you have any questions about your child.  Remember a problem shared is a problem halved.  I look forward to meeting you all.


Melissa Elvidge  (Mrs Elvidge) 

Email: melissae@stmarysrotorua.school.nz


Monday, 27 June 2022

Week 9

 Week 9

Welcome to all our Kākano families and friends!

We hope you all had a lovely day with your families on Friday celebrating Matariki.  We celebrated the Sacred Heart Mass in Church last Thursday and we all commented on how well-behaved the children were and how beautifully they sang during Mass.  Although the mornings have been colder this week, it has been great for the children to be able to get outside during break times. Please make sure your child has a woollen jersey or polar fleece to put on when outside, as it can be a little chilly or windy.  


This week we welcome Melissa Elvidge to the Kākano team as she is opening the new class (Kākano 8).  This class will be in Room 11 (the classroom close to the astroturf).  We look forward to seeing all the children starting school tomorrow in Kākano 8.


Matariki Cultural Dinner

On Thursday night at 5:30pm  we are having our Annual Matariki Dinner.  All of our school families are invited to this event.  You are asked to bring a plate of food to share with others (if possible from your country of origin).  This event is a great way to meet other families in our school community.  We hope to see you there.  See the poster below for more details.























From Jasmin and Briana (senior students)

Mr. G has met with the Environment Group and discussed our worm farm and how the worms are starving.  We brainstormed and have decided that we could have a food scrap bin at school to collect food scraps for the worms.  The bins will be placed around the school this week. Please look at the picture to see what the worms can and cannot eat.

Thank you.





The week ahead:

Monday: No gymnastics as the older children are training for a competition

Tuesday: 

Wednesday: 

Thursday: Matariki Cultural Dinner 5:30pm in the School Hall

Friday: Sausage sizzle and juicies $1.50 each, roller skating club at lunchtime (you need to bring your own roller skates)


Enjoy the last day of your long weekend and we will see you all tomorrow.

Kākano Teachers