FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020 576 2891 – 021 191 9933
PO Box 6056 Tauranga firstname.lastname@example.org
Kia ora koutou – Hello to you all, and welcome to 2020. This is a new decade and we pray that it will be filled with many exciting times and opportunities for you all. Welcome to all our new tamariki/children and their whanau/family, and may you feel welcomed by all those you are in contact with within our centre. Life events can be challenging – whether they are personal, local, national or global. Yet it is great to know that we have a God who cares and walks with us on the journey. We look forward to journeying with you all through this term and the year ahead.
IDEAS FOR PARENT EVENTS/EVENINGS
We would love to do an evening or event that is suitable for what our whanau need. We are wondering about doing a panel discussion. If you have not already, you will get an opportunity soon to give us some feedback on this via a survey. Also, we would love to know of any topics that you think would be suitable for you all.
How can we best support our tamariki with the acquisition of their language? TALK! TALK! TALK! – Talk with our tamariki about what you are doing, and for older tamariki tell them why to help them develop understanding. Acknowledge and talk about their feelings, and yours, as they need to learn about their own emotions, but also need to learn about yours too. This will help them develop understanding and empathy towards others.
USE CLEAR SPEECH – Enunciate your words well, and let them see your face and expressions when you are talking.
SLOW DOWN – Sometimes when we talk too fast, the words become jumbled and those who are listening do not hear all the words and all the sounds clearly. They may even miss hearing the beginning and ending of our words, and then mispronounce them when they say them.
WAIT TIME – give them up to 10 seconds to respond. This will give them time to process what you have said, and think about what they want to say in response.
HAND RULE – 5 COMMENTS TO 1 QUESTION – asking questions is good, but remember not to ask too many, and give them time to answer the first question before asking them another one.
READ BOOKS – this is valuable time to talk with them. Some may want to talk about the pictures, so follow their lead, as they will still be learning. Also, for those that are ready, ask them what they think may happen next, as it is good for them to learn to predict what could occur.
LISTEN – listen to what they are saying, and be responsive to their interests. Also if they say a word wrong, repeat it in a similar sentence to what they said, but do not always expect them to repeat the word after you. If you are modelling it, they should eventually remember the correct way to say it.
USE RICH DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE – tamariki/children love to learn big words, they enjoy it if we are using this type of language, and their language will be so much richer too.
REMEMBER – HAVE FUN – explore sounds and words, making up your own words. Relax and enjoy the hilarity you might have.
A NOTE FROM SHARON
Welcome back to 2020. it has been good to see our new and old families back after a summer break. We hope we can be of service to you and your whanau as we have fun together this year.
Shalom is keeping updated by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health about best practice.
The heat of the sun is very strong so please send your tamaiti/child:
– with sunblock already applied. (We do reapply sunscreen during lunch time).
– a summer pōtae/hat – named – nga hu/shoes – as the matting gets very hot, and they need them on if the are doing carpentry
– and also with named: kākahu/clothes
SHALOM FAMILY PICNIC
Thanks to those who were able to make it to this evening. You all made it a wonderful and relaxing night, and we look forward to the next one at the end of this year.
MATUA PRIMARY SCHOOL
To keep you updated, Matua School have changed the days of their new entrant visits. If you are intending for your tamaiti/child to attend Matua, their new entrants visit dates will now be every.
Friday morning from 9am until approximately 11am.
If you recommend a tamaiti/child and their family to Shalom, and the tamaiti has been attending for over a month, then you are eligible to your choice of a voucher, (grocery, or Atrium), or a credit to your account.
Word of mouth is the best form of advertising, and we appreciate that you take your time to tell others about Shalom – thank you.
A PRAYER FOR YOU ALL:
Dear God, may all the tamariki/children and their whanau/family who are in our care know that you are looking after them, that you will protect them and give them peace. Let them know what to do during any time of need, and allow us all to find a way help each other when we can.
We trust God that you will continue to assist us (the kaiako/teachers) to support parents and whanau to do their parenting well. Also help us to be the best kaiako that we can be to support the tamariki through their time of learning at Shalom.
We pray too God, that you will raise the tamariki in our care into great adults who are able to make positive changes in our local community, nation, and the world. But most of all God, we pray that everyone will know that they are loved by You. Amen
576 2891 – 021 191 9933
PO Box 6056 Tauranga
The summer sun is trying to shine through and we can look forward to lots of warm summer days over the upcoming Christmas holiday period. Now is a good time to think about getting contact details from some of the friends of your tamariki/children, so that you can organise play dates over the holidays and therefore continue the friendships they have already started to form or have made.
Remember that as the holidays get closer, take time to relax and remember not to get caught up in all the craziness that can happen. Think about making things as easy as possible for you and those around you, so that you can focus on what is important – your family and friends.
He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata! What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people!
Additional Staff for this term -Term 4 2019
To keep you informed, we wanted to let you know that Sandra Fox is helping us out and working with us for this term on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She has been involved with teaching for a number of years, and is keen to assist us with your tamariki.
2019/2020 TERM DATES
TERM 4 2019 – Last day: Friday 20th December
2020 Term Dates
TERM 1 – Tuesday 21st January – Friday 17th April (Please note that we start earlier than the primary schools, and there is a Teacher’s Only Day on Monday 20th)
TERM 2 – Tuesday 28th April – Friday 3rd July
TERM 3 – Monday 20th July – Friday 2nd October
TERM 4 – Monday 12th October – Tuesday 22nd December
5 KEY DISPOSITIONS AT SHALOM
As you already know, the five key dispositions that we have decided to focus on for our centre are:
Resilience (Resilient rāpeti/rabbit)
Respect (Respectful ruru/owl)
Curiosity (Curious cat)
Team Player (Team player tui)
What do these look like?
We are currently considering what we might see at Shalom that shows the different dispositions in action, but we would love to also hear what you think, so let us know what things you would associate with the tamariki and these different dispositions. That is, what might the tamariki/children be saying and or doing at Shalom that would fit in each disposition.
Also – you might like to use the same phrases we are with your tamariki at home too.
SETTING YOUR TAMAITI/CHILD UP FOR SUCCESS
Have we ever stopped and thought about how you can help your tamaiti/child be prepared for the future?
Have you wondered how you might be able to do this?
Maybe the question should be – what am I doing that my tamaiti/child might be able to do themselves, or even help me with?
We want our tamariki/children to be as prepared for many aspects of life as they can be. So maybe now is a good time to think about what they could be learning now, that will help them in the process of becoming the responsible adults we want them to be later.
“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence” quote by Denis Waitley
HELPING US ALL LEARN A LITTLE TE REO MAORI
The following are some phrases that we can learn and use
Mōrena – good morning
Tēnā koe – hello to one person
Tēnā kōrua – hello to two people
Tēnā koutou – hello to three or more people
Haere mai – come here; welcome
Haere mai ki te kai – come to the food
Me inoi tātou – let us pray
You can utilise the Maori dictionary to assist you with pronunciation. http://maoridictionary.co.nz
SHALOM’S GOT TALENT – we had a great turnout and enjoyed the involvement of our tamariki and whanau with the items done. Some parents loved it so much they are keen to see another one happen next year. So start planning what you would like to add to our evening and performances, and we will let you know the date next year of when the next fun night of Shalom’s Got Talent will occur
FATHER’S NIGHT – how nice to see a large number of dads come along and enjoy the night with their tamaiti/child or tamariki/children. A great opportunity to meet teachers and other dads, as well as simply have fun at kindy. We look forward to seeing you all again about February 2020!
A NOTE FROM SHARON:
We would love you to let us know now, if you are intending to make changes to your child’s hours for Term 1 next year. We are establishing our numbers now, and do have spaces available for all hours and all days, and letting us know now helps us to hopefully fulfil your requests. Thanks to all those who have let us know already.
UPCOMING EVENTS 2019
SHALOM CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
This is a night to relax, enjoy each others company, as well as see the tamariki/children perform a few items for you all
Date: FRIDAY 29TH NOBVEMBER
BER Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm
Place: KULIM PARK, TAURANGA
A More information is coming!
UPCOMING EVENTS 2020
SHALOM FAMILY PICNIC – Monday 17th February
FATHER’S NIGHT – Friday 27th March
SOME OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN LEARNING AT SHALOM
Some of the interests have included
BUILDING – lots of construction with the blocks have been happening, as well as creative thinking in the sandpit with the water pipes.
FOOD – we have enjoyed the various kai/food that has been made at Shalom, and the tamariki/children have made lots of regular and interesting kai with the toys, and the sand equipment.
TREASURE – with interest in treasure, Nora and Felicity’s grandma has brought in some rocks for the tamariki/children to look at. The tamariki have dug for treasure, hunted for it too, and have been learning that they too are a treasure.
Remember if you have anything that you would like to share or do with our tamariki, come and have a korero/talk with us so we can find a date and include you in our happenings.
Things to Remember:
Sunblock – please put sunblock on your tamaiti/child before they arrive at Shalom. We will put more on them ready for the afternoon session.
Hats – a sunhat is important to further protect your tamaiti form the summer sun.
Shoes – shoes are needed throughout the warmer months, as the matting gets very hot. And they also need them if they participate in carpentry.
PLEASE NAME ALL ITEMS THAT BELONG TO YOUR TAMAITI/CHILD – THANK YOU
Shalom Kindergarten Newsletter
576 2891 – 021 191 9933
PO Box 6056 Tauranga
Kia ora and welcome back to Shalom for 2019. It is great to see you all again, and thanks to all our new whanau/families for choosing to bring your tamaiti/child to our centre.
Already the tamariki/children, have shown great interest in a range of water play activities, and insects – especially the cicada shells (exoskeletons). It will be amazing to see where these interests lead us, and what fascinating things we will all learn – as sometimes the kaiako/teachers are learning as much as the tamariki!
We’d love you to join us on learning journeys and add your knowledge and skills to what we are discovering, so come and korero/talk with us about what you might like to do, or what you can share with the tamariki/children.
Now that it is getting warmer, please remember to send your tamaiti/child with their named:
Shoes – as both mattings get very hot from the heat of the sun, and the older tamariki/children do need footwear when they are doing carpentry.
Sunblock – please put this on your tamaiti before arriving at Shalom
Change of Clothes – please ensure a full change of clothes as the tamariki do get wet with water play, and also include a number of changes if your tamaiti is toilet training
All belongings – please ensure these are all named
Yoghurt – we discourage yoghurt due to most tamariki/children not eating a full pottle, and the spillages are messy. However with the invention of the tube/pouch version – this is more manageable
|2019 Term Dates:
21st January – 18th April
Please note the term finishes on Thursday
22nd July – 4th October
29th April – 5th July
14th October – 20th December
Values and attitudes that are wonderful to have
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
How do we encourage these in our tamariki/children? This is a big task and a big ask of us all. We are busy, and it seems like it is just another thing to try and do.
However, often we are already doing it. How? you ask. The tamariki are observing us all the time. They are watching our responses and interactions all the time. So if that is so, we need to ask ourselves if we are showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in all the interactions with those around us. And maybe also those thoughts that we speak out loud too – that we might not realise they are listening to. Maybe if we can show our tamariki all these attributes, then they can learn them from us.
NAMING YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS
We have recently received some information about label s for the belongings of tamariki/children. Have a look at this website – as you may find it suitable
A NOTE FROM SHARON:
It has been wonderful working with your tamariki while we look for a new teacher. Children develop so fast and we get to partner with you in
celebrating the good and frustrating moments.
Thanks for sharing your tamariki with us!
Blessings from the Shalom team: Sharon V, Sharyn W, Vanessa H, Vanessa P, Kristy, Sharron C, Michelle and Raewyn.
So lovely to have you all back at Shalom for 2018.
If you are looking at coming to Shalom for a visit please contact us or just pop in. We love visitors and showing you around is one of the things we do best. We are currently enjoying some very warm weather so we get to play under the shade of our trees and run in our large playground. The children are talking about colours, transport and sharing. What is your child interested in learning by playing, talking and investigating?
Come and join us – our children enjoy Shalom from 2 years old until they are ready to go to school.
See you soon !
We had a great Fathers Night again ! It was lovely to see our children and their Dads, Poppas and significant men come together to share kai/food and play together. This year we had the theme of Camping so we played in a tent, built some carpentry creations and toasted marshmallows! The evening finished with singing and action songs sang with gusto by the children and their men. This event has become so popular we have 2 each year now so please look out for the next one possibly in November.
Thank you for coming and enjoying an evening with us .
It will be great to see a number of our Shalom whanau/families join together for a picnic tea at Kulim Park on March 16th, 2018 from 5.30-7.30pm
A relaxing night, eating takeaways, chatting and getting to know each other and of course tamariki/children running around having lots of fun.
Our Family Picnic is an annual event, organised as a social time to get to know each other. As kaiako/teachers, we love having a relaxing time getting to know our whanau/families and seeing them build relationships with each other.