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Holidays and Term 2 plans

Dear Parents,

I can't believe we are already at the end of Term 1, it has definitely been a term we won't forget! Hopefully your past two weeks have not be too stressful and you have been able to enjoy some extra time with your children.I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for your support during these uncharted times. I have loved receiving different videos and voice messages from your child through Seesaw and it has been a great way to maintain positive relationships with each and every one of your children.  

We have begun next term's planning with the decision that Seesaw will become our main communication and learning platform for the early years classes so we would appreciate a little of your time sometime over the holidays to become aware of the inbox and announcements section tab on the right hand side and as we will be posting messages each morning as a check-in or roll as it allows us to see who has viewed these. Tasks to do will be in the lightbulb activi…

Home learning check in and How to write a narrative

Hi parents,

I hope your home learning is going well. This week we are trying to move onto Seesaw to be our main online learning platform. We are trying out reading a story today and the video will be available this afternoon as an activity to watch, just like quiet and calm story time after lunch at school :)

We are intending to provide daily learning as of next term including some schedules which can be adapted to your family and needs. This week, we are trialing using the announcements feature on Seesaw so a suggestion is, to check the Seesaw inbox each morning. See below a couple of schedules from the world wide web...but a more formal OLC schedule will be given next term.

Please feel free to email us if you are having any issues logging on to:

- Reading Eggs
- Mathletics
- Seesaw
- Study Ladder

We have chosen to use the online learning programs as they allow us to set tasks in line with with teaching and learning programs so that there is continuity between home and school while t…

End of Week 8 and Week 9 Home Learning

Dear Parents,
It really has been an interesting week to say the very least and the unknown of the future that lies ahead for all of us.

During all of the these closures there is difficulties and feelings of stress and anxieties and now in addition, so many of you have the added pressure of being a teacher to your children.  Some great advice that I have seen and totally agree to involve the following points:
-You don't need to try to replicate the whole school experience, do what works for you and family.
-Don't try to be your child's classroom teacher.  Just keep being the teacher you already are and who have been as their first teacher since the day they were born.
-Please be easy on yourself - keep in mind that we are trained for years and had many years practise and do not expect you to replicate the same overnight.  We know that we couldn't possibly take over your job overnight and we know and understand that you wouldn't be able to do ours.  Let us support you wh…

Home Learning extra information

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all your ongoing support during this difficult and uncharted time, we have really appreciated your emails of support and kindness.

It is vital that you let Admin know if your child won't be attending school by completing an online absentee form. Please remember to enter the returning date as 09.04.2020 if you are choosing to self isolate until the end of the term. You can also come into the office and complete an extended leave form. Please find the absentee link below:

Online Absentee Link

If your child was away today and you are not returning, could you please email teachers as well so we can forward onto you your child' s personal login codes for home learning. Please find the online learning grid AND resources link below.

Home Learning Resources (Week 8)

Online Learning Grid

Please refer to our previous blog post for tutorials on how to complete some of our daily spelling tasks.

We had a wonderful day of learning today!

Penny and Gemma

Week 8 Information Term 1 2020

Dear Parents,

I can't believe we are in week 8! The weeks have just flown by!

Week 8 Home Learning

Here is an abridged version of what learning concepts we will be covering throughout the week in class. Please find below an outline of Week 8 home learning. I have also attached videos that will give you tutorials on how to complete some Spelling activities that the children are used to completing in class. 

If you have contacted the office and filled out and an extended leave form or emailed us directly, you will receive an email from your teacher, that provides you with the resources to accompany the weekly overview.  

Please note that we will be only providing a very small amount of worksheet type of learning as worksheets are only a small proportion of our teaching and learning in the early years.  Most learning concepts involve beginning with modelling and then sharing and discussing learning together before finally completing an independent task.  Modelling involves introducing th…

Week 6, Term 1 2020

Dear parents,  I hope you are enjoying this current change of weather and calm. It certainly is a refreshing change, especially with everything that is going on around the world at the moment. 

It was an interesting result on Friday as we investigated our daily class data collection question that stormy weather is actually a favourite and the most popular weather category in the 1/2K team! 
Swimming Lessons and Parent Roster Swimming lessons have finished for our class.  I am so proud of their focus, determination to develop their swimming skills and the manners and sensible behaviour they showed while as the pool.  
While curriculum learning is back to normal this week, our specialist timetable will remain the same as last week unfortunately as the upper grades are continuing with their lessons at the beach.  This means that everyday the students will be attending their specialist classes either at the 8.40 bell or at 9.40 for an hour.  This means that the morning parent roster would be b…

Week 5 Term 1 2020

Hello parents,
I hope you are all enjoying your homework free night as I seem to have forgotten to hand them out in while having so much fun learning this afternoon.  Sorry!

Crazy Hair Day
This Friday it will be crazy hair day for the children who wish to participate. We ask that you bring a gold coin donation to help support St Brendan's School in NSW who were affected by the bush fires in January.
It is also coincides with free dress day just for Meelup as they were the winning faction for tokens this half term.

A new fortnight of homework went out today and has been glued into your child's book. We ask that your child colour the grid of things when they complete them and that you tick the words each night when your child reads their fluency maze (ay/ai/a-e words this fortnight). Some parents have included an abundance of ticks and dots to show how many times they completed it and/or recorded their completion time instead.  We have included a mathematics activity for …

Week 4 Term 1 2020

Good morning all,

What a wild week we have had!  Lunch duty on Wednesday was an interesting one with the kids watching the lightning and  hearing the thunder rolling in, bunkering in the hall until the heavens opened up and it rained so hard that a few 1/2K members and I watched the drains become full flowing fountains!

Ash Wednesday
On Wednesday the school participated in the Ash Wednesday prayer service in the hall.  This marked the first day in the church season of lent.  We have talked about making Lenten promises for the next 40 days and things we can give up, do for others and how we can donate to those in need.

Parent Roster
Due to the short week next week with Monday being a  public holiday and swimming lessons in week 6, the Year One and Two team have decided to start parent roster in week 7. Parent roster will run Monday- Thursday from 8.40-10.40am. I will pop a roster outside our door - we would love to have you in!  Please only put your name down once to allow other parents …

News Roster

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow your child will come home with their new news roster! Your child will have the opportunity to have their news once a fortnight with a specific theme.

Although we love other pieces of news, please keep things (such as toys and promotional items) that are not on their news day at home as we have a limited amount of time for each child to have their turn.  Please feel free to email us any photos instead of bringing in objects if you wish. 

Thank you for your continued support,
Penny and Gemma

Week 3 Term 1 2020

Good evening parents,

Wow! What an absolutely wonderful start to the week we have had.  Monday and today were two days jam-packed full of learning - place value in mathematics, manipulating sounds in our spelling groups to create new words, writing recount texts, beginning our reading groups, applying new decoding strategies and some students have even worked on finding evidence in the texts we have read to answer questions.

We have also been having great fun getting stuck into our science concept topics (sound in Year One and push/pull forces in Year 2) and learning about digital technology apps as a tool to record our learning.  I am so proud of how much focus and persistence with a positive attitude our 1/2K team are showing when learning new things. In just a few weeks we are already growing our confidence to problem solve and continuing to build our independence to complete our work, try out new things and even suggest other ways we can show what we know and have learnt.

Thank yo…

Year One and Two Parent Information Night 2020

Dear Parents, 

As mentioned in the newsletter, we have our annual parents information night on Tuesday the 11th of February. 

This is a new format where we offer two sessions times of the same information with an address from Mr. Eugene Lee in between these sessions in the hall.  

As we are a Year One and Two team, we will be presenting to both year levels in the Library. 

These will commence at: 
First Session: 5.00-5.25pm. 
5.30 til 5.55pm Parents then attend a brief presentation in the hall
Second Session: 6.00-6.25pm

As on ongoing focus of sustainability at OLC, there will be no paper hand out on the night.  Please see below the link to access the powerpoint presentation and information that will be covered on the night.  This also caters for parents who are unable to attend on the night. 

Please click here for the link below: 

Year One and Two Parent Information Night Presentation 2020

We are looking for two class reps per class. If you are interested, there will be an opportunity to volunt…

Welcome to Year 1/2K 2020!

Hello to parents to the Year 1/2K blog,

Welcome to Year 1 and 2!  I hope you all had a relaxing holiday enjoying the summer weather and making precious family memories.  I am looking forward to getting to know your gorgeous children and working with you in just a couple of days! 
The junior years of Year One and Two are big but exciting learning years where your child will discover, grow, create, reflect and experience an abundance of fun and interesting things in our class.  As parents, in the partnership with teachers in your child's learning journey, it is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes.  Each child will progress at their own rate, acquiring skills as they are developmentally ready.  Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our class.

Here are some ways you can help: Celebrate your child's success, no matter how small it may seem.  This will keep your ch…