Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Titoki Newsletter Term 2 Week 4 ending 26 May 2017

Meet Ashleigh!

This week we welcome Ashleigh Elmslie who will replace Gabe when she goes on Maternity Leave. Ashleigh has recently moved to Auckland from Queensland where she has been teaching since graduating in 2014.  She lives locally in Freemans Bay and she can’t wait to get to know the area better. Ashleigh is in school this week to get to know the children as well as our routines so please come and say hi and introduce yourself.

Gabe’s last day will be 9th June (all going well…).  Gabe had intended to return to school in Term 4 however her partner has some work in the Hawkes Bay so she will be moving there and won’t return to Bayfield this year. 

Cross Country
Well done to all children who ran in the cross country and thank you to all parent helpers. We will hand out cross country certificates in the whole school assembly on Friday. Please feel free to come along.

Term 2 Trip:
Next Tuesday 30th May (week 5) the Titoki team will be going to the Stardome Observatory. Due to timings of sessions available at the centre, we will be leaving school at 8.15am.  Children will need to arrive at school by 8.10am on the day. Unfortunately, Stardome only allow a limited number of adults and we now have all the helpers we need.

Now that we have finished cross country, we are focusing on skipping as our new P.E. activity. A skipping rope makes a great gift as this develops children’s gross motor skills and co-ordination. Later this term we will invite you to a skip-a-thon event. We will post details about this closer to the time.

Kind regards,
Gabe, Ashleigh, Lorraine, Victoria and Kate

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Titoki Team Newsletter - Term 1 - Week 9

Term 1 Week 9
5th April 2017
Kelmarna Trip
We had a really enjoyable and interesting trip to Kelmarna Gardens last Thursday.  Once again, thank you very much for the parents who were able to come along and help. 
Holiday Reading Contest
Each school holidays, we challenge the children to keep up their reading.  We will be sending home a log to keep a record of books they have read. Children do not need to have read them independently, books you share together can also be added to this list.
Children who reach the milestone of 30 books should bring back their completed log after the holidays to go in the draw for a “Dip in the Treasure box”.
We also encourage all children to keep working on Mathletics and Reading Eggs.  If you are having any issues logging, please come and see us.

We wish all families a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing you back in Term 2.

Kind regards,
Gabe, Lorraine, Victoria, Kate and Tabitha.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Newsletter - Week 7 - Term 1

Titoki Team Newsletter
Term 1 Week 7
22nd March 2017

Learning Conferences
It has been so good to meet many families for both Learning Conferences and Six Week Checks. We are proud of the children who have been able to take some ownership and talk about their learning.
Please remember that we are always happy to make a time to discuss your child’s individual needs. Feel free to email or speak to us to set up a time.

Introducing Tabitha
We are very lucky to have another student teacher working in the team.
Tabitha Kaye is a 2nd year student from AUT who is spending 4 weeks in our class. She is originally from the Isle of Wight in the UK but has been in NZ for a number of years. We look forward to helping Tabitha on her journey into teaching.

Autumn Inquiry
We had a terrific day last Tuesday beginning our Inquiry investigation into Autumn.  The children came up with some brilliant questions for us to investigate.  The children have begun collecting interesting items about autumn to put on our Inquiry table and we would love to add more things to provoke thinking. 

Ice cream containers
We are on the hunt for used ice cream containers.  Preferably 2L with the lid.
They are very handy for storing and sorting.

The Titoki Team are going to go on a visit to the local Kelmarna Gardens to further our Autumn study.  We will send more details as they come to hand and will be asking for parent help as we will be walking the short distance.
Kind regards,
Lorraine, Kate, Victoria  Gabe and Tabitha

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Newsletter - Wk 5 - Term 1

Road Safety lessons
This week we are having a series of lessons from police officer Constable Rob. He is at school to teach the children about road safely.  During the four lessons, children have the chance to learn important road rules as well as identifying hazards when walking around the streets.

On Friday afternoon (weather permitting) children will take a walk around the local area to put into practise what they have learnt. If you are able to come along and help, please email
Learning Conferences
On Monday 20th & Wednesday 22nd are Learning conferences. School closes @ 12:40pm on the Monday. There are 2 different formats for Team 1 depending on when your child started school.
·       For children new this term they have a 6 week check.  The meeting is for parents and teachers only. We will organise meeting times with parents.
·       For children who have already had their 6 week check (started school last year) this is a ‘3-way-conference’ in which children attend along with their parents and teachers to discuss current goals and future learning.
Bookings for those children who are having a 3-way-conference can be made via the School Interviews website, which you will have been emailed the details of.

Kind regards,
Lorraine, Kate, Victoria and Gabe

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Newsletter - Week 3 - Term 1

Titoki Team Newsletter

Meet the Teacher
Thanks to those of you who were able to come to our Meet the Teacher evening last night.  It was great to see you! 

Mathletics & Reading Eggs
Generally we do not send home homework ‘tasks’.  Instead, we ask that children access Mathletics and Reading Eggs. The logon information is stuck in the front of the yellow reading log, which comes home each day in book bags.

School Picnic
This Friday evening, come along to the school field from 5pm for a picnic.  A chance to relax and catch up after a hectic first few weeks of the kids being back to school. It’s a family affair so bring the kids, pack a picnic, something to sit on and liquid refreshments. This event is organised by the BCG (many thanks to the team!) 

Kind regards,
Gabe, Lorraine, Victoria and Kate

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Titoki Team Newsletter - Term 1 - Week 1

Titoki Team Newsletter
Term 1 Week 1
9th February 2017

Welcome to the Titoki Team 2017.  We are so excited to get underway with learning and have loved meeting our new children, as well as catching up with our ‘old’ families.
Meet the Teacher
We would like to invite all parents and caregivers to our meet the teacher evening on
Thursday 23rd February at 6.30pm.
Come directly to the Titoki classroom where we will have a 45 minute presentation about life in our class, routines and what to expect in the coming year.  At 7.15pm all parents can then go to the hall for a welcome from our Principal Sheryl as well as a word from Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Harper.

A few things to think about:
In this hot weather, children need a bottle of water.  A good trick is to put in the freezer the night before, then wrap it in paper towels and put it in a plastic bag in the morning.  The ice will melt during the day leaving children will a lovely cool drink to sip. 

Please pack a change of clothes in the bottom of your child’s school bag.  If they have any need, we can the help them get changed.

Hats are compulsory in Terms 1 and 4.  Children who do not have a hat are restricted to playing it the shade during breaks.

Maths to begin this term is all about Capacity.  We would like children to bring a container from home (eg: plastic bottle or box of interesting size or shape) which we will be using to investigate filling and measuring.

Family Photo Please send a recent photo of your child with their family.  You can email it to or hand it in to us before or after school.

We are always on the hunt for Ice-cream containers and Newspapers and small boxes (not bigger than a cereal box).  If you have a collection lying about home, please drop them off to us when convenient.

We are very much operating as a team who work collectively for your child.  Please don’t worry too much about “Guardian Teacher”. You are very welcome to speak to any of us and if we haven’t been working directly with your child lately in that area, we will point you in the direction of one of us who can better answer your question.
We are always available to talk before and after school, or can be contacted by email.