Making Pancakes

Just a friendly reminder, that Grade 2 students will be making pancakes next week (Week beginning 26th February). Students were given a note last week, to inform parents of this experience. The note reads as follows:

Over the last few weeks, students have been learning all about procedural texts. They have spent some time in class identifying the different features and reconstructing procedural texts into the correct format.

To further expose students to procedural texts,  Grade 2 students will be making some delicious pancakes. We will be making pancakes using the following ingredients:

  • Self-raising flour
  • Eggs
  • Full cream milk
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Cooking oil (to spray the frying pan)

Toppings:

  • Strawberry Jam
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Nuttelex Butter

If you are not happy for your child to eat the pancakes please let us know. Additionally, if your child has any existing allergies (known or unknown),  you should have now notified the classroom teacher, so that alternative arrangements could have been made. Ingredients are being purchased on Friday.

We are looking forward to making pancakes and cannot wait to select our toppings!

Home Reading Program for 2018

Just a quick reminder that our Home Reading Program has begun this week and your child has been sent home with their yellow home reading log. If you haven’t done so already, please send the home reading bag your child received in Prep to school, every Monday. If your child does not have a home reading bag, then please send an alternative bag with their name clearly labelled, ready to start bringing books home.

Students are expected to read for at least 10-15 minutes every night and to record this in their yellow home reading log book. If students choose not to select books from our home reading tubs, then they are able to read books from their own personal and local libraries.  This reading can include library books, favourite stories from home, electronic books, comics, magazines, appropriate newspaper articles, websites or even recipes.

One of the most important steps in fostering successful and independent readers is to develop a love of reading in children. With this in mind, we have tried to design a home reading program that involves students having more choice in their home readers. Students will change their readers only once, on a Monday, and self-select 5 books to take home (one for every night of the week). Students do not need to return their books every day, they simply hold onto them and return them the following Monday. Please take the time to discuss your child’s thoughts, opinions and ideas after reading different texts to promote their comprehension skills and strategies. It is imperative that the yellow home reading log be filled in each night , and brought in on Monday mornings to be checked.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Happy reading!

Restorative Justice Workshop with Terry

Yesterday, all Grade 2 students had a session with Terry O’Connell from Real Justice. This was a great session and built upon some of the work that has already been happening at Coburg North. Whilst the session was short in duration, it was still powerful and students did a fantastic job at contributing their ideas and expressing their opinions.

Students briefly learnt how to restore things when something goes wrong, or when someone gets hurt. Terry spoke about how it is important to let others in and how this enables us to open up, feel supported and be heard. Students were all sent home with some small cards featuring restorative conference scripts and questions that can be used in conflict resolution (see below for a copy of the cards). Teachers will be using these questions as well. Make sure you ask your child about the session and what they were able to take away from it.

Keeping an Eye on Screen Time

Are your kids constantly glued to a screen? Where do you draw the line to keep screen time in check?

Parents often ask school staff about strategies for managing screen time at home. This is often a difficult question given the individual nature of every household. However, there are a number of apps on the market that allow parents to have greater control over the devices in their household.

One such app is Google Family Link. This app allows parents to monitor screen time, set device bedtimes and manage the apps that can be used on a device.

Google Play

https://families.google.com/familylink/

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/google-family-link/id1150085200?mt=8

 

But remember not all screen time is bad.

Screens are a part of family life and when used in moderation can offer positive benefits, like:

  • enhancing learning experiences
  • facilitating social interaction
  • improving motor skills, coordination, literacy and numeracy

JSC Representatives for 2D

This week, we voted on the JSC representatives for our grade.  Every candidate delivered a great speech as to why they would like to be a JSC rep and how they would help the students of CNPS. It was a very close vote indeed and it was nerve-racking waiting for our votes to be counted. A big congratulations to Cinzia and Hugo S, our Junior School Council Representatives for 2017! We are certain you will do a fabulous job!

 

Class Mascot

Last week, we were lucky enough to meet our new class mascot for the year. We all had the opportunity to suggest some unusual and creative names for our mascots but in the end, we voted on Mrs Roly Poly:

We were able to draw our own pictures of Mrs Roly Poly for the class mascot book and had a little meet and greet with her.

Each week on a Friday afternoon, someone will have the opportunity to take a mascot home with them. The purpose of this is for students to share how they spend their weekend with their family and friends. We would appreciate it if you could include photos, drawings, captions and diary writing to explain what the mascot has experienced at your house. We would love it if all students could use a double page and write about their experiences, and remember to include your name. Some possible ideas to share can include:

  • Games you played
  • Stories read
  • After school/weekend activities and hobbies
  • Favourite meals
  • Places you visited together
  • Special celebrations
  • People that the mascot met

Welcome!

Welcome to 2D’s class blog for 2018. Please check this page regularly for updates on what is happening in 2D and to find any notes.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit our classroom yet, please feel free to pop in and have a little peek at your child’s new classroom environment. There is plenty to see and I am sure your child would be more than happy to give you a personalised tour!