1 6 March 2015 Dear Parents Greetings from the Playschool. We welcome everyone back and hope you all had a fulfilling Midterm break. We are now entering the second half of our first term which promises to be eventtful, inspiring, busy and exciting. Parents please refer to our weekly Newsletter in this regard. Sit back and enjoy the world through your little one s eyes and experience their wonderment. We commenced with Baker s Day this morning and our little ones had great fun selling and tasting the different treats. Please remember that every Friday a child from each class will supply his/her class with a tray of eats. He/she will be the baker and will have the responsibility of selling these off. The baker will also be managing the cash register and will ensure that everyone pays for their treat. The shoppers will be provided either with tokens or coins to facilitate their buying. This is the rudiments of economics. Parents there will be Baker s Day lists outside each class, please refer to these to establish when your child s Baker s Day is.
2 REQUESTS (These are ongoing) 1. Moms and Dads should you be unable to pick up your children at Going Home Time, please notify the school and let them know of your alternative arrangements. A simple phone call to Denise will eliminate embarrassment, stress and confusion for the teacher, child, parent and adult fetching. 2. Moms please ensure that nails are kept short. Little ones at this stage often resolve their differences by scratching and thus the necessity to keep their nails neatly trimmed. Toddlers respond to difficulties instinctively and we provide support to the transgressor and the injured party. As a staff we employ different methods when addressing this issue and try our utmost to educate our learners with respect to conflict resolution. As our Little one s mature and their language abilities grow so will their ability develop, to settle their differences amicably. 3. Moms and Dads please ensure your children wear comfortable shoes to school. Their little feet need firm support. Little ones need to explore their environment and negotiate the climbing apparatus without being encumbered by inappropriate clothing and shoes. Tackies and sandals with a back strap are ideal for this purpose. Slip slops compromise freedom of movement and can be slippery. 4. Inappropriate pristine, designer clothing, tight jeans and other uncomfortable items of clothing can also limit movement and learning, we therefore ask you to be mindful of how you dress your little ones in the morning. Please allow your children to get dirty. Attire that is stained and looks well-worn at the end of the day is a sign of learning and fun. Paint stains can be removed from clothing by rubbing sunlight soap on the stain and leaving to soak overnight before washing. Alternatively, when stains are very stubborn, Handy Andy can be used. We therefore recommend that all children wear their older clothes to school to avoid tears and frustration in the event of mishaps. 5. Should your child be off colour, vomiting, have a fever, earache, diarrhoea, infected nose and coughing please keep them at home as they will have a miserable day at school and infect others. 6. Please apply sun block every morning before coming to school. 7. Please be aware of our times, DROP OFF time is from 7h40 8h20. Dropping off timeously, allows them to settle into the routine easier and it is recommended that you say good bye without lingering. Lingering creates uncertainty and prolongs the agony of saying good bye. After the Midterm break we will be asking all parents who are late in the mornings to allow Denise to take their children to class. This will facilitate the smooth running of our daily programme and allow all the little ones to focus in the rings without interruptions. PICK-UP time is from 13h30 14h00, Wednesday from 13h15-13h30. Please do not fetch your children earlier as it is disruptive. If you do need to fetch earlier please notify your child s teacher to make an arrangement.
3 CONSIDERATIONS WHILST DRIVING ON THE SCHOOL PROPERTY Please buckle your children in when DRIVING, they should not be allowed to move freely around in the car. Your child s safety is a priority. Please do not speed on the school grounds. Please be vigilant of children when reversing out of the parking. Please refrain from using your cell phones whilst driving. Please be courteous to other users of the school i.e. parents, visitors and children. Remember YOUR CHILD IS OUR FUTURE! P.T.A. VENTURES LAMBATHES EASTER CANDLES Lambathes are special candles for Easter, which are given to children as gifts by their parents and godparents. These candles are used for Midnight Mass on the Saturday night when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Soon each child will receive an order form for Lambathes, allowing you to make a choice from a beautiful selection of candles, varying in price. Details regarding this venture will follow shortly. Forthcoming Events Please diarise the following events! PARENT INTERVIEWS 17 MARCH AND 19 MARCH HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 21 MARCH to be celebrated on Friday 20 GREEK NATIONAL DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS 22 MARCH GREEK NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS AT SCHOOL 25 MARCH EASTER TREASURE HUNT Last week of term SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE FIRST TERM 2 ND APRIL ΣΗΜΑΝΤΙΚΕΣ ΗΜΕΡΟΜΗΝΙΕΣ ΕΟΡΤΑΣΜΟΣ 25 ης ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝ ΟΙΑΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ 22 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ 2015 ΕΟΡΤΑΣΜΟΣ 25 ης ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟΥ ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ 25 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ 2015
4 PARENT INTERVIEWS TUESDAY 17 AND THURSDAY 19 MARCH These interviews are in the form of a one on one session with your child s teacher. They are held after school and each parent is allocated a 15 minute time slot to discuss their child s progress and any concerns they wish to address. Should time run out and you still have some queries, please feel free to schedule a meeting with your child s class teacher at a later date. There are forms displayed at Reception with the teachers name and time allocations, we kindly request that all parents put their names down for their preferred time to consult their child s teacher. HUMAN RIGHTS DAY We will be celebrating this day at the Playschool on Friday 20 March. We will pay homage to our national icon, Nelson Mandela and the Children s Bill of Rights which is in our Constitution. In the early morning we will be gathering in our Perception Area to sing our National Anthem and attend to a story incorporating the Children s Bill of Rights. GREEK NATIONAL DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS SUNDAY 22 MARCH These celebrations will take place on the SAHETI Sports field. All the community schools and SAHETI will be taking part in a march. The Grade R s will be representing the Playschool and Pre-Primary. This will be followed by lunch, Greek Dancing and there will be fun activities for the children. ΕΟΡΤΑΣΜΟΣ 25 ης ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ ΟΜΟΣΠΟΝ ΟΙΑΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ 22 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ Η καθιερωμένη ετήσια παρέλαση για τον εορτασμό της 25 ης Μαρτίου, θα λάβει μέρος την Κυριακή, 22 Μαρτίου, στα γήπεδα του ΣΑΧΕΤΙ, με συμμετοχή όλων των κοινοτικών σχολείων. Τα Μεγάλα Τμήματα, «Grade R s» θ αντιπροσωπεύσουν το Βρεφονηπιακό Σταθμό και το Νηπιαγωγείο.
5 Το πρόγραμμα θ αρχίσει με ομιλίες επισήμων, θ ακολουθήσουν, παρέλαση και οι εορταστικές δραστηριότητες της ημέρας. GREEK NATIONAL DAY WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH In 1821 the Greeks secretly conspired to liberate themselves from Ottoman oppression, which they had endured for four centuries. They engaged in numerous, valiant battles on land and at sea and eventually managed to drive out their enemy. The Greeks reclaimed Greece and they were free to fly their blue and white flag with pride and children could attend school freely and were no longer compelled to quietly attend classes at night. People were free to practise their traditional activities without any fear of reprisal. The bravery of our heroes and people, who courageously and fearlessly strove for the independence of Greece is celebrated annually. At the Playschool we will be celebrating this auspicious day in our Perception Area with stories about our great heroes and songs. Art Work and Baking will also be included to reinforce the theme of the week. On Wednesday 25 March, school will be closing early, details to follow. There will be Aftercare. ΕΟΡΤΑΣΜΟΣ 25 ης ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟΥ 25 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ Την ημέρα αυτή γιορτάζουμε την έναρξη της ελληνικής επανάστασης ενάντια στον Τουρκικό ζυγό, που είχε κρατήσει τετρακόσια χρόνια. Ύστερα από πολλές μάχες από ξηρά και θάλασσα οι Έλληνες κατόρθωσαν να ελευθερώσουν την πατρίδα τους και να υψώσουν την γαλανόλευκη σημαία τους. Την ιστορική αυτή ημέρα και τον ηρωισμό των Ελλήνων γιορτάζουμε κάθε χρόνο σε όλα τα μέρη της γης, όπου υπάρχει ελληνισμός, με εορταστικές εκδηλώσεις και παρελάσεις. Στο Βρεφονηπιακό σταθμό, θα γιορτάσουμε την ημέρα αυτή με αφηγήσεις και τραγούδια σχετικά με το ιστορικό της ημέρας. Επιπλέον η θεματική αυτή ενότητα θα ενισχυθεί, στη διδασκαλία, με διάφορες καλλιτεχνικές και δημιουργικές δραστηριότητες NEWS FROM THE SAHETI ALUMNI OFFICE JOIN THE ALUMNI SQUAD At the SAHETI RUGBY 7s & NETBALL FESTIVAL tomorrow, SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 2015
6 The SAHETI Alumni Office / 0861 SAHETI OUTREACH Delly Belly Daycare Centre Yesterday the staff visited the Delly Belly Daycare Centre. We sang with the little ones, did perception games and stories. It was an enriching experience for us and we came away feeling very grateful for the abundance of resources we have at our disposal. Gloria has made her great strides in her venture since last year and has built two class rooms which she is getting ready for the Department of Education. We thank the P.T.A for their generous offer of paint for the enhancement of the Belly Delly Daycare Centre. REMINDERS Box of tissues each term For our younger children 5 nappies a day, barrier cream and wet wipes Hats for sunny days Please book your child s birthday with Denise and no party packs. A cake is sufficient. We need a change of clothing in each child s bag and please include a warm top as the weather is unpredictable. Baker s day to commence after the Mid-Term break Library will be commencing in the second term. Should your child be off colour, vomiting, have a fever, earache, diarrhoea, infected nose and coughing please keep them at home as they will have a miserable day at school and infect others. Please notify Denise in case of absenteeism. Daily hours 7h40 to 13h30/14h00 on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7H40 to 13.20/13.30 on a Wednesday Emergency cell number for the Playschool MY SCHOOL CARD can be swiped at any of the following outlets Woolworths, Toys R Us, Reggies, Waltons, Jack s Paint, Altech Netstar and Supa Quick. A small percentage of the amount spent will be forwarded to the school. Please remember to swipe your card.
7 THEME THEMES FOR WEEK ENDING 13 MARCH 2015 Easter / Pets PERCEPTION Red ACCOUNT NUMBER FOR AFTERCARE Please take note of the new account number for all transactions regarding Aftercare Standard Bank Alberton Acc no: Branch no: Name: SAHETI School Ref: Name of family and Aftercare Elli Lambropoulos Vice-Principal SAHETI Pre-Primary/Playschool