KTS Newsletter

Term 2, Week 7, Tuesday 7th September 2021

A warm welcome to Marieke, who started today in Room 3. Like many other 5 year olds, her first school day via Zoom will be something to tell her grandchildren about, though, who knows, it might be the norm by then!

We would like to acknowledge the amazing job that you, as a community, are doing to support your children’s learning while also juggling your own commitments. It is so encouraging for school staff to see the happy faces coming through on their Zoom calls; this regular contact with the class keeps both teachers and kids going at this time. Thank you for making it happen (particularly with the younger age groups). See below for some examples of great distance learning.

At this stage we are in ‘waiting’ mode for further announcements regarding any changes of lockdown level. In order to be prepared for Level 3 (as we may not have much warning) we need to plan ahead for bubbles at school. Distance learning programmes will continue for all students, however we will be able to offer supervision in groups of no more than 10 students between 8:45am and 3:00pm for those families who do no have someone at home to supervise learning. Please refer to this form for more information and complete with your details. Level 3 Learning Supervision

As you can imagine, the school calendar will need to be reorganised. Some things will be moved to Term 4, but we are very aware of not over-packing an already busy term. Updates will be made once there is more certainty about the situation. Next week is te wiki o te reo Māori, watch out for some language activities in your child’s learning grid. We will be doing our best to join in the Māori Language Moment on Tuesday 14 September in some way.

We do, thankfully, have some great news to share. Amy and Richard Turner welcomed a sister for Phoebe, Avie June, on September 3rd (pictured above). The family are doing very well.

- Alison

Examples of amazing learning at home

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Library News

I have been busy doing lockdown reading. These are just some of the new books coming to the library when we are back in school, and you can see many more on the library dashboard: library.kts.school.nz

The new books are on the carousel and you can search them in the usual way, and read my reviews also.

‘Ground Zero’ - A novel of 9/11 and Afghanistan. Timely and thought provoking. Senior only.

‘Coyote Sunrise’ - A girl with a big heart.

‘Alex Nobody’ - A mystery and fantasy adventure in a fabulous setting.

‘Burning Sunlight’ and ‘Eddie McGrath’ - kids making a difference.

Kids Lit Quiz

Sarah, Madeleine, Belle, Chloe and I are still training together for the NZ final. For the second time we will not be able to get to Wellington, but hopefully next term.

Literacy Awards

I can send booklets out online if you are needing them, but unfortunately I do not have access to the library for books. Any questions please email me.

Finally, I hope you have all found something to read at home. Check out everyone’s shelves, I’m finding a few books at home I have never read. Recipe books make good reading too and we have been having yummy lockdown dinners!

Try to read something every day. - Jane

2022 Enrolments

Kohia Terrace School will be holding a Ballot on Wednesday 20th October 2021 for out-of-zone enrolments. The Board has determined that places are likely to be available for out-of-zone students for Priority 2–6 in the following year levels: Year 0 (children who will turn 5 on or after 1 June 2021); Year 1 and Year 7.

The exact number of places will depend on the number of applications received from students who live within the school’s home zone.

The closing date for out-of-zone applications will be Wednesday 29th September 2021.

Parents of students who live within the home zone should also enrol by this date to assist the school to plan appropriately for next year. Please refer to our school website for further information.

Bounce and Balance Challenge

It is not too late to send in your sponsorship money for the Bounce and Balance Challenge, to go into the draw for one of our fantastic prizes. Be in to win an iPad, fitness trackers, Westfield vouchers, a pizza lunch for your class, and spot prizes too! We will be holding the prizegiving assembly once we are back at school. Payments can be made to the school account (12-3048-0433992-00), make sure you include your child’s name and room number, and the word ‘sponsor’. Also, don’t forget you can claim a tax refund on any donations over $5. Email Becca (becca@kts.school.nz) with the name and email address of the person your tax receipt should be made out to.