Newsletter | Term 1 2017
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Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017! We have had a busy but productive start to our new kindergarten year. The children have all settled into routines and the program really well and are continuing to get to know their peers and teachers. It has been wonderful getting to know all the children and their families.
The new outdoor yard has been extremely popular with all of the children.  The new mud and sand pits along with the water pump and water channel have been a huge hit. On that note we strongly advise families not to send children to kinder in their best clothes as they may become damaged from play. Good quality protective shoes are also encouraged to help children manage and navigate our yard.
While inside the room the children have been exploring everything and taking part in all that is being offered. Blocks and all construction materials are popular as are the tap tap boards and any craft experiences on offer.
The Kingisher Group have already had their first successful incursion for the year from Merri Creek Management Committee. Angela and Julia shared their knowledge with children about the Merri Creek, how it was formed and the fauna that live within it. The purpose of this teacher-initiated incursion was for children to gain a better understanding about their surrounding context and to learn more information about the Kingfisher bird, after which their group was named.
The remainder of the term we will be engaging in some activities around the idea of Easter and would love some family helpers to make this possible. 

- All children’s clothing and belongings must be labeled.
- Food brought in from home for children’s mealtimes needs to plentiful and healthy. It must sustain the children for a 7.5hr day.
- Only water is brought to kinder as a choice of drink
- You view the Reflection book that is available in the foyer area

As most parents know our Curriculum Plans for all groups are displayed in the main room of our Kindergarten. We, as well as all early years services throughout Australia follow the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The EYLF recognises that Curriculum (and children's learning) is about more than the planned things that we do. Routines, transitions and everyday interactions provide valuable opportunities for learning and relationships. The Curriculum plans that are displayed however are mainly intentional experiences /activities for the children that have come from children's interests, parents input and educators teaching goals. They are specific experiences that are planned for, they have a purpose and are also for specific children for that fortnight or a month as for the three year old program.   

The EYLF makes it clear that experiences for children should provide balance of child-led, child-initiated and educator-supported learning. In striking this balance, active and deliberate teaching is an important strategy when used alongside play and interest-based approaches to children's learning. If parents have any questions/concerns about our Curriculum plans please feel free to speak to any of the educators, we are more than happy to help.


The majority of the 3-year-old’s have settled in well to their new environment, with only a few parent’s still staying while their children become more familiar and comfortable with their educators, their peers, and the new surroundings. Currently we are talking about children’s emotions and identities, looking at different facial features, and what faces and actions we make when we feel different emotions. Through our use of stories, activities - such as children drawing their face or experimenting with different cut out facial features to create their own face, and discussions with the children, we are learning about the best ways to deal with our emotions. Children have responded well to these activities so far, and we’re excited to see their continuing development in this area. Soon we will move on to Easter activities to finish off Term 1.

Welcome Evening Wrap-up

It was great to see so many of our Kinder families at our Welcome Evening last Friday night. Despite being a few days into Autumn, the weather was lovely and summery and ideal for sharing a yummy plate, and chatting to new friends. The kids who attended had loads of fun playing in the yard, and a few especially loved the mud pit once Miss Jeanine got the pump working! And it was great to hear so many positive comments about our new yard improvements.

Q: I'd like to help the kinder, but I'm really not very 'handy'... what sort of things happen at the Kinder Working Bee?
A: Helping at our Kinder Working Bee doesn't require a trade qualification, or an actual green thumb. Just bring your enthusiasm and you'll be helping out with things like: weeding, trimming, planting, sweeping paths and sweeping away cobwebs. 

If you've got them you can also bring your gardening gloves, secateurs, hedge trimmers and a raincoat in case it is wet. And also a NUT free snack for you/your children that we can all have together.

Many hands make light work, so the more people that can help, the easier it is to keep our Kinder in tip-top, tidy shape!  

Our first working bee for the year will be on Sunday the 19th of March, 9am-12pm.  If you can make it, please add your name to the flier up at the front door. 
20A Carr Street
North Coburg 3058

Teachers (4yrs)
Jeanine Nigro, 
Centre Coordinator/ Nominated Supervisor
Antoniette Altobelli, Educational Leader
Activity Group Leader (3yrs)
Ashlee Hoffmann
Ashlee Hoffmann
Lisa Tomai

Carly Robb
Administration Assistant
Margaret DiGiantomasso
Louise Roncon
Kerry Lyons
Efstathia Tsoukali
Catherine Heincke

Linda Cross 
Louise Roncon & Kerry Lyons
Beth McInnes
Margaret DiGiantomasso
Emma Antonetti 
Nat Crewe
Charlotte Napper
Lou Tait 
Liusha Zahir
Jessica Cambreco
Robbie Napper
Rick Vanzandbeek
Working Bee
Sunday, 19th March, from 9am-12pm
Many hands make light work, so come along and help keep our Kinder in tip-top shape.

Open Day
Sunday, 26th March, from 10am-12pm
Spread the word, prospective families can come and view the facilities, and meet staff and committee members.

Further information about individual events will be emailed/ left in trays.
Small Ideas is the best way for you and your family to have hours of FUN and ADVENTURE all year long. Just $35 buys you hundreds of discounts on activities, products and at venues all over Melbourne - making eating out, birthday parties, school holidays, sport/art classes and tourist attractions affordable for everyone. Everyone who buys the book loves it!
At just $35 and available through our Kinder for a limited time, pick one up for yourself and for friends and relatives too. Part proceeds go to The Royal Children’s Hospital & $10 from every book sold goes towards Lake Park Kindergarten.

An order form will be placed in your child's drawer, with details of how to make payment. But hurry, orders to be placed by 20/03/2017.

Please feel free to put your name down on our duty roster at least once a term. It's a fantastic opportunity to get to know the kinder routine, staff and your child’s friends. You're not obligated to stay for the full session hours - just as long as you like. Your help during these times is invaluable to both the staff and your child. Siblings are welcome during duty time but are your responsibility.


Keep up to date on all the kinder's news and events by liking our page. You'll find us

Address: 20A Carr St Coburg North VIC 3058
Phone/Fax:  03 9350 1552

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