On Friday the pre-junior classes will have a water play activity as part of our current topic work.
The children will be exploring water volume, full and empty, floating properties of objects through play.
They will be using the yacht craft we did today in class. For this reason on Friday 1st June please send in
- A small towel.
- Their beach shoes or flip flops
- A change of uniform or other change of clothes including panties, vest and socks just in case they get wet and we need to help them change. Each item has to be labelled.
- An extra plastic bag for any wet clothes.
Important – Friday 1st June is a normal school day. Children have to come in their usual summer uniform.
We will be putting on their aprons so that they do not get wet as much as possible. They will also change into their beach shoes.
If they do get wet we will help them change into the set of clothes you will send in. The items I asked for above can go in their normal school bag.
The children were very excited to go for the dentist outing. In preparation for this I spoke to them about the friendly and caring environment one finds at the Demajo Group.
I explained what it would be like to go to the dentist for a check-up. They watched a couple of stories of children like them who were scared of the dentist but realized that dentists are there to help us.
Caillou At The Dentist –
The Carters Go To the Dentist –
In the photos below you will see you children sitting on the magic chair having their mouths checked with what they called the special mirror. Some managed to see their teeth on the big screen.
Isaac also saw his tongue and all had a laugh. Even the Koala back pack had special treatment. First it had a ride on the nurse’s back followed by a checkup. Some were fascinated by the equipment in the lab. A few were taken aback when it was told that older people might end up in dentures.
A set was show to them by Dr. Jean Paul. Last but not least they were given a small token given by Kin labs which the children brought home.
This is one of the songs we used in class to prepare for the dentist outing.
The children were then taken to the new Pembroke playground where they ate their lunch and played to their hearts content as is seen in some of these cute photos.
Some parents asked me if they had to pay the 10 euros for tomorrow’s dentist outing.
You don’t have to pay if you had originally paid the 50 euros for the outings in the beginning of the scholastic year.
You only have to give in the 10 euros if you had not done the above.
The administration will contact you towards the end of the scholastic year after checking your balance – if your child was absent for any outing or if the outings total costs exceeds the amount paid in initially.
Very Important – All those who did not hand in the consent forms for the dentist outing please do so when you bring in the children tomorrow. The forms can be hand written.
The highlight of next week is our visit to the dentist. The children will be shown the importance of cleaning their teeth by dentists who actually work with children.
The talk will be interesting and fun because they will be shown a huge set of teeth and tooth brush, they will see their own teeth on a big monitor, go up on the magic chair as we call it.
Even those who might be scared of the dentist will end up enjoying it. The children will then have their teeth checked. They will also visit the teeth making lab and this I know will spark many questions. It does every year 🙂
I will be preparing them for this visit in class and actually show them what the dentist clinic looks like through photos previously taken on location.
In order for them to attend and have their teeth checked you have to fill up the 2 forms Ms. Karen sent you. If you cannot print them just send them handwritten with your signature by tomorrow as the outing is on Tuesday 22nd May. I am attaching the email sent by Ms. Karen just in case you did not receive it.
We will also visit the new Pembroke play park as a treat 🙂
Main points for Tuesday
- Send the children in their full summer uniform including cap.
- Please apply some sunblock from home.
- The children have to be at school by not later than 8 am as we have to take them to the bathroom before. We leave school early.
- Send in their usual breakfast and snack in their school bag along with the red folder.
- Send in the main lunch in a small duffle bag which they will be carrying along with them on the outing. All items labelled please.
- No messy items for the main lunch please or any things which might go bad such as yoghurt or milk. These can be included with the breakfast items.
- If possible send in two drinking bottles as the children might be thirsty at the park.
- 2 forms have to be sent in by Monday 21st (1 stating of your child is allowed on the outing and the other to give consent for the full mouth check-up). Refer to Ms. Karen’s attached forms for this.
Dental Visit Outing (May 2018)
Thanks for your constant co-operation.
I am posting the photos that we managed to take during Open Day.
Thank you to all those who could attend. It was lovely seeing you work hand in hand with your little loved ones.
They were proud to have you in their class. For all those who could not make it thank you for giving the opportunity to your children to join in and not miss out. They really had a lovely day too. The photos are evidence of this.
I am posting them all as there might in be your child in one and not the other. It was impossible to select one photo for each child.
We will be putting your lovely creations together and hang them up for your children to enjoy.
You will see them in the photos I will eventually post. Unfortunately we do not have photos of the garden patch visit under the Flutterby area as we were pressed for time.
We started the week with a surprise for our little ones.
Since this week we will be starting the new topic work of People Who Help Us In Our Society we had two fireman come in along with their fire engine.
You can imagine the joy and awe on their faces them they saw these workers in their special suit along with the gadgets they use during their rescue sessions.
The firemen spoke to the children briefly. They stressed three main points:
- If they are in a building that is on fire, they should never hide but run out immediately.
- To wear a seat belt at all times when they are in a vehicle.
- Never to sit in the front of a car.
They were even allowed to hold the hose pipe used to put out the fire. Here are the priceless photos of the children during this unique experience 🙂
First of all thank you for your response in sending in various materials so tomorrow’s projects will take place.
I know you have been receiving a lot of information regarding open day which might be overwhelming and at times confusing.
Today Ms. Karen Galea sent you a final email with the details earlier during the day which should clarify what will happen.
So rather than add more information I am going to mention a few main points and then guide you tomorrow when you drop off the children and as the day goes along.
- Children are to come to school at the usual time wearing their usual summer uniform.
- You can stay with them too. Grandparents, aunties and uncles are welcome too.
- The children have to get their school bag with breakfast and a snack if they are eating from the food stalls provided on the grounds. Children will be accompanied to these stalls at an allocated time by our teaching team or by you as their parents with your children.
- Those children who are not going to be accompanied by parents during the day will be under the team’s supervision. If you want them to eat from the food provided at the stalls please send not more than 10 euros in a sealed envelope with the child’s name and what items you which that your child eats. If you do not send the items I will ask them and guide them myself.
- Parking in our grounds would not be available. The Luxol parking area is a good option.
- School finishes at the usual time.
- Extra-curricular activities will take place as usual.
- Please come in comfortable clothes and get a pair of good cutting scissors.
You do not need to send in an old t-shirt, paint brush or your own children’s wellingtons specifically for tomorrow. This was only intended for the junior sector.
The activities we will be doing in class. Obviously my team will guide you through the works.
- Story stones with the help of the little ones. I already explained to them what these are today.
- 3 sensory wall boards.
- A Garden Sensory Wall Board
- A Hand Sensory Wall Board
- A multi-sensory Board.
All the above might involve gluing different things onto a board, hand painting with the children, tracing objects, cutting paper or foam.
The children are very excited about tomorrow as I explained to them what we are going to do. So see you all tomorrow and thank you once again 🙂
As you all know from the school calendar of events and the emails that Ms. Karen has been sending you Friday 18th May will mark another important day at our school – Open Day.
All the sectors have been putting their heads together to make this a successful day from which all the students will benefit. The best thing is that you can all be part of it as well. A little from a lot will make this project possible. We are all so excited to make this happen 🙂
I am summarizing the major points and queries that you might have pertaining to the pre-junior sector.
- We need as many parents/grandparents/aunties/uncles to attend and help as possible. We understand that a few might not make it due to work or other reasons.
- Although some parents may not attend please do send your children to school. We have fun activities lined up for them and they will be in our care like any other school day. So don’t worry. I will explain to these children that their parents cannot attend. They will enjoy their school day just the same.
Main aim of the activities held out during the day.
To embellish the school outdoor areas and utilize them for learning in a fun way.
Where do the Pre-Juniors fit in?
- The 3 pre-junior classes will be in charge of creating sensory and activity boards and panels which will be stuck to the outdoor areas which we share with Flutterby.
- We will also be creating story stone which we will be using for literacy sessions outdoors.
Other activities we will be participating in.
- We will be visiting the outdoor areas were other works would be taking place. We will see parts of the project come together such as the water wall, ball wall etc. Areas our children will be using too 🙂
- They will be doing some planting in the new gardening area assigned for our use along with Flutterby.
- There will also be fundraising activities to help cover the cost of materials we will be using to create resources in the various areas. These will include the possibility of participating in Fun Fair activities (bouncy castles/inflatable slides, face painting, games and rides) and the sale of food, ice-cream and smoothies.
Parents and relatives coming on the day.
- Children are to be brought to school as usual.
- Parents are encouraged to attend mass in memory of Mrs. Midolo which will take place at 8.30 am on the school turf grounds. Only the upper junior students and the senior school will attend.
- Pre-junior children will remain in class along with those parents not going for mass to participate in circle time.
- The first part of the morning we will be working on the sensory/activity boards and the story stones. So adults in class will be helping in sorting the material provided, gluing things to the boards, manning the story stones, cutting any papers, cloth needed, reading books to the children etc (we will guide the people in charge of the different sections).
- Later on in the morning parents will be allotted time to take their children to the Fun Fair and have some fun together in the various fun activities provided. They can also grab a bite from the food stalls lined up for the day.
Parents and Relatives Who Cannot Come
- Please do send the children if you cannot attend. They will be working on the boards and the stones like all the rest in class. They will feel part and parcel of this big project and own it. We will be taking care of them ourselves like we usually do.
- All that we need you to do is this: Please send in NOT MORE than 10 euros in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, class and an indication of the rides and food you would like your child to do/have. We will be taking them to the stalls ourselves.
Help – We are asking Pre-Junior children to kindly help us in the sale of smoothies by donating
- 3 fruits by Thursday 17th May. Ideally these should be 2 oranges and 1 other fruit (preferable a banana or a kiwi or a handful of strawberries.
Sensory activity boards
As you can imagine we need a lot of resources to put together the sensory/activity boards’ project I mentioned in the beginning of the blog. It would be of great help if you happen to have any of the items below in good condition tucked away in the garage or in a box or maybe a business where you can supply a small amount of the items listed.
Items required for the activity boards –
- Bottle caps, pieces of different textured fabric, shoes laces, velcro pieces, large buckles, zips, rope, cord, pegs, sand paper, kitchen sponges, tracing paper, wool, pompoms, bendable pipes, reflective mirror effect pieces of aluminum or other such material, electric tape of various colours, acrylic paint, clear varnish for outdoors, paint brushes.
- Clothes and other items that your child has outgrown, jackets with zips, shoes with velcro straps or laces.
- Little gadgets like a hamster wheel, small squeaky toys.
Items required for the outdoor area.
- A few pebbles for the story stones we will be doing in class for the outdoor areas.
- Empty plant pots and trays.
- Child friendly gardening tools such as spades, watering jugs and buckets.
- Seeds or seedlings.
- Old kitchen utensils such as pots, pans, plastic utensils, small funnels, baking tins, and other plastic containers. These will be utilised in our music wall and also in the Mud Kitchen which is currently already in place.
- Toys like xylophone, old abacus counter etc.
I am posting a few pictures for you to get an idea of what our project will be like and the items needed.
If you have any other items which are not in the list and you think we can use them just let me know and I will tell you if they are valid for our boards.
Very Important –
- Please send in the forms that Ms. Karen emailed to you. This has to be filled up whether you are attending Open Day or not. It can be printed or hand written. This gives us a clear idea of how to man the project and how many children will be coming to school without their parents.
- Please get a good pair of scissors just in case you will be cutting any material.
Tuesday was dedicated to the much awaited outing to the Gianpula Green House.
Despite the bad and cold weather, the wind and the rain which drizzled most of the morning we managed to arrive to our destination where we were met by a nice team of people.
The children got familiar with what a greenhouse looks like and why it is used. They learnt that in a greenhouse the temperature is controlled so that plants and herbs can be grown even when they are not in season.
We first visited the seed and germination room where we saw seeds of various shapes and sizes. The children saw how these are placed one by one inside special containers by means of a machine and then taken to the germination room.
These are left here for three days under specific conditions so they germinate or start sprouting. Usually this progress takes much longer.
Next these sprouts are taken out into the green house and are left to grow in ideal conditions. They would have controlled amount of light, warmth and water thus avoiding mould or drying out.
The children were already familiar with the process of how plants and trees grow from our “In the Garden” topic so they were all eyes and ears to see how these could be controlled by humans.
In fact they saw how these plants are watered by means of vertical sprinklers. The children learnt that in better weather conditions the ceiling of the green house is opened by means of a computer to allow natural sunlight in.
After lunch children were offered a tasty fruit salad. Some of them really liked it and asked for a second helping. Others tasted melons for the first time. They played a fruit hop scotch, drew and coloured in a healthy balanced dinner plate picture containing fruit, vegetables, protein and a dairy product.
Last but not least they planted their own petunia plant which they brought home. They even learnt that the compost they used in the pot was special and it even contained little pieces of coconuts. Their plant needs to sleep outside, be given water and plenty of sunlight.
As you know from the email Ms. Karen Galea sent you there are many events happening next week. These are some of the important highlights.
Monday 30th April – Normal school day.
- All those who did not send in the sports day t-shirt for their child please send it in by tomorrow.
- Those who did not send in the back pack for one of the games kindly send it in too. We need it for practice.
- The consent forms related to Thursday’s outing have to be sent in indicating if your child suffers or not from any particular food allergy. Please refer to Ms. Karen’s email regarding the outing sent earlier this week.
Tuesday 1st May – Public Holiday
Wednesday 2nd May – Normal School Day.
- Children have to come to school wearing their summer uniform. Please refer to the email sent by the school in this regard.
- We will have a general rehearsal of the three sports day games.
Thursday 3rd May – Outing to Gianpula in conjunction with the “In The Garden Theme”
- Children have to be at school by 8 am.
- Children have to come in their summer uniform as well as their school cap.
- Please apply sunblock.
- The children have to get their 2 snacks in their school bag along with their school library book. Please send in their main lunch in a small backpack like we do for the outings. Please do not send in messy lunches for their main meal as we will be having a picnic and we want to avoid messy accidents as much as possible.
- I will send the children’s sports day t-shirt to be worn the following day for sports day.
Friday 4th May – Giochi Senza Frontiere Sports Day.
- Children have to be brought to school on time. By 8 am they have to be on the premises as we need to take them to the bathroom and line them up for the opening item. Looking forward to seeing you on the day.
- The children have to be dressed in their coloured t-shirt (as indicated in previous sports day blog) along with their school shorts, their school blue runners and a cap. Please apply sunblock and supply your child with two bottles of water. Bottles have to be labelled. We will be taking these bottles out on turf with us.
- Please do not send in any messy lunches as we will be eating on picnic mats on the lower school grounds between races.
- Children leave with you after the event is finished. Hopefully around 11.15 am.
- However if you cannot take the children with you due to work or any other reason just let us know. The children can remain in class with us and then they will leave at the usual end of school day at 1.35pm.
- Extracurricular activities will take place as usual.
- School vans operate at the usual time too.
Looking forward to seeing all again during sports day 🙂