May & June 2016

Whoooo who would believe that we are in to July already.

It probably has gone super quick for me as well as I was away for three weeks on annual leave.  It is good to be back and also straight into the business of preschool life.  The children loved filling me in with all that happened when I was away, nothing passes them J

As always it has been a busy couple of months at Moa Kids, May saw us celebrate Road Safety Week.  We were lucky enough to have Constable Meg into the centre, the children, of course, thought this was pretty cool and loved getting the opportunity to dress up like as policeperson and even sit in the police car.  Constable Meg ran us through some great information on road safety and also safety around our car park.  This was a great introduction for our wheelathon that we had later that week in the car park.  The wheelathon was very successful and the children had a fabulous time bringing in their bikes and scooters and showing off how fast they could go.  We even raised nearly $50 for ’Brake’ the road safety charity.  So top effort everyone. 

The centre Matraiki celebrations was another successful event for Moa kids.  It was great to see so many families come and celebrate with us.  The children always enjoy coming back to preschool after hours and loved hunting in the playground at night for their yummy stars.

With the winter months upon on us, we have noticed more bugs going around the centre and also the wider community.  We please ask for all children to be kept off when they are unwell and also to return back to preschool life when they are 100%.  It is also important that all families let us know at the centre if your child is going to be off.  You can call in, or even send us an email if your child is going to be away.

There is a little saying I like to use at preschool ‘there is no such things as bad weather, just bad clothing’. Keeping this in mind, we ask that all children come in with warm jackets for outside and a warm winter hat.

The winter months can be long, so when it is not raining and it is safe to be outside, the children do like to get out and burn off some energy. Lots of children have been bringing in gumboots as well.  This is a great idea as you know a big puddle left from the rain can be very tempting to explore when you are a preschooler J  If you would like to bring slipper in for your child to wear while they are inside pop them in their bag.

We have noticed over the last few months the number of toys coming into the centre.  Children love to show off their toys and special things to their peers, which we are all ok with and love to encourage.  This is why all children have their own show and tell day.  This is the perfect opportunity to bring things in and share with their peers and class.  We just find it is hard to keep track of toys in the centre and children can become disappointed as they can get lost or even broken.  The show and tell basket is kept in the foyer.  If it is your child’s show and tell day, please make sure their toys or special things are kept in there.

We have our annual children’s disco coming up in the next few months.  We are just waiting on the ‘Sumner Old School Hall’ to get back to us on dates.  As soon as we confirm a date with them we will let you know.  It always is a fun event, which the children love and it is also open to the wider community. Make sure you tell all your friends with preschool aged children.

At Moa kids we try our best to be flexible with hours and times.  However we also do have requirements from the Ministry of Education.  So if you are going to come in late and stay late or come in early and go early, it shouldn’t be an issue, but you do need to check that is ok with us.  I run the centre on ratios, so it is important to know how many children we are going to have, especially at the start and end of the day.

This month we say goodbye to our longest serving staff members at Moa kids.  A big thank you to all the families that made it to Sheila’s afternoon tea.  Sheila is a huge part of the Moa Kids family and she will be missed by everyone. We wish her all the best for her well deserved retirement.

Parent information evenings are something we like to provide to our families at our centre and also the wider community.  I always like to get feedback on what people would like to hear, if there are any specific people they would like to hear talk or topics.  If you have any ideas for our next one, please feel free to email through or let me know.

Thank you to all the families who have brought in bugs, flies and slugs for the frogs, they love them!  Please keep them coming.

This year we have been selling the entertainment book as a fundraiser.  A big thank you to all the families that have brought one and supported us.  We are still selling these and would love to sell a few more to hit our Target.  Please share our post on Facebook or let your friends and families know they can still get them from us.

You may have seen that we are also selling Kai Carrier pouches as a fundraiser at our centre. These are fantastic for school lunches and I know a lot of families already use these.  Make sure you stock up, as they are a great price. 

Just wanted to say big thank you for all the support over the last year.  This week has seen the first anniversary of my starting at Moa Kids.  It has gone super fast and I look forward to the next years ahead.

Try keep warm in these winter months.

Thanks Hayley.

Welcome to our new families

We have a couple of new friends to welcome this month, a big welcome to Isla and Isaac.  It’s great to have you with us.

Farewell

We have said goodbye and happy school days to Zoe and Phoebe last month.  We wish them the best with their next learning adventure at Redcliffs School J

Staff News

Sharon will be away on professional development on the 7th and 8th of July. She is heading to a conference ‘All about babies’. So we look forward to picking her brain when she gets back.

When Sheila heads off, Shay will be in the preschool 5 days a week and Tracy is now extended to full time hours.

Sharon is off on a big adventure overseas in August.  She will be away for 3 months.  Shay will be working in the nursery at this time and also supported by Hayley and Ali.

We have Emily starting with us at Moa Kids on Monday 4th July.  Emily will be working Monday to Friday 10-2.   She will be working in both rooms supporting teachers and also covering lunch breaks.  We look forward to having you on board.

Reminders

  • Please remember to pack several changes of named clothes in your child/rens bag.
  • Please remember to regularly check your child’s art folder in the foyer and take home their beautiful artwork.  A good idea for using this artwork is to use it for wrapping presents for family and friends. We have displayed lost property out in the foyer in the washing basket.  There are clothes and also come containers that have been left behind.  Please make sure you have a good look through by the end of next week.  Any items not collected, will be taken to the local charity shop.
  • With the school holidays coming up, please remember to let us know if your child will be away.
  • If you have any spare plastic bags. We would love to take them off your hands

Governance Committee

Our Governance Committee meetings are held on the third Monday of every month at 7.30pm.  Our next meeting is Monday 18th July at the centre.  

We would like to thank everyone who came to the AGM in May to listen to Rebecca Wilson.  We hope you enjoyed the talk.

The Governance Committee would like to welcome Gerladine Bovett onto the Committee as a Member.  The following positions were made following the AGM:

Chair – Jason White

Secretary – Zoe Fidler

Treasurer – Jordana Clarke

HR – Rachel Stracey

Health & Safety – Fiona Proudfoot

Privacy Officer – Abigail Wills

Committee Members – Jude Coombs, Carly Waddleton. 

Should you wish to become a member of the Governance Committee or the Incorporated Society please see Zoe for a form.

Nursery News

The nursery team have been busy transitioning 5 of their children into the preschool.  This means we have been spending a majority of the mornings becoming familiar with the teachers, routines and the larger environment of the preschool.

This includes the rolling morning tea in the preschool.  This gives the children the opportunity to share in the fruit platter and master using tongs.

The children also love the challenge of working out how to use the pedal bikes and how to climb the fort outside in the preschool.  It is also great for developing their gross motor skills.  The children are also actively participating in mat times and developing their consternations and social skills in a larger group activity.

With the cooler weather the children have been doing lots of fun indoor activities to keep them busy.  Water play and messy play is always a hit with the nursery children.  Please make sure you pack a few changes of clothes. 

Preschool News

Our preschool has been busy these last few months with lots of our nursery friends turning two and joining us.  They are having so much fun exploring their new environment and are keeping busy at the taps and art area J

The children and teachers have finished their project on construction.  They finished this project on a high note with Letisha’s brother-in-law, Shane, coming to visit us with a big yellow digger!  The children got to dress up in high vis vests and hard hats and sit in the digger.  They enjoyed exploring all the buttons and fun stuff they could fine.  They also got to ask Shane lots of different questions around construction.  So big thanks to Shane.  All the children’s construction work they did is displayed in the preschool project book.  So make sure you have a look at this. 

With construction finishing up the teachers started to investigate what the children interests were.  There was lots of communication and interest in learning about our wider community.  The children and teachers decided this would be their next project.

The children love getting out and about and going on different walks and excursions in their local community.  Last week some children went on a big walk around the village and took photos of the different shops, business and places.  They have brought them back and told the teachers what places they would like to explore more.

As part of the project, we would love to invite parents and whanau to come visit us and tell us about their jobs and what that role is in our community.  If anyone has any suggestions on places we could visit, we would love to hear from you.

With the preschool children going on walks and different trips we always need parent help.  If you, grandparents or other family members are able to help with this, please let us know.  The help is always much appreciated.

Over the last few weeks the children have been busy baking and making different things for Sheila’s party afternoon tea.  They were all super excited to help out. 

Dolphin Club News

The Dolphin Club have had a busy few months exploring different projects.  When they had finished learning about aeroplanes, their interest expanded to rockets.  Sharleen and the children researched all things to do with rockets.  They looked through books and explored videos on you tube. they saw rockets landing on the moon and started to ask more questions around this.  Since these videos, the children’s questions lead towards them learning about the moon and also craters and how they are made.

They then looked at who goes to the moon and this started the children asking questions about Astronauts.  A sample of the great questions the children asked were:

“How do they live in space?”

“What are different planets?”

“What are comets?”

“What are stars?”

The children, Sharleen and the other teachers all found this very interesting and were even learning alongside the children.

The children have also been out for several more walks. Exploring the different shops and services in our Redcliffs community.  They are having a great time.

The centre is looking at communities as a project and this started conversations at Dolphin Club.  The children have started to look at what is in our community.  New World came up as one of the first landmarks, so the children decided to make a shopping list to make fruit salad.  Then they all headed down to New World and picked out the fruit on their shopping list.  The children had so much fun coming back and chopping up all the fruit and having fruit salad at lunch time.  I must say myself it was pretty tasty.

Note from Zoe

Hey everyone, I hope you are all coping OK with all the nasty bugs going around.

Thank you to all the children who take the time to pop in each morning to say hello to me in the office.  It really does brighten my day.  Also, thank you to the thoughtful children who draw me pictures, it’s so lovely to be recognised by everyone especially as I don’t spend much time in the preschool.

As Hayley mentioned earlier, we are selling both the Entertainment Book and also Kai Carrier food pouches.  If you would like information on how to order either of these please let me know at admin@moakids.org.nz.  Thank you.

As you will know by now, the Minister for Education, Hekia Parata, is making her announcement on Thursday 7th July regarding the proposed closure of Redcliffs School.  There are 4 Board Members, including the Principal, going to Wellington to meet with the Minister.  There will be a parent and community meeting at 7pm in the Van Asch School Hall (entrance off Wakefield Ave) on the same day.  You are all welcome to attend.

The most recent Scholastic Lucky Book Club magazine is out (copies are by the sign in sheet) for you to take home and have a look through.  Remember that Moa Kids benefits from everything you spend at Scholastic and it’s always good to have a few extra books stashed away for those surprise birthday parties!  Can all orders please be in by Wednesday 6th July?  Thank you.

What’s on?

Preschool Disco (date to be confirmed)

Children’s corner

We love to hear about places that you and your children have been, especially exotic places or somewhere interesting.  If you have any photos and would like them displayed in our newsletter please let Zoe know.

Also, if there are any new siblings to our children we would love to share the happy news amongst our community.

Lunchbox Ideas

Tuna Sushi Sandwiches

This is a simple alternative to normal sandwiches!

Ingredients

95g can tuna
½ lebanese cucumber
¼ medium carrot
4 slices wholegrain bread, crusts removed
50 g spreadable cream cheese

Directions

  1. Drain and flake tuna, deseed cucumber.
  2. Cut cucumber and carrot into matchsticks.
  3. Using a rolling pin, flatten bread slices. Spread cream cheese over bread.  Place tuna, cucumber and carrot in rows next to each other on the bread, leaving 1cm border along one edge.
  4. Roll bread from opposite edge to enclose filling.
  5. Cut each roll into 3 rounds.