Welcome to Week 5 of Term 2. It is hard to believe that we are this far through the term already. Half way through the term is an excellent time for the children to have a four day weekend in order to re-energise for the remainder of the term.
This Friday, Teachers Only Day, the staff will be working together to further enhance our LIGHTS programme. Through the work we do this Friday and over the months following it will be easier for you to understand what your children are learning while they go through the LIGHTS process. This will also help the children to understand their own learning through each LIGHTS cycle and allow them to build on this each time. This is exciting work, which we look forward to sharing with you over the coming months.
As a leadership team we are also busy preparing for the upcoming information sessions. Our priority areas for improvement this year are Year 1 and 2 writing, Year 4-6 reading, and Year 4 maths. The upcoming information evening on Literacy will provide you with a basic understanding of what we do at school in these areas, but more importantly the intentional things you can be doing at home to give your children the very best foundation for learning. In our country the education system is very reliant on both parties, home and school, doing their part. Each part is different but one without the other is not nearly as effective. Our Literacy Evening will highlight the difference between the formal type of education we do here at school and the informal, but every bit as intentional and important, education you need to provide your child at home. Please set aside the time to come along, particularly if your child is in either of the priority areas (Year 1-2 Writing or Year 4-6 Reading).
The children are currently working through the understandings, skills and attitudes to resolve conflict in a restorative way. I encourage you to discuss these with your children, particularly if they have made a mistake, done something wrong or are experiencing a challenging situation. These are incredibly important learning opportunities and the perfect time for you to build your child’s understanding of your own family values and how they might demonstrate these to ‘put things right’ and make better choices the next time. As we learn from each mistake we are able to grow.
Have a wonderful long weekend. I pray it will be a refreshing time for you all.
Birthdays this Week
We wish Izzy Mehlhopt a happy transition to her new school. We will miss you and your family very much. Thank you to Alan and Courtney for their support in the PCG over the early years of RCS.
Winter School Uniform
RCS Winter School Uniform: (Term 2 & 3)
Polar Fleece, Polo Shirt, Shorts/Skort or Pants, Black Socks, Black Shoes.
Children can wear black thermal tops under their polo shirts, black stockings/black winter woollen socks and black rain jackets.
UPDATE: there has been a delay in production of our Winter Pants, our uniform provider can not provide a delivery time as yet. We will keep you posted when we hear anything. In the meantime, if you think you may want to order some, please email Cristene your order.
FREE Dental Care for Children
MESSAGE FROM COMMUNITY DENTAL SERVICE
One of our Community Dental Service preventive mobiles will be visiting your school soon.
We will be aiming to see that all school age children enrolled with the Community Dental Service have their dental check-up in the dental mobile while it is there. To do this we will be asking the school to provide your childâ€™s name, address and your contact information.
The dental therapist will not only be checking the childrenâ€™s teeth but will also Xray, clean, and apply protective treatments fluoride and or Fissure sealants (coating put on teeth to prevent decay) if required. If your child requires further dental care such as fillings they will bring home a â€˜Care Planâ€™ which will explain what dental care and appointment times are required. When you receive the â€˜Care Planâ€™ please contact our Call Centre as soon as possible as you will need to arrange a time to bring your child to one of our Community Clinics for this dental care
Please let us know ASAP if you do not wish your child to have any of this care, you can talk to the staff in the mobile or phone/email our Call Centre
If you wish to be present at your childâ€™s check up this will need to take place at our community clinic so please phone/email our Call Centre to make an appointment. Please contact our Call Centre if you want further information on the Community Dental Service, to enrol your child or if you have any specific questions about your childâ€™s dental care (a dental therapist will call you back) To contact our Call Centre: phone 0800 846 983 / email email@example.com
Winter Sport Year 7 & 8
Held at Rolleston Reserve commencing by 1.30pm. Cancellation will be made before 11am on the day. We require some parent help with supervision during the time they are away. If you can help with this, please email or see Mr Marshall.
Teachers Only Day
A Teacher Only Day this Friday 2nd June before Queen’s Birthday Weekend. Papa Jacks will be onsite all day for those of you who need supervision for your children. Please see Beth after school to arrange this. The teachers will be working together to enhance our LIGHTS programme through the further development of assessment practices in this area.
Road Construction Around RCS
Please be mindful and alert on your way to and from school and around the Aquatic Centre and Foster Park.
There is road widening on Springston Rolleston Road to Dynes along with a right turn bay into Dynes. While the widening is happening on the opposite side of the road to our school, our side of Springston Rolleston between our entrance and Dynes may be used to store irrigation piping. This work is programmed to start in 2-3 weeks and should take around 6 weeks to complete.
Please note that there is also the Selwyn Aquatic Centre Carpark extension and Foster Park Carpark works starting next week with a 4 week construction period. This will mean an increase in heavy vehicle movements around Broadlands Drive and the surrounding area.
A reminder please that school donations are an important aspect of operations. Although school donations aren’t compulsory they do allow for more flexibility in the budget, allowing us to provide more for your children. School donations go to the BOT, while your Attendance Dues go directly to the Christian Schools Trust to cover the cost of the land and buildings. If you haven’t paid your donation yet we appreciate you carefully considering if you are able to.
There are a number of outstanding Swimming Costs. Swimming lessons are subsidised through grants but these do not cover the cost entirely. Swimming is part of the curriculum and we would never want a child to miss out on this due to money, but it is greatly appreciated when those that can afford to pay the $30 do pay. If you have not yet paid for your child’s swimming and you are in a position to do so we would appreciate your prompt action with this.
Getting to school on time
Please remember to arrive at school prior to 8.55am. The children start their ‘formal learning time’ at this point, so are missing out on learning if they are not at school on time. Both hubs have learning activities for the children to do from 8.30am so it is advised you make the most of this time too. Please also advise the office if your child will be absent for the day, if you are taking them out early, or if they arrive late to school; so that they are marked correctly in our school roll.
40 Hour Famine
If your child is keen to participate in the 40 Hour Famine please return the permission slips as soon as possible. We will be holding a mufti day on the Friday that the Famine starts – 9 June. Please bring a donation for the children of Syria on this day.
Reminder to follow our Rolleston Christian School Facebook page and join the Rolleston Christian School – Parent & Staff group for parent communication.
* Thursday – Kapa Haka
* Friday – 9am Devotional Assembly -11.45am Whanau Group Time -1.30pm Senior Sports-starts Week 3
VisTab is an easy to use sign-in, sign-out tablet system used by many NZ and Australian organisations and we would like to have this service available at our office for Health and Safety reasons. There is a substantial set up cost and ongoing fee to have this system. We are wondering if you may know of a business who may like to sponsor this system, in return there will be an advertising opportunity for them. For more information of this product see vista.co.nz.
What’s Coming Up
Thursday Book Covering Session
We would love some help again in covering more library books. If you are free this Thursday from 8.30am please come to the staff room. Thanking you all in advance.Information Session – New Zealand Education System 8th June 6pm
This is a session for families new to the NZ education system. Please RSVP to the Office if you wish to attend.
Parent Literacy Session 8 June 7pm
Learn to teach your children how to appreciate books and develop general literacy skills. Please RSVP to the Office if you wish to attend. Discipleship Explored – starts 16th May 9.30-10.30am
DE is an 8 week Bible study of Philippians focussing on the great love God has for us. I am running it with a small group focus, beginning on Tuesday 16th May starting at 9.30-10.30amand meeting at the same time each week for 8 weeks. During each session we will watch a 10-15min DVD clip then have discussion around a few questions. It fits nicely within an hour. Please talk to me if you would like more details or would like to join in â€“ Amy 0212254653 Discipleship Explored is part of Christianity Explored Ministries www.ceministries.org
Alison Mooney – Pressing the Right Buttons – 16th June 7-8pm – FREE EVENT – Limited Tickets
Are you being driven nuts by someone who can’t make up their mind? Or exasperated by someone’s need to get it perfect, every time! Perhaps you have a “Show Pony” in your life, that keeps horsing around, even before they talk! Or are you feeling short changed when the most “outspoken” person gets what they want every time. But in reality, those “weird’ people that you want to sort out, are the very same people who want to sort you out. Perhaps they’re not ‘weird’, but just ‘wired’ in a certain way.
Alison will share with you:
The 4 personality types of people that you know.
The importance of understanding and respecting each others differences.
Alison’s talk â€œPressing The Right Buttonsâ€ will make you laugh as you learn more about yourself, your friends, your family and your work mates.
Tickets available in RCS school office.
From the PCG
The PCG will be selling The Entertainment Book again this year. The link below allows you to buy the book all around the country, so please share it with friends and family. The school receives $13 for each book sold. http://www.entbook.co.nz/9b26634. There is a example book in the office foyer.PCG Box
There is a wooden box in the office foyer for anyone to place any anonymous prayer request, messages, suggestions, questions or information on people in need of meals. Please take advantage of this.
RCS Tree Raiser
Over the past year work has been done to begin a Food Forest at our school. The idea behind a food forest is that every plant has a purpose – some to feed the soil, some the wildlife, and others to feed us. We desire that as a Christian School, we will be able to use this space and its produce to show God’s love to others.
This is an opportunity to be a part of something that will leave a legacy â€“ impacting many generations of students at RCS and the wider community. Our children will learn to grow their own food, to use it, and to give it away! This resource will be a great support for the curriculum and the gospel â€“ very tangible learning experience in both areas â€“ Jesus often used agrarian parables to bring to life his teaching.
We are currently looking for sponsors to help us by either providing money for a plant, or by donating a plant you have grown or purchased yourself.
A web page has been set up at https://form.jotform.co/71132282474856 where you can choose from a list of items what you might like to contribute.
Examples of values are fruit trees (apples, apricots, plums etc) $30, fruit bushes/vines (feijoa, grape, gooseberry etc) $20, compost, nz cranberries and stakes $5, seed mix $13, tree guards $2.
Please contact me if you would like more information or a hard copy of the list Amy 0212254653