Thursday, 21 February 2013

Working Together Opportunities

Dear Parents/Caregivers
Working Together Opportunities
Thank you to our amazing Home and School Committee for hosting our family BBQ last night. The weather was perfect and it was really nice to catch up with families. The hamburgers were awesome!
A number of faithful committee members are finishing shortly as their children are leaving at the end of the year. We would love new parents to step up and join the Home and School Committee. Remember their motto is, “Do what you can when you can” so you won’t be forced to do things that are too much or that you don’t want to do. The Home and School Committee run community events in our school like the BBQ, the disco and the quiz night, which have the benefit of raising funds for special projects in our school. There is an AGM on March 18th in the staffroom. You would be very welcome to attend. If you would like to join the committee but cannot attend the meeting please contact the Office. You can also check them out on Facebook.
Another opportunity is netball. Our wonderful co-ordinator Tui stepped down at the end of the year and, by March 5th, we need a new co-ordinator. This role involves attending a meeting at Tawa School on March 5th and liaising with coaches and team managers. If this is something that you could support the school in I would be glad to hear from you.
Being a walking school bus driver is another opportunity. We have started our Aotea to Papakowhai School route already. This walking school bus leaves the Marae carpark, opposite the entrance to the Aotea subdivision. Children are asked to not ride scooters or bikes, but Kindergarten or other siblings are welcome to come with parent supervision. The route is pram friendly although there are approximately three steps down to the school. If you would like to help or you would like your children to go on this bus please contact Lisa Avery (  ).
Last year we had an awesome team of volunteers who helped children walk to school along Tweed Road and we are keen to start this again. If you would like to help as a driver or you would like your children to walk in a group to school please contact me. I am very grateful to Lisa for co-ordinating the Aotea route and would love a co-ordinator for Papakowhai walking school buses.
Lastly we are meeting together for parent/teacher interviews on March 4th and 5th. School will finish at 2pm on these days, and interviews will start at 2.10pm. Appointments to see the teachers will be done via a website. It is a simple, accurate system.
The log-in code is 5UCNA
·         We would like to know how your child is settling into school this year
·         We would like to know about how your child learns best and what their strengths and weaknesses are
·         We would like to know about your child’s personality and how we can work best with them at school.
Meetings will be scheduled for 15 minutes and will be spread over 2 nights. Parents of children in Miss August’s class will have interviews on March 5th and the afternoon of March 6th.
We are offering supervision in the Hall from 2pm to 3pm on March 4th and 5th; however we would appreciate you making other arrangements for care for this period if you can.
Any children we haven’t been notified about will be supervised in the Hall until 3pm.

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