Windy Ridge School Newsletter
2 April 2021
Term 1 Week 8
KINDO: online school shop (click on KINDO to register)
Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity
Kia ora, Hello, Kamusta, Hola a todos, As-salāmu, alaykum, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Szia, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Shalom, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Malo e Leilei, Kia Orana, Kia Ora Koutou
News from the Principal
Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu
Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations
Tēnā koutou katoa,
Meet The Team Evening
Yesterday’s Meet The Team/Teachers Evening was a great success on so many levels. It’s been too long since we have been able to invite parents and whānau into our school because of covid restrictions. To be able to meet and talk with everyone was heartwarming. The delight on the children’s faces as they showed parents around their classes was great to see – obviously, our students love their school. For the teachers and staff, it was a valuable opportunity to make and strengthen connections and to be able to share our excitement about what the year has to offer. Thank you everyone for making this event so successful.
Pick Up/Drop Off and Parking
I am sure that everyone will join us in sending our deepest condolences and heartfelt Aroha to Pigeon Mountain School, its whānau and the community following the devastating news that a young child was knocked down by a car outside the school and subsequently passed away. I am sure the incident has made us all more aware of safety around children and cars.
At this week’s Board Of Trustees meeting, we discussed the dangers around our own drop-off zones, especially the main entrance on Seaview Road. All too often, despite our car park being designated only for teachers, we see parents using it as a quick drop-off/pick-up point and then backing out across the footpath, unaware that little children are walking across their path. Obviously, we need to rectify this situation. Therefore, from after Easter, only permit holders will be able to use this car park and the entrance will be coned off before and after school. If you have used this space in the past you will now need to park on Seaview Road and walk your child to/from the gate. Can we please ask you to share this information with everyone in your whānau responsible for school pick-ups?
As part of our strategic direction, Windy Ridge School is looking at “refining and designing more consistent approaches to the teaching and learning of literacy”. To this end, we are adopting a Structured Literacy approach to support reading, writing and spelling. This is based on 50 years of scientific research aimed at better understanding why some children are able to read and write easily while others find it more challenging. The basis of the structured literacy programme is to develop childrens’ phonological awareness, learning how to decode individual letter sounds and then put them together to read/write whole words; this is called segmenting and blending. Going forward knowledge of how each letter is correctly sounded and then recorded supports ongoing spelling acquisition, writing fluency and confidence. As a school, we have put considerable resource into purchasing books to support the structured literacy approach. Teachers are delivering workshops using this approach in Piwakawaka and Kōtare Iti. Further up the school, we have reintroduced the Switched Onto Spelling programme, which follows the structured literacy approach perfectly. For some students, this will mean traditional readers will not be coming home, rather support material to help with the ongoing learning process. Ministry of Education resources will also soon be available and will be used for supporting this home learning work. Mrs Tabuteau, our Literacy Leader will be running a parent information evening early next term and we invite parents who want to know more about Structured Literacy to come along. We will be publishing the date of this session soon.
I wish everyone a happy and peaceful long weekend. Happy Easter, Hag Sameach חַג כָּשֵׁר וְשָׂמֵחַ, ‘iijazat saeida اجازة سعيدة
Ka kite anō au i a koutou.
Netball – We are collecting interest for the 2021 Netball Season. This is open to year 1-6. All games will be held at the Glenfield College Netball courts, game times will be between 9:00 – 12:00 depending on the grade. We will be wearing Windy Ridge School T shirts this year which you can purchase for $15 at the office, and black bottoms. Leggings or shorts will be fine. Fees for the season are $85 per player. As always, we will require coaches/managers for each team. You do not have to run a practice, but should you choose to, I can help with space and equipment for you and your team.
Please let me know if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
School Term Dates:
Term 1: Tuesday 9 February – Friday 16 April (Teacher Training Day 16 April – School Closed)
Term 2: Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July (Teacher Training Day 25 June – School Closed)
Term 3: Monday 26 July – Friday 1 October (Teacher Training Day – Date to be confirmed)
Term 4: Monday 18 October – Monday 20 December (Teachers Training Day 26 October)
Public Holidays – Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5th April & (Tuesday 6th April – NZ Schools observed), Queens Birthday Monday 7th June, Labour Day Monday 25th October
Like many other schools, we use the services of School Docs who design policies for many New Zealand schools; updating them to reflect current legislation. Periodically parents are asked to review certain policies. This month parents are invited to have their say around the Home Learning. If you would like to participate in the review:
- Visit the website https://windyridge.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
- Enter the username (windyridge) and password (WRS0629).
- Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
- Read the policy.
- Click the Policy Review button at the top right-hand corner of the page.
- Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
- Enter your name (optional).
- Submit your ratings and comments.
- If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and a review form.
Desperately seeking lovely parents to supervise our road patrol wardens, either at the front gate or back. No experience necessary – training will be provided. Please contact Jenine on email@example.com
School Happenings – Dates for your Diaries
Please check the school calendar for term dates and information and on our website and the Skool Loop. Here are a few important dates for you:
- Board Meeting – Monday 31st May at 6.30pm in the staffroom
KickStart Breakfast – We have started breakfast club this week in the hall kitchen. It will be running every morning from 8.30am to 8.50am, this is for any child who would like to have some weetbix, milk and fruit before school. We are looking for adults to help supervise the breakfast, if you have some free time in the morning please contact the office. The weetbix and milk are donated by Sanitarium and Fonterra.
ezlunch orders are made online through your myKindo account. You can order lunch by simply going to www.mykindo.co.nz
Order anytime before cut-off or schedule in advance. Lunch will be delivered to school at lunchtime.
Click here to view the menu.
Help? Visit support.mykindo.co.nz or tel. 09-869 5200 Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm.
My Kindo Android & iPhone App now available
myKindo app is now available for iPhone and Android phones. If you like the flexibility of ordering anywhere, anytime then go ahead and download the app!
Access via the app store, searching “mykindo” or by using the links below –
Android Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/
iPhone App Store: https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/
Skool Loop App
- Sun Safety – All students are required to wear a sunhat this term, please make sure the hats are named. We also provide sunscreen in the classrooms but recommend that you do apply some before school.
- Attendance – Please ensure that your children arrive at school on time and that we are aware of their absence by 9.00am each day. Please phone the office to leave an absence message or online through the school website https://www.windyridge.school.nz/report-an-absence/ or use the Skool Loop app . We do follow up lateness and absences as we are required to report on both to the Ministry of Education and the Board of Trustees. If you are planning a holiday in term time please advise your child’s teacher and the office.
- Kindo – To avoid office queues please go online to make payments through your mykindo account. If you haven’t used Kindo before, click this link to get started (all you need is the email address we have on record) Kindo Shop Kindo_Parent_Flyer_CHINESE If you already have a mykindo account, go to www.mykindo.co.nz or via the link on our school website. www.facebook.com/kindo.co.nz This site also hosts our online lunch ordering system Ezlunch – All orders must be made before 9am. 11th December will be the last day to order online lunches for the year.
- WINDY RIDGE PARENTS Facebook – We have a closed Facebook page for Windy Ridge parents – please send a friend request to be part of this page, we are only able to accept parents and caregivers to this page. It is a valuable page for reminders, information, and general WRS ‘stuff. https://www.facebook.com/groups/windyridgeparents/
- Walking School Bus – We have 2 Walking School Buses at WRS. They leave from Stephanie Close and Hiwihau Place. Most of them leave around 8.15am in the morning to get the students to school for 8.30am. If you would like your child(ren) to come on the Walking School Bus AND are able to help just one morning or afternoon a week, see Mrs Yiu in the office for a form and she will pass your details on to the right person. The Walking School Buses are solely run by awesome volunteers so your help is always appreciated.
- Spare Clothing – We recommend the students always have a change of clothes in their bags.
- Head Lice – Please check your child’s hair weekly as unfortunately head lice are very common in the community. We have attached the link to the Ministry of Education parent information website with more information. https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/wellbeing/head-lice/ For advice on treatments: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/h/head-lice/#Chemicalproducts Will my child have to stay away from school? No, the school will not exclude your child or ask you to keep them at home because they have lice. You don’t need to keep your child at home while you’re treating lice either. We have combs available in the office, but also your local chemist and supermarket will sell products.
- Sunshine Online – www.sunshineonline.co.nz Free access to all families to use these books – Login – windyridge1 – Password – windyridge
- Before & After-School Care – The sKids organisation provide this service from our school hall, please feel free to drop in and see them or register online through their website. www.skids.co.nz/locations/windy_ridge/
School Holiday Programme:
Studio 246 present
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND”
Come perform in our 17th Holiday show; a week of dance, singing, acting, making costumes and props, performing to family and friends on the last day.
Monday to Friday April 19th-23rd 9am-3pm with before and after school care available.
Programme held at Murrays Bay Intermediate
Boys and Girls aged 5-15 Welcome. Suitable for experienced kids and beginners.
Limited spaces available: Please ring 0211849849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Brain Play coding, robotics, and 3d printing classes. After-school, weekend, and holiday courses. Free trials available. Ages 5+.
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