Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Middle School Term 1 Week 3

Middle School Newsletter: Term 1 Week 3


Welcome to 2016 in the Grade 3 and 4 classrooms.

Learning and Teaching

In Year 3/4 We Are Learning To....

READING: make connections between the books that we read and ourselves, other books and the world.

WRITING: understand the structure of a Narrative; beginning, middle and end. 

VCOP: Focus on Vocabulary through 'WOW Words' and include them in our oral language and writing. 

MATHS: build on our understanding of the place value system, through ordering, expanding and renaming numbers.

UNIT OF STUDY (People Power): identify the difference between expectations, rules and laws. We are investigating how these are created, who enforces them and why they are important.

SPELLING: use SMART spelling strategies including breaking words into sounds and syllables, identifying the 'tricky' parts of the words and listening to and writing the words from a dictation passage.

eLEARNINGuse the iPads and Netbooks to support and extend learning through Mathletics and Reading Eggs and for research and publishing purposes.

 Term 1 Calendar Dates
Friday 12th of February: 3-6 Swimming Carnival at Mentone Grammar 
(indoor pool)
Tuesday 16th of February: Meet The Teacher Night
Thursday 25th of February: School Photos Day
Monday 14th of March: Labour Day Public Holiday
Thursday 17th of March: Curiosity and Powerful Learning Parent Forum (Mentone Primary School)
Thursday 24th March: Last Day of Term 1

Current notices

Meet the Teacher:
-          Tuesday the 16th February between 1.30pm and 6.50pm.
-        Book online at:
-        Enter the code: JYPKJ
-        Select your child/ren, teacher/s and choose your time
-        You will receive an email confirming your booking/s
-        Sessions are 10 minutes in duration. If you feel this is not long enough on the night, you can make another time with the teacher. 

Tri Skills: 
Students from grades P-4 are participating in Tri-Skills. Tri-skills is a program which fosters co-ordination, balance, confidence and strength. It is running this term on Friday mornings for five half-hour sessions.

Sun Smart: 
With the weather warming up students are required to wear a hat when they are outdoors.  Sunscreen and keeping hydrated are also encouraged. We are fortunate to have lots of shade around the school for the comfort of the students. Please remind your child that we do not lend hats or encourage sharing of hats. If a child is without a hat, they are required to play in the shaded area.

Homework in the Middle School is sent home on a Friday and due back the following Thursday. The recommended homework consists of reading (minimum of 4 nights), Mathletics activities and SMART spelling.

Making News

Achievement Awards from Week 3:

3B: Emily Wei
for conversing in a confident manner during a speaking and listening activity

3G: Kade Nicol
for suggesting interesting ideas during class discussions

4H: Dylan Haeusler
for his input into 'What Makes an Excellent Student at MPPS'

4W: Sarah Whitehead
for her valuable suggestions when creating 4W's class expectations

We are proud of your achievements and the thinking you are using in class!


Congratulations also to our 2016
Middle School Student Voice Council Representatives...

3B: Kate Ovenden & Anton Zois

3G: Jasmine Allen & Owen Martin

4H: Eden Lasbury & Matt Giofkou

4W: Ana Botsioulis & Sam Stefanec


 3G Hard at Work!!!

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