Dear Parents and BOFS Families,
Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week and enjoyed the crisp, overcast unseasonable weather that we have been experiencing. As this busy fourth term continues to move along, we continue to be encouraged by the incredibly strong connections in our BOFS community. A huge thank you to the parents for all the generous contribution of foods representing different countries for our International Day last week. The children looked fantastic! The Educators and I cannot thank all the parents enough for all their support, praise, and encouragement at our school. As Staff, we are so happy with all the positive thoughts that we are experiencing such pleasing results with the children’s progress. We have one child in particular who came into the school earlier in the year, clinging to her mom and hiding tensely behind her legs. She has made the most AMAZING transformation in such a short space of time. She is now confidently and boldly approaching all staff in the school as well as being a kind nurturer and caregiver to children that need it!! The change in many other children is so tangible and visible not only academically, but physically and emotionally too.
I would just like to let you into a secret….. Children are better for the soul than chocolate!!! I’ve been reminded of that a couple of times this week, and I’m so thankful for those reminders. Take today for instance. I snuck into Ms. Mila von der Becke’s vibrant classroom and watched as her students couldn’t contain their excitement and joy as they celebrated her BIG Birthday surprise. The children visibly wiggled with delight when she expressed her happiness and gratefulness to them all. They looked at her with such awe and love that was so clearly visible because of the innocence of the child’s unguarded emotion. Listening to that little group of eager children shower her with questions energized me and I left that classroom with my bucket filled (that’s a shout-out to you Mila as well!)
While we are on the subject of how uplifting children are let us just reflect on all the other positives of parenting a child. Parenting has been called the ultimate long-term investment. It’s one of the most complex and challenging jobs you’ll face in your lifetime – and also the most rewarding.
The bonuses of being a parent are never-ending and continuous. You get to re-live your childhood and do all the stuff you loved doing when you were a child, without looking silly. Christmas time, Eid, Diwali, and Ramadan are more festive than ever and there’s no one better to share the excitement with than the children. Theme parks, Disney movies, baking cupcakes; you have the perfect excuse to do it all over again, which brings me to the next advantage point… Unless the kids are at school, you’ve always got company. You’ll never be bored again and you’ll always have someone to talk to and do the shopping with, so you will never be on your own again even when you are old and grey.
We are all Multitasking moms and dads and when you’ve got a million things happening at once, somehow you automatically prioritize and you might not get it all done, but you get the important stuff out of the way first. While you balance making dinner, replying to emails, and organising your child’s fifth birthday party, you also know when to stop everything you’re doing to focus on your little one.
You get a second chance to understand things you didn’t understand as a child. Having children can renew your thirst for knowledge. They’re also the best teachers. When they come home to tell you about what they learnt at school that day, your keen sense of interest can help spark motivation for your child to learn more. Children constantly want to know the answers to things, and often you might not know the answer. Learning something new together is a great way to bond and inspire both you and your child’s general knowledge.
Being a parent is 24/7, you don’t get to punch out at the end of the day or take extended holidays. You have to clean up after someone else all the time, and “me-time” becomes practically non-existent. Every once in a while, however, you share a moment with your children that proves that, although parenting is the toughest job in the world, it’s also the most rewarding.
Let’s face it there’s nothing better than hearing those three magical words, especially when they happen out-of-the-blue. And it’s also an expression that you will never get tired of hearing……… I LOVE YOU ……. from your child.
Wishing all our families celebrating Diwali a Happy and Prosperous Diwali.
Have a Happy Voting Weekend!
Cheryl de Melo.
|Literacy||Numeracy||Perceptual||Life Skills||Gross Motor Skills|
|Find pictures in a book or magazine that have the letter “y” in it.||* Practise writing numbers 0-20.|
* Practise numerical order –
What number comes before 5?
What number comes after 15?
Describe a story in order of events.
|* Discuss the attributes of summer – what do we eat?|
What do we wear?
Is it hot or cold outside?
Revise the 4 seasons.
What comes before Spring?
What comes after Winter?
|Practise ball skills|
* Throw and catch
*Aim at an object
*Kick the ball with alternate feet
*Dribble the ball through the beacons
PLEASE note as per school rules all times must be strictly adhered to for the smooth operation of the school. All children must be at school by 7h50 in the morning. The academic day finishes at 13h00 for the Grade 0’s and at 13h30 on a Monday and Wednesday for Foundation Phase learners. The Educators use this time for preparation for the following day and are thus not available to supervise the “late” children. When Aftercare starts all the children enrolled in Aftercare are brought into the Aftercare room for lunch. It is awkward and unfair for the children not enrolled to be excluded. Please adhere to all school times. Thank you.
Please note our bike days are as follows:
Yellow – Tuesday
Orange – Thursday
Hats, Water bottles and Sunblock
Summer is definitely here! Please send your child’s hat, water bottle and apply sunblock daily. Thank you. Please make sure everything is labeled.
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