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December News

 From the office 

Hello and welcome to our last newsletter for 2019. 

It has been a rewarding year for all staff and families at Doolandella Early Learning Centre. Thank you to the families who attended our Christmas party despite the weather. We had a great time!!!

We would like to wish all our families a very Merry Christmas and a bright and Happy New Year. 

Upcoming Changes for 2020...

Evonne will return from Maternity leave on the 6th January as I start my annual leave. I will return when school goes back on the 28th January. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and educators who have worked with me this year and I look forward to another rewarding year in 2020.

Thanks for all your support 

Renae

Kitchen Updates...

It's with great sadness that I inform you that Tuesday 24th December 2019 will be Kylie's last day as Chef at Doolandella Early Learning Centre.  She has enjoyed her time cooking meals and getting to know and interacting with all your children. We wish Kylie and her family the very best for the future. Karen will be replacing Kylie in the Kitchen. If you have any concerns or queries, please refer them to Karen who will be more than happy to assist you. If there have been any changes to your child's dietary requirements please inform Karen so your child's meals can be adjusted.


​Kindergarten Graduation

Thank you to the families who could join us for the Kindergarten Graduation held last Thursday 12th December. It was a great evening and congratulations to all the children.

Reminders

The centre will be closed

Wednesday 25th December - Christmas day

Thursday 26th December - Boxing Day

Wednesday 1st January - New Years Day

Monday 27th January - Australia Day


Nursery 

​Hi to all our Nursery Families

The countdown to Christmas has begun. This month we have been very busy creating Christmas decorations for the room. The children have had loads of fun in both the indoor and outdoor environment allowing them to explore and learn through play. 

Reading books is a comfortable and relaxing experience with the babies. The babies have enjoyed listening to stories from educators and attempting to read books themselves as they make noises and turn the pages. Our new babies in the room have been exploring their surroundings and are becoming familiar with peers and educators. 

We hope that you and your child have enjoyed the year with us and if you have any feedback please feel free to share that with us.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Miss Praxa, Miss Arley & Miss Chloe

Toddlers 

Hi to all our families! 

Year 2019 has gone so fast and we would like to thank all our parents for entrusting your children to our care! We in the Toddlers Room are so happy to be part of your child's memorable fun, play and learning experiences all throughout the year.

It is officially Summer! This month we have been exploring some water fun activities like: water squirting, water colouring, painting with frozen ice cubes, outdoor sponge painting, fishing and scooping and pouring water using different containers. They all had fun exploring the water as they enjoy splashing and pouring. The fishing activity is the most challenging for our toddlers as they got challenged to catch the fish hooked into the magnet of their rod without touching it. Also, to help us cool down at the end of our busy day, we have been enjoying our frozen blocks.

The Holiday season is on its way and we are all in celebration mode. Our Toddlers have created some ornaments to decorate the room's Christmas tree and have made a handprint wreath. In our group time we encourage our toddlers to join in singing some Christmas carols while playing their musical instruments.

Our fun and learning experiences will never stop here in Toddlers Room. Every day is always a new opportunity for our Toddlers to develop socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively. Thank you for the wonderful time!!!

As always, we the Toddlers staff are open to communication with you. Please feel free to speak to any of us. Have a wonderful Christmas!!

Your Toddler Staff:

Ms. Arleen, Ms. Faapepe and Ms. Khushi

Tweenies  

 Hi to all our Tweenies families, and welcome to our last newsletter for the year.

What a busy month we have had, the children have enjoyed lots of sensory play and working on their Christmas art and crafts.

We also introduced more fine motor skill activities where we were able to let the children use the child friendly scissors to cut up paper. This activity was also good for hand / eye coordination.

As the weather has been hot outside we brought outside play inside and used the balancing beam and see saws. This helped with gross motor skills and the art of taking turns.

Number, colour and letter recognition has also been a focus and the children have enjoyed learning their alphabet and what sound each letter makes.

We have enjoyed having all our little people in the room this year and will continue to watch them grow next year.  On a final note we say goodbye to some of our children who are leaving the centre and we wish all our children are very safe and Happy Christmas.

Thank you Tweenies for making this year fun!!!

Miss Cassandra, Miss Cariad and Miss Margaret

Pre Kindy  

 Welcome to another month in the Pre Kindy room.

We have come to the last month of the year and we must admit we have had such a great time in the pre kindy room with all our friends. This month we have been continuing with revising our letters and numbers each week along with our Christmas crafts.

We would also like to take this time to thank each and everyone of you for your patience and support throughout this year, it's made our job easier knowing we have that support from the families. Also like to say a warm farewell to our lovely families who we will no longer be seeing next year, we will miss you all and we hope to see you all again.

As we prepare for the festive celebrations, we hope that you have a great Christmas and New year with your families and friends. Please be safe and we shall see you all in the New Year x

Love from the

Pre Kindy-Staff

 Kindergarten 1 

Hello Parents, Families and Children of Kindergarten One.

Welcome to our last newsletter of 2019. It has been a pleasure teaching your children and building great partnerships with all the families.

I've had an amazing first year at Doolandella Early Learning Centre in the Kindergarten One room. Being only my second year as a kindergarten teacher, I continue to learn every day from the children, the educators and the families. And I thank you all for that. Being a lifelong learner is very important and helps builds confidence.

I believe as a Kindy family we have prepared your children for the ever changing, multicultural, wonderful world that we all live in. I want to thank all the educators who have throughout the year made their impact on our Kindy children. Special thank you to Miss Phoebe and Miss Adele for their amazing work.

On January 28, 2020 our Kindy children will start the next stage in their life. Good-Byes are always hard, but they are part of life. I will be sad to see you go but I am so proud of how far you have all come. Now you are ready to start Big school. So remember always try your best. Congratulations for finishing Kindergarten!!

Indoor Experiences: Matching numerals, number words and number quantities Poster, building letters, numbers and our names with pipe cleaners and playdough, reading books on the iPad, making a number line, solving giant number and alphabet puzzles in small teams, Number Bingo, Colouring-in the correct letter sound pictures, symmetry drawing, Bingo dotter number pictures, Rainbow Roll game, 'I Can Make Good Choices' card sort game, role playing with new dress up clothes, dancing, singing, and much, much more.

Outdoor Experiences: Sandpit treasure hunt, investigating feet and shoe prints in the sandpit, jumping sacks and skipping ropes, digging to the bottom of sandpit, climbing the obstacle course, socialising and building friendships, Riding and taking turns with the tricycles, chalk writing, Transplanting our Lettuce seedlings, Dancing with bubbles, watering the garden, wet sandpit play, Tug-O-War, building tall towers with large blocks, and much, much more.

Reminders:

Please remember to label all items.

Pack a sheet, blanket, hat, spare clothes and a LATE snack (served at 5PM).

NO TOYS PLEASE!

DRINK BOTTLES AND LUNCH BOXES ARE NOT REQUIRED!

We wish all the families of Doolandella a very Safe, Happy and Merry, Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!!

Until next time

Miss Jazmin, Miss Phoebe and Miss Adele

Kindergarten 2  

​Hi Families and welcome to our final news of 2019.

This year has flown so fast and the children have grown into capable young individuals. As we pay tribute to the young leaders of the future, we know as teachers that they have started their remarkable journey towards achieving this goal. This year they have learned so much, they have remained eager and have flourished in so many ways.

Although we are sad to see them go, we are proud of the progress they have made this year. Now we give you back your children. We give them back inches taller, months wiser, more responsible and more mature than they were then. Although they would have attained this growth in spite of us, it has been our pleasure and privilege to watch their personalities unfold day by day.

Looking ahead the children are well equipped to take on the next chapter in their lives. They have strong foundations and we feel very confident we have given the children a great start in life. Congratulations to our children who Graduated last Thursday night and we wish you all the very best for the future in school. We will miss you all.

Lastly we like to wish all our families a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!!!

Miss Renae, Miss Casey and Miss Karen

Kindergarten 3  

Welcome to the last newsletter for 2019. During the first two weeks of this month we continued our learning about farm animals. Children learned about chicken life cycle and the product produced from the chicken e.g. eggs and meat. 

The Children have been busy preparing for Christmas celebrations and have continued to develop several skills during experiences. Skills practised during these activities include fine motor, Creativity, co-operation and communication skills. During the activities it was pleasing to see the Children collaborating on tasks and sharing their ideas with peers and educators.

Congratulations to the children who graduated on Thursday and are going to school next year in 2020. As allot of children are leaving to go to school the Kindergarten curriculum will cease to run. However programmed activities relating to literacy, numeracy, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive and language development will still be programmed each week.

Miss Manpreet is currently on annual leave and will return after term one next year. Miss Naomi and Miss Florence will remain in the room providing continuity of care. 

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New year. 

Miss Manpreet,Miss Naomi and Miss Florence.

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