Newsletter No. 5 - September 2020

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. ” Proverbs 22:6

Kia Ora Families and Whanau

As I look out my window the snow is falling, but the birds are tweeting so hang in there - spring is here (somewhere under all that white stuff!) and summer is not too far away.

A big WELCOME to all our new families; we hope you are settling into life at KidzWay. There are still some vacancies available so spread the word to your contacts, or if you’d like to pick up some more days for your child, just give Kath in the office a call.

Please read all the way to the bottom of this newsletter as there are some great events coming up and dates to mark on your calendar. :)

Ka Kite, Denise (Head Teacher), Josanne, Michelle, Alison, Nicky, Sally, Fiona, Vanessa and Kay (Teachers) and Kath (Administrator)

Proposed Visit to Dinosaur Exhibition - Otago Museum

To further develop the children’s ‘dinosaur’ interest, we are planning a trip to the Dinosaur Revolution Exhibition at the Otago Museum in Dunedin.

When: Thursday 22 October

Cost: $8.50 (total) per child and accompanying adult. Any children under 3 years old are free. $10.00 per adult not accompanying a child.

Transport: Parents’ cars

Arrival time at Dunedin: 10:30am

Arrival time back at Tapanui: by 3:00pm

All our KidzWay families are welcome to attend. Please note that if the trip goes ahead, KidzWay will be closed for the day.

Please fill out the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ in the foyer ASAP so we can gauge interest.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit:

Ngahere Explorers

Ngahere Explorers will be held on Thursday mornings next term, starting on Thursday 15 October.

There will be a short meeting for parents of Thursday four-year-olds who have not been involved in this programme before, at 9:00am onThursday 8 October. Also, the last day of Ngahere Explorers this year will be Thursday 26 November.

2020 Parenting Tool Box Course

It's great to see the list of names on the Tool Box enrolment form. Michelle and Alison are looking forward to facilitating this course for you, starting at 7:30pm next Tuesday night (6 October), here at KidzWay. It’s still not too late to enrol - Denise will order the manuals on Thursday.

ERO Visit

We have received notification that the Education Review Office (ERO) will be coming to conduct their external evaluation of KidzWay some time over the week starting 27 October 2020. This is their third attempt at trying to get to us this year!! We look forward to welcoming them, and we will let you know the actual date when we are informed.

Pet Day

This popular event will take place on Wednesday 11 November… watch this space for more information to come!!

Thank You…

Patrick Sloane - from Seasons - for photographing our Lantern Festival evening.

KidzWay families - for your support of Wig Wednesday and Wacky Hair Days - we raised $89.20 for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Parents who fill out surveys - thank you, it is so good to get your feedback on our “Four-Month-In” and “Exit” surveys. Your words of affirmation encourage us, and your constructive critique helps us to improve.

Dates for your Calendar:

Tuesday 6 October: Parenting Tool Box Course starts, 7:30pm

Thursday 8 October: Ngahere Explorers Parent Meeting, 9:00am

Thursday 22 October: Proposed trip to the Dinosaur Revolution Exhibition at the Otago Museum

Monday 26 October: Labour Day - CENTRE CLOSED

Week of Tuesday 27 October: Visit from the Education Review Office

Wednesday 11 November: Pet Day

Wednesday 9 December: KidzWay Christmas Concert

Wednesday 23 December: KidzWay’s final day for 2020

Monday 18 January: KidzWay re-opens for 2021

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.” Frederick Douglas


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