Newsletter No. 6 - December 2019

Another prophecy fulfilled! "You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket lying in a manger." Luke 2:12

Kia Ora Families and Whanau

It is only six more sleeps until the KidzWay Christmas Concert!! Once again the children are into rehearsal mode in preparation for this event. Come along with your extended families and support your child as they share the Christmas story and their favourite songs for 2019. :)

From all the staff here at KidzWay; we have enjoyed spending our year with you and your children. We wish you all a happy, refreshing and safe holiday season. We look forward to hearing all about your holiday adventures when we get back together in 2020. Also you are welcome to take your child’s profile book home over the holidays and note your thoughts on their work.

We look forward to partnering with you again in 2020.

Hari Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau houki a koutou katoa

Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.

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

KidzWay Christmas Concert

WHEN: Wednesday 11 December at 1:30pm

WHERE: Church on the Way, Tapanui Presbyterian Church (11 Sussex St)

PLEASE BRING: A plate to share for afternoon tea in the church hall

Parents of children holding key roles in our Nativity Play will be informed shortly.

We encourage children who do not attend on a Wednesday to join us to take part in the concert. Could these children please be dropped off at KidzWay by 1:15pm so we can all walk up to church as a group. Please note that you are responsible for your child while at the church. If you notice that your child is not enjoying the stage experience, please pop up at any time and take your child back to your seat. Also, please feel free to use the crèche in the church foyer if your child/children become restless and hinder others from hearing the performance.

A shared afternoon tea in the adjoining church hall will follow straight after the concert. Please come and collect your child from the stage and take them through to the hall, get them something to eat, and sit them on the blue tarpaulin. Tea and coffee will be served also. KidzWay will be open after the concert for you to collect your child’s bag and belongings.

We look forward to seeing all of our KidzWay children there.

Expressing Gratitude and Caring for Others

At this time of the year, we always talk to the children about the virtues of generosity and being grateful for all we have, and how sometimes children and families in our community will not have yummy food or gifts this Christmas. To help our children to understand this, we are planning to contribute to the Gore Salvation Army’s Christmas hampers. If you are able to, please donate non-perishable food items, Christmas treats or NEW toys in the basket in the KidzWay foyer. These donations will be taken into the Sallies by 19 December. Thank you for your generosity.

Tapanui Christmas Eve Parade – Tuesday 24 December, 7:00pm

KidzWay will be entering a float in the parade this year. If you would like your child to be part of the KidzWay float, please bring your child to Sussex St outside the church at 6:45pm.

Ngahere Explorers Term One 2020

Ngahere Explorers (our nature walks programme) will take place on Mondays next term, starting on Monday 3 February 2020. The 10 oldest Monday four-year-olds will be involved every week, and the next oldest four-year-olds will be the “reserves” in case there is a child absent.

Parents will be placed on a parent-help roster throughout the term – please let Kath know as soon as possible if you have a preference for your parent-help date.

Summer Holidays

To help us with staffing requirements, please let Kath know if your child will be away at any stage over the school holiday period. Many thanks.

A Couple of Friendly Reminders

Drink Bottles: Please provide a drink bottle for your child.

Name Tags, Hats and Bags: Please help your child put up their name tags on both hooks and cubbies, plus ensure they have a named hat on their hook. This helps us so much in managing routines. :)

Sun Protective Clothing: Over these hot summer months please ensure your children wear clothing that covers their shoulders like light cotton t-shirts. Strappy dresses and singlets do not provide enough protection.

Lost Property: Please check the pile of lost property for any of your child’s missing clothes. Any items left at the end of the year will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Thank You…

· George Kopa for being our Pet Day Celebrity Judge.

· All the parents who have assisted with Ngahere Explorers this year, we couldn’t run this programme without you.

· Andy and Caleb Stuart for putting up the KidzWay shade sails.

· Bevan and Megan Martyn for supplying manuka poles for our flying fox platform.

Dates for your Calendar:

Wednesday 11 December: KidzWay Christmas Concert at 1:30pm, Church on the Way.

Friday 20 December: KidzWay closes for 2019 at 1:00pm.

Tuesday 24 December: Tapanui Christmas Eve Parade at 7pm. Children riding on the float meet at 6:45pm.

Monday 13 January 2020: KidzWay opens for 2020 at 8:30am.

Monday 3 February 2020: Ngahere Explorers starts for our 10 oldest Monday four-year-olds.


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