Strategic policy The SCOH foundation, is the Board our school is connected with. With the newsletter in Dutch we added an invitation for a meeting in which the SCOH board would like to work on the future and inform its schools but also the parents who are involved in the school.
It was nice to see that many parents and children attended the family service in the Prinses Juliana church.
Extended school day As an exception the extended school day on designing for group 5 will be between 2.15pm and 3.15pm on 16th February, and only on that day children will be able to work on a bag, pillow or Tshirt.
School photographer On Tuesday 17th March the school photographer will visit our school and the Ukkepukkies. After school hours he will make time for children who do not attend our school or the Ukkepukkies. (bigger brothers or sisters or also the children not big enough to attend the Ukkepukkies or our school) You will find the sign-in lists as of 3rd March next, on the table at the main entrance, which you get to fill in. You will receive additional information.
Group 8; Secondary education
The children in group 8 are going through an exciting time. They have just finished the conversations for their school advice with the teacher. They will probably be busy visiting the secondary schools that have open days in order to gather information, which is important since that way they get to make a solid choice for their next school. They get to register already, but whether they get to be admitted depends on their final tests for CITO. This year, for the first time, the tests will be held in the first week of April. This means that the children have some extra time to practice. For the teacher but also for the parents it means keeping the children motivated. Visiting a museum, reading extra (story) books but also listening to stories from an audio book or even strip books can be helpful and improve the vocabulary.
Monday 9th February, the children left by bus to Vledder, which is located in Wilhelminaoord, in the province of Drenthe. The house is built for children living in The Hague. A place where children get to play outside, build cabins and participate in a number of activities. It is a rural area with heathlands and historic hunebeds. The program also contains a visit to historic village called Zwolle and a ride by bicycle. If they all packed warm clothes and they did not forget to bring a good mood from home they will be fine. We received the good news that they arrived safely. We wish them all lots of fun. Group 5 will have to without Mr Dirk-Jan, since he went to Wilhelminaoord with the children. Ms Marianne will be replacing him. The sports activities that usually take place on Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon have been cancelled, since also Ms Marielle Sabee also joined the groups 7 and 8 in Wilhelminaoord.
Monday 2nd March
The children attending the group called Zeeslakjes with Ms Saskia usually return to their own group on Fridays. On Monday 2nd March that will also be the case since the room will be used by the NSO where children of other schools are being taken care of. This will also be the case on Tuesday 26th May next.
Birthday celebrations: handing out treats
Children celebrating birthdays get to hand out treats to the teachers as well. We like to start the year with a minor change: Children only go to groups located at the same floor as their group. This way, things do not change for the infants who were not allowed to use any stairs all by themselves. For groups 3 and 4 this means that they stay at the ground floor. The only exception are children of groups 5-8 who are allowed to go to group 6 and vice versa (group 6 is allowed to visit groups 5,7, 8 including Taal). All this is to guard that children spend their time doing school work. We would, however, like to see more healthy treats. Check out some ideas at www.kindertraktaties.nl. During the past week we saw a number of healthy treats, which we really appreciate! Candy being treated to the children will be given to the children to be eaten at home.
Hooray, we are still free of lice. Unfortunately, we are no longer free of nits. The groups concerned received a letter and will have extra checks. Please keep checking the children’s heads by combing the wet hairs, since the next check will be on Friday 6th March 2015.
Children can only spend their lunch hour at school when a card for lunch has been bought with Ms Hannie in the kitchen upstairs. Ms Hannie is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Could you also please fill in the form at our school website? This way we get to make an overview for the teacher what the children’s regular days will be for having lunch hour at school. Without a card for lunch hour children cannot spend their lunch hour at school. We like to thank you in advance.
Coming to school too late:
Many children still enter the school after the second bell, which is too late. We would like to stress that coming to school on time is a necessity. It is not good for anyone if children enter the classroom late. When children of groups 3-8 are late: it is no longer necessary to get a “red” card, since sometimes that could mean loss of time (and at times even disturbing the group twice). The teacher makes note of children that enter the group late. The first bell is at 8.25am, if everyone could make sure to be in the group at that time, the lessons could actually start at 8.30am. (second bell) When children come late to school too often we have the obligation to notify the Hague department for leerplicht, which is when children are late 9 times or more.
It goes without saying, that children cannot go home earlier without any particular reason. The teacher or member of the direction needs to be informed prior to taking your child home earlier with a legitimate reason. (doctor’s appointment, or any other appointment during school hours)
School trip Thursday 30 April 2015 we can look forward to the annual Oranjeschool school trip! This time, we made arrangements for amusement park Drievliet.
The expenses will be estimated at an amount of €25 per child. For now, we are busy calculating and you will be informed additionally about the exact amount.
Applying as guide for the group is not necessary just yet, since it is not clear for us yet what number we need to think of per group.
The school trip will be for the groups 1-6, since groups 7 and 8 will be off to Werk week. We will inform you separately as soon as possible.
Calling sick/ absence
Could you please contact our school when your child is ill before school starts (which is at 8.30am) using phone number 070-3540457. This is new policy which we are obligated to do on account of leerplicht. We need to get a phone call from home as long as your child is ill (or not feeling well) every day, preferably before the lessons start. This is another obligation of the department of leerplicht. The administration makes a round along the groups and in case the teacher had not yet received a message from you then you can expect a phone call from school. If we still do not get contact with you we are obliged to report that your child is absence illegitimately and when a child is absence more than 2 days we need to inform the department for leerplicht. That is the reason why we like to stress that you please let us know on daily basis that your child is absence, for which we like to thank you in advance. In case of an appointment for doctor(GP), dentist or any other appointment, please hand your child a note to inform the teacher. The teacher has a standard note that can be used.
Vakantiepas Club spring holiday
The creators of the ZomervakantiePas have a number of discounts for the spring holiday as well.
Some examples are: diving into Tikibad at Duinrell, looking for dinasaurs at the Museon or participating at e workshop from Rabarber’s theatre school for youth.
Children of elementary schools get to apply as VP club member through the website www.kindervakantiepas.nl. About 2 weeks before every school holiday they will receive an email with coupons and a link connected to the website where activities have been described.
Should your child not be VP Club member, do not hesitate and apply (free of charge) through www.kindervakantiepas.nl
New theme called “Circus”.
This week, we have started with a new theme called “circus”. The groups have been turned into a magnificent circus and we hope that this way we get to challenge the children to talk about the circus a lot. We take a closer look at short movies, read books and do games, create crafts and so on. During the next few weeks we will be busy working on the theme. We will also have a number of activities for Spelinloop. You will come won’t you?
Theme Circus activity for Spelinloop:
Thursday 12th February, for all the groups.
Wednesday 18th February for the Red group.
Friday 20th February for the yellow and the Blue group.
Monday 2nd March for all the groups.
Thursday 12th March for all the groups.
Tuesday 24th March for all the groups. This is the final day we work on the theme, it would be nice if you could all join!
We went to the library last week with all the groups, which was an enormous success! We were happy to see that so many parents were able to join us.
We wish you a nice week!