Information Letter to new parents

GENERAL INFORMATION LETTER for 2019 – New parents and learners

Dear Parents

WELCOME!!
A warm welcome to all our new parents and learners! Soon you will be part of the Farmyard family, and we trust that you will feel right at home!

Remember, our office door is always open.
The first day of school for 2019 will be on Monday 7 January. We have an orientation/fun programme from 7-11 January. If you want to start later than 7 January, please let us know when your first day will be.

IMPORTANT ‘TIPS’ TO ALL NEW PARENTS
The ‘settling in’ period at the beginning of the year is stressful for both you, and your child. Therefore, we would like to assist with tips to make things a little easier.

Please be assured that your child will receive love, reassurance, and hugs throughout the day from the Farmyard staff.

We will care for your child as if he/she is our own. Farmyard is their second home and the welfare and happiness of each learner is extremely important to us.

We have appointed additional staff members for the transition stage in January. Be assured your child will learn to adapt with loving and patient Farmyard staff members to care for him/her.

It will help both your child, and us, immensely if you can assist us by doing the following:

* For your Orange or Green class little one - send a ‘comfort’ item to school if necessary (dummy, toy, blankly etc.) Please note that this is only temporary.

*Your own positive, friendly and calm attitude will go a long way in making your child feel secure when he/she is being dropped off.

* Encourage your child to be adventurous and to try out all the new activities at school.

* Show him/her that you trust the teacher and her assistants.

* Praise your child if he/she shows independence.

*Have conversations with him/her before school, e.g.: “You are going to play with your friends and have lots of fun at school. We will pick you up after nap time/play time, and you can tell Mommy about your day!”

*Until your child feels comfortable in this new environment, please try and fetch him/her at the same time every day. As the school day is also structured around a specific routine, the learners will adjust very soon if they know exactly what to expect from all of us.

*And MOST IMPORTANTLY say goodbye in a loving way and make it as short as possible. This ensures that his/her adjustment to our school routine will be short and sweet. Assure your child that the teacher will look after him/her and that he/she is going to enjoy playing with new friends and toys.

*Please mark all items clearly.

*Our door is always open. Please feel free to discuss anything with us. We, as the principals of Farmyard, as well as the teachers, have the training and experience necessary to give you sound advice.

WEBSITE
Please visit our website http://www.littlefarmyard.co.za/ for general information concerning school hours, fees, year programme, educational programmes, daily schedules per class, etc.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
*Email: If you need to email us, please use the following email address: lfy@littlefarmyard.co.za
We use a Gmail address to send information letters to you in bulk. The Gmail address is a NO REPLY email address.
Farmyard Blog
Have you ever wondered why your child does or doesn’t do certain things? Especially when you see other children doing or not doing those things. Well Farmyard has started a blog page and these blogs are filled with well-researched, tried and tested information. These compiled pieces will hopefully give you some clarity on how to deal with a few serious and sometimes funny situations that you may find yourself dealing with. You will find this blog at https://kidsmanual.wordpress.com Happy reading!
WhatsApp and broadcast groups
We would love to be able to give you the opportunity to have a peek at all the fun your child gets up to this year. To enable us to do so, in an efficient and easy manner, we will be setting up a WhatsApp group for every class.
The purple and yellow groups will be set up as WhatsApp broadcast groups. The Farmyard office will be the administrator of this group. Photos and messages will be posted at the teacher’s request.
The orange, green and blue groups will have the individual teachers of the class as administrators of their own groups.
We will send reminders and photos as often as reasonably possible but please remember that we are teachers first and photographers second.
To ensure the success of the orange, green and blue class groups, we will be laying down very stringent ground rules that we do insist that you follow.
Ground rules are as follows:
*Please do not post messages on the group that do not pertain to the group as a whole. If you have an enquiry, please WhatsApp your child’s teacher directly or make contact via the school number.
*Messages may only be posted during the Farmyard business hours - 6:30 to 18:00 Monday to Friday. We do not want our dedicated and hardworking teachers, who work very long hours, to feel like their personal time is being violated, and no consideration is being taken into account that each teacher has her own family and responsibilities after hours.
*Do not post any picture messages, meme’s, videos, jokes or general remarks on the group.
*If your child’s teacher posts a notice or photos on the group, it is not necessary to reply in confirmation. If you do want to post a remark, do so directly to the teacher and not on the group.
*Please remain considerate and diplomatic at all times when communication on the group. Consideration to one another’s religion and culture is of utmost importance to us.
If the above rules are not adhered to, the benefits that these groups afford us will then unfortunately not be worth the issues that will arise from non-compliance.
Informal report back about your child’s day:
Our staff members work in two shifts because of the 11½-hour day. The group on the early shift works from 6:30 -16:30, and the group on the late shift works from 7:50 – 18:00. These two shifts alternate weekly.

From 7:50 to 16:30 all members of staff are at school, but before 7:50 and after 16:30 only one staff member from each class is on duty. We have additional assistants who will assist early in the mornings in the Orange, Green and Blue classes when necessary.
If you wish to discuss any matter whatsoever, and the teacher isn’t available, feel free to talk to Rika or Martie. We always aim for excellence and will gladly follow up any problems that you may encounter. Our office door is always open to our parents, children and staff.

Depending on the time that you bring your child in the mornings, or collect your child in the afternoon, you will either see your child’s class teacher or the class assistant/assistants.
The teacher or assistant will have a brief chat with you every afternoon regarding your child’s day. If there are any problems, these will be addressed immediately via the office, e.g. a sick child, any incidents of a more serious nature, disciplinary problems, concerns with a child’s progress, etc.

We do not use the ‘message book’ system as a report back on the child’s day, as this system is ineffective and time consuming and the teacher would prefer to spend all her time teaching, playing, bonding with, assessing and caring for the learners in her class. A lot gets lost in translation when it comes to hastily written messages, so we prefer personal, face-to-face feedback.

PERMISSION FOR INDIVIDUALS, OTHER THAN A PARENT, TO COLLECT A LEARNER FROM FARMYARD
On your first day at Farmyard, you will receive a purple form to complete and sign. On this form you will list the names AND ID NUMBERS of any individuals who will fetch your child from Farmyard on a regular basis. This person must then present his/her ID, especially in the beginning of the year or until the Farmyard staff members recognize the listed person on sight. Kindly complete and sign the form in the classroom and hand it back to the teacher, even if you do not want to list anyone.
This form gives the said person permission to collect your child from Farmyard at any time. Therefore, you will not have to inform the office on a daily basis regarding this.
However, a phone call from you will be necessary every time you send a person whose name is not on the purple form.
Permission for photos to be posted on social media
Farmyard is on Facebook! If you have not already sent us a friend’s request, please do so. This way you can keep up to date with all the action that happens when we have special events and fun days! There is also a daily quote to get you thinking and motivate you. There will be occasions where we will post photos that contain various children doing various fun filled activities. To avoid any issues where there are privacy concerns, we ask that you sign the permission or denial section on the purple form stated above. We do our very best to make sure that all photos of the children are taken from behind, but we do want to use this medium to share excited and joy-filled facial expressions. Please note that our Facebook page is visible to the public, as we have educational tips and
blogs that we would like to share with a broader community than just our Facebook friends. We will not be tagging you in any of the photos, you are more than welcome to do this yourself, or request that we tag you, so that your Facebook friends and family can see your little one having fun at Farmyard!

EXTRA-MURAL ACTIVITIES FOR 2019
All extra-mural activities start on the 1st February 2019 and end on 29th November 2019. No extra-mural activities will be reflected on your January account. There will be no charge for the promotional lessons offered in January.
***Registrations done during 2018 will not be applicable for 2019.
Please register for the activities of your choice in January. We request that you collect the appropriate forms for the activities that you want to register your child for. The forms will be available in the Farmyard office from 7th of January 2019.
Please hand in all forms by 17th January 2019, at the latest, to enable us to have the February invoice ready on time.
You are welcome to register for extra-mural activities during the year as well.
There will be no extra-mural activities during the March/April, June/July, and September/October holidays.
As always, we will follow a special Farmyard Holiday programme during school holidays.
The extra-mural fees were calculated according to the following method:
Basic monthly fee – discount for holidays = Rx X 10 months (Feb – Nov)
The Extra-mural registration fees are payable annually. The monthly extra mural fee is payable, with your school fee amount, to Little Farmyard Pre-Primary School. All items will be listed on your Farmyard invoice.
If your child is in Gr R (born in 2013) and Gr RR (born in 2014), kindly do not enrol him/her in more than 2 activities without speaking to his/her teacher, as we have a very full educational programme for them during the course of the morning.
It will not be to the learner’s detriment if they are not enrolled in any extra-mural activities. The different learning activities, which are included in the Farmyard fee, are of a high standard and excellent variety. This will enable every learner to develop to their full potential.

EXTRA-MURAL ACTIVITIES – FEES: FEB-NOV 2019
Little Lab Coats Leandra: 082-467-4900 R200 (R230 reg. )per month MONDAY 10:45 Exciting, high quality, out-of-the-box science classes for learners 4-6
Monkeynastix Arlene: 083-379-5680 R240 per month (R190 reg.) MONDAY 9:30 Development of general motor imitation skills, strength, agility and flexibility for learners from 2 (ONLY FOR GREEN AND BLUE CLASSES)
Ballet Lee-Ann: 082-549-3557 R230 per month (No reg.) TUESDAY 8:00 Ballet classes include the use of storytelling, props and acting for girls 3-6
Pottery Art & Crafts Lillanie: 082-929-7585 R200 per month (R120 reg.) TUESDAY 9:30 Development of creative, educational and motor skills by using pottery and craft lessons as a medium for learners 3-6
Dance Mouse Chantelle: 082-834-1615 R240 per month (R170 reg.) WEDNESDAY 10:30 Enhances sensory, vestibular (balance) and gross motor skills, rhythm and self-confidence. Excellent for core muscle development. (ONLY FOR YELLOW AND PURPLE CLASSES)
Babynastix Annerie 082-335-8668 R290 per month (R190 reg.) THURSDAY 9:00 Developing and stimulating baby’s senses, while developing physical, emotional, cognitive and language areas. The instructor works with each baby individually for 25 minutes per baby. For babies up to 12 months.
Soccerstarz Josh 071-334-0177 R160 per month (R150 reg.) THURSDAY 10:30 Development of skills specifically related to Soccer for boys and girls 4-6.
Mini Netball Sandra: 083-271-1486 R210 per month (R120 reg.) FRIDAY 8:30 Development of skills specifically related to Netball for girls 4-6.
Rugby Kids Alex: 084-871-5978 R240 per month (R120 reg.) FRIDAY 9:00 Development of skills specifically related to Rugby for boys and girls 3-6

LEARNING ACTIVITIES AT LITTLE FARMYARD
The teaching and learning activities cover the following learning areas:
*Development of short and long-term memory
*Stimulating creativity through arts, crafts and music
*Mathematics, language and literacy
*Perception and body awareness
*Life skills
*We provide the workbooks (compiled by the academic forum of LFY) for Gr.R and Gr.RR as listed below:
- The Little Farmyard activity book Gr RR
- Two homework books for Gr R (Book 1 = Term 1+2, Book 2 = Term 3+4)
- The Little Farmyard activity book Gr R
*We implement the Move to Learn programme (Barbara Pheloung), as well as the learning activities from Practica, the “Grow-Learning Company” and the Farmyard Gross motor syllabus.
*Our Gross motor programme (“Gladiators”) promotes the development of the following:
Gross motor skills, co-ordination, midline crossing, perceptual development, balance, bilateral integration,
spatial awareness, etc.

FARMYARD MUSIC PROGRAMME (Included in your monthly school fee)
Teacher Rietha teaches the Junior Collage Music Appreciation Programme on Wednesdays - February to November. The green, blue, yellow and purple classes will attend the lessons.
The learners enjoy these sessions thoroughly and auditory discrimination is developed while they are having fun with music! We follow a separate programme for the Orange class.

‘TUCK SHOP TREAT ON MONDAYS’ (Included in your monthly school fee)
This treat is handed out on Monday mornings after learning activities and takes the form of a packet of chips with a sweet treat, or ice cream and cones.

GROSS MOTOR PROGRAMME (Included in your monthly school fee)
The learners participate in the outdoor Gross motor programme on Thursdays - February to November. This programme is meant for the green, blue, yellow and purple classes, and develops the following:
*Hand-eye co-ordination
*Midline crossing
*Spatial awareness
*Visual motor integration
*Foot-eye co-ordination
*Balance
*Muscle strength
*Perception, ability to plan and follow instructions, etc.
We use balls, hula hoops, bean bags, trampolines, swings and various other pieces of equipment to prepare different stations where the learners follow a certain route, by completing several specific tasks. We change the stations on a regular basis to challenge the learners. They are always very enthusiastic about the ‘Gladiator course’!
We follow a separate programme for the orange class.

MOVE TO LEARN PROGRAMME (Included in your monthly school fee)
In every class, a Move to Learn programme is followed on a daily basis. This programme promotes left and right brain integration. We do specific physical activities with the learners to develop the following:
*ability to concentrate
*awareness of space
*co-ordination
*midline crossing, etc.

GR R AND GR RR – 2019
Learners born in 2013 will be in the Gr R group, and those born in 2014 will be in the Gr RR group. The older
Gr RR learners will already be in the Purple class with the Gr R group, as our teachers do group work throughout the year. The younger Gr RR learners will be in the Yellow class, where these learners follow the same academic programme as the Purple class Gr RR group. See the age list on notice board on the first day of school.
The concert/graduation ceremony at the end of the year only includes the Gr R and RR learners. More information concerning this matter will be available in February.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDEPENDENCE
As part of school readiness, a Gr R learner must be able to function independently when it comes to separating from parents in the mornings, eating, dressing and undressing, daily chores, etc.
We promote independence and a sense of responsibility in our young learners by giving them the task of taking care of their clothing, toys, school books and doing their homework themselves. Parents need only to assist in making sure that the homework instruction is clear to the learner.
Emotional independence is also vital when your young child goes to Primary school. If you promote independence from home as well, your child will become a balanced and self-confident young person you can be proud of.
*Allow them to clear up their own rooms and assist with chores in the house and in the garden.
*Do not carry your child in to school, let them walk (wherever possible).
*Let them carry their own bags and teach them to look after their stationery and homework books.
*Allow them to make a mess by trying and trying again. It is through messes and mistakes that we all
learn. Use positive reinforcement, even if the attempt is not successful. This is how they learn not to
give up and try again.

PROGRESS REPORTS AND PORTFOLIOS
The teachers continually assess each learner throughout the year, and you will receive a progress report every term.
If we find that there is a problem with your child’s progress, we will arrange a meeting with you to discuss the concern and find a solution.
At the end of every term you will receive your child’s portfolio with the following:
-progress report
-workbook or workbooks (only Gr. RR and Gr. R)
-an assortment of the term’s work
You may keep the report, but the portfolio (with its contents) and workbooks MUST be returned to school the following week. The children need their portfolios and workbooks for their new work every term. However, at the end of the year, you may keep your child’s workbooks and portfolio. It is a good way to store their best work for the year.

DISCIPLINE
*Prevention and distraction.
*Where there are more serious behavioural problems, we will discuss
the matter with you at the end of the school day.
The 5 star system – Purple and Yellow
To motivate positive behaviour, we have a 5 star reward system in place in the Yellow and Purple classes. For good behaviour and diligence during learning activities, a star will be rewarded to the children according to merit.
When the requirements above are not met, a star can be forfeited. When a child has 5 stars, he/she will be rewarded with an item from the treasure chest.

STATIONERY – January 2018
The Cartridge Shop has kindly offered to have the necessary stationery items available for the Farmyard parents.
You are welcome to contact them at 011 954 0637. If you need to have your complete stationery package made ready for you, please place the order by phone before you go to the Cartridge shop. If you misplaced your stationery list, ask for one at the Farmyard office. The Cartridge shop also have their own Farmyard stationery lists for every class.
Please hand in your child’s package NO LATER THAN 11 January 2019.
The colouring books must be age appropriate and must not be an activity book.

FARMYARD T-SHIRTS
We request that all Farmyard learners wear their t-shirts every Thursday. The t-shirts will be handed out on
10 January 2019.
As we do not carry stock, each learner will receive one t-shirt for the year. Please wash the t-shirt in cold water and do not iron on the print.

FARMYARD STAFF – 2019
Purple class – Teacher Rietha, Assistants Granny and Lorraine (Mon, Wed, Fri)
Yellow class – Teacher Jeanne, Assistants Tshepi and Lorraine (Tue, Thur)
Blue class – Teacher Elieze, Assistants Ruth and Sandra
Green class – Teacher Cindy, Assistants Tina and Maggie
Organge class – Teacher Malanie, Assistants Ursula and Claire

OFFICE MANAGER/Acting Principal
Either Rika or Martie will be available from 6:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday. There are however, times when banking or purchases for the school need to be done, or workshops and meetings may be attended.
All our teachers are very well trained, experienced and trustworthy. They are more than capable of handling any problem or query you may have.
To ensure the smooth running of the school, when either Rika or Martie are unavailable, Teacher Cindy will be available as our acting principal/office manager. If you need any assistance after 16:30, ask any staff member to call Cindy. If you ever need to discuss a matter with us, kindly let us know, and we will book a time for you and give you our undivided attention.

THE FARMYARD MENU
We request that you do not send ANY food, snacks or sweets to school. Little Farmyard has a balanced menu where we provide more than enough food, drinks and snacks during the day. Children also have the option to ask for a second helping, if still hungry.
If your child has a food allergy, a packed lunch box may only be sent once prior arrangement has been made with Rika or Martie.
The learners are very active during the afternoon free play time, and it is quite normal for your child to be hungry when you collect him/her late in the day, as it is nearly time for the evening meal.
If your child is at school between 6:30-7:15 in the morning, we do allow a fruit or yoghurt, the Squish yoghurt/fruit puree, or the Purity yoghurt/fruit puree, but nothing else. Please do not send any other food type – no sweets, chips, muffins, biscuits, junk food, sandwiches, baked goods, etc. We have chosen fruit and yoghurt as an early morning snack as it is nutritionally beneficial, and easy to eat. If some learners are allowed to eat what others are not, it creates feelings of unhappiness and favouritism.

FINANCES
You will receive your invoice on the 20th of every month. Kindly take the invoice from your child’s peg board and check your invoice on a monthly basis, as the amount owed may change from month to month because of the following factors:
-enrolment for extra-mural activities
-concert fee (only Gr. R and RR learners)
-penalty fees for late collection of a child
-penalty fees for late payment of school fees (10%)
-afternoon fees for half day learners who go home after 14:00
-increase in school fees, re-registration for 2020, etc.
Fees are payable strictly in advance (on or before the 3rd of each month). Should any parent resign before the end of the month (or before the end of the year), no refunds will be made.
A penalty fee of 10% will be charged when fees are paid later than the said date.
One month’s written notice (on the 1st of the month) is required for termination of enrolment and should this not be adhered to, the full fee for the month will be charged.
A full fee must be paid while the learner is absent or on holiday.
The full monthly fee is payable from JANUARY TO DECEMBER.
Those parents, who resign at the end of the school year (October for November), are still responsible for the full December fee.
The extra-mural activities are excluded from the monthly fee.
School fees will be increased on 1 August 2019 by a possible 6-10%. Extra-mural and registration fees will be increased annually in January.
We offer 10% discount on the monthly fee if more than one child per family is enrolled. (Discount is not applicable when it comes to extra-mural activities.)
Half-day enrolment is from 6:30 – 14:00. If you need to leave your child later, please arrange with the office, and your account will reflect an afternoon fee of R60 per child per afternoon.
We request that you verify your account details on a monthly basis.

ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR 2019
To enable you to plan for the rest of the year, you may expect the following additional costs during your child’s school year at Farmyard for 2019.
*Concert fee only for Gr R and Gr RR learners. (Information letter in February).
*10 and 11 Apr: Photo day (Information letter - February).
*1 August: Annual increase in school fees.
*30 September: Annual registration fee for Jan 2020 – R1250 for all Farmyard learners.
The annual registration fee covers the cost of the following:
-workbooks
-educational games and equipment, sandpit toys, paints and other items for art
projects
-face cloths, sheets, blankets
-maintenance and/or replacement of the playground equipment

PLEASE NOTE:
*Always leave a clean set of clothes and underwear in your child’s bag, as well as a plastic bag for soiled/wet clothing. EVERYTHING MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED!!!

*We start with potty training once the little ones have settled in. It usually takes about 2 weeks for learners to feel comfortable in their new environment. Potty training will commence for learners from the age of 24 months.

* Remember to send a clearly marked hat, which stays at school. Do not send your child to school without a CLEARLY MARKED bag to put all his/her goodies in!
*Kindly do not allow learners to bring any food, toys, sweets, chewing gum, coins etc. to school, or wear jewellery to school.

*Please do not send CHEWING GUM, JELLO MOULDS, LOLLIPOPS, BALLOONS, ROUND AND HARD SWEETS OR SHERBET to school in party packs. These items are choking hazards.

*Let the office know if you are going on holiday, or if you are going to keep your child at home because of illness.

*To ensure the safety of our children, NEVER allow your child to use the gate code.

*Please notify us immediately with regards to changes in your personal information e.g. telephone numbers, medical aid etc.
MEDICATION AND SUNSCREEN:
*Kindly apply sunscreen to your child’s face, neck, arms and legs before you bring him/her to school. Never leave the sunscreen in your child’s bag. As we have a busy daily schedule to follow, the sunscreen cannot be applied at school. Thank you for your co-operation in this regard.

Please administer Vitamins at home if possible.
All medication to the office please – never leave medication in your child’s bag. We will only administer medicine if you have given us written instructions. It is your responsibility to ensure that medication does not stay behind at school.
(The forms are available in the office)
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND ARRIVAL IN THE MORNINGS:
The learners in the Yellow and Purple classes have a full programme to finish during 2019, and if they are not at school every day, they miss important learning activities.
We request that you accompany your child to his/her class every morning and see to it that his/her bag is put away in the assigned pigeon hole. Then “deliver” Blue, Yellow and Purple class learners to the Purple class if it is earlier than 8:00. Orange and Green class learners go to their own classes from 6:30. Thank you for your co-operation in this regard.

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME:
Parents, please keep your child at home if he or she:
*has any contagious skin condition or ANY contagious illness
*has a fever or had a fever during the night
*has a heavy cold or the flu
*has a runny tummy
*has an eye infection
*has a bad, constant cough
*has been vomiting
*has a sore throat
*has tonsillitis
*has head lice or nits:
Please inspect your child’s hair regularly, and if you find head lice or nits, DO NOT
bring him/her to school until the situation is resolved. Your pharmacist will be able to
give you the best advice. Head lice or nits is very commonly found in pre-primary and
primary schools, but it must be tended to at home immediately upon discovery, as it
spreads so easily.
We have to keep the well being of all our children in mind and protect them against contracting an illness as far as possible.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Little Farmyard will be open during all school holidays except the following:
*We will be closed on all public holidays, and on 22 March and 23 September 2019.
*We will close on Wednesday 4 December 2019 and open on Monday 6 January 2020.
As Farmyard only officially closes during the December holiday, a holiday programme will be followed
during the April, July and September/October school breaks.
Little Farmyard business hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 – 18:00.

PARKING AREA
Please note that the parking area is used at your own risk. Mind your step – this space is on uneven terrain. The owners and staff of Little Farmyard Pre-Primary School will not accept any responsibility or liability for any claim on loss or damage to property, or injury which may occur resulting from the use of the parking area. Do not allow your children, especially the older sibling to run around or play unattended in the parking area while you are attending to the younger sibling. Cars are moving in and out all the time, and this really poses a danger to your child. Please do not leave an unsupervised child in your car. Drive slowly and carefully in the parking area as there may be young learners moving between parked vehicles.

PLAYGROUND
Parents/Guardians/Family members are responsible for the children in their care until the moment the child is handed to a staff member in the mornings. When the child is collected from a Farmyard staff member in the afternoons, responsibility for the child is handed over to the parent/guardian/family member.
There are no staff members available to supervise outside after 16:00, as they are busy with the learners inside. Please do not allow your child to run off and play outside unattended while you are talking to a teacher or another parent. The same applies for early in the morning. We cannot allow unattended children on the playground, as an accident can easily happen. For that reason, we do not allow Orange, Green and Blue class learners on the senior playground. The equipment is meant for older learners.
The owners or staff of Little Farmyard Pre-Primary School will not be held responsible for the actions of an unsupervised child on the playground or inside the building while the child is in the parent’s care.

LITTLE FARMYARD YEAR PROGRAMME 2019

7 Jan 2019 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL-Welcome back!!! – Orientation week/Fun at Farmyard. Jumping castle up to 11 January.
Promotional lessons for Extra-mural activities from 7-11 January. Information letter, purple form and Year programme
*Little Lab coats and Monkeynastix
8 Jan Registration for extra-mural starts. My name is....
Ice cream and cones Collect forms from the office Jumping castle
*Ballet and Pottery
9 Jan Theme: Jumping castle and games with music. My symbol…. *Dance Mouse
10 Jan Jumping castle fun. This is me…the beginning of my portfolio at FY!
Farmyard t-shirts. *Babynastix and Soccerstarz
11 Jan Jumping castle fun and FY sports. Ice cream and cones.
*Rugga and Mini netball. DEADLINE FOR STATIONERY AND PURPLE FORMS
14 Jan Theme: I am unique Hand in Extra-Mural registration forms
17 Jan DEADLINE FOR FEBRUARY INVOICE – HAND IN EXTRA-MURAL FORMS
21 Jan Theme: The wonder of my 5 senses Newsletter and invoice out 20th of every month
28 Jan Theme: Water
4 Feb Theme Hygiene
Farmyard Move to Learn programme every Thursday from Feb-Nov Farmyard Music programme every Wednesday from Feb-Nov
Gladiators!
Fun with music!
6 Feb Educational visit: What Walrus – My body, my senses. Pets. 8:30
11 Feb Theme: The space I live in
14 Feb Wear something red!!
18 Feb Theme: My family
25 Feb – 11 Mar ASSESSMENT
15 Mar Progress reports and portfolios ready for parents
18-29 Mar HOLIDAY PROGRAMME No Extra-Mural activities
21 Mar PUBLIC HOLIDAY – HUMAN RIGHTS FARMYARD CLOSED
22 Mar SCHOOL HOLIDAY FARMYARD CLOSED
1 Apr Theme: Nature conservation Return portfolios and work books
8 Apr Theme: Autumn DEADLINE PHOTO ORDERS
10 Apr Photo day 1 – Wednesday
11 Apr Photo day 2 - Thursday
15 Apr Theme: Healthy choices
17 Apr Educational visit: What Walrus – The forgetful Easter bunny
19 Apr PUBLIC HOLIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY FARMYARD CLOSED
22 Apr PUBLIC HOLIDAY – FAMILY DAY FARMYARD CLOSED
23 Apr Theme: Reptiles
29 Apr Theme: Trees and Paper
1 May PUBLIC HOLIDAY – WORKER’S DAY FARMYARD CLOSED
6 May Theme: Insects
13 May Theme: Going to the doctor Eye screening week at FY – Dr Leandra Lombard
20 May Theme: My emotions
27 May – 13 Jun ASSESSMENT
14 Jun Progress Reports and portfolios out
17 Jun PUBLIC HOLIDAY – YOUTH DAY FARMYARD CLOSED
18 Jun – 5 Jul HOLIDAY PROGRAMME - no extra mural activities Return portfolios and work books
8 Jul Theme: Winter
10 Jul Educational visit: What Walrus – Our community and helpers 8:30
15 Jul Theme: My pets
22 Jul Theme: Fire safety Safety drill at FY
29 Jul Theme: Police
5 Aug Theme: My Rights
9 Aug PUBLIC HOLIDAY- WOMEN’S DAY FARMYARD CLOSED
12 Aug Theme: Transport
19 Aug Theme: Marine life
26 Aug Why do we have seasons – P,Y Birds – B,G,O
2-20 Sept ASSESSMENT
6 Sept Spring day fun at FY - Bring a seedling (small flowering plant) or succulent plant (vetplantjie)
17 Sept Graduation photo shoot 8:30
20 Sept Progress Reports and portfolios ready for parents
23 Sept SCHOOL HOLIDAY FARMYARD CLOSED
24 Sept PUBLIC HOLIDAY – HERITAGE DAY FARMYARD CLOSED
25-27 Sept HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – ONLY 3 DAYS No extra-mural activities
30 Sept Theme: Spring Return portfolios and workbooks
7 Oct Theme: Solar System
14 Oct Theme: Farm animals
21 Oct Theme: Wild animals
22 Oct CONCERT DRESS REHEARSAL AT FY
28 Oct Theme: What to expect when I go to big school – P
Theme: My healthy teeth Y,B,G,O
29 Oct CONCERT PRACTICE SESSION AT AFM Big Bus day – Practice session at AFM only Gr R and RR 8:00-11:00
30 Oct CONCERT AND GRADUATION – GR R AND GR RR 8:30
4 Nov Theme: Pollution and Recycling
6 Nov Educational visit: What Walrus – Different countries. Safe on holiday
11-28 Nov FINAL ASSESSMENT
27 Nov Puppet show: The real story of Christmas
29 Nov Progress Reports and portfolios out
Christmas tree for FY learners
2-4 Dec HOLIDAY PROGRAMME FOR 3 DAYS
Wednesday 4 Dec LAST DAY OF SCHOOL- LFY We close normal time!
Monday 6 Jan 2019 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL- LFY