Acacia Newsletter Mon 4 Feb to Fri 8 Feb

Mon 4 Feb to Fri 8 Feb 2019
Confident - Responsible - Reflective - Innovative - Engaged
Across The Country for Cross Country!
The opening team-build!
Sharing our day with you..........
As the shadows fall at the end of a long day - we say well done Team Acacia!
Cricket is BIG at Acacia!
Action around the wicket as the team prepares for the Vic Falls Cricket Festival this weekend!
Acacia's new bowling machine  
the Naik Mark 2

A huge thanks to all the dedicated parents who give of their time to coach and assist with the afternoon programmes.
Good bye Coach Lovemore !
This week we said good bye to Coach Lovemore - Bon voyage, Coach, we'll keep a close eye on the rugby headlines in Germany.
Coach Lovemore - A man of talent & passion who always had time for the li'l ones!
Welcome Caroline
Here's a face we'll be seeing a lot more of on the fields of Acacia!
We extend a warm welcome to an Acacia mum, Caroline Lomas, who has volunteered to assist Coach Brendan in the sports department. Caroline has a keen passion for sporting education, furthered with her degree from Reading University in Sport Science, psychology and physical education. She will be involved in the organisation of all sporting events and activities plus the school’s physical education lessons.
Welcome Chiinga
Another new face adorning the corridors of Acacia is Chiinga Siavwapa, father of Tshipo & Marlin, who has kindly volunteered to help out with the ever-popular Wildlife Clubs on Wednesday and Thursday. Chiinga brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on all our fauna & flora, and I'm sure he will infuse a love of nature to all wildlifers!
What Is Collaboration?
Collaboration in action............
COLLABORATION (Skill No. 5 in Global Perspectives)
Collaboration is working together, without a personal agenda, to accomplish a worthwhile end goal.
. . . . . off the wall of Gr 1 & 2
Reading @ Acacia !
Plans for these are coming along nicely for these. Well done to the parents who are really getting involved with these. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you would like to help. 
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Acacia's Sponsored Read !!!
What a start ! 
Children have been busy collecting their sponsorship money in the lead up to World Book Day. Bella Evans has already delivered sponsorship money of K1300! Well done Bella! Finn Barnet has collected K2,250 and is still going and Kati Hopes has collected K1,650 and is still going strong. What an amazing effort! We have an ambitious target of K25,000 and are over a fifth of the way there with nearly a month left to go. 
There's more newsletter - just click the link on the left ! ! !
What are we planning to spend the sponsorship money on?

We all know that reading is one of the most important skills a child must master in order to succeed in life and in order to succeed academically. A child's ability to read impacts directly on how well they do in other subjects, eg. if a child has to spend time deciphering the wording of a question in Science, their ability to work to their full potential in that subject is hampered. We want to purchase software that will help us assess and monitor children's reading so that we can really work hard together with parents to ensure they are receiving the very best support in this area. Renaissance Star Reader software will provide us with the ability to test children in about a third of the time it takes to do other paper-based assessments. The tests are adaptive which means they constantly go up and down in response to the way a child answers meaning that a child is always pushed just above the level they are working at. We can then generate reports which give your child's actual reading age in terms of years and months and the report also identifies exactly where the gaps are in their reading ability (eg. vocabulary/inference/fluency). This software costs around $1100 a year and is suitable for Reception through to Grade 7.

Reading is also the foundation for good writing. Children expand their vocabulary, see language laid out and structured in the correct way and develop an inherent understanding of what feels right when they are writing. Written language is different than spoken language and more complex and more descriptive vocabulary is often used. Dictionaries and thesauruses are essential components to the teaching of writing and this is why we want to spend some of the money raised on these. Using dictionaries and thesauruses also helps develop a child's independence in class and encourages them to take risks with new words - both of which are elements of what makes a great life-long learner.

At the root of it all is the need for a child to develop of love of reading so that it is something that they want to do in their spare time - they can continue to reap the benefits long after the school day is over. Due to this, we want to purchase some new reading material for our library to really ignite their interests. Please do bring in any old books you have lying at home/your own children have grown out of. Let's make this year the best one yet for Acacia in terms of reading!
Cake Sale on Friday 15th Feb
Leonie N. Chumbukuma
Jamin Ngoma
Neo & Likezo
Nandhi Mupinde
Zahara James

Duty Moms - Preeti  & Mirriam
Sunday ride anyone???
Fancy a ride on your bike this Sunday morning? Then pump your tyres and meet the Hopes and Co for a fun-filled hour or two riding some off-road tracks around Simonga. Meet at the Tongabezi turn-off at 09:00 - All welcome!
Reception are hosting the assembly this week. Everyone's welcome -  Fri 15th Feb @ 12:30

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