October 2017
Welcome to Term Four! St Dunstan's is a busy place once again, with Grandparents' (and Special Friends') Day and Movie Night happening next week. Find out more in this edition of Rainbow News...
Kindergarten dates

Wednesday 25 – Grandparents (or Special Friends’) Day
Blue Group session time for visitors and children: 9-11am
Red Group session time for visitors and children: 12:45-2:45pm
Yellow Group session time for visitors and children: 11-12am
Saturday 28 - Movie Night

Monday 6 – Cup Day holiday
Tuesday 7 - Cup Day holiday
Friday 10 – incursion (Yellow Group)
Wednesday 22 – Dental check-up visit (all groups)
Wednesday 29 – Annual General Meeting (AGM) 8pm

Wednesday 6 - Christmas kindergarten church service and sausage sizzle (12am)
Thursday 14 – Last regular session for Blue and Yellow groups

Friday 15 – Last regular Red Group session and Yellow Group party (10-11:30am)
Monday 18 – Blue Group Party (10:30am-12pm) and concert (6:30am)
Tuesday 19 - Red Group Christmas Party (10:30am-12pm) and concert 6.30pm

Thanks for your support in making last term's disco a huge success!
Four-year-old news
We have returned to kinder with a focus on Spring. We are at present hatching our chicks and this has met with great interest from the children. It takes 21 days for a chick to fully form and be ready to hatch. Mrs Daniel obtains the fertile eggs from a farm and place them in our incubator. They are about 19 days old when she collects them. We have hatched 11 babies many of whom are very noisy. We will keep the chicks until around Cup Day and then they will go to a local family that keeps chooks.

Transition sessions will begin in earnest soon for all the children going on to school.  Reports will also be started. Transition Statements are a requirement of the Education Department and contain a report both from the kindergarten and each family. These reports are collated and sent to the relevant school There is a new format this year which, from experience, will always mean teething problems!
Kindergarten promotional fliers and billboards
A big thank-you to the families that are distributing flyers to local letterboxes. We are also producing some bigger A3 and A4 flyers to display at local businesses (e.g cafes, shops etc), libraries, swimming pools and infant welfare centres. We would greatly appreciate if you could help with distributing these additional fliers.
We are still looking for families or businesses that can temporarily have a billboard, promoting the kindergarten, in front of their property. If your property is in a busy area that attracts attention (or you have a relative or friend who has such a property), please let Michele Daniel know.
Church news
With Christmas just around the corner (I know!), you will be able to grab some fantastic gifts at the St Dunstan’s Church Christmas Market on Saturday 2 December, 10am – 2pm. You can also get a signed copy of our very own Vicar’s book, Cheating the Bastards. You’ll find bargains in the silent auction, trash and treasure, second-hand, and many other stalls at this fantastic market.

You are also welcome to attend the next:
  • Open Church, which is an interactive worship that caters for everyone. It includes: singing, discussions, craft, and a sit-down meal (which the Church ask for a donation of $5 per person or $10 per family). The next service is held on Sunday 5 November, from 4-6pm, and will have a ‘visit from an Angel’ theme. 
  • Mainly Music, which is held in the church every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am for children and their carers. It is $5 per family and involves dancing, singing and morning tea.
  • Morning prayers, which are held each weekday (in the church at 9:10-9:35am) and currently have a Celtic theme.

For more information, including the weekly sermons, go to www.stdunstans.org.au.


Three-year-old news
We finally have a full group, now that all our overseas travellers are back. This has made for a wonderful start to the term. Many children thought the room looked different and then they realised that the floors were, in the words of one child, ‘cleaner and brighter’.

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on Spring with our activities reflecting this. The puzzles on offer are becoming more challenging; the table games will allow the children to direct rules with minimal staff involvement. Threading small beads to make necklaces; spring pastings; experimenting with the balance scales; exploring with the plastic bugs and creepy crawlies in the imaginative play box; cloud dough in the sensory tub; train set; matching games; felt boards; drawing and painting have also been enjoyed by the group.
Tea towel and apron fundraiser orders due Friday
To see your child’s self-portrait on a lovely tea towel or apron, please get your orders back to the Treasurer’s Box, in the four-year-old kinder room, by this Friday 20 October. A great Christmas gift idea!
Kinder movie night
Come along to catch-up with friends and enjoy a movie, popcorn, sausage sizzle and an icy pole…

Where: St Dunstan’s Church Hall
When: Saturday 28 October, RSVP Monday 20 October
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Cost: $10 per family (please place your payment, indicating number of children attending, in the Treasurer’s Box)
Bring: cushions or bean bags
Are you our next committee member?
In 2018, we are looking for a new Marketing, Fundraising/Social, or Maintenance Coordinators to join our dynamic committee team. The Marketing role involves producing this newsletter and emails, updating our website and organising some billboards. Whereas, the Fundraising/Social role involves organising events (e.g. Welcome Picnic) and fundraising activities (e.g. tea towel/apron fundraiser). And lastly, but least, the Maintenance role involves organising various Working Bees throughout the year. Committee members forfeit the yearly $80 Maintenance Levy and meet briefly for one hour per month. If you would like to find out more about these roles or the kindergarten in general, you are welcome to attend our AGM on Wednesday 29 November at 8pm, or chat to Michele Daniel anytime.

We thank Kushagra Ramachandran for taking on the role of Assistant Treasurer from Olivia. We bid Olivia a fond farewell and sincerely thank her for her diligent work this year. 
Has your child got their hat?
Please ensure your child has a broad brimmed sunhat at each session to prevent them from getting skin damage. 
Phone: 9809 1673
Email : st.dunstans.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au


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St Dunstans Kindergarten · 163B Wattle Valley Road · Camberwell, Vic 3124 · Australia

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