7 May 2018

Abacus Newsletter 7th May 2018

Abacus Kindergarten’s latest newsletter available to read now. Find out the latest news from around the school and upcoming events.

Coming Week Dates

Week Beginning – Monday 7th May

Monday  Think International School visit
Friday K1 Art Exhibition
Next Week

Week Beginning – Monday 14th May

Monday Work Experience Students in Abacus
Important Dates

Friday 11th May – K1 Art Exhibition
Monday 21st May – Staff Training – No school
Tuesday 22nd May – Public Holiday – No school
Friday 15th June – Dragon Boat Festival Celebrations in School
Monday 18th June – Tuen Ng Festival – No school
Wednesday 27th June – Splash Day
Thursday 28th June – K2 Graduation Celebration and Last Day of Term 3
Friday 29th June – School Closed for Summer Holidays
Our school calendar can be found here

Although we are not governed by the statutory holidays for schools, we follow the ESF schools calendar. During every year we have 5 teacher training days built into the calendar. This is in addition to the contact days with children. These CPD days are added onto our calendar not removed from the contact days with children.

Please find the provisional school calendar for Abacus Calendar for 2018-2019 – 7May here. Please note these dates may change as the government have not gazetted the public holidays for next year yet. 

K1 Art Exhibition

This Friday the K1 children will be exhibiting their art for their parents to come and see. All K1 parents should have now been allocated a 1 hour slot by their teachers. Please come along with your child for the 1 hour slot. You will have an opportunity to share your children’s art work and the learning they have been doing during this Unit of Inquiry.

Old School Uniform

We are aware that many parents will have the old blue uniform left at the end of term and they will not be able to pass it on as we are moving over to the red. If you are leaving and have no need for the uniform we will be organising a collection at school to send to charity. If you would like to donate your old uniform to charity we will have boxes available in the atelier from now until the end of term. Please send the old uniform into school and we will arrange for it to be sent to Crossroads. The deadline for this is July 2nd.

Maths Outcomes

We had some feedback in the survey that parents felt they were unsure whether their children’s achievement in maths etc was at an appropriate level. With such young children it is not appropriate to be making judgements on their attainment compared to other children in the class as children develop at different rates.

During our parent conferences we deliberately don’t compare children as there is a huge spread of ages and abilities within each class and what is appropriate attainment for a 2 year old can be very different from a 3 year old in the same class. Instead we treat each child as an individual and look at what they can already do and what they need to learn next. This provides the basis of our teaching and learning.

In response to this feedback we have put together a booklet showing our ESF expected outcomes in Maths for K1 and K2 children. This is what we teach to and assess against. Please be aware it is only a guideline to show general outcomes for the end of K1 and K2 and if your child doesn’t reach them it doesn’t mean they are below the expected level especially if they are one of the youngest in the class. We have provided this to give you an idea of what we are working on in class and so that you can gain more understanding of how your child is doing in relation to theses general class outcomes for K1 and K2.

Maths Outcomes Document

We also have outcomes for Language and Literacy, however these are currently being revised, therefore we will share them when they are finalised.



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Moodle – Your child’s portfolio and reports, class news, school news and photos.
Gateway – Change personal details, sign up for events and book parent consultations on Gateway.
The School Calendar – All important dates can be found here for this year.

Class Pages

K1 English Class
Liv Kotyck, Anita Jims and Michelle Chan
K1 Bilingual Class
Olivia Kane, Susanne Liu and Sue Tyson
K2 English Class
Fiona Hall, Bridgette Walker and Jackie Henderson
K2 Bilingual Class
Danielle Evans, Allison Fung and Hannah Smith/Julie Rose