Grade 2/3K have some exciting news!

Grade 2/3K have some exciting news!

We have 4 new members in our classroom. Drum roll … … …. We have class pet spiny stick insects!

Miss K had a mystery box sitting at the back of the classroom which was covered. She told us in the morning that it was a mystery and we had until recess to provide guesses as to what we thought she had in the mystery box.

Here are some of our guesses:

 What’s in the box?

Oliver – prizes

Heather – Monsters

Chase – dinosaur

Jo – growing eggs, balloons or seeds

Billy –Mickey Mouse, plants

Isabella – chocolate

Sinead – lollies, toys

Lucas – sport equipment

Shae-maree –story books

Shanina – laminating sheets

Thomas – dinosaur toys

Mikaela –prizes

Yuvaan – information sheets

Simon – Art supplies

 It was nearly recess and we were very excited for the reveal of the mystery box. Miss K asked us to sit in a circle and she brought the mystery box over still with its cover hiding what was beneath. What could it be, we were all wondering?

All of a sudden Miss K announced that one person guessed plants. She stated that the things in the mystery box needed plants to live. Now we were extremely excited and hands flew up in the air. We all started guessing different animals such as lizards, baby turtles and even a pet rock. Miss K revealed the cover and underneath was an enclosure with gum leafs in it. Someone yelled out “There are no animals in it, you are tricking us”. Miss K responded “Look very careful at the leaves and branches.”









Something moved on one of the leaves, we looked closely. Oh my goodness we could see 4 spiny leaf insects. We have a baby one, two middle size one and the bigger one is about 3 months old.














To our surprise the big one had something attached to its leg. Miss K explained to us that in the morning when she went to have her breakfast she saw the big spiny leaf insect shredding from its old skin. She explained that they do this about 5 times in their life to help them grow bigger.










What an adventure! This all happened before recess.


2/3K Students and Miss Kotlarewski



What do you know about Spiny leaf insects?

How did it feel to you when they were walking over you?


TEAM Program 2017

Today was the first day of Term 1. It was so lovely to see everyone!

 We were introduced to Class Dojo. You may ask what is Class Dojo? We are here to explain it to you.

 Here goes … Class Dojo helps teachers positively encourage students in class. Today we discussed the skills we want to work positively too. We had a conversation about why the chosen skills will help everyone have a successful school year in 2/3K. For each ‘positive skill’ shown students receive Class Dojo points for them but if they demonstrate a ‘needs work skill’ they will lose Class Dojo points.


When we work together as a team, we will receive whole class points, so we can work towards a class goal.


We have table points which help encourage us with teamwork. When we work together with our table buddies we will receive table points for different skills.

 Class Dojo is used to:

 •Encourage any skill, rule, behaviour or school value

 •Encourage students with positive feedback. It awards students with feedback for skills like “Working hard”, “Showing growth mindset”

 •Encourage students with areas to work on example, “Put your hand up instead of calling out”, “Not on task”

This is the screen that students get to see throughout the day with their points. Each student has a monster avatar.


What do you like about Class Dojo?

What was something you learnt about today?


Welcome to 2/3K Blog

Welcome back to a new school year for 2017!  Our classroom blog has been updated.

I look forward to hearing all your holiday stories on Tuesday. I wonder if you can guess what our classroom theme is?


What are you looking forward to this year?

List something that you would like to learn about?


Week 2 TEAM Program

Wow, Week 2 was a blast. We enjoyed our TEAM Program.

Check out what we got up to during the week!

1.Making our Recipe for Success, Yummy!

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2.Making our Owl’s – practising our cutting and pasting skills

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3. Talking about working as a team and skills we need to do this. Students tracing over the letters/words. I love the concentration 🙂

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4. Exploring the garden and experiencing our first time in the outdoor classroom.

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5. Number skills – matching the numbered pegs to the dots

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6. Team work challenge – Students were given pipe cleaners and foil. They had to work together in their group to make a theme and create objects for it.

Group 1: Car and home theme

Group 2: Space theme

Group 3: Fishing theme

Group 4: Friendship rings

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7. Sharing our Suitcase of Learning with our classmates.

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What did you enjoy doing in your classroom during the TEAM Program?


29th January – Second Day of Foundation K

Today we talked about the steps we need to do to start our day in Foundation K. We then created our very own ‘All about me booklet’. Next we talked about the different jobs in the classroom and picked our monitors for each of those jobs.

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After Recess we talked about what our ‘Five Star Classroom’ would look and sound like and created a poster each for these rules. We then came up with our Mission and Vision Statements with the help of Miss K. We talked about these as group. Next we got to create a poster with our names on it. We had little square cut outs that we needed to stick on the letters in our names. This helps us to recognise our letters in our names. At Lunch time our Grade 5/6 buddies came and ate their lunch with us, this was exciting.



IMG_4632After Lunch we visited Foundation P’s classroom and joined them to watch a video clip about growth mindset and talked to the students about our brains and how we will try our hardest to learn things, get better at them and never give up. We then had our very first Assembly. All Foundation K students did an amazing job following rules and instructions.

Have a lovely weekend, I look forward to seeing you all next week.

Miss Kotlarewski


Can you teach your parents one of our classroom rules with the actions?

Did your parents like our rules?

What rules did you have when you were at school parents?


First Day of Term , 2016

Wow what an amazing first week we have had in Foundation K. We have been really busy making friends, creating pieces of work in our TEAM program (Together everyone achieves more) and getting to know our classroom and playground.

28th January 2016 – First Day of Foundation K

In the morning we learnt how to unpack our bag, where to put our healthy snack and found where we sat.

Here are some of the activities we did:
Our first piece of school work






Checking out our tubs and books






Writing, drawing, cutting and pasting activity
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Eating our Recess and waiting to go outside
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Excited to go outside, lining up with our partners
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Lining up after Recess





We also learnt our classroom rules, talked about them and then decorated our own classroom rule book to help us remember our rules

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What was your favourite part of the day?


3/4K Classroom Pets!

Let us introduce you to our classroom pets!

We have three hermit crabs that live in 3/4K Classroom. Their names are Crabstick, Fiddle and Kermit.


This is where our friends live.


The one on the left in the far back is Crabstick, the one in the middle is Kermit and the one on the right front is Fiddle.


 A close up of Kermit in the front and Crabstick at the back left.

Some facts about Hermit Crabs:

  • Land Hermit Crabs are tropical so they must be kept between 26C and 32C and the temperature should never be allowed to fall below 20C.
  • Hermit crabs require high humidity to keep their gills moist and allow them to breath properly.
  • Land Hermit Crabs need two bowls of water that should be changed daily. The first must contain freshwater for drinking, the second saltwater for bathing.
  • As a treat they can be offered corn flakes, shredded coconut, apple and other varieties of fruit.
  • As they grow they will leave their old shell and find another larger one to move into. To help the crabs we kept a few spare shells in the aquarium.
  • In the wild, crabs have been known to live around 50 years and growth in these crabs is around 2mm per year.

 We enjoy watching our hermit crabs move around on our hands and dig in their aquarium. They like hiding under the log and sometimes dig themselves under the sand.

Parents: When you were at school did you have a classroom pet? What was it?

 Bye for now