Congratulations to us all for achieving Preschool’s Silver Whānau Healthy Heart Award with the Heart Foundation. We are now working towards our Gold Award.
The children have been baking a Christmas cake with Sandra Goodwin, they enjoyed being involved in contributing to our special celebration cake. Sandra will soon come back to ice the cake with the children. Pam Bowyer will also come in shortly to bake a Christmas chocolate cake with the children. Thanks Sandra and Pam.
Nativity play – Friday 9th December
This play will involve all the children and will be a play about the story of Christmas. We ask that all children attend on the night of the play and will require them to come in from 5.30pm. The play will get started at 6pm. Come along and bring your picnic dinner. The Salvation Army band is coming along to sing the Christmas carols. Santa does make an appearance on the fire truck around 7pm for a lolly scramble and everyone is welcome.
Salvation Army food items collection
We do ask our families to donate non-perishable food items for this very special cause. The children will then present these to the representative from the Salvation Army who comes in after the Nativity play.
Santa’s Visit to Preschool
Santa will visit on Monday 12th December. We ask that prior to this date all children have a named and wrapped book that we can put away for Santa’s visit. The children will have the opportunity to meet Santa personally on this day.
The importance of Physical play - See this link we have received from Kirsty at Sport Bay of Plenty http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting
Healthy Food Idea - Bliss Balls (Mandy Trass)
Thanks to Mandy Trass who shared this recipe during parent help duty.
1 cup rolled oats 1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ cup ground linseeds ½ cup sunflower seeds
2 cups pitted dates 1 carrot peeled and coarsely grated
230- 240g can chunk or crushed pineapple, very well drained
1 cup shredded dried coconut, plus ½ cup extra to roll
Combine the oats, linseeds, sunflower seeds and cinnamon in a food processor and blend to a fine powder. Add all remaining ingredients except coating coconut and whizz for a minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and pulse until the mixture is evenly combined and sticks together. Use your hands to shape tablespoon sized ball amounts. Roll balls in the extra coconut to coat. Bliss balls will stay fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or can be frozen on a tray then stored in a freezer bag or container.
Remember Wednesday 3rd February 2017 is the start of the new term. For all enquiries contact Office@lakeokarekapreschool.co.nz or visit www.lakeokarekapreschool.co.nz.
Merri Kirihimete - The Preschool teaching team and Board wish you all a very Happy and Safe Christmas.