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Day: December 3, 2018

Night Out

Night Out

Night Out scheduled for Early Years on Saturday 15th December 2018

Dear Parents,

Night out for Early Years (Nu/JK/SK)  is scheduled on Saturday, 15th December 2018. Students will reach school by 3:00 pm on Saturday, 15th December and leave for home the next morning, Sunday 16th December.

The link for pick up (Saturday, 15th December) & drop off (Sunday, 16th December) routes are mentioned here:

Night Out Bus Routes

Please refer to the details given below:

Objective:

Night-out is the time for sharing and the children learn differently from how they do within the four walls of the classroom. It is also a way to experience school after the working hours and see how the campus looks on a dark night. It teaches the children to be independent, taking them out of their comfort zone.

Therefore it is our conscious choice to make them sleep in the open; and  be courageous to face the elements of nature. Night out is about appreciating nature as much as it is about enthusiastically having fun. So these two experiences together create a powerful learning atmosphere for the students of which certain discomforts are a part of.

Hence, we urge the parents to prepare their children for being open-minded and experiencing something different from what they get at home for e.g. a warm bed in an AC room, bedtime story, Ipads etc. In addition to all the fun elements involved, they should also reflect on the learning part in the night-out.

We would also like to mention a few concerns that may come up during the night out.

Concerns:

  1. Winters – It will be very cold, especially in the school area (where temperatures are 2-4 degrees lesser than the city) and so sleeping outdoors (in  assembly/skating rink) for children is difficult. (Nu, Jr.kg and Sr.Kg students will sleep in classrooms, G-1 to G 4, students will sleep in assembly area (Rendezvous), beyond grade 4 students will sleep in skating rink. If the temperature drops below 12 degree, even older students will sleep indoors)
  1. Mosquitoes – We take all possible steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes. However due to our location in the midst of lush green farms with stagnated water (as the crops are paddy and sugarcane) on all sides, we cannot eliminate the mosquito menace completely.

Steps taken:

  • Daily fogging in open areas in the mornings.
  • Spraying of insecticides in open areas on regular intervals.
  • During Night outs, fogging is done in the sleeping area before the students go to sleep.
  • Also, we ask parents to send mosquito repellent cream so that the teacher can help the student apply it, before going to sleep.

In spite of taking care of all the points mentioned above, there still can be cases of mosquito/ insect bite to a few children who have sensitive skin or due to allergic reaction.  In such a case the parent must inform the respective HRT / TL in advance so that the teacher can address the issue.

  1. Insects – At night in most months of the year there are lots of insects that are attracted towards artificial lighting. Our toilets are open at the top to allow for light and ventilation. Toilet lights have to remain switched ON from evening till night (so that students and adults can find it easily).

As mentioned, night out is as much about being close to nature therefore it is necessary that children sleep outdoors. Parents need to ensure that children are properly equipped with clothes and covers to handle the cold (and it is much more colder for the child compared to his/her regular bed). You must make sure the children are really well dressed and carry a good repellent cream as we want them to have a memorable experience sleeping in the outdoors!

Schedule:

Time Details
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Arrival / General instructions/ Sharing Agenda/ Settling down.Outdoor games
5:05 PM- 5:20 PM Snacks
5:25 PM – 6:25 PM Photo session and frame making in class
6:30 PM – 6:55 PM In-class Free play
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dance
7:35 PM – 8:15 PM Dinner
8:15 PM – 9:00 PM Changing time
9:00 PM – 9:15 PM Story time
9:30 PM – 6:30 PM Bed time
6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Wake up call/ Freshen up
7:00 AM – 7:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Leave for home

 

List of items students need to bring:

  1. Toilet accessories.
  2. One pair of clothes, one nightwear & footwear
  3. Warm blanket and bed sheet (Mattress and pillow will be provided from the school)
  4. Sweater/ Jacket/ Inner-wear (thermal, warm clothes/socks ). All students should wear at least 4 layers of clothes (thermals, half sleeves t-shirt, full sleeves t-shirt and jacket/ sweater), should wear 2 pairs of socks (1 cotton and 1 woolen) and a pair of gloves.
  5. Bottoms: Thermals followed by 2 layers of pants
  6. Woolen caps/ monkey caps/ scarves
  7. 2 layers of covers (Bedsheet and Blanket)
  8. Mosquito repellent

All the items should be labeled properly to avoid confusion. Please do not send any expensive toys or other items. The school will not be responsible for any kind of loss.

We encourage every student to be present for the night out, it’s an event that children really enjoy. There will be sufficient number of teachers and support staff to ensure that the students are safe and secure in the school apart from extra security arrangements for the event. The school also appoints a senior staff member (HOS/Principal/ Coordinators/ Admin Managers) as a safety monitor for the night out who ensures that all students are safe.

Thanks,

Fountainhead School.

Rasoi se Rishton Tak!

Rasoi se Rishton Tak!

Did you know that:

Your body is a chemical factory: from hormones to minerals to vitamins, a lot of reactions happen in your body that you may not be aware of?

Did you know that:

Your kitchen is a laboratory: when you set curd, make pickles, deep fry, or simply help yourself to a glass of water, every action of yours has a reaction in your body?

Know more about how your simple rasoda and the choices you make there can positively impact your wellbeing by attending the lecture Rasoi se Rishton tak.

Date: 6th December 2018
Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Venue: Pulse

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Ms. Rekha Diwekar

Ms. Rekha Diwekar has a rich experience of 35 years teaching Chemistry in college. Post her retirement, she started speaking about Chemistry in the kitchen by combining her knowledge of Chemistry and her passion for kitchen related activities. Since then, she has spoken at prestigious forums like Kala Ghoda Festival, given talks for corporates in Mumbai and Pune and had spoken at many clubs, schools, colleges, ladies club, senior citizen forums in India, UK, USA and Kenya.

So parents, grab the opportunity and attend the session. Click on the following link and fill the form to confirm your presence.

Link: Rasoi se Rishton Tak!

Developing international mindedness through Mother Tongue Sessions (PYP)

Developing international mindedness through Mother Tongue Sessions (PYP)

Dear Parent,

We take immense pride in being a part in conserving and celebrating language of every ethnicity which is one of the most distinctive quality of our nation, being entirely multi-lingual.

Exposing students to languages other than their mother tongue provides an insight into and an appreciation of other cultures, and an awareness of other perspectives language. Research has shown that development of mother-tongue language is crucial for cognitive development and in maintaining cultural identity. (Making the PYP Happen 2009)

We are looking for parent volunteers for all the mother tongues, focusing especially on Marwadi and Punjabi language. We have a strong community of Marwadi and Punjabi students but we lack the use of these languages in this era of globalization. We want our students to listen to their mother tongue and cherish it, hence we seek help from none other than our beloved and enthusiastic parent community, who is always so ready to help the school, and ultimately their own child by doing so.

Parents will be oriented about how to go with the session soon in the coming week. This event will be happening during school assembly slot. i.e Day 2, 8:55 am – 9:45 a.m, on 28th December 2018 (Friday)

Your co-operation in building a multi-cultural environment will be a great help to the Fountainhead community.

Interested parents need to click on the following link and fill up the form latest by 7th December 2018.

Link: Mother Tongue Assembly: Parent Facilitators

Regards,

Fountainhead School