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18 January 2017
Kia Ora Tato
Happy New Year

Welcome to our new staff member Deb Fuller
Welcome to Deb who has joined us in the Pukekos. Please make yourself known to her. “Kia ora everyone. My name is Deb and I have joined Creative Corner on a fixed term basis until September. I am born and bred here in Timaru and studied through Canterbury University, where I attained my Bache-lor’s degree in Teaching and Learning. I have been teaching for four years and have had experience working with every age group. I love all the different age groups and believe they are all unique and have something different to offer. During my time here I will be teaching in the Pukeko Room. I look forward to meeting you all and playing a part in the learning journeys of your children.”

Resetting Routines
Happy New Year and welcome back. We hope everyone has had a good chance to recharge your batteries over the Christmas break. It is great to see the children returning to Creative Corner, sharing stories about what they have done, with their friends and teachers. When we slip out of our normal routines, like when we are not at work/school over summer, remember it doesn’t take long for children to lose their normal behaviour patterns. It can take children (and adults) a couple of weeks to return to “life as normal” and sometimes we all need a little bit more time for our bodies to catch up with what our head wants to do.

Acting Centre Manager
I am looking forward to what 2017 has in store as I take over for Amy while she is on maternity leave. I am looking forward to the challenges it provides and it will also give me the opportunity to extend and explore my leadership skills within the Centre, and supporting others as they also step into different roles. I am happy to (try and) answer any queries you may have, as I work through what happens in Amy’s office within a year (well until September).

Summertime is fast approaching
Our sun safety policy came into effect from daylight saving. Please ensure your child brings their sunhat and has had their sunblock applied. Any questions, please see a staff member.

Waitangi Day
Monday, 6 February 2017 - the Centre will be closed

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Xmas Closure. CCELC closes at 3.00pm Friday, 23 December 2016 and reopens on Wednesday, 4 January 2017.

Staff Changes. As you will know Amy is going on maternity leave. Her last day will be Friday, 6 January 2017. Leesa Reeves will be taking over as Centre Manager from 9 January until Amy’s return in September. Diane will be moving temporarily into the Kakas to cover Kirsty’s maternity leave. We have offered a position in the Pukekos to a qualified teacher and we will inform you of this once she has accepted her contract.

Children’s Christmas Party. It was great to see such a good turn out of Creative Corner families. The children’s performance of their Christmas songs was fantastic and the visit from Santa was welcomed with huge enthusiasm by the children. Thanks to everyone who supported the Centre’s Xmas party.

Accounts Payment Reminder. 31 December is the end of the financial year for Creative Corner. Our accountant asks that all invoices for 2016 are paid in full before the end of the year. If this is going to be a problem for you please see Amy or Kate. Thanks.

Emma has graduated. Emma graduated in Christchurch last Wednesday with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning ECE, and the staff celebrated her achievements with the children. Congratulations Emma and well done on all the hard work you have done to achieve this.

Calendar Fundraiser. Thank you to all the families who have purchased calendars. This fundraiser made $694.00 which was double what we made in 2015. Great stuff.

Gingerbread House Raffle. We are able to give the Salvation Army a large quantity of cans with the great response to our Gingerbread House raffle. This was kindly made by Lauren O’Connor - how talented is she! The lucky winner was Gay Morrison-Stapp.

DRESS UP DAY. By special request Friday, 23 December will be a dress up day at Creative Corner. Children are welcome to come dressed up as anything that takes their fancy. Please remember the Centre will be shutting at 3.00pm on Friday.

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CCELC new website Creative Corner has an exciting new website. The Board of Trustees and Creative staff would like to thank Roselyn Cloake for all her time and effort put into setting this up for us. Rose has donated her time to do this for us saving the centre thousands of dollars. Rose you are amazing! Thank you so much.

Farewell Creative Corner says farewell to both Noah Findlay and Levi Foley from the Pukekos room.

Xmas Closure: CCELC closes at 3pm Friday, 23 December 2016 and reopens on Wednesday, 4 January 2017.

Trikeathon Fundraiser: Thanks for everyone’s support of this fundraiser. We raised $1442.00. What a great effort by CCELC families.

Profile Books: Teachers will be sending home all children’s profile books in the next two weeks for you to have a look at with whanau over the Christmas period. Please see your child’s profile book teacher to collect if you haven’t received it by your child’s last day.

Children’s Christmas Party: Don’t forget that we have our Christmas Party on Thursday, 15 December at the playground at the Bay. This begins at 5.30 pm with time for you to eat your dinner with Santa arriving at 6.00 pm. Santa has a gift for Creative Corner children , please explain to your older children that this is just for CCELC children.

Accounts: 31 December is the end of the financial year for Crea-tive Corner. Our accountant asks that all invoices for 2016 are paid in full before the end of the year. If this is going to be a problem for you please see Amy or Kate. Thanks.

DRESS UP DAY: By special request Friday, 23 December will be a dress up day at Creative Corner.
Children are welcome to come dressed up as anything that takes their fancy. Please remember the Centre will be shutting at 3pm this day.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: Thursday, 15 December, 5.30-7.00pm, Caroline Bay Playground

XMAS CLOSURE Friday, 23 December, 3.00pm 2016. Reopen Wednesday, 4 January 2017.

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Trikeathon Fundraiser: The Trikeathon was again a great success with lots of families supporting this event. The children had a blast. Once all sponsorship money is returned we will advise how much was raised. Thanks for your continuing support.
Farewell: We farewell Lillian Powell who turns 5 from the Pukekos. Happy school days Lillian.
Accounts: Payment Reminder - 31 December is the end of the financial year for Creative Corner. Our accountant asks that all invoices for 2016 are paid in full before the end of the year. If this is going to be a problem for you please see Amy or Kate. Thanks.
Creative Corner Sun Safe Policy: Our policy is that all children must wear sunhats and sunscreen. Please ensure your child has their sunblock applied before preschool, and have their sunhats with them. Thank you.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: Thursday, 15 December, 5.30-7.00pm, Caroline Bay Playground
XMAS CLOSURE, Friday, 23 December, 3.00pm 2016. Reopen Wednesday, 4 January 2017.