Finchley Kendra Parents

Namaste! Welcome to the Finchley Kendra Parents Portal. Here you will find suchna, gujarati homework, photos and more. If there is anything you need please feel free to contact us - our email address is Finchley@shishukunj.org.uk . 

KEY NOTICES & INFORMATION 

Please see the below suchna for you or your baalak:-
Core Kendra Timings - 8.45am - 12.45pm
Baal Mandir Timings - 10.30am - 12.45pm
Workforce & Leadership Timings - 8.30am - 1.45pm 

WHATSAPP GROUPS
Please add yourself to the correct WhatsApp group for any last minute updates.
 
THIS WEEK'S SUCHNA

Kendras will be open as normal this Sunday.

HALF TERM HOLIDAY
Kendras will be closed on 16th and 23rd February for Half Term Holiday.

1ST MARCH - CORE KENDRA BREAKFAST 
After a two week break, we're back to Kendra on 1st March.  For this week only, Kendra will start at 8.30am with our fantastic breakfasts for baalako (not including Baal Mandir).

GIJU GOOCH TRIP - 8TH MARCH
For those baalako in Year 4 at school (date of birth 01/09/10 to 31/08/11), you would have received an email on Sunday 26th January for a Joint Kendra trip that we are organising to the Natural History and Science Museums. Registration for the trip closes on Sunday 16th February at 9pm.
If you have any questions please speak with Surajbhai at Harrow Kendra, or Atishbhai at Finchley Kendra.

PLASTIC BOTTLE TOPS
Yashviben in Subash Gooch continues to collect plastic bottle tops/lids for a french charity to train guide dogs. These can be of any type such as from milk, water bottles, vitamin bottles, etc..  Please bring to Kendra and place in the bucket by the choki desk.

E-SUCHNA 
eSuchna is every two weeks.  Next eSuchna on 25th February.

REGULAR SUCHNA / REMINDERS

COLD WEATHER 
As the weather starts to get colder, please ensure your baalak brings a jacket to Kendra. All jumpers, jackets and bags must have your baalak's name. At the end of Kendra, please remember to take home all personal belongings.

MORNING DROP-OFF
-Parents will be permitted to drop-off their baalako in the yellow box at the gate to the playground, or at the main entrance to the school from the main road.
-Baalako will register as they enter the playground, or in the reception area after from walking down the stairs.
-During wet days, baalako can be dropped in the playground and registration will be in the foyer area of the school.
-The gates between the car park and playground will be locked at 9am sharp and after this the only entrance to the school will be off the main road and down the stairs to the front reception area.
-Any baalako arriving late must be accompanied by parents/guardians.

BAAL MANDIR DROP-OFF
-Parents please bring baalako down the stairs to the front reception area to be registered.

AFTERNOON PICK-UP
-The gates between the car park and playground will be open from 12.30pm to allow parking in the playground.
-Parents are requested to join for suchna at 12.35pm and you must collect your baalak from either the gym, hall or field. Baalako will not be allowed to leave the suchna location until they have identified their parent/guardian.

PARKING
There is a car park within the school and also on street parking.  Please do NOT use the swimming pool car park. If parking on street, please do not block driveways, be aware of yellow and white zig-zag road markings that indicate parking is prohibited.

ABSENCES
If your baalak is absent from Kendra, please complete the following Google Form prior to Sunday. - 
https://forms.gle/Ec9s4NnveeQqFcCs8

EARLY LEAVERS
If you are planning on picking your baalak up early please speak to Surajbhai or Bhavnaben at the Choki Desk in the morning.

NASTO
If you would like to donate nasto in celebration of your baalak's birthday, any special occasion or in memory of someone, please email finchley@shishukunj.org.uk or speak 
to Bhavnaben at the Choki Desk. Please note that nasto must contain no nuts, eggs or gelatin.

PARENTS SUPPORT
Parents help required in the morning during drop-off and during the day at Kendra.Please speak to Bhavnaben at the Choki Desk or email shipa@shishukunj.org.uk.

PARENTS FITNESS SESSION
Join JAB Bhangra Fitness (https://www.jabbhangrafitness.comfor a workout every Sunday at Kendra.
Cost: £7 per session (please bring cash)
Timing: 10:30-11:30 (please arrive 10 minutes early)
Location: Dance Studio. 

KENDRA UPDATE: 9 February 2020

We rounded off the first half of Spring Term 2020 with a fantastic day at Finchley Kendra. Baalako came in bright and early and kept up their energy all day despite Storm Ciara.

Our theme for the day was wood and forests. We had a spiritual session exploring to all the sounds of the forest and recreating the peaceful, tranquil feeling of sitting in the middle of the forest.

Baalako spent the rest of the day in their age groups. Older baalako took part in a Baudhik (children's story) about shelter, while younger baalako learned about the Australian bushfires and imagined what life is like for people and endangered animals in the affected areas.

Giju Gooch and Gandhi Gooch baalako also developed their public speaking and critical thinking skills with debates about deforestation.

Shishu Gooch went on a trip to the Natural History and Science Museums, travelling on the London Underground with 18+ volunteers.

We finished the day with a big nasto of pasta and salad, made on the day by our brilliant ShiPA team, with all our baalako sitting down to eat lunch as a family.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


DateEvent

16th & 23rd February 

Half Term Holiday
1st March

Kendra Breakfast (8.30AM START)

8th March 

Giju Gooch Trip

15th March

Parents Day and Holi Celebrations

29th March

Sit Down Nasto

29th March

Last Day of Term / AGM

26th April

First Day of Term & Kendra Breakfast

24th & 31st May    

Half Term Holiday

12th July

Last Day of Term


Useful Information to Note


UNIFORM (LABELLED)

Our Kendra uniform is white t-shirt, navy blue tracksuit bottoms or blue jeans (NO shorts or leggings), navy blue jumper, white socks and white trainers. Please ensure your baalak is wearing the correct uniform and all items are labelled with name.

ABSENCE, EARLY LEAVING AND LATE ARRIVALS PROCEDURE

PLEASE ENSURE IF YOUR BAALAK IS ARRIVING LATE OR LEAVING EARLY THEY SIGN IN AND OUT OF THE CHOKI DESK!

For absences we will from now on be using a new Absence Form. If your baalak was absent or will be absent in the future please fill in the following online form. It is extremely quick and easy to use and means you will not have to give us a letter at Kendra.