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 - 11am - 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

BAAL DIN - 17TH NOVEMBER
We will be celebrating Baal Din (Children's Day) this Sunday (17th November) at Avanti House Secondary School (Wemborough Road, Stanmore, HA7 2EQ).

Core Kendra baalako with Gujarati bags to be dropped at 8.45AM and Baal Mandir baalako at 11AM.  Lunch will be provided to all baalako and workforce.
Parents are invited to join after lunch at 1.30PM for manoranjan.

For further information about Baal Din, please refer to email sent on Saturday 26th October, or ask at Kendra this Sunday.

PARENTS WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP ON THE DAY.  Please join this WhatsApp group (https://chat.whatsapp.com/JeEXetrFptXKJzhPg6PSEs) if you are able to support in any way.

TALENT SHOW - 8TH DECEMBER
Would your baalak like to showcase their talents? 
Can they play a musical instrument, sing a song, dance, say a joke or perform any type of act?
Then please sign up for Shishukunj’s Talent Show at Kendra on 8th December.  
Email finchley@shishukunj.org.uk, or see Dylanbhai on Sunday!

PLASTIC BOTTLE TOPS
Yashviben in Subhash Gooch is collecting plastic bottle tops. Please bring to Baal Din / Kendra and place in a bucket by the choki desk.
From Yashviben "I am in Year 7 at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School. We are collecting plastic bottle tops for a charity called Handi'Chiens in France. This charity recycles the bottle tops for money. This money is then helped to train Guide Dogs."

E-SUCHNA 
eSuchna will now be every two weeks.  Next eSuchna on 19th November.

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: Sunday 10th November

We started Kendra with all our baalako and parents together for breakfast as one big family.  Our prathna session was full of energy and baalako sang a lot of bhajans and dhoons, and then baalako made their own, unique tribal dances in their dastas.

Subhash Gooch played a game in which they were split into teams representing different countries and had to complete tasks to earn money. This was a brand new game invented by our 13-17-year-old workforce. Shishu Gooch learned about Indian culture and Gandhi Gooch explored their families' migration histories and thought about whether they'd ever migrate themselves. 

"Today was an excellent start to the half term with jalebi gathiya for breakfast, something we haven't had for a while. Everyone was buzzing with energy and catching up with their friends. The dasta session was one of the highlights of my day. Especially seeing everyone working together in their dastas to come up with their dances and creative freeze frames," said Dillonbhai.


THIS COMING WEEK AT KENDRA

It's Baal Din! We're at Avanti House Secondary School all day from 8.45am to 3pm with Baal Mandir joining at 11am.

We'll have Harrow and Finchley Kendras all together for the whole day. Baalako will have Gujarati classes and then some fun-filled sessions about how children can help solve world crises, all organised by our volunteer team.

Lunch will be provided for baalako. Baalako should attend in full Shishukunj uniform and bring their Gujarati bags.

Parents, please join us from 1.30pm for the Manoranjan (children's play).

Address:
Avanti House Secondary School
Wemborough Road
Stanmore HA7 2EQ

Timings:
Core Kendra Baalako: 8.45am - 3pm
Baal Mandir: 11am - 3pm
Parents: 1.30pm - 3pm

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


DateEvent

Sunday 17th November 2019  

Baal Din

 Sunday 24th November 2019 

Gandhi Gooch Trip

Sunday 1st December 2019

 Subash Gooch Trip 

Sunday 8th December 2019 

Baalako Talent Show!

Sunday 8th December 2019 

Last Day of Term & Sit Down Nasto

Sunday 5th January 2020   

First Day of Term & Kendra Breakfast

Sunday 16th & 23rd February 2020   

Half Term Holiday

Sunday 1st March 2020

Kendra Breakfast 

Sunday 29th March 2020

 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.