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 - 8.15am - 1.30pm 

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

E-SUCHNA 
eSuchna is every two weeks.  Next eSuchna on 24th March.

PARENTS DAY & HOLI
As you are aware, Parents Day and Holi Celebrations have been postponed.  As soon as new dates have been confirmed, we will advise in next terms eSuchnas.

FOOD BANK COLLECTION
We are again collecting for our local Finchley Food Bank (Trussell Trust Barnet). To aid this cause we kindly ask if your baalak could bring a tin or two of food with them to Kendra this week for the collection which will be donated on behalf of Shishukunj. Please ask them to put on the pile next to the choki desk. 

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.

AGM
Shishukunj’s Annual General Meeting will take place on 29th March 2020 at the Shishukunj Bhavan.

Lunch will be served from 1.00pm.  AGM will start at 2.30pm.

Parents, this is your opportunity to hear the Kendra Nayaks speak and listen to all the other wonderful work of Shishukunj over the past twelve months, ask questions and elect a new Executive Council for the coming year.

We particularly encourage our upcoming 12+ members to attend the AGM to further their knowledge about our organisation. We hope to see you at this important meeting.

For further information about the AGM, please see the email sent on Saturday 7th March or visit the Members Area of our website.

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: 15 March 2020

We had a very warm and exciting day at Kendra this week, based around life in a cold climate. Baalako learned about life for people and animals in the world's coldest places, like Antarctic, the Arctic and in the mountains.

The day began with a Zumba session for Vyayam to warm ourselves up, and we played Bacteria (fittingly!) and Ketla ne ketla.

In our Spiritual session after Gujarati classes, the baalako learned about Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first people to reach the top of Mount Everest and their resilience and camaraderie in such freezing temperatures. We also had a fun, interactive talk to explain the Coronavirus pandemic and show baalako how to keep themselves and each other safe.

Baalako also spent time with their dastas, learning new games and playing with adults, teens baalako of all ages.

Nehru Gooch, Shishu Gooch and Giju Gooch learned about how animals in the Arctic and Antarctica are adapted to the freezing temperatures and why this helps them survive. Subhash Gooch baalako played a Monopoly Live game - they were stranded in Antarctica and had to work in teams to figure out how to survive and overcome challenges.

"Today we learnt about how to wash our hands," said Rishibhai, aged 8. "We had a challenge where we pretended to be an Antarctica animal and the animals had to do different actions to win the game. I liked when we played dodgeball and my favourite part of the day was when we sand the songs in Prathna."


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY


DateEvent

22nd March    

Food Bank Collection
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.