15 November 2017

NEWSLETTER 18/2017




PRINCIPAL'S REPORT







Dear Parents,

CURRICULUM DAY – NOVEMBER 28

Just a reminder that Tuesday November 28 will be a Curriculum Day where teachers will be investigating a number of schools and how they effectively implement new initiatives into their programs to provide high quality educational outcomes for our students. If you require the services of OSHClub please contact them asap as they will operate if a minimum number of families enroll.

UNIFORM POLICY REVIEW

As part of the Mentone Park PS Policy Review Program, school council are currently looking at the Uniform Policy and we would like your feedback regarding what this will look like for the next 3 years. Whilst we are currently still governed by the previous policy which requires black shoes or predominantly black sports shoes to be worn, I would like our community to provide feedback regarding this issue.

The information gathered from the options below will be used to formulate the new policy, which will then be circulated to parents this year. The new policy will then take effect from the beginning of 2018. Please note this survey is about the issue of school shoes only. Community consultation on the entire policy will occur once the draft is complete.


STOMP

Today was day 1 of our 5 week performance and dance activities. When I visited some of the junior classes they were dancing and singing and having a wonderfully engaging lesson. I look forward to seeing all of the classes over the coming weeks.

DENTAL VAN

Don’t forget that next week we will have the dental van on site for those families who have returned their forms. More details will follow.

READING TO YOUR CHILDREN

 

I think every parent knows the value of reading books to young children.  However, I was interested in an Age article last year: “Reading together still important after children start school, expert says”.  Professor Bridie Raban, at the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education makes the point that many parents stop reading to their children after they reach school age, and this is a lost opportunity to continue to develop their literacy skills  

“Research identifies a clear link between the development of good literacy and numeracy skills at an early age and higher levels of educational achievement, employability, higher earnings and social participation later in life,” she said.

Despite the bells and whistles of digital books, 86 per cent of Australian children preferred a traditional book.

The article provided the following tips for parents:

Reading tips

1.     Make reading part of the daily routine. Make a bedtime story something to look forward to.

2.     Read regularly yourself.

3.     Join a local library.

4.     Read books on different topics and find themes that interest your kids.

5.     Play word and word association games.

6.     Talk with your child: it builds communication skills, vocabulary and increases confidence.

Source: Literacy Solutions and Optus

The online article can be found at:




Best wishes
Cameron Agars
Principa

FROM THE OFFICE

Dear Parents & Guardians,

 
Please note all signed permission forms and any payment must be given directly to your child/ren’s teachers. This allows the teachers to check and mark off each child’s permission form and payment.  


Following are our upcoming incursions and excursions

  • STOMP Performing Arts 5 week program commences November 16, payment of $18 by November 13
  • Middle School Taskworks Excursion November 27, payment of $26 by November 20
  • Senior School Taskworks Excursion December 6, payment of $26 by November 29
Please ensure payments are made by the due dates for your child to participate.

Qkr payments
Please check with the office if you are uncertain whether you have paid for STOMP or Taskworks excursions. We have had a number of families who have paid twice for some excursions. Please phone if you are unsure, we are happy to check for you.
2018 School Fee and Bookpack Information
On Wednesday November 8, 2018 School fee and bookpack information was sent home to families. To confirm your book pack order, please complete the payment summary sheet, selecting your payment option and return to the school office by Friday December 8. Thank you to the families who have already paid, please return your payment summary sheet if you haven't done so.


To check if your payment has gone through successfully follow the steps below to view your receipts.

SPARE CLOTHING
Please ensure that you pack extra underwear and clothing for your child/ren. Due to OHS guidelines, we are no longer allowed to provide underwear.
Please feel free to phone or come into the office if you have any questions.

We are more than happy to assist with showing you how to use Qkr and Flexibuzz.

LOST PROPERTY
We have a large amount of lost property at the moment including lunch containers, drink bottles, jackets and jumpers. Please check the classroom next to Performing Arts for any lost property.


Thank you,

Patti, Jane and Trish
Administration Team

DIXON HOUSE

CHRISTMAS APPEAL


  


Every year we collect gifts at Christmas for families and children. We are now collecting new toys for the children and food items for families.
(Dixon House has requested no soft toys and please check food items are in date)
PLEASE place your donations In the Christmas boxes near the office before Monday December 4th.
Thankyou for your support.
Noela Unwin











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SCHOOL BANKING

SCHOOL UNIFORM


















Working With Children Check Reminder



All parents/guardians, visitors & volunteers to the school MUST sign in & out of the school and display their WWCC in a lanyard, which is available at the school office.



The Department of Education requires any person involved in an activity where children may be present to have a current WWCC or have supplied proof that they have applied for a WWCC with the Department of Justice. All schools are required to comply with the Working with Children Act 2005.



Volunteers are expected to carry the WWCC card on their person at all times when working or volunteering at the school or during school related activities.



There is no fee for this check. Apply now by visiting: www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

COMMUNITY SERVICE & ANNOUNCEMENTS




The Department of Education & Early Childhood Development and Mentone Park Primary School do not endorse the products or services of any private advertiser. They accept no responsibility for accuracy of information contained in advertisements or claims made by them.












PIANO LESSONS

Piano lessons are available for Grade 2-6 students during school time.

If you are interested, please contact Mrs Jocelyn Millard on 0418 629 586 or 9583 6172.