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BERWICK LODGE PRIMARY SCHOOL Phone: 9707 1766 Fax: 9796 2198 E-mail: berwick.lodge.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au Visit our Websites : http:// www.berwicklodgeps.vic.edu.au, Camp Australia/Out of School Hours Care: 9769 8251

25TH NOVEMBER 2010

NEWSLETTER N0.36 DIARY DATES Monday 29th November Tuesday 30th November Tuesday 30th November Thursday 2nd December Tuesday 7th December Friday 10th December Friday 10th December Monday 13th December Friday 17th December

NOTICES DUE BACK BY

School Council sub-committee Second hand uniform sale 2:30-3:15pm Hot dog day PFA AGM 9:30pm Transition Gr 5/6 End of year excursion End of year reports Grade 6 Graduation Term 4 end 1:30pm finish

Monday 6th December Monday 6th December

Gr 5/6 End of year excursion Grade 6 Graduation form

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT BER UPDATE Well, at last work has commenced. Currently the underground services (stormwater and sewerage drains) that cross directly beneath where our new building is to be constructed are being redirected. This work should be completed by early next week, after which construction on our building will commence. As you may have noticed, the drop off area in Collins Crescent has disappeared because of worksite needs. We have asked the City of Casey to investigate whether an alternative temporary drop off area in Collins Crescent can be made available while the construction works continues. As yet we have not been contacted back on this matter. Personally, I doubt that such an area can be made available simply because the existing crossing in Collins Crescent and short distance to Mansfield Street may not allow for a temporary drop off zone to be created for us. We‘ll keep our fingers crossed however! On another note, please be mindful of the parking rules in Collins Crescent when dropping off or picking up your children. The City of Casey Bylaws Officers regularly patrol our streets, particularly when temporary changes to road usage conditions apply. It would be quite annoying to find yourself being booked!

GRADE 6 CLASSBOOK DVD & WHOLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK DVD INITIATIVE (OPTIONAL) We have introduced an optional purchase for families for next year – details are contained in the Student Requisites & Parent Contributions 2011 forms that are being sent home today. Timedia are trialling this very interesting concept at our school, with families being under no obligation to purchase either the Grade 6 Classbook DVD or the whole school Yearbook DVD. Children currently in Grade 5 will be bringing home a short DVD for parents to use to inform their decision as to whether they wish to purchase a Grade 6 Classbook DVD in 2011. We have met with Timedia representatives and are trialling these two purchases because there might be interest for them amongst our community. The quality of the finished product is very impressive – I can say that. It‘s up to you whether you wish to buy the DVD‘s. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’s) Q. If I get booked for illegal parking in Collins Crescent while work is being undertaken on our BER project there can the school help me in any way? A. The short answer is no and I‘ll leave it to you with respect to the long answer.

QUOTABLE QUOTE ‘Poverty is bountiful’

is one of the sadder of oxymorons’

HENRY GROSSEK ART NEWS Mosaic Wall Helpers Needed!! We are very excited to be installing our ―You Can Do It‖ Mosaic Project on the wall of the 5/6 building over the next two Wednesdays, December 1st and December 8th. We are in urgent need of parent helpers/adults that could spare some time to assist us during the day. We would be happy with 2-3 parents in each teaching session (9 – 11am, 11.30 – 1.30pm or 2.15 – 3.30). If any of these times suit you and would like the opportunity to assist please come and see us in the Art Room as soon as possible. Thank you, Kind Regards Jo Zammit/Julie McLeod Visual Arts Teacher


ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS’ REPORT PARENT HELPERS’ MORNING TEA Invitations to this annual event are being sent home with students tomorrow. The morning tea will be held on Tuesday 14th December at 11:00am in the school gymnasium. If you have been one of our wonderful helpers and miss out on an invitation we apologise for missing you. Please feel most welcome to attend the morning tea.

parents provide their children with an appropriate lock so that their precious bikes and scooters are more secure. Although we try to provide security for the housing of bikes and scooters we cannot take responsibility if they are lost or stolen. We have put in place some procedures in an effort to reduce the incidence of vandalism by locking the gates of the bike shed overnight.

in preparation for the 2011 school year.

A MESSAGE FOR OUR BIKE/ SCOOTER RIDERS In recent weeks we have had difficulty with vandalism of our bike shed. Some days this has resulted in the bike shed remaining open until such time as repairs could be completed. We have noticed that many of the bikes and scooters are not secured into the racks with a suitable lock. We suggest that

BELEZA UNIFORM SALE We have included with the newsletter a flyer from Beleza, our uniform supplier, advertising their 2 day sale. They are offering 20% off uniforms purchased on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd December. Their store is located at Shop 7, 151-159 Princes Highway, Hallam and will be open from 9:00am to 8:00pm. This is LYNNE BRENNER & an excellent opportunity for families to purchase their student‘s uniform DEBBIE CUSACK

S U NS MA RT HATS IN TERM 4 Families are reminded that in line with our ‗Sun Smart Hat Policy‘ all students are required to wear a Sun Smart hat during outdoor activities and at play times during Terms 1 and 4. Students without a hat will be restricted to playing in shaded areas during play and lunch breaks and excluded from outdoor class activities such as Phys Ed and Sport. Please ensure that your child brings their Sun Smart hat to school so that they are able to fully participate in outdoor activities.

BLOSCH NEWS We are nearing the end of the year now, only three weeks to go! Make sure if you need holiday care that you pick up a brochure from us in the OSHC building or go online www.campaustralia.com.au The programs in this area are held at Lynbrook PS and Berwick Fields PS. NEXT WEEK: Nature M: Hand print bumble bees T: Nature walk, exploring bugs and plants W: Leaf people TH: Cooking—Honey joys F: Egg carton caterpillars Our operating hours are: Before school care 6:45am-8:45am After school care 3:30pm-6:30pm Our direct line is 9769 8251 or you can call customer service team at Camp Australia on 1300 105 343 Thank you OSHC team

JSC NEWS—CRAZY DRESS UP DAY On Friday 3rd December we are having a Crazy Dress Up Day. It can be anything from crazy hair to crazy clothes. Prizes for best dressed in each area and grade that raises the most money. Gold coin donation please. All monies raised goes to Monash Children's Cancer Centre.


BLPS Parents and Friends News Next Meeting: Thursday 2nd December at 9.30am in the after school care building. This meeting will also be our AGM to elect next year’s committee. Everyone is welcome including toddlers. PFA welcomes anyone wanting to join the fun and make a difference.

Current events AGM MEETING FOR PFA: Please note a change of time for meeting. Our AGM will be on the Thursday 2nd December at 9.30am in the after school care building. If you would like to nominate your self for a position on the PFA please get a form from the office and fill it out and hand it in. Anyone welcome to join the PFA. We have only got a small amount of mothers helping and would welcome anyone wanting to join us. We have a lot of fun. OUTDOOR TWILIGHT CINEMA: We are having an outdoor cinema on the oval on Friday 10th December. Please come and enjoy watching ‗Despicable Me‘ with your school community. Bring your picnic rug, chairs or some pillows, get comfortable and finish off the year with a great night on our oval. We are also having a sausage and popcorn will be available. There will be a coffee van and we are trying for an ice cream van. This will be a great night!! If you would like a notice for the night you can get it from the office. Family tickets are $20.00 Hot Dog Lunch: We desperately need some help for the hotdog lunch on Tuesday 30th November from 9:30am-1:30pm. I need at least 8 people to help me in the canteen to get lunches ready, as we also have a prep transition morning tea and we are also running a second hand uniform day for the new prep parents. Sunscreen: The PFA has purchased sunscreen roll-on that can be purchased from the office for $6.00 per roll-on. These are a great thing for all children to have in their bags now that the sun has come out. We will be selling this at the start of next year also but why wait, get some now for the end of school year and school holidays. The PFA would like to thank you for your continued support.

HOT DOG LUNCH HELPER Yes I can help on Tuesday 30th November 2010 from 9.30 am – 1.30pm with the hotdog lunch. Name: _____________________________________ Phone Number: ______________________________ Students Name: ______________________ Grade: _______________


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