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EPSOM PALM PRESS This is a “YOU CAN DO IT” school EPSOM PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER NO 13– 5/05/10 Phone Number: 03 5448 4318 Email: epsom.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

School Fax Number: 03 5448 3334 Website: www.epsomps.vic.edu.au

DATES TO REMEMBER: Sausage sizzle orders due Mother’s Day Stall School Walkathon Walkathon Sponsorship Forms due back Naplan (Years 3 & 5) Lee Fox Author Visit rescheduled P/1/2 Party Tea & Sleepover Information Session for new enrolments Education Week Activities Zone Cross Country 1/2 & 2/3 Excursion to Scienceworks

Thursday 6th May Thursday 6th May Friday 7th May 11.30am. Friday 7th May before 9am Tues. 11th—Thursday 13th May Friday 14th May Friday 14th May Monday 17th May 7.00pm Thursday 20th May Wednesday 26th May Wednesday 2nd June

Meeting Dates: School Council Meeting

Monday 24th May 7.30pm (Please note change of date)

Grounds Roster: Gardening keys are being sent home today with the Crittenden and Crossman families. Next week the keys will be sent home with the Currie and D’Arcy families.

Krystale, Jarrod, Gianni, Dylan, Oliver C., Sharni, SteviLee, Blake, Oliver H., Emily Mc.,Jasiu, Niklesh, Josh C. Josh B., Jack C., Bradley, Lucy, Allanna, Kendyl, Emily H., Kyle, Michaella and Charlotte. Congratulations

Getting Along, Persistence, Organisation, Confidence Resilience


Dear Parents/Carers,

CROSS COUNTRY RUN RESULTS Congratulations to all the children who participated. As you know the School Council has been having dis- We have some very fit children. cussions with the City of Greater Bendigo regarding A big thank you to the people who assisted on the options to improve the safety of our students at drop day and to Mrs Brunswick and the teachers for their off and pick up times. work. During the next few weeks several changes will be 5/6 Years Boys and Girls made to the parking. The 90 degree parking adjacent 1 Ryan 2 Oliver 3 William to the oval will become a combination of some paral- 1 Georgia 2 Courtney 3 Mackenzie lel parking and a drop off / pick up lane. The drop 7 Years Boys and Girls off/pick up lane will enable parents to collect students 1 Dylan 2 Zachary 3 Niklesh and move on without parking and getting out of their 1 Jessica 2 Bree 3 Justyce cars. This area will be supervised by a teacher and 8 Years Boys and Girls trialled over a number of weeks with School Council 1 Josh 2 Lachlan 3 Kody monitoring the situation. A number of other schools 1 Yasmin 2 Caitlin 3 Jessica have implemented similar parking arrangements suc- 9 Years Boys and Girls cessfully. 1 Riley 2 Bevan 3 Mustafa There will also be some other minor changes includ- 1 Zoe 2 Chloe 3 Elli ing the parking over the road reverting to staff only. 10 Years Boys and Girls This will eliminate the danger for students and par1 Liam 2 Kyle 3 Daniel ents crossing between parked cars. It is not possible 1 Alesha 2 Emilee 3 Taylah to install a crossing as the other side of the road is not 11 Years Boys and Girls a residential area. 1 Adam 2 Dallas 3 Ben Importantly, we will need the cooperation and pa1 Mikaela 2 Charlotte 3 Michaela tience of everyone as School Council continues to 12 Years Boys and Girls work towards making our school safer for our chil1 Bailey 2 Michael 3 Morgan dren. 1 Emily 2 Katherine We thank you in anticipation of your support. On next weeks newsletter there will be a diagram furNational Assessment Program ther explaining the parking arrangements. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to see more or ask (NAPLAN) – Grades 3&5 The NAPLAN is national testing in Literacy and Nua School Councillor. meracy for years 3 & 5. The tests will be conducted Regards from Tuesday, 11th to Thursday, 13th May. Test times at Kerry McGuffie Epsom PS will be: Tuesday, 11th May. Walk-a-Thon – Friday, 7 May 9:30am Language Conventions The school will be conducting a Walk-a-thon on Fri11:30am Writing day, 7th May. Please feel free to come along and join Wednesday, 12th May. 9:30am Reading in, beginning 11.30am. Sausage sizzle orders must Thursday, 13th May. be in tomorrow! 9:30am Numeracy th

Mothers Day Stall – Thursday 6th May The Mother’s Day stall will be held tomorrow the 6th May. Articles will be priced from 50cents to $5. Grade 6 Buddies will help the Preps with their shopping. Thank you for your kind donations.

Gr 1/2/3 Toys Inquiry Unit Mrs Davey and Mr Epps are looking for grocery boxes and plastic bottles for their art collection. If you can please collect grocery boxes such as: BBQ Shapes, cereal boxes, jelly boxes etc and old soft drink bottles we would be most appreciative. Please bring them to Mrs Davey's room.

Before School Skills and Fitness Program! When: Monday mornings Time: 8.25 – 8.55 Who: P/1 – 10/5 (wk 5), 17/5 (wk 6), 2/3 – 24/5 (wk 7), 31/5 (wk 8) 4/5/6 – 7/6 (wk 9), 14/6 (wk 10), 21/6 (wk 11) Students interested in taking part are required to sign up in the week leading up to their year level commencement date. See Mr Epps to register your interest. Parents welcome to join in!


Office News EMA cheques have arrived and can be picked up from the Office.

Author Visit rescheduled Lee Fox will now be visiting our school on Friday May 14th. If you would like to order a copy of one of her books for her to sign please grab an order form from the Office.

Outstanding money The students requisites fee of $70 and 1st term excursion amount of $8.75 should be paid at the Office asap.

Better Schools Program Epsom Primary School is participating in the Better Schools program at the Bendigo Marketplace this year. Through this program you can help our school win a Canteen Rescue package valued at $40,000. Schools will also be competing to win cash prizes: 1st prize $2,000 2nd prize $1,000 3rd prize $500 In addition, Bendigo Marketplace will be awarding weekly prizes that our school can use in our own fundraising activities. Simply present your receipts at the Customer Service Desk in the Bendigo Marketplace or use the quick drop box located at our school office, and receive one point for every dollar you spend at the Bendigo Marketplace. Nominate our school and your points will be added to the schools tally. The rewards program runs for 6 weeks starting on the 17th of May. Please continue to shop at the local shopping centre if you currently do so but any additional shopping you do at the Marketplace may benefit the school. Thank you

OPEN DAY Wed 19th May 1.00 – 3.00 pm Come along and have some fun! Enrolments for Kinder & Pre-Kinder 2011 are now being taken. Incorporating programs such as Letterland, You Can Do It, Road Safety, Brain Gym, Graduation Ceremony and much, much more! For more details please call Allison & Leah on 54484037 Or email Epsom.kin@kindergarten.vic.gov.au

Epsom Soccer Club More registrations required‌.all age groups. Please contact Jenny Jones on 0419591625 'Mainly Music Fun, interactive music sessions, for young children and their parents/caregivers, followed by morning tea and playtime. 10-11.30 Thursdays during school term. Beginning Thursday 6th May at the Eaglehawk Town Hall (Star cinema). Cost $4 per family or $3 for 1 child under 1 yrs. Morning tea included. Brought to you by Eaglehawk Christian Life Centre.'


Epsom Primary School Activities The following activities are planned: Prep Parent 2011 Information Evening We will be conducting an information session for new families for 2011 on Monday, 17th May at 7pm. This session will be advertised at local preschools and in the newspaper. If you know of new families who are considering bringing their children to Epsom in 2011, we would be grateful if you could pass on the above details. This information session will be repeated on Tuesday, 26th July for those families who couldn’t make it. Open Morning Invite family and friends to our Open Morning on Wednesday, 19th May from 9:15-11am. This Open Morning is an opportunity for new families to visit the school. Night School Families are invited to come along and join in the fun of Night School from 7-8pm on Thursday, 20th May. More details to come.

Websmart In order for our students to be websmart and safe on the internet I will be adding a few rules from our internet policy to the newsletter each week. Families can talk about the rules and discuss why we need to have the rules. How do the rules keep us safe? All these rules are on documents that can be found on our website at http://epsomps.globalteacher.org.au/ acceptable-user-policy/ The media uses scare mongering tactics with internet cases however education about how to use online communications is a far better way to have our students using the internet. 5. I will respect the privacy of my fellow students and teachers and follow the correct netiquette when sending email or participating on online discussions e.g. skype, conferencing, blogs, wikis and other web2.0 activities. This rule means we don't use other peoples names and passwords and send emails from other accounts and write on blogs as someone else. Also the language we use is the same as if we were speaking across the classroom. Netiquette is manners on the internet and online which are the same as in face to face situations. 10. I will not give out personal information or subscribe to clubs or news group (without permission from my teacher) as this could result in excess data being sent to the school or identity theft. I agree to keep myself and my friends safe by not giving out personal details including full names, telephone numbers, addresses and images and not give out my password. Students should always only use their first name on the internet. The school only uses first names on the newsletter to abide by this rule. Identity theft is when someone else uses your details such as name, address, phone number, birth date, bank details etc as their own to subscribe to websites or to make purchases. A case of a close relative of mine in England saw his identity stolen and 1 million dollars of debt put against his name. It took 10 months in court to clear his name and not be held responsible for the debt. Some young people have gone to open bank accounts at 18 and found someone already has an account in their name with debt. These are just 2 of the rules we follow and you may find they are good to use at home when your family is using the internet or going online on social networks and emailing. Many thanks from Jenny Ashby

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