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EPSOM PALM PRESS This is a “YOU CAN DO IT” school EPSOM PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER NO 15– 12/05/10 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: Education Week Activities 7-8pm Zone Cross Country Book Club orders due back P/1 Excursion to Oak Forest Curriculum day 1/2 & 2/3 Excursion to Scienceworks 3/4 & 5/6 Excursion to Museum & IMAX Student Reports distributed Parent teacher interviews Term 2 ends Start Term 3 Prep 2011- Parent Information Evening

Thursday 20th May Wednesday 26th May Thursday 27th May Friday 28th May Monday 31st May Wednesday 2nd June Friday 4th June Friday 18th June Monday 20th—Thurs 24th Friday 25th June Monday 12th July Monday 26th July

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 Dennis and Whittaker families. Next week the keys will be sent home with the Edwards and Evans families.

Chloe, Billy, Jorja, Caleb, Ashlee, Zach, Bevan , Sam, Talicea, Sean, Nathan, Jaydon .

Getting Along, Persistence, Organisation, Confidence Resilience


Dear Parents/Carers, This week is Education Week and it has been fantastic welcoming our prospective 2011 students and parents to our school. If you know of any families who are considering enrolling their child could you please ask them to contact the school. There will be a further information night on Monday 26th July for parents who were unable to come on Monday. We are all really looking forward to Night School on Thursday evening so please come along and join in with the fun.

Before School Skills and Fitness Program! When: Monday mornings Time: 8.25 – 8.55am Students come along and join in Parents also welcome

In June-July 2010, students, aged 15 – 18 years, from over 15 countries will be arriving in Australia to study at local schools for 3, 5 or 10 months. Opportunities exist to act as a host family in a volunteer/unpaid capacity. Hosting can be on a temporary, short or long term basis.

Regards Kerry McGuffie

Upcoming Excursions As you are aware we have several excursions Host families help provide our students with the coming up in the next few weeks. If you would chance to study and experience life in Australia. like to assist with these excursions please comThis is a great way to learn about another country plete the attached form (Preschoolers are unable and culture, establish a lifelong link to a family in to attend). another country and contribute to international As you would understand the buses have a pasgoodwill. If your family can offer a friendly, supporsenger limit. Therefore, in the event that there are tive and caring home environment, contact us today. too many offers of help names will be pulled out of a hat. Thank you

Night School Families are invited to come along and join in the fun of Night School from 7-8pm on Thursday, 20th May. Join in any of the following activities:

P/1B Language Activity P/1P Maths Activity 1/2 & 2/3 Toys Activity (Art focus) 3/4 Literacy Activity ( Titanic) 5/6 Science Challenge/Netbooks Zone Cross Country Run The Zone Cross Country Run for children in grades 36 is on Wednesday May 26th at the Bendigo Racecourse. The children will be bussed to and from the venue in two groups. 8,9 and 10 years will compete from 10.30am– 12.00 noon. 11 and 12 years will compete from 12.45—2.30pm. Children should wear their school uniform, appropriate shoes and warm clothing for before and after the race. They will require lunch, a drink and snacks. A permission form will be sent home shortly. Jan Brunswick PE Coordinator

To learn more about this opportunity call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand on 1300 135 331 or visit our website: www.studentexchange.org.au

Volunteer for School Excursions I _____________________________ wish to volunteer to assist on the upcoming Excursions (please circle): Grades Prep/1 Grades 1/2,2/3 Grades 3/4, 5/6 I understand that if there are more volunteers than places available, names will go into a draw. *Return this form by Monday 24th May.


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

Parents Victoria Online Conference 16-22 May 2010 (from 6.00am) Registration & Participation are free No special software is needed just an internet-connected computer and a browser. The online discussions are very easy to join in, and guidelines about how to participate will be provided. Register online at http://www.cybertext.net.au/pv1_10/ pv2010registration.php

Our school has registered for „See the Person Week� organised by SCOPE. They are a disability service offering a range of services for people with disabilities and are conducting a fundraiser. Fundraising wrist bands are available for $2 from the Junior School Council.


Headphones By now all children have been issued headphones if they ordered them. I assume the children who did not order are bringing some headphones from home however we still have many children with no headphones. The children need headphones to listen to audio on computers and ipods for Reading and Maths. We do have some headphones left over so it you would like to order please send $6 dollars in an envelope with your childs grade and name to the office.

Websmart 12. School email accounts are to be used at school. All children in grades 2/3 3/4 and 5/6 have their own epsomps email address. This is to be used in all school work. Our school email accounts are filtered for bad language automatically by Netspace. Prep/1 and 1/2's have a class email account that is used. 15. I will not download files/updates from the internet without permission from a teacher. This can cause too many downloads and create problems for our bandwidth. Sometimes it may be allowed as a once only but you need to ask a teacher. Our technician downloads most updates for the school in one go on the server. These are then downloaded from the server to each computer rather than from the internet. This ease the traffic and helps our broadband work faster when lots of people are online. Hope this is helpful from, Jenny Ashby Leading Teacher ICT Specialist and Administrator

Office News  Subway Lunch orders should be handed into the Office on Thursday mornings. Please make sure the right money is enclosed. No change is given.  The Excursion levy can be paid at the Office anytime. Please ensure this is amount is settled before the end of Term 2. Please have the correct money.


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