EPSOM PALM PRESS This is a “YOU CAN DO IT” school EPSOM PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER NO 34– 20/10/10 Phone Number: 03 5448 4318 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
School Fax Number: 03 5448 3334 Website: www.epsomps.vic.edu.au
2011 FAIR—HELPERS NEEDED Meeting this Thursday 21st October @ 2.30pm Epsom Primary School fair is held bi-annually usually on a Friday evening in March from 4.30-7pm. In the past some of the stalls/activities have included: BBQ Craft Stall Cake & Coffee stalls Inflatable Slide Gillies Pie van Go Karts Spinning Wheel Student Art Expo Dance displays Wine Auction Face Painting Monster Hamper Classroom group activities And lots more…. In 2009 the fair was a great success and raised over $5000. We need you….please help to make the 2011 fair bigger and better. Volunteers are needed to help with collecting donations, letter box drops, organising a particular stall, volunteering you time on the actual day and we need your NEW IDEAS!!! Please come to our meeting this THURSDAY 21st October, 2010 @ 2.30pm IN THE STAFFROOM. Toddlers welcome and afternoon tea will be provided. If you are unable to attend but can help please contact the school on 54484318 or Josie Geddes 0407944585.
Cody, Kystale, William, Maddison, Ashlee, Lachlan, Maddy, Josh, Kody, Caitlin, Emilee, Mitch, Adam and Ryan. Congratulations.
DATES TO REMEMBER: 2011 School Fair Meeting 2011 Preps Orientation sessions start Bendigo Cup Day—No School CAMP DATES Gr3-6 School Council Swimming
Thursday 21st October @ 2.30pm Thursday 21st Oct. Tuesday 26th Oct., Thursday 28th Oct. Wednesday 27th October Monday 15th-Wed 17th November $185 Monday 25th October Wed-Friday 3rd—5th November Tues-Thurs 9th-11th November
Dear Parents, I am very appreciative of everyone being patient whilst the community becomes accustomed to the new parking. I have spoken to the City of Greater Bendigo about moving the disabled parking sign and putting in additional signage making the requirements clearer.
Please note :
Along the school fence is a drop off/pick up lane only. Please do not park and leave your cars in this lane. Additional parking is available on the inside of the bollards if needed. Children are being supervised at the gate and will be allowed to walk along the fence to their parent’s car. Parents who are parked in the new bays or on the inside of the bollards will need to collect their child/children from the gate as children will not be permitted to walk through the traffic.
GARDENING KEYS Keys will be sent home to the Plowright and Read families this week. Next week’s gardening families are the Rees and Rose families. Thank you for looking after our grounds. Nude Food Day Winners We have been learning about Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in 1/2/3. So we joined up Nude Food Day and all the children tried to bring a Nude Food lunch. The Nude Food police checked lunches last Wednesday and everyone that had a package free lunch went into a raffle to win Nude Food lunchboxes. Here are the winners. By Cait.B. and Asher
A reminder of the staggered pick up times: Children in grades Prep-2 can be picked up by parents at 3:30pm. Children in grades 3-6 can be picked up by parents at 3:40pm. (Teachers will supervise these students until this time.) Families who have children in both categories should pick their children up at the later time of 3:40pm.
It is essential that we work together to ensure the safety of the students. Thank you again.
Headlice Check A headlice check will be conducted Monday. Parents will receive written confirmation of the results. It is a parental responsibility to regularly check your child’s hair and commence appropriate treatment if headlice infestation is found. The school provides a voluntary service to support parents and can offer advice.
Public Holiday – Next Weds, 27th October Bendigo Cup Day has been declared a public holiday by the City of Greater Bendigo. Children do not attend school on this day.
Office News Tissues All classrooms are in desperate need of tissues. Could each family please bring in a box for your classroom. Active After School Communities A reminder that for this term Active After School Communities will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. This change of day is due to the coaches not being available on Thursdays.
Camp Costs This years camp to Anglesea for Grades 3-6 children is $185 and you are able to pay in instalments. If payment by the due date is an issue please come and see me in the Office. Thank you.
Book Fair What a huge success our Book Fair was. Our students certainly love to read! Our library received $450 worth of books (in commission) from the fair. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
Rememberance Day Poppies are for sale in the office- 50c, $2 and $5.
Excursion Fees Our school year is quickly coming to an end and there is still some excursion money outstanding. Please finalise any outstanding amounts as quickly as possible.
Uniform Order I will be putting in a uniform order next week, Friday October 29th. This will be the last order for the year in preparation for 2011. If you have uniform requirements please put an order in. Money will be required with your order. Could the following people please come and see me in the Office :-Lucy Mathews, Narelle Beer, Tania Dwyer, Michelle Rusbridge, Tania Marshall and Kelly Wood. Thank you Deanne Hendy
An initiative by ANZ and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, with Loddon Mallee Housing Services
Saver Plus is a nationally-recognised program developed by Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ that is being delivered in Bendigo by Loddon Mallee Housing Services. Saver Plus matches people one dollar for every one dollar they save to be put towards the cost of education. By joining you could receive up to $500 from ANZ to help pay for items like computers, books and uniforms. Saver Plus is continuing to grow in Bendigo, and many parents and students have eagerly signed up to save for their own or their childrenâ€™s education. In the short time the program has been in Bendigo over 50 families are well on their way to reaching their savings goals and receiving $500 to put towards next yearâ€™s school costs. To join Saver Plus you must be over 18, have a child in school or be studying yourself, receive some income from paid employment, and have a Health Care or Pension Card.
Contact Sam Taylor on 5444 9082 or 0409 909 554, or email email@example.com for more information on how to join.
Safety in Schools One of the primary concerns of parents relates to the safety of their children. I was recently reminded of one of the many advantages of being in a government school when I received an email from the Education Department’s Emergency and Security Management Branch, which has a system whereby it notifies schools of any risks to students, colour coded according to the assessed level of risk. This allows schools to take any necessary action to ensure that students are safe. In the most recent incident, we were alerted that “The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Top Priority Severe Weather Warning for the Alpine, Western, Central and West & South Gippsland weather districts” This alert that did not apply to us; however as well as alerts relating to extreme weather conditions in areas where there are school camps, they may also relate to such things as suspicious strangers seen near schools or criminal behaviour that has been the subject of a police report. The most serious risks could lead to a school “lockdown” where students are kept in classes until the risk has passed. If you see any incident that impacts on the safety or wellbeing of staff, students or visitors in or around schools, especially after school hours, you can alert Emergency Management by phoning 9589 6266 (24 hour service). Of course, if what you see is criminal behaviour, call the police on 000. There is no doubt that being part of a large network – which is what the government school system consists of – is an important preventive factor in keeping your children safe. Of course at Epsom PS we have many methods of ensuring that students are safe both physically and emotionally, but it is comforting to know that we also have with us an Emergency and Security Management Branch which can supply information, processes and people to support us should the need arise.
Sports Equipment for our School! We have registered for the Coles Sports for Schools program where Coles is giving all primary and secondary schools in Australia the chance to get brand new sporting equipment – and we need your help! Every $10 spent at Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Bi-Lo or Pick‘n Pay between Thursday 2 September and Sunday 31 October 2010, will earn a Coles Sports for Schools voucher worth 1 point. We’re asking our local school community to collect these vouchers from family, friends and neighbours to drop into the collection box we have at school. The more vouchers we collect, the more sports gear we can get! Just remember to ask for the vouchers when you pay during your normal weekly shop. Thank you to everyone who have already put vouchers in the box.