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National Walk Safely to School Day is on FRIDAY 18TH MAY. It is an annual event when all primary school children, their parents and carers are encouraged to walk and commute safely to and from school. It is a community event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment. ‘Walk Safely to School Day’ stickers will be given to children who walk/ride/scoot to school on Friday. The JSC students will collect data on the number of students who walked, rode or scooted to school.
Today our school is taking a stand together for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Around two million students from 4575 Australian schools stand united to send a powerful message that bullying and violence are never okay. Students will be participating in a variety of activities related to developing good social relationships, bullying and cyberbullying. Yesterday our year 5 and 6 students participated in an online virtual classroom where they were asked to imagine a future free from cyber bullying and what they can do towards achieving this. Don’t forget to book for our CyberSafety Parent Forum with Susan Mclean on Thursday 26th April. Susan is a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker who will address what it is like growing up online and what are kids are actually doing online.
Thank you to our whole school community for your fund raising efforts. Our new sand pit is installed, the shade cover has been erected, a new concrete path has been laid, the garden bed has been planted out and soil has been spread around the area adjacent to the paths. This morning the sand pit cover was installed and our year 6 students will put the cover on at the end of each day. Bunnings has donated a box in which to store the sand play equipment. When Mr. Peel gets a spare minute, he will put the box in place. The sand pit is VERY popular.
The next JSC Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday 21st March. Students can wear casual clothes and bring a gold coin donation to raise money for a fence upgrade adjacent to the Serambi. A special pizza and pasta lunch will be available from the canteen. Fifty cents from each lunch order will also go to support the JSC’s fundraising.
Once again it is time to call on the generosity of our community for donations for our 2018 Family Fun Night. We are hoping to once again organise a range of hampers to raffle containing items such as: new toys, games, art and craft materials, books, hobby activities, party items, pampering services and goods, chocoholic items (anything chocolate) and other treats within the ‘use by date’ and vouchers for donated goods and services. We are seeking donations for our stalls such as: coloured hair spray and pre loved book (in good quality and in good condition).
A reminder: Monday 6 November is a report writing day (no children at school), followed by Tuesday 7 November a public holiday (no children at school) for the Melbourne Cup. We will see the children back at school safe and sound on Wednesday 8th November. Have an enjoyable long weekend.
The Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge has begun! It is running until 8th September, so if your child is interesting in participating, see their teacher for an enrolment form. For more information, see today’s newsletter or visit www.education.vic.gov.au/prc/
Today Plenty Parklands will stand united against bullying and violence and celebrate the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). Students will be participating in lessons covering areas, such as, cyberbullying, bullying, keeping personal information private and online safety.
We held an emergency drill this afternoon as per our compliance requirements. Congratulations to all of the students for treating the drill seriously when Ms McInerney made the announcement and sounded the warning siren to alert us. Well done to the children who all followed the values during the evacuation to the sports ground. Well done to the staff for preparing them so well. Thank you to the parents who were in the school grounds and joined us.
A reminder that this Wednesday is the JSC Fundraiser for CARE Australia; every $30 raised will purchase a backpack, with school supplies, for children living in poverty. Students can come dressed in casual clothes and a different backpack with a gold coin donation. On this day there will be no other lunch orders, as the canteen will be serving Burger lunches. Thank you for your support.
Just a reminder that the Parent Payment/Book Pack order form which was sent out on Thursday 8th September was due to be returned to school by Friday 14th October. We have placed our order for the book packs with our supplier. Year 1 to 6 book packs will be available for collection from the hall on the 9th of December.
We desperately need people to help sell the Father's day gifts to the children this Wednesday, between 9:00 and 3:30. If you have even half an hour to spare, please contact Antonella at the office on 94044311 to arrange a time on the roster. Thank you in anticipation as we really don't want to disappoint the kids.
A reminder of the JSC fundraising day on Wednesday 22 June to support a 'Cure for Brain Cancer'. Wear a beanie and casual clothes. Bring a gold coin donation. The canteen will be serving the special pre ordered lunches and open for over the counter sales at recess and lunch time (50 cents from each lunch will go towards our fundraising).
Wednesday 23rd March at 8.30am - ACTIVE PATHS are a fun way to encourage communities to walk and ride to school while learning road safety behaviours. Active Paths are a way finding exercise where “way points” lead students from a communal starting point to the school gate. Starting points are the areas where students, parents and teachers can meet. For further information, go to Students - Year Levels - Physical Education.
Welcome back to term 3. Have just spoken to the architect regarding the front of school redevelopment. It looks fantastic, but the wet weather has delayed the pavers being sealed. Except for the paving, the landscaping is complete, the seats are all in and the concreting is done. The electricians will be installing the lights this week. The stone mason, Brian, is hoping to get the pavers sealed next weekend and has asked that we keep off the area. So, just a little longer...thanks everyone for your patience and understanding. Julie
Temporary fencing has been installed at the front of the school. Access to the school in Blossom Park Drive is via the new gate (adjacent to the crossing) at all times of the day. In the mornings and afternoons (drop off and pick up times), the gate adjacent to the maths garden will be unlocked. A reminder that use of the car park in Blossom Park Drive is for staff only and parents using the OSHCP and it’s not a walk through
The NEW 2015 / 2016 Entertainment Book is now available from Plenty Parklands Primary School. From every Entertainment™ Book and Entertainment™ Digital Membership we sell, $13 goes towards our fundraising to replace shade sails over the playgrounds. The more we sell, the more we raise – so please share this offer with your family and friends. You can purchase the Entertainment Book in the following ways: Pay via QkR By following this link – https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/182g893 or by calling into the office.
Wow, what a night. Thanks to everyone for supporting our Family Fun Night. FFN brought our community together, so it was more than just a fund raising event. A special mention to Antonella for her overall organisation of the event, with the tireless support of the Coffee and Chat group. A big thank you to everyone who helped, whether it was cooking, baking, serving sausages, selling tickets, spraying hair, applying tattoos, dancing with DJ Ted, helping to decorate cakes, ...supervising basketball shooting, designing the FFN flyer, organising the Lego and soft toy competition, selling show bags, glow bracelets, popcorn, fairy floss, slurpee drinks, sausage rolls and party pies in the canteen, second hand toys or lucky dips, supervising the jumping castle or farm animals, donating gifts for the hampers, counting money, taking photos, organising electrical leads or packing up at the end of the night. The success of the night was the wonderful community spirit and a night of fun for the kids who looked like they were having fun, fun, fun.
There is still time for you to let us know that you are coming to hear Chris Daicos talk about building resilience in our kids next Monday in the hall. Chris is an expert in her field so her advice is invaluable, and even better, she is a very entertaining speaker. Please join us on the 16th.
Individual photo order envelopes will be sent home today. If you wish a family photo, you will need to collect a 'family' envelope from the office. Please note this date in your diary: Friday 13 February is a curriculum day – no students to attend school