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- Mother's Day Breakfast - tomorrow!
- Open Community Council Night
- Cross Country Update
- School Disco - Tomorrow evening
- Chicken Pox Alert
- School Counsellor - update
- Cookie Dough Fundraiser
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- Lost Property
- Clothing Pool - Opening Times
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This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day, a special day where we celebrate and pay tribute to all our Mothers who work tirelessly every day in ensuring we are happy and safe.
I look forward to seeing many families enjoying our Mother's Day breakfast together tomorrow morning here at school.
Happy Mother’s day to all our Mums on Sunday. I truly hope you get spoilt.
You have known a mother’s love
and tender care, and You will hear,
while for our mothers most dear,
we offer this Mother’s Day prayer.
Protect the lives, we pray,
of those who have given us the gift of life.
May our mothers know from day to day
the deepening glow of joy that comes from Your presence.
We cannot pay our debts for all the love
that we have received;
but, You Lord, will not forget their due reward.
Bless our mothers both in earth and heaven
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I would like to remind families that online enrolments for Kindergarten 2022 are to be submitted by Friday 28 May (siblings included). If you know families wishing to enrol for next year, please encourage them to collect an information pack from the front office.
We adhere strictly to the enrolment policy of Catholic Education, which requires the school to show preference to applications handed in during the enrolment period. We already have a good number returned for Kindergarten 2022 and there is a chance places could fill.
We will hold our final Open Day on Thursday 27 May and ask that you mention to your friends that they are welcome to attend and have a look around our wonderful school. Our biggest advocate for our school is you. It is great to hear the many positive comments and feedback that our parents have, when recommending our school to other families. Thank you!
HIGH SCHOOL ENROLMENTS
For Year 6 children enrolling in Systemic Secondary schools including St Mary MacKillop Catholic College and St Clare’s College, online enrolment forms need to be submitted to the school of your choice by Friday 28 May.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL GATHERING
On Monday 10 May, the Community Council will be hosting an informal gathering for all parents in the staffroom at 7.00pm. This will be a great opportunity to meet your council members and maybe suggest things that you would like to see at St Francis of Assisi Primary School. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
SEMESTER 2 REPORTS
Catholic Education has provided the following information to parents in regard to the Semester 1 Reports:
Reporting - Semester 1 2021
Our teaching team has begun the process of creating each child’s Semester 1 2021 report.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations).
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards.
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, and The Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary).
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently).
- Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. The Semester Report in this format encourages parent engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for parent-teacher interviews (K-2) and three-way conversations (Yrs 3 -6) where we can engage in genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort and areas for growth.
You are encouraged to attend these conversations in Week 10 of this term.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
Unfortunately our Cross Country Carnival was postponed on Tuesday this week due to the rainy weather. We are unable to run another whole school carnival, however students from Years 2 to 6 will be running their races at different times next Thursday 13 May. Please ensure that your child is wearing their sports uniform on this day.
Thank you to those parents who volunteered to assist with the carnival this week. Due to the modified format, we will not need parent helpers next Thursday.
Thank you to Kathy Crosbie in the canteen for still pushing ahead with our sausage sizzle on Tuesday despite the rain. It is very much appreciated.
We are all looking forward to our disco on Friday 14 May. Once again we will have a fabulous DJ, who will entertain the children throughout the night. Please purchase tickets on QKR! The cost is $5.00 per student.
Kindergarten to Year Two ~ 6:00pm – 7.00pm
Year Three to Year Six ~ 7:15pm – 8:45pm
Parent assistance is essential on the night to help with the various jobs required to make this a successful and enjoyable evening for all. At this stage we are very short of parent helpers. Many parents do attend this evening so I ask that you consider making yourself available to assist.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help and we will forward your details onto the organisers.
For the safety and security of every child, no child may arrive or leave without a parent or responsible adult in attendance. All parents/guardians are to park in the car park and bring their child to the check in desk in the hall foyer. The disco is for St Francis of Assisi Primary students only. Students from other schools are not allowed to attend.
A big thank you to Lisa Hyland for organising this wonderful community event. We are looking forward to a great night!
It is with great sadness that I announce the resignation of Mr Jeff Alcock. Jeff has worked at our school for the past 3 years in both Maintenance and Learning Support roles. During his time with us, Jeff has completed his Cert IV in Education Support and has secured a job in disability support. We thank Jeff for his time with us and will miss him dearly. Jeff’s last day will be tomorrow. We are in the process of recruiting.
As we hit the Winter months, Canberra does become very cold. We are seeing quite a number of children coming to school without warm clothing. Please ensure that your child has a jumper on before they leave home. We do many activities outside and it can be quite unpleasant for children who are not appropriately dressed. Children may also wear navy blue coats and navy blue or maroon beanies, scarves and gloves during the colder months.
Peace and Best Wishes
Thank you to all families who have pre-ordered breakfast for the Mother's Day Breakfast being held tomorrow here at school.
Orders closed on Wednesday afternoon and unfortunately no late orders can be accepted. Only families who ordered breakfast will be provided with food tomorrow morning.
There will be cereal for students at no cost, and tea, coffee and Milo will be available as always.
We look forward to seeing families here from 7.30am tomorrow morning. We wish all our mothers, grandmothers, aunties and special friends a very happy mother's day!
Unfortunately, our Cross Country had to be cancelled this week because of the wet weather.
Due to the short turnaround between re-running races and the Tuggeranong District Carnival, we are unable to run another fully-fledged school carnival.
Instead, students from Year 2 to Year 6 will be running their races at different times on Thursday 13 May. Please ensure that your child is wearing their sports uniform on this day.
Due to the modified format, we will not need parent helpers next Thursday.
We are looking forward to our school disco tomorrow in the school hall.
Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to assist on the evening.
A reminder that due to COVID restrictions, parents who have not been assigned a volunteer role may not stay for the disco.
Ticket sales are now closed and a list will be at the front doors where students will have their name marked off and collect pre purchased glow sticks as they enter the hall.
Sharman Hampson from Catholic Care is our school counsellor. Sharman works at St Francis of Assisi Primary School from 8.30am - 4.30pm every Wednesday and Thursday, as well as Fridays on odd weeks.
If you would like to refer your child to see Sharman, please do this through the online referral link:https://catholiccare.force.com/housing/s/school-referral-form
Due to the success of the Cookie Dough fundraiser we ran last year, we are once running the Billy G's Gourmet Cookie and Biscuit Dough fundraiser at St Francis of Assisi Primary School.
Order forms with information were sent home with the students this week.
To place your orders, please create your fundraising page by heading to www.cookiedough.com.au and clicking 'Register Now'.
Orders will close on Friday 21 May and the delivery will be Friday 7 June. The collection point for this year's orders is at BASCA.
We have been receiving a lot of queries about lost property at school. Clearly labelled items including jumpers, jackets and hats are missing and cannot be located.
If your child comes home with an item of uniform that does not belong to them, please return it to school so it can be returned to the right student.
Please ensure your child's clothing is clearly labelled so that it can be returned easily if found. Items with no name will be donated to the clothing pool.
The Clothing Pool is open at the following times:
- Tuesday afternoons 2.45 - 3.30pm
- Friday mornings 8.45 - 9.30am
The Clothing Pool is located in the hall foyer. When attending the Clothing Pool, please ensure you check in using the Check In CBR app, and adhere to social distancing requirements at all times. Only one family will be served at a time.
The Clothing Pool sells second hand school uniforms and we accept donations of good quality pre-loved uniforms. Please bring your donations to the front office.
Thank you to our parent volunteers for providing this service to our school community!