WEEK 4 NEWS - TERM 2
Monday 25 May - All students return to school
Tuesday 16 June - School Photos
A MANAGED RETURN TO WORK
It certainly has been an interesting, unprecedented and challenging time for everyone since school returned in 2020.
In recent times we have all had to make it through bushfires, floods, successfully transition into Learning at Home Iluka Public School style and over the last two weeks been at minimal capacity with only 25% of the school attending at least one day per week.
We now move to the next phase of the government’s plan. From Monday 25 May we are resuming fulltime face to face teaching. All students will be expected to return to school. There will be no learning from home.
As you may well be able to imagine, this period of time has been logistically tough for us as a school. However, our amazing teaching staff have met the challenge and engineered a way forward for us that will be as seamless a transition as is possible, into full time school next week. Thank you staff.
I also want to recognise and thank the very important contribution parents have played during the Learning at Home phase. I hope that this has given you the opportunity to understand a little more about how your child learns and what their particular strengths and weaknesses are.
Returning to school
The Department of Education has increased our cleaning time and we now have a new cleaner onsite between 11.00 and 3.00, who has been tasked with cleaning toilets and hard touch surfaces during the day, in addition to our usual cleaning allocation.
We have new protocols for how our office staff manages children who are presenting as unwell whilst at school including PPE (personal protective equipment) and a forehead thermometer. Please also be reminded that no child should come to school unwell. This is always the case but is even more critical at the present time.
Excursions, school camps, assemblies, sporting carnivals and large gatherings are still not allowed.
The canteen will re-open on Monday 1 June 2020.
Parents are asked NOT TO BE ONSITE until further notice. Please phone or email if required and assist us by dropping your child at the front gate and not congregating around the school walkway. If your children are able to walk or ride safely to school this would be a good option. If your children could meet you at the back gate this would be good too. As usual, there will be supervision in the school playground from 8.30am.
External providers, (Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists) may work at our school.
Tennis and music lessons remain cancelled. Contact sports like soccer at lunchtime is also not allowed.
Please now return all borrowed school equipment including laptops and chargers.
Students are strongly recommended to bring a water bottle each day.
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
Normally at this time in Term 2, our staff are usually well underway with assessment and reporting. However, due to the eight weeks of learning at home, teaching staff have decided that a parent/teacher interview will help form an integral part of the reporting process for us.
An interview, held during Week 9 and 10 of this term, in conjunction with each teacher’s assessment of your child’s learning over the next ten weeks, will assist in enabling us to have a report presented within the Department of Education’s guidelines, (now extended timeline) of August 28, 2020.
Our School Photos for 2020 will be held on Tuesday 16 June 2020. Students will need to be in full school uniform. We will send out to parents the photo envelopes and school orders when they arrive at school from the photographers.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the school website and Facebook page for further up to date information. An SMS text may also be sent for certain situations.
Have a great week and I look forward to meeting parents at the front gate next Monday 25 May.
CLASS K NEWS
Looking forward to having the Kindergarten students back at school full-time, commencing Monday 25th.
Mathematics- The students were given a box of smarties on Monday. This teaching resource will be needed when recording the different coloured smarties contained in their box, on their smarties graph.
Stay in touch with the home learning programs for this week, by visiting our school website. The Kindergarten timetable and lesson explanations for Week Four can be found there.
Please return all learning packs next Monday.
Library day for this term is Monday.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
I trust this newsletter finds all well in your homes.
It was lovely to catch up with the Year 2 children last Tuesday. All 14 Year One students attended on Wednesday. The same will happen this week. While the children are at school they will receive face to face teaching. It was great seeing them catch up with their friends and play together and socialise.
Don’t forget the children can get more home readers when they come, too. They have the chance to borrow from the library the day they attend. Please bring work packs to school the day you attend. I’m busily marking work that has been completed and handed in.
Hopefully, our routines will be back to ‘normal’ soon, with all students to return Monday 25th. Please make sure students bring their home learning packs back with them.
A reminder that our library day will be on Tuesday.
Enjoy the glorious month of May! Di.
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Hello parents and carers,
I am looking forward to seeing the entire Year 3/4 class from Monday 25th May, when classes will resume as usual. Staggered classes will continue to be in place for the remainder of this week. I enjoyed working with Year 3 yesterday and Year 4 will attend on Thursday. Please ensure all learning material and school devices are returned on your child’s teaching day and as of next Monday. Please have an extra look around for laptop chargers that may be still plugged into a powerpoint at home, as we seem to have a few devices returned but are struggling to keep them charged. A reminder that our class library day will be Wednesdays. I sincerely thank you for your support throughout these difficult times and look forward to life returning to some sort of normal.
Enjoy the remainder of the week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
I am looking forward to the whole class returning to school next Monday the 25th May. It was wonderful to see the students so excited last week. They were highly engaged and enthusiastic about learning. The classes will remain staggered for the remainder of this week: Year 6 attended on Monday, Year 5 girls today and the Year 5 boys tomorrow. All students need to return their learning packs and the school laptops they have borrowed on their scheduled day. This gives me a good indication of where they are in their learning. This week the students are asked to bring in their Library bags on their staged day of learning. Next week Library day will return to Thursdays for the entire class. I would like the students to really focus on their goals over the last few days of their learning at home. This will give them confidence in the classroom. Some need to revise timetables, practice reading aloud, perfect handwriting….. Ask them what they would like to be better at, encourage them to use their last days at home effectively. Last but not least THANK YOU for all the work and support that you have provided during these challenging times.
Have a great week
LIBRARY / TECHNOLOGY NEWS
It was great to see all the students back at school again even if it was for one day. On their one day back they were given the opportunity to borrow and return books again. This will be the same for this week, so please remind them to bring their books and library bag on the day they attend school.
The new genrefication of the library is almost complete. All that needs to be done now is to label the books and make some displays for the specific genres. The excitement is already evident and there are books being borrowed that students didn’t even realise were there in the fiction section.
I hope everyone has a great week. Matt.
The canteen will open on Monday 1 June 2020. We will be discouraging long lines. Students will be offered the opportunity to line up in class grades. Thank you Karla for getting the canteen ready and prepared again. The school very much appreciates the time and effort you give to our school.
At this date school banking is still suspended. We will notify you as soon as circumstances change.