WEEK 9 NEWS - TERM 2
Currently - Parent/Teacher interviews. Please keep up to date when your child’s interview times have been scheduled or call the office to make an appointment.
Friday 3 July - Last day of Term 2
Monday 20 July - Staff Development Day
Tuesday 21 July - Students return for Term 3
Tuesday 21 July - School Banking recommences
Dear Parents and Carers
TEACHER OBSERVATION WEEK
Last week I had the absolute privilege of attending and observing teachers and students completing their lessons in the classrooms. I witnessed teachers at IPS working hard to cater for the learning needs of all learners in their class.
Believe me, your children are focused and learning – teachers are certainly back to normal school routines. As well, the playground is abuzz and students are enjoying being back with their friends.
PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS (Week 9 and 10)
Parent/Teacher Interviews commenced on Monday. The booking information for the Parent/Teacher Semester One Interviews was outlined to parents in last week’s newsletter. The academic progress and wellbeing of our students at Iluka Public School has always been a combined effort between IPS families and teachers. This term that collaboration has been stronger than ever. We understand this has been a challenging time for many and we acknowledge that our IPS families have done a remarkable job of supporting learning through this unprecedented time. Ultimately this is an opportunity for families to collaborate with teachers to assist with setting goals that will meet our student’s academic progress and foster their social and emotional wellbeing. For this reason, we would like to meet with you to:
Gain a better understanding of each child’s individual work habits while they have worked from home.
Communicate with families so we can understand how to best support the students’ transition back to school.
Some questions your child’s teacher might ask are:
What tasks did your child enjoy the most?
What tasks did your child find the most challenging?
How would you describe your child’s work habits while working from home?
How can we best support your child in his/her transition back to school?
Interviews will last for approximately 20 minutes. I look forward to welcoming you onto the school. Please ring the school to make a booking on 6646 6149.
2021 ENROLMENT Q&A OPPORTUNITY
The school is currently accepting enrolment applications for Kindergarten 2021. If you, a neighbour or even a friend in our enrolment zone are interested in learning more about the school, please don't hesitate to contact myself to arrange an appointment to discuss enrolling. We are also eager to receive sibling enrolments as soon as possible, as this helps us begin to plan for school structures. I look forward to welcoming questions from prospective members of the community. Information and dates to support our Preschool Transition program to school will be published in the coming weeks. Enrolment forms are available via the school website or can be directed to the office.
At our school staff meetings, teachers spend the majority of their time working and discussing collaboratively about students. Staff talk, share ideas and resources that can support all students. Teachers also discuss with the Learning and Support teacher students’ additional needs. We all work together to implement further strategies and to investigate further actions that may be required.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s learning or wellbeing, always contact the classroom teacher in the first instance. They will be able to discuss strategies that they may already be implementing or seek advice from the Learning and Support Team on your behalf. We can then work together to support your child at school. All needs can be catered for with differentiation in the classroom.
As a school community we have a collective responsibility for student behaviour. Aggressive behaviour at school cannot be tolerated and will be dealt with under the Iluka Public School Behaviour Code. Parents and carers can support positive behaviour by encouraging and reminding your child/ren to: Cooperate with all members of the school community; keep hands, feet and objects to themselves; speak and act kindly to others; be in the right place at the right time and care for themselves, their peers and their environment.
UNPACKING SEMESTER 1 STUDENT REPORTS
Each semester teachers at Iluka Public School provide reports outlining each student’s progress in the learning areas that make up the primary curriculum. This semester, student reports will look a little different, focusing on progress in English and Mathematics. Our teachers are currently working hard to create reports that directly engage parents, to improve their understanding of their child’s learning and to identify the next steps in their learning journey. Following the Department of Education guidelines, our Semester 1 reports for all students will be sent home on Friday 28 August.
We are happy to advise that the School Photographer is back in action for school photos. As you can imagine, there is a significant amount of work the photo company is trying to catch up on. Iluka Public School has managed to secure a date, Friday 16 October in Term 4. Further details and order envelopes will come at a later date.
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CLASS K NEWS
Home Reading - A reminder that home readers should be returned on a daily basis. Sometimes other students are waiting on the book your child has to complete their current log. This weekend, I will be sending home books for your child to read in order to consolidate the progress being made in reading.
Home Travel - Since last term, there have been some changes in how students in Kindergarten are travelling home from school each day. In order to ensure that your child is organised for the correct home travel each day, please complete the form sent home today and return to school by Wednesday 1 July.
Lost Property - Has your child lost a jumper or a hat? Currently, I have one jumper and one jacket, a dark grey jumper and a red jacket, as well as a school hat with the name Zayden written on it. Please let me know if any of these items belong to your child. Otherwise, they will be donated to the Iluka Op Shop.
Please ensure that your child’s Student Information 2020 update information sheet is completed and returned to school as soon as possible.
An absentee note explaining why your child is away from school needs to be provided on the day your child returns to school.
Could all balls and skipping ropes sent home please be returned to school this week.
CLASS 1/2 NEWS
Lovely to have some colder weather. Enjoy the change of season.
Homework and Home Reading routines continue. Please continue to support and assist with the completion of these tasks each week.
Thank You: to the parents that have shown an interest in their child’s education and made interviews to discuss how they are progressing. Being able to work together is a positive approach and Mrs Leseberg and I have appreciated both your input and your support.
The children: have settled back into some productive routines and are working extremely hard. We commend them for this great attitude. Keep up the hard work as it pays off in the long run!
Have a good week, Di.
CLASS 3/4 NEWS
Hello parents and carers,
Quicksmart - It is imperative that students learn their times tables, as they are required to draw on their knowledge of tables regularly during our maths lessons. It appears that very few students are practicing their Quicksmart cards at home. Just five minutes a day will make a huge difference in their ability to recall facts quickly. From memory students were given 6 different bundles of Quicksmart cards during the Learning@Home period, so please hunt out those cards.
Paint shirts - Students love participating in arts and crafts but it can be messy. It would be much appreciated if students could bring in an old, oversized shirt to wear over their school uniform when painting. If you don’t have anything suitable at home, perhaps try the op shop.
Save your lids - Could you please save plastic lids (of any shape or colour) during the school holiday period, for an art project in Term 3? Thank you!
Contact details - To ensure that your child’s contact details are up to date, please return the information sheet that was sent home last week.
Have a great week.
CLASS 5/6 NEWS
We are currently in full swing with our Geography unit. The students have worked collaboratively researching and designing a “Sustainable City”. The 2D models are about to become 3D and I am really looking forward to their presentations next week. Thank you to everyone for all the recycled donations. There are plenty of materials for the students to work with.
Homework went home on Monday and needs to be returned on Friday. Please note: a spelling test is given every Friday morning on the words that are sent home on Monday. In order to succeed, the students are encouraged to revise their words daily. I truly believe that students need to take responsibility and accountability with their learning. Basically, you should not have to nag them to complete their homework. It is essential that they revise the list words daily at home. Data collected over the past few weeks supports my theory "you get out what you put in” and 5 to 10 minutes a day is not much. I also believe “If you aim at nothing, You are going to hit nothing!" Goals and dreams do not just happen, you need to work hard.
Have a great week
Library borrowing is going really well and there are plenty of books available for all students to borrow. I commend those students who consistently bring their library bags on their designated library day.
LIBRARY BAGS FOR SALE
If your child does not have a library bag I have the perfect solution for you. We sell waterproof library bags at the library for $2. If you would like your child to buy one simply just send in the money with them and they can see me before or during school in the library.
We are still waiting for the arrival of a set of 30 laptops to be added to the Year 3/4 room. Fingers crossed these arrive before the holidays so they are ready to go at the start of term 3.
I would like to thank everyone that ordered Book Club this term. We now have over $240 in rewards points which I can use towards new books for students to enjoy. The new genrefication of the library has allowed me to identify what we are lacking and I will use some points to improve these areas of interest for students.
Whole school athletics practice continues each Friday, during our middle session, down on the bottom oval. The school is awaiting advice from Clarence Valley Council on when the Ken Leeson Oval will be set to hold our athletics carnival. As soon as we are confirmed with these arrangements, we will advise you with a date.
PSSA SPORT 2020
We have recently received correspondance from the governing bodies of PSSA sport. As you will see below, PSSA sport for 2020 is yet another victim of the pandemic. This will not affect our own school sporting events, such as the IPS athletics carnival or tennis competitions later in the year. We do offer our sincere regret to our Year 6 students, whom may have trialled or represented at this higher level of sport in their final year of primary school.
Attention Principals, Sports Organisers and Interested Staff,
As you are well aware, school sport has been severely disrupted this year due to the COVID19 pandemic. As a result, the Northern Rivers Zone PSSA executive have discussed the current situation and decided to suspend all Northern Rivers PSSA sporting events for 2020. This includes all zone team sport trials and the zone athletics championship scheduled for terms 3 and 4, 2020.
Please note there will be no progression to higher PSSA levels in any sports this year. This includes Northern Rivers Zone level, North Coast Regional level, NSW State level and School Sport Australia level.
This was not a decision made lightly. We acknowledge that many year 6 students have or will miss many sporting opportunities. This is unfortunate but ultimately, unavoidable.
Volunteers for Monday 29 June - Tanika and Tina
Volunteers for Friday 3 July - Sandy and Mark
Class donations this week : Kindergarten.
Not sure how to help. Donations do not have to be homemade goodies. We appreciate any items that are regularly used at the tuckshop. This can be surplus fruit and veg from a home garden, packets of rice cakes or Cruskits, serviettes or vanilla yoghurt. If you would like clarification on how you can help or are available to offer some time assisting in the Tuckshop, please see the Office Staff or contact Karla on 0405638768. Thank you
We have received word from Commonwealth Bank that the School Banking program can recommence from the start of Term 3. As Tuesday is our banking day, our first day of banking will coincide with the first day students return for Term 3, July 21. Please remember to complete all the details in your bank books. Looking forward to assisting young people to learn healthy savings habits.