Newsletter 13/05/2015

Dates To Remember – Term 2
Wed 13 NAPLAN Years 3 & 5 Only Thu 14 NAPLAN Years 3 & 5 Only
Fri 15 School Assembly Performance Yr. 1/2 / 5/6 Jumpstart week 4 of 9
Sun 17 Education Week 17/5 – 23/5
Tue 19 Gymnastics – week 6 of 8
Wed 20 Cross-country competition Years 3 – 6 Thu 21 Year 3 – 6 Merri Creek Excursion
Fri 22 School Assembly No Performance / 5/6 Jumpstart week 5 of 9
Mon 25 J.S. Grey Kinder visit to Newlands
Tue 26 Gymnastics – week 7 of 8
Fri 29 School Assembly Performance Yr. 5/6 / 5/6 Jumpstart week 6 of 9
Mon 1 School Council / Parent/Teacher online bookings open
Tue 2 Gymnastics last session – week 8 of 8
Fri 5 School Assembly No Performance / 5/6 Jumpstart week 7 of 9
Mon 8 Public holiday – No School
Fri 12 School Assembly Performance Yr. 3/4 / 5/6 Jumpstart week 8 of 9
Sat 13 Winter Warmer Trivia Night for Parents & Friends
Mon 15 Pupil Free Day – Curriculum Day
Fri 19 School Assembly Performance Yr. Prep / 5/6 Jumpstart last session week 9 of 9 / Student Reports to go home
Tue 23 Parent / Teacher Interviews
Last Updated: 12/05/2015

From the Principal
This week children in grades 3 & 5 will have completed the NAPLAN assessments for English and Mathematics. NAPLAN reports will be available in term 3.

Education Week
We have organised for parents and prospective parents to visit the classrooms next week as part of Education Week. We have also included our Specialist teachers as part of Education Week. This means parents and prospective parents can also visit these classrooms and see the children in action enjoying the activities.

School Website
For those who may have recently (this week) visited the school website you may have noticed some changes. Sonya has updated the website a little so that the information is more up to date. The work is not complete this will happen over the coming weeks as we modify and upload material to the site.

Curriculum Day – Monday 15th June
Students are not to attend school on this day
Teachers will be at school on this day as part of their school duties. The day will be used for planning and professional development around teaching and learning. We ask that you make alternative arrangements for your child to be cared for on this day.

Student Reports
Currently teachers are preparing individual student reports as part of our reporting requirements. These reports happen in June and December each year. The reports will go home prior to the parent/teacher interviews that also happen each June.

Parent/Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews will be taking place in the last week of this term. To make a time to meet with the classroom teacher we will be using the same on-line process as we did last year – Student Interview. The on-line booking site will be open Monday 1st June @ 12.30pm. It will remain open until the day before the interviews.
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Ross Dudgeon – Principal

Love Your Library Day
Firstly, I would like to extend a warm thank-you to Kirsty, Ken and Sian for all your hard work towards preparing for the ‘Love Your Library Day’. Also, a big, thank-you to all the parents and grandparents who attended on the day. It was a big success with $1238 worth of brand new donated books. We have 48 new novels and 45 new picture books for everybody to enjoy. Browse the list attached to see which books you will look forward to reading. They will be catalogued and contacted in the coming weeks so watch this space!
Laura Fisiak


Library Working Bee
Saturday, 30th May 1.30 – 4.00 pm
Newlands Primary School Library
Volunteers are needed to help cover over 100 new books added to the library shelves thanks to the hugely successful Love Your Library Day.
If you can attend, please contact Ken Harper on 0431 064 676 or email.

Newlands Art Exhibition News
The biannual art exhibition will be held on Thursday October 29th (Term 4, week 4).  This exhibition showcases the amazing work created by our talented students and will be a real highlight of this school year.  If anyone is interested in volunteering to help organise this major school event could they please let me know.  There are a number of ways to get involved including helping to mount and frame artwork, prepare the exhibition space, hang the work etc.  A popular part of the last art show was the inclusion of a parent and friends gallery featuring work created by our wonderful school community. If anyone is interested in curating this component I’d love to hear for you.
You can contact me at Newlands on Mondays and Tuesdays or you can email a message to me via the school’s email.

Little Learners at Newlands!
Each Monday from 9.00 -10.30am
‘Little Learners at Newlands’ is a play based learning program for 0 – 5 year olds and their parents/ carers. Little Learners is held on Monday mornings in the Aftercare Room from 9am – 10:30am during term time and is facilitated by a teacher from our school. It includes stories, singing, music, art and craft activities and developmental play. This is a free program offered by our school to help support young families in our community so please spread the word!
Bianca Vecchio – Visual Art Specialist and “Little Learners at Newlands” facilitator

Parents & Friends Association

The next meeting of the Newlands PS PFA will be on Thursday 28 May at 7:15. If you are a parent (or friend) and have an interest in helping the school, then come along.
At our last meeting we had an engaging discussion about the restocking of the library by parents and grandparents. This amazing volunteer effort has seen more kids borrowing more books and even the emergence of a Friday lunchtime chess club. We also discussed fundraising events for the year, ideas for the garden and ways that we could spend some of the money that the PFA has to improve our school.

What ideas do you have? We’d love to see you there.

If you have any questions or want to know how to join (it’s only $2) then feel free to contact us.

Second hand Uniform Stall & Silverbeet Sale
This Thursday, May 14, we will be holding a second hand uniform stall outside the office from 3:15 till 4:00pm.
All uniforms will be $2 so make sure you pop past for some bargains. We will also be selling the remaining silverbeet from the school veggie patch for $2 a bunch.
See you there.
Marita Wallace & Kristalo Hrysicos – Co-Presidents
Robert Larocca – Secretary

Eddy & Nancy’s Winter Warmer Trivia Night June 13
Save the date and check out the attached flyer!

Newlands Comedy Gala
The third annual Newlands Comedy Gala will be held at the Preston City Hall on Friday 27 November. This is always a fantastic evening where the Newlands community comes together with some of Melbourne’s best comedians and their fans to enjoy a relaxed and hilarious night out. Put the date in your diary now and start talking to your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances about coming along.
If you’d like to join our awesome organising team please also contact Melanie. We don’t meet often but when we do it productive and fun.
Keep an eye on the newsletter for updates on our progress.
Melanie, Nelly, Marita, Sarah, Jo, Jane & Kylie

Thanks to Heidi (Billie-O’s mum) who managed the garden produce stall at Love Your Library Day.
Big thanks as well to Mila (Dylan B’s mum) who helped Bianca get all those beautiful candles ready for Mother’s Day.

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