Welcome back to term 4. What a year we have had! We are thrilled to welcome our students back on Monday. Please refer to our Compass posts for arrangements and make sure you email your class teacher with any questions or call the office. During term 4 we will be focussing on health and wellbeing, learning and transitions. Stay tuned for Compass updates. We seem to be getting an enormous amount of information on a regular basis and please be reassured we are getting it out to you as soon as we can. Don’t forget to go over good hand hygiene with your children. Hand sanitiser will be at each entry point, in classrooms and additional areas in the school. Additional cleaning has been organised each day for high touch surfaces.
It is a bit surreal to be thinking about 2021 in view of this year, but in lots of ways we are looking forward to moving on and a fresh start next year. As we move into term 4, we will be starting to work on class composition for 2021. This can cause some concern for parents. Please be assured that staff, spend a considerable time working on class construction, to enhance the educational opportunities for all students. Class groupings are formed around mixed gender, educational grounds and creating classes of equitable numbers. Children are asked for an indication of who might be great learning partners for them. Teachers consider who students work well with and will work to meet the needs of all students. Our class formation policy is at the back of the newsletter. Teachers are allocated to classes in the final stages.
If you feel there is an issue that would affect your child’s placement please put this in writing to Sue by Thursday October 22 to enable us to take this into consideration. Parents are not able to request particular teachers, however, we recognise that there may be circumstances we are not aware of that we may need to know about. We will of course make classes that provide the best educational opportunities for all students. These can be emailed to the school email address.
If by some chance you have forgotten to put in your enrolment form for prep 2021 please get it in to the office. If your family is moving on next year (aside from year 6 students) please notify the office in writing so we can plan accordingly.
Attendance and Late Arrivals
It is essential at the moment that all students arrive in their allocated time slots, at the appropriate gate. If your child has an appointment please call the office to notify us and they will welcome the child to the office on their return and make sure they get to the classroom.
Prep transition for 2021 is certainly different next year. Please stay tuned as we work with the guidelines to finalise our program.
Out of Hours Care
Camp Australia will be running their program as per normal. Make sure you complete your bookings with them. They welcome new students. Just a reminder it is a good idea to register and then if you ever need it you can book in as needed.
2020 Parents Victoria Online Conference
Parents /carers, school leadership / staff and school councillors are invited to attend the 2020 Parents Victoria Online Conference.
The theme of the forum is a Brave New World: Changes, challenges and opportunities for families and schools.
This year’s conference program includes presentations from expert speakers and groups on mental health support for students and parents, connecting school communities and engaging families.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino will open the conference and answer questions submitted by schools and families.
To submit a question email email@example.com by Sunday 11 October.
Details on the conference and how to register are provided below.
Date: Monday 19 October 2020
Time: 10am to 1.15pm
Cost: The conference is free but registration is essential.
Registration: The conference will take place on Zoom. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link on 18 October.
For more information visit the Parents Victoria website.
Find out more
For more information contact Parents Victoria via:
phone 0419 716 171.
Sue Dean and Priscilla Salter
Wednesday 27th January Teachers at school for planning
Thursday 28th January Professional development for staff, office staff also attending- School office will be closed.
Friday 29th January First student day for years 1-6
Monday 1st February First Day for Preps - Year 6
Wednesday 10th February Information Nights
6.00pm -7.00pm- Prep-Year 2
7.00pm-8.00pm- Year 3- Year 6
Tuesday 9th March Student/ Parent/ Conferences
Scholastic Book Club Issue #7 is out! Paper catalogues will be distributed in class when school returns, however, if you would like to place orders before then, here is the link: https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/BrowseCatalogue.aspx
Issue 7 orders will close Monday 26th October @ 8pm. If you would like to place an order online via LOOP, instructions are on the last page of the catalogue.
Any orders processed after 26th October via LOOP will incur a fee of $4.99.
NOTE: If your order is a gift, please tick the “GIFT” box on your LOOP order to ensure the order isn’t delivered to your child’s class and you will need to arrange a time with the office to collect the books.
Rachel Mactaggart, Book Club Co-ordinator
Stringybark Virtual Festival will be coming to you LIVE in your backyard, celebrating home grown creativity, sustainability stories, backyard projects and the local Knox community.
The festival will take a slightly different spin this year in line with Covid-19 restrictions, offering you and your family a unique mix of virtual programs including workshops, presentations and performances.
WHEN: Sunday 18 October, 9am - 9pm
WHERE: Live-streamed to the Knox Arts and Events Facebook page
View the full virtual program below.
For more information, visit knox.vic.gov.au/stringybark
RSVP to the Facebook event for updates.