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Parent Representative and Class list reminder

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Dear Parents,
 

Just a reminder if you haven’t returned the Parent Class Representative and Permission form, we would appreciate if it could be returned asap.

The following Grade’s don’t have a parent representative as yet, so if your child is in one of these grade’s it would be great if you could consider nominating yourself.

Prep A, Prep C, Prep D

1A

2B, 2E

3A, 3C, 3D

4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E

5A, 5B

6A, 6D

 

Thank you

Classroom teachers

Newsletter Issue 4

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Newsletter Issue 4
Term 1 Week 10 2019
 
From the Principal’s Desk

Together we learn, lead and achieve.  
 
Dear Monty South Community       
 
Another term has ended and staff are now busy planning to ensure Term 2 commences without a hitch. As always in the last week of a term, we have reflected on our practices and celebrated the successes – and there were many.

The 2019 Prep families’ barbeque, the prep welcome ceremony and assembly, the Years 3 to 6 swimming sports and our results at District level coming second gave us great cause to celebrate. Then there was the badge presentation for our student captains (the PALs team) and the afternoon teas for the families afterwards. These were our community celebrations but we also maintained our emphasis on quality teaching with the introduction of the Professional Learning Community leaders, Dale Weston, Amy Duckworth and Melanie Vaughan. They have worked with teams throughout the school and also helped other schools in our area and the larger region. Our teaching staff also have the opportunity to call on Leading Teacher Mandy Redfern, Learning Specialist Monique Rankin and consultant literacy coach Jane Plunkett. 

All staff are to be congratulated for their hard work and dedication this term, helping to ensure your children learn and grow.   
 
It has been an exciting term and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to seeing you all back on TUESDAY 23 April for Term2.
 
Parents and Friends Bunnings barbeque
 
Thank you to the families who either baked, attended or volunteered at last Saturday’s Bunnings barbeque. The weather wasn’t kind to us initially but we still managed a roaring trade and raised more than $2000. This will go towards the new playground, oval and equipment that will be installed after September.   
Thank you also to Larissa Neale for her work in organising the fundraiser and our wonderful and dedicated Parents and Friends group who were at school on Friday collecting cakes and tables, volunteering on Saturday then back here yesterday returning goods and money. We are so appreciative of their efforts.  
 
Early arrivals
 
We have been noticing a number of students arriving early at school, sometimes as early as 8am. The schoolyard is not supervised until 8.45am as staff are busy preparing for the school day ahead. Camp Australia, our Out of School Hours Care program is open from 7am and able to provide supervision and warmth in the colder months. The contact number for Camp Australia is 1300 105 343.
 
Class Parent representatives
 
Thank you for all the parents who have volunteered to be a representative. We are still finalising the lists but we appreciate the parents who have offered to help.
 
Building update
 
We are now in the process of ordering furniture for our new building and both Clare and I visited a couple of libraries last week and to get a few ideas. We also have an oven, a cooktop, fridge, office furniture and telephones to purchase. So the days are busy with meetings with different companies but it is very exciting at the same time.  
Meanwhile, the building continues to grow and walls and windows and doors are appearing.  The countdown is on.
 
Staff news
 
We are delighted to announce the arrival of baby Noah David Jacobs, born Friday 29 March at 4pm.  Weighing in at 8.3 pounds and measuring 52cm, his very proud parents Daniel and Michelle Jacobs are overjoyed. Noah is the first of our bonny babies to arrive this year. 
 
We wish our Foundation Level Leader, Lucy Skipper, our very best wishes for Saturday when she marries her long time sweetheart, Naish Chapman. I have no doubt Lucy will be a beautiful bride and her smiling face will be beaming. We wish them both not only a happy day on Saturday, but a lifetime of happiness and love as they continue to build their lives together. 
 
Finally, at the start of Term 2, we will welcome back Jenny Hutchinson who had major surgery this term when she broke and ankle and ruptured her ligaments in the other ankle.   She is thankfully on the mend and we will see her return next term as the ICT teacher/coordinator. It will be great to see her smiling face back. 
 
 Dogs
 
Just a reminder that while we are not a dog free zone, we do have expectations around the way dogs come onto the school property. We recently had an incident where a dog was off a lead and near our Prep students. Some of our Preps are frightened of dogs and particularly when they are off leads. It the unpredictability of dogs and their behaviour that can sometimes frighten some children. Again, we ask that dogs be kept away from pathways where children are walking or kept on the periphery of the school grounds. Dogs MUST be on a lead at all times. Failure to observe the rules may mean we have to ban your dog at school.   
 
MSPS achievers
 
Thumbs up to the following achievers from our Monty South community.
 
To Gabriel Tran, who was awarded a medal for his science results in the University of New South Wales tests last year. Students with a top score in each subject in each year level are awarded a medal. Last year, 980,000 entries were received but only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific region were awarded medals.   Gabe was in top 1% of the country. Congratulations Gabe! It is a marvellous achievement.
 
Thumbs up to Kane Morrison, who was awarded the ‘Best Team Player’ in the Summer 2018/2019 Under 8 Eltham Wildcats boys basketball team. This is a great effort Kane and you should feel very proud. We are! 
 
And congratulations to Ben and Owen Buhagiar, who are currently appearing in a Fox Footy advertisement. They are the boys sitting and playing on the bed. Bravo Ben and Owen.
 
Finally, a reminder about our Prep to Year 2 Easter Bonnet Parade on Friday at 10am.
 
Happy Easter
 
 Leanne Sheean
Principal
 
Montmorency South Primary School acknowledges traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to elders both past, present and future.
 
‘Montmorency South is an inclusive learning community where students are inspired to be respectful, creative, curious and independent learners.’
 
Our Belief:
We believe that every person in our Montmorency South school community has the capacity to assist each student in attaining our vision.
 
Motto
Together we learn, lead and achieve

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Whole school

MSPS Cross Country Yr 3-6– Wed 24th April
The MSPS annual cross country event for years 3-6 will be taking place on the second day back from the holidays.  This event will be taking place at the Eltham Lower Park from 9:30am to approximately 12:45pm (times can vary during the day).  Please see the event on Compass for more details.  This event will cost $5.00 per child and can now be paid and consented for via Compass.  If your child will be away for this event please inform the classroom teacher as well as the school office.
 
Interschool Sport Update – Year 5 & 6
Interschool Winter Sport will be starting in Term 2.  Interschool/Intraschool sports will be taking place on Friday’s during Term 2, with the exception of the first Friday back 26th April.  Teams are in the process of being finalised.  We will inform families in the first week back of Term 2 as to what team their child will be participating on.
 
Anzac Badges
Anzac badges will be sold at lunch times this Thursday and Friday on the front deck of the school.  Prices range from $2 – $5.
 
Chess Club update
Chess club runs on Monday afternoons here at Montmorency South Primary school from 3:30-4:30pm.  Places are available for Term 2.  If interested please contact Pam Watson on watson.pam.w@edumail.vic.gov.au
At the end of each term medals are given out.  Term 1 results were as follows:

Class A
Zian Mahanta – Gold
Eamon Heley – Silver
Maya B – Bronze

Class B
Spike Santin – Gold
Liam Fox – Silver
Felix Elsen – Bronze
 
Uniform Update
Please find attached the updated 2019 RHS uniform order form/price list.  RHS is offering a new item for the 2019 school year.  They are now selling a Year 3-6 sport shirt.  These shirts can be worn on sports days, ie cross country and athletics day, as well as during Year 5 & 6 Interschool sports.  Shirt prices range from $48 to $50 and are optional.

Fundraiser for Jayden Mackay – assistance dog
 
Please see attached a flyer for an “Avengers: End Game” movie fundraiser to help MSPS student Jayden Mackay raise money for an assistance dog.  This fundraiser will be taking place at 10:30am on Sunday 28th April.
 
Kelly Sports will be back in Term 2
 
If your child is interested please go to www.kellysports.com.au and search for your school for all program details.
 
Sign up online before April 19th and enter voucher code: TERM2KELLY to receive a 10% discount.
 
For more information email Kyle at Templestowe@kellysports.com.au or call our head office on
(03) 9384 2294.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Thurs 4 Apr

  •  Chess Tournament Kangaroo Ground Primary School 9:30-2:30pm 

Fri 5 Apr

  • Easter bonnet parade 10am  Prep – Yr 2, Easter raffle 11am
  • Last day of Term 1 – 2:30pm dismissal

Tues 23 Apr

  • First day of Term 2

Wed 24 April

  • MSPS Cross Country – Lower Eltham Park 9:30am– Yr 3-6
  • Assembly – 2:45pm – Anzac Day Assembly
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 25 Apr

  • Anzac Day – No School

Tues 30 Apr

  • Country & Culture day – more info to follow

Fri 3 May 

  • Responsible pet ownership – Preps TBC 

Tues 7 May

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 8 May

  • District Cross Country – Eltham Lower Park TBC
  • Assembly – 2:45pm
  • 2020 Open Night – 7-8pm – more information to follow

Thurs 9 May

  • P&F Mother’s Day stall – during school

Wed 15 May

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Wed 22 May

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Tues 4 June

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 5 June

  • Division Cross Country – Bundoora Park 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Wed 5 – Fri 7 June

  • Year 4 camp – Arrabri Lodge – More information to follow

Mon 10 June

  • Queen’s Birthday – No school

Thurs 13 June

  • Chess tournament – Viewbank Primary School 9:30am-2:30pm

Wed 19 June

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Chicken Pox

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Dear parents of Prep C,

We are writing to inform you that we have had a single case of Chickenpox confirmed within your child's year level. The student had been vaccinated and so it is only a mild case of chicken pox.

Chickenpox (varicella) is a highly contagious viral disease. The main symptom is a blistering, itchy skin rash with outbreaks are more common in winter and early spring. More information may be found at
https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/disease-information-advice/chickenpox-and-shingles 

Kind Regards,

The MSPS Team

Newsfeed Term 1 Wk 9

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School photos, P&F Bunnings barbeque, Victorian Premiers' reading challenge, Go fund me – Jayden Mackay, local event & Banyule youth services holiday activities

Whole school

School Photos – Tuesday 26th March
 
Tomorrow is School photo day.  Photos can be order via the Advanced Life website using the following code:
 
www.advancedlife.com.au  – WKQ FQE 54C orders can be placed until Friday 5th April.  After this date orders will attract an additional fee. 
 
Sibling photos can be ordered online until Midnight tonight, Monday 25 March or cash on the morning of photo day.  If Sibling photos have not been ordered by the morning of Tuesday 26th March a Sibling photo will not be taken.
 
Bunning Barbeque Sat 30th March – volunteers needed

MSPS P&F will be holding a fundraising barbeque and cake stall at Bunnings on Saturday the 30th of March and we need your help!   Please email secretarymspspf@gmail.com or sign up on the roster at the office to offer an hour and a half of your time or bring a cake to the office on Friday 29th March.  You are also welcome to drop in a cake at Bunnings on Saturday 30th March from 8am-3:30pm.

This will be a great fundraiser to generate funds for a new school oval.

If you can help in any way or would like more info please call Larissa on 0430 922 004.
 
Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Montmorency South Primary School is excited to be participating.
The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.
 
Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

There will not be an online honour roll as in previous years, therefore there will be no consent required.

Go fund me – Jayden Mackay

Hi lovely Montmorency South families.  You have probably seen our boy Jayden cruising around school in his blue wheelchair.   As some of you know, Jayden was diagnosed two years ago with congenital myasthenia, a genetic and progressive muscular disease.
Jayden has his own Facebook page to bring awareness about CMS and showing people what it is like to be a 10 yr old boy living with it.

https://www.facebook.com/boywithCMS/

We have also started a gofundme page to help fund an assistance dog which will help him conquer day to day life living with CMS.  Our little family is very excited to help Jayden and welcome this very special puppy into our hearts.  Please consider checking out his gofundme page: 

https://www.gofundme.com/courageous-mighty-strong-jaydens-assistance-dog?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmt_w

Thank you
Bianca & Neil (Jayden Mackay’s parents)

Local event/talk – “The decline in nature play and rise in sensory issues”

Eco Explorers is running a local event on Thurs 28 March.
They have been lucky enough to secure an International Keynote Speaker to speak locally in Eltham, Angela Hanscom, who is a highly regarded Paediatric Occupational Therapist, and author of best-selling book "Balanced and Barefoot". 

Angela will be speaking on a topic that she has been researching and writing about for many years, "The decline in nature play and rise in sensory issues." Angela is visiting Victoria for 3 days for a Conference, and this will be her only public talk and Q&A for parents, carers, educators and child health practitioners.

You can book your tickets here. https://www.ecoexplorers.com.au/events-programs/eco-explorers-presents-angela-hanscom-author-of-balanced-barefoot/

 (PS: If you'd like to see Angela speak before sharing, here one of her many popular TEDx Talks –https://youtu.be/PXLaoDucF0k )

Banyule Youth Services
 
Please see attached an information sheet of activities running locally during the upcoming School holidays.  Most of the activities are free.

WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Tues 26 Mar

  • School Photos 

Wed 27 Mar

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Sat 30 Mar

  • P&F Fundraising BBQ Bunnings  8am-3:30pm

Tues 2 Apr

  • Oral health check – Prep-Yr 2
  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm – Annual reporting meeting

Thurs 4 Apr

  •  Chess Tournament Kangaroo Ground Primary School 9:30-2:30pm 

Fri 5 Apr

  • Easter bonnet parade 10am  Prep – Yr 2
  • Last day of Term 1 – 2:30pm dismissal

Tues 23 Apr

  • First day of Term 2

Wed 24 April

  • MSPS Cross Country – Lower Eltham Park – Yr 3-6
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 25 Apr

  • Anzac Day – No School

Tues 30 Apr

  • Country & Culture day – more info to follow

Fri 3 May 

  • Responsible pet ownership – Preps TBC 

Tues 7 May

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 8 May

  • District Cross Country – Eltham Lower Park TBC

Thurs 9 May

  • P&F Mother’s Day stall – during school

Wed 15 May

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

P & F Bunnings BBQ – 30th March- Volunteers needed

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MSPS Parents and Friends 
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P & F Bunning Barbeque Sat 30th March – volunteers needed

MSPS P&F will be holding a fundraising barbeque and cake stall at Bunnings on Saturday the 30th of March and we need your help!  We are asking parents to offer an hour and a half of your time or bring a cake to the office on Friday 29th March. You are also welcome to drop in a cake at Bunnings on Saturday 30th March from 8am-3:30pm.

This will be a great fundraiser to generate funds for a new school oval, the grounds and play-equipment.

If you can help in any way or would like more info please call Larissa on 0430 922 004 or  email larissa-is@hotmail.com or sign up via our online volunteer register  http://signup.com/go/QOQXdDK

Thank you for your support!
MSPS P & F Group

Newsletter No 3 – Term 1 Week 7 2019

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Newsletter No.3
Term 1 Week 7 2019
 
 From the Principal’s Desk
Together we learn, lead and achieve.   
 
Dear Monty South Community       
 
Invitation to the Monty South School Council AGM
 
On Tuesday 2 April at 7.15pm, we will be holding the Annual General Meeting to report on the 2018 school year.
 
This is an open school council meeting and we are always keen to have parents attend and join us for drinks and nibbles while we hear from students, teachers and the school leadership group. 
 
The purpose of our school council AGM is not to elect office-bearing positions, as that has already been done, but to hear how our school is progressing against the standards the department reports against for primary schools.  
 
The agenda on the night will be:
 
Call to order

  • Recording of community members present
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Approval of previous year’s minutes and AGM
  • Annual Report
  • Staff presentation of Professional Learning Community work within school and North East Metropolitan area
  • Student presentation from Year 3 and Year 5 regarding their Maths Talent Quest investigation on furnishing the new building
  • Principal report on the school activities and the new school build
  • Treasurer’s report – a basic financial report on the income and expenditures of the school during the past year
  • Questions and/or business arising from the meeting
  • Close and refreshments.

We hope you can join us.
 
Parents and Friends – class representatives
 
Both our Parents and Friends group and School Council have been thinking about our school community and how we can engage the community more than we currently do. There are a number of new initiatives but one of the most pressing will be the reintroduction of the Parent class representatives. MSPS has always encouraged the active involvement of parents within the school. The classroom helper program, working bees, fundraising and school events coordination have always been part of our school community. We used to have a parent representative system but is has fallen away in recent years. This year we want to reintroduce it. 
 
The purpose of a class representative is to act as a single point of communication between teachers, parents and the Parents and Friends group. It can also assist in making connections between parents of the class in setting up play dates and getting together on the holidays and weekends.
 
What does being a parent class representative involve?

  • Maintaining and distributing a class contact list of those who provide permission
  • Encouraging and supporting parents of the class group to get involved in school activities
  • In the junior levels especially, organise at least one opportunity for the group to get to know each other outside of school (eg a picnic in the park on school holidays or a morning tea)
  • Welcoming new families to the class and encouraging their participation and inclusion in activities.

 
Your child’s teacher will send out a Compass note asking for someone to volunteer as a class representative and also asking for families who agree to have their email and or phone contacts distributed just within their child’s class.
  
It is important to note that the class representative does not involve dealing with the concerns of other parents. Any concerns they may have about their child, teachers or the school should be made directly by the parent to the teacher, Assistant Principal or Principal. 
 
Let’s enhance our children’s experience at MSPS. Please consider putting your name forward to be a representative for your child’s class. 
 
Easter Bonnet Parade
 
Our annual Easter Bonnet Parade will be held on the last day of the term at 10am. The parade is only for students in Years Prep to Year 2 and is organised by our School Captains and student leaders. Each class will take a turn to parade in the hall in front of the audience and will be judged according to the awards including: ‘Best Hat’ and ‘Most Colourful Design’.
 
At the end of the parade, the other year levels will join us and our Parents and Friends group for the Easter Raffle. 
 
The students will then return to their rooms for lunch. Please note hats are made at home not in class. We hope to also invite our Panorama Kindergarten friends.
 
Mutual respect and MSPS
 
During the many years I have been at MSPS, our students have been recognised far and wide for their impeccable behaviour. They are always respectful of their teachers and peers and aim to do their personal best.  
 
In recent times however, we have had cause for concern about the way some students are treating school property. Our cubby houses have been repaired many times and on some of our brand new portables, the paint has been peeled off deliberately. One of the cubby kitchens is so damaged it will have to be rebuilt. Some children have also been climbing on the cages protecting our utilities and they are now so bent, they will have to be replaced. These areas are not part of the new build.  
 
It seems nothing is sacred. Clare is also heartbroken that some of the beautiful hard cover books, just weeks old, have been so damaged they will have to be replaced. 
 
Staff members and myself are so disappointed, I had to break my rule about assemblies being a time of celebration and talk to the students about the way they are treating property and behaving in general. Below are some photos of some of the books, so that you will understand why we are disappointed and why we will be monitoring the situation very closely. I hope you can support us in our endeavours and remind your children how important it is to look after property that has been provided for you. 

Building update and playground
 
Construction work is ploughing ahead and we have a date for moving into the new building of 15 August. The portables at the end of the school (where Year 2 are currently located) will then be taken away by the Department, to make way for the new staff car park. In September, work will then begin on dismantling the old school building where the new artificial turf oval and basketball court will go.  
 
We are now looking at new furniture for the new classrooms. It is extremely exciting and hard to believe after all this time, we are so close!
 
Assembly
 
The feedback from staff, students and parents is that assembly is not needed on a weekly basis. We actually surveyed the Year 6 students as we felt we shouldn’t make a decision without asking them first. Whilst the final count was close, fortnight assemblies won out. So please note there will be no assembly this Wednesday (20 March) but they will occur Wednesday week (27 March) and follow on a fortnightly basis from then.
 
Personal goods brought to school
 
Students and visitors often bring personal property to school. This includes mobile phones, electronic games, calculators, toys, sporting equipment and cars parked on premises. The Department does not have insurance for personal property brought to school and it has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property. Therefore, parents are reminded to discourage children bringing valuable items to school.
 
 MSPS Achievers
 
Thumbs up to Oliver Plunkett-Zbaracki, James Green, Lachlan Brennan and Oliver Von Tunk who recently played in their Baseball Little League Minors Grand Final. According to reports, it was the most nerve wracking final! The team started off with a small lead and with five minutes to play, the opposition, Essendon, scored an equalising run putting the game into overtime. Unfortunately, despite the team playing so well in the bottom of the eight innings (longest little league game all season) Essendon scored the winning run and defeated the boys, four to three.
 
Oliver PZ pitched to James brilliantly and Lachlan played catcher for the second half. Oliver VT played a cracker in the field and at bat.
 
Whilst there was huge disappointment with the loss, their parents were so proud to see them encouraging and supporting their team mates. They moved their coach (and a lot of parents) to tears with their maturity and mateship. We are also very proud of them.
 
Congratulations also to Kit and Pip Hanson who participated in the World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser. They raised $343.15 (a lot of that at school). 
 
They organised it themselves – from the initial idea, to the publicity and of course the act.  We are very proud of these students who have thought of others and gone out of their way to help.  Wonderful work Kit and Pip!   

Leanne Sheean 
Principal 

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Whole school

Volunteers Wanted for Chicken Roster
The health and wellbeing of our chickens relies on the support of volunteers.
Holidays are fast approaching and our chickens need your help. You don’t need to know anything about chickens to look after them. It’s simple.
If your children already love the chickens then this is perfect.

It only takes five minutes a day to let them out in the morning, make sure they have food and water, then put them away again at night. And you get to keep any eggs you find!

We are looking for volunteers to cover the weekends and holidays.
If you would like to volunteer with the chickens we would love to hear from you.

We will provide you with all the information you need and if you have any questions feel free to contact me on the below number.

Contact:   Adam   0422 148 743 or sign up to the roster at the office
 
MSPS Parents and Friends update

Easter Raffle & Casual Dress Day Friday 22nd March

Parents & Friends would like to invite all Monty South students to join in our Casual Dress Day.  You may even like to wear something special to celebrate Easter.

Please bring a donation to add to the hampers for our wonderful annual Easter fundraising raffle on Friday 22nd March.  A donation box will be near the school office.

A book of 10 raffle tickets will be sent home per family.  Tickets are $1 each.  Please return completed raffle tickets no later than Monday 1st of April.  Further books of tickets are available from the school office.

Bunning Barbeque Sat 30th March – volunteers needed

MSPS P&F will be holding a fundraising barbeque and cake stall at Bunnings on Saturday the 30th of March and we need your help!   Please email secretarymspspf@gmail.com or sign up on the roster at the office to offer an hour and a half of your time or bring a cake to the office on Friday 29th March.  You are also welcome to drop in a cake at Bunnings on Saturday 30th March from 8am-3:30pm.

This will be a great fundraiser to generate funds for a new school oval.

If you can help in any way or would like more info please call Larissa on 0430 922 004.
 
 ICY POLES – every FRIDAY in TERM 1 

Please remember that Icy Poles continue to be sold each Friday of Term 1 during afternoon break. Icy poles are 50c each. If you would like to help out, please come to the BER (gym) at 1.45-2.30pm.

WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Wed 20 Mar

  • Montmorency Secondary College visit for Yr 5-6 – 9:30am
  • No assembly – assemblies moving to a fortnightly basis
  • P&F Meeting – 7:30pm staffroom

Fri 22 Mar

  • P&F Casual dress day – Easter hamper donation

Tues 26 Mar

  • School Photos 

Wed 27 Mar

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Sat 30 Mar

  • P&F Fundraising BBQ Bunnings

Tues 2 Apr

  • Oral health check – Prep-Yr 2
  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Thurs 4 Apr

  •  Chess Tournament Kangaroo Ground Primary School  9:30-2:30pm

Fri 5 Apr

  • Easter bonnet parade 10am  Prep – Yr 2
  • Last day of Term 1 – 2:30pm dismissal

Tues 23 Apr

  • First day of Term 2

Wed 24 April

  • MSPS Cross Country – Lower Eltham Park – Yr 3-6
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 25 Apr

  • Anzac Day – No School

Tues 30 Apr

  • Country & Culture day – more info to follow

Tues 7 May

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 8 May

  • District Cross Country – Eltham Lower Park TBC

Thurs 9 May

  • P&F Mother’s Day stall – during school

Wed 15 May

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Newsfeed – March 13th Term 1 wk 7

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Whole school
 

MSPS Parents and Friends update

Bunning Barbeque Sat 30th March – volunteers needed
MSPS P&F will be holding a fundraising barbeque and cake stall at Bunnings on Saturday the 30th of March and we need your help!   Please email secretarymspspf@gmail.com or sign up on the roster at the office to offer an hour and a half of your time or bring a cake to the office on Friday 29th March.  You are also welcome to drop in a cake at Bunnings on Saturday 30th March from 8am-3pm.

This will be a great fundraiser to generate funds for a new school oval.

If you can help in any way or would like more info please call Larissa on 0430 922 004.
 
Second Hand Uniform Sale

The Parents and Friends Group will be holding a second hand uniform sale on Friday 15th March in the morning on the front deck from 8:30am-9:30am.

Easter Raffle & Casual Dress Day Friday 22nd March
Parents & Friends would like to invite all Monty South students to join in our Casual Dress Day.  You may even like to wear something special to celebrate Easter.

Please bring a donation to add to the hampers for our wonderful annual Easter fundraising raffle on Friday 22nd March.  A donation box will be near the school office.

A book of 10 raffle tickets will be sent home per family.  Tickets are $1 each.  Please return completed raffle tickets no later than Monday 1st of April.  Further books of tickets are available from the school office.

MSPS Literacy & Numeracy helper’s course

We will be running a MSPS Literacy & Numeracy Helper’s Course for all new parents who would like to help in the classroom.  The class will take place on Monday 18th of March at 9:30-10:45am in the BER/Year 6 classroom.  This class is mandatory for any parent/grandparent wanting to help in the classroom.  

PLEASE NOTE: If you have attended this program in the past, you are not required to attend this session. 

Please find enrolment details via Compass/Insights (under Communities)
 

Pascoe Vale Girls College Open Day Invitation Mon 29th April

Please see attached an invitation to the Pascoe Vale Girls College Open Day on Monday 29th April.  Morning session will be from 9am-10:30am and the evening session will be held from 7pm-8pm.  Please see attached invitation for more invitation.

Banyule City Council Playgroups

We have a parent at our school who is a Supported Playgroup Facilitator and we thought it might be good to share with our community a few local playgroups. 

Mondays 9:30am-2:30pm drop in any time – 1 Morobe St West Heidelberg 
Tuesdays 9:30am-11:30am – 179 Nepean St Greensborough
Thursdays 10am-12pm – Aboriginal Families 21 Alamein Road West Heidelberg
Fridays 1pm-3pm (parents under 25yrs) – Watermarc

Please see attachments for more information.

WHAT IS COMING UP

 
Wed 13 Mar

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Fri 15 Mar

  • P&F Second Hand Uniform Sale – 8:30-9:30am on the front deck
  • Scholastic Book orders due via LOOP

Mon 18 Mar

  • MSPS Literacy & Numeracy Helpers Course 9:30am-10:45am BER Yr 6 classroom

Tues 19 Mar

  • Regional swimming – Northcote TBC
  • Yr 2 Incursion – Darebin Creek Education 10:40am-2:10pm

Wed 20 Mar

  • Montmorency Secondary College visit for Yr 5-6 – 9:30am
  • P&F Meeting – 7:30pm staffroom

Fri 22 Mar

  • P&F Casual dress day – Easter hamper donation

Tues 26 Mar

  • School Photos 

Wed 27 Mar

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Sat 30 Mar

  • P&F Fundraising BBQ Bunnings – more details to follow

Tues 2 Apr

  • Oral health check – Prep-Yr 2
  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Fri 5 Apr

  • Last day of Term 1 – 2:30pm dismissal

Tues 23 Apr

  • First day of Term 2

Wed 24 April

  • MSPS Cross Country – Lower Eltham Park – Yr 3-6
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 25 Apr

  • Anzac Day – No School

Tues 30 Apr

  • Country & Culture day – more info to follow

Tues 7 May

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 8 May

  • District Cross Country – Eltham Lower Park TBC

Thurs 9 May

  • P&F Mother’s Day stall – during school

Wed 15 May

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Newsfeed Week 6 – March 4 2019

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Whole school
 
Scholastic Book Orders

One of the best gifts a parent can give a child is the love of good books. Each year at Montmorency South Primary School we participate in Scholastic Book Club. Although there are eight issues that Scholastic provide we only run four.  Sometimes we will add an extra issue near Christmas.  As a parent, however, you can go on the Scholastic website at any time and browse each issue when it comes through and organise it to be delivered to your home if it is one we are not running.

Attached you will find all the information on how to register for the LOOP payment platform that you will need to order books.  The books will take approximately two weeks to arrive at school after the closed due date of Friday March 15. Each order helps earn free books for our school, however there is never any obligation to buy.

If you are buying books for your child as a present, please email me on iob.clare.e@edumail.vic.gov.au if you would like me to hold them temporarily in my office for you. If I am not advised, when the books come in they will go straight to your child’s classroom.

Orders can only be made via the LOOP.  
Visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP or download the app in App Store for iPad/ iPhone or find it on Google Play for Android.. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me in person or by the above email address.

Thank you
Clare Iob
Librarian
 
Relay for Life
Quintin, Max and Joel together with their older siblings Savannah, Harry and Felix (ex students, now year 7) were on the front cover of the Leader Newspaper two weeks ago promoting the Relay for life on 23rd/24th of March 2019.

There will be a Guinness book of records attempt of "the most people to apply sunscreen at a relay".

Quintin, Max and Joel would love for their school mates or class mates to be part of this weekend with them.  Contact Brigitte on 0418957710 or Btrisso@hotmail.com  or sign up online at the Diamond Valley Relay for life. 
There will be games, a jumping castle, face painting, henna tattoos, music, dancing, food & drinks, a silent auctions and a relay course. 

Brigitte Risstrom
 
YouTube warning
 
One of our Education Support staff, Jakk Walsh, has brought to our attention a video that has made its way into Australia YouTube videos.  This video pops up in kids YouTube videos and encourages them to do harmful things to themselves by saying they will hurt the child’s family if they don’t do it.  This has led to a few suicidal incidents overseas. For more information please check out the following link
 
https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/nine-year-olds-caught-in-terrifying-momo-challenge-20190217-p50ydb.html
 
 
La Trobe Communication Clinic – Phonological Awareness for Literacy
 
La Trobe would like to invite eligible families to register for their PAL Clinic.
 
What is the PAL Clinic?

The PAL program was developed at the University of Queensland to be run by speech pathology students under the supervision of qualified speech pathologist. The program is strongly based on research. La Trobe Communication Clinic has been running the PAL program since 2004.
 
The aims of the program at La Trobe are to:
• Improve a child’s phonological awareness skills including identifying sounds in words, breaking up words into individual sounds, combining sounds into words
• Improve the child's ability to know which letters make which sounds
• Help children to understand the relationship between phonological awareness skills, letter-sound knowledge, word reading and word spelling.
 
Please find attached details of the program and how instruction on how to register.
 
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Tues 5 Mar

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 6 Mar

  • Prep Welcome to Country & 1st Prep assembly -9:15am
  • NO afternoon Assembly

Mon 11 Mar

  • Labour Day – no school

Tues 12 Mar

  • Banyule Oral Health forms due – Prep to Yr 2

Wed 13 Mar

  • Assembly – 2:45pm

Fri 15 Mar

  • P&F Second Hand Uniform Sale – 8:30-9:30am on the front deck
  • Scholastic Book orders due via LOOP

Mon 19 Mar

  • Regional swimming – Northcote TBC
  • Yr 2 Incursion – Darebin Creek Education 10:40am-2:10pm
  • MSPS Literacy & Numeracy Helpers Course 9:30am-10:45am BER Yr 6 classroom

Wed 20 Mar

  • Montmorency Secondary College visit for Yr 5-6 – 9:30am
  • 2:45 Assembly
  • P&F Meeting – 7:30pm staffroom

Fri 22 Mar

  • P&F Casual dress day – Easter hamper donation

Tues 26 Mar

  • School Photos

Sat 30 Mar

  • P&F Fundraising BBQ Bunnings – more details to follow

Tues 2 Apr

  • Oral health check – Prep-Yr 2
  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Fri 5 Apr

  • Last day of Term 1 – 2:30pm dismissal

Tues 23 Apr

  • First day of Term 2

Wed 24 April

  • MSPS Cross Country – Lower Eltham Park – Yr 3-6
  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 25 Apr

  • Anzac Day – No School

Tues 30 Apr

  • Country & Culture day – more info to follow

Tues 7 May

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 8 May

  • District Cross Country – Eltham Lower Park TBC

Thurs 9 May

  • P&F Mother’s Day stall – during school

Wed 15 May

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Newsletter No 2 Term 1 – Week 4 & 5

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Dear MSPS families

Please find attached the Principal Report and Newsletter for Week 4 & 5 Term 1.  

  
WHAT IS COMING UP
 
Wed 27 Feb

  • Yr 6 Badge presentation
  • 2:40pm presentation
  • 3:15 Afternoon tea for leaders and their families

Mon 4 Mar

  • Division swimming – Northcote Pool 9:30am-1pm

Tues 5 Mar

  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Wed 6 Mar

  • Prep Welcome to Country & 1st Prep assembly -9:15am

Mon 11 Mar

  • Labour Day – no school

Mon 19 Mar

  • MSPS Literacy & Numeracy Helpers Course 9:30am-10:45am BER Yr 6 classroom
  • Regional swimming – Time to be confirmed

Tues 26 Mar

  • School Photos

Tues 2 Apr

  • Oral health check – Prep-Yr 2
  • School Council meeting – 7:15pm

Fri 5 Apr

  • Last day of Term 1 – 2:30pm dismissal

Tues 23 Apr

  • First day of Term 2

Wed 24 April

  • P&F meeting 7:30pm – Staffroom

Thurs 25 Apr

  • Anzac Day – No School

Prep families – letter from the Librarian

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Welcome to Monty South. My name is Clare Bear and I am the li-BEAR-ian at Monty South. I’m so excited, as are the Prep Teachers to help foster a love of reading with your children.  In Prep (Foundation) at Monty South, the children have weekly library classes. I will be taking Prep D and Prep A, B and C will be taken by the classroom teacher. The Prep’s borrow three picture story books to start with. One picture book can go home but MUST be in a library bag to do so. The other two picture books stay in the children’s book box to do their Daily 5 programme. The Prep’s have four weeks to borrow a book but we would encourage them to bring their book back each week to change over.
 
I have allowed four weeks as this covers them over the school holidays so when they come back their book won’t be overdue. At Monty South we have a rule if a book is overdue, the students CANNOT borrow until the book is returned. This is a great way to teach our students about responsibility and resilience. Once your child’s teacher feels that your child is ready for a very simple chapter book, they will be allowed to borrow one chapter and two picture story books.
Please refer to the below timetable for when your child has library and what day the books are to be returned by.
 
Prep A – Thursday
Prep B – Thursday
Prep C – Thursday
Prep D – Tuesday

The teachers and myself have been going over the library rules with your child including how we take care of books. Can I please ask that the children DO NOT eat or drink whilst reading and that they are kept away from little brothers and sisters so we can keep our books looking beautiful. We can’t wait to go on a fantastic journey with your children reading lots of wonderful and funny stories and hopefully teaching them that reading books is a wonderful thing to do. Please feel free if you have any library questions to come and visit me in the library office, (my bear cave) next to the library or see your child’s teacher.

Kind regards,
 
Clare Bear and the Prep team