SCHOOL CALENDAR. Message from the Principal. 8 May Hi Everyone. Neil Pollard. May Mother s & Special Persons Day Stall Prep, 4MS, 3AB

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1 8 May 2018 Wed 9 Thu 10 SCHOOL CALENDAR May 2018 Mother s & Special Persons Day Stall Prep, 4MS, 3AB Mother s & Special Persons Day Stall Remaining Classes Fri 11 Interschool Sports Grades 5&6 Tue NAPLAN Grades 3 & 5 Thu 17 Book Fair Open 9:00am 4:00pm Fri 18 Book Fair Open 10:00am 4:00pm Fri 18 Interschool Sports Mon Education Week Tue 22 Book Fair Open 8:30am 4:00pm Wed 23 Grandparent s Day 9:00 11:30am Thurs 31 Chinese Incursion Grade 5&6 School Nurse Visit Prep Fri 1 Mon 4 June 2018 District Cross Country (Date Change) Queen s Birthday Public Holiday Other Morning Break: 11.30am to 12.10pm Afternoon Break: 1.50pm to 2.40pm Uniform Shop: Wednesdays 3.00pm to 3.45pm 2018 Term Dates Term 1 29 January (teachers only) to 29 March Term 2 16 April to 29 June Term 3 16 July to 21 September Term 4 8 October to 21 December Canteen Lunch orders to be in by 9am Wednesday and Friday REMINDER: All newsletter items must be in by Friday night in order to ensure they are included in the following week s newsletter. Message from the Principal Hi Everyone Every now and then I have cause to stop and reflect that, A week is a long time in Education. Last week is certainly a prime example of that. Last Tuesday I received a phone call from the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino to share the great news that Montrose PS was to be included in the massive injection of funds that is being directed towards education. Our project was identified as the provision of a competition sized gymnasium. This is great news as not only will the current students and parents benefit from this but so will the broader community as this will become a terrific community asset. Yesterday I attended a briefing to start the process rolling. Unlike the Building Education Revolution program that saw the construction of the Early Learning Centre, in this case our community will have a greater say in the overall process rather than choosing from three standard design templates. The process is divided into the following milestones: Planning Phase 1: Education Direction. This is where the school defines our needs/wishes that will inform the architect tenders. School Council approves this document and forwards it to Region facilities personnel. Alterations made be required at this stage. When Region is satisfied it will be forwarded to the Department of Education and Training for comment. Architect appointment happens next and needs to be completed by July All the multitude of design elements to be completed by March Tender documentation review Tender evaluation and the appointment of a builder July 2019 Construction to commence July 2019 So there is much to do before the first spade full of soil is turned. It may sound like a long time, but we will be like a duck swimming on the pond. All serene and calm above water while below the surface the feet will be paddling furiously. And the effort and patience will be worth it. Neil Pollard Leith Road, Montrose 3765 Correspondence to: P.O. Box 123, Montrose Ph , Fax: Web site: Principal: Neil Pollard Assistant Principals: Kylie Fisher & Glenn Storr School Council President: Stacey Barker After School Care

2 Entertainment Books On Sale NOW! Entertainment books are now on sale for $70. They make fantastic gifts for mother s day and represent great value. Please see the office to purchase your copy. Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) Last call for families who hold a current Health Care Card! You can apply for CSEF Funding which gives each eligible child $125 to spend on school excursions, camps, and sporting activities. Applications for 2018 are closing soon. If you think you could be eligible for the CSEF, please enquire at the school office. Notices/Payments Due Back: Activity: Date: Amount: Due Back: Grade 5 Camp expressions None ASAP of interest forms Thank You Mrs Cheryl Glenk!!! A huge thanks to our fabulous school newsletter editor, Mrs Cheryl Glenk, who has prepared our newsletter for publication very diligently over the last several years. We thank you for your efforts Cheryl, you have done an amazing job and wish you a relaxing retirement from your newsletter duties!! We welcome on board our brand new newsletter editor, Lisa May. Lisa we know you ll do a terrific job! Page 2

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4 Reporting your Child s Absences As detailed above, all parents are legally required to report and explain each of their child s absences to school. While you may report verbally to the teacher, it is also necessary to report the absence to the school office either by our Parent Portal, Phone, or . The Parent Portal is an easy and convenient way to report absences. It also assists the school in keeping more accurate data on your child s absence reasons. We encourage all parents to try out the parent portal for reporting future absences and for explaining current absences. The portal can be accessed via this link: Save the link to the homescreen of your smart device or as a favorite on your computer. If you need any assistance with the parent portal, please contact the school office. Have a great week! MPS Office Page 4

5 Soup service commenced last Wednesday with Pumpkin soup and it was extremely popular. Most soup cups returned empty and again, we saw lots of orange mouths at lunch time. A big thank you to all the children for returning their cups so quickly. Ethan from 1P enjoyed his soup so much, he had to quickly finish the last sips before returning his cup. Last week we had three new mums helping out in the canteen. They picked up everything very quickly and enjoyed serving the children. We sold a lot of hot milos on both days and even in the cold, Moosies were still very popular. Our recently renamed Emoji Cookies are absolutely flying out the window at the moment. Made at a local Patisserie, our bakers are having fun providing cute little Emojie faces and the children just love them. Which Emoji face can you do? VOLUNTEER THANK YOU A BIG thank you to Bronwyn Reimers & Emma Gray for helping in the canteen on Wednesday and to Nicole Mc Curdy, Megan Mc Clean & Melissa Koizol for their help on Friday. WHAT CAN I BUY Emoji cookies are baked fresh locally, gluten free and cost $2. PLEASE NOTE: POPCORN IS NOW $1.40 and PIRHANA VEGIE CHIPS have been replaced by RED ROCK DELI CHIPS $1.40 Amanda Amanda Page 5

6 It s the Thurs. 17 th May 9.00am 4.00 pm Friday 18 th May 10.00am pm Tuesday 22 nd May 8.30am 4.00 pm Book Fair! Purrfect! Bring friends & family and come to the Library. Choose from a terrific range of up to 250 quality book titles, & variety items. Join in the guessing competitions, one is free. The other guessing competition involves a coin donation to our local Animal Aid charity, before you guess. You could be a winner! See the eye-catching displays. Meet our book character (Who will visit our Book Fair this year?!) Page 6

7 Congratulations to our School Banking savers! Congratulations to our School Banking students who have earned their 10 th silver Dollarmite token and raised $5 each for our school: Riley R Jasmine G Jordan F Brody A Lachlan G 3BC 4MS 4XN 4XN 6JC Lost your Book? Just bring your money to school in a sealed envelope on the next School Banking day. Include a note with your name and your account number (if you have it) and we ll bank your money for you and send you home a new book Saving regularly is an important habit to get into, whether you're saving a little or a lot. Keep up the great work and remember, School Banking day is every Thursday. LOST Brand new Size 8 Hoodie As yet unnamed If found please send to the Office WANTED!!! If any families have any Lego that is no longer being played with, our Lego school are trying to increase their collection and would welcome any donations. If you can help, please drop your lego into the office Page 7

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10 ADVERTISING MATERIAL INCLUDED WITH NEWSLETTER The Department of Education & Early Childhood Development does not endorse the products or services of any private advertiser. No responsibility is accepted by the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development for accuracy of information contained in the advertisements to claims made by them. Page 10

11 ADVERTISING MATERIAL INCLUDED WITH NEWSLETTER The Department of Education & Early Childhood Development does not endorse the products or services of any private advertiser. No responsibility is accepted by the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development for accuracy of information contained in the advertisements to claims made by them. Page 11

12 ADVERTISING MATERIAL INCLUDED WITH NEWSLETTER The Department of Education & Early Childhood Development does not endorse the products or services of any private advertiser. No responsibility is accepted by the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development for accuracy of information contained in the advertisements to claims made by them. ******************************************************************************************************** APPLES AND PEARS Apples and Pears are available to purchase! We have a local company delivering apples to Montrose Primary School once a fortnight. These are now available to purchase for any interested Montrose family. The next delivery will be Thursday 17 th May but orders must be placed by Wednesday 16 th May. Please fill out the attached form and hand it in to the office along with appropriate CASH on Wednesday 16 th May at the latest! Thank you. Child s Name: Contact Number: Choice of Fruit Quantity Amount Due Pink Lady (5.5kg bag - $10.00) Fuji (5.5kg bag - $10.00) Granny Smith (5.5kg bag - $10.00) Golden Delicious (5.5kg bag - $10.00) Green Pears (5.5kg bag - $10.00) Brown Pears (5.5kg bag - $10.00) All fruit is handpicked locally in the Yarra Valley and is always fresh! ******************************************************************************************************* Page 12