YWPS Newsletter - Yarraville West Primary School by zhouwenjuan


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YWPS Newsletter

                                   Message From the Principal
Congratulations to all those who participated in the Yarraville Festival last weekend. We have been active
participants in this festival for a number of years .
Our children performed as a choir and also received awards for films presented at the Flick Fest held at the
Sun Theatre. To all those parents and teachers who supported our kids, a very big THANK YOU.

In my first Newsletter message to you, I made the suggestion that you deliver and collect your children from
school by parking maybe 200 metres away from the school and walking the rest of the way - a big thank you
to the growing number of parents doing just that! I regularly suggest this in an effort to help clear the traffic
‘chaos’ that inevitably occurs around 9am and 3.30pm.
This fortnight I need to make the point again - continue to consider this option and if not, please use our
'drop-off' zone as it's intended to be used.
The ‘drop off’’ area outside the main doors to the school is a major concern. Please note that you cannot
park and leave your car in this area - it is only a DROP OFF area. When you do other parents wanting to
drop off are queued down the street and this is when chaos reins! If you want to stop the car and then
accompany your children into school, you need to find a legitimate place to park.
Double parking while children slalom their way between both parked and moving cars is another practice
that sends me grey.
Please think about my ‘walking’ suggestion. Like you, the safety of the kids is my top priority.

And as another reminder, please ensure your children have enough food to get them from 11.40 to 1.40.
Some children are not eating very much at the first break and are then famished by the time 1.40 rolls
around. This new timetable has been designed to give children maximum learning time, but we need to
ensure they have enough sustenance to see them through.

5/6 Camp News
You have until this Monday to return the permission note with the deposit of $100. We already have had
many returns – thanks. As soon as we have our final numbers we can start organising cabin and activity
groups for camp. If you have any questions, please speak to Simone or your classroom teacher.

                                           Important Dates
                           28th February • Yarraville District Swimming Carnival
                               4th Mar • Grade 1/-2 Parent Teacher Interviews
                              5th March • Grade 3-6 Parent Teacher Interviews
                                        25th March • School Photos
                                     4th April • Term 1 Ends - 2.30pm
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From the Office
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is CLOSING SOON
You may be entitled to $150 (Grade 1 – 6) or $200 (for Preps) that can help towards your school fees, if you
have a CURRENT Centrelink card. (must be valid on or before 28th Jan 2014)
Period 1, First Payment is Now Open and closing soon.
Even if you applied last year, you still need to apply again this year
Application forms are available from the office and if you are not sure please ask, we are more than happy to
The office cannot accept applications after Wednesday 26th February so give us a call if you would like a
form sent home with your child.
Please contact Chris at the Office if you require any information regarding your child/ren school fees.
Payment plans can be organised to suit your individual family circumstances. If you do not require
a plan be aware that fees are due to be paid in full by the end of this term.
Orders: The first Uniform order closes this Friday 21st. Order forms are always available at the office or can
be downloaded from our website.
Please be aware that orders can take up to 6 - 8 weeks from when we place the order with our supplier for
items to arrive
Also just a reminder that payment is cash or cheque only.

  By                                                                         Approx	
  arrive)   Delivery
  1                  Week	
  4                     Fri	
  Feb         Early	
  1                  Week	
  9                     Fri	
  Feb         Mid	
Pre-loved Items: Just a reminder that we have FREE pre-loved items available at the office for you to look
through at any time.
We also encourage you to drop in any items that are no longer needed but are still ok to wear as we like to
share the love around.
Thanks – YWPS Admin

Schools Clean Up Australia Day, Friday 28th February
We have participated in this for over ten years now. Each grade will spend half an hour cleaning up an
allocated area of the schoolgrounds, skate park or oval. Our message is the impact that rubbish has on our
environment – rubbish dropped on the ground gets into roadside drains and ends up in our waterways and the
sea. We need to look after our marine animals! Please ensure that your child is wearing covered shoes and
has a hat for the Clean Up Day.

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                                                              School Council
                                                              School Council is made up of 7 parents and 4
                 Helpful Hints for Home                       members of staff. When parents are elected onto
                                                              School Council they serve for a period of 2 years.
                                                              Each year half of the members are up for re-
                                                              election.     Whilst retiring members often
              Dig deeper into the story                       renominate for a further 2 year period, other
  Ask your child questions about the story you’ve             community members can also nominate
       just read together. Say something like:                themselves at this time as well. The nomination
    • “Why do you think the character did that?”              process will begin today. Forms are available at
     • “What do you think was important to the                the Office and close in one week. Feel free to
                character in this story?”                     contact the Principal for further clarity or
           • “Did this story have a lesson?”                  information on the role.
       • “Did you learn anything new from this                Grade 6 Transition
                                                              There is a noticeboard near the office which will
    • “Is there anything you didn’t understand?”
                                                              display any information local High Schools send.
    • “Is there anything you’d like to learn more             Please check the noticeboard for updates on open
                         about?”                              days and information evenings. Thanks, 5/6 Erin

Visual Arts 2013
Over the last few weeks, students have been coming to the Art Room full of enthusiasm and energy to learn
how to draw. It’s been fantastic to see a child’s face light up and so eager to learn.
Children from Prep – 6 have been learning how to make marks and that they can be made with a media or
tool. Children have been describing the marks they have made, e.g. smeary marks, jagged marks, spotty
Students are beginning to develop awareness by looking and discussing how they use lines, shapes, colours,
marks and patterns in drawings. They have been looking at Artists as well. The students from Prep-2 have
been making descriptive pictures using their own language. They have been using their imagination, “Here is
a mark. “What can I turn it into? What does it remind me of?” It’s certainly made us smile, seeing their
minds at work.
Pupils are enjoying their work on display. They have celebrating and sharing their work with others. Come
and see some of the children’s work in the foyer outside the Art Room. We aim to display each grades work
throughout the year.
Happy Creating - Adele & Jill

           1/2 Jess: Celebrating their line work! Students       1/2 Paula/Jill: Celebrating their line work! Brilliant
          understand that lines can change in size, colour,         work. They know that lines can change in size,
                shape, and direction. Fantastic work!                        colour, shape and direction.
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                                                                                                                !         Held at the end of each month

                                                                                                                    BIKE CLINIC

#                                                                                                                   Puncture repair? Brakes tightened? Gears
                                                                                                                              tuned? Bike Advice?

                                                                                                                          Come with your bike
                                                                                                                        FRIDAY 28th Feb
                                                                                                                         MIDDLE AREA

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Do you have a child on the autism spectrum?
                                                                  THE COMMONWEALTH BANK SCHOOL BANKING PROGRAM
Are you interested in meeting other parents &
           sharing your thoughts?                            Welcome to School Banking for 2014.
                                                             All you need to participate in the program is a YOUTHSAVER ACCOUNT. Then come and
Being part of a group is a great way to share information.   see us at ‘the bank’, outside the office.

                                                             SCHOOL BANKING is held each TUESDAY 8.30-9.00am
The First Step: ASD Parent Support Group
                                                             STUDENT REWARDS: With each weekly deposit your child will receive a TOKEN, when
  Every journey begins with the first step                   they get 10 tokens they redeem for rewards (see picture below).

                                                             SCHOOL REWARDS: The school receives $5 for every account our students open PLUS 5%
            Everyone is welcome to attend                    commission on all deposits – A GREAT FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY.

            Our next parent support meeting
              Wembley Primary School
                32 St Leonards Avenue,
             (Enter via St Leonards Ave)
               Wednesday 19 February,
                 From 7.30pm-9.30pm
                 Coffee & tea available
                    Please RSVP to
                     0488 75 11 04
             western@aspergersvic.org.au                     Any questions, please call/SMS
                                                             Susan Brailsford from The CBA on 0422 116 040, E: susan.brailsford@cba.com.au

     *Meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday             or Belinda Margetts, School Banking Co-Ordinator 0421838173

     of every month from February to November.
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           I'm being brave and doing the World's Greatest Shave!
My name is Violeta. I am the parent of Chris 5/6 Mary and I also do book club at school.

I’m  writing  to  ask  you  to  support  me  in  the  Leukaemia  Foundation’s  World’s  Greatest  Shave.

That’s  right,  I’m  being  brave  and  shaving my hair (approximately 78cm) for  the  World’s  Greatest  Shave  in  

Today, 31 Australians will get the news they have blood cancer. Your donation will help the Leukaemia
Foundation to fund its important work – providing practical and emotional support to people with blood
cancer, as well as investing millions in research.

I am grateful to have a healthy family that has not been affected by Leukaemia. There are a lot of people that
do not have the choice of losing their hair and some do not get it back. I have the choice and choose to do
the shave to help those who are brave and battle on with their conditions

It’ll  change  my  life  – so please sponsor me and help change the lives of people with blood cancer. Your
donation helps the Leukaemia Foundation provide free services to support people with leukaemia,
lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders, and their families, as well as research to improve blood
cancer treatments and find cures.

It all adds up, so please sponsor me online. Anything over $2 is tax deductible!

Find me at www.worldsgreatestshave.com and  sponsor  me  online  with  your  credit  card.    You’ll  receive  an  
official tax-deductible receipt by email.

If you prefer you can send me a cheque or give me a cash donation when you see me next (I have official
receipts to give out). I will be setting up a donation box in the office. Please remember any donation
SMALL or BIG will help.

The shave will be done at a public event on 16th March 2014 at 67 Anderson street, Yarraville.

I really appreciate your support. Hope to see you all on the 16th

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