Dear Parents and Friends,
Anne, Lisa, Gail, Jennifer, Alison and Jane, we thank you!
Happy ES Month!
Happy ES Month!
WORKING BEE THANKS
The Working Bee last Saturday was a huge success! Thank you to all the families who came to assist us with cleaning, raking, pruning, weeding, tidying and repairing. The Kid's Cafe area has been cleaned from end to end and top to bottom and is looking fabulous; the overgrown branches and gardens have been pruned back and have created more accessible play spaces; the soccer and footy goal areas have had the ground aerated and new lawn seed laid; the soft fall in the playground areas has been raked back around the equipment; and the weeds are no longer taking over the gardens!
If you couldn't make it to this one, please put the date for the term 4 working bee in your calendars (Sunday the 15th November)!
Planning for 2016
It won't be long before we need to make decisions regarding class placements for 2016. It is imperative that we have accurate enrolment records in order to make the best decisions for students at each year level. If you have a child starting Prep in 2016, please get your enrolment forms in by the end of next week. Also, if you know of any other families who are going to be moving into the area or have spoken to you about having their children attend Mentone Park next year, please encourage them to get their enrolment details in asap or contact the office to arrange a school tour with me. If your child will not be attending Mentone Park next year, please inform the office of this also (this does not include Grade 6 students heading off to secondary school).
Thank you to the families who have signed up to our school communication app - tiqbiz. The feedback around the use of this tool for communication has been extremely positive. It won't be long before all communication between school and home including newsletters, notices, messages, permission forms, absences and links are all being sent via tiqbiz only as we move away from paper notices and letters. Please download the tiqbiz app (free) from the app store if you have not done so already. School information can also be found on our website. If you still require a paper copy of notices you can request this at the office.
School Start Time
Please remember that the school opens for students to come in at 8.45am. We encourage students to come in at this time and put their bags away, change their take-home books, read quietly, practise spelling words or times tables, get work books and stationary ready for their first lesson and have a calm and positive start to their school day. No students are to be in the school buildings prior to 8.45 unless they are enrolled in before school care.
Next Wednesday our Grade 3 and 4 students and teachers head of to camp Angahook at Airey's Inlet along the Great Ocean Road. We wish them all an exciting and safe 3 days and 2 nights. For many students, this will be their first school camp. If I can offer any advice, to the students it would be get lots of sleep and don't forget to pack plenty of pairs of socks and of course your teddy bear to cuddle at night! To the parents - enjoy your 2 nights of peace and quiet!
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
Book Week - Dress Up as Your Favourite Book Character
Monday 24th August
9:10 Book character dress up parade
9:30 Multi age activities in classrooms
Come and enjoy the fun. Everyone is welcome!
National Science Week 15-24th August 2015Did you know that this week is National Science Week? Science is an integral part of our lives. This year’s theme for Science Week is Making Waves – the Science of Light.
Light is everywhere and is fundamental to our existence. In fact, photosynthesis is at the origin of all life. Light enables us to enjoy a rainbow, scan our purchases at the supermarket, conduct researches at a synchrotron, take photos and x rays, study the cosmos and read a book at night to name just a few things.
There are many activities which have been organised to celebrate and explore scientific ideas and principles.
Some of the events include:
Market of the Mind at Queensbridge Square and Living Science at the Queen Victoria Market presented by the City of Melbourne in partnership with the CSIRO. Market of the Mind will feature the unique talents of scientists, ice sculptors, cabaret performers and musicians, while Living Science offers families the opportunity to investigate the DNA of strawberries, make their own fizzing lollies and put chocolate under the microscope.
Neural Knitworks: Whether you’re a whiz with yarn, or just discovering the joy of craft- crochet wrap, knit or knot—and find out about neuroscience. In 2015, the Neural Knitworks team invites you to create your own home-grown Neural Knitwork for National Science Week. Together we’ll create a giant ‘virtual’ neural network by linking your displays visually online.Your creation can be big or small, part of a formal display, or simply consist of neighbourhood neuron ‘yarn-bombings’. Knitworks can be created at home, at work or at school. No knitting experience is required and all ages can participate.
See the 2014 gallery http://www.scienceweek.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Neural_Knitworks_gallery_v2.pdf for yarn craft inspiration.
Neural Knitworks is based on the principle that yarn craft, with its mental challenges, social connection and mindfulness, helps keep our brains and minds sharp, engaged and healthy.
Have fun as you:
- design your own woolly neurons, or get inspired by our scientifically-informed knitting, crochet or knot patterns;
- natter with neuroscientists and teach them a few of your crafty tricks;
- contribute to a travelling textile brain exhibition;
- increase your attention span and test your memory;
- calm your mind and craft your own brain health as you forge friendships;
- solve creative and mental challenges;
- practise mindfulness and relaxation;
- teach and learn;
- develop eye-hand coordination and fine motor dexterity.
Neurons are electrically excitable cells of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The billions of neurons in your body connect to each other in neural networks. They receive signals from every sense, control movement, create memories, and form the neural basis of every thought.
For ideas and patterns to use for your project visit the link http://www.scienceweek.net.au/neural-knitworks/ If you do create a neural knitwork I’d love to see a photo of them – or bring one in to school to show me.
For more information about National Science Week visit the website
Let’s get thinking and creating.
ACTING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
GRADE 3-6 HOUSE ATHLETICS
What better way to celebrate a great athletics seasons than a mini athletics day!
Friday 21st August – 8:50am to 10:40am
Parents are welcome to come help and support students on the day.
9:40 – 9:55
10:00 – 10:15
Presentation & pack up
Please make sure students are at school no later than 8:50 so they can be placed in their age groups before the event commences.
Hope LaycockP.E Teacher
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