Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you are well and you are looking after yourselves during this challenging time.
For prayer this week I have given you a link to a wonderful rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’.
Covid 19 and Remote Learning
Survey: You will be sent a link to access an online survey tomorrow afternoon. Please supoport the school by completing this document.
Take Home Packs: An email went out this afternoon asking Years K-4 to pick up Resource Packs. Could you please refer to this for collection times.
Extension of Lockdown: There is no news yet on a lockdown extension from CE. This will be dependent on decisions made by the ACT Government. Therefore, at the moment, we need to wait and see.
Online Etiquette: Some students are emailing each other regarding work which is great, however some students are also chatting via email. I would ask parents to check if their child(ren)are emailing one another to socialize and to discuss another way of connecting with their friends that does not involve email. This will help them to avoid the trap of online misunderstandings between friends. Also during ‘Live Check-in’s, it may be timely to remind students to be ready for their learning by sitting quietly, listening and engaging when asked. You might also remind them to keep fingers away from noses!!
Microsoft Teams Information: A reminder to parents that all Teams meeting from teachers to students are recorded and stored securely. This is for the safety and security of all participants. If you do not wish you child’s image to be recorded just click on the camera icon to prevent their image from being seen.
50th Anniversary Ball Refunds
Our Ball has been postponed until next year, as such, we would like to refund the full ticket price to all those people who have purchased online. Unfortunately, due to our accounting system, Jeanette can only do this by refunding it directly into a nominated account. If you or friends who were at your table, need a refund, could you please contact the Front Office next week between Mon-Wed and speak directly to Jeanette.
Year 6 Graduation Dinner
A call was placed out to our Year 5 parents to help organise the Year 6 Graduation Dinner. Unsurprisingly, given the current climate, we have had a limited response. This does create a problem for us and I will be emailing any families the school has not heard from to check on their willingness to participate. The school is currently exploring other opportunities to provide a fantastic end of year event.
Our wonderful counsellor Kate Worthington is available for online sessions. If you are an existing client or if you would like to refer your child for a counselling session, please contact Kate on this email firstname.lastname@example.org. In our newly created Covid Wellness page in this newsletter, there is more information in relation to our counselling service.
Tomorrow the children will be celebrating Bookweek online. As part of the fun the children have been asked if they would like to dress up as their favourite book character for their morning check-in. There is no pressure to do this. The school is giving the children this opportunity to have a bit of fun, if they would like to participate.
A position is still open for the Canteen manager for next year. If you are interested in a position that requires the manager to be onsite on Monday and Wednesday for 10 hrs per week, please contact me directly on email@example.com
God bless you and your families
‘Caring for ourselves and our children:
You can’t pour from a cup if it is empty!’
With the present lockdown and work from home environment, we at SJV would like to commend all of our parents and community for binding together to create a sense of normality and connection.
We believe this is a great opportunity for our children to not segregate education to solely being on campus, and free activity to be outside of it. If we are able to integrate an enjoyment of learning at home, our children will shift the learning experience to be one that extends past their time in the classroom - a mindset they will carry with them for life.
Children learn from a very young age to mirror their parents. The first time we may notice this is when a certain choice word you let slip is repeated loudly from the back of the car – but this mirroring extends further. The way we approach education is often mirrored in our young children. During these times, we must try to maintain positivity so we don’t instil a negative subtext to this.
And while yes, it is important to practise patience towards our children who are not typically used to orderly learning outside the school grounds, it is equally important to maintain some self-care for ourselves who are stretched thin for those we love.
A large amount of content has been released online on what to do, when to do it, and how to do it when educating from home. SJV understands that these times put extra strain on families, and we want to say keep it up, you’re doing a great job! Make sure you take some time to unwind, take a bath, and enjoy time alone to recharge. We are all in this together - the best way to take care of each other, is to start with ourselves!
Take care and blessings on your families.
Stay safe and well.
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
with Samantha Heath
LIBRARY NEWS - IT'S BOOK WEEK - THEME: OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS
To celebrate Book Week, SJV students and staff are invited to a Virtual Book Week Character Parade this Friday.
DATE - 27th August 2021 (this Friday, Week 7).
WHEN - during your daily class check-in and roll call.
WHAT - wear a costume of a favourite book character.
CHALLENGE - stay safe at home and reuse, recycle or make a costume from what you already have at home.
PHOTO - email a photo of yourself in costume to Ms Heath to be included in a slideshow to share with the SJV school community. BE CYBERSAFE - MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PARENTAL PERMISSION TO SHARE YOUR PHOTO.
PHOTOS PLEASE! - firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK WEEK FUN ACTIVITIES
Students have been invited to participate in a number of fun Book Week activities this week through Google Classroom and Seesaw. They include:
- Predicting the 2021 winning books
- Making an Old, New or Other World
- Completing digital Book Week jigsaw puzzles
- Working out what the Book Week Rebus (Puzzle) cards said
- Playing 'Where in the world are the SJV Staff?'
Thank you everyone for participating in the Book Week celebrations this week and I look forward to seeing you all dressed up on Friday. Don't forget to send in your Book Week Character photos!
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Daily Check In Rules Etiquette Please print out this daily check list and have it by your child's work station.
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What's coming up and when:
|Wednesday 1st September||
50th Anniversary Mass and Morning Tea. To be confirmed
Confirmation Retreat Night 5:00pm-6:30pm POSTPONED until Term 4
|Friday 3rd September||Father's Day Celebration CANCELLED|
|Saturday 4th September||50th Anniversary Ball - Southern Cross Club POSTPONED until 2022|
|Tuesday 7th September||Sacrament of Confirmation 6pm St John Vianney's church POSTPONED until Term 4|
|Wednesday 8th September||Sacrament of Confirmation 6pm St John Vianney's Church. To be confirmed|
For something a little bit different - instead of having your tuck shop lunch at school, you can help mum or dad make your own tuckshop lunch at home.
Here are a few easy recipes that you can make. Remember to clean up the kitchen after you have made your lunch!!
If you have any Morning Tea/Lunch/Afternoon Tea recipe ideas that you would like to share with your school friends, send them into email@example.com. Take a photo and we will add them to next week's newsletter.
This week’s Lockdown Lunch recipe courteous of the Wilders:
150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
375g zucchini, grated
1 large onion, finely chopped
200g rindless bacon, chopped
1.25 cups grated cheddar cheese
Step 1: Preheat oven to 170C.
Step 2: Beat the eggs in a large bowl until combined. Add the flour and beat until smooth, then add zucchini, onion, bacon, oil and 1 cup of cheese and stir to combine.
Step 3: Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan. Pour mixture into the prepared pan, sprinkle with remaining grated cheese and bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
Social Distancing Scones
350g self-raising flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp baking powder
85g butter, cut into cubes
3 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Squeeze lemon juice
Beaten egg, to glaze
Jam & cream, to serve
Step 1: Preheat oven to 220C (200C Fan-forced). Tip the self-raising flour into a large bowl with ¼ tsp salt and the baking powder, then mix.
Step 2: Add the butter, then rub in with your fingers until the mix looks like fine crumbs. Stir in the caster sugar.
Step 3: Put the milk into a jug and heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds until warm, but not hot. Add the vanilla extract and a squeeze of lemon juice, then set aside for a moment.
Step 4: Line a baking tray with baking paper. Make a well in the dry mix, then add the liquid and combine it quickly with a knife – it will seem pretty wet at first.
Step 5: Scatter some flour onto the work surface and tip the dough out. Cover the dough and your hands with a little more flour, then fold the dough over 2-3 times until it’s a little smoother. Pat into a round about 4cm deep. Take a 5cm cutter and dip it into some flour. Plunge into the dough, then repeat. Press the dough back into a round and continue cutting until all scones are made.
Step 6: Brush the tops with a beaten egg, then carefully arrange on the baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes until risen and golden on the top. Eat warm or cold on the day of baking, generously topped with jam and cream.
Happy Birthday Ava.S
Thank you for your understanding and support during these challenging times. Teachers are continuing to create learning activities which, where possible, can be completed independently. However we understand that working remotely while trying to support your children is not easy, please remember that your well-being and that of your children is a key priority now.
Hopefully your child has been able to access their activity grid via SeeSaw. If this isn’t the case, please email your child’s teacher. We strongly encourage you to contribute videos and photos on your child’s SeeSaw profile showing the activities they have completed as a response to set tasks. Thank you to the families that have already interacted with voice messages, images and videos.
Families will not have to access their 42 allowable absences during the lockdown period. Additional allowable absences will be available from 13 August until the end of the Commonwealth Hotspot declaration.
If you are required to be on the ELC grounds, please remember to scan the QR code for the Check In CBR app.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre