STUDENT LEARNING WEEK FOUR
We cannot believe it is already the end of our fourth week this term. While it is very hard for all of us listening to sometimes conflicting ideas in the media, guessing what the next announcement will bring and trying to navigate our work, personal, and childrens’ lives around a changing landscape, it’s so important to acknowledge the growing levels of flexibility, acquisition of new skills and problem solving skills our students are developing each week.
As a school we have been overwhelmed by the incredible student learning and resilience our students are displaying. In the past few weeks some of our students have been: keeping COVID-19 diaries for a 2020 time capsule, constructing creative marble-runs to show the scientific principles of cause and effect, exploring parts of their back garden in minute detail to develop the skill of observation and this is just a few of what has been on offer.
TRANSITION TO YEAR SEVEN
The transition process to secondary school for our current Year Six’s has now begun. Students have received information about the transition process and a transition form to fill out outlining preferences for secondary school. Please read the information carefully and fill out the form completely. This form is due 15th May to Lucy Curl .
FOUNDATION ENROLMENTS FOR 2021
We cannot believe that we are already thinking about student enrolments for 2021 but the time is creeping up on us! If you have a child who will be starting Foundation in 2021, can we please ask that you email your completed enrolment form to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of a family who is wanting to join the McKinnon community in 2021, can we encourage you to remind them to call the school phone on 0487 199 925 to discuss the process.
MOTHERS’ DAY AT McKINNON
Mums, if you have noticed your child being a bit sneaky lately when completeing tasks they may very well have been trying to hide a Mothers’ Day card or poem from you. Students across the school have been busily preparing to make this day special for you despite it looking a bit different this year.
Thank you again to all the Mothers for all that you do and we hope you have the happiest of days on the Sunday 10th May!
PARENT SURVEY- REMOTE LEARNING WEEK FOUR
Thank you to those parents who have already completed our latest survey sent to you this week. We will be collating the results and reviewing your feedback with staff shortly. If you have not yet completed this, please click the following link to give us valuable information to continue to adjust, improve and fine-tune the remote learning experience for your children.
MORE PARENT TO PARENT TIPS FOR HOME LEARNING
- Organise a regular schedule of grandparents or other relatives your children miss to video call children at set times and read an ongoing chapter book or stories to or with them.
- Set a timer to let everyone know when time is up
EXTRA PARENT SUPPORT – POSTIVE PARENTING TELEPHONE SERVICE
Parents, if you are feeling overwhelmed or just feeling out of routine at this time with your children and need some extra support please consider contacting the Postive Parenting telephone service on 1800 880 660.
This is a FREE telephone based parenting education program for parents, grandparents caring for their grandchildren and carers of children aged 2 to 12 years, living in Victoria.
You can access weekly 30 minute phone calls with a trained parent educator, a workbook or online modules to support this over a 6-10 week period.
This aims to help you:
- Have stronger more positive relationships with your children
- Set rules and limits
- Manage everyday behaviour problems
- Teach new skills
Appointments are available daytime and evenings. Please feel to call anytime on 1800 880 660 and also find this brochure attached to the newsletter Compass post.
STUDENT AND FAMILY WELLBEING
The Student Wellbeing Team at McKinnon PS would like to share with you two resources in the form of wellbeing calendars that may be of support to you and your whole family. You might choose to print out both and keep them on your fridge, read one out each morning or each afternoon, circle or highlight them when you compete each one – it is all up to you. If your children are particularly enjoying one of the mindfulness activites they could do this again and again instead of following the days of the month. You can find these calendars on the Compass post with the newsletter.
Have a great fortnight,
Simone and Suzanne