St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 3 Week 4 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU.  

Thank you to our students - your efforts with online learning have been amazing! All of the teachers are so impressed with your enthusiasm and engagement with Google Classroom. Thank you for being brave enough to be bad at something new!

Thank you to our parents and carers - you are all superheroes! I know how tough trying to manage working at home and helping your children learn online is. And all of the St Monica's staff appreciate everything you do!

Thank you to our teachers and staff - the majority who are working from home and the few who are working onsite. As you would be aware, the Parramatta LGA restrictions have forced staff from other LGAs to stay home to minimise movement between areas. The selflessness of our staff has never been more evident and I thank everyone for working together to keep our community safe.

This too, shall pass.

And when it does, I look forward to celebrating together the strength and resilience of our community.

Stay safe 馃彙

Lisa Crampton
Principal

Liturgy (online) - Monday 9th August at 2pm

On Monday, 9th August, we warmly invite all the families in our school community to join in our FIAT Liturgy where we will be celebrating St Mary Mackillop whose feast day is on Sunday 8th August.

We will also be dedicating part of our liturgy to praying for the teachers in our community. 

Miss Catherine Shaw
FIAT Leader

Merit Awards


Congratulations to the following students who recently received Merit Awards!

ES1Carter Y, Elsa S, Scarlett S
Year 1Aarna J, Matina H, Phenicia-Grace D
Year 2Marco J, Dominik L, Gabrielle D, Archie L, Kyra A, Evelyn W
Stage 2Soraya M, Jadon K, Pranvee B, Philopateer T, Skylar N, Christopher S
Stage 3Max L, James A, Arva V, Calista S, Manuela S, Liam S

Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday to the following students and staff who celebrated birthdays in the month of July!

Skylar NReyaansh GEnzo IDhanika P
Atticus SSofia AGeorgia FDomenic G
Aimee Akiko LKiama HRyan MMax L
Lottie SAiden FLiam FEvelyn W

Staff:  Miss Shaw and Mrs Stenning


Happy Birthday to the following students and staff who celebrate birthdays in the month of August!

Alessia LMKiaan TSelini TAmaira M
Kristian RGiada LMJuo CMaxine I
Marco JAbbi MTheodore DAngela L
Samuel SMonica (Ziqi) CSarah TElsa S

Staff:  Mrs Davino and Mrs Abood

Semester 2 SRC Leaders!


Congratulations to the following students who have been elected
as the Semester 2 SRC Leaders!


ES1 (Kindergarten)Charlize A and Carter Y
Year 1Aiva B and Christian A
Year 2Marco J and Kyra A
Year 3Soraya M and Jadon K
Year 4Olivia C and Zachary D
Year 5Helen E and William S

Registration - Sacrament of First Reconciliation

Registrations for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation are open for children who have received the Sacrament of Baptism and are in Year 3 or above.

Please send an email to Mrs Shanika Joseph at  stmonicasacraments@gmail.com for details and a copy of the registration form.

For all enquiries please contact Mrs Shanika Joseph.

No School Bus Services Operating

A reminder to schools, parents and students that Hillsbus will continue to operate only Sunday timetables next week, with no school services operated.

Student Absences due to illness

PLEASE READ

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see NSW Health and CEDP guidelines below for students returning to school after an illness (NB: these guidelines have not changed):

  • Students must not attend school if they are unwell.  This includes even minor flu symptoms.
  • Students must return a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom free before returning to school.
  • Schools must sight the negative COVID-19 test result prior to allowing students to return to school.

If you are unwilling to allow your child to undertake a COVID-19 test or provide the school with a negative COVID-19 test result, the student is to be excluded from school for a 10-day period.  Additionally, the student must by symptom free for at least 3 days before returning to school.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 (as per the Government Health Guidelines)

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.
People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • respiratory symptoms
    • coughing
    • sore throat
    • shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include:
runny nose, acute blocked nose (congestion), headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested. 

Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of all students and staff at St Monica's.

Enrolment Vacancies - in some grades

We wish to advise that there are vacancies available in some grades. 

Enrolment applications may be downloaded from our school website

You may contact the school office on 8832 4100  or by email stmonicasnparra@parra.catholic.edu.au for more information.

Munchbox Matters with Monica Mango

Healthy fuel for the body!

The brain uses more energy than any other organ in our body (more than 20% of our daily energy intake). Everything from learning, to memory and attentiveness, are affected by the foods we consume.

Young children, whose brains are rapidly developing, need a nutrient-dense diet to help them as they process the world around them. With the right nutrients, children develop skills to maintain concentration, which becomes increasingly important as they get older.

This week鈥檚 recipe makes a great lunchbox addition or dinner meat dish that can be prepared easily in bulk and frozen for cooking later.

 Mini Chicken Poppers

路       750 g Chicken Mince

路       1 Egg

路       1 Onion finely diced

路       1/4 cup Parsley Leaves finely chopped

路       1 tsp Italian Seasoning

路       1.5 tsp Garlic minced

路       1/3 cup Breadcrumbs

路       1/2 tsp Salt to taste

路       1/2 tsp Black Pepper to taste

Method

1.    In a large bowl, mix the egg, onion, parsley, garlic, Italian seasoning and breadcrumbs. Combine but do not over-mix. Add the chicken mince and combine.

2.    Shape chicken into small patties and place on a tray lined with cling film. Chill for 30 minutes, or until firm.

3.    In a frying pan heat an oil of your choice. When hot, add the burgers and cook on a medium heat for a few minutes on each side, or until cooked through and browned on the outside. Cook as many at a time as you feel comfortable with.

4.    Serve with dipping sauce, or solo

 Notes: can be cooked in bulk and frozen for later cooking

 Recipe credit: stayathomemum.com.au

 

Ms Kellee Bagnall
Teacher

Welcomeasy Menu

Parents are advised that our Welcomeasy service has been postponed due to the current Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.   The service will resume once school returns. 

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe.

The Welcomeasy Team

 Menu

Please update your Qkr! app profiles

Thank you to those parents who have downloaded the Qkr! app.  

To ensure payments are processed correctly, we request that you please update your child's profile.  A profile needs to be created for each child. 

Please check that you have correctly entered your CHILD'S NAME and CLASS.  If you are unsure what class your child is in, please contact the office.

There are a number of payment options available on the app.

  • Enrolment Deposit - only to be used for NEW students to the school.
  • Library Book Replacement Cost - only for parents who receive a letter from Mrs Davino requesting payment for library books.


Please do not use these two payment options unless you have been requested to. 

Instructions to download the Qkr! app can be found here.

Thank you.

How to access the school Google calendar

To keep informed of upcoming events, parents may subscribe to the School Google calendar.  The Google calendar will be the primary source of information about school dates in the future.

Go to our School Website and scroll to the bottom of the calendar.

Click  鈥渟ubscribe" near Parent Calendar.

Feedback and Complaints

We always welcome feedback and ideas from the parent community.

Please note that at any time that you would like to make a complaint/grievance in regards to any school matter, a form is available on our school website or you may request a copy from the school office. 

All matters brought to our attention will be attended to under strict confidentiality.

Please note: St Monica's North Parramatta follows the CEDP Complaints Handling Policy

The SkoolBag app is the easiest way keep up with school events, last minute notices, newsletters and all school communications.

Skoolbag - Have you downloaded the app?

Skoolbag is the school鈥檚 primary avenue for immediate communication with parents.

Skoolbag is a communication app which all parents are strongly advised to install on their smartphones, ipads etc. 

Please ensure you have this app downloaded so that you do not miss any important messages.   

Remember to subscribe to your child's class group! 

Once you open the St Monica's Skoolbag app - Select Groups - then add your child's class.      You may add/remove class groups as required.