St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 3 Week 2 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

The following is an excerpt from an article by Susanne North from CathFamily “Feeling COVID tired, our children are feeling it too”.  The link to the whole article is here.  

Are you feeling a bit COVID tired? I am. Our children are feeling it, too. Right now, the world is collectively grieving. Everyone is experiencing some kind of loss.

A loss can relate to anything. A loss is defined as a loss of a particular connection to a place, person or object. For some of us, it is a job or not being able to go to the office. While for others, it is a cancelled family holiday, not being able to physically see grandparents, or not getting to play a sport or attend cultural and social events. …Sadly for some, it is the loss of a loved one and not being able to properly say ‘goodbye’.

For parents with smaller children, it means not being able to come onto the playground and connect with each other. For our students it means not having proper assemblies, graduations, not being able to sing or dance together, have parties, holidays along with many other restrictions.

This constant adjustment of restrictions, uncertainty, and constant worry is wearying and emotionally exhausting.

It is important to remember and explain to our children that a lot of what is happening right now is out of our control.

We can control, however, what is happening to us, within our families and communities. 

Think together what it is that you can control and actively do to live a flourishing life despite the many current disappointments.

  • What kind of activities do you enjoy doing as a family?

  • Think about all your blessings?

  • Practice gratitude together.

Build positive emotions through activities that bring you joy.

Self-care is not a luxury.

It is a necessity to maintain our mental and physical well-being. We need to have a full emotional cup so that we can nurture our children, partners, friends and extended families. 

At St Monica’s, our priority is to maintain the connections we have between students, teachers and families, even though we are not together.  We are working hard to find ways to connect and have fun, while continuing to provide learning experiences that are engaging and purposeful.  On Monday, we will join together again as a whole school community to celebrate the Feast Day of St Joachim and St Anne, Jesus' grandparents. We would like to invite all grandparents and grandparent figures to join us virtually for this prayerful experience.

Please continue to reach out if you are struggling with your child’s online learning, the technology, the timing, anything!  We are here to help and support you.

Stay safe 🏡

Lisa Crampton
Principal

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Baker!

We congratulate Mr Andrew Baker and his wife Natalie on the birth of their baby daughter Angelina Gabrielle Baker.

We wish Mr Baker and his family a lifetime of happiness together.

Merit Awards


Congratulations to the following students who recently received Merit Awards!

ES1Diya B,  Jade S, Hunter C
Year 1Oliver K, Joshua B, Jasper C
Year 2Caleb C, Sarah P, Isla S, Evangeline H, Jonathan C, Keiralee C
Stage 2Atticus S, Amelia C, Mathew D, Philopateer T, Zachary D, Grace L
Stage 3Olivia H, Kristian R, Tiara A, Lola S, Mia S, Bai Rui (Barry) Z

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to the following students!


Skylar NReyaansh GEnzo I
Dhanika PAtticus SSofia C
Georgia FDomenic GAimee Akiko L


Welcome

St Monica's welcomes Miss Jaimie Frost (Practicum Student) who has joined our Stage 3 classes for Term 3. 

We hope you enjoy your time at St Monica's!

Liturgy (online) - Monday 26 July at 2pm

On Monday, 26th July, our Stage 3 FIAT (Faith In Action Team) Students would like to invite the school community to share in an online zoom liturgy celebrating our grandparents and grandparent figures in our community.

At the beginning of the year, Pope Francis announced this celebration in honour of grandparents and the elderly on the fourth Sunday in July and we would like to take the time to acknowledge this and pray for people in our community.

The liturgy will take place online at 2pm via Zoom.

Miss Catherine Shaw
FIAT Leader

THANK YOU - Hawaii Holiday Friday

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Hawaii Holiday Friday Mufti Day on Friday 25 June (Term 2).

Our wonderful school community raised a total of $1,303.  A special thank you to the Talty family for their generous donation to the school.

The funds raised will go towards school resources including technology and representative sports singlets!

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.

School Bus 2538 no longer operating to school.

Parents are advised of the updated school bus advice for Hillsbus services commencing 26th July 2021.

  • Route 2538 will no longer operate to school due to no demand.


Students are reminded that they must have a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and must tap on and off morning and afternoon.

Please see the updated timetable below.


Updated timetable effective Monday 26 July 2021

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.

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

Stage 3 Semester 1 Reports

Parents of Stage 3 students are advised that due to a technical error with the new reporting system, incorrect attendance dates were reflected in the Stage 3 student reports. The reports will be reprinted and distributed during the term. 

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and patience. 

SMNP Staff

Disco - new date TBA

Our Fundraising Disco which was due to be held tomorrow Friday 23 July has been cancelled.

A new date for the Disco will be announced when available. 

Fun Food Day - new date TBA

Our Pies and Sausage Rolls Fun Food Day which was due to be held on Friday 30 July has been cancelled due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. 

A new date for the Fun Food Day will be advised when available.

Munchbox Matters with Monica Mango

Cooking with your children, from toddlers to teenagers, has lots of benefits. Lockdown could be the perfect time to get in the kitchen, and the best thing is, it’s still learning!

As well as being fun, cooking with your child:

  • gives you the chance to introduce them to fresh, healthy food
  • helps them learn about how different foods look and where they come from
  • helps them develop healthy eating habits because they’re more likely to try healthy food that they have helped to cook
  • helps them learn about family traditions, recipes and foods
  • prepares them for cooking for themselves or the family in the future
  • helps build their maths skills – for example, when they measure liquid in a jug
  • helps build vocabulary – for example, when you read a recipe together.

It’s also a great way to spend more time with your child and share the responsibility of cooking for your family.

This week’s recipe is a bit of fun for them.  Be creative with what you make. It doesn’t just have to be gingerbread men - you could use any cookie cutters!

Easy Gingerbread Cookies

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or half all purpose and half whole-wheat flour)
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • Sprinkles, raisins, chocolate chips


Method

1.Place all ingredients into a bowl and use your hand to mix together to form a dough. You'll want to be gentle but thorough to incorporate the butter into the dough. (If the dough seems a little too dry once you've incorporated the liquid and butter into the flour, you can add another tablespoon of milk but go easy on the liquid as more will make the dough stickier. It's ready when it holds together when you try to form it into a ball.)

2. Make a flattened disc of dough. Optional: Wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. This will make the dough a little less sticky for rolling out, but it works okay to skip this step too if the kids don't want to wait. 

3.Preheat the oven to 185°C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

4.Roll the dough ¼-inch thick between two pieces of parchment or plastic wrap. (You can do it on a lightly floured surface, but I always find this easier. You'll want to use parchment paper if you skipped chilling the dough so it doesn't stick.)

5.Cut out the dough with a cookie cutter and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. (Keep an eye on them after 8 minutes since the edges can brown fast.

6.Remove from the oven, let cool on the baking sheet for a minute, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

7.Use a small butter knife to spread on the icing or pipe on as desired. If adding sprinkles or other decorations, add them to the iced cookies right away before it dries.

Notes: could use additional maple syrup if molasses is unavailable.

Royal Icing:
Stir together ½ cup powdered sugar with a few drops of milk, adding more of either as needed to make a thick icing. Spread on cookies or put into a ziplock bag, seal, and snip one edge off to make a little piping bag for the kids.

Cream Cheese Icing
Stir together about 110g cream cheese, softened, with 1-2 tablespoons honey until spreadable or pipeable. You can put some into a ziplock bag, seal it and snip one edge off to make a little piping bag for the kids. Add on raisins or chocolate chips as you like!

Make-Ahead
You can make the dough the night before or a few hours in advance and store it in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap. It will need to sit at room temperature for about an hour to soften up, or you can remove it from the plastic, put it onto a plate, and microwave for 5-10 seconds.

Recipe credit: yummytoddlerfood.com.au

Ms Kellee Bagnall
Teacher

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  “subscribe" 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’s 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.