St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 3 Week 6 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

After another 11am press conference, it’s easy to feel deflated. I haven’t seen my parents or my son in months.  I may not see them for a long time yet.  I worry that I’m not doing enough, doing too much, not doing it properly.  But then I stop.  And I remember that I am doing enough.  That I am enough.  

And so are you.  

We hope that our Fabulous Friday Funday was an opportunity for you and your family to turn off the devices and enjoy the sunshine and each other, without having zooms and other tasks to distract you from what’s really important.



The Cosmic Dancer

I sometimes forget
that I was created for Joy.
My mind is too busy.
My Heart is too heavy
for me to remember
that I have been
called to dance
the Sacred dance of life.

I was created to smile
To Love
To be lifted up
And to lift others up.

O’ Sacred One
Untangle my feet
from all that ensnares.
Free my soul.
That we might
Dance
and that our dancing
might be contagious.

~Hafiz

Stay safe 🏡

Lisa Crampton
Principal


CEDP Request to Update your Contact Details

Dear Parents

On Monday 16 August you should have received an email or SMS (for those parents without email) from the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) asking you to review and, where necessary, update the key information they hold about your children currently enrolled in CEDP schools. 

The purpose of this review is to ensure that CEDP has the right details to correctly identify and support students, including contacting families in an emergency or to share important updates. 

Steps have been taken to ensure this process is as secure as possible to protect your information and your family’s privacy. Your information is only accessed by authorised staff when it is necessary and in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

The process is open until Friday 3 September and I encourage you to complete the review/update as soon as possible to ensure that your family’s correct details are on file. This is particularly important as Greater Sydney remains in lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

This short “how to” video may assist you with completing the process (use the closed caption icon to turn on subtitles). Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Only one person per family needs to complete the survey and it takes about 15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions or to seek help, please contact the CEDP Community Liaison Team on 9840 5796.

School Fee Support

Dear Parents and Carers,

CEDP is working hard to support the families in our communities who are struggling financially as a result of COVID -19.

As always we encourage parents who are experiencing hardship to seek support.

You are welcome to contact School Fees via email at mnic-nparfees@parra.catholic.edu.au

Please also see the letter from the CEDP Director Capital Resourcing, Sarah Alder, outlining the system’s approach to school fee support which was sent to parents earlier this week on Skoolbag.  

School Fees Letter

St Monica's Day Liturgy


St Monica’s FIAT (Faith In Action Team) warmly invites our school community to join us in a liturgy dedicated to St Monica on Monday 23rd August at 2:00pm. The zoom link is on the school's Google Calendar.

On Friday we will be joining together again as a community for the Feast Day of St Monica and will be led in prayer by Fr Ephraim with a Liturgy that will begin at 11:30am.

More details will follow about our Friday celebrations. 


Catherine Shaw
FIAT Leader

'Parenting in a Pandemic' - Zoom Session

Date:                Thursday 26th August

Time:               6:30 pm

Facilitators:    Madeline Patrick (St Monica’s Wellbeing Counsellor)

                         Mitch Huie (Leading Counsellor St Agnes Catholic High School)

The link for the Zoom session will be available on the Google Calendar.

We would like to invite you to join us for a presentation and discussion on “Parenting in a Pandemic”.

Topics addressed will be:

  • Realistic expectations

  • Our need for community and connection

  • Understanding specific aspects of lockdown which contribute to poor mental health

  • How can we best help our kids and ourselves?

    Madeline Patrick 
    St Monica’s Wellbeing Counsellor

Farewell Mrs Samantha D'Silva


Mrs Samantha D'Silva's last day at St Monica's will be next Friday 27 August when she will go on Maternity Leave.   We wish Mrs D'Silva and her husband Jason all the best as they await the birth of their baby and look forward to hearing their happy news.

Year 1 will be taught by Mrs Loretta Farrelly and Ms Kellee Bagnall until the end of Term 3. 

Welcome Miss Jaimie Frost - Year 1 Term 4


Starting Term 4, we welcome Miss Jaimie Frost to the St Monica’s staff.  Miss Frost is currently completing her final university placement in Stage 3.  

Fabulous Friday Funday!

Book Week

Next week (August 21st - 27th) is the official CBCA Book Week. 

The students at St Monica’s will get the opportunity to participate in many virtual activities in their learning experiences, which their teachers will share with them via their weekly schedule or through Google Classroom.

As a whole school community - we will be celebrating Book Week  when we are all back together in Term 4 Week 7 (November 15th - 19th). 

We have an author visit, a book character dress up parade, a live performance of an adapted book and lots of other exciting activities for our students to look forward to and enjoy!

Mrs Rita Davino
Library Assistant / Teacher Assistant

SMNP Disco!


    Friday 10th September from 2pm - 3pm.  More details to follow!

    Fathers' Day

      We will be celebrating all of the dads, grandads and father figures in our community on Monday 6th September at 2pm (online).

      Due to the current restrictions, unfortunately we will not be able to offer Fathers' Day gifts for purchase this year.

      Merit Awards


      Congratulations to the following students who recently received Merit Awards!

      ES1Kiaan T, Bernard M, Aayra J
      Year 1Lottie S, Christian A, Samuel D
      Year 2Mason N, Sophia C, Olive D, Alexandra C, Marcus L, Margarita SJ
      Stage 2Cadence M, Aiden F, Angus G, Braxton C, Alessia LM, Ruby E
      Stage 3William S, Manda L, Georgia F, Annabelle B, Andrew C, Alexis C

      First Reconciliation 2021

      St Monica’s Sacraments 

      stmonicasacraments@gmail.com

      Registrations are open for children who have received the sacrament of Baptism and are in year 3 or above.

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

      Thank you to the parents who have already registered by completing the form and sending it back with a scanned copy of the baptism certificate.

      Please register by the 23rd of August to facilitate preparation of lesson material and delivery of same via post to families in time for Parent Meeting with Father Lam via Zoom.    

      Munchbox Matters with Monica Mango

      Fruit and vegetables for family health.


      Vegetables and fruit are a handy snack food and are easily carried to work or school. Include them in everyone’s meals and snacks for a healthy, well-balanced diet.

      Some suggestions include:

      • Keep snack-size fruit and vegetable portions easily accessible in your fridge.
      • Keep fresh fruit on the bench or table.
      • Add fruit and vegetables to your favourite family recipes or as additions to your usual menus.
      • Use the colour and texture of a variety of fruit and vegetables to add interest to your meals.
      • Think up new ways to serve fruits and vegetables.


      Some simple ways to serve fruits and vegetables include:

      • fruit and vegetable salads
      • vegetable or meat-and-vegetable stir-fries
      • raw fruit and vegetables
      • vegetable soups
      • snack pack, stewed or canned fruits or dried fruits.

      (BetterhealthChannel)

      This week’s recipe makes a great lunchbox addition or snack – simple, yet delicious!

      Sweetcorn fritters

      • ​¾ cup standard flour 
      • 1 tsp baking powder 
      • ½ tsp salt
      • Black pepper                
      • 1 egg, beaten
      • 440g can cream-style corn
      • 2 Tbsps oil

        Method

    • Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper to taste into a bowl.
    • Add the beaten egg, mixing to combine. Stir in the sweetcorn.
    • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
    • Drop spoonful’s of fritter mixture into the pan. Cook until golden then turn and cook the other side.
    • Drain on absorbent paper.  Serve hot
    • Notes: You could add in a few other little things if you fancied them like cheese or shredded spinach.

      Recipe credit: edmondscooking.co.nz

      Ms Kellee Bagnall
      Teacher

      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.

      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  “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.