St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 4 Week 6 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are so pleased that restrictions have been lifted slightly so that we can hold our Kindergarten Orientation sessions (for students only) in a few weeks’ time and that we can invite fully vaccinated guests to the Year 6 Graduation Mass in December. 

During the last two years, we have been reminded to not take anything for granted.  Having parents and visitors onsite here at St Monica’s has definitely been one of those things I will remind myself never to take for granted again.  We have missed you and can’t wait for you to be here in 2022!

I visited my parents in regional NSW last weekend after not being able to see them for over 6 months.  The joy on their faces when they were able to spend a weekend with their three daughters will stay in my heart forever.  It truly is the little things in life, especially family, that matter the most.

As we approach my most favourite time of the year, let us remember that we are all healing from a year that made us feel disappointment, frustration and loss.  We need to be kind to each other and celebrate when we can, how we can, with those we can.

Stay safe 🏡

Lisa Crampton
Principal

Remembrance Day Liturgy

Parents are invited to join us for our Remembrance Day Liturgy via Zoom.

When:    Today - Thursday 11 November 2021

Time:      11am

Where:    via Zoom 

Please use the link below: 

https://parracatholic.zoom.us/j/64064644923?pwd=MjE4ZEtOM0d2aFJsRWtuSm5PZnNuQT09

 

Mr Andrew Baker
Religious Education Co-ordinator

 

St Monica's Cash Card

Dear Parents and Carers,

As St Monica's is now a cashless school, we have introduced the new "St Monica's Cash Card" for purchasing Zooper Doopers and Icy Poles at lunch time.

Each cash card is worth $5.00 (10 x 50c) and will be available for purchase via the Qkr! App

When purchasing your card:

  • Please purchase a separate card for each child 
  • Ensure your child's profile details are correct  - especially their Homeroom Group

Once payment is received, a cash card will be created for your child and stored securely to prevent loss or theft.

Your child will then be able to use their cash card to purchase 50c Zooper Doopers (Mon-Thur) and $1.00 Icy Poles (Fri).  

Please be advised that Zooper Doopers and Icy Poles will not be sold at lunchtimes when students are indoors due to wet weather. 

Please note that no cash will be accepted.

SMNP Staff

School Bell Times - Term 4

A reminder that supervision at St Monica's commences from 8:20am.  There is no supervision for students prior to this time.  Thank you to everyone who has ensured their children have not been at school early!

We fortunately have Before and After School Care available onsite at St Monica's, through Ambrose School Age Care, previously known as St Monica's Catholic Out of School Hours Care (COSHC).  If you require care for your children before 8:20am please contact them on 0429 990 179 or stmparramatta@cdpsl.org.au

From 2:45pm, students in Years K-2 (as well as their siblings) can be picked up from Kiss 'n' Ride (vehicles) or the hall gate (walkers).

From 3:00pm, all other students may be picked up from Kiss 'n' Ride (vehicles) or the hall gate (walkers).

Thank you for wearing a mask at drop off and pick up!

SMNP Staff

Christmas Celebrations 2021

Due to the restrictions in place until the end of Term 4, we are not permitted to sing in school.

This means we have had to put our plans on hold for a concert with Andrew Chinn that was previously scheduled for Friday 10 December.

Our creative teachers are working with students on an interesting way of presenting the Christmas story in a visual presentation that adheres to COVID-19 restrictions for schools.

We look forward to sharing this with you throughout Week 10.

Each grade/stage will present something which will be distributed to families via the normal communication channels. 

Mr Andrew Baker
Religious Education Co-ordinator

Pat-M and Pat-R

The students at St Monica's are currently being assessed in Mathematics and Reading using two online tools; Pat-M and Pat-R.

The Progressive Achievement Tests in Mathematics (or Pat-M) provides information about the level of achievement of students from Year 1 to Year 10. The tests assess students' skill and understanding in a multiple-choice format in six strands of mathematics. Each test assesses the content of one year level of the Australian mathematics curriculum.

It is linked to syllabus expectations, covering strands of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Statistics and Probability.

The Progressive Achievement Test in Reading (or Pat-R) is especially designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), for Australian schools.

The purpose of PAT-R is to monitor student progress in reading comprehension and to provide teachers with diagnostic information for setting realistic learning goals and planning effective programs.

Both assessments have a proven research base that allows comparison of student, class and year level data against an Australian normed sample.

They provide schools with a summative assessment towards the end of each year to complement the formative assessment program that the school has used progressively throughout the year. 

They provide immediate feedback in the form of interactive reports for teachers to analyse and plan the next steps in student learning.

Mary Anne Stenning
Assistant Principal

Book Week Celebrations!

COMING UP……...

As a whole school community, now that we are back at school - we will be celebrating Book Week in Week 7  (November 15th - 19th). 

We have lots of exciting events for our students to look forward to and enjoy!

Mrs Rita Davino, Library Assistant


2021 Theme: “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”.

Wk6 

Friday
12th November

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR 

Student walk-through & wish list

Students will have the opportunity to see the books available.

There will be NO CASH accepted this time. 

All purchases can be made online

Details have been sent in a newsletter and on skoolbag

BOOK WEEK Wk 7

Monday
15th
November

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Author talk

Mr Andrew Levins 

https://www.penguin.com.au/authors/andrew-levins

Tuesday
16th
November 
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Wednesday 17th
November

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Book Parade

Students come to school dressed as their favourite book character for a parade from 9-11am  which will be livestreamed from the playground

Friday
19th
November

Meerkat Productions

Live performance

https://meerkatproductions.com.au/

Students will watch a professionally recorded performance of two of Book Week’s CBCA shortlisted books.

The link will be shared with all students so they can watch it from home as well.

Kindergarten 2022 Orientation Dates

Our Kindergarten 2022 Orientation Days may now go ahead in accordance with our COVID-safe plan. 

The Orientation Dates are below and your child is required to attend all three sessions: 

  • Thursday 25 November
  • Thursday 2 December
  • Thursday 9 December


Parents will receive an email in the coming days with details of their child's attendance schedule and other requirements. 

Parents are requested to confirm your child's attendance at all three sessions by replying to your email. 

We look forward to welcoming our 2022 Kindergarten children to the Orientation Days!

Families leaving St Monica's at the end of 2021 (Years K-5)

If your family will not be returning to St Monica's in 2022, we request that you kindly inform Mrs Crampton, Principal as soon as possible.

Families who have a child in Year 6 2021 do not need to notify the school as this information has already been received.

Please complete an Advice of Withdrawal of Enrolment Form if your family will not be returning to St Monica's in 2022 and forward it to the school office.

If you need any further assistance, please contact the school office on 8832 4100 or via email at stmonicasnparra@parra.catholic.edu.au

Thank you.

Wellbeing Counsellor's Corner - Mrs Madeline Patrick

Tuning in to Kids - Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

A four-session online parenting program for parents and caregivers of children up to 12 years old. 

Please click on the link below for more information. 

Tuning in to Kids 

Year 6 Graduation Update

Parents of Year 6 students have been advised of Graduation Celebrations which will be held in Week 11 commencing Monday 13 December. 

A list of the activities can be found below. 

Monday 13 December 2021
Thanksgiving Mass and Year 6 Graduation (including Year 6 Awards Ceremony)

● St Monica’s Church at 9:30am
● Students are to wear full school uniform
● Two (2) guests per Year 6 student are invited to attend. As this is a school event, guests must be fully vaccinated and show evidence of their vaccination status when checking in to the venue before Mass.

  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • This event will be live streamed.


Year 6 Morning Tea (following the Mass and Graduation)

  • St Monica’s Primary School
  • Year 6 students only


Tuesday 14 December 2021

Year 6 Fun Day (Motiv8)

● Lunch will be provided by the school for all Year 6 students.
● Students are to wear comfortable, casual clothes that may get wet and dirty. No crop tops, short shorts or tights, bike pants, thongs or singlets please.

Wednesday 15 December 2021
Students’ last day of school and Guard of Honour

●  2:30pm Guard of Honour (time has been brought forward to accommodate early dismissal time).

  • Students may have t-shirts signed on this day, however, they must not be wearing them.


Charles Lukasik (Max’s dad) is the contact person for any enquiries regarding the Year 6 Social Function and the students’ gift to the school.

We are looking forward to celebrating these last few weeks and are excited that parents will be able to attend the Graduation Mass. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

Stage 3 Team

Sympathy

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Cooper family (Charlize S3 and Braxton S2) on the passing of their grandfather. 

Please keep the Cooper family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received awards at our Week 6 assembly. 


ES1Samuel S, Norman N, Anaira B
Year 1Christian A, Oliver C, Giada LM
Year 2Isla S, Sarah P, Aryana E, Dariuz A, Evelyn W, Oceann G
Stage 2Ziyang L, Lana S, Mariah B, Joshua C, Joanna H, Madalena S
Stage 3Michael M, Tiara A, Marley A-D, Mia S, Charlize C, Manuela S


Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday the following students and staff members
who celebrate birthdays in the month of NOVEMBER!

Elijah CJoshua BLiam SDariuz AOlivia B
Bo-Hsiang HMateo NSamuel DOlive DBaydon A
Aryana EXuanyu (Jacob) CMia HGrace L

Staff - Mrs Bagnall and Miss Anschau

Attending the School Office

In an effort to keep everyone safe, we are trying to limit the number of people who are attending the office.

A table has been placed outside the office door with Partial Absence Notes, hand sanitiser and pens for you to use. 

LATE ARRIVALS

If your child is arriving late we request that you follow the instructions below.

After checking in using the QR Code on the gate:   

  • Please wear a mask. 
  • Use the Hand Sanitiser provided. 
  • Complete a Partial Absence Note for each child (please ensure you complete all sections of the form - including your child's name/stage, reason, your name/signature and date).
  • Your child may hand the Partial Absence Note to the office staff. 
  • Parents do not need to enter the office.  


EARLY PICK UP

If you need to collect your child early for any other reason (illness, appointment), please follow the instructions below.

After checking in using the QR Code on the gate, we request that you:  

  • Please wear a mask. 
  • Use the Hand Sanitiser provided. 
  • Complete a Partial Absence Note for each child (please ensure you complete all sections of the form - including your child's name/stage, reason, your name/signature and date).   Please leave your note in the Early Dismissal Box on the table and the office staff will collect it.
  • Parents are requested to please wait outside the office and your child will be sent out to you.


If parents need to enter the office for any other matter, we request that only one family enters at a time.   Please ensure you are wearing a mask.

Thank you for your assistance and for keeping the staff and students of St Monica's safe. 

SMNP Staff

School Fees Support

Dear Parents and Carers,

Just a reminder that Term 4 school fee statements that have been issued are due to be finalised by 18th November.

As previously mentioned 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-parfees@parra.catholic.edu.au

As mentioned in the last newsletters School billings have processed reversals for our cancelled Stage 3 overnight camp. 

They have also reversed any anticipated excursion planned for Term 3 & 4 that cannot go ahead for Years K-6. These should be reflected in your next statement.  If your account is in credit due to the reversal, the credit will be applied against your 2022 School Fees. 

 

Lata Rebello
Senior Finance Officer

Masks at school

Staff

As per advice from the NSW Government and Catholic Schools NSW, all staff must wear a face mask or covering at all times when indoors.  

Students

  • Masks are strongly recommended for primary students when indoors and outdoors (unless eating or exercising). 
  • We are not able to enforce this, but we strongly recommend that all students wear masks. 
  • Masks are not provided by the school.

Parents  

  • If parents enter the school foyer, they must wear a mask. 
  • Parents are also asked to wear a mask during Kiss ‘n’ Ride and at the gate when dropping off and picking up children.

Water Bottles


As the bubblers are not in use, students are required to bring a drink bottle of water every day.
As we enter the warmer months of the year it is most important that every child has water each day to prevent them from dehydrating. 

Kindly ensure that your child has a drink bottle packed every day.

Parents will be contacted if your child regularly attends school without their water bottle. 

Thank you for your assistance with this matter. 

SMNP Staff

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge

School Uniform and Haircuts

    Parents are reminded of our School Uniform requirements and guidelines regarding hairstyles at St Monica's as per our Parent Handbook. 

    GIRLS 

    BOYS

    Short-sleeve School Polo Shirt

    Skorts/Culottes

    Navy Socks

    Black School Shoes

    Short-sleeve School Polo Shirt

    Navy Blue Shorts

    Navy Socks

    Black School Shoes 

    School Jacket (Fleecy or Soft Shell Jacket)

    School Jacket (Fleecy or Soft Shell Jacket)

    Sport

    Short-sleeve School Polo Shirt

    Sports Shorts

    White Socks

    Joggers (predominantly white)


    Sport

    Short-sleeve School Polo Shirt

    Sports Shorts

    White Socks

    Joggers (predominantly white)


    The School Jacket (fleecy or soft-shell) with crest may be worn at any time throughout the year

    The School Hat with crest is a compulsory school item to be worn every day.

      Hairstyles    -   Hair is to be clean and neatly cut.

        Girls

                • Shoulder length or longer hair must be tied back.
                • Ribbons or scrunchies in school colours only must be worn.
                • Hair colouring is not permitted.  This includes streaks, colour, dyes or excessive gel. 
                • Decorative headbands are not permitted.

                  Boys

                    • Neat and simple haircuts.
                    • No undercuts, shaved heads, number ones, mullets, rat’s tails or ponytails.
                    • Hair colouring is not permitted.  This includes streaks, colour, dyes or excessive gel. 

                    SCHOOL DATES 2022


                    2022MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY
                    WEEK 1

                    28 JANUARY 

                    STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY

                    WEEK 2
                    31 JANUARY 

                    STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY
                    1 FEBRUARY 

                    YEARS 1-6 RETURN      
                    2 FEBRUARY 

                    3 FEBRUARY  

                    Kindergarten 2022
                    First day at school.
                    Tea & Tissues for parents

                    4 FEBRUARY


                    Oz Fashions Update

                    As Per Public Health Orders

                    Oz Fashions is open to the fully vaccinated from 9am-5:30pm weekdays and 9am-4pm on Saturdays. 

                    When you visit our store we ask for only one parent or guardian to be present during their child’s uniform fitting and that you observe the NSW Public Health Orders:

                    • check-in with the QR code; 
                    • be fully vaccinated & show staff your Covid-19 digital certificate;
                    • wear a face mask;
                    • hand sanitise as you enter.

                    If you have any symptoms we ask that you not attend our store, stay home and go and get tested.  

                    You can still do business with us online, by phone and email. Purchases are also encouraged to be made prior to the new year to avoid lengthy queues in January. 
                    Purchases through Oz Fashions can also be made via the St Monica’s Primary School Qkr! app until Friday 17 December 2021.

                    Best regards

                    OZ Fashions Team

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.

                    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.