HOLY ROSARY NEWSLETTER
Term 2 Week 1 - May 1 2020
We are back!
Week One is almost done and it has been a great start to Term 2 here at Holy Rosary. I really hope that everyone is settling into the term and finding a routine that works for your family.
We have seen about half of our students return to school this week and they are all happy, enthusiastic and engaged in their learning. For those who attended on-site, the students have been helped and encouraged by excellent teaching and support staff! Likewise, those who are learning from the comfort of their homes have been supported and engaged by their teachers and parents in order that they are learning effectively. A truly collaborative effort from an inspiring community!
One of my biggest concerns leading into this week was the logistics around students entering and exiting the school, particularly for those students in the junior grades. I would really like to thank everyone for reading the updates, understanding the rationale and guidelines and dropping the kids off accordingly. This was the cause of a few sleepless nights in my house and in the end I needn't have worried!
So far the emails I have received from parents have been really positive which is great. I do want to assure you that we will continue to discuss and refine what we are doing to give everyone the best experience we can. If you have been reading the news regularly, you may have found that there has been a lot of negative commentary coming from the media and government to date and I want you to know that we are working hard to ensure this does not reflect the experience for students both at home and at school. No matter what the regulations and guidelines are or will be, our aim is to provide all students with a safe, engaging, fun and quality education here at Holy Rosary. We continue to welcome the feedback we are receiving from parents and students regarding their learning and will discuss all suggestions on ways to improve and get better.
With Mothers' Day coming up we would LOVE to see some photos of our students with their Mum, Grandma or any significant women in their lives. We will collate them for next week's newsletter. Please send them through to Michele in the office and we will do our best to celebrate all the amazing ladies in our community.
Looks like the weather may be turning a little ugly early next week so make the most of the nice weather this weekend! It does look like there may be some swell around for a surf on Wednesday afternoon though, so if you see me leaving early you will know why!
Mr T and Miss Brennan’s Week One Challenge!
Miss Brennan and I have also got a short activity for everyone this week. The challenge is to create a Meme using one of the photos below. Please ask Mum or Dad first. Copy the picture, think of a funny caption for it and then use some online software such as Canva to add the text to the pic. Be creative with the editing, and send it through to Michele in the office.
DATES TO REMEMBER
P & F NEWS
HOLY ROSARY 2020 ENTERTAINMENT BOOK
HOW TO PURCHASE:
Like last year, go to the following website / link and enter your details. 20% of all sales through this link go towards Holy Rosary. Please continue to support our school and purchase through the following link. Share this link with your family and friends!
Any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN STILL USE YOUR DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP FOR TAKE AWAY AT CERTAIN OUTLETS AND ALSO FOR ONLINE SHOPPING.
HOLY ROSARY BUSINESS DIRECTORY
As a Parent Community we would love to see a culture of thinking Holy Rosary first! Please have a look through the directory to see what these businesses might be able to do for you. If you would like to be listed please contact Anita Carr at email@example.com
I hope that you had wonderful holidays with your families. At our home, it was a great time to relax, reconnect and go back to basics. The changes and uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought may have raised different feelings for many of us, and there is a wealth of information out there about how to survive these unprecedented times. I have a parent library and many resources here at school and am happy to provide assistance as required. Maggie Dent has urged us to share her “soothers” – a great collection of ways to help all of us to manage the world around us.
Please feel free to email me via the office should you like some printed or online info or a chat.
Stay well and take care,
LIBRARY BOOK BORROWING
Welcome back to term 2! It was great to see students who are on and off site using our new ‘click and collect’ library service We had a wonderful response with over 100 children swapping their books, and with hundreds of books in isolation and hundreds going home, from now on, we will stretch library over the week, rather than a day. Thanks to years 4, 5 and 6 for your patience while I got the books out to the younger years first.
For students attending Holy Rosary, you will now go back to your usual library days. On your library day, you can leave your library bags (with notes and books inside) in the green trolley in your classroom before 9.30am. Students at school will receive their books the same day. Remember you can use your Oliver app while at school to choose the books you would like to request.
For students learning from home, a green trolley will be located at the drive through from 9.30am-12 each Thursday and you can collect your books from the drive-through on Friday morning between 9.30am and 12.
For all students -Please can you make sure in both instances that your books are left inside your NAMED Holy Rosary library bag, and please include a short note to Mrs Butson about the books you would like to borrow. Books that are not available will be put on reserve for you for next time and Mrs B is very happy to surprise you with a mystery book if you would prefer.
Here is an example of what to write to Mrs Butson:
TYPE OF BOOKS: (please circle) Picture. Non-fiction. Chapter.
ANY OTHER MESSAGE:
I have 2 unnamed library bags left over from yesterday. If your child did not come home with a bag, please contact me so I can sort this out for them ASAP. Please email Mrs Butson via the office if you have any questions and don’t forget about the wheelers ebooks on your iPads also. Happy reading!
“You don’t need to see the Invisible String. People who love each other are always connected by a very special String made of love.” – The Invisible String, Patrice Karst
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish
Parish Office - 9446 2055
Father Peter Hoang OP - 0411 381 199