EPS Staff Memo
Week Beginning Monday 19 October
Welcome back everyone!
I hope you have all managed to get some rest and recharge your batteries for what is sure to be a busy final term. We warmly welcome back Zanni after an unexpected absence and Wendy from long service leave. A warm welcome also to Jacqui Lethborg who is returning from Maternity leave. It is great to have Jacqui back and she will be working with Jen on Grade 1 on Fridays. Dawn and Chris will be taking some leave and we welcome Claire Watson, who will be replacing Chris on Grade 5 GA and taking Drama in lieu of Music and Diane will fill in for Dawn in the Library.
October is Connected Educators Month and I have added a link below which reminds us that learning is not just for students. It reinforces that technology is a way of connecting educators and shows a different dimension for learning. See what you think. I have also added an article on technology use that you might find interesting. The thing to remember is that technology is NOT about using computers in the classroom is goes way beyond that - it is a way of providing our students and ourselves with access to world beyond the classroom. Your thoughts welcomed.
Have a great week.
Have a good week,
We welcome our UTAS students who will be completing their practicums over the next 4/5 weeks.
Jessica Cross with James Edmunds
Danielle Whatley with Jill Wivell and Peter Habel
Sussan Best with Jenny Johns
Susannah Curtis with Jen Radford and Jacqui Lethborg
Estelle Hindrum with Julie Keddie Gray
Briefing 8.25 am
Leadership meeting 9.15 am
LIL B4 Playgroup 9-05 am
Chris Alcock on LSL (2 weeks) - Claire Watson
Staff Meeting - Annual Review Process
LIL – Book Fun 9-10 am
NAP Science Literacy Assessment - Grade 6 Superlab 9-10 am to 1-00 pm
Briefing 8.25 am
Kinder Excursion to Hagley Farm School
Jen Redford - PL - Bronwyn Jamieson
Grade 6 Transition Challenge Day
Staff meeting - Annual Review Process
Professional Learning Day.
Our focus this term is the explicit teaching of Problem Solving strategies in grades 2-6. All planning for this week's lessons should now be with Helen. Thank you to those who have already passed on their plans.
Music and Choir
As Chris is away Claire Watson will be relieving Chris and taking Dram in lieu of Music. Please noter there will be no choir practice in weeks 1 or 3 of term 4.
Launching Into Learning
I have placed 2 short reading in your pigeon holes that I hope you find interesting. The first is 15 Ways to Nurture a Growth Mindset in the Classroom. I know some of our teachers are already using some of these strategies and having some success. The second is Behaviour Management: Angry Children. This article is written by Paul Dix, and I have shared some of his other writings during the year. The article supports the work we have been doing on Trauma and managing children when angry. I hope you find these articles useful.
As we have commenced Term 4 it is time to remind students that hats are required for sun safety when outside for breaks, PE or games.
A reminder for those people contacted by Jane, their IEP's that require updating need to be completed by the end of week 3.
Please keep updating your PDPs as we will be meeting early in the term to sign off evidence and reflect on goals.