Weekly Reminders

Week 3 Term 1 2021

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Dear Families,

Here we are at the end of our first week back at school and it has been absolutely WONDERFUL! Children K-6 have all settled in well and appear to be enjoying catching up with friends and staff, and are keen to get involved in their learning.


While it isn't the start we had all planned, we are really hopeful that things will return to 'normal' as soon as possible. Please know that we are as keen as you are to be able to lock future events into the planner, however in the current environment we are required to follow directives from Government, the Health department and CEWA and these can and do change - often quickly! Please refer to the Google Calendar for the most updated dates of events.


Please note that the Parent Information Evening (planned for Week1) is not being held as planned. Children are now settled in, parents have received comprehensive teacher booklets and Two Way Parent Meetings are scheduled for just over three weeks time. The P&F Family Picnic is still going ahead, however the date has now been pushed back to Friday the 5th March (Week 5) for planning purposes. More information regarding this function will be published next week.


COVID continues to teach us all to be patient, to not 'sweat the small stuff' and ultimately to be grateful. This week at St Emilie's we are very grateful for the gift of each other. Think about the people who have really 'made' your week - perhaps with a warm smile, a friendly word, or an offer of help. Think about the staff who have been busy preparing for your child's arrival and working so hard to settle them in happily. Likewise, WE are really grateful for all of you - your encouraging emails and friendly hellos at drop off, along with your cooperation and flexibility really make our day!


Next week is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. At this stage we will be holding a para-liturgy for staff and students only onsite, to allow more people to attend the parish service in the church. May these 40 days be a time of gentle reflection for us all, reassessing those areas of our lives that might need 'tweaking' and allowing the Holy Spirit to continue guiding us towards goodness and kindness in all we think, do and say!


Have a lovely weekend everyone and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY for Sunday!

Looking forward to seeing you all next week :)

Regards

Tania Thuis

Principal

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New Speech Therapists are now up and running!

Our new Speech Therapy team - Elle, Holly and Taylor from BE VOCAL have commenced therapy sessions here at St Emilie's each Wednesday.


Kindy Speech Screens are to be conducted this term and a parent feedback report and workshop will then follow. Please check the Term 1 Planner for dates.


A number of other students throughout the school may also benefit from speech therapy intervention. After careful observation, your child's class teacher may recommend a speech assessment to determine if your child would benefit from this service. Places are limited so if you have any concerns please contact your class teacher or 'Be Vocal' directly.


Contact:

Senior Speech Pathologist

Elle Mangen

Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia

Be Vocal' Speech Pathology

ph: 9439 2333

mb: 0401 583 778

Your Family Details and Emergency Contacts

We are currently working on our Family Details Form and Student Medical Details Form coming to you in a digital format.


The benefits to families and admin staff are that these forms can be completed online, with details able to be changed quickly and easily. The form will not need to be filled out each year, simply updated if there is a change.


In the meantime, if your contact phone number/s, email address, emergency contact details or child's MEDICAL NEEDS have changed from last year, please email the Office as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Important Message - BYO fork and spoon if needed

Parents are reminded that the school will no longer be providing plastic forks or spoons to children at recess or lunchtime.


If they require a utensil, they will now need to pack it with their lunchbox.


Thank you.

School Fee Information 2021

School Fee Statements will come home in the next 2-3 weeks.


Fees can be paid:


- upfront

- weekly, fortnightly, or monthly by direct debit

- BPay; EFTPOS


Please note that the Payment Schedule section on the fee account needs to be RETURNED for processing by the Bursar once you receive it.


It is very important to maintain regular contact with me if you are experiencing financial difficulty and need to adjust payments for a period of time.


Families with outstanding fees from last year will be contacted shortly to come up with a payment plan.


Thank you and wishing you a wonderful year ahead

Gillian Norris

School Bursar

Uniform Shop

Image Embroidery now services our school community's uniform requirements.


For all uniform queries, please contact a member of the Image Embroidery team (contact details below).


Their store is just 5 minutes from St Emilie's for 'try ons' or you can order uniforms via their online form.

Parent Handbook 2021

As you will be aware the St Emilie's Parent Handbook is provided as a useful reference for a variety of topics that involve your child's experience here in our school.


Please follow the link below:

http://web.stemiliescps.wa.edu.au/?cat=91

OSH CLUB 2021

OSH Club is up and running for 2021 and provides a helpful service for St Emilie's families who may require short or long term childminding before and /or after school.


Below is a link to the OSH Handbook:

https://www.oshclub.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/OSH014-Family-Handbook-A4-4pp-fin.pdf

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Learning Support at St Emilie's 2021

My name is Maria Harvey and I coordinate the Literacy Support Program here at St Emilie’s School. My role is to work closely with classroom teachers and other support staff to provide targeted literacy support for students who are experiencing some difficulties in reading, spelling and/or writing.


Students work in small focus groups, with more explicit instruction of phonemic awareness, word attack strategies, reading fluency and spelling patterns and rules. Your child may participate in these sessions for a period of time in order to improve their literacy skills. We are fortunate to have a number of experienced teachers working on these programs with students, so please do not be alarmed if your child is assessed as requiring this intervention - it is in fact a great opportunity!


We have a great team working in this important area and we liaise closely with classroom teachers. We are looking forward to the year ahead and thank you for your support.

Playground Equipment - before and after school

Parents are respectfully reminded that both school aged children and their siblings are not permitted to play on equipment or to be running around the school grounds before or after school. All children need to be well supervised by a parent and ideally sitting quietly while waiting for a sibling.


Outside the Year 2 classrooms is a particular area of concern and the sign in this area is very clear.


Thank you for your cooperation and support.

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St Norbert's Open Day and Enrolment Information


OPEN DAY

Friday 5 March 2021

St Norbert College warmly invites prospective students and their parents to tour our excellent College, its contemporary facilities and extensive grounds. Tours will be conducted at 9.00am and 1.00pm.

Enrolments for Year 7 in 2023

We have commenced our enrolments for 2023. Application forms may be obtained by phoning the Enrolment Officer, Mrs Hughes on 9350 5433.