Clyde Primary School Newsletter
15th February 2019
Starting Time at Clyde Primary School
I would like to ask all parents to make sure that students are at school before 9:00am so that learning can begin at 9:00am. Arriving at school around 8:45am is a great time as the yard is supervised and students can go straight to their classrooms at 8:50am. Being on time is a life skill that you can help develop in your children as well as ensuring that they are not missing valuable learning time. The first hour of the day at Clyde is designated for Reading and this begins right on 9:00am. Even 15 minutes late each day amounts to an hour and a quarter of learning time every week. Over a term, that amounts to 12.5 hours or 2 and a half days of missed learning time. We want to make the most of every minute of learning for all our students, so we ask for your support in this important matter.
We acknowledge and understand there is significant traffic congestion at the moment due to road works and road closures, so allowing more time to get to school on time may be an option until these works are completed.
Teaching and Learning at Clyde PS
At Clyde we as a staff work collaboratively in Professional Learning Teams (PLT). We are jointly responsible for improving our professional practice, reflecting and learning together. We strive to build a collaborative culture of continuous improvement in our teaching practices and ensure improved learning outcomes for all students in each PLT by working together. As teams we focus on increasing student learning and engagement. We work hard to identify student learning needs, and plan professional learning and classroom practices to meet the needs of the student. We value partnerships between home and school and we look forward to furthering our school and home connections to support your child’s learning. Together, our PLTs collaborate to ensure we cause learning!
Over the past few years, Clyde Primary School has received funding for a chaplain to engage with the school community for about 10 hours per week. During this program our chaplain has taken individual and groups of students, working with them to improve social and friendship skills. Our school has been lucky enough again this year to receive support through the Chaplaincy program. Unfortunately, our Chaplain from last year, Laura is unable to work with us this year. Over the next few weeks we are hoping to receive another chaplain to assist at our school.
Learning Curve Psychology
We are currently awaiting a replacement for Richard who engaged in individual therapy sessions with students through the mental health plan initiative. We are hoping for a replacement for term 2.
Years 3-6 Gymnastics
This term, Years 3-6 will be taking part in a Gymnastics unit, which will be run by Gymnastics Australia during their P.E lessons. We have been lucky enough to receive a grant from Sporting Schools Victoria for this opportunity.
These sessions will take place week commencing 25th February 2019.
Our School Council are calling for nominations for 3 parent members. Nomination forms are available at the school office. Further information regarding our School Council Elections is contained in this newsletter.
What is Seesaw?
Seesaw is an app where your child, teacher and parent can share work and announcements in a safe, secure and private social network environment. Seesaw will provide a safe digital learning journal for your child to document their learning creatively by regularly adding entries like photos, videos, drawings and notes to show you what they’re doing in class. It creates a channel of communication between you as parents, the teacher, but also, your child. And it does this all whilst encouraging digital citizenship and showing how we can use technology in a safe, creative way.
This year teachers will use Term 1 to become familiar with Seesaw. During this time our Technology Team will work on developing policies and procedures to ensure safe and secure use of this resource before it is made public to parents and families.
Student content will begin to be uploaded in the first half of Term 1. Please be patient while we begin this journey. At the beginning of Term 2 you will be sent information to allow you to access your child’s Seesaw portfolio.
Look out in our next newsletter to hear more about this exciting new resource and how it can enhance your child’s learning and achievement while at Clyde Primary School.
Child Safety at Clyde Primary School
Clyde Primary School is a child safe school. This means that we are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all of our students. All schools in Victoria are required to comply with Department of Education Child Safe Standards. These Child Safe standards aim to protect children from all forms of abuse. For further information on the Clyde Primary School Child Safe Policy please refer to our Clyde PS website.
Staff at Clyde Primary School are also required to complete mandatory reporting professional development annually. All staff are mandated to report suspected abuse. If you have a concern regarding the safety of a child you can discuss this with your child’s classroom teacher or phone the school to set a meeting with Hayley Taylor, Child Safe Leader and Wellbeing Coordinator. Additionally, our Mandatory Reporting Policy is also on the Clyde PS website for future reference.
Getting to Know You Conferences
This term we have our ‘Getting to Know You’, Three Way Conferences on Thursday, 7th March from 3:45-7:30pm. These sessions give you an opportunity to tell us more about your children and highlight their particular strengths and interests. From Monday you will be able to book a time online, look out for the Flexibuzz. Sessions with class teachers will run from 3:45-6:00pm and again from 6:30-7:30pm. Specialists will also be available from 3:45-6:00pm. Coming home also is a ‘My child’ form to complete and send back to school by Monday, 4th March with information for the class teacher about your child regarding their outside interests, hobbies and learning needs.
Welcome to our Foundation families to Term One! We have a busy and exciting term coming up. We have been learning school routines and expectations, and getting to know our teacher and peers.
We have started learning some letter names and sounds, beginning with ‘m’ and ‘a’. We will be learning two new letters each week and encourage our Foundation families to review letter names and sounds at home. In Writing, we have been working hard to practise writing our names, using uppercase and lowercase letters.
In Mathematics, we have been practising our number formation and counting with one-to-one correspondence. We love listening to songs to help us with our number formation.
Home Learning Journals
This week, each Foundation student received a Home Learning Journal. The Home Learning Journal will contain:
- Magic Words lists: Students are encouraged to practise their magic words at home, beginning with the golden list. When you feel your child can confidently read the word list, please ask your child to put their Home Learning Journal in the magic words basket in their classroom for the teacher to test. Once your child can confidently read a list, they will be given the next colour.
- Mathletics Username and Password: You can login on to https://au.mathletics.com/ and support your child in learning a variety of Mathematics concepts.
- Reading Eggs Username and Password: A literacy program you can explore with your child to support them in learning their letter names and sounds and beginning reading skills.
- Letters of the week: A list of the letters we are learning, in the order we are learning them at school. We encourage you to review and reiterate this learning at home.
We ask for Home Learning Journals to be returned to school each Friday.
Home Reading Program
Your child will be bringing home their first reader this week. It is important to set aside a quiet time and place for you and your child to read together each day. Learning to read is a gradual process that requires lots of practise. Understanding the story (comprehension) and figuring out the words (decoding) go together when learning to read.
The Reading Diary
Please fill in the reading diary every time you read with your child. We keep a record of your child’s reading nights and read your comments each week. Please keep the reader book, Home Learning Journal and reading diary in your child’s reader bag.
We look forward to a wonderful and full term of learning. We also look forward to formally meeting our families at the ‘getting to know you’ conferences on Thursday March 7th.
Scholastic Book Club
Book Club provides a fun and convenient way of bringing the best in children’s literature into your home. It’s packed full of exciting books from best-selling authors, popular titles and series that kids love, as well as products and books that make perfect gifts for younger siblings who may not be at school yet.
Ordering from Book Club is easy—simply go online and place your order, or return you order with the correct cash to the school office and then Scholastic’s ‘book elves’ take care of the rest. Before you know it, your child will have a lovely surprise to take home once their order gets delivered to their classroom.
When ordering from Book Club, you are not only helping your children, but you are also helping your school—20% of your spend goes back to your school in valuable Scholastic Rewards, which are used to buy classroom resources.
For more information about Scholastic and Book Club, visit www.scholastic.com.au
CHILD SAFE STANDARDS
Clyde Primary School is committed to child safety. We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and members of the school community. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all students. We have a zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously. If you would like more information please see our Child Safe Policy on our website.
We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we gather and pay our respects to elders – past, present and emerging.
Thank you for reading our newsletter. Our next edition should be available at the beginning of March..