Easter Raffle

Don’t forget to sell raffle tickets to family and friends. Tickets are $1 each and there are 10 tickets in a book. We are asking families to support our fundraising efforts by kindly donating an Easter-themed item to each child’s classroom

Please return all sold tickets and money to the front office by Wednesday 29th March 2017. Winners will be announced in the School Newsletter the following day.

Thank you so much for your efforts and generous support!

School Open Nights

Would you like to know more about your child’s learning?

PLEASE come to our information sessions next week, your child will show you how they learn.  

As you know it’s so important for you to be involved in your child’s learning. Your attitudes, values and behaviours can positively influence your child’s educational outcomes.

When schools and families work together, children do better and stay in school longer.

Parent engagement is associated with improvements across a range of indicators, including:

·         better outcomes

·         enhanced engagement with school work

·         more regular school attendance

·         better behaviour

·         and increased social skills.

Gr 1-2 Information Evening

Wednesday 15th March

6.15pm – 7.30pm

Gr 3-6 Information Evening

Thursday 16th March

6.15pm – 7.30pm 

Volunteers Wanted

Our Breakfast Club runs every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8.30am in the Gym.  It has been very successful so far. All students are welcome to attend.

If you would like to volunteer your time to help with our Breakfast club please contact Belinda or Annie

Canteen

If you can spare a few hours, to help in our school canteen on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday please see Renae in the Canteen.

Red Food Day - 24th March

Can you Help?

Grade 3 - iPad Lease Payments Now Due

Grade 3 students received their iPads last week and we have had information sessions this week.       

Parents wishing for their child to take up a leased iPad from the school will need to complete the contract forms and make first the payment before iPads go home with students.

Any questions can be directed through the office, classroom teachers or to Darrel Branson (ICT Coordinator)

Thank you for your support in the program. 

Walking School Bus

Mildura West Primary School has its very own Walking School Bus.  The Walking School Bus departs at 8:30am from the corner of Washington Drive and Riverside Avenue once a month. The police and Neighbourhood Watch will be ‘on board’ the bus. Scooters, bikes, ripsticks, skateboards, prams and walkers can also join the Walking Bus.

We are inviting any member of our school community to be the ‘driver’. The Walking Bus operates once a month. If you are interested in being the ‘driver’ of our Walking Bus, please leave your name at the Office.

Compass Corner

Your child’s first report for Grades

 1 to 6 will be on Compass from

 Friday afternoon. There will be several of these reports each term.

This first report is on Mathematics.

So, log onto Compass to access your child’s learning in your own time, on your home computer or mobile device (e.g. iPad or phone). Compass allows you to see your child’s work and the teacher’s assessment and feedback. You can leave a comment for the teacher and child to view too. We cannot reiterate the importance of engaging with what your child is learning at school.

So please get online and share in your child’s learning at Mildura West. You can log on here: https://mildurawestps.vic.jdlf.com.au

Mobile Apps

Did you know that you can access Compass on your smartphone or tablet? Or that you can view your child’s learner tasks from the palm of your hand? Download the app now!

Search for ‘Compass School Manager’ in the Apple and Android app stores.

Compass Support

Need help? We’re here for you!

Attached to this newsletter is a flyer describing how to log in and view your child’s work. If you need a password reset or have forgotten your details please contact the school and we can provide you with a new log in. Ph.: 50231336

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

At MWPS our children participate in 5 minutes of Mindfulness every day.

We are implementing Mindfulness because when we tune in to our body and our mind through mindfulness, we can improve our learning.

Mindfulness assists mental health and wellbeing and has been successfully implemented in a wide variety of government and non-government schools with positive results in classes of all sizes, backgrounds, locations and ages.

It has also been proven to help students with sleep, wellbeing, managing emotions, concentration and school behaviour including reductions in bullying.

It assists in:

•stress management,

•increased resilience,

•increased creativity,

•better decision making, and

•a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

Please ask your child all about Mindfulness and maybe they can try it at home.

Home Routine

Although we are all busy people, please try to put a routine in place whereby children know they must do their homework. Reading from real books is important for children to develop a love of books. They should be reading at home every day. It’s also important for parents/carers to read TO their children. Having a range of books at home and regular visits to the library also encourages this. 

Open Door Policy

Remember we operate an open door policy. Please pop in to visit your child’s classroom and say hello to the teacher. We love it when our parents/carers spend time in our classrooms. Book an appointment with your child’s class teacher if you have questions or concerns that are of a private nature. A date for parent/teacher meetings to get to know your child will be announced next week.

We want the very best for your child. Please continue to work with us so your child can grow in confidence, with a love of learning, and a determination to be the best person they can be.

We will do everything we can to help your child to do their best.  Let us know if we can support you in any way.

As you know one of our school values is Respect.  We endeavour to ensure that all children show respect for everything (friends, adults, property) and we constantly remind learners of the values that underpin our every action. This week we have been focussing on reminding children to greet others and use their name. Please help us reinforce this curtesy.

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