eNews May 2021

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Nicole's notes! It's hard to believe we are only in Week 3 - but there has been a lot going on at EPS.

Curriculum Day:
Monday 3rd our staff worked alongside Louisa (Grade 6 teacher and Maths Learning Specialist) and Ari (Teaching and Learning Coach) on consolidating our maths lesson structure, learning sequences and delving deeper into our Big Ideas of Number.
We are so very fortunate to be able to tap into such knowledge and expertise in our own school and thank Louisa and Ari for a great day.
Our Professional Development and Curriculum Days truly enhances the quality and rigour of our teaching and learning and in this case, our maths planning and teaching.



I share with you one of the experts we work with in Maths - Di Siemon from RMIT. In this clip Professor Di Siemon summarises the Big Ideas in Number and advice about year levels at which they should expect the Big Ideas to be developing and achieved:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w_NLuB-Rks


Mother's Day Stall and Mother's Day lunch fundraiser:
A huge thank you to Michele and all of the volunteer parents who have found and taken delivery of some lovely gifts for mums and special people in our EPS kids' lives and setting up all the tables in the JLC in preparation for the Mother's Day Stall for Wednesday and Thursday.
It is such a lovely tradition and the kids love being able to secretly purchase gifts, go "shopping" with their friends and present their gift to someone special!

Mother's Day Lunch Fundraiser:
Over the last few years, a group of volunteer parents have organised a wonderful Mother's Day Lunch to get together as an EPS family and raise funds for Breast Cancer.
This annual Elwood Primary School Mothers Day Celebration is on Friday May 7th at Captain Baxter.
All tickets have been sold and all proceeds from the event will be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
We thank Jules and her team for this wonderful community event.

ANZAC Day Assemblies:
Congratulations to our Grade 4 students and teachers for hosting our ANZAC Day Assemblies last Monday.
As always, the Grade 4 kids hosted a very respectful and knowledgebale assembly - singing "Lest we Forget" and teaching us all about the Spirit of ANZAC.
We thank past-parent, Gary, for talking to the school about local VC recipients and Aaron, parent of Esther (Grade 5) and Rachael (Prep) for his bugle playing of the Last Post and Reverie.

    

Enjoy your upcoming weeks.
Nicole

Beneath the Surface of the Bay: A Call for Inspiration!

Thank you to everyone who has collected and donated their plastic bottle tops for our Bottle Top Mural. We are filling many tubs in the Art Room but we still need more, so keep saving and rescuing them from landfill and our waterways!

The next exciting stage to this project is the design.
We would love as many designs as possible, from all year levels that follows the theme Beneath the Surface of the Bay.

What to think about when creating your design: What creatures do you see or know exist in and around our bay? What activities happen in our bay? What does our bay look like? What colours do you see?

Please deliver your designs to the Senior School Art Room by Friday 14th May after which Carolyn Cardinet (the artist working with us on the project) will collate to create a final design made from all of your ideas. We can’t wait to see your wonderful artworks brought to life in the mural!


Jo Nathan

Visual Arts Teacher

Elwood Primary School

joanne.nathan@education.vic.gov.au

Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships is off to a wonderful start in Term 2, with our focus on positive coping strategies.
5B students Holly, Sophie and Scarlett had the following to say about the topic so far:

One way of coping when things get hard is through positive self-talk, the conversations we have in our own head. An example of this would be when you do a presentation, you could think “this isn’t the worst thing in the world,” or “I can do this!”




Ada's Tree

Ada's tree in the Senior School Thank you to our EPS School Community and Ada's family for helping to plant a beautiful memorial tree for Ada last Sunday.
Our students, families and staff planted a colourful, bright pink Crepe Myrtle and shared thoughts, love and memories of Ada.
We look forward to caring for Ada's tree and watching it grow and providing us with shade and a place to sit and always remember Ada.

Prep 2022 Info Night

Our first Prep 2022 Information Night will be held in the JLC on Tuesday 18th May from 6.30pm.

We invite all families who are thinking of enroling at EPS to this night; meet Nicole (Principal), Rosie (Assistant Principal for the Junior School), Sara (Teaching and Learning Coach and Mentor for the Junior School) and our Prep Team, walk through the prep classrooms and hear all about Prep at EPS!

Our Prep 2022 Transition Program, Ready Set Go, will also begin shortly with the first session to be held on Friday 21st May in the Prep Building from 2.30pm.

For more information, enrolment and dates, please visit our Website or give us a call.

We look forward to welcoming all of our Prep 2022 kids and families!

Market News

Kids Stalls a hit!
The sun was certainly out on Saturday for our Market and it was HUGE.
It was lovely to see so many of you whilst handing out our World Famous egg and bacon rolls!
The biggest hit of all was our Kids Market Stalls with our young philanthropists and entrepreneurs selling home-made items, second-hand goods and more.



Our Grade 2 students - Sadie, Addi and Frankie - raised over $400 for our Story Dogs through selling their very own published books and other items. Their goal was to raise $100 for Story Dogs - but they BLITZED it!
They can't wait until the next assembly to present their donation!
Well done - we are so proud of you!



Special guest in the Kitchen!

Guess who came to lunch??

Kitchen and Garden classes are in full swing with volunteers assisting our Grades 3 and 4 with harvesting the beautiful produce from Garden and creating amazing meals to share!
  


Last week, James Newbury MP Member for Brighton, popped in and had lunch with 4O, walked around our Garden and chatted to the kids about local issues.
He even stacked the dishwasher!