Well we are nearly at the end of a very busy Term 1 and things are beginning to look a little more like normal.
The Year 6 students have ordered their leavers shirts and I can’t wait to see them in their wonderfully unique shirts late in Term 2. The Year 6 teachers are also busy finalising camp arrangements for second term. The students are returning to Ern Halliday and given the feedback of previous years are in for an amazing few days.
The summer sports carnival, which unfortunately was cancelled last year, is on track for Tuesday week 9. This event is as much about participation as it is about winning and losing. I am sure the students will display our ARBOR values.
It is fantastic to see students engaging in a range of after school clubs, parents staying after school to watch children play on the Megatoy and some parents attending breakfast club with their children.
The school is currently reviewing the situation with respects to school assemblies and we hope to make a further announcement before the end of the term.
Before and After School Play
Parents are reminded that the Megatoy and the Nature Play are out of bounds before school. The Nature Play is also out of bounds after school.
However, we are thrilled to once again allow parents to supervise students to play on the Megatoy or on the junior oval after school. Please note that gates and toilets will be locked from 3.30pm.
Parents are required to follow current Government health advice regarding COVID protocols relating to social distancing and good hygiene.
Now that the Child and Parent Centre Arbor Grove is up and running we request that parents and caregivers avoid parking in the bays clearly marked for the Child and Parent Centre. This will ensure that CPC staff and parents from across the Ellenbrook area accessing the CPC, many of whom will have prams and young children to manage, are able to park safely.
Arbor Grove is excited to again be working with CLAN Midland to offer Kids FAST.
Kids FAST is a primary school program for parents and children. The program assists parents to become more involved in the lives of their children through family relationship management, improved child-parent bonding and parental empowerment. It has lasting impact on family dynamics.
The FAST program will be operating on a Wednesday evening commencing 28 April and it runs for 8 weeks.
This term in room 8, we have been learning about time, place value and addition in mathematics.
In addition, we have been learning different strategies to help us add two numbers together. These have included:
We count on from the largest number and add the second number to it. We do this by putting the largest number in our head then use our fingers to add the second number to it.
BRIDGING TO TEN
We are learning what two numbers go together to equal ten.
TURN AROUND FACTS
When we have a number sentence, we know we can switch the first two numbers around (addends) to make a new number sentence. We know the total will always stay the same. (8 + 6 = 14 6 + 8 = 14)
We are learning different strategies to solve addition questions, so we can pick the best way to solve our addition questions.
This term the students of room 10 have enjoyed participating in lots of engaging learning experiences to develop and consolidate their understandings in mathematics. They have been learning about Place Value, Addition, Subtraction and Fact Families.
When working in partners and small groups they have been working really hard to work cooperatively and support each other by using their ARBOR Values.
This year we’re having our annual Scholastic Book Fair in Term 2!
The theme is “To Book Fair and Beyond” and is everything about space!
We’re looking for donations and loans of things space themed; rockets, spaceships, UFOs, Aliens, astronauts, planets, anything ‘space’ that lights up, stars - anything you would like to loan to set the mood for our Book Fair.
Posters will start appearing around the school asking for volunteers to help set up and pack down, so keep your eyes open. There will be competitions with prizes and of course many options for purchases; in person with cash or card, over the phone or even online! Books start from as little as $5 and there will be stationery and posters too.
So get your thinking caps on and make sure to bring your towel!
“The towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” (Douglas Adams)
Miss Bianca Marshall
On Friday 19 March, the staff and students at Arbor Grove will be supporting and participating in the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
Students have been learning about this day and what bullying is. It is important that students understand what bullying is
and isn’t, and some strategies to deal with it, if it occurs to them or a friend. It is also important that students understand what bystanders are and how they can assist someone who is being bullied. Cyber-bullying is also an area covered as this can be an emerging problem for older students.
Each class has been creating posters to display around the school to promote a bully free zone at Arbor Grove PS.
Visit the bullying no way website for more information and strategies.
On Tuesday 30 March, our year 5 and 6 students will be participating in the 2021 EISA Summer Carnival with Aveley, Aveley North and Upper Swan Primary Schools. Could I ask that all year 5 and 6 students please return their permission slips, with payment, to the office by Wednesday 24 March.
Students are reminded to bring their hat, water bottle, sunscreen, wear enclosed shoes, recess and lunch for the day. Please also remember to bring a change of clothes and a towel if it rains.
Would you like to have a say about what is on the menu? Why not join the P&C and join the Canteen Committee. We are always looking for new people to come on board and bring new ideas with them.
For regular updates on events and the canteen visit our P&C Facebook pages and keep an eye out for Connect notices.
Tickets for the Easter raffle are now selling. Your eldest children should have come home with an order form by now. If you have not received your copy, extra copies can be found at the canteen or in the school admin.
We are still collecting donations, if you can spare a few dollars for a chocolate egg or some craft or have some spare ribbon or a basket that is no longer needed, please drop it to the canteen or place them in the canteen basket in your child’s room.
The more items we can get donated means more money we can raise for the school.
We’re really excited to announce our affiliation with @PonytailsAndFairytales and School Ponytails.
We now have school uniform hair accessories available!
Our school uses the Flexischools online ordering system for our Canteen as well as P&C Events and Fundraising.
Flexischools allows you to place all these orders online in a matter of seconds, at any time of the day.
1. Download the Flexischools App
Note: for iPhone and iPad please select ‘Allow’ notifications.
2. Add your School and Group
Click on the search icon, enter Arbor Grove Primary School, and select your school and year group.
Click the ‘Order now’ button located in the bottom right-hand corner of the app, this will open a login screen.
Already a Flexischools user - Enter your details and login. To save your login details select ‘remember me’.
New Flexischools user - Click ‘Register’, enter your email address, and follow the instructions in the email to set up your account. Once your account is set up, add new student; search for our school, enter student details and select their class.
Once registered, you can start placing orders immediately. If you have any questions, please see Jenni in the canteen for more information or you can contact the Flexischools Customer Service Team via their website.
The Flexischools system is now available and ready to use, so we look forward to seeing your next order online.
School Banking is a great way to practice regular savings.
Remember, Tuesday is School Banking day and students can bring in their weekly deposit.
Saving regularly is an important habit to get into, whether you're saving a little or a lot. Remember, there is no minimum deposit with School Banking, you can send as little as 5c per week in, saving regularly is what is important.
For every deposit made at school, students will receive a Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for a School Banking reward item.
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year. For more information about contribution payments, visit www.commbank.com.au/sbinfo.
If your child has lost their book, please contact your School Banking Co-ordinator for a replacement or visit any Commonwealth Bank branch.
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program at Arbor Grove Primary School. We would also like to thank the wonderful parents who volunteer as our School Banking Co-ordinators and process our banking every week.
If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2021 School Banking program information pack from the school Canteen or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking
My name is Grainne and I work for Anglicare WA at the Child and Parent Centre Arbor Grove. Some of you may be wondering what the beautiful new yellow building is at the side of the school and when it will be up and running. We are currently open, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. We are not running at our full potential just yet, but we hope to be as the year progresses. I am in the process of recruiting some more Anglicare WA team members and I am very excited to bring them on board so we can start offering some drop in coffee and chat sessions and some pop-up playgroups. The Child and Parent Centre Arbor Grove supports families with children aged 0 - 8 years living in Ellenbrook. We will work very closely with Mr Purdy and the team at Arbor Grove Primary as this is our Host School. We will also work with some of the other local schools in the Ellenbrook area. There will be an array of programs and services available through the centre as we progress on this exciting journey, such as Child Health Checks, Speech Therapy, Triple P, Protective Behaviors, Circle of Security, Read Play Grow and MyTime. We will also offer parent workshops on many different parenting topics, for example preparing your child for Kindy, managing anxiety in children, mindfulness parenting and the importance of play. This is just a small selection to give you an idea of what we can provide. We will also offer some pop-up activities during the school holiday breaks. As we look at starting new programs and services we want the local community to be a part of shaping the centre as much as possible. I will be popping out in the coming weeks to community groups and playgroups to chat with local families about their experiences and what they would like to see happening at the centre. If you would like to come have a chat with me about your experiences or if you have any ideas, please come and share these with me. I would love to hear from you and most importantly, meet you. You can pop by any time or feel free to give me a call on 0428 077 389. You will probably see my face around the school moving forward - please come and introduce yourself. I look forward to working alongside you all as the centre grows.
Arbor Grove Dental Therapy Centre
The Dental Therapy Staff will be visiting for Dental Screening in the upcoming weeks. Dental Screening is a growth and development check for all enrolled students in Pre- Primary, Year 3 & 6 (and anyone who has missed their screening). This is not a thorough check-up, so parents will not need to be present. If a follow-up appointment is required parents will be contacted.
Parents of Pre Primary children will receive appointments for initial check-ups in the upcoming months. Please ensure all outstanding dental enrolment forms are returned promptly as only enrolled students will be seen. For any further information or if your contact details have changed, please contact the clinic.