As you know the St Emilie’s 2014 CHRISTMAS CONCERT is to held this Friday night 5th December commencing 5.45pm with our much loved KINDY KIDS getting the party started!
You are reminded that each family has been asked to please send $10.00 in a clearly marked envelope BEFORE FRIDAY to assist us to offset some of the costs of hiring STAGING, LIGHTING and SOUND as the concert is to be held on the oval.
Please read the Christmas Concert post under ‘From the Principal’ for more information about what to bring, how long the concert will be and so on.
We are crossing our fingers and toes that the weather will cooperate. Please make sure you come well prepared with warm clothes. We will only cancel the concert if it rains and we will make this decision prior to pick up – the school sign, website, twitter, Facebook and a text home would let you know if it WAS NOT to go ahead! 🙂
Looking forward to a great community gathering as we start to prepare our hearts for the Christ-child.
Tuesday 2nd December KINDY
Informal Playtime gathering for 2015 Kindy kids 3.45pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday 3rd December KINDY – YEAR 6
Community Mass 8am – 8.25am in the Church – we would love to see you there!
Friday 5th December KINDY – YEAR 6
Whole School Christmas Concert 5.45pm – 7.30pm – on school oval. BYO low chair /picnic blanket.
Tuesday 9th December KINDY / Pre-Primary and YEAR 6
Kindy Celebration Day – 8.45am Talent Awards, Presentation
Pre-Primary Celebration Day – 12.00pm:Talent Awards. Presentation and Family Picnic
6.00pm Year 6 Graduation Mass, followed by supper and presentations
Wednesday 10th December YEAR 1 -YEAR 6
Yr 1-Yr 6 children (pm) Water Fun Arvo!
Thursday 11th December YEAR 1 – YEAR 6
Reports sent home today with children. ( Separated families will receive a second copy via post).
Friday 12th December YEAR 1 -YEAR 6
8.30am sharp -8.50am – Talent Awards to be handed out and shared at the classroom door – all welcome
9.00am School/Parish Thanksgiving Mass
Year 6 class to their BIG DAY OUT bowling!
‘To Give is to Receive’
It’s the time of the year when many children are creating lists (some quite long) of gifts they want from Santa. While this is to be expected and part of the excitement of the Christmas season, our challenge as teachers and parents is to also be educating our children to the fact that there is much JOY to be had in giving because it helps to meet people’s needs – and this of course, is the true meaning of Christmas.
Our task is to assist children to focus not so much on what they can get, but more on what they might give, to place their own needs second to the needs of others.
We know that even very young children can be taught to share.
If we encourage a spirit of generosity when our children are young, it makes it far easier for children to understand the concept of ‘sharing’ as they get older.
Giving is simple – children can make something, or do a favour as a gift, or they might use some pocket money to purchase a gift. In giving the gift, they will experience the joy of giving.
Any time of the year is a time for giving, but especially at Advent time.
Giving of ourselves, our time & energy, is a special gift too!
Carrying out ‘random acts of kindness’ can also be encouraged as a special gift at this time of the year.
Children learn from our own actions as well as our words – if we want our children to learn to be generous, compassionate and empathetic, then that is what we too need to model.
No matter what our situation may be, there will always be someone facing greater challenges than us.
Christmas, the season of giving, provides us with a special opportunity to do something practical to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
By donating items of non-perishable food to our local St Vincent de Paul group we hope to support their efforts to provide hampers for families who will be facing a grim Christmas without a helping hand.
Please help ST EMILIE’S to help others by sending in the following items with your child/children by Thursday 11th December.
WHAT YOU ARE ASKED TO SEND IN PLEASE:
Kindy Gold: box/es of breakfast cereal
Kindy Blue: Packets of biscuits (sweet/savoury)
Pre-Primary Gold: Pasta/pasta sauce
Pre-Primary Blue: rice / macaroni cheese (box/es of)
Year One Gold: canned vegetables / canned tomatoes
Year One Blue: canned fruit
Year Two Gold: tinned tuna/salmon
Year Two Blue: Jar of jam or honey
Year Three Gold: box of muesli type bars
Year Three Blue: Long-life milk
Year Four Gold: Tins of baked beans/ tins of spaghetti
Year Four Blue: Plastic bottle of cordial or long life juice
Year Five Gold: Multi-pack of 2 minute noodles
Year Five Blue: Packet of pancake mix
Year Six Gold: Large packet potato chips/ large packet of popcorn
Year Six Blue: Large bag of lollies
Any additional items families may wish to donate will be gratefully received.
The St Emilie’s Christmas Tree Angels
St Vincent De Paul have a number of families they try to provide a gift with for Christmas. In order for them to be able to do this, they need the help and support of St Emilie’s families.
In the Front Office later this week, little angels will be hung on the Christmas Tree and on the back of each angel will be a description of who the present you buy needs to be for e.g. 8 year old girl.
It is important that any gifts given are new (not pre-loved) and that they are placed under the tree before Thursday 11 December. All gifts will be gratefully received so if you have something for a Mum or Dad or child we would love to receive it.
Princess Margaret Hospital
Leading up to the end of the year children will be decorating calico bags as a way of helping Princess Margaret Hospital. Ms Karen Kujawski ( Teyharna and Jaimee Lee’s mum) is busily trying to find people who would like to donate gifts to fill these bags. If you would like to assist please drop your gift into the Office labelled PMH gift and we will make sure that it gets there.
Thank you all for your wonderful generosity at this special time of year.
St Vincent de Paul are always grateful for the following items which they deliver right throughout the year. If you ever wish to support them, please drop in items to the back of the church where they will be stored ready for distribution. Thank you!
Vegetables and Fruit
- canned vegetables (corn, peas, green beans and mixed vegetables)
- diced tomatoes
- tomato sauce (to serve with pasta)
- canned peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail.
Meat and Protein
- Tinned tuna, salmon, sardines, chicken, chili,
- baked beans, red beans,
- packet or canned soups and canned stews
- peanut butter
- Long-life Milk
Grains and Pasta
- dry foods such as rice and pasta
- boxes of macaroni and cheese
- flavoured rice mixes
- breakfast cereals
- pancake mixes that require only water
Holiday Food and Treats
- tinned ham
- canned cranberry sauce
- dried fruit such as raisins and apricots, banana chips
- packets of chips/popcorn
- Fruit Cake
As our STAFFING LIST has now been finalised (see the OUR SCHOOL/OUR SCHOOL STAFF) page on this website), this year we plan on sending home your child’s CLASS LIST before the end of 2014.
Parents are reminded that the task of the Leadership Team and staff each year is to construct two classes of each year level (Gold and Blue) that reflects a balance of gender, ability, personalities and so on. In this way, children have an opportunity to get to know each other and to learn to get along with many different types of people across their years of schooling here at St Emilie’s. Negotiating their way through conflict, appreciating and accepting differences and working collaboratively with others, are all important life skills. Problems will pop up in and out of the classroom between individuals and between groups of children from time to time – this is normal and to be expected. Learning to deal with these problems (with the help of staff) is valuable and equips children for later in life.
Therefore we feel very confident that no matter which child is in which class, they will have a good year. Why? Because there is a trust and an expectation that the teacher, the Leadership Team and the children will all work hard to get along and to sort through any problems in a just and respectful way.
If as a parent you feel you have a special request in terms of which your class goes into, the closing date for this is Tuesday 2nd December in writing addressed to the Leadership Team. While your request will certainly be read and discussed, there can be no guarantees.
All parents are warmly invited to this year’s P&F AGM and the School Board’s Annual General Meeting, to be held on Monday 24th November at 6.30pm in the school hall.
The meetings will be finished within the hour and they will then be followed by light refreshments.
If you would be please bring a small plate of finger food to share it would be very much appreciated.
Please send an email letting us know you are planning on coming by typing YES AGM NAME in the subject box. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you believe you have the necessary time, goodwill and skills and would like to nominate yourself for a position on either the P&F or the Board you are asked to complete a Nomination Form – these are to be found here:
Board Nomination Form:
P&F Class Rep and /or P&F Committee Nomination Form:
It would be lovely to have you there to share our achievements this year!
Looking forward to seeing you all at Three-Ways – may these be
- respectful of the child’s need to be affirmed and encouraged
- informative for parents
- a time to celebrate effort, growth and achievement
Thank you for supporting your child’s learning in this way and for supporting teacher efforts to keep communication of student progress between home and school effective and helpful here at St Emilie’s!
Thank you to all families, staff and parishioners who set their alarms that little bit earlier this morning so they could join us for our first 8am Community Mass. It was especially lovely to see so many of our young families attending together. Time spent in prayer and reflection builds community and nourishes the soul. We look forward to seeing everyone, bright and early, for our next Community Mass on Wednesday 3 December.
All families are invited to come along to a new twice a term weekday Mass (first Wed of the month).
An opportunity for staff and families to attend Mass (or if you just cant make it, to drop your child at Mass with staff) and a lovely way to start the day – time to sit, to pray, to be together as a community.
First before school Mass Wed 5th Nov 8.00-8.25am.