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Windy Ridge School Newsletter

16 October 2019

Term 4  Week 1

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Respect, Resilience, Kindness, Integrity

Hello, Kamusta, Hola a todos, As-salāmu ʿalaykum, Kumusta, Annyeonghaseyo, Ni Hao, Konichiwa, Namaste, Zdravstvuyte, Ciao, Cześć, Szia, Hallo, Bonjour, Salut, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Talofa Lava, Malo e Leilei,  Orana, Kia Ora Koutou

News from the Principal 

Nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa

School Donation Scheme:

Kia ora Windy Ridge School community.

As mentioned in the newsletter at the end of last term, the Board have been discussing whether Windy Ridge School will opt in to the school donation scheme. This programme provides funding to certain schools at a rate of $150 per student which is applied to the schools operation grant. Where a school opts in, there are limitations on what it can then ask families to pay for and it means that the school would no longer be able to ask parents to pay the annual school donation – the link below helps explain this:

https://www.education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/School/donations/MOE-Donations-Scheme-Info-A3-FA-Web.pdf

The Board is closing in on making its final decision, and at this stage opting in to this scheme is seen as the preference as it will put around $40,000 back into the hands of parents and guardians in our community. However, before this decision is finalised we would welcome any feedback you have on this.

If you would like to do so please email [email protected] before 21 October 2019, so it can be discussed at our next Board meeting.

Ngā mihi,   James Stuart

Traffic Reminders –  Constable Harwood was here this week to check on the traffic behaviour outside the school.  He issued two tickets and spoke to a number of other drivers about dangerous or inconsiderate parking.  He has asked me to remind community that the two parks opposite the school are limited to 5 minutes, and should not be used if more time is needed.

Working Bee  – On Saturday 2nd November we are holding a school working bee, we are planning to plant 2 large pohutukawa trees, remove plants from the junior fence line and remove weeds and dead branches from the bush area at the back gate.  Please let the office know if you can help, we plan to be onsite from 8am to 2pm.

Sun Smart – With summertime hopefully arriving soon we ask that all students wear a hat at school this term and we suggest they apply sunscreen before school.  We will have sunscreen available in the classrooms.  Our school policy is if you have do not wear a hat you must play in the shade.  Please remember to name their hats.

 

Measles Update – Unfortunately this highly contagious disease continues to spread throughout Auckland. Please follow this link for more information and advise Measles Outbreak 2019  If you have not provided the school with your immunisation records, we strongly urge you to do this asap.  The Auckland Regional Health also has more information on their website –https://www.arphs.health.nz/public-health-topics/disease-and-illness/measles/

 

 
School Happenings
Please check the school calendar for term dates and information and on our website and the Skool Loop.   Here are a few important dates for you:
Monday 21st October – Board of Trustees meeting in the staffroom
Monday 28th October – Labour Day School Closed
Saturday 2nd November – Working Bee
Monday 4th November – PhotoLife Class & Individual/Family Photos
Monday 9th December – Prizegiving & Graduation Assembly – 11am
Wednesday 18th December – Last day of the year school finishes at 12.30pm

KickStart Breakfast –  is held in the hall everyday from 8.30am to 8.50am, this is for any child who would like to have some weetbix, milk and fruit before school.  We are looking for adults to help supervise the breakfast, if you have some free time in the morning please contact the office or complete the attached form.  The weetbix and milk are donated by Sanitarium and Fonterra.  The canned fruit is an optional extra and we rely on donations to offer this, so if you would like to donate a can please drop them into the office. Kickstart Breakfast Club Parent Volunteers

Upcoming Events and Trips
**** School Notices are available on the school website. ****
  • Team Tui EOTC:  Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December Birkenhead Leisure Centre EOTC 2019
  • Assembly Term 4:   This Friday – Our assemblies are held every 2nd week of the term, the assembly starts at 9.45am, prior to this parents are welcome to come and have a coffee and chat  in the staffroom from 9am with our Principal Brenda McPherson.  Team Pukeko – Week 2 – Friday 25th October, Team Fantail – Week 4 – Friday 8th November, Team Tui – Week 6 – Friday 22nd November, Team Falcon  – Week 8 – 6th December.  Our final assembly for the year will be held on Monday 9th December starting at 11am, this assembly will be our Prizegiving and Year 6 Graduation ceremony.
  • Team T4 Newsletters – Falcon Term 4 Newsletter 

 

 Reminders

  • Sun Safety – Just a reminder that as we head into summer (hopefully) children will need sunhats at school every day next term.  Please make sure they are named.
  • Spare Clothing –  We recommend the students always have a change of clothes in their bags.
  • Head Lice – Please check your child’s hair weekly as unfortunately head lice are very common in the community. We have attached the link to the Ministry of Education parent information website with more information.  https://parents.education.govt.nz/primary-school/wellbeing/head-lice/  For advice on  treatments:   https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/h/head-lice/#Chemicalproducts   Will my child have to stay away from school? No, the school will not exclude your child or ask you to keep them at home because they have lice. You don’t need to keep your child at home while you’re treating lice either. We have combs available in the office, but also your local chemist and supermarket will sell products.
  • Sunshine Online – www.sunshineonline.co.nz  Free access to all families to use these books – Login – windyridge1 – Password – windyridge
  • Walking School Bus –   We have 4 Walking School Buses at WRS.  They leave from Stephanie Close, Stanley Road, Roberts Road and Hiwihau Place.  Most of them leave around 8.15am in the morning to get the students to school for 8.30am.  If you would like your child(ren) to come on the Walking School Bus AND are able to help just one morning or afternoon a week, see Mrs Boyce in the office for a form and she will pass your details on to the right person.  The Walking School Buses are solely run by awesome volunteers so your help is always appreciated.
  • Lost Property – Please remember to check our lost property bin on the hall deck for any lost items, please name all items of clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles.
  • Kindo – To avoid office queues please go online to make payments through your mykindo account.  If you haven’t used Kindo before, click this link to get started (all you need is the email address we have on record) Kindo Shop  Kindo_Parent_Flyer_CHINESE   If you already have a mykindo account, go to www.mykindo.co.nz or via the link on our school website. www.facebook.com/kindo.co.nz   This site also  hosts our online lunch ordering system Ezlunch –  All orders must be made before 9am.    Ezlunch Term 4 Menu
  • Attendance – Please ensure that your children arrive at school on time and that we are aware of their absence by 9.00am each day.  You can telephone the office and leave an absence message or go online to the school website and use the Report an absence tab or use the Skool Loop app.  We do follow up lateness and absence as we are required to report on both to the Ministry of Education and the Board of Trustees.  If you are planning a holiday in term time please advise your child’s teacher and the office.
  • WINDY RIDGE PARENTS Facebook – We have a closed Facebook page for Windy Ridge parents – you need to request to be part of this page, we are only able to accept parents and caregivers to this page.  It is a valuable page for reminders, information, and general WRS ‘stuff.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/windyridgeparents/
  • School Library – The library is open from 8.30am to 8.50am and at lunchtimes from 12.45pm to 1.25pm.
  • Music Lessons – John Casson from MusiqHub is now offering music lessons in Guitar & Ukulele at our school, see the attached notice for more information. John Casson Flyer
  • Before & After-School Care – The sKids organisation provide this service from our school hall, please feel free to drop in and see them or register online through their website. www.skids.co.nz/locations/windy_ridge/

             Term dates             

School Terms 2019

Term 4    Monday 14/10 – Wednesday 18/12 (midday)

School Terms 2020

Term 1     Monday 03/02 – Thursday 09/04

Term 2    Tuesday 28/04 – Friday 03/07

Term 3     Monday 20/07 – Friday 25/09

Term 4     Monday 12/10 – TBC

               

PTA News 

  • Calendar Art – Online ordering will close on Monday 28th October.  Calendars $15, greeting cards $12.50, mouse pads $14, diaries $15 and sketch pads $13. Samples of these can be viewed in the office. Online ordering closes Monday 28th October. To view your child’s artwork go to www.kidsartworks.com and enter the entrance code from the order form sent home last term, you can contact the office for a copy of this code.
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