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Easter Resources for Holy Week at Home

Dear Parents

We encourage you to engage with your children as they prepare for Easter in a week by exploring the meaning of Easter.

As we are entering Holy Week next week, teachers have posted a range of Easter activities on Google Classrooms for you to enjoy at home. Also attached is an outline of the scriptures of Easter to use at home for engaging families in discussion and reflection on the true meaning of Easter. We would of course normally spend time with the children at prayer spaces in the school to respond to the messages of Easter. This resource for families includes film, songs and images to help you to do this at home. So please spend some quieter times looking at this when it suits your family during the week. I hope you all enjoy using this Easter Journey resource as a guide..

SFA_Easter_2020_FINAL.pdf

Children could respond in any creative way they like- draw, paint, sculpt, Lego etc.

One way of doing this could be for the children to design an Easter Bonnet.

Easter_Bonnet_Flyer_2020.pdf

We ask you to email a photograph of their creations to their teacher. Please be mindful of ‘safe distancing protocols’ when photographing the images of your children separately.

On Thursday, we will create a 'virtual gallery' of all the images of Easter Bonnets and other artistic pieces created by the children.

We look forward to seeing the 'eggstravaganza'!

Blessings for a safe and peaceful Easter.

Lisa Conroy

Religious Education Coordinator

Information regarding the remainder of the term

Dear Families,

Attached is a letter outlining our school arrangments for the remainder of the term. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. I hope this clarifies things for parents. 

Week_9_and_10_Information.pdf

Regards,
Kate Markcrow
Principal

Student Free Week - Week 10

Dear Parents and carers

In order to support all staff to provide remote learning programs in term 2 our school will be providing all staff with professional learning for the last week of term from Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April. This professional learning will enhance the learning programs we will be able to offer in remote modes in term 2.

To support the professional learning of staff, next week will be pupil free and we will not be providing a remote program for any student in Week 10.

I ask all parents and carers to make alternative arrangements for their children for Week 10.

If this presents a problem for your family please call me on 6292 4500 by Thursday 5.00pm so that I can consider the support available.

During this difficult time, additional counselling support is available to our school community. If needed you can contact CatholicCare on 02 6162 6100.

Stay safe and look after each other during this time. I look forward to welcoming our students as classes commence remotely for Term 2.

Regards,
Kate Markcrow
Principal

Canteen - Cash Sales

There will be no over the counter cash handling in the canteen.  If your child would like to purchase over the counter items from the canteen, please place an order through the Qkr! App - under the Emergency lunch orders tab for small items.

Thanks Canteen

Afternoon Pickup

Dear Families,

There will be no parkers for the remainder of the term.  All families are to use Pickers only.  The students that are at school will be ready for pickup from 3.05pm each afternoon via the drive through service.

Regards,
Kate Markcrow
Principal

Transition to Remote Learning ~ Week 9 Term One

Dear Families,

Attached is  details about what will be happening in terms of Remote Learning this week. As you can appreicate, we are still in the transitional phase. Teachers are working very hard to get this refined before the beginning of Term 2.

Tomorrow we have scheduled zoom meetings for parents to try and give extra information.

Regards,
Kate Markcrow
Principal

Week_9_Term_One.pdf

Transition to Remote Learning

Dear Families,

Tomorrow we will be trialling the Zoom app with all children at certain times during the day. The idea of this is for trouble shooting rather than a teaching moment. 

Attached is a letter outlining our plans for Transition to Remote Learning. I am hoping that this will help families navigate through this challenging time.

Transition_to_remote_learning.pdf

How_to_use_Zoom_Meetings.pdf

Regards,
Kate Markcrow
Principal

No Parent Memo this week

Dear Families,

St Francis Calwell will not be sending a Parent Memo today.

I will be communicating with further information about Remote Learning later this evening.

Please make sure to take a look at the colourful photos from our Colour Day, when they are posted on Facebook.

Thank you for your continued support.

Regards,
Kate Markcrow
Principal

Reminder: Parent/Student Wellbeing Sessions 30 and 31 March

Dear Families,

We are offering 6 wellbeing sessions, catering for up to 5 parents and their child at each session. These sessions will aim to address the anxiety levels caused in the wake of COVID-19 and prospective school closures.  The groups are small to ensure that social distancing is maintaned.  Each session is an hour-long.  Student and parent will work together to develop coping strategies to help in these undertain times.

In my communication to all familes last night, there was a link to book a Parent/Student Wellbeing Session on either 30 or 31 March. To accommodate multiple bookings we have changed the way parents can book these sessions. 

Please follow these instructions to book a free ticket to a session of your choice - numbers are limited to 5 parent/student pairs at each session.

  • Open the school SZAPP App
  • Click on the School Calendar tile
  • Scroll to 30 March or 31 March and select your preferred session time (9.30-10.30am, 12.00-1.00pm or 2.00-3.00pm)
  • Click on the 'Book Tickets' link and enter number of tickets - only one ticket is required per parent/student pair
  • Enter your details and then confirm the booking

Please contact us if you require any further information.

Regards,
Kate Markcrow
Principal

Colour Fun Day Tomorrow

Dear Families,

Tomorrow we will go ahead with our colour dress-up day to make the world a little brighter. All students whether at home or at school are invited to dress-up in bright colour clothes. If you would like to share a photo of your child dressed-up and remotely learning we would love it. Simply upload the photo on the Google Classroom Colour Fun Day assignment. We will make a collage with all the photos to share with our community on our school Facebook page after school.

Regards,
Kate Markcrow
Principal