I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate to our community that students should not be dropped off on-site before 8.45 am. We acknowledge that with the morning run drop off’s can be challenging at times, however the school yard is not supervised until 8.45 am. If your child is being dropped off prior to this time you will need to arrange suitable adult supervision with family and/or friends, alternatively your child will need to be enrolled in OSHClub (https://www.oshclub.com.au/find-us/ivanhoe-east-primary-school). Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
This has been moved back up to the top of our bulletin due to an increase in symptomatic students either attending school or becoming symptomatic while at school. We ask that if your child is symptomatic for any illness that you do not send your child to school and we thank you in advance as we acknowledge that this can be challenging, especially for working parents.
World Teachers’ Day Australia – Friday 27th October
World Teachers’ Day is held internationally on Tuesday 5 October. As it usually falls during the school holidays in many parts of Australia, in Victoria, we celebrate World Teachers’ Day on 27 October 2023.
Ben Phillips, Amanda Dwyer and I would like to thank the dedicated staff at IEPS for the significant contribution they make towards ensuring our students experience a stimulating and challenging learning environment. Our staff at IEPS work tirelessly to prepare learning opportunities for students at their point of need to stimulate learning growth, create relationships to support student wellbeing, and engage with parents and carers to support a home-school partnership that fosters growth in each students learning. On behalf of the school I will be providing all staff a thank you and a token of my appreciation as Principal of IEPS in recognition of their commitment to the profession.
If you would like to contribute/engage this coming Friday for World Teacher’s Day please feel free to work with your child in writing/making a token of your appreciation for their ongoing efforts and commitment to the profession and working with your child to support their academic, social and emotional learning growth.
SeeSaw & Homework Update
Last week you should've received a Compass notification from your child’s teacher/team leader updating you on the current Homework expectations and SeeSaw expectations. We are going through the process of updating our Homework Policy and Digital Portfolio expectations in preparation for 2024. Therefore I ask you to please complete the below link in relation to how SeeSaw is being used at IEPS.
SeeSaw is a digital portfolio that we have implemented in order for families to feel more connected to what is occurring in the classroom. We are looking to gather some feedback to continue to improve the use at our school and in preparation for its use in 2024. If you could please take 5 minutes to complete the survey, linked below, that would be appreciated.
Ivanhoe East Primary School is excited to announce our upcoming fundraiser, 'Market Day,' taking place on Friday, November 24th. As part of the Year 5/6 Business & Economics unit, our students have truly embraced their entrepreneurial spirit by designing and creating exciting chance-based games. The goal is to raise funds for the enhancement of our school grounds. Throughout the day, students from all year levels will have the opportunity to participate in these games. To join in the fun, students will need tickets, with each game requiring approximately 1 ticket for a play or multiple turns.
Ticket options are as follows via the trybooking link:
Please note that ticketing and service fees will be applied to the total cost at check-out. We look forward to a day of enjoyment and community support for our school!
Halloween - Tuesday 31 October
Students are asked not to dress up in their costumes during school hours. However they are welcome to bring their costumes in their school bag and change into their costumes at the end of the school day.
Curriculum Day – Monday 6th November
A reminder that Monday 6th of November is a pupil free day and the school will not be open. If your child requires care during this time OSHClub services will be available for the entire day.
Parent Requests for 2024 Classes - (Closes Friday 27th of October) & Student Learning Friends
As we continue to meet the needs of the students at our school we have already begun the complex task of workforce planning for the 2024 year; considering budgets, teacher requests, staffing changes and student numbers.
This is the time of the year when we start to explore class structures and carefully consider the best resourcing to meet student needs. As mentioned above, in order to do this we need to have an accurate understanding of student numbers in each level.
If you know of any families who will be moving into the area and will have children enrolling at Ivanhoe East Primary School for next year, please ask them to make urgent contact with the school. Likewise, please let us know if your family is moving and/or your children will not be returning to IEPS in 2024.
Information from parents is welcomed as part of the decision-making processes, and we now invite parents to write to us about any requests they may have for their child’s educational needs. We do not accept requests for placement with individual teachers, however, we do take into consideration relevant information, based on educational needs, which can help us with the placement process.
Requests are to be addressed directly to Mr. Boyle and will be considered up untilFriday 27th October.Please email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns around specific educational needs in relation to class placement. Only Letters received by 5pm Friday October 27thwill be considered. If you have previously emailed your child’s classroom teacher, you will need to re-email this letter addressed to myself and send directly to me. If you would like to have a face-to-face conversation please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can arrange a time.
Please note that while we take any information that you provide into consideration, the final decisions regarding your child’s placement rest with the teaching staff and leadership team. Furthermore please note that once classes are finalised there will be no changes made to those class structures.
Second Hand Uniforms
IEPS Second Hand Uniforms is located upstairs in the gym!!
The Second Hand Uniform shop will be open each Friday morning from 8.30am - 9.15am (45 minutes) for you to purchase or swap over any items you might need.
Items are $5 each and payment is strictly card only.
2nd Hand Uniform Donations
Currently accepting all donations.
In high demand: summer school dresses (with white trim only) and polo shirts.
We currently have lots of jumpers (all styles), crew neck t-shirts, shorts, skorts and track pants. We also have limited school bags and reader bags available.
Please double check all donations are washed and clear of stains and rips or holes. Only IEPS branded jumpers and t-shirts can be accepted.
Uniform Swap is up and running. Feel free to stop by with your donation and take something in return.
Dealing with Distressing Online Content
With the tragic and distressing events unfolding in the Middle East, Australia's independent regulator for online safety, eSafety, has issued guidance to help parents and carers support their children in dealing with distressing online content.
The eSafety website has resources for parents and carers about online safety. These include information on extra precautions you can take to protect your children from seeing disturbing content online.
eSafety encourage parents and carers supporting young people who may be more vulnerable to check in with them. If they are presenting with signs of distress, support is available through external services including:
This term we will be continuing with fortnightly on-site assemblies, with the alternating week being an IEPS news episode. Below are the dates for our on-site assemblies;-
· Friday 3rd of November
· Friday 17th of November
· Friday 1st of December
· Friday 15th of December (Final assembly of the year)
Furthermore, we have changed our student of the week process. We will be moving to a student of the fortnight where at least 1 student will be awarded with a ‘student of the week,’ recognition at assembly. At the conclusion of assembly those students will be invited to come up to the front of the gymnasium to get a group photo with Mr Boyle, which will be placed into the following bulletin, parents are also welcome to come up the front to take this photo as well.
School Musical – (Sounds of Summer Music Festival)
On 30th November we will be having our summer music festival. This festival will occur on-site at IEPS either on the oval or the basketball courts. There will be a Stage/AV/Lighting for performances, each grade will be doing their own performance and we encourage every family to attend as this is our annual community event. We will also have picnic and seated areas as well as a range of food trucks and beverages on sale. The event is currently scheduled to start at 5.30pm and will run for approximately two hours. This will be a ticketed event, we are currently working out the cost of the tickets. (It is not a specific fundraising event, so the ticket prices will be based on covering the costs of equipment and set up, which should hopefully minimise the cost) Our students are currently practicing their songs & dances in class and we are looking forward to this great community event. So, please 'Save the Date' and we will share more information as it comes to hand.
Lunchtime Clubs Update Term 4
The PAG representatives surveyed Foundation to Year 6's and then collated the data to select the top 4 lunchtime clubs voted upon by students. The PAG representatives have discussed some amendments and scheduling changes that are reflective of feedback from the students. Please note, Tech club will be run by Ms. Gould and will involve the
use of proper tech skills being taught. Please find attached below the timetable for Lunchtime Clubs starting Week 2 of Term 4.
IEPS Lunchtime Clubs Timetable - 2023
A reminder that we now have a community Instagram account, this account is used to connect with our wider community, promote school events and give an insight into our facilities, incursions, excursions, and all of the wonderful teaching & learning that is happening at IEPS. You can follow our movements by networking with us @ivanhoeeastprimaryschool on Instagram.
A bigcongratulationsto the following students from Level 5 and 6 who were selected and participated in the Maths Olympiad and Games teams representing Ivanhoe East Primary School in 2023.
Olympiad grade 6 students:
Joanna X Top 10% in Australia award
Maths Games grade 5 students:
The students competed in 4 competition days where they had 5 questions on each test day and needed to use problem soving strategies to find the solutions. They all achieved fantastic results and should be extremely proud of their achievements.
Please complete and submit the consent form by 13/10/2023.
The electronic consent form can be translated into more than 100 languages.
Smile Squad Dental Packs
All children deserve a healthy smile, and the Smile Squad free school dental program is working hard to help make sure this happens.
Your child(ren) will soon receive a free dental pack to bring home. The dental pack contains a toothbrush, full sized toothpaste, and an oral health brochure. Please take the time to read the brochure. It’s full of helpful hints and tips to help your whole family eat well, drink well and clean well – for life.
Smile Squad provides standard strength fluoride toothpaste that is generally used by ages six and over, unless recommended by a dental or trained health professional.
If your child is under six, please talk to a dental or trained health professional to find out if your child might benefit from using this toothpaste. You can also choose to put the toothpaste away until they turn six or give it to someone else in your family to use.
Do I need to attend my child’s appointment?
No, you do not need to attend your child’s appointment. You can attend if you would like to, and you can take your child to the community dental clinic if you prefer.
The Banyule Community Health Smile Squad look forward to seeing you soon.
The Smile Squad is scheduled to be here from Mid November:
(Please refer to 'Canteen' listed under the 'Our School' heading on the IEPS website to find the 'My School Connect' link)
The cut off time for ordering online has changed to 9:00am.
To prevent disappointment at lunchtime please keep checking: • that you have the correct date for the lunch order • that you check out and pay or your order will not be received by the canteen.
Look out for the Green Thumbs up and a confirmation e-mail
***STUDENTS PURCHASING FROM THE SCHOOL CANTEEN USING CASH***
To avoid disappointment, please do not send your child to school with large notes (over $5) to purchase items from the canteen, as we do not have the change to give them. Also, please ensure your coins are Australian monetary coins and not of international currency.
We are in urgent need of volunteers in the Canteen. If you are able to spare a few hours it would be appreciated. Please follow the link below for the Canteen Roster.
Please place your name in the relevant time and day/date on the roster if you would like to Volunteer.
This is a reminder to all parents that we do not store large amounts of cash on the school premises. If you are sending your child to school with cash for canteen purchases please ensure you are only sending small notes of around $5 to $10, otherwise we may not be able to offer any change and they may be at risk of missing out on purchasing anything at all.