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 and this will be run on-site. Please contact OSHClub directly to make a booking.
Early Pick-Up During School Time (Update)
We ask that if possible school arrangements/appointments are not made during school time as absences from class learning directly impact student academic, social, and emotional growth. However we acknowledge that sometimes this is not possible. The update to our ‘Early Pick Up’ process is aimed at making this as efficient as possible for parents, students and staff.
Therefore if you are arranging for your child to be picked up from the office before 3:30 pm, you are required to inform the classroom teacher prior to 8.45 am the morning of, so the classroom teacher can set a reminder to have your child ready at the office to be collected. If an early pick-up occurs due to unforeseen circumstances and you have been unable to inform the classroom teacher before 8.45 am, please note the teacher will not be able to arrange for your child to be ready at the front office.
The process for early pick-ups requires parents/guardians to sign their child out at the front kiosk at the office, and if communication with the classroom teacher has occurred prior to 8.45 am on the morning of, the child will be ready at the office to be collected. If the child is not ready at that time/you have not communicated with your child’s classroom teacher before 8:45am the office will call the classroom to have them sent up. If there is no answer at the office you are welcome to then proceed down to collect your child from their classroom.
Please note that if an early pick-up has not been arranged in the correct timeframe we aren’t able to call ahead to have students wait in the office for periods of time, as that will impact valuable learning time.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this and we hope this will lead to a timelier and more efficient process for parents and less of a load on our front office as well as not impact teaching time. I also ask that while we are transitioning to this new procedure you please remain respectful to our administration staff.
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:
As you may be aware this year at IEPS we employed Zoe Bloore as our School Psychologist. We are one of only a few schools in the network that have employed a registered psychologist to support our School Wide Positive Behaviour Framework. Zoe has become an integral part of our community and has worked with parents and students. Furthermore, a key part of her role is to work with staff to continually build our capacity in the realm of psychology.
Most recently Zoe conducted Professional Learning with our School Improvement Team on the topic of Neurodiversity focusing on ADHD. This was a hands-on session where the School Improvement Team built upon their current knowledge and skills in supporting student learning by focusing on strengths and needs to harness learning growth. At IEPS we are building a culture where neurodiversity is embraced and understood so every child can thrive socially and emotionally and access the curriculum in order to achieve their potential. We look forward to Zoe continuing to work with our wider community and running Professional Learning for our staff and for our community.
Please see below for information relating to the ‘Tuning in to Kids program’ that Zoe and Hilda Hallinan (School Nurse) will be providing our school community in Term 1 next year.
Tuning in to Kids program
Tuning in to Kids teaches Emotion Coaching to parents to help children:
Have greater success making and keeping friends.
Have better concentration at school.
Regulate their emotions when they are upset or angry.
We are extremely fortunate to have Hilda Hallinan (School Nurse) & Zoe Bloore (School Psychologist) trained in presenting this program, who will be running this for FREE to IEPS parents/guardians in Term 1 of 2024. Usually the program costs $300 per person.
See below for further information via the PDF underneath my principal report.
SeeSaw & Homework Update
Roughly two weeks ago you should've received a Compass notification from your child’s teacher/team leader updating you on the current Homework expectations and SeeSaw expectations. Throughout the rest of this term, we will be working on updating our Homework Policy and Digital Portfolio expectations in preparation for 2024. Therefore, if you haven't already 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.
(Please copy and paste link into your web browser)
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.
We ask that if your child is symptomatic for any illness 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.
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.
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.