Colour Fun Run and more news | Term 1 Week 11

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A Great Success!

Wow! The Colour Fun Run was a fantastic day filled with smiles, laughter, colour and most of all, FUN!

A special thanks to our wonderful P&C team of helpers on the day and to the P&C executive for their organisation of the sponsorship and prizes. The day was a huge success due to the hard work of these people. Thanks to all of the parents and family members that joined us on the day, it was wonderful to see the huge amount of community support. The last day to return sponsorship forms and select prizes is Tuesday, however, online sponsorship has now closed. We expect to receive prizes early in Term 2. Watch some snippets of the day by clicking on the link below.
The Dojo Machine: What are your thoughts?

Otherwise known as the chocolate machine, the Dojo Machine has been at our school for more than a term now. It was introduced as a fun option for teachers to use with our ClassDojo behaviour monitoring system.

When students earn a set number of Dojo points in class or on the playground, they can redeem the points for machine tokens and have some fun attempting to pick up a chocolate or small toy with the claw. Sometimes they win a small chocolate or toy. Sometimes they don't. It's all meant to be a brief fun experience for on-task behaviour.

We are conscious that a school having chocolates as prizes might seem contradictory to the message of living a healthy lifestyle. What we believe in though, is balance, and that fun foods are okay sometimes. Our weekly personal development, health and physical education lessons, combined with a daily crunch 'n sip time aim to teach and promote healthy living. The lunchtime shop menu contains healthy choices in child sized portions.   The school recognises that people have different views on health and nutrition, as well as gaming machines. As we approach the end of term 1, we would like to invite everyone to take part in a survey regarding the effectiveness of Class Dojo and The Dojo Factory as part of the school reward system. The survey is very short, only two questions, but would greatly assist us in best catering to our school community.   To access the survey please click on the link: The Dojo Factory
Term 2

Students return to school on Wednesday 26 April, the day after Anzac Day. The school will acknowledge the Anzacs in class and as a whole school during the morning.

Upcoming Events
Merit Awards

Congratulations to all award recipients

Lochlan Stenner Chloe Davenport Isabella Williams Ezzakai Morgan-Johnson Charlotte Gray Isabelle Nicholls Rachel Farthing Crissa-Mia Kennedy Negovan Novakovic Adam Churcher Hayden Davies-Cook Kaileigh Groves
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Easter Hat Parade: Thursday 6 April
The hat preparations have begun at Lake Heights Public School and there are some egg-squisite hats taking shape. We can't wait to see the egg-citing hats on display this Thursday. This year's parade will take place in the morning at 9:15. Parents who bring their children to school will have just a short wait after the 8:55 roll call and are welcome to wait under the COLA where the parade and raffle will take place. We have been overwhelmed with the Easter egg donations this year and would like to thank all of the families who have already donated. We are sure that our raffle will be a successful and egg-stravagent event.
Refunds for Term 1 PSSA

Continued wet weather has meant that no PSSA games could take place this term. Refunds will be issued to parents at the office on Monday and Tuesday this week. Any payments not collected on these days will be given to students to take home in an envelope on Wednesday (5 April). Students will sign for the refund.

PSSA sport will be offered again in Term 2 with the hope of better weather.

   Intention to apply: Year 5 entry to an opportunity class in 2018

Opportunity classes cater for highly achieving academically gifted students who may otherwise be without sufficient classmates at their own academic and social level. These classes help gifted and talented students to learn by grouping them with other gifted and talented students, teaching them in specialised ways and providing educational materials at the appropriate level.

Applications for opportunity class placement are considered mainly on the combined results of the Opportunity Class Placement Test and school assessments. The Opportunity Class Placement Test will be held on Wednesday 26 July 2017. If you would like to have your child considered for Year 5 opportunity class entry in 2018, you need to apply soon. You will need to apply on the internet using a valid email address (not the student's email address). Intention-to-apply notes were sent home with Year 4 students today. These notes are for interested families to let the school know that they intend to apply online when applications open on 26 April. Please return the Intention-to-apply note by this Friday. Links to further information are available on our website at https://lhps.nsw.edu.au/events/event/year-5-entry-to-an-opportunity-class-in-2018-applications-open/
Free Dental Service

Lake Heights Public School is collaborating with Smiles Onsite to promote healthier, happier smiles at our school! This service is being offered for FREE under the federal government's Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), and comes along with the chance to grab some amazing prizes.

Students have been given a consent form to take home so that they can participate, and also so that they can go in the draw to win prizes! Spare forms are available at the Hub or you can apply directly online at  https://form.jotform.co/70819043355860 How does it work? The Child Dental Benefit Schedule grants all eligible parents with $1000  Medicare benefit which can be used towards dental expenses per child, over a two year period. Eligible parents should receive a confirmation letter; however, if you are still unsure, Smiles Onsite can check for you on completion of their consent form.

Can I make use of this service if I'm not eligible?

Of course! Smiles Onsite can do almost everything that your local dentist can do on board their unique mobile Clinics. If you would like them to see your child for a scale and clean, fillings, fissure seals etc., these services can be offered with NO GAP payable.

This service is a great opportunity to get kids into the habit of good oral hygiene, and we hope you're as excited about it as we are!

If you have any further questions about this program or your eligibility, please contact Smiles Onsite directly on 1800 276 453.

Safety Always
Please do not park in the school car park or driveway.
The gates on Grandview Parade will be closed as a reminder for drivers not to park in the school car park or driveway. Last week a kindergarten student was almost hit by a driver reversing from the carpark. Pedestrians are also reminded to use the footpath exit and not the staff car park gate.
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