School hats and shoes in 2019, Supporting our farmers: Term 3 | Week 5

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You can leave your hat on!

A decision on hats and shoes for 2019

At last Tuesday’s meeting of P&C there was unanimous agreement on the question of school hats and shoes that we surveyed last term. The following changes will come into effect from day 1 next year.

In keeping with the vast majority of responses, the school uniform from 2019 will include:

  • a yellow/blue reversible bucket hat OR a blue cap with yellow trim
  • a choice of black, white or black & white shoes with white socks. Joggers, canvas or leather shoes are all acceptable.

Students’ first hat will be provided by the school (free) on the first day of school in 2019. We had hoped to start in summer this year, but the new style reversible bucket hats will not be available in time. A selection slip for parents to indicate their child’s free hat choice will be sent home later this year, once the hats arrive.

Additional or replacement hats will be available at a cost of $5 for caps and $10 for bucket hats. Our survey about school shoes was discussed with agreement that from 2019, school shoes should be black, white or a mix of black and white. Joggers, canvas or leather shoes are all fine providing they have no coloured laces, soles or uppers. Simply black and/or white. Participation in our survey was very high and we’d like to thank everyone who had their say. The photo is an example of the hats on offer next year, however they will be royal blue, rather than the navy blue pictured here.
Parent-Teacher conversations
Jump online and book yourself a time to pop in and have a chat with your child's teacher. It is a relaxed, informal way for you ask any questions about your child's learning, clarify anything on your child's Semester 1 report or just touch base about how your child is progressing. Parent-Teacher conversations are scheduled during Week 8, from 10-14 September. Each teacher has allocated time slots that they are available on our online booking system. If you are unable to make the available time slots, please speak to your child's teacher to arrange an alternative time slot. Ready to book? Click here to access our online booking platform.
It's Book Week!

Come dressed as a pirate TOMORROW

Students are invited to come dressed as pirates on Tuesday 21 August, to celebrate this year's Book Week theme, 'Find your treasure'.

Our treasure is in finding wonderful books, so leave the swords at home and bring along a treasured book to show during the parade tomorrow morning and to share with classmates later in the day. Parents and families are welcome to join us for our parade, starting at 9am. Students will participate in a Book Week activities in class and the P&C will be cooking up a storm, with a sausage sizzle for those students who placed an order a few weeks back. It's bound to be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there! PS- if you've left it to the last minute, there are some great tips online for making a pirate costume from home. Here's a starting point.
Around the school
For the last few weeks, we've been waging a war on punctuation. Mrs McArdle, our Instructional Leader, has been leading the charge, with a whole school focus on punctuation. Teachers used a tool called the Spiral of Inquiry to identify areas requiring additional focus in class and implemented a plan of attack to target these areas. Most classes have implemented short, sharp lessons where punctuation markers are explicitly taught, followed by plenty of opportunities to practise. Here's Year 1 practising using full stops and starting a new sentence with capital letters.
When you're reading with your child this week, have a chat about the punctuation marks that you notice as you read. We use the language about our voice stopping and dropping at a full stop, sounding excited at an exclamation mark and rising at the end to indicate a question. There's been lots happening around the school again this week. Here's a glimpse into Week 4 at LHPS.
Support our farmers
As many of us know, NSW is in deep drought and some of the hardest working Aussies are having a pretty tough time at the moment. The current drought is said to be the worst in 400 years and is taking a huge toll on our farmers. Lake Heights is helping to raise money for the Buy-a-Bale organisation which provides support to farmers by delivering hay and other essential items to those who have no feed left for their cattle. On Thursday 20 September, students are asked to come dressed as farmers and donate a gold coin (or a couple if you can spare it). Join us from 9am for a bit of whole-school bootscooting to start our day.

We'll also be holding a cake stall, with cakes starting at $1. Donations of cake will be gratefully received by our P&C mums. Please drop them off to the kitchen on the day.

Food and Toiletries Drive

In the lead up to 20 September, the school is also accepting donations of food and toiletries in support of the work being done by the “Doing It For Our Farmers” organisation.

Please send in any canned, packaged foods and toiletries such as those listed below to the kitchen between now and 20 September.

Roadworks on Buena Vista
Wollongong City Council has advise that there will be roadworks commencing today on Buena Vista Avenue. The work is expected to last 12 days and the council has asked that cars are not parked on the side of the road during this time. Thank you for you understanding during this time.
Father's Day Stall

Father's Day is just around the corner and our P&C ladies are on the hunt for the very best gifts for all the best for Lake Heights dads.

Our Father's Day stall will be held on Thursday 30 August from 9-11am. Gifts will range in price from $2-$10.

There will be a special stall held for our Southern Stars dancers on Tuesday 28 August from 2:00pm.

Enrol now for 2019!

Now is a good time to let the school know if you or someone you know has a child due to start school in 2019. Please spread the word that Lake Heights is taking enrolments from families in area with a child who will be of school age (Turning 5 by June next year). Visit our office on any school day for an enrolment form.

In the lead up to starting school, we'll be hosting four playgroups, followed by two formal orientations. Some dates for your calendar:

Playgroups  Monday 29 October 1:35-2:35 Monday 5 November 1:35-2:35 Monday 12 November 1:35-2:35 Monday 19 November 1:35-2:35

Orientation 1 and parent information session - Monday 26 November 9-10:45 Orientation 2 - Monday 3 December 9-10:45 We've created a Facebook event for our playgroups. RSVP and receive reminders closer to the date.
Ahead this term
Term 3 is always a big one. Here's some dates for the diary. Monday 20 August - Book online for Parent-Teacher Conversations Tuesday 21 August - Book Week - Come dressed as a pirate Wednesday 29 August - Southern Stars Rehearsal at WIN Entertainment Centre Thursday 30 August - Father's Day Stall
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