Newsletter 2 - February 12th 2021

Kia ora koutou


Another short week but I’m pretty sure that our staff and students have managed to cram five days worth of learning into 4, it’s been full-on here this week for sure.


It’s always a busy time at the start of the year and this year is no exception. Next Thursday we have our Meet and Greet. This is a great chance to meet and talk informally with your child's teacher and other people from within our school community. There will be some games on the field run by our student leaders...and probably some energetic adults. You are welcome to bring a picnic tea or grab a sausage from the BBQ (GF and Vegan options). It was a great event last time around, low key and relaxed. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.


Information and the opportunity to book in for a Learning Hui with your child’s class teacher will be coming home early next week. These meetings will take place on 23 and 24 of March. We usually have a good turnout at these meetings and they are important so please book a time. Last year we had these after our term 2 and 4 reports went out. This year we are changing the schedule a bit so these more formal meetings will be in term 1 and 3.


With Covid-19 making an unwelcome return in the community recently I would ask each of you to make sure you are scanning the QR codes everywhere you go. We have QR codes in our main entrances and in the window of Room 1. If you do come onto our grounds we expect you to scan or come to the office to sign in. If your child is unwell please keep them at home and call the school to let us know. Your assistance with this is appreciated.


Just a reminder too that school begins at 9:00 each day and that children are not to be here before 8:30. Before that time, we are unable to provide suitable supervision for them.


Have a wonderful weekend. It looks as though summer is going to visit for a couple of days, I hope you get to enjoy it.


Ka kite ano



Callum Tytler

Principal

Welcome to Lumsden School

Great to welcome Jahmelia Collins (Room 2), Luke Hamers and Cole Stevenson (both Room 4), to school this week. We hope you all enjoy your time at Lumsden School.

School Bus Families

A reminder that there is a website through which you can access information about your bus route and contact our bus transport manager directly if you have any questions or concerns about the service you are provided with. Please check this out at www.dome.easybus.nz and enter your name and email address to register for information updates.

Term 1 Swimming

Children will be swimming on Wednesday afternoons. Parent help will be required in order to provide a safe adult:child ratio for supervision. Please contact the school if you are able to help – Thank you.

Buddy Reading

Most Tuesday mornings for the last decade or so, Lumsden School children have benefitted from the time and dedication of community members who have come into school to sit down and read with them. It would be great to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining this buddy reading team – Please let myself, or Ethel Barnes (co-ordinator) know ph 248 7216 – Thank you!

School Lawns

Here are the guidelines to follow;

· Pick up the school mower shed key from the Four Square Supermarket

· Check the mower has fuel and fill from can in shed if necessary. Please let the school know if petrol can is low and we will refill

· Check the map attached to the mower showing which areas to mow

· Catcher loads of grass can be emptied around the back of the school next to the sports container. Top mower up with fuel, when finished and return key to Four Square Supermarket.


The roster for the next few weeks is:

  • 20/21 February Baker Family

  • 27/28 February Braithwaite Family

Financial Contribution

The Board of Trustees respectfully ask for financial donations from each family to the value of $100 per child for the first two children and $70 for the third per annum.

We ask that you pay $25 per child (for the first two) and $17.50 for the third child for the first term as soon as possible. Alternatively you may wish to pay the full annual donation as a lump sum. Please make payment to Sharon in the office at school or directly into the school bank account 030960-0112624-00 (child/ren’s name as reference).

Please feel free to discuss this with Callum or Amanda Russell (BOT Chairperson 022 088 2265) if you have any other questions or concerns about this request.

Emergency Contacts

While many families have cellphones we still require the name of at least one other person we can contact in the event of an emergency or illness of your child, who could come and collect your child. If your phone number or address has changed please remember to advise us so we can update our records.

Launchpad

Launchpad will commence soon on Friday mornings, from 9.00 – 9.30 am (exact date still to be confirmed). Parents need to opt their children into this programme a notice has been sent home this week. Please note that school is officially closed during this time and parents are responsible for supervising any children not attending Launchpad.



Music Lessons

Lumsden Area. Piano, singing, up to 2nd year guitar.

Judy A. Blair – Graduate Diploma in Arts, Bachelor of Education (Applied), Diploma in Teaching, ATCL (Musicianship), TCL Grade 8 (Voice).


Taking registrations now, please email judyonspot@gmail.com, or phone 027 260 4415.