|6-10 September||Remote Learning|
|13-17 September||Remote Learning|
|17 September||Last Day for Term 3|
|Tuesday 5th October||First Day for Term 4|
Please remember that copies of notes sent home are available on our website. https://www.stmichaelsps.act.edu.au/notes
I hope families were able to share some fun for Father’s Day and enjoy simply being together, however this may have looked for you. We would love to see any family photos, feel free to send them to your child’s teacher. If you have other remote learning photos for our digital yearbook, please send these through before the end of term. I hope everyone is taking advantage of Wellbeing Wednesday today and enjoying a break from routine.
Every day at school we talk about ‘brain breaks’ with the children. We recognise that we need to take a break, re-focus, bounce, expend some energy, laugh, relax and re-set.
I recently read about 7 Healthy Brain Breaks. If you need a break helping children with home-learning or if everyone needs a break, here are some tips.
Move: physical movement releases built up excess energy and stress, put on some music and dance, walk, run, stretch
Breathe: slowing your breathing rate lessens anxiety, take 3 deep breaths
Ground: connect to the current moment, consciously engage your senses, splash water on your face, smell some oils, enjoy a cup of tea, pat your pet
Sleep: night time routines, turn off news or screens an hour before bed, try a meditation app
Connect: physical distancing doesn’t mean social distancing- stay connected virtually with friends, family, and colleagues
Contribute: Helping others is good for us, it shifts our attention from ourselves, can you call an elderly relative, support a local business?
Create Healthy Habits: Being mindful about healthy habits like handwashing and mask wearing
The CE has also produced a guide for Parents and Caregivers: Screen Time During Remote Learning. There are some tips for maximising screen learning time, tips for screen free time and how to set up parental controls, the PDF is attached.
Just to let you know, next week we will be celebrating St Michael’s Feast Day on the last Friday of the school term 17 September, teachers have been working on some great plans for the day.
Thank you for all you are doing to support your children, working with our staff and maintaining your sense of optimism and hope,
Thank you to parents who are keeping up to date on Compass with recording student absences. If your child is unable to make check-ins and is completing activities at different times, please let your teacher know as teachers use check-in times to record attendance. The Parent Portal is where any important school information or important messages will be posted.
Information went home in last week’s newsletter regarding school fees. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing Judy or Lisa at email@example.com
Learning from Sunday’s readings through Visio Davina:
Feast of St Michael
As is our custom at St Michael’s we will celebrate the feast of our Patron Saint, St Michael, on the last day of term, as the actual feast falls in the school holidays. This year our day of celebration is Friday 17th September. Usually we would hold a liturgy and then have a series of special activities children would enjoy. On Friday’s Remote Learning plan next week, you will see a range of special activities to engage with to celebrate our feast day. Choose as many as you wish and have fun! We would love to see photos / videos of how you celebrate our special day. A special liturgy will also be there for the family to enjoy.
Our friend, Matt, from Mini Vinnies has put together this little clip walking us through the Night Patrol Van. For those who didn’t get to participate in our StayOut earlier this year it might be interesting viewing. https://www.dropbox.com/s/8a503oo5gtdoi0l/Vinnies%20Night%20Patrol.mp4?dl=0
Sacrament of Confirmation – Change of Dates
Due to the current COVID lockdown in the ACT the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation has been postponed from Term 3 to Term 4.
Dates will be advised as soon as they are finalised and will be published via the school bulletins and on the parish website at www.cg.org.au/belconnennorth
Saint’s Name and Sponsor – If you have not indicated this information on your registration form, could you please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information as soon as possible.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Parent Information Night – will be held on Thursday 7 October via zoom -please note this is the first week of school in Term 4.
The zoom access for this meeting is https://cgcatholic.zoom.us/j/66013617186 and this link will also be listed on the parish website at www.cg.org.au/belconnennorth in the week of the meeting.
The Sacrament will be celebrated on 9, 10, 11 November 2021 (additional information will be advised via the school bulletins in Term 4).
Registration for the Sacrament – will open on 13 September and close by 25 October 2021. Registration and payment must be made through the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Qkr! App.
Commitment Masses – dates will be advised once more information is available post lockdown.
Updates during the School Holidays will be on the Parish Website (address above).