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NAPLAN Grade 3 & 5

The NAPLAN tests will be conducted next week for students in Years Three and Five. Students will sit tests on Language Conventions (Tuesday 15th May), Writing (Tuesday 15th May), Reading (Wednesday 16th May) and Numeracy (Thursday 17th May). The children should remember they can only do their best and that is all anyone can ask. You can help your child by ensuring they have had a good night’s sleep, breakfast and time to play in the morning. For further information, please see the flyer sent home with all students in Years Three and Five.

Homework

By now your child has brought home an outline of this term’s Homework Expectations. We have included these expectations in case you haven’t accessed this information.

We are really encouraging our students to take responsibility for their Homework & we hope that parents/carers do so too.

To encourage this we have been offering some exciting Homework incentives.

This term we will be having the inflatable castles on the oval during the last week of school. Children who have met the Homework Expectations will be able to take part in the activities.

If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself.

Prep
Read for 35 nights every term and return a signed diary to the classroom teacher.
Grades 1/2
Grade 1/2s are expected to read for 35 nights and complete 7 weeks of maths homework.
Grade 3/4
Read for at least 28 nights and record in homework book, complete maths homework each week & hand in homework folder each Friday
Grade 5/6
Read each night and complete a reading record, maths homework to be completed and handed in each Friday, complete any unfinished PBL or writing tasks

Should your child be on Social Media?

Social media readiness

Is my child old enough to use social media?

Both the physical age of your child and their level of maturity and resilience can impact their ability to handle social media, but as a rule, each social networking site and app has its own criteria for minimum age requirements. Some services cater for more adult audiences (i.e. dating sites).

Why is 13 the minimum recommended age?

Most sites require users to be at least 13 years of age before they can register, although some sites, such as Club Penguin, are created especially for children under 13. Generally, the 13-year age requirement is not necessarily because the site is unsafe for children to use but to comply with a US law – the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), which prevents collection and storage of personal information from children under 13 years of age.

How do I know if my child ready to use social media?

We suggest considering these questions to determine your child’s readiness for social media.

Is your child able to withstand taunts from others?

If you think your child will become very upset if they have a negative experience online, then you may need you to guide them through the use of social platforms. If you give them permission to establish a social media account, then look through their profiles and public feeds together, talk about how some people behave differently online and teach them how to filter abusive comments, block and report people.

Does your child understand what’s safe to put online?

If you're concerned that they may post personal information that allows people to identify and locate them—even after you have talked through the dangers—then they may need your help to use social networking sites. Talk about the risks of 'checking in', posting sexy or flirty pictures, meeting online friends in person, making offensive comments, and what is not acceptable.

Does your child understand the importance of protecting their personal information?

Explaining to a child why privacy is important can be difficult. We suggest explaining what personal information is and that it can also include their mobile number, pictures, workplace name and shifts, sporting club and game schedule, holiday dates, credit card details and banking information.

Source: https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/staying-safe/social-networking/social-media-readiness

Compass – Your child’s report (CAT) will be on compass Friday

Have you logged on to Compass lately?  The next CAT (Common Assessment Task) report is up.  You can use your computer or phone to access the Compass website or mobile app and see your child’s reports at any time. You can view teacher feedback and even leave a comment!

To log on, enter your parent code (The first three letters of your last name and a four digit code- ie. ABC0011)

You can log in at www.mildurawestps.vic.jdlf.com.au  or via the mobile apps available in the Android and iTunes stores – search for Compass School Manager.

Compass Support

If you need help please call! A password reset is easy! If you would like further assistance, please make a time to meet with Darrel Branson or Luke Jeffers. We are here to help!

Social Networking

Communication in today’s world includes Social Networking. This form of communication can be positive, but can also carry risks, especially for children. There are many ways to assist your child to be safe on social networking sites:

At school we teach the children a great deal about digital citizenship because we want our students to be safe, happy and ethical online; just as we do in the offline world.

But students don’t always have the life experience or brain development to navigate technology safely and effectively. So, like many other areas of life, they need guidance from trusted adults, including teachers and family members

I’ve included some very useful resources for parents/carers. I do hope you find them valuable.

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