29 Mar-9 Apr: Term Break
12 Apr: First Day of Term 3
23 Apr: Book Character Parade (Details below)
3-14 May: Parent-Teacher Conference (Tentative)
25-26 May: School Photo (New schedule)
28 May: ESF Wide Transition Day
We’re pleased to see the number of cases coming back down over the weekend and more children returning to school today. To this end, we will continue to implement enhanced safety measures and ask for your support.
We are working hard each day to support children in their learning, play and interactions with the Health & Safety 1, 2, 3s: 1) Face masks on at all times; 2) Handwashing between class transitions; 3) Avoid overcrowding - if there are too many friends at a station, let’s play somewhere else.
On this note, we would like to make a suggestion to please check the fit of your child’s face mask. We observed the 3D masks might be better suited for children with delicate facial features. Ideally, the mask should fit closely over the nose, cheeks, chin and will not easily shift.
Thank you for your support in helping us ensure Hillside remains a safe environment for our community.
Audrey and the Hillside team
We normally plan for Parent-Teacher Conferences around Easter, but we would like to schedule it for early May this year. The reason for this is that we would like to spend a little more time with the children in-person before sharing our observations with parents. However, please note that there is no need to wait for an official parent-teacher conference if you have any emerging questions or concerns.
The PTCs will be via Zoom, and we will share more detailed information and sign-ups after Easter. We have tentatively pencilled in for K2s: 3-6 May and K1s: 10-14 May.
Fingers crossed, we can have our popular book character parade this year. We would like to invite all the children to come to school on this day dressed as a character from a book/story that they enjoy. Costumes do not need to be elaborate or detailed – just something fun and safe for the children to wear. Please note all children will need to have suitable footwear on this day as the parade will take place at our outdoor play area. We recommend not to have over-the-head pieces or masks to maintain health and safety and surgical mask hygiene.
We will be sure of lots of photos being taken and shared with you :)
Just a friendly reminder that as the weather warms up, we are heading into mosquito season. At Hillside, we are extremely fortunate to have a large outdoor play area that backs onto a lovely natural green space; however, this does mean mosquitoes will be around. Whilst our mosquito control measures include weekly eco-fogging, a mosquito-repelling lantern and fans; we highly recommend that everyone applies insect repellent before heading off to school.
When applying insect repellent, remember to keep it away from your child’s mouth, eyes and any broken skin. It might be better to use a roll-on rather than a spray. You can also apply repellent to clothing rather than directly to the skin. Some insect repellents can stain or damage fabric so do test the repellent on some of the fabric first.
Some children who are sensitive to mosquito bites can develop very itchy red lumps around the bites. For these children, we will apply an ice pack at school to help reduce the swelling. If your child has any severe or unusual reaction to an insect bite when they return home, please seek medical attention.
Please click on the links below to visit our class sites and learning blogs. You can also access these posts on the class site via the ESF App under the “Home Learning” tile.