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Issue 14 Tuesday 31st May 2011


We have a small number of Tracy Raby who spent all day Friday 3rd June
children in the school that have Monday working in the classroom P/1 H and P/1 W excursion
caught chicken pox. These kitchen space. Thank you also to to Fairy Park, Anakie.
children are at home at present. Melissa Wirata for the work that
Please be aware and check your she has been doing in the library, Friday 10th June
child and look for symptoms, sorting and organising the books Report Writing Day
sometimes it can be headaches to go back on the shelves. School Closed
and aches, sometimes the chicken
pox appears with no side effects School photos will be taken on Monday June 13th
before the blisters appear. Wednesday 15th June. Queen’s Birthday Holiday
Children are expected to be School Closed
excluded from school once the CLASSROOM HELPERS
chicken pox appear and are open PROGRAM.
sores. The exclusion is for five Wednesday 15th June
days or until the blisters have all Please fill out the form on page 4 School Photos
dried up. if you are interested in being
involved in the Classroom helpers Saturday 25th June
Ashby Primary School is a nut free program. These sessions will be Trivia Night & Silent
school. The reason for this is that held at school and the purpose of Auction.
we have some children that have these session is to explain the
a life threatening condition that is reading support, writing support
based on an allergy towards nuts and numeracy work that is being
particularly peanuts, but nuts in taught at school.
general. Consequently we ask
that peanut butter or Nutella not Please indicate your preference:
be used in children’s lunches. If Wednesday 9.00 - 10.00
the children with this condition Thursday 9.00 - 10.00
come in contact with either of Friday 9.00 - 10.00
these items, particularly peanuts
in any form, and nuts in general,
it would result in an anaphylactic
reaction which is life threatening.
So please: No peanuts, or peanut Jenny Omachen
butter or Nutella or nut products Principal
in school.
Thank you to a number of parents
who have helped cleaning and
setting up the classroom kitchen.
Thank you to Heather Vine and
Sonya Dalton. A particular
thanks to Di Thompson, and

Principal: Jenny Omachen www.ashbyps.vic.edu.au School email - ashby.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

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CLASSROOM Seeking Silent Auction and Trivia Night

Critical to the success of our annual Silent Auction and Trivia Night Event are donations
--- ---------------- for the Auction, raffles and mystery envelopes. While businesses are our primary
PLEASE RETURN TO SCHOOL AS donors, there are a number of creative ways that YOU, our parent community, can get
involved in providing items for the auction:
1) Distribute the Donation Solicitation Packet to local businesses - You can find
I am interested in participating in the targeted list of local businesses on the FOA board outside the staff office. Simply list
the Classroom Helpers Program. your name by businesses you are willing to drop the Donation Solicitation Packet off at
and take the required number of packets. If a business isn’t on the list just write it in at
the end of the list. You can also request a PDF version of the Packet by sending an
NAME: _____________________ email to friendsofashby@ashbyps.vic.edu.au or visiting the FOA Blog http://
2) Donate an item from your place of business – if you own or work for a
business, consider donating an item. You can pick up a Packet from the FOA board
outside the staff office, send an email to friendsofashby@ashbyps.vic.edu.au to request
Please circle your preference: a PDF version or visit the FOA Blog http://friendsofashby.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday morning 3) Donate an item you don’t want/need anymore – Do have something that is new
or still in “as new” condition that you think might make a good auction item? Maybe you
received a second slow cooker for Christmas, just never got around to opening that new
9.00 - 10.00 fan, or now don’t think those cushions you purchased for your lounge room really look
the way you imagined. Well, donate them for the auction! If you have something that is
Thursday morning new or in as new condition, complete the Donation Form from the Packet and bring the
item in to the school office. If you have questions about whether something is
appropriate, email friendsofashby@ashbyps.vic.edu.au or contact Cyndy Scherer 0438-
9.00 - 10.00 172-949.

Friday morning 4) Donate an item you have made - Are you the creative sort? Do you crochet, knit,
make cards, scrapbook, sew, paint, cook, etc? Well, make something to donate for
auction, or donate a voucher for a custom item! If you have something you have made
9.00 - 10.00 or a voucher for a custom item, complete the Donation Form from the Packet and bring
the item in to the school office. If you have questions about whether something is
appropriate, email friendsofashby@ashbyps.vic.edu.au or contact Cyndy Scherer 0438-

5) Donate an item with a group – get together with a group of friends or parents
from your child’s classroom and create an item for the auction. Below are some ideas of
things you might do with groups, where each individual donation is low cost ($5-10 per
person), but it will create an interesting item for auction:

• Arts and Crafts Package – have each member of the group donate art supplies
e.g. paints, brushes, paper, glue, stickers

• Family Fun Beach Package – have each member of the group donate an beach
related item e.g. towels, sunscreen, beach toys

• Cooking with kids package – have each member of the group donate a cooking
related item e.g. cookie cutters, spatulas, wooden spoons, mixing bowl

• A case of wine – get together a group of 12 people and have each member of the
group donate a bottle of wine

The ideas are really endless and as suggested above don’t have to be expensive for
each individual, but when you put them together they make a wonderful item for auction.
If you have a group item to donate, complete the Donation Form from the Packet and
bring the item in to the school office. If you have questions about whether something is
appropriate, email friendsofashby@ashbyps.vic.edu.au or contact Cyndy Scherer 0438-

Please note all donations must be received by June 3, 2011 to be

included in the Auction Catalogue!
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Visit the FOA Blog http://friendsofashby.blogspot.com/ for more updates!

Classroom Kitchen Clean-up

Thank you to all those who assisted this past Monday in cleaning up the classroom kitchen including:

Sonya Dalton Tracy Raby

Di Gillick Thompson Cynthia Scherer
Kirsten Hogan Heather Vine
Kate Lee And our Timehelp Volunteer Margaret

A great deal was achieved, but there is still more to do in terms of putting items away and inventorying exactly what we
have on hand. As a result, we will have another Classroom Kitchen Clean-up day next Monday, June 6th from 9-11am.
Please join us after assembly if you can help!

Next FOA Meeting

The next monthly FOA meeting will be held on Friday, June 3rdth right after Fresh Fruit Friday or
9:30amish in the staff room. We encourage those planning to attend to help with Fresh Fruit prior
to the meeting as the sooner the fruit is prepared the sooner we can start (and complete the FOA
meeting). Remember, all are welcome!

Deadline of Auction/Trivia Night Event Donations this Friday, June 3rd

Just a reminder that Friday, June 3rd is the deadline for contributing items for the Silent Auction.
We can still accept items up until the night of the event, but can only guarantee they will be
included in the Auction Catalogue if received by this Friday. If you have any questions about
donating an item, please contact Cyndy Scherer via friendsofashby@ashbyps.vic.edu.au or 0438

Thank you to everyone to date who has helped distribute donation packets to local businesses,
asked their own business to support us, made something to donate or gotten together with a
group of people to create an item to donate. Remember all monies raised this year will support
the school’s efforts to have a music program for our students!

2011 Friendship Lists

Just a reminder that the Classroom friendship lists did go home last week. If you did not receive one in your child’s bag,
please see your classroom teacher or the office for a copy.

Are You a Basketball Fan?

Have you begun making plans to attend the annual Silent Auction and Trivia Night? The event is
shaping up nicely with auction items beginning to come in including:

• One adult and one child Bronze membership for the 2012 Supercats season
• A $75 gift voucher for Ballyhoo Art
• A $150 gift voucher for Boo Radley
• A Family Pass for Unlimited Rides (2 adults & 2 children) at Luna Park, Melbourne

We hope families and friends are beginning to make their plans to attend our largest fundraiser of the year which will be
held on Saturday, June 25th from 6:30-10:30pm in the school Hall. This should be a fun and lively evening, and
remember this event is an adult only event, so now is a good time to start lining up a babysitter! A separate Information
sheet regarding details on how to organize a table and pre-purchase your tickets is included with the newsletter.

2011 McCAIN Veggie Patch Promotion for Schools

Ashby Primary School has registered again for this program to support work in our school garden. Through the program
primary schools around Australia and New Zealand have been invited to build their own veggie patches and grow their
own vegetables. To lend a helping hand, McCAIN is giving away over $500,000 worth of veggie patch equipment to
primary schools during 2011.
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To support our school simply collect barcodes from your McCAIN vegetable packs
between now and September 30, 2011. You can give your barcodes to your child’s
teacher or place them collection box at the school office.

And don’t forget to ask your family and friends for their McCain vegetable packs
barcodes! Every barcode earns McCAIN Veggie Patch points for our school which can
then be redeemed for gardening tools and seeds.

Can You Help?

There are many ways you can get involved at Ashby. Below are some current activities we are seeking
assistance with:

• Fresh Fruit Friday, Friday, Every Friday, 9-10am – Volunteers are needed to prepare
and deliver fruit and vegetable trays for the classrooms. If you can assist, please join us
this Friday and every Friday in the new classroom kitchen off the Hall.

• Classroom Kitchen Clean-up, Monday, June6, 9-11am – Volunteers are needed next Monday,
June 6 right after drop off to assist with completing the kitchen clean-up including organizing and putting
away items and inventorying items. If you can help for even a little bit during this time, please join us in
the classroom kitchen.
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