11 Mar 2019

Abacus Newsletter 11th March 2019

Abacus Kindergarten’s latest newsletter available to read now. Find out the latest news from around the school and upcoming events.

Coming Week Dates

Week Beginning – Monday 11th March

Next Week

Week Beginning – Monday 18th March

Monday Vision Screening
Important Dates This Term

Friday 5th April –  Public Holiday
Thursday 11th April –  Sports Day and Final Day of Term 2
Friday 12th April –  School Closed – Staff Meeting
Monday 29th April –  Term 3 Begins

Although we are not governed by the statutory holidays for schools, we follow the ESF schools calendar. During every year we have 5 teacher training days built into the calendar. This is in addition to the contact days with children. These CPD days are added onto our calendar not removed from the contact days with children.

Please find the school calendar for Abacus Calendar for 2018-2019  here. We also now have the Abacus Calendar for 2019-2020 available here.

ESF Kindergarten – All Through to Year 1 ESF Schools

Many of you will have already seen the announcement by ESF regarding K-13 All Through System. For those of you who didn’t this can be found here.

ESF News – K-13 All Through

Last year ESF implemented changes to the Primary admissions system, K2 ESF Kindergarten children underwent a transition process to move from ESF Kindergarten to Primary School, this replaced the formal interview to attend ESF Primary. However, there was still no guarantee of a place and the priority system still meant that ESF Kindergarten children were behind Siblings and Alumni in terms of a place.

For children already in the kindergarten or those joining us in August 2019 this system will continue

ESF have now announced that children joining an ESF Kindergarten from 2020 will be guaranteed a place at an ESF school provided they require a mainstream place. There will be no interview process and the old priority system will be replaced with Kindergarten children being allocated places ahead of the other priority groups.

2019-20 Calendar

Our calendar for 2019-20 school year is now available. Abacus Calendar for 2019-2020

Vision Screening

Susan  Salnikow will be visiting Abacus next week to conduct vision screenings for any children whose parents would like their children’s eyes tested. Please see here for more information.

Abacus Vision Screening leaflet 2019

The cost of the screening is $220 payable by cheque to Susan Salnikow and the deadline for enrolling is Friday 15th March.

Parent Volunteer Information

As you are probably aware we really enjoy having parent volunteers at Abacus in order to support learning. At the beginning of the year we sent out this powerpoint to parents to help them understand the volunteer program and the expectations for parent volunteers.

Parent Volunteer Powerpoint

We are now in the process of preparing a screencast video for parents in addition to talk you through the process. This will be sent out shortly.

Typhoon Damage

All of the quotations have now been received for the typhoon damage to the library have now been received. these have been submitted to the insurance assessors and we are waiting permission to go ahead and replace or repair the damage. We hope to have more information and confirmation to proceed by the end of this week.


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Moodle – Your child’s portfolio and reports, class news, school news and photos.
Gateway – Change personal details, sign up for events and book parent consultations on Gateway.
The School Calendar – All important dates can be found here for next year.

Class Pages

K1 English Class
Olivia Kane, Michelle Chan and Sue Tyson/ Penny Loveridge
K1 Bilingual Class
Hannah Smith, Allison Fung and Maria Lee
K2 English Class
Olivia Kotyck, Anita Jims and Jackie Henderson
K2 Bilingual Class
Danielle Evans, Susanne Liu and Bridgette Walker