Thursday, November 26, 2009

Personal Reminder

Next Tuesday evening is the Monkey Puzzle night. This is a couple of child free hours with some wine and nibbles to wander around grabbing Christmas presents and covering the last of the birthday parties for the year. As an added extra bonus, you get 10% off everything you buy and the school gets money to spend there as well!

Last year was my first year, and I had a lovely night and filled stockings all in one go. It kicks off at 6:30pm, so come along and enjoy a chilled out shopping experience.

Also next week is the Presentation Night at Canterbury Girls High School. It's in the big hall at the Ashfield end of the school - not where we held the trivia night. It starts at 7pm.

The 11 December is special lunch day, and Robyn could really use some helpers for preparation in the morning straight after lines. Please see her or me if you can help.

Last but not least - Ashfield council are DOING SOMETHING about the toilets! It's not just a fence either - there's real work going on in there. We might soon have toilets that don't make you shudder the moment you walk into them. Thanks to all the people who have raised this with council over the last few years.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Home delivered milk

I have a number of friends who use Farmers Direct to get bread, milk, cheese, meat, fruit & veg and other food delivered and they are all really happy with it. Sadly, they don't deliver around here. However, if you go to their website, you can register your interest and if enough people do so, they'll start up.

So if the idea of never running out of milk and bread appeals to you, head on over to Aussie Farmers Direct and give them your name and address and we might be able to convince them to do our shopping for us.

Here's a few grabs from their website:

Aussie Farmers Direct Bread Range

Fresh Bread range

Our Bread is baked fresh each evening. We only use the freshest ingredients which are 100% Australian owned and produced. Our Bread is delivered to you within hours of baking and is 100% preservative free.

White Sandwich $2.70
White Toast $2.70
Wholemeal $2.70
Multigrain $2.80
Sourdough $3.60

Fresh Milk

Our Milk is processed in a state of the art production plant in Warrnambool. Milk is bottled daily to ensure that you receive the freshest product possible.

Whole Milk (1L) $2.09
Whole Milk (2L) $3.43
Whole Milk (3L) $4.77
Reduced Fat Milk (1L) $2.19
Reduced Fat Milk (2L) $3.73
No-Fat Milk (1L) $2.19
No-Fat Milk (2L) $3.73

Fruit & Vegetable boxes

Our fruit and vegetables are as fresh as you could hope for without growing them yourself. These boxes provide great value for money and a superb selection of what is in season at the time combined with all your regular favourites, try a box out today.

Family pack

Sample pack
10 Regular Items
Potatoes, Carrots, Brown Onions, Green Apples, Red Apples, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Oranges, Lettuce (Summer), Grapes (Summer), Pumpkin (Winter), Cauliflower (Winter)
6-8 Seasonal Items
Strawberries, Zucchini, Broccoli, Cucumber, Snow Peas, Bananas, Beans, Passion Fruit, Raspberries, Apricots, Corn, Mangoes, Pineapple, plus many more...

only $35

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cot for sale

If anyone is need of a cot - there is one over here. It's lovely, but large. Please let me know if you could use it or know someone who could.

Here's a pic so you know what you're dealing with.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SMH article

The Herald today has an article regarding the Ethics program I mentioned yesterday.
THE St James Ethics Centre has accused the State Government of deliberately stalling approval on an ethics pilot program for schools, saying the education minister is bowing to pressure from church groups in the hope the issue will go away
Click on the quote to see the original article. You might like to write a letter to the editor ( if you feel so inspired. If so, make sure you put your name, address and phone number in it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Non-scripture parents unite!

I discovered this little gem on Facebook (who says it's just as waste of time?). It is a joint project between St James Ethics Centre and the NSW P&C .

This is the lead blurb
Did you know that children whose parents make a conscientious decision to have them opt out of Special Religious Education (SRE) are prohibited from any form of instruction during this period? NSW Department of Education policy provides for the supervision of these children but specifies they are not to have access to 'ethics, values, civics or general religious education.'
I have tossed around with starting my own religion whose premises are the holiness of comparative religion - but realistically, that's never going to happen (and is slightly scary for everyone involved).

So if you choose to send your child to non-scripture, or you would prefer some age appropriate ethics to be covered in this timeslot, click on the quote above and go and check it out. There is a petition to sign (because I love lazy activism) and some other info. If you're on FB, join the group. If you know other parents who don't read the blog but might be interested, point them in the direction of this project.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Personal reminder

The anti-racism posters are due in on Friday.

I'm having another crafting day on Friday of this week - and Robyn, I promise I won't cancel this one at the last minute, if you can make it!

I haven't been at lines for a few days - anyone got anything else that should be here? I'm reminding from a position of ignorance.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Calendar update

I've updated the calendar with all the dates I have to hand at the moment. It's at the bottom of the page, if you haven't found it before, and there is also a link to it over there on the right side of the page.

Next week is the last week of homework. I say this just because it makes me feel better. I hope it makes you feel better too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kindy 2010

This is an open thread for any parents of next year's Kindy's who have some niggling question or confusion about anything at all. If there is anything you are wondering at all, from the trivial and procedural to the more significant, click on the "Comments" link and put it up. We'll do our best to help you.

Personal Reminder

Today is cake day! Don't forget to send money.

It's also the orientation morning for next year's Kindy kids and parents, so stop by for morning tea if you can.

Tonight is the school council meeting and P&C meeting - everyone's welcome!

Money for the wine orders is due back by Friday. The wine tastes great and it has our own Yeo Park label and names to match (I have to have some Weathershed Shiraz, myself).

It's anti-racism week, and the cardboard for posters went home on Monday - best get your thinking caps on.

Tomorrow is the last formal assembly of the year.

We made $5000 on the trivia night!!!! Wow - thanks again to everyone who contributed, especially the parents & friends who came along, enjoyed the night and handed over cash for what were some fantastic bargains.

And that long list of reminders is just a small part of why I hate November - but I hope everyone else has a lovely day. At least the weather is glorious at the moment!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thank you card

I'll try to make sure all the addressees see this, but here it is anyway. (If you click on it, it's way big enough to read clearly)

Thanks again.

Personal Reminder

I forgot to mention the Cards & Calendars yesterday - they need to be back tomorrow so that we can get them back to you in time to send overseas for Christmas.

The weather is anything but conducive to bubbly in the park this afternoon - maybe next year! Good luck in the sweeps if you gave Maggie some of your moula.

Also, if you came home from the kids' party on Saturday night without a pillow, I may have it. I sent 5 kids and don't actually know whether the second pillow I claimed at lines this morning was mine. If you are missing a dusty pink coloured pillow, or you know someone who is, please let me know. Of course, it might yet be mine....

Thanks also to everyone who wrote on the card and contributed to the flowers and chocolates this morning - that was a lovely surprise.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Personal reminder & Melbourne Cup

We have a quiet week at school this week - although there are some more general works going on.

Next Wednesday (11th) is the Kindy orientation morning. Come along and say Hi to next year's parents. If you can bring something to eat for morning tea, it would also be appreciated. Since it's cake day as well, just a larger batch might do the job. I'll be bringing some brownies for both (because I am a creature of habit).

Also, tomorrow is Melbourne Cup. You probably knew that. Maggie is running a couple of sweeps, to use up whatever loose change you didn't spend on Saturday night. I'm pretty sure you can see her at lines tomorrow morning if you want in.

Since the race itself is at 3pm - right in the middle of pick up, I was tossing around with having a glass of bubbly in the park from about 2:45pm or so. Is anyone interested?

Finally, thanks are due. I want to extend a massive thanks to Kathrine for her incredible decorations on Saturday night & her amazing begging efforts, and add a plea for photos. Did anyone take any?

Huge thanks to Nerida for her quizmistressing - and apologies for failing on the tech front and only having a lap top at the back of the hall.

I also want to thank David for his stellar auctioneering, Robyn for managing coffee & cake & plenty of other stuff, Cathy for all the cash handling & begging, Isabelle for graphic design & donations, Cath, Linda, Bronwyn & Crash for begging, Jodie, George, Lucy, Annie, Fiona & Shem for donations, Effie for drinks, and the cast of thousands who helped with set up and clean up & cake making (and I'd name you all but I don't want to miss anyone - which I probably have - if you see I've missed someone, poke me and I'll add them).

Thanks finally to everyone who came to the night, I hope you had a good one.