School Uniforms, Toiletries, Recycling & More

SCHOOL UNIFORM
Please ensure that your daughter has the correct school uniform, P.E. clothes, school bag and Longmarket swimming costume and cap. Girls in Grade 4 to Grade 7 also need a navy towel. LOST PROPERTY is always a problem so please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly marked with her name and that your child brings all her belongings home every day. If your child loses something remind her to ask her teacher and also to look in the school lost property as well as both Aftercare lost properties.

TOILETRIES
We are asking every child to contribute one cake of Dettol/Protex antibacterial soap and a 9 or 10 pack of toilet rolls (Twin Saver or similar) for the year. We cannot store everyone’s toilet rolls at once so we will let you know when it is your daughter’s grades’ turn. Thank you to the Gr R and Gr RR’s who have already brought. The Grade 1’s can now bring. Everyone can bring their soap now.

DELIVERIES
Parents, please ensure that your children come to school with everything they require for the day i.e lunches, sports gear etc. They need to become responsible with regards to their belongings. If something is delivered to school your daughter’s class will lose a class point.

RECYCLING
Parents, we are committed to recycling at our school. We are working with Wildlands Conservation Trust. Our school collects newspapers, magazines, cardboard, cans, plastic, white paper and mixed paper. Please rinse food and drink containers. Items need to be taken out of packets at school and separated into specific bins.

POLICY EVENING
Parents, these are very important class meetings and in Circular 1, I said that you were required to attend them. Many teachers and I were disappointed at the poor turnout and lack of support for certain classes. Well done to those parents who made the effort and commitment to attend. Please ensure you read the Policy Evening documents. Check and sign homework books regularly and respond to teachers requests for interviews, completing forms, absentee notes etc.

SCHOOL FORMS
Thank you to all parents who have already completed the forms they received and have returned them to their daughter’s teacher. To those that haven’t, please read the forms carefully and ensure that they are fully completed. Please note, if you have only one daughter at Longmarket she is then ‘the eldest’ at our school. Please fill in alternative Emergency Contact details as they are vital when we can’t get hold of you for some reason.

EXEMPTION REQUESTS
Parents who genuinely require assistance with their children’s schooling must submit a written request for an exemption application form. Once the school has received your personal written request for a partial exemption/subsidy for school fees, you will receive a sms with your unique reference number to personally collect and sign for the form. Please note: Forms will not be sent home via your daughter or accepted back via your daughter or any other relative.

Please consider that you enrolled your child at Longmarket for the school’s present standards and what it offers now. The Governing Body has set the school fees at R10 604-00 per learner for 2014, to meet the financial costs of running the school.

We therefore require all parents to be united and committed to paying fees, to ensure that Longmarket continues to be the fine school that it is at present. The legal document for Exemption requests must be completed and signed by both parents as both of you are responsible/liable for the education of your daughter and the payment of school fees. If both biological parents don’t fill in the form your application won’t be considered. If a parent is deceased, a copy of the death certificate must be attached. Parents, please be warned about supplying false information and forging someone’s signature.

Parents you cannot expect to keep on receiving an exemption and make other parents pay fees for your child as well as theirs. The school will also not be able to do things like fix computers, maintain the pools or pay extra teachers.

N.B. A reminder that:
Payment is due before the 7th of the month.
Cut off for submitting Exemption forms is by 3:00 pm on Friday 28th February 2014.
Cut off for receiving discount for paying fees in full is Friday 28th February 2014. Any payment after this date will not receive the discount.
It is wise to keep all payment receipts, check tellers slips and read and respond to sms’s.
Please! We are losing a lot of money for cash deposit fees. So no cash into the bank please. MONTHLY FEES TO BE PAID BY CELL PHONE BANKING, EFT OR STOP ORDER.

SCHOOL FEES UPDATE:
January and February fees should be paid before 7th February 2014, being a total of R1928.

AFTERCARE
In order for the school to pay Aftercare Supervisors, we require registration forms to be completed by all learners attending and fees to be paid timeously i.e by the 7th of every month.

VALENTINE’S FUN DAY MARKET
On Friday 14th February, we will be having a Valentine’s Market Day. The Grade 6 girls will be running stalls. All the girls from Grade R to Grade 7 will be allowed to visit the stalls, to purchase items and take part in the fun activities. Parents, please encourage your daughters to find their school money purse and to start saving their R1 and R2 coins. As it is Valentine’s day, anyone who wishes to dress up in red, white and pink clothes on Friday may do so and pay R5.

SICK CHILDREN
Parents please don’t send very sick children to school as they will be sent to sick bay and you will then be contacted to fetch them. On the other hand please don’t let children stay home for a slight headache, sore tummy or cough etc. If they are away please send an absentee note.

WATCHES
Only plain sensible, practical watches are allowed to be worn at school. Please keep fun, fancy watches to use at home.

LATE CHILDREN
Parents please endeavour to get your daughter to school timeously. School starts at 7:40 am. If they are late they interrupt the secretaries and their class or assembly. We realize that sometimes you have to rely on school transport or lift clubs. Please chat to the driver if your daughter is getting to school late, as they might not be aware of it. Parents please also endeavour to collect your daughter timeously after school, sport and Aftercare. Aftercare finishes at 5:15 pm sharp. Aftercare parents are fined if they come after 5:15 pm. Children who don’t attend aftercare shouldn’t be at school after 3:30 pm when sport ends. If they haven’t been collected by 5:15 pm you will receive a R100 fine. Parents please speak to your children about sitting and waiting quietly in the car park so they don’t miss their lift. If they wait in the car park they must have something to do quietly e.g. homework, book to read, colouring in, word search etc. Grade RR and R girls may not wait in the car park after 1:00 pm and Grade 1 and 2 girls may not wait after 2:15 pm. They will be sent to Aftercare and you will be charged the casual day rate of R30.

SECURITY
Parents we do our best to ensure your children’s safety and we need you to help us. Children must wait for their lifts behind the palisade fence in the car park. Parents of Grade 1 to 3 girls please refrain from going to your daughter’s classroom before school. Any parent wishing to communicate with their child’s teacher may do so via the homework book. If you need to speak to the teacher or have made an appointment please report to the office and don’t go straight to the classroom. The teacher will then be notified. No parents or strangers should be wondering around our school. If you are coming to the school shop please inform the Secretaries and don’t just walk straight through the foyer.

INSURANCE
We will only take girls on school trips or to play sport at another school if they are covered by your medical aid or by the Personal Accident Insurance for learners. The Insurance and Netcare 911 cost R154 (R120 + R34). If you would like insurance please pay R154 to the office as soon as possible.

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT
‘Millions of people miss out on today because either they refuse to let go of the past or they worry about the future’ – Joyce Meyer