Welcome back to all our Longmarket families

Welcome back to all our Longmarket families – to those pupils returning after the holidays and to all new children who started school today, we hope you will be very happy at Longmarket Girls’ School. We look forward to a long and fruitful association with our new parents and hope your children settle down quickly to their new routines.

For those of you who don’t yet have the term dates for this year, please diaries the following:

Term 1: Wednesday 15 January – Friday 28 March
Term 2: Monday 7 April – Friday 27 June
Term 3: Monday 21 July – Friday 3 October
Term 4: Monday 13 October – Wednesday 10 December

SCHOOL TIMES
Remember that school starts at 7:40 am for Gr 3 – 7 and 7:35 am for Gr RR – Gr 2. Please have children at school by 7:30 am so that they are ready to settle down for the day.
Gr RR, R, 1 and 2 finish at 12:30 pm every day.
Gr 3 finishes at 2:00 pm from Monday to Thursday and 12:30 pm on Fridays.
Gr 4 – 7 finish at 2:00 pm from Monday to Thursday and at 1:00 pm on Fridays.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Will take place from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for Gr 1 and 2 and 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm for Gr 3 to 7. Extra mural activities will only start next week. Please make transport arrangements etc. with your children before school. If sport is cancelled due to the weather, do not worry about your children, they will be supervised for the hour, by their coach.
NB: Class swimming will start straight away.

SCHOOL RULES
All parents will receive a copy of the school rules. Please acknowledge receipt of these by signing your child’s homework notebook and please ensure that your daughter abides by the code of conduct. A black mark system will be operating. When a child receives 5 black marks she will have to attend detention. Please therefore encourage your children to abide by the rules so that they don’t get punished and support the school in this regard. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will cell phones be allowed at school. If found they will be confiscated and only returned once a fine of R100 has been paid. A parent may then collect it from the office.

CLOTHING SHOP
Our school shop will be open on Tuesdays from 7:15 am to 8:00 am in the morning and from 12:30 pm to 2:15 pm in the afternoon. It will also open onThursdays from 12:30 pm to 2:15 pm.

DROPPING OFF ZONE
Please drop your child/children in the demarcated parking in the car park by the swimming pool or in the places alongside the palisade fence. Please take care when your children disembark. Teachers have allocated parking under the carports. Please do not use this parking.

AFTERCARE RATES FOR 2014
If your child will be attending Aftercare, an application form will be given to her from the Supervisor at Aftercare on her first day of attendance. Please return fully completed forms, with information from both parents, the following day. Should either of the parents be unavailable an Affidavit is required.

POLICY EVENINGS
NB. All parents are required to attend these very important class meetings at the beginning of each year. These are called POLICY EVENINGS where the teachers explain homework procedures, expectations for the year etc. It is essential that you attend these class meetings which start promptly at 5:15 pm, on the respective days, in your child’s classroom or as otherwise stated in the hall.

Monday 20 January : Gr RR, R and Gr 1 and all Gr 4’s (hall)
Tuesday 21 January : Gr 2, Gr 3 and all Gr 5’s (hall)
Wednesday 22 January : All Gr 6’s (hall)
Thursday 23 January : All Gr 7’s (hall)

S.A. SAMS FAMILY INFORMATION
This form must be completed by both biological parents. Please note that both sides of this form needs to be completed. If you only have one daughter at LGS fill in her details under “ELDEST CHILD” at LGS.

MONEY MATTERS
Today your daughter will take home a legal document agreement to pay school fees. Please fill in your details and return straight away. If this agreement document is not received by 27 February 2014, we will assume that the fees would be paid in full by 27th February 2014 and if not paid then you will be handed over immediately.

Parents we urge you to pay your school fees for 2014 by Cell Phone Banking, Electronic Transfer or Stop Order, as this will cut down on extra bank charges for the school as well as for you. Any parents of girls in Grades 1 to 7 wishing to apply for subsidies (reduction in school fees) must do so, in writing, as soon as possible. Once we have received this written request, you will be sent the necessary forms to fill in.Gr RR and Gr R parents do not qualify for subsidies.

Any monies sent to school via your children must be enclosed in a clearly marked envelope with the child’s name on it and what the money is intended for as well as their official school account no. We encourage children to buy money purses which they can wear around their necks.

“I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders. – George Burnham