Mary Immaculate Primary Newsletter Update

Term 4 Week 2: Monday 19th October 2020

Principal's Message

There are many ways that as a school we continue to endeavour to assist families and students in this covid environment.

Today we announce another exciting initiative for our Infants grades.

Our students continue of course to do their Guided Reading at school. But covid has meant that we have not been able to send the physical books home for follow up reading. PMe is our solution.  We have purchased a new set of guided reading books that have accessibility online as well!

Our Infants students will read the physical book at school and then they can logon to their PMe account to read the book online at home. Parents can again read the students' guided reading books with them - Fabulous.

Below are the instructions for this great initiative. Students have tried logging on at school. It's a great platform for the students to do all sorts of things with their readers. Let's Get Reading!

With appreciation for your ongoing support,

Stephen Dowd

PM eCollection - Information for Infants Parents

Due to Covid restrictions, students have not had the chance to take home readers each week. As a school, to support our students’ reading development and to assist our families, we have purchased a large range of hardcopy new PM reading books, which will be used during Reading Groups at school. We are excited to announce that all students from Kindergarten to Year 2 have access to the PM eCollection! Our students will then have the opportunity to access the corresponding eReader at home, for further practise. 

Each child will receive an individual Username and Password to access the PM eCollection online at home. Please keep this in a safe place for future reference. This week, we will be showing your child how to access the PM eCollection at home. We expect that all students will  log on at home to further familiarise themselves with the PMe website or App.

Initially, students will have access to a range of ‘familiar books’ for extra reading and to get used to reading the books online. Just as current practise, teachers have personalised each child’s ‘Bookshelf’ for independent reading. Additionally, the child’s instructional level books will be uploaded individually as a Reading Session. The ‘instructional’ level books are books that teachers are currently using with students to stretch their learning. A Reading Session can be set up by a teacher and will appear above the bookshelf when available. There may be multiple books assigned to a reading session, and these will be displayed at the bottom of the pop-up screen, along with any teacher notes.

Click here to download and view an instructional video on how to login to the PM eCollection.

Accessing the PM eCollection eReader

The PM eCollection eReader application is available as an iOS app for iPad users and as a browser based application for all other tablet or desktop devices. 

• To download the iOS app for iPad, visit the iTunes store and search for 'PM eCollection'.

• To access the browser app, go to This app works on any web browser; however, we recommend you use the most recent version of Google Chrome for the best user experience. 

Using the eReader 

If you are using the browser-based version of the app, you will navigate through the PM ebooks on the bookshelf via your keyboard/mouse/touchscreen.

The Bookshelf 

The PM eBook bookshelf displays a range of books, organised by PM level. Students will only have access to the books in the levels that have been selected for them by the student’s teacher. 

Use the left and right arrows or your finger to move along a shelf. Move up or down to view more shelves. Select a book cover to start reading. 

Opening and reading a book 

To start reading, tap or click a book’s cover to open it in preview mode. View the front and back cover of the book. Select Read to open the book. Once opened, the book  becomes interactive.

We hope that the PM eCollection will provide your child with an opportunity to further develop their reading skills at home. If you have any questions accessing PMe, please contact your child’s teacher. 

Mrs Kylie Behrens

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Student Data Validation (SDV) Form

As part of our annual system and legal requirements, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) is asking families to ensure all relevant contact and student information is up to date and accurate for the purposes of communication and providing relevant support to students. 

Today, households will receive an email or SMS from CEDP with a link and login details to the Student Data Validation (SDV) form. 

Once you have logged in you will be able to verify existing information from the school database and update if necessary. The process should not take more than 15 minutes and will need to be completed by 5:00pm on Friday 6 November.

If you have any questions about the Student Data Validation form, please contact our Community Liaison Team on 9840 5796.

Book Week 2020- Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

Book Week is HERE!

This week at MIPS, we celebrate our love of reading and all that is Book Week! As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we have an abundance of activities planned to celebrate reading. One of the highlights of Book Week is our Book Parade, which will be held this Wednesday, 21st October. Due to Covid restrictions, parents are unable to attend the parade this year. However, photos of the parade will be shared on the school’s Facebook page. 

Students are to come dressed in their “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds” costumes (which can simply be homemade!) to celebrate creativity and imagination during Book Week. 

On Thursday, 22nd October, students are asked to bring in a favourite book to read with a Buddy. This can be a favourite picture book, novel, anything book that they wish!

Other events such as Readers’ Theatre, read alouds by teachers and students and Peer Support reading (Monday) will celebrate Book Week. We will also be presenting the Wushkathon and Readathon awards on Friday, 23rd October to students. We look forward to this exciting event!

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Kylie Behrens

Thursday, 29th October, 5th, 12th November- Kinder 2021 Orientation Days

Kindergarten 2021 families received an email in the holidays from Mr Stephen Dowd regarding the announcement by the State Government that covid-modified Kindergarten Orientation sessions can go ahead from next week, Thursday 29th October. We are so delighted to welcome our wonderful new students for 2021.

A further email will be sent to Kinder 2021 families soon with details of how the morning will run. 

2020 School Fees

Statements will be sent home from CEDP this week. If you have any queries regarding your account please contact Liz Padlan on 02 9933 7800 or

If you are already on a payment arrangement or are awaiting the outcome of a concession application, then this statement is for information purposes only.


Thank you to everyone who ordered from Issue 6. We received scholastic rewards to the value of $223, which will be used to purchase books and learning resources. Issue 7 of Scholastic Book Club was sent home last week.

Orders need to be placed by Monday 26th October. We accept: Credit card online payments using LOOP: LOOP. We do not accept cash payments. Please disregard option 2 on Book Club order form.

Happy reading!

Sunday 25th October

At Mary Immaculate we communicate with parents via the free Skoolbag app that is available from both the App Store and Google Play Store. Skoolbag can be installed on any iOS (iPad or iPhone) or Android device. Downloading the app means you immediately receive updates and reminders to your mobile phone or ipad. Remember to subscribe to your child's Year Group so that you will receive messages relevant to their year.  Instructions on how to download the Skoolbag App are available via this link.