Photo: EVERY PERSON FLOURISHING AND KNOWN. Respectfully acknowledging the original custodians of this land in the City of Greater Dandenong, The Wurundjeri people.

St. Anthony's School

23 August 2019
Issue Thirteen

Where everyone flourishes and is known!

Message from the Principal
Important Term 3 Dates
CEMSIS Surveys 2019
Important announcements
Learning Space Update
In praise of ...
Wellbeing News
Parish News
Religious Education News
Family Engagement in Learning
Performing Arts News
Community Announcements
Road Safety at St Anthony's
St Anthony's Noble Park
90 Buckley Street
Noble Park, VIC 3174,

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

Message from the Principal

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

A very special week

audite et humilitate

Pope Francis at the most recent Synod, challenges us to “audite et humilitate”, to listen with humility.

I welcome you this week to listen, learn and reflect together on the ways we listen with humility to those in our school community and through the way we interact with each other with positive unconditional regard. I'd like everyone to take a moment in the coming weeks to visualise and reflect on our school’s unique context and our students, staff and families and consider what messages you would like to give us as we approach the upcoming CEMSIS surveys.


Welcome to week 6 and 7 and thank you to everyone who sent their well wishes and prayers my way during my recent recovery.  Although it has been a traumatic and difficult time for me and my family, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support offered to me by everyone. I am feeling much better and I have loved being back at work this week and catching up with everyone.


I would like to thank James Gow and Glennis Kerr and my leadership team for their exemplary leadership of the school in my absence. It is reassuring that our team is strong and our focus on a collaborative and distributed style of leadership enables our beautiful and busy school to continue to flourish in times of stress.  I would also like to thank all of our staff for their support and ongoing work that never wavers. It was work as usual over the last 5 weeks and the evidence of this is in the Production rehearsals so far and all of the amazing events that have occurred always with the children at the heart. Well done everyone. Well done families. Well done children.


Our leadership team met with our architects this week to begin initial planning for our 10 year building and Masterplan. One of the outstanding features of our school that drove the conversation forward was that the child is at the heart of all we do, the importance we place on family and community engagement, offering a range of blended learning opportunities and how we look at each individual child and grow them was especially highlighted. We look forward to working with all of you, our staff and our students in gaining more insights into what we want in the physical spaces for our school as we grow into the future.


We will be sending out information soon regarding the CEMSIS surveys (I have put this letter into this edition for you to read again). You would have read a letter in a previous newsletter explaining the importance of these surveys. Every year we survey staff, year 4, 5, and 6 students and parents and the data we receive helps us to identify areas for growth and improvement. These surveys help to drive our work forward.  Many of you will receive information and links to this survey in the coming weeks.


In the past weeks many community building events have been happening all around us. You can see all of the amazing work that is always going on through our Facebook page and our School Story via Dojo. Again, I thank the team that enable all of these things to happen and of course, you our parent community who continue to work in partnership with us to make the learning experiences at St Anthony's encompass the whole family.


Go about your week gently, and as always if you have any feedback, ideas or 'wonderings' they are always received gratefully.


God bless,






Important Term 3 Dates

Important Dates

For all upcoming important dates/events

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Please join us for Assembly every Friday in the Padua building. Each week a class celebrates their learning and shares something from their learning space and leads the school in prayer. We welcome all parents to join us.



You are also welcome to join us for Wednesday Masses. Next week at 9.30am Mass, Level 5/6 WE, St and Prep GR will be joining the Parish for morning Mass. You are more than welcome to celebrate with us.



Please note that our Production day for Alice in Wonderland Junior is Friday, September 13th. School will finish for students at 2:30pm to allow for sufficient break and meal time for all. On this day, the students will travel by bus to Nazareth College during the Day for a final dress rehearsal. The students will return to school by 2:00 pm for the finish at 2:30pm. There will also be a bump in day the day before, Thursday 12th for the set and crew. Please be reassured that at all times your children will be well looked after, supervised carefully and encouraged to enjoy the day. It will be a long day and they will be tired but the results will be wonderful and the excitement of the night is an experience that we will all remember fondly.


Please note that we have 2 closure days at the end of Term 3. This is for our biannual staff conference with our partner schools. Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th. Please make arrangements for these 2 days. The after school care program will be available on these 2 days. You can contact the after school care program on 0423 766 886 to enrol or make arrangements.



The last day of Term 3 is Wednesday, 18th September and school will finish at 2.30pm.

CEMSIS Surveys 2019

CEMSIS - what is it and what does it involve?

20 June, 2019
Dear Students, Families and Staff,

2-20 SEPTEMBER, 2019


Throughout each year, we pause to listen to our students, families and staff to gauge how our
learning community is travelling. This feedback is invaluable to our progress as effective school
communities and is backed by evidence-based research and best practices.


One of the more important formal ways we engage and gather data is through CEMSIS, the Catholic
Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys.
CEMSIS is a set of surveys that have been built specifically for Catholic Schools in Melbourne by
Learning Services teams at Catholic Education Melbourne in partnership with researchers at
Learning First and in wide consultation with Principals in our schools.


In 2019, students, families and staff are invited to participate in CEMSIS using our brand new, secure
and purpose-built online platform. The online platform is where our school leaders will access the
summary reports that visualise the results of the student, family and staff surveys.


The CEMSIS survey platform is operated by an independent supplier, ORIMA Research Pty Ltd. The
platform meets with the very high security and privacy standards for handling student and school
data. Participating schools are in the process of updating their privacy policy to ensure school
communities are fully informed and protected.
Students at our school will be provided with supervised sessions where teachers are on hand to help
and answer any questions. This is the video the year 4, 5 and 6 students will view before completing their survey:


Families and staff can complete the survey anytime over the three-week
window via an emailed link and password. Feedback from last year’s pilot trials indicate many
surveys were done across a range of mobile devices and different web browsers. Schools will be
providing more information about CEMSIS throughout Term 2 and 3 via newsletters and social


Our community’s opinions are critical to understanding how our school is performing – CEMSIS is a
key data source for guiding the ongoing work to improve our school.
All participation is invited, welcomed and 100% voluntary. The surveys are not a test; they are an
inclusive way to feed the work we are already doing to improve our school. Everyone has the right
to refuse to participate, or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion
of the survey. Please notify the school if your child does not wish to participate.
If you would like more information, please contact the school.
Yours sincerely









Important announcements

Alice in Wonderland Junior Tickets

Get your tickets now! First in, best dressed!

$15 a ticket
Visit Try Booking at:

Friday 13th September
Two sessions: 5:30pm and 7:15pm


Catholic School Parents Newsletter Victoria

Click here to access the Catholic School Parents Victoria Newsletter for Term 3! Our very own Sid Samuel is part of this important Advisory Board in 2019. Parent voices matter.

Prep 2020

If you have a child starting school in Prep next year or 3 or 4 year old Kinder and you have not yet submitted your enrolment form you need to do this urgently. We are coming to the end of the enrolment period, places are being finalised and it is essential that we have numbers known in order to plan for classes.  

Mad Hatter's Unbirthday Party!

Thank you to everyone who helped with baking goods and thank you for your generous donations. The children loved having a special home baked treat last Friday. Thanks to Stephanie Webb and The Catholic Social Teaching Team for coordinating such a fun event.

Come and join us today - A place where young minds are set alight! Spread the news if you know anyone looking to enrol for 2020!!!!



We welcome you to be part of our Catholic community where multi-faith and multicultural people enrich learning. A Catholic School's purpose ensures learning is an adventure of discovery, possibilities and friendship where young minds are set alight. 


Where children grow academically and as caring young people. Each lesson is the pursuit of a new frontier. Our mission is much more than to help your child pass a test. It is to help shape their hearts and minds for a lifetime of success. We are focused on educating your children in the fullest sense. It is the success of our students that makes it all worth the effort. For us each day is an adventure too. When they leave our care we want to know that they are best equipped to leave their mark on the world.

It is within this community where we believe everyone has the opportunity to flourish and be known as who they are.


Book Week 2019 is here...

Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week 2019

Theme: Reading is My Secret Power

Dates: 17 - 23 August 2019

Please checkout our website, Dojo and Facebook page for some bedtime stories read by staff members. Classes have enjoyed a range of activities this week for Book Week.


Confirmation (Res & StA): Confirmation notifications have been sent out. If you have not received one for your child please contact the Parish Office urgently on 9701 5899 (Resurrection) or 9546 8276 (St Anthony's)

High Expectations


Attendance is Important - every day!


Bullying. No Way!

Please remember that we take the wellbeing and safety of all of our children and community members very seriously. We are a childsafe school. If at any time you have any concerns, please remember that we are here to listen and work out the best outcome for all and all matters can be handled in a calm and reasonable manner. The Parent/Guardian code of Conduct is very clear about the manner in which everyone should be treated with equal respect. Please see the Policy in the wellbeing section of our newsletter and on our Website. You will also note some more new signage going up this week that clearly articulates that we are a child safe school.


Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline - Anytime Any reason

The kids helpline has an online help domain now. Children who are not comfortable to call the 1800 number can go to the website (see the link above) and enter the age appropriate link to get mental health and wellbeing support.

Cyber Safety

Cyberbullying and our responsibilities

I’d like to remind everyone about the serious nature of cyberbullying and in fact any bullying. We are required to take this matter very seriously and as such we have strict codes of conduct and expectations of our staff and students around respectful and responsible use of technology. We also have a system that allows us to monitor student usage. If we find any of our students misusing technology there are serious consequences. This will mean a loss of privileges in using technology for some time and communication with parents. For your information  I include our Acceptable Use Policy Document which all children and parents sign. There is a new link on our website to report any cyber bullying behaviour of any kind or anything that you think breaches this code of conduct in any way. It is our responsibility to make sure our children know when they are not using technology respectfully. Thank you for your ongoing support in working with us on this important matter.

Photo: “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.” Saint Anthony of Padua

Learning Space Update

Photo: “Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.” Saint Anthony of Padua

Spotlight on Prep (Foundation)

This Term in Foundation we have been focusing on being a good friend! We have been trying to ‘fill each others buckets’ by using kind words and actions. We now have a Good Choices Board which we are all trying hard to get onto by making good decisions inside and outside the classroom.

We have been learning about Capacity this term. We used water, sand and measuring cups to measure how many cups different containers could hold. We loved testing our predictions and trying to save the duck from down the hole. 

The Foundation Students have been learning about People who help us in our Community.  We have had a number of guest speakers and even went to visit a Fire Station.  We are now learning about all the people in our Faith Community who help others like St Mary of the Cross and Mother Teresa.


Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of ...

Photo: Learning together in perfect harmony

In praise of...

The St Anthony's Leadership team and staff. In my absence over the last 5 weeks as I have been recovering they have maintained high expectations, sent me well wishes, kept my spirits up, kept all programs and events running smoothly, supported many families and students in many ways with great care and love, supported each other in many ways, made many things happen, ensure that production remains steady and strong as an important ingredient and equalizer to academic achievement and I am most grateful for the incredible professional and caring team that make up the staff community of St Anthony's. I praise our staff for their dedication to learning and teaching and to absolutely knowing everyone. We are lucky. Thank you team





Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s Primary School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

Wellbeing News

Photo: St Anthony’s Parish and St Anthony’s Primary School hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. St Anthony’s is fully compliant with all policies in relation to Child Safety. These documents ensure compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safety Standards which took effect on 1 January 2017 and reflect our Parishes’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children are safe, happy and empowered.

Wellbeing update

At St Anthony’s we refer to High Expectations. This means that we learn how to work with each other respectfully, with kindness, with gratitude, with positive intent, with positive unconditional regard. Learners, educators, family members and community members. We acknowledge that the resources provided for us are a privilege and the partnerships that drive our work forward are a gift.

If at any time high expectations are not met by any member of the school community there are very clear processes in place to ensure a restorative approach and to ensure appropriate consequences are applied. We use our school Dojo to ensure positive reinforcement of learners and to motivate them all to be successful people who will contribute to the world when they leave St Anthony's.


Everyone's Wellbeing


If you ever require any support at all we have a core team of leaders and community leaders who are here to help. Our Executive leadership team, wider leadership team and community hubs team have access to a range of resources to assist you with any support you require for your children and family. Our Wellbeing team is also available led by James Gow and our supported students team led by Susan Kubiak and Deana Portia. We have many programs and support structures available to all of our families here at school and we welcome you to see us at any time if needed. Every person flourishing and known.


We also remind you that all of the staff at St Anthony’s are more than willing to work with you and listen to you if there is a problem and when approached in a respectful and communicative manner. It is important that this home/school relationship is nurtured by family and school. Sometimes a reminder of this acceptable conduct is needed. At the time of enrolment all parents sign the Parent Code of Conduct and commit to upholding respectful community expectations.

I attach this  link to this code for your perusal.  The St Anthony’s School environment is the staff work environment and one which we work hard to maintain high expectations. We expect respectfulness from our children and this always needs to be modelled through parent interactions with staff and other parents.

Photo: We are committed to the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children and vulnerable adults.

Parish News

Photo: We are committed to the safety, wellbeing and dignity of all children and vulnerable adults.

Parish Vision


We the Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Noble Park, Believe we are called by Christ to be the people of Prayer, Welcome, Participation and Outreach.



• To gather each week to celebrate Eucharist
• To provide various opportunities to hear God’s word and allow to shape our lives
• To encourage and to explore a variety of expressions of Christian prayer and spirituality
• To plan liturgies which nurture faith and community life.

• To continually invite others to be involved
• To be a community that is welcoming, supportive, caring, nurturing and positive
• To celebrate and respect the diversity and richness and giftedness of our community.

• To encourage the gifts and potential in one another
• To offer a variety of opportunity from gathering and socialising
• To seek open communication
• To develop effective networks and provide opportunities for sponsoring, mentoring and training
• To plan for the future with hope

...and Outreach
• To be responsive to the needs of individuals and groups in our Parish
• To collaborate with existing groups to identify and respond to local community needs.
• To be aware of the needs of the wider world and to determine an appropriate response.




Church calls for action to stem the rising tide of homelessness
Media Release September 7, 2018
The Australian Catholic Bishops are deeply concerned about Australia’s alarming growth in
homelessness and insecure housing.
In their Social Justice Statement 2018-19, A Place to Call Home: Making a home for everyone
in our land, released yesterday (Thursday, September 6) the Bishops have called on
Australians to look beyond the immediate challenges of the average household budget, and
to consider those who are homeless or facing housing stress because of skyrocketing rents
and property prices.
In a letter to parishes around Australia, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president,
Archbishop Mark Coleridge, said: “It seems hard to believe that in a rich nation such as ours,
the latest Census figures show that the number of Australians who are homeless has grown
to more than 116,000.
“House prices and even rents are spiralling out of reach of too many families and placing
huge financial stress on ordinary people, even when they are employed. For those living on
pensions or allowances, finding secure housing can be a far greater challenge – one that
often takes a terrible toll on social wellbeing and mental health.”
In his foreword to the statement, Australian Catholic Social Justice Council chairman, Bishop
Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv. said a ruthless housing market was leaving people
struggling to find secure and affordable housing, whether they lived in cities or regional
“That struggle has a corrosive effect on family life, on employment, on study and on our
capacity to contribute to and benefit from our society. At its worst, the struggle leaves the
vulnerable in our society homeless – sleeping on the street, in cars or in doorways, or hoping
for a space on someone’s couch or floor,” he said.
The statement draws on Jesus’ famous parable of the Good Samaritan, reminding us that we
have the same experience as the Samaritan: we see people in the street in need of help,
wounded by violence, misfortune or poverty. We face the same choice: do we walk past or
do we stop and help?
“Behind the people on the streets is another legion – those who are battling to keep the roof
over their heads, wondering if they can make the next rent or mortgage payment,” Bishop
Long said.
“Often, these are people who are employed but whose income is barely enough – or not
enough – to keep themselves and their families housed and fed.
“Housing is a human right, asserted by documents like the UN Declaration of Human Rights

Media contact: Gavin Abraham • 0408 825 788 •
and by the teachings of our Church. Housing is an essential entitlement for all people to
meet their basic needs, flourish in community and have their inherent human dignity
affirmed and upheld by others.”
This human right and the call of the Church was reinforced by the words and example of
Pope Francis, who has made it a priority to reach out to the disadvantaged and marginalised
of Rome, including homeless people, Bishop Long said.
Hosted by Bishop Long, the statement was launched in Parramatta by Ms Netty Horton, CEO
CatholicCare Melbourne, and Mr Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society, New South
For more information, contact: John Ferguson, Executive Officer, Australian Catholic Social
Justice Council: (02) 8306 3499.

St Anthony's Parish Prayer

St. Anthony, patron of our parish, loyal servant of God, faithful follower of Jesus: You taught by word and deed, the message of the Gospel. Teach us to live the Gospel values as you did. Enlighten our minds in search of God's will. Inspire us to be a prayerful community, ever reaching out to and cherishing our neighbour. Help us proclaim God's love and live what we proclaim. AMEN.

Photo: ”Encourage one another and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ‘In a Catholic School young people are empowered to develop as optimistic global citizens capable of articulating their beliefs and worldview in light of the Catholic faith and tradition’. Horizons of Hope. Wellbeing in a Catholic School.

Religious Education News

Photo: ”Encourage one another and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ‘In a Catholic School young people are empowered to develop as optimistic global citizens capable of articulating their beliefs and worldview in light of the Catholic faith and tradition’. Horizons of Hope. Wellbeing in a Catholic School.



Feast of the Assumption

Last week we celebrated the feast of the Assumption. This is an important Marian feast when
we celebrate Mary as a woman of faith and trust in God,a woman of humility and strength,a
woman of love and compassion. Jesus tells us that happiness is found in hearing the word of
God and following it. Mary embodies this teaching. We reflect at this time how we, like Mary,
can respond to God with faith and trust.

Social Justice Statement 2019–2020
Making it Real: Genuine Human Encounter in our Digital World


The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement for 2019 – 2020, Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world, affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements of our digital world that may be harmful.  These include information overload; social isolation; marginalisation of the vulnerable; consumerism and fake news. 


We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 29 September. This year, the Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement is titled: ‘Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world’. It shares Pope Francis’ challenge to us to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world’.  It points out that we are called not just to be inhabitants of this world, but active citizens shaping it. 

For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Office for Social Justice website ( or call (02) 8306 3499. Order the Statement online at:  Follow us on Facebook: @socialjusticeACBC or Twitter: @JusticeCatholic 

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation runs from 1 September to 4 October (the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi). Laudato si' – on care for our common home, is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. It was released in May 2015 and since that time Pope Francis has made his commitment to the environment and his criticism of consumerism and irresponsible development well known.


This week we look at ways we can personally, and in groups, Care for Creation and we have a prayer ritual to be used during the Season of Creation.

Family Engagement in Learning

Family Engagement in Learning

Production Crafternoons

Students and teachers have been hard at work being curious and creative by constructing, singing and dancing their way towards our production on Friday 13th September. Crafternoons have been going very well and our costumes and props are looking amazing. Students and teachers have really enjoyed having families involved in the process and the support is greatly valued and appreciated. 


Crafternoons are from 2:25 pm to 3:20 pm every Thursday.


If you are available to help in any way or would like to come along and join in with our rehearsals, please speak to your child’s class teacher. If you are unable to make it on a Thursday afternoon, please see your child’s teacher and we can arrange another time for you to come in and help or items can be made at home and brought back to school.


It has been wonderful to see parents, students and teachers working together to make our production amazing!


Learning at Home Parent/Family Sessions- Term 3

Learning at Home Parent/Family sessions will begin in week 7 on Monday 26th August. We are looking forward to sharing these sessions with you.


  • St. Anthony’s Staff room

  • Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided






Week 7

Monday 26th August 2:45pm- 3:20pm

Ellis Warrener

Using ICT to support student learning.

Week 8

Friday 6th September 2:45pm- 3:20pm

Glennis Kerr



Problem solving in mathematics

Week 9

Monday 9th September 

2:45pm- 3:20pm

Jane Viola

English- Reading


Introducing a new book (home reading book)


Prompting during reading


** Most suitable for Prep to 3


We are in the process of putting a timetable together for Term 4 as well. If you have any topics you would like covered please contact me via ClassDojo or at the front office.


Story Time on our website

We now have a link to some stories read by teachers on our website. This can be found by going to the Learning at Home page and clicking on the link. We will continue to add more videos of teachers reading stories that you can then share at home with your families. If any parents or family members would like to read a story for this page please let me know and I can film you reading and add it to our ever growing story collection. We would love to hear from you!


ClassDojo and sharing learning at home

It has been wonderful to see so many families sharing the learning and discussions about learning happening at home on Dojo. It has proven to be a wonderful link between school and home in many ways!


We would love for parents to continue to share the learning that is happening at home with us. This can be done by posting comments of family discussions about homework topics or photos and videos of students completing learning tasks at home. If you are not yet signed up to ClassDojo, please see me and I am more than happy to help you get connected!


Deana Portia

Family Engagement in Learning Leader



Performing Arts News

Production Update

Alice should n Wonderland jr rehearsals are in full swing. Last week we had our first costume and singing/dance rehearsal and we are gearing up for a very exciting first run through this Friday. 


The children are learning so much with production. There is literacy and numeracy around the show as well as lots of creative learning and collaborating opportunities with the whole school community. 


Don’t forget to buy your tickets soon as they are selling quickly!


You can buy the tickets here


Ms Victoria Gelberg



Community Announcements

Kinder Visits

Last week we were all ready for lots of our beautiful little 4 year old friends to visit from Heatherhill Kinder. Deb, Lisa, Ellis and some of our tech savvy 5/6’s, welcomed our friends and created some memories using the iPads, virtual reality and story telling by combining with an old classic; The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then after working up a mega appetite, everyone shared morning tea together and sent them off with a show bag full of goodies to remember us. Working with our local Kinders and our own Kinder is part of our ongoing work. We have a super team at St Anthony’s. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
#communityhubs #collaboratingtolearn #relationshipsdrivelearning#blendedlearning


Circus Quirkus Visit!

On Saturday 18th August 2019, families from St Anthony's primary school and playgroup traveled into the city to Melbourne convention centre to see Circus Quirkus and share a picnic lunch this wonderful opportunity was given to us from our amazing partners Ardoch Foundation.






Road Safety at St Anthony's

Road Safety at St Anthony's

Road Safety at St Anthony’s School

Staff have noticed recently that some families are not obeying the drop off and pick rules, putting their own children and other children at risk.

Help us keep our children safe by following some easy safety tips when dropping off or picking up your kids from school. 


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