Friday, 19 February 2016

Happy holiday and welcome back to term 4

Hello All,

I do hope you are having a lovely break, despite the rain and drizzle we have had some days.  In this newsblog:-

  • Dates for your diary
  • World Book Day
  • Easter Experience
  • Sport Relief
  • Lunches & Menus
  • Site Safety
  • Vacancies
  • Parent Virtual Notice Board
  • School Hall Hire
  • Lost Property

Dates for your diary
Monday 22nd February
Start of term 4 – all back to school – sign up notes for parents meetings will come home today
Wednesday 24th February
FOTF committee meeting – 7:00pm The Jovial Monk – all welcome
Monday 29th February
Parents meeting YR/Y1 – appointments between times of 3:45 and 7:30 pm
Tuesday 1st March
Parents meetings YR/Y1 - appointments between times of 3:45 and 7:30 pm
Thursday 3rd March
World Book Day  - see below – includes parent drop-in session from 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Monday 7th March
Parents meetings YN - appointments between times of 9:00 am and 7:30 pm
Monday 7th March
Early Writing workshop for parents of YR 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8th March
Parents meetings YN - appointments between times of 3:45 and 7:30 pm
Thursday 10th March
YR Make a Noise Concert – information sent home already
Monday 14th March
Parents Forum – first meeting 6:00 – 7:30 pm – all welcome
Thursday 17th March
Y1 on Bristol Zoo trip – information to follow
Friday 18th March
Sport Relief Day – more details to follow but parents are invited to join in from 2:30-3:30 pm
Monday 21st March
Easter Experience – the children will be taking part in activities to help them learn about the Easter story – parents are welcome to look around the experience with their children after school
Wednesday 23rd March
Easter Service – all invited to join us for this – 2:00 – 3:15 pm – in the school hall. This is also the last day of term
Thursday 24th March
INSET day – school closed
Monday 11th April
First day of term 5 – all back to school

World Book Day - 3rd March

On World Book Day your child can come to school dressed as their favourite book character and there will be a variety of activities that they take part in during the day.  At the end of the day, there will be an opportunity for you to drop-in and see what they have been doing from 3:30-4:30pm in the school hall.
We will have a Book Fair in school from the 15th to 22nd March where the World Book Day vouchers that your child will be given can be used (they can be used in many book retailers also).  As you know, we are beginning to build up our school library and if you wished to buy an extra book at the Book Fair to donate to the school library we have special book plates to stick in the front of donated books that show who has made the donation - it can be a lovely way for children and families to get involved in building up the school library.

Easter Experience - 21st March
We are going to be learning about the Easter story interactively, with the children moving from place to place to learn about each part of the story.  More details on this will follow and you are invited to join in by visiting the activities after school, 3:30 - 4:30pm in the school hall.

Sport Relief - 18th March
We are currently planning Sport Relief Day and will send more details in the next few weeks.  Already planned is that the children may come in to school dressed in any sport related outfits and that parents and carers are invited to take part in activities with us from 2:30 - 3:30pm on the day - a date for your diaries; come prepared for sporting events!

Lunches & Menus
Your child should have come home with the new menu in their book bag just before the holidays - it covers the remaining terms of this academic year until the summer.  Year 1 will continue to choose their own meals as this has been very successful.  Year R will have their choices made by parents/carers until Easter - thank you to those who have already done this, and then, after Easter, we will be letting the children choose in the mornings as   Year 1's do already.  Please make sure we have up to date information of any dietary requirements so that we can check the children are choosing a suitable meal.
If your child has packed lunch could we ask that it fits in with the following guidelines, which follow the National recommended standards for nutrition for young people. These recommend packed lunches may include:
   At least one portion of fruit and or vegetable (this could include a dried fruit)
   Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, chick peas, hummus)
   A sandwich that includes a savoury filling (e.g. egg, tuna, cheese, cooked meat)
   A starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, noodles
   Dairy food such as cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais
   A bottle of water – or they may have water at school
   A biscuit not coated in chocolate
   Crisps (baked or other low fat options if possible) or other such snack such as seeds, savoury crackers, breadsticks etc
   Eating utensils if necessary
They also recommend packed lunches should avoid:
   Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate coated biscuits and sweets.
   Sausage rolls and pies should only be included occasionally.
   No fizzy drinks.
In addition we ask that no nuts and nut products (e.g. peanut butter) should be sent to school because of allergy concerns. Children are not allowed to share food items for this same reason. The NHS website has lunchbox menu pickers, which you might find useful - NHS lunchbox guidelines.

Site Safety
The safety of everyone who uses our site is a key concern for us and we ask that you help us in this by following these recommendations:-
  • parking safely - please avoid parking half on, half off the kerb as it reduces the space for wheelchair and buggy users and for children who are cycling or scooting to school.  
  • keeping cycling and scooting children near you - the hedges on the development are higher than the height of most of our children; a driver coming out of their drive may see you above the hedge but will not see a scooting child and there have been a couple of near misses - please teach children to treat each drive as if it was a side road and to stop and check before scooting across.
  • use the fluorescent waistcoats that all the children were provided with through Crest Nicholson
  • use the correct entrance and exit into school grounds - some drivers are exiting through the entrance area; again we have had some near misses
  • disabled parking spaces - we have a number of users who are entitled to use these spaces and have found them taken up by other people - we would be very grateful if those that are entitled to use these spaces could pop in to the office and share their registration number with us; that way we can make sure that spaces are only used by those entitled to do so
  • speed bumps and muddy roads - if you have any feedback you wish us to pass on re speed bumps, muddy roads, unsafe driving by contractors etc please get in touch via email to School Office - it might be worth checking your tyre pressures as the staff have all had a few issues with this and it may be the constant speed bump usage!
Our vacancies for teachers for September are currently advertised on Eteach and the teaching assistant and play leader roles will be advertised in April.  The company who manages our cleaning contract are looking for additional cleaners - if you are interested, the School Office can give you more details.

Parent Virtual Notice Board
We are looking in to a community type noticeboard to be located somewhere at the front of the building out of the wind.  Until that is supplied we would be happy to put parent adverts in to the blog on the proviso that we accept no liability for the event advertised; it's inclusion is not a recommendation or endorsement by the school and I reserve the right not to include an item if I feel it is inappropriate.  If you would like me to include something for you then please let me know.

School Hall Hire
We are beginning to look at letting out the school hall - large and small - for community use.  We have interest from a number of clubs - a ballet group is the one which may come to fruition first I think.  A number of parents have asked us about hiring and you can get more details from the School Office.  As we have no caretaker than weekend hiring is currently limited to the third weekend of each month.  The costs are as follows:-
  • weekdays - term time only - up to 5:30pm £20 per hour or part thereof; after 5:30pm £25 per hour or part thereof
  • weekends - third weekend in month only - hire  only available in block of 3 hours at cost of £100 per three hour block
Lost Property
In most cases lost property surfaces over the course of the term and we will put any unnamed items on display at the front of the school at regular intervals.  Please check all items that come to school are named with something that doesn't wash or peel off as this really helps.  One item that has not reappeared is a red Lightening McQueen cycle helmet that was in the Year R cloakroom - if it's made it's way home with you by mistake please pop back in to school, thank you.