Sunday, 25 March 2018

2017/18 Newsblog Term 4 Week 5

Hello All


Just a short blog this week - it's the last week of term and Easter is almost here.  We break up on Thursday at usual finish times.  Our Easter service is at 9:15 am and you are welcome to join us - space will be limited so please leave buggies outside.


 In this week's blog:-


    Dates for the Term 3 and 4
    Friends of Tadpole Farm Easter Disco Reminder
    News from St Andrew’s Church
    Quick reminders – water bottles; key rings and book bags; head lice and emailing school
    Thank you for Book Vouchers

Dates for Term 3/4
Any updates will be added in red.



Term 3/4 - 2017/18
Date
Time
Event

26/3 - 27/3

“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 26/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 27/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are confirmed as Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March from 8:40-9:10 am. 
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Easter holiday.
Re-organised trips for Bristol Zoo (cancelled earlier dates because of snow) Monday 26th – Y2; Tuesday 27th Y1 – please note these classes will not have Show Me sessions on the trip days.

28/3

FOTF Easter Disco events
29/3
9:15 am
All invited to join us for our Easter Service
29/3

Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time
30/3
10:00 – 12:00
Easter Saturday Craft Morning for children and accompanying adults as part of Church@Tadpole Garden Village
30/3 - 15/4

School Closed - Easter holiday
16/4/18

First day back – normal times

Friends of Tadpole Farm Easter Disco Reminder
A big thank you to everyone that has volunteered to help with the disco;  we are really grateful. If those that have volunteered could arrive 15 minutes before, if possible, to attend a quick meeting and read the risk assessment that would be great.  Also, can we just ask & remind everyone that no siblings are able to come along as helpers.
Tickets for the disco will be going out in book bags on Monday so please keep an eye out for these, if your child doesn’t have one then please let us know. 



News from St Andrew’s Church
Don’t forget to come along to the Craft Morning for children and accompanying adults at Tadpole Farm Academy on Good Friday 30th March from 10-12 noon.  There’ll be Easter themed activities for children and tea and coffee available.  Drop in for a little or as long as you’d like.

Details of our other Easter services are available on our website
Our next Church @ Tadpole Garden Village All-age service is just before term starts again on Sunday 15th April at 4pm.  We’ll be exploring the joy of the Easter story – craft for children and light refreshments as well as worship.  All welcome.
Hoping you all have a very Happy Easter 
Revd. Sally Robertson
07588 594410

Quick reminders –

Water bottles – please remember that only water should be sent in in water bottles.  Water bottles are left available for children to access during the day – if your child has something other than water in their bottles then that presents a risk to others eg we have some children who cannot drink orange flavoured drinks due to a reaction – if you send in a child with orange squash and the allergic child inadvertently has a similar bottle then a problem has been created which should not exist.  If we find bottles filled with anything other than water we will bring it to your attention and ask that you only send in water.  Thank you for your cooperation;
Key rings and book bagsit’s a good idea to have something distinctive on your child’s book bag but could you support them in choosing just one item – some book bags now have so many items that they will not fit in the children’s drawers;
Head licea reminder to check heads again please for head lice – we still have them in school – persistent combing for two weeks daily is most effective way to clear them;
Emailing schoolif you want to communicate with staff by email please use school@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk and your message will be passed to the most appropriate member of staff – each teacher has an email address but these are not for parents to contact them directly as we need to monitor the questions and requests so we can improve our support for your child and family.  Thank you.


Thank you for Book Vouchers
Thank you to Pizza Express and Ethan’s mum for sorting out some book vouchers for us – we’re very grateful.




Sunday, 18 March 2018

2017/18 Newsblog Term 4 Week 4

Hello All

Sorry I haven’t been around much of this week – I caught the horrible sickness bug that’s going around and it took a while to sort itself out; I really needed those 48 hours from last sickness episode to get back to feeling even partly normal.  Please make sure you do keep children who have had sickness/diarrhoea off for at least 48 hours from the last occurrence – it is a nasty version of the bug.   Today (Sunday) you’ve probably woken up to snow again – we are keeping an eye on the forecast – see below for details of snow procedures. It’s Wild Spring Walk Week (yes, snow… it’s spring… you are not meant to be here!) and Sports Relief Week – check out below what your child needs on what day.

In this week's blog:-

  • Dates for the Term 3 and 4
  • SNOW again!!!!!!
  • Friends of Tadpole Farm
  • Sports Relief Week
  • Wild Spring Week
  • Message for YN
  • Cool Milk
  • Additional Support in School
  • Head Lice Alert
  • Things of Interest in the Local Community

Dates for Term 3/4
Any updates will be added in red.

Term 3/4 - 2017/18
Date
Time
Event
19 – 23/3

Sports Relief Week – see below
Wild Spring Week  - see below
20/3
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 4 – Given recent concerns over children’s safety when using IT and in response to parental queries and requests for advice, we have re-scheduled this workshop to be focused on E-Safety for Parents – how to keep your child safe in the on-line world.
21/3
9:00 – 12:30
First Aid Training by St Johns Ambulance for parents organised by FOTF
23/3
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

26/3 - 27/3

“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 26/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 27/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are confirmed as Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March from 8:40-9:10 am.  
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Easter holiday.
Re-organised trips for Bristol Zoo (cancelled earlier dates because of snow) Monday 26th – Y2; Tuesday 27th Y1 – please note these classes will not have Show Me sessions on the trip days.

28/3

FOTF Easter Disco events – see below
29/3
9:15 am
All invited to join us for our Easter Service
29/3

Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time
30/3
10:00 – 12:00
Easter Saturday Craft Morning for children and accompanying adults as part of Church@Tadpole Garden Village
30/3 - 15/4

School Closed - Easter holiday
16/4/18

First day back – normal times

SNOW again!!!!!!
As you will have seen outside your windows probably and on weather forecasts there is snow today and it may impact the start of the week.  We will follow the same process we followed last 'snow time' and keep you all informed by email and with messages on the website. If we do open, which we will endeavour to do if it's safe for all concerned, then activities for the day may be adjusted to take account of wind chill etc. Please keep an eye on your emails and the website today and first thing tomorrow. 

Friends of Tadpole Farm
The details for the Easter discos will be coming home in a letter on Monday - for this occasion letters are easier for FOTF to deal with but we will try and do things electronically in the future.  The details are:-
YR, Y1 and Y2              4.30-5.30pm                                                                                                                   
Please drop children off at the main hall at 4.30pm and collect them from the main hall at 5.30pm.
Y3, Y4 and Y5             6.00-7.00pm
Please drop children off at the main hall at 6.00pm and collect them from the main hall at 7.00pm.
Lily pad children YR - Y5.
Children are still able to attend and will be taken down by Lilypad Staff at the designated times.
Pick up details:
For YR, Y1,Y2 children,  Lilypad staff will take the children back to Lilypad and you should pick up from the usual Lilypad Entrance after 5:30pm - please do not pick up from the hall as Lilypad staff will need to complete the registers to show who has left their care.
For Y3, Y4 and Y5 children attending lily pad, can be picked up from the main hall at 7.00pm.
Please return the permission slip (see letter coming home) with money (cash only please on this occasion as Parent Pay not yet set up to accept FOTF monies...we're working on it) to the school office by Friday 23rd March. Tickets will go home with the children on Monday
26th March in book bags. Please bring your ticket with you as this will speed up the entrance process.
This event needs helpers - there is a space on the slip for you to say when you can help.  
Volunteering is a great opportunity to see what is involved in organising a school event and seeing the children enjoy themselves  - we have all sorts of jobs on the night.  

Sports Relief Week
Your child will have brought home a sponsorship form last week for the Sports Relief events.  As mentioned in previous blogs we will be doing a mile a day - in different ways... once to music, once with obstacles and then two days will be used to give the children an understanding of the challenges faced by others - one day will be focusing on those who are blind - so depending on the age of the children they will be guiding a partner around the course with open eyes/eyes closed/blindfolded - and one focusing on mobility difficulties - so, again depending on age, the children will be attached to another person by the arm or leg meaning they need to think also about cooperation and communication. The classes will be going around the course at different times of day to keep numbers to a safe level. 
Wild Spring Week
The plan for this week's Wild Walks, which the children do with the Forest Rangers from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, is for the year groups to go out as follows (snow willing!)
Monday - Y1
Tuesday - Y3
Weds - Y4/5
Thurs - Y2
(YR have just been on Forest School so not included in above)
All to come in school uniform and bring in clothes and a coat that you do not mind them getting dirty. The forest is very wet so please bring your bring your wellies. Reminder for those parents whose children took wellies home in the snow - some have not come back as we discovered for gardening club!

Message for YN
The YN show me sessions will be on Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March from 8:40-9:10 am.
Some YN children are bringing in toys from home again and either bringing them in to YN or keeping them in their bags and then getting them out later.  Toys get left, broken  and lost so could you support your child in not bringing in toys - the children are all settled and happy in YN but lost and broken special home toys can be upsetting. 

Cool milk


Cool milk, who supply our school milk, have asked us to let you know that all children are eligible to receive milk in school.  Children under 5 receive free milk at school, funded by the UK Government's Nursery Milk Scheme. When your child turns 5 or if they are already over 5, you have the option to pay for their milk at a small subsidised daily cost.
What you need to do:Visit www.coolmilk.com as soon as possible and select "Register your child for milk", then follow the on-screen instructions to register and pay
A portion of fresh, chilled milk at mid-morning break provides protein, calcium and other
vital nutrients, important for your child's growth and development. It's also a great way to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch, re-hydrating your child and helping them to concentrate in class. Should you have any queries regarding your child's registration, please do not hesitate to contact Cool Milk directly on customerservices@coolmilk.com or call 0844 854 2913.


Additional Support in School all Year Groups and Free School Lunches for Y3 upwards
As you may have heard, all school finances are again under pressure and we want to do all we can to ensure we provide the best education for your children.  One of the ways we do this is making sure that the numbers of staff and the quality of resources in school enable and support your child to flourish.  You will have heard of children being eligible for Free School Lunches (all YR/1/2 children are) but this eligibility also entitles the school to claim pupil premium.  This is an amount of money which can support your child's learning and well-being - depending on how we spend it, it may also help others e.g. if we spend it on small group support to help your child we can also include others in that group who need help but whose families may not be entitled to claim pupil premium - everyone benefits. 
Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
  • Universal credit
From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium.
Please log on to https://www.swindon.gov.uk/forms/form/155/en/free_school_lunches to see if you could make a claim. 

Head Lice Alert - please check, and if needed, treat your children/family

What are head lice?
Head lice are small insects (no larger than a sesame seed when fully grown) with moving legs. They live very close to the scalp.
Nits are not the same as lice. They are the egg cases which stick to the hair, and look like specks of dandruff.You only have head lice if you find a moving louse (not a nit). Your head does not have to be itchy to have head lice.

How do you get head lice?
Because of children’s play activity and close contact, head lice are usually found on children, but can also spread to adults.  Head lice are caught from close family and friends in the home and community, as well as at school.  Head lice live in all types of hair – dirty or clean, short or long.  Head lice walk from one head to another, when heads are close together – they do not fly, jump or swim.

How do you treat head lice?
Do not treat unless you are sure you have found a moving louse.
Check and treat all infected members of the family.
Ask your GP or Pharmacist which head lice treatment to use. Creme rinses and shampoos are not thought effective and are therefore not recommended.  The Pharmacist can advise on any evidence of resistance to treatment and therefore the most appropriate treatment to purchase. Also, the Pharmacist can advise on treatments suitable for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. 

Things of Interest in the Local Community

We have been asked by a number of parents for details of out of school activities that run from school premises so we have begun to keep a contact sheet for this - I will add it to the blog regularly. 

Tadpole Farm community bookings for 2018
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
During schoolCommunity Toddler group
After schoolKS2 Football run by Wims 11 tel: 07467 142594 email:info@wims11.com Ballet and Jazz/pop dance run by Sullivan school of dance tel: 01793 872682 KS1 Football run by Wims 11 tel: 07467 142594 email:info@wims11.com
EveningsSlimming world run by Lisa Legg email:lisalegg28@gmail.comScouts Brian McGaw tel: 0777 1672691 emeil: bryan@mcgaw.euTadpole womens group run by Ann Fitzgerald tel: 01793 703950 email: a.fitzy.g.@btinternet.com Pilates run by Kiz tel: 07859 068160 email:kiz.davis@outlook.comMartial arts run by Matt Fiddes tel: 07912 852426
Tadpole Farm are in no way recommending or endorsing the list of clubs and events and please contact the individual companies for details of timings and cost etc