Friday, 23 August 2019

2019/2020 Newsblog Pre Term 1


Hello All


We do hope you are enjoying the summer break - we’re looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd September for another exciting year of learning.  This newsblog gives you details of dates for Terms 1 and 2 (the feedback we had last year was that dates for the two terms ahead was sufficient, though if you want to know what is going on later in the year then the dates will be available on the calendar on our website www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk); some reminders you may find useful and details about the first week back and our 5th birthday celebrations. 


  • Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only
  • First Week Back celebrations - our 5th birthday
  • Booking School Dinners
  • Reminders
  • Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
  • Thank You


Dates for the New School Year


Term 1 and 2  2019/20
Date
Time
Event
28/8

Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the first term - see below. 
2/9 

Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
3/9

Children return to school – YR and YN have been given details of induction times; current YN children who are continuing in YN are in for their normal sessions; Y1/2/3/4/5/6 in full time from 3/9/16.  – all in school uniform on day 1 please but see below for hat competition for our 5th Birthday celebrations,
6/9

Clubs on offer for term 1 and 2 will be announced
9/9 – 11/9

Sign up for clubs available
11/9 – Y1/Y2
Y3/4/5/6
4:30 - 5:10 pm   for Y1, Y3, Y4
5:15 - 6:00 pm   for Y2, Y5, Y6

Meet the teachers events - note separate times for those who have a child in each year group.  An opportunity to meet the teachers, hear about the learning approach and the ways you can support your child. YN and YR have had parents meetings at end of last term but if you didn’t get the chance to attend then please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher for a brief meeting to go over any specifics for your child’s year group.  Please come in through the front entrance and signs will direct you to the appropriate classrooms
13/9

Club places announced
Week beginning 16/9

Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 16/9, 23/9; 30/9; 7/10; no clubs week of 14/10, 21/10 and 4/11; clubs are on week beginning 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 2/12 – no clubs week of 9/12 and 16/12 - if your child attends football/drama/ dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
23/9

Sign up on line for parent/carer/teacher/child meeting (see dates below) available – complete by Wednesday 25/9 and times confirmed by Monday 30/9
25/9

Y2 Swimming lessons start
25/9
9:15 – 10:00
Harvest Service– led by KS1 - KS1 parents/carers invited to join us (all classes will be invited at some point over the year when your child’s class is leading worship) – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
30/9 - 4/10 

Y6 at Rock UK for Residential
3/10
2:45 pm
Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
7/10- 11/10

Science Week - more details to follow
14/10 – 15/10


“Show me” sessions for  Y1, Y3, Y5 only – please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below - For Y1, Y3 and Y5 only Monday 14/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 15/10 – 3:30 – 4:30 For YN please come in for the first 30 minutes of your child’s session.
14/10 and 17/10

“Show me” sessions for  YN only – please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - For YN please come in for the first 30 minutes of your child’s session i.e 8:40 - 9:10 or 12:20 - 12:50
17/10 and 22/10
3:50 – 7:40 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots will be notified nearer date
18/10
9:00 am
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
21/10

Y2 Trip to We the Curious
21/10 - 4/11

Tapestry (YN and YR) and Seesaw (Y1 - Y6) Parent access open
22/10

School Photographer in school - more details to follow
23/10

Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
24/10 – 4/11

October holiday – school closed
30/10

Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below. 
4/11

School closed to children - Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
5/11

Children back to school normal times for start of term 2 - remember no school run clubs this week
15/11

Children in Need - details to follow
20/11

Provisional date for Flu Vaccinations
Book Wagon in school - more details to follow
9/12 - 13/12 

RE Week - more details to follow
10/12

Y6 learning at Lifeskills Centre Bristol. 
Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
11/12

Provisional Date for YN Nativity Tableau and songs - more details to follow
12/12

Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
13/12

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

16/12 – 17/12


“Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below - For For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30.

Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
16/12 or 18/12
6:00 pm
Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome 
20/12

Last Day of Term - usual times
21/12 – 5/1/2020

Christmas holiday – school closed
1/1/2020

Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below. 
6/1/2020

School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
7/1/2020

Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week


First Week Back celebrations - our 5th birthday

Those of you that have been with us for over a year will know that we try and have some celebrations the first week back - this gives the children something in common to be excited about and helps them rekindle friendships or build new ones.  This year it is our fifth birthday - unbelievable though that is for us - so we thought we’d have a birthday party. On the first day back there will be party games and lots of fun to be had plus cake and squash. As part of those celebrations we’d like to ask all the children to create a party hat - think Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - it can be as simple or as outlandish as you like… maybe it will reflect our school values (see website if you can’t remember them all); maybe it will reflect learning in school; or it could just be all about a birthday celebration.  Whilst we can’t invite you all in to join us as that would be to busy (and I wouldn’t be following our Fire Regs!) we would like to share our school song with you… if you would like to hear it and can join us then please congregate at the front of school at 3:10 pm on the first day back to school and we’ll enjoy sharing our singing with you. 
We look forward to seeing you on the first day back in school uniform and party hats.!

Booking School Dinners
Just a reminder that dinner bookings can now be made for September 19 right up to October half term - the deadline for ordering dinners for the first week back is Wednesday 28th August (it is always the Wednesday before the week starts - even in the holidays). New starters will get a Parent Pay code sent home once started to book for the second week of the new term onwards.

Reminders
Uniform and bags were in a recent newsblog - copied below for your convenience - The school website has uniform links on this page - http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/parent-pages/uniform/
For YR - Y2, the children should have book bags rather than rucksacks as these are more easily stored.
For Y3 - Y6 the children may bring in messenger bags/backpacks but these need to be small - just enough to hold an oversized A4 workbook - there is not much peg space so slim bags are best.  In these year groups children may bring a small pencil case - must be able to fit in a shallow tray; coloured pencils (no felt-tips or Sharpies please); pencils (HB) and handwriting pen (blue - Berol pens work well for improving handwriting).


For all children - Jewellery should be kept for home use though small ear studs (not rings) and a watch may be worn. If hair is past shoulder length we suggest it's better put up in some way - hair accessories, including headbands, should be school colours only (blue/white) and any bows should be small please (bows such as the brand Jo-Jo are great for parties etc, but not for school please).  Could you also keep animal ear headbands for home too as we seem to have had an explosion of those!


Y3/4 Extreme Reading Challenge - don’t forget to collect your photos - To help build upon our reading display within school, we are looking for pictures of any children in year 3 or 4 in their 'extreme' reading locations throughout the holidays! (Remember 'extreme' but safe)
Please email these to the office and we can print them out in September or simply bring in the photos for us to use in September! Many thanks 
The Year 3 and 4 team
Message for All September 2019 YN and YR Parents - If you have not done so already, please complete the following data form ready to start with us in September. Thanks to all of those who have already responded to the email. The link to the google form is below: 


Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
Just in case you didn’t see the previous blog re this, I have put it on here too. We acknowledge that parking will be tricky so any options you can take to walk/bike or park further away and walk, e.g. from the lake end of Tadpole Garden Village, are much appreciated.  Please remember that across drives of our neighbours or in their parking spaces causes upset; parking on corners, the paved area outside the front school fence, half-on/off the pavement causes safety issues for the children and their families. As the school continues to expand and numbers increase we knew we would have to get to the point where we could not continue to support non-staff parking on the school site.  Sadly, that point will arrive in September. From September, the only parking allowed on the school site will be staff, volunteers, students working at the school, leaders of after school clubs and visitors, plus those with passes to use the disabled parking bays.
In the mornings - The drop zone will continue to be open from 8:30 a.m. and a staff member will support the use of the zebra crossing, so we can help manage the traffic flow. Only those working or volunteering within school will be able to park on site.  If you are intending parking and walking your child in to school you will have to park off the school site. We acknowledge this will be difficult until we all get in to the routine. Why not use this last week of the holidays to set up walking buses with friends or set up lift shares? 
After school - the barrier to the car park will be closed but a member of staff will be available to let those who have passes to use the disabled parking bays and those running after school classes on to the site. We realise this will mean you finding parking spaces off-site but hopefully, during the next 12 months, the community centre and shopping area will open and that will increase the parking available around school.
We understand that this may cause you concern but we have been lucky enough to be able to offer some onsite parking up to this point - most schools do not offer parking on site.  We ask for your cooperation in trying out different ways of getting to school - maybe this is the ideal opportunity to try a new walking/cycling route; maybe set up a lift share with your friends and neighbours or create a neighbourly walking group? 
Do you have siblings in different classes? - This year we have facilitated older siblings going to the classroom door of younger siblings to help you at pick up time, so you only have one door to go to.  Next year, a substantial number (over 45 in YR 2019 alone) of siblings will be in the school and so we are going to suggest the following:-

  • Parents to collect from class of youngest sibling first
  • Older siblings (up to Y3) will wait with staff until you come to their exit to collect them.  
  • Y4 and above - please agree a meeting point with your child within the school grounds, unless they have written permission to walk home. 


Thank you

Sitting here in school, in the quiet, makes me reflect on the journey we have made so far as a school and, looking out of the window, the journey we are on to help with building this new community. You are all an integral part of that - pioneers, if you like - and I want to give both a personal and professional thank you for the part you have played in building this community. We are still on a journey and it's good to know you are there - supporting, questioning, helping - just to let you know ... you are appreciated. Thank you.