September 2019 Newsletter

Sept. 16, 2019, 10:03 a.m.

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope all of you had an enjoyable summer break. A warm welcome to our new pupils and families – we hope that you will be very happy here. In the meantime, if there is anything that we can assist you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would also like to extend a welcome to our new members of staff – Miss Conboy, Miss Simbanda and Mr Pharamond.

Our new class arrangements are as follows:











































































Old Class



New Class



Teacher



Egypt



3 Willow



Mrs Kemp



Kenya



3 Palm



Miss Weller



America



3 Poplar



Miss Conboy



3 Holly



4 Holly



Mrs Bush



3 Maple



4 Maple



Mr Frith



3 Birch



4 Birch



Mr Steele



4 Ash



5 Ash



Mrs Cross/Mrs Sharma



4 Elm



5 Elm



Miss Simbanda



4 Oak



5 Oak



Miss Bryant



5 Pine



6 Pine



Mr Pharamond



5 Cedar



6 Cedar



Mr Hackett



5 Fir



6 Fir



Mrs Marshall



5 Beech



6 Beech



Mr Fowles


 

Reminders

The children have returned looking very smart and ready for school – thank you! Just a few polite reminders.

School shoes - All pupils are required to wear plain black shoes which are suitable for school.

Jewellery – Pupils are not allowed to wear earrings or any other jewellery to school with the exception of watches which may be worn to help with time keeping.

Nail Polish - Girls are not to wear nail varnish to school, please ensure that this is always removed before coming to school.

Hair – Long hair (both girls & boys) should be tied back

Uniform and lunch boxes – Please ensure that all school uniform, P.E. kits and lunchboxes are clearly marked with your child’s name.

Mobile phones - Your child should only bring a mobile phone to school if they have a valid reason for doing so. All phones must be handed in to a member of staff on the gate in the morning & collected from Mrs Marshall, who will be outside the library, at the end of the day.

Learning Mentor

Our Learning Mentor, Mrs Wells, is happy to help if your child has any worries or concerns about school or friendship groups. Pupils can write a note and place it in the worry box at school if they wish to see Mrs Wells or let their teacher know. Mrs Wells is usually at the school gate in Salisbury Road each morning before school and each evening at dismissal time should parents or carers wish to speak to her. She can also be contacted by phoning the school office.

Homework Diaries and Informal Parents’ Meeting

The children have all received a copy of the School Diary. Please read through the Home/School Agreement with your child. This sets out the responsibilities of pupils, parents and the school. We ask that you sign the relevant section. Pupils are asked to bring their diary to school each day as it will be used to record their reading (both at home and in school) as well as their homework. Teachers or parents may also use the book to communicate messages. We will be holding Informal Parents Meetings (please see diary dates below) so that parents can meet with their child’s new class teacher and year group team to learn about expectations, topics for the term and any special events or arrangements for the year group. If you are able to, we would strongly encourage you to attend.

School Blog

 

If you have not yet had a look at our school blog, please make the time to do so. The blog is a great way to keep in touch with what is happening in school, including photos from key events. There are a number of posts already with more being added all the time. To access the blog, please go the main page of our school website and click on the School Blog tab.

 

Attendance and Punctuality

As a school, we work hard to promote good attendance and punctuality. Children are able to come into school from 8:30am. Teachers will be in their classrooms from this time and will have work on the board for the children to complete. This will often be work to support or recap previous learning. The time may also be used by staff to hear pupils read or to address misconceptions. We would therefore strongly urge pupils to be in school at this time if at all possible. If children arrive after 8:50, they will be marked as late. Parents of pupils who are persistently late may be asked to attend a meeting with myself and the Education Welfare Officer.

We have had a number of requests already this term for a leave of absence during term time. In most cases this has been for the purpose of a family holiday. We would kindly ask that parents/carers refrain from taking their children out of school. When children are not in school, they miss vital lessons which inevitably affects their understanding of key concepts. When they return to school, they often find it difficult to catch up. We realise that this is often a cheaper time to travel but we hope that parents will support the school in our goal to ensuring that all pupils make the best possible progress and meet their full potential.

 

 

School drop off

We would like to kindly ask that you refrain from parking on zig zag lines both at the front and the back of the school. The lines are there to protect our pupils so that they may enter school safely. Your cooperation would be much appreciated.

 

Dates for the Diary













































































































































































































































September



 



17th



6 Fir & 6 Pine to Tate Gallery



18th



Yr 3 to Hylands Park



19th



6 Cedar & 6 Beech to Tate Gallery



23rd



Yr 4 Informal Parents Meeting at 9am



24th



Yr 6 Informal Parents Meeting at 9am



25th



Yr 5 Informal Parents Meeting at 9am



26th



Yr 3 Informal Parents Meeting at 9am



27th



Online safety police talk for parents at 9am



 



 



October



 



4th



Y3 to Gidea Park Library



8th



Y6 Height & Weight Measurements



14th



Yr 3 Harvest Assembly to Parents at 2.15pm



15th



Yr 3 Harvest Assembly to Parents at 9.05am



16th



End of topic celebration at 2pm – all years – parents invited

Individual Photos



17th



Yr 6 Shakespeare workshop



18th



Yr 6 Shakespeare workshop



21st – 25th



Half Term



28th Oct – 1st Nov



Y5 Bikeability



 



 



November



 



5th



Flu Immunisations (details to follow)

Open Evening 3.30pm – 5pm



7th



Open Evening 3.30pm – 6.30pm



8th



Yr 6 to Millfield Theatre



 



 



December



 



11th



Yr 4 Christmas play to parents at 2pm



12th



Yr 4 Christmas play to parents at 6.30pm



13th



End of topic celebration at 2pm – all years – parents invited



17th



Yr 5 Carols in the playground at 3pm



18th



Yr 6 Carols in the playground at 3pm



19



Yr 3 Carols in the playground at 3pm



20th



Last day of term



 



 



January 2020



 



6th



Inset Day (School Closed)



7th



Children return to school



 



 



February



 



17th – 21st



Half Term



 



 



March



 



6th



Yr 5 to Stubbers



 



 



April



 



3rd



Last day of term



20th



Children return to school



 



 



May



 



8th



May Day (school closed)



22nd



Inset Day (school closed)



25th – 29th May



Half Term



 



 



June



 



 



 



July



 



22nd



Last Day of term