September Newsletter

Sept. 27, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope all of you enjoyed a lovely summer break and that you had an enjoyable family time. 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.
All of our classes are now named after trees. Our new class arrangements are as follows:
Old Class New Class Teacher
Dolphins 3 Oak Mrs Bush
Whales 3 Elm Miss Black
Sharks 3 Ash Miss Beasley
3B 4 Pine Mr Fry
3S 4 Beech Mrs Karim /Mrs Aarons
3K 4 Fir Mrs Procopio
3E 4 Cedar Mr Steele
4NK 5 Palm Mrs Hammel (nee Miss Cook)
4S 5 Willow Mrs Chestnutt / Mrs Sharma
4T 5 Poplar Mr Fowles
5CS 6 Holly Mrs Atkinson
5B 6 Birch Mr Hackett
5H 6 Maple Mrs Marshall

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. If for any reason your child needs to wear trainers to school then they must bring a letter in to their teacher with an explanation.
Jewellery – Pupils are not allowed to wear earrings or any other jewellery to school. Watches 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 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 travel alone. If you would like your child to bring a mobile phone to school please ask them to pick up a consent form from the school office for you to sign. 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.
Homework Diaries
In the next few days, the children will be receiving their new homework diaries. Please read through the Home/School Agreement on page2. 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 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.
Attendance and Punctuality
As a school, we work hard to promote good attendance and punctuality. When the children come into school in the morning, they sit down to complete some early morning work to revise key concepts. If children are late to school, it means that they miss this vital revision time. We ask that all pupils are in the playground no later than 8:45 each morning. This allows them five minutes to put away their things before beginning their work for the day. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. Parents of pupils who are persistently late may be asked to attend a meeting with myself and the Education Welfare Officer.
Dates for the Diary

September 2017
15th Workshop for reading volunteers 2.15pm
18th Yr3 Informal parents meeting 9am
19th Yr4 Informal parents meeting 9am
20th Yr5 Informal parents meeting 9am
21st Yr6 Informal parents meeting 9am
25th Maths parents workshop (Addition,subtraction & place value) 9am
October
4th Maths Lesson Open Morning for parents 9am
6th Parents Forum 2.15pm
9th Maths parents workshop (multiplication & division) 9am
17th Yr3 Harvest assembly to parents 2pm
18th Individual class photos
19th Yr3 Harvest assembly to parents 9am
23rd - 27th Half term
November
1st Reading workshop for parents (Improve fluency) 9am
1st Open Evening for parents 3.30pm – 5pm
2nd Open Evening for parents 3.30pm – 6.30pm
6th Maths workshop for parents (Fractions) 9am
15th SATS meeting for Yr6 parents 6pm
17th Reading workshop for parents (challenging more able readers) 2.15pm
20th Maths workshop for parents (Measurements) 9am
24th Parents Forum 2.15pm
29th Maths Lesson Open Morning for parents 9am
December
4th Maths workshop for parents (Geometry, shape& space) 9am
6th Yr4 Christmas Play to parents 6.30pm
7th Yr4 Christmas Play to parents 6.30pm
12th Yr6 Christmas carols in the playground
13th Yr5 Christmas carols in the playground
14th Yr3 Christmas carols in the playground
19th Yr4 Christmas carols in the playground
20th Last day of term

January 2018
2nd Inset Day
3rd Children return to school

With kind regards

Mrs M Shipton