Well done to everyone!
‘Settling in’ is going very well and all children are happy and busy during the mornings. Thank you all for supporting the staff by leaving promptly. However, there may be times when children have an ‘off day’ – especially when they are tired or at the end of a busy week!
Do ensure that your child gets to bed early.
Also, a big, big thank you for arriving on time in the mornings and afternoons. We really appreciate the effort! This has really helped your children to settle and staff have been able to give individual children the time they need on arrival.
Can we remind you that after Hallowe’en the day is extended and all children must be picked up by 1.15 p.m., not 1.30. as it was some years ago. Please make sure that all collectors, minders and day nurseries are aware of this time.
At this time of year the children learn about fruit and vegetables. We have already harvested our own potatoes for dinner.
We will soon be learning about:
- Taste, smell, texture
- Shape, size, colour
- Making soup
- Making fruit salad
- How fruit and vegetables grow
As part of this theme we would like all children to bring in a piece of fruit or a vegetable to school over the next few weeks, into the first week of November. An apple or potato would be fine but something more exotic would be equally welcome. We will be using your contributions for observational paintings, printing activities as well as Role Play, cooking and tasting. We will be having our own ‘farm shop’ and planting apple trees in our garden area.
As you have probably noticed, in the Reception Area, we have a lovely selection of hair decorations in school colours, reasonably priced, especially designed and made for our stylish young ladies. You can order direct from the Mum who makes them or place an order in the box. A lovely little extra for Christmas stockings! Please take a look.
Please! Please! Please!
- Ensure that your child’s coat and sweatshirts are named in an obvious place!!! They all look the same!
- As colder days approach, encourage your child to wear a hat and gloves/mittens as we will be playing outdoors or going for walks.
- To encourage independence, all children are encouraged to put on their own coats. Do practise this at home and praise your child when they succeed. Staff will help your child to zip his/her coat. We’ll work on that task later in the year! Please leave your child’s coat on their peg with the arms out. This makes it easier for them to put on!
- Check that a change of clothes is in your child’s bag in the bathroom and remember to replace if clothes are used.
- Dinner money must be paid on a Friday in an envelope please.
- ‘School fund’ is £10 a month and must be paid at the beginning of each month, if you have not already paid.
- Take home a song/rhyme sheet to share our songs with your child. Our new sheet ‘Autumn’ is available at the moment.
Mrs. Gervais and Mrs. Thompson will be available for Parental Consultations after school, week commencing November 11th. Please sign the sheet in the reception hall. We will be discussing how your child has settled into school. Meetings should only last about 10 minutes.
If times don’t suit, we can make ourselves available early mornings.
✶The Annual General Report of The Board Of Governors for 2018/19 is available if you would like to lift one from Reception.
✶Every month we feature a ‘targeted’ story. This month is ‘Owl Babies’. Please borrow one. Sign it out as usual in our library file.
✶ We need a dad/grandad/ uncle/kitchen fitter/ any handyman who can rehang our kitchen doors in the Home Corner.
✶We have invited Boogie Beat on Monday 21st Oct. This is a musical/movement programme, featuring rhymes, action songs and the use of musical instruments. School Fund will meet the cost.
Attached to this news sheet is a consent form so that your child can take part in occasional walks in the Folly or to Davidson’s nurseries for the Christmas tree/plants. Please return the form as soon as possible. For safety we will be encouraging the children to:
- Walk in pairs
- Hold hands
- Listen to the adult
- Behave sensibly
Also, the children will wear our fluorescent safety tabards on any walks.
Learning about Our World
Following on from Debbie Doolittle’s visit, we hope you like our ‘Autumn Woodland’ Display. Do take time to look at the objects and animals with your child and feel free to add to our display. Please look out for leaves, chestnuts, acorns etc. on your country walks. We will be learning about seasonal changes, colours of leaves, different woodland animals, their habitats and ‘hibernation’.
Permission is given for my child …………………………………………….
to go for walks through The Folly or to Davidson’s Nursery.
Year 2019/20 Signed ……………………………………………………………..
Visit from Mr. Hullabaloo – Thursday. 7th November – 6:30 – 8.00p.m
A ‘bedtime’ story and supper for all children (and siblings up to Primary 3)… more details later. Parents are invited to attend, so keep this evening free! As numbers are limited, please sign the sheet in the entrance hall if you intend to come. Not suitable for toddlers!
Congratulations & Welcome
To Alex (in Mrs Gervais’ class) who has just become a big brother to Victoria.
Dates for your Diary’
- Monday 21st October – Boggie Beat Music/Movement Programme
- Tuesday 22nd October – Individual School Photographs. All children must wear school uniforms please.
- Wednesday 23rd October – Planting Apple Trees
- Friday 25th October – ‘ Pirate, Scarecrow, Superhero and Princess’ Party (no scary costumes please). Children can wear ‘party’/day clothes if they wish School ends at 11.30 a.m. for Hallowe’en.
- School meals will provide party food at the normal cost = £2.50
- Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November School Closed (5 days) School re-opens on Monday, 4th November.
- Thursday 7th November – Mr Hullabaloo at Bedtime 6.30 p. m
- W/c 11th November – Parental Consultations ( Mon. Tues. & Thurs.)
- Wednesday 13th November – School Closed for Staff Training.