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7th October 2015
How well the children have settled into their new classes this term, we’ve got the year off to a great start! Year 1 seem to have made a confident transition into the main building, and our new Year 2’s are rising to the challenge of being the super sensible role models that the rest of the school look up to - well done to all!
A particularly warm welcome from all of us at Loughton Manor First School to our new pupils and families. We know it is a big step, starting school for the first time, and feel sure you must be proud of how well your children are settling in. Well done to the children, and all the grown ups at home and school for giving them confidence, and thank you for joining in so well with their ‘taster’ lessons at the Foundation Stage 2 Curriculum afternoons. It really helps your child, knowing that you have taken part in their learning.
Thanks also to the visiting parents at the Monkeys familiarisation sessions, for joining in with children’s play and helping the children to enjoy their new nursery class experience.
Don’t forget that there are free school dinners for everyone. We are delighted to see that there has been an excellent take up of this provision. The children are eating very well, and tell us they are enjoying their lunch. It’s good to see the younger children developing their skills with using cutlery, too.
I’d like to point out a couple of important leaflets,that everyone needs to know about:-
Firstly, the School Year Planner, which has key diary dates. This was sent home last week.
Please see the item below explaining this.
The other item which you need to check you have read carefully is the detailed information about next week’s Harvest Assemblies.
Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need to know more about anything in this Newsletter…or indeed, something that isn’t – we’re always happy to help!
Here are the details of next week’s Harvest Assemblies.
There are three assemblies to which parents are invited, details of which are below. Hopefully you will have already noted the dates from your school Dates for your Diary year planner. We hope you will be able to join us.
We will be serving tea and coffee beforehand, and taking a collection for Concern’s ‘Food Aid’ appeal, as well as accepting donations for the Food Cupboard food bank.
THURSDAY 15TH OCT 09.00 YEAR 2 ASSEMBLY
HIPPOS, WOLVES AND ELEPHANTS
(Tea and coffee served on arrival from 08.30)
FRIDAY 16TH OCT 09.00 FOUNDATION STAGE 2 ASSEMBLY
ZEBRAS, PANDAS AND TIGERS
(Tea and coffee served on arrival from 08.30)
FRIDAY 16TH OCT 14.15 YEAR 1 ASSEMBLY
LIONS, GIRAFFES AND LEOPARDS
(Tea and coffee served on arrival from 13.45)
Our Harvest Appeals – Concern’s ‘Food Aid’ and ‘The Food Cupboard’, local appeal
We think it is important to raise funds towards Food Aid, organised by the charity Concern. We hope you will want to support this important charity at harvest time when we show our appreciation of all the fruit, vegetables and produce we are so lucky to enjoy. We will be taking a collection for 'Concern' at the end of each assembly, so that the school can still send a donation. Money raised is used as follows:
25p provides enough rice for a whole family for one day
£1.00 can feed a child for a day in a Concern Emergency Feeding Centre
£5.00 can provide food rations to a family of six for one week
£10.00 will provide food for sixteen children for ten days.
£50.00 can provide three children with one meal a day for a whole year
The Food Cupboard
The other way of helping is by donations of the food items for the local Food Cupboard charity, which is aimed at helping families with young children who have emergency need for practical support.
Food parcels distributed by The Food Cupboard are a real lifeline to families who find themselves in hardship, and MKC’s children’s services need to be able to call upon this important voluntary support. It is also something we can offer in a more local way that is tangible, and immediately visible to the children.
We are taking donations for the Food Cupboard from tomorrow onwards. Collection boxes will be in the shared areas at the start of the day. Detailed information and a list of suitable items will be sent home with your child.
This came home last week.
It gives advance information about term dates, parent consultations, curriculum workshops, concerts and more. We recommend you find a prominent place to hang this up, or to look after it at home, so that you can always refer to the calendar throughout the year. It will also be published on the school website.
Please make a note of all relevant dates, so that you are aware of what’s coming up and can make the most of what’s on offer. We do our best to provide further supporting information, but expect parents to take responsibility for noting all the dates that apply to your child’s class to ensure you always know what’s coming up.
We try to stick to the information in the Calendar as closely as possible, but very occasionally an event later in the year may need to be altered, and of course, there will be one or two additional events and activities from opportunities that arise during the year.
Newsletters, and letters to particular classes or year groups will support the Calendar information. The surest way to get information is to sign up for ParentMail and we strongly urge everyone to do this.
We welcome several new/returning staff members this term:-
•Laura Pittam, new class teacher in Giraffes class
•Lucy Lock, our Inclusion Manager who has returned from maternity leave
•Graduate trainee teachers Adam Roxburgh, based in Yr 2 Hippos, and Tom Collins, based in Year 1 Leopards, who as student teachers work in a supernumerary capacity alongside our experienced team of KS1 teachers.
•Two new midday playworkers have joined us this term. They are Insha Hussein and Sarah Nichols. Insha is also part of our daycare team for Breakfast Club and After School Club.
•Sandy Blackledge is our new Clerk to the Governing Body.
KEY STAGE ONE – 08.30 – 08.45
FOUNDATION STAGE – 08.30 – 08.55
Thank you for helping to get the school day off to a good start for your children.
Staff are very happy to be available to help with any queries, remembering that we’re keen to get the classes calm and settled, alert and ready for learning, by 08.45 promptly in Years 1 and 2, and by 08.55 in the Foundation Stage.
Please also note that KS1 children will be working on handwriting practice skills when they arrive in the mornings, until they gather together for their morning check in circles, so the sooner they arrive, the better.
If you have a question or concern that needs more than a quick morning chat, we will always try to be available at home time to talk. Just let us know and we’ll fix a mutually convenient time to meet. I’m sure you will understand that we can’t do long detailed conversations when the children are arriving in the mornings, as staff need to focus on the children at this time.
For those with children in Year 2, we encourage these oldest pupils to take themselves into school from their entrance door a bit more independently. Of course you are still most welcome to come in if you need to talk to the staff. The idea is that we expect Year 2 to be looking after their own things, and putting away daily items for themselves to help the children prepare for when they move on to junior school next year.
We have a Book Fair in the school next week, running after school for three days from Friday 15th to Tuesday 20th October . There is a great selection of children’s books for you to purchase, and the school receives books as a commission, which is a very helpful way of adding to our stock of lovely books for children to enjoy.
We run several workshops for parents. Our aim is to help you to become more familiar with how children learn and grow at school, and also to offer opportunities for you to become more involved in school. A couple have already taken place, but here are the others still to come: We would be delighted to welcome you to any of the following sessions all of which are running this term. Please look on your calendar for dates and times.
•Restorative Practice: (our approach to relationships, promoting good behaviour, and conflict resolution - Thursday 15th October at 1.30 pm or 7.00 pm.
•Inclusion – Tuesday 20th October, 1.30 pm and 7.00 pm
•Mathematics - Thursday 22nd October at 1.30 pm and 7.00 pm
•Write Dance (Foundation Stage) – Thursday 19th November 09.00
In addition there will be monthly Stay and Play sessions in the Nursery Class from January onwards.
We’d be very grateful if every child could donate a box of tissues to be used in class. We ask this once a year, and usually the supply lasts just about the school year through. It is very helpful for children and teachers to be able to lay their hands on a tissue readily in case of runny noses. Thank you so much for your help in this matter.
Don’t forget that your child needs named P.E. kit in school every day, brought in on Monday mornings.
We intend keeping going with Key Stage 1 outdoor games lessons throughout the year, unless the weather is really bitter. Therefore please could Year 1 and 2 include track suits, joggers or sweatshirts as the weather gets colder.
In Years 1 and 2, it is essential that children have trainers or plimsolls (trainers are better on the grass) that fit them as part of their P.E. kit. We will be sending kit home half termly for checking and washing.
If your child has earrings, please remember either to teach them how to remove them, or alternatively, supply your child with surgical tape to cover their earrings during P.E. lessons. They can keep this in their tray. Any long hair must be tied back.
These requirements are essential to comply with Health and Safety regulations. Thank you.
Please always make time to read letters from school. That’s the surest way of your children being happy and taking part fully in what’s on offer. It also helps you to know and understand what’s happening at school, and can save worries. Wherever possible, if you have a reply slip to return, please make sure it is given to the class teaching assistant or teacher, rather than leaving it in a book bag.
ParentMail is our preferred method of communication, and we would urge you to use it if you have the internet. It is the most reliable way of being sure you receive letters. It’s also a great way of improving the flow of information to those who work full-time. Even if you don’t have email, if you provide ParentMail with your mobile phone number, you will be included in any informational text messages we send out. Once you are registered with ParentMail we will send you emails rather than paper wherever possible. Much better for the environment, and the school photocopying bill! Also, with ParentMail you never have the worry of whether you may have missed a letter if your child is absent. There is a letter attached to this newsletter with details of ParentMail registration.
Paper copies of letters
In general, we only do paper copies for those that haven’t ParentMail. We do remind pupils that they must always pass on letters. It is our practice to encourage children to put Newsletters and other information from school in their reading folder, so please check this every evening if you are not on ParentMail.
Nursery children will have letters given out when you collect them.
Very occasionally, information will come home via paper to everyone if it’s something that’s not possible to email. We will always give the children an extra reminder to pass this on to you, and we send a ParentMail alert.
SPARE PANTS AND TROUSERS
Sometimes young children don’t quite make it to the loo in time –especially if they’re really engrossed in what they’re doing. Because of this we need to keep a good supply of spare pants and trousers in school. If you have any in good condition that your child has grown out of, we’d be very grateful to have them. Also, if your child has come home in spare clothes from school, please wash them and send them back asap.
Please, please name your children’s clothes, especially red tops!!! It’s not 100% fool proof in making sure your child doesn’t lose items, but makes a huge difference in how well we can help you retrieve missing items. You can help further by checking that names haven’t washed off. Also, if your child comes home in someone else’s named school jumper (they do this occasionally if they haven’t followed instructions about how to leave their clothes neatly on a chair when changing for P.E.) please return it to school straight away.