School Newsletter 16th September 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Roald Dahl Day
We had a frumptious day on Tuesday when the children and staff dressed in their diddly costumes to celebrate what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Our new whole school display is a work in progress which will soon be finished and will show children’s writing on the theme of dream jars as well as a photograph of all the costumes from Tuesday.  Thank you for making this such a special day.
PTA Meeting
Tonight there is a PTA meeting from 8.15pm – 9.15pm at The Blue Bell – all welcome.  
I am very grateful, as always, for the commitment the PTA contribute to the life of our school.  This includes funding for equipment and trips, including a contribution towards swimming, without which the cost would increase significantly for both families and school.  

Stars of the week
Congratulations to the following children for their efforts in our first week of school:

Stars of the week:
Beech             Jennifer O’Hare
Chestnut        Ewan Langshaw
Elm                Phoebe Addison
Oak               Gracie Mazza
Willow           Megan Thompson

Star writers:
Beech            Isabella Hyde
Chestnut        Lena Nowaczek
Elm                Neve Godbold
Oak               Becky Stanger
Willow           Will Lenton

Change of date: Parent Consultation Evenings
Our Parent Consultation evenings will now be held on Wednesday 5th October and Thursday 6th October from 3.30pm to 6.00pm.  Mr Oates, School Cook would like to invite parents and carers to taste bite size samples from the School meal menu.  The 'Sampling Session' will take place in the School Hall from 3.00pm to 6.00pm and parent consultations will take place in classrooms.  Some school governors will also be at the taster session, should you wish to meet them.

English Curriculum Evening
One of our Ofsted development points is to make improvements in writing across the school and we have the opportunity to provide a workshop for parents with Heather Russell, LA English Adviser and Consultant, to share the expectations of the new curriculum with you.  This interactive workshop is for all parents and carers and will be held on Wednesday 28th September from 7pm – 8pm.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide crèche facilities at this time.  Please add your name to the list in the office if you would like to attend this valuable event.

We will be visiting church on Monday 26th September for our Harvest Festival.  Children are invited to bring a donation of non-perishable goods such as tinned or dried foods on the morning of 26th, which we will take to church when we visit for the service.  

Shoe Box Appeal
School Council will be meeting with Mrs Ward today to prepare a presentation for the school to introduce the Shoe Box Appeal for this year.  Details will follow in book bags soon.

Some staff have received Lego Therapy training this week to support children in social skills and language development.  If you have any small Lego kits, with all pieces present and instructions, we would be very grateful of donations to help us to get started.  The ultimate aim is to open a Lego club in the winter months to give more children the opportunity to have some time inside when the colder weather arrives.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs V Farby
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