Newsletter week beginning 10/11/14

Dear Parents/Carers,

School Dinners
On Friday 7th November, all children were given a letter and order form for the week that the school kitchen is closed.
Please ensure that you return it by Thursday 13th November to place your order otherwise we will not be able to provide your child with a meal that week. We will have no kitchen facilities that week so it is vital that any child who brings a packed lunch from home remembers it as we will be unable to provide an alternative and will have to contact parents to bring something in for their child to eat.

School Code of Conduct and our new curriculum
I have been pleased with the way the children have responded to the different parts of our School Code of Conduct as we have revisited it throughout this term. We believe that children have the right to learn and the responsibility to allow teaching to take place in school. I frequently go into lessons and am delighted by the positive attitude to learning that I have seen in them. The majority of the children are keen to learn and focus on what is happening in the classroom. We very much hope that the new curriculum, with its different topics, will help the children to engage with their learning. This year each topic will last for one half term, with a more cross-curricular approach being taken so that the children are applying maths and writing to all subjects rather than in isolation. Our current topic is “Celebrations” which is enabling us to extend the children’s learning to different cultures, countries and religions.

Events/key dates this term:
November:
Wednesday 12th – parents’ evening 4-6pm
Wednesday 12th – Friends of Nevill Road meeting 8pm in the Kings Hall, Cheadle Hulme
Thursday 13th – parents’ evening 4-7pm
Friday 14th – non-uniform for Children in Need and the chocolate tombola – see below for details
Monday 17th – Friday 21st – anti-bullying week
Thursday 27th – Year 5 Thanksgiving Celebration presentation to parents at 2:45pm.
Friday 21st – non-uniform – bring an unopened, unwanted, unwrapped gift for the stall at the Christmas fair
Friday 28th – non-uniform – bring donations of bottles for the Christmas fair stall
Friday 28th – Christmas Fair 5pm-7:30pm
December:
Monday 1st – choir taking part in the Stockport Schools’ Carol Concert at St George’s church 7:30pm
Friday 5th – Year 4 classes to visit the Christmas Story Trail at Hazel Grove Baptist Church
Friday 5th – Year 6 parent assembly at 9:05am.
Wednesday 17th – 9am Year 3 Christmas concert to parents
Wednesday 17th – Year 4 Christmas play to parents – times to be confirmed but likely to be 2pm and 7pm
Friday 19th – Christmas party day; close for the holidays at 3:20pm

Children in Need
The 14th of November will be a busy day as we would like to raise money for Children in Need while starting to collect items for the Christmas fair. As in the Infant school, we are asking children to come in Pyjamas for the day. If they could bring some pennies in to see how many times we can fill an outline of Pudsey and also bring chocolate in for the chocolate tombola at the fair we would be extremely grateful. If you wish to make a donation to Children in Need we will send that in, along with the pennies that fill Pudsey but this is optional as we are asking for a lot on one day.

Sweets and Chewing Gum in school
As you know I am very keen for our children to adopt healthy lifestyles and I would like to thank those of you who support us with this. The tuck shop continues to sell plenty of breadsticks and popcorn but unfortunately the uptake on fruit is not great. If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve this please do not hesitate to let me know.
This is an initiative that we will be looking at in more detail in the New Year to tie in with the “Healthy Schools” award and National Obesity Awareness week.
I am concerned, however, at the amount of chewing gum that appears to be coming into school, especially in Year 6.
Last week we had some walked into the carpet in one of the cloakrooms. It is difficult to remove and can be a hazard to children if they are chewing while running around. Please do NOT allow your child to bring any chewing gum into school.
I would also be grateful if you could refrain from sending in sweets to hand out for birthdays and consider carefully what your child brings in for snacks at playtime. The children only have 15 minutes – it is not long enough to work off all the sugar that many of these snacks contain. Thank you for your continued support with this.

Signing in late
Thank you to parents who have acted on the information contained in the last newsletter. This week has been much better with children entering school through the playground doors up until 9am.
Should your child be late for any reason, the process is to enter through the playground doors between 8:50am and 9am and go straight into class. Only if they arrive at school after 9am should they enter through the front door and sign in to the late book.

Good as New Uniform Sale
Friends will once again be holding a Good as New Uniform Sale at the Christmas Fair. A box is in the Reception area – all donations are welcome. Thank you.

Photographs
Deadline for return of photograph orders is Wednesday, 12th November 2014.

Certificates
The following children were awarded certificates in assembly today:

Y6R – Summer for working hard during dance to create a Bollywood routine.
Y6R – Henry for working hard and bring respectful during the Spooks day.
Y6S – Daniel McC for using lots of excellent vocabulary in his writing.
Y6S – Leo for working extremely hard to create an information page about Guy Fawkes.
Y6W – Ben H for writing a good explanation of an investigation to prove that light travels in a straight line.
Y6W – Daniel B for thinking carefully about how to approach maths problems and finding the best way to solve them.
Y5C – Sinem for designing a brilliant safety poster on the dangers of fireworks.
Y5C – Claudia for producing an excellent picture of a Tudor house using Publlisher.
Y5L – Abigail W for always being ready to listen and setting a great example to everyone else.
Y5L – Joe for fantastic Spooky writing after the Spooks day.
Y5P – Alex for showing excellent, mature behaviour during lessons and always wanting to help others.
Y5P – Olivia B’y for always setting a fantastic example to the rest of the class and trying her very best in tasks.
Y4H – Lola for achieving three consecutive full marks on Big Maths and being able to move up a level.
Y4H – Kian for imaginative ideas and using ambitious vocabulary in his writing.
Y4K – Jamillla for being a kind, hardworking and trustworthy member of the class, with a super attitude towards school.
Y4K – Harris for confident column multiplication and for sharing ideas during Maths.
Y4S – Amelia N for having a positive and enthusiastic attitude to everything she does.
Y4S – Reece for producing a lovely symmetrical Rangoli pattern.
Y3L – Luca for producing excellent work in English.
Y3L – Kaiden for showing great improvement in his writing.
Y3LW – Abigail fir her super bonfire night safety instructions.
Y3LW – Charlie L for his super attitude to learning.
Y3M – Lily for super art work on Greek Day.
Y3M – Emma for always listening carefully and making the right choices.

Congratulations to class Y6R who had the highest attendance last week with 100%.
Please remember to inform the school office if your child is absent for any reason. The staff are there from 8:30am until 4pm, with the answerphone being switched on at all other times.

House Point certificates
This year we will be awarding certificates every time a child receives 100 house points.
This week the following children have received certificates:
Y6R: Henry, Lewis and Eva Y5P: Sam and Alex Y4H: Jessica, Olivia and Harry

School office hours
Please note that staff work in the school office from 8:30am until 4pm (Monday-Thursday) or 3:30pm (Friday). The answer machine is on during the times that the office is unmanned as teachers are busy preparing in their classrooms before school, and marking work or in staff meetings after school. Please leave a message and we will get back to you.

Best wishes,

Miss Sheila Harrison
Headteacher

 

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