Newsletter week beginning 03/11/14

Dear Parents/Carers,

School Dinners
As you know, Mrs Marshall and I have been working hard to develop a strong relationship between the Infant and Junior schools; however you may not be aware that all the school meals for both schools are prepared in the kitchen in the Junior school. At the start of this term there was a rush to start the free Infant school meals initiative but now, due to its basic equipment, our kitchen is struggling to produce the huge increase in the number of meals being taken. The extra equipment has now been delivered but there needs to be some structural work done before it can be installed. To avoid this dragging on until February the hard decision has been made to close the kitchen for a week.
From the 24th – 28th November the children will be provided with a packed lunch that will be made off site and brought into school each day. We really appreciate your understanding at this time and it would be extremely beneficial to ourselves and our planning, for parents to take the packed meal from school rather than providing one from home. There will be more information about the food that will be available in packed lunches after half term.

School Code of Conduct
Continuing with revisiting our School Code of Conduct, the fourth right is “To be trusted”, with the associated responsibility of “To be trustworthy”. There are a variety of roles that we trust our children to carry out, starting by being a member of the school council and building up to being many different monitors in Year 6. Our children regularly display their honesty and integrity, and I truly believe that we have extremely trustworthy children in school. There are only rare occasions when I need to remind the children about how to behave and I am very proud of the way they always respond.

Events/key dates this term:
Tuesday 4th – Steve Delaney, author, working with Years 5 and 6 developing writing
Thursday 6th – ‘Crafty Social’ craft fair run by Friends in the Infant Hall. 7.30-9.30 pm
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
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

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
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.

Path through to the playground
Our old mobiles were removed during the half term holiday but the work to landscape the area and install new bike racks there will continue for a while yet. The builders have fenced off the area, leaving a path through to the main playground. Please take care in this area especially as the surface has been damaged by the crane that was on site. This will all be made good before the builders complete their work.

Signing in late
At present we seem to have a lot of children who arrive at school before 9am but who come in through the main front door. They are then signing in late but going to class before the class register has closed at 9am. This is causing great confusion and long queues in the office area.
The process is if your child arrives at school between 8:50am and 9am they should still enter through the playground doors and go into class. Only if they arrive at school after 9am should they enter through the front door and sign in to the late book.

Poppy Appeal
Poppies will be sold in school commencing Tuesday, 4th November at break times and lunch times. If your child would like to purchase a poppy, a minimum donation of at least 20p is recommended.

The following children were awarded certificates in assembly today:

Y6R – Lewis for working hard in all lessons and setting a good example to others in the classroom.
Y6R – Darragh for working hard to create a self-portrait in the style of Picasso.
Y6S – Niyah for never giving up during circuit training.
Y6S – James for always working hard to complete his topic work.
Y6W – Grace for working hard to become an independent learner and taking initiative in all lessons.
Y6W – JJ for consistently working hard to discuss with others and sharing ideas freely.
Y5C – Katie for always being polite and helpful in the classroom.
Y5C – Nathan for making intelligent contributions to class discussions in history.
Y5L – Harleigh for being kind, caring and considerate of others.
Y5L – Lucas for trying very hard with his writing about the Tudors.
Y5P – Louie S for always being polite to others and working hard, with a smile on his face.
Y5P – Amy B for some excellent ideas in English and writing a story with a fantastic build up and dilemma.
Y4H – Drew for wonderful, clear and enthusiastic reading.
Y4H – Cece for a fantastic Egyptian silhouette on a desert wash.
Y4K – Luke H for hard work, helpfulness and being such a pleasure to teach.
Y4K – Ellie for always working hard in English lessons and trying to use ambitious vocabulary.
Y4S – Makinde for always putting effort into everything he does.
Y4S – Isabelle D for always coming into school with a smile and for brightening up the classroom.
Y3L – Olivia for her positive attitude to learning – her enthusiasm is a delight to see.
Y3L – Ellie for always trying her best and setting such a great example for the class.
Y3LW – Lauren for a fantastic myth that was really exciting to read.
Y3LW – Kamryn for super work in maths, always being careful and always checking her work.
Y3M – Esme for always being ready to learn and for making good choices.
Y3M – Maria for beautiful art work designing symbols and shields for Greek gods.

Congratulations to class Y5P who had the highest attendance last week with 98.8%.
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:
Y4H: Isabella R, Beth and Thomas
Y3LW: Joshua, Archie, Eve, Mod, Kamryn, Thomas, Adam, Charlotte, Abigail, Ahmed, Mia and Jack

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.

Please can I ask you to take care when parking and ensure that you do not block people’s drives? I have received an email from a resident on North Park Road who was unable to leave her house due to a car being parked across her drive, which subsequently caused her to be late for work. Please consider where you park, whether it is safe and whether you are going to cause problems for the residents. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Miss Sheila Harrison


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