Newsletter 9 September 2016

Welcome everyone, we hope you had a lovely summer and are excited to get started with a new school year. A huge welcome to our new children and parents who begin on Monday! All staff have worked extremely hard over the summer to prepare the school ready for your children. The learning environments are outstanding and it was great to see lots of excited children as they walked into their new classrooms this week!

Below is a list of key diary dates. Further details about events will follow. Hopefully this will give you all a head start in booking school events on to your calendar.

September
Wednesday 14th Skipping workshops for children, skipping ropes will be sold on the playground at the end of the day

Parent helpers meeting for existing volunteers 2.15pm (see below)

Friday 16th Feet on Friday – Children who walk on a Friday will get a sticker and be put in a raffle every Monday. Prizes will be given to a child from each class.
Tuesday 20th Parent helpers meeting for new volunteers 9am (see below)
Thursday 22nd Second hand uniform sale 8.30am & 2.45pm (see below)
Friday 23rd Jeans for Genes Day – small donation for children and staff to wear jeans to school
Tuesday 27th Stanley Baker individual photographs.
Thursday 29th Macmillan Coffee morning

Kent Messenger in to take ‘First Class’ pictures of EYFS children

Friday 30th Birthday assembly- parent/carers of children with Birthdays are invited

2pm- EYFS Fine Motor workshop for parents

3pm-3.45pm Year 1 & 2 parents drop in – meet teacher/TA

October
Week 3rd – 7th Phonics workshops
Friday 14th Snow Leopards
Tuesday 18th Parents evening – 3.30 – 6pm
Thursday 20th Parents evening 5.30 – 8pm

Flu nasal immunisations – Years 1 & 2 – details to follow

Birthday assembly- parent/carers of children with Birthdays are invited

Friday 21st Inset Day – no children in school
Week 24th – 28th Half Term
November
Friday 4th Turtle assembly
Week 7th – 11th Maths workshops in classes am
Friday 11th Seahorse assembly
Wednesday 16th Height and Weight check- EYFS children
Friday 18th Polar Bear assembly

Children in Need day

Thursday 24th Book Look 3pm – 4pm in classes
Friday 25th Birthday assembly parent/carers of children with Birthdays are invited
December
Friday 2nd Penguin assembly
Week 5th – 9th Winter week followed by exhibition
Friday 9th Starfish assembly
Tuesday 13th Year R Christmas production – am & pm
Wednesday 14th Year 2 Christmas production – am & pm
Thursday 15th Year 1 Christmas production – am & pm
Friday 16th 9am- December Birthday assembly- parent/carers of children with Birthdays are invited
Wednesday 21st Last day of term
January
Tuesday 3rd Inset Day – no children in school
Wednesday 4th Children return to school 

Sale of used uniform

The Friends will be holding a sale of used uniform on Thursday 22nd September at 8.30am and 2.15pm. If you are unable to attend the sale please email the Friends on: thefriendsofdownsview@yahoo.com with any specific items you are particularly looking for, the Friends will put the items aside for you.

 Awards

Many awards are given on a Friday – this will begin next week for year 1 and 2 and the following week for Reception. A child from each class is given a special award on a Friday for extra hard work in reading. Two children are chosen for being extra active. The class that has the best attendance of the week gets Attendance Ted and the class for being the most punctual get Punctuality Pup to keep for the week. There are also class certificates given for the class with the most bonus cards from lunch time as well as a child from each class gets to sit on the star table to eat his/her lunch for having the best behaviour at lunch.

 Volunteer Helpers

Mrs Collins will be holding a meeting for existing parent helpers on Wednesday 14th September at 2:15pm if you would like to continue to help in school, so that you can be assigned to a class.

For new volunteers there will be a meeting on Tuesday 20th September at 9am to provide you with information on the types of help that is required in school and the process for getting involved. We hope that you can join us. There is no minimum time requirement; you can come from a little as 30mins to a morning or afternoon. All help will be gratefully received!

Exciting new project

Many of you will have noticed a new building being erected near the existing mobile. We invest in extra teachers and teaching assistants who supply extra support to individuals or small groups of children; which can be confidence building, supporting a specific need or boosting your child’s progress. This room is going to supply another quiet room for these sessions to take place. Mr Beaney our caretaker has lots of building experience and therefore is using this expertise to build this with support. Marc Wheeler one of our Parent Governors has offered to support with the labour work under the direction of Mr Beaney. If anybody else has some free time and would like to support, please let Helen or Nicola in the office know. This area has been fenced off, including some of the adventure playground for health and safety reasons. If your child is using the adventure playground, please ensure close supervision whilst this is being built.

Year group information

Specific information about things related to your child’s class/year group should have come home on a separate letter today. If you haven’t received one, please ask your child’s teacher or the office. These will also be on our website soon too. Topic home learning sheets, sharing what your child will be learning this term and ideas for you at home will come home on Monday. These will also be on our website soon.

A few reminders

Please remember to have a PE kit available in school for your child. This can remain on your child’s peg throughout the term ready for use.

As the weather is still a little unpredictable please ensure you child has sun cream on but also bring in a coat on the days we may have unexpected showers or it turns a little colder.

Please be aware that the adventure playground is specifically for children under 7 and any children using it before or after school should be supervised by an adult.

Toys for lunchtime play

If you have any unwanted toy cars, plastic figurines or toys from restaurants we would love to have them for play at lunchtime. Please drop them in to the school office.

Tea and Tissues

As you may be aware we have our new reception children starting on Monday. We are inviting the parents of these children to our Tea and Tissues sessions after they drop their children off at either 8.50am or 12.30pm. If any existing parents would like to attend to offer support or just to chat please feel free to come along to the mobile.

Belmont Woodfest and Country Fair 10th and 11th September

Belmont House near Faversham is holding an event where you will see traditional craftsmanship skills including chainsaw demonstrations, horse logging, willow weaving and many more! There will be a variety of live music and a ‘Keep it Local’ marquee full of art, craft, gifts and locally produced fresh food stalls. For more information visit www.belmont-house.org

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