Newsletter 24/19

Newsletter 24/19

PARENTS’ EVENINGS
Reminder—Parents’ Evenings are taking place next week on Tuesday 19th March 2019 and Thursday 21st March 2019. Have you signed up for an appointment yet? If not, there is still time to put your name down on the appointment sheets located in the school hall.

YEAR 5 PARENT EASTER LUNCH
Year 5 parents are invited to come and join us for a family Easter lunch on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 12 noon. To book an Easter lunch, please return the form sent home this week by Wednesday 20th March ensuring that a payment of £2.50 for each meal is made via www.eduspot.co.uk. Sadly, we cannot accept any orders received after this date. We hope to invite parents of children in other year groups throughout the year.

THE FRIENDS’ OF SUMMERFIELDS
The Friends have organised lots of events, have you made a note of them? As a reminder, here is what’s coming up:-
Spring Crafts Club will run after school from 3pm-4pm on 26th March and 2nd April 2019, £4 for both weeks. Children in KS1 will need to have an adult stay with them during the sessions. To book a place please complete the permission slip and return with payment by 22nd March 2019.
St George’s Day—Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Wear something red or white to school in return for a £1 donation.
Spring Treasure Hunt—Tuesday 23rd April 2019—more information to follow.
Non-School Uniform Day—Friday 24th May 2019. For a £1 donation you can come to school dressed as something beginning with the first letter of you name (e.g. Lisa could go come dressed as a Lion).
Summer Fair— 7th June 2019, 3pm—5pm.
Summer Disco—12th July 2019, more details to follow nearer the time.
If you are available to help at any of the events, please speak to Kim or Lisa from the Friends or you can leave your details at the school office and they will get in touch.

FREE ONLINE SAFETY GUIDE FOR PARENTS
We would like to help parents understand the various online platforms that children have access to by sharing with you the links below from The National Online Safety team.
TWITTER:


FACEBOOK:

Strap yourselves in! This #WakeUpWednesday we’re taking parents on a journey to understand the risks on Grand Theft Auto…

Posted by National Online Safety on Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Can we respectfully remind parents that if a child has continual access to inappropriate games it could be considered a child protection issue. To have access to Facebook you should be aged 13, Instagram aged 13, Fortnite aged 12 and even access to the Minecraft chatroom has led to safeguarding concerns.

VIOLIN LESSONS
Would your child like to receive violin lessons during school time? If you are interested in signing your child up for lessons, please give your details to the school office. Please note that there is a cost to these lessons.

PINK SPECTACLE CASE
Have anyone lost a pink spectacle case? It has a well known logo on it and was handed in to the school office some time ago. Hopefully it can be reunited with its owner!

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Be the type of person you would like to meet.

MATHS WORD OF THE WEEK
Even number—A positive or negative number exactly divisible by 2.

Next Week’s School Lunch Menu is:-

 

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Newsletter 23/19

Newsletter 23/19

WORLD BOOK DAY & BOOK FAYRE
We would like to congratulate everyone for dressing up so creatively for World Book Day this week. Everyone, including the staff, looked absolutely fantastic. We would also like to thank you for supporting our Book Fayre. With your purchases you raised £540.00 to buy new books for the school. What an achievement! Thank you so much for supporting this event. We will hopefully be holding another one later in the year. All the entries for the Book Cover Competition were very impressive and it was difficult to choose the winners. Photographs below show the winners with their prizes and of World Book Day.

ATTENDANCE
Our target is for every child to be in school every
day. The whole school attendance for February was 92.82%. Class attendance percentages for February were as follows:-
Ellen McArthur Class 93.23%
King Charles Class 86.90%
Queen Victoria Class 94.30%
Minghella Class 93.57%
Warrior Class 94.17%
Tennyson Class 92.66%
Charles Dickens Class 95.24%
Congratulations to Charles Dickens Class who were February’s Attendance Stars! They were presented with the trophy in Celebration Assembly today.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
The Year 3 class assembly will take place next Thursday 14th March 2019 at 2.45pm prompt. Everyone is welcome to attend.

PARENTS’ EVENINGS
As per the letter sent home this week, Parents’ Evenings are due to take place on Tuesday 19th March 2019 and Thursday 21st March 2019. To avoid congestion in the Key Stage areas, sheets will be up in the SCHOOL HALL, from next Monday morning, 11th March 2019. Year R sheets will be in their corridor area. Please remember due to the number of children and time slots available, every child will only be allowed ONE slot—not one per parent or one on Tuesday and one on Thursday. If you are unable to make Parents’ Evening, please speak to your child’s teacher to make alternative convenient arrangements. Please note the Year 6 times are slightly different to the rest of the school, as per the letter sent home. Thank you.

ABSENCE LINE
Please remember to ring the Pupil Absence Line on 525085 BEFORE 9.30am if your child is unwell and unable to come to school. The absence line is automated and so is available at any time to leave messages on. The office telephone is answered from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Alternatively you can contact school by email at office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

ISLE OF WIGHT JUNIOR CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
Please see below for details of Isle of Wight Junior Cross Country Championships which take place this Sunday 10th March 2019 at Seaclose Park, Newport. Please note booking is essential. Good luck!

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great!

MATHS WORD OF THE WEEK
Isosceles—A triangle with 2 sides the same length

Next week’s School Lunch Menu is:-

World Book Day & Competition Winners

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Newsletter 22/19

Newsletter 22/19

BOOK COVER COMPETITION
We have 5 x £5 Scholastic book vouchers to give away which can be used to buy a book in our Book Fayre. To have a chance of winning a voucher, children need to design a book cover on an A4 sheet of paper. Entries must be sent to the school office by 9am on Monday 4th March 2019. Every child has been sent home with a sheet of paper today, please ensure that your child’s name and class is clearly marked on their entry.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE MATTERS (SAM BEAR)
At Summerfields we have two SAM Bears (teddies) in school which are awarded every half term to the class in each Key Stage with the highest pupil attendance. The bears have been presented in assembly this week to Year 2 (KS1) with 96.31% attendance and to Year 3 (KS2) with 97.17% attendance for last half term. Each class can then keep the bear in their classroom until the bears are presented again. We would like to say a very big ‘well done’ to every child who tries their very best to come to school every day.

BOOK FAYRE
Have you visited our Book Fayre after school this week? If you haven’t, you still have time to come along either after school today or on Monday 4th March 2019. All children have been able to have a look at the books during school time. Children can use their World Book Day vouchers against the purchase, as well as at participating bookshops. Any profit made from the sale of books will go towards buying new books for our school library.

WORLD BOOK DAY
Reminder we are dressing up for World Book Day next Thursday. Children should come to school dressed as their favourite ‘Book Character’.

‘MOMO’—NATIONAL ONLINE SAFETY GUIDE
‘Momo’ is a sinister online ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. We urge all parents and carers to read the information sheet below which gives top tips on how to help keep children safe online. For more information please visit the following website: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/ .

CLEVER NEVER GOES SAFETY INITIATIVE
The safety initiative programme ‘Clever Never Goes’ has been developed to replace the out-dated ‘stranger danger’ approach. ‘Clever Never Goes’ moves the focus away from strangers and instead teaches children to recognise when someone is trying to persuade them to go with them. Parents can download a free home pack from: www.clevernevergoes.org/parents. The home pack contains some great ideas for how to approach this topic with your children as well as games and activities. On the website, you can also see a series of cartoon sketches which are a good way of reinforcing the Clever Never Goes message.

‘TRAINER TYPE’ SHOES
We are aware of the limited choices available to parents when buying school shoes, many of them are now in a relaxed ‘trainer style’. Although we ask that trainers are not worn for school shoes, we will allow ‘trainer style’ sturdy black shoes. Coloured shoes or trainers are not acceptable school uniform. Thank you for your support.

MAYFIELD ROAD CLOSURE
From Thursday 7th March 2019, Mayfield Drive (from the top of Staplers) will be closed to vehicles for up to 6 weeks. If this affect’s your journey to school, please allow plenty of extra time to get your child to school on time and to collect them in the afternoon.

PARENT GOVERNOR VACANCY
Reminder—Nominations for our Parent Governor vacancy must be returned to the school office via the “Green Box” by 9.00am on Thursday 7th March 2019 at the latest. Thank you.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Focus on what you can do, right now, where you are.

WORD OF THE WEEK
Ambidextrous—This word means someone who can use either hand with equal skill. Do you know anyone who is ambidextrous?

Next week’s School Lunch Menu is:-

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Newsletter 21/19

Newsletter 21/19

HALF TERM HOLIDAY
We hope you have a pleasant and restful half term holiday and look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 25th February 2019.

BOOK FAYRE
As part of our World Book Day celebrations school will be holding a Book Fayre between Wednesday 27th February 2019 and Monday 4th March 2019. All children will get a chance to have a look at the books during school time. Parents can then come along after school from 3.00pm–3.30pm to purchase books. Children can use their World Book Day vouchers against the purchase of books from the book fayre, as well as at participating bookshops. Any profit made from the sale of books at the book fayre will go towards buying new books for our school library. Everyone is welcome to come along to the book fayre. Thank you for your support.

PUPIL ABSENCE
Unfortunately as you may be aware, we have had a lot of pupil absence recently due to illness, especially Chicken Pox. We would therefore like to respectfully remind parents that our Attendance Policy states that parents must provide supporting medical evidence for all absences of 5 days or more. Our Attendance Policy can be read in full on the school website at www.summerfieldsprimary.co.uk. Thank you.

ROAD SAFETY INFORMATION
Due to the increased traffic flow near school due to the current works on Staplers Road, we contacted Island Roads to highlight that Mayfield Drive, Cook Avenue and Atkinson Drive have become a ‘rat-run’ which is consequently putting pupils of both Summerfields and Medina College at risk. Sadly they responded and said that there is nothing they can do as they have no enforcement powers. Undeterred, we then contacted the Local Cllr Matthew Price who advised that having received and made numerous complaints on this issue, he had arranged a meeting with Island Roads ‘on site’ in order that they could experience the issue first hand.  From this Cllr Price went on to explain that he will “initially go through the right channels to complain, but if it does not receive the right attentions I will look to the school and residents for support in finding measures to help. I am pursuing my own idea of temporary traffic calming obstacles to be placed throughout the estate which is being looked into.” Therefore, if as a member of the school community or resident you feel that the areas around the school have become even more dangerous recently due to the current roadworks, we would urge you to contact Cllr Price directly with your concerns or ideas for improvement — Matthew.Price@iow.gov.uk. Sadly the school has no jurisdiction on the public highway – all we can do is to once again ask everybody to co-operate and consider the safety of ALL children, not just your own, when dropping off and picking up. The children in Years 5 & 6 are encouraged to ‘walk home alone’ to encourage resilience and independence so please do not park in such a way that it makes it difficult for them to see and cross the roads safely.
On behalf of the Governing Body
Tara Allman (Parent Governor / Vice Chair of Governors)

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS’ QUIZ NIGHT
On Thursday 28th February 2019, the Friends will be holding one of their legendary quiz nights! This is an evening for “adults only” from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm prompt start. Remember to bring your own food and drink to enjoy during the quiz. School and Friends would both like to thank Jackie Baxter for this, and all the other previous quizzes, she has ran. This will be her last at Summerfields, so please come along and support this fun event raising funds for your children. The cost is just £1.00 per person, maximum of 6 per team.

PARENT GOVERNOR VACANCY
Every family should have this week received a letter about a Parent Governor Vacancy. Please can any nominations for this post be returned to the school office via the “Green Box” by 9.00am on Thursday 7th March 2019 at the latest. Thank you.

CLAY DAYS AT NEWPORT ROMAN VILLA
During half term Newport Roman Villa are holding two “Clay Days”. On Monday 18th February 2019 you can go along and make your own Roman game and on Wednesday design your own clay coin. The Roman Villa will be open from 10.00am-3.00pm, just drop in between these times. Entry is just £1.00 per person. For further details please contact Newport Roman Villa on 823433.

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY
Pompey in the Community will again be working with 1Leisure during February half term at Medina College. These fun days include handball, multi skills, swimming and football and will run from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd February 2019. All sessions must be pre-booked by calling 02392 728899. The cost per day is £14.00 or £40.00 for three days.

HEAD LICE
Unfortunately we have had several cases of head lice throughout the school. Please use the half term holiday to check and treat, if necessary, your child’s hair. Remember all children should have their hair tied back, if it is long enough to do so, and not left loose. Only by all working together can we stop the spread of head lice in school. Thank you.

SCHOOL DINNER MONEY
Thank you to the parents who regularly top up their child’s school money account, keeping a check to see if they owe for any dinners or school trips etc. There is however quite a large amount due for unpaid dinners. Could we respectfully remind parents that dinner money needs to be paid in advance so that a debt does not occur. If you require any assistance to use the school money system, or are experiencing difficulty accessing the system, please speak to Mrs Dyer in the school office. Thank you.

WORD OF THE WEEK
Proximity—meaning nearness or closeness to

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Next Week’s School Lunch Menu is:-

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Newsletter 20/19

Newsletter 20/19

STAR PUPILS
There will be no Star Pupil Assembly next week. Star Pupils for the first week back after half term will be on next week’s newsletter.

COUNTY PRESS
There is a lovely write up about our recent ‘Good’ OFSTED rating in this week’s County Press. You can also see a lovely photo of some or our children on page 44.

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY
As previously notified, Summerfields will be closed for staff training on Friday 15th February 2019. We break up for the Spring Half Term on Thursday 14th February 2019 at 3pm and will re-open on Monday 25th February 2019.

YEAR 2 CLASS ASSEMBLY
The Year 2 Class Assembly will take place next Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 2:45pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.

CHOIR CLUB
Choir club is cancelled on Monday 11th February 2019 however the club will re-start again on Monday 25th February 2019. The club will be run every Monday from 3pm—4pm until the Easter holidays.

WORLD BOOK DAY
This year we will be dressing up for World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2019. We thought parents would appreciate lots of notice as we know how long it can take to find or make something to wear. Please don’t feel that you need to go out and buy an expensive costume or clothes. With a bit of imagination you can often put something together that doesn’t cost you a lot from everyday clothes and materials from home!

BOOK FAYRE
There will be a book fayre in school from Wednesday 27th February to Monday 4th March 2019. Every class will get a chance to have a look at the books during school time. If you would like to buy a book for your child, please come along after school on the above dates from 3pm – 3:30pm. Any profit made from the sale of books will go towards buying new books for our school Library. Everyone is welcome to come along to the book fayre.

‘FRIENDS’ QUIZ NIGHT
Advance notice—The ‘Friends’ of Summerfields will be hosting a quiz night on Thursday 28th February for adults only. Arrive at 6:30pm for a prompt 7pm start. More details to follow nearer the time. Please save the date in your diary!

HEALTHY MORNING SNACK
We would like to remind parents to only send in healthy snacks for morning break. Please only send in fruit or cheese. Thank you for your continued support.

HALF TERM FUN AT LORD LOUIS LIBRARY
Tickets are now available for a fun session on Friday 22nd February 2019 from 2.00pm-4.00pm at the Lord Louis Library. During the session children can make fluffy rain clouds, decorate daffodil biscuits and write hidden messages. The cost is just £1.00 per ticket, which can be purchased directly from the Lord Louis Library. Please note children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For further details, please contact the library on 823823.

CONSIDERATE PARKING
Please can we respectfully ask you to park considerately around the estate. We have had a few reports of parents parking across residents driveways and over their ‘white lines’ which has caused upset to some of our neighbours. We really appreciate your support.

CHANGE TO LUNCH MENU
Please see below a change to next week’s lunch menu on Thursday 14th February. The cook will be serving up our favourite ‘Fish and Chip Friday’ on Thursday instead. Don’t forget Baguettes and Jacket Potatoes will also be available that day.

LUNCH MENU FOR NEXT WEEK:-

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Do the right thing, even when no-one else is looking.

WORD OF THE WEEK
Synergy—This word describes two things that work together to achieve more than they would individually. Another way to explain it is ‘a combined effort’. Have you worked in synergy with anyone at school this week?

 

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Newsletter 19/19

Newsletter 19/19

ATTENDANCE
Our target is for every child to be in school every day. The whole school attendance for January was 95.21%. Class attendance percentages for January were as follows:-
Ellen McArthur Class 92.20%
King Charles Class 92.89%
Queen Victoria Class 97.65%
Minghella Class 97.37%
Warrior Class 97.02%
Tennyson Class 96.02%
Charles Dickens Class 93.51%
Congratulations to Queen Victoria Class who were January’s Attendance Stars! They were presented with the trophy in Celebration Assembly today.

SCHOOL UNIFORM
As you are probably aware our embroidered school uniform items, such as jumpers, polo shirts, etc, are available from Kids & Co in Ryde and Tesco Direct. However Tesco have now sold their embroidery division to My Clothing. Attached to this newsletter is their current price list as well as details of how to purchase these items on-line. Please note My Clothing donate 5% of all purchases made back to school.

HOMEWORK POLICY
Unfortunately due to the problems we are currently experiencing with our website, the updated Homework Policy was not put on the website for consultation. However this has now been sorted and this policy can now be viewed. Please can any comments you wish to make be forwarded in writing via the school office by Friday 8th February 2019. Thank you.

SCHOOL OFFICE
Please note the opening times of the school office are 8.30am-3.30pm. Before, and after this time, the school telephone will not be answered. If your child is unwell please leave a message on the absence line stating the exact nature of your child’s illness OR email the school office at office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk. If you call outside of the office hours, please leave a message on the school ansaphone. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTERS
The easiest way to receive our weekly newsletter is by email. Every Friday at 3pm our newsletter will arrive in your inbox! This not only saves the environment, by using less paper, photocopying ink, etc, but ensures you have all the up to date news at your fingertips. It’s easy to sign up, just visit the school website at the address below and click on the link in the bottom right hand corner.

HEAD LICE
Unfortunately head lice still seem to be a problem in school as we have had numerous reported cases this week. Please can we ask that everyone take time this weekend to check their child’s hair for head lice and treat if necessary. Your co-operation in this matter would be very much appreciated.

HALF TERM FUN AT LORD LOUIS LIBRARY
Tickets are now available for a fun session on Friday 22nd February 2019 from 2.00pm-4.00pm at the Lord Louis Library. During the session children can make fluffy rain clouds, decorate daffodil biscuits and write hidden messages. The cost is just £1.00 per ticket, which can be purchased directly from the Lord Louis Library. Please note children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For further details, please contact the library on 823823.

WORD OF THE WEEK
Emulate—meaning to copy, imitate or do as well as.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
You are capable of so much more than you could ever imagine.

NEXT WEEK’S SCHOOL MENU IS:-

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Newsletter 18/19

Newsletter 18/19

OPEN CLASSROOMS
Open Classrooms will take place next week on Tuesday 29th January for Years R, 2, 4 and 6 and on Thursday 31st January for Years 1, 3 and 5. If you would like to come along and see what goes on in your child’s classroom during the day, please arrive prompt at 2:45pm in the school foyer. Everyone is welcome.

THANK YOU FOR THE DONATION
We would like to thank Ruby (Year 2) and her family for their kind donation of books and games for playtimes. We have already started to make good use of them!

‘FRIENDS’ MOVIE NIGHT
The ‘Friends of Summerfields’ will be running there ever popular movie night on Friday 8th February from 3pm—6pm. The movie being shown is ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ which is rated a PG certificate therefore only children from Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 can come along. Tickets cost £5 which will include popcorn, hot dog, crisps, drink and a sweet treat. If your child would like a ticket, please complete the slip sent home this week and return to school via the ‘Green Box’ enclosing the correct money. Many thanks.

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
The Education Secretary has urged all schools to eliminate their use of single use plastics by 2022. It has been recommended that we stop using items such as plastic bags, straws, bottles and food packaging in favour of sustainable alternatives. Please could we ask parents to support us and think about plastics you send into school and possible use at home. Thank you for your support.

FORGOTTEN SPORTS KIT
We regularly have children come to the school office to tell us they have forgotten their sports kit. They then ask us to telephone their parent to ask if they could bring their kit into school. We understand that calls to parents during the day can be very disruptive therefore in future, if a child forgets their kit, they will not be able to take part in the sporting activity/P.E. lesson. Parents will be texted to advise them of this and to ask for the kit to be brought into school the next day. Please encourage your child to remember to bring their kit to school on Mondays every week.

FREE ONLINE SAFETY GUIDE FOR PARENTS
We would like to help parents understand the various online platforms that children have access to by sharing with you the links below from The National Online Safety team .
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/1088005920678952960
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/NationalOnlineSafety/photos/a.1681508315488685/1953266721646175/?type=3&theater
DOWNLOAD: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/grand-theft-auto-online-safety-guide-for-parents/ .
Can we respectfully remind parents that if a child has continual access to inappropriate games it could be considered a child protection issue. To have access to Facebook you should be aged 13, Instagram aged 13, Fortnite aged 12 and even access to the Minecraft chatroom has caused issues.

SCHOOL UNIFORM REMINDER
Unfortunately some children are still not wearing the correct uniform. Please ensure you child wears dark footwear and grey socks to school. A full list of our uniform can be found on the school website.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Always believe in yourself even when it’s not easy.

WORD OF THE WEEK
Adulation—This is another word for praise, respect or admiration. How would you use this word?

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Newsletter 17/19

Newsletter 17/19

OFSTED REPORT
Every family should have received a copy of our recent Ofsted report this week. If you have not and would like a copy, please speak to the school office. We have had a visit from the County Press who are writing an article about our “Good” rating. Children were also interviewed for their views and a video “blog” will be put on their website, so please look out for these.

MANNERS AT LUNCHTIME
We were very lucky to have Caterlink in school again last week working with Years R, 1 and 2 practising their knife and fork skills. Our lunchtime staff are very good at reminding children about their manners at lunchtime and giving children an extra hand with cutting up food etc. Could you please help us by reinforcing the good practice we teach at lunchtime by:
encouraging children to be independent with the cutting up of their food, especially Year 3 and above;
eating with their mouth closed;
not dropping food onto the dining floor just because they don’t like it; and
sitting up and the right way round.
We do appreciate your support in this matter.

CATERLINK PUPIL SURVEYS
Please can all pupil surveys that were sent home this week be returned via the “Green Box” by Monday 21st January 2019. Thank you.

MUSIC LESSONS
Music lessons at Summerfields are provided by Wight Music Tuition. Lessons are offered in a variety of musical instruments. Currently we have children who have violin, drum, keyboard and guitar lessons. For further details of costings and availability, please contact the school office who will then arrange for Wight Music Tuition to contact you directly.

ROADWORKS ON STAPLERS ROAD
As per our text last week, we have noticed a large increase in the traffic using the estate as a result of the Staplers one-way system. Vehicles are “cutting through” to Fairlee Road, as well as not always abiding by the 20 mile an hour speed limit around school. If your child walks to or from school alone, can you please speak to them about being extra vigilant crossing roads during this time. Thank you.

PARKING
Unfortunately we have had another complaint this week from one of our neighbours as their driveway in Cook Avenue was blocked by a parent collecting their child from school. Please can we ask everyone to park considerately. Thank you.

SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN
Please can we politely remind parents, that after 3pm all children are your responsibility. If you collect your child or children from Summerfields, please do not leave them “playing” at the front of school while you collect younger siblings from Bright Sparks. This week children have been running around on the grass, jumping off the dwarf walls and making lots and lots of noise. The front of school is not an “adventure playground” and we do not want anyone hurt while jumping off the walls by the steps at the front of school or the dwarf wall by Years 5 and 6. In addition young children could easily leave school premises if not being supervised. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
When you fail, say “ I can’t do it YET” and try again!

WORD OF THE WEEK
Digress — meaning depart or wander from the main focus

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Newsletter 16/19

Newsletter 16/19

Welcome Back!
Happy New Year to everyone and we hope you have all had a good rest and are refreshed for the new term ahead! The staff of Summerfields would once again like to say a big “thank you” for all the lovely cards and presents they received. Your generosity is much appreciated.

HOUSE POINTS
Below are the House Point totals for the Autumn Term :-
Appley House 1802 Points
Compton House 1765 Points
Whitecliff House 1563 Points
Woodside House 1727 Points
Therefore the champions for last term were Appley House. Congratulations!

ATTENDANCE
Our target is for every child to be in school every
day. The whole school attendance for December was 94.67%. Class attendance percentages for December were as follows:-
Ellen McArthur Class 95.16%
King Charles Class 90.11%
Queen Victoria Class 94.67%
Minghella Class 97.73%
Warrior Class 94.89%
Tennyson Class 95.69%
Charles Dickens Class 94.67%
Congratulations to Minghella Class who were December’s Attendance Stars! They were presented with the trophy in Celebration Assembly today.

NEWSLETTER
If you would like to receive our weekly newsletter direct to your inbox on a Friday afternoon, please sign up via our website: www.summerfieldsprimary.co.uk. Just follow the link at the bottom right hand side of the webpage. Remember paper copies are always available from the school foyer but we are trying to cut down on the amount of paper we use as a school. Pupils will receive a paper copy when it is their turn to be “Star Pupil”.

SNACKS AT BREAKTIME
Please remember children should ONLY be bringing in fruit or cheese to eat at playtime. Therefore please DO NOT send in cakes, biscuits, snack bars, etc. We have previously advised parents that we do have children with life threatening allergies in school so NO nuts at all please. We are also a “healthy” school and try to encourage children to make the right choices. Thank you for your co-operation and support in this matter.

MIDDAY SUPERVISORY ASSISTANT VACANCY
We have a vacancy for a lunchtime MSA for several days a week and also to provide relief cover; the rate of pay is £8.70 an hour. If you would like more information about the job, please contact the school office on 525085.

AFTER SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLUB
Football Club was unable to take place this week as unfortunately Mr Murphy cannot run the club on his own. We are looking into ways we can solve this issue—which may include limiting the number of children who attend. If you know anyone who would like to help run the club, please let school know and we can put them in contact with Mr Murphy. Thank you.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
Don’t let what you can’t do, stop you from doing what you can do.

WORD OF THE WEEK
Concentration—meaning close attention or focusing. How often have you concentrated in school this week?

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE PROVISIONAL DATES ONLY AND ARE THEREFORE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Tuesday 29th January 2019 2:45pm—3pm Open Classrooms for Years R, 2 4 and 6

Thursday 31st January 2019 2:45pm—3pm Open Classrooms for Years 1, 3 and 5

Friday 8th February 2019 3pm—5pm ‘Friends’ Movie Night

Thursday 14th February 2019 2:45pm—3pm Year 2 Assembly

Thursday 14th February 2019 School finishes at 3pm for the Spring half term

Friday 15th February 2018 School closed for staff training

Monday 25th February 2019 Return to school

Thursday 7th March 2019 World Book Day—Dress up as your favourite book character

Thursday 14th March 2019 2:45pm—3pm Year 3 Assembly

Tuesday 19th March 2019 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 21st March 2019 Parents’ Evening

Friday 5th April 2019 School finishes at 3pm for the Easter holidays

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 Return to school

Monday 6th May 2019 School closed—May Day Bank Holiday

Thursday 16th May 2019 2:45pm—3pm Year 1 Assembly

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 2:45pm—3pm Year R Assembly

Friday 24th May 2019 School finishes at 3pm for the Summer half term

Monday 3rd June 2019 Return to school

Thursday 20th June 2019 2:45pm—3pm Year 4 Assembly

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 Sports Day

Friday 19th July 2019 Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly 1pm—by invitation only

Friday 19th July 2019 School finishes at 2pm for the Summer holidays

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Newsletter 15/18

Newsletter 15/18

OFSTED

What a week to have Ofsted. Having said that I was extremely proud of all the children and staff. I am not allowed to say what grade the school was given until the report comes out in January. However, I know that I will be having a relaxed and restful break.
Thank you to all of you for your support, not just yesterday but throughout the year.
Kay Wood—Head Teacher

THANK YOU!

We hope all our pupils and their families have a very happy and restful Christmas and New Year. Thank you to everyone for all the lovely cards and gifts, we really do appreciate your generosity. Remember school reopens on Monday 7th January 2019!

MISS VINE

We are all super excited to announce that during the Christmas holidays Miss Vine is getting married! We would like to wish Miss Vine and her future husband all the very best for their wedding and future together.

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNORS

It was really pleasing to see that, of those that responded to the parent survey, the vast majority of parents understood the role of the governors and how we support the school. We are both relatively new governors, Ben was co-opted as a governor in January 2018 and Bryan was co-opted as the local authority governor in November 2018. We both have children at the school and have a particular interest in ensuring the school is successful in the long term. A key part of improving school performance is effective governance.
The school’s governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability to the school and has three core functions:
· Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
· Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
All of the school’s governors are volunteers and fit the workload around our day to day lives. Much of the work goes on in the background, and there is plenty of it. Fortunately the governing board is growing, and as it does there will be less pressure on individual governors. We currently have a parent governor vacancy and a vacancy for a co-opted member. We would encourage any parent, family member, or any other supporter of the school who thinks that they have skills they could bring to the board of governors to declare an interest by emailing office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk.
On behalf of the board of governors we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Ben Gard and Bryan Pyner​ – School Governors

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY

We raised £117.80 for Save the Children by wearing our Christmas/Winter jumpers to school on Christmas lunch day. Everyone looked fantastic. We would like to thank Louise and Karen, our Caterlink staff, and school staff who worked extra hard to make this such an enjoyable occasion.

THANK YOU

This week we have received two notes of “thanks” for fundraising events we have held at school. Mountbatten hospice have thanked us for raising £793.75 with the Schools Walk the Wight. We also raised £93.16 for the Poppy Appeal this year. Thank you all so much for your kind generosity supporting all the events we have held in school this year.

AFTER SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLUB

Do you have any spare time on a Wednesday after school? Mr Murphy runs the ever popular after school Football Club but does need some help. Unfortunately we won’t be able to continue to run this club in the future if he does not have some additional support. If you would like to help, please speak to the school office. Thank you.

WORD OF THE WEEK

Festive—Cheerful and jovially celebratory!

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Focus on what you can do. 1% in 100 different things makes a big difference.

 

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Tuesday 19th March 2019 – Parents’ Evening

Tuesday 19th March 2019 – Parents’ Evening

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Newsletter 14/18

Newsletter 14/18

CHRISTMAS BREAK

School will be finishing for the Christmas break at 2pm on Friday 21st December 2018, please remember to pick up your child promptly. As Bright Sparks will also be finishing at the same time there will be no after school childcare provision after 2pm.  Thank you.

STAR PUPILS

There will be no Star Pupil Assembly on Friday 21st December. Star Pupils will return in the New Year.

KS2 CHRISTINGLE 

The Key Stage 2 Christingle will take place on Thursday 20th December 2018. ALL children will need to be collected from St. Pauls Church at 2:45pm, including children in Years 4 to 6 who would normally walk home from school alone.  Please be advised that Bright Sparks will not be operating an after school club on Thursday 20th or Friday 21st December 2018.

Parents are welcome to attend the service which starts at 2:15pm, but please remember that space in the church is quite limited.  We would politely request that younger children are not brought to this event as it is a church service and not a school assembly.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

YEAR R AND KS1 PRODUCTION OF THE NATIVITY

We still have tickets available for the KS1  Performances, please pop to the school office if you would like to buy tickets or order extra spares. The Dress Rehearsal is on Monday 17th December 2018 at 1.30pm when younger brothers and sisters are most welcome.  No tickets required for this, just turn up on the day.

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY

Don’t forget our ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ is on Tuesday 18th December 2018.  For a £1 donation your child can wear a festive jumper to school, all other school uniform must be worn.  Proceeds from the jumper day will be donated to ‘Save the Children’.

GRAND PRIZE DRAW

There are still plenty of numbers left to choose from if you would like to enter our ‘Grand Prize Draw’.  For £1 you can pick a number on our grid and be entered into the draw. First prize is 4 tickets to see ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Shanklin Theatre with a surprise runner up prize. We shall be picking the winning numbers on Thursday 20th December 2018. Please pay £1 for a number from the school office.  Good Luck!

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

The cook will be serving a Christmas lunch next Tuesday, 18th December 2018.  If your child is in KS2 and has not placed an order and paid for the meal, you will need to provide a packed lunch from home.  If your child is in KS2 and is entitled to a ‘Free School Meal’, a lunch will have already been automatically ordered. Unfortunately it is now too late to order a Christmas lunch.  If you need further clarification, please speak to the school office.

HATS AND GLOVES

As the weather is getting colder, please remember to send your child to school with a hat and gloves.

CHILDREN ARRIVING EARLY TO SCHOOL

We have noticed an increase in children arriving very early to school in the mornings.  Staff are not on duty and are  not responsible for pupils before the start of the school day. The school is open to pupils from 8:35am, please do not bring or send your child to school before this time.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

 SUMMERFIELDS’ WEBSITE

We are currently experiencing technical problems with some areas of our website. Please bear with us while we  try to get it fully operational again. Thank you.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Every day brings new choices.

 WORD OF THE WEEK

Family—A group of people not necessarily related to each other, who might not always get along, but who love and support each other through good times and bad.

 

 

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