Newsletter 10/18

Newsletter 10/18

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY

The school will be closed on Friday 15th February 2019 for staff training.   We will therefore now finish for half term on Thursday 14th February 2019 at 3pm.

 

YEAR 6 CLASS ASSEMBLY POSTPONED

Year 6 class assembly due to take place next Wednesday, 21st November 2018, has been postponed.  Parents will be notified of  the new date as soon as it has been arranged.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

VARIOUS FORMS

Thank you for all the ‘Home School Agreements’ and ‘Parental Questionnaires’ that have been returned to school.  Results from the questionnaires will be published shortly.

 

KEEPING SAFE ONLINE

Year 6 have been looking at being safe on the internet and online. The following websites are ones we have used in school, and may be useful for all parents. They give advice and recommendations for what you can do to help children to be safe at home:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

 

POTS AND PANS

Do you have any pots and pans that you no longer need?  We are looking to stock our Year 1 outside ‘Mud Kitchen’ and would gratefully appreciate any old pots and pans that you can donate.  Thank you.

 

SUPERHERO DAY FOR WORLD DIABETES!

We raised an amazing amount of £143.20 from the dress up day this week. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated.

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

If you would still like to place an order from the Scholastic Book Club leaflet,  the deadline for orders is 23rd November 2018. 

 

FRIENDS’ CHRISTMAS CRAFTS

Thank you to everyone who has returned their ‘Christmas Crafts’ slips.  As this have proven to be a very popular club, you will receive a text to notify you only if your child has NOT got a place.

 

DEFINITION OF A PARENT

On occasion we are asked what defines a parent.  Here is the definition of a parent as advised by the Local Authority.

The education-related provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 apply to all parents who fall within the definition set out in Section 576 of the Education Act 1996.  This defines ‘parent’ as:-

  • All natural parents, whether they are married or not
  • Any person who, although they are not a natural parent, has parental responsibility (as defined in the Children Act 1989) for a child or young person
  • Any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person—having care of a child or young person means that a person with whom the child lives and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child is considered to be a parent in education law.

References to ‘parent’ mean each and every parent coming within the definition, whether acting jointly or separately, and should not be taken to mean that provisions only apply to ‘parent’ in the singular.

 

REMEMBRANCE

At 11am on Friday 9th November the whole school came together in the hall for a two minute silence to remember those who have lost their lives in wars around the world. Everyone then watched a short animated film designed for primary school children.  Each class then talked about ‘Remembrance’ and what it means, some children drew pictures and others wrote poems.  We were so impressed with their work that we would like to share two poems with you.

REMEMBRANCE POEM

Floor was flowers, and the sun bright for hours

Loud animals, BANG BANG, with the sun on the Guy

He went to die, poppies to the grave

It is all they gave.

Men dying, women crying when they are dead

Blood poured, men mad and bad

They die first in war

Lost in Battlefields

End.    

Written by a pupil in Year 6

 

  

Written by a pupil in Year 5

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Tangible—This word means something that’s physical, real, actual, solid or touchable.  How would you use this word in your writing?

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Be so happy that when others see you, they become happy too.

 

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Newsletter 09/18

Newsletter 09/18

BE A SUPERHERO FOR WORLD DIABETES DAY!

Next Wednesday, 14th November 2018, is world diabetes day.  We will be holding a dress up as a Superhero day to raise funds for research into Type 1 diabetes.  If your child would like to come to school as a superhero, please send in £1.00 donation to this worthwhile cause.  Thank you.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Every family should have received a Scholastic Book Club leaflet last week.  This will be the last leaflet before Christmas!  Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running on-line. Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/summerfields-primary to browse the latest books and order online. For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 25p in Scholastic Rewards.  Please place your order either online, or via the order form in the brochure, by 23rd November 2018.  Can any paper orders be returned to school by this date via the “Green Box”.  Please note that unfortunately we are unable to accept cash payments.  Payments should therefore be made via debit/credit card or by cheque, which should be made payable to Scholastic Ltd.  Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak to the school office.

PARENTS’ EVENINGS

We hope you found the Parents’ Evenings held this week  beneficial.  Please can all Parental Surveys and Home School Agreements be returned via the “Green Box” by next Friday 16th November 2018.  Thank you.

FLU IMMUNISATION

Just a reminder that the flu immunisations take place next Wednesday, 14th November 2018.  HOWEVER if your child has already received the immunisation elsewhere, please ensure you have contacted the flu immunisation service to let them know that your child no longer requires the vaccination at school.  Thank you.

FRIENDS’ MOVIE NIGHT

Don’t forget to book your tickets for the Friends’ Movie Night next Friday 16th November 2018.  Tickets are £5.00 each and include a hot dog, drink, popcorn and a small sweet treat!  Please can the form and payment be returned, in a named envelope, to the school office asap.  Many thanks.

SCHOOL MEALS

Caterlink have now extended the days that baguettes and jacket potatoes are available.  These will now be available as a choice every day.  However if you would prefer your child to have the hot main meal or vegetarian alternative, please let the office know and they will ensure that your child receives this instead.  In order to receive a baguette, jacket potato or vegetarian option the correct colour slip must be completed and given in to the school office.  Please remember all meals should be paid for in advance, and not arrears, via www.eduspot.co.uk.  Thank you.

UNIFORM

Please can we respectfully remind parents that all children should now be in “winter” uniform.  Therefore everyone should be wearing only GREY socks or tights.  Children should be wearing plain black shoes or boots and not trainers or “fashion” boots with built up heels.  PE kits should be in school EVERY DAY.  We are finding lots of children are missing their PE lessons because they do not have their kit in school.  In addition some children are still coming to school without a coat. Please ensure your child brings a coat to school every day.  Thank you.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Make someone smile every day, you may just make their day!

WORD OF THE WEEK

Pungent—meaning strong, spicy, overpowering

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Newsletter 08/18

Newsletter 08/18

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNORS

A warm welcome back after a (mostly) sunny half-term, we hope you all had a lovely time. We are sure that this half-term will be filled with lots of learning, lots of experiences and lots of opportunities for all year groups. Don’t forget to sign up for Parents Evenings which are being held on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th November, as this will give you the opportunity to meet your child’s new class teacher and celebrate their progress so far this year. Whilst waiting for your meeting, please take the opportunity to look around the Hall at the displays.  As Governors, we enjoy coming into school as often as we can in order to see the wide variety of work . A lot of time is taken by the children and staff in creating informative displays for parents and visitors to enjoy which showcase the wide variety of learning within school.   If you have friends or relatives who are currently considering which primary school to apply for next September, please do let them know all about Summerfields. Finally, if you would like to know more about what we, your school Governors do, please take a look at the End of Year Governance Report 2017/18 which can be found on the school website under the Publications/General Information tab. Alternatively, we hope to see many of you at forthcoming school events. On behalf of the Governing Body – Tara Allman (Parent Governor/Vice Chair).

SENCO AT PARENTS’ EVENING TUESDAY

On Tuesday 6th November, our SENCO Ms Luke will be available to answer any questions that you may have and if you wish, she can attend your child’s teacher meeting with you.

 

ATTENDANCE

Our target is for every child to be in school every day. The whole school attendance for October was 97.57%. Class attendance percentages for October were as follows:-

Ellen MacArthur Class 98.04%

King Charles Class 97.59%

Queen Victoria Class 97.67%

Minghella Class 97.31%

Warrior Class 97.41%

Tennyson Class 97.22%

Charles Dickens Class 97.78%

Congratulations to  Ellen MacArthur Class who were October’s Attendance Stars!  They were presented with the trophy in Celebration Assembly today.

 

SAM BEAR 

The School Attendance Matters (SAM) Bear is presented to classes for the highest attendance over each half term. For Autumn Term 1 2018, The KS1 SAM Bear has been awarded to Year R and the KS2 SAM Bear has been awarded to Year 5. Well done to everyone who has tried to attend school everyday.

 

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER

Reminder—orders for school photographs need to be returned by 3pm on Monday 5th November 2018 at the latest.  Thank you.

 

FRIENDS’ OF SUMMERFIELDS

Leaflets have been sent home this week from the ‘Friends’ showing activities and events in the run up to Christmas. Please take the time to read it as there are lots of exciting things to do and take part in.  The first event coming up is ‘Movie Night’ which takes place on Friday 16th November after school, places need to be pre-booked via the slip in the leaflet. 

 

RESPECTING OUR NEIGHBOURS

Please can you respect both Vecta House and our neighbouring households by not parking over peoples driveways or allowing children to run across gardens.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

 

POLITE REMINDERS

If your child is absent from school due to illness, you are required to complete an Absence Form on their first day back to school.  We would like to remind you that it is your responsibility to complete a form, please do not wait for the office staff to chase you for one.

Please keep noise levels to a minimum whilst waiting with your child before school or picking up after school. The Head Teacher, teachers and the office staff are all busy working before the start of the school day. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Euphoria—a nice cheerful word meaning an exaggerated feeling of joy or happiness.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Kindness is the greatest wisdom.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

 

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

 

Tuesday 6th November 2018             Parents’ Evening 3pm—6pm

 

Thursday 8th November 2018           Parents’ Evening 3pm—6pm

 

Wednesday 14th November 2018      Flu Immunisation Day

 

Wednesday 14th November 2018     Dress up as a Super Hero for World Diabetes Day (£1 donation for Diabetes research)

 

Friday 16th November 2018             ‘Friends’ Movie Night

 

Wednesday 21st November 2018     Year 6 Parent Lunch

 

Wednesday 21st November 2018     2.45pm Year 6 Assembly

 

Thursday 29th November 2018       2.45pm Year 5 Assembly

 

Tuesdays throughout December     ‘Friends’ Christmas Art Club 3pm—4pm

 

Monday 17th December 2018          KS1 Dress Rehearsal 1:30pm

 

Tuesday 18th December 2018        Christmas Jumper Day (Christmas jumper on top half with normal school uniform on bottom half. £1 donation for Save the Children)

 

Tuesday 18th December 2018        Christmas Dinner

 

Wednesday 19th December 2018   KS1 Performance 9am

 

Wednesday 19th December 2018   KS1 Performance 1:30pm

 

Thursday 20th December 2018      KS2 Christingle (Please note this date has not yet been confirmed)

 

Thursday 20th December 2018      ‘Friends’ KS1 Disco 5pm—6:15pm

 

Thursday 20th December 2018      ‘Friends’ KS2 Disco 6:30pm—7:45pm

 

Friday 21st December 2018            Break up for Christmas holidays at 2pm

 

Monday 7th January 2019              Return to school

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Tuesday 6th November 2018 – Parents’ evening

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Newsletter 07/18

Newsletter 07/18

PARENTS’ EVENINGS

As per the letter sent out earlier this week, Parents’ Evenings are due to take place on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th November 2018.  Sheets to sign up for appointments will be put up in the HALL first thing on Monday 29th October 2018, the first day back after half term.  These have been moved to the hall to avoid congestion in both Key Stage areas.  Please ensure that you sign up on the correct sheet for your child’s class.  Please note the sheets for Year R will be put up outside the Year R classroom. 

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL & MUFTI DAY

Thank you for all your kind donations to our Harvest table.  These will now be distributed to Island families in need.  We will let you know how much we raised from the Autumn Colours “Mufti Day” after half term. Your generosity for both these causes is very much appreciated.

 

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER

Please can all orders for school photographs be returned by 3pm on Monday 5th November 2018 AT THE LATEST.  Unfortunately any late orders cannot be accepted.  Please note school do not check these envelopes, everything is handed directly to Cardwell and Simons.  Payment can be made by cash, cheque or debit card.  Please ensure all envelopes are sealed and the outside completed as well as the inside order form.  Unfortunately school does not have the facility to provide change, so the correct payment should be included.  Thank you.

 

DIGITAL PARENTING MAGAZINE

We have been advised of an excellent resource to help parents keep their children safe on-line, Digital Parenting Magazine.  You can sign up at their website to receive their on-line magazine plus their website has lots of useful guidance for parents.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY & 1LEISURE

Pompey in the community will be holding their ever popular courses during the half term holiday at Medina Leisure Centre.  These courses include multi-skills, handball, fun swimming as well as football!  Pre-booking is essential by contacting them directly on 02392 728899.

 

FLU VACCINATION

Did you miss the deadline for the return of the form to have your child vaccinated against flu at school?  You can still have your child vaccinated by visiting Boots branches in Cowes, Newport or Ryde High Street.  All children in Years R to 5 are entitled to receive this vaccination. 

 

YEAR 6 PARENT LUNCH

Letters have gone home this week inviting parents of children in Year 6 to join their child for lunch on Wednesday 21st November 2018.  Please do not try and pay via www.eduspot.co.uk until you have returned the slip.  We will then put your request onto the system and ask for payment.  Thank you.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Have a fantastic half term break.  Keep safe and have a good rest.  Remember school starts back at 8.35am on Monday 29th October 2018

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Arbiter—A person chosen to judge or decide a dispute

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Thursday 8th November 2018 – Parents’ Evening

Thursday 8th November 2018 – Parents’ Evening

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Wednesday 14th November – Flu immunisation day

Wednesday 14th November – Flu immunisation day

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Wednesday 14th November – Dress up as a superhero!

Wednesday 14th November – Dress up as a superhero!

Fundraising – Come to school dressed as a superhero for £1. All funds raised go to Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Friday 16th November 2018 – Friends’ Movie Night

Friday 16th November 2018 – Friends’ Movie Night

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Wednesday 21st November 2018 – Year 6 Parent Lunch

Wednesday 21st November 2018 – Year 6 Parent Lunch

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Wednesday 21st November 2018 – Year 6 assembly

Wednesday 21st November 2018 – Year 6 assembly

In the school hall at 2.45pm

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Newsletter 06/18

Newsletter 06/18

STAR PUPILS

Star pupil assembly will be at 8:50am on Friday 19th October 2018. 

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL MUFTI DAY

For a minimum donation of £1 children can come to school dressed in autumn coloured clothes on Friday 19th October 2018.  All proceeds will go towards new school resources.  No football shirts please.

 

HARVEST LUNCH MENU

There will be a change to the lunch menu next Thursday 18th October as follows:Sausage Plait served with Mashed Potatoes and Baked Beans or Quorn Vegetable Stir-fry with Seasonal Vegetables with Fresh Salad Bar. Iced Orange Cake or Fresh Fruit Platter and Yoghurt is available for desert.  Baguettes will still be available to order.

 

AUTUMN HALF TERM

A reminder that school will finish for the autumn half term at the usual time of 3pm on Friday 19th October.

 

NSPCC NET AWARE

NSPCC have a good webpage for parents which offers advise and help on keeping children safe online. It also provides information about social media networks and online games. For more information please visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/. Ms Wood has recently attended advanced safeguarding training and was shocked to hear how many children are using open ‘Chat Rooms’ and social media.  We have been advised that if children are found to be regularly playing online games such as Fortnite, or have use of a Facebook account whilst under the minimum age of 13 then school can refer this to Social Services.

 

RESTART A HEART

Year 6 children have been invited to take part in a ‘Restart a Heart’ interactive Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) session which will also include Defibrillator awareness training. The session will be held at Newport Fire Station next Tuesday and is being organised by the Ambulance Training Unit.  We are very pleased that our pupils are able to take part in this important first aid training.

 

TT ROCK STARS

Our trial period is now up for ‘Timestables Rock Stars’ and we need to know if you have used the programme at home and if you have found it beneficial.  Please complete our quick online survey to help us decide whether it is worth purchasing the package by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9S7WVPD.

 

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER

The school photographer was in school this week to take photos of individual children and also photos with their siblings.  As soon as we have received the order forms from Cardwell and Simon, we shall send them home with your child.  There is no obligation to purchase a photo however if you would like to do so, please ensure you return your order by the date specified on the form via the ’green box’.  Thank you.

 

VISITING AUTHORS

We have been lucky enough to have had two children’s authors in school today to run an assembly and workshops. All children thoroughly enjoyed these sessions and will hopefully share with you what they found out from meeting the authors and taking part in the workshops.

 

HAIR ACCESSORIES

Please can we ask that children do not wear excessively large, colourful bows in their hair to school.  While we have requested that all long hair is securely tied back, please can only small, school coloured bows, grips and slides be worn.  Thank you.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Exuberant—This word can mean someone who is lively, energetic, enthusiastic or excited.  Can you remember the last time you felt exuberant?

 

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