Newsletter 26/15

Newsletter 26/15

ATTENDANCE TROPHY

The 100% attendance percentages for March were as follows:-

England Class                             60.00%

India Class                                    48.28%

China Class                                 59.09%

Australia Class                             48.00%

Kenya Class                                76.67%

Peru Class                                    65.52%

Great Britain Class 72.00%

Congratulations to Kenya Class who win the trophy this month.  The whole school percentage for March was 93.6% which is well below our target of 97%.

 

HOUSE POINTS

Each half term the “House Points” from each class are collected and the House with the most points wins the trophy!  Below are the House Point totals for the last half term

Arctic House 1024

Atlantic House 847

Indian House  965

Pacific House 947

Therefore the Champions for the this half term were Arctic House.  Congratulations!

 

ISLE OF WIGHT YOUTH CONCERT BAND

The Isle of Wight Youth Concert Band are holding a Spring Concert on Sunday 3rd May 2015.  The event takes place at Medina Theatre at 2.30pm.  Tickets are available at a cost of £7.50 per ticket from the Box Office on 823884.  They are always interested in new members joining.  If you would like further details, please ask at the office.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Please see the events page of the school website for important dates for the whole of this term until school breaks up in July.  This list is NOT exhaustive AND may be subject to change and should be used as a guide to future events in school.  If any dates need to be changed these will be advised as soon as these are known.  Thank you.

 

CROSSING PATROL

The Isle of Wight Council have confirmed that there is currently NO Crossing Patrol Warden on the zebra crossing at Staplers until further notice.  As soon as they appoint a new one we will let you know, but until then if your child walks home alone there will be no one to cross them across the road before or after school.

 

CHARTWELLS

Next week there is a menu change for St George’s Day.  There will be a Roast Beef dinner on Thursday with Banoffee Pudding for dessert.  Chicken pasta will served on Wednesday instead of Thursday.  Thank you.

 

HOT WEATHER

Please remember ALL children need a bottle of water in school EVERY day especially during hot weather.  We are still giving away lots of water bottles that we are not receiving payment for. Unfortunately we are finding that children are throwing away their water bottles, rather than refilling them from the water coolers in school.  Please can you remind your child to refill their water bottle and not throw it away.

Children do also need a hat in school during hot weather.  Please can you ensure that hats are clearly named.  It may also be a good idea to apply “all day” sun cream to your child on very hot days before they come to school.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Canoe down a river!  See the world from a duck’s point of view.  What you need is:- a canoe, paddles, a life jacket, a river and expert advice and supervision. Going round and round in circles can get a bit boring!  Paddle evenly on both sides to go in a straight line and actually get somewhere.  This isn’t the kind of thing you do every day but can be great fun.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

Click here to listen to this week’s newsletter, which is read by Izzy and Macey.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “extricate”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Hold Back! Make an effort to accept what teachers say to you without giving them backchat.

 

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Newsletter 25/15

Newsletter 25/15

STUDENT TEACHERS

We will be welcoming two student teachers after Easter from the University of Chichester.  Mr Jack Allen, who will be working in Year 5 and Mr Callum Sturt, who will be working in Year 3.  We wish them well with their placement with us which is until 5th June 2015.

 

MUMPS

Unfortunately we have had a case of Mumps in school.    Even if your child has had the MMR vaccine, there is still a chance that they could contract these diseases.  If  your child is unwell and you seek advice from a health professional, it might be worth mentioning that school has had a reported case of Mumps.  Thank you.

 

WATER BOTTLES

Please remember EVERY child should have a water bottle in school every day, especially now that the weather is beginning to warm up.  School does not provide cups for your child to have a drink as this can be very unhygienic and children pass on illnesses to each other very easily.  Remember water bottles can be purchased from the office at a cost of 35p.  If children need a water bottle during the day,  we will provide them with one and send a slip home confirming this and asking for the 35p.  Thank you.

 

CHARTWELLS

There is a new menu from Chartwells which takes effect after Easter.  Every family will have received a copy in your child’s book bag this week. Please remember dinners need to be paid for in advance rather than arrears.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY

The next set of football starts on Tuesday 21st April 2015, which is the second Tuesday back after the Easter holidays. All sessions must be paid for in advance and booking is essential. To book your child’s place, please contact Pompey in the Community directly on 02392 728899.

 

CROSSING PATROL

The Isle of Wight Council have confirmed that after Easter there will be NO Crossing Patrol Warden on the zebra crossing at Staplers until further notice.  As soon as they appoint a new one we will let you know, but until then if your child walks home alone there will be no one to cross them across the road before or after school.

 

EASTER HOLIDAY EVENTS

The following family days are taking place during the Easter holidays. Cowes Maritime Museum are holding an Easter crafts day on Monday 30th March 2015 from  10am until 12 noon. This event is free and there is no need to book. Also 2015 at Brading Roman Villa on Wednesday 8th April there is a clay day and treasure hunt 10.30am until 3pm. Again there is no need to book for this event but there will be a charge of £1 entry for all.

 

STAFF CHANGES

Following our very successful Ofsted in November, Ms Wood has been seconded to another Island school.  This means she will not be at Summerfields every day.  Miss Vine will take on the role of Acting Head Teacher and Mrs Brownlow will support teaching in Year 5.  We know that you will give Miss Vine your full support.  We would also like to welcome Mrs Denise Wilson who will be starting at Summerfields as a School Administrator in the office and Mr Nick Cook who is joining us as a Teaching Assistant in Year 2.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

When we return to school, children can wear Summer uniform if they wish until the Autumn half term.  Full details of the Summer uniform are shown below:-

 

Girls – Short sleeve dress — light blue, light pink, lilac — check or striped

White socks — grey socks must not be worn with the Summer uniform

Navy blue embroidered cardigan

Plain black shoes (no open toes)

 

Boys – Dark grey shorts

Jade embroidered polo shirt

Navy blue crew necked embroidered sweatshirt

Plain black shoes (no trainers or open toes)

 

Polo shirts, sweatshirts and PE shirts can all be purchased from Kids and Co in Ryde.  They can be contacted on 615242 or their website address is www.kidsandcodirect.co.uk.

 

NEWSLETTER

Please note this is the last “paper” newsletter you will receive.  To receive the newsletter electronically every week by email, go to www.summerfieldsprimary.co.uk and sign up.  Thank you.

The talking newsletter will be back after the Easter holiday.

 

Things to do before you are 11¾ …

Dam a stream. It won’t be long before the stream is a pond. You will need twigs, branches, rocks and stones. Remember what goes up must come down—have fun smashing down the dam once you have made it but don’t go in too deep.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “elusive”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Have a happy and healthy holiday. Remember to be helpful around the home during the Easter break.

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Newsletter 24/15

Newsletter 24/15

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Please remember that school closes at 2pm next Friday 27th March 2015 when ALL children must be collected. Please note Bright Sparks After School Club are UNABLE to take children on that day. School returns on Monday 13th April 2015.

 

CROSS COUNTRY

On Friday 13th March 2015, 11 children took part in a Cross Country competition at Northwood Showground.  We came 7th out of 14 schools.  James G came 5th out of 78 boys!  What a brilliant result.  Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to Miss Parry for organising the event.

 

CONTACTING SCHOOL

From the end of next week, we are changing the telephone system at Summerfields.  When you contact school you will be given the choice of either reporting a pupil absent or speaking to the office.  This will mean that you can report a pupil absent before the office is opened at 8.30am.  Please can we remind everyone that Bright Sparks do have their own telephone number of 559098 which should always now be used as the office will be unable to transfer any calls to Bright Sparks.

 

REMINDER

India Class (Year 1) assembly takes place next Thursday 26th March 2015 at 2.50pm. Everyone welcome.

 

NETBALL COMPETITION

Yesterday 7 Year 6 children took part in the Newport Cluster Netball Competition at Seaclose Park.  Everyone played really well and we came 7th out of 14 teams.  Thank you to Mrs Walsh and Mr Bound for taking the children.

 

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS BUNNY DRIVE

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the Bunny Drive which was held by the Friends on Wednesday after school.  Unfortunately this was not very well supported.  If Friends is to continue, please can you try and support these events which are trying to raise money for your children.  When the Friends was under threat, everyone was very supportive and wanted it saved.  So please come and support the events they are putting on.  The next event being organised is a quiz night for adults on Friday 17th April 2015.  Further details to follow shortly.

 

BRIGHT SPARKS EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB

Bright Sparks Holiday Club are holding two weeks of fun activities for children aged 2-11 years old.  They will be open from 8am to 6pm every week day except Good Friday and Easter Monday.  If you would like your child to attend, or to find out further details, please contact Bright Sparks on 559098 before Wednesday 25th March 2015.

 

DINNER MONEY

As it is the end of the Spring Term on Friday 27th March 2015, please can ALL outstanding dinner money be paid by this date at the latest.  If you are unsure how much you owe, please ask at the office.  Can we please remind everyone that dinner money should ALWAYS be paid in advance, not in arrears.  Unfortunately if any dinner money is not cleared by this date, then your child will not be allowed to have any further dinners.

 

RED NOSE DAY 2015

Thank you to EVERYONE for making Red Nose Day 2015 such a success at Summerfields!  We raised a fantastic £324.67 by selling cakes, wearing red and “blobbing” Mrs Wadmore.

 

Things to do before you are 11¾ …

Do a chalk pavement painting. All you need is chalk, a pavement and a rainy day. It might seem funny to pick a rainy day but chalk becomes more like paint in the wet and the colours look much brighter. Experiment with techniques and watch how the rain softens your picture.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

Louis and Annabelle are reading this week’s newsletter and you can listen here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “perfidious”.

If you would like to contribute your own favourite  “word of the week”  please put any suggestions in the “Green Box” – please include the word, definition and your name.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

You’re a star! – Think about something you’ve succeeded in today and tell someone about it.

 

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Newsletter 23/15

Newsletter 23/15

RED NOSE DAY!

Thank you to everyone for supporting Red Nose Day in school today. The total amount raised will be in next weeks newsletter. Any remaining donations can still be made to the office.

 

BIRTHDAY CAKES AND SWEETS

We appreciate that sending in cakes and sweets on your child’s birthday sounds like a nice thought. However, please remember that we do have children who cannot have treats. Also if every child brought in cakes, that is a lot of hidden calories in a year. Therefore we ask that you please do not send in cakes and sweets to be distributed by school. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

 

PARENTAL SURVEY

Thank you to the families that have already completed the Parental Survey. Unfortunately we have still not received many replies. Please can we ask that as many people as possible complete this form and return to school via the “Green Box” as we really do want your honest opinions of our school. If you require another form, please ask at the office. Please can all forms be returned by Monday 16th March 2015.

 

PUSHCHAIRS

The hall floor has been re-polished and the hall carpet cleaned. To help us keep them clean for the children to walk and sit on in PE lessons, please remember to leave pushchairs by the blue table in the foyer. Thank you.

REMINDER

England Class (Year R) assembly takes place next Thursday 19th March 2015 at 2.50pm. Everyone welcome.

 

CONTACT WITH TEACHERS

Please note that unfortunately it is not possible to speak to your child’s teacher, or other members of staff “on demand” either face to face or on the telephone. Please contact the office, who will then ask the member of staff to contact you as soon as possible.

 

SCHOOL VISITS AND TRIPS

Following the recent staff training day on Friday 6th March 2015, we will shortly be revising our Consent Form for school trips and visits. Please note that we have been advised that verbal consent is no longer acceptable for any out of school activity. This includes sporting events. Therefore if the Consent Form is not returned to school by the deadline stated, children will NOT be able to attend. Currently school spends a lot of time chasing outstanding forms and often telephone as a last resort. Therefore unfortunately this will no longer be our practice.

 

LONDON MARATHON

On 26th April 2015 Steven Gilbert, a parent with children at Summerfields, will be taking part in the London Marathon. He is running in aid of “Get Kids Going! Sport and Mobility for Disabled Children”. If you would like to sponsor him, please see the office. We hope the training is going well, as it’s not that far away!

 

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS

Please look in your child’s book bag for a letter from the Friends. They are holding a “Bunny Drive” next Wednesday after school. Just turn up and take part—the cost is £1.50 per person which includes squash and a biscuit. Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Roll down a really big hill. It’s a fun way to get to the bottom! Find a grassy hill but make sure there are no objects you might bump into. Lie on the grass, make your body into the shape of a sausage and roll down the hill sideways.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “temporise”. If you would like to contribute your own favourite “word of the week” please put any suggestions in the “Green Box” – please include the word, definition and your name.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Cheer up! Try to remember happy times when you are feeling sad.

 

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Newsletter 22

Newsletter 22

ATTENDANCE TROPHY

The 100% attendance percentages for February were as follows:-

England Class                             48.28%

India Class                                    50.00%

China Class                                36.36%

Australia Class                           64.00%

Kenya Class                               66.67%

Peru Class 72.41%

Great Britain Class 72.00%

Congratulations to Peru Class who win the trophy this month. The whole school percentage for February was     95.06% which is well below our target of 97%.

 

SCARLET FEVER

We have been advised by the Isle of Wight Council’s Public Health Department that there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of Scarlet Fever. At school we do now have a number of confirmed cases. The early symptoms are sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. A pinhead rash may also appear, firstly on the chest and stomach. Medical advice should be sought if you think your child has Scarlet Fever as this infection needs to be treated with antibiotics. Once treatment has been started, if children are well enough they can return to school after 24 hours.

Unfortunately we also seem to have quite a few children with diarrhoea at the moment. Can everyone please reiterate to their children the importance of hand washing and personal hygiene to try and stop the spread of this. Thank you.

 

YEAR 1 AND 2 FAMILY HOMEWORK

Thank you to all the families for all your hard work on the half term “family” homework. The various houses you produced were excellent. We hoped you all enjoyed the opportunity of coming in to school to see them all.

 

REMINDER

China Class (Year 2) assembly takes place next Thursday 12th March 2015 at 2.50pm. Everyone welcome.

 

RED NOSE DAY

Remember we will be supporting Red Nose Day at school this year on Friday 13th March 2015. Children can come to school in “mufti” but must wear something “Red” and give a minimum donation of £1.00 to Comic Relief. Please remember children will still need to go out to play so sensible shoes and warm coats please! (Children only have to wear a red item like socks or hair clips. Please DON’T buy anything specially.)

We will also be selling cakes with “red noses” at breaktime. If your child would like to buy one, please send them in with 30p. Mrs Wadmore has kindly volunteered to be “blobbed” with red paint! The cost is 20p a go or 3 blobs for 50p! Remember everything we raise goes to Comic Relief.

 

SCHOOL GOVERNORS

If you need to contact the School Governors their email address is governors@summerfieldspri.iow.sch.uk. Please note this is checked regularly but not daily. In case of an emergency please contact the school directly — we can then forward your message. If it is a private matter, please put your letter in a sealed envelope marked Chair of Governors — Private and Confidential.

 

WORLD BOOK DAY

To celebrate World Book Day today, everyone will shortly bring home a £1.00 book token. This can be exchanged for special £1.00 books or £1.00 off any book or audio book worth £2.99 or more at selected bookshops. School will be having a special Book Week later on in the Summer term. Look out for more details on the newsletter.

 

Things to do before you are 11¾ …

Play Pooh–sticks. Pooh Bear introduced the game of Pooh-sticks – you play it with a friend. All you need is a stick each and a bridge with running water below it. Throw the sticks into the water at the same time on the upstream side of the bridge, then rush to the other side – the one whose stick appears first is the winner.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “objurgate”.

If you would like to contribute your own favourite “word of the week” please put any suggestions in the “Green Box” – please include the word, definition and your name.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Hands Free. Try to work alongside other people without touching them or invading their work space.

 

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Newsletter 21

Newsletter 21

HOUSE POINTS

Each half term the “House Points” from each class are collected and the House with the most points wins the trophy!  Below are the House Point totals for the last half term

Arctic House                             821

Atlantic House                          789

Indian House                            879

Pacific House 781

Therefore the Champions for the this half term were Indian House.  Congratulations!

 

100% ATTENDANCE!

Well done to EVERYONE. We achieved our goal of having 100% attendance with every child in school on Monday and Tuesday this week! Fantastic!

 

WORLD BOOK DAY MENU

Please note on Thursday 5th March Chartwells are holding a ‘special’ menu for World Book Day. The menu will be Hotdog and Onions or Macaroni Cheese, Jacket Wedges, Peas and Sweetcorn. For pudding there will be Fruits of the Forest Eton Mess. If your child is in Key Stage 1 or in Key Stage 2 and entitled to a free school meal, they will receive this meal. Anyone else in Key Stage 2 can also purchase this ‘special’ at a cost of £2.05. No need to book, just pay on the day. If you have any queries regarding this please ask at the office.

 

ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER

Please can we remind ALL parents that the newsletter is often the ONLY place that important information is passed on to parents. The best way to receive the newsletter is by email. To do this visit our website at www.summerfieldsprimary.co.uk. At the bottom right hand corner input your details and then follow the instructions received. Alternatively there is always a paper copy available for collection in the school lobby. Please can we ask that you try and ensure that you read the newsletter every week. Thank you.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Please remember school is closed to pupils next Friday 6th March 2015. Please see the events page of our website for the important dates for the rest of the school year. Please remember that these are only PROVISIONAL dates and may be subject to change.

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Please can all orders for the Scholastic Book Club be returned to school via the “Green Box” by Wednesday 4th March 2015.  No cash please—cheques or debit/credit card payments only.

 

RED NOSE DAY

We will again be supporting Red Nose Day at school this year on Friday 13th March 2015. Children can come to school dressed in something “Red” and give a donation of £1.00 to Comic Relief. Please remember children will still need to go out to play so sensible shoes and warm coats please! (Children only have to wear a red item like socks or hair clips. Please DON’T buy anything specially.)

 

PARENTAL SURVEY

Every family should shortly receive a letter from the teachers of Summerfields Primary asking for feedback following our recent Ofsted report. Please can we ask EVERY family complete the form and be honest. We really do want your opinions on ways we can improve school for you and your children. Thank you.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Call an owl. Owls might not have mobiles but if you call an owl, it will call you right back. Most owls come out at night so wait until it’s dark to catch them at their chattiest.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week the newsletter is read by Izabella and Jamie. Click here to listen.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “mordant”.

If you would like to contribute your own favourite “word of the week” please put any suggestions in the “Green Box” – please include the word, definition and your name. Thank you.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Say sorry. Let people see that you can tell the truth and know how to say sorry at times.

 

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Newsletter 20/15

Newsletter 20/15

DEVELOPMENT DAY REMINDER

Please remember school is CLOSED to pupils on FRIDAY 6TH MARCH 2015 for a Staff Development Day.

 

FUNDRAISING

Thank you for all your donations to “half and half” day today.  The final figure raised will be on the next newsletter.  We will again this year be supporting Red Nose Day on Friday 13th March 2015.  Children can wear “Something Red” and give a £1.00 donation to Red Nose Day.  More details nearer the time.

 

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

Does anyone have any good condition “grown out of” clothes suitable for babies, toddlers and young children? Mrs Witchard’s, daughter will shortly be going to India to visit a charity called “Free a Dalit Child”. She would like to take some children’s clothes to give to the children the charity work with. Obviously she cannot take cases and cases but if you would like to make a donation of just one item please see the office. Thank you.

 

JACKET POTATOES

Unfortunately the “trial” with jacket potatoes has not been a success. Sorting dinners out in class in the morning has become very unwieldy and if children have forgotten to order a potato, they have become upset at lunchtime. So unfortunately they will not be available after half term.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Please can girls NOT wear “Ugg” type or suede boots to school. The only boots allowed are wellington boots in the wet weather and black formal boots without any embellishments. If you are unsure please ask.

 

HOUSE POINTS

Well done to Mason who is our first pupil to get 100 House Points and has therefore achieved his Silver Certificate.  Come on everyone else!

 

BASKETBALL COMPETITION

Well done to the ten children who took part in the Basketball competition at Carisbrooke Primary School on Tuesday afternoon. Everyone played really well and we only came second when we were knocked out by the winners in a “sudden death” penalty shoot out after extra time! Thank you to Miss Metcalfe and Mrs Wallder for taking the children to this event.

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL PROPOSALS

Please click here to read a letter from Councillor Jonathan Bacon regarding the consultation process that is currently taking place.

 

YELLOW SICKNESS FORMS

Please remember that a Yellow Sickness Form must be completed for every time your child is unwell and unable to come to school, even if you have telephoned the school to advise of the sickness. Due to the amount of illness that school is currently experiencing, chasing up missing forms is becoming very time consuming. Please remember if we do not know why your child was absent from school, they will be marked down as “unauthorised absence”.

 

GLOBAL WARMING CONFERENCE

On Tuesday four pupils from Year 6 attended a Global Warming conference at Christ the King College. The team represented “China” and took part in various activities for the whole day. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had a great time. Thank you to Mrs Haynes for taking and staying with the children.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Climb a tree. Choose one with strong, sturdy branches from the bottom to the top. Remember to wear boots or trainers and keep three of your arms and legs on the tree at all times. When you get to the top check out the view!

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “gregarious”.

 

 

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Newsletter 19/15

Newsletter 19/15

ATTENDANCE TROPHY

The 100% attendance percentages for January were as follows:-

England Class                             48.28%

India Class                                    60.00%

China Class                                  54.55%

Australia Class                            52.00%

Kenya Class                                  70.00%

Peru Class                                    58.62%

Great Britain Class                    56.00%

Congratulations to Kenya Class who win the trophy this month. The whole school percentage for January was 94.73% which is well below our target of 97%.

Remember this year we are trying to get at least one day when we have 100% attendance across the whole school.

 

SICKNESS

Unfortunately we do seem to have a lot of children unwell this week. Please can we again ask that you ring the school AFTER 8.30am, when the office is staffed from, and BEFORE 9.30am if your child is unwell and unable to come to school. Please note it is your responsibility to contact school if your child is unwell. The office is spending a lot of time ringing around trying to find out where children are. Please remember to complete a yellow Sickness Slip on their return to school. Thank you for your assistance.

 

MUFTI DAY

Don’t forget that Friday 13th February 2015, the last day of this half term, we are holding a  “half and half” mufti day to raise money towards new reading books. For £1.00 donation you can wear what you like on your “bottom half” and school uniform on your “top half”.

Also on this day, as part of their topic, England class will be coming to school dressed as aliens so will not be taking part in the “half and half” day.  They will not be required to pay to dress as an alien.

Please note school will finish at the normal time of 3.00pm that day.

 

SNOW AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please remember that if school does have to close due to bad weather, we will text EVERY family to let you know. HOWEVER if we do not have your up to date mobile phone number you will not receive the text. Please ensure that your details are correct with the office. Thank you.

 

GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL

Schools may wish to take the needs of the families of service personnel into account if they are returning from long operational tours that prevent contact during scheduled holiday time. Schools have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for students with special educational needs or disabilities. Families may need time together to recover from trauma or crisis.

 

FAMILY LIAISON OFFICER

Unfortunately our Family Liaison Officer has left. As always if any family needs our assistance, please do not hesitate to ask and we will do all we can to assist.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY

Please look in your child’s bookbag for details of the Pompey in the Community football after half term starting on Tuesday 24th February 2015. All sessions must be booked directly with Pompey. Thank you.

 

FEBRUARY HALF TERM ACTIVITES AT NEWPORT ROMAN VILLA

Clay Day —Monday 16th February 10:30am—3pm

Make a Roman shield or an antefix (decorated tile) to take home. There will be a treasure hunt and craft activities.

Crafty Romans—Wednesday 18th February 10:30am—3pm

Make a Roman shoe box scene or a Roman chariot to take home. There will be a treasure hunt and craft activities.

No need to book for either session, just drop in and enjoy the fun. £1 per entry which       includes museum entrance and all activities.

 

CHARITY EVENT

Steve Gilbert ( a parent of a pupil at Summerfields) is running the London marathon in aid of “Get Kids Going” on 26th April. If you would like to sponsor Steve, please see the office.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week’s newsreaders are Seanna and Zach M. You can hear them reading the newsletter here.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Make a snow angel. When it next snows, lie on your back in it and move your arms back and forth as big and wide as you can. Get up very carefully and you will see that you have left the print of an angel in the snow.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is petulant”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Help is at hand. It’s your responsibility to ask your teacher for help when you do not understand a piece of work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter 18/15

Newsletter 18/15

PARENTS’ EVENING

Parents’ evenings take place on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th February 2015.  EXCEPT Year 5, Peru Class, which will take place on WEDNESDAY 11th and Thursday 12th February 2015.  The sheets to book appointments will go up outside your child’s classroom on Monday after school, 2nd February 2015.

Please can we remind ALL parents and carers that there is ONLY one slot available per child, not one per evening.  If you have any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to speak to the office.  Thank you.

 

CLOTHING SALE

On Saturday 7th February 2015 from 10am to 1pm Foodbank are holding a pre-loved clothing and textile sale at the Foodbank Centre, Love Lane, Cowes.  They will be selling good quality second-hand clothes. Tea, coffee, cake and a tombola will also be available.

 

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to join the “Friends”.  If you are still interested in joining, even just to help out at events, please complete the slip and return to the office.  Thank you.

 

THREADWORMS

Unfortunately we have had a case of threadworm reported to school.  Can we ask that EVERYONE is extra vigilant as they are very contagious.  However they are easily treated by medication from your doctor or medication bought from pharmacies.  Please can you talk to your children about always washing their hands after going to the toilet and before eating anything.

 

ISLE OF WIGHT EDUCATION SECONDARY SCHOOL CONSULTATION

You may be aware that there is a of the consultation exercise currently taking place about how best to provide the right number and distribution of high quality secondary school and college places across the Island.  The Isle of Wight Council has put forward a number of proposals such as the merging of Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges on the Carisbrooke site and a Sixth Form for the whole island in one location.

A number of open meetings have been arranged (see below) to enable all interested parties to hear more about the proposals and, more importantly, to raise issues/queries, engage in debate and make their views known.  The consultations runs from 5pm on 26 January until 30 April 2015 during which time a detailed consultation document will be available on the Isle of Wight website at: www.iwight.com/schools together with details of a questionnaire response form.

DATE TIME LOCATION
Tuesday 3rd February 6-8pm Carisbrooke College, Newport
Monday 9th February 7-9pm Quay Arts Centre, Newport
Monday 23rd February 6-8pm Medina Theatre, Newport
Monday 2nd March 6-8pm Island Studio School, Cowes
Tuesday 3rd March 7-9pm Quay Arts Centre, Newport
Monday 9th March 6-8pm Christ the King College, Newport
Monday 16th March 6-8pm Sandown Bay Academy, Sandown
Tuesday 17th March 6-8pm Cowes Enterprise College, Cowes
Monday 23rd March 6-8pm Ryde Academy, Ryde
Tuesday 24th March 6-8pm Isle of Wight College, Newport

 

SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS FINALS

On Monday 12 children from Years 5 and 6 took part in the island finals of the Sportshall athletics at Medina College.  Everyone performed really well and we came  9th overall.  Well done!  Thank you to Miss Parry and Mrs Phillips for arranging this event.

 

MUFTI DAY

Our School Charity organiser has suggested we hold a “half and half” day on Friday 13th February 2015, the last day of this half term.  So for £1.00 you can wear what you like on your “bottom half” and school uniform on the “top half”.  Money raised will go towards refreshing the reading books.

 

PARKING

Unfortunately yet again we have to mention “parking” on our newsletter.  We have had complaints from our neighbours in Vecta House not only about parents parking there, when they have been requested not to, but also about children damaging cars.  A parent had requested a driver not to park where children cross the road, at the dropped kerb on double yellow lines, but was ignored.  We will contact the police and request that they patrol the area morning and afternoon.  When you park PLEASE think of others and not just yourselves.  Leave for school a few minutes earlier so you can park considerately.  Don’t EVER park in Vecta House, on double yellow lines or across any of our neighbours driveways.  We understand parking is very tight but that is not an excuse for putting children’s lives at risk.  Only recently a child was knocked over by a “hit and run” driver.  We do not want this to ever happen again. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

 

GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL

Absence for a bereavement of a close family member is usually considered an exceptional circumstance but for the funeral service only. Absences for important religious observances are often taken into account but only for the ceremony and travelling time, not extended leave. This is intended for one off situations rather than regular or recurring events.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Take a look inside a tree. Some trees have hollows so big you can climb right inside. The oldest trees have the biggest hollows so look for the big tall trees.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week’s newsreaders are Zane and Nazia, and you can listen to them here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “empathize”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Good timing—Try to get your work done in the time set.

 

 

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Newsletter 17/15

Newsletter 17/15

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS’ SCHOOL DISCO

We hope you have all received a letter from the Friends of Summerfields this week. Thank you to the Friends for organising the school Discos which raised £200.00.  Everyone who attended had a really good time.  If you are interested in helping Friends with future events, please return the slip via the “Green Box” as soon as possible.

 

COUNTRY DANCING CLUB

Don’t forget to come to the office to collect a letter if you are interested in joining Mrs Stiles’ County Dancing Club which is held on Thursdays from 3pm –3.45pm.  This is for children in Years 3 to 6.  Please can all forms be returned via the “Green Box” by Thursday 29th January 2015.

 

POLITE REQUEST

Please can we again request that ALL parents wait at bottom of path and not at the top by the doors.  It is VERY hard for teachers to see children’s parents if there are lots of adults in the way.  Even if you collect your child at 2.55pm from Reception Class, please can we ask that you stand at the bottom of the path by the wooden flower beds.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

PE KITS IN SCHOOL

Please can we remind all parents that children should have a PE kit in school EVERY day.  We are finding that lots of children are missing out on their PE lessons because they do not have their kit in school.

 

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Just a reminder that jacket potatoes are now available at lunchtime instead of the hot meal of the day.  There is a choice of filling of cheese, tuna or tuna mayo.  Children need to “book” a jacket potato when the dinner register is taken first thing in the morning by saying jacket potato and their choice of filling. If your child is entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal or a Free School Meal, then they can choose to have a jacket potato instead.  For more information please ask at the school office.

 

GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL

Absence during term time for holidays is not considered an “exceptional” circumstance.  Absences to visit family members are also not normally granted during term time if they could be scheduled for holiday periods or outside school hours.  Children may however need time to visit seriously ill relatives.  Every case will be individually assessed by the school with the assistance of the Education Welfare Service where appropriate.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS SURVEY

As part of ongoing work regarding the new SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) reforms, the Isle of Wight Council would like children and young people to complete nine Local Offer questions and five equality monitoring questions on how services could be improved.  The survey can be completed via the following link:-

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/local-offer-survey

Children can have the assistance of parents/carers to complete this survey if necessary.

 

YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS CLUB

The Young Archaeologists Club meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 5.00pm-6.30pm.  The membership cost is £5.00 per year and £1.00 for every session attended.  Places need to be pre-booked which can be done by contacting the club at joy.verringer@iow.gov.uk.  This year’s theme is Celtic Archaeology and the Iron Age.

 

ISLE OF WIGHT EDUCATION SECONDARY SCHOOL CONSULTATION

You may be aware of the consultation exercise which is currently being undertaken about how best to provide the right number and distribution of high quality secondary school and college places across the Island.

A number of open meetings have been arranged (please see below) to enable all interested parties to hear more about the proposals and, more importantly, to raise issues/queries, engage in debate and make their views known.

DATE TIME LOCATION
Tuesday 3rd February 6-8pm Carisbrooke College, Newport
Monday 9th February 7-9pm Quay Arts Centre, Newport
Monday 23rd February 6-8pm Medina Theatre, Newport
Monday 2nd March 6-8pm Island Studio School, Cowes
Tuesday 3rd March 7-9pm Quay Arts Centre, Newport
Monday 9th March 6-8pm Christ the King College, Newport
Monday 16th March 6-8pm Sandown Bay Academy, Sandown
Tuesday 17th March 6-8pm Cowes Enterprise College, Cowes
Monday 23rd March 6-8pm Ryde Academy, Ryde
Tuesday 24th March 6-8pm Isle of Wight College, Newport

The consultation will run from 5pm on 26 January until 30 April 2015 during which time a detailed consultation document will be available on the Isle of Wight website at:

www.iwight.com/schools together with details of a questionnaire response form.

 

PARENT GOVERNOR VACANCY

Every child should have brought home a letter this week from our Chair of Governors, Lisa Marks.  Please note that the letter should have read Rob Johnston is our Vice Chair and not Johnson.  Please accept our apologies Mr Johnston for this mistake.

As the letter explains, we currently have a Parent Governor vacancy.  If you are interested in applying and would like to discuss this further, please ask at office and we will arrange for a Governor to contact you.  Please remember all applications need to be returned by no later than noon on Wednesday 28th January 2015.

 

LOST PROPERTY

After the school disco last Friday a girl’s purse was found.  If anyone has lost a purse, please ask at the school office.

 

PARENTS’ EVENING

Parents’ Evenings are due to take place on Tuesday 10th February and Thursday 12th February 2015.  More information will follow nearer the time.  However please remember there are only enough time slots for ONE per child on either night and NOT both nights.  Thank you.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Track a set of footprints.  Footprints show up clearly on sandy beaches, especially when the sand is wet.  Pick an interesting footprint and try to follow it for a while to see where it goes and who it belongs to!  Remember to be safe near the sea edge and watch to make sure the tide is not coming in too fast!

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “resplendent”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Cool Company! Try to get together with new people during break times

 

 

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Newsletter 16/15

Newsletter 16/15

COLD WEATHER

Just a polite reminder that children are expected to go outside at break and lunchtimes even if it is very cold.  Please can you ensure that children ALWAYS bring a coat to school.  It might be a good idea to send in a hat, gloves and scarf for the very cold weather we are experiencing at the moment.

If we do have any snow, please listen to Isle of Wight radio for details of any school closures.  School will also text everyone if we do have to close.  Therefore please ensure that the office has your correct mobile phone contact details.  Thank you.

 

COMPLAINTS FROM NEIGHBOURS

We are having an increasing number of complaints from our neighbours about the behaviour of children coming to and leaving school; walking across gardens, moving road traffic cones, etc.  Please remember you are responsible for your child’s behaviour at these times—even if they walk on their own!  Please have a chat with your child.

 

KIERAN

We are very pleased to confirm that Kieran represented the Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th January 2015 at the South East Regional Athletics Festival at Burgess Hill.  The boys’ team came sixth and the girls’ team came 8th.  Well done Kieran!

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

This week every family should have received a copy of the Scholastic Book Club leaflet. Please can any orders be returned to school by Wednesday 21st January 2015 via the “Green Box”. Please note we are unable to take cash, payment should be by debit/credit card or cheque. Thank you.

 

PRE SCHOOL SPORTS SESSIONS

Premier School Sport Coaching hold pre-school sports sessions for children aged 2.5 to 5 years.  These are held at Binstead Community Centre on Wednesdays from 9.30am-10.15am at a cost of £3.50 per session.  For further details and to book a place, contact them directly on 07810 693182.

 

GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL

Over the next few newsletters, we thought it might be useful to share with you some guidance from NAHT we have received around authorised absence in school.

Term times are for education.  This is the priority.  Children and families have 175 days off school to spend time together, including weekends and school holidays.  Head Teachers have to rightly prioritise attendance. The default school policy should be that absences will not be granted during term time and will only be authorised in “exceptional circumstances”.  If an event can reasonably be scheduled outside of term time then it would not be normal to authorise absence.

 

COUNTRY DANCING CLUB

This year the Maypole/Country Dancing Club will start on Thursday 5th February 2015 from 3pm to 3.45pm and will run through until 10th June 2015 — the Schools’ Country Dancing Festival at Havenstreet. The club is initially open to all pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).  If your child is interested in joining, please collect an enrolment form from the office and return it by Thursday 29th January 2015.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

See new born lambs.  Lambs are mostly born from January onwards.  Most sheep have one or two lambs at a time.  Newborns are kept in special pens with their mothers.  Lambs stand up within half an hour of their birth —with the help of their mum.  Find out if there are lambing open days near you.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week’s newsreaders are Harvey and Hannah, and you can listen here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “tootle”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Show some consideration. Stop to consider how other people may be feeling and speak to them kindly.

 

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Newsletter 15/15

Newsletter 15/15

ATTENDANCE TROPHY

The 100% attendance percentages for December were as follows:-

England Class               73.33%

India Class                     40.00%

China Class                   56.52%

Australia Class              48.00%

Kenya Class                  40.00%

Peru Class                     50.00%

Great Britain Class     64.00%

Congratulations to  England Class who win the trophy this month.  The whole school percentage for December was 91.10% which is well below our target of 97%.  This was due to a lot of illness experienced by some classes.

 

HOUSE POINTS

Each half term the “House Points” from each class are collected and the House with the most points wins the trophy!  Below are the House Point totals for the last half term

Arctic House 925

Atlantic House 922

Indian House 887

Pacific House 883

Therefore the Champions for the second half term were Arctic House.  Congratulations!

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Please see our website for the important dates for this term up to Easter.  Please remember that these are only PROVISIONAL dates and may be subject to change.

 

CHARTWELL “SPECIAL” MENU

In a change to the advertised menu, Chartwell will be holding a “special” on Thursday 15th January 2015.  This will be an “All Day Breakfast” of sausage (or vegetarian sausage), bacon, scrambled egg, beans and jacket wedges with giant cookie and fruit slices for pudding.  All children entitled to a free school meal or universal infant free school meal will automatically receive this special.  For all other children the cost is £2.05, no need to book, just pay on the day!

 

KIDS’ ART AT QUAY ARTS

Kids’ Art, for children aged between 8 and 12 years, returns to Quay Arts on Saturday mornings from 10am – 12pm from 17 January 2015. All sessions are led by an Artist Educator and a variety of different artforms. Tickets can be booked for individual sessions or for the whole term. For further details and to book phone 822490.

 

BAD WEATHER

A lot of children got very wet walking to school yesterday (Thursday) in the rain.  School ran out of dry clothes and radiator space to dry wet ones!!  In future if it is very wet when you are leaving home, please see if your child could walk to school in “old” clothes and change into their dry uniform when they get to school.  Please note children are expected to be on time for school whatever the weather.  If your child does borrow “spare” clothes, can you please ensure that they are washed and returned to school as we are very short on spares.  We are especially short on grey socks, so if you have any you would like to donate, please see the office.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE

Bright Sparks WILL NOT be open during February half term as they are having building work done.

 

Things to do before you are 11¾ …

Look at frost or snow under a magnifying glass.  In the Winter when the weather is freezing dew turns to frost.  Tiny frost crystals will form on leaves, grasses, seed heads and even spiders’ webs.  Take a magnifying glass outside and see how beautiful the ice crystals are.  Snow crystals are even easier to see—but we need some snow for this!

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

Welcome back to our Talking Newsletter after the Christmas Break, this week’s newsreaders are Zach and Kane, and you can listen here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is assiduous”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

You can do it! Try to have confidence in yourself when trying something new.

 

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