Newsletter 13/17

Newsletter 13/17

NEWPORT LANTERN PARADE

Well done to everyone who took part in the Newport Lantern Parade last Saturday.  Despite the weather being bitterly cold our lanterns looked fabulous.  Thank you to Mrs Downer, Mrs Bast and Miss Sheaf for all their hard work running Lantern club.

 

SNACKS AT BREAKTIME

Please remember children should ONLY be bringing in fruit or cheese to eat at playtime.  Therefore DO NOT send in mince pies, cakes, biscuits, snack bars, etc.  As we have previously advised parents, we do have children with life threatening allergies in school.  We are also a “healthy” school and try to encourage children to make the right choices.  Just a reminder that as we are also a “Nut Free” school, lunch boxes should not contain any items that may contain nuts, such as chocolate spread.

 

BRIGHSTONE CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

Don’t forget it’s Brighstone’s 21st Christmas Tree Festival between 7th and 10th December 2017.  There are seven venues around Brighstone with displays which are all open between 10.00am and 5.00pm.  Why not take advantage of the FREE park and ride between Isle of Wight Pearl, Brighstone Holiday Centre and Brighstone Methodist Church.  Lots of activities are taking place over the 4 days of the festival; check out the www.bxtf.org for full details of the programme.  Refreshments will also be available at various locations in Brighstone.

 

WONKY DONKEY

Preparations are well underway for our Reception and Key Stage 1 production.  Remember the dress rehearsal takes place on Monday at 1.30pm.  This performance is    for grandparents, aunties, uncles and pre-school children.  The performance on Wednesday at 1.30pm is for adults only.  If you have not already done so, please pay online for tickets you have ordered and then you will be requested to collect these from the school office. 

 

THIS WEEK HAVE  YOU SEEN?

Every child in Key Stage 2 has received a Road Safety brochure.

All families should have received a leaflet produced by the NHS about when you should, and when you should not, send your child to school if they are unwell.  Please do not hesitate to speak to the school office, who will be only too pleased to advise you further.

A letter to Year 1 and 2 parents about data protection and confidentiality.

 

ANGEL FESTIVAL

Minghella Class have made angels for an Angel Festival and Christmas Fair this weekend.  The Festival takes place on Saturday at St John’s Church, Nodehill from 10am to 2pm.  Please go along and see their  wonderful artwork.

 

CHATTERBOOKS

 

PARKING

Unfortunately we are still receiving numerous complaints from our neighbours about parents parking both illegally and inconsiderately, blocking driveways,  parking on the pavement, double parking etc.  Please remember:-

Highway Code Rule 243

DO NOT stop or park:

  • near a school entrance
  • anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
  • opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
  • where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
  • in front of an entrance to a property
  • on a bend

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.

 

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

Five new words a day keeps the Speech and Language therapist at bay!

All children up to the age of 6 should learn 8 new words a day!

 

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Newsletter 12/17

Newsletter 12/17

STAR PUPILS

There will be no Star Pupil assembly next week as the ‘Friends’ will be preparing the hall for the Christmas Fayre.

 

FAMILY LEARNING QUESTIONNAIRES

Thank you to all the parents who returned the questionnaires about Maths family learning sessions.  Parents were very positive about these and Miss Vine is planning some more sessions in the New Year.  Watch this space!

 

PHONIC SESSIONS YEARS R & 1

If you would like to come along and find out more about ways to support your child further with phonics and reading at home, there are a few spaces left.  Miss Vine and Mrs Luke will be running the sessions which will take place from 9am—10am on Tuesday 5th December for Year R and Wednesday 6th December for Year 1. If you are interested, please let the office know.

 

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for November was 94.57% which is below our target of 96%.  Class attendance percentages for November were as follows:-

Ellen MacArthur Class                91.72%

King Charles Class                    93.97%

Queen Victoria Class                 94.23%

Minghella Class                         93.79%

Warrior Class                            96.80%

Tennyson Class                         94.16%

Charles Dickens Class               98.22%

Congratulations to Charles Dickens Class who were November’s Attendance Stars!  They were presented with the trophy in today’s Celebration Assembly. 

 

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Reminder that the school Christmas Fayre is next Friday 8th December after school in the hall; please come along and support the ‘Friends’. There will be lots of Christmassy things to buy and crafts activities to do so bring some small change!  Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier!

 

SHAPING NEWPORT PROJECT

The Shaping Newport Project are working with the council Regeneration Team, Newport Parish Council and the Newport Business Association to collect as much information, opinion, experience and comment as possible on the good and the bad of visiting, living and working in Newport. It is very important that they listen to the views of schools as they represent such a significant population within the community of Newport. The views of students and schoolchildren are essential if they are to make this survey effective and useful. If you would like to complete the questionnaire please visit:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/shapingnewport.

 

All of this feedback will be used to develop new projects and new partnerships for positive change in the town and in the parish.

 

CHRISTMAS/WINTER JUMPER DAY

Don’t forget we are holding our Christmas and Winter Jumper Day on Tuesday 19th December 2017.  Your child can wear a festive or winter themed jumper to school (instead of their school jumper) for £1.00 donation.  All other school uniform must be worn!

 

SICKNESS AND DIARRHOEA

Unfortunately over the past few weeks we have had several children off with sickness bugs.  Please remember that children should not come to school for 48 hours after the last time they were sick or had an upset tummy.  We are trying to prevent these bugs spreading to the whole school so we would really appreciate everyone abiding by these rules.   Thank you.

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AND PARTY DAY LUNCH

Just a reminder that all Christmas and Party Day lunches had to be booked and paid for in advance.  Therefore if you have not ordered a Christmas lunch (Tuesday 19th December) or a Party Day lunch (Thursday 21st December) for your child, please remember to send them in with a packed lunch from home.   

 

“PHIL THE BAG”

Thank you to everyone who donated items for “Phil the Bag” this week. We shall let you know the amount raised for school as soon as we know.

 

COUGHS AND SNEEZES

We have a lot of children off at the moment with bad colds and chest infections.  In the “old days” we used to say “coughs and sneezes spread diseases, stop them with your handkerchiefs”!  Can you firstly explain to your child what a handkerchief is!  Then teach them at least to put their hand over their mouth when they cough.  Thank you.

 

SAINSBURYS ACTIVE KIDS

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who collected Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers this year. We were able to order lots of new equipment to replenish our school P.E. resources.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Unperturbed—calm, tranquil, composed, cool and untroubled.  It also means unruffled and serene.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter 11/17

Newsletter 11/17

MUFTI DAY—FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER

Don’t forget next Friday 1st December 2017 we are holding a “mufti day” in aid of the Christmas Fayre being held by the Friends of Summerfields. For a minimum donation of £1 your child can come to school dressed in ‘mufti’.  Please remember children will still need to wear sensible shoes and bring a coat to wear at break and lunch time.   The Christmas Fayre will take place the following Friday, 8th December 2017, straight after school.  Thank you for your support.

 

CATERLINK

Caterlink, our school meal providers, would like to hear what parents/carers think of how they are performing as our new meal providers so far!  If you would like to take part, a short survey can be completed online using the following link:- https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KD5K62B

 

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 pale coloured bows, grips and slides be worn.  Thank you.

 

“PHIL THE BAG”

Don’t forget the new date for “Phil the Bag” is this coming Wednesday 29th November 2017. Please leave bags of clothes etc. between the two black gates by 8:45am at the latest.

 

OPEN CLASSROOMS

Just a reminder that Open Classrooms are taking place next week:-

Tuesday 28th November for Years R, 2, 4 and 6 and

Wednesday 29th November for Years  3 and 5

Please feel free to pop in and see your child’s class in action!

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AND PARTY DAY

Please remember ALL slips for Christmas lunch and Party Day need to be returned via the “Green Box” in the lobby by THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2017.  All children who are entitled to receive a Free School Meal in Key Stages 1 and 2 will receive this lunch UNLESS you advise us otherwise.  However if they would like to have the Party Day “picnic” lunch on the last day, everyone needs to fill in the slip with their choice of sandwich.  If your child is not entitled to Free School Meals, the cost of both Christmas lunch and Party Day picnic is £1.85 each.  Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to speak to the office.  Unfortunately any slips returned after this time will be returned as all food has to be ordered by this date.  Thank you.

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THESE IMPORTANT LETTERS SENT HOME THIS WEEK?

Year 2 letter about children independently walking into school

NSPCC Speak out Stay Safe assemblies and workshops taking place on 4th December 2017

Reception and Key Stage 1 Production letter

 

COATS

We still have children coming to school without a coat.  Please can EVERY child bring a coat to school every day.  Thank you.

 

MOBILE PHONES

Do you know what’s on your child’s phone?  What they are able to access on-line and what they are sharing with their friends?  There are several apps that you can download to  try to keep them safer.  Remember nothing is fool-proof and so we suggest you do still monitor what they have on their phone and ensure their privacy and security settings are sufficient for their age.

 

FOOD BANK

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Compassionate—meaning kind, caring and understanding.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Your mind is a powerful thing.  When you fill it with positive thoughts, life will begin to change.

 

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Newsletter 10/17

Newsletter 10/17

UPDATE ON PUPIL ATTENDANCE
5 classes have achieved 100% weekly attendance during this term with 2 of the classes achieving this on 2 consecutive weeks. Well done to everyone who is a ‘HERO’ (Here Everyday and Ready to learn On time). We still have a number of pupils who arrive late to school which affects and disrupts your child’s and the whole classes’ learning. Here are the total minutes late so far this year:
September 2017—18 pupils were late to school which resulted in 5 hours and 19 minutes of lost learning. October 2017—36 pupils were late to school which resulted in 5 hours and 53 minutes of lost learning.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE DONATIONS
The ‘Friends’ are collecting pre-loved school uniform, soft toys or bottled items (no alcohol please) to sell at the Christmas Fayre. Please place your donations in the boxes located in the school foyer by Friday 1st December.

MUFTI DAY—FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER
For a minimum donation of £1 your child can come to school dressed in sensible ‘mufti’ . All proceeds will go towards purchasing items for the Christmas Fayre which will be held after school on Friday 8th December.

“TYPE ONESIE DAY”
Thank you to everyone who supported our “Type Onesie” day last week. We raised £157.20 in aid of research into Diabetes.

LETTERS SENT HOME THIS WEEK
Christmas Lunch Letter with Reply Slip
Christmas Party Letter with Reply Slip
Christmas Activities Letter

OPEN CLASSROOMS
We are again offering parents/carers and grandparents to come along to our open classroom sessions taking place from 2:45pm on:
Thursday 23rd November for Year 1
Tuesday 28th November for Years R, 2, 4 and 6 and
Wednesday 29th November for Years 3 and 5
Please feel free to pop in and see your child’s class in action!

MANNERS AT LUNCHTIME
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. when needed. Could you please help us by reinforcing the good practice we teach at lunchtime as follows:
Encourage children to be independent with the cutting up of their food (especially Y3 and above)
Eating with their mouth closed
Not dropping food onto the dining floor just because they do not like it
Sitting up and round the right way
We do appreciate your support in this matter.

“PHIL THE BAG”
The collection date for “Phil the Bag” has been changed to Wednesday 29th November 2017. Please leave bags of clothes etc. between the two black gates by 8:45am at the latest.

YEAR 5 CLASS ASSEMBLY
Tuesday 21st November at 2:45pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and watch.

THE ‘FRIENDS’ MOVIE NIGHT
The Lego Batman Movie night is this afternoon from 3:45pm to 6:10pm. Remember places had to be booked in advance so no admission on the door. Thank you.

DINOSAUR ISLE EVENT

MEDINA LEISURE EVENT

WORD OF THE WEEK
Opulent—This means an exhibition of wealth and affluence (plenty of money!). It can also mean lavishly furnished in a manner that is ’over the top’.

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET
You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. Dr Seuss.

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Newsletter 9/17

Newsletter 9/17

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

The events page on this website has been updated to show important dates for your diaries for this half term up to Christmas.  Thank you.

 

RECEPTION & KEY STAGE 1 PRODUCTION

Plans are currently underway for our annual Reception and Key Stage 1 production.  However Year 2 are in need of a camel and a donkey costume!  If anybody has either of these that they are willing to lend school, please see the school office.  Thank you.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

Please remember if your child would like to order a jacket potato an orange slip MUST be completed including choice of topping.  In addition if they would like the vegetarian option, a GREEN slip should be completed.  Both the vegetarian option and jacket potatoes are “cooked to order” so if no slip is completed, unfortunately your child will not get their choice.  Slips are available in the school lobby.

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Every family should have received a Scholastic Book Club leaflet last week.  Please can any orders be returned to school by Friday 17th November 2017 at the latest via the “Green Box”.  Payment can be made by credit/debit card or cheque—no cash please.  If you have not received a leaflet, please ask at the school office.

 

“TYPE ONESIE DAY”

Thank you to everyone who supported our “Type Onesie” day today in aid of World Diabetes Day.  Donations can still be given to the school office and we will let you know next week how much was raised.  Your continued support of our fund raising events is very much appreciated.

 

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 all their PE lessons because they do not have their kit in school.

In addition some children are still not coming to school with a coat, despite the weather being very cold.  Please therefore ensure that your child brings their coat and PE kit to school every day so that they are ready to take part in learning in and out of the classroom.

Remember all items of clothing including hats, gloves and scarves need to be named.  Thank you.

 

FAMILY LEARNING

Thank you to the parents who have taken the time to reply to the various letters about Family Learning at Summerfields.  Miss Vine is currently in the process of arranging new sessions for this term and the feedback received so far from parents is invaluable in tailoring sessions to parents’ needs.  It is not too late to send back your forms so please return them via the “Green Box” in the school lobby.  Thank you.

 

ISLE OF WIGHT FOODBANK

We have received a “thank you” certificate from the Isle of Wight Foodbank for the donations we made following our Harvest Assembly.  125kg of food was donated in total – thank you for your generous donations.

 

“PHIL THE BAG”

Just a reminder to start collecting for “Phil the Bag” which takes place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017.  ALL donations must be placed between the two black gates by 8.45am at the latest.  Thank you.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Immense—huge, great, massive

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

The grass is greener when you water it.

 

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Newsletter 8/17

Newsletter 8/17

 MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNORS

Together we can solve this.

At a recent Governors meeting, it was brought to our attention that there was a serious car parking issue in the surrounding area of the school at the beginning and end of the school day.  This seems to be the case all over the Island at the moment, with increasing reliance on cars, especially in bad weather conditions and we realise it is always a sensitive issue.  As well as increased vigilance from traffic wardens, it is very likely that Island roads will soon be turning the whole area into a no stopping zone, due to the dangers faced by children. Yes this will be inconvenient, but in the meantime, we are looking at ways to turn this negative into a positive. If you can come up with any ideas which will help alleviate this problem and help make it safer around the school, please contact me through the school office. I would welcome your input and believe that working together, we can solve this problem.

Tony Murphy, Chair of Governors

 

SCHOOL DISCOS

Reminder that the Friends of Summerfields are holding discos tonight: 5pm-6pm Years R, 1 and 2 (please note all children must be accompanied by an adult).  6.15pm-7:30pm for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.  Entry is £1.00 per child payable on the door. 

 

YEAR 2 CLASS ASSEMBLY

Queen Victoria class assembly will take place next Thursday, 9th November at 2:45pm. All parents, grandparents, carers and relatives are most welcome.

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY POPPIES

We are again supporting the Poppy Appeal this year and will be selling poppies until Friday 10th November.  Please send your child to school with some small change if they would like to buy a poppy.

 

HEAD LICE

Unfortunately some children have returned to school after the half term break with head lice.  Please ensure that you check your child’s hair on a regular basis and treat accordingly. Thank you.

 

WATER BOTTLES

As we move into autumn and the weather turns cooler, children still need to bring a water bottle into school everyday to keep hydrated.  Water bottles are available to buy from the school office at a cost of 40p. As school budgets are very tight, we shall not be able to supply plastic cups to children who forget their water bottles on a regular basis. 

 

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for October was 95.16% which is below our target of 96%.  Class attendance percentages for October were as follows:-

Ellen MacArthur Class 98.10%

King Charles Class 92.70%

Queen Victoria Class 94.68%

Minghella Class 93.24%

Warrior Class 95.88%

Tennyson Class 94.64%

Charles Dickens Class 96.55%

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

 

‘PHIL’ THE BAG  – WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

Donations of unwanted clothes, shoes, bedding, hats and belts will be gratefully appreciated.  Please put items into a black bag and place inside the school grounds in front of the railings between the two black gates by the flower beds. Bags to be placed by 8:35am.  We are unable to accept duvets, pillows, rugs or cushions. Thank you.

 

Consultation on Updated Admissions Policy for Carisbrooke College and Medina College

In accordance to 15(b) of the Schools Admissions Code the Governing Body of the Island Innovation Federation are consulting on the Admissions Arrangements for September 2019. As the admissions authority the governing body has amended the policy to include an additional admissions criterion to be used if there are more applications than there are available places. The additional criterion gives priority to children of staff who have (1) been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or (2) have been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

The policies can be viewed on the websites for Carisbrooke College and Medina College.  Comments on the proposed admissions arrangements should be sent to admissions.consultation@iif.org.uk. Consultation closes on 8th December 2017.

 

T1D ONESIE DAY

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Profound—This word means deep, intense and serious

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest.

 

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Newsletter 7/17

Newsletter 7/17

A MESSAGE FROM TONY MURPHY, CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

Well done to pupils, staff and parents on completing an action packed first half term! It is always a very busy and productive one.  Some of the Governors attended the recent Parents’ Evenings and had some useful conversations with parents.  A number of parents mentioned to us how well their children had settled into Reception Class.  Starting school is a major step for any child (and their parents!), so we were delighted to hear this. We are always pleased to hear your thoughts, so if you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch, through the school.  I wish you all a really happy and restful half term.​

 

SCHOOL DISCOS

Don’t forget the Friends of Summerfields are holding a disco for each Key Stage on the first Friday back, 3rd November 2017, details below:-

From 5.00pm-6.00pm for Years R, 1 and 2—please note all children must be accompanied by an adult

From 6.15pm-7.30pm for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 

Entry is £1.00 per child payable on the door. 

 

WELL DONE TO OUR FOOTBALLERS!

Congratulations to both our football teams in last Friday’s matches versus Nine Acres.  In a superb team display, the A team knocked Nine Acres out of the cup, winning 3-2 with a hatrick from Matthew. The team came back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to get a last minute winner. They will now play Broadlea Primary in the last 16. The B-team also did really well to record a 0-0 draw.  Most of the players were representing the school for the first time and again the whole team were excellent.

 

HARVEST ASSEMBLY

Thank you to all the parents and relatives who sent in contributions for our Harvest assembly.  These have now been donated to the Isle of Wight Foodbank for distribution to local people in need.  Your generosity is very much appreciated.

 

DARK NIGHTS AT THE GARLIC FARM

Summerfields are participating in the Dark Nights event taking place at the Garlic Farm on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October 2017.  Summerfields will be parading on the Saturday evening with the lanterns made at school.  There is an animated lantern trail, following ancient paths through fields and woodland.  The entrance is FREE with free parking and everyone is most welcome!  Walks start from 6.00pm.  Bring your own lantern or torch to light the trail!  Hot food and drinks will be on sale.  Dress sensibly for outdoor walking and please note some of the ground may be uneven.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY FOOTBALL CLUB

If your child is interested in joining the football after school club after half term, please call 02392 728899 or visit: www.pompeyitc.co.uk.  The after school club will run on Tuesdays, 3-4pm from 31st October to 12th December. We need at least 6 children to make the club viable.

 

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS

The school photograph “proofs” were sent out on Wednesday this week and everyone should by now have received these.  Please can ALL orders be returned by 8.45am on MONDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2017.  Please make sure you have completed your order   details on the proof as well as the envelope.  Your payment should then be sealed in the envelope; school will not be opening these envelopes so please ensure the correct payment is enclosed.  Unfortunately school cannot accept any late orders and these will have to be sent by you directly to Cardwell and Simons with an additional handling fee of £5.00 per order.  Should you have any queries regarding this, please speak to the school office.  Thank you.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Assiduous—meaning persistent, hard working, industrious

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success

 

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Newsletter 6/17

Newsletter 6/17

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS UPCOMING EVENTS

MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER 3PM We need your help! Could you help us to run a stall or set up for an event?  Please pop along to our first meeting.  We will be discussing up and coming events including this year’s Christmas Fair. Everyone is welcome, including your little ones.

FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER School Disco for Years R, 1 and 2 from 5–6pm and KS2 6:15pm—7:30pm. £1 entry.

FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER Movie Night (Lego Batman Movie) for all year groups from 4-6pm.

MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER Chocoholics tasting evening for adults only (16+).

WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER ‘Phil the bag’.  Please bring your unwanted clothes, shoes, bedding etc. in a black bag to be recycled.

FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER Non-school uniform day, £1.

FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER Christmas Fair.

More information to follow for all the above events.

Find us on Facebook (Friends of Summerfields) or e-mail to: friendsofsummerfields@hotmail.co.uk.

 

DOG FREE SCHOOL

We respectfully remind you that school is a ‘Dog Free Zone’.  Please do not bring your dog onto the school grounds or tie them up to the school railings. Thank you.

 

HOME SCHOOL AGREEMENTS / DATA COLLECTION SHEETS

Please can we ask you to read with your child the Home School Agreement being sent home today. Then please sign to say that you agree to the actions and send the pink copy back to school, the white copy is for your information.  Data collection sheets were also sent home recently, please check, amend if necessary and sign and return to school as soon as possible.  We need to keep your information up to date in case we have to contact you in an emergency.  You are responsible for keeping school informed.

 

IWLF YOUTH ZONE WEEKEND

Come to the fantastic Youth Zone for lots and lots of free and ticketed events at the Isle of Wight Literary Festival this weekend the 14th – 15th October. If you like comedy, illustration, stories, performance, theatre skills, making things, Forest school, Spooky tales and many more, please visit: www.isleofwightliteraryfestival.com for more details about events and online booking.  Come along and visit the Literary Festival at Northwood House Cowes this weekend to see for yourself.

 

SPOOKY HALF TERM FUN AT NASTY NEWPORT ROMAN VILLA

Peculiar Pop-Up Puppets on Monday 23rd October, come and make a spooky pop-up puppet to take home.

Creepy Clay Day on Wednesday 25th October, come and make your own miniature mask to take home.

Only £1 per session, just turn up, no need to book. Each session will run from 11am—3pm.

For further information please call 529720 or visit www.iwight.com/museums.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY AFTER SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLUB

If your child is interested in joining the football after school club after half term, please call 02392 728899 or visit: www.pompeyitc.co.uk.  The after school club will run on Tuesdays, 3-4pm from 31st October to 12th December. We need at least 6 children to make the club viable.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Draggle— To make something wet, dirty and lifeless by dragging it along.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Mistakes are proof that you are trying.

 

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Newsletter 5/17

Newsletter 5/17

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for September was 97.54% which is above our target of 96%.  Class attendance percentages for September were as follows:-

Ellen MacArthur Class           Not available as pupils had a “phased” start to school

King Charles Class                           97.95%

Queen Victoria Class                       98.82%     

Minghella Class                                96.98%

Warrior Class                                    98.44%

Tennyson Class                                95.86%

Charles Dickens Class                     97.94%

Congratulations to Queen Victoria Class who were September’s Attendance Stars!  They were presented with the trophy in today’s Celebration Assembly. 

 

PUPIL APPOINTMENTS

Following a “vigorous” recruitment process, the following appointments have been made this week.  Well done to everyone who applied, you all did very well.

Our Head Boy and Head Girls for this year are:-

Head Boy Archie

Head Girls Erin, Shona, Talia

Our House Captains are:-

Woodside House Harley-Mai

Whitecliff House Carys

Appley House Abigail

Compton House Holly

Please note the new names for our houses, which tie in with the new class names of people associated with the Isle of Wight.

 

HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME

As you are aware Summerfields does not authorise holiday during term time; the hidden cost of lost education is very precious to us. Therefore if you do remove your child from Summerfields resulting in an unauthorised absence, you may be subject to prosecution.

 

MEALTIME SUPERVISORY ASSISTANT VACANCY

School have a vacancy for a Mealtime Supervisory Assistant.  If you know anyone who may be interested, please ask them to speak to the office for an application form and further details.

 

MEDINA COLLEGE OPEN EVENING

Year 6—don’t forget next Tuesday 10th October 2017 is the Open Evening for Medina College from 6.00pm-8.30pm.  There will be a theatre presentation at 6.15pm followed by guided tours of the school.

 

IMPORTANT LETTERS THIS WEEK …

Operation Encompass from Hampshire Constabulary

The Adventure Playground

Parents’ Evening

 

“TURNING FASHION INTO FOOD”

On Saturday 7th October 2017, the Isle of Wight Foodbank are holding their monthly clothing sale at their headquarters in Love Lane, Cowes.  This will take place from 10.00am-1.00pm.  Along with the clothes sale there will also be tea and cakes and a tombola! 

 

PARENTS VOICE IW FOR SEN AND DISABILITIES

Are you a parent or carer of a child or young person aged 0-25 with special education needs and/or a disability?  Parents Voice IW, the Island’s Parent Carer Forum, would like to invite you to come along to meet members of the team of Local Authority professionals working in SEND on the Isle of Wight.  The meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th October 2017 at 9.30am-12.30pm at the Riverside Centre, Newport.  For further details please contact Jo on 823898 ext 2838 or email Joanne@peoplematteriw.org. 

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

I believe I can be more intelligent by working hard.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Pacify—calm, appease, soothe

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter 3/17

Newsletter 3/17

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER

Unfortunately the school photographer has had to be rearranged.  Portrait photographs of the children will not now take place until Friday 13th October 2017.

 

CHATTER BOOKS

There is a new book group starting up for children in Years 5 and 6 shortly.  The first meeting will take place on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at the Lord Louis Library, Newport at 4pm.  The group is to talk about books, play games, write reviews and meet new friends!  Spaces are limited so please book on 01983 823823.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

School are going to trial a system whereby we text parents each afternoon to let you know what the school meal is for the next day, including the vegetarian option.  Hopefully you can then discuss with your child whether they would like that meal.  If not you will have time to prepare a packed lunch from home for them instead.  We ideally would like as many children as possible who are entitled to a free school meal to have one, but we do understand that children might not always like the choice available. A copy of next week’s menu is also on the reverse of this newsletter.

 

COATS

Please ensure that your child brings a named coat to school every day.  Children are expected to go outside at break and lunch times even if it is cold or slightly drizzling.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to all the families who have already returned the up to date medical information and photography permission slips.  Please can ALL forms be returned by next Friday, 29th September 2017, at the latest. 

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

Last week every family should have received a Scholastic Book Club flyer.  Please can any orders be returned to school by Friday 29th September 2017 at the latest via the Green Box.  Please note payment can only be made by debit or credit card; unfortunately we are unable to accept cash payments.  If you did not receive a leaflet, please ask at the school office. 

 

WATER BOTTLES

We still have a lot of children asking for cups every day as they have not brought a water bottle to school.  Please remember that children should bring in their bottles every day; unfortunately school cannot afford to keep buying hundreds of disposable cups.  School do sell bottles of water and the cost of these has now risen to 40p. 

 

WALK THE WIGHT

Congratulations!  We have made a fantastic start to next year’s Walk the Wight.  Your child has already walked 2½ miles towards their target of 26½ miles.  For children new to Summerfields, EVERY child will have walked the 26½ miles by May next year.  We do this by walking around the playground.  Further details will be sent out nearer the time regarding taking part in the “actual” school’s Walk the Wight next year.

 

MUSIC LESSONS

Music lessons at Summerfields are provided by Wight Music Tuition.  Currently Mr Carr has spaces for guitar lessons .  If you would like further details of  music lessons available and the cost involved, please ask at the school office. 

 

IMPORTANT LETTERS THIS WEEK

Flu immunisation letters for every child in Years R to 4 have been sent out this week.  The deadline for the return of these was today. We apologise for the short notice but unfortunately this was set by the NHS and not school. You will be notified when the date of the immunisations is set.  

 

ARE YOU UP TO DATE?

This week and next Data Collection Sheets, showing all the current contact information for your child, will be sent home.  Please ensure that all the information it contains is up to date; if information is incorrect or missing, please amend.  Forms should then be signed and returned via the “Green Box” as soon as possible.  Please remember it is your responsibility to keep school informed of up to date contact details in case of emergency.  In addition we now use the texting service to parents a lot more and if we do not have your correct contact number you may miss important information. 

 

THIS WEEK’S MENU

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Penultimate—meaning the last but one, the second to last or the one before the last!

 

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Newsletter 2/17

Newsletter 2/17

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER

The photographer will be in school on Wednesday 27th September. Children will be photographed individually and with their siblings who attend Summerfields. We will not be photographing younger siblings or siblings who attend Bright Sparks. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

REGISTERING FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS

By registering for free school meals your child could raise an extra £1300 for the school from central government to fund valuable support like teaching resources or after school clubs.  Even if you don’t want your child to receive a free meal, we would encourage you to register if you are eligible so that the school receives as much funding as possible. If your child already gets a free school meal in Year R, Year 1 or Year 2, please still make an application as the school will benefit. To find out if your child may be eligible, please contact the school and ask for Mrs Murphy. If you would like some help in completing the application form, Mrs Murphy, the school Family Liaison Officer, will be more than willing to assist and will help you through the online process.

 

LETTERS SENT HOME THIS WEEK

The following letters have been sent home this week:

Year 5 Sleepover letter

Photograph letter (please return by 29th September)

Medical letter (please return by 29th September)

School Packed Lunch letter

 

CHOCOLATE SPREAD

A letter was sent home this week asking parents not to send your children to school with chocolate spread sandwiches as we now have several children who have life threatening allergies. Since then we have had a child tell a member of staff that their sandwich filling was marmite however the sandwich was filled with chocolate spread.   Please do not encourage your child to lie.  These measures have been put in place for the safety of children at Summerfields Primary School which we take very seriously.

 

OPEN EVENINGS FOR CURRENT YEAR 6 PUPILS

Medina College—Tues 10th October 6pm—8:30pm. There will also be two open Mornings on Tuesday 10th/Wednesday 11th October by appointment only.

Carisbrooke College—Thursday 5th October 5pm—8pm.

Christ the King College—Thursday 21st September 6pm.

Cowes Enterprise College—Thursday 28th September 6pm-8:30pm

 

HOLIDAY REQUESTS

We have already received a large number of requests for children to be taken out of school for a family holiday.  As you are probably aware Summerfields does not authorise holidays during term time; the hidden cost of lost education is very precious to us. If you choose to take your child out of school for an unauthorised holiday we will notify the Education Welfare Service and a Fixed Penalty will be issued of £60 per parent per child.  I know that this may not be what parents want to hear, but trust that you understand the school’s position.

 

OPEN CLASSROOMS

Years 1,3,& 5 —Tuesday 19th September 2:45pm

Year 2,4,& 6  —Thursday 21st September 2:45pm

All parents/carers are invited to visit their children in their new classes.

 

FRIENDS WELCOME EVENT

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY

Pompey in the Community football club has started again this term and we need more players! If you child would like to join the club please contact them directly on 02392 728899 to book a place.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Elephantine—this word describes something that is as a big as an elephant, but in a more gracious way! It means mammoth, massive, colossal, enormous and oversized.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest

 

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Newsletter 1/17

Newsletter 1/17

WELCOME!

Welcome to the Summerfields Newsletter.  A special warm welcome to all the new children who have joined our school this term in Reception Class and other classes in school.  We would also like to welcome Miss Caitlin Jacobs who is a student teacher working in Year 3 this term.

This newsletter is published weekly on a Friday and contains lots of important information about school.  Some information is ONLY printed in the newsletter, such as important dates for your diaries and forthcoming events.  The easiest way to receive this is by email.  You can do this by visiting the school’s website at www.summerfieldsprimary.co.uk and following the link at the bottom of the page.  However if you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, paper copies are also available from the school lobby on a Friday afternoon.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Please see the reverse of this newsletter for important dates for the coming half term.  Please note that these dates are only a guideline and may be subject to change.  We have also included the term dates for the rest of this year for your information.

 

REPORTING ABSENCE

Please remember that if your child is unwell and unable to come to school you must telephone the school absence line on 525085 before 9.30am.  Alternatively, you can email the school office at office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk by 9.30am instead.   School has to account for the whereabouts of every pupil every day, so the office has to contact parents of any child not at school that day.  Please therefore assist us by letting us know that your child is unwell rather than us contacting you.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

SCHOOL MEALS

Caterlink have now taken over responsibility for the provision of school meals at Summerfields.  The daily cost of a meal has gone down to £1.85, £9.25 per week.  Can we please respectfully remind parents that from now ALL meals must be paid for in advance via www.schoolmoney.co.uk.  You must therefore provide your child with a packed lunch if your dinner account is not in credit.  For details of how to pay online or via paypoint please see the school office.  We would especially like to encourage children in Years R to 2 to take up the offer of  free school meals under the Universal Infant Free School Meal programme.  Thank you.

 

100% ATTENDANCE — WELL ALMOST

School would have had 100% today.  However unfortunately just one child was away on an unauthorised holiday.  What a shame but well done and thank you everyone else.

 

ASTHMA INHALERS

Just a reminder that ALL asthma inhalers in school need to be accompanied by the box containing the pharmacy label showing to whom the inhaler is prescribed.  Unlabelled inhalers should not be sent to school as they can easily be mixed up and the doses required can differ.

 

CARNIVAL

Well done to everyone who took part in the Newport and Ryde Carnivals.  We came second in Newport and third in Ryde,  against lots of competition!  Thank you to parents and staff for all their hard work at Carnival Club in making this such a great success.  A special “thank you”  to  Mrs Downer, Miss Sheaf, Mrs Bast and Mrs Webb for all their hard work in running Carnival Club last term.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY

Pompey in the Community will again be running their ever popular after school football club on Tuesdays from 12th September 2017.  Places MUST be booked and paid for in advance by contacting them directly on 02392 728899. 

 

Heritage Open Days 2017

Over 5,000 properties across the country will be opening free of charge over these special days in September.

To celebrate Heritage Open Days Newport Roman Villa will be open Free of charge on Saturday 9 September (11.00am – 3.00pm).  Explore the Activity Room with hands on tasks for families.  Complete the picture hunt and help make a giant collage of a Roman farm.  For more information please contact Isle of Wight Heritage Service –  museums@iow.gov.uk (01983) 823433 www.iwight.com/museums www.heritageopendays.org.uk 

 

WORD OFTHE WEEK

superfluous – more than enough; excessive

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

A positive attitude will lead to positive outcomes.

 

 

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