Newsletter 18/18

Newsletter 18/18

YEAR 4 ASSEMBLY

Year 4 class assembly will now take place on Tuesday 6th March and not on Tuesday 30th January as previously advised. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHILD RETURNS TO SCHOOL AFTER ABSENCE DUE TO ILLNESS

If you child is absent from school please let us know ideally by 9am or by 9:30am at the latest, each day that your child is absent by either:

¨ E-mailing: office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk  and explaining the reason your child is absent from school (this will negate the need for completing a yellow sickness form on your child’s return)

OR

¨ Telephoning 525085, please select option 1 to leave a reason for your child’s absence

When your child returns to school, unless you have e-mailed with a reason for absence, your child’s absence will be recorded as ’unauthorised’. To ‘authorise’ your child’s absence please complete and return a yellow sickness form, these are located in the school foyer.  If you need further clarification please contact the school office. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

FREE ONLINE SAFETY WEBINAR

 

FOODBANK MONTHLY CLOTHING SALE

 

DO YOU SHOP IN WAITROSE?

We are very fortunate to have been offered a ‘green token’ collection box in Waitrose, for the month of FEBRUARY 2018.  This means that Summerfields Primary School will have a token collection box which is located at the exit by the tills.  Waitrose donate £1000 a month which is shared between the chosen charities depending on the number of tokens collected. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive.  Any donation received from Waitrose will go towards new books and resources for our school library. Please shop in Waitrose during February as much as you can and please pop your ‘token’ into the Summerfields box.  Please ask all your friends, family and anyone that you know who shop at Waitrose to put their tokens in our box.  Thank you for supporting our school.

 

OPEN CLASSROOMS

We are opening our classrooms next week on Wednesday 31st January for Years R, 2, 4 and 6 and on Thursday 1st  February for Years 1, 3 and 5 from 2:30pm—3pm. Everyone welcome, please come along and see what goes on in your child’s classroom.

 

 FAMILY LEARNING

The Year 1 session was postponed this week due to our visiting Pantomime and will now take place on Tuesday 27th February. More sessions have been arranged for the next few weeks for Years 2 to 4.  These are aimed at helping you further support your child at home. If you would like to attend, please return the slips sent home or ask at the school office for more information.

 

CAR PARKING

We have received a complaint from one of our neighbours that a parent/relative from school parked in front of their driveway this week whilst waiting to collect their child. The neighbour politely asked the driver of the red ‘Kia’ to move as they were blocking access to their driveway however the driver said they were permitted to park there, and would not move. Please DO NOT park over our neighbours’ driveways.  Thank you for your understanding regarding this ongoing parking issue.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Penultimate—This word means the last but one, the second to last or the one before the last.  Penultimate comes from the Latin words paene (almost) and ultimus (last). Can you use this word in your work?

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

Think Positive—Be Positive

 

 

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Newsletter 17/18

Newsletter 17/18

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGES

Please note that Year 3’s Class Assembly will now be held on TUESDAY 27TH MARCH 2018 and not Tuesday 20th March 2018 as per last week’s newsletter.  In addition unfortunately it is not now possible to hold the school discos on Friday 9th February 2018.  These will now be held on Friday 23rd February 2018, after the half term break.

 

CATERLINK

School would like to thank Caterlink who led knife and fork sessions this week with all children in school.    They were taught table manners as well as the correct way to hold and use knives, forks and spoons.  Please ask your child to share with you what they learnt from this informative session.

 

SCHOOL MONEY

Just a polite reminder that school meals MUST be paid for in advance rather than arrears.  If you would like your child to have a school meal please therefore ensure their account is in “credit”.  If there is outstanding dinner money due, you may be contacted and asked to provide a packed lunch from home for your child.  In addition please remember to pay for school trips promptly by the deadline set.  If payment is not received coaches, ferries, etc cannot be booked and paid for and therefore these visits and activities will not then take place.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

HEALTHWATCH ISLE OF WIGHT

Healthwatch Isle of Wight is an independent local consumer champion and signposting service. It works with decision makers and service providers to help improve health and social care services on the Island.  Healthwatch Isle of Wight has been commissioned by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group to engage with local people to find out their needs around primary health care and to ensure that people can access the primary care services they need, when they need them. From 30th September 2017, as part of a government pilot scheme, there has been a range of routine (pre-booked) appointments for GPs, Practice Nurses and other health care workers, outside of your GP surgery’s normal opening hours and some of these may be offered at other GP surgeries. Initially this would be for a limited range of consultations and appointments as GP practices look at what their patients need. This survey contains 30 questions in 5 sections and will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Each section gives you the opportunity to expand on your answers and give further feedback if you would like to comment further.  Paper copies of the survey will shortly be distributed by school or alternatively the survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iwschools.

 

FAMILY LEARNING

Thank you to the parents from Year R who attended our Maths family learning session this week.  We hope you found this session useful.   More sessions have been arranged for the next few weeks for Years 1 to 4.  These are aimed at helping you further support your child at home. If you would like to attend, please return the slips sent home or ask at the school office for more information.

 

DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION PSHE & RSE SURVEY

DfE has launched a call for evidence as part of its review of changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/education-secretary-launches-rse-call-for-evidence

The current statutory guidance for teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) that was introduced in 2000  is being updated after legislation was passed by Parliament earlier this year to make relationships education compulsory in all primary schools and relationships and sex education compulsory in all secondary schools.

As part of the review process the government is asking parents, teachers and young people to help shape the new curriculum.

Full information about the review is available here https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/supporting_documents/Sex%20and%20Relationships%20Education%20%20A%20call%20for%20evidence.pdf and a

Young people’s call for evidence can be found here https://consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rse-call-for-evidence/supporting_documents/Sex%20and%20Relationships%20Education%20%20Young%20peoples%20call%20for%20evidence.pdf.

 

The call for evidence will extend over an 8 week period until 12th February 2018 and invites views on age-appropriate content on mental wellbeing, staying safe online and LGBT issues in the updated subjects.

 

ISLAND ROADS—FOOTWAY RESURFACING

We have received notification from Island Roads that they will shortly be resurfacing the pavements in Atkinson Drive.  From approximately 6th February 2018 there may be parking restrictions, barriers, signage and parts of the footpath may be closed.  Please, especially during this time, remember to park sensibly and courteously, not blocking our neighbours’ drives and do not obstruct the work taking place.  Unfortunately we are still receiving complaints this week about cars being dangerously parked on corners, which does not allow pedestrians to cross safely.

 

NEXT WEEK’S MENU

 

YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS CLUB

 

NEWPORT TRAVEL FORUM

 

PAN TOGETHER

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Optimism A mental attitude reflecting a belief or hope that the outcome of some specific endeavour, or outcomes in general, will be positive.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

I am prepared to succeed

 

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Newsletter 16/18

Newsletter 16/18

WELCOME BACK!

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

 

SNACKS AT BREAKTIME

Please remember children should ONLY be bringing in fruit or cheese to eat at playtime.  Therefore DO NOT send in 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.

 

FAMILY LIAISON OFFICER (FLO) – Mrs Murphy

If you need to contact Mrs Murphy for advice, support or just a chat about things that may be affecting your child, your family or you, please email her on: flo@summerfields.iow.sch.uk or phone 01983 525085 and select option 4.  Please be aware that Mrs Murphy only works part time and is often out at meetings.  She will try to respond to you as quickly as possible.

 

HOUSE POINTS

Below are the House Point totals for the Autumn Term:-

Compton House                      2084 Points                

Whitecliff House                     2412 Points    

Appley House                         2568 Points                            

Woodside House                     2260 Points    

Therefore the champions for last term were Appley House.  Congratulations!

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

The latest important dates for your diaries are now on the Events page on this website.  This is for the whole term up to the Easter break on Thursday 29th March 2018.  Please remember these are only “provisional” dates and therefore may be subject to change.

 

ATTENDANCE

The whole school attendance for December was 94.65% which is below our target of 96%.  Class attendance percentages for December were as follows:-

Ellen McArthur Class                          95.16%

King Charles Class                             91.41%

Queen Victoria Class                          95.51%

Minghella Class                                   95.13%

Warrior Class                                      96.30%

Tennyson Class                                  94.16%

Charles Dickens Class                       94.78%           

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

 

FAMILY LEARNING SESSIONS

Are you interested in coming along with your child to Maths family learning sessions in school? The sessions are aimed at helping you further support your child at home. Please return the slips sent home or ask at the school office for more information.

 

NEWSLETTER

Please don’t forget to sign up to receive this newsletter automatically to your email inbox every Friday afternoon! Simply visit our website at www.summerfieldsprimary.co.uk and follow the link at the bottom right hand side of the page.  Remember paper copies are always available from the school lobby and pupils will also receive a paper copy when it is their turn to be “Star Pupil”.

  

VOLUNTEER FAIR

Ventnor Botanic Garden are hosting their 6th Annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday 13th January from 11am until 3pm. The Event is FREE with FREE car parking. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities on the Isle of Wight, please contact the Volunteer Centre on tel: 539377. 

 

NEXT WEEK’S SCHOOL LUNCH MENU

Please note the change to Thursday and Friday’s lunch menu next week which is as follows:

 

MONDAY

Beef Burger or Vegetarian Burger, with Oven Baked New Potatoes, Broccoli and Sweetcorn

Carrot and Sultana Cake with Custard / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Platter

 

TUESDAY

Turkey and Veg Pie with Pastry Topping or Mixed Bean Cassoulet and Mashed Potatoes,

Cauliflower and Green Beans

Tutti Fruity Tuesday / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Chunks

 

WEDNESDAY

Roast Chicken and Stuffing or Vegetarian Wellington with Roast Potatoes and Gravy,

Cabbage, Carrots & Courgettes

Peach Crumble and Custard / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Salad

 

THURSDAY

MSC Fish Fingers or Cheese, Spinach & Tomato Frittata with Chips, Baked Beans & Garden Peas

Mandarin Jelly / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Platter

 

FRIDAY

Beef Tortilla Stack and Rice with Garlic Slice, Macaroni Cheese with Tomato Topping, Roasted Vegetable Medley

Lemon Surprise Cake / Yoghurt / Fresh Fruit Chunks

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Convivial—this means lively, warm, friendly, sociable, welcoming and fond of good company

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

The time is always right to do what is right

Martin Luther King Jnr

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Newsletter 15/17

Newsletter 15/17

THANK YOU!

We hope all our pupils and their families have a very happy and restful Christmas and New Year.  Thank you to everyone for all the lovely cards and gifts, we really do appreciate your generosity.  Remember school reopens on Monday 8th January 2018!

 

GLAD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY

We are very pleased to announce that Tesco are now able to supply our embroidered uniform via Tesco Direct. It will be delivered to your home and you will earn Tesco points.  In addition Tesco will donate 5% of sales to the school.  Go to www.tesco.com/ues and search for Summerfields. Please note unfortunately they are unable to supply PE t-shirts at the moment.  You can still obtain uniform from Kids & Co in Ryde.  Compare the uniform market and find that every little helps!

 

CATERLINK—NEW SCHOOL MENU

This week your child should have brought home a new school menu which starts next term.  We have also published it on this website, and it can be found here.  Please note when we return on 8th January 2018 we will start on Week 2.

 

LOST SCHOOL UNIFORM

Unfortunately we have had a number of “named” school jumpers go missing recently.  Please take time during the holidays to go through your child’s uniform to ensure that they have not accidently taken home the wrong jumper or PE kit items.  Thank you.

 

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY

We raised £128.00 for the NSPCC by wearing our Christmas/Winter jumpers to school on Christmas lunch day.  Everyone looked fantastic.  Thank you to Mrs Daly who bought the crackers for the children!  We would also like to thank Louise, our cook, the Caterlink staff and school staff who worked extra hard to make this such an enjoyable occasion.

 

KEY STAGE 2 CHRISTINGLE

Following the Key Stage 2 Christingle this week, we have been contacted by St Paul’s to thank us for such a wonderful service and to say what a great start to Christmas this provided.  You can hear it (or download) at the St. Paul’s website www.stpaulsbarton.co.uk  using the link on the banner on the homepage, the latest teaching link or on the teaching & audio page—where there is a programme http://www.stpaulsbarton.co.uk/media/.  Well done to everyone who took part.

 

FACEBOOK

Don’t forget to visit our official Facebook page to keep up to date with news and events. We will be aiming to update the page daily.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

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

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

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

 

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Newsletter 14/17

Newsletter 14/17

STAR PUPILS

There will be no Star Pupils next week as school finishes on Thursday 21st December.

  

CHRISTINGLE—YEARS 3 to 6

The Key Stage 2 Christingle takes place next Monday, 18th December 2017.  ALL children will therefore need to be collected from St Paul’s church at 2.45pm, including children in Years 4 to 6 who would normally walk home from school alone. Parents are welcome to attend the service, which starts at 2.15pm, but please remember space in the church is quite limited.  We would politely request that younger children are not brought to this event, as it is a church service, and not a school assembly. Thank you.

 

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED SCHOOL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

The Isle of Wight Council is consulting on its proposed admission arrangements for its Community & Voluntary Controlled Schools for the 2019/20 academic year.  The consultation will run for six weeks commencing Monday 11th December 2017 until Monday 22nd January 2018. The consultation documents can be accessed through the following webpage: https://www.iwight.com/SchoolAdmissions.

 

 FUNDRAISING

We have received a note of thanks from the Royal British Legion for the £55.90 we raised selling poppies this year.  The recent Mufti Day raised £153.00 for the ‘Friends’ to purchase items for the Christmas Fayre.  Thank you as ever for your continued generosity.

 

NEXT WEEK’S SCHOOL LUNCH MENU

Monday           –  Fish and Chips or  Jacket Potato

Tuesday         –  Traditional Christmas Lunch (pre-orders only)

Wednesday     –  Quiche or Macaroni Cheese

Thursday         –  Party Day Lunch (pre-orders only)

Friday              –  SCHOOL CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS       

Desserts will be decided daily by the school cook.

  

WONKY DONKEY

Thank you to all the staff who worked very hard to make the KS1 production such a wonderful success.  We would also like to say ‘well done’ to the children who performed so well!

 

 FACEBOOK

We are happy to announce that Summerfields now has an official Facebook page. Through this page we will aim to keep you updated with events at school, as well as giving you a daily insight into life at Summerfields.

The main purpose of the page is for our school to distribute/publish information and celebrate what the school and its pupils achieve. It is not intended for two way conversation.

If you have any comments to make, please email the school office on office@summerfields.iow.sch.uk rather than post on the wall. We will then do our best to respond to your query, and where necessary post a statement on our wall.

The page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/summerfieldsprimary

 

ISLE OF WIGHT SCHOOL HOLIDAYS CONSULTATION

Start of consultation: 24 Nov 2017   End of consultation: 12 Jan 2018

Background: The Isle of Wight Council wishes to investigate the patterns of term and holiday dates within the school year to ensure that they best support learning and outcomes for children as well as best supporting our education and wider communities in how they organise their work and home life calendars. 

A paper, seeking approval to consult on possible changes to term dates received Cabinet’s approval.

The suggestions are to look into the possibility of reducing the summer holiday but extending the half term holidays that occur in October and February. No decisions have been taken yet.

The council is eager to have as many comments as possible, because as part of this consultation we would like to ensure that the eventual decision has been informed by as many respondents as possible. 

More information and a link to the online survey, is available here: www.iwight.com/schoolholidaysconsultation.

 

‘FRIENDS’ CHRISTMAS STALL NEXT TUESDAY

Following the Christmas Fayre last week, there were some craft and food items that were not sold.  Therefore the  ‘Friends’ will be running a stall after school next Tuesday outside Year 5/6 classrooms. Everything must go!  Please come along and support their fundraising efforts.

 

HOME START

Are you looking for something rewarding to do with your time in the New Year? Home Start IOW needs volunteers in our area to support parents who may be struggling to cope. Home-Start IOW offer full training so no qualifications are necessary other than the parenting experience you already have. All of their volunteers are subject to a DBS (police) check. Please get in touch for details of their next training course. If you are interested and would like to know more please call them on 533357, email homestartiow@btconnect.com or check out their website www.homestartisleofwight.org.uk.  

 

NEWS FROM CHARLES DICKENS CLASS

 

Visit from an Expedition Leader

On Tuesday afternoon, Sean Foley came to Year 6 to talk about being an expedition leader.

He talked to us about not giving up and how to be a good leader. Sean told us that we have a small part in our brain and we call it the chimp brain. As soon as there is danger or a little bit of trouble, our chimp brain will kick in and tell us to run around screaming. This is no good to anyone so to calm our chimp brain down we need to stop, breathe and relax.  Sean used to work in the Royal Marines Commandos but now leads groups of children (around the age of 15) to different places all over the world on expeditions. This is so that they can experience what it is like to get out and about. Our class really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to talk to a real life expedition leader.

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

On Thursday 23rd November a man called Nick came in to talk to us about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He used to work in the Royal Navy and had always wanted to re-create something. A couple of years after he left his wife asked to make the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car in real life for her. He was stunned and hopped straight to work to build what would be a masterpiece. Nick started with an old Land Rover and stripped it down right to its chassis. This was his starting place and he went on to build the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Once he had built it he wanted to go around the world with it and that’s exactly what he did. On his way he had some pretty scary experiences. When he was in Iran there was no campsites so he had to travel in to the desert. When he was bobbing along there was a man in hole pointing a rocket launcher at him! His destination was Australia Sydney Opera House and that is where he finished his journey.

 

Sports Hall

On Wednesday the 6th December, Year 5 and Year 6 took part in an indoor athletics event at Christ the King College.  The activities were: chest push, standing long jump, vertical jump, triple jump, speed bounce and javelin.  The children taking part were: Harley-Mai, Shona-Louise, Carys, Grace, Talia, Erin, Reggie, Cain, Jimmy, Matthew, Deano and Ollie who stepped in at the last minute.

The other schools that took part were: Summerfields, Barton, Arreton, Carisbrooke C of E, Nine Acres, Newport C of E and St Thomas’s.  Out of nine schools we came 5th with 1150 points.  We also competed in some running races these were: 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 4×1 relay and parlouf. Everybody enjoyed the day and competing against other teams was lots of fun.

 

The above reports have been written by children in Charles Dickens Class.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

Trepidation-A state of alarm, dread, fear, apprehension.  It is used when talking about a concern or anxiety for a forthcoming event.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL MINDSET

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity – Albert Einstein

 

 

 

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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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