Newsletter 21/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORD OF THE WEEK
Proximity—meaning nearness or closeness to

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

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