Newsletter 17: 23rd January 2015

Dear Parents/ Carers,

The children have been working hard again this week and I have been pleased to see that lots of them are starting to correct, edit and improve their work. I had the pleasure of teaching class 1 on Tuesday morning and they were a real credit to you.

Parent Voice

The next Parent Voice event will take place on Wednesday 25th February at 9.15am. The event will last half an hour. This time, there will be a focus on homework. Please come along and have your say.

Friends of Dame Tipping

The final figures are now in for the Christmas Fayre. I am pleased to announce that the event made £730 profit, which will be used to benefit all of the children in the school. If you would like to have a say in which project will be funded, watch this space for news of the next ‘Friends’ meeting. Thank you, again, to all those who organised and supported the event.

School closure for Election

On Thursday 7th May, the school is being used as a polling station for the General Election. Unfortunately, this means that we will have to close the school to children (for safeguarding reasons). Year 6 will be provided with work to complete at home (as they have their SATs tests the following week) and we can prepare work for children in other year groups if requested. I apologise for the late notice, but I was unaware that the school would be used for this purpose until this week and had already allocated all of the INSET days for the year. I did contact the local council to see if they could find an alternative venue; unfortunately it was not possible.

Missing Items

Several parents have informed me that named items have gone missing in school. Please could you check at home over the weekend, in case your child has taken home someone else’s belongings, and return any items which belong to others to school.

Book Week

Book week will take place in the week beginning 9th February and it will culminate in a dress-up day on Friday 13th February. Please help your child to dress up as a character from a book on that day. The book fair will be open after school on the 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th of February and during the parent consultation evening on the 10th.

Clubs

There are still spaces in Art club (Tuesday Years 3-6), Choir (all years) English (Year 5 and 6) and Rambling (Years 3-6). Priority will be given to those who have no clubs or just 1 club, but we may offer places to children who already have 2 clubs in the event that the spaces are not filled. Please send a note if you would like your child to attend and we will get back to you.

Stubbers Payment

Don’t forget you can make Stubbers payments in instalments at any time over the next 3 months.

School Nurse

If you wish to discuss any health concerns relating to your child, please come in and see the nursing team at 8.30am on Monday 9th February.

PE Kit

Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school every day. As children will be going out in all weathers, please ensure that your child has tracksuit trousers, a sweatshirt and trainers.

Hair Accessories

Some of the girls’ hair accessories are becoming increasingly large and ornate. Please could you provide your girls with small, plain hair accessories and ensure that long hair is always tied back for school.

Commendations

Joshua Ajayi, Joshua Airen, Ben Wapling, Abigail Lee, Oliver Mahoney, Frankie Shanahan, Scarlett Kedadi, Alfie Makepeace, Aaliyah Bimpong, Chloe Taylor

Well done, everyone!

Gold Book

Congratulations to Jack Percival who earned his place in the Gold Book this week for excellent classroom behaviour and hard work.

Pen Licences

Well done to Conor Hazelwood for earning his pen licence for consistently neat, cursive writing.

Headteacher’s Award

Congratulations to Albert Gilbert of class 2 who has been awarded this week’s Headteacher’s award for living up to our school motto.

Attendance

Well done to class 2 for their attendance of 98.7%.

Dates for the diary

• Monday 9th February 2015- School Nurse drop-in 8.30am
• Tuesday 10th February 2015- Parent consultation evening 2pm-6.30pm
• Friday 13th February 2015- Book Week dress up day.
• Week beginning Monday 16th February- Half Term
• Monday 23rd February 2015- INSET day: School closed to children
• Wednesday 25th February 2015- Parent Voice event: Homework focus. 9.15-9.45am
• Thursday 7th May 2015- School closed for polling day

Have a lovely weekend.

With warmest wishes
K. Waters
Mrs Kathryn Waters