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15th November 2016

As we enter one of the busiest times of the school year, there are lots of dates included in this newsletter. Thank you to everyone who came to the Reading Slumber Party and everyone who supported our first reading event of the year. Creating a reading curriculum is one of our School Improvement priorities this year and we look forward to more exciting events.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

A huge thank you to the PTSA and all of the wonderful volunteers for hosting yet another fabulous event with Friday's Spooktacular Disco. The children had a fantastic time and we're very grateful for the funds raised for playground improvements, curriculum aids, storytellers and other guest speakers, Christmas gifts for all the classes and many, many more worthwhile initiatives.

Another of our school priorities is to improve communication with parents.  The new website is one of the ways we are doing this. To help us with this, here is the link to Parent View which is an online survey conducted by OFSTED for all schools. Your views are greatly appreciated. Please click on the Parent View Logo.

Important Dates

Wednesday 16th Nov 7:30pm: PTSA Meeting, Leytonstone United Free
Church

Thursday 17th Nov: Athletics Competition Years 5 & 6 (the team already have letters)

Friday 18th Nov: Coffee morning (in the new 'Glassroom' at the rear of the school) - Helping your child with Key Stage 1 Maths

Monday 21st Nov: 1M at Valentine Mansion

Tuesday 22nd Nov: 1S at Valentine Mansion

Friday 25th Nov: Coffee morning (Glassroom) - Helping your child with Key Stage 2 Maths

Friday 2nd Dec: Coffee morning (Glassroom) - Helping your child with Key Stage 1 Reading

Christmas performance dates will be confirmed very soon.

The 'Glassroom'

Rights Respecting Schools

As you know, we have been working hard to achieve our Rights Respecting status which is an award run by UNICEF. I am pleased to announce that we have received our "Recognition of Commitment". This means we have shown, in many areas of school life, that we are commited to teaching our children about their rights. The school hall showcases some of the work the children have done and in all classrooms, there is a classroom charter. 

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Children in Need Non-Uniform Day Friday

It is Children in Need this coming Friday. As always, for a £1 donation, children are welcome to come to school in non-uniform ....wearing something spotty!  Please put any donations in an envelope and pass them to the class teacher. Thank you.

Winter PE Kits

The children (Yr1-6) continue to have many PE lessons outdoors in the winter so please ensure they have a suitably warm kit, e.g. tracksuit bottoms/leggings (black or grey) and a long-sleeved top/sweatshirt (white or red).

Thank You PTSA!

In addition to the Spooktacular Disco, we'd like to thank the PTSA for recently providing funding for our garden and grounds developments.  In particular, our excellent new shaded stage and seating in the junior playground garden.  This is part of an ongoing programme of improvements to our school grounds to provide shelter and enhanced spaces and equipment.  A programme which relies in a large part on the generosity of our school community and PTSA.  Thank you.

The next PTSA meeting is this Wednesday 16th November 7:30pm-9:30pm at Leytonstone United Free Church.  

School Dinners

We are currently working on our food policy. Thank you to those of you who have completed our recent survey asking you about school dinners.

The school dinner menu is always on the website here.  Our school dinners are provided by Waltham Forest caterers who ensure the meals have a good nutritious value. More specific detail can be found hereImage result for Silver Catering Mark StandardIf you would like more information about what your child is eating or how well your child is eating, please ask your class teacher who will be happy to discuss it with you. 

Helping your child with English

In the last newsletter, we included some ways to support your child with Maths, including signposting useful documents on the website including the calculation policy.

There are similar documents avaliable for English. On the curriculum page, it sets out exactly what the focus is for learning in each year group for each term. This includes which grammar and spelling objectives your child will be taught. 

In Reception, Year 1 and 2, your child will be taught phonics which is the sounds letters and words make. The children are taught at their own pace. To help, there are several websites with games and activities for you to do with your child, including Phonics Play and the Ruth Miskin website.

Parent Governors

Thank you to everybody that voted in the recent parent governor election. I am pleased to announce that Ellie Barton is our new parent governor.

We now have four parent governors and their details and photos can be found on our new Governing Body webpage.

Birthdays

I know that when a child has a birthday they sometimes like to celebrate with their class by bringing in sweets or chocolate. This is very kind and I know lots of children really like this. However I would ask you to remember that we are a nut free school with many children who have Halal, Kosher or vegetarian diet.  Some sweets (e.g. non-vegetarian Haribo) contain pork gelatin.  Bearing this in mind, raisins, nut-free fruit bars, chocolates or lollipops are options everyone can enjoy.

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