Newsletter Autumn 1

5th September 2014
Welcome Back! I do hope you all enjoyed a good holiday. I would like to welcome all new families and new children who have joined our school and hope that you quickly settle into our new routines. I am looking forward to working with you as we support your children in their all-round development. If you are unsure about anything, please ask either your child’s class teacher or call in at the school office. We are thrilled to see all the children looking so smart, let`s keep the momentum going throughout the school year! Reminder please ensure all items have your child’s name so they can be returned swiftly if misplaced.
 
New Appointments
I would like to welcome three new members of staff: Miss Mullins who has joined us as Year 3 Teacher, Mrs Jennison who has joined us in the school office, and Mrs Langdale as a KS1 Teaching Assistant.
 
First Response
Please may I remind all parents and carers that our school operates the First Response initiative. This is very important because it is aimed at keeping our children safe. It is school policy that the school office is informed when a child is absent from school on the first day of every absence and not by letter upon their return. It is your responsibility to visit or telephone the school office before 9.30 am. The telephone is manned from 8.15 am and you are able to leave a message on the answer phone before that time. Please ensure that this policy is adhered to so that we know all the children have got to school safely.
 
Student update form
In the past all children have brought home a student update form for parents to ensure that school have up to date contact details in case of an emergency. This year parents will be asked to check these details during their parent/teacher consultation in October. In the meantime if you are aware of any changes, address, mobile numbers (these often change), please let the school office know immediately. It is imperative that we have up to date contact details.
 
Advance notice of Diary Dates
We are just finalising the arrangements for after-school clubs, Sports, Choir, Music and Golf are all being arranged. The parent calendar will be available on the school website once all dates are finalised. We are aware parents welcome knowing dates in advance therefore we have provided you with up to February half term, and this will be updated in due course.
 
Assemblies
Parents are invited to take a very active part in our school! Each week a different class will produce a short assembly.  We welcome all parents/carers/family and friends to support their children.  Assembly dates for each week are published regularly on the newsletter.
Family Maths
A flyer has been enclosed for all children in Year 1, Reception and Early Years inviting any parents who would like to take part in an 11 week Family Maths Course. This is to help parents understand how the basic maths skills are developed in young children. Please do not be afraid if you don`t have any confidence in maths, just come along and learn alongside your child. Last year`s course was very successful and the feedback from parents involved was that they not only found it helpful but also very enjoyable. Unfortunately due to space we will not be able to provide a crèche. There are limited places and priority will have to be given to parents of Year 1 children.

Phonics
We are arranging an information meeting for parents of children in EYFS, KS1, and Y3 to find out how phonics is taught in school. The meeting will be held twice on Wednesday 17th September, once at 2pm – 3pm and will be repeated at 6:30pm – 7:30pm to enable as many parents as possible to attend. We are sorry but we are not able to provide crèche facilities for children at either of these meetings.                                                                                                                                                   
 
Plea to Year 6 Parents
Mr Willmott has asked if any Year 6 parents can donate any ‘Old Shirts’ for the children to wear during Art. The old ones unfortunately are past their best and are no longer protecting the children`s clothes.
 
PTA
The PTA meeting is on Tuesday 23rd September at 6.30pm in the staff room. New members and volunteers are always greatly appreciated, and needed to organise various events throughout the year to raise money for school funds. Please come along and join in.
 
St. Paul’s Church – Service Times
Saturday 6th September – 10:00am – 4:00pm Church Open
Sunday 7th September – 11:00am Baptism and Communion
Monday 8th September   – Funky Faith / Messy Church (activities, songs and refreshments)
Sunday 14th September – Pet/Animal Blessing Service – Bring your pet along, or a photo of your pet.
 
 
 
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Christine Chell
Headteacher and Designated teacher for Child Protection
 
 
 
 
 
                                        
 
 
Tea, Coffee and Cake with Ed Balls MP
 
Everyone welcome!
 
Please come and join me for a chat, cuppa and some cake at Outwood Memorial Hall on Friday 12th September 1pm -2pm, to discuss local Children’s Centre services.
 
As you may know there is a question mark over the future of some of our Children’s Centre services here in the Wakefield District. Even in difficult times, I am keen to see services for local children and parents supported and improved. But I really want to know what you which services are important for you and your family, which services did you use the most and what changes would improve things.
 
Please come along and join me and other local parents to chat about this important issue and please do feel free to bring the kids along!