5th January 2018
Happy New Year to everyone!
Welcome back to the Spring Term. We have another exciting term planned!
I would like to thank everyone who returned their parent survey last term. We have a good response with 49% of parents taking part. I will be writing to you with the results and any implications for the school at the beginning of next week.
We have a number of opportunities this term for parents to visit the school and take part in their children’s learning!
Please put the dates in your diary and come along as the children are always inspired and excited by your involvement in their learning.
Next week is Design and Technology Week! All the classes will be working around the theme of the book ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. Please ask your children about the exciting activities they are taking part in and do come along to the ‘Classroom Display Afternoon’ on Monday 15th January at 3.00pm to see your children’s work.
Our Nursery production will be held on the mornings and the afternoons of Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st January at 10.00am and 1.30pm.
This year our parent consultation appointments can be made on Tuesday 6th or Thursday 8th February.
The week beginning Monday 19th February is our Maths Reasoning Themed Week. On Wednesday 21st February we will be holding a parent workshop from 9.00am during which we will explain the updated maths curriculum and expectations, and also provide time in the classrooms for parents to take part in their children’s learning.
Our Year One production will be on the mornings of Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March at 10.00am. Tuesday’s performance is for parents and younger siblings and Wednesday’s performance is just for parents and other adults as this performance will be filmed.
The Nursery’s annual Easter Hat Parade will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 28th March and the morning of Thursday 29th March (more information to follow).
There will be a further opportunity to visit your child’s class on the afternoon of Wednesday 28th March from 3.00-3.30pm. This ‘Come and See My Work’ session gives parents another chance to see your children’s progress during the term and discuss with them what they’ve been learning.
Punctuality - Please ensure that your child is in school and ready to learn by 8.55am (classes are open from 8.45am). That is when the register is taken and children arriving after that time will be marked as late. This obviously has an impact not just on their attendance record but also and more importantly on their learning. Children need to be in on time in order to feel calm and ready to start their day. The start of the day is an important time in every class and the learning begins straight away.
Also a quick reminder that the school day finishes at 3.00pm so please ensure that your child is collected at this time. The staff cannot be expected to look after children beyond this time as they have meetings to attend. Also it is extremely upsetting for a child to be left behind after all their friends have gone home. Of course if your child is attending an after school club the collection time is 4.00pm, unless it is computer club or Mini-Blues which finish at 3.50pm and 3.45pm respectively. Thank you for your support in this matter.
In the event of snow - It may be that we are in for some colder weather soon. If we should have snow this term, please check your mobiles (we will send out a text) or the website below to see if the school is closed. Closing the school is obviously not something we do lightly. However, if staff cannot reach school (and many of us live some distance away) then we are, of course, forced to close. Also I have to make a decision by 7.30 a.m. in order to give everyone the chance to make the necessary arrangements.
Website: www.buckscc.gov.uk- then go into ‘schools’ - ‘closures’ should be on a list on the left hand side. Local radio stations will also be notified. Our school’s ‘Snow Policy’ is on the school website: www.iverheathinf.org.uk
School and Junior School Applications -Just a reminder that all electronic applications for a place in Reception Class in September 2018, or for a Junior School place in September 2018, must be in to County by 3.00pm on Monday 15th January (any paper applications must be into County Hall by Friday 12th January 2018). If you live outside Buckinghamshire then you must apply via your home local authority. Although of course the applications are all made to County either online or by post, it is also very helpful for us to know which school you have applied for so if you can just pop into the office to let us know we would be most grateful.
Request – we intend to create a ‘Toy Museum’ in the cabinet in the school entrance hall. If anyone has any old style toys that you would be happy to loan to us on a temporary basis please drop them in at the school office. We will sign them in, display them for the children to see and of course keep them safe for you. Thank you.
Board Games – as you know playing a board game was part of the holiday Homework. I was delighted to hear how many children have been enjoying board games with family and friends. If you or your child would like to try a different game please feel free to pop into the office and borrow one from our board game library.
Bags For School – to raise funds we are doing the Bags for School collection again this term. Please bring in your filled bag from Monday 22nd January and by Thursday 25th January at the very latest. Bags are being sent home with the children today. This is an ideal way of recycling unneeded clothing and soft toys. Thank you.
A reminder of dates and events is attached please make sure you put them on your calendars.
We are really looking forward to another exciting term and wish to thank you for your continued support in the education of your children. Please do not hesitate to see me if you wish anything clarified or have any concerns.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
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