6th September, 2017
Welcome back to the Autumn Term and the new academic year. A very special welcome to all our new children, and their families, we hope that this will be the start of a long and happy association with us. I do hope that you all enjoyed the holidays.
During the summer we have had some more of the exterior cladding replaced. We hope to have the final instalment of cladding completed next summer.
Reception and Nursery classes
As last year, we are introducing our Reception and Nursery children into school gradually. For the first week and a half (6th - 15th September) the Reception children will be in school for mornings only. The week beginning Monday 18th September they will stay for lunch too and so go home at 1.10pm. Then the week beginning Monday 25th September the children will stay with us for the whole day. From Monday 18th September until Friday 22nd September there will be ‘Stay and Play’ sessions for the Reception children and their families in the afternoon.
Our Nursery children will be having ‘Stay and Play’ sessions with their parents next week from 12th September and then they will begin to stay for their whole sessions from Monday 18th September.
By following this induction programme we aim to ensure the children have a smooth and positive start to their school careers.
The beginning of the day:
Please remember main school is open at 8.45am and the children must be in and ready to learn by 8.55am. It is really important that children are in school on time- so as not to miss reading/activities etc. If you arrive at school after 8.55 a.m. please report to the office. Your child’s name must be placed in the ‘Late’ book for registration purposes.
Nursery timings are slightly different as we now offer both 15 and 30 hour places. Our Chick Class (15 hours in the mornings) starts at 8.30am and finishes at 11.30am, our Duckling Class (15 hours in the afternoons) starts at 12.00 and finishes at 3.00pm and our Gosling Class (30 hours a week) starts at 9.00am and finishes at 3.00pm.
The end of the school day:
Please can we ask that you wait in the area outside the office in front of the gates until the bell rings at 2.55pm. The reason for this is that the children (and teachers) find it very distracting to have people in the courtyard and beyond looking into the classrooms when often this is a quiet time of day or a time for reminding the children of important information. Thank you so much for your support in this.
Please remember to name all your child’s clothes and belongings. If they are named they can be returned to their owners. Water bottles- Your child should bring a water bottle to school daily. Please make sure that their name is clearly marked on the bottle. This is in addition to their lunchtime drink. It is kept in the classroom and must only contain water. Art aprons-All the children in the main school need to bring in an apron/ shirt or large T shirt for art please. This should be named and kept at school.
Class and teacher names reminder:
Nursery - Mrs Williams and Mrs Rowntree (Thursday)
Owl Class - Mrs Bruce & Mrs Crone (Monday and Tuesday)
Puffin Class - Mrs Cole-Powney & Mrs Rowntree (Friday)
Nightingale Class - Miss Beynon
Kingfisher Class - Mrs Carter
Woodpecker Class - Mrs Holden & Mrs Warren (Monday & Tuesday)
Swan Class – Mrs Monk
Although each class has a timetable for P.E, there are days when they do other activities which may require them to wear their P.E kit. Please can this be in school at all times. Earrings should be removed for P.E or covered with micropore tape. Many children keep some in their P.E bags. If children have long hair, it will need to be tied back for P.E
Please ensure that children have sensible footwear. Fashion shoes with high or stacked heels are not acceptable, as they can be so dangerous when playing in the playground. Shoes should also be brown or black. Only children with sensible footwear can be allowed on the climbing apparatus in the playground.
Please do not book holidays in term time, I know how difficult it is when they are so much cheaper then, but it really does affect your child’s education when they miss school. The government regulations mean that the local authority may be issuing fines for unauthorised absence. Year Two parents – it is important that the children are in school throughout the year. It is essential that you do not arrange any holidays during May or the beginning of June.
If your child cannot attend school for any reason, it is very important that you ring the office to inform us. When they return to school a letter for our records would be appreciated.
Please remember to park considerately when dropping off and picking up from school. Our neighbours must be able to use their driveways at all times and the pavements must be kept clear of vehicles. The local police will be visiting from time to time. Sadly we are no longer able to use the car park at the Indian Nights restaurant as that has closed, so please allow extra time to find a suitable parking space or walk to school if at all possible. Thank you for your support in this matter
If you are waiting at any time with children on the school premises could you please ensure that they are properly supervised and do not engage in dangerous activities, such as climbing on railings or running about.
If your child needs an inhaler please ensure that one is kept at school. A form should be completed and the inhaler handed in to the class teacher please. Please review and update the form annually in the office to confirm that there are no changes. Please check now, and from time to time, that inhalers are in date.
Medicines: Some schools will not administer medicines to children because it is such a responsibility. However, we are willing to do so as long as it is at lunch time when staff can be available to administer it safely. A form should be filled in at the office and the medicine handed in there. Only medicines prescribed by a doctor can be administered unless there has been a special agreement made with the Head Teacher. No medicines may be left in children`s book bags.
If you are collecting your child during the school day please inform the class teacher in advance, and report to the office, before collecting them from the classroom, to sign them out, and again when they return to school.
Collections: If someone else is collecting your child from school at the end of the day please inform the class teacher or the school office. Please complete the collection arrangements form to ensure that we have up to date information on who can collect your children. Please update these annually in the school office if required. Could all children be collected from school at the end of the day promptly please – staff have many other commitments after school. Thank you for your co-operation.
If you can help in any way in the classrooms please see your child’s class teacher. Our policy is that parents do not help in the same class as their child - willing parents are warmly welcomed in other classes! However please remember, parents or grandparents are invited to hear children read in their child’s class in Year 1 and Year 2 any morning from 8.45 a.m.- 9.10 a.m.
Could you let the office know if there are any changes to your contact details.
We would like to invite you to a brief meeting where your child’s teachers will discuss what is expected of the children this year and how you can help.
Year 2 – Thursday 14th September at 2.30 p.m. in Woodpecker class (Mrs Holden’s/Mrs Warren’s)
Year 1 – Tuesday 19th September at 2.30 p.m. in Nightingale class (Miss Beynon’s).
Reception classes – Thursday 21st September at 1.15pm in Owl and Puffin classes.
Harvest Festival: We will hold our Harvest Festival on Tuesday 10th October at 10.00 a.m. – Year 1 parents are invited to attend. Further details to follow soon.
Home Achievement Book:
Please remember we have a book in the entrance hall in which parents are invited to write down their child’s special achievements e.g. swimming certificates, horse riding achievements, football, gym, dance etc. It is important that we celebrate achievements outside of school as well as in school. The children may, of course, still bring their certificates etc in to show in assembly.
Please ensure that your child has a school book bag in school every day. It is important that your child uses the school book bag rather than another as the book bags are stored in the classrooms in boxes of that size in order that they can be easily accessed by both children and staff. Letters are sometimes given out into children’s book bags, please check them daily to ensure that you receive important information promptly. Your child is welcome to use a rucksack (either a school one or another) to store club clothing in but this must be separate to the book bag. Thank you for your support with this.
Club letters are on the website and have gone live on schoolmoney.co.uk so you can book them for the first half of the autumn term. The majority of the clubs start the week beginning Monday 11th September and the two Early Years specific clubs start the week beginning Monday 25th September. We ask that children taking part in clubs provide their own clothes for each club in a named bag. Further details will be in club letters on the website. When booking a place on the course on offer please remember to check the collection time. It is very important that children are collected promptly.
Forest School sessions will be part of the Fantastic Friday workshops in Key Stage One from Friday 8th September. In Reception Puffins will be having Forest School sessions this half term and Owls next. They will start the week beginning Monday 25th September. There will be further information to follow.
Please visit our website at www.iverheathinf.org.uk. We aim to keep all important information here including newsletters etc. and the class pages will have photos, homework and news on events in school.
Dates and Events:
Diary dates will be sent out later this week please enter dates on your calendars. You will be notified of additions or alterations as the year progresses.
If you ever have any concerns, or questions you wish to ask, please do not hesitate to arrange to see me.
All the staff are looking forward very much to working with you in the education of your child.
Mrs J. Baker
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