Iver Heath

Nurturing happy, healthy, confident learners in a safe, rich learning environment

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September Newsletter                                                    

 

7th   September, 2018

 Dear Parents/Carers,

 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.

Refurbishments:

During the summer we have had some of our fences repainted and they do look wonderful. We must thank Mr and Mrs DeSouza for all their hard work in ensuring the painting was completed by the beginning of term.

Reception and Nursery classes

As last year, we are introducing our Reception and Nursery children into school gradually. From Monday 10th until Wednesday 12th September the children will be in from 8.45 until 12.00. For the rest of the week they will stay for lunch and so leave at 1.15pm. Then from Monday 17th September they will stay all day. There will be ‘Stay and Play’ sessions for the Reception children and their families in the afternoons of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week.

Our Nursery children will be having ‘Stay and Play’ sessions with their parents on Tuesday 11th September. The Goslings will then start on Wednesday 12th and the Chicks and Ducklings begin on Thursday 13th .

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 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.

Class and teacher names reminder:

Nursery - Mrs Williams (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri) and Mrs Crone (Thurs)

Owl Class - Mrs Bruce (Wed, Thurs, Fri) & Mrs Crone (Mon and Tues)

Puffin Class - Mrs Rowntree (Mon, Tues and Fri) & Mrs Mackinder (Wed and Thurs)

Nightingale Class - Miss Beynon

Kingfisher Class - Mrs Carter

Woodpecker Class - Mrs Holden (Wed, Thurs, Fri)  & Mrs Warren (Mon and Tues)

Swan Class – Mrs Monk & Mrs Crone (Tues pm)

 Naming clothes:

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. 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

P.E kit:

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. Please ensure your child brings in a pair of jogging bottoms as they will be doing PE both inside and outside during the week. 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

Concern:

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.

Absence:

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 before the start of the school day. Please ensure that you keep us informed of when your child will be returning to school. When they do return to school a letter for our records would be appreciated.

Parking:

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. The Black Horse has very kindly offered their car park for use by parents at the beginning of the school day. Thank you for your support in this matter

Danger:

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.               

Inhalers:

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.

Security:

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. 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.

 Help required:

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.

Contact details:

Could you let the office know if there are any changes to your contact details.

Parents’ Meetings:

We would like to invite you to a brief meeting when your child’s teachers will discuss what is expected of the children this year and how you can help.

Year 2 –  Wednesday 12th September at 2.30 p.m. in Woodpecker class (Mrs Holden’s/Mrs Warren’s)

Year 1 – Thursday 13th  September at 2.30 p.m. in the Music Room

Reception classes  – Tuesday 18th  September at 2.30pm in the Music Room.

Harvest Festival: We will hold our Harvest Festival on Thursday 11th 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.

Book bags:

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.

Clubs:

Club letters for the first half of the autumn term are on the school website and will go live on schoolmoney.co.uk on Tuesday 11th September at 4.00pm. Please book them promptly to avoid disappointment. The clubs start the week beginning Monday 17th 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:

Forest School sessions will be part of the Fantastic Friday workshops in Key Stage One from Friday 14th September. Year One will have Forest School session during the first half of each term and Year Two will have them in the second half of the term. In Reception Puffins will be having Forest School sessions this half term and Owls next. They will start the week beginning Monday 17th September. There will be further information to follow.

Website:

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 on Monday 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.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs J. Baker

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

School term and holiday dates 2018-2019

  

 Open on morning of

Close at end of afternoon on

Autumn Term 2018

Thursday 6th September

Friday 19th October 3pm

 

Monday 29th October

Wednesday 19th December 1.45pm

Spring Term 2019

Thursday 3rd  January

Friday 15th  February 3pm

 

Monday 25th  February

Friday 5th April 1.45pm

Summer Term 2019

Wednesday 24th April

Friday 24th  May 3pm

 

Monday 3rd  June

Wednesday 24th  July 1.45pm

 

 In-service training days for teachers Wednesday 5th  September 2018,  Monday 29th October 2018, Wednesday 2nd January 2019, Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 3rd June 2019

Easter: Friday 19th April - Monday 22nd April 2019 Early May Bank Holiday:   Monday 6th May 2019

Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 27th May 2019

 

Previous Newsletters

July 2018

7.6.2018

 8.2.2018 Ofsted letter

16.5.18 May Newsletter

23.3.18 Easter Newsletter

5.1.18

7.12.17

3.11.17

20.10.17

6.9.2017

 

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