End of Summer Term Newsletter
5th September, 2019
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.
We have had a few projects running over the summer which you and your children will notice as you walk through the school. Here is a quick list of what’s new:
- Cladding around the playground walls completing the recladding of the whole school
- New boilers to make the school heating more efficient
- New flooring in Puffin and Owl classes
- New fencing at the back of Year One classes and in Puffin class outside area
- Garden refurbishment which has been done by volunteers from the company NetApp
- Swan class has been redecorated by a volunteer from The Royal Bank of Scotland
We thank all of the volunteers very much for their kindness and support and would also like to say a big Thank You to Mr MacKenzie who has cleaned all of our windows!
We are all becoming increasingly aware of the environmental concerns facing our planet. Therefore as a school we will be highlighting some of the ways that we can all help to keep our planet safe. Part of this project is the fantastic new display that you can see in the school entrance hall. Please do come in and have a look when you pick up or drop off.
You will also discover as your children begin to bring home their reading books that we have updated the reading books thanks to the huge sums raised last year with the ‘Dream Big. Read’ project. These books have now all been catalogued and included into the school’s reading scheme.
Reception and Nursery classes
As last year, we are introducing our Reception and Nursery children into school gradually. From Monday 9th until Tuesday 10th September the children in Reception 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 16th 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 Family sessions with their parents on Monday 9th September. The Goslings will then start on Tuesday 10th and the Chicks and Ducklings begin on Wednesday 11th.
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)
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.
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
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 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.
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. Please can I remind everyone not to park outside the MK shop on Slough Road unless they are using the shop. I understand that the shop manager will be issuing fines for cars parked without authorisation. 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. The wooden climbing beam on the grass at the front of the school is for children to play on but please ensure they are supervised.
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.
All children on regular medication must have a completed Heath Care Plan. These forms can be obtained from your child’s class teacher or the school office. Please ensure you have completed the form and returned it to school by Friday 13th September. Thank you.
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.
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 when your child’s teachers will discuss what is expected of the children this year and how you can help.
Year 2 – Thursday 12th September at 2.30 p.m. in Woodpecker class (Mrs Holden’s/Mrs Warren’s)
Year 1 – Wednesday 11th September at 2.30 p.m. in the Music Room
Reception classes – Tuesday 24th September at 2.30pm in the Music Room.
Harvest Festival: We will hold our Harvest Festival on Tuesday 15th October at 9.15am. – 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 for the first half of the autumn term are on the school website and will go live on schoolmoney.co.uk on Wednesday 4th September at 10.00am. Please book them promptly to avoid disappointment. The clubs start the week beginning Monday 9th September for Years 1 and 2 and Monday 16th September for Reception and Nursery. 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 13th September. Year One will have Forest School sessions 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 16th 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 with this newsletter 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
School term and holiday dates 2019-20
Open on morning of
Close at end of afternoon on
Autumn Term 2019
Wednesday 4th September
Friday 25th October 3pm
Monday 4th November
Thursday 19th December 1.45pm
Spring Term 2020
Tuesday 7th January
Friday 14th February 3pm
Monday 24th February
Friday 3rd April 1.45pm
Summer Term 2020
Monday 20th April
Friday 22nd May 3pm
Monday 1st June
Friday 17th July 1.45pm
In-service training days for teachers Monday 2nd September, Tuesday 3rd September 2019, Monday 6th January 2020, Monday 20th July, Tuesday 21st July 2020
Easter: Friday 10th April – Monday 13th April 2020 Early May Bank Holiday: Friday 8th May 2020
Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 25th May 2020
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