Newsletter 22 – 8th March 2013

Dear Parents

Parents’ meetings with teachers Thank you very much to all our parents who came to these meetings – once again, we had almost 100% uptake by parents. It is this kind of outstanding engagement and support by our families that helps us provide excellent education for our children. Working together ensures that children’s outcomes are as good as possible.

Maths/SATS Evening On Monday 18th March at 5.00pm we will be offering parents the chance to come into school and find out how we teach maths. SATS test papers will also be available for you to look at if you are interested. Please complete the form at the bottom of last week’s newsletter if you would like to come to this information evening.

Library and Woodland Trip Stonehenge class went to Devizes Library and then on to the Drew’s Pond nature area for an exciting Bear Hunt on Tuesday as part of their work on “Books” – their topic for this half term. They were fortunate with the weather and had a lovely time.  My thanks to Mrs Abbott and the other staff members who organised this trip and to the volunteers who supported them on the day.

Reading for Pleasure We are working towards ensuring that every child in the school will do some reading for pleasure each week – whether reading a book, a magazine, a comic or newspaper, something online, emails or any other medium. Children who read for pleasure do better academically than those who don’t. Please do encourage your child to read for fun. The child does not have to be accessing difficult reading material – they just have to be enjoying it.

As part of our initiative to raise the profile of reading amongst our children, the teachers spent some time reading a special book to a class that they do not usually teach after lunch each day this week. 

Bluebell Wood The snowdrops are over now but the first daffodils are out in our little woodland area. Blossoms are out on the trees and we are hoping that we might see some birds nesting over the next few months. We encourage the children to behave very quietly, gently and respectfully when they are in Bluebell Wood, since it is a habitat for various plants and animals and the children are just visitors there.

School Packed Lunches  Thank you for always providing such great packed lunches for your children – many schools struggle with inappropriate food being sent in for children’s lunches, but in this school the lunch boxes are all always a model of healthy eating options. This contributes to children enjoying school, enjoying their learning and making great progress.

Di’s Appeal Our Chair of Governors, Diane Gilpin, ran the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer in remembrance of Don Anderson, one of the parents in our school who died of this disease earlier in the year. If you would like to support her, please go to    http://www.justgiving.com/Diane-Gilpin1  to put your donations to the cause.

Mothering Sunday…. Erlestoke Church will be having a family worship service on Sunday 10th March at 9.30am. All are welcome.

Edington Priory Please return the slip relating to this trip if you haven’t already done so!

Holiday Club If you wish to take advantage of our holiday club, SuperStars which will run here in school during the first week of the Easter holidays Monday 25th – Thursday 28th March, please sign up on line at www.super-stars.org.uk . The children who come this to always have a great time and the costs are very reasonable.

Play area across the road The Parish Council has written to me asking that I remind parents and children to put all litter into the bin provided in the play area, or to take it home with them. Keeping the area clean and tidy is a community effort.

Children’s Movie Night… Come and enjoy food, film and fun with friends, Friday 15th March from 6-8pm in Erlestoke Church. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. A light supper and pudding will be provided; donations of £1 for food are gratefully accepted.

Children’s Easter Workshop… Come and have fun making Palm Crosses, Easter gardens and other items on Saturday 23rd March from 10-12 noon in Erlestoke Church. Items will be put on display ready for the Palm Sunday service on Sunday 24th @ 4pm. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Football Lavington Juniors under 10 boys/girls football team are looking for additional players (school years 4 & 5). Matches are Sunday mornings in the South Wilts League. Training is usually Friday evenings 1645hrs to 1800hrs at Elisha Fields, Market Lavington. This could be subject to change.

If you are interested in coming along to a session please phone PAUL JONES on 07885 853248 or email paul.jones.coach@gmail.com

Last day of term This term ends on Friday 22nd March and the summer term starts on Monday 8th April.

Best wishes,

Mercedes Henning

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