Newsletter 19 – 6th February 2015

Dear Parents

Half term break Last day of term is Friday 13th February, and we all return to school on Monday 23rd February.

Street Dance Club We are delighted to be able to offer a course of Street Dancing to children from Year 1 to Year 6.  The club will run on Tuesdays from 24th February to 24th March 2015 from 3:15pm – 4:15pm. There is a £25 fee to be paid for the whole course of lessons. A maximum of 25 children can be accepted into the club and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please complete the form, sent out with this newsletter, if you are interested.

Cricket and Netball These clubs will be cancelled next week as we are interviewing candidates for the Stonehenge class teacher post on that day.

Wake and Shake All of us, and especially the Year 6 children, would like to thank all the parents who join in with Wake and Shake each morning – without a doubt, parent participation this year is better than at any time in the history of our school! A lot of time and effort goes into preparing for and rehearsing the routines, and it is so good for the children to see adults around them valuing the fun and exercise involved.  You are inspirational and we can see why the children in our school are such a joy to teach – their families are supportive, engaged and fun loving, even in the small things like this.

School Council We were delighted with the questions that were suggested by the children and brought to our council meeting, to be asked of the candidates for the teaching post in Stonehenge classroom. The questions reflected the children’s understanding of the importance of the school values and ethos, of good behaviour, of ensuring every child does their best and of making learning fun. Each candidate will have an interview with the school councillors from Year 3 – Year 6 and their views will be included as part of the final deliberations on appointing the teacher to this post. We hope to have made the appointment soon after the interview day on Wednesday 11th February and will notify parents as soon as possible thereafter.

Soap in school Following a suggestion that the soap we have in the children’s toilets is causing red and chapped hands, we are changing to a gentler (and  more expensive) type of soap with a PH of 7 and fewer chemicals.  Please remind your children to dry their hands thoroughly if they have chapped hands – there are disposable paper towels available so that infection cannot be spread.

Clay Club We are glad to be able to offer Clay Club again, starting after February half term on Mondays.  Monday 23rd February will be the first session. For those parents who have already signed up, your places are secured and your child will be able to attend the first session – please send your fee of £35 in to school before the end of this term with cheques made payable to G Wood.

Water Aid Day On Tuesday 10th February, children are invited (if they wish to) to come to school dressed in a “Water themed” outfit – this might simply be blue clothing, or might be a costume depicting something to do with water. Each child who comes to school in non-uniform clothing should bring £1 into school – this will go towards buying water pumps for villages in Africa where there is no clean water.

Milk Please visit www.coolmilk.com if you wish to register your child for school milk and create a parent account. Every child under the age of five is entitled to free school milk, and if your child is over five, the cost is subsidised. Once registered, you may place an order and make a payment (unless your child is under 5 or entitled to Free School Meals, not KS1 universal free school meals). Orders/payments have to be received by Coolmilk by Tuesday before 5pm for delivery the following week – if an order is placed after this deadline, the milk delivery will not commence until the following week.

You can make payment using all major debit and credit cards either online or by using the automated telephone service on 0844 854 2913. Alternatively you can send a cheque to FREEPOST COOL MILK (this is all you need). Please note that it is not advised to send cash in the post. Should you have any payment related queries, please contact payments@coolmilk.com

Home School Agreements Please return the agreement signed by both parent and child to the school as soon as possible. The agreement is seen as a way of promoting good relationships both outside and inside school for the benefit of the pupils attending the school.

Lataca KS1 children benefit from Universal Free School Meals at lunch time. Please can we remind you that it is only the meal that is free, juice MUST be paid for. If you place an order indicating you would like juice with the meal, but enclose no money and do not indicate a method of payment, the juice order will not be provided. Please do not hesitate to contact Lataca if you have any queries.

Best Wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News 

Don’t forget that the PFA Logo competition deadline is Monday 9th February! We are so excited about seeing all the children’s lovely entries.

Our next cake sale to raise funds for our up and coming events is “Fairy Cake Friday” on the 13th February (next Friday!) Look for the note a note and a paper plate in book bags. Cake donations are appreciated!

The next recycling is the first Monday after half term.

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