Newsletter 16

Wednesday 18th January 2017
Dear Parents and Children,
Award Assembly
The following children were awarded star of the week, last week: Zalan Farago, Chloe Peacock, Sofia Berraondo, Max Brennan, Jacob Hayes, Alannah Feely, Luca Branchese, Sarah Fernando, Thomas Colley, Maya Nazir, Tali Evans, Daniel Perini, Leilani Norris, Ben Bradley, Sebi Lievano, Isla Degiorgio-McClaren, Pearse Welsh, Dexter Manley, Millie Rodgers, Eva Bartlett, Lyba Nazir, Ciara Doyle, Ava Parris, Willem Hoonhorst, Patrick O’Meara, William Credland, Eileanor Phelan, Uzair Sajjad and Mia Broadbent.
Good Manners Awards went to Lorien Middle and Millie Burns.
Book Prizes were awarded to Thomas O’Connor and Elisa Martinez.
Walk to School was won by Mrs Treacy’s and Mrs Tang’s classes.
Word of the Week
This week the word is dejected (sad).
Well done to our most active Sumdog students last week were: Stefan Konig, Finlay McLaughlin, Jaiden Smith Gil, Sarah Fernando and Teresa Debicka.
Talk Homework
We have been practicing our number writing in our lessons and play. How many of our number writing rhymes can you remember?
Year 1
What materials float and sink? Why do you think this is?
Year 2
We have been thinking about the past and present in history. How does your school life compare to your parents?
Year 3
How can you describe the different surfaces in and around your home?
Year 4
How can you use topography to plan a walking trip around Great Britain?
Year 5
We were extremely fortunate to have the Maidenhead Fire Service in last Friday. What did you learn? What is your planned escape as a family in your home?
Year 6
What have you learnt from fencing lessons that you can apply to other sports or aspects of your life?
Road Safety
Please consider reinforcing road safety rules with your child.  They need to be aware that these rules need to be applied in our car park.
Admissions Reception 2017
Reminder we haven’t received all the siblings applications.  Can you please fill out the Supplementary Information Form and, along with the Baptismal Certificate, please hand them in to the school office.
Nursery Admissions 2017-18
Children born between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015.
The deadline to apply for the nursery is 28th February 2017.
Father Pepe will sign the SIF for those children in Categories 3,4 and 5 only, based on Sunday Mass attendance cards (or letter from the parish priest if from another parish), on 1st, 2nd, 22nd and 27th February 2017 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and from 11:00 AM to 12 PM, not before.
Year 5/6 Netball Club
Will start again Thursday 19th January.
Y3-6 Running Club
Will start again next Friday 20th January at 8am.
Football Club
The Friday after school football club will recommence on Friday 20th January.
PTA Aerobathon
Our first aerobathon is being held on Sunday 29 January from 1pm in the school hall.  All abilities are welcome and you can come for as little or as long as you would like.  Tickets are £10 per person, please email to book a space or drop your money into the office in a named envelope.
There will be four instructors and the afternoon will run as follows: 12.45-1.00 Registration; 1.00-1.45 Circuits – FitBuzz; 1.50-2.35 Bootcamp Workout – Immortal Fitness; 2.40-3.25 Body Weight and Circuit Training – Training Unity; 3.30-4.15 PiYo – Achieva Pilates.  Refreshments will be available for a small donation.
Any questions, please feel free to ask.
Nursey and Infant Disco 5.15-6.30 and Junior Disco 6.45-8.30 on Friday 10th February
Nursery parents are required to attend.  Helpers needed.  Apply through the PTA Facebook or the office.
Maidenhead’s Homeless Shelter
At last, the homeless shelter is due to open any day.
This is a huge undertaking. They now have two critical needs. If you can help with either, it may well make all the difference in whether the shelter becomes a reality and is sustainable.
1. Funding
The Shelter urgently need funding. Please can you consider setting up a monthly standing order to help cover the costs. The Brett Foundation estimate it needs to raise £5,000 each month. There are a number of different ideas about where to raise funds. But the core of  the success will be getting enough people to donate a regular sum of money – £1/month, £10/month, £50/month, £100/month – whatever is comfortable for you. We hope to attract large numbers of people to donate smaller amounts of money, along with a few people who may be able to afford more. So if you have any friends who want to help make this a success, please ask them to donate too, along with their friends. You can set up regular donations by standing order, or make individual donations,
2. Volunteering
Overnight volunteers are urgently needed. People are also needed who can help set up each night, and clean up/help with breakfast in the morning. If you have already put your name forward and been contacted, there is no need to re-register. But if you can spare a night, an evening or a breakfast-time once a month – or more, please email us below:
Save the Date
The PTA is holding a Race Night on Saturday 29th April.
Lifeguards Needed
Please come forward if you are able to help with summer swimming; this involves attending training and manning the pool for at least 10 sessions in the summer.  Without you the pool cannot open! Only volunteer if you child/children is/are water confident as you will need to give your full attention to all the children in the pool.
What the PTA has funded recently or will fund in the future
They have contributed to new furniture in the old library which is now a room for children who need interventions; three extra bench sets in the junior playground; additional monies for the trim trail which is being installed this week; additional iPads for the infants.  Thank you PTA-where would we be without you?
SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru)
Thank you for supporting the fundraising for SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru). The non-school uniform day raised £304.77 which is amazing and a huge help towards Alex’s £700 target. She will come in to school in September after her trip and speak to the children about her experience.
If there is anything in this newsletter that is not clear please do ask.

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