Newsletter 21

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Dear Parents and Children,
At our Monday assembly this week I discussed two challenges the children might take on during Lent.  The first was to bring in something for Foodshare every week.  The second, in response to the Pope’s call for action, they could try to undertake acts which would improve the environment e.g. cutting down on water use, turning off lights etc.
Word of the Week
This week the word is jubilant (very happy).
Well done to our most active Sumdog students last week who were:  Marcel Arora, Adam Bilson, Sophie Fismistr, Stefan Konig, and Isabella Rees.
Talk Homework
Lent is a giving time’. Encourage your child to talk about ways they can give to others at home and school.
Year 1
Why do we celebrate Pancake Day?
Year 2
How can you make someone feel happy?
Year 3
Pick your favourite Matilda character. Describe them using three adjectives and explain why you’ve used those words.
Year 4
Why do we have World Book Day?
Year 5
With so many GPS navigation devices available, is it still important to learn the skill of map reading?  Why/why not?
Year 6
How can algebra help you in life?
Please park considerately on Altwood Rd and the surrounding roads; especially do no block driveways.
Unwanted Wellington Boots Needed.
The Eco group are collecting old or unwanted wellington boots.  We want to use the boots to make a dog sculpture.  If you have any boots please put them in the entrance hall.  Thanks.
School Community Building Fund
This fund is financed by a charge that we have to pay to the diocese according to the number of pupils that attend the school.  Therefore we ask for all parents to make a contribution of £30 per child for each school year.  The charge that the school has to pay is not optional and has to be paid regardless of how many families contribute.
If you do not make a contribution to the School Community fund, then this payment has to be made directly from the school budget; which is a sum of money received from the Government with which we have to pay for ALL school related expenditure including: staff salaries and on-costs, utilities and energy, building and grounds maintenance, council tax, ICT equipment and resources, insurance premiums, catering supplies, classroom supplies and stationery, furniture, text and exercise books, administrative supplies, telephone equipment, line and call costs and refuse collection.
We are keen to ensure that we continue to provide our pupils with quality staff, premises and resources as listed above and as such ask that you consider making a contribution to the School Community Building Fund even if you have not done so before. Please ask for a form from the office so that you can set up a standing order or pay by cash.
Cleaner Required
We require a trustworthy school cleaner for two hours a day, either before or after school, or even in the evening.  The successful candidate will need to undergo a DBS check.
World Book Day: March 2nd
The children may come as a book character or in their own clothes as a reader of books.
Mrs Brookman’s Class Assembly: Friday 10th March 9.10
Class parents welcome.
PTA Meeting-Tuesday 7th March, 8.00pm
All welcome. The meeting will be in the staffroom.
Red Nose Day-24th March
We will be having an Own Clothes Day for a request of £1 per family.  If you can, encourage your child to wear something red, but please don’t go buying anything special.
Parents Evenings-27th and 28th March
Sign-up sheets are now on display, or will be shortly.  The Juniors’ lists will be available on the front door and the Infants’ on boards in the vicinity of classrooms.
Year 5/6 Boy’s Football
The school entered two boys’ teams in the recent Magpies under 11 tournament.
The standard of play was excellent considering the gale force wind the teams were up against.
The year 6 team playing in a very strong group 1, managed to draw 2 of their 4 matches.
The year 5 team playing in group 2, who were there mainly for the experience, exceeded all expectations by finishing 2nd in their group with 2 wins and 2 draws, only to lose in the semi-finals to Courthouse ‘A’, who were the eventual tournament winners.
Very well done to the 16 boys who represented the school.
Also a big thank you to the parents who helped with the transport and stayed and supported the team.
Year 3/4 Badminton Tournament
An excellent performance by two mixed year 3/4 badminton teams at the recent Ascot and Maidenhead tournament.
The teams managed to fill 1st and 3rd positions, with Courthouse who finished 2nd, 95 points behind the winners.
The school will now represent Ascot and Maidenhead at the Berkshire school games.
Well done to the eight girls and eight boys who represented the school.
The fourteen year 5/6 badminton players who acted as event leaders also deserve a special mention. Their demonstration and explanation skills were outstanding, leaving the competitors in no doubt as to how to play the events.
Summer Fun Day Sunday 2nd July
Although it seems very early to most, we have started planning for the Summer Fun Day already. It’s taking place on Sunday 2nd July, so put the date in your diaries. So here’s the first plea!! We need to get raffle prizes organised so we have plenty of time to print the tickets.  Would you be willing to donate a raffle prize or do you work for a company that would be willing to donate? If yes could you please contact Adele McIntosh - or comment on this post – Thanks in advance.
Race Night
Tickets are now on sale for the Race Night on Saturday 29th April starting at 7.30pm.  The race night is being organised by the PTA and will be taking place in the school hall.  The PTA are currently saving to buy 6 iPads per class for the infants to use for day to day purposes.  Tickets are £10 per head and this includes a fish & chip supper (or alternative).  Please don’t be put off if you’re on your own or in a couple, we can sit you with other parents.  Please bring your money into the office in an envelope stating your name and email address (we will need to get in touch with you regarding food choices) marked for the attention of Amanda Sibley.  If you have any queries about the night or would like to donate a raffle prize (however big or small!) email
Lenten Lunches
Homemade soup lunches followed by cake and coffee are available from 12.00-2.00 every Thursday in the Parish Centre.  Come along and support and bring your friends. If you are too busy or work locally bring a thermal mug and have it filled for a donation.
Would you be able to make soup for one of the Thursdays? Ring Ann Griggs on 07800580043.
If there is anything in this newsletter that is not clear please do ask.

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