Newsletter 2

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Dear Parents and Children,
Words of the Week
Each week the children from Y2-6 are given a word of the week in order to increase their vocabulary. It would be wonderful if you could support this by using the word at home.  Children need to be exposed to a wide and varied vocabulary.
Year 2: glimpse; Year 3: development; Year 4: aghast;  Year 5: apathetic;  Year 6: repugnant.
Talk Homework
Parents often ask how they can be more involved in their children’s progress and Talk Homework is one way that would help, especially as the themes are chosen to support current learning.  This is not meant to be an onerous task but something that can be enjoyed around the dinner table.  Research has proved that parent engagement is key to a child’s success and Talk Homework is recommended as a method of supporting this.
Reception
What have you enjoyed in your first week?
Y1
Name all the things God created.
Y2
How can you be a bucket filler at home and at school?
Y3
Have you ever made a mistake? What should you do if you make a mistake?
Y4
Why do people go to see horses racing? How many metres are there in a furlong?
Y5
In what way are you going to think with a growth mindset this year?
Y6
What do you hope to achieve in Y6?
Meet the Teacher Dates
The following dates have been arranged for the start of term to enable you to meet your child’s new teacher and find out information about the year and the expectations required of you and your child. All meetings begin at 3.30 and will last about 30 minutes.
Reception-Wednesday 6th September
Y2-Wednesday 13th September
Y3-Thursday 14th September
Y4 and 5-Friday 15th September
PTA Meeting-Tuesday 19th September, 8.00pm
All welcome.  We value your input.
Welcome Tea for New Parents-15th September, 2.00pm
Although this is a welcome to new parents, we need ‘old’ parents to come to be the welcomers.! The venue will be the Parish Centre.  Everyone is welcome.
Wales Trip Dates
Leaving Sunday 24th September at 7.15; returning Friday 29th September at 3.30 (depending on traffic).
On arriving in Wales I will phone Mrs Foreman who will confirm our safe arrival on the PTA Facebook page.  We will not have a parent contact as we had done formerly.
Race Night, Friday 29th September
This event  has been postponed until further notice.
Badminton After School Clubs
The Year 3/4 badminton club will have its first session on Monday 2nd October. 3.30/4.30pm.
The Year 5/6 badminton club will start again on Wednesday 4th October (3.30/4.30pm) and the Year 1&2 club on Thursday 5th October, 3.30/4.00pm.
Beginners are most welcome.
All equipment will be provided. PE kit to be worn.
Please contact Mr. King if interested in playing, as places are limited.
Football  After School Club
Friday 15th September, 3.30/4.15pm.Year 5/6 boys’ football league practice.
Friday 22nd September, 3.30/4.15pm.Year 5/6 boys’ football league practice.
Friday 6th October Year 3/4/5/6.
All girls and boys are welcome, including beginners. Please wear boots and shin pads. Please contact Mr. King if interested in playing.
Tag Rugby Club for Years 3-6
Although this club was advertised as starting this week, owing to the Y5 meet the teachers meeting on Friday, tag rugby will begin on Friday 22nd September.
Biathlon
There is a biathlon being organised for Under 10, 11 and 12 categories on Saturday 30th September. The deadline for entries is 18th September. Venue: Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Rd, Bracknell, RG12 9SE
Following the success of the girls’ biathlon during the summer term we wanted to highlight this event which is open to both boys and girls.

Please visit the following website if you wish to enter your child: http://www.pentathlongb.org/events/list/competition/bi

English and Maths Workshops for Parents
9th October-Y1 parents in Miss Lazenby’s classroom.
12th October-Y2 parents
Accommodation Needed
For many years now we have been hosting trainee teachers from Bethel University, USA. We are looking for host families to accommodate these students from Thursday 4th to Thursday 27th January.  For some of these days they will be travelling to other countries/places of their choice and for two of the weeks they will be attending various schools around Maidenhead.  You will be paid £320 for their accommodation.  My preference is for two young people to share so that they can travel together, especially if they are coming home late at night. If you are able to provide accommodation please let me know. They are delightful young people; host families in the past have always enjoyed having them.
Please do ask if anything in the newsletter is unclear.

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