Newsletter 5

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Dear Parents and Children,
Words of the Week
Year 2:sunlit; Year 3:ideally; Year 4:generation;  Year 5:spontaneous;  Year 6:electrifying.
Talk Homework
We are starting Art Week. Do you have a favourite piece of art?
Why is the mouse in ‘The Gruffalo’ story clever?
How have you changed as you have grown?
What is deforestation?
What are the first signs of Autumn?
How can we show acts of forgiveness in everyday life?
Are microorganisms more helpful or harmful to humans?
Y6 Cake Sale-Friday October 20th
Whilst in Wales we visited a group of Carmelite nuns and questioned them about their life.  It transpires that they can only have turkey at Christmas if it is donated.  The Y6s are determined that the nuns will have a turkey this year and are holding a cake sale to raise the money and are looking for donations of cakes to sell next week.  Your child can bring up to £1 to spend at the cake sale, which will take place after lunch.
Eagles Netball Club
If your daughter is interested in receiving extra netball coaching working towards playing in a competitive league when they reach U11 then Eagles are welcoming new members.
The standard of coaching and play is very high, with the U16 team last year reaching the National Finals and coming 2nd in the final, making them the second best team in the country.
Year 3/4 Tuesday 6-7:00 Altwood School
Year 5/6 Friday 6-7:15 Altwood School
Girls can attend a few taster sessions before committing to joining the club. Please contact Maria D’amaro Lead Coach on 07854 753 901
Mr McKell is also involved with the club so feel free to ask him any questions that you may have.
Staff Vacancies
We are looking for two teaching assistants to work with children who have special educational needs.  One of these roles will be temporary. The successful candidates will be subject to a DBS check.  The closing date for application is Tuesday 7th November with interviews on the 16th or 17th November.
Diary Date for Mrs Ashwell’s Class
Mrs Ashwell’s class will be presenting their assembly on Monday 13th November at 9.10.
Phonics Workshops with Cathy Mason
Wednesday 11th October 1.30 – 3.00
Thursday 12th October 7-8.30pm
Y2 parents English and Maths Workshops for Parents
12th October at 7.00pm in Mrs Camp-Overy’s classroom
Y5/6 Maths Workshop for Parents
16th October at 7.30pm
Reception Parent Workshops
Mon 16th 7.00pm Oct: Maths (in class)
Harvest Assembly-17th October at 9.10
Mrs McQuillan’s/Mrs Treacey’s parents may attend as their class is presenting the assembly.  We ask that all pupils bring in a grocery item for display on the stage.  This food will then be donated to Foodshare.
Flu Jab for Reception –Y4
This will take place on the 17th October. Please return forms asap.
Art Gallery-19th October, 3.15
Parents invited to view our art gallery in the hall and other areas. All pupils’ work displayed.
Grandparents into School Morning-20th October
Please make a note in your child’s homework or reading record to let the class teacher know if your child’s grandparents are visiting.  Make sure you tell your child to show the book to their teacher.
Discos-Friday 20th October
Infant and Nursery-5.15-6.30 and Junior-6.45-8.30
We need 10 helpers for each disco. SO FAR WE ONLY HAVE 4 HELPERS FOR THE JUNIOR DISCO SO IT IS LIKELY TO BE CANCELLED. If you can help, please let the PTA know by, or by leaving a message on the parents Facebook page. Please note only nursery parents will be able to stay with their children unless the parents are helping. Nursery and Infant children will enter and leave by the front door. Junior children will enter by the studio door and leave by the front door. The cost will be £3.50 to include refreshments.
Own Clothes Day-Friday 10th November
In return for wearing their own clothes, the children are asked to bring in a donation for our Christmas Hampers which will be raffled at the Christmas Fayre.  Suggestions include chocolates, mince pies, Christmas Puddings,  Christmas Crackers.  We do also create hampers of beauty products.
PTA Quiz Evening
This will be held on Saturday 11 November at 7.30pm in the school hall. Bar opens at 7.15pm. Please bring your own snacks. Tables ideally of 6 to 8 people (can be ladies only if you want to avoid baby sitters!). £5 per person. To book, please email or drop your money into the school office with team details on the envelope.
Cross Country Competition
We shall be entering a cross country competition on Monday 27th November and this event is open to children in Years 4, 5 and 6. Trials will be held (during school hours), nearer the date to select out two fastest boys and girls for each year group. Should your child have an interest in running then please encourage them to come to running club on Friday mornings – 8.00am.  Meet at the gazebo. Children do not need to attend the club to be selected for the team but practice will give them a better chance of selection.
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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