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April 2016

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope that you had an enjoyable Easter break. The children have returned keen to learn and excited to be back in school. This newsletter should give you all the information you need for this half term. If you can't find what you need, please ask. You can pop into the office, where we will be happy to help. We also have information on our website www.stalbridge.dorset.sch.uk on the main site and on class pages. I am often available at the start and end of a school day so please do come and see me, or call/ email if you ever have a query, question or concern. 

Playground markings
You may have noticed a new caterpillar on the playground! He appeared over the holidays though rain prevented any further work. We hope to get this completed on Wednesday 20th April, starting at 9.00am prompt. New sports court markings and a number square are waiting to be painted.

Careers Fair March 2016
Thank you to all those who came to our careers fair. Our Year 5 & 6 children have been inspired to think about what they might do in the future. We had lots of local businesses with us, as well as secondary school and college representatives. We hope to run another event in the autumn term. If you would like to be involved, let us know. Well done to Mrs Cuff, who organised and ran the event.

Sport Relief
Thank you very much for the donations towards Sport Relief. The school raised a total of £292 and the children had a great day trying out a range of sports in their 'Tryathalon'. Well done to everyone.

Warmer weather
We are all very pleased to have some warmer weather now! Please remember that the children can wear sunglasses and sun hats at school. They may also need sun cream applied before school. Sandals can be worn, but must have socks. All the children must bring a water bottle to school so that they can drink during lessons. 

School trips
Year 1 had a fantastic trip to Corfe Castle on Wednesday. Mrs Cuff and Mrs Brown were very proud of all the children for their fantastic learning behaviour. Well done Foxes. Year 3 are off to Charmouth on Wednesday 20th April. Year 6 are off to Brenscombe at the end of this half term too! 

KS1 & KS2 SATS May 2016
This term, our Year 2 and Year 6 children take their statutory assessments. We shared some information about this during our drop in sessions this week. If you were unable to attend, we still have some leaflets which you may find useful. Please ask at the office and look at our website class pages for useful links.



Swimming
Preparations are under way to make sure our pool is ready for use. We hope to be in the pool by early June, perhaps earlier for the older children especially. A letter about swimming is attached. 

Medicines and inhalers in school
Does your child have an inhaler in school? If so, we do need to ask you to check that it is named and in date. There is also a very important consent form which we need you to complete. We have attached this, though paper copies are available from the office. Class teachers will be checking with you that your form is complete. Any additional medicines/ medical kit need to be kept up to date. We will be contacting you to check it through with us. If your child has prescribed medicines and you need the school to administer it, you can fill in forms at the office.

New teaching assistants
We have welcomed some new members of staff to join our team this term. Mrs Bollen is our new Teaching assistant in the Year 5 class, replacing Mrs Jeal and working every morning. Mrs Brooks is working in Year 1 and Mrs Briggs is working in Year 3. We wish them every success and am sure they will enjoy being with us.

Learning behaviours - the communication parrot.
 

  • Each term, we have been focussing on the skills needed to be a good learner. Each skill has an animal linked to it, which helps the children to remember it. Once we know what good learners do, we can practice all the skills. 


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This term, we are exploring the communication parrot. 
 

  • We are challenging ourselves to be better listeners, make eye contact, to ask thoughtful questions and to take part in discussions. 

  • We know that sometimes our communication depends upon who the listener is. 

  •  It would be helpful if you could talk to your children about the communication skills you need to use in your day to day life. Perhaps you have to write reports, speak another language, send emails and texts, present information and make important phone calls. 


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Jigsaw PSHE
This term, we all our thinking about relationships. We will learn how to work together as a families and friends. We will learn how to make friends, how to help each other in our families or solve friendship problems. In our playground, we have play leaders, KS2 buddies and a friendship bench. We also have a worry box and a 'Time to talk' drop in at playtimes, where children can share a worry with an adult. All these things help us to keep our relationships healthy and strong.

Collective worship
We are thinking about Thankfulness this term. We start off by thinking about the people in our lives that make us feel thankful. We will go on to learn why it is important to thank God for the things in our lives that we are lucky to have. Our church services are on Thursdays at 9.05. You are welcome to join us for worship at our next service, on Thursday 21st April.

Playground equipment
Our equipment on the field is due for repair. Until it is all fixed, the equipment is not safe and must not be used. Please make sure that your children are supervised, especially after school, near this area. Most of our smaller equipment can be used by the children during school. Please make sure that children are well supervised after school to avoid any accidents or upset. Many thanks.

E-Safety for parents and carers
We are delighted to send a 'Digital Parent' guide, which gives useful tips and information for parental controls, common risks and ways to monitor your child's internet access. Last term, Dorset Police ran an E-Safety session for parents, children and staff. We know that E-Safety is so important and keeping children safe can be difficult, particularly when children have access on their own devices. 

Sports team and activities
Our Year 4 swimmers will be competing shortly in a swimming gala at Clayesmore School. From April 25th, the FA are celebrating 'Girls football week'. During this, our Year 5 and Year 6 girls have been asked to take part in a football tournament. Good luck girls.

Refugee day 17th May 2016 
We are holding a whole school event for our children to learn about refugees. It's an important area of our Citizenship curriculum. The children will work together to understand what refugee means, what their needs are and why people may need to move from their homes. This will equip the children to understand some of the issues that they might see and hear in the news. There will be more information to follow.

Parents welcome 
You are very welcome to come into school and help out with the children's learning. We are also very busy with clubs. If you would like to help with any clubs or school activities, please let us know. Thank you very much to all of the parents/ adults who have been able to spend time with us so far.

Parent Forum
Would you like to be involved in the school parent forum? As parents and carers, you are our partners in educating the children. As Head teacher, I value your thoughts, opinions and ideas on policies and things we have planned in the future. Would you like to be a part of this? If you are interested, please let the office know. Meetings will be termly, held during the school day.

Archie Gilbert's Children in Need challenge
Archie and his family are completing a challenge in aid of Children in Need. If you would like to sponsor him, please see the office for more details or go to…..
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lucygilbert1#.VwzXvGaTxy0.email 

Well done 
Well done to Ben McCarthy, who has gone through to the next round in the 500 Words (BBC 2) short story competition. There were thousands of entries and we are so proud of what you have achieved so far. Good luck with the story!

Kind regards
Sarah Lafferty-Jenkins

Dates for your diary…..

April
20th Year 3 school trip to Charmouth
21st Church service, 9:05am - all welcome
27th Year 1 assembly, 9am

May
2nd Bank Holiday
5th Year 2 school trip (details to follow)
9th-12th Year 6 SATs
17th Refugee Day
19th Church service, 9:05am - all welcome
23rd-27th Year 6 Residential
30th-3rd June HALF TERM
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