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January 2015

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to the Spring term!

We hope you all had a good Christmas and will have a happy new year.

We have all enjoyed returning to school and all children have made a great start to the Spring term - a term when we can really focus on good learning and progressing the children's understanding and 
skills. 

Mrs Louise Silk will now be with Year 4 permanently on a Friday. We also have three student teachers with us this term working alongside our teachers - Mr Singleton and Miss Carter in Year 4 and Miss Edwards in Year 5. We have also changed around some of our Teaching Assistant support and therefore children, particularly children with Special Educational Needs, may have someone different supporting them this term.

I look forward to a successful term for everyone.

Yours sincerely

Miss Lafferty


Here's some new dates and information for you.

Our Website
www.stalbridge.dorset.sch.uk - all information regarding the school is available to view here. All newsletters and all other letters appear here (newsletter and letter section). Governors communication is posted in the governors section and details of clubs in the club section. The parent section includes information on absence from school. Every class has their own section on the website to post news of activities forthcoming and undertaken.

School start time and lateness
We start Wake 'n' Shake at 8.55am, registration time is 9am. If your child arrives at school after our official start time of 9am please could they come to the front desk so that they get marked in the register. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that their children attend school punctually. It is the schools duty to report persistent lateness to the Educational Welfare Service.

Holidays from School
A letter can be viewed on our website Stalbridge Primary School - Parents regarding planned absence from school. The school can not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'.

E-Safety Day
Tuesday 10th February is Worldwide Safer Internet Day organised by 'Insafe' to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones.This is aimed particularly at children and young people and how you can, as parents support this. In a technological and digital changing world it is important to educate students about staying safe. On Wednesday 14th January, as an extension to the day, the children in Year 1-6 will be attending Safer Internet session with a Dorset E-Safety Officer. Parents are invited to attend a Safer Internet talk on the same day (Wednesday 14th January) at 3pm in the school hall. We are able to offer a crèche for those that are attending, please let the office know if you would like to book your child into the crèche (limited pre-booked spaces available).

School uniform and PE kit
The days are cold and the field can be muddy, please ensure your child has appropriate PE kit for the conditions and activity. Children should not wear their school jumpers or cardigans for PE. We encourage children to have tracksuits for outside sport. A sweatshirt or even an old jumper is fine to keep children warm.We have the black hooded tops in the school office for sale at £9.50. Often we have cases of children taking the wrong coat or clothing home as someone else has one like it. Please check that your child has the right clothing - the best way to ensure this is to name items clearly.

Illness
The colder months always bring a speight of illnesses. It is often unavoidable not to pass on viruses and bugs but we must try to do as much as we can to prevent illness spreading. If your child is ill with cold or flu symptoms please keep them at home until they are over the worst. If your child has had a stomach upset we recommend they have 48 hours to recover from it before they return to school.

Bad Weather
We are not expecting snow yet but just in case here's our yearly reminder of what happens should there be a sudden snowfall! 
If we have really bad weather and teachers cannot get to school then we may have to close the school. We make a decision about this by 7.30am. We notify parents initially by posting a message on our website then we text out to parents as soon as possible with the same message. We only post a message, telephone and text when the school is to be closed. No message, no telephone call, no text means that the school is open. As an extra check the Dorset for You website will post a list of closed schools (http://mapping.dorsetforyou.com/closedservices). 

Clubs
Clubs start today (Monday 12th January) these will run until 20th March. Please note there will be no after school clubs in the week commencing 9th February due to parents evenings (except Simply Football and Jazzercise). A club letter was emailed on Wednesday.

Church Visits
Our next visit to the church this term will be Thursday 22nd January. The service starts at 9.10am and all parents and relatives are welcome to join us. 

Pupil Targets
Your children will all have been set new learning targets for the new term. These help children and yourselves know where they are in their learning journey and what they must do to move further on. A copy of these will be forwarded to you and progress against these targets can be discussed by you and the class teacher at our parent consultation evenings (see dates below). 

Parents Evenings
This term we are splitting our parents evenings. We will be holding a special event for parents of children with special educational needs on Wednesday 4th February, 3.30pm-5.30pm, and then parents evenings on 11th and 12th February. We will send out information about these in due course. Those who attend the event on the 4th February will not need to attend the later dates.

Outdoor Play Equipment
In these winter months we often do not let children on the outdoor play equipment because it is damp, slippery and potentially unsafe. We would appreciate that if your children ask to go on the play equipment after school that you consider the safety implications. Thank you.

Parent Readers
We are always looking for parents who can spare some time to come in and read with children. If you have time and would like to do this please let the office know and we will arrange things.

Hot School Meals
Local Food Links provide our hot school meals. Hot school meals can be ordered online at www.myschoolmeals.com. The quality of the meals are very good - why not give them a go? If you have misplaced your activation code to start using My School Meals please call in to the school office.

Items to Collect
This year we will be continuing to collect tokens from Sainsburys, Morrisons, Tesco and Flora, please send these in to school with your child. Please also remember that you can help raise funds for our school by sending Tassimo pods and the silver outer wrappers and empty biscuit wrappers (any make). We will also be continuing to support Ben Tickner's appeal, please bring in clean aluminium foil/trays. We are also continuing to support local charities by collecting plastic milk bottle tops, old unwanted reading glasses and used stamps.

School Gates and Litter
Please help us to make sure that the school gates are closed during the school day. Please also help us to keep our playground free of litter.

After School Childcare Provision
After school child care runs every day, prices and times are:

Monday 3.15pm-4.15pm - £3.50
3.15pm-5.15pm - £6.00
Tuesday 3.15pm-4.15pm - £3.50
3.15pm-5.15pm - £6.00
Wednesday 3.15pm-4.15pm - £3.50
3.15pm-5.15pm - £6.00
Thursday 3.15pm-4.15pm - £3.50
3.15pm-5.15pm - £6.00
Friday 3.15pm-4.30pm - £4.00
4.00pm-4.30pm - £2.00

If children attend an afterschool club run by the school to 4pm then the charge for childcare provision to 5.15pm will be £3.50. We need to know a day in advance if you would like your child(ren) to attend and have payment in advance too. If you would like to pay online please contact Mrs Arnold at the office.

If you wish to view the Breakfast Club and After School Club Policies, these are available in the school office.

Breakfast Club
Just a reminder that if you wish your child to attend Breakfast Club, we must have children booked and paid for a day in advance.



Healthy Lunchboxes and Snacks
We have made a big effort this last term to ensure that children's snacks at breaktime are healthy and we continue to work with the children to promote healthy food in their lunchboxes. We encourage healthy sandwiches, salads, pastas and fruit and discourage chocolate, sweets and sugary snacks. Thank you for your co-operation.

Coats
We advise that children have a coat at school everyday now the weather is colder and wetter. We often take the children out of class and appropriate protection from the elements is required!

Parking in Duck Lane and Woodmills
The Governors and I would like to remind you to park considerately in Duck Lane and Woodmills at the start and end of school. It is important that emergency services can have access to these roads at all times and that residents of Duck Lane and Woodmills can enter and exit their homes and are not inconvenienced.We ask parents and carers not to park on the triangle bordered by the double yellow lines outside of the school gates.

Christmas Lunch
A huge thank you to all who helped or supported the Christmas lunch, the event was a huge success.


Dates
January
14th E-Safety Day
14th Year 3 class visit to Salisbury Cathedral
22nd Church service, 9.10am, all welcome

February 
4th SEND Parents evenings 
5th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
11th Year R class assembly, 2.30pm
11th Parents evening, details to follow
12th Parents evening, details to follow
13th School ends
16th-20th Half term
26th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome

March
4th Year 1 class assembly, 9.10am
5th World Book Day, details to follow 
12th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
26th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
27th School ends 2.30pm

April
13th Inset Day
14th School returns
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