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September 2009

AUTUMN TERM (FIRST HALF) NEWSLETTER

I hope everyone has had a great summer break.

As usual it has been a busy summer for the school. We've refurbished two classrooms and had new eco-lighting fitting in our corridors. Our IT network has been upgraded. The flat roofing in the main building has been replaced and a new CCTV system has been installed.

We're ready to go and I bet the children are too!

Here's some important dates and information.

Dates

September
8th Violin tuition starts for Year 4 
10th Church, 9.10am all welcome
14th Clubs begin
17th Cheerleading workshop, details to follow on noticeboard
October
1st KS1 family SEAL, details to follow
5th-6th Life Ed van
6th Reception family SEAL, details to follow
8th Harvest Festival, 9.10am
13th KS2 family SEAL, details to follow
20th/22nd Parent/Teacher consultation evenings
22nd Church, 9.10am all welcome 
23rd School photographs
24th Family photographs
26th-30th Half term

November
2nd School returns
16th-20th Leeson House week

Miss Gould
We welcome Miss Gould to the school. Miss Gould will teach Year 5 and lead music in the school.

Mrs Graham
Mrs Graham has decided not to return to teaching just yet after the birth of her baby son. We all wish her and her family well for the future.

Breakfast Club
Our Breakfast Club trial continues on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8am. We need good numbers to make the club financially viable. The children who attended before the summer break really enjoyed themselves. If you need childcare before school it's a great and cheap option. Places must booked and paid for in advance, please contact the office.

Absence
We would much appreciate it if you could let us know if your child is going to be absent from school. Let us know in advance of appointments etc and if your child is ill please ring the school, send a note, or tell a member of staff before 10.30am on the first day of illness so that we don't unduly worry where your child is. If we haven't heard from you by 10.30am we will ring you.

Late arrivals
If your child arrives at school after our official start time of 8.50am please could they come to the front desk so that they get marked in the register.

School Uniform
Please make sure your child has correct school uniform and correct PE kit. PE kit should consist of a white T-shirt, dark shorts, plimsolls or training shoes in a named bag. Children wishing to play football require appropriate kit from Year 3. Tracksuits are strongly recommended for all children, especially during the winter months. The official school uniform for girls is: dark grey or black skirt, dark grey or black classic trousers, for Summer pink gingham dress or winter uniform. For boys: dark grey or black trousers, in Summer dark grey shorts. All children should wear: white blouse/shirt or polo shirt, school sweatshirt or cardigan, white, grey or black socks or tights, black shoes in Winter and sandals in the Summer. Please label your child's clothing! - We run an efficient lost clothing operation and return clothing that is named, swiftly to the owners - please help us.

Snacks, Lunches and Drinks
We are a healthy school and encourage healthy eating. Years R, 1 and 2 will have fruit provided at break times. For parents in KS2 please send your child with a healthy snack for playtime, we actively discourage chocolate, crisps and sweets.

Packed lunches should be healthy too. There is always squash and water available at lunch times if children haven't a drink. We encourage children to drink water during lessons times - please provide a water bottle that can be kept in class.

Cycling/Scootering to school
We now have lots of space for children of any year group to cycle or scooter to school. If your child would like to cycle to school they will need to complete a 'Cycle to School Agreement' available from the office. If one was completed last year then a new one is not necessary.

Communication
Monday is LETTER DAY. All letters will be sent out on a Monday afternoon and will be colour coded as follows:

School letters - Yellow paper
PTFA letters - Pink paper
Governors letters - Green paper

All newsletters will be displayed on the school notice boards and will also be available online on our website, www.stalbridge.dorset.sch.uk.

If you're unsure of any information please ring the office or pop in. Teachers are available to speak to every afternoon after school for a quick chat if you feel the need. Please be aware that occasionally they may need to attend meetings and won't be available. Wednesday is Staff Meeting day and all teachers will be unavailable from 3.30pm. If you have need of a longer conversation please arrange a convenient time with the class teacher.

We have a texting system to remind you of important information and to let you know if there are last minute cancellations of clubs etc. If you have not already given us a mobile contact we can text you on please do.

We are always trying to improve communication between home and school. Please let us know if you have concerns and ideas for improvement.

Please let us know if addresses or telephone contact numbers have changed.

I look forward to a successful term.

Yours sincerely

Michael Allen
Headteacher
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