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September 2011

12th September 2011

Dear Parents/Carers

AUTUMN TERM (FIRST HALF) NEWSLETTER

We welcome everyone back and give a welcome to our new reception class children. Here's some new information and dates for the term and some reminders.

Dates

September
12th Leeson House meeting for Year 5, 2.30pm
15th Church, 9.10am all welcome
19th clubs begin
29th Church, 9.10am all welcome

October
4-10th Book fair
5th-7th Leeson House for Year 5
13th Harvest service at church, 9.10am, all welcome
17th Year 5 Space Night, details to follow
18th/20th Parent/Teacher consultation evenings
20th School photographs
21st School finishes 3.15pm
22nd Family photographs
24th-28th Half term
31st School returns

Mrs Padfield
We'll start with some fantastic news. Mrs Padfield is pregnant! Her baby is due in mid February and she will go on maternity at the end of January.

Breakfast Club
Our Breakfast Club runs every morning from 8am. If you need childcare before school it's a great and cheap option. Places must be booked and paid for in advance, please contact the office. Breakfast club from 8am costs £3, childcare from 8.25am costs £1. Regular users can benefit from a reduced rate for booking the whole of the autumn term 1st half, for the seven week half term the price will be £84 (8am-8.50am) and £28 for childcare (8.25-8.50am), if you would like to take up this offer you must pay in advance at the school office. Unfortunately we will not be able to give refunds if for some reason your child misses a morning.

Fundraising for School Trips
We love children to go on school trips because we know how beneficial to learning and understanding they are. To make class trips affordable each class will run a fundraising event at some time during the year. Organising and running the events will be a learning experience for the class as they plan to maximise their fundraising. The success or otherwise of these events will not determine how much a trip is subsidised by - the school will always help to make trips affordable and fair for all.

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 8.55am 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 new black hoodies with the Stalbridge Primary School logo are proving very popular, if you require one for your child please call in to the school office to place your order. 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.

Please ensure that children with long hair have it tied back.

Outdoor Play Equipment
We have kept in place our safety measures for the play equipment. Each piece of equipment has a sign on it saying which year groups can use it and which cannot. We would appreciate it, when you are supervising your children on the equipment before and after school, that you ensure your children keep to these safety measures. Also when the play equipment is wet we do not allow children on it. Please think about this safety measure before letting your children play on the equipment. Thank you.

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.

Items to Collect
This year we will be continuing to collect tokens from Safeways, Morrisons, Tesco, Nestle 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 empty (and clean) Danone drink pots, Danone/Shape yoghurt pots and Tassimo pods and the silver outer wrappers. We will also be continuing to support Ben Tickner's can appeal, please bring in clean aluminium foil/trays and aluminium cans, these can be dropped off in the blue bins at school.

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.

Holidays from School
Just to remind you that our school agreement states that no requests for holidays will be granted in April and May. This is because it is an important time for all children with assessments taking place across the school.

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.

Mrs Pain offers a drop in session on a Friday at 2.45pm if you would like any advice regarding SEN.

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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