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September 2012

10th September 2012

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
17th clubs begin
20th Church, 9.10am all welcome
20th Hot school meals ordering session, 2.30pm
21st 9.30-10 ICT open session for hot school meal ordering

October
1st-3rd Leeson House for Year 5
4th Church, 9.10am, all welcome
18th Harvest service at church, 9.10am, all welcome
20th Family photographs, details to follow
23rd School photographs
24th/25th Parent/Teacher consultation evenings
25th School finishes for half term, 3.15pm
26th Inset Day

November
5th School returns

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.

After School Club
After school club will continue to operate on Wednesday and Thursday to 5.15pm and Friday to 4.30pm. Mrs Lane will lead activities ranging from cooking and computing to relaxing and chatting using the schools facilities (hall, kitchen, ICT suite etc). She will also provide a snack and drinks (sandwiches, fruit, toast!).

Charges are as follows:

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

You may pick your child up at any time during the duration of the provision however we cannot offer rates for finishing at times other than the above. 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, and we will need to know who will pick you child(ren) up.

Swimming
We will be running swimming sessions in school for as long as the temperature of the pool can be effectively maintained and the air temperature and weather conditions are more Indian Summer than Dorset Autumn. If needed please check with your child's class teacher when they will be swimming.

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.

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. Please see the attached leaflet on Requesting Holidays in Term Time.

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 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 got 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 Sainsburys, 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. We also collect plastic milk carton tops to raise money for the air ambulance.

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. Allletters 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.

Hot School Meals
Local Food Links have begun providing our hot school meals. On Thursday 20thSeptember at 2.30pm we will be running some 'training' on how to order online. On Friday 21st September 9.30-10am you may come and use out ICT suite to order meals if you have not got internet access at home or would like some support in the ordering process.

I look forward to a successful term.

Yours sincerely

Michael Allen
Headteacher
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