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Stalbridge Church of England Primary School


Jan 2011

10th January 2011

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back to the Spring term!

Here's some new dates and information for you.

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.

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. 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.

The colder months always being 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.

A club letter is attached to this newsletter. Clubs will start on Monday 17th January. We will ensure that children whose club is split into two groups get equal number of weeks.

Church Visits
Our first visit to the church this term will be Thursday 13th 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). (Year 2 have had their targets in November).

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.

Building Update
The pre-school building is now sited and landscaping work will now begin to bring the field back to normal. The disabled care room and toilet is progressing well despite the weather.

Please be careful and considerate when bringing and collecting children from school. Please avoid parking in front of the school gates and on the double yellow lines next to the gates. Doing this will allow safer passage for pedestrians. If you are picking children up from an after school club you may park in the car park if there is a space but please do not park on the playground or turn round on it - children will still be around and won't be expecting cars on the playground and therefore won't be looking around for them.

Cancer in Children
Be Child Cancer Aware has issued our school with Awareness Cards highlighting the main signs and symptoms of cancer in children and teenagers. Whilst the car is not designed to frighten anyone, it is important that parents are made aware of the signs. More than 4,000 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year and cancer in this age group is particularly difficult to diagnose. By being aware you could potentially save your child's life or the life of a child you know. For more information, please visit the BCCA website

Midday Supervisor Vacancy
We have a vacancy for a Midday Supervisor - if you are interested in this position please pop into the office for details of how to apply.

Paradox Theatre
We have booked the Paradox Theatre Company to perform for us on Thursday 12th January. The play is science themed and will help every child with their science learning.

12th Theatre Company visiting school
13th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
19th Years 1 and 2 class visit to Salisbury
27th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome

10th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
15th Parents evening, details to follow
17th Parents evening, details to follow
18th School ends
21st-25th Half term

23rd Yr4 assembly 9.10am
31st School ends 2.30pm

8th School ends 2.30pm
26th School returns

I look forward to a successful term for everyone.

Yours sincerely

Michael Allen