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Stalbridge Church of England Primary School


January 2012

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. We now 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.

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.

A club letter is attached to this newsletter. Clubs will start on Monday 16th 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 12th 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).

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.

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.

A reminder that Stalbridge Players have offered the school a performance of Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates of the Caribbean on Saturday 28th January at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £2.50 and can be purchased from the school office before Monday 16th January.

Stalbridge Knatty Knitters
Do you have any odd balls of wool? Are there any knitting needles hanging around that you could donate to the Stalbridge Knatty Knitters group? If you can help us out please send wool in with children for Mrs Pain or Mrs Walker and drop of the needles directly to the office. The wool will be for knitting blankets for the Dorset and Somerset Dog and Cat Rescue Centre.

Maths Morning
We celebrated World Maths Day with a very successful parent/child problem solving day. Everyone really enjoyed this and therefore we are taking the opportunity to invite you into school to work on shape, space and measures activities on the morning of the 18th January. Please pencil the date into your diaries and more details about the morning will follow shortly.

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

12th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
26th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
28th Stalbridge Players pantomime performance, 2.30pm

3rd Year 5 visit to Nothe Fort, details to follow
9th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
10th School ends
13th-17th Half term
21st Parents evening, details to follow
22nd Parents evening, details to follow
23rd Parents evening, details to follow
23rd Church service, 9.10am, all welcome

8th Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
22nd Church service, 9.10am, all welcome
29th Church Easter service, 9.10am, all welcome
30th School ends 2.30pm

16th School returns

I look forward to a successful term for everyone.

Yours sincerely

Michael Allen