Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 11th February – Spring 6

THERE HAVE BEEN 4 REPORTED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS RECORDED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

It has been Children’s Mental Health week at school this week. Teachers planned a series of lessons that explored the importance of nurturing and looking after mental health. The children took part in a series of workshops which helped to develop their confidence and explored how emotions affect responses to situations. It was lovely to hear the hall full of chat and laughter. I have spent a lot of time in the dinner hall this week monitoring the children’s eating habits. You will see from the amount of waste that was produced it was considerably less than in previous weeks. Please encourage your child to eat well and to respect the efforts everyone goes to in making lunchtimes a pleasurable experience for them. Have a wonderful half term and we look forward to welcoming you all back for the second half of the spring term on MONDAY 21st FEBRUARY.

 

The word of the week is –  INQUINATION – the act of polluting, defiling or corrupting.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

At Half Past Three, A Single Bird Poem by Emily Dickinson

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK –

Examples of children’s art work in Year 6

 

Winners of Schools’ Football Week

 

 

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – To celebrate Mental Health Week, the children were visited by Perform Theatre who ran workshops that explored ways of overcoming feelings of stress, discomfort, and sadness, as well as highlighting the importance of keeping a safe and healthy mind providing an opportunity to:

* Understand what emotions are* Explore how certain situations can affect us both physically and mentally* Create freeze frames to recognise when they, or someone they know is being bullied* Learn how to stay safe online* Learn techniques to help relax when feeling stressed or unhappy

Enjoying mental health week in Nursery

Exploring the positive side of mental health

DRESSING TO EXPRESS OURSELVES –

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 18 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 23 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number after half term it is so important.

Being punctual not only makes you dependable but also helps you to build your confidence.

Rec Pine – 93.4%

1 Lime –  97.8%
1 Maple – 91.6%

2 Willow – 89.7%

3 Birch – 97.1%
3 Elm  100%

4 Aspen – 90.1%
5 Cedar – 89.3%

6 Cherry – 90.3%
6 Oak – 89.4%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 90.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Jackson, Aila, Lincoln, Oscar, Benteigh, Archie and Andrei  who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Thursday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

Sharing a cup of hot chocolate together in recognition of hard work

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Zala, Habibulla, Lutfi, Shannon, Jaliyah, Harry, Holly and Soham.  Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year. WE HOPE THAT YOU LIKE OUR NEW WINGS DISPLAY.

My apologies to Helana in Year 3 for misspelling her name in last week’s newsletter

 

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 55.2 kgs of waste which equated to 71.1 grammes per child. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LOT LESS THAN LAST WEEK THIS IS STILL TOO MUCH. We have given great thought to setting a new menu which should help to reduce the school’s waste over the coming weeks. We have also taken stock of two new compost bins which will not only encourage the children to develop their gardening skills but will also reduce the amount of waste.

 

 

TUNES FOR HALF TERM –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1TW6X3Vwg0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCNoIUzmG7Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knIFMuppzpQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NFywQdeKSo

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL HALF TERM AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON MONDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 4th February 2022 – Spring 5

THERE HAVE BEEN 5 RECORDED CASES OF CORONOAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

At the end of next week we arrive at the half way point in the school year. January has come and gone and the long dark winter months slowly begin to fade and give way to spring. The promise of longer days often gives us all a lift and the children are no different. It has been a very busy week once again and for the children in Year 6 who took part in ‘Able Maths Day’ it was fantastic to see them pit their skills and knowledge against the boys and girls of Haberdahser’s Aske. Mr Wanless and Mrs Taylor were impressed by their team work and togetherness. Thank you children for representing the school so brilliantly. (see pictures below). I cannot stress once again the importance of sending your child in to school in the correct uniform. Thank you to those of you who support the school with this important aspect of school life; setting an example is such an crucial part of a young child’s education.

 

 

The word of the week is – FORWAKED – weary from watching and waiting for something that never seems to materialise.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK –

Our new wings display

Working hard to solve problems – Able Maths Day

A different method of solving multiplication problems

Examples of Year 6 homework on their new topic – Australia

Enjoying the different activities on offer in the playground

Using manipulatives to solve maths problems in Year 5

Year 2 enjoying refreshments after a hard morning

 

 

ABLE MATHS DAY – Yesterday 12 children in Year 6 took part in a Maths Able day. We hosted the event which included children from Haberdashers boys and Girls and Shenley. The day involved lots of challenging maths problems involving algebra, magic squares and the nth term. The children worked extremely hard and were a credit to the school. The visiting schools both commented on how polite our children were and enjoyed visiting Parkside for the day. A  big thank you to Mrs Taylor for organising the event and for preparing our children so well.

Solving reasoning problems at Able Maths Day

 

 

TEACHER / PARENT /CARER CONSULTATION SECOND WEEK – BOOKINGS ARE STILL OPEN FOR THESE VERY IMPORTANT MEETINGS WHICH TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEK. Thank you to the 142 of you who have done this already. There are still another 104 appointments that need to be made before next Wednesday. If you haven’t done this please make sure you go online to make a booking. All meetings will take place on Zoom to mitigate against the spread of Coronavirus. Consultations will take place on Tuesday 8th between 3:30pm and 5:30pm and Wednesday 9th February between 3:30pm and 7:00pm. Please make sure that you book an appointment.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 22 children from 15 families who came late to school last week on 36 occasions. We will continue to contact families next week who repeatedly bring their child to school late on a regular basis. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

MANY OF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY WHICH HELPS TO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE. PART OF THE SCHOOL’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN AND THE SCHOOL. IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL.

Rec Pine – 87.2%

1 Lime –  89.3%
1 Maple – 86.7%

2 Willow – 91.9%

3 Birch – 95.3%
3 Elm  96.3%

4 Aspen – 92.1%
5 Cedar – 92.6%

6 Cherry – 99.1%
6 Oak – 95.5%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 92.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Ayan, Eden, Lorik, Triya, Harvey, Zuhra, Patrick, Melchi and Faye who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Thursday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Michal, Riley, Casey, Leonardo, William, Georgey,  Amelia-Lily and Luke . Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year. WE HOPE THAT YOU LIKE OUR NEW WINGS DISPLAY.

 

 

FOOD WASTE  – This week there was 68.3  kgs of waste which equated to 92.4 grammes per child. THIS IS STILL TOO MUCH. We have given great thought to setting a new menu which should help to reduce the school’s waste over the coming weeks. We have also taken stock of two new compost bins which will not only encourage the children to develop their gardening skills but will also reduce the amount of waste.

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNy5Yq3iDWo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpqgIYdZPKI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSgqO7LIFL8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrD58UE_uOQ

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND, STAY SAFE AND STAY WELL!!

 

Slides from SATs Meeting – 1st February 2022

Please see attached the slides from today’s presentation.

Mr Wanless and Miss Wood

For any more information please contact us via:

liam.wanless@parkside.herts.sch.uk

janette.wood@parkside.herts.sch.uk

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 28th January 2022 – Spring 4

THERE HAVE BEEN 22 RECORDED CASES OF CORONOAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

There has been a very sharp rise in the number of reported cases of Coronovirus this week. A number of staff and children have had to self-isolate because they contracted the virus and we  must continue to remain vigilant against the spread of the disease. Our scheduled film night will have to be moved to later in the year and teacher – parent consultations will take place online again. I wrote to you all yesterday about the ongoing issue the school faces regarding persistent absenteeism. I can not stress highly enough just how important it is for your child to be brought to school every day. All too often we have to speak to parents / carers about a child’s absence and the irreparable damage that is done because of this. Children struggle to close educational gaps and they find it embarrassing when they are unsure of their learning. Please send you child to school every day unless they are very ill. Thank you for your support with this very important matter. Click to read the letter that was sent out earlier in the week regarding this matter.

https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Persistent-Absenteeism-letter-1.pdf

 

 

The word of the week is – BOFFOLA – an uproariously funny joke or a full-on heart laugh.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
February Quotes, Sayings, Poems, Observances, and Fun Facts - Holidappy

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

TEACHER / PARENT /CARER CONSULTATION – Bookings are now open on Arbor for you to make an appointment to speak with your child’s class teacher. All meetings will take place on Zoom to mitigate against the spread of Coronavirus. Consultations will take place on Tuesday 8th between 3:30pm and 5:30pm and Wednesday 9th February between 3:30pm and 7:00pm. Please make sure that you book an appointment.

 

 

PAINTING THE KEY STAGE 2 FENCES – SAVE THE DATE – Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? Can you spare an hour on SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY between 10am and 11am to lend a hand painting the fence panels at the back of the KS2 playground? Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be on offer so all you need to do is turn up and be willing to lend a hand. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to help give the playground environment a lift for the children.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 23 children from 12 families who came late to school last week on 31 occasions. We will be contacting the families next week who repeatedly bring their child to school late on a regular basis. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

MANY OF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY WHICH HELPS TO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE. PART OF THE SCHOOL’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN AND THE SCHOOL. IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL.

Rec Pine – 90.7%

1 Lime –  93.0%
1 Maple – 81.1%

2 Willow – 98%

3 Birch – 92.4%
3 Elm  85.0%

4 Aspen – 81.5%
5 Cedar – 94%

6 Cherry – 80.5%
6 Oak – 83.2%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 88%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Button, Alicja, Wiktoria, Lexi, Layton, Christabel, Finley and Demetris  who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Elisha, Jack, Aila, Lyla, Ainoa, Vinnie, Louis, Eimantas and Kayla. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

FOOD WASTE – FOOD WASTE – This week there was 54.3 kgs of waste which equated to 75 grammes per child. THIS IS STILL TOO MUCH. I have spoken to Vicky our cook about changing the menu and discussions between the kitchen staff and the school council will take place next week. Watch this space.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-wcZsoTVMc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwC30oQcJAA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNeN5wPsalI

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND, STAY SAFE AND STAY WELL!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 21st January 2022 – Spring 3

THERE HAVE BEEN 9 CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK – 5 STAFF MEMBERS AND 4 CHILDREN

It has been a very challenging and testing week at school, but that said we have come through it despite the sharp rise of reported coronavirus cases. The cold weather continues to be with us and the children are working very hard. I have had the pleasure of listening to a number of children read and awarded headteacher’s stickers to a group of children from Year 6 who shared with me some of their fantastic descriptive writing. During these very challenging time please don’t forget that the food bank is open every Wednesday and Friday after school until 4:45pm. The wonderful staff of the WD6 Food Support do a great job and are more than happy to give you as much support as possible. Please continue to support the school in all that we do for the children and their families.

 

 

LATEST CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE – Due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases please follow the latest guidance carefully.
If your child develops symptoms, you must take them for a PCR test and they should not attend school. However if your child is not displaying symptoms they must continue to attend school every day. The Government strongly advise to take daily LFD tests for 7 days.

 

 

The word of the week is – SPARPLE – to deflect unwanted attention from one thing by making a big deal of another

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

I walked the lonely village street,
Where pavements glistened beneath my feet,
Above that building tall and grey,
Began the life of another new day,
My footsteps echoed loud and clear,
Soft morning breezes aroused my ear,
Cool running water at my side,
Let dry leaves hurriedly ride.

Pass the day and come the night,
Now the darkness, gone the light,
Winds blow and stars appear,
Gone is the day, rests drawing near.

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS/CARERS – During these cold months there is always a temptation when you drop your child to school to leave your car idling to stay warm or even defrost your car windows. Please can you defrost your cars before you drop your child to school and to turn off your engine when you pull up outside the school gates. Thank you for your support over this very important environmental issue.

 

 

PAINTING THE KEY STAGE 2 FENCES – SAVE THE DATE – Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? Can you spare an hour on SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY between 10am and 11am to lend a hand painting the fence panels at the back of the KS2 playground? Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be on offer so all you need to do is turn up and be willing to lend a hand. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to help give the playground environment a lift for the children.

 

 

SMILES NOT MOBILES  SECOND WEEK – I have had to speak to a number of parents and carers again this week about taking calls on their mobile phones at the end of the school day. This is a gentle reminder to remember to finish your call before entering the school grounds. As a school we believe that the end of the school day is one of the most precious and magical times for a child. They often want to share with their parent/carer what has happened in the school day but they can’t do this if you are on your phone.  Thank you for your continued support over this very important matter.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 27 children from 21 families who came late to school last week on 30 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

MANY OF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY WHICH HELPS TO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE. PART OF THE SCHOOL’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN AND THE SCHOOL. IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL.

Rec Pine – 95.8%

1 Lime –  97.9%
1 Maple – 95.0%

2 Willow – 93.7%

3 Birch – 95.6%
3 Elm  95.2%

4 Aspen – 90.5%
5 Cedar – 95.2%

6 Cherry – 94.9%
6 Oak – 92/9%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 94%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Theodora, Holly, Leah, Nitay, William, Morgan, Cristian and Jayden who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Denis, Savannah, Petar, Daisy, Helena, Zuhra, David, Dharun  and Sharmila. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – FOOD WASTE – This week there was 89 kgs of waste which equated to 89  grammes per child. THIS IS TOO MUCH. We will start to look in to ways of reducing our food waste with the catering staff in the next couple of weeks, so please look out for news about this important change.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4_nikLTVGU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqmGZ_6LaUw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX0X0tx0TOU

 

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND PLEASE STAY SAFE AND STAY WARM!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 14th January 2022 – Spring 2

THERE HAVE BEEN NO RECORDED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

It has been a very cold week but the children haven’t let the weather affect their efforts. Everyone has settled back in to their routines and myself and Mrs Taylor have met with teachers this week to discuss the children’s progress. The gap experienced under lockdown is slowly being narrowed and the quality of the work we have seen has been very encouraging. After school tutoring has started well but please remember even on the days that the foodbank is open, to collect your child at 4:30pm from the gate on Aycliffe Road. It is important to be on time to collect your child because they would have had a long day  and will want to go home. Please continue to support the school in all that we do.

 

 

The word of the week is – FLIZZOMS – small flakes or particles in liquid, including the floaty bits in a mug of tea after you’ve dunked too many  biscuits.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
14 Delightful Winter Poems for Kids of All Ages

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK

 

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM – At the beginning of every term it is useful to remind families of their responsibility of sending children to school in the correct uniform. This includes PE kit. Please remember that all children should wear the correct school jumper with the school logo on it, a white polo shirt, grey or charcoal trousers for boys / girls and or a pinafore, warm socks and most importantly black school shoes. They should also wear non branded PE kit. I cannot stress highly enough the importance of wearing the correct school uniform, it instils pride and gives a sense of belonging. Click for further details. https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/uniform/

 

 

PAINTING THE KEY STAGE 2 FENCES – SAVE THE DATE – Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? Can you spare an hour on SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY between 10am and 11am to lend a hand painting the fence panels at the back of the KS2 playground? Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be on offer so all you need to do is turn up and be willing to lend a hand. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to help give the playground environment a lift for the children.

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:45pm – 5:15pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

SMILES NOT MOBILES – I have had to speak to a number of parents and carers this week about taking calls on their mobile phones at the end of the school day. This is a gentle reminder to remember to finish your call before entering the school grounds. As a school we believe that the end of the school day is one of the most precious and magical times for a child. They often want to share with their parent/carer what has happened in the school day but they can’t do this if you are on your phone.  Thank you for your continued support over this very important matter.

 

 

EASY FUNDRAISING – The members of the Parents and Friends Association have set up an easy fundraising page which you can access every time you shop on line. Please click the link for further details about how you can raise money for the school.  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pfaparkside/

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 14 children from 10 families who came late to school last week on 21 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week it is so important.

MANY OF YOU BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL ON TIME EVERYDAY WHICH HELPS TO SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE. PART OF THE SCHOOL’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WORKS TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN AND THE SCHOOL. IT IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THE CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PUNCTUAL.

Rec Pine – 91.3%

1 Lime –  98.9%
1 Maple – 95.0%

2 Willow – 92.8%

3 Birch – 97.1%
3 Elm93.8%

4 Aspen – 94.1%
5 Cedar – 97.6%

6 Cherry – 97.2%
6 Oak – 94.3%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 95.0%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93.1%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Charlotte, Mino, Runiya, Leo, Selena, Alex, Layth and Jaydon who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Frankie, Mina, Ayomide, Leah, Karen, Saffya, Lexie-May, Arian and Kayla. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

FOOD WASTE – FOOD WASTE – This week there was 66 kgs of waste which equated to 77 grammes per child. THIS IS TOO MUCH. We will start to look in to ways of reducing our food waste with the catering staff in the next couple of weeks, so please look out for news about this important change.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piKfnqIxggE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRWUoDpo2fo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psd-ANb6fwk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct-WTSsSVxA

 

HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND AND PLEASE KEEP SAFE AND KEEP WARM!!!

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 7th January 2022 – Spring 1

THERE HAVE BEEN NO RECORDED CASES OF CORONA VIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

A happy new year to you all. I hope that you all had a happy and peaceful Christmas. The children returned on Thursday and it was lovely to see them all. A few new starters joined the our Nursery this week and we welcome those children and their families to the Parkside community. The cold weather has arrived and I cannot stress highly enough the importance of sending your child in to school with a school sweatshirt and a warm coat.  Please, please, please can you make sure that you put your child’s name on their belongings. The ever growing mountain of lost property continues to reach new heights on a weekly basis and there are many children who have unclaimed items of uniform sitting in the lost property bin outside my office. If you have lost an item of uniform you might just find it in in the lost property bin. Please come and look and don’t forget to check the school calendar for this term’s dates. Thank you.

 

 

COVID-19 UPDATED GUIDANCE – The pandemic is still with us and the latest guidance can be found by clicking on the link. Please spend some time reading it carefully and take note of the parts that apply to your family. Thank you.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person#contacts-who-are-required-to-self-isolate

 

 

The word of the week is – QUIDDLING –  18th century speak for paying extra attention to trivial matters as a way of avoiding the important ones.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
January

 

 

RECEPTION ADMISSIONS – The last day to apply for a place for Reception class 2022/23 is FRIDAY 15th JANUARY. DON’T FORGET!!

 

 

PAINTING THE KEY STAGE 2 FENCES – SAVE THE DATE – Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? Can you spare an hour on SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY between 10am and 11am to lend a hand painting the fence panels at the back of the KS2 playground? Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be on offer so all you need to do is turn up and be willing to lend a hand. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to help give the playground environment a lift for the children.

 

 

TUNES FOR THE WEEKEND – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoBzpdm_h0c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_yI7OpjQsY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN_CaSgK6GU

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND STAY WARM AND STAY WELL!!

 

 

 

 

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 17th December 2021 – Autumn 15

And so we come to the end of another year, the like of which we have never seen before. I would like to thank you for your understanding regarding the earlier than expected closure of the school today. Decisions of this nature are never taken lightly and are done in conjunction with the senior leaders and governing body. We must continue to do everything we can to mitigate for the spread of the disease especially since there has been a rapid spread of the Omicron variant in recent days. It was wonderful to see the children sing and act this week as they took to the stage to perform their Christmas productions. I was incredibly proud of each and everyone of them. Thank you children. All that is left for me to say is to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thank you for your continued support, your incredible generosity and understanding over the past 12 months. We have been through a lot of highs and lows but we can safely say that there has not been another year quite like it in living memory. You are a wonderful community and I am very proud to be the headteacher of such a wonderful school.

 

SCHOOL RECOMMENCES ON THURSDAY 6th JANUARY 2022 FOR ALL CHILDREN

 

 

The words of the week are – CAUSISTRY – the use of clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions

BOUN –  to decorate with evergreen branches during the Christmas period

CRAWMASSING – when gathering up or going through the remnants of a Christmas meal—in other words, all those little bits of leftovers that most people would discard

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK
Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem (PDF, Printable)

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK  LOTS OF CHRISTMAS CHEER!

 

 

GOODBYE MRS CONLEY – We say goodbye to Mrs Conley today after two years of service at Parkside. She takes up a new post as Assistant Headteacher and SENCO at a group of federated schools in Barnet. Her hard work, dedication and support of the children and their families will be sorely missed. Good luck Fran and stay in touch!

 

 

ANIMATED CHRISTMAS CARD – If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to watch the animated Christmas card which you can access by clicking the link: https://parkside.herts.sch.uk/

 

 

PFA CAKE SALE – Thank you to everyone who donated a cake or bought one at last week’s cake sale. The sum of £100 was raised in a very short space of time and the proceeds will go to buying resources for the children.

 

 

PFA FUNDRAISING PAGE- Are you a keen online shopper? Would you help raise funds for the school? If so please click the link for further details. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pfaparkside/

 

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY 22nd DECEMBER FROM 12:00pm through to 3:00pm and 29th DECEMBER from 3:15pm – 4:30pm ONLYPLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 17 children from 14 families who came late to school last week on 26 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week, it is so important.

A large number of children who turn up late to school do so every week on a regular basis and are from the same families. If you need help with organising your time in the mornings we are here to help. Please speak to Mrs Mattholie for further advice and support.

 

Rec Pine – 95.2%

1 Lime –  88.9%
1 Maple – 88.3%

2 Willow – 88.1%

3 Birch – 95.3%
3 Elm90.7%

4 Aspen – 92.0%
5 Cedar – 94.4%

6 Cherry – 95.8%
6 Oak – 93.3%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 91.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 93%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

TUNES FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8V5rwkJ27c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k–OB_FQcIs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrcPJ75zZso
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBLbqHThbrc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NuJ3541Rzs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkbgtp-THag

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR. SEE YOU ALL AGAIN ON THURSDAY 6th JANUARY 2022!!

 

Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 10th December – Autumn 14

THERE HAVE BEEN NO RECORDED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS REPORTED AT PARKSIDE COMMUNITY SCHOOL THIS WEEK

 

Christmas has well and truly arrived. The Key Stage 1 Christmas performances took place this week and the children gave two wonderful performances. Thank you to everyone who attended and observed the guidelines we have in place at the school that keep everyone safe. Our Christmas events continue next week with the Nursery, Reception and Year 3/4 performances. Further details below. Thank you to those who donated a cake in support of this afternoon’s cake sale. It was lovely to see many of you enjoying a warm drink and a cake on a cold afternoon. All proceeds will be banked by the PFA to buy resources for the children. With the rise of Omicron cases across the country and the introduction of Plan B by the government we must remain vigilant in our fight against the spread of the disease. During the cold winter months please make sure that your child wears a school jumper and a warm coat. All items of uniform must be clearly labelled. Thank you.

 

 

The word of the week is – CIRCUMBENDIUS – an answer or argument so convoluted and evasive that it really isn’t really an answer.

 

 

POEM OF THE WEEK

 

 

THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK 

 

 

 

THE BIG TOY GIVE AWAY – The good folk at the WD6 Foodbank are hosting a big toy giveaway on  WEDNESDAY 15th DECEMBER – 11:00am –  5:00pm – ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH BROOK ROAD WD6 5EQ. Please click for further details.
Toy Giveaway Poster (1)

 

WD6 FOOD SUPPORT – The WD6 Food support is open on WEDNESDAY & FRIDAYS from 3:15pm – 4:30pm. Parkside families can have access from 3:15pm directly after school.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND

 

 

PFA FUNDRAISING PAGE- Are you a keen online shopper? Would you help raise funds for the school? If so please click the link for further details. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pfaparkside/

 

 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME OF EVENTS – Many of you have asked me about the arrangements for your child’s Christmas performance, please make a note of the times and dates as set out below.

YEAR GROUP DATES TIME
 

Nursery

 

 

Wednesday 15th December

 

9:30am

 

Reception

 

 

Thursday 16th December

 

9:30am

 

Year 3 Families

 

 

Monday 13th December

 

2:30pm

 

Year 4 Families

 

 

Tuesday 14th December

 

2:30pm

 

Year 3 / 4

 

 

Wednesday 15th December at Tesco’s Borehamwood

 

 

10:00am

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU WEAR A FACE COVERING THROUGHOUT THE TIME YOU ARE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING UNLESS YOU ARE EXEMPT AND SANITISE YOUR HANDS AS YOU ENTER THE BUILDING AND AGAIN AS YOU LEAVE.

 

 

DRUMMING WORKSHOP – The children of Key Stage 2 took part in a series of drumming and percussion workshops led by Jack Morris of Logan Bros Music on Tuesday. The children learnt about the importance of keeping time, playing as a collective and how rhythm affects the structure of a piece of music. They were challenged in their learning and learnt a great deal from the lessons. Thanks Jack for leading such a great set of lessons.

 

 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY –  There were 22 children from 15 families who came late to school last week on 43 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number next week, it is so important.

A large number of children who turn up late to school do so every week on a regular basis and are from the same families. If you need help with organising your time in the mornings we are here to help. Please speak to Mrs Mattholie for further advice and support.

 

Rec Pine – 87.8%

1 Lime –  83.9%
1 Maple – 79.1%

2 Willow – 89.7%

3 Birch – 92.4%
3 Elm 87.7%

4 Aspen – 90.1%
5 Cedar – 92.3%

6 Cherry – 82.9%
6 Oak – 92.1%

WEEKLY AVERAGE – 90.1%
YEARLY AVERAGE – 94%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96.0%

 

 

FOOD WASTE – FOOD WASTE – This week there was 71.8 kgs of waste which equated to 104  grammes per child. THIS IS TOO MUCH. After Christmas we will look at the school’s menu to review the dishes that are served to the children and identify which ones create the most waste. Once we have done this (in conjunction with the kitchen staff) we should to see a reduction in food that is thrown away.

 

 

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to Flori, Ellie, Patrick, Paul, Johnny, Vinnie, Denilson, Lara and Summer who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate on Friday afternoon in recognition of their hard work and the excellent efforts they had demonstrated through the week.

 

Well done to this week’s Parkside Flyers – Leah, Damien, Ellie, Zakaria, Oscar, Donia, Elisa, K’Asia and Lillie. Your determination, excellent attitude and hard work have helped you to take flight this week. Keep this going please all year.

 

 

THE WEEKEND TUNES
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-mpbR8stAc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Ejg74E7e8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccW_YiZJ1pA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdesQc_Mz2Y

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND,  STAY WARM AND STAY WELL!!