As we begin the countdown to our final week, I would like to thank you, thank you for staying motivated, thank you for continuing to put lots of effort into your work both at school and at home and thank you for keeping a smile on your faces even during this difficult period.
Please have a lovely weekend and I will see you next week.
Mr Wanless (Queen of Hearts)
PHONICS WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS / CARERS OF CHILDREN IN YEAR 1
Dear Parents / Carers,
We have organised a Phonics workshop to take place for all parents of children in Year 1 on WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER at 9:05am. This is a very important workshop which we expect all parents to attend.
“Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.”
All children at Parkside learn Phonics from Nursery through to Year 2 and for some of our children in to Key Stage 2. It is the main way we teach them how to read and write and is therefore vital in their development.
For six years children in Year 1 have been tested on their understanding of phonics through a screening check. This will take place again next year for all children in Year 1 in the summer term. You will learn more about this at the workshop. A child’s ability to apply their understanding and application of phonics is one of the key successes in preparing them for a successful career at school.
For those of you unable to attend the PowerPoint slides will be made available on the school website under Latest News and on your child’s Class Page.
We look forward to welcoming many of you on WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER
MacMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
19th September 2018
We warmly invite you to our: MacMillan Coffee Morning Wednesday 26th September 2018 8:50 am – 9:20am
The first ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, we did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan.
The school is supporting this wonderful annual event by holding its own coffee morning next week. We warmly welcome any donations that you are able to provide which will be sold at a reasonable cost. Perhaps you would like to make a cake with your child?
A slice of cake and a coffee will cost £1.00 and any surplus cake will be sold after school to the children. The event will take place in the school hall once you have dropped your child to school.
All proceeds will be sent to the McMillan Cancer Trust in support of their ongoing work. The event is an opportunity for us all to come together as a school community and share time over a coffee and cake knowing that we are supporting an excellent charity. Last year, £27 million was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.
If you are able to make, or provide a cake for the coffee morning, please can you send them in to school with your child on TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER or bring them after school on the same day. This will give the staff enough time to prepare for the event. If you are sending in a cake in a tin please can you make sure that it is labelled.
We look forward to receiving your donations and to welcoming you next week.
ACCEPTABLE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
10th September 2018
When Social Media applications are used to connect families, friends and communities together they are an excellent way of sharing and promoting good causes and important information. When they are used in a way to promote negativity they damage the hard work and trust of many people.
Sharing problems on Social Media platforms about the school not only undermines the good work of the staff, it also upsets the children and damages the reputation of the school.
When your child starts at Parkside Primary School every parent signs a Home School Agreement. This agreement explains, how, as a community we will support your child during their time at school. I would like to draw your attention to the following statement:
Parents – I / We will: Not use gossip, social media, mobile phones, or networking sites to cause grievance to pupils, other parents, Governors or members of staff
It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that we protect the reputation of the school and to build its presence in the local community as a beacon of excellence.
If your child is experiencing difficulties at school please make sure that you speak to their class teacher in the first instance. Often these conversations help to alleviate a lot of worries and concerns. If you still feel that you would like to talk things through further I am always available to meet with you.
I would ask for your continued support in all that we do for the good of the children, the parents, the staff and governors.
C D Soyka
12th September 2018
PARENT WORKSHOPS UPDATE
Part of the school’s mission is to involve all members of the school community to promote a love of learning. One important way we want to do this at Parkside is to hold a series of workshops for parents. They are an opportunity for us to come together as a community to discover how our children develop and enjoy their learning.
The focus of our first set of workshops will be on Developing Children’s and Parents’ Confidence in Mathematics.
The sessions are intended for families to learn together in a fun and exciting way and to share time in a relaxed environment. Your child’s class teacher will lead the session which will last approximately 45 minutes. Many of the activities will have a practical element to them and will help you to understand the different ways the children are taught and how they apply the new methods they have learnt in their lessons.
The workshops will start at 9:00am to coincide with drop off and refreshments will be provided for you. These sessions rely very much on your continued support. Please make every effort to attend to support the school and your child. We look forward to welcoming you over the weeks ahead. DON’T FORGET TO MAKE A NOTE OF THE DATE!!
DATE YEAR GROUP TIME
Friday 28th September Year 4 – 9.00am
Friday 5th October Year 6 – 9.00am
Thursday 11th October Year 5 – 9.00am
Thursday18th October Year 3 – 9.00am
Thursday 25th October Year 2 – 9.00am
Thursday 15th November Year 1 – 9.00am
Thursday 22nd November Foundation Stage – 9.00am
C D Soyka
Aycliffe Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 4EP
Telephone: 020 8387 3000 Fax: 020 8387 3001
Head Teacher: Mr Charles Soyka
MEET YOUR CHILD’S CLASS TEACHERS
13th September 2018
Over the coming weeks we will hold a series of meetings for all parents to meet their child’s new class teachers. At these meetings the teacher will share with you the curriculum outcomes, expectations through the year (Punctuality, Equipment, Homework, Reading, Spellings), day to day structures and the routines your child will follow. There will also be an opportunity for you ask questions about the year ahead.
The meetings will either take place at 9.00am or 3.15pm. Please make a note of the time and date that is relevant to you. All meetings will take place in your child’s classroom. The school relies very much on the support from the parent body. You are an important part of the school community and by attending these meetings we can begin to grow together for the good of the school.
The teachers, support staff and myself look forward to welcoming you over the weeks ahead.
Year Group Date Time
Reception WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 3.15PM
Year 1 WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 9.00AM
Year 2 THURSDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 9.00AM
Year 3 MONDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 3.15PM
Year 4 FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 9.00AM
Year 5 WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 3.15PM
Year 6 WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 9.00AM
C D Soyka
Parkside Community Primary School
Aycliffe Road, Borehamwood
Hertfordshire, WD6 4EP
Phone: 0208 387 3000
Fax: 0208 387 3001
Initial enquiries: Mrs C Davis
Opening Hours: 8.45am – 3.15pm