Headteacher’s Newsletter – Friday 26th October 2018

It has been a half term to look back on and enjoy knowing that we are heading in the right direction. The children and staff have worked very hard throughout the half term and the fruits of their labour are beginning to take shape. Thank you to everyone who has supported the school over the past eight weeks whether it was through attendance at a a parent workshop, bringing issues to our attention that you felt needed sorting through, buying a cup of coffee at the MacMillan Cancer Research coffee morning, preparing a plate of food for the Reception International afternoon or joining the newly reformed Friends of Parkside. We have much to celebrate. As we move in to the half term break we have one eye on the future and preparations for Christmas. Have a good break and enjoy the rest! We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on MONDAY 5th NOVEMBER.

 

REMEMBER THAT THIS SUNDAY MARKS THE END OF BRITISH SUMMER TIME AND CLOCKS GO BACK ONE HOUR

 

The word of the week is: COMMUNITY – the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common. We are a COMMUNITY school, where do you see our common attitudes and interests when you walk round our school?

 

PARENT WORKSHOPS – It was great to see so many parents at this week’s workshop. The children in Year 2 were thrilled to spend time with their parents / carers at the workshop showing them how they learn in Maths lessons. Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope that you found the new approach to teaching Maths useful.

  

 

DINNER MONEY – Mrs Reffold has asked for those of you whose children take a school meal to read the following carefully:

Please remember that parents of children in Year 3 to 6 who have a school meal that payment must be made in advance each week. Payments can be made online via the School Gateway app. A school meal costs £2.40 per day / £12.00 per week. Please can you check your child’s account and pay any outstanding money as soon as possible. ALL ACCOUNTS MUST BE PAID IN FULL.

Please note that after the half term break should your account be in arrears your child will not be given a meal by Herts Catering Ltd and you will need to provide them with a home packed lunch.

This does not apply for children who are eligible for Free School Meals.

 

CHANGE OF DATE – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE YEAR 4 ASSEMBLY WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER NOT FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER AS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED

 

HALLOWEEN FUN – Thank you to everyone who bought a wig, pumpkin moulds, cloaks or a broomstick. The magnificent sum of £220 was raised and will be donated to the Friends of Parkside to buy resources for the new library.

 

COFFEE MORNING – When I am on duty in the mornings and afternoons, many parents/carers have asked me about installing a coffee machine in the playground. Whilst the school would love to facilitate excellent idea I would like to invite parents / carers to a weekly coffee morning every Tuesday morning once you have dropped you child to school. The open session will give parents/ carers an opportunity to meet with me to discuss any concerns that they may have or any ideas we could take on as a school to improve outcomes for the children and families. I look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday 6th November.

 

 

ATTENDANCE – The official attendance for the school over that past two weeks was 94.4%. The national figure of 96% which means that we are still below this mark. Please make sure that your child attends school everyday unless they are very ill. 

Congratulations to Year 4 Rowan had the best attendance throughout the school from October 15th through to October 26th with 98%.5.

2nd Place – Year 5 Ash 97.4%

3rd Place – Year 4 Aspen – 97.0%

COME ON RECEPTION CLASSES AND YEAR 3 ELM! LET’S SEE IF YOU CAN GET 100% ATTENDANCE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AND IMPROVE ON YOUR CURRENT FIGURE!

68 children arrived late to school on the weeks 15th – 26th October. This is far too many children arriving to school after 9 o’clock and an increase of 15 children. We must reduce this figure and make sure our children arrive to school on time!

  

 

SCHOLASTIC HALF PRICE BOOK FAYRE – This ever popular event will be held between TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER THROUGH TO FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER. Please make every effort to buy your child an early Christmas present.

 

HALF TERM TUNE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfek0IaUuR4

 

TEACHER / PARENT CONSULTATIONS – These important meetings take place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th November. You have all been sent a link to this week which will take you to the booking page. Please make every effort to attend the meetings. Your child’s books will be available for you to look through and tea and coffee will be provided. We look forward to welcoming you.

 

HAVE A GREAT HALF TERM – SEE YOU ALL ON MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER!

 

 

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