What a wonderful time we have had here at Parkside this week. Farm Week has been a great success and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They have taken part in a range of activities linked to the theme of Farms and produced some lovely work. If they haven’t been making models of farms or turning over the earth in the beds at the top of the KS2 playground, they have been line dancing, answering maths questions based on farms, making butter from scratch, completing amazing farming designs and baking salt dough models of farm animals. As if all of this wasn’t enough all many classes took part in a Quidditch tournament on Tuesday and Year 2 made the first off site visit of the year when they spent the day at St Albans Abbey/ Cathedral on Thursday. You can keep up to date with many of the activities that take place in school or off site on the school’s Twitter and Instagram feed and on the school’s Facebook page. If you haven’t already done so please become a follower.
ATTENDANCE NEWS – I am very pleased to share with you that attendance this week has been the best we have had at school for a very long time – 96% We must continue to make sure attendance is in line with figure or even higher for the rest of the term!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS RESPONDED TO THE MESSAGES AND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.
RECEPTION AND NURSERY PLACES – We still have a few places available in our Nursery and Reception classes for September 2021. The school is performing very well and we have been recognised by the county and the government for the standards we set for the children. Please tell everyone you know about us!!
The word of the week is – SNUDGE – to nestle quietly and snugly with little attempt to move.
THIS WEEK’S EXAMPLES OF THE CHILDREN’S WORK –
POEM OF THE WEEK –
ELETELEPHONY – by L Richards
Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)
MODERATION VISIT – Andrew Boyes one of Herts for Learning Early Years Advisers came to school on Thursday to meet with our Reception teachers. Together they looked through the children’s work and discussed the challenges they have faced this year. He was very impressed by the quality of what he saw and commended the work Ms Chandler and Miss Hemsworth have done in developing the children’s education this year. Well done and thank you Kim and Ruby!
GOODBYE MISS HOPE AND KAREN FROM THE KITCHEN – After combined service of over 30 years between them we say goodbye to Viv and Karen today. We wish them all the very best for their futures and thank them for everything they have done for the children and their families during their time at Parkside.
FOOD WASTE – The school council have worked hard with Mrs Taylor and Vicky our cook to create a new menu which we hope will reduce the large amount of food waste we seem to be generating. Over the past three weeks the level of food the children have thrown away was as follows:
W/E 14th May – 476 grammes
W/E 21st May – 460 grammes
W/E 28th May – 576 grammes
WD 6 FOODBANK – We are very excited to be able to host the WD6 Food Support from Wednesday 9th June. If you can share this important piece of news with as many people who may need access to this vital service I know Roz and the team will be extremely grateful. The GRAND OPENING commences at 3:15pm and we look forward to seeing many of you there.
AMAZON – Register here to get free money for the school from Amazon! To get donations click the link https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/chpf/homepage?q=1186025Then press select.
ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY – There were 19 children from 15 families who came late to school last week 0n 31 occasions. Please make every effort to reduce this number after half term.
Rec Pine – 92.7 %
Rec Fir – 96.2%
1 Lime – 96.0%
1 Maple – 96.3%
2 Alder – 100%
2 Willow – 98.9%
3 Birch – 90.6%
4 Aspen – 97.0%
5 Ash – 98.5%
5 Cedar – 93.2%
6 Cherry – 100%
6 Oak – 98.1%
WEEKLY AVERAGE – 96%
NATIONAL AVERAGE – 96%
PARKSIDE FLYERS – Congratulations to: Ediz, Ralphie, Kaycee, Debora, Lulia, Ainoa, Morgan, Skye, Finley, Ervis, Elijah and Diya and who were this week’s flyers. Thank you children for displaying such a positive attitude and being such wonderful role models.
TUNES FOR THE HALF TERM –
HAVE A LOVELY HALF TERM AND DONT FORGET SCHOOL RECOMMENCES ON MONDAY 7th JUNE!!