The torrential rain of the past few weeks has given way to sunshine and the blooming of flowers across the school. Spring is well and truly with us. It has been another very busy week here at Parkside where many classes have participated in a range of events and activities. Everyone took part in a forensic science workshop on Friday which challenged the children’s thinking about their scientific enquiry skills. Fifteen children from Year 6 took part in the Hertsmere Annual Youth conference which is in its thirteenth year and learnt about the basic rudiments of the political process in a fun and engaging way which deepened their appreciation of British Values. Year 2 paid a visit to the Roman baths over in Welwyn on Thursday and had a great time learning about the ancient way of life and put their learning to good use by discovering new things about this fascinating civilisation. The next Friends of Parkside event takes place next week – the ever popular Popcorn night. The children in the Early Years and Key Stage one will watch Abominable and the film for children in Key Stage 2 will be decided on Monday. Tickets cost £3 and can be bought on the playground and at the school office. Please make every effort to support this event.
POPCORN NIGHT – KEY STAGE 2 THURSDAY 12TH MARCH 3:30PM – 5:00PM
EYFS AND KEY STAGE 1 FRIDAY 13TH MARCH 3:30PM – 5:00PM
The word of the week is – CULF – The loose feathers that come out of a mattress or cushion—and which “adhere to the clothes of any one who has lain upon it,” according to Wright. (Cornwall)
NURSERY APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 – 2021 – WE STILL HAVE PLACES IN OUR NURSERY FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2020 – 2021. PLEASE SPEAK TO A MEMBER OF THE OFFICE STAFF FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE ON FIRDAY 13TH MARCH
WELCOME TO MRS MATTHIOLE – Mrs Matthiole will take up her position as the school’s new Parental Engagement Officer on Monday. She will replace Mrs Toms who retired last Friday. Mrs Matthiole has worked across Hertfordshire for a number of years supporting children and families. She would like to meet with the parent/carer body at a coffee morning over the coming week, so please make every effort to make her feel welcome.
EVENTS AT PARKSIDE THIS WEEK – Year 6 at the Youth Conference at the local council offices
Year 2 at The Roman Baths in Welwyn
CORONA VIRUS – We are all very concerned about this world wide epidemic and as a school we are following the guidelines that come directly from the Government. The most important ways we can stop the spread of any germs is to wash hands regularly, sneeze in to tissues and to discard them straight away. Please encourage your child to maintain good standards and levels of cleanliness and hygiene.
PLEASE REFER TO THE EMAIL THAT WAS SENT EARLIER TODAY FOR FURTHER UPDATES
PUNCTUALITY AND ATTENDANCE – There were 36 sessions where children came to school late this week. One of the first things Mrs Matthiole will focus on in her new role as the school’s Parental Engagement Officer is to identify those families who struggle to bring their child in to school on time and to find ways to support them.
Congratulations to the children from 5 Cedar who had the best attendance this week with 97%
1Lime – 94.8%
1 Maple – 92.7%
2 Alder – 94. 4%
Willlow – 96.9%
3 Birch – 93.3%
4 Aspen – 96.2%
4 Rowan – 89.3%
5 Cedar – 97.0%
5 Cherry – 92.5%
6 Cherry – 92.4%
6 Oak- 95.2%
School – 93.9%
National Average – 96%
DIFFERENTIAL – 2.1%
PARKSIDE FLYERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE WINNERS – Congratulations to Shannon, Morgan, Megan, Matei, Soham, Emma, Hillary and Sonny who joined Mr Soyka for a cup of hot chocolate this week. Keep doing the right thing children.
Our Flyers this week were: Thomas, Harshil, Olivia, Kelvin, Bawan, Daniella and Tyler. May you continue to soar and reach your goals children.
WEEKEND TUNES – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA3aKUwu-Dk
HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND!!
PARENT GOVERNOR – If you are interested in joining the governing body please speak to Mr Soyka about this exciting role. The governors have three core functions: setting the strategic direction • holding the headteacher to account for improving the school • ensuring financial health, probity and value for money.
IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE SKILLS TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL IN THIS WAY PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH.