Newsletter 2 – 19th October 2017

Dear Parents / Carers,

Staffing news Today we say a very fond farewell to one of our longest serving Teaching Assistants, Mrs Ball, who currently works in Wren Class. Jayne Ball has worked at Walton Holymoorside for years and has helped and supported many pupils and teachers over this time. For a number of personal reasons, she feels now is the time to branch out and try something new, and we thank her for all that she has done here, and wish her every happiness for the future. Until Governors have had the opportunity to appoint a new teaching assistant, Mrs Tracey Haggar will be providing support in Wren class as an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Kathy Bettney will be supporting Woodpeckers, in Key Stage 1.

INSET day Please may I remind you that term ends today and we are having our second staff training day tomorrow, Friday 20th October, when all teaching staff will be completing the full ‘First Aid at Work’ training. We return on Monday 30th October for Term 2.

Parent Information Evening Thank you to everyone who attended the Parents evening on Monday 2nd October. The feedback from the 63 exit passes was overwhelmingly positive, with 57/63 good or better, 4/63 raised questions and 1/63 was negative. The powerpoint slides have been placed on the news section of the website and we are now looking at further ways to communicate with you as parents and carers.

Children in Need 2017 Our special fundraising event for this will be on Friday 17th November. As in previous years, our new School Council will be organising the event and they have chosen the theme of WHP ‘Strictly Stars’ for this year. They would like children to come to school dressed as ‘a star’ (or indeed a star!) and bring a donation for the appeal. There will be a prize for each year groups best dressed star! A special treat is planned for the afternoon, which I have been told to keep ‘strictly’ a secret!!

Nursery SOS!! If you know anyone or have children yourself who will be looking for a nursery place in the future, we would be delighted to show them round our nursery and discuss our provision. We currently offer 15 hours and 30 hours funded placements and top–up sessions. Our numbers are low this year, as there is now much more competition from Private nurseries in this area; this subsequently has a knock on effect on our whole school budget. As a school-based educational Nursery, our children really do get off to a flying star when they enter Reception. Please spread the word if you can.
Many, many thanks.

Birthday Treats Just a reminder that we do not give out sweets or cake to the class on birthdays or following a holiday. We understand that a birthday is very special for our younger pupils and in Reception and Key Stage 1 children’s birthdays are recognised and celebrated by the class. Thanks for your support with this.

School Uniform All children should now be wearing their smart winter uniform including their tie. Everyone needs a NAMED waterproof coat in school as the weather can now be very unpredictable. Also we do not allow girls to wear long winter boots with their uniform in school, although of course they can wear them and change on arrival. Thank you.

Snow Wardens Mr Glynn carter has kindly offered to act as ‘Snow Coordinator’ for the school, whilst we have relief caretakers in place. However, he would be very grateful if any parents or carers would offer to help clear the drive and turning circle, if required. If you can help, please let the school office know.

Autumn Parents Consultation Evenings Our first formal parent consultation evenings will take place on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November.
Please note, we are not offering afternoon appointments on this occasion. I know that one of the frustrating things for parents, is to be kept waiting and then being rushed towards the end of the evening. I am, therefore asking you and teachers to stick strictly to the ten-minute appointment time-if more time is needed it can be arranged at a later date or you are welcome to come and speak with me. We are sincerely hoping this will mean no one is kept waiting too long and the evening can finish on time. Please complete the attached form to sign up for an appointment. Please return the attached slips to your Class Teacher by Wednesday 1st November at the latest. Your slip will then be returned indicating the time of your consultation by Friday 3rd November. Every effort will be made to offer siblings appointments as close together as possible. Pupils in year 5 and 6 are being offered appointments with the morning teacher, who is teaching them English and Maths. This teacher will also be able to provide a general update. If you still need to see the class teacher, please make a separate appointment.

Finally, can I thank the children for a great first term of hard work and learning, and wish you all a good half-term break.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Palmer-Coole