11th September 2020
Dear parents and carers,
Thank you for helping establish the new routine for drop off and collection. Overall, things are working smoothly, but we will, of course, tweak the arrangements if we need to. Please make sure you come right through to the playground and spread out to avoid congestion building up at the gate. There is no problem with being on the school premises as long as you maintain appropriate social distance. Please remember that only parents of children in Reception and Nursery should go beyond the green barrier – the rest should wait somewhere visible and the class teacher will send your child out.
Hot dinners start again on Monday. The providers expect to maintain continuity of service, but have asked us to let you know that if they have sudden staff shortage due to isolation of isolation of staff families, it may be that they will need to revert to packed lunches for a while. We obviously hope that this will not be the case, but it is better to be prepared.
We have sent out a variety of letters this week. Please check to make sure you have received them all and replied if necessary.
Data collection and Internet survey – reply needed
Year 6 and half of Oak Class – Forest School letter – reply needed
Dinner menu – no reply needed
Class letter – no reply needed
Gosford Hill School virtual open evening (Y5/6 only) – no reply needed
Booster letter for some of Y5/6 – reply needed
This year, more than ever, our harvest gifts will make a difference. We are inviting the children to bring in dried, packet or tinned goods on Friday 25th September which they will take to church so Rev Lucy can create a harvest display. This will form part of our virtual Harvest Festival on Thursday 1st October (more details next week). The food will then be passed to the Bicester Foodbank for distribution to families in need.
A message from The Friends of Dr South’s
We will once again be running the 100 Club for this academic year. This is where we sell numbers for £10 each which entitles you to enter 10 draws through the academic year with a chance to win a top prize of £25 each month whilst helping to raise much needed extra funds for the school. We are very limited in fundraising opportunities at the moment and so it would be great if you would consider buying a number for the year. If you are interested please fill in the attached form or contact Nicole (mother of Lily Y6 and Grace Y3).
There is also a letter from the Friends detailing how to stay in contact with other parents.
This week we congratulated:
Willow Class: Bruna, for settling in beautifully to school;
Ash Class: Jackson, for always being ready to learn and for completing all tasks given to him; Darcey, for listening to instructions well and helping the new Year Ones to settle in;
Oak Class: Alex, for fantastic focus and effort all week; Sammy, for enthusiasm and effort in all lessons;
Beech Class: Joseph, for showing a positive attitude in all lessons; Zach, for great work on decimals in maths;
Cookery: Annabel, for being superbly organised and keeping her work area clean and tidy.
Our Christian Value this term is Responsibility. Ask your child about following rules to keep yourself safe.
Future events (w/b 14th September)
Monday 14th Year 6 Forest School
Tuesday 15th Oak Class group A Forest School
Thursday 17th Nikki is on First Aid training
Friday 18th Nikki is on First Aid training
Dates for the year
01/10/2020 2.00pm Harvest Festival (virtual)
26/10/2020 Half term week
09/11/2020 Beech Class cycling proficiency
04/12/2020 St Nicholas service – provisional
09/12/2020 Willow Class Nativity – provisional
10/12/2020 Reception to Year 6 flu vaccination
17/12/2020 Carol service – provisional
End of term
18/12/2021 INSET Day – school closed
04/01/2021 INSET Day – school closed
05/01/2021 Start of term
12/02/2021 Soup Lunch and Talent Show – provisional
15/02/2021 Half term week
10/03/2021 Reception and Year 6 Heights and Weights measurement
31/03/2021 Stations of the Cross service – provisional
End of term
19/04/2021 Start of term
03/05/2021 Bank Holiday – school closed
10/05/2021 Year 6 SATS
28/05/2021 May Day – provisional
31/05/2021 Half term week
07/06/2021 Beech Class residential – very provisional
01/07/2021 Sports Day – provisional
07/07/2021 Ash/Willow production (afternoon) – provisional
15/07/2021 Oak/Beech production (evening) – provisional
21/07/2021 Leavers’ Service
End of term
22/07/2021 INSET Day – school closed
01/09/2021 INSET Day – school closed
02/09/2021 Start of term