Newsletter 1st March 2019

Dear parents and carers,

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March

This will take place next Thursday. This year instead of dressing as a character, the children will be taking part in lots of fun activities focused around reading and books. There will be a competition to share your ‘shelfie’ (photograph of your bookshelf), reading in school family groups and lots of different activities for the children to participate in on the day. We will also be having dedicated reading times throughout the day. Details on how to enter the ‘shelfie’ competition will be sent out early next week. The day will be a non-uniform day, and if the children wish to take the opportunity to dress up as a book character, they may do so.

Staffing

I am sure you will have by now noticed that we have a crossing patrol officer! Mr Martin Fathers has been appointed to the role and started on Tuesday. Although he is technically an appointment by the Local Authority, he is nevertheless part of our school community, and I am sure you will make him welcome.

Lace Club

We are looking for helpers for this Monday lunchtime club. Please see the separate letter for details.

Clothing Plea

If your child has borrowed waterproof trousers for Forest School, please make sure you return them – we are running low. If you have any you can donate, please pass them to Mrs Jaggard or the office staff.

Big Bike Ride – Sunday May 12th

We have lots of posters and flyers advertising the Big Bike Ride that we would love to distribute in as many places as possible. If you can put up a poster or leave some flyers in your work place, gym or local community centre/library/village hall, please collect some posters/flyers from the school reception or speak to Sophie (Flora, Noah and Zachary’s mum) in the playground. Please mention it to friends/family/colleagues too. This is a great fund raiser for the school so we it would be brilliant to have as many entrants as possible!

Sign up to ride at: www.islipbigbikeride.com and join our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/188595541165817/

Soup lunch thank you

A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make the soup lunch and talent show such a success before half term. We are very grateful to all those who provided soup, chillis and cakes and worked tirelessly in the kitchen, serving the hungry hoardes! As always, we could not have done it without you. Thank you also to all those who supported the lunch and brought family and friends too. Together, we raised over £300 for the Sparkle Fund.

Quiz night – Saturday 9th March

It is only one week until Quiz Night on the 9th March! Tickets are selling well but it would be brilliant to have some more teams of parents. This is a great evening, with enjoyable brain teasers, delicious food and drink and much laughter. Invite family and friends to form a team (4-8 people) or ask to be placed in one. Contact drsouthsfriends@gmail.com to book tickets or speak to Sophie or Niki. Tickets cost £14.00, which includes a delicious meal, with an amazing pudding table. The more tickets we sell, the more money we raise for the school so please come along if you can.

We would be very grateful for offers of help with this event. Please let us know if you are able to help with providing a lasagne, sausage casserole or pudding or can help with setting up, serving or clearing up on the night. Thank you!

Movie Night – Friday 15th March, 3.30pm

All are welcome to a big screen showing of “The Nut Job” on Friday 15th March in the Lin Cooper building. Tickets (£3.50) can be bought on the door but it would be helpful to know in advance if you are planning to come – please email drsouthsfriends@gmail.com. Popcorn and other snacks will be provided during the film and all proceeds will be shared between comic relief and the Sparkle Fund.

Myths, Money and Maneaters – Big Cat Conservation talk – Thursday 28th March, 7.30pm

Amy Dickman (Millie’s mum) will be talking about her incredible conservation work in Tanzania. Come along to hear her amazing stories of living and working in Africa.

Our Christian Value this term is Forgiveness. Can your child tell you the story of the Prodigal Son? Can they tell you about the painting by Rembrandt? Can they tell you about Mr Morgan and the sugar lumps?

This week we congratulated:

Willow Class: Millie, for wonderful sentence writing;
Ash Class: Ruby, for excellent recount homework; Asher, for a great positive attitude;
Oak Class: Ehsan, for lovely work in guided reading; Lily T, for persistence in work with decimals;
Beech Class: Charlotte, for settling in the class so well; Poppy, for enthusiasm in all areas.
Art: Flossie, for helpfulness, creativity and a fabulous work ethic;
Sport: All of Year 4 for being a pleasure to teach.

Future events (w/b 4th March)

Art: Year 5
Sport: Year 6
Cookery: Oak Class

Monday 4th

  • Year 5 Forest School
  • Mrs Forde is on training for how to support emotional needs

Tuesday 5th

  • Year 3 Forest School
  • Reception and Year 6 Heights and Weights check

Wednesday 6th

  • Nikki and Jessica are on maths training
  • Parent consultations

Thursday 7th

  • World Book Day
  • Hockey tournament for some children in Beech Class
  • Parent consultations

Friday 8th

  • Oak Class swimming

Dates for the year

06/03/2019 Parent consultations
07/03/2019 World Book Day
07/03/2019 Parent consultations
09/03/2019 FODS quiz night
15/03/2019 Red Nose Day
FODS film night
05/04/2019 2.00pm – Stations of the Cross led by Oak Class
3.15pm – End of term

23/04/2019 Start of term
03/05/2019 Non-uniform day – bring a tombola prize
06/05/2019 Bank Holiday – school closed
12/05/2018 Big Bike Ride
24/05/2019 May Day
27/05/2019 Half term week
03/06/2019 INSET – school closed
10/06/2019 Beech Class residential week
14/06/2019 Ash and Willow Class Charity event
02/07/2019 Sport morning
10/07/2019 2.00pm – Ash and Willow Class production
18/07/2019 1.30pm and 6.00pm – Oak and Beech Class production
24/07/2019 2.00pm – Leavers’ Service