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Seedlings Newsletter

Welcome back to another school year, I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer. Apologies for the length of this update, there is a lot of new information to absorb!

We will begin this academic year by spending time ‘Getting to know you’. This topic includes looking at how we are alike and different, our families and pets, likes and dislikes and will help to build our confidence. We will also spend lots of time settling into the new routines of the school year and learning to be independent in what we do. As part of this topic we will be making books about ourselves. Please could all parents provide me with a selection of photos which need to include the following; immediate family, pets, favourite toy, front view of your child’s home. If there is anything else you would like to include please feel free to do so. Please note names and who is who on the back. I can print photos at school if it is easier for you to email them to me. As part of our PSE work we will be painting rocks and hiding them around the village and Harleston for people to find. Doing a good dead and bringing a smile to someone’s day. If you have any smooth rounded rocks or cobbles at home that are large enough for small hands to paint on and are willing to send a few in for us to use I would be most grateful.

Staffing: This term Miss Woollatt and Mrs Chamberlain will be helping me to make your child’s learning fun.

Weather: While the summer holidays are over, we hope the sun still continues to shine. If it is not then the weather will be getting cooler and possibly wetter. We will go outside whatever the weather forecast says, sun, drizzle, downpour and snow. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing in school every day.

Wellies: While we have some pairs of wellies at school, sizes are limited. This means that they may not fit each child’s feet appropriately. Please ensure that your child has their own pair of named wellies at school which fit and are comfortable.

Spare clothing: It is also important that each child has a bag on their peg containing a spare set of clothes. Whether because of a toileting accident or fun in the water tray or mud kitchen, it is important that we can change your child if needed. We do have some spares but these are very limited and not always available in the appropriate sizes.

PE: Will be held on a Tuesday afternoon. To take part in PE sessions children will need a pair of shorts, t-shirt and a pair of plimsoles or trainers. As most PE sessions will be outside jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt are also a good idea for when the weather is cooler. These should stay on your child’s peg so that they are readily available each week.

Swimming: Reception children will be taking part in swimming lessons on Thursday afternoons after October half term and until Christmas. As all staff will be involved with this unfortunately we cannot accommodate nursery aged children in school for the duration of these sessions. Parent helpers will be required; if you think you may be available to help in the pool please let me know. More details to follow.

Toys in school: Unfortunately while we understand that children often need an item from home to help them settle and feel secure we need to limit what comes into school. For this reason please only allow your child to bring comforters to school if it is entirely necessary. Toys should not be brought to school at all, we find that children of this age encounter enough challenge learning to share the toys provided in the classroom!

Blue diary: The blue diary is a useful tool for getting messages to staff in school. A member of staff will check the diaries daily. If your child is staying for extended schools this can be written in the diary but should also primarily be written on the booking sheet in the front entrance.

If we have any messages for you they will also come home in the blue diary. You should check this daily as it may contain details of homework (Reception only) or important information about an incident or accident that has happened during the day. Messages regarding accidents should be initialed by a parent on receipt and diaries should be signed and dated routinely at the end of each week, in the space provided.

Library books and Math games: These will be issued and collected in weekly each Friday. Please leave returns in your child’s tray and we will deal with them at the appropriate time of day. Children who do not attend on a Friday will have the opportunity to make their choices on Thursdays.

Nursery fees: If you did not receive the letter at the end of the summer term detailing the new nursery charging structure please ask for a copy at the school office.

Uniform: School uniform is not obligatory until year 1, however if you choose to put your child in uniform you may want to look out for FOMSA’s next second hand uniform sale.

FOMSA: The Friends of Mendham School Association is a small group of parents who work together to ensure that the children at school are able to have many extra’s that might not otherwise be available. They pay for real turkey at Christmas, a Christmas party, organize social events for parents and help to fund visits along with many, many other things.

The money to buy these ‘extras’ comes from a variety of fundraising efforts through the year. As children leave the school and move on, so do parents, meaning that FOMSA’s numbers dwindle.  If you can spare a little time to help support FOMSA by joining the committee, attending an occasional meeting or if you know a good fundraiser let them know they are always interested to hear. I along with Miss Collins and Mrs Last are all members of FOMSA and can pass on suggestions or offers of support if you are not able to attend a meeting. The school provides free extended schools care for your child while you are attending FOMSA meetings.

On Friday 15th September at 7pm come and meet the current FOMSA team, they really are rather nice, and have a slice of cake I am baking (which is rare) a lemon drizzle cake, please don’t make me eat it all myself J. The AGM will be held at the same time, attendance does not mean that you are committed to anything, but will help you put some names to faces.

I think that is enough to remember for now!

Feel free to pop in to see me or email me on n.jones@wvpschools.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Many thanks

Nikki Jones