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Newsletter Spring 2 - 6.02.15




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Spring Term 2015 - Newsletter 2

6th February 2015



Dear parents/carers,


London Trip

The Year 6 children who went to London with their friends from Creeting Primary School had a fantastic time last week. Activities included visiting the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, visiting a Hindu temple and seeing a performance of The Lion King. The highlight for many children was spending the afternoon with Year 6 pupils at Mitchell Brook Primary School, a very diverse and much bigger school. We are hoping to further develop links with the school and have invited them to visit us.


Parents’ Evening

A reminder that Parents’ Evenings take place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. It is not too late to make an appointment if you have not already done so.


Safety Week

Next week is also Safety Week, organised by Mrs Walton. Children will be doing all sorts of activities related to keeping safe and we are looking forward to a visit from the Blue Cross on Thursday to talk to the children about being safe around dogs.


A real focus for our older children in KS2 will be e-safety. A key part of this is the e-safety learning together sessions on Tuesday (Y3/4) and Wednesday (Y5/6) afternoons. Please make sure someone can come along and work with your child.  A further information session for parents only will take place on Friday at 14.30


Flooding

The ongoing problem with water at the bottom of the school drive has been a real issue this week, compounded by water freezing over in the cold weather, making it very hazardous for pedestrians. We are working with the Parish Council and Suffolk County Council to try to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, please send your child to school in wellies in wet weather when there is a chance of flooding.


School Meals

We have decided to change our catering supplier from Eats to a company called Norse from 1st April. This follows the quality of school meals being identified by parents as a concern in our stakeholder surveys in the summer.


Since we gave notice, Eats have taken the to decision to have our meals cooked off site at Debenham and transported here. This is a real shame as having meals cooked in our own kitchen is a bonus in a school this size. However, I am pleased to say that Norse will be re-instating on-site cooking when they take over. We are very much looking forward to working with Norse, who will be offering an exciting menu with more food choices and free milk to drink for all children at the lower price of £2.10 a meal. They will be coming into school before the end of term to offer an information and tasting session for parents.


Unfortunately, there will be no facility to pay for Norse meals online through the Suffolk County Council website. We have very few parents who presently do this, but if you do, please be aware that money will not be able to be carried over from the end of term. Norse are currently developing a bespoke online payment system for their schools.


Nursery

As you will no doubt have seen, we will be opening nursery provision for 3 year olds from September. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please give your details to the school office and we will send more information very soon.


Library News

Please see the attached letter for exciting information about our school library.



Vicky Doherty

Headteacher


Dates for your diary:

10th February - 13.45 E Safety session for Yrs 3/4

11th February - 13.45 E safety session for Yrs 5/6

10th & 11th February - Parents’ Evenings

23rd February - PD Day (school closed to children)

24th February - Yr 6  to Creeting st Mary Primary School

6th March - Chestnut Tree Class Assembly

12th March - Y6 morning at Debenham High School

13th March - Sycamore Tree Class Assembly

20th March - Willow & Lime Tree Classes Assembly








Term Dates - 2014/15 School Year

5th January to 27th March

Half-term 16th to 20th February


13th April to 22nd July

Half-term 25th - 29th May


PD Day - 23rd February 2015

Parent Response Slip

Either email or send in a paper version for the attention of the Headteacher.

Name of parent  ________________________ Date _______________

Comment













Thank you for taking the time to respond. Your views are listened to and given careful consideration.


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Library News

JACBA - CONNECTING TO THEWe want to make better use of our library to encourage children to develop a love of reading. To support this, we will be launching the following after half term:


Librarians

KS2 children are currently filling out application forms for the coveted posts of librarians. These children will help look after the library, log books in and out and recommend books to others.


Library Club

Emma Morris has kindly offered to run an after school club for up to 10 children on a Monday after school until 4.15pm. Children will be able to have a drink of hot (well, warm) chocolate and a homemade snack*. They will do all sorts of book related activities such as listening to stories and discussing them, write book reviews and make book-themed displays.

If your child would like to come, please complete the attached slip.


Community Library

On a Wednesday after school, any parents or carers can come into school with their child and choose a book each to take home. We have a growing collection of adult books for this, but would welcome more donations.


*these will be nut-free. Further information about allergens and ingredients is available on request



Library Club


My child/ren (name(s))__________________________________________ would like to attend library club from 3.15 - 4.15 on Mondays.


Signed (parent) _________________________________________



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