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We would like to welcome current and prospective parents, carers, families into school, plus any of the wider community interested in visiting Abbeyfields to our Open Day on Friday 19th October.  We have two sessions: 10.30am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 2.30pm, so why not come along and have a bespoke tour of our wonderful school by our wonderful children and enjoy refreshments along the way!  You do not need to make an appointment, just turn up during your preferred session.  We look forward to seeing you on 19th October.

There will be a parent's online safety workshop in school on Thursday 18th October at 2pm.  This free hour‐long workshop will help you understand your child’s online world and know how to keep them safe.  If you would like further information, please visit the NSPCC and O2 NSPCC website pages,
We have been contacted by the Scheme Officer at Renwick House with regards to parents parking in their car park.  This car park is privately owned and should only be used by residents who pay to be able to park here.  Access is also needed for the disabled and ambulances if necessary.  Please could we request that you don't park in Renwick House car park at any time.  Many thanks for your cooperation with this.

Exciting news from the Abbeyfields kitchen

Mrs Middleton and her team need your help.  We'd like you to help us to deliver a brand new recipe to add to the Abbeyfields menu:

The Abbeyfields Biscuit!

This will be our special biscuit for the whole year and will be included in packed lunches, on picnic days and will regularly be seen on the menu.

What we need you to do:

We'd like you to get baking at home with mums, dads, carers, grandmas, grandpas or any adult who knows their way around the kitchen!  You might already have a favourite family biscuit recipe or you might like to develop your own.  You can include any ingredients apart from nuts and sesame seeds, but remember that Mrs Middleton will be baking 200 at a time, so don't make the recipe too complicated.  Once you're happy that your recipe is the best it can be, write it out for normal quantities (Mrs Middleton will adjust it to suit larger numbers later), do a diagram too if you can, then put your name and class on the back and bring it into the school office by Monday 22nd October.  Although Mrs Mungall does love biscuits, please don't bring your recipe with any practical examples - you can keep those at home to eat yourself!  Our cooks will then pick their top 5 to bake and we'll have a taste test and vote just after half term to choose the winning recipe.

Now...........On your marks, get set, BAKE!

To keep up to date with the various events taking place, please check the calendar which is available on the School Gateway app, via our school website (abbeyfields.the3rivers.net) and also in our weekly newsletter.


Our Twitter account is proving to be popular with lots of followers.  This is used to instantly share what we are doing within school and helps to bring the children's learning to life.  Why not follow us @AbbeyfieldsFS or view the feed on our website.



Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you to those of you that have sent in some items to include in the shoeboxes already.  Please keep the items coming so we can get as many ready as possible for the 17th November.

The shoeboxes will be distributed to various countries world-wide to bring joy to thousands of disadvantaged children.  There are several ways that you could donate to the appeal:
  • Bring in a completed shoebox (see the link for all details https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/how-to-pack-a-shoebox/)
  • Bring in a donation of £5 (this is needed for every shoebox that is sent)
  • Bring in a wrapped medium-sized shoebox (lid and box need to be wrapped separately)
  • Bring in one or more of the items below that could be packed in a shoebox:
    • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles, deflated football etc.
    • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.
    • HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.
    • OTHER ITEMS: Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewelry set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (best-before-date must be at least March 2019)
If you would like to make a donation, then please bring it into school for the attention of Mrs Dale as soon as possible.  The boxes will be collected on Thursday 15th November, so let’s see how many we can get between now and then.
Many thanks, Mrs Dale.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
12th October                 3.15pm                  FOAS - Nursery Play Session at Treasure Island
16th October                 am                         Year 2 Multi Skills Festival @ Chantry
17th October                                               Harvest Assembly (Nursery and Reception)
18th October                                               Year 4 Roman Day
18th October                 2pm                       NSPCC Parents Online Safety Workshop
19th October                 10.30-11.30am      Abbeyfields Open Morning
                                      1.30pm-2.30pm     Abbeyfields Open Afternoon
19th October                 3.30pm-5pm          Halloween Disco (Nursery and Reception)
                                      5.30pm-7pm          Halloween Disco (Year 1 - 4)
24th October                 9.10am                  Year 3 Class Assembly
24th October                                               Year 3 Stone Age Day
26th October                                               Teacher Training Day
5th November                                             Reception Vision Screening
12th-13th November                                   Parental Consultations
14th November              9.10am                 Year 2 Class Assembly
16th November                                           Children in Need (more details to follow)
21st November              9.10am                 Year 1 Class Assembly (Change of Day)
21st November              10am                    Nursery A Class Assembly
23rd November              1.15pm                 Nursery B Class Assembly
1st December                1pm - 3pm            School Christmas Fair
11th December              1.30pm - 3pm       Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
12th December              1.30pm - 3pm       Christmas Concerts (details to follow)
13th December                                           Theatre Trip to Gateshead
w/c 17th December                                     Theme Week - Christmas Around the
                                                                    World
17th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 1 and Year 3 Christmas Parties
18th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 2 and Reception Christmas Parties
19th December             1pm - 3pm             Year 4 and Nursery Christmas Parties
21st December             3.15pm                  School Closes for Christmas
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 98.6% 99.2%
RM 95.6% 98.3%
1J 97.3% 98.1%
1CH 96.7% 96.9%
2S 98.7% 98.9%
2BH 99.7% 99.6%
3D 93.3% 97.1%
3C 98.6% 98.1%
4G 97.8% 99.4%
4H 96.7% 98.1%

Total Percentage

97.3%

98.3%

Our winner this week is Mrs Burn/Mrs Heide's class.


Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk


For those new to the school, Friends of Abbeyfields School is a group of parents, staff, friends and supporters of the school who arrange events and fundraising throughout the school year.  We aim both to raise funds to improve and enrich the school environment and to arrange events and activities for the children and families of Abbeyfields to enjoy together.  For example, recent fundraising activities helped to pay for the Yurt and the wonderful coloured canopy outside the North Hall. Look out for out section in the Newsletter each week, or for FOAS volunteers in our red T-shirts or sashes.

FOAS Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held on Tuesday.  We were really pleased to have some new and enthusiastic parents join the FOAS team and take up positions on the committee.  Fuelled by strong coffee and cake we have hatched lots of exciting plans for the coming year!  We hope all the new FOAS volunteers really enjoy being part of the team and that everyone at Abbeyfields enjoys the events and fundraisers over the year ahead.

Nursery Treasure Island Soft Play Session - Friday 12th October
We hope that all the nursery children are settling in well.  One of the Nursery parents, Emma, is keen to get the nursery family community together and has suggested starting a Facebook Group for Nursery A and B families so that people can share news, arrange events etc.  Emma’s email is emmafrazer79@hotmail.co.uk.  For families with children in Nursery A and B, Emma and FOAS would like to invite you to a play session at Treasure Island, Coopies Lane, at 3.15pm on Friday 12th October.  This should be a great chance for the children to have fun and let off some end-of-the-week steam with their new classmates and for the Reception parents, grandparents and carers to meet and chat.  Entry fees of £3 per child apply, or £4.50 including a kids’ meal deal.  We will have tables near the entrance with juice provided for the children.  We really hope lots of you can make it!

Christmas Card Design Project
Following its success in recent years, we are running the Cauliflower Cards Design a Christmas Card project again this year.  The information sheet for submitting your child’s artwork to school should be arriving home next week.  All children in the Nursery and school will be able to create their own Christmas card design and you will be able to order packs of cards featuring this design to send to your friends and family this Christmas.  Due to the children and teachers being so busy in school, we ask that the designs are done at home - thank you for your help with this.

The company we are using photograph your child’s design, meaning that their design can use pens, paint and pencils but can also include collage, fabric, glitter, googly eyes or whatever they fancy using (within reason!).  For ideas and inspiration go to www.cauliflowercards.co.uk and view their gallery and there is also a Christmas Art Ideas Book in the school foyer.  If any other members of your family would like to join in then we do have a few spare order forms - please ask for these at the school office.  If you don’t wish to order Christmas cards please note that the same form can be used to order packs of cards with other greetings e.g. Thank You or Happy Birthday.  All designs must be returned to your child’s classroom by Monday 22nd October please.  Online orders placed by 28th October will be delivered free to school.  Payment and ordering this year will be ONLINE - information regarding this is on the form.  The cards that were designed by the children in previous years looked fantastic and a lot of fun was had designing them.  We hope that you and your children enjoy creating this year’s cards and we look forward to seeing all your designs!

Halloween Disco - Friday 19th October - ALL TICKETS NOW SOLD
Just as a reminder that Nursery and Reception Children are invited from 3.30-5pm and Years 1-4 from 5.30-7pm.  We request that Nursery and Reception children attend with an adult (1 parent or carer per 2 children is OK).  The price of the entry wrist band includes a hot dog, drink, treat and glo-band and temporary transfer “tattoos” will be available.  Please let us know in advance if your child has special dietary requirements.  Fancy dress can be worn, but is not mandatory. As in previous years we would be very grateful if children did NOT wear masks. Thank you.  We will be signing all children in and out on the night - we thank you for your patience and understanding regarding this.  We are very sorry if children were keen to come but were unable to get a ticket.  Numbers have to be limited due to fire limits for the North Hall and for the children’s safety.

Date for your diary- Abbeyfields Christmas Fair- Saturday 1st December 1-3pm
The Christmas Fair will be held in school on 1st December.  More information to come, but for now if you know of local craftspeople or traders who might be interested in having a stall at the fair, we would love to hear from you.  A £10 donation is requested from stallholders.  All offers of help with the fair would be very gratefully received!  (And it’s not too early to start stashing Tombola prizes..!)

EcoFOAS!
We, like many, have been keen to reduce our use of single-use plastic and are pleased to tell you that we have now purchased biodegradable and compostable cups for hot and cold drinks to use at FOAS events.

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions about FOAS please speak to our Chair, Beccy Pearson, or any committee member. Our email address is friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk. Thank you.
 



Wansbeck Valley Food Bank - Donations

A huge thank you for the food donations which have already been received for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank.  A number of deliveries have been made to the Food Bank and they have been very gratefully received!  Please continue to bring in any donations of non perishable food items that you may wish to make. The collection box is in the porch of the main foyer.

We are aware that the Wansbeck Valley Food Trust have experienced a huge demand over the past few months, and were concerned that they could not match the demand.  Fortunately due to the generosity of the local community they did manage to, however this emphasises that there are (sadly) people in our local community who need help all year round.

Please let's continue to show our generosity throughout the year to those in need.  Even small items are valued, and can easily be dropped off on your way in and out of school.  Let's support this worthy cause, and make this an ongoing Abbeyfields priority.  Examples of suitable items include:
Tins of: garden peas, potatoes, tomatoes, fruit, rice pudding or meat (eg. mince, stew, chicken, steak). 
Packets of potato mash, tea bags (packs of 40 or 80), long life milk, packets of custard, biscuits, jam, toilet rolls.
Shower gel, Shampoo, Toothpaste, and small Bars of Chocolate would be gratefully received.

This week the Food Bank would be particularly grateful for: Long Life Milk, tins of carrots, tins of sweetcorn, packets of potato mash, tins of rice pudding, toilet rolls.

Thank you in anticipation.

YEAR 4 - News in Brief
Year 4 enjoyed a wonderful day at Segedunum this week.  They became part of the Roman army as auxiliary soldiers and learned how to prepare for battle.  The children also learned about the clothing and armour worn by auxiliary soldiers which they enjoyed wearing themselves.  We had a look at the remains of part of Hadrian's Wall and were amazed by the size of the reconstruction of the wall.  The children were fantastic ambassadors for Abbeyfields and were excellently behaved.  We have also continued our Roman topic back at school where the children have taken part in Roman drama and freeze frames to retell the story of Romulus and Remus.  A reminder that our Roman Day is next Thursday (18th October) and the children are more than welcome to come dressed up as a Roman.  As part of our Roman Day, we will be eating our lunch together (as a Roman Feast).  Look out for your homework this week to provide a tasty contribution.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
This week in Year 3 we have been doing a lot of work on effective sentences as we plan our own Stone Age story to be written in the style of the Stone Age Boy.  The use of descriptive language has been great and the children have been coming up with ideas on how to up level their work as well as that of their peers.  In Maths we have started looking at subtraction and are making use of counters to help us understand the steps required.  It is a little tricky but their perseverance is proving key in getting there.  We continue to plan for our Stone Age Day on 24th October and hope that you have all received the email regarding the plans for the activities.  Please ensure that this is signed and returned to the class teacher so that we can be sure of any food allergies for the day.  The children have completed their Stone Age Cave Paintings and these are now up in the Year 3 corridor together with the fantastic painted stones that they did as a homework.  It makes for a great display if you get a chance to take a look.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
This week the children turned into explorers as they investigated which way is North, South, East or West, ask them what equipment they used to work this out.  They also went on a little walk around the school, drew maps, wrote recounts and looked at the new Geography display outside 2S.  The children have continued to enjoy their RWI and Maths this week as they practised their times tables songs and had fun learning new sounds and impressing their leaders.  Please look out for the homework again this week as we love looking at their work at school.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
What busy bees we have been in Year 1 this week.  In Maths we have introduced the Part Whole Model and begun to partition whole numbers into 2 parts, we have also recorded what we found using the + sign.  Why not ask us how we did it?  We have also thought about what is inside our bodies this week and talked about the major bones we have that make up our skeleton.  Look out for our skeleton displays in the corridor.  In our computing sessions we continue to develop our logging on skills and have used a BBC interactive program to drag and drop labels onto a picture of a body this week.  Today has been our Harvest celebration in school and we have enjoyed singing our harvest themed songs together.  Listen out as the children are really keen to sing Harvest Rock and Roll at any moment!
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We are having a super week in Reception!  We have been continuing to look at our 5 senses and have focused on hearing and smell.  The children have been on a listening walk and tried to be really quiet to see what they could hear - they even wore a pair of extra large ears to help them!  We have been making and smelling jelly (with a bit of tasting too!) and trying to guess what the flavours were.  Our new letter sounds this week are o, c and k and in literacy we have started to label our body parts - listening carefully for letter sounds to write.  In Maths we have been ordering sets of numbers and thinking about one more than and one less than.  Thank you for your support in sharing your child's reading book last weekend - they were all very excited to be bringing their first books home.  If you could ensure their books are back in school on the following Monday as this enables us to change books and hear everyone read throughout the week.  Thank you.
NURSERY - News in Brief
What a week in Nursery, so busy but full of fun.  We have impressed Mrs Shooter this week by carrying out a variety of activities inside and outside; naming, matching and sorting colours.  We tried so hard to listen and follow instructions.  We have also been thinking about what makes us special and different to everyone else.  We have painted our own portraits, thinking carefully about the colour of our eyes and hair.  We also chose our favourite colour and painted our hands to make our own hand prints.  We looked at all our favourite colours and at all the different sized hands, we are all friends in Nursery but we are all special.  More fun with Autumn Activities next week.
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
Forest School was packed with boys and girls, mums and dads and a fair few pieces of high-tech equipment on an otherwise deserted Friday night.  Well over 100 well wrapped up children and adults set off in search of the illusive bats of Forest School to track down their homes and catch a glimpse of their feeding patterns.  The night was kindly hosted by John Thompson of Eco North who have recently worked in partnership with Carillion to re-home bats along the site of the new bypass in Morpeth.  We were all shown how to pick up the frequency of bats using echolocation to hunt for their early evening breakfast with special bat detectors.  Once the sun set and the forest turned considerably colder, the little Pipistrelles came out one by one, much to the excitement of the crowd below.  Thank you so much to everyone who came along and continue to show their support to Forest School.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
We have all had a fantastic week at After School Club and our friendship bracelets are brilliant.  Can your child tell you how to make one?  We are wondering if anyone has any old toys that they no longer have a need for so we can replenish our small toy boxes, such as small cars, action figures, small dolls, Lego, construction toys and any crafty items are always welcome.  If any donations can be left with the office staff please.  Also we would appreciate any old clothing such as socks, underwear etc for all ages between 4-9.  Thank you for all your support, After School Team.
BEFORE SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
Another busy week for the children playing with their friends in the ball pool and soft play, football, parachute, hoola hoops, large skipping rope, speed ball, Twister, finger knitting, cars and lorries, circle games and colouring in activity sheets.  Our story this week was 'Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus' by Tony Mitton.
There's a quake and a quiver
And a rumbling around
It makes you shiver
It's a thundery sound
Shake shake shudder
Near the sludgy old swamp
The dinosaurs are coming
Get ready to romp
Can your child tell you what moves they made while doing the dinosaur romp?  (Bomp, Twizzle in a spin, Thwack with a tail, Eeek! swirling in a loop, Clatter with their bony back plates, Rattle with their collar and spikes, and Zooming!)  All the rompers grew tired.  Can they tell you what the only noise was left in the deep of the night (or morning!) - Zzzzzzz
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