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Thanks to you all for another hard-working term at Abbeyfields.

Thank you to parents and carers for accompanying the children to St Mary’s for our Easter Service on Tuesday and to Kirstine and Friends for making us so welcome.  We would also like to specially thank Beccy Pearson and the FOAS team for their hard work and time fundraising for our fantastic canopy which was completed yesterday - what an excellent addition to our school!

We would like to wish you all a happy and safe Easter break and looking forward to seeing you bright and early on Monday 16th April for lots of learning…and summer fun.

We hope you are enjoying our Twitter posts? It is lovely to be able to instantly share what we are doing and it is bringing the children's learning to life.

If you haven't had a peek yet, please do so...either via the school website (abbeyfields.the3rivers.net) or follow us @AbbeyfieldsFS.
School Calendar
Our school calendar can now be viewed on the school website (abbeyfields.the3rivers.net) via School Gateway.  This will be continually updated with new events/trips etc as they are planned.
Health and Safety plea…..
Unfortunately we need to once again re-iterate our previous requests that parents and children don't return up the corridor after school when the cleaners are working.  Noisy, heavy machines are in use and the floors may be wet.  We really don't want any accidents and the cleaners simply can't hear little footsteps approaching!  Thanks for your support with this as we try to keep everyone safe.
Year 3 Swimming Lessons
Please remember that the Year 3 swimming lessons begin on the first Tuesday back after Easter and so the children will need their swimming kit, a swim hat, googles if required, a healthy snack (no crisps or chocolate please), sensible shoes to walk in and a waterproof jacket. Many thanks, The Year 3 Team
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
29th March 2018            3.15pm                         School Closes for Easter
16th April 2018               8.50am                         School Reopens
24th April 2018               3.30pm                         Year 4 Swaledale Parent's Meeting
25th April 2018                                                    Class Photographs
13th July 2018                                                     Abbeyfields County Show 2018


Easyfundraising is the simplest way to raise money for our school.  You can shop with any of over 3,300 well-known retailers via the easyfundraising website and a percentage of what you spend is passed to Abbeyfields School at no additional cost to you.  Some of the main retailers include Amazon, M&S, Vodafone, eBay, Tesco, Viking, Thomas cook, TUI and many more (see below). Please register to support us today by visiting https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/abbeyfields1st/.  It really doesn't cost you a single penny and takes seconds to register.  You can even download a donation reminder so when you search the internet, all companies who are registered with Easyfundraising will have a notification beside it.

Wansbeck Valley Food Bank - Donations
Dear children, parents, carers and staff of Abbeyfields,

We would like to thank you so much for the donations which have already been received for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank  These have been delivered and they were gratefully received!  Please continue to bring in any donations of non perishable food items that you may wish to make.

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.

Thank you in anticipation.

A message from Morpeth Methodist Church
As a Church and Centre for the Community, we have recently installed a Community Defibrillator on the railings outside of Morpeth Methodist Church (Howard Terrace).  This is mounted in a green case.  It is available to members of the public (24 hrs per day) and the location is logged with the Ambulance Service.  It is very simple to use (it talks the user through application of device) and could potentially save a life.  Free training is available to any members of the Morpeth Community who live/work within the location of the Church which is situated near Wellway Medical Surgery.  Please contact the Church Office for further details.
As you know, we have been collecting green milk bottle tops in the front foyer for some time now and they have been given to the Children's Ward at Newcastle RVI.  The hospital sells the bottle tops to manufacturers who are able to recycle them and turn them into wellington boots!  Whilst being really good for the environment, it is a great way for the Children's Ward to raise funds to buy equipment which the children are able to benefit from during their stay in  hospital.

So, let's keep collecting those green milk bottle tops!
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 94.3% 95.2%
RM 96.7% 96.1%
1J 99.3% 96.7%
1B 96.0% 97.0%
2S 98.7% 96.0%
2H 94.7% 96.6%
3D 98.6% 98.1%
3C 94.5% 96.1%
4G 93.1% 95.6%
4H 98.1% 97.5%

Total Percentage

96.4%

96.5%

Our winner this week is Mrs Jones' class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
 
The Canopy is finished!
Installation of the playground canopy is complete!  We hope you like it as much as we do!  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped in any way to make this happen.  Nursery and Reception parents - the canopy is outside the North Hall - worth a little detour round the corner to have a look!  We can’t wait to see it being put into use (and to see the sun streaming through those colourful roof panels!)

The Abbeyfields Big Spring Clean - Saturday 12th May
Spring has finally arrived but our school needs a hand getting ready for the Spring and Summer, so we have an idea and we’d love your help and support.  We’d like to organise “The Big Spring Clean” to spruce up our school.  On Saturday 12th May we’d like to bring as many of our school community as possible together to volunteer to help clean up the outdoor areas of our school for our children.  We’d love parents, children, grandparents and carers to come along and help out.  The idea is to pick up leaf litter, paint fences, paint benches, paint railings and generally tidy up the areas around the main and nursery yards.  Lots of great jobs for the kids to take pride in to improve our wonderful school.  More details will be available after the Easter holidays.  A Google Form will be sent when we return from our Easter holidays which will allow you to sign up and volunteer at our Big Spring Clean.  Any time you can offer on the day would be greatly appreciated.  For more details, please either email FriendsofAbbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk or talk to any of the FOAS team.  Many thanks in advance!
 
Fundraising Update
We are very pleased to report that the Mother’s Day shop raised £440 and the Spring Disco raised £330.  Even more thanks to everyone who supported these events.
 
Stamptastic
Just a reminder that FOAS has teamed up with the company Stamptastic to raise funds for the school. If you are sick of sewing in nametapes or clothes going missing then this might be a good solution!  Those of us who have ordered these already have found them to be brilliant - really quick and easy, and still clearly legible after 2 terms of washing!  The company makes name stamps and special ink which can be used to label clothing and other items. They will donate 20% of any order cost to Friends of Abbeyfields if you use the order code NE612LZ (the school postcode). www.stamptastic.co.uk
 
Social Evening in May
The FOAS team are hatching plans for an Abbeyfields/FOAS social evening in May- for parents and carers this time! Watch this space for a date and further details.
 

As well as trying to fundraise to purchase equipment for the Abbeyfields pupils and enhancing their school environment, the FOAS team also strive to arrange events which our pupils and their families will really enjoy. We would love your ideas and feedback in order to help us put on events which really appeal to our school families. If you have 5 minutes to spare we would love you to drop us an email about what kind of events you and your children would like us to try and organise in the future. Thank you!

We would love some new volunteers to join us in 2018 so if you think you might like to become more involved with FOAS and fundraising for your child’s school, then please get in touch with Beccy Pearson at friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk . Thank you!
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
As another term comes to an end, we continue to be impressed with the children's attitude towards their learning.  The children have enjoyed delivering their homework presentations to the rest of their class and responded well in their question and answer sessions. In Maths, we have continued to look at multiplication and division word problems.  Year 4 did an excellent job of hosting the Easter Service at St. Mary's Church on Tuesday afternoon.  They also made a splendid job of reciting their Easter poem.  The year group participated enthusiastically in an Easter event hosted by Kirstine from The Mustard Tree Trust on Wednesday morning.  We would like to wish you all a very happy Easter and look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 16th April.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have been working on improving sentences this week to help them find ways of adding more information to their own work.  They are really good at explaining what makes a good piece of writing and it was great to read their work.  In Maths they have been continuing with fractions and looking at equivalent fractions which uses a lot of their number skills to work out.  In topic we discussed the reasons why people may choose to live near volcanoes and the ideas that the children had were really good and showed that they had done some extra reading at home.  They came up with their own decision about whether they would like to live beside a volcano or not.  We had a lovely walk to the church on Tuesday afternoon.  The children sang a song that they had only had the chance to practice twice, but they did a lovely job of it and raised the roof with their enthusiasm.  They have had a project to design and produce their own Easter card over the past few weeks and so we hope you enjoy the end result.  Please remember that the Year 3 swimming lessons begin on the first Tuesday back after Easter and so the children will need their swimming kit, a swim hat, goggles if required, a healthy snack (no crisps or chocolate please), sensible shoes to walk in and a waterproof jacket.  Swimming lessons will continue until and including Tuesday 17th July.  Have a lovely Easter Holiday.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your support over this last half term. The children are all making great progress with their learning and their reading, writing and Maths skills are developing well.  In order for the children to continue to progress over the Easter holidays please could we ask you to listen to them read every day.  This will also help with your child's 'Read a Rainbow Challenge'...no CHEATING though, once a day is enough!  You could also keep a holiday diary and try writing sentences for 10-15 minutes per day.  Finally to improve your child's Maths, you could Google Top-marks and play some games!  Enjoy looking at your Easter cards and listening to your child tell you about their Easter week at school.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
The children in Year 1 have worked incredibly hard this term and have rounded off with Easter themed activities this week.  We have shared the Easter story and talked about the different traditions people have at this time of year.  We really enjoyed the visit to St Mary's Church on Tuesday and performed our Spring time song beautifully.  Perhaps your child could give you a little performance of their own?  Thanks also to those parents who supported us on our walk.  The children have been given a little pack of information and activities, please look out for it in your child's folder.  Have a very happy holiday and we look forward to another busy and productive Summer Term. 
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We can't believe it's the end of the Spring Term!  The children have enjoyed our Easter activities and have even been writing their own stories about an Easter Egg Hunt.  We have been looking closely at the frogspawn, which has now turned into tadpoles!  We have been making our own frog cycles by drawing what we see or by cutting and sticking them in the right order.  A very big THANK YOU for helping us raise just under £300 for the Scootathon of which a percentage be given to Sports Relief.  Our next topic is all about 'People Who Help Us' so if anyone would like to come into school and talk about their job roles please see a member of our team to arrange a convenient time.  We all wish you a very happy Easter and hope you all have a lovely holiday.  Many thanks for all the support this term.
NURSERY - News in Brief
 
Nursery have really enjoyed getting ready for our Easter celebrations this week.  We have made delicious chocolate crispy cakes with mini eggs to take home.  We had fun decorating eggs for our Easter card, we painted but not with paint brushes - we used pegs and pom-poms to develop our pincer grips.  They look fantastic!  You will be impressed with how well we have written our names on the inside too.  We have also done lots of spring and Easter activities, tracing, colouring by numbers, colouring in and lots more.  We will be bringing home some homework for the Easter holidays - the children can't wait to get started.  Have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you in the Summer Term. Thank you.
ASAC  - News in Brief
This week we have been busy egg decorating as we continue to look forward to Easter.  We also enjoyed a treat night to finish off the term with a DVD and some popcorn.  We hope you have a wonderful break with your children.
BSC  - News in Brief
Another busy week to pack in some super games with super friends.  How lovely it is for the BSC team to see all of the children mixing with all of the different year groups.  They do look after each other and have loads of fun and exercise in the process!  Our story this week was 'Fox in Socks' by Dr Seuss.  We practised one of the silly rhymes - give it a go!

Here's an easy game to play
Here's an easy thing to say...
New socks
Two socks
Whose socks
Sue's socks

Sorry!

We wish all the children and their families the loveliest Easter holiday.  Have fun and we'll see you all soon.  A polite request - has anyone got some small dolls at home they no longer want?  The BSC children would love some.  Many thanks.
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
Can we say Spring has finally sprung?  I certainly hope so…it has at least in the allotment!  Seeds are sown, onion sets are planted, beds are prepared and ready for planting and the tomato seedlings are pricked out.  All of this hard work lays the foundations for our exciting Country Show which will include the main attraction, the vegetable competition marquee.  Each year group is putting their green fingers to the ultimate test to see who can grow the biggest and the best vegetables for the show that will be judged by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Garden Mania presenters, Marian Foster and John Guy.  Not only will there be a children’s category but a grown up’s category too!  With the Easter break coming up, why not join in the fun and start growing vegetables to enter into the competition?  There is no registration and the categories are open to all classes of vegetables so get stuck in and have some fun!
To view the menu for w/c 16th April 2018, please click here.
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Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 1LZ
abbeyfields@the3rivers.net
01670 513582