Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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As some of you may know, Mrs Burn is leaving Abbeyfields today for pastures new.  We are sad to see her go, but we wish her all of the very best in her new job.

Mrs Smyth, one of our lunchtime supervisors, is also leaving us today.  We wish her well in her new venture.

We hope you all enjoy your half term, Halloween and fireworks.  Stay safe everyone!

School re-opens at 8.50am on Monday 5th November.

Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running the first of our family lunches for 2018 - 2019 on Wednesday 14th November at 11.45am for Nursery.  On this day, 20 of our Nursery children can bring along one adult family member to enjoy a school dinner with them for just £3.50.  Children's lunches at £2.20 are to be paid for in the usual way and both adult and child must have a school dinner to be included.  Mrs Middleton and her team will be cooking one of their delicious, nutritious lunches, and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so book yours quickly!  If you'd like to secure your place, please use the School Gateway app, or log into and make a payment.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Safeguarding Updates
Thank you to those parents who attended the parents NSPCC online safety workshop last week.  Some useful information was shared to help keep your child safe online.  We would like to point out the website, which gives guidance on the use of social networks which your children may use and gives tips to keep you up to date and help to keep your children safe in today's digital world.

We would also like to inform you that O2 have a free service available at all of their branches where parents can go and ask advice about privacy and safety settings on phones and tablets.  You don't have to be an O2 customer to access this.

We are aware that there have been some issues with the gate beside the Forest School classroom blowing closed in the wind.  While we seek a solution, could we please ask parents and carers to ensure that children take care on particularly windy days.  The gate is closed through the day to ensure access is limited for safeguarding reasons.

Could we politely ask parents to refrain from parking on the school site at the end of the day unless by prior arrangement as we are very concerned that children still access this area at this time which could cause a potential safety risk.
Missing Items
We are are aware that a few items went missing at the Halloween disco on Friday.  Could we please ask if anything was taken home by mistake or found after the event, that it is returned to the school office after half term.
Christmas Performances
We are now ready to confirm the times of the Christmas performances to parents.  Due to lots of other things happening in school, there will be one performance only for Years One to Four, and no tickets will be needed.  Children will remain in school for the full day and will not be picked up early.  Nursery and Reception children will come to see dress rehearsals so they will not need to be taken out of their sessions to attend with parents. 
Tuesday 11th December - North Hall
Year 2 - A Midwife Crisis @ 10am
Refreshments @ 10.30am
Year 4 - As yet untitled @ 10.45am
Year 1 - Ralph the Reindeer @ 1.30pm
Refreshments @ 2pm
Year 3 - Bah Humbug! @ 2.15pm
On Tuesday afternoon Year 4 will also walk down to Newminster to watch the Year 5 Christmas performance.  Parents please speak to class teachers if you are able to accompany this visit. 
Wednesday 12th December - South Hall
Older siblings will be brought by staff to watch the performances.  Reception will perform twice in the South Hall and will stay in school for the full day. 
Nursery children may be taken home by the usual adult or by another adult with arrangement, but older siblings may not go home with them.
Reception Class Christmas Performance @ 9.30am
Nursery A - Nursery Rhyme Nativity @ 10am
Reception Class Christmas Performance @ 1.30pm
Thursday 13th December
We will be taking 150 people to the pantomime at Gateshead Stadium Theatre.  All tickets are fully booked.  This will require an early start - we will meet to register in the North Hall at 8.45 am.  We will issue further details neared the time.
Friday 14th December
Nursery B - Nursery Rhyme Nativity @ 1.30pm
Again, older siblings will be able to watch this performance (other activities permitting!) but may not be collected early.  Nursery children can be taken home after the performance if you wish.
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 ( 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.
Crafty Computing with Sarah Zaman
Sarah Zaman from Crafty Computing has been working with Year 4 children in their computing lessons on how to program through a resource called Scratch.  Some of the children are also attending a computing lunchtime club to further their knowledge.  Sarah will be running a free event at Morpeth Library on 30th October from 1pm - 3pm for any children who are interested.  The link for tickets for Morpeth CoderDajo is

Dear Parents/Carers

This week has seen a good number of items brought in for the shoebox appeal but please keep them coming.  After the half term holidays there will be just over a week before they will need to be collected and I would really love to see a good contribution from Abbeyfields.  I am planning to put boxes together in the week after the half term and so if you could get any items to me for that week I would really appreicate it.  We also need £5 to go with each box so if you wish to make a donation that would be a big help.  With many thanks, Mrs Dale.

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
  • 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.
26th October
5th November
12th-13th November
14th November @ 9.10am
14th November @ 11.45am
16th November
21st November @ 9.10am
21st November @ 10.00am - 11.00am
23rd November @ 1.15pm - 2.15pm
1st December @ 1pm - 3pm
3rd-7th December
9th December @ 11am - 2pm
11th December @ 10am

11th December @ 10.45am

11th December @ 1.30pm

11th December @ 2.15pm

12th December @ 9.30am
12th December @ 10.00am - 10.45am
12th December @ 1.30pm
13th December
13th December
14th December @ 1.30pm - 2.15pm
w/c 17th December
17th December @ 1.00pm - 3.00pm
18th December @ 1.00pm - 3.00pm
19th December @ 12.30pm - 3.00pm
19th December @ 1.00pm - 3.00pm
21st December@ 3.15pm
30th January
Teacher Training Day
Reception Vision Screening
Parental Consultations
Year 2 Class Assembly
Nursery Family Lunch
Children in Need (more details to follow)
Year 1 Class Assembly
Nursery A Nursery Rhyme Assembly
Nursery B Nursery Rhyme Assembly
School Christmas Fair
Scholastic Book Fair
Christmas Carol Singing at Sanderson Arcade
Year 2 Christmas Performance - 'A Midwife Crisis' (NEW)
Year 4 Christmas Performance - As yet untitled (NEW)
Year 1 Christmas Performance - 'Ralph the Reindeer' (NEW)
Year 3 Christmas Performance - 'Bah Humbug!' (NEW)
Reception Christmas Performance (NEW)
Nursery A Christmas Performance (NEW)
Reception Christmas performance (NEW)
Theatre Trip to Gateshead
FOAS Christmas Wreath-Making Social Evening
Nursery B Christmas Performance (NEW)
Theme Week - Christmas Around the World
Year 1 and Year 3 Christmas Parties
Year 2 and Reception Christmas Parties
Nursery Christmas Party (No morning session)
Year 4 Christmas Party
School Closes for Christmas

FOAS 'Burns Night' Social at The Sun Inn
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 100.0% 99.4%
RM 85.0% 96.9%
1J 95.7% 97.5%
1CH 96.0% 96.8%
2S 98.7% 98.9%
2BH 95.0% 98.9%
3D 97.0% 96.7%
3C 99.0% 97.7%
4G 98.5% 98.1%
4H 100.0% 97.8%

Total Percentage



Our winners this week are Mrs DaCosta and Miss Halliford's classes.

Friends Of Abbeyfields School News

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.
Christmas Card Design Project - online ordering deadline Sunday 28th October
A huge thank you to everyone who has submitted Christmas card designs. They all look fantastic!  The designs are being packaged up to be collected by the courier.  Mugs and card packs can be ordered online until 28th October and these orders will be delivered free to school.
If your child was really keen to do a design this is still possible.  Please see the “Late Artwork” section on the website for more information.  A postage charge will apply and these orders will be posted directly to you.  Additional cards and mugs can be ordered after the deadline via the “Reorders” page.  Friends of Abbeyfields DO still get a donation from these orders. Thanks for your support with this project.

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!  We would really appreciate Tombola prizes at this stage - please put contributions in the box in the school foyer.  We are also collecting raffle prizes - if anyone has contacts with local businesses that would be willing to help us out with vouchers or prizes that would be great! Thank you very much.

Christmas Carol Singing at Sanderson Arcade - Sunday 9th December 11am-2pm
Following the success of this last year, you are all invited to come and join in singing carols at Sanderson Arcade, to help raise funds for playground equipment for the school.  Don’t worry if you can’t make the whole time - any help is greatly appreciated.
  Older siblings and parents very welcome.  Please bring plenty of snacks and some water to keep you going, and lots of warm clothes.  Where possible it would be great if the children could wear school hoodies or coats. Thank you!

Christmas Wreath-Making Social Evening - Thursday 13th December
Join FOAS and get yourself into the festive spirit while making a Christmas wreath.  £15 per wreath including moss wreath, wire, foliage and ribbons.  Children welcome to join in with their grown-ups.  Mince pies and refreshments provided too.  A sign up email will follow after the half term holiday.
Date for your diary: “Burns Night” Social at the Sun Inn - Wednesday 30th January
Cheer up January with a night of good food and good company (while raising funds for your favourite school!) at the Sun Inn.  More information and booking details to follow but get that date baggsied in your diaries!

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  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 are 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 have become fantastic illustrators this week.  They have drawn and painted characters from Roald Dahl stories in the style of Quentin Blake.  The children did an amazing job and even surprised themselves with their wonderful artwork.  Some of Year 4 took part in a tag rugby tournament on Wednesday.  They played incredibly well as a team and did Abbeyfields proud.  We had our final swimming lesson this week.  The progress that the children have made with their swimming really is incredible!  PE next half-term will be on a Wednesday afternoon so your child will need to remember their PE kit every Wednesday.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have had a great week.  Our Stone Age day on Wednesday was brilliant fun.  The children were amazing in the assembly and we were delighted with their confidence to perform with an audience so enthusiastically as it can be a little daunting at times.  They then enjoyed a day of activities including investigating 'poo', making a cone person, grinding corn, trying on costumes and learning how to weave.  The Stone Age stew made a few of them realise that they preferred living now!!  In other news they have been working on a book called 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' in which we have looked at instructions and hence learned about imperative verbs and prepositions.  In Maths they have used their addition and subtraction skills using bar models to try and help them create a picture of what is happening in the question.  We wish them all a very happy half term and hope they all enjoy their well-deserved rest.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
What a fabulous half term Year 2 have had.  Some of their favourite parts of this term have been the multi-skills visit to Chantry, Paul Klee art work, the super farm trip, learning about the world and taking part in a treasure hunt using compass points.  On Wednesday the children were all excited to have some cake and sweets from Mrs Burn but they were also sad to say goodbye and good luck to her as she starts her new job in Berwick.  The children were amazed to hear that Mrs Burn has taught at Abbeyfields for nearly eight years and Mrs Sykes was her mentor as Mrs Burn was a newly qualified teacher back then!  Goodbye and Good Luck Mrs Burn...we will miss you!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
Gosh, can you believe that we have come to the end of our first term in Year 1?  In Read, Write Inc the children have been making fantastic progress with their phonics and have amazed us all with how many new sounds they now know.  Well done!  In Maths this week we have been working very hard adding numbers together and comparing them using the < > and = signs.  We have also begun to 'count on' from a given number to find a total.  Don't forget that we will be starting our new topic 'The Jolly Postman' after the holiday and are looking forward to receiving your letters, as suggested in our homework information.  Have a happy half term.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week we have been making some leaf rubbings.  The children chose autumn colours to make their pictures and then transferred their skills into the classroom to make further rubbings of different objects.  In Maths we have been working hard to make one more or one less from a set of objects.  We have looked at the letter 'e' this week and are amazed by how many letters we can now read after just one half term!  We are really impressed by how settled the children are and how quickly they have understood our rules and routines in Reception - keep up the good work!  We hope you all have a lovely half term break and the children come back feeling refreshed and raring to go.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Well we have come to the end of a very busy half term filled with lots of learning, fun and friendship. The children will be bringing home their Autumn holiday homework this week which has been planned to enhance our learning from this half term.  They are very excited to look for signs of Autumn and tick them off their checklist.  They have also got a strip to collect different colours of Autumn leaves.  We have also sent home a bag for the children to collect some 'Autumn Treasures' - please return the bag after the holidays as the children will be making some wonderful Autumn creations using their very own collection of treasures.  Our topic for next half term is 'Nursery Rhymes' which we are really looking forward to.  Have a lovely half term, a well deserved rest, and see you after the holidays.
Another busy fun packed week at After School Club.  Our first night back after half term is going to be on Bonfire Night.  We have planned exciting activities for the children to enjoy; making sparkler biscuits, glittery firework pictures, bonfire pictures and rocket bookmarks.  (We are aware of any children throughout the school who have food allergies).  Small ask again - if anyone has any small toys they no longer have need for, ASC would love any donations please!  Donations to be left at the school office, thank you!
Although not quite a full week, the children have still managed to fit in an awful lot!  Football, soft play, ball pool, Twister, pirate ships, lorries and cars, Speedball, hoola hoops, large skipping rope and craft activities.  'One fish 2 fish red fish blue fish' part 2 by Dr Seuss.   From near to far, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!  Ask your child if they can recite this verse.  It was practised!  Can your child remember any of those funny things?  (Ish has a dish to help him wish, Zans open cans, Yink likes to wink and drink, Yop likes to hop, Ying likes to sing).  From all of the BSC team, we wish all the children and their families a lovely October break.  Have fun at Halloween.
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