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Goodbye to the Beast from the East!
We would like to thank you all for your patience and support during the school closures last week due to the adverse weather conditions.  We hope the children managed to have some fun to create lasting memories.

Just a reminder that school closure messages were relayed via the NCC website, Radio Newcastle, our school website and via text/app messages.  If you are registered as Priority 1 parent on our system and you didn't receive any text/app messages last week, please could you firstly check that you have your notifications for School Gateway switched on, if you have and you still didn't receive any messages, please contact the office so that we can update our records.
Mindfullness Week
We are looking forward to a special Mindfulness week in school, between 19 – 23 March.  During the week children will be exploring different techniques for keeping calm and maintaining a positive outlook.  There will be some activities within their classes and some whole school events and visitors too.

As part of our Mindfulness week, our Educational Psychologist Jill Sandeman will be in school on Tues 20th March offering a talk to parents on “Raising a Mindful child” at 2-3pm, repeated at 6-7pm.  If you would like to attend either of these sessions, please respond by clicking here.

As it is also Sport Relief that week, we will be doing a “Wake and Shake” activity every morning, and will have a walk to school on the Friday morning, setting off from the car park next to St George’s church at 8.20am.  All children who wish to join us must be accompanied by an adult.  The majority of the walk will be through the park, and we will use pelican crossings and the Abbey Meadows zebra crossing for busy roads.
Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running our family lunches for Year 1 on Wednesday 21st March from 12.20pm.  On this day 30 of our Year 1 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 roasts, so places which will be allocated on a first come first served basis will no doubt be snapped up quickly!  If you'd like to book your place please make a payment on School Gateway under 'Family Lunch'.  Once the 30 available places have been taken, it will not be possible to make a payment.  If you have made a payment, you can be assured that you have reserved a place.
French Assembly
All of the children in school learn a few words in French throughout the year, and in Years Three and Four they have a weekly lesson with Mrs Halliford, learning about French traditions and daily life as well as French vocabulary. On Wednesday morning last week, despite not having full numbers among the children or the staff, we had a French assembly (the show must go on!) Year One sang a rainbow to teach us the French colours, Year Two sang about the weather and Year Three sang a round of "Frere Jacques." We all sang "Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes" in French and Y4 sang "Jean Petit qui danse" which taught us even more body words. Quel temps fait il aujourd'hui? Il neige!
Sport Relief is coming up in the week 17th March -23rd March. We will be selling the Sport Relief wristbands from Monday 19th March at morning playtime outside the north hall. If the children would like one please can they bring £1 to school.
Year 4 - Swaledale
Thanks for all of the payments so far. There are still some payments outstanding. May I remind you that the final instalment is due on 1st March. Please speak to Mrs Halliford or Mrs Mungall if you have any difficulties with this.
Requests from Year 3
Please could Year 3 have any packs of playing cards that are no longer needed to create some Fast Fifteen activities?   Also, if anyone has an old game of Guess Who (or similar) that they no longer want, please could it be donated to Year 3? Many thanks
As mentioned in previous newsletters, one of our Year 4 girls is cutting her hair which she is going to donate to the Little Princess Trust.  This is going to take place on Saturday 10th March!.  Thank you so much for the donations which have been made so far, however If you would still like to make a donation, please put it into a sealed envelope marked Little Princess Trust and leave it at the office of visit her Just Giving fundraising page on by clicking here.  We will pass on any further donations to this amazing little girl.  Many thanks
We now have a post box in the front foyer which is to be used for any correspondence to be given to your child's class teacher, to the Headteacher, or to the Office, should the office be closed (i.e. if your child is at BSC or ASAC).  This post box will be checked regularly.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 

14th March 2018

9am

Year 1 Assembly

16th March 2018

3.30pm-5.00pm

FOAS Disco for Nursery, Reception and Year 1

 

5.30pm - 7.00pm

FOAS Disco for Years 2 - 4

19th March 2018

 

Mindfulness Week

21st March 2018

9am

Reception Assembly

21st March 2018

12.20pm

Year 1 Family Lunch

23rd March 2018

 

Sport Relief (more information to follow)

27th March 2018

 

Easter Service (children only)

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



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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.

We are once again collecting green milk bottle tops which will be sent to the Children's Ward at Newcastle RVI.  There is a box in the front foyer.  Many thanks.
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 97.5% 95.0%
RM 94.2% 96.0%
1J 100.0% 96.5%
1B 95.2% 97.0%
2S 82.9% 95.8%
2H 86.7% 96.4%
3D 96.1% 98.0%
3C 94.5% 96.0%
4G 98.7% 96.1%
4H 100.0% 97.4%

Total Percentage

94.6%

96.4%

Our winners this week are Mrs Jones' and Mrs Heide's classes.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
 
Mother’s Day Secret Shop
Thank you to all those who have sent in money for their children to choose Mother’s Day gifts at the Secret Shop.  The children really enjoyed choosing their gifts and deliberated hard to choose the right present, and we hope they go down well on Sunday!  We have 10 gifts left which will be on sale after school tomorrow (Friday 9th).  All gifts cost £3.50.

Spring Disco
Tickets will go on sale after school from Monday 12th March for the Spring Disco on Friday 16th March.  Admission wristbands will be £4 per child including a hot dog, juice and a treat.  This year we will be holding two separate sessions:

Nursery, Reception and Year 1 from 3.30-5pm - tickets on sale in the Reception yard.  (Some tickets will be held back for Nursery B children and released at 3pm on Wednesday.)
Years 2-4 from 5.30-7pm- tickets on sale in the Main Yard

Nursery, Reception and Year 1 disco: as this event is run by parent volunteers, we ask that children from Nursery and Reception are collected from school as normal and that children have a parent or carer with them (no additional ticket required).  One adult can be responsible for a maximum of 2 children.  Year 1 children can attend alone if they are happy with this.  Coffee, tea and biscuits will be on sale for the adults present.  We regret that we cannot accommodate younger siblings - the children can get quite excited and there is usually lots of exuberant dancing - we would hate for a younger sibling to get hurt.

Children in Years 2-4 do not need an adult to be present.  Parents can stay but we ask that for this session adults who wish to stay DO purchase a ticket.  Tickets always sell fast, so do get yours early!  We are restricted numbers-wise by the fire regulations for the North Hall and have to include parents and carers in the total number, so there are a limited number of tickets available.  Thank you for your understanding.

Boost to the Playground Fund!
A huge thank you to Arthur and all his friends from Year 2 who have raised a magnificent £140 towards the Abbeyfields Playground Fund!  Arthur celebrated his birthday recently and instead of presents he asked his friends to donate to the Playground fund!  Well done and thank you to Arthur and all the children and their parents!

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.

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
Year 4 have impressed us this week with their mature and positive attitude towards achieving the best they can. The children have displayed this particularly well in English where they completed a reading comprehension all about the Year of the Dog.  We also thought about what our vision for 'The Three Rivers' could be and we wrote our ideas using neat joined handwriting to give to Mrs Ford.  In Maths, we have been looking at column addition and subtraction, using inverse calculations to find missing numbers and solve word problems.  The children have been focussing on presenting their Maths work neatly and clearly.  We enjoyed designing and making board games for World Maths Day where we played our games with the Year 2 children.  We are looking forward to our first Friday Fun session this half term.  We hope the children are enjoying the opportunity to participate in a number of different activities.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have been working so hard this week.  They have worked on converting between cm and mm in Maths and are using partitioning to help them to do this.  They also worked on creating a board game using some of the Year 1 objectives that they could then teach to the younger children.  They all really enjoyed the experience and did a great job of using mathematical vocabulary to explain the rules of the games.  In English the children have continued with the writing of the play scripts that they began last week using The Three Little Pigs as the basis.  They have started to include some additional features, which had been discussed previously, such as stage directions.  In Topic they have been looking at the vocabulary of volcanoes and the children did their usual amazing job of being able to remember the relevant vocabulary and the definitions which meant that they successfully labelled a diagram of a volcano.  Thanks to those children who have made model volcanoes and brought them in - we will have such fun using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to re-enact the eruption of Mount Versuvius!  The children have started using KODU to write their own programs to create a mini game and are thoroughly enjoying it.  They will be continuing with this at a later date.  Please note that PE will be on Fridays and so please can the children all have their kit at school.  We will try to get outside when we can so if the children could have appropriate kit for both indoor and outdoor PE.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
May we start our news this week with a great big THANK YOU from the children and staff for coming along and supporting us with our assembly yesterday.  It was great to see everyone get to their feet and join us for a wake and shake.  The children have had very little time to prepare - with last week's snow throwing a spanner in the works - so we are so proud of how sensibly and conscientiously they have worked to put on the show.  We're sure you will agree with us that it really was the 'greatest show'!  Apart from singing, we have also been working hard this week.  In Maths, we have been continuing our learning with money and have been calculating amounts and giving change.  We then moved on to mixed addition and subtraction problems, showing our deeper understanding using varied fluency.  In English we have been using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and using these to join two short sentences into one longer, more complex sentence - if you're stuck (we don't blame you) why not ask your child if they can explain the extra special words they have been using!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
It was full steam ahead this week in Year 1 after our snowy interruption.  The children have enjoyed our belated World Book Day celebrations.  We have all collected a new book to share from our book swap, and the staff have been moving around the classes to share stories with us.  We also loved World Maths Day on Wednesday when our friends from Year 3 made games and came to our classes to play them with us, the Lucky Dip game was very popular.  We have begun to get organised with our class assembly, if some what belatedly due to the weather.  Please look out for any words that we may need to practise.  Thank you to all those parents who attended our consultation evenings earlier in the week, it is always great to share what the children have been doing.  We look forward to seeing you at our assembly on Wednesday next week (14th March) at 9 am.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week for World Maths Day the children have had fun collecting data to make their own tally charts.  We have played lots of fun maths games both indoors and out and the children have continued to learn how to make number sentences using the adding and equal signs.  To celebrate World Book Day we all enjoyed reading lots of stories about different forms of transport and the children have tried hard to write their own stories about Mr Gumpy's Motorcar!  The Early Years Library in the South Hall has now been set up and will soon be ready to use.  The aim is to work alongside the reading scheme books to encourage reading for enjoyment, engaging children in sharing and discussing real books and becoming familiar with popular authors.  To help us to put this into place, we are looking for volunteers to come into school on a Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 2.45-3.15pm.   This will be to help children to access the library, choose books and read stories to small groups.  If you are interested in helping out, please see your child's class teacher to organise this.  Many thanks.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Well, after all the excitement cased by the weather last week we have got straight back to business this week.  The children have been very busy preparing our secret Mother's Day gifts.  We are very proud of them, they look very impressive and we're sure you will love them.  The children have loved talking about what makes their Mummy special and saying why they love them.  We have also been developing our fine motor skills, using our pincer grip to nip pegs to move pop-poms.  To think about our topic, 'wheels go round' we have been comparing different sized trains, using appropriate language, finding trains that are longer, shorter and the same size as Mrs Shooter's train, then we had fun pegging them onto the washing line in the right order, starting with the shortest.  More fun next week.
ASAC  - News in Brief
We have had a busy week with plenty of creating and designing ahead of Mother's Day.  In our craft corner we have been making flower baskets out of card for parents and carers.  They look fab!  Just a reminder of the number to call if you need to - 01670 500726.  Many thanks.
BSC  - News in Brief
We are happy to see the children back after the snow.  This week, they have enjoyed being in the soft play and ball pool.  They have also been busy playing parachute games, football and circle games as well as craft activities with Miss Stewart with an Easter theme. Our story this week was 'Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy'.  Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk in town, followed by a few friends. Can your child tell you who they met?  (Scarface Claw).  'Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar' was also read again this week. Can your child recite The Fiery Dragon poem (we did practice it):  
Oh the Fiery Dragon
Blows fire out through his nose
But oh, he takes great care, great care
Incase he burns his toes
We are enjoying these poems compiled by John Foster. Thank you Mrs Jones for the loan!
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