Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running our family lunches for Year 3 on Wednesday 29th November from 12.20pm. On this day 30 of our year 3 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.
10th November 2017                          Flu Vaccinations (Rec - Year 4) 
15th November 2017       9.00am       Y1 Assembly
17th November 2017                          Children in Need - Spotacular, Sparkle and Shine!
22nd November 2017      10.00am     Nursery A Nursery Rhyme Assembly
24th November 2017       1.30pm       Nursery B Nursery Rhyme Assembly
30th November 2017                          Reception Vision Screening
2nd December 2017                           FOAS Christmas Fair 
13th December 2017       10.30am     Nursery A Christmas Performance 
                                         9.30am       Reception Christmas Performance
                                         2.00pm       Reception Christmas Performance
                                         9.30am       Year 1 Christmas Performance
                                         10.15am     Year 2 Christmas Performance 
                                         1.45pm       Year 3 Christmas Performance
                                         2.30pm       Year 4 Christmas Performance 
14th December 2017        9.30am      Year 3 Christmas Performance 
                                         10.15am     Year 4 Christmas Performance 
                                         1.45pm       Year 1 Christmas Performance 
                                         2.30pm       Year 2 Christmas Performance
15th December 2017       1.45pm        Nursery B Christmas Performance 
w/c 18th December 2017                    Christmas Parties

on watercress & carrot salad ,spiced tomato and cranberry jam
on dressed French leaf with smoked paprika mayonnaise and sour dough
with balsamic dressed olives and aged Brie
garnished with herb croutons
vodka, cointreau, cranberry, cinnamon
and clementine zest for a boozy option
lemon, caper butter ,new potatoes
and wilted spinach
forest mushroom, roast garlic and sauce blanc, served with fine beans & boulangere potatoes
ricotta, goats cheese and parmesan, pesto sauce
red wine, tomatoes,
chilli and root vegetables
thin cut chips, roast tomatoes,
Café du Paris butter
£3.00 supplement
2 courses usually
Join us for a two course dinner this November for just £9.95
£23.95 for two people with a glass of prosecco
 Please call to reserve a table
01670 505155
Café Society would like to welcome you to enjoy our evening new evening menu, a range of modern and classic inspired dishes, in the New Year this will change weekly.
We offer a similar weekly express lunch menu £9.95 for 2 courses
We are still 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.

Christmas is coming!!


Come and see the gorgeous new Stella and Dot collection


Pop up accessories boutique

(Next to a Marks and Spencer)

17th November

A donation to Friends of Abbeyfields will be made for any purchases made on 17th November if you mention Abbeyfields at the time of purchasing.
Dear Parents/Carers
It is that time of year again for putting together shoeboxes, for the Samaritans Purse shoebox appeal. They will be distributed to various countries world-wide to bring joy to thousands of disadvantaged children. We didn’t take part last year and so it would be nice to get involved again. 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 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, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (best-before-date must be at least March of the following year)
If you would like to make a donation, then please bring it into school by 10th November for the attention of Mrs Dale. Completed boxes can be brought in up to 16th November.
Many thanks
Mrs Dale
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 100.0% 95.1%
RM 99.0% 97.2%
1J 97.3% 95.7%
1B 97.3% 98.5%
2S 97.9% 96.3%
2H 98.7% 98.9%
3D 95.9% 98.9%
3C 95.9% 96.1%
4G 96.9% 97.1%
4H 93.9% 97.1%

Total Percentage



Our winner this week is Mrs DaCosta's class.
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News

 Abbeyfields Christmas Fair - Saturday 2nd December 2017
The Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 2nd December from 1-3pm.  This is always a great event with lots of Christmas stalls, craft activities, face painting, games, mulled punch and mince pies, Tombola and......a visit from Santa! We will have a number of local trade and craft stalls selling Christmas gifts.  Stalls are available at a cost of £10 per stall – please email Beccy Pearson at if you would like to book a stall space. If you can think of anyone who may wish to have a stall, please spread the word!
We will need lots of help on the day to set up and run the fair, so if you would be willing to offer your help (or someone else’s!) please email or speak to Beccy also. The fair lasts for 2 hours, so we would hope that enough people volunteer to be able to allocate 30-60 minute slots on stalls, so that those helping also get chance to go off and enjoy the event with their children too. Thank you very much to those who have already offered to help- it is hugely appreciated!

We are now collecting prizes for the Tombola so please hand any contributions in to the school office. We will be running a toy stall so if you have any good quality used toys which you can spare please put them to one side. We are short on storage space so would really appreciate it if these were only brought in the day before or on the day of the fair. Thank you!

As in previous years we are appealing to year 3 parents to provide contributions for raffle prizes- a letter about this should be coming home on Friday.
You can still make Christmas Cards with Cauliflower Cards!
If your child or children were wanting to design a card or Christmas mug and you haven’t had time yet you can still post late orders direct to Cauliflower Cards until 6th December. They charge a £4.50 per household processing and packaging fee but Friends of Abbeyfields DO still get a donation from your purchases. Details are available at and you will need to print a late order form at
We are getting closer to our Abbeyfields Playground Canopy….!
As many of you will know, following a survey of staff and parent opinions we are currently fundraising for a colourful playground canopy to allow better use of the school’s outdoor space. This will cost in the region of £10,000.  The Halloween Disco raised £260 which when added on to our total makes…….£7945!
We are really hopeful that we and the Abbeyfields children can raise the rest of the funds necessary during this school year, so lots of fundraising plans are being hatched!
Thank you for all your ongoing support of FOAS activities. As always, do get in touch if you have any queries or suggestions for FOAS, or if you are able to offer to help with any events- either speak to a committee member or email
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
This week Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed our new class novel 'Beowulf' and have started to use this mythical story as a focus in our English lessons.  First we compared George's Marvelous Medicine with Beowulf and discussed the similarities and differences.  Next we wrote a character description about King Hrothgar and also created a glossary to help us understand what some of the archaic vocabulary means.  In Maths the children have shown an excellent understanding of division including solving calculations with remainders and word problems. In Science we imagined what it would've been like without any electricity. We weren't allowed to use the computer, interactive whiteboard, lights or anything that was powered by electricity. We even had to send a toy bird with a message on it instead of using the class telephone which the children thought was great fun!
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have moved on from the Stone Age and have looked at how the use of metal was developed and how it changed lives as we now talk about the Iron Age. The children did a lovely job with their Europe homework and we will be using the facts that they discovered over the next few weeks as we discuss our Europe topic and look at the adventures that our new character Flat Stanley could go on.  In maths we have been continuing to practice addition and subtraction and develop our reasoning skills and in English we have used good vocabulary to compare ideas and discuss a character. Please remember that rugby will be continuing on Mondays for another three weeks and so please ensure that your child has the warm kit with them.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Year 2 have had an amazing week learning about the Great Fire of London.  They built London on Wednesday and burned it on Thursday!  In English and RWI, the children have worked very hard writing and reading in their books and in maths they have enjoyed both practical and written addition and subtraction calculations.  Homework this week is going to be a bit different, so remember to ask your child and check their yellow homework book.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
We have had a very busy week in Year 1!   In maths we are continuing to learn about subtraction and have been using number lines to help us work out the answer.  We are enjoying our Jolly Postman topic and have been looking at a map of the houses he delivered to.  In 1B our post office role play area is now open.  The children have been writing postcards and buying stamps using money.  We are still receiving your letters and cards in the post - thank you.  We have all had a judo taster session this week where the children learnt some grabbing and holding techniques - ask them to show you!  We are practising hard for our assembly next Wednesday.  Some of us have brought home words to learn - please help us with this.  We hope to see lots of you there!  We will be having PE on a Friday morning this half term so please ensure your child has a PE kit at school.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week has been another busy week.  The children have enjoyed finding out about Bonfire Night and the reason why we celebrate it with fireworks.  On Wednesday morning the children enjoyed their taster session in Judo.  They listened and participated well.  Our visiting Judo instructors were impressed!  Thanks for all the super homework.  The children have enjoyed sharing what they did with the class.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another very busy week in Nursery - full of fun. We are all loving our Nursery rhyme topic. Thank you for sending PLOD sheets back to nursery.We have enjoyed singing lots of nursery rhymes, joining in with the actions and talking about our favourites. We have been counting buttons on the gingerbread men and making sure they're in the right order on our number line - they are a little bit cheeky and keep swapping places! We have been working with the Nursery teachers looking in our lovely learning journals, we are so very proud of them. We look forward to seeing you at our Nursery Rhyme assembly very soon.
ASAC  - News in Brief
After School Club is being very creative this week by making hand puppets!  We have been creating crocodiles, chickens and dragons which all look very, very realistic. As the nights draw in quicker, we have arranged an exciting indoor Tri-Golf activity for the children to try out on Thursdays, with a specialist coach coming in to help out. It's going to be fun!
BSC  - News in Brief
The children have had another busy week playing in the soft play and ball pool and as always the team are proud to see them taking their turn.  They have also enjoyed parachute games, football, cars and big trucks (the bin wagons are popular), darts, target practice, action men, My Little Pony and craft activities with Miss Stewart.  The story this week was 'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig' by Eugene Trivizas.  A classic fight between wolves and pigs as you've never seen before!  Can your child tell you what the pig uses when his huffing and puffing fails to work (sledgehammer, pneumatic drill) and what kind of house do the wolves construct that makes the pig have a change of heart? (flowers)
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
The opulent gold, red and orange hues of autumn are glistening at their best in the Forest School woodlands and the first few days of early morning frost heralds in the colder half of the year.  As the unmistakable smell of wood smoke surrounds the Forest School site, this weeks groups have sought the warmth and comfort of a crackling campfire.  Temperatures have taken a noticeable drop and with that comes the need for warm winter clothing tough enough to stand up to all Forest School throws at them.  If possible, please can your child be prepared for the cold snap outdoors with hats, gloves, an extra pair of warm socks, a warm coat and wellington boots.  As all Forest School sessions take place outdoors in all weather conditions (except strong winds) it really is imperative that we are braced for the worst.  After all, for children the worse the weather is, the more they enjoy being out in it!
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