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New Uniform Items
Three lovely new uniform items will be added to our page on the Tots to Teams website very soon - these are being beautifully modeled by Alfie and Sadie below.  They had the original idea for an Abbeyfields bobble hat and have worked with our uniform supplier to come up with the finished product.  Well done both of you - Lord Sugar will no doubt be knocking on your door very soon! 

Abbeyfields logoed bobble hat: £4.50
Abbeyfields logoed Early Years / Small PE bag: £3.84
Abbeyfields logoed KS1 & KS2 / Large PE bag: £5.16

The PE bags are perfect for our cloakrooms as they take up much less space and are less likely to end up on the floor and cause a trip hazard than backpacks or bags with double drawstrings. We look forward to seeing these items around school but PLEASE remember to name all of them.  Iron on name labels are available on the Tots to Teams site at £2.40 for 20.
EXCLUSION PERIOD FOR SICKNESS AND DIARRHOEA
Could we please remind you all that the exclusion period from school if your child has sickness and/or diarrhoea is 48 HOURS.  This applies to all children regardless of the amount of times or reasons for vomiting.  The wellbeing of our pupils and staff is paramount so it is important that we avoid the spread of this nasty bug, therefore we have to adhere to this at all times; no exceptions will be made.
Before School Club Update
Attendance at Before School Club continues to grow and it's lovely to see the children enjoying all of the activities on offer and parents appreciating the slight head-start on their day that BSC offers!  Charges for this club have remained static for many years in spite of our costs rising continually, so we have now decided that an increase will be implemented after half term starting on Monday 19th February.  The new rates will be: 

8am - 8.50am: £2.20
8.30am - 8.50am £1.10

I'm sure you'll agree that this still represents excellent value for money and the additional income will ensure that we will continue to be able to offer lots of fun activities in a safe and stimulating environment for the children every morning. 

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

You will already have heard of the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank, as we have sent donations to them at Harvest Festival time, and they have been into school to talk to the children themselves.

We are aware that they have experienced a huge demand over the Christmas period, and were concerned that they could not match the demand.  Fortunately due to the generosity of the local community they did manage to.

This emphasises that there are (sadly) people in our local community who need help all year round.  Therefore we will be leaving a box in the from foyer at the main entrance of school.  Any donations will be delivered to the Food Bank on a regular basis.

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.

After School Club Alert
Please could we ask that parents collecting children from After School Club don't go back to classrooms to collect belongings until the next morning.  We are very concerned that someone will be injured as cleaners are working with heavy, noisy electrical equipment and can't hear approaching footsteps, floors are often wet and slippery and cleaning chemicals are in use.   

Thank you for working with us to keep everyone safe.
COACH REQUIRED
Abbeyfields' football team are looking for a parent who is willing to take over the coaching.  You would need to be a qualified coach.  If you are interested, please leave your contact details at the school office.  Many thanks, Rik Sykes.
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 87.0% 95.2%
RM 94.7% 96.1%
1J 99.9% 96.2%
1B 95.3% 97.4%
2S 96.0% 96.1%
2H 97.3% 96.6%
3D 93.9% 98.2%
3C 90.0% 96.0%
4G 96.6% 96.0%
4H 97.7% 97.4%

Total Percentage

94.0%

96.5%

Our winner this week is Mrs Jones' class.
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the FOAS Ceilidh on Saturday evening.  The Whistling Sheep Ceilidh Band provided some great live music for us to dance to and everyone there threw themselves into the dancing with great gusto!  Thank you also for all the kind donations of raffle prizes.  We
really hope you all enjoyed it.

Plans are now underway for a Mother’s Day Secret Shop and Spring Disco - we will keep you posted once dates and details are confirmed.

Canopy Survey
Following a technical hitch, you should all now have received an email containing a link to a Google Form.  This form is for you and your children to chose your favourite design for the new playground canopy and only takes seconds to complete.  There are four fantastic designs for you to chose from.  Once the replies are all in, we will go with the majority.

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
Wow!  What a fabulous performance from everyone in our year group assembly.  We are so proud of all the children's hard work and enthusiasm.  Thank you for providing costumes and props.  In English this week, we used our dictionary skills to create a topic glossary.  We also further increased our topic knowledge by completing a reading comprehension about European Landmarks.  In Maths, we have been tackling time word problems and have also started to look at data handling.  The children enjoyed a fun Science session this week as we investigated changing states of matter by increasing and decreasing temperature.  Van Gogh was the inspiration for our art lesson this week as we continue to appreciate the work of European artists.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
In English this week we have been looking at how we can use language to help us to create a more exciting piece of writing.  We have looked at adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and fronted adverbials to help us.  In Maths we have looked at creating pictograms to represent information and are now using these skills to answer questions when the picture represents more than one item.  We have been busy practising the Greek assembly in readiness for next Wednesday and hope to see as many of you there as possible​.  We will also be having our Greek themed day that day and your child should have brought home a flyer with some information on it yesterday.  Please remember that we are going to the Hancock Museum on Tuesday next week so the children will need to have a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch with them that day. They will not require any additional spending money.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
What another great week in Year 2.  The children have worked hard in their Maths, RWI and English groups again.  In History and Geography the children were really lucky to have a visit from Arthur's mum (2S) to teach the children about parts of a boat and charts to use to navigate the seas!  Year 2 are very excited about next Tuesday (6th February) as it is their 'Sail the Seven Seas' day.  All you need to know is - dress your child up in something to do with the sea, maybe a pirate, sea captain...you decide.  For lunch please could you provide your child with a selection of food to share with their friends?  You could make some sandwiches, biscuits, fruit salads, crisps, sushi etc. and this will be shared on the tables in the classroom as a 'banquet' on the Captain's table.  You have already had a letter about this but if you are still confused then ask your child as we have talked about it lots in the classroom.  Thank you in advance for all your support with this special day in Year 2, we know you will agree that it takes a lot of effort from you and teaching staff to make this work and we really appreciate your help.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
What a fantastic week we have had in Year 1.  This week in Maths we have been using bar models, ten frames and part whole models and we have also been writing number sentences for number fact families.  For example 1+9=10, 9+1=10, 10-1=9, 10-9=1.  How many more number fact families can you find?  This week in Topic we have been investigating materials and have been learning new vocabulary to describe the properties of materials.  The children really enjoyed taking part in a material hunt.  Have a go at home too.  What materials can you find?  What are their properties?  Happy hunting!  The Year 1 Team .
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week the children have been learning all about jigsaws and moving toys.  They have been looking closely at how toys move and the different forces that they need to use to move them...push or pull.  Can the children tell you at home which way some of their toys move?  They have also been making their own jigsaws and have been working out how the pieces will fit together again.  They have continued to make simple number sums and have been reminded of the correct signs to use for adding and equals.  Well done to everyone for another hard working week in Reception!
NURSERY - News in Brief
Well, we have had so much fun in Nursery this week.  We have been thinking about people who live in different types of homes to us.  We have been talking about Eskimos who live in houses made from ice and snow, called igloos.  We had our own igloo in Nursery to play in, we put scarves on and pretended to fish for our food, it was great fun.  We sang two new songs, an Eskimo fishing song 'Okitokiunga' and  a song about a Polar Bear, '40 years on an iceberg', we could sing them for you at  home, the Polar bear song ends in a cuddle!  How lovely.  We have made igloos covered in blue, shiny, pearly paper.  We also impressed Mrs Shooter with our cutting skills and completing our sticker challenge, cutting out the igloo and the Eskimos and sticking them together.  We have been looking at different sized igloos and putting them in order and even looking at numbered igloos, ordering them and then putting the right number of people inside, matching quantities to numerals, we are getting so clever.  We all decided we have had great fun playing and talking about igloos but that we would much rather live in our warm cosy homes here with our families.  More fun in Nursery next week. Thank you
ASAC  - News in Brief
We have been braving the cold weather this week.  A bit of freezing cold never stopped us!  In craft, we have been making heart shaped animals and they look great!  Just a reminder that the contact number for ASC is 01670 500726.
BSC  - News in Brief
 
The children have played football, parachute games, circle games, hula hoops, table football, darts, Twister and construction boxes (we have had some great models, and even a theme park!)   Our story this week was 'The Three Bears and Goldilocks' by Jonathan Langley.  The author manages to make this traditional tale into a witty story.  The three bears lived happily and quietly together in their house which was always tidy.  One morning they went for a walk ..... Can your child tell you the three bear's names (George, Mavis and Baby Brian - who liked all his things with rabbits on!)  After Goldilocks ran away, they lived happily ever after and always locked their door when they went out, just incase!  Can your child tell you what happened to Goldilocks?  (She turned into a fine young woman and had many adventures but never ate porridge again!)
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