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Christmas Fair on Saturday and Busking in Sanderson Arcade on Sunday
On behalf of everyone at Abbeyfields, can I say a HUGE thank you for all your support over a very busy, fun-packed weekend for Abbeyfields.  It was a massive effort from all, particularly our 'Friends of Abbeyfields School' who organised a wonderful fair, where there was lots of fun to be had.

The weather was very kind to our fantastic Carol Singing buskers and their families on Sunday in Sanderson Arcade.  Christmas shoppers certainly enjoyed the entertainment and gave generously to the cause!

Thank you to you all for your time, hard work, contributions and support for the children of Abbeyfields.  We are all extremely grateful.
Christmas Concert Information
We can't believe it is this time already; how the term has flown.  Concerts are scheduled in the Diary dates section of this Newsletter.  As last year, there will be no requirement for tickets; as we now perform in year groups we don't worry quite so much about space.  We are kindly requesting any donations you may wish to make towards FOAS (rather than a chosen charity) to ensure we have enough money to install or even enhance our playground canopy, and we will continue to support other charitable causes in the new year.  We hope you thoroughly enjoy the shows....as ever, please feel free to take photographs of your own children for your own personal use....but please do not post anything on any social media sites -  this is to keep all our children safe, so please, please do support us in this.

As the school halls are used regularly throughout the school day, could we please ask that you do not arrive too early for your chosen performance.  Please arrive as close to the start time as possible.  Many thanks.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
7th-8th December 2017                      Scholastic Book Fair (South Hall)
6th December 2017         12.20pm     Year 3 Family Lunch
13th December 2017       10.30am     Nursery A Christmas Performance - Nursery Rhyme Nativity
                                         9.30am       Reception Christmas Performance - The Tiptoe Nativity
                                         2.00pm       Reception Christmas Performance - The Tiptoe Nativity
                                         9.30am       Year 1 Christmas Performance - A Snowman at Sunset
                                         10.15am     Year 2 Christmas Performance - Prickly Hay Nativity
                                         1.45pm       Year 3 Christmas Performance - A Christmas Mash Up
                                         2.30pm       Year 4 Christmas Performance - The Three Little Pigs
14th December 2017        9.30am      Year 3 Christmas Performance - A Christmas Mash Up
                                         10.15am     Year 4 Christmas Performance - The Three Little Pigs
                                         1.45pm       Year 1 Christmas Performance - A Snowman at Sunset
                                         2.30pm       Year 2 Christmas Performance - Prickly Hay Nativity
15th December 2017       1.45pm        Nursery B Christmas Performance - Nursery Rhyme Nativity
18th December 2017                           Year 2 Christmas Party

19th December 2017                           Reception (South Hall) and Year 1 (North Hall) Christmas Parties
20th December 2017                           Christmas Lunch
20th December 2017                           Nursery (South Hall) and Year 3 (North Hall) Christmas Parties
21st December 2017                           Year 4 Christmas Party
8th January 2018             8.50am        School reopens

Years 1 to 4 Cloakroom Procedures

As our cloakroom areas are mostly rather small, it’s always a problem to keep children’s “stuff” organised, particularly as the winter months with bulky coats, hats and scarfs are now upon us.

We Image result for coat peg cliparthave been talking to the children about keeping their possessions tidy and accessible, and would like to share that information with parents too.

As our pegs are small and close together, we would like the children to have a PE kit in a drawstring bag which will fit below a coat and between the pegs. If children bring a back pack this will be stored on the shelf or trough below their peg. Spare footwear goes below the shelf on the floor. Individual classes have arrangements for wellies and packed lunches, and reading folders either go in a box that the teachers provide, or in the child’s drawer – they should not remain in the cloakroom. Class teachers are also collecting your contributions for costumes for the Christmas plays – please send these in a named carrier bag which will be stored in classrooms.Image result for coat peg clipart

PLEASE PLEASE use a sharpie or name tag to identify coats and other clothing. There are labelled boxes with lost property in the KS1 cloakroom and the KS2 corridor. We regularly display the property and invite parents to look through it at any reasonable time. As lost property builds up we have to clear it out to charity shops from time to time.

This Friday we will send all property home – please just send back the equipment advised by class teachers that will be needed for the next two weeks.

 
Adverse Weather
I don't much like the look of the weather forecast at the minute, so I feel it is timely to send out some advice regards procedures in the event of bad weather descending upon us.  If bad weather arrives overnight, a decision will be made regards opening very early the next morning and parents/carers will be alerted via text message and the school website.  No news is good news - that will mean we are open as usual.  It is always our aim to keep the school open and we would only close in an absolute emergency e.g. no power, heating or not enough staff to open the school/keeping everyone safe.  I would like to ask you to make your own decision regards travel and only embark on your journey if you deem it safe to do so.  Thank you.  Fingers crossed for a sunny, mild winter!
We are once again selling beanies to raise funds for St Oswalds Hospice, with four different beanies to collect.  They will be on sale in the North Hall entrance from Monday 4th December and cost £2 each.  The beanies are really popular, so don't delay in sending in money with your child to avoid disappointment.  Many thanks.
BOOK FAIR - 4-8 DECEMBER
The scholastic book fair will be in school again from 4th December, every day after school and also before school on Wednesday and Thursday 6-7 December in the South Hall (next to Nursery and Reception.)  There is a range of fiction and non-fiction books for ages 2-11, which are all being offered at half price, so it's an excellent chance to stock up for the festive season.  We hope you can support the book fair, as whilst grabbing yourself a bargain you will be benefiting the school.  We will receive commission of 10% of sales as books for classrooms.  There will be prizes of 5 x £5 vouchers to be spent at the fair which will be drawn at the assembly on Thursday 7th December.  Mrs Halliford will collect the children from their classrooms on Friday morning to spend their vouchers. 
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.
ITEMS FOR SALE
A Yamaha PSR 225GM Keyboard complete with Case, Stand and Yamaha Stool. This keyboard is suitable for your child to learn to play at school and is portable to take home!  Price £50.00.
Please contact the school office for more information.

 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 93.7% 94.6%
RM 98.7% 96.6%
1J 99.0% 95.9%
1B 96.0% 98.0%
2S 94.5% 96.6%
2H 94.7% 97.8%
3D 97.9% 98.7%
3C 98.6% 96.3%
4G 95.9% 96.4%
4H 98.1% 97.3%

Total Percentage

96.7%

96.8%

Our winner this week is Mrs Jones'' class.
Parking....a polite reminder
We have been made aware of some concerns regards inconsiderate parking on the streets around school which have caused a couple of 'near-misses' and have made visibility for other drivers very difficult.  Please park safely - for the sake of other road users and most importantly, our children. Thank you.
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk

 We made it!!!
Amazing news!  We have hit our fundraising target of £10,000 for the Playground Canopy!  As many of you will know, following a survey of staff and parent opinions we have been fundraising for a colourful playground canopy outside the North Hall to allow better use of the school’s outdoor space. And we have now reached our target so the company have been contacted to set the ball rolling with the design and installation process. Watch this space!  A HUGE thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way to this amazing achievement!
 
Abbeyfields Christmas Fair
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the Fair on Saturday. Thank you for everyone’s contributions of time, talent, effort, donations, prizes and for such generous support on the day. It was a great afternoon and the total raised was a magnificent £1167 !
 
Carol Singing at the Sanderson Arcade
Thank you very much to all who came along to participate in the carol singing. We had lots of fun and raised a tremendous £180.  Particular thanks to Helen, Alannah and Jessi for the wonderful flute, oboe and piano playing!

Christmas Busking- Monday 18th December
Calling all budding musicians. FOAS are arranging Christmas busking at school pick up on Monday 18th December (weather permitting- it may move to 21st or 22nd if the weather is dreadful!). If your child would like to take part please let Mrs Halliford know as soon as possible. They will need to leave school to set up in the school grounds at 2.55pm and must be accompanied by a parent or carer. They can play in groups or solo- whatever they prefer. All proceeds will go towards FOAS funds- hopefully for more playground equipment!

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 Beccy Pearson at
FriendsofAbbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
The Year 4 Christmas performance is coming along amazingly well!  We are all very excited to perform it next week and hope that you can all make it. This week in English, the children have used the start of a short video clip to inspire their story writing. They had to try and include a range of vocabulary and techniques learned this half term, such as using fronted adverbials and conjunctions as well as using neat joined handwriting.  In Maths, we have continued our work on fractions and decimals and have used our skills and understanding to reason and solve real life problems. We have continued with our Anglo-Saxon topic and the children enjoyed looking at artifacts to suggest what life might have been like during this period.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have been working on aspects of grammar in English lessons such apostrophes, speech and the use of the 5ws to expand sentences, in preparation for story writing next week.  In maths we have been looking at the various operations we have covered over the last term to consolidate our knowledge. The Christmas performance practices are coming on well and we have been very impressed with how well the children have learned their words.  Please could we ask that all the costumes are brought in as soon as possible in a named bag.  We had our last ukulele lesson on Wednesday for this term.  The children have learned 4 chords: G7, C7, F and C. They are growing in confidence with where to put their fingers and are beginning to be able to play simple tunes requiring them to change chord.  As stated in the Newsletter above we will be sending the children's belongings home with them this weekend.  Due to school performances and Christmas parties we will not be needing PE kits until after the Christmas holidays.  The children keep their wellies down at the Forest School classroom and so if you would like them to bring them home for the holidays, please let us know so that we can sort this out. We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week for the performances.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Many, many thanks to all the children and parents who have made a Christmas card for one of their friends as part of their homework last week.  The children have really enjoyed sharing their cards and showing off their creativity and they all look great on display in the classrooms.  Watch out for our next homework task!  This week has been crazy busy as the children have been trying to work hard on their stunning writing and reading about the Polar Express.  If you haven't seen the film then its well worth watching!  In Maths the children have done an amazing job showing their knowledge of everything they have learned since September.  They have great understanding of number and impress us all every day with their times tables, division, addition and subtraction.  Finally the Year 2 team would like to say a huge well done to all the children for learning the words to our Christmas songs, Christmas words and remembering who needs to go where on the stage. Team work really has worked this week... well done children!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
 
Last Friday the children helped to decorate our classrooms for Christmas.  Thank you to everyone who has helped to make a card or a decoration - our classrooms look fabulous!  This week in maths we have been exploring teen numbers and finding ways to make numbers using a ten stick and ones.  We are sharing our Christmas/winter stories and have been making our own acrostic winter poems.  The children are practising very hard for our Christmas performance - ask them to sing you their favourite song at home!  Thank you to everyone who has brought in their costume - please can we have everyone's costumes in by Monday 11th December at the latest.  If you have mislaid their letter explaining what your child needs, please speak to a member of staff.  Thank you.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
Tiptoe Nativity is on Wednesday 13th December.  We have two showings on the day (am & pm) so we hope you can come along to one of them as the children are very excited to perform in front of their families; we are very impressed by all the children's efforts.  The dress rehearsal is on Monday so could ALL costumes be brought into school tomorrow (Friday 8th).  If anyone needs us to provide a costume we also need to know by tomorrow so we can get on the case!  Please just have a word with a member of the Reception Team who will be happy to help.  Cloakroom procedures for Reception are fine so the notice is for KS1 and KS2 cloakrooms.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another very glittery and sparkly week in Nursery.  We are having so much fun making our Christmas crafts, we cant wait for you to see them all, the children are very proud of everything they have made.  Mrs Shooter and the nursery team are very impressed with how well we are doing in our rehearsals for our Christmas performance.  We are singing the songs beautifully to tell the story of the very first Christmas - with just a hint of Nursery Rhymes.  Tissues at the ready!  We have a little elf in Nursery, he is being a bit of a tinker, ask the children to tell you what mischief he has been up to!  Please send in your £1 donations towards the party as Mrs Shooter's elves will be going shopping this weekend.  The Christmas postbox is still in the cloakroom if you still want to make and post a card and you £1 voluntary donation. Thank you.
ASAC  - News in Brief
This week we have been doing some Christmas crafts, making our own Christmas crackers as well as doing a penguin collage.  In the hall we have been practising our gymnastic skills as well as trying out table tennis.  We are having problems with our ASAC mobile phone, so if you would like to speak with the ASAC staff, please contact them on 01670 500726.  Many thanks.
BSC  - News in Brief
 
The children have had a busy week playing in the soft play, ball pool, skipping ropes, draughts, big vehicles, dressing up outfits, finger knitting, Lego, pirate ships and table football (currently no room for the big football due to a tree in the hall!)  Our story this week was 'The Stink Before Christmas' by Sam and Mark.  It's time to deliver presents, but Santa's tummy is feeling funny and he needs to let out parps along the way... but as a result, all the presents fall in the sea!  Will Santa's trusty reindeer come to the rescue after their brussels sprout snack?  Can your child tell you if Santa managed to deliver all the presents to the girls and boys and whose 'parp' did they think was the funniest?!  We don't recommend that you ask them to show you - they were very good.  We do wonder who has been teaching them!!
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