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We would like to welcome you all back to the final half term of the year!  We have lots of different trips, events and assemblies taking place over the next six weeks.  Please see the 'Dates for your Diary' section in this newsletter (this is updated weekly, so keep checking)!
Classes for September 2018
We are delighted to be able to inform you of our classes for the new academic year.

To ensure the children have a smooth transition into their new classes we will be carrying out various activities during this half term.
With this in mind, we would like to offer a SHARE meeting for parents & carers to enable you to hear more about the classes and to meet the teachers.

The timings for these are as follows (apologies for the short notice - if you can't make it, we will make sure the information comes home):

13th June - Y4 SHARE after the Y3 assembly with Miss Grieve and Miss Halliford
20th June - Y3 SHARE after the Y2 assembly with Mrs Dale and Mrs Cowey
27th June - Y2 SHARE after the Y1 assembly with Mrs Sykes, Mrs Burn and Mrs Heide
4th July - Y1 SHARE after the Reception assembly with Mrs Jones, Mrs Cameron and Mrs Heide

Nursery and Reception new starter meetings are being held separately; dates have been published on the Diary Dates section of this Newsletter and in letters to parents.
YEAR GROUP TEACHER TRANSFERRING CLASS
Nursery Mrs Shooter                          N -
Reception Mrs DaCosta                        RD -
  Mrs Dawson                         RM -
Year 1 Mrs Jones                            1J RM
  Mrs Cameron (4 days)         1CH
+ Mrs Heide (1 day)
RD
Year 2 Mrs Sykes                            2S 1B
  Mrs Burn (3 days)                2BH
+ Mrs Heide (2 days)
1J
Year 3 Mrs Dale                              3D 2H
  Mrs Cowey                          3C 2S
Year 4 Miss Grieve                         4G 3D
  Miss Halliford                      4H 3C

GDPR
As you are already aware new data protection regulations (GDPR) which are designed to strengthen the safety and security of all data held within an organisation, came into force on the 25th May.  The Three Rivers have done a great deal of work preparing for this and have now produced final consent forms and privacy notices.  Our privacy notice can be found at http://abbeyfields.the3rivers.net/privacy-notice/ and a paper consent form will be coming home with your child this evening.  Please could you read the explanation on this form and complete and return your consent options to us as soon as possible, responding to every question?  If we do not receive a response from you we are duty bound to take this as 'consent not given'.  Thanks for your support with this.

To celebrate National Bike Week Bikers' Breakfast is coming to Abbeyfields on Wednesday 13th June from 8am – 8.50am in the North Hall
 
Cycle to school (optional!) and join us for bacon butties (vegetarian available)  with tea, coffee, milk or fruit juice

£1 per child £2 per adult
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Mrs Middleton and her team would love to give all of our cyclists (and non-cyclists) a great start to their day; if you’d like to come along and be part of the fun, please fill in a Google Form by clicking here, then visit School Gateway to make a payment and reserve your place in the usual way by Friday 8th June.
Music Assembly
We have postponed the music assembly that was scheduled for 6th June.  4G children will now perform on Thursday 14th June at 2.40pm and 4H children on Thursday 21st June at 2.40pm.  Parents of  children participating are welcome to join us in the North Hall to help set up instruments from 2.30pm.


If you or your friends or family members are looking for Nursery provision for your child please pop in to see us and our stimulating Nursery environment on; Friday 13th July 3:30-4:30. We look forward to seeing you. More details to follow…

LOCAL BUSINESS ADVERTISING
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 (abbeyfields.the3rivers.net) 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.
ITEMS FOR SALE

Fender electric guitar, complete with strap, case, amplifier and clip tuner.  All of these items are for sale for £100.  Please contact the office for more information.
Sun Protection
As the sun has finally arrived, we would like to remind you of ways of keeping your children safe:
  • Children should bring hats to school to wear when outdoors.
  • The use of sun screen will be encouraged as appropriate
  • Parents are encouraged to apply sun screen to children before they come to school
  • Children are expected to bring their own sun screen to school, clearly labelled with their name, and apply it themselves.  Please ensure that you show them how to sensibly apply these screens.
  • Children must only use their own sun screen.
To view our Sun Protection Policy, please click here.

We have red Abbeyfields legionnaires style hats for sale in the school office at £4 each.  Abbeyfields caps are available from www.totstoteams,com
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
11th June 2018                                            Year 2 Trip to St Mary's Lighthouse
12th June 2018                                            Years 1-4 Theatre Visit in School
13th June 2018              8am-8.50am          Biker's Breakfast
13th June 2018              9am                       Year 3 Class Assembly followed by Y4 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
14th June 2018              2.40pm                  4G Music Assembly (for parents of musicians)
20th June 2018              9am                       Year 2 Class Assembly followed by Y3 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
21st June 2018              2.40pm                  4H Music Assembly (for parents of musicians)
22nd June 2018                                           Forest School/FOAS Camping Night
25th June 2018                                            Year 4 Trip to Brinkburn Priory
27th June 2018              9am                       Year 1 Class Assembly followed by Y2 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
27th June 2018              5.30pm - 6.15pm   'New to Nursery' Parent/Carer's Meeting
27th June 2018              6.30pm - 7.15pm   'New to Reception' Parent/Carer's Meeting
4th July 2018                 9am                        Reception Class Assembly followed by Y1 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
11th July 2018               9.30am                   Nursery A Class Assembly (CHANGE OF TIME)
13th July 2018               1.30pm                   Nursery B Class Assembly (CHANGE OF TIME)
13th July 2018                                              Abbeyfields Country Show 2018
13th July 2018               3.30pm - 4.30pm   Nursery Open Day
18th July 2018                                             Year 4 Leaver's Assembly
9th October                   7pm                        FOAS AGM


Easyfundraising is the simplest way to raise money for our school.  You can shop with any of over 3,300 well-known retailers via the easyfundraising website and a percentage of what you spend is passed to Abbeyfields School at no additional cost to you.  Some of the main retailers include Amazon, M&S, Vodafone, eBay, Tesco, Viking, Thomas cook, TUI and many more (see below). Please register to support us today by visiting https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/abbeyfields1st/.  It really doesn't cost you a single penny and takes seconds to register.  You can even download a donation reminder so when you search the internet, all companies who are registered with Easyfundraising will have a notification beside it.


Save money by downloading the School Gateway app

If you have a smartphone, both you and the school can save money when you download the ‘School Gateway’ app from your app store (Android and iPhone).  We currently have just less than 70% of parents using the app, but we'd love to increase this – please help us achieve this.  Once you’ve downloaded the app, our texts will be delivered to you as instant app messages, saving us the cost of texting.  Any messages that you send to school using the app will be FREE of charge to you.  It’s quick and easy to do.  All you need to activate the app for the first time are your email address and mobile number that school holds on record for you (Priority 1 parents only).  If you have trouble logging in, please call us on 01670 513582.  Many thanks

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.

As you know, we have been collecting green milk bottle tops in the front foyer for some time now and they have been given to the Children's Ward at Newcastle RVI.  The hospital sells the bottle tops to manufacturers who are able to recycle them and turn them into wellington boots!  Whilst being really good for the environment, it is a great way for the Children's Ward to raise funds to buy equipment which the children are able to benefit from during their stay in  hospital.

So, let's keep collecting those green milk bottle tops!
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 95.7% 95.4%
RM 97.3% 96.3%
1J 88.7% 96.4%
1B 88.7% 96.7%
2S 93.1% 96.3%
2H 90.3% 96.6%
3D 98.2% 98.3%
3C 95.4% 96.1%
4G 92.6% 95.3%
4H 92.9% 97.4%

Total Percentage

93.2%

96.5%

Our winner this week is Mrs Dale's class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
 
Shhh! Secret Father's Day Shop
FOAS will be running a Father’s Day Shop after school on Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th June.  Gifts will be £3.50 each.  We will be in the yard (and under the canopy if it’s raining!).  Do come along and buy a gift for all those wonderful Abbeyfields Dads and Grandads!

Forest School Camping Night payments
All the places for this event have now gone.  If you have not paid yet please could you send in your payment to the office as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Abbeyfields Country Show - Friday 13th July
Plans are well underway for the Country Show.  We have a couple of pleas at this stage:

1) We will be running a Craft Stall selling homemade craft items e.g. wool and fabric purses, woollen dolls, hats, home made cards etc.  So, if you or anyone you know are talented in a crafty direction and would like to contribute an item or two to the stall, then that would be very much appreciated.  Items will be collected by Beccy Pearson and Kimberly Bernard-Stacey.  Feel free to chat to them about the stall or email Beccy on the address above. Thank you.

2) If you have any crochet needles or wool which you can spare then this would be very gratefully received.  Some of the older children will be using these to make items for the craft stall at After School Club.  Donations can again be handed to Beccy or
Kimberly or dropped in at the school office.  Thanks in advance.

3) If anyone is particularly handy and could make us a Splat the Rat game for use at this and future fairs then please get in touch.  This is essentially a slanted board on legs with a length of drainpipe attached.  We can send you a picture if you think you might be able to help.

Date for your diary - FOAS AGM
A Save the Date!  The Abbeyfields AGM will be on Tuesday 9th October at 7pm in school.
 

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
Welcome back to what promises to be an extremely busy final half term for Year 4 at Abbeyfields.  We have enjoyed a very sporty start to the half term with our Quad Kids events on Wednesday.  The children displayed excellent behaviour and an eagerness to compete in a sporting manner.  Continuing the sporty theme, Newcastle United Foundation made their final visit to complete the Match Fit sessions with the children on Thursday.  All throughout the 6-week course, the coaches have complimented the children on their behaviour, willingness to learn and prior scientific knowledge.  In English this week, we have been using the Akimbo series of books to look at stories from other cultures.  We have discovered that Akimbo’s way of life is very different to our own.  The children created a mind map all about Akimbo which they will use to write a character description.  The children turned into angle testers during our Maths lessons and searched high and low in the classroom and beyond to look for acute, obtuse and right angles.  In Art, we have created our own landscape pictures in the style of Northumbrian artist, Rebecca Vincent using rubbings and pastels.  We have been very impressed with the children’s creativity.  We have such a talented group of artists in Year 4!
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
Year 3 have busily putting together all their facts about the Medieval Times in order to tell you in their assembly next week (Wednesday 13th June) what they have been learning about.  As usual they are astounding us with how quickly they are learning their lines.  Please encourage them to practise them over the weekend.  In Maths we have been doing more work on time and are beginning to work out how long an event has lasted when we know the start and finish times.  In English we have been using what we know about the shorter David Walliams stories to come up with our own ideas which has been fun.  We look forward to seeing as many of you next week as possible.  Please note that there will be a brief Y4 SHARE meeting directly after the assembly for those of you who can stay.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Welcome back!  We have had a great start to our new topic called “Danger at Sea.”  The children have experienced stories about Grace Darling and her bravery, listened and performed sea poems and also used various art techniques to produce AMAZING seascapes!  The children are loving their new RWI and Maths groups.  They have been impressing their leaders with their knowledge of sounds, poetry, number, problem solving and listening skills.  We hope that the children continue to be great listeners next week as they are really excited about their trip to St Mary’s Island on Monday.  Please remember to check your trip letter for the information you may need.  Have a good weekend!.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
Welcome back to our busy final half term together in Year 1, we hope you had a good break and are ready for lots of exciting activities.  We have begun our new topic 'down at the bottom of the garden' and the children have been talking about their own gardens and drawing plans with a key.  We have also started to think about the living things that we might find in our own garden and in the gardens around school.  Please look out for more topic information, along with the spellings and homework suggestions in your child's folder.  As we are fast approaching the end of the year and preparing to move up to Year 2, the children are really working hard with their independent skills.  To help us with this, we would please ask that you say your goodbyes to your child outside the entrance doors or in the cloakroom, and avoid, whenever possible, coming into the corridor or classroom.  This also will help us with congestion at this very busy time. Thank you.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We enjoyed our trip to Whitehouse Farm in the sunshine on Thursday which was a good start to our new topic, Farm Animals.  We have also been naming different 3D shapes.
NURSERY - News in Brief
It has been lovely to see all of the children back after the break and they have enjoyed telling us about their holiday adventures.  Lots of children have completed their holiday homework hunting for mini beasts and drawing their favourite mini beasts and flowers, so well done everyone.  This week we have started our new topic; 'Abbeyfields Country Garden' and we all enjoyed sharing the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.  We have been busy thinking about the life cycle of a butterfly, putting the pictures in the right order and retelling the story.  We have all followed instructions to paint a flower, drawn our own butterflies and caterpillars and we even sorted our favourite mini beasts into those with legs and those without legs - what busy bees we have been.  We also learned a new word this week, 'experiment'.  We have planted beans and we are all very excited to watch and wait and see what happens, we have drawn the planted seeds and made our own predictions about what might happen.  Ask us all about it at home.  We have also enjoyed singing a variety of songs about mini beasts, Mrs Shooter's favourite is 'find a little seed'.  More adventures from Abbeyfields Country Garden' next week.  Voluntary £1.00 contributions towards Nursery fund would now be most welcome, thank you.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
Well, we're back after half term and raring to go or one more half term!  The craft is a really good one with a very useful end product.  Using stencils, watercolours and specialist scissors, we have been making bookmarks to be proud of.....they certainly look brilliant!  Don't forget, we can offer homework help or a quiet space for your child to work if required - just send the work in with your child.
BEFORE SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
Welcome back.  The BSC team hope that you and the children have had a lovely break.  They certainly have come back with plenty of energy to play games with their friends in the ball pool, soft play, football, Twister, skipping, pass the beanbag, throwing and catching rugby balls, and dance games (sometimes known as 'flossing!')  Cars, lorries, aeroplanes, loom bands,  magnet construction and craft activities have also been enjoyed.  Our story this week was "Quiet" by Paul Bright.  A super book!   All is quiet in the jungle. Not even a teeny tiny squeak.  Pa Lion must make sure it stays this way as baby Leo sleeps.  Can your child tell you which animals he warned not to make a noise and what did he tell them?  (Monkeys, parrots, hippos, hyenas - he threatened to eat them!)  Can they tell you what woke baby Leo up in the end?  Ma Lion was not pleased!
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