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Abbeyfields Parents' Newsletter
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
8th November 2017         9.00am       Y2 Assembly
10th November 2017                          Flu Vaccinations (Rec - Year 4) - consent letters will be sent out on Friday
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 (letter to follow)
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
 
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 https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/how-to-pack-a-shoebox/)
  • 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
Poppies will be on sale at first playtime from Monday 6th November for a donation.
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 95.4% 94.3%
RM 99.2% 96.9%
1J 98.8% 95.4%
1B 99.2% 98.7%
2S 95.7% 96.1%
2H 100.0% 98.9%
3D 100.0% 99.3%
3C 97.8% 96.1%
4G 99.2% 97.1%
4H 96.8% 98.3%

Total Percentage

98.2%

97.1%

Our winners this week are Miss Halliford's and Mrs Dale's classes.
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk
 
Christmas Card Design Project
The designs were collected before the half term holiday and the cards should arrive in school in November. We have raised £173 towards the canopy, so a big thank you to everyone who participated!

We know life is busy, so if your child or children were wanting to make 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 https://www.cauliflowercards.co.uk/christmas-late- artwork.html and you will need to print a late order form at https://www.cauliflowercards.co.uk/assets/late_artwork_form.pdf.  Thank you! We hope you are really pleased with your cards when they arrive!

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 FriendsofAbbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk 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 fair with their children too. Thank you very much!

We will be asking for donations of Tombola prizes and good quality used toys nearer the time so it’s not too early to start putting suitable items to one side if anything springs to mind..! Thanks!

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.  After our 14 fundraising events last year and the Bag Pack this term we are doing really well in getting towards our total. Our current total is…….£7685!  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 FriendsofAbbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk.
Can You Help Us To Raise More Funds To Improve YOUR Child’s Education at Abbeyfields?
 
Did you know that by making a successful application for ‘traditional’ free school meals, you can help Abbeyfields to raise extra funds (Pupil Premium) to support and improve YOUR child’s education?
 
Why should I apply for ‘traditional’ free school meals if my child is already having a free dinner?
There are a number of reasons why applying now for ‘traditional’ free school meals is a good idea:
  • Your child will immediately become eligible for free school milk.
  • You may get help with the cost of educational visits.
  • You will get help with the cost of other activities such as music tuition.
  • If your circumstances do not change, your child will automatically receive traditional free school meals when they move into year 3 without you needing to do anything, saving you over £350 a year on meals.
  • School will receive Pupil Premium income for every child who is registered for traditional free school meals and will have more money to spend on helping your child to achieve their potential.
  • All of these benefits to you and school apply even if your child would prefer to bring a packed lunch to school – they just need to be registered for ‘traditional’ free school meals.
Would I qualify?
If you are in receipt of ANY one of the following benefits, then you should be eligible and able to help us raise more funds:
  • Child Tax Credit (Families receiving Working Tax Credit are not eligible)
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment made for a further 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
 
How do I apply? To apply simply complete the on-line form at www.northumberland.gov.uk or call Free School Meals at County Hall on 01670 623592. For more information speak to Mrs Mungall or Mrs Gibson in the school office; your enquiry will be dealt with in complete confidence.
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
Year 4 have returned to school feeling refreshed and ready for the new half-term. The children have had a super first week back and have impressed us with their mature behaviour and willingness to learn. In English we have been looking at the features of different types of letters. The children wrote an informal letter to a
classmate to find out about their thoughts on being in Year 4. In Maths the children have been working on multiplication and division.  We have been looking at different methods and tackling some challenging word problems. We had great fun in Science when we made flying bats and ghosts using static electricity. Please look out for new spellings and information on our new Friday Fun activities at the end of the week.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
What a fantastic start to the new half term we have had! On Monday we began our rugby with the Falcons Try2sign programme in which the children have been learning rugby skills as well as some basic sign language. We had a fantastic Halloween Theme Day on Tuesday in which the children investigated capacity by making up and mixing their own potions. They also used adjectives and nouns to describe a Halloween character and continuing our science topic, the children drew a skeleton and discussed the various bones. On Wednesday the children had a taster judo session which they thoroughly enjoyed and learned some basic skills. Look out for the leaflet in their bag! Please could you make sure that the children have warm outdoor PE kit for the rugby sessions on Mondays including hats and gloves.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Welcome back Year 2.  The children have made a super start to this term and have settled well into their new Maths and RWI groups, see if they can tell you what they have been up to this week.  The children have been practising their spellings lots this week at school so hopefully after all their effort they will do well in their test on Friday.  Remember the new spellings are on the website and also in your child's spelling books as they have been copying them from the board lots this week.  Just a quick reminder about our assembly on Wednesday, please come and see our rather unusual and slightly different whole class assembly!!  Finally on Wednesday we want to build London from boxes so please could you send LARGE cardboard boxes in. 
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
What a busy holiday the year 1 children have had! We have really enjoyed finding out about what they have been up to and sharing your letters and postcards. Thank you. We have started this new half term thinking about subtraction in maths and are beginning use different words to describe taking away and are using the - symbol. In RWI we are working in new groups and are continuing to practice our speed sounds together. Look out for the new homework suggestions which will be coming home with your child tomorrow. Spellings will be to follow, please note that we shall be changing our spelling test day from a Friday to a Wednesday, so the first test will be on 16.11.17.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
We have enjoyed the beginning of our new topic 'Festivals and Celebrations'.  This week we have been learning about why are celebrate Bonfire Night.  The children have been thinking about the firework safety code.  We hope you all have a lovely time on 5th November!
NURSERY - News in Brief
We have started this half term with another super busy week. Well done to everyone who brought their autumn holiday homework back to Nursery, we loved seeing your autumn pictures and your collection of different coloured autumn leaves, we hope you had great fun doing it. This week we have been talking about fireworks and having very important discussions about keeping safe while we enjoy watching them. Mrs Shooter doesn't want any accidents! Ask us at home what we know about staying safe with sparklers. Inside we made fantastic firework pictures on the interactive screen, we had to use the tools to select and change the different colours and sizes. They looked amazing. Outside we made fabulous splatter pictures on black card and then added glitter and sequins, they look just like real fireworks in the sky. So much fun. Next week we start our new topic, Nursery Rhymes. Remember to send your PLOD sheet back as soon as you can. £1 voluntary contributions to Nursery fund would be welcome now. Thank you.
ASAC  - News in Brief
We're back after half-term and raring to go in After School Club. We have plenty of maths mosaics for those children looking to stretch their maths brains! The weather might be getting colder but we're still active and are planning on getting a Tri-Golf specialist to come in and teach us a thing or two about golf...inside!
BSC  - News in Brief
It's good to see the children back after having a lovely half term break.  The children have packed in lots of activities this week: football, soft play ball pool, parachute games, table football, draughts, finger knitting, Halloween and Bonfire Night activity sheets.  Our story this week was 'Ridiculous' by Michael Coleman, a lovely animal story about hibernation.  One snowy day, Shelley left her cosy bed to find out what winter was like.  'Whoever head of a tortoise out in winter?', laughed everyone.  'Ridiculous!'  Can your child tell you who Shelley met on her adventure?  (A dog, cat, duck and bird).
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