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Just a reminder that tomorrow is Children in Need.  The theme this year is Spotacular Sparkle and Shine, so your child is welcome to come into school dressed in anything spotty, sparkly, shiny, or any bright colours, if they would like to, for a donation to Children in Need.
Abbeyfields Family Lunches
We are delighted to announce that we will be running our family lunches for Year 3 on Wednesday 6th December 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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
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
29th November 2017       pm              Year 3 - Creative Arts and Dance Festival
30th November 2017                          Reception Vision Screening
2nd December 2017                           FOAS Christmas Fair 
3rd December 2017         11.30-2pm  Abbeyfields Christmas Carols, Sanderson Arcade
6th December 2017         12.20pm     Year 3 Family Lunch
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
Key Stage 1 Plea
Please could we ask that the children have a change of clothes,including underwear, in school in case of any little accidents?  We would also really appreciate any donations of  PE items; t shirts, shorts, joggers, socks and underclothes that we may keep in reserve. The Year 1 and 2 staff would be really happy to accept these from you. Many thanks.
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.
Heighley Gate are holding their Christmas Parade on Sunday 19th November.  If you would like your child to be in with a chance of having a ride in Santa's sleigh, please arrive at 11.30am for the parade at 12 noon.  The two best fancy dressed children will be chosen to ride in Santa's sleigh.
Dear Parents/Carers

Thank you so much to those of you who have sent in complete boxes, individual items or money into school for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal.  Please could we ask that if you would still like to send in any items that they be sent into the school office on Monday 20th November at the very latest.  Some of the items which can be donated are:
  • 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)
Thank you once again.
 
Many thanks
 
Mrs Dale
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 94.7% 95.0%
RM 98.3% 97.3%
1J 94.7% 95.5%
1B 98.0% 98.4%
2S 95.2% 96.2%
2H 94.0% 98.3%
3D 98.6% 98.8%
3C 91.7% 95.6%
4G 93.4% 96.7%
4H 92.3% 97.1%

Total Percentage

95.1%

96.9%

Our winner this week is Mrs Dale's class.
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
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 Abbeyfields Christmas Fair- Saturday 2nd December 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! There will be live Christmas music during the second hour of the Fair provided by our wonderful Year 4 Carol Singers.  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 and we are hoping 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 have come home. We are hoping for donations of items to make up two prize hampers: Mrs. Dale’s class are doing a Food Hamper and Mrs. Cowey’s class will be making up a Pamper Hamper.

Year 1 will be running a cake stall and donations for this would also be very welcome.  This should be a brilliant afternoon- really hope you can make it!

Carol Singing at the Sanderson Arcade- Sunday 3 rd December 11.30am-2pm
The Sanderson Arcade have very kindly allowed us the opportunity to Carol Sing for donations to the Playground Fund. Please see the separate notice regarding this in this newsletter. Thank you!

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 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

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.  Our current total is £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 FriendsofAbbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
Last week Year 4 enjoyed their first Friday Fun session of the half-term. Christmas has certainly arrived early as one group made Christmas cakes and another made Christmas decorations. Mrs Heide's group enjoyed some Harry Potter and Star Wars themed yoga. In English, the children have been retelling the story of Beowulf so far using a range of vocabulary and writing features. They have shown a great enthusiasm in sharing their writing with their classmates. In Maths, we have continued to apply our multiplication and division skills in problem solving. We were very lucky to have Mrs Walton visit us on Tuesday to talk to the children about the functions of teeth and how to look after them.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have been busy working on writing reports about the Iron Age Celts using subheadings, pictures and captions and all the facts that they got from their research on the internet. In maths the children have moved on to look at multiplicaion of 2 digit numbers by 3 and 4. Thanks to their good knowledge of their times tables facts they are doing well and are showing perserverance. In our signing lesson this week the children learned how to sign the numbers 1-10. Ask them if they can show you how to sign each number and whether they can remember any of the other signs they have learned. Please look in their bags today for the letter they have brought home about a trip that we are going on next week to the Leisure Centre to a Creative Arts and Dance Festival on 29th November.We have had a very sticky art lesson this week which involved creating Celtic designs using PVA covered string! The end result will be a replica Celtic mirror based on one that is in the British Museum. We have started thinking about our C*******s performance so watch this space for further updates!
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Another great week in Year 2 with lots of learning taking place. The children have worked well using arrays in Maths and continued to work hard in their RWI groups with their reading and writing. We will soon be blasting off with a book in Year 1 and Year 2 so please try and get a head start by reading as much as possible at home.  We are excited that we are half way through November now and some of the children have begun making their CXXXXXXXS cards this week with Mrs Kent-Capper so by the end of the term ALL the Year 2 children will have created some amazing cards, how exciting!!!  Have a good weekend and remember to read and then read some more!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
The children in Year 1 have had a fantastic week. Thank you for joining us on Wednesday at our assembly, we really enjoyed sharing our learning with you. What a lot we have done in Year 1 so far! We have also been very busy during our lesson time. In maths we have been exploring shape. We have been identifying 2D and 3D shapes and discussing their properties. Miss Simpson, our PE specialist is back in school tomorrow to work on multi skills with us, please ensure that your child has their PE it with them.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week the children have been learning all about the festival Diwali.  They have enjoyed creating Mehndi patterns, making Diva lamps and have even spent time in the Diwali Restaurant tasting a variety of foods and spices.  We have also been taking part in Kipper's birthday celebrations and having fun in role play birthday activities. The children have been counting and ordering the candles on a birthday cake and have been working hard to make sure that they formed all their numbers correctly.  Well done to all the children for another fun filled week of celebrations.
NURSERY - News in Brief
What a busy, fun filled week in Nursery. We are loving our focus on Nursery Rhymes. The children are really enjoying singing their favourite rhymes. This week we have been concentrating on Humpty Dumpty. Outside we were looking at different sized Humpty Dumpty pictures, trying to find the biggest, the smallest and the middle sized one. We even tried to put all six of the pictures in the right order. Inside we tried hard following instructions to hold and use our scissors correctly to cut out Humpty Dumpty and stick him on the wall. We also tried to solve our 'what is missing' problems and draw in the missing bits.  Lots of the children completed our 'sticker challenge activity' and did our copy and colour Humpty sheet, matching and using the right colours, great job! The children have really enjoyed completing our Nursery Rhyme jigsaw puzzles, they have had fun with Nursery staff looking for corner pieces and straight edges and using the pictures to help us. Lots of our children would love a new jigsaw from Santa Claus, that would help us to keep practising! We are really looking forward to seeing you all next for our Nursery Rhyme Assembly. Thank you.
ASAC  - News in Brief
After School Club are looking for some help with repairing a scooter. If any of you parents or carers are a dab hand at repairing them, please could you let the office know and we'd love you to take a look at it!  As the nights continue to turn dark and cold, we are turning to indoor activities, with soft play and the ball pool providing safe areas for the children to play and interact...and have fun!
BSC  - News in Brief
The children have had fun with parachute games, football, hoola hoops, large skipping rope games, football, circle games and Pudsey Bear activity sheets in preparation for Friday's special event!  Our story this week was 'The Rhyming Rabbit' by Julia Donaldson.  A great book (which quite a few children said they had at home).  Inspired by the colours and creatures around him, the rhyming rabbit is always making up entertaining verses.  But when the other rabbits show no interest in poetry, he decides to take his talent elsewhere.  Can your child tell you whom he met on his underground adventure? 
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