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Welcome to the new academic year at Abbeyfields
We are delighted to see everyone back after the long summer break. It's so great to see you all! The children are settling in well and are enthusiastic and raring to go.
In the next couple of weeks we will share important dates with you - for class assemblies and events, etc. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to 
come in and speak to class teachers or to Mrs Halliford (Deputy Headteacher) or Mrs Ford. 

We have a new school website which has just gone live, although we do still have work to do on it and some updates to make.  Please bear with us while this work takes place.  You can find it at:

http://abbeyfields.the3rivers.net/
SHARE MEETING DATES
Year 4 - Wednesday 20th September at 6pm
Year 3 - Tuesday 12th September at 6pm
Year 2 - Tuesday 19th September at 6pm
Year 1 - Thursday 21st September at 5.30pm
If you have any blank CD boxes that you no longer need, please could you send them into the school office.  They will be used for mosaics in Year 4.
Also, if you  have any spare wool, please could you send this into the school office or hand into before school club?  Many thanks
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.
Attention all nursery parents - 30 hours of free childcare from September 2017
Nationally all three and four-year-olds are entitled to free high-quality early education, starting in the term after a child’s third birthday until compulsory school age.  The current standard free entitlement is 15 hours a week (570 hours a year) for 38 weeks of the year. Starting in September 2017, eligible families will be able to claim an additional 15 hours free childcare per week, taking their entitlement to 30 hours for 38 weeks of the year (1140 hours a year). 
 
As you know, following consultation with parents and due to restrictions around funding and space we made the decision not to make any additional offer from September and will be continuing to provide high quality education to our children in 15 hour nursery places on a choice of 2 attendance patterns.  However, some parents may not be aware that if they are eligible they can claim their additional free15 hours at up to 2 more settings such as a child-minder or another nursery.  If you are eligible you can then easily apply for a verification code which needs to be given to all of the settings your child attends, including Abbeyfields.  This is the case even if you are not immediately using more than 15 hours as each code generated needs to be allocated to a setting.  Please forward your verification codes to 
Mairi.gibson@the3rivers.net or drop them into the office. 
 
More information on the 30 hour scheme and how to apply can be found at:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Child-Families/Families/Childcare/early-years-30-hrs.pdf 
FRIENDS OF ABBEYFIELDS SCHOOL NEWS
friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk
Welcome to the new school year! For those new to the school, Friends Of Abbeyfields School is a group of parents and teachers who organise fun events and activities at school.  We aim to put on really enjoyable events for the children while also raising funds for the school.  Previous fundraising has paid for the carved wooden welcome arch, the coloured picnic tables in the playground, ipads and educational apps for use in school, playtime equipment, a contribution to the Yurt and lots more!  Following a survey of staff and parent opinons we are currently fundraising for a playground canopy to allow better use of the school’s outdoor space.

We cannot run events without lots of help from parents so please look out for appeals for help at events during this year!  If you would like to get involved with organising events please email the address above -  thank you.

Plans are already underway for events this term, including the Christmas Card Design scheme, Halloween Disco for years 1-4 and Christmas Fayre.  Watch this space for dates and more details.

1) Reception Soft Play Event
To celebrate the end of their first week in Reception, FOAS invite all Reception children to come to Treasure Island Soft Play after the 1pm pick-up this Friday 8th September.  Entry is £3 per child including juice.  This will also be a great opportunity for parents to chat with other parents in your child’s class.  Just turn up on the day and tell the staff that you are with the Abbeyfields group.  The event runs until 3pm.
Treasure Island, Coopies Lane Industrial Estate, Morpeth NE61 6JT

2) Friends of Abbeyfields AGM
This is planned for the evening of Tuesday 26th September in the school staff room. All parents and staff are very welcome to come along. Time to be announced in next week’s newsletter.

3) Stamptastic
We have joined up with the company Stamptastic to raise funds for the school.  If you are sick of sewing in nametapes or clothes going missing then this might be a good solution!  Those of us who have ordered these already have found them to be brilliant - really quick and easy!  The company makes name stamps and special ink which can be used to label clothing and other items.  They will donate 20% of any order cost to Friends of Abbeyfields if you use the order code NE612LZ (the school postcode). www.stamptastic.co.uk
 
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
A big welcome back to Abbeyfields!  We are delighted at how quickly the children have settled into Year 4 and have embraced their Year 4 roles and responsibilities with great enthusiasm. In our first week the children have identified their strengths and areas for improvement linked to the 'Abbeyfields Star'. The children have shown fantastic team work by designing and creating a board game. We are looking forward to Friday when we will get a chance to play each other's board games and give feedback. We are also excited to find out more about the AMP positions (Abbeyfields Member of Parliament) and write an application form explaining why we would be suitable for the role we prefer. A quick reminder that our swimming lessons begin next Tuesday (12th) so please make sure your child has a swimming costume, a towel, some goggles, a swimming hat and a healthy snack for the walk back to school.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The children have settled very well into Year 3. We have been using Roald Dahl's book 'The Twits' as inspiration for our English work. In Maths we have looked at our times tables and started working on Place Value. PE will start next week so could you please make sure your child has a named PE kit in school.
An email has been sent out separately inviting you to a Year 3 SHARE meeting. This is on Tuesday 12th September at 6pm in Mrs Dale's classroom. We look forward to seeing you then.​
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
The children have made a super start to Year 2 and have been exploring which kind of SMART they are. Why not spend the weekend finding out what sort of SMART YOU are?  The children have also brought home their spelling book and spellings for this half term, please take a minute to read the information so that you know how spellings will work in Year 2. 
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
The children have made a lovely start to Year 1 and are really settling well into the new routine.  We have enjoyed finding out all about their adventures during the summer break, what a lot they have been up to! Look out for the Year 1 newsletter tomorrow which will tell you about our topic this half term and also information about reading in school. 
RECEPTION - News in Brief
It has been a super first week at Abbeyfields!  The children have settled well and are learning all the new Reception routines.  They have enjoyed eating their lunch in the North Hall and going out to play on the 'BIG' yard.  Next week the children are in full time so pick up is at 3.15 pm.  PE will be starting soon so please remember to leave PE kits at school if you haven't already done so.  A change of clothes bag is also needed along with wellies.  Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Welcome back to our old friends from last year who have been very helpful with our new starters.  And a very warm welcome to our new children!  Everyone has settled in well and has enjoyed exploring the different areas in Nursery (we've had some changes!) and making new friends.  We're looking forward to seeing you all next week for more fun and learning.
BSC  - News in Brief
A very warm welcome back.  The BSC team hope that you have all had a lovely holiday and are looking forward to an exciting new half term.  There are lots of fun activities lined up to do in BSC!  The children have already been enjoying the soft play, ball pool, football, loom bands, Buckaroo, Action men and Lego.  Our story this week was 'She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain' by Jonathan Emmett.  Have you seen Bonnie Bandit?  If you do, you'll want to join in with an all-action, toe-tapping, train-tooting, jelly-juggling sing along adventure.  Can you child tell you any of the words or actions?  (Hi Bage, Slurp Slurp, Bish Bosh, Squish Splat, Tee Lee, Whoa Back, Toot Toot, Yea Ha!)
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Abbeyfields School

Abbots Way
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 1LZ
abbeyfields@the3rivers.net
01670 513582