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ADMISSIONS POLICY
Please go to our school website at abbeyfields.the3rivers.net to see the one year variation of the Three Rivers Learning Trust's admissions policy for Year 5 entry into Chantry Middle School in September 2018.
What a wonderful sight it was in school last Friday for Children in Need, with so many spotty, shiny and sparkly costumes!  Thanks to your generosity, we raised an amazing £399.65 for this cause.  Thank you so much!!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
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 
2nd December 2017        1.30-2.30    Reception Open Afternoon
3rd December 2017         11.30-2pm  Abbeyfields Christmas Carols, Sanderson Arcade
4th-8th December 2017                      Scholastic Book Fair
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
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. 
Please could we ask that anyone driving onto the school site at any time of the day, especially for before and after school clubs, that they adhere to the 5mph speed limit to keep all children, staff, parents and carers safe.  Many thanks for your cooperation.
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.
Dear Parents/Carers


Thank you to all of you who sent in items, money or full shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  We collected a total of 21 boxes.  Thank you so much!!
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 92.7% 94.8%
RM 94.0% 97.0%
1J 99.0% 95.9%
1B 96.7% 98.3%
2S 99.0% 96.58%
2H 99.0% 98.4%
3D 97.9% 98.7%
3C 97.2% 95.8%
4G 94.1% 96.4%
4H 98.7% 97.2%

Total Percentage

96.8%

96.9%

Our winners this week are Mrs Jones', Mrs Sykes' and Miss Halliford's classes.
LOCAL BUSINESS NEWSLETTER ADVERTISING
We would like to inform anyone who would like to advertise a local business in our Newsletter that the charge will increase to £6.00 per week from 1st January 2018.  There will still be a discounted rate of 5% for half a term and 10% for a full term.  If you would like to advertise your business, please contact Sharon Mungall in the school office on 01670 513582 or email sharon.mungall@abbeyfields.the3rivers.net to discuss.  Many thanks
 Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk

 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 still 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 will be allocating 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 collecting prizes for the Tombola so please hand any contributions in to the school office. Thank you to everyone who has donated already! 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. The deadline for hamper donations has been extended to Wed 29th November.

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 3rd 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!

Cauliflower Christmas Cards
The cards, mugs and gift tags arrived in school this week and should be arriving home soon if you haven’t already got them. They looked fantastic- we hope everyone who ordered is really pleased with them!  If you decide you want extra packs, or mugs etc. these can be ordered from the Cauliflower Cards website. As our school used Online Ordering you need to click the “PARENTS ORDER HERE” icon in the top right hand corner (not the “Reorder” tab- this only applies to schools who did cash payments). FOAS WILL still get a contribution of £1 per item on extra orders.

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.
Scooters
There were three scooters left on the school grounds at the end of the last half term and they have not yet been claimed.  If you believe that one of them could be your child's, please contact the school office.  We have also had a Frozen small scooter handed into the office.
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
 
This week Year 4 have started to think about our Christmas performance which we are sure will come around quickly!  This year we are going to perform 'The Three Little Pigs' from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes.  In English this week we have been looking at diary writing and identifying the key features. The children wrote their own diary about what they did at the weekend as well as writing a diary as if they were Beowulf.  In Maths we have been leaning about fractions of shapes, adding and subtracting fractions and solving problems involving fractions.  4G became archaeologists and looked at different Anglo-Saxon artefacts thinking about what they could be, what they might be used for, what they are made from and what this tells us about Anglo-Saxon life.  4H had a go at creating different circuits in Science and made predictions to say which circuits would make the light bulb light up.  Another busy week in Year 4!
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s have been continuing to work on multiplication over this week and are developing their skills in 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication using the short method.  We have started our new topic, Europe.  We have looked at where all the 7 continents are in the world and are now focusing on Europe which we are using in our English lessons too.  We used the internet to find out about Russia and then wrote an adventure about Flat Stanley's visit ensuring that we were factually correct as well as using our imaginations - we also checked out whether there was a Costa Coffee in Moscow!  Next week the children will be using the country that they researched for homework to write another European adventure for Flat Stanley.  The children have chosen their parts for the C*******s performance and we will let you know what items they might like to wear for the shows.  The last rugby session is next Monday so please ensure that the children have got their warm outdoor PE kits with them.  There is also our Creative Arts and Dance Festival down at Morpeth Leisure Centre on Wednesday, therefore it would be very helpful if the children came into school in their kit so that they don't need to get changed. They also need to have a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch that day.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Do you know your times tables?  If not then please practise even more at home as that is part of your homework task. The Year 2 team are hoping the children will come home this weekend and talk to you all about arrays, equal groups, not equal groups, sharing, division and demonstrate their fabulous knowledge of Maths.  Please encourage them by asking them questions and supporting their quick recall of times tables.  Not only have the children become fabulous mathematicians this week but also they have continued their excellent reading and writing skills at school and the Year 2 team have been recently impressed by the amount of children who are reading every day at home now too. This will certainly make a difference to your child's learning so keep it up everyone and thank you so much for your support.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
We have had another busy week in Year 1.  In maths we have been learning about time.  We have looked carefully at a clock face and can say if it is half past or o'clock - ask us to tell you the time at home!  In our topic work we have been thinking about communication through the ages - we have discovered that a pigeon was used to send messages during the war!  On Wednesday some of our children enjoyed sharing a book with a Year 4 friend.  Thank you for your continued support with your child's homework - we love to see what they have been doing.  Please encourage your child to share their homework with us on a Friday so we can celebrate their work.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
Our focus this week has been looking at how others celebrate Thanksgiving.  We have enjoyed comparing it to our own Autumn festival where we say thanks at Harvest Festival.  The children enjoyed finding out about the past and learnt about the pilgrims travelling to America on the ship called The Mayflower.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Well, we have had a fantastic week in Nursery. Mrs Shooter and the Nursery team were so proud of our Nursery A children for being so amazing in our Nursery rhyme assembly.  It was lovely to have so many people coming to listen to our nursery rhymes, visit our nursery and look at our Learning Journals.  We look forward to having another lovely nursery assembly at the end of the week with our Nursery B children.  This week we have made stars, moons and spiders out of playdoh, made wool collage baa baa black sheep and developed our use of positional language using Morris the mouse and our hickory dickory dock clock. We are all loving our nursery rhyme topic. We will be starting our Christmas craft activities next week (Ho Ho Ho) as we move into December. Remember to make one Christmas card at home for your Nursery friends, the post box will be available from Monday 4th December. Thank you.
ASAC  - News in Brief
This week sees our golf expert coming in to teach us all about Tri Golf, an indoor sport designed to improve hand-eye co-ordination and it is also great fun too. With lots of different challenges, the children at After School Club are sure to enjoy this chance to try a new sport.
BSC  - News in Brief
The children have enjoyed soft play, ball pool, football, skipping and hoola hoops - an energetic lot!  Cars, Tonka lorries and bin lorries are causing traffic jams on the floor as well as pirate ships taking over the seas! Shiver me timbers!  Can your child describe the dancing game that they play using the numbers 1 to 5? (1 jump up, 2 touch the floor, 3 spin around, 4 do a funky dance, 5 do a ninja balance) followed up by a very long Conga. Yes, definitely an energetic lot!
FOREST SCHOOL - News in Brief
What a soggy week!  Our waterproof splash suits have taken a battering in Forest School, barely having time to dry out before being pulled on again for more wet weather fun!  The last activity on the list in weather conditions such as this is fire lighting…however, that hasn’t stopped our determined Forest Schoolers.  Year 4 are taking their Forest School Fire Badge test this half term where their skills are pushed to the limits by starting a fire by natural means in the woods using only foraged woodland materials.  This is a real test of not only knowledge and skill but of mental strength, determination and resilience as there is nothing more frustrating than struggling to get a fire lit, especially in the rain!!  Well done to all those who have managed to achieve their Fire Badge in such tough conditions and fingers crossed for dry weather for those who are waiting nervously in the wings!
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abbeyfields@the3rivers.net
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