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SWALEDALE - URGENT
Please could we ask that all medical forms and the actual medication for both classes for next week's Swaledale trip are given to Mrs Halliford on Friday if at all possible.


Forest School Camping 2018



There are still 70 places left on the Forest School camping night, but these are going fast so if you would like to go, please fill in the online form by clicking here as soon as possible.

All of those who have already filled in the form should have received a text letting them know their places are secure - please let the school office know asap if you have not had a text so that we can double check.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 - School Dinners on Thursday 17 May
Our termly census takes place on Thursday 17 May and as part of this census the government collects information on how many children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a universal infant free school meal (UIFSM) that day.  Not surprisingly, we would like everyone who would like to have a UIFSM at any point during the term to have one on Thursday 17 May so that the funding we are given will cover our costs for the remainder of the year.  As usual Mrs Middleton and her team will be cooking a yummy, nutritious meal for everyone to enjoy – please see the menu in this newsletter for details. Thank you for your support. 
Door Release Button
Could we please ask that the children do not repeatedly hit/press the green door release button in the front foyer?  This button has been replaced three times within the last two years.  To exit, the button should be pressed gently in the centre.  Many thanks for your cooperation.
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 @Abbeyfields FS or view the feed on our website.
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
 
14th - 18th May 2018                                   Year 4 to Swaledale
15th May 2018                                             Year 1 Hoopstarz Festival and walk around Morpeth
6th June 2018                9am                       Music Assembly (more details to follow)
12th June 2018                                            Years 1-4 Theatre Trip (more details to follow)
13th June 2018              9am                       Year 3 Class Assembly
20th June 2018              9am                       Year 2 Class Assembly
22nd June 2018                                           Forest School/FOAS Camping Night
27th June 2018              9am                       Year 1 Class Assembly
4th July 2018                 9am                        Reception Class Assembly
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
18th July 2018                                              Year 4 Leaver's Assembly


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.

Threadworms
Threadworms are tiny creatures that live and lay their eggs inside your digestive system.  Like head lice, they are very common and easy to catch from normal contact with friends and family.  We need to treat them to help keep us all comfortable and healthy.  You can read about threadworms and how to treat them at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/threadworms/.

As there have been some incidents reported within school, we would advise children and parents to be vigilant, check fingernails and pay extra attention to handwashing after using the toilet and before eating.  We often remind the children of the importance of this at school.  You can buy treatments from a pharmacist if you discover the need, but take medical advice before treating anyone pregnant or under two years old.


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 96.3% 95.2%
RM 94.7% 96.2%
1J 93.3% 96.6%
1B 97.7% 96.9%
2S 96.2% 96.2%
2H 99.0% 96.7%
3D 97.9% 98.2%
3C 92.8% 96.2%
4G 94.8% 95.4%
4H 99.0% 97.5%

Total Percentage

96.2%

96.5%

Our winners this week are Miss Halliford's and Mrs Heide's classes.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
 
The Abbeyfields Big Spring Clean- THIS SATURDAY 12th May 10am-3pm
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out in sprucing up the Abbeyfields grounds this Saturday.  It is not too late to sign up!  An email was sent out on Wednesday 25th April to allow you to sign up and volunteer at this event.  If you cannot sign up via this route you could speak to a FOAS Committee member or email FriendsofAbbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk.

Forest School/FOAS Country Show- Friday 13th July
Plans are coming along very nicely for the Country Show afternoon in July so be sure to keep the date free!  We will be asking for contributions of items for stalls nearer the time.
 

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
Well there is much excitement this week in Year 4 as we prepare for SWALEDALE!  Just a reminder that luggage can be dropped off from 8am on the morning of departure.  Please leave any luggage in the North Hall and ensure it is labelled.  The children will need their own backpack on that day with anything needed for their first day - packed lunch in a disposable bag, purse/wallet, water bottle, camera and waterproof.  We had great fun in English this week as we learned all about limericks.  The children performed and wrote their own versions.  In Maths we have continued to look at fractions and decimals.  We have all now completed and labelled our river collages in topic which will make a lovely display.  Please note we will not give out homework this week or next due to our Swaledale trip.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
We were lucky enough to have a very nice and sunny walk down to the Leisure Centre on Tuesday morning for the children's swimming lesson.  They are all making considerable improvement in their stroke techniques and confidence in the water.  In Maths we have started looking at time.  The children started off looking at the months of the year and the days of the week.  It is expected that by the end of Year 3 the children should be able to tell the time to within a minute so any opportunity you get to discuss what the time is would be great as we really need to keep it 'ticking' over!!  In English we have been looking at another David Walliams story, "The Slightly Annoying Elephant."  The children have been looking at the seven main scenes involved within the story and created a set in their art as part of a team in readiness to use i-Motion on the iPads to create a mini film.  In Computing we have continued looking at how to use emails and the children had fun sending each other messages.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
What a fabulous week we have had in Year 2.  On Tuesday we had a visitor to talk to the children about their aspirations in life.  This also involved educating the children on all the different jobs that people have in order to build a house and all the different skills that are needed too.  The children were then able to practise their building skills and procedural writing on how to build a house.  Their knowledge has been fantastic!  In addition to all of this, the children have thoroughly impressed their teachers by working very hard on their reading, writing and Maths skills this week.  They have worked well in different groups, with different leaders and doing slightly different work.  As a result we are giving the children a weekend off homework...unless they (or you!!) are desperate to complete something.  If you are, then please feel free to choose a homework activity of your choice!  If not then make sure you all enjoy your weekend and help each other to stay happy!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
We have continued to work hard this week in Year 1 and enjoyed sharing the news about our sunny long weekend with each other.  What a lot of fun you all had!  In Maths we have been halving shapes and amounts and making 2 equal parts.  See if you can find things at home that you can half.  We have still been thinking about our building theme this week and have been finding out about different building materials, what they are made from and why they are suitable for the job that they do.  Please don't forget that it is our visit to the Hoopstarz Festival next Tuesday 15th May.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week it has been exciting to learn more about the Fire Service.  We are still working on doubles and halves in numbers and shapes.  Thank you for everyone so far who has come into school to talk about their helping jobs or roles that they do.  The children have really been inspired by this.
NURSERY - News in Brief
We have had such fun in Nursery this week.  We have enjoyed the sunshine outside taking part in ring games.  We also had fun trying to get the ball into our basket ball hoops, great concentration and hand-eye co-ordination, Mrs Shooter was very impressed.  Inside we enjoyed sharing one of Mrs Shooter's favourite rhyming texts; 'Little one's bedtime'.  We had fun thinking about all the adventures we would like to have instead of going to bed.  We all had fun completing a rhyming pairs puzzle game, trying really hard to listen for words that sounded the same and matching them together, it is very tricky but we all did very well.  More fun with rhyming texts and words next week.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
This week we have been busy, busy in After School Club.  Outside, we have been playing the classic football game, World Cup Singles!  Mr Jackson, playing as Denmark, swept to the title despite the best efforts of Adam and Alex.  Inside, paper strip silhouettes were the order of the week - what a fantastic end product!
BEFORE SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
A lovely start to the week where the children have been able to play in our outdoor area.  BSC are lucky to have been able to purchase some new toys - a ball game with velcro and air rockets (like howlers without the howl!)  Thanks for getting them Jan.  The children continue to enjoy 'flossing' whenever they can.  It's likely that parents will know what we mean!  Our story this week was 'Wiffy Wilson the Wolf who wouldn't wash' by Caryl Hart.  A very amusing rhyming story.

There was a wolf called Wilson
Who never brushed his hair
He never washed his paws or face
Or changed his underwear!

Your child should now understand the difference between good dirt and bad dirt but can they tell you what they confessed to that Wiffy also did ... all was revealed this morning.  Yuk!!
To view the menu for w/c 14th May 2018, please click here.
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Northumberland
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abbeyfields@the3rivers.net
01670 513582