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You should all have received a Consent Form for your child(ren) which was issued within the last week.  If you haven't done so already, please could you send this into the school office as soon as possible.  Please check that you have completed all of the tick boxes and signed the second sheet.  If we do not receive a response from you, we are duty bound to take this as 'consent not given'.  Many thanks.


If you or your friends or family members are looking for Nursery provision for your child please pop in to see us and our stimulating Nursery environment on; Friday 13th July 3:30-4:30. We look forward to seeing you. More details to follow…

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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 @AbbeyfieldsFS or view the feed on our website.
Abbeyfields Football Team
A note from coach John  - Last Thursday saw two more great wins for both the Abbeyfields teams in their penultimate fixture against St Roberts.  The first game saw Abbeyfields pull away but St Roberts finished strong scoring two late goals.  The game of the night was an end to end affair, some fantastic football and a wonderful advert for school football.  St Roberts deserved something from the game and unlucky to be on the losing side.  Thanks to St Roberts for their hospitality and a beautiful setting for a game of football.  That’s both Abbeyfields teams with a 100% records. Well done boys. ️

And now from me - We played our final fixtures this Wednesday and again did Abbeyfields proud!  Both teams remain unbeaten throughout the whole competition.  Fantastic group of kids, supported by amazingly flexible parents and a group of super coaches.  I’m sure the parents want to join me to thank the coaches - John for his total dedication, Luke for his motivating coaching of the boys, and Graham and Rob for their support.  A special mention to Robert's big cousin Elliot who professionally refereed all our home matches.  Thank you also to Jenni, Claire and FOAS for our teas, coffees and cakes!

We look forward to finals day on the 30th June.  Let’s make it a triple and win the endeavour cup that day too!  See you all there, Sarah.
ITEMS FOR SALE

Fender electric guitar, complete with strap, case, amplifier and clip tuner.  All of these items are for sale for £100.  Please contact the office for more information.
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
 
20th June 2018              9am                       Year 2 Class Assembly followed by Y3 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
21st June 2018              2.40pm                  4H Music Assembly (for parents of musicians)
22nd June 2018                                           Forest School/FOAS Camping Night
25th June 2018                                            Year 4 Trip to Brinkburn Priory
27th June 2018              9am                       Year 1 Class Assembly followed by Y2 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
27th June 2018              5.30pm - 6.15pm   'New to Nursery' Parent/Carer's Meeting
27th June 2018              6.30pm - 7.15pm   'New to Reception' Parent/Carer's Meeting
4th July 2018                 9am                        Reception Class Assembly followed by Y1 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
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
13th July 2018               3.30pm - 4.30pm   Nursery Open Day
18th July 2018                                             Year 4 Leaver's Assembly
9th October                   7pm                        FOAS AGM


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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 96.7% 95.4%
RM 94.7% 96.2%
1J 99.0% 96.4%
1B 98.0% 96.8%
2S 99.0% 96.4%
2H 90.7% 96.4%
3D 97.9% 98.3%
3C 94.4% 96.0%
4G 98.1% 95.4%
4H 95.2% 97.4%

Total Percentage

96.4%

96.5%

Our winners this week are Mrs Jones and Mrs Sykes' classes.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
 
Secret Father's Day Shop - few gifts left
Thank you to all who have supported the Father’s Day shop so far.  We have a few remaining gifts and will be running the shop after school on Friday 15th June.  Gifts will be £3.50 each.  We will be near the wooden archway (or under the canopy if it’s raining!).  Do come along and buy a gift for all those wonderful Abbeyfields Dads and Grandads!

Abbeyfields Country Show - Friday 13th July
Plans are well underway for the Country Show and the fabulous banner is up outside school!  The banner was designed and donated by Spotty Dog Designs and Print Ltd of Morpeth, so a huge thank you to them!  A few requests at this stage:

1) We would be very grateful for prizes for the raffle and tombola.  These can be left in the FOAS box which will be in the front foyer.

2) We will be running a Craft Stall selling homemade craft items e.g. wool and fabric purses, woollen dolls, hats, home made cards etc. So…if you or anyone you know are talented in a crafty direction and would like to contribute an item or two to the stall then that would be very much appreciated! Items will be collected by Beccy Pearson and Kimberley Bernard-Stacey.  Feel free to chat to them about the stall or email Beccy on the address above. Thank you!

3) If you have any crochet needles or wool which you can spare then this would be very gratefully received.  Some of the older children will be using these to make items for the craft stall at After School Club.  Donations can again be handed to Beccy or
Kimberley or dropped in at the school office. Thanks in advance! 

Forest School Camping Night
If you have not yet paid for the camping night, please could you do so by the end of this week?

Date for your diary - FOAS AGM
A Save the Date! The Abbeyfields AGM will be on Tuesday 7 th October at 7pm in school.
 

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
World Cup fever has well and truly kicked off in Year 4.  The first round matches will be completed this week with the quarter and semi-finals scheduled for next week.  We will continue this theme in Maths by looking for angles, shapes and symmetry in World Cup flags.  On Tuesday, two Year 5 teachers from Newminster came in to teach the children an English and a Maths lesson.  Both teachers were very impressed with the children's behaviour and knowledge and enjoyed getting to know the children.  In English, we have continued to read Akimbo stories and up-levelled a piece of text from the original story.  Dads, look out for a little surprise the children have created in their Art lesson this week for Father's Day.  The children are all looking forward to starting their final Friday Fun activities.  Please make sure the children have looked at their timetable so they know which activity they are participating in. Thank you to everyone who has sent in baby photos for our final assembly, please keep them coming!  Look out for some information coming soon on a Beetle & Bingo Night.
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
The Year 3s were amazing in their assembly on Wednesday.  They delivered their lines and sang the songs with such enthusiasm and fun it was great to watch them.  Thank you to those of you that managed to come along.  In Maths this week they have been recapping on addition and subtraction techniques and applying what they have learned to problem solving.  In English they have been looking at putting the events of a story in order using Gangsta Granny.  They started off by role playing what happened and then created a set of events to order.  The Science topic that they have just started is all about Light and Shadow so let's hope for some sunny days in order to do some investigations!
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Year 2 have had a fabulous week.  On Monday we visited St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay where we had a wonderful time rockpooling and searching for sea-shore creatures such as crabs, sea-snails, anemones and even some larger inhabitants of the sea-shore...some sun-bathing seals!  We were very brave climbing the lighthouse too, all 137 steps to the very top - and then back down again.  After enjoying our delicious picnic we had a mini sandcastle competition then hopped back on the bus back to school before the tide came in to wash our lovely creations out to sea!  Back at school we have been busy creating an advertising leaflet all about St. Mary's Lighthouse as we were so inspired by our trip.  Please don't forget our assembly is next Wednesday at 9.05 - followed by an opportunity to meet the lovely Year 3 teachers.  See you there!!
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
This week in Year 1 we have been learning about plants.  We thought about different plants that grow in our garden, forest school and elsewhere.  The children made fantastic plant pictures with labels using cupcake cases and other media.  We also read and listened to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  The children will be having a go at writing a retell of this story today; we are looking for super sentences containing capital letters, full stops and adjectives.  Our fantastic Year 1 children have also been taking part in the phonics screening check this week.  They have been trying hard to read real words and nonsense words.  They are such hard workers, well done Year 1!  In Maths this week we have been partitioning numbers.  We have been looking at what a number is made up of, for example 2 tens and 3 ones.  We have also been comparing numbers using the greater than and less than symbols.  Thank you for all your support with helping the children enter the classrooms more independently, this is a great help with transition to Year 2.  Please keep supporting and encouraging your child to enter the classroom independently with all the things they need, for example book bags, water bottles and jumpers etc.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week Reception have continued to learn about the properties of 3D shapes.  We have been impressed with their knowledge and understanding.  Can your child remember how many faces and edges the 3D shapes have?  We have also been writing about our favourite farm animals and looking at their different features.  We  have been encouraging the children to write creatively and asking them to write their own stories.  Next week we will be looking at life under the sea.
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another busy week in Nursery.  We are working so hard as the weeks to the end of term fly by.  Our older children enjoyed their first visit to Reception this week, they enjoyed telling us all about it.  This week we have impressed Mrs Shooter with our number work, counting mini beasts, looking at more and less, following and completing patterns and sorting by size, colour and shape - wow!  We have also completed another experiment this week.  We looked at the equipment and predicted what might happen then we watched and waited... we used a white flower, water and food colouring - ask us to tell you what happened.  More busy fun activities next week.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
With World Cup fever spreading, ASC are on the look out for a World Cup wall chart so those children interested in the event can keep track of what is going on.  Mr Jackson will put any matches that are on during ASC on the radio too!  Football is a popular choice among the children outside, with a number of games played in great spirit as the older and younger children played alongside each other.  Plenty of good sportsmanship on show!  Inside, we have been creating World Cup bunting for the big event, with plenty of children contributing to a colourful display.   Remember, if your child has any homework you would like them to do, we can offer a quiet space for them to do it.  Just send them in with the work!
BEFORE SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief

The children have enjoyed the soft play, ball pool, football, parachute games, large skipping rope and a circle game passing the hula hoops round without letting go of hands. Tricky!  Our very amusing story this week was "Oi Dog" by Kes and Claire Gray.  Frog's had enough, he's changing the status quo!  Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs.

'Well, I'm changing the rules,' said the frog.
'From now on, dogs sit on logs, not frogs!'

And everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere else too. Will Cat want to sit on gnats instead of cushy mats?  Will spiders like sitting on gliders?  Will whales be happy to sit on nails?  And, most importantly, where is Frog going to sit?  Can your child tell you where? (the sun lounger)  Can they tell you any of the other amusing rhyming rules set by Frog? 

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