Message from Mrs. Castell
It's been a busy week of school photos and preparation for next week's Harvest presentations. I hope you have all received your Kittle photo cards and been ordering online. Fish and Chip Friday went really smoothly and the children were very enthusiastic about the food, hence it being repeated again today. We are looking to expand the hot lunch options after half term, with choices that are easy to transport to the classroom and for children to eat in class. We'll update you next week.
Children will now be able to choose a library book for the week! They can take it home on a Monday, to share with you or read independently, and bring it back on a Friday, where it will be quarantined for 72 hours. Once the previous book has been returned, they may choose a new one to take home. This is in addition to the reading books set for them on Bug Club. We welcome your feedback on Bug Club and our new arrangements.
Reverend Tony has sent us a lovely video message in advance of our Harvest week. We have posted this on our Writtle Infant School Facebook group too. If you haven't joined the group yet you are very welcome - it is a private group set up to share resources to support the children's learning and wellbeing. We have also posted a special video message from former teacher Mrs. Herring. She is a wonderful storyteller and has written and illustrated her first book, The Busy Bugs, inspired by her time in the Squirrels and Foxes garden!
A reminder that both Writtle Infant and Junior schools will hold a collection to support the homeless charity Sanctus. Donations can be left outside the school entrance from October 19th to 24th. Please donate items from this list only:
Tinned items: fruit, baked beans, tomatoes, fish, ready meals (tinned). Ideally tins with ring pulls, not requiring a tin opener.
Store cupboard items: Pot Noodles, cereal, coffee, sugar, long life milk, small juice cartons, biscuits, cake bars, chocolate, bottles of water, salt, pepper, mustard, stock cubes.
Toiletries: disposable razors and shaving foam, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo.
Finally, I met with Claire Gaskin from our Parents' Association this week, to discuss some of their innovative ideas for the year ahead, as our usual key fundraising events cannot take place this year. The WISPA AGM will take place on Friday 16th October at the Beryl Platt Community Centre, 12-14 Redwood Avenue, Writtle, which you can also join remotely if you prefer - please email WISPA to register your interest. Please consider how you can help, as additional costs due to Covid-19 have left the school even more financially challenged this year. Fundraising events already being planned are a non-uniform day on Friday 23rd October in exchange for a suggested donation of £2 and an online Halloween scavenger hunt - further details to follow!
Have a wonderful weekend.