Message from Mrs. Castell
What a chilly week! Despite the challenges of the weather and traffic this week, the attendance and punctuality of the children is improving - this week our attendance was 95.8% compared to the school target of 96%. Thank you for supporting us with this. I appreciate that it is difficult to get medical appointments out of school time, but please try to minimise time lost in school by bringing your child in before or after their appointment, to ensure that they miss as little learning time as possible.
I am very saddened to say that one of our governors, Ralph Bray, has resigned from our governing body. Ralph has been a governor for many years and a constant friend to the school. He will be much missed and we wish him well.
Please read dates and times for clubs carefully to ensure that children are not left behind after school unnecessarily. We advertise dates of clubs on our website and confirm them to you in our ParentMail when we allocate places. I am aware of some misinformation on Whatsapp groups about clubs, so please speak to us directly or check our website if you are unsure!
A reminder that this term we offer an opportunity for you to have a school dinner with your child. Dates for your diary are:
Foxes - Wednesday 25th January, 11.45am
Squirrels - Wednesday 1st February, 11.45am
Turtles - Wednesday 8th February, 12.05pm
Parrots - Wednesday 22nd February, 12.05pm
Dolphins - Wednesday 1st March, 12.05pm
Sharks - Wednesday 8th March, 12.05pm
Please complete the form on ParentMail when Mrs Duff asks for your lunch order. If you are having a school dinner you will need to pay £2.60 to the school office in advance of your meal. Each lunch visit takes approximately half an hour. Please note that for the weeks of our parent lunches I will try to run Choir on a different day, as it would normally be on a Wednesday.
Our next Reading Monday is 6th February and Family Learning Time is on Tuesday 7th February. I am aware that these events fall on two consecutive days, but as we have already reduced Reading Mondays to once a month, I am reluctant to cancel another session.
Please check our Community Links page regularly, as we often receive interesting activities, notices and resources from local sources. This week we have posted the following updates:
- Afsaic Speech and Language helpline - for parents who have any concerns about their child’s speech & language
- Vacancies at The Duckling Nursery
- Update from Essex Libraries - about the Winter Reading Challenge and Love Your Library day
- Writtle Village Summer Fete - save the date and help run a stall to raise money for our school
- Walking Tour of the Writtle Hut - celebrating 100 years of radio broadcasting
- Chelmsford Recyling Depot Open Day - find out about recycling, waste management and street cleaning
- CMXSC February Half Term Summer Camp - multi sports camp run by our Multi Sports/Gymnastics club provider CMXSC
Next Thursday 26th January, Kittle Photographic will take a photo of all children and staff which will be compiled into a whole school photo to commemorate this year's Coronation of King Charles III. These photos will be available to purchase at a later date.
Have a good weekend. Best wishes,