Message from Mrs. Castell
I hope you all had a wonderful half term.
I would like to thank all parents who have ensured that their children continue to attend school regularly. Attendance this week is 95% compared to our school target of 96%. Good attendance is essential if pupils are to make expected or better progress in school. Attendance is reviewed monthly and I will make contact with parents of any pupils whose attendance is giving cause for concern. While our attendance has improved, and we know that there have been many bugs making the rounds, there are still too many children classed as persistent absentees and we ask that every effort is made to get them into school. If you are not sure, please ask us or bring your child in, we will always call you if we think they are too unwell to be in school.
We welcomed Parrots' parents in for lunch this week and are looking forward to Dolphins' parents joining us next Wednesday at 12.05pm. Thursday 2nd March is World Book Day and we have Family Learning Time from 8.45-9.30. As stated previously, we are not expecting children to dress up as they need to change for our Julia Donaldson themed dance workshops. Instead, we encourage the children to wear themed headwear from any of the Julia Donaldson books, together with their school uniform. Foxes class needs to start their dance workshop at 9.15, so parents are very welcome to watch the dance workshop for 15 minutes if they wish, as we do not want to shorten their Family Learning Time.
Dates coming up later this term include our next Reading Monday on 6th March, the Sharks parents lunch on 8th March and the Year 2 Infant Music Festival on Wednesday 15th March. The following day is a coffee morning for Year 2 parents, at which the teachers will outline the format of the end of Key Stage 1 assessments. Red Nose Day on Friday 17th March will be a non-uniform day, where we ask children to wear bright clothes for a suggested donation of £1 to Comic Relief. Mrs Gowers will run a catch-up tennis club session on Monday 27th March, as she was unwell last Monday. There are parents evenings on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March. We have also confirmed this week that the WISPA/WJSPA Summer Fete will be held on Saturday 1st July.
An important note from our joint Chairs of Governors follows this message. As part of our initiative to make the governors more familiar to you, Esther Burton will be on the playground at drop off on Thursdays and Fridays. You can also email the Chairs directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tip from our Eco Warriors club: save electricity by turning off electronics when you are not using them!
As part of our commitment to developing vocabulary with our children, each class will be choosing a word of the week and we will share one with you. We would be grateful if you would discuss this and use it with your children. This week’s word is: deny.