Message from Mrs. Castell
It was lovely to see so many of you at the fundraiser for Ellis last Sunday. The organisers and stallholders, many of whom are parents at the school, did a remarkable job in spite of the miserable weather, raising £7019.44. This is a truly overwhelming amount and we know the family are enormously grateful. Thanks to you all for your support for Ellis.
Family Learning Time
We hope those parents who were able to attend enjoyed Family Learning Time this week. As we begin to plan events for the next academic year, we would very much appreciate your feedback on these opportunities for parents to be involved in the classroom. Please get in touch at email@example.com.
Over the next few weeks, each class will visit Writtle Library for a morning. If they haven't been before, this is a great opportunity for the children to discover what the library has to offer and the library staff will share a story with them. The children will walk down to the green with the staff, a visit that is covered by the parental consent for local outings given in their initial registration form. Dates of the visits are as follows:
Parrots: 11 May
Turtles: 18 May
Dolphins: 8 June
Sharks: 15 June
Foxes: 22 June
Squirrels: 29 June
Can everyone please be vigilant to ensure that children take care of the school property at the beginning and end of the school day. We have seen lots of toys and other items thrown into the pond, children picking flowers which are growing in our planters and trampling on the flower beds along the path to the playground gate. We always celebrate the natural world in our lessons and part of that experience is to ensure that we look after plants and wildlife habitats. The children have had an assembly on this topic this week but we would appreciate you reinforcing the message at home.
On Friday 5th May we will be celebrating the Coronation in school with a special assembly where I will be attempting to recreate a Coronation and a street party style lunch with an adapted menu to enable us to eat outside. The children will be asked to come to school in red white and blue non school uniform. WISPA are also planning a Make a Crown competition. Please see the attached poster for details.
This week's word is "pandemonium", chosen by Dolphins class. We would be grateful if you would discuss the meaning of this word and use it with your children.
Attendance this week is 95.3% compared to our school target of 96%. While I appreciate measures that parents have taken to help improve attendance, I am really disappointed at the number of children taken out of school for long weekends and the number of holiday applications. We are striving as a school for every child to reach their potential and even one day lost means their learning is disrupted.
Enjoy the long weekend, we'll see you on Tuesday 2nd May.