Welcome back to Autumn 2019!
Welcome to Pheobie, Kassidy, Nella-Rose, Sarah, James, Jasmine, Lily, Chiana, Ruby, Jack, Poppy, Millie, Evan, Rupert, Alekss, Arthur, Ella and Scarlett who have joined us in the Reception class. Also to Mason and Riley who have joined us from another school this term. We now have 101 on roll.
Welcome to the new staff; Mrs. Ground and Mrs. Smith who will be job sharing in Reception, to Mrs. Lynn who is the Y3/4 teacher and also to Miss Ingle who is the new 5/6 teacher as well as being the Assistant Head teacher.
We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning.
What are our school priorities for the year?
Every year we focus on three mail priorities to improve. This year these will be;
The Five Fabulous Foundations are;
If you want to know more about what your child is learning in school look on the school website www.aldermanpayne.co.uk Go to “Our school” then, “Curriculum”. You can then see the overview of what you child will be learning over the next two years, as well as information about how we teach maths and phonics.
We are lucky enough to have an active Parent Council at our school who over the years have raised money for a range of projects including paying for a roof for the swimming pool, subsidising the cost of coach travel so that all parents pay less towards the cost of the trip, and buying a gift for the Year Six leavers to name but a few. Our current project is building toilets near the swimming pool.
The money is raised through a variety of events; discos, bingos and the Christmas and Summer Fairs. We are always looking for parents who would be prepared to help out either at the events themselves, or doing some of the preparatory work beforehand. Our Chair of the Parent Council, Alastair Irvine (Jessica’s dad in Year 2) would be very pleased to hear from you, either by letting the school know you are interested, or by letting his wife Amber Irvine know. No special skills are needed, just enthusiasm and a willingness to help.
Our first fundraising event will be the Race Night on 21st September. This is something that Mr. Killingworth organises. The money raised is then used to pay for the children to go to the pantomime in Spalding for free at Christmas. He usually raises £1,000 which pays for the tickets and the coach costs. The event takes place in the Village Hall and costs £6.00 for adults. This includes a jacket potato supper. If you have never been to an event like this, it is lots of fun. People bet on horse races and can win cash back. Children are welcome to attend too. More detailed information about this event has been sent out today in your child’s book bag. If you are unable to attend you can sponsor a horse or a jockey, and if the horse wins the race, you will win cash too!
We will be having a Halloween disco on Thursday 10th October, and we need parents who can help out on the night. Examples of what this might involve are; taking money at the shop, cooking pizzas, clearing up at the end. There will be staff members present too, so you do not need to worry about this. Please let us know if you can offer any support as we will not be able to proceed if there aren’t enough helpers.
Other opportunities to come into school
Don’t forget that we have family reading on Thursdays at 2.20pm where you can come into school and share a book with your child. This is beneficial even if they are in Year Six as it develops a love of reading. Family reading is followed by Parent Assembly at 2.45pm when you get the chance to find out what children have been doing in school, and some receive awards in this assembly. Reception parents your children will start Family reading and Parent Assembly after half term. The first week for family reading and parent assembly will be Thursday 19th September.
There are also opportunities to see what your child has been learning about at our very popular “Curiosity Cafes.” These take place four times a year. It is the opportunity to have a look at and participate in some of the practical activities that we do in school as well as seeing your child’s books. The first Curiosity Café is on Thursday 14th November at 2.30pm. This replaces family reading and assembly for that week.
Thank you to everyone who returned their school library books to the bus at the end of last term. There are a few people who have not yet returned them. Please do have a final look at home as we are about to issue fines to anyone who has not returned their books. These fines will be charged at the full cost of replacing the books.
How to keep up to date.
We have a number of ways that you can find out what is happening in school in addition to the newsletter.
Website - Our website www.aldermanpayne.co.uk contains lots of useful information including dates for your diary and the school menu. You can set up an alert on your phones so that every time the website is updated you can be notified. All you need to do is visit the calendar on the school website and click the link called ‘Link the school events to your personal calendar’. You can then choose from three options: to add to your default calendar (for example, on an iPhone it will go to the iPhone calendar); to add it to your Google calendar; or input it to your calendar programme of choice.
Things to know:
If you have any questions or feedback, please let the office know and we can forward them to the school’s website provider.
Facebook – the school has a Facebook page which is administered by parents. Search for “Alderman Payne Primary School”. Parents frequently use this as the opportunity to ask quick questions. Lots of the questions asked are available on the website, however this is another opportunity to get information quickly.
Twitter – we also have a twitter page. Search for “Alderman Payne”. This is relatively new and as yet has not been very popular, so please do sign up.
Swimming will start from next week for Years 1 to 6. This will continue until half term.
The days are as follows;
Year 1/2 (Blueberry Class) Mondays
Year 3/4 (Mango) Wednesdays
Year 5/6 (Avocado Class) Thursdays
Reception children (Apple Class) swim later in the year when we reopen the pool after Easter.
Please remember that school starts at 8.50am. If children arrive after that they are marked as “late”. This can quickly add up over the year to many hours of lost learning. Please ensure that your child arrives on time every day.
Remember we have Breakfast Club which is open from 8.00am. There is no need to book for this, you can just turn up and pay on the day. The club charges at £2.00 per day. It includes a breakfast as well as an hour’s childcare. If you have more than one child and want to attend, costs reduce. Please pop into the school hall before school if you want to talk to the Breakfast Club staff. We also cook bagels before school every morning. These are free for all children, so please encourage your child to eat one if they wish before school starts. Eating breakfast has been shown to improve children’s learning in school.
Please remember all children are entitled to a free school meal irrespective of income from Reception to Year 2. If you decide to send your child in with a packed lunch, please provide for a healthy one. A sandwich and fruit will provide slow release energy for your child throughout the day. To encourage healthy teeth, no fizzy drinks or squash is allowed. Water and milk are also available for all children on the lunch tables.
What’s happening this term?
These dates are also on the school website if you lose this letter.
9th After school club begins KS2 (Rugby)
17th Speed stacking club KS1 and 2) begins
19th Year 1/2 parents invited into Blueberry Class for a “Great Fire of London” project.
10th Halloween disco
w/c 14th Fenland week
14th African experience - all year groups have the opportunity to find out about music and stories from Ghana
15th speed stacking extravaganza - all year groups have the opportunity to try speed stacking
17th Scarecrow competition in school
17th Harvest Festival at the church 2.00pm run by Mango Class
18th Harvest lunch for children
w/c 22nd HALF TERM
29th Flu vaccination 1pm Years R to 5
29th KS2 basketball after school club begins
30th Parents’ evening 3.45pm – 5.15pm
29th Parents’ evening 3.45pm – 5.15pm
31st Parents’ evening 3.45pm – 6.45pm
11h Remembrance at the War Memorial on the Village Green 11am - please join us
11th - 15th Anti Bullying Week
12th Individual photos taken 1pm
14th Curiosity Café 2.30pm
21st Christmas Fair 3.15pm – 4.30pm
w/c 9th last week for after school sports club
12th Nativity at the church 2pm
17th Christmas Dinner for children
18th Pantomime at Spalding am
19th CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
6th School begins for children
Ms. Blyth, Headteacher
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