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Autumn 2 School Newsletter

Autumn 2 Nursery Newsletter

Nursery Playground: Pentagon Play

Please have a look at our Nursery webpage for information on our lovely new playground, installed by Pentagon Play and

funded by the National Lottery.

Please click here.

On-line Payments

From September 2018 we will only accept payments through sQuid so it is important for families to register. Information and registration codes have been sent home to all families. Copies of these are available from the school office.

School Meals:

Week beginning 10th December: We are on Week 3:

Week beginning 17th December: We are on Week 1:

Please click here for the Autumn Winter Menu.

Be Bright be seen 

After half term we will be resuming our ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ shop in the hall on Friday mornings before the birthday and merit assembly. The School Council will take turns to run the shop with the help from a member of staff.

Available to buy are:

Reflectors – £1.80 each

Zip clips – 80p each

Clip on stars/circles – £1.80 each

Stick on Smiles – 50p each

Christmas Post

We have Christmas post boxes in the office area and in Nursery . Children may post Christmas cards for their friends in these boxes. Please ensure that all cards are clearly marked with children’s names, their class, and have a coloured ‘mark’ on them so that our ‘Christmas post children’ can sort them into which class they need to go to. For example:  Molly P Y1B 

Christmas Dinner Wednesday 12th December

Christmas dinner day will be on 12th December. This will be a traditional turkey dinner with a muffin for dessert. There will be no jacket potatoes on this day. If your child will be bringing sandwiches, or wants to order a school sandwich, please complete the slip at the end of this newsletter and return it to the office by Friday 30th November. This pre-ordering is to help the kitchens with ordering the correct amount of food. We will order a Christmas dinner for anyone who does not return the slip. If your child is planning to bring sandwiches on the day it is important that the school knows as we will have to pay for all meals that we have ordered in advance.

Children may wear Christmas jumpers/tops on 12th December if they wish.

Please click here for Christmas dinner Letter.

Class Assemblies for parents and families

Each class holds a termly assembly for parents and families. These are in the school hall. They usually last about 20 minutes. At these assemblies, the children share some of the things that they have been learning in school.

Please join us for our Year Group Assemblies/Performances on the following dates:

  • Red Base Thursday 13th December 10a.m.

Christmas Chocolate Raffle

We are having a Chocolate Christmas Raffle to raise funds for the school. The draw will be held on Thursday 20th December.

We would like each child to bring in a chocolate item which will then be used to make chocolate hampers for the raffle. Each class will put together their own chocolate hamper. There is no restriction on the size of the chocolate donation or how many items each child brings. The more creative the better, anything chocolate!

Please bring your donation to your child’s classroom by Wednesday 19th December.A sheet of raffle tickets is attached to this letter. Tickets are priced at 25p each.

Please send chocolate gifts for our Christmas raffle, to your child’s classroom

Please click here for Chocolate Raffle letter

Red Base Christmas Nativity Assembly for parents Thursday 13th December 10a.m. in school hall (doors open at 9:45am)

Parents of children in Red Base are invited to join us for a Christmas performance between 10a.m. and 10:30a.m. in the school hall. Doors will open at 9:45a.m. We cannot allow admittance before this time for safeguarding reasons.

Previously we have had a number of parents complaining that babies and younger children made a lot of noise and spoilt the performance. If you do not have any child care for your little ones please take them out if they start to make a noise so that it doesn’t spoil the enjoyment of other parents. Thank you.

We will have a small raffle for school funds and a charity collection at the performance.

Family of Schools Carol Singing at Crystal Peaks 13th  December at 6p.m.

We would like to invite families to join us for our annual Family of School’s carol concert at Crystal Peaks. Everyone is welcome. Our singing teacher has identified especially enthusiastic and competent singers for us. Ten of these children will be invited to sing at the carol concert and we have sent letters to families of these children.

After-School Clubs

During the week beginning 17th December there will no after-school clubs apart from Kids Club. 

Clubs in the spring term start on January 14th. A letter to apply for Spring term clubs is attached. Please note that these clubs are for children in Blue, Yellow and Green Bases. Clubs will be open to Red Base from April 2018.

Key Stage One School Nativities in Emmanuel church:

Tuesday 18th December – Blue, Yellow & Green Base Nativity 2p.m. in church (doors open 1:45p.m.)

Wednesday 19th December – Blue, Yellow & Green Base Nativity 10a.m. in church (doors open 9:45a.m.)

Younger children: Please note we do not allow younger children into the Nativity performances as this can result in background noise that prevents the performers from being heard clearly in the church. For many this is the first time they have spoken in a large public performance; the play has a number of speaking parts and the children’s voices may not be very loud.

A creche will be run (from 9:45a.m.) for the performance on Wednesday 19th December at 10a.m. If you would like to book a place please complete the slip attached to this newsletter.

We ask families not to enter the playground after the nativities as children will be having a short playtime. Children should not be taken early from classrooms following the afternoon performance.

Following each performance we will have a collection for Charity and will also hold a raffle at each event to help pay for the costs of the performances and costumes.

School Christmas Parties – Party Day 20th December

Our school Christmas party day is Thursday  20th December. We play party games in the classrooms, have a whole school party ‘afternoon tea’ in the hall and then Father Christmas comes to visit.

Children can wear party clothes on party day however please make sure that they have a warm coat and shoes suitable for outdoor play.

If parents/carers would like to help set up the hall and support the children’s parties please meet at the office at 1:10p.m. Please can you let your child’s teacher, or the office staff, know if you are coming to help. Thank you. Please can each child in school bring either buns, biscuits, crisps, savouries etc. for 4 children. Please bring these on the morning of the party (20th December). Children will still have their dinner and then have party food later in the afternoon.

Children with Allergies or food intolerance:

 We have a number of children in school who have intolerance to certain foods.We would like to provide them with their party food plated up to ensure that they only eat the food that they are not intolerant to. If your child has a food intolerance please contact the school office to let us know whether you would like to come into school on party day to plate up their food, if you would like us to plate up their food or, if you would like them to bring their own plate of party food.

Last day of term:

Children in school may bring toys and games on Friday 21st December but please make sure that items are marked with their name and are not of any great value as things do sometimes get lost or broken and we don’t want anyone upset on their last day. Please can your child also bring a carrier bag to school in the last week to take home their Christmas things. If your child is absent at the end of term please try and pop into school to collect their Christmas things or arrange for another parent to bring them home for you.

Children may wear Christmas jumpers on the last day of term if they wish. 

We return to school on Monday 7th January. Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Applications for Infant School and Junior School: Closing date 15th January 2019

This information applies to children wanting to start at Waterthorpe (current Nursery children) or Emmanuel (current Y2 children) in September 2019:

The deadline for admissions to the Infant or Junior School of your choice is 15th January. We have sent out applications and reminders to those families who have not yet applied but there are still a number who have not put in an application. Online applications are now closed, paper applications only accepted.

If your application is not received in Primary Admissions by 15th January, you may not get the school of your choice and your child may be allocated to another Sheffield School.

Study Books to order

As the end of Year 2 assessments and tests, and the Y1 Phonics test, are fast approaching, we are able to order homework resources at a reduced cost. These may be used at home to help children practise what they are learning in school. They are available for sale to parents/carers who would like to support their child’s learning in a more structured way at home.  These books are optional, and they will not be collected in by your child’s teacher, however help will be available if needed. Please order by 15th January 2019.

Please click here for order form.

Class Assemblies for parents and families

Each class holds a termly assembly for parents and families. These are in the school hall. They usually last about 20 minutes. At these assemblies, the children share some of the things that they have been learning in school.

Please join us for our Class Assemblies on the following dates:

  • Y2 Miss Wilson Green Base class assembly 31st January 9:15a.m.
  • Y1B Miss Brooks Blue Base class assembly 7th February 9:15a.m.

SEAL Family Workshop 18th January 9:15a.m.

 Our next SEAL workshop, run by Mrs Marriott, is on 18th January in the school hall between 9:15a.m. and 10a.m. At the workshop you will work with your child on the theme of ‘Going for Goals’. Brothers and sisters from Emmanuel can be brought through to join us for this workshop. This workshop is open to families and children in Foundation 2, Year 1 and Year 2 (Red, Blue, Yellow and Green Base).

‘Minibeast’ Family Workshop 23rd January 3:15p.m.

Please join us for our Minibeast Family Workshop on Wednesday 23rd January at 3:15p.m.

This workshop is for families of children in Foundation 2 and Key Stage 1 (Red, Blue, Yellow and Green bases). Please collect your children from their classroom at the end of the day and bring them down to the school hall.

At the workshop you will find out how we are teaching science through our KS1 Minibeast topic and you will be able to take part in some fun activities with your child. You are welcome to bring younger brothers and sisters.

Year One Phonics Family Workshop Tuesday 5th February

All Year One (Blue Base) children will be taking a national phonics screening test in June. Each child will receive either a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ for the test. If they fail the test they will retake it at the end of Y2.

On Tuesday 5th February Y1 children will show their families some of the games and activities we do at school to help them prepare for the test. Please can all Y1 parents/carers come to the school hall with your child at 8.50a.m. (Please enter through class doors so children can leave coats and belongings in the base.) It is very important that either yourself, or a representative attends this meeting.

Mrs Appleby will also briefly explain how the test works and how you can support your child. The meeting will be finished by 9.30a.m.

Scooter Skills day Thursday 14th February

 As part of our Travel Plan work we are encouraging children to ride their scooters more often as this helps to develop core strength and co-ordination. We have been able to arrange some scooter sessions. This is a fun day for your child to learn scooter skills during school time. The children will work on scooter skills in the playground.

Please note there are limited places for this, so apply early.

Valentine Disco Thursday 14th February 3:15p.m. to 4:30p.m.

On 14th February we are holding a Valentine Disco for the children in school (not Nursery). The price of this is £3.50 per child, payable online or at the school office. The ticket price includes drinks and crisps.

All the children going to the disco will stay in their classes at the end of the day and be taken into the hall by their teacher. The teachers will take the children back to their base, at the end of the disco, for parents/carers to collect.

On the day of the disco children may come to school in their party clothes. (This will be easier for them rather than getting changed at the end of the day.)

Scooter Skills Fridays

On Friday lunchtimes and at afternoon ‘Reward-time play’ we will be holding scooter skills sessions for children who bring their scooters to school. Please note that there will only be football in the mornings on Fridays due to these sessions.

English and Maths Adult Education Courses

English and Maths courses for adults will be run from 18th September at Thorpe Green Meeting Rooms. These courses are for beginners up to Level 2.

The English course will run on Tuesdays from 10a.m. to 12 noon.

The Maths course will run on Tuesdays from 12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.

If you would like more information, or to book on a course, please contact Lesley Roberts (Learning Champion) at Woodhouse Forum on telephone number: 0114 269 0222.


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On-line Payments

We are now able to accept online payments through sQuid. We are starting with milk payments for next term and will add other payments over the rest of this half term. Information and registration codes will be sent home to all families. Please call at the office if you have not received yours by 5th December.

Please visit our sQuid Online Payment page for more information by clicking here.

For more information on downloading the sQuid App please click here.

 Speech and Language Drop-in 

If you have speech and Language concerns about your child, aged 5 or under, please call at one of the drop-ins at Crystal Peaks or Darnall.

Click here for more information