On Monday we have Chinese dance workshops for children in school all day. We would like to invite families to join us at the end of the day, at 2:50p.m. in the hall, to see some of the work we have been doing.
Each class holds a termly assembly for parents and families. These are in the school hall and start at approximately 9:15a.m. They usually last about 20 minutes. At these assemblies, the children share some of the things that they have been learning in school. The dates of the class assemblies in the spring term are:
- Thursday 15th February Blue Base Mrs Taylor and Mrs Appleby’s class
- Thursday 8th March Blue Base Miss Brooks class
- Thursday 15th March Green Base Miss Wilson’s class
- Thursday 22nd March Red Base Mrs Moffatt and Miss Baggeley’s classes
On Wednesday 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.)
The disco ticket payment of £3.50 can be made using your online sQuid account or can be paid at the school office.
Please join us for our P.E. Family Workshop, organised by Miss Wilson, in the school hall on Thursday 15th February at 2:30p.m. This workshop is for families of children in Key Stage 1 (Blue, Yellow and Green bases).
The focus of our workshop will be dance as we have a dance teacher, Charlie, working with the children in the spring term. At the workshop, Charlie will show you a demonstration lesson with your children so that you will be able to see how they are taught. You are welcome to bring younger brothers and sisters.
On Thursday 15th February a group of children from Y2W children will be going to the Mini-Athletics Festival at Westfield School. There were only 20 spaces for this event so we have chosen some children to do weekly sports sessions, with Mr Dungworth on Tuesdays, and the remainder have been invited to the Athletics Festival.
We will be walking to Westfield straight after school so the children involved will need to bring an extra drink, as the event doesn’t finish until 5.15pm. Parents are invited to either collect children from Westfield at 5:15p.m. or come and join them for the event.
Our School Council will be selling ‘Bright Kidz’ Be Bright, Be Seen, products in the hall from 8:50a.m. on Friday mornings before Birthday and Merit assemblies. For a small cost, parents can buy a variety of safety items that will help to ensure that children can be seen when crossing the roads on their way to and from school in the dark winter months.
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.
If you would like to take part in our early literacy workshops, we have arranged workshops for the following topics:
- Oral language
- Environmental print
By attending these workshops you could get lots of ideas how to help your child at home. We can visit the library, go out for walks and much more together. Parents and families who attend the sessions will also receive a literacy goody-bag.
The following workshops are yet to take place:
- 13th March 10.30am-11.15am
Please let Miss Bryce or Alison know if you would like to attend any of our REAL Family Workshops.
The Multi-Agency Support Team are available to help families with a wide range of issues from problems with children’s behaviour and bedtimes to housing and finance. The MAST worker will be able to advise you and put you in touch with the best agency to give support. All of us need some extra support or advice at times, being a parent doesn’t come with a guide book!
MAST have now asked that parents book an appointment for the sessions. The sessions are held on alternate Wednesdays. The next meeting is on 7th February 9a.m. to 10a.m. If you would like to see a worker then please ask your child’s teacher or Key Worker, or let the school office know, and we will arrange this for you.
Photos taken of children, dressed up for each of the nativity performances, are available to buy from the school office. Displays of some of the photos will be in the Nursery entrance and office entrance.
The cost of milk for the spring term, January to March, has gone up by 1p per day and for the full term is £9.72. In order to ensure your child receives milk, please make payment via our online payment system called sQuid. Activation letters have been issued to all children. If you have not received a copy, please contact the school office who will be happy to reissue the letter. We will be using this system to reduce cash payments in school over the coming months so please register A.S.A.P.
Alternatively, please send money to the office, in a clearly marked envelope. Cheques should be made payable to Sheffield City Council (SCC).
Free milk will continue to be provided to all children under the age of five or to those children who are in receipt of income based free School Meals/FSM.
New Clubs start in the second week of term, (Karate starts in first week of term). Clubs will run until Easter 2018. Children should be collected from the hall doors at 4:10p.m. after drama, sports and karate. Games Club and Film Club children should be collected from Green Base doors. Most clubs are £1 per week and the fees, termly in advance, should be paid at the office. Karate is £15 for the half term and this fee should be paid to the coach when you collect your child. We are offering gymnastics club free of charge. Children should bring a PE kit for any sports type clubs.
Our clubs this term are:
Monday Drama Club
Tuesday Games in a Box Club
Gymnastics Stars ~ Please call at the office if you would like a place. We have a few left.
Thursday Film Club
Friday Karate Club
Thank you for your orders. We have now placed the order for homework resources, that will help children prepare for the end of year assessments and tests. These books are optional and they will not be collected in by your child’s teacher, however help will be available if needed.
We will send out the books when they arrive in school.
Please sign up for email alerts about weather, school closures etc. from Sheffield City council. Visit the page www.sheffield.gov.uk/alerts to register.
Once registered, you can go to Education – School Closures – Then look under primary/secondary/special educational needs to find your school.
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.
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.
There have been some changes to the MAST drop-in sessions. A MAST worker will be available to meet with parents on coffee morning days but an appointment must be made in advance.
If you would like to book an appointment with a support worker, please call at the office and we will arrange it for you.
If you would just like to meet and chat with other parents, a coffee morning runs in Emmanuel on these dates at the same time. Everyone welcome.
COMPUTER, ENGLISH AND MATHS CLASSES FOR ADULT LEARNERS
This year we have a computer class for adults on Wednesday afternoons between 1p.m. and 3p.m. starting. The class caters for all levels and the trainer Denise will help to identify a programme of study for each individual. The cost of the computer course is £10 for 10 weeks if there is evidence of a means tested benefit, £60 if not.
Maths and English classes are free but take place at Frecheville, in venues on the 120 bus or tram route.
Our class Parent Reps are there to share information with you about what is happening in school. Reps receive a weekly update from school to share with other families. If you are not sure about something you can ask Rep and they will find out the answer or point you in the right direction.
Our reps are as follows:
Nursery: Mick Barker (Laney Downes)
Red Base: RJ ~ Emily Wilkinson (Ruby Mallender), RM ~ Rebecca Ford (Mia) and RB ~ Claire Knott (Imogen)
Blue Base: Y1A~ Laura Green (Oliver), Lucy Dundon (Isaac), Lauren Lancaster (Lillie Maher) & Vicky Fitzpatrick (Holly Jennings) Y1T ~ Nicola Stephenson (Harry)
Yellow Base: Lauren Lancaster (Sophie Maher), Vicky Fitzpatrick (Ethan Jennings) and Sara Shaw (Alfie Shaw)
Green Base: Rebecca Ford (Daisy) and Joanne Hartley (Maisie)
Laura Green also runs the ‘Friends of Waterthorpe’ Facebook Page and this is a good source of information.