News Update

News Update: 
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Last Newsletter of the year


School Meals:

Week beginning 3rd September ~ We are on Week 2

Please click here for the Summer Menu.


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:

  • Please join us for our Year Group Assemblies/Performances on the following dates:
    • Green Base (Miss Wilson) Thursday 3rd October 9:15a.m.
    • Blue Base (Mrs Taylor/Mrs Appleby) Thursday 24th  October 9:15a.m.
    • Yellow Base (Mrs Marriott) Thursday 28th November 9:15a.m.
    • Red Base (Miss Baggaley and Miss Brooks) Thursday 12th December 10a.m.

Summer Holiday Activities through The Sheffield Children’s University

Please click below for links to a wide range of activities that children and families can take part in, over the school holidays, across Sheffield. Many of these are free of charge but may need booking.

Summer Festival of Fun

Summer Festival of Fun Extra


After-school Clubs

After school clubs start of 9th September. Many children have signed up for clubs but we still have some places available (letter is attached). Clubs in the Autumn are for children in Year 1 and Year 2 only.

We ask for £1.25 per week for each of the clubs (excluding karate). We ask that all clubs are paid for by the beginning of the Autumn term. Due to the costs of administration, we will no longer be able to give refunds when children do not attend clubs or change their minds about going to a club. For this reason, it is really important that you are sure your child does want to attend a club before you request a place.

If your child is in Year 1 or Year 2 and does not yet have a place in an After-school club, please return the form attached as soon as possible.


Red Base New Parents Meeting Thursday 5th September 9:30a.m. to 10:30a.m.

Parents of children starting in school in September are invited to a meeting on Thursday 5th September. This is an important meeting where we will give you a pack of information and share with you what to expect when your children starts school. There is also an opportunity for you to ask questions or share any information with us. Please bring your child’s birth certificate with you.

We ask families to come through the main entrance at 9:15a.m. and take children through the hall to Red Base for a session whilst parents are attending the meeting. Following the meeting parents should then collect their children from the base.


Food Drive Friday 13th September

Our next Food collection for the S20 food bank in on Friday 13th September. The S20 Information Station (in the old Westfield TARA building) offers a relaxed environment and it is open on Mondays 1pm to 3pm. They also have a housing officer and Citizen’s Advice Worker on hand to offer support. We are able to refer any families who need to use the Foodbank.

For this collection we are trying to collect toiletries for the Food Bank please.

Children are asked to bring donations into Merit assembly where they will be collected ready to send to the Food Bank

Please send any toiletry items on Friday 13th September.

Please call and speak to Mrs Stokes if you are in need of a food parcel or, if you wish you can self-refer by going to the S20 Information Station on a Monday between 1p.m. and 3p.m.


Key Stage 1 (Any families of children in Year 1 or year 2) Reading and Phonics Workshop
Friday 27th September 9:15a.m. (No Merit or Birthday assembly)

We have recently introduced a new Phonics and Reading Scheme called ‘Read, Write, Inc’. We have been supported with this though government funding and help from the English Hub. As a result of this, there will be a change to how we teach reading and phonics. It is important for families to understand this so you can support your children at home.

Please join us for our Reading and Phonics Family Workshop on Friday 27th September at 9:15a.m. in the school hall. This workshop is for all families of children in Year 1 or Year 2. Your children will be brought to join the workshop with you. The workshop will last for approximately 1 hour.


Individual School photos 10th October

Individual and family group photos will be taken on 10th October. If you would like a photo taken with younger/older brothers & sisters, please arrive in the Infant school hall between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30a.m.

If you would like your child to be photographed with their brother/sister in Waterthorpe or Emmanuel, and are not able to come before school, please complete the slip at the end of the newsletter so that we can arrange this. Thank you.

Children who do not attend nursery on photograph day are still welcome to come in for their photograph to be taken, but will be unable to stay for the nursery session. Please ask Mrs Deeley, in the Nursery, for arrangements.

Afternoon Nursery children will have their photographs taken in the nursery at the start of the session. Younger brothers/sisters may be included if you wish to stay. For other family group photos please come to the school hall at 8:15a.m.


SEAL Family Workshop Tuesday 15th October ~ ‘New Beginnings’ theme

Families are invited to the SEAL workshop at 9.15am – 10:15am in Waterthorpe Infant School hall. This workshop is for parents of children in Blue, Yellow and Green bases.

During this workshop you will be able to take part in an activity with your child. This workshop shares ideas on how to support your child in the new school year.


Travel Plan Work: 10-Day Active Challenge starting on 14th October

This half term we are taking part in the 10-day Active Challenge. We hope that as many children as possible can join us in walking, scooting and cycling to school during the event. Children record their journeys daily in the classroom and work towards a certificate and prize at the end of the event.

Other Travel Plan events to be announced soon.


Harvest Festival 22nd October 9:15a.m.

Our Harvest Festival is a time when the children take part in a traditional celebration. We ask everyone to bring in an item of food that is then donated to the S20 Foodbank, giving help to local people.

Parents and families are welcome to join us for the assembly. We ask that visitors are respectful of the need to be quiet in assemblies to set a good example to the children and ensure that they can be heard when they come to the front to present their work. Thank you.

Please send a donation for our Harvest Festival on 22nd October.


Halloween Disco 24th October 3:15p.m. to 4:30p.m.

On Thursday 24th October we are holding a Halloween Disco for the children. The price of this is £3.50 per child, payable online through your sQuid account. The ticket price includes drinks and crisps. Once you have paid, your child will be added to the classteacher’s disco list. (Please note we will not be giving out tickets.)

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.)


Pantomime: Cinderella Wednesday 11th December

We are letting you know early about our Christmas pantomime trip this year, as we have decided to go to the Lyceum Theatre to see Cinderella. The cost of tickets at the Lyceum is higher than Rotherham Theatre, but feedback tells us that the quality of the performance is much better.  Hopefully by telling you now, you will be able to pay a small amount on sQuid towards the trip each week. The cost of the trip will be £17. Please pay the full amount by 27th September as we have had to pay for the tickets in advance. This is a trip for school only (not nursery). Children who are moving into school in September will be going on the pantomime trip.

Please click here for Pantomime letter.


School Uniform

It has been agreed that Pinders can now sell our school uniform. If you wish to buy uniform through this company, they are sited in Crystal Peaks Market where they will take your orders.

Uniform, embroidered with the school logo, can also be purchased through Tesco’s online uniform service at My clothing.com


Henry ‘Healthy Start’ Programme

Henry is a programme for families, aimed at offering support with many areas that affect children under 5 and their parents e.g. mealtimes, behaviour and early learning. The programme is for an hour each week for 8 weeks and it comes highly recommended. This is free to families and can be accessed by completing the form attached, emailing healthystart@henry.org.uk or by texting 07720090949.

Please take a look at the attached flyer and application form.

Click here for the information flyer.

Click here for the application form.


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.


Alerts

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.


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