Newsletter November

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you’ve all had a restful weekend, the temperature has certainly dropped – dare I say winter is fast approaching?! Here are all the things we want to make you aware of in the coming weeks.

Temporary COVID closure

We would like to firstly apologise for the disruption caused by our short term closure on Thursday.

As we all have contact with other bubbles, there is a risk of our school being affected by COVID-19. Be assured that we will always do our best to minimize this within our setting and we will only close if we feel there is a risk to your family and ours (or by government guidelines of course!)

This means that as previously advised, if your child or anyone in your household exhibits any symptoms consistent with coronavirus, it is important that you contact us immediately, keep your child at home and get a test. You will also be required to wear a mask at drop off and collection. You adapted very quickly when we communicated this, so thank you again!

Fireworks

With Guy Fawkes Night at the close of the week, we did a tough tray inspired by the whizzing, noisy lights in the sky. We used instruments and watched a display on YouTube, we closed our eyes and really listened. The children really loved the glitter and exploring the sounds, it’s safe to say they were very excited!

Diwali

We will be celebrating Diwali in the setting on the week commencing 16th November and we would love any parents who celebrate this as part of their faith to contribute if possible.
We have lots of coloured rice and pasta activities planned, however if you have any decorations or fabrics you would be able to share, that would be greatly appreciated. Even if you can help us to understand how this is observed, we would be so grateful.

Please have a chat with Jodie if you can contribute in any way.

Pumpkin Decorating Competition

We’d like to thank you for your entries, we had some fantastic spooky pumpkins and ghoulish gourds, however our winner was Dawid. Congratulations!

Children in Need – Pyjama day

2020 has been such a hard year for fundraising, as we know ourselves! One thing that hasn’t changed is the need to help children who themselves rely on the generosity of others for their basic needs. We are holding a PJ day on Friday 13th November with a donation of £1 per child.

Please ensure your child is still wearing practical footwear and brings a coat (it could still be very chilly as we go about our day!)

New starters!

We wanted to say a big welcome and well done to all our new starters this term. Despite the changes in the world around us, these little ones have done an amazing job at coming in, settling and joining in the play. So well done and a big well done to their grown ups – it’s a big adjustment!

This week, we are pleased to welcome Emma and Wren to our school. We are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures and really hope to continue developing our settling in policy to make it easy for new starters to feel at home. Thank you to all the children at the school for helping them to feel welcome!

New committee

Thank you to the all the parents who attended the AGM before we broke up for half term. We are pleased to announce that Louis Clarke is volunteering as Secretary and Clare Murray has volunteered for Deputy Chairperson. We will be putting up the minutes for the AGM on our website, so if you missed out, please find the time to take a read and catch up with the proceedings.

Revamp!

Although you haven’t been able to come into the school, we alluded to some refurbishments over half term that have been completed. Over half term, the room was kindly repainted by Cameron from the Shenley Leisure Centre, and it looks much fresher and brighter!

We removed any damaged and broken toys over half term and hope to eventually clear space for new resources by removing a shed in the spring so we can set up a vegetable patch and some flower beds. If you saw the skip, you knew that the clear out was very successful! We can’t wait to show you as our refurbishment continues!

Remembrance Sunday

As it is was Remembrance Day today, we are using this as a theme for our activities this week (week commencing 9th November) We are apple stamping and using coloured rice to discuss the curiosity the children no doubt have from recent television coverage and the appearance of poppies in their local area. Have you seen our poppies? We have decorated our windows for the local poppy walk!

Parent consultations

Please be aware that we are arranging parent consultations in the coming weeks. This will be a chance to meet your child’s key worker, discuss how they are adjusting during lockdown and how they have been settling since the term began. These will all be done with your key worker and Jodie over Zoom.

Thank you!

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