23rd Sept 2019
Plastic Free Schools
As the first Plastic Free School in Leicestershire, we are delighted with our progress and the efforts that everyone is making. It really is making a difference. The children now have their milk poured into reusable beakers and a number of them are taking responsibility for this; the novelty of the milk bottle top has not yet worn off! Flavoured milk sold at break time is also served in the same way, with the children drinking inside. This has stopped the plastic straw and carton problem and we have also found that the milk is being completely finished, as the children can see what is left in the cup. We are still hoping to see lunch boxes completely free of single use plastics, but in the meantime there will be a box in the hall to collect empty crisp packets. More news on that to follow.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
On Thursday 26th September, we will be holding a Macmillan Coffee morning. This is a yearly event which is always incredibly well supported. All proceeds go towards the fantastic work that Macmillan do to support both those diagnosed with cancer and their families and carers. Cancer touches so many of our lives and I hope you can do all you can to support by either attending, or providing money/ donations for your children to buy a cake on the day. All cakes will be supplied by school, with classes and staff baking away to raise as much money as possible for this very special cause. The event will take place from 9am to 10am in the School Hall, please join us for coffee/ tea and cake.
Our Harvest Festival will be held on Tuesday 1st October at 10am at Holy Trinity Church. As usual, we will be collecting for the food bank in Ashby. They have a particular shortage in the following items: tinned tomatoes, vegetables & potatoes, tea, coffee, tinned puddings & custard, shampoo, shaving foam and deodorant. Donations will be gratefully received and should be brought into school from Friday 27th September. We hope you can come along and enjoy watching the children perform their ‘thank you’ for this year’s harvest.
Parents’ evenings appointment times were released yesterday so don’t forget to book. Please remember that this is a ten minute appointment only to discuss how well your child is settling into their new class. Please help us by keeping to these times so the evening can run smoothly. If you feel like you need longer to talk about a specific issue, please arrange this with your child’s class teacher. If your child is on the SEND register then their class teacher will be contacting you this week to arrange a meeting at your earliest convenience therefore you do not also need to book onto a Parents’ evening slot as well.
The PTA will once again be holding a Book Fair in the School Hall during both evenings. This was an amazing success last year and we are remaining with The Book People, who had a large number of books at very reasonable prices. It’s a great opportunity to get hold of some early Christmas presents! I would like to thank the PTA who do a fantastic job raising money to help us fund a variety of different projects. Please note that entry into main school during both Parents’ Evenings will be via the hall ,not the main school entrance.
Please could I politely remind you that if you have to drive your children to school then please use the Co-op car park at the beginning and end of the school day. I have received a number of complaints from local residents regarding inconsiderate car parking by some parents including; residents having their drives blocked; parking on double yellow lines and pulling onto the pavements creating a blind spot for cars pulling out. I would really appreciate your support with this matter as inconsiderate parking not only affects our relationship with the local community but also creates a safety risk to our children walking to school.
We also have some parents who keep using the school car park to drop off or pick up. This is dangerous and causes disruptions when staff are trying to park or leave on time to pick up their own children. CCTV monitors the carpark and I will be contacting directly those parents who continue to disregard our requests.
Nasal Flu Vaccinations – 26th November
You will shortly receive details about the vaccination from the NHS immunisation team. This year, the school age immunisations service has introduced an online consent form. An email with an attached letter from the NHS will be sent out on Monday 28th October with guidance on how to access and complete the online consent form. You’ll be able to use this to give permission for your child to receive the nasal flu vaccination in school. The online form will make the process easy and efficient, and will avoid letters being lost in transit. The form meets all of the NHS security standards for patient information.
Remember, there are lots of child-friendly resources about the flu and about keeping healthy on the Health for Kids website, as well as information for parents and carers. Visit www.healthforkids.co.uk
Term Dates 2020-2021
The term dates for the academic year 2020-2021 are now available to view on our school website and are in line with Leicestershire County Council.
Dates for your Diary
Parent’s Evening Appointment Times release - Monday 23rd September
Y3/Y4 Trip to Beaumanor (Victorians) – Tuesday 24th September
Macmillan Coffee morning – Thursday 26th September (9:00 – 10:00 school hall)
MP Andrew Bridgen visit – Friday 27th September
Harvest Festival Service – Tuesday 1st October 10:00 am @ Holy Trinity Church
Grandparents Afternoon – Monday 7th October 2:00 pm to 3:00pm (Foundation Stage only)
Parents Evenings – Tuesday 8th October & Thursday 10th October (3:40 – 6:30)
Break up for Half Term – Friday 11th October
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Head teacher: Liz Powell
Ashby de la Zouch
Tel: 01530 412243