May 2017 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers

Communication

As a school, we have always believed in working together with parents to help achieve what is best for the children in our care. A key part of this is communication between the teachers and yourselves. Our policy has always been, that if you have an issue or a concern then please approach the teacher first, at an appropriate time, to discuss the matter. Normally most issues can be resolved at this point but if you are still concerned then myself, or another member of the senior leadership team (Mrs Odysseas or Mr Sharp) are available to discuss it. I’m aware that a number of the classes have WhatsApp parents groups, and I can see many benefits to being part of these but it is important that they don’t become forums for parents gossiping or rumour mongering as this will not be beneficial to the wider school community. If you are unsure about something or need clarification, then ask a member of staff.

We are always trying to improve communication within the school community, the launch of the Yardley APP has helped, and all staff have been reminded about the importance of making sure all important information is passed onto parents and carers.

Dinner Money

Please ensure dinner money is paid for either in advance or regularly so that large arrears are not built up. Dinner money is £10.50 a week and can be paid weekly, fortnightly, monthly or termly in advance. 

Your child may be entitled to free school meals. Details can be found online or the school has copies of the application form.  Please be aware that it is your responsibility to make the application and to know when the entitlement expires.

Nursery Places for the autumn/School places available

There are currently a very small number of places in the nursery for the autumn available but only for the afternoon sessions. If you, or someone you know is interested then please speak to Miss Pank or another member of the nursery staff.

The main school remains nearly full to capacity but there is one space available in each of Year 1, Year 4 and Year 5. If you know anyone who may be interested please ask them to contact the office.

Governor’s charity cycle

In July, Marcus Keane, who is both a parent and governor at the school, is cycling from London to Paris in aid of the Crohn’s and Colitis in Children charity. If you are able to, please support his cause by donating here https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/smartology.

Friday 26th May

This Friday is a non-uniform day with a requested £1 donation which will go towards supporting the work of the parents association. If you still have sponsorship money left over from the KS1 sponsored bounce please let the office have it as soon as possible.

School finishes at the normal times on this day.

 

I hope you all have an enjoyable half term.  When we come back we have a wide range of activities lined up, including something very exciting which we are keeping under wraps at the moment.

Remember the school will be closed on Thursday June 8th as we are a polling station.

 

Mr Evans/Head Teacher

Date: 26/05/2017