Newsletter No 4

September 27th 2019

Our Current Value is: Aspiration

Dear Parents and Carers

Our photographer will be in school on Tuesday.  This year we are trying a new company called Gilman and Soame.  The photographer will be ready from 8am to photograph pre-school siblings with their older siblings.  Please ring the school office for an appointment.  All children will be photographed individually and with school aged siblings during the day.

Year 4

Year 4 will be visiting the Methodist Church on the morning of Wednesday 9th October to experience Harvest.  Children will need a coat appropriate for the weather on the day.  They will be back at school in time for lunch.

Pupil Census Day and Free School Meals

Next Thursday, 3rd October, is our school census day.  For the benefit of parents new to our school, we receive a certain amount of funding each year to provide the free school meals for our Reception and Key Stage 1 children.  An average is taken on our 3 census days over the course of the year and if the uptake is more that 87% then we receive additional funding.  If it is below 87% we have money clawed back from our budget.  School budgets are very tight at the moment and we are just about managing to break even.  If we could have as many children opting for a free school meal (in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) then we will receive badly needed additional funds for our school and can avoid a claw back.  To attract as many children as possible, we will be swapping Monday’s and Thursday’s main course menu so on Thursday there will be the Pizza option.  Pudding remains the same on Monday but some jelly and cookies (extra bribery!) will be made available on Thursday. This is the same menu for the whole school. I do hope you can encourage your child to try a meal that day if they are not regular partakers.  Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Data Sheets

Your child has brought home a data sheet printed from our Management Information System that contains emergency contact details for your child.  Please make sure that we have at least 3 named people that we can contact in the case of an emergency and check that all the details are up to date.  Please return all sheets, even if there are no changes, so we can ensure that your details are up to date by the end of next week.

Applying for Secondary School

Parents of children in Year 6 are invited to make applications for secondary school places for September 2020.  It is best to apply on line using the following link:

https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/schools/apply-school-place/secondary-school

Please note the closing date for applications is 31st October 2019.

Library

We are looking for some volunteers to help with our library on a weekly or a casual basis.  This involves sorting books on the shelves, checking books in and out on our electronic system and general tidying.  If anyone is able to give us some time we would be very appreciative.  Please let Mrs Tinsley (Maple Class Key Stage 1) know your availability.  Thank you.

Library Books

Please can you and your child have a good look at home to see if you have any of our library books and return to school as soon as possible.

Book Fair

On Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October, we will be holding the Scholastic Book Fair in the hall after school. This is an ideal opportunity to have access to and the chance to purchase a wide range of new and exciting books for your child.

The fair will be held from 3pm until around 4pm. By supporting the book fair, it also enables Madley Brook to purchase quality texts for your child’s class and library.

Hope to see you there!

New Chair of Governors

I am honoured to have been elected Chair of Governors at the end of the summer term.
For those that don’t know me, I have been a parent governor since Nov 2018. I have a son in Y1 and another joining the nursery soon.
Our role as governors is to challenge and support the running of the school. We make sure funds are spent wisely, set targets for the school, check these targets are being met, and ensure the school is safe and welcoming.
This week saw the first meeting of the governing board. While there are always challenges to be faced, I feel privileged to be part of such a strong, positive and engaged team of governors and staff.
I am excited to be working with them – along with the children, parents and the wider community – to build upon the many strengths of the school so we can provide the best outcomes for all our children.
Please do come and say “hello” if you see me around the school.
Edward Kay
Chair of Governors

 Attachments

Via Pupil Post

Pantomime Letters Reception to Year 6

Data Sheets

Via Parent Mail

None

 Next Week

Friday    Open Morning for prospective families for entry to Reception September 2020

Friday    Miss Cuthbertson’s last day as she leaves for maternity leave.

Friday    PTA Family Disco

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer