MAIDENBOWER INFANT SCHOOL
Autumn 3 2012
Here we go into the second half of the Autumn term!
The weather is beginning to feel more autumnal now so please make sure your children
bring a coat to school from now on.
This half term our thoughts turn to celebrating Christmas and the second part of this newsletter will inform you of the fun activities we have in store.
Thank you so much for your generosity in providing tinned foods to help the Easter Team ensure that many people less fortunate than us in Crawley will have access to good food. Thank you for also providing some ‘treats’ such as biscuits and cakes for Christmas.
I’m sure this will make the festive season a little more special for them.
These delightful cards have raised over £130 for school.
Children in Need
Thank you again! This morning we raised an amazing £355!!!!!!
The Book Fair will be open, in the studio, after school from 3 to 3.30pm on Monday 26th November until Wednesday 28th November. A booklet will be coming home shortly.
Buy a book and our school gets one free!
BAD HAIR DAY: Friday 30th November
Children may come to school with the craziest hair styles you can create!
In return we ask you to donate an unwrapped gift for mums to sell in the Secret’s Room at the Christmas Fair. Boxes will be in the library on the morning of the 30th to collect the gifts.
(No alcohol thank you)
Children come into the Secret’s Room, unaccompanied by parents, to choose and wrap a maximum of two gifts.
Disco for Years 1 and 2: Friday 7th December
Years 1 and 2 children dress up and have some fun, dancing and games.
Christmas Fair: Saturday 8th December
This is a fabulous event held in both the infant and junior schools.
The Friends are always looking for helpers. If you can help on the day please let the Friends know.
We are moving to Parent Mail 2 in the New Year. Further information will follow this half term.
OUR FRIENDS AT ST ALBAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, CAMDEN
As you may know, over the last three years we have developed a link with the inner city St Alban’s School in Camden, London. This link has gone from strength to strength over this time. We are currently working on plans for this year’s shared activities, which promise to be very exciting. As part of the link we have established, we want to support our friends in their upcoming fundraising venture. They organise a grand toy sale in December each year, to raise money for Unicef which is a charity about which they (and we) feel very passionate. Unicef works in many of the countries that St Alban’s children come from, and they have often seen this work at first hand, benefitting their families. Unicef runs the Rights Respecting Schools programme which our children are following.
The St Albans Toy Sale has the dual purpose of raising much needed funds for Unicef, and allowing the children of St Albans to buy good quality toys, books and games at prices they can afford.
Many of the children have few toys, and eagerly await the fair so they can get some new things to play with. Last year, we heard about how a number of toys we had sent had been bought with great delight by St Alban’s children. We would like to support the children of St Albans in their fundraising by sending them good quality, clean second hand toys to sell at the fair. If you are having a clear out before Christmas, and would like to find a good home for used toys, books or games which are no longer needed, the St Albans Toy Fair could be just the place! Any donations can be brought in to school on Monday 10th December and Tuesday 11th. Jan James, Chair of Governors, will be taking the toys up to London on Wednesday 12th December. Please ensure that toys/games are complete or in suitable condition to play with (that is that any missing pieces do not affect the ability to play with the toy/game). St Albans is a primary school with a nursery, so it caters for children aged 3-11, but the child customers at the fair also include babies and secondary school aged children so there is no age restriction on the toys, games and books which can be sent.
If you would like further information, or have any questions, please ask at the office or talk to Jan James.
Friday 21st December
We party all day!!!!
Children may wear party clothes to school however they will need sensible school shoes. Please remember a coat as playtimes are likely to be chilly.
Please help your child to make a Christmas themed hat to wear at the Hat Parade.
We would be grateful for a contribution of 50p per child for party food. The teaching assistants will go shopping so please would you send your 50p into school by Thursday 20th December at the latest.
No donations of food thank you.
The children will be enjoying a performance by a children’s magician!! There will also be dancing and party games.
• Pushchairs are not to be brought into the cloakrooms or corridors. They are a health and safety risk.
• Please, please ensure that your children have their PE kits in school EVERY day. Rehearsals for Christmas are already underway!
• Children who have pierced ears must remove them for PE lessons after the six week healing time. This is a County as well as a school policy.
• No jewellery should be worn to school apart from stud earrings for pierced ears.
• There seem to be a growing number of back packs being brought to school. Our cloakrooms are not suitable for their storage and they always end up on the floor! Please only use back packs if they are necessary for such things as football kits for club. Thank you.
This year our production is Baboushka.
A great Christmas story that's told in Russia about this time of the year.
It's about an elderly woman called Baboushka, and you'll love it!
Tuesday 18th December Dress Rehearsal for pre-schools 1.30
Wednesday 19th December Performance 9.45
Thursday 20th December Performance 9.45
Please note that there will be no crèche and pre-school siblings, including babies will not be able to watch the performances on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make your own child care arrangements.
Please complete the attached slip to order tickets that will be distributed from Monday 10th December. We have allocated two tickets per family for the performances. This year there will be a limited number of tickets for the dress rehearsal for grandparents, aunties and uncles. There will be a maximum of 2 tickets subject to availability.
Should any of the audience have special seating requirements please let us know in good time and we will do our best to accommodate those needs.
We are in the process of looking through costumes we already have that we can re-use or adapt. Should we need any help with adaptations and embellishment your child’s teacher will be in touch for help!