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St. Michael’s Weekly Post – For Week Beginning 15th November 2019

15th November 2019

 Main School Entrance Door:  For the safety of the children only Office Staff should allow all visitors (including parents) into our building.  On arrival at the front door please ring the bell and be patient as a member of the Office Team will be on their way.  Similarly, if you are in the entrance hall please do not open the front door to any visitors but notify a member of the office staff who will attend to the front door as soon as possible. Your co-operation in this matter is very much appreciated.

Attendance:  We have been notified that we will be having termly visits by our Education Welfare Officer (EWO) who will be monitoring pupil attendance in our school.

As part of this practice we will be sending a letter to parents of those children whose attendance has been identified as a concern by the EWO. This may include unauthorised requests for absence, periods of absence due to illness as well as unexplained absences.

Reducing absence from school is a key priority at both national and local level. Data has proved that missing school reduces a pupil’s educational attainment and life chances. Amendments made to the 2006 regulations mean that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The school has a duty to notify the Local Authority of unauthorised absences once a period of 5 days (10 sessions) is reached.

Please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Hamilton in the school office if you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance.

Year 3 and 4 Parents:  Please join us on Monday 18th November 2019 at either 2.30pm or 6pm when Mr Everitt will be holding workshops sharing expectations, useful tips and advice on how to support your child committing times tables to their long term memory. This is important especially for Year 4 as they will be tested on their times tables as part of the Government National Times Table Check.

Nail Varnish:  Please can children refrain from wearing nail varnish to school and can all hair accessories be in school colours. Thank you.

School Christmas Lunch:  On the 19th December 2019 Lataca will be serving a traditional Christmas Lunch.  If you haven’t already done so and would like your child to have a Christmas Lunch, please fill out an order form available in the entrance of the school and return in the blue school post box by Friday 29th November 2019.

 Message from the School Council: 

 Alternative to Christmas Cards:  We wanted to encourage the children to think about others who are not as fortunate as them as well as helping us reduce our use of paper.  We would like to ask you instead of spending money on the children sending Christmas cards to each other, to make a gift of a chocolate orange or selection box which we will donate to St Michael’s Church, Swindon Food Bank Appeal.  The chocolate oranges and selection boxes need to be in school by 29th November 2019.

Messages from the PTA:

 School Calendar – Pre-order!
We’re very excited to announce the school calendar is available to pre-order for the discounted price of £6 each, until the end of November. Please complete an order form overleaf and post in the blue postbox outside the office, along with payment. Calendars will be ready for collection in December. You will also be able to purchase the calendar at the Christmas Fair for £7.50 each.

Bag2School: Please bring your donations to school at 9am on Monday 25th November and drop them off by the front gate.   Unfortunately we are unable to store any bags before the collection date. The more we give, the more money is raised for the school.

Non uniform Day:  Come into school in non-uniform on Friday 29th November in exchange for a bottle of alcohol or chocolates/sweets for the Christmas Fair (please bring into school on the day where a member of the PTA will be waiting for your donations by the school gate).

Festive Wreath Making Evening:  St Michael’s PTA invites you to join us for the popular Festive Wreath Making Evening, which will be held in the school hall from 7.30pm on Thursday 5th December. As always, we’d be very grateful to all those that are happy to make two wreaths, a wreath to take home and one for us to sell at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 7th December. Tickets are £25 and can be booked by emailing aldbournepta@gmail.com. All materials provided. Bring your own drinks (soft drinks provided). If you’re able to help with foliage collection on Wednesday 4th, please let us know.

Christmas Fair:  This year’s Christmas Fair will be on Saturday 7th December in the school. To make this event run smoothly we need volunteers to help run the stalls.   

We are also looking for donations for our tombola, which this year is going to be played as a game called ‘Where in the world is Santa?’

If you can help on the day or can donate a prize, please can you let Karen Bosher know at aldbournepta@gmail.com.

Message from Sue Rodd:

Please support the concert in St Michael’s Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th November 2019.  “Dodecantus” is a wonderful group of singers (including some local talent), bringing us a very special programme including Vivaldi’s “Gloria” (supported by organ), George Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets and Will Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis (supported by jazz trio).  This is in aid of KGVI (the school for disabled and deaf children that we support in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – you will remember them singing “This is me”).  The news from Zimbabwe just seems to get worse and worse, and our help makes a huge difference to kids who would otherwise not have much of a future!

Weekly Homework

 

Year 1 Maths

 

Page 8
Year 2 Maths

 

Page 6 & 10
Year 1 and 2 Phonics and Spellings Phonics book 4 – pages 10 & 11

Phonics book 5 – pages 14 & 15

Phonics 10 min workout – autumn workout 7
Spellings Page 4

Year 3 Maths

Spelling

Page 8

Page 10

 

Year 4 Maths

Spelling

Page 6

Page 4 & 5

4 times tables

 

Year 5 Maths

Spelling

Page 8

Page 12

 

Year 6 Maths

Spelling

Page 15 Q1 & 2 (try Q3 for a challenge)

Page 24

 

 

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