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Newsletter 24/9/12


Dear Parents,


Parent Interviews

Interviews to enable you to discuss your child’s progress are to be held on two evenings this term to give parents a range of appointment choices. The dates and times for both infants and juniors are as follows: Tuesday 2nd October 4 - 7.30 pm and Wednesday 3rd October 4 - 6.00 pm. Interviews are arranged for 10 minutes for each child. If you wish to see your child’s teacher for a longer meeting at a later date please arrange this at the interview.

Please return the attached form as soon as possible indicating your preferred time and we will do our best to accommodate you accordingly. Please indicate on the form if you have other children in Scoill yn Jubilee, so that the teachers can liaise over times. All replies should be in by this Wednesday to enable the class teacher to make an appointment which we can return to you by the end of the week.

Please could I remind parents that children do not accompany them for these interviews.

This initial interview is to discuss how your child has settled into his/her year group and discuss how you can help at home. We will inform you of any academic, social or behaviour concerns we may have about your child and how we can work together to improve these. If we do not raise any concerns please be assured that we are happy with all aspects of your child’s development in school.


Uniform Update

Naming items

The staff from both sites have asked me to make a plea for all uniform, sports kits and coats to be named so that we can prevent confusion and reduce the amount of time used trying to match uniforms to pupils.

Shoes

Could I remind parents that footwear for pupils is either navy or black shoes. Black or other coloured trainers are not acceptable as school uniform.

Jewellery

The only jewellery permitted for pupils in school is a watch, and sleepers if ears have been pierced. This is mainly for safety reasons and to ensure valued items are not lost or go missing in school.

Thank you.



Junior Choir

Mrs Keig and Miss Corkish have offered to start a junior choir, commencing next Friday (28th September) 3.30 to 4.30 pm. Pupils will need to commit to attending every week. If your child is interested they need to meet in Mrs Keig’s classroom at 12.45 this Tuesday to sign in.


External Visits – Permission Slips

We are still outstanding some permission slips for some Year 1 to Year 6 pupils. Please could these be returned to the school office as soon as possible. If you have mislaid the slip please call at the school office for a new one. Thank you.


Juice/Milk and Snack Money

Any parents that still owe juice/milk and/or snack money, please could they send the due amount into the appropriate school office as soon as possible, in an envelope marked with the pupil’s name. Thank you.


A reminder of the amounts due are as follows:


Infants Amounts



INFANTS

Half Term

Full Term

Cheque payable to

Juice and Snack

£15.20

£29.20

Ballaquayle School

Juice/milk Only

£7.60

£14.60

Ballaquayle School

Snack Only

£7.60

£14.60

Ballaquayle School




Juniors Amounts



JUNIORS

Half Term

Full Term

Cheque payable to

Juice and Snack

£21.66

£41.61

Ballaquayle School

Juice Only

£14.06

£27.01

Ballaquayle School

Snack Only

£7.60

£14.60

Ballaquayle School

Milk Only

£7.22

£13.87

Isle of Man Government



Water

We have had some queries from parents of junior pupils re drinking water in school. Children should not drink straight from the water fountains as there is a risk of cross contamination. We have purchased water jugs and cups (the same as we have in the infants) which will be available in all year group shared areas for pupils to access across the day. If you prefer your

child to bring a named water bottle in preference to this, that is fine. We aim to be a healthy school and request that this is just plain water.

To answer another query, junior children are welcome to bring raw carrots, cucumber etc as a preference to fruit for their morning snack.

Thank you.


Parent Concerns/Worries

If you wish to speak with a member of staff, you are welcome to contact you child’s school office with a brief description of the reason for your appointment and the time that is most suitable for you to visit. The administrator will confirm the nearest available time with staff and get back to you as soon as possible. Should you wish to communicate general information and an appointment is unnecessary then please feel free to pop into your child’s classroom at the start or end of the school day.


Coats

Could I remind parents that pupils need to bring a coat into school everyday for break times and lunchtimes. Both school playgrounds can be very windy spots!


Isle of Man Children's Centre Play Survey

All schools have been invited by the IOM Children's Centre to invite children and parents to take part in a play survey

This survey is for parents and guardians to complete but can however be given to other adults should the child wish. To add a bit of extra encouragement every adult that completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win a family ticket to one of the UK's leading alternative theme parks "The Crocky Trail" (honestly its amazing and the more adults you give this survey to the more chances you have of winning.) Yours playfully, Chris Gregory Play Development Officer The Children's Centre.

Parents have one month to complete the online survey (from today) and it can be found at https://www.playsurvey.co/s/iomparent. There are hard copies available for parents who do not have internet access.


School Photographs

Andrew Barton photographers will visit the junior school on Wednesday 26th September and the infants school on Thursday 27th September to take your child’s photograph. School uniform should be worn. Brothers and sisters within school will be photographed together as well as individually. Should you wish to include younger or older children in a family photograph they should be brought to the Infants’ School Hall at 8.50 am on Thursday 27th.


Sports /PE lessons for Junior pupils

When the weather is fine we will often have sports lessons outside. Pupils will need track suit bottoms, sweatshirt and trainers to take part comfortably in colder weather.

These are the days for the autumn term when junior pupils will need to have external sports kits in school:

3SO - Tuesday

3AM/FB - Monday

4AJ - Wednesday

4SM - Wednesday

5AM - Monday and Wednesday

5MH - Monday and Friday

6TW - Tuesday and Friday

6MK - Tuesday and Friday

Spare P.E, Kits

If any parents have navy shorts and red t-shirts which no longer fit your child we would be pleased to accept them to create spare PE kits for each year group for the odd occasion when children forget to bring their kit to school. Thank you.


Parents helping in school

We have always regarded the partnership between parents and teachers as a vital one and some invaluable help has been provided by parents who work with children in school. As it is the beginning of a new academic year we would once again like to ask if there are any parents, grandparents or carers, who would be able to help on a regular basis with activities in school, eg. art, craft, computers, literacy and numeracy, cookery, etc. (Reception parents have already given us an indication of support they can offer).

In addition we are also looking for volunteers to help teachers by preparing work for display, photocopying, collating materials etc. Please complete the slip at the end of this letter if you are able to help and we will send out a police check form for completion and return (if you have not already completed one).


Parent/Library Helpers

To keep both school libraries working successfully we would be delighted if any parents could commit to giving 15 minutes of their time after school one day a

week to sort books and return them to their correct place on the shelves. We

have operated this system at the infants school for several years and it has been a successful initiative which we would wish to continue at both school sites. Your children are welcome to help you to sort the library each week. Please complete the attached slip stating your preference for the day to support the library. Thank you


Friends of Scoill yn Jubilee

The first meeting this year for “The Friends of Scoill yn Jubilee” will be held on Tuesday 9th October at 6 pm in the junior school. We will arrange, for both infant and junior pupils, fund-raising and social events for the term at this meeting. Any parents/grandparents/carers are welcome to attend. These are informal meetings where we welcome suggestions and ideas to provide enjoyable events and raise funds to purchase additional items for the children to make their school life even better.


Year 5 and 6 Parents

King William’s College will be holding an open morning for any interested Year 5 and 6 parents on Saturday 6th October from 10 am to 1 pm. If you would like to attend please contact their Admissions Office by 4th October on 820110 or email admissions@kwc.sch.im.


Dates for your diary

Below is a list of provisional dates for this term. We will send further details of each event nearer the date.


Tuesday 25th September Reception class photographs for the newspapers

Wednesday 26th September School photographs - juniors

Thursday 27th September School photographs - infants

Tuesday 2nd October Parents evening for infants and juniors

4pm - 7.30 pm

Wednesday 3rd October Parents evening for infants and juniors

4pm - 6pm

Tuesday 9th October Friends of Scoill yn Jubilee meeting 6pm at the junior site

Thursday 11th October 2.15pm Reception Parent workshop on reading and phonics

Thursday 25th October Hallowe’en spectacular for infants and juniors

Monday 29th – Fri 2nd Nov Half Term

(inclusive)

15th November 2.15pm Infant Parent workshop on Writing and handwriting

16th November Visit by Lempen Puppet Theatre for Year 2

Wednesday 21st November Last Jubilee Tots meeting for Autumn Term

Tuesday 27th November Christmas Fair for infants and juniors from 3.30 pm – to 5 pm

Wednesday 12th December Community performance of Infants Christmas play

Thursday 13th December School Christmas Dinner

Friday 14th December Infants Christmas Play Performances at 2pm

and 6.30 pm

Wednesday 19th December Juniors Christmas Presentation at 2pm and 6.30 pm

Friday 21st December School closes for Christmas break

Monday 7th January 2013 School reopens to pupils for Spring term.


Yours sincerely




L Green (Mrs)

Headteacher










Parent Interviews - Autumn Term 2012

Each interview will last 10 minutes



Name ________________________________________________________


Parent/Carer of _________________________________________________


Class __________________________________ Date ________________


Siblings teacher(s) ______________________________________________



The slip below will be returned to confirm the allocated time.


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Dear __________________________________


An interview has been arranged with ___________________________________


to discuss ____________________________________ progress on


_________________________________ at ____________ pm.




Parent Library Helpers



I would like to help in school with:-


Infants Library - 3.15 - 3.30 pm preferred afternoon ________________


Juniors Library - 3.30 - 3.45 pm preferred afternoon ________________



Helping children in class - Infants preferred day _______________am/pm


- Juniors preferred day _______________am/pm



Preparing work/administration


- Infants preferred day _______________am/pm


- Juniors preferred day _______________am/pm



Name _______________________________________________________



Parent/Carer of ______________________________ Class _____________



I have/have not been police checked. (Please delete as appropriate.)



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