When we returned to school today we started undoubtedly the busiest month in the school year!
The Christmas Post Box is back in action, if your children want to send Christmas cards please could you try to encourage them to label the envelope with the recipients first and surname and, if they know it, class. Staying on the theme of Christmas cards, congratulations go to Kasey Marsh (Year 6) – Kasey entered a competition to design a Christmas card for St Andrew’s Church in Halstead and she won! Well done Kasey, your design will be seen throughout the town this Christmas!
Thank you to everyone who provided a ‘bottle’ for the PTFA bottle stall, preparations are well underway for the Christmas Bazaar and the PTFA seem to be working non-stop to raise as much money as they can for the school. PTFA fund raising is so important because schools are being asked to do more with less funding than ever before – we couldn’t manage without them! Thank you PTFA!
The PTFA have asked me to remind you that they welcome donations for the bric-a-brac stalls, but that they have been inundated with teddies and soft toys! Mr Handy has been working hard to bring the 2014 Calendar together ready for next week. I have seen a few proofs of the children’s portraits and they look fantastic; the black and white printed Calendar was great, but this one will be even better!
I would like to remind Parents and Carers that dogs cannot be brought onto the school premises. The only exception to this rule are Guide Dogs for the vision impaired. This is not just part of our Health and Safety Policy, it is the law, so please co-operate and ensure that your dogs are kept off the school site.
Unfortunately a sickness bug has resulted in our attendance figures dipping this week to below 95% for the first time this term. Whilst we want children back in school when they are well, they must be free from sickness and diarrhoea for at least 24 hours before they can safely return to school – this is to prevent further spread of the germs. On the school website (in the documents and policies section of the Information tab) we have published a very useful document from the Health Protection Agency. The document identifies a whole host of common childhood illnesses and conditions and provides guidance on how long you should keep your children away from school.
Finally, the School Choir sang in Weavers Court, Halstead Town Centre on Saturday. Well done to the choir and thanks to all who went along to give support.