September 2018


Welcome Back!
Its great to see everyone back after the summer holidays. I’d like to offer a warm welcome to all the new children and parents joining our school community. The children got off to a fantastic start last week and our year 3 children have been settling in well and making new friends. All year 3 children have been paired up with year 6 “buddies.” If at any point you do have any concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Personnel
I’d also like to welcome to Mrs Brooks and Mr Richards, who are teaching in year 4 and the returning Miss Vaughan who is teaching in year 3. We would also like to welcome our four new teaching assistants Mrs Eales, Miss Dalessandro, Mrs Green and Mrs McIntyre. We are also pleased to welcome two new lunchtime midday assistants, Miss Gillingham-Hilton and Miss George.

Building update
It’s getting close to being finished! We have had repainting and refurbishment work in the lower school over th holidays with new lockers being installed for most children. We have also had new windows and stonework repairs in the upper school which look great. We are still on track for the new build to be completed ready for after the half term break with our new reception, toilets and two new classrooms. The area outside will also be revamped as part of this which we are really looking forward to.
Home Time
If you are going to be late picking your child up we would appreciate a phone call to let us know so that we can allay any anxieties. If an adult hasn’t arrived by 3.10pm children are taken or sent to reception by their class teacher to be collected there. Pupil’s have been told about this arrangement by their class teacher but it might be beneficial if you could remind them of this.
Inset Day
We will be closed for staff training on Monday 29th October 2018. Internet Safety
A reminder to all parents that on the front page of our website is a link to ‘KidSMART!’ This provides lots of useful information and advice for both pupils and parents.
Correct uniform
Its good to see so many children back in their smart uniform as it encourages a sense of pride in the school. Lots of children are wearing plain black shoes as requested. However, some children have returned wearing trainers or coloured shoes. Please can we ask that all children wear completely black shoes. These should have no other colour on them, no markings and black laces only. Children wearing incorrect footwear may be asked to wear spare black plimsolls we have in school. If there are any particular issues regarding providing your child with black shoes, please contact us to discuss this.

Jewellery
In order to avoid accidents please check that your child leaves their jewellery at home before coming to school. Children may wear a single pair of stud earrings and a watch. Children wearing any other jewellery or wristbands may be asked to remove it and take it home.

Communicating with teachers
We hope that all children are enjoying being in their new classes. If you have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s learning you can always speak to the class teacher or leave a message in the school office. You can write your message on the blue notes that are situated on the table in the reception area to save queueing. The year 3 teachers will be outside their classes at 8:30 for the first few weeks of term to allow you to have a word before school if necessary. We also look forward to seeing you at parents’ evening which will be held on 2nd and 4th October.

Join the PTFA
We have a fantastic Parents, Teachers and Friends Association who arrange all sorts of exciting activities for our families and children like discos, bingo nights and fetes. Money raised from these activities goes towards enhancing the school experience for our children such as buying minibuses to support school trips and the trim trail. Please come to the next meeting: 7:30 pm Thursday 27th September at the Northcote Hotel, 35 Francis Avenue. You can offer regular help or be an occasional volunteer but all support is appreciated. We hope to see you there.
Dogs
Please may we ask that dogs are not tied up by the school gates in the morning or after school. Although you may love your family pet, we do have some children who are very anxious about walking past unfamiliar dogs and it can cause a hold up as everyone tries to come past. Dogs are not permitted on our school site.
Trim Trail
Children are only allowed on the trim trail under adult supervision and the school will only supervise at breaktimes and lunchtimes. Please remind your children of this and only allow them on the trim trail after school if you are supervising. Thank you.

Music Lessons
Lessons will start the week commencing 10th September. Children have been given their timetables and we have posted a revised timetable on the school website. Please take time to have a look as some days and times have changed from last year. We appreciate that it will take a little while for them to get back into the swing of remembering their lesson days and times so would appreciate if you could help to remind them on the day of the lesson. There is a timetable displayed in each classroom also. If you have any questions or comments please contact Mrs Highcock via email music@craneswater.portsmouth.sch.uk.

Online Payments
Unfortunately we have been unable to set up our online payments system. We are working with the provider and hope to get it up and running by the October half term. We will let you know when this has been completed.
Academic year
Dates of the next two academic years are on the website under: Information/School Terms and Times

Assembly dates
Please see class assembly dates for the autumn term. You are very welcome to come and share your child’s class assembly. They all take place in the hall and start at 2.30pm promptly. Entrance to the school for these is by the blue doors by the ramp in the main playground. Classes not on the rota for the autumn term will have an assembly in the spring

28/09/18 5B 16/11/18 5N
05/10/18 6M 23/11/18 6CR
12/10/18 3V 30/11/18 3W
18/10/18 Y4 Harvest Assembly 07/12/18 6DS
02/11/18 3R 14/12/18 4O
09/11/18 6B


DIARY DATES
Tuesday 18th September 2018 PM 40 Cumberland House Museum
Wednesday 19th September 2018 PM 4R Cumberland House Museum
Thursday 20th September 2018 PM 4L Cumberland House Museum
Friday 21st September 2018 PM 4B Cumberland House Museum
Tuesday 25th September 2018 6DS & 6M Mayan Workshop

Wednesday 26th September 2018 6B & 6CR Mayan Workshop – 3V & 3W Skeleton Workshop –
Thursday 27th September 2018 3N & 3R Skeleton Workshop –
PTFA Meeting – 7.30pm
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 Parents Evening
Thursday 4th October 2018 Parents Evening
Wednesday 17th October 2018 AM School Photographer
Thursday 18th October 2018 Year 4 Havest Fesitval
Friday 19th October 2018 School closes for Autumn half term
Monday 29th October 2018 School closed for staff training – INSET Day
Tuesday 30th October 2018 School opens at 8.40
Thursday 15th November 2018 9.15am Year 2 Parents Meeting
Monday 19th – 23rd November 2018 Beaulieu Residential – week 1
Tuesday 20th November 2018 Day Year 4 Manor Farm
Monday 26th – Friday 30th November 2018 Beaulieu Residential – week 2
Tuesday 27th November 2018 Day Year 4 Manor Farm
Wednesday 19th December 2018 Year 5 Christmas Performance to be confirmed
Thursday 20th December 2018 Christmas Discos
Friday 21st December 2018 School closes for Christmas Holidays
Monday 7th January 2019 School opens for the start of the Spring Term

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