The first full week back to school has flown by. The children have settled really well into classes and are already working very hard. We have all been very impressed with behaviour on their return to school too.
I’d like to offer a warm welcome to all our new Mead Vale families who have joined us this September. The reception children have settled in beautifully and have been fantastic at dinner times. Well done!
You will find a copy of our draft annual calendar with all the parents’ evening dates and sports day dates etc in your child’s book bag today, so that you can put school dates into your diary.
We are planning to extend the time given at Parents Evening to allow more time to discuss your child/children’s learning. The appointments will now be 15minutes long. We will be starting the Parents Evenings at 2:00pm and they will run until 6:00pm. We expect where possible for pupils to attend.
We will have a limited crèche facility for siblings.
The consultation time will be used to discuss where learning is presently and the steps needed to move on. It will also be an opportunity to discuss any success or barriers outside of school. We always aim to accommodate all parents and if the dates are not convenient please see the class teacher to arrange a time to meet before or after school.
We will be using the ParentMail system for bookings; this will be live early October. If you are not already registered with ParentMail you will receive a text or email notification asking you to sign up to the system within the next week. Please ensure you do this before the end of September. Thank you
Year 1 and 2 Parents – Your children have settled into their new classes really well and are already showing us how independent they are. May we please ask parents and carers to now let their children come through the wooden gate and across the playground on their own. This helps us to keep children safe in the morning without adults coming across to the doors or into the building. Thank you.
Inhalers-Please may we remind all parents of children who suffer from asthma, to bring inhalers into school to be kept in children’s class rooms. New medical forms will also need to be completed to keep our records up to date.
Lunchtime drinks- We are no longer selling drinks at lunchtime; this is to encourage healthy living. Please do not bring in fruit drinks from home. Water is always provided at lunchtime.
Absences– Please may I remind you to telephone the school’s absence line on the first day of your child’s illness.
Collecting children-Please may we also remind all parents to inform the class teacher if a different adult will be collecting their child at the end of the day.
Coats and Water Bottles-It is essential that all children bring these in daily please.
Lost Property– The lost property box is now situated near the main gate. Please feel free to check this on a regular basis.
Gate times– The gates are open from 8:40am until 8:50am and again at the end of the day from approx3:12pm until 3:30pm. If your child arrives late to school, please ensure they come through via the school office. Thank you.
Open Days for Year six
Tuesday 19th September – Hans Price Academy Open Evening from 5pm – 8:30pm. They will also beholding open mornings between 20th September – 20th October; these are drop in sessions between 8.30am and 10.30am (no appointment necessary).
Thursday 21st September - Worle Community School Open Evening with talks from the Principal and Head at 5pm and 6pm
Wednesday 27th September – Churchill Academy Open Evening from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.
Friday 29th September -Broadoak Open Evening from 6:00pm until 8:00pm
READING YEAR 1 - YEAR 6
It has been wonderful to see so many pupils with their Reading Challenge certificates and to hear their enthusiasm about reading already this term. In fact, more pupils than ever have taken part in this challenge this year!
On this note, can I remind you that at Mead Vale, we have an expectation that all pupils, all the way to Year 6, read withan adult at least 3 times per week, and to themselves, every day.
When you read with your child, we ask you to sit with them and listen to them read aloud, and ask them to talk to you about what they are reading. Please also read to them (we are never too old to enjoy being read to!) The reason for this is that when children read aloud, they take note of the punctuation and realise its importance in their own writing, and they learn to share their opinions about things that they read. This is such an important part of their home learning, and as such, adults at school take great care to record this information. More often than not, pupils who read daily, who read at least 3 times per week to an adult andwho are read to on a regular basis make greater, and swifter progress in all areas of the curriculum than pupils who don't.
What to do: Please record home-reading by signing, writing the date and making a comment if appropriate each time. Reading records must be brought to school each day. They will be checked on Mondays.
What we will do:An adult will check the Reading Records on Mondays. Children who have read 3 times with an adult will be given a housepoint and their star will be displayed on the classroom window.
If they forget their record on the Monday, children will be able to bring it in the following day. In this case, they won't receive a housepoint but they will still have their star displayed.
I have asked staff to let me know the names of pupils who have not been heard read regularly so that I can telephone with a gentle reminder about how important this is. This term I will be introducing a new visual display of the percentage of pupils who are reading at least 3 times per week with an adult. You will also see that the pupils who have read with an adult each week are displayed on stars in their classroom window so that we can celebrate with them.
Finally, I know from experience how hectic family life can be at times. If there is a reason why you might not be able to read with your child, for whatever reason, please do let us know. Also, if there is anything that we can do to support you with this, again, please let me or your child's teacher know.
Thank you so much for your support in this; you are making a huge difference to your children's progress.
SKI TRIP 2018- Final payments need to be made by Friday 6th October. Thank you
Top Table - This week Cody, Joseph, Tyler, Sara, Aisha and Corey (from Flamingo class) have been chosen by the lunchtime supervisors to join the ‘Top Table’ for having super behaviour, good manners and using their cutlery well (if they have hot dinners). Well done everyone!
· We are looking to recruit a lunchtime supervisor. If you are interested please ask at the school office for further information and an application form.
· We are looking to recruit a cleaner to work 12 ½ hours week ALL year round (3:30-6pm) daily. If you are interested in this position please ask the school office for further information and an application form.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:
Monday 18th September – Author visit for Years 2, 3 and 4
Thursday 21st September– Years 5/6 trip to Windsor Castle
Tuesday 10th October 2017 at9:00am – Whole School Harvest Assembly
Monday 16th October 2017 -2.00pm -6.00pm Parents Evening
Thursday 19th October 2017 -2.00pm -6.00pm Parents Evening
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 9.15am- Year 6 Robin Class Assembly (Mr Maddocks)
Term Dates 2017-2018
Term 1:Monday 4 September 2017 to Friday 20 October 2017
Term 2:Monday 30 October 2017 to Tuesday 19 December 2017
Term 3:Thursday 4 January 2018 to Friday 9 February 2018
Term 4:Monday 19 February 2018 to Friday 23 March 2018
Term 5:Monday 9 April 2018 to Friday 25 May 2018
Term 6: Monday 4 June 2018 to Tuesday 24 July 2018
Inset Dates 2017-2018
Monday 30 October 2017
Monday 23 July 2018
Tuesday 24 July 2018
Please can I remind you that if there is any issue that you would like to discuss, please do phone or call in!
Jason M Nicolaides
15 September 2017