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May Newsletter

Dear Parent/Carers,

I hope you have all enjoyed the Easter breaks, and made the most of the glorious weather over the Easter weekend.  It was lovely to see so many of you at our Easter assemblies – thank you for your continued support.  We have another four day week approaching so I hope that you all enjoy the May Day bank holiday.

Key dates/events

Mon 6th May             May Day bank holiday – school closed

Wed 8th May            Y3 visit to Murton Park

                              Dental survey team to see children in YR/Y1

                              Reception open night for parents Sept 2019 3.30-4.30pm

Mon 13th May          Y6 SATs week begins

Tues 14th May         Y1 visit to Farmer James Farm

Mon 20th May          Y6 transition visit to Horsforth School (for those pupils transferring to Horsforth)

Wed 22nd May         YRT visit to Skelton Grange

Thurs 23rd May        YRW visit to Skelton Grange

                              Rec/KS1 disco 4.00-5.00pm

                              KS2 disco 5.15-6.15pm

Fri 24th May             School closes for half term 3.05pm

Mon 3rd June           Staff training day – school closed for pupils

Tues 4th June          School opens 8.50am

Wed 5th June           Meetings for parents of children due to start school in Sept 2019 9.15am and 7.00pm

Wed 26th June         EYFS Sports day (time TBC)

Wed 3rd July            KS1 Sports day 1.30pm

Sat 6th July              PTA BBQ and summer fair

Wed 10th July          KS2 Sports day 1.30pm

Y6 SATs week

Our Y6 pupils will be sitting their SATs tests during week beginning 13th May.  The timetable is below for your information.

Mon 13th May           Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Tues 14th May          Reading

Wed 15th May           Maths Paper 1 and Maths Paper 2

Thurs 16th May         Maths Paper 3

We will be offering all children in Y6 breakfast on the day of each test from Monday to Thursday, so they are ready for the challenges of the day ahead.  They should all arrive at school at 8.15am.  The children have been working really hard in preparation for this week and I have no doubt that they will do themselves proud!  Good luck Y6!

Collecting children at the end of the day

I am aware that collecting children at the end of the day often gives parents an opportunity to have a conversation with their child’s class teacher.  Whilst all teachers are always happy to discuss any issues with parents, I would like to ask that parents wait until all children have been collected so that the teacher’s full attention is on children being collected by the right adult.  This is particularly important in Nursery and Reception as often children are keen to get to their parents as soon as they see them.  If you let the teacher know you want to speak to them, and they will come to you as soon as all children have been safely collected by their adult.  Many thanks.

Disco

The PTA have invited Mr. Shuffles to come and host a disco for our children on Thursday 23rd May.  It will be at 4.00pm until 5.00pm for our Reception and KS1 children, and parents will need to stay with their children.  The disco for KS2 children will be from 5.15pm until 6.15pm, and children should be collected at the end of the disco.  Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and are limited according to space.  They are priced £3 (including a bag of sweets) and are available now through Parentpay.  It is sure to be extremely enjoyable so get your tickets soon!

Parking

As always, I am once again making the request that parents and carers park with consideration for our neighbours when dropping off your children at school.  I am aware that I am only talking to a minority of parents and the vast majority of you do park sensibly.  However, this week I received a visit from a Horsforth Town Councillor as residents have now complained to the Town Council.  As I have said before, this reflects very badly on the school and also poses a significant safety risk to our pupils.  I am saddened that this has now had to become a regular inclusion in my monthly newsletter.

Half term and some summer dates

This does feel to have been an extremely short half term with all the four day weeks!  However, school does close for the May half term on Friday 24th May at 3.05pm, and re-opens on Tuesday 4th June at 8.50am, as Monday 3rd June is a training day.  I have included the dates of our Sports Days in this newsletter for your information so that you have plenty of advance notice.  The annual school BBQ will be held on Saturday 6th July.  Times will be confirmed nearer the time.  Let’s hope the weather is good for all our lovely summer activities and that the Easter weekend weather was just a taste of things to come!

Warm regards,

Elaine McLellan

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