Dear Parents / Carers,
Welcome to the first newsletter of the school year! We would like to warmly welcome all of our new families to Pinewood Infant School and hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing summer break.
All of the children have settled into their new classes and it is lovely to walk around the school and see so many children enthusiastic about their learning. It has also been nice to meet lots of you in the mornings, if you have any questions about the school please feel free to come and speak to either Mrs Cook, Mrs Southgate or Mrs Carolyn Burleigh (Deputy Head teacher).
This half term the children will be learning about the following topics:
- Ladybirds – Year R – All About Me / Nursery Rhymes
- Hedgehogs – Year 1 – Into The Woods
- Foxes – Year 2 – Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf
Rushmoor In Bloom
Congratulations to the following child who was awarded a place in this year’s Rushmoor in Bloom Painting competition:
Sophia (Y2) 1st in the Key Stage 1 category
I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome Miss Susan Price to Pinewood Infant School. She is joining the team as the Year 2 class teacher for the Autumn term whilst Mrs Liz Barnett is still on maternity leave. Year 2 parents will have the opportunity to get to know Miss Price and find out further information about the Year 2 curriculum at the Meet the Teacher meeting.
Due to family reasons Mrs Trine Darboe will not be joining the team at Pinewood this September. However, I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Siobhan Farrell, who has been working at the school for the last 4 years, will be teaching in Butterfly class with Mrs Burleigh.
Sunrisers (Breakfast Club)
Breakfast club is held every morning in the hall from 7.45 am until 8.45am and is run by Mrs Fitzpatrick from the school. All children, who arrive at breakfast club before 8.20am, can enjoy a healthy breakfast and take part in a variety of fun activities. Each session costs £3.00 and can be booked on the day or in advance. Forms are available on the display stand in the school entrance.
After School Clubs
Information for all school clubs will be sent out this week and the clubs will start week beginning 18th September. This term we will have the following clubs on offer:
Mondays – Multi Sports (Year 1 & 2)
Tuesdays – Gymnastics (Year 1 & 2)
Wednesdays – Dance (Year 1 & 2)
This term, I am delighted to say that the very popular Mr Matt Sanders, our PE sports coach, will continue to offer two lunch time clubs and an after school multi sports club on a Monday. In order for more children to be able to access the popular football club Mr Sanders will run this as a lunch time club in school on a Monday or Tuesday. All of the children will be able to take part at no cost should they wish to. The children will also be able to join his after school multi sports club on a Monday for a small cost, further information will be provided.
If your child has a medical condition or food allergy which requires support in school please speak to or contact Mrs Verity Marshland in the school office.
Year One and Two Curriculum Information Evening
We would like to invite the parents of Year One and Two children to a workshop to find out how they can help support their child’s learning at school. This is an opportunity to talk to the teachers, find out about the things the children at school each day and to ask any questions that you may have about Reading with your child. The workshop is being held at 2.30pm and again at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19th September.
A day in Ladybird Class
We would like to invite all of the parents of Ladybird children to attend a workshop to find out more information about what your child does every day in school and how you can help support your child in learning to read and write. The workshop is being held at 6.30 on Tuesday 18th September and again at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19th September. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Dogs on the school site
It has been brought to my attention that there are a number of parents bringing dogs on to the school site. I recognise that dogs are an important part of family life for many in the school community, and as such are often included in day‐to‐day activities such as walking children to and from school. However, others may find the presence of dogs in the playground and school grounds stressful, even frightening particularly with younger children, and even well behaved dogs can behave unpredictably when placed in a busy, noisy and crowded environment. I would like to remind all parents that NO DOGS are ALLOWED on the school site, unless they are part of a curriculum activity provided in the school and a thorough risk assessment has been completed
As a school we are working very hard to improve the absence rates of our pupils and to encourage a good attendance culture within the school. The introduction of the school administering ‘Calpol’ when children are feeling a little under the weather had a very positive impact on the rates of attendance last year. The guidelines from Hampshire County Council on authorising holiday requests remain the same and the Headteacher can only authorise absence in exceptional circumstances. If you know that you need to request time off school then please come and speak to Mrs Cook about your situation and we can provide you with a request form. This year we will be celebrating the children’s attendance each half term and issuing certificates to children who have 100% attendance rates. At the end of the year, there will be a special prize for one of the children who received a certificate throughout the year.
The Senior Leadership Team will continue to monitor the children’s attendance on a weekly basis so if you do have any concerns or difficulties please come and speak to her.
Beginning of the year reminders
Nut/Egg Allergies – Please be aware that we have children in school with nut and egg allergies and would ask that you therefore do not include egg sandwiches or items containing nuts in your child’s packed lunch. Also please ensure that your child’s lunch box is clearly marked with his/her name.
Late Arrival/Collecting Children during the School Day – If you arrive after registration or you need to collect your child during the school day, please would you ensure that you come to the school reception to sign them in/out. Please do not take/collect them from the classroom.
Safety on the school site
- Parking – Towards the end of the school year there appeared to be more parents using the teacher’s car park or the turning circle to park when they dropped their child at Breakfast club or when they picked them up from an After school club. I would like to remind all parents that only school staff are allowed to use the car park and turning circle. This is to safeguard everyone and ensure that there are no accidents involving children and vehicles. I would also like to remind parents that the car park outside of the school gate is for the use of residents and their visitors. Please be considerate when parking if it is necessary to use a car for the school run and park in allocated spaces around the estate.
- Driveway – Please take extra care when crossing the driveway at the beginning and end of the school day and be aware of taxis and mini buses arriving and leaving the site. We have pedestrian entrances at either side of the school site, please use these and do notwalk up the drive.
- Playground safety- For the continuing safety of the children we do not allow them to play near the gate or the fence which borders the path. If you happen to be passing along the path please do not encourage your child to come over to the fence to talk to you. Also, please be advised that the playground apparatus is for use during school time only and not as an after school facility. Playground and turning circle gates will be locked between the hour of 9am and 3pm. Parent coming in to school during these hours are asked to use the ‘Woodland Walk’ entrance.
- Bikes and Scooters – it is lovely to see so many children (and parents) cycling or ‘scooting’ to school. Bikes and scooters may be left in the cycle storage facility during the day. To avoid accidents along the path and in the playground please dismount bikes and scooters when entering the school premises. Thank you.
- Jewelry- For safety reasons only studs should be worn and all earrings should be removed before school on PE days.
All those who have registered for ‘Parentmail’ are now on the system and should be receiving communications by email. When new messages are sent copies are displayed on the window by each classroom and the notice board in front of the school. Hard copies are always available from the display stand in the school entrance.
Mrs D Cook