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15th September 2017

Theme of the Month: Friendship

Dear Parents,

Every Friday during our Celebration Assembly, teachers choose a Star of the Week and a Learning Hero. On Thursday during our Singing Assembly we choose Singers of the Week. Photographs are taken and displayed in our entrance hall. If you would like a coloured copy of a photo (at a cost of .50p) please see the office.

Music Lessons at Burford

For those children who will be attending Burford for music lessons, just a reminder that the first session takes place on Monday. A coach will pick up the children at 3:30. Mrs Loader will supervise the children until they are safely on the coach.

Music at Wychwood

If your child is interested in learning to play violin and/or flute we have spaces available for pupils in Years 4-6. Please see the school office to express an interest.

We are looking for a guitarist to accompany the children with one of our songs for our Harvest Service on October 6th. If you are interested please see Mrs Loader.

Retirement Service

To celebrate Anne Hartley’s retirement you are invited to Milton Church on Wednesday 20th September at 7pm for a celebratory service. Rev’d Hartley has served our school as a governor, (including Chair) leading our school assemblies and organising events like R.E. day and supporting us with links with the community. I hope to see you there.

After School Clubs

After School Clubs will begin next week. Sadly we did not have enough interest in our Book Club this time, we will try again next term. All children have been given a place in a club, except for Cooking Club. For those who have not secured a place in Cooking Club, a letter has been sent home today. Thank you to all the staff who stay behind to provide these varied opportunities for our children.

Mobile Phones in School

Just a reminder that we do not allow mobiles in school. If for whatever reason you feel your child needs to bring a mobile to school, please ensure it is brought to the office for safe keeping until the end of the day. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Mathletics

Mathletics has been set for children in Years 3-6 on Wednesday and will continue to be set every Wednesday by class teachers. This is part of the homework we expect children to do on a weekly basis. For those families that do not have the facilities at home to access Mathletics, I will supervise a Tuesday lunchtime session for those children who would like to attend. Log in details have been given to children this week, if you do have any problems, do let us know.

Burford Open Day

Burford will be holding their annual Open Day on Thursday September 21st for children in Years 5 & 6 beginning at 4:30-7:30.

Headteacher Award

This year we will be recognising children who have demonstrated the school values either in school or out in the community. If you would like to share something about your child that you think deserves special mention please send the school an email and we just might recognise them through the Headteacher Award.

Our first recipient is Sophie from Elm class. Last weekend Sophie decided that she wanted to create some home-made sweets and set up a sweetie shop for charity. She made caramels, 3 types of boiled sweets and gummy worms. She sold them in her Granny’s local church in Herefordshire and raised £65 for St Michael’s Hospice, which looked after her Grandpa last year. I think you will all agree that Sophie is a well- deserved choice for our first Headteacher Award of the year. Well done!

Learning Hero

James in Cherry Class has been chosen as our first school Learning Hero of the year. James has demonstrated a very good focus and drive this week, willing to take on a challenge and test himself. Well done James!

Message from your PTA

We have some exciting dates for your diaries. Hopefully you and your children will be able to attend these events. We will happily receive offers of help (of any size), if you feel you can assist, please let a member of the PTA or the school office know.

There will be a School Disco on Friday the 6th of October. Years 1,2,&3 will be from 5.30 until 6.15pm and years 4,5&6 will be from 6.30 until 7.30pm.

Our amazing Fireworks night (with a bonfire!) will be on Saturday the 4th of November at Shipton Cricket Club.

This year’s Christmas Bazaar will be at school on Friday the 1st of December.

Please look out for further details of these events.

PTA Bake for Books

Throughout the year each class will have the opportunity to raise some money to purchase books for the classroom chosen by the children. The PTA representative for each class will be rallying the bakers for sweet and savoury offerings. We will also need help selling them.

These sales will take place in the school playground at 3pm. Baked goods will be priced around 50p to £1

The first of these sales will be

Rowan - Mrs Bowden - 29th September
Cherry - Mrs Stratford - 20th October
Chestnut - Mrs Barrett - 24th November

The PTA would like to organise communication via class representatives, to update families on various events and organise helpers through emails. If you do NOT want your email to be included in class PTA lists can you please return the slip below. We will send class email lists to PTA reps. on September 29th.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Mr J Rubba

Headteacher

Please do not share my email address with the PTA class representative.

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