14th December 2018

Theme of the Term: Cooperation

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a week of Nativity performances, starting with the children in Key Stage 1. They performed Baubles with aplomb, the singing and acting were brilliant. The Reception children were wonderful performing the Nativity yesterday. They did so well with such a large audience, remembering all their lines and singing beautifully. Finally, Cherry class enjoyed going into Oxford to watch their classmate perform in the play ‘Nativity’! They all loved seeing Frankie on the big stage! The last couple of weeks have been so busy preparing for all these performances and I want to thank all the staff for all their hard work, ensuring the children were ready and enjoyed taking part. Thank you!

Year 4 Dance
We took the children to Burford on Tuesday to take part in the partnership dancing festival. The children learned the Haka and enjoyed meeting the other Year 4 children from across the partnership.

Christmas Service
Our Christmas service will be held in Shipton at St. Mary’s church on Friday at 9:15. It has become a tradition for children to wear Christmas jumpers on the last day of term, so I look forward to seeing the children in their festive clothing.

Help and spare clothing needed for Forest School
We’re pleased to be increasing our Forest School provision to children in Year 1 after Christmas. (A separate letter will be sent out next week) We would like to build up a stock of spare clothing for our children at these sessions. We are looking for good quality waterproofs/fleeces/tracksuit trousers/woolly hats/gloves to fit children age 5-7, as well as woolly socks or wellies (sizes Child UK 10 – Adult UK 1). Any good quality clothing that you’re confident can still withstand the elements (!) would be very much appreciated. Please bring into school reception between Monday 17th – Wednesday 19th December.

Our new sessions for Year 1 will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and we’re looking for some adult helpers to join us on a regular basis. Adult support is a vital part of Forest School and helps the children to really get as much out of these sessions as possible. Your commitment could be as little as once a term or as often as every week – please let us know if you would like to help. (And don’t forget that FSU are looking for helpers on Mondays and Wednesdays too.)

Learning Hero
Lillie-May is our Learning Hero this week. The word to describe Lillie-May is determined! She falls into that ‘pit’ but works so hard to get herself out and we are all so proud of the efforts she is making with her learning. Well done Lillie May.

Family Carol Service
The whole family is invited to the Family Carol Service at Milton church on Sunday December 16th at 5:00. Refreshments will be available after the service where you can meet our new vicar Geoffrey Clement.

Birthday Book Donations
We would like to wish Nell, Alice and Emily (Silver Birch), Tom and Sophia (Willow), Alexander (Sycamore) and Nathan (Oak) a wonderful birthday. We hope you enjoyed your day. Thank you for donating a birthday book to your class.
If you would like to donate a book to your class, please collect a donation sticker from the school office to stick your name and a message to your class in the book.

PTA Update

Chestnut Class bake sale
Many thanks to all the bakers, and buyers for Chestnut class's bake sale last Friday, they made a wonderful £85.95 for their class books, so thank you.

Adam Guillain's books
Thank you to everyone who bought one of Adam's children's books from the Christmas Bazaar or the storytelling afternoon a few weeks ago. We sold 30 books which made £87.88 for the school so thank you.

And the question you're all asking....
So what have we raised so far and where has it / is it being spent?

Since September, thanks to all of you, we have raised a whopping £6,000 which is absolutely amazing!!!
We supported the school's storytelling afternoon, we assisted with the costs for all the visits and visitors for International Week. We will be putting a large chunk of this year's, and last year's, money raised into the new FSU playground next Spring, which is desperately needed for those little muddy children. We also bought our 2 fabulous branded gazebos which we used for fireworks night and will be using lots in the future. There are a few other ideas in discussion for next year which we will keep you updated on as and when they happen.

Also very excitedly, our new notice boards will be put up in the New Year so please take a look at these when you're passing.

January Coffee morning
The next coffee morning is on Friday 11th January, 8.45-9.30, we hope to see you there.

Our next PTA meeting is on Tuesday 15th January, 7pm in the School Learning Zone, if you too would like to be part of our brilliant team please let me or the office know, the more the merrier.

And on that note - 'tis the season to be jolly, and thankful, so bring on the mulled wine and HUGE THANKS to you all!

Festive wishes from,
Anna, Philippa and your PTA

Remember next week we end the term on Friday 21st at 1:30. The Spring Term begins on Monday January 7th.

Mr Joseph Rubba