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Autumn

Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)


Raising achievement by involving parents and carers in the work of Deepcar St. John’s


We are looking to achieve LPPA status, which involves establishing and maintaining excellent communication between the school, connected families and the local community, helping us to better consider the viewpoints of all concerned.

In order to help make decisions on what would be the best way forward towards this goal we

shall be establishing an LPPA working group.


If you would like to be part of this group we shall be meeting at intervals, starting on Friday 30th September at 3:45pm. Please contact school if you would like to be involved (individuals who have already expressed an interest need not

respond).


Thank you


We would like to invite you to have cake and coffee for our Macmillan Coffee morning on Thursday 29th September 2022. We are also looking for parent/carers to make/donate cakes so we can raise as much money as possible for this fantastic charity. I can imagine that everyone knows someone in their family or friendship group that has been affected by this disease.

We would like to invite you in to School before the Coffee morning to take part in your child’s learning. It will be part of a maths measures day. The focus of the activities are practical and if there is fine weather many will take place outside.

(please note that this is for adults only and not siblings – thank you).

Parents please arrive promptly at 10am to spend half an hour with your child before the coffee and cake at 10.30am.

The coffee morning will be a very sociable event where you can sit down and have a chat with friends. If you can help us please complete and return the slip, (in our letter) bringing any cake in a named container on the morning of the 29th September 2022. All donations will be greatly appreciated – thank you.

Should there be some cake left over!!

We will ask the children if they would like to buy a slice for £1. Please bring a named envelope with £1 so that your child can bring home a slice of cake

Inset days

The remaining INSET days this year are as follows:

Monday 31st October 2022

Thursday 20th July 2023

Friday 21st July 2023

Thank you


Important dates for this half term.

This year we are continuing to focus on improving standards in reading and in particularly building on our love of reading and the enjoyment that it can bring. If you can encourage a child to read for pleasure, they will reap the benefits. Research has clearly shown that reading for pleasure can be directly linked to a child’s success throughout their education and even into adulthood. Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters. Interestingly, reading for please also improves children’s well-being and empathy. It helps them to understand their own identity, and gives them an insight into the world and the

views of others.


This year, we will not be sending home daily reading record books but instead we will focus on recording and monitoring pupils’ current reads, and celebrating the books that children have read. Children will be coming home with a book they have chosen from their class libraries.


Please encourage your children to read their book regularly at home and also remind them to bring this to school with them every day so they can read their book during daily reading time.


They will have already recorded this book into their own Reading Log books which will remain in school so that we can monitor what they are choosing and celebrate the books they have read.


We have invested in Reading Challenge Trees for each class with new high-level texts to expose the children to a greater diversity of books and challenge even the most able of our readers.


Every Friday, we will be holding a ‘Book Club’ in each class to encourage reading for pleasure. We will spend time exploring and discussing the books we have chosen, give recommendations of books to our peers and listen to the class reading book.

We have invested time and money into re-organising and updating each Class Library but we need your help to improve these areas further for our children.


If you have any books at home that your children have read and loved but no longer read, please consider donating them to school so that we can keep our Class Libraries up to date and well-stocked for our children.


Thank you so much to the parents who have already donated books both this year and last.


Thank you for your continued support.



Sports Day was due to take place at the end of the Summer which we unfortunately had to cancel due to the heatwave. We have now rearranged this to take place on the morning of Wednesday 21st September. This is weather permitting.


Sports day will start at approximately 9.15 am on the school field. A good viewing point will be from the banking. Feel free to bring chairs, rugs etc. so that the morning is comfortable for you. We are also hoping to set up a few chairs around the school field.


Over the last few years we have tried to link sports day to a theme. This year we have chosen a Disney theme to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Paris.


Children will be allowed to wear clothing or outfits to represent their class team or their favourite Disney movie. As children must be able to compete in their chosen outfits they must be appropriate for the predicted weather and sporting activities.


Disney dresses, heels, cloaks, and headwear items which could cause potential hazards are not permitted.


Disney themed outfits are optional and if your child does not want to dress up then they can wear their school PE kit.


If it is raining on the day, we will have to cancel the event.


Thank you


Lost property


During the summer holidays, please take the time to write your child's name on all school uniform, including their PE kits. Our lost property box is constantly overflowing with items of clothing that we cannot trace who they belong to.


Thank you.


Contact Details

If you have changed your phone number. email or moved house please ensure you have informed the appropriate schools so we can contact you.



Parking

Please do not park in the school car park at St John’s unless you have an arrangement with school. It is extremely dangerous pulling up into the road to drop children off and then reversing back down when children are still making their way onto the school site. If you are dropping your child off do so on St Margaret’s Avenue.


Thank you

Early-Years-Choking-Hazards-Table.pdf

Choking Guidance


Please see the attached document that gives parents/carers some guidance for food preparation to help avoid choking.


Thank you.

Sleep Helpline


Does your child get enough sleep? One in four children in the UK are not getting enough sleep, this has an impact on their behaviour and ability to learn, as well as their physical health. There is a free helpline run by trained sleep advisors who can talk to young people directly, or their parents. The helpline is open 5 nights a week, Sunday to Thursday, 7-9pm and the number is 03303 530 541.

You can read more here: https://thesleepcharity.org.uk/national-sleep-helpline/