Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 2 - Autumn Term 25th September 2020
Thursday 1st October
Year 3 Rocks & Fossils Workshop in school
Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th October
Pupil photographs with the school photographer
Monday 12th - Thursday 15th October
Parent Consultations by telephone - details to follow next week
Wednesday 14th October
Year 2 Seaside Workshop in school
Thursday 15th October
SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY AT 2:00 PM
Thursday 22nd October
INSET day - children are not in school
Friday 23rd October
INSET day - children are not in school
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
HALF TERM HOLIDAY
Monday 2nd November
CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL
Absence from school
If your child is ill or absent from school for any other reason, please let the school office know by 8:30 am EACH day that they are not in school. You can email the office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone them on 020 247 0300. If you telephone and are put through to the answer machine, please leave a message.
It's getting colder...and wetter!
Your child should bring a coat or waterproof jacket to school every day. We would like the children to spend as much time as possible outdoors and with the weather getting colder and wetter, they will need warm outerwear in school.
Please remember that the water fountains in the playgrounds are not in use. It is essential that your child brings a named and refillable water bottle to school every day. The children should always take their water bottles home at the end of the day for cleaning.
Thank you for returning your child’s Flu Immunisation Consent Form. These have now been collected by the school nursing team who will be back in school on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November to administer the nasal spray to those children with parental permission.
Our school photographer, Mrs Bahara, will be in school on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October to take photographs of the children. This year we will be doing individual photographs only and not taking any of children together with their sibling(s). The children should come into school wearing the correct school uniform, including a school jumper or cardigan and, if they are in Years 3-6, a school tie.
We are hoping to run a Bikeability Level 1 & 2 course on the school site over the half term break. This will be for Year 6 children only initially with the possibility of opening it up to Year 5 if there are places available. The course has been adapted following guidance from The Bikeability Trust and is in line with government guidance regarding COVID-19. If we can secure the sessions, we will send out further information next week.
Cauliflower Cards are back!
Some of you with children in the older year groups may remember taking part in this fund-raising project a few years ago.
The PSA work with a company called Cauliflower Cards to offer the children the opportunity of designing their own Christmas cards that are then professionally printed and delivered back to school. Every order you place raises valuable funds for the PSA too.
Cauliflower cards don’t just offer cards; your child’s design can be made into gift labels, mugs and even wrapping paper! Their design doesn’t need to be festive – they may like to make thank you cards or cards for other occasions.
The children will have brought home a Cauliflower Cards project pack that includes an order form and a sheet of A4 paper on which they create their design. This year we are going cashless! Orders should be placed online, following the instructions on the order form. The sheet of paper with their design should be GLUED to the order form and returned to your child’s class teacher.
The deadline for placing an order online AND returning artwork to your class teacher is next Friday 2nd October.
Have a look at the Cauliflower Card's Christmas gallery for some great design ideas using lots of different materials.
Tree Tops Wraparound Care
This week, families who are currently using Tree Tops were invited to rebook for the second half of the autumn term, which runs from Monday 2nd November to Friday 18th December. Depending on availability, booking will open for new families (those with children who are not currently on the Tree Tops register and attending this half of the term) on Tuesday 29th September.
If you are interested in booking a place at Tree Tops for next half term, please email email@example.com to let us know and we will send you a link to the online Tree Tops Booking Form. Please be aware that places at Tree Tops are very limited; unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate any booking requests.
You can find out more about Tree Tops on the website here.
October Half Term
We are so pleased that Pleiades, Masquerade and Mother Nature Science are back with us again this coming October half term holiday and offering some great activities in school!
Pleiades are running a two day multi sport camp on our INSET days, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd October. Fantastic workshops from Masquerade and Mother Nature Science are also available to book for the following week.
Masquerade are running two different activities: a Hocus Pocus Halloween adventure for 4 - 6 year olds and a David Walliams themed workshop for children aged 7 and over, both on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th October. Mother Nature Science are running a Halloween Science five day activity camp from Monday 26th - Friday 30th October.
Find out more on the website here.
Secondary School Admissions - don't miss the application deadline of 31st October 2020
To apply for your child’s place in secondary school, you should complete an application online using the eAdmissions website. The website is available now until the closing date for applications on 31st October 2020.
Most secondary schools are running virtual tours or posting resources on their websites for prospective families. Further information is available on our website here.
WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK...!
PSA News & Events
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Second-hand Fancy Dress & School Uniform Sale
The first of our monthly sales will be held on Saturday 3rd October from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm outside at 14 Tudor Drive. This month's theme will be fancy dress and we need your donations! Please drop them off, along with any second hand school uniform, to 14 Tudor Drive. We really need some volunteers to help out on the day so if you can spare a couple of hours between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, please email the PSA at: firstname.lastname@example.org