Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 4 - Spring Term - 3rd February 2023
Tuesday 7th February
Safer Internet Day
Year 1 Victorian Childhood workshop
Thursday 9th February
Heather class parent assembly at 9:00 am in the Large Hall
AF Steadman Author Visit
Friday 10th February
Home Learning Showcase
PSA Year 6 Cake Sale at 3:15 pm
Monday 13th — Friday 17th February
HALF TERM HOLIDAY
Monday 20th February
CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL
Wednesday 22nd February
Parent Volunteer Introduction & Training at 9:00 am
Thursday 23rd February
Yew class parent assembly at 9:00 am in the Large Hall
Friday 24th February
PSA Pre-loved Uniform & Costume Sale at 3:00 pm
PSA Year 5 Cake Sale at 3:15 pm
Thursday 2nd March
Proposed strike action - please refer to communications from ParentPay for updates
Friday 3rd March
World Book Day celebrations in school
PSA Bounce for Books & second-hand children's book sale
Year 5 Mayan Civilisation workshop
Thursday 9th March
Rowan class parent assembly at 9:00 am in the Large Hall
Friday 10th March
Chestnut class parent assembly at 9:00 am in the Large Hall
PSA Year 4 cake sale at 3:15 pm
This term's Home Learning Grids for children in Years 1 to 6 are published on the Google Classroom. All work should be completed for the in time for the children's Home Learning Showcase on Friday 10th February.
Lunches for second half of term
School lunches for next half-term will be available to order through ParentPay from next week. Please look out for an email from ParentPay to tell you when the menu goes live. Lunches for the week of 20th February will need to be ordered by midnight on Sunday 12th February.
Your year group weekly news is published every Friday at 5:00 pm on your child's Home Learning Google Classroom. You should sign in using your child's school Google Account - you can find their login details in the front of their Home School Diary.
New office@ email
Please note that the school’s office email address is changing. The new address is: email@example.com. Please update your records accordingly.
Over the half-term break, Mother Nature Science and Masquerade Theatre Arts will be running activities in school. For further information, please see the school website.
Safer Internet Day 2023
Safer Internet Day 2023 will take place next Tuesday 7th February with celebrations and learning based around the theme: Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations getting involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. At Fern Hill, children in Years 1 through to 6 will have a special computing lesson focused on the Safer Internet Day theme.
The UK Safer Internet Centre offers lots of advice, guides and resources for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online and use the Internet responsibility and positively including top tips, talking about difficult topics and even a quiz designed specially for 7–11 year olds around the challenges of life online.
World Book Day
Due to the planned strike action on Thursday 2nd March, we will be celebrating World Book Day in school on Friday 3rd March instead. This is the same day as the PSA's Bounce for Books event (see below) so please take this into consideration if your child will be dressing up as their favourite book character - they need to be able to move freely on the bouncy castle! Further details on World Book Day and Bounce for Books will be sent after the half-term break.
Book of the Week
'Martha Maps It Out' by Leigh Hodgkinson
Martha loves maps and in this exquisitely illustrated picture book she maps her place in the solar system, the earth, the city, and her flat, and learns something about herself in the process - an utterly enchanting journey. 'Martha Maps It Out' is a beautiful book, full of fascinating visual details, and perfect for Key Stage 1.
The overall winner this week is COOMBE!
PSA News & Events
Upcoming PSA events!
We have lots of exciting events coming up in the second half of the spring term, so please make a note of these in your diaries...
Pre-loved Uniform & Costume Sale - Friday 24th February
If you are having a sort out over half-term, please set aside any good quality second-hand uniform and children's fancy dress costumes for our next sale. We are in need of Fern Hill book bags, ties, winter and summer hats, fleeces, jackets, cardigans (all sizes), jumpers (no age 3-4 please), as well as girls' trousers and pinafores and PE kit of all sizes. And with World Book Day coming up in March please bring any costumes you no longer need.
Bounce For Books & Second-hand Children's Book Sale - Friday 3rd March
We can't wait for our annual Bounce For Books event! The children will be raising money for new books for the libraries and their classrooms by bouncing on a bouncy castle as many times as they can in a minute! We'll be sending you further details about this sponsorship event nearer the time. We'll also be running a second-hand children's book sale after school, so while you are sorting out your uniform, please keep any good quality children's books for donation too.
Mother's Day Breakfast - Friday 17th March
More details to come on this popular event!
Bag2School Collection - Thursday 23rd March
We will be holding another Bag2School collection - further details to come.
Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday 25th March
A new event for Fern Hill, we will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt! More details will be shared after half-term.
PSA Fundraising Goals
Thanks to your incredible support so far this year we have been able to fund raised flower beds, two table tennis tables for the juniors' playground, new values boards in the Large Hall and permanent wall wraps along the corridors. The designs for the wall wraps were based on ideas put forward by the children, and collated by the School Council, and they look fantastic...with more to be installed soon. Please do have a look when you are next in school.
The school' would now like to focus s wish list now focusses on enhancing the children's outdoor play with new equipment for the Nursery, floor markings and pictures for the infants' playground and fixed basketball hoops for the juniors' playground. Please do continue to support all our events so that we can raise the money to make all this happen...thank you!