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Newsletter - w/c 13/01/2020

Dear parent/carer,


Please find attached the weekly e-mail newsletter containing important information.  


After-school Clubs


All after-school clubs start next week, including after-school tuition with teachers if your child has been chosen.  Some clubs are full; however, there are still some places available for clubs for which parents/carers can book on the SchoolGateway app:


Mondays, 7:30-8:30am, Years 1 & 2 Sports Skills [Free]


Mondays, 3:15-4:15pm, Years 3 & 4 Times Tables Rockstars Club [Free]


Mondays, 3:15-4:15pm, Years 5 & 6 Board Games Club [Free]


Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Years 3-6 Spanish Club [£4 per session]


Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15pm, Reception Story Club [Free]


Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Years 4-6 Steel Pans [£5 per session]


Thursdays, 3:15-4:15pm, Years 3-6 Reading Club [Free]


We have places in Breakfast Club.  Wraparound Care is mostly full however, there are sometimes spaces free so if you cannot book on the app, please telephone the school and ask to speak to Mrs Chamberlain (Office Manager).


Please remember, for those clubs requiring a payment, particularly Breakfast Club and Wraparound Care, we do need this payment in advance.  If parents/carers do not pay, we cannot accept your children at the club.  If you are having financial difficulties, please speak to a member of staff - we will always try our best to help.    


Scooters/Bikes - Children in Years 3-6


Please note, children in Years 3-6 are allowed to bring their scooter or bike to school to use at lunchtime.  They should wheel their scooter or bike round to the back playground and park it there.  


Dentist Visit - Thursday 16th January 2020


Thank you to those families who returned the consent forms for their child/ren to have a check-up by a dentist in school.  Remember, the dentist will not treat your child's teeth and gums in school, but the dentist will let us know if there are any issues with your child's teeth and gums so that you may be informed and organise for your child to go to the dental surgery for treatment.  

Thank you again to the mother of a child in Year 2 for organising this. 


Secret Readers in Reception


After the February Half Term we would like to introduce 'Secret Readers' to our Reception timetable (towards the end of the school day). Every two weeks, we would like a surprise visitor to come into class to simply read the children their favourite book. Secret Readers creates excitement about Storytime and promotes a love of sharing stories.


We would also like to focus on different cultures and professions. We will be asking our secret reader why reading was important in their chosen profession. 


If you would like to be a Secret Reader please speak to your child’s class teacher, however, don't forget to keep it a secret!


Minibus Driver


We are looking for someone to drive our minibus, transporting children to and from school trips, sports matches and tournaments, and various other school outings. 


If any parent/carer knows of someone who may be interested in this role, please ask in the School Office for a copy of the job description.  


As you may or may not know, only those adults who passed their driving test before 1 January 1997 are able to drive a minibus without having to go through additional tests and training.  Ideally we are looking for someone who could start soon so it is preferred that he/she have attained their driving test before that date.  Also, for insurance purposes, we can only accept those with a clean driver's licence (i.e. no traffic convictions).  


Dinner Money


Just a quick reminder that dinner money needs to be paid in advance on a Monday.  Our preferred method of payment is on School Gateway. There are two options you can either pay £2.60 for a single meal or a weekly cost of £13.00 for five meals. If you are unable to pay on the School Gateway, please come into the office with the correct money in an envelope.


If you receive a dinner debt letter, please make sure this is cleared straight away to avoid your child having to bring in a packed lunch until the debt is cleared. Unpaid dinner debts could result in the cost of the school dinner charge being increased in the future which would be unfair for those parents/carers who always pay on time.


Yours sincerely,


The School Office Team

Hurst Drive Primary School 

01992 624099