Fernielea Features January 2011 Happy New Year! We are now in our second week of term and the hard work has started for all our children. This is a busy term with enrolment to school and nursery and the start of all our transition projects. Let’s hope we have seen the worst of the snow and ice! I somehow feel that we will have another spell before the winter is over. If you have any The arrangements remain the same, you should check the comments about city council website, phone the school information line or any of the information listen to the local radio. The emergency closure information is on the side please let us of every newsletter. know This term we welcome Miss Laing a B Ed 4 student to our P6 class, she will spend most of the term with us and will have extended periods of time in the class under the supervision of Mrs Walker. School Telephone A number of class outings have been planned this term to support the 01224 318533 learning in classes, look out for information in your child’s book bag. Emergency Illness at school Closures As many of you will be aware many children have had a range of illn 0870 054 1999 over the last few weeks. I must say that thanks to parents keepin children off school for the recommended 48 hours after sickness o diarrhea, there have been fewer absences this week. Please contin Pin Code 011320 support us in this. We are continually reminding children to be particularly mindful of general advice given by the NHS regarding hygiene practices to pr spread of germs: use a tissue to catch your sneezes, and throw away used tissues when you are finished then wash your hands; wash hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spreading of germs to others. Please remember, if your child is ill it is important to keep your chi home to prevent others from catching an illness. Please ensure sch your current contact details. Thank you for your support in this ma email: email@example.com Website: www.fernielea.aberdeen.sch.uk Page 1 Primary 1 Enrolment Enrolment week for children starting school in August is Monday 10 – Friday 14 January. Please remember that if your child is 4 by 28 February 2011 you may enrol him/her for school starting in August 2011. May I remind you that you should bring your child’s birth certificate when you return the forms. If you live outwith our School Zone you will also have to complete a Placing Request Form. Please return this to school with the application form. As in previous years, we do not expect that there will be a problem obtaining a place at Fernielea however our school roll is growing and we cannot guarantee a place until the end of the enrolment period and final numbers are calculated. If you are choosing to come to Fernielea you should also enrol your child at your local school to ensure your child has a guarenteed place. Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you would like an appointment to discuss your child starting school with either Mrs Webb or Mrs Fjellroth. Nursery Applications If your child will be 3 before 28 February 2012 and is applying for a nursery place for the first time, you can collect an application form from the school office. This enrolment period lasts from 17 January – 11 February 2011. Please bring your child’s full birth certificate with you as we need to check dates of birth. Ante pre school children must also re-apply for their nursery place, you should have already received application forms from school – if you have not please contact the school office as soon as possible.. Parents should hear from us before the Easter holidays informing you if your application has been successful. If you know any families with young children in the area please ask them to contact the school for details. Prefects Our new prefects for this term were announced at assembly on Friday. Congratulations go to: Leona McKay, Natasha Main, Kirsten Andrew, Kayleigh Black, Russell Andrew, Robyn Strachan, Sherrie Shand, Connor Robertson, Iona Jenkins, Kyle Edwards, Rylan Franklin, Rushdy Shiham and Nadine Milton. Enterprising Primary 7 Once again our Primary 7’s with Ms Ross will be bag packing at Sainsbury’s at Garthdee on Saturday 29 January. They are raising funds to assist with the payment of buses for their residential trip to Ardeonaig in Perthshire. We hope they have a successful day! Fernielea Features Page 2 Topics This term all the classes will be studying different aspects of Scotland. The main focus will be on Social Studies (history and geography) It also links with language and traditions leading up to our Ceilidh and Scottish language has a significant part to play in our language curriculum. Red Nursery Granny & how she lived Green Nursery People who help us P1 C & FM Toys - now and then P2 Castles in Scotland P3 Aberdeen P3/4 Highlands & Gaelic Language P4/5 Jacobites P5 Jacobites P6 Highland Clearances P7 Scotland and WWII The older children will be asked over the term to study an area in greater depth. This will be on an aspect of their topic which interests them and may be part of their homework. This will give our children more choice in aspects of their learning and hopefully lead to our children having a deeper understanding of their topic whilst also allowing them greater independence in their work. School Ceilidh This year we are having a school Ceilidh where classes will be sharing their dances with each other. This will be held on Tuesday 25 January at 1.30pm. Parents are welcome to come along and join in….. be prepared to dance! The children may wear tartan that day to celebrate Robert Burns. Out of School Club Tine Jorgensen the manager of our Out of School Club left us in December to return home to Denmark. Tine worked really hard along with the management committee to make the club financially viable and achieved great success. We thank her for all her work and commitment to the club and the school. We are pleased that in the near future Wendy Lockren will be taking over where Tine left off. In the meantime Nicola will be the acting manager until Wendy starts. Fernielea Features Page 3 Dates for this term 10 January Primary 1 Enrolment Week 17 January Nursery Application period starts 18 January Hazlehead Roadshow for P7 parents and pupils 24 January School Clubs start 25 January School Ceilidh 11 February Nursery Application period stops 11 February Inservice Day – School Closed to pupils 14 February Mid-Term holiday – School closed 15 February Inservice Day – School closed to pupils 11 March Clubs stop for the term 1 April End of Term 18 April School Starts at 9.00 21 April School Photographer 22 April Good Friday Holiday - School Closed 28 April Inservice Day - School Closed (NEW DATE) 29 April Royal Wedding - School Closed 2 May May Day holiday – School Closed 5 May Local Elections – School Closed 30 May P7 Trip to Ardeonaig 4 June School Fair 7 June School Sports Day (weather permitting) 30 June School Disco - run by Parent Council 1 July End of Term I have attached the term dates for the beginning of next school session as I am aware that a number of parents have to book their annual holidays at the beginning of the year. Please try to take your holiday during the children’s breaks as holidays during term time are usually classed as unauthorised. Fernielea Features Page 4 Page 3 School Holidays 2011/2012 Session 2011 – 2012 Term 1 Teachers Training Day – Monday 15 August 2011 Pupils Return – Tuesday 16 August 2011 September Holiday – Friday 23 and Monday 26 September 2011 Term Ends – Friday 7 October 2011 October Holiday – Monday 10 to Friday 21 October 2011 Term 2 Term Starts – Monday 24 October 2011 Term Ends – Friday 23 December 2011 Christmas Holiday – Monday 26 December 2011 to Friday 6 January 2012 Term 3 Term Starts – Monday 9 January 2012 Mid Term – Monday 13 February 2012 Term Ends – Friday 30 March 2012 Easter Holiday – Monday 2 April to Monday 16 April 2012 (Good Friday 6 April 2012) Term 4 Term Starts – Tuesday 17 April 2012 May Day Holiday – Monday 7 May 2012 Term Ends – Friday 29 June 2012 In-Service days Monday 15 August 2011 and 4 days to be set. Marie Curie Daffodil Tea The Daffodil Tea was a great success with the children providing musical entertain ment throughou t the afternoon . Many thanks to all who attended. £205 was raised for the Marie Curie Cancer Fund.
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