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					                               ST. FAITHS CE INFANT SCHOOL
                            PARENTS NEWSLETTER November 2010


SCHOOL WEBSITE: Our website is – www2.st-faiths.lincs.sch.uk.

Dear Parents/Carers
I cannot believe how quickly the festive season is upon us again! In school we now have the lovely
sights and sounds of Christmas and classes full of excited children (and staff!!). We have lots of
exciting activities planned over the next few weeks – please see the Diary Dates at the end of this
Newsletter and also check out the weekly class letters so you don’t miss anything!
Of course, at this time of year we also begin to expect bad or severe weather. In the event of
this please listen to Lincs FM in the morning who give out lists of schools that are closed. You may
also receive a text message from Textround. Please note, however, that schools are expected to
stay open except in the most severe circumstances, eg a heating failure.

AGREEMENTS: Thank you to those of you who have already returned your Acceptable Use of
ICT and Home School Agreement forms. If you still have these at home, please read, sign and
return them as soon as possible . Thank you.
The safety and well being of your children when online is an important part of keeping everyone
safe. As such, as well as doing activities and lessons on being safe online with the children in
school, we are also planning to arrange an e-safety parents talk. If you would be interested in
attending, please return the reply slip at the bottom of this Newsletter indicating a preferred
time of day. This will help guide us to arranging it at a time to suit as many of you as possible. In
the meantime, some useful websites for you to access for information should you wish to are:
www.ceop.gov.uk and www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/help/web/staysafe.

ACTION FOR YOUNG CARERS: We were delighted to have a visit from Emma Morton to talk to
the children about Action for Young Carers. This service provides support for young children living
with a parent with a disability or illness. There is also a support group for siblings who have a sick
or disabled brother or sister and for young adults (18-25 years) who care for a parent. If anyone
is interested in finding out how to access this service, please see Yvonne or call 01205 – 358834.
We have some newsletters for families with children or young people with disabilities in
Lincolnshire from 4 All. Please see Yvonne if you would like a copy.

PE KIT: We have noticed that there are a growing number of children not bringing a PE kit into
school, particularly in Year 1. PE is part of the curriculum and it is very important that all children
have a suitable t-shirt and shorts to change into. PE kits can be brought into school on a Monday
and taken home on a Friday to be washed for the following week. Also, there should be NO
jewellery work on PE days – including ear-rings. The PE times are as follows, but please bear in
mind that sometimes there are extra or changed sessions:

      Reception:           Tuesday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon
      Year 1:              Monday morning, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning
      Year 2;              Monday afternoon, Thursday morning and swimming on Wednesday
Thank you for your co-operation.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: In order that we can keep our records up-to-date and be fully
prepared to help the children, can you please ensure that you advise us if there are any changes in
your child’s health or any new diagnosis are made. Please write a letter and either give to your
child’s teacher or hand in to Yvonne. If your child has asthma, we should have a named inhaler in
school at all times. Please see your child’s class teacher.

NURSERY: The Nursery children’s passion for dressing up, role-play and small world imaginative
play has led us into “The Magical Kingdom”. This is the topic that the children are thinking about
this term. They have discussed what they might find in the magical kingdom and thought of some
activities that they would like to participate in linked to this theme. Please feel free to look at
their ideas on our planning wall in the Nursery.
Our role-play area is shared with Reception, under the Foundation Stage canopy, so all children in
the Foundation Stage can participate. We would be very grateful for any donations of dressing up
clothes that would be suitable for “The Magical Kingdom”. Also, any small world figures such as
fairies, princesses, etc, who might live in the kingdom.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Reception and Nursery parents who are
showing interest in this project and who are encouraging their children to respect the resources
left outside. We hope that working together we can make this a magical term for the children.
Nursery Staff

PARENTMAIL: There was a problem with the sending of the Newsletter last month and I know
some of you did not get the Newsletter. Hopefully it will work this time!! Thank you to those of
you who have sent in a completed Registration Form, you will receive your Newsletter by email once
they have all be registered by ParentMail. If you would still like to register, please see Yvonne for
a Form.

PARENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE: We will be sending out our annual Parent/Carer Questionnaire on
Monday 29th November. We would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete it. The
Questionnaire gives you the opportunity to express your views about aspects of the school and give
us valuable feedback. This year, all returned Questionnaires will be entered into a draw to win a
£10 book token, which will be drawn in Collective Worship (Assembly) on Monday 13 th December.

ST FAITH’S IN THE COMMUNITY:
Our non-uniform day for Children in Need was a great success and we raised almost £220. Thank
you all for your generosity.
Family Art Club: Thank you to our first group of artists who have made some wonderful,
welcoming panels for our entrance hall. Please take a look the next time you pop into the school
office.
Kings Lions Sunday School: We recently had a visit from Mandy and Sue who help run the Kings
Lions Sunday School at St Faiths Church. They led a fun-filled Collective Worship which all the
children thoroughly enjoyed. If anyone is interested in finding our more please contact Mandy
Franks on 880878.

School Council: Our School Council recently represented us at the launch of a new Resource Pack
for schools. They had a wonderful time going on a boat trip on the Brayford, watching a film at
the cinema and eating a free lunch! They also met Bobby Bear, Koolcat from Lincoln C-op and Jan
from the children’s programme “Milkshake”. Miss Fewster was extremely proud of how well
behaved they were. Well done!

Diocesan Visit: We were recently visited by both the Director and Deputy Director of Education
for the Diocese of Lincoln. Both were very impressed by the excellent behaviour and enthusiasm
for learning displayed by all our pupils. Well done everyone.
Industry Week: Please visit our Industry Stall in Mrs Konrath’s classroom during the Christmas
Fair on Friday. All the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been busy running their own
companies and making things to sell. As well as learning about the world of business, they are also
raising money and all profits will go to our link school in Gambia to help buy books and equipment.

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2010-11
We continue to work on our priorities for this year. Things already mentioned include work on e-
safety and our link to other schools. We also have work planned to extend and improve our
Foundation Stay playground, which we hope will be starting in February – more details to follow
nearer the time. Attached to this Newsletter you will find the results of the questionnaire sent
out in July about after school provision and family learning. Thank you for your time in completing
this.
Parental Suggestion Box
From next week, we will have a Parental Suggestion Box in the school entrance. We welcome your
feedback and comments on our school and invite you to write down any suggestions you may have,
on how we may improve. All of your suggestions will be taken seriously and we will aim to act upon
them, if possible. If you would like to speak to a member of staff about your suggestion or be
contacted for feedback, please indicate on the form. Thank you
Pupil Suggestion Box
As the parents’ views are important to us, so too is the voice of the pupil. We will also have a Pupil
Suggestion Box for the children to offer their comments on how we may improve or suggestions of
things that they would like to do in their school. This box will also be in the school entrance hall.
Thank you.

READING: www.readingforlife.org.uk/parents is a great website for ideas and advice on reading at
home. It also includes downloads and reading activities. When hearing your child read at home it is
really important to talk about the books that they are reading and ask lots of questions. When
reading a fiction book, (a storybook) talk about the characters in the story. Ask your child to
describe the characters (their appearance and behaviour) and talk about whether or not they like
the characters, giving reasons for their answers.
Mrs Amanda Konrath, Literacy Co-ordinator


MATHS: As December is upon us I am sure that you will be counting down the days until your
holidays and the Christmas season. What a great time to learn the days of the week and months
of the year with your child. Why not write them on to card and order them on your fridge, or
make a calendar with your favourite photographs for next year?
Enjoy and as always if you have a question or query do not hesitate to ask!
Miss Sarah Doyle
Maths Subject Leader

FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL:
The Christmas Fair is this Friday 26th November from 2-4pm. Please remember that your children
will need picking up at 1.45pm. If you would like to help out on the day or help to get ready for the
fair, please let either Yvonne know in the office or any committee member.
The current committee is: Chairman: Annemarie Hanson
                            Treasurer: Jenny Jones
                            Secretary: Caroline Sanford-Casey
                            Vice-chairman: Kathleen Lingwood
                            Teacher representative: Sally Frecklington
We are currently looking to recruit new members to this vital fundraising body. If you would be
interested in helping out in any capacity, please speak to one of the above committee members or
any member of Friends of the School.
Tickets are now on sale for the next FFN/Friends of the School wine evening to be held at the
Lindum Cricket Club on Friday 4th February. Tickets are £15 each and will include 12 courses of
wine plus disco afterwards. Anyone who has been to an FFN wine tasting evening before will know
what a great night it is and tickets are already selling fast. Hope to see you there.
Attached you will find a copy of our Annual Accounts for your information.

2ND CHANCE SCHOOL UNIFORM: Unfortunately Tania Lilly is no longer able to offer this
service. If there is anyone that would like to take over please contact her on 07792 065717.



SOME REMINDERS FOR YOU:
PARKING: PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS UNLESS YOU HAVE A
DISABLED BADGE.

JEWELLERY: If your child has pierced ears, stud ear-rings only must be worn and these should
not be worn to school on the days your child has PE or goes swimming if they are in Year 2. If
your child is having their ears pierced please have it done at the start of the Summer Holidays so
that they can be removed by the time we come back to school in September.

LATENESS/ABSENTEEISM: Thank you for ensuring that children arrive for a 9.00am prompt
start as the children miss key parts of their learning if they are late. We also ask that children
are collected on time at 3.00pm. Some parents are consistently late in the morning or collecting
children. This causes anxiety for the children and affects their learning if late. All lateness and
absence is monitored by the Education Welfare Officer and can result in Court proceedings. The
expected target for attendance is 95% and anything less than this will be looked out by the
Education Welfare Officer. We now have a Class Attendance Award presented to the class with
the highest attendance each week. Our first Award went to Mrs Konrath’s class – well done!

The government asks that children are taken on holiday during school holidays (13 weeks) and not
during term-time. This helps to maximise learning. Again these absences are monitored by the
Education Welfare Officer and can result in Court Proceedings.

PLAYGROUND: We would like to remind you that the school play equipment and climbing frames
should NOT be used before or after school. The Playpark outside the Childrens Centre is available
for you. Children should be supervised at all times when arriving to and leaving school. Can we also
remind you that school toilet blocks are being cleaned at the end of the day and they are
therefore not available for use after 3pm except by children attending after school clubs. Thank
you for your understanding. In an emergency, you are able to use the toilets in the Children’s
Centre at this time.

SMOKING: We would like to remind you that all Lincolnshire County Council premises are non-
smoking and there should therefore be no smoking within the school site.


CYCLE HELMETS: Please ensure that all pupils aged between 5 and 7 are wearing cycle helmets if
they are riding their bikes to school.
PACKED LUNCHES: Just a reminder that Children’s packed lunches should contain healthy food
and not chocolate – one chocolate covered biscuit is allowed. Please find attached a Recipe for
Fruit Smoothies which we hope you will enjoy making.
HOT MEALS: Please ensure that your meal orders are received by the Wednesday of the week
after distribution and prior to the meals be supplied. Any late orders or queries will have to be
phoned direct to Good Lookin Cookin on 723786 after 2pm..

FREE SCHOOL MEALS: Please may I ask that all families who have a right to claim free school
meals do so. This includes those receiving Income Support, Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
or Child Tax Credit (with an annual income of less than £16,040 a year). Application forms are
available from the school office and should be returned to school. There is no stigma attached to
receiving what is rightfully yours. The hot meals are very popular with an uptake of over 40% and
the School will benefit financially even if you prefer not to actually take the meal.

COLLECTIONS IN SCHOOL; We are continuing to collect Nestlé Box Tops tokens. We have
ordered Cooking equipment using the Sainsbury Vouchers and Flora “Cooking for Schools”
wrappers, and are once again collecting the Morrisons Vouchers. Used printer cartridges and
postage stamps, which are now being collected for the “Spinal Injuries Association”, are also still
being collected.

SCHOOL NURSES: Once your child starts school, you can access the School Nurse Team for
advice and support on a range of health and development issues. You can do this by telephoning the
School Nurse Team on 01522 – 682823 or by attending one of the drop-in clinics listed below. If
your child requires medical attention you should contact your GP in the usual way.

       Birchwood Children’s Centre                25th November – 2-5pm
       Bracebridge Children’s Centre              9th December – 2-5pm




DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:
     Christmas Fair                       Friday 26th November - 2-4pm
                                          SCHOOL CLOSES AT 1.45PM
       Parental Questionnaire sent out    Monday 29th November
       Specsavers Visit                   Reception – Wednesday 1st December
                                          Year 1 – Thursday 2nd December
                                          Year 2 – Friday 3rd December
       Panto Workshop                     Thursday 2nd December
       Story Tellers in from Bishop       Nursery and Reception – Tuesday 7th December
       Grosseteste                        Year 1 and Year 2 – Friday 10th December
       School Plays                       Tuesday 7th December 2pm - Miss Sayer’s and Miss
                                          Doyle’s classes
                                          Wednesday 8th December 2pm – Mrs Konrath’s and Miss
                                          Hart’s classes
                                          Friday 10th December:
                                           11am – Morning Nursery and Reception
                                          2.15pm – Afternoon Nursery and Reception
       Parental Questionnaires to be
       returned by                        Friday 10th December
       Parental Questionnaire Draw        Monday 13th December
       Carol Service                      Tuesday 14th December 10.30am at St Faiths Church for
                                          Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Children
       Entertainer in Nursery             Tuesday 14th December
       Panto at Drill Hall – Reception,
       Year 1 and Year 2                  Wednesday 15th December
       Last Day of Term                   Friday 17th December
       First Day of Term                  Thursday 6th January 2011



Best Wishes

Mrs D J Barkes
Acting Head




                           St Faiths Church Christmas Carol Service



                                Sunday 12th December at 6.30pm


                           Carols, Candlelight, Mince Pies and Sherry


                                               with


                                      The Beevor Brass Band



                                           All welcome




                                    PARENTAL E-SAFETY TALK

I/We would be interested in attending the above, the best time of day for me/us is:

       MORNING         AFTERNOON          AFTER SCHOOL         EVENING

Please circle your preferred time of day and return this slip to school. Thank you.
                                St Faith’s Church of England Infant School
                                      Extended Schools Consultation
                                         Analysis November 2010

In July, we sent out questionnaires to all families in the school. We had 40 questionnaires returned.
Here are our findings:

                      Supporting education and getting involved in school
                                                                                              responses
1. I want to be able to help my child with their learning                                         34
2. I would like to do things and learn things with my child                                       30
3. I’d like to get involved with events put on by the school                                       19
4. I’d like to be more actively involved with the school, but I’m not sure how                     9
5. I’d like my child to be able to do more things after school                                    24
6. I’d like my child to be able to do more things at weekends                                      13
7. I’d like my child to be able to do more things during the holidays                             32
Any other comments:
      I would like to understand how reading and writing is taught in the early stages
          so that I can help without confusing her
      I am already involved with events via friends of the school
      Funding is an issue
      I also think that it is important to do these things away from school as a family

                                         After School Activities
My child/children would be interested in:                                                       responses
Art and craft                                                                                      34
Music and drama                                                                                    30
Nature and wildlife                                                                                32
Dancing                                                                                             26
Singing                                                                                             22
Languages                                                                                           12
Food and cooking                                                                                    27
IT/computers                                                                                        22
Sport                                                                                               27
Other ideas:
Games, book club, gardening, science club, gym, karate, cross stitch, italian


30 responses would be willing to pay for after school clubs
2 would not be willing to pay for after school clubs
8 didn’t fill this section in (one said that they would struggle being a single parent)

                                  Family Activities – learning together
We would be interested in:                                                                         Responses
Friends of St Faiths Infant School
Summary of Accounts 1.9.09- 31.8.10
INCOME                                 EXPENDITURE
Cash brought Forward       £3,819.95   Bags                £672.75
Fun Mats                   £537.05     Swimming            £228.88
Wine Tasting               £850.00     Tidy Boxes          £206.85
Xmas Fayre                 £1,349.65   Maths Sets          £745.20
Hanging Baskets/Quiz Night £390.50     Raised Beds         £200.00
Summer Fayre               £1,156.20   Artwork             £440.00
Artwork                    £390.00     Lamin               £200.00
Cameras                                £319.70
Balloons                               £31.70
Reception                              £82.45
Sunita Patel                           £150.00
Fun Mats                               £444.00
Float                                  £190.00
Lottery                                £20.00
Alcohol Licence                        £42.000
Raffle Tickets                         £74.750
NCPTA Membership                       £92.00
Hanging Baskets                        £270.00
Xmas Fayre                             £97.04
Wine Tasting                           £666.00
Quiz                                   £180.51
Refreshments                           £4.49
Summer Fayre                           £236.30
Gifts                                  £20.14
Disco                                  £145.44
Flyers (Just Giving)                   £33.12
Cinema                                 £112.50
TOTAL ASSETS               £8,493.35   TOTAL EXPENDITURE   £5,905.82
BALANCE AS AT 31 AUGUST 2010           £2,587.53

				
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