Parents Information Letter – January 2018
Mrs Navas has issued a new parents information letter which will be sent home today (Monday 8th January).
A copy of this can be downloaded here.
Many thanks to everyone who attended our Christmas Fair on Friday. We hope that you enjoyed it. As soon as we have a final total raised we will let you know. All the profit will go to funding additional resources for the benefit of all the children in our school.
It would be impossible to run an event such as the fair without the fantastic support that we get from a small group of volunteers who are on the Friends of Canon Popham PTA. They worked so hard over a number of weeks , and especially on the day, setting up and clearing away afterwards. As we always say, many hands makes light work so if you know of anyone who would be willing to join please contact the school office who will pass on the details to Mrs Whittaker, who is the chair of the PTA.
We would also like to thank Rev. Steve Beck who allowed us to use the church in order to provide additional space.
It’s a nativity!
Next week will see the start of our nativity play/ carol services. Everyone should have received the information about the days and times of these events, which was on diary dates that were issued in September. The children and staff have worked really hard to prepare them for you and we are looking forward to sharing their work with you.
Can I please remind parents who have very young children that there is a crèche available for the afternoon performances for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2? This will be run by school staff and you will need to let us know if you would like your child to be included in this. We provide this facility so that the performance can be an enjoyable occasion for everyone who attends and not interrupted by any noise or disruption from smaller children. We will be requesting that if parents choose not to take advantage of the crèche facility and their child becomes unsettled during the performance that they be taken out.
Breakfast Club and School Dinners
If your child is attending Breakfast club or having a school lunch we would like to remind you that this needs to be paid for IN ADVANCE.
School Christmas Dinner
CAN YOU PLEASE ENSURE THAT IF YOUR CHILD USUALLY HAS A PACKED LUNCH BUT IS ATTENDING THE SCHOOL CHRISTMAS DINNER THIS IS PAID FOR IN ADVANCE USING PARENT PAY.
It takes a great deal of time to chase payments at what is already an extremely busy period of time for the office staff, so if you could help us by ensuring you have paid in advance this would be much appreciated.
It has been great to see some new parents and children attending Bookworms reading on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:20 to 8:40 in church. This is a great opportunity to get out of the cold and rain and provides the ideal start to the day for the children.
We would now like to extend this and welcome any child who may walk to school on their own to also attend Bookworms for a quiet reading session. This will count towards the target of reading 20 times in a month so long as they get their book signed by Mrs Brunyee or one of the supervising staff or governors to confirm their attendance. We look forward to seeing some of our older children coming to read more.
Can we please remind all parents that there is an expectation that Reception children will read 15 times each month and all other year groups will read 20 times each month at home. PLEASE sign the reading record book each time your child reads at home as we are monitoring these record books and children who are not on track to read regularly will do so to ‘catch up’ over their break times. We will let you know if your child is not on track to read the required number of times by sending a text message initially. Whilst we understand that many families are busy we do hope that with provision of Bookworms school is helping with this. It is vitally important that all children become good readers and we hope that 10 minutes per day is possible.
The Daily Mile
This has got off to a positive start with the children getting out and walking each morning. Please can we remind you that children need to have their coat and a water bottle in school each day.
Just an early mention. . . you will have seen on your diary dates sheet that Harvest Festival will be upon us in a couple of weeks. It will be held on Thursday 5th October and all parents/carers are very welcome to join us in church for this. We will once again be joining our efforts with those of the church and collecting food for the Doncaster Food Bank. We look forward to seeing you and receiving the children’s food donations on that day . A list of items that the food bank would appreciate will be sent out nearer the time.
From our cook and kitchen staff
Just to say how well the children have done with their lunch. They have behaved well and tried the food even if they were unsure.
Well done to all the children who have settled back into school so well this week and made a great start. They all look very smart in their uniform so a big thank you to parents for supporting this.
The Daily Mile
We have introduced the daily mile to the children today and will be starting this with all the children in school on Monday. The information about this new initiative was on the letter to parents that went out earlier this week. It is not competitive and all we ask is that everyone has a go and does as much as they are able to in the time allowed.
Please can we ask that from Monday all children bring a water bottle and have a coat in school each day. In addition, Years 1 to 6 may change into trainers to do their daily mile if they wish.
Reading at home.
We hope you like our new reading record books that have come home this week. Many thanks to those parents and children who have made a good start to reading at home and completing their reading record books each day. Please ensure that these books are in school every day.
Friends of Canon Popham
We would love to see as many people as possible at our AGM next Thursday – 14th September at 6:30pm in the school hall.
Please come and contribute your ideas or offer your help with the fund raising that we do. Last year the PTA paid for additional reading materials for every class and also the safety flooring in the Foundation outdoor area.
Macmillan Cake Sale
There will be a cake sale on the school playground after school on Friday 29th September in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Look out for further information next week.
Goodbye and good luck to Year 6.
At the end of another busy school year we would like to say well done and good luck to our Year 6 pupils as they move on to the next stage in their education journey. They have been a pleasure to have in school and should be proud of all they have achieved. We look forward to hearing how well they are doing in their new schools. Come back and see us so that we can hear about how you are getting on!
School will re open to the children for the start of the new school year on Tuesday 5th September. We hope you have a fabulous summer break and look forward to welcoming everyone back then.
We would like to request that parents/carers check our school uniform policy which can be found on our website if new uniform or school shoes are being purchased.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO NAME ALL UNIFORM.
As you may be aware, funding to schools is currently a serious concern. We are therefore unable to carry the cost of any incurred debt by way of unpaid school meals , breakfast club, visits etc. as this money would come out of our budget. In May every parent /carer received a letter to say that from September we will therefore have no alternative but to impose a ‘no debt’ policy.
We would like to respectfully remind all parents to check their ParentPay account as all debts need to be cleared by the end of term on Friday 21st July.
A copy of the letter is available from the office or on the Parent Voice Facebook page, should you wish to remind yourselves of the content of this.
Have a great summer everyone. Let’s hope the sun shines!
We look forward to welcoming the children back to school fully rested and ready to go for another busy year.
Canon Popham’s Got Talent!
We had a fantastic evening of entertainment last Friday when the children took part in the Grand Final of Canon Popham’s Got Talent. Our school choir also performed beautifully in the interval to a packed hall who were very appreciative of all their efforts. We are hugely proud of all their efforts and the children should be very proud of themselves.
The winners were Logan Jones and Nicole Platts in Year 4. In second place were Felicity Ali and Sam Wood in Year 3, and third place went to Elise Fairclough in Year 4.
A big thank you to Mrs Barratt and all the staff who worked to make this event a success and to the PTA volunteers who also supported us. A grand total of £887.87 was raised that will be used towards the purchase of the new reading books that have been put into the reading scheme for children to take home.
Hungerhill Visit for Year 6
Our Year 6 pupils have had their three day transition visit to Hungerhill this week. The children were well prepared and although feeling a little nervous on the first morning were also excited to be moving towards the next step in their learning journey.
We would also like to congratulate two of our former pupils, Mollie Bruce and Jack Hilliyer who have been chosen to be Head Boy and Head Girl at Hungerhill next year.
And finally a reminder. . .
Please can you ensure that your child brings a water bottle to school every day. We have been working in some extremely warm conditions and there are still a few children who do not bring their bottle to school. As a school we do our best to ensure that children have access to water in hot weather at all times and we encourage the children to drink it and keep well hydrated. This is more difficult when children do not have a bottle with them so please can you make sure that they have this essential part of their equipment each day.
A busy half term
Well done to all the children and staff who have worked so hard over the last half term and especially to the children in Years 2 and 6 who have completed their SATs tests. We hope everyone enjoys their week off and that the sun continues to shine for us!
As we will be coming into the final half term of the year, and we hope that the weather will be warm and sunny can we please ask that you ensure that your child brings a water bottle to school every day in order that they can keep well hydrated. Also sun hats are advisable for break and lunch times.
If you feel that your child would benefit from have sun cream applied can we please ask that this is done BEFORE they come to school.