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Weekly update week commencing Monday 26th June 2023

Mrs P Phillips - 22 Jun 2023

Weekly Updates

Good Afternoon,
New this week,
The safety of our children
The safety of our children is our highest priority.  Over recent weeks a few things have caused us concern. Please can we ask that the staff carpark is only used by staff at all times; it is not a safe area for dropping off, or collecting children.  If you need help accessing the school, please discuss this with a member of the senior leadership team (Mrs Taylor, Mrs Pawson and Miss Oates) who will help to make alternative arrangements.
Please can we remind everybody that the classrooms open at 8.45am.  Children must not be left unattended on the school site before this time.  Whizz Kids is available for wrap around care, please book your child in via the office.  If your child is walking to school independently, please ensure that they are not arriving on the school site prior to 8.45am. 
Sadly, it has come to our attention that a six year old child had to be airlifted to hospital recently after being hit by a car at 8.50am, outside Fountains primary school in Grantley.  The child suffered serious leg injuries.  Please can we ask everyone in our community to be extra aware of how we drive and park in our village.  Can we remind people that Manor Court is not a suitable place to park and drop off children.  As we have previously shared with you, the planning permission for our footpath clearly states that we cannot use Manor Court for parking or dropping off children.
Sports Day Afternoon
Our Sports Afternoon starts at 1.30pm on Tuesday 27th June.  Refreshments for parents and carers will be available from 1.00pm on the school field.  We would like to thank Friends for supporting us with this.  Children will be able to pre-order a hotdog to eat at the end of Sports Afternoon, please see the message from Friends below.
Children need to come to school on Tuesday 27th June wearing full PE kit.  If your child would like to wear a t-shirt of their dale colour, they may do so. (Nidderdale = yellow, Swaledale = blue, Wensleydale = red)
Please ensure children have a sun hat, sun cream and a water bottle.
All children need to come to school with a sun hat and a waterproof coat as our weather can be unpredictable.  Children without a coat will not be able to play outside in the rain.
School Photographs
We are welcoming Rachel-Evelyn from Sweetpea Photography on â€‹Monday 10th July 2023.  Rachel comes recommended by Nikki Mitchel who has done our school photos in previous years.   Rachel will be working with both School and Pre-school during the day to take photos of the children individually and with their siblings. As well as a group photo of our Year 6 children. 
KS2 Production
KS2 children have now been given their parts for the summer production of ‘The island that rocks’. We would appreciate your support in helping your child learn any lines they have at home. The production will be led by Cedar class with Palm class supporting. Information about costumes will be coming out to children soon.  Please see the school website for performance dates. 
Swimming lessons are on a Wednesday for Acorn Class.   
Children will need:  
Swimming caps are essential (These can be bought from the swimming baths, please send £2.50 in an envelope labelled with your child’s name)  
One-piece costume for girls and shorts for boys (no baggy board shorts please).  
Goggles (optional)  
Long hair tied up  
Swim lesson return time:
Due to a change in lesson time, the children will be a few minutes late returning to school from swimming at the end of the day. Estimated return time from swimming for collection is between 3.35-3.40pm.

Bus times:
The swim bus is also the bus which delivers children home to Laverton and Dallowgill. Therefore, please note that the return of the bus to take children home on each Wednesday this term may also be delayed by 5-10 minutes.
Payments for swimming and Parent Pay.
All payments have been added to your account. We thank parents in advance for settling these as soon as possible.

Forest School
Cedar class will be doing forest school sessions each Wednesday afternoon.
Forest School Friday
To support our Golden Thread further, Helen will be running a morning forest school session for each class on a Friday morning based around staying spiritually and mentally healthy. Dates are as follows:

Palm Class - 23rd June 2023
Cedar Class - 30th June 2023

Children should wear old, comfortable clothes and wellies or trainers for forest school, along with waterproof trousers and coats.  Please no shorts.
Save the date - Year 6 parents only
Our Leavers service will take place on Thursday 20th July at 2pm, more details to follow.
Clubs & Activities

Clubs and activities have been organised differently this term.  An email for each club has been sent, to sign your child up simply click to respond. If the club is provided by an outside provider, please contact them directly.  We will be offering the following clubs:

Gardening Club – Monday 3.30-4.30
Gardening club with Pippa and Mrs Wilcox, please provide appropriate clothing (old clothes & wellies, as the children will get muddy) open to all ages.  
Gardening will be held on 24th April, 5 June, 12 June and 19 June and 10 July.
5 sessions will cost £22.50 (£4.50 each session) Payment will be via Parent pay. 
Those already booked through Whizz kids will attend the club automatically.  
Sports Cool - Rounders - Tuesday 3.30-4.30
Starting Tuesday 13th June 2023  - Parents to book directly with Sports Cool – please contact Chris on 07494 760937.  

Dance with Diane – Wednesday 3.30-4.30
Every Wednesday - Years Reception, One, Two and Three only.  Payment will be via Parent pay.
Golden Thread - Thursday 3.30-4.30
Our final Golden Thread Club this term will be Books and Biscuits and will be held on Thursday 29th June and Thursday 6th July. This club is free to all.

Message from Friends of Kirkby Malzeard school
Any outstanding sponsorship money needs to be returned to the main office, or Anne Watt by 30th June 2023.
We have a busy week next week. First we are providing refreshments for sports day. Any donations of cakes or buns will be really gratefully received. Please ensure that they have a list of ingredients with them.

The children can order a hotdog and drink for £1.50 to have when sports day finishes and they have been collected from the classrooms. Please order via your class representative or by emailing Jo on jo04vet@gmail.com

Pop up curries are back! We will be supplying them on Thursday and Friday. Please see the flyer attached for details.

Thank you for your support as always!

Class representatives are:
Acorn: Jo Hallam
Oak: Mandy Michaelas
Palm: Helen Broadley
Cedar: Anne Watt
Safeguarding, Health and Wellbeing Updates
Sun safety 
Finally, we have some sunshine! We are delighted but it is important we keep the children safe during these sunny periods. Please ensure your child has the following on hot sunny days to keep them safe: sun hat/cap, water bottle and suncream applied before arriving at school.  If you wish, you may also provide your child with suncream to top-up at school; this needs to be a named bottle and your child will need to apply it themselves (adults will supervise and support as necessary for each age-group). Please take extra care to ensure your suncream does not contain any nut ingredients or extracts - thank you. 

On-line Safety 
For tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online please follow the link below:
Messages from the Wider Community
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - Fundraiser
Sam Watson, a teacher at Kirkby Pre-school and friends are climbing the 3 Yorkshire peaks to raise funds to go towards a new preschool building. Please see below their link for the Gofundme page if you would like to make a donation.
Please see the poster attached from a TV company called Five Mile Films, who make the Channel 4 Series The Dog House and the Dog Academy.  They are looking to hear from people and families who may be struggling with their dog’s behaviour. The series is due to be filmed in the summer, further information can be found below. 
Finally, please see the poster attached regarding the Ripon Library Summer Reading Challenge.


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