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Weekly updates week commencing Monday 11th September 2023

Mrs P Phillips - 07 Sep 2023

Weekly Update

Our Vision
We believe that our children should have the aspiration and opportunity to ‘Live life in all its fullness and ‘Shine like stars in the sky’.
Welcome back to the new school year, it has been lovely to see the children back in school, enthusiastic to start their learning and see their friends.  We are excited for the school year ahead and look forward to sharing the exciting activities that we have planned.
Please see below for the information you need for the coming weeks, if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.
Diary Dates
The diary dates for the year ahead will be added to the website by 12 noon on Friday 8th September 2023.  These can be accessed by the quick links/school calendar diary tab on the website. 
Communication Policy
This policy has been sent to parents this week, please read this important document, as it explains how to communicate with school and how you will receive information from school.  It also explains where to find pertinent information on the website.
Class Pages
These will be updated by 12 noon on Friday 8th September, where you will find information regarding contact details for your class teacher, timetables for your class and your class newsletter.
Attendance in school:
We know that sometimes our pupils cannot come to school because they are really unwell - and that's the right thing to do for them and other students. Medical advice is clear however that children with mild illness will often be well enough to attend - for example if they have a cough, or cold, without a temperature. The NHS guidance Is my child too ill for school? - link below, is designed to support parents in their decision making about mild illness. 
Please return any Request to administer medication forms and medication for your child to the school office.  The forms can be found on the website under the Parents/Medical forms and information tab.

Amendments to the 2006 regulations make clear that the Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. 
We would ask parents to carefully consider the impact of taking holidays during term time before they request any further holidays this academic year.

We know that pupils fall behind their friends and classmates when they miss school and are left with significant gaps in their learning. Time away from school can also cause increased anxiety in children. 
At our school we want the amount of missed education to be reduced as much as possible. We believe that our community is stronger together, with all of our pupils in school, on time, every day. We are building life skills, life-long friendships and preparing your child for future success. 
Please work with us to achieve outstanding attendance and outcomes for our children.

We thank you for your support.
Library Loans 
We will soon be opening up our school library again for the children to enjoy and continue their love of reading. We have had a big 'sort-out' over the summer and are still missing some books that have been 'loaned' previously. If your child has a book out on loan, they will receive a letter today outlining what books they have on loan. Please could you have a good look for these at home and return asap. If you cannot find the book, please let your class teacher know asap. Thank you for your help with this. 
Swimming lessons are on a Wednesday for Year 2 and 3.   
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:
The children will return from swimming at the end of the day. Estimated return time from swimming for collection is between 3.35-3.40pm.

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 and no later than Friday 15th September 2023..

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 confident communication. Dates are as follows:

Cedar Class - 15th September2023
Palm Class - 22nd September 2023
Oak Class - 29th September 2023
Acorn Class - 6th October 2023

Children should wear old, comfortable clothes and wellies or trainers for forest school, along with waterproof trousers and coats.  Please no shorts.
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)
Gardening will be held on 11th September, 18th September, 25th September and 2nd October.
4 sessions will cost £20.00 (£5.00 each session) Payment will be via Parent pay. 
Those already booked through Whizz kids will attend the club automatically. 
Open to all year groups. 
Sports Cool – Activity type TBC  - Tuesday 3.30-4.30
Starting Tuesday 12th September - 12th December 2023 - Parents to book directly with Sports Cool – please contact Chris on 07494 760937 or email chris.o@sportscool.org  
Open to Year 1 upwards.
Kidslingo French Club -  Wednesday lunchtime 1230-1.00
Please see attached poster below.  Booked directly with Ellen on the link below:
Open to all year groups
Music Club with Mrs Harris – Wednesday 3.30-4.30
Starting Wednesday 13th September – 13th December 2023
13 Sessions will cost £65.00 (£5.00 per session) Payment will be via Parent Pay
Children can enjoy singing, drumming, composing and many other exciting activities.
Open to all year groups.
Book & Biscuits Club - Thursday 3.30-4.30
Starting Thursday 14th September – Thursday 19th October 2023
Recommencing 9th November – 14th December 2023.  
Open to all year groups - this club is free to all.
Shine Club – Thursday 3.30-4.30
Thursday 26th October 2023
Planning club for our whole school Collective Worship time, when we celebrate our values of love, kindness, patience and peace: all faiths and non are welcome.
Open to all year groups - this club is free to all.
Dance with Diane – Friday 3.30-4.30
Starting Friday 15th September – Friday 15th December - open to everyone.  Payment will be via Parent pay.
Open to all year groups.
Message from Friends of Kirkby Malzeard  
Friends are so grateful for all the fundraising contributions last year and particularly the summer term.
The Highside playing field fundraiser duck race is on Friday, please see the poster below.

Our next fundraiser is Bag2school on Wednesday the 27th of September. We will be distributing flyers and bags over the next couple of weeks.
We are currently fundraising for new computers and books for all the school children.

Thank you

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