Parents' Evening

Thank you for your attendance at Parents’ evening this week. We hope you found the time useful and purposeful. Staff certainly found the evenings to be useful. We have looked through the comments provided on the feedback forms, and on the whole they were extremely positive. Thank you! We did notice that a couple of parents felt their time was rushed. For this we apologise. We allocated 10 minute slots in the hope that this would provide adequate time for information to be shared and any concerns addressed, however next time we will be looking to increase them to 15 minutes. If you did feel rushed and went away with some unanswered questions as a result, please do not hesitate to get in touch to make another appointment.

Some of the comments received

  • “A very positive experience.”
  • “Really pleased. A very clear progression.”
  • “It’s good to see the energy in the school. Keep it up. Thanks.”
  • “Manifold is a fantastic school, where my children are very happy. Thanks for the great job.” “Meeting was a little rushed.”
  • “A little more time might be helpful.”

Photographs

The photographer will be in school on Monday 13th March at 9am to take class and group photographs.

Please make sure your child has the correct school uniform on — including school socks.

Scarlet Fever

We have been informed that a pupil in one of the local schools has been diagnosed with Scarlet fever. This is a bacterial illness that mainly affects children.

Initial symptoms usually include: a sore throat, headache and a high temperature (38.3C/101F or above), flushed cheeks and a swollen tongue. (Scarlet fever usually follows a sore throat or a skin infection, such as impetigo, caused by particular strains of streptococcus bacteria.) A day or two later the characteristic pinkish rash appears. It usually occurs on the chest and stomach before spreading to other areas of the body, such as the ears and neck. The symptoms of scarlet fever usually develop two to five days after infection, although the incubation period (the period between exposure to the infection and symptoms appearing) can be as short as one day or as long as seven days.

If your child presents with any of these symptoms, please see your GP as soon as possible. Although the illness usually clears up after about a week, your GP will be able to confirm a diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment. It is important that you then inform us of the diagnosis as Scarlet fever is a reportable illness (to the PHE—Public Health England).

Homework

If you are having difficulties logging on to Education City please let us know via email asap. We are paying for this service so therefore need to ensure that we use it as much as possible. Thank you.

Action required

All children will need a photograph of their mum in school by Thursday 16th March at the latest. Children need them for part of their work this term. Photographs will be returned the following week. If possible—a photograph containing mum and child will be best however, if this is not possible, one with just mum. Thank you!          

Pond Area

Mrs Thirza Eades has been extremely busy coordinating work on the pond area. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, we will be able to use the work to support and enhance the children’s learning and educational opportunities.

We are in the process of claiming some corn poppies to start the wild flower meadow but if anyone has any packets of wildflowers that they would like to donate this would help us create more interest and diversity. We are also looking for trees for the orchard the children wish to create. Again, if you have access to any trees (through a contact at a garden centre) please remember us! We have almost spent all of the prize winnings on materials for the building. Therefore, any freebies would be much appreciated!

Big thanks to Mr Turner who spent Thursday cutting down trees and helping to prepare the area ready for our ground force team next weekend! Huge thanks to the fantastic team of volunteers who have said they are willing to help us next Sunday (19th March). Your help is very much appreciated and will enable us to work at a faster rate. If you have not returned your reply slip but are able to help, please contact Thirza asap.

Big thanks to Mrs Eades for her fantastic work to date. Without her drive and commitment we would be nowhere near where we are. Thank you!

Phonics

Hopefully you all received a copy of the power point slides from last week.  

Year 1,2 parents should also have received a phonics information booklet today. The second to last page details all of the words used in past papers since the test began in 2012. Past papers can be found here. 

If you require any further information or guidance, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Happy Birthday

Apologies — I missed off birthdays last week. Happy birthday to Madeline, Sam B, James

This week: Ellie and Eton.

Year 4 PSHE

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the cost of the trips. If you would like to make a voluntary contribution to cover the cost of the trips, there is still time and they would be gratefully received. The total cost per child is £13.20.

Star awards

Well done to our winners this week.

Early years — Gwen

Year 1 — Macey

Years 2,3,4 — Casey

Keep up the hard work!

Obesity

As mentioned last week, the government’s plan for action to significantly reduce childhood obesity by supporting healthier choices has been shared recently. You can read it here.

Children in early years and year 1 have been enjoying their daily exercise. A video of them in action can be found on our facebook page.

As part of lunchtime playground activities, we have been organising games of Stuck in the mud, tick, What time is it Mr Wolf in order to encourage children to get active rather than stand around talking. Children have also been running around the playground as part of a supervised activity before heading back into class for afternoon lessons.

Behaviour on the buses

PC Gorman visited us on Wednesday to remind children about their behaviour on the buses. Although this might have looked a rather heavy handed approach, children had been spoken to numerous times in school prior to the talk from the police officer. Bus drivers had also spoken to the parents of some children. Hopefully, hearing the information from an authoritative figure will help the children understand the potential dangers and consequences.  

Please help us to reinforce the need for sensible behaviour on the buses by talking to your child at home. Thank you for your support.

40 Acts

Well done to all the children who completed their tasks last weekend. The tasks for this weekend are:  

  • Saturday— Say something nice about somebody behind their back.
  • Sunday— Ask somebody to say what they have enjoyed about their day.

For more information visit 40 Acts.  

Sainsbury’s Active Sports Voucher

Please continue to collect the sports vouchers. They really help us to collect resources.

Mystery reader

If you would like to be our mystery reader, we would love to hear from you. It would involve coming to read a book to the whole school at 2:45pm on a Wednesday. Please help us!

Car Park

Please do not park in front of the kitchen doors or bins. Unfortunately parking there makes it extremely difficult for the delivery drivers. Additional parking is available at the rear of the building. Thank you for your cooperation.

Free child care

We will be offering 30 hours free childcare from September 2017.

What is the free childcare deal?

In a nutshell, from September, many working parents of 3 to 4-year-olds in England will be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare - rather than the current 15 hours.

Eligibility rules for 30 hours free childcare
  • Your child will be aged 3 or 4 when the scheme starts  
  • Both parents must be working - or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family
  • Each parent earns, on average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage
  • Each parent must have an annual income of less than £100,000
How much is the equivalent of 16 hours at National Minimum Wage?

It depends on your age. For this scheme, the minimum amount will always reflect the lowest hourly rate that a person of your age can legally be paid. Therefore, currently for a parent aged 21-24, you'd need to earn a weekly average of at least £111.20. For a parent aged 25+, you'd need to earn a weekly average of at least £115.20.

What if one parent in a couple isn't working?

This is basically a scheme to help working parents, so families where one parent doesn't work, or both parents don't work, will usually not be eligible for these additional 15 hours. However, if one parent isn't working because they're an official carer (e.g. receiving benefits relating to being a carer) or they are receiving disability benefits, and the other parent is working, then the Government has stated it "intends to make provision" to support these families. There is also additional entitlement if the parent normally works but is temporarily away from the workplace, for example on statutory sick pay.

What if you are self-employed or on a zero hours contract?

You will be eligible if you (or both of you in a couple) earn at least the equivalent of 16 hours at the National Minimum Wage.

What if one parent loses their job?

There will be a short "grace period" - although this hasn't yet been defined - allowing parents to have a chance to find new employment.

How do you apply for the 30 hours free childcare?

You'll be able to apply for the 30-hour scheme at HMRC. You will need your National Insurance number when applying. The application round is not open yet. They are expecting it to open in the summer term. If successful, you will be given a n eligibility code. You will need to provide Mrs Virani with a copy of the code in order to gain the free 30 hours.

All children regardless of family working arrangements will remain eligible for 15 free hours.

Please help us to spread the word. Children are welcome to join us the term after their third birthday.

Music Evening for all

All Saints' Church — Monday 27th March at 5:30 pm

Children in Years 2-4 and members of our choir will be performing at a local music concert with other schools. Children will be learning 4 songs over the next few weeks to perform on the night. Ticket information will be available soon. It would be extremely useful if children in years 2-4 were encouraged to join the choir as this will facilitate extra rehearsals without impacting on the school day. Children will be attending a rehearsal at Churnet View on March 14th. Please send completed consent forms in by Monday 13th. Thank you. On the night (27th March) children will need to be at All Saints Church by 5pm. Staff members will be there to greet you and direct children to where they need to be. Parents, friends and family are welcome to stay for the concert. It would be great to see as many supporters as possible there.

Year 2 SATS

Booster class start Wednesday 15th March at 8:15 am.

Missing iPOD

We are still searching a pink ipod. If you have seen it, please let us know as soon as possible. In addition to it being an expensive item, it also has sentimental value.

Dates for your diary

Manifold Pre School are holding a fashion show and sale in the school hall on Wednesday 22nd March and 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale for £5—and are available from the Pre-School staff.

Monday 13th March 2017 - Year 4 at St Bartholomew’s (PSHE) am

- School photographs am

- Mrs Goldstraw — First aid at work course

Tuesday 14th March - Years 2,3,4 and choir at Churnet View—music rehearsal

- Warslow Education Trust meeting at school 6pm

Wednesday 15th March - Early Years Height and Weight screening check

Sunday 19th March - Pond clearing day.

Monday 20th March - Warslow Parish Council Meeting—Village Hall

Tuesday 21st March - Staff from Bursley in school all day working with Mrs Virani, Mrs Ackers and Mrs Hall

Friday 24th March - Afternoon tea and performance

Mother's day cream tea

All children will be performing at the Mother’s Day Cream Tea on Friday 24th March. We hope you will be able to support our fantastic PTFA by attending the event. Tickets cost £3.50 and are available from the office or PTFA committee members.

Brave super stars

Sending healing thoughts and lots of love to Emily and Lily who have both been extremely brave young ladies over the last few days. We hope you are both fighting fit soon. Lots of love from all your friends at Manifold. Xxx