Thank you so much for your overwhelming generosity so far this term. I am very conscious that we have been asking you to put your hands into your pocket on a number of occasions. The support you have given to external charities and our own school has been phenomenal. It is very much appreciated.

Mrs Sharples came to collect the filled shoeboxes. They will now be blessed during a service at Alstonefield Church, and then shipped to children in other countries. She too was overwhelmed by your generosity. Thank you!

Christmas Fair – Saturday 3rd December 12-2pm.

Thank you for supporting our ‘fine’ this week. We had a fantastic amount of filled gift bags sent into school in exchange for wearing silly socks. I have now realised that I am going to have to ‘up my game’ as you are all so creative! I was quite pleased with my own socks until seeing all of yours! What a fantastic job you all did! Thank you.

In order to help us gather 'stock' for the fayre, we will be holding two more fine days.

  • Thursday 24th November – in return for any filled jar - children come to school in any fancy dress costume.
  • Thursday 1st December - In return for a bottle, (any type as long as they are unopened and in date!) children can come to school in their own clothes. Where possible if the children have any Christmas items; jumper, t-shirt, bobbles, socks, ties etc. they wear them – only whatever they have, please do not buy anything especially.

Please remember that these are voluntary donations. If your child does not wish to participate that is absolutely fine.

We are hoping to include a variety of performances by the children at the school fayre. This will be timetabled once we know who can make it. We are also looking for children to volunteer to help ‘man’ a couple of the stalls. Please complete and return the form below so that firm plans can be made.

Open morning

We will be holding an open morning on Tuesday 6th December between 9:30 – 11:30am for parents, family, friends and members of the community to see the school in action. Please spread the word!

Parent consultation

Since getting to know lots of you, many families have expressed that they feel there is a lack of comprehensive play areas in the local area. As our school is blessed with such wonderful outside space, we are wondering if we might be in a position to help both our school pupils and the wider community by creating an inclusive play area to cater for children of all ages and for those with disabilities. Although this idea is very much in its infancy, our aim would be to create a space to increase the activity levels of the children in between their lessons and to provide a destination for local families to spend time together without having to undertake lengthy journeys. We would also like to consider the possibility of including a running track and outside gym equipment for older children and adults to use, given that there are also no Fitness Centres or Sports Halls in the locality. In order to see whether people feel this is something they would use or would like to see in the area, we have scheduled a consultation meeting for parents, members of the Parish and those from the wider school community to initiate discussions around such a development. The meeting will take place in the school hall on Tuesday 6th December at 3:15pm and will be attended by a company called Proludic who specialise in playground and fitness equipment. We hope you will be able to join us.

The results are in/Celebrations

Well done to our stars of the week, golden ticket winners and Christian value winners (Peace). You are all superstars.

Star of the week

EY – Isobel

1/2 – Oliver

3/4 – Toby

Christian Value

Peace – Jack P

Golden ticket winners

Joe

Gwen

Dojo Winners

Gryffindor

Hufflepuff

Ravenclaw

Sytherin

Wow! Manifold Church of England Academy has talent!

Our Thursday worship this week talked about having and using our talents. After listening to the parable of the talents, some of the children shared their talents. These ranged from singing to playing musical instruments. Well done to you all!

Pantomime

If you have not yet returned your pantomime consent slip, please do so by Monday 21st November. Once replies have been collected we can finalise the details with the coach company and theatre.

Santa Steam Train

If you have not yet returned your consent slip and payment (£15) please do so by Wednesday 23rd November. Once replies have been collected we can finalise the details with the coach company.

15th and 16th December

If you are able to make space in your diary, we will soon be sending out details of events happening on these dates. Unfortunately, the 15th will be limited to one adult per family, but Friday 16th – the more the merrier. Apologies for being so cryptic at this time!

Christmas Tea and the 5p overcharge!

As mentioned in previous newsletters, we are offering a Christmas tea and film night in-between the afternoon performance and evening performance of our Christmas concert. I wrote in my last newsletter that the charge for this would be £2.20. I am so used to paying £2.20 at home for my own children, that I just presumed ours was the same charge. I’ve since found out that ours is in-fact £2.15 as the trustees managed to secure a deal with the catering firm. The 5p overpayments are now in the office. If you would like yours back, please either ask Mrs Virani or write a note in your child’s communication book. Any 5ps not claimed by the 30th November will go into our school charity box for ACE. My sincere apologies for overcharging you!

Dinner monies

Most parents do now pay for school lunches on a Monday; however, we do have a couple of families who pay later in the week. Please can I ask, where possible, that you settle your lunch bills for the week by Wednesday at the latest, as this will help us with the payment aspects and tallying up at our end. If your child suddenly decides that they do want a dinner on a Thursday or Friday, this is not a problem so long as the cash is paid on the day. Thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding this matter.

Jumpers

I have never understood how or why, but school clothing seems to sprout legs and walk! We have had a couple of jumpers go missing recently. Please check your child’s clothing to make sure it is clearly labelled and that you have the correct items!

Weather

The weather seems to be taking a turn for the worse. Please make sure your child brings a suitable coat, footwear, hat and gloves each day as we will still be going outside. In fact, the children are hoping and praying for snow so that we can go and build snowmen! Of course, we will be linking such events to our curriculum should the weather allow this to happen! (I am secretly praying for no snow but don’t tell the children I said this!) If there is snow, we will be following the school procedure. Each village representative will be contacted by school, they will then share this information with the parents in their village. We will also send a text message out to all parents from school informing them of any closures. We have managed to fix the webcam. This can be viewed from our school website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Warslow and Elkstones Education Trust and Alstonefield Education Trust

I had the pleasure of attending the Warslow and Elkstones Educational Trust meeting earlier this week. During the meeting, I received the fantastic news that they have donated £250 towards resources for the children in school. I have also received a cheque from the Alstonefield Education Trust for £125. We are truly touched by their generosity.

Uniform order

Mrs Virani will be placing a uniform order before Christmas, for delivery in January. Order forms will be sent home next week with further details.

Benchball tournament

We will be sending 6 children to represent us in a benchball tournament on Tuesday morning. Hopefully they will come back winners! Thank you to those who have agreed to take part.

Burglaries in the area

You may be aware that there has been a spate of burglaries in the area. They seem to be targeting farm machinery, jewellery and money. Please be extra vigilant. If you do spot anything suspicious please telephone 999 (emergency) or 101 (non emergency).

Thank you from Manifold Pre-school

Manifold Pre School have asked me to thank you on their behalf for the chocolate donations for their Christmas tombola stall. They made us a lovely card which is on display in the entrance hall.

Dates for your diary

Please note these dates are subject to change; including cancellations, additional or date changes. We will try to keep these to the absolute minimum, but sometimes things are totally out of our control.

Thursday 24th November

Fancy dress (any theme) – Filled jars

Thursday 1st December

Christmas clothing day - Bottles

3rd December 2016

Christmas Fayre

7th December 2016

Santa Steam (£15)

12th December 2016

Pantomime

14th December 2016

Whole school Christmas Concert 1:30pm and 5:30pm

15th December 2016

Please keep this date free for 1 family member to attend school in the afternoon if possible! Further details will follow!

16th December 2016

Service in church led by Rev Price 9:30am

Followed by Christmas crafts and party! Parents will be welcome to join us. Further details to follow.

Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday.

J Ackers

 

Mrs Ackers and the team

_____________________________________________________________________________

Christmas Fayre

 

My child: ___________________________________ Class: _____________________

 

Will/will not be able to perform at the Christmas fayre.

 

Will/will not be able to assist with a stall.

 

Signed _________________________________________________ Date ____________

 

We were joined today by Mrs Risby who led us in remembering all those who fallen during conflict. Thank you to all those who purchased Remembrance Day related items from school. We will be taking the money to the British Legion Shop in Leek tomorrow. Special thanks to Mrs Risby.

Christmas Fair – Saturday 3rd December 12-2pm.

Thank you to Santa's special helpers who worked tirelessly last night to make things for our Christmas fayre. I hope as many of you as possible will be able to support us on the day. Funds raised will help us to purchase Ipads for the children.

In order to help us gather 'stock' for the fayre, we will be holding some more fine days.

  • Thursday 17th November – in return for a filled gift bag – with handles (any item to the value of £1) children can come to school in silly socks.
  • Thursday 24th November – in return for any filled jar - children came to school in any fancy dress costume.
  • Thursday 1st December - In return for a bottle, (any type as long as they are unopened and in date!) children can come to school in their own clothes. Where possible if the children have any Christmas items; jumper, t-shirt, bobbles, socks, ties etc. they wear them – only whatever they have, please do not buy anything especially.

Please remember that these are voluntary donations. If your child does not wish to participate that is absolutely fine.

Thank you for your generous donations of chocolate yesterday, in exchange for silly hair.

Operation Christmas Child

If you are in a position to support this charity, please fill and return your shoeboxes by Monday 14th November, remembering to enclose £3 to cover the cost of shipping. Please remember this is entirely voluntary, so please do not feel obliged to take part. Simply return your empty shoebox to school. Thank you.

Open morning

We will be holding an open morning on Tuesday 6th December between 9:30 – 11:30am for parents, family, friends and members of the community to see the school in action. Please spread the word!

Parental Reply slips

Please check the contact information we currently hold on our records and return the form as soon as possible. If we don’t have up to date information, it could have serious implications especially if your child has a medical condition we aren’t aware of or if we need to contact you in an emergency. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Star of the week

EY – Lily

1/2 – Macey

3/4 – Jacob S

Christian Value

Peace – Isobel Thomas

Golden ticket winners

Imogen

Oliver

Dojo Winners

1st place – Hufflepuff

2nd place – Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gryffindor (joint winners)

Parents' evening

Thank you to all those who attended parents' evening last week. I hope you found it informative. Apologies if your child's teacher was running late. (All three teachers like to talk!) If you were not able to attend, please do not hesitate to get in touch to arrange a more convenient time and date.

Pantomime

If you have not yet returned your pantomime consent slip, please do so by Monday 14th November. Once replies have been collected we can finalise the details with the coach company and theatre. Thank you again to Mr and Mrs Robertson from Sector UK, who is covering the cost.

Santa Steam Train

If you have not yet returned your consent slip and payment (£15) please do so by Wednesday 23rd November. Once replies have been collected we can finalise the details with the coach company.

Cross country

Unfortunately the weather prevented our cross country team (y3/4) attending the Leek First School Sports Tournament on Wednesday 9th November. On the plus side, it gives us more time to practise before the event is rescheduled!

Staffing

We have advertised this week for a replacement teacher to cover Mrs Harris’s maternity leave. The advert is from January to December.

Please note:

Staff out Mrs Ackers – will be out of school on Wednesday 16th November (pm).

E safety training for parents

A number of us attended the esafety awareness training at Waterhouses School on Monday 7th November at 6:30pm. I certainly had my eyes opened by the latest 'text speak'. I have put copies of the hand-out in the entrance if anyone would like to take one.

15th and 16th December

If you are able to make space in your diary, we will soon be sending out details of events happening on these dates. Unfortunately, the 15th will be limited to one adult per family, but Friday 16th – the more the merrier. Apologies for being so cryptic at this time!

Dates for your diary

Please note these dates are subject to change; including cancellations, additional or date changes. We will try to keep these to the absolute minimum, but sometimes things are totally out of our control.

Thursday 17th November

Silly socks – Filled gift bags (with handles) to the value of £1

Thursday 24th November

Fancy dress (any theme) – Filled jars

Thursday 1st December

Christmas clothing day - Bottles

3rd December 2016

Christmas Fayre

7th December 2016

Santa Steam (£15)

12th December 2016

Pantomime

14th December 2016

Whole school Christmas Concert 1:30pm and 5:30pm

15th December 2016

Please keep this date free for 1 family member to attend school in the afternoon if possible! Further details will follow!

16th December 2016

Service in church led by Rev Price 9:30am

Followed by Christmas crafts and party! Parents will be welcome to join us. Further details to follow.

Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday.

 

I can't believe we are approaching half term soon. The last 6 weeks have truly flown by! I hope the children have enjoyed the first half term as much as we all have.

Ramble

A massive thank you to all those who joined us on Sunday for our ramble in aid of Children in Need and Countryfile. We raised £193.23! I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and so did my family – although Joseph wasn't too sure about the cow pats we saw along the way! It was lovely to see so many families enjoying the beautiful area on our doorstep. Huge thanks to Miss Lipp and Mrs Critchlow for organising such a successful event and to all those who donated cakes.

Rev Price

Thank you to Rev Price who came to lead us in our worship this week. The children really enjoyed listening to (and acting out) the story of Dr Coke. In fact, one child asked Rev Price if he would come back again and tell us another story. He has promised to get in touch after the holidays to arrange a date with us. He has already agreed to lead us in an end of term service in Church on Friday 16th December at 9:30am. It would be lovely to see you all there.

Cake sale

Huge thanks to all those who donated and bought cakes at our cake sale. Well done to the school council for organising the event in aid of the school playground. We have all been extremely impressed with your efforts and professionalism in approaching meetings and tasks. Your hard work resulted in £180.30 being raised. Wow!

Parent view

Thank you to all who have registered their views on parent view. We have had 10 responses so I am able to see the results! I was delighted to see that 100% of respondents reporting that their child is happy at school, feels safe at school and that they would recommend the school. If you ever have concerns about any aspect of the school, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Your feedback is important to us as we continue on our journey to good and outstanding outcomes for all. Thank you

Worship and celebration assembly

Please note – there will be no Thursday celebration assembly next week due to the Harvest event that evening.

Newsletter

This will be the last weekly newsletter for the half term. I hope you have found them useful. If you would like to see any amendments in the format next half term, please let me know. I won't be offended!

The results are in/Celebrations

Well done to our stars of the week, golden ticket winners and Christian value winners (Friendship). You are all superstars.

Star of the week

EY – William R

1/2 – Jack G

3/4 – William S

Christian Value

Friendship – Joe

Madeleine

Dojo Winners

1st place (joint winners) Slitherin and Hufflepuff

2nd place Ravenclaw and Griffindor

Golden ticket winners

Cora

Archie

Miss Easter

The winning house team will be announced by email and text on Wednesday afternoon. The children in the winning team will be able to come to school in their own clothes the following day, Thursday.

Well done!

Well done to Hattie and Archie who brought in their Jujitsu certificates to share with us in assembly. I was impressed with your 'blocking' and 'high kicks'. Keep up the hard work.

Well done to Molly and Daisy who kindly brought in their Rainbow tabards to show us all their fantastic badges. Super work!

Mr Turner and Mrs Critchlow better watch out as I will soon be going to Molly for DIY related activities! The key ring hanger she made and brought in to show us was superb. Well done Molly.

If anybody else wins a trophy or certificate outside of school, please bring it in to show us! We would love to hear about what you get up to in your own time.

Harvest

Our harvest celebration is fast approaching. If you have not yet purchased tickets (£5 – includes a pie and pea supper) please send your ticket money in by 3:15pm on Monday 17th October so that numbers can be counted for catering purposes. All children will need to be back at school for 6:15pm in their school uniform. They will be greeted at the main door by a staff member then taken to their classrooms to get ready while you take your seats in the hall. We hope you will all be able to join us.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, part of the evening will include an auction, run by local auctioneer, Joe Critchlow! I have heard lots of reports about previous auctions he has run and the astonishing amounts he has helped to raise for different charities. Please support Joe and us on the night. So far, items to be auctioned include a Belle wheelbarrow, hampers, bags of logs and many more exciting items. If you have anything you would like to donate for the auction, please see Mrs Gliddon, Mr Robertson, Mrs Bethell or Mrs Hall. All money raised will be used to support the children in our school. Please dig deep!

Shoe boxes: Another feature of the evening will be the allocation of hampers to people residing in each of the local villages (where we have children living). In order to make this possible, we would be grateful if each family would donate a box (shoe box or bigger) with tinned and fresh produce in. Possible items include home grown (or shop bought!) produce and preserves plus any non-perishables. If anybody would like to donate extra produce, please pass it to a member of staff.

PTFA

Thanks to all those who attended the PTFA annual general meeting (AGM) on Monday. My sincere apologies for the lack of tea and coffee! I will make sure we have it next time! Congratulations to Mrs Gliddon who was elected as chair person and Mr Robertson who was elected as vice chair. Mrs Bethell was re-elected as secretary and Mrs Hall as treasurer. I look forward to working with you all over the coming months. The next meeting has been arranged for 1st November at 3:05pm to discuss the Christmas fayre. We are hoping it will be a great event with wider members of the community attending. If you are able to help out in anyway, please consider joining us at the meeting. Or, alternatively, send an email to either me or one of the committee members named above and we will get in touch.

After School Clubs

Thank you to the staff and volunteers who have helped to make the after school clubs successful this half term. Thank you also to pupils and parents for supporting them. We hope the children have enjoyed the activities on offer. Hopefully you received letters on Tuesday detailing information about next half term. We have decided to run the same clubs next half term, with the view to changing them in January. Please make sure you have returned the permission forms and payment (in the envelopes provided) by Wednesday 19th October.

Reminder - If you do need to make any amendments to club provision/pick-ups - please inform the office by 1:00pm so that registers can be amended.

Snacks

Lots of children have been bringing packed lunch bags full of goodies for afterschool club snack, resulting in lost time for the activities. As time is limited, we would be grateful if you could send either 1 biscuit or 1 piece of fruit and a drink only. This will help to ensure that the children have as much time as possible to complete their clubs. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Lunch times

Next Thursday (20th October), Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp will be serving up a scrumptious harvest themed menu. It would be great to see as many children as possible joining in with this themed lunch.

Harvest Festival Menu

Mince beef and onion pie or Harvest vegetable pie, both served with mashed potatoes, cabbage and carrots, followed by Dorset apple cake and custard or cooks homemade tray bake. There will also be yoghurts and an Autumn Fruit platter available. It all sounds delicious! If your child would like to participate in the themed lunch, please send the money in (£2.20) in a clearly labelled envelope. Early years and Key stage One children are entitled to free school lunches so therefore do not need to send in any money.

Please be reminded - if your child is bringing grapes or cherry tomatoes to school; please make sure you cut them in half (lengthways). This is to prevent choking. Thank you.

Killer clowns

Following my email the other day about killer clowns, I am pleased to report that they have not been mentioned since in school. Please be aware however, that (nice) clowns are due to arrive in Leek and surrounding areas at the weekend. The full details can be found on: www.stokesentinel.co.uk

Homework!

We have seen the arrival of our first scarecrows in school. They look fantastic! We can't wait to see the rest of them on Tuesday 18th October. For those lacking inspiration, The Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival page on Facebook might give you some ideas.

Inspection

As mentioned last week, we welcomed a special visitor in school on Tuesday as part of a multi academy trust inspection. We have not had any formal feedback yet, as this will come once all schools have been visited. The visit seemed to go well and the lady was impressed with what we had done over the last 6 weeks. The children were all superstars and keen to tell her about their work and life in school. Special thanks to Eton, who kindly offered to play the visitor a tune on the piano. She was extremely impressed! Well done!

Year 5

I am aware that many of the year 4 children and their families will have visited the two middle schools over the last few weeks and now have the difficult decision of deciding where to go in September. A couple of children have asked me over the last few days if they can stay at Manifold as they 'love it here and feel safe'. We are registered as a primary school and therefore can and will offer year 5

provision should anybody be interested in staying with us for a further two years. If this is something that is of interest to you, please let me know and I will arrange a meeting to discuss it with myself and the Chair of Governors. We would love to continue our work with you next year.

Staffing

Mrs Harris is due to return after the half term holidays; therefore we will have to say goodbye to Mrs Etchells on Thursday. We hope it is not goodbye for good, but simply au revoir for now! Massive thanks to her for all that she has done during her short time with us. It is very much appreciated.

Please note:

Wednesday 19th October (all day) – Mrs Ackers attending Understanding Christianity Course

Thursday 20th October (AM) – Mrs Ackers attending a meeting at Waterside Primary School

Parents' evening

A reminder - Parents' evening will take place on 7th and 8th November. Please complete and return the attached appointment slip time by Thursday 20th October so that times can be allocated and given out on Tuesday 1st November. If neither date is suitable for you, please let us know and we will arrange something at a mutually convenient time.

Competition entry

The judges attended school yesterday to judge our competition entry. They were extremely impressed with what the children have created – supported by Mrs Eades, Mrs Gliddon and Miss Easter. Thank you ladies! Please cross your fingers and legs that we win! The results will be announced after half term.

E safety training for parents

A reminder that Waterhouses School are hosting an e-safety awareness session for parents, staff and governors on Monday 7th November at 6:30pm. If you would like to attend, it would be great to see you there. There is no cost or limit on numbers. If you would like to attend, please complete and return the attached form by Thursday 13th October.

Pre School Halloween Party

If you are looking for something to do the Manifold Pre-school group and Alstonefield Toddler group are holding a Halloween Party in Alstonefield Village Hall on Sunday 30th October between 4-6pm.

Dove Valley Centre

We have been asked to inform you about a free 'Apple Day' event on Sunday 16th October between 12 – 4pm. (Donations to Staffs Barn Owl Action Group.)

Dates for your diary

Please note these dates are subject to change; including cancellations, additional or date changes. We will try to keep these to the absolute minimum, but sometimes things are totally out of our control.

20th October 2016

Harvest celebration followed by pie and pea supper (PFA event) 6:30pm

21st October 2016

INSET

7th November 2016

Parents’ Evening (3:30 – 5:00pm)

7th November 2016

E Safety awareness training Waterhouses school (6:30pm)

8th November 2016

Parents’ Evening (5:00pm – 6:30pm)

3rd December 2016

Christmas Fayre

7th December 2016

Santa Steam Train (approximately £15*)

12th December 2016

Pantomime (approximately £15*)

16th December 2016

Service in church led by Rev Price 9:30am

*If you wish to start paying small amounts each week/fortnightly towards these trips, please see Mrs Virani who will be happy to help.

Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday.

J Ackers

Mrs Ackers and the team

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E safety awareness

I/We would like to attend the e safety awareness training at Waterhouses School on Monday 7th November at 6:30pm. NB This presentation is not suitable for children.

Name of child: ___________________________________________ Class: __________________

Number of adults attending ________________________________________________________ Name and signature of parent/guardian _______________________________________________

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Parents' evening appointments -Time slots available:

Monday 7th November 2016 Tuesday 8th November 2016

3:30pm – 4:00pm 5:00 – 5:30pm

4:00pm – 4:30pm 5:30pm – 6:00pm 4:30pm – 5:00pm 6:00pm – 6:30pm

First choice: ________________________

Second choice: ______________________

I do not have a preferred time __________

Name of pupil(s) _________________________________________________________________

Signed __________________________________________________________ (Parent/Guardian)

One week done already! ‘Silly season’ as I affectionately term it will be soon be upon us!

Pie and Pea Harvest

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the PTFA Pie and Pea Supper to celebrate Harvest. Whether your support was by working behind the scenes organising and setting up the hall, or on the night, putting your hands into your pockets, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I was overwhelmed by your generosity. I will let you know in future weeks how the money has been spent.

Well done to the children for their performance. We were all very proud of you, learning your lines and songs, and then having the confidence to stand up in front of so many people! You are all stars. JTo the parents, family members and friends who came along; I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

ACE

As mentioned in previous newsletters, our Worship committee has decided to have a school charity this year. We are supporting ACE (Africa’s Children in Education). This is a small charity raising funds for Arise school in Tanzania. As part of the Harvest festival, the children managed to raise £80.03 via a bucket collection. On behalf of the Worship committee, thank you for your support. I have been in touch with the founders of the organisation and invited them to come into school to talk to the children about their work and how the money is spent. I will update you once I have more information.

Operation Christmas Child

We were joined by Margaret Sharples on Thursday who told us all about the Shoebox Appeal. We will be sending home shoeboxes and leaflets on Monday and Tuesday (via your appointment with the class teacher). If you are in a position to support this charity, please fill and return your shoeboxes by Monday 14th November, remembering to enclose £3 to cover the cost of shipping. Please remember this is entirely voluntary, so please do not feel obliged to take part. Simply return your empty shoebox to school. Thank you.

Poppies

As you are aware, Armistice Day is on 11 November and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended. We will be holding a two minute silence on Friday to remember the people who have died in wars. Between now and then, children have the opportunity to purchase poppies and other items. The merchandise will be on sale each day. Recommended donation prices: Friendship bracelet £1.00, Slap rulers £1.00, Wristbands £1.00, Reflectors £0.50, LED Torch £1.00, Knitted poppies £3, ordinary poppies – any amount donation.

Worship

Our worship and celebration assembly will be held on Friday afternoon at 2:00pm this week (instead of Thursday) to mark Armistice Day. Apologies for the short notice. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us. Please let us know by Tuesday if your bus arrangements will alter as a result of worship so that the bus company can be informed.

Hammer

A hammer was left at the side of one of the scarecrows. If you are the owner of the hammer, please contact the school office.

Scarecrows

We are hoping to keep the scarecrows as a permanent feature (well, until they fall apart!) on the driveway. However, if you want yours back, please feel free to collect it.

Outrageous Outdoors

The children started work on the woods at the back of the school last night. What a fantastic job they have done so far. We can now open the gate! If your child attends this club, please make sure they have suitable footwear (wellies are the best option) and old clothing that can get dirty every week. It is too messy in the woods to allow children to go in in their school uniform and school shoes. Thank you for your support. We are short of children’s gardening gloves. If you have any spare at home, and don’t mind us using them, please send them in with your child and give them to Miss Easter, Miss Lipp or Mrs Critchlow.

Christian Value

Our value this half term is peace. When I think of peace, I think of being safe and living together in harmony. But when Paul (Apostle) lists peace as a fruit of the Spirit, he means literal peace (harmonious living with others), not just peace of mind. It’s the kind of peace we Christians are responsible for maintaining between one another (Ep 4:3). We will be selecting two children each week to receive our Christian Value Award.

Flu Nasal Spray

Well done to all the children who received their flu nasal spray this afternoon.

Parental Reply slips

Next week we will be sending home the contact information we currently hold on our records. Please check the information carefully, then complete and return the form as soon as possible. If we don’t have up to date information, it could have serious implications especially if your child has a medical condition we aren’t aware of or if we need to contact you in an emergency. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Christmas Fair – Saturday 3rd December 12-2pm.

We are all excited about our forthcoming fair and look forward to welcoming you and the community into the school. In order to gather items for the fayre, we will be having some ‘fine days’ on the Thursdays in the run up to the Fair. (I haven’t picked Friday due to swimming.)

The first ‘fine’ days will be on:

  • Thursday 10th November – in return for chocolate children came to school with silly hair. The sillier the better!
  • Thursday 17th November – in return for a filled gift bag – with handles (any item to the value of £1) children can come to school in silly socks.
  • Thursday 24th November – in return for any filled jar - children came to school in any fancy dress costume.
  • Thursday 1st December - In return for a bottle, (any type as long as they are unopened and in date!) children can come to school in their own clothes. Where possible if the children have any Christmas items; jumper, t-shirt, bobbles, socks, ties etc they wear them – only whatever they have, please do not buy anything especially.

Please note appropriate footwear should be worn on both fine days – e.g. no heels please. Please remember that these are voluntary donations. If your child does not wish to participate that is absolutely fine.

Star of the week

EY – Grace

1/2 – Arianna

3/4 – Hattie

Christian Value

Peace – Fred Hannah

Golden ticket winners

Sam GB James

Well done!

Well done to Jack Gr and Imogen who won a treasure trail competition at Centre Parks.

Well done to Fred who won the ‘best fancy dress costume’ at a Halloween event. Well done also to Mrs Hambleton for her super costume design and face painting! Special mention to Edie, who allowed us to embarrass her in our assembly, by showing a photograph of her dressed up for Halloween! J

Thank you to Molly for bringing in a picture and telling us all about the hot air balloon landing in her Grandad’s field, including the gift of a bottle if landing in a farmers field.

Parents' evening

We look forward to welcoming you all at Parents’ evening next week. If you are not able to attend the meeting, please do not hesitate to get in touch to arrange a more convenient time and date.

After School Clubs

Please note – extra-curricular clubs will take place as normal next week even though it is parents’ evening.

Pantomime

You may recall from previous newsletters that we have arranged a trip to the theatre in Buxton to watch Snow White on Monday 12th December. Initially we expected the cost to be approximately £15 per child. We have received an extremely generous off from Mr and Mrs Robertson who have informed us that their company, Sector UK, will cover the cost. Thank you so much. It is very much appreciated.

Cross country

Our cross country team (y3/4) will be attending the Leek First School Sports Tournament on Wednesday 9th November. We wish them all the best of luck!

Staffing

We have advertised this week for a replacement teacher to cover Mrs Harris’s maternity leave. The advert is from January to December.

Please note:

Staff out Mrs Ackers – will be out of school on Wednesday 16th November.

Competition entry

You might recall me telling you about our entry for the Manifold Valley Agricultural Society (M.V.A.S) competition. I am delighted to inform you that we are this year’s winner! ‘Our Fantastic Outside’ describes the children’s plans for our pond area. Well done to all involved, especially year 3/4, Mrs Eades, Mrs Gliddon and Miss Easter. We look forward to seeing your work come to fruition.

E safety training for parents

A reminder that Waterhouses School are hosting an e-safety awareness session for parents, staff and governors on Monday 7th November at 6:30pm.

Dates for your diary

Please note these dates are subject to change; including cancellations, additional or date changes. We will try to keep these to the absolute minimum, but sometimes things are totally out of our control.

7th November 2016

Parents’ Evening (3:30 – 5:00pm)

7th November 2016

E Safety awareness training Waterhouses school (6:30pm)

8th November 2016

Parents’ Evening (5:00pm – 6:30pm)

3rd December 2016

Christmas Fayre

7th December 2016

Santa Steam (approximately £15*)

12th December 2016

Pantomime

14th December 2016

Whole school Christmas Concert 1:30pm and 5:30pm

15th December 2016

Please keep this date free for 1 family member to attend school in the afternoon if possible! Further details will follow!

16th December 2016

Service in church led by Rev Price 9:30am

Followed by Christmas crafts and party! Parents will be welcome to join us. Further details to follow.

*If you wish to start paying small amounts each week/fortnightly towards these trips, please see Mrs Virani who will be happy to help.

 

Thank you to all those who were able to join us for our worship and celebration assembly yesterday. Apologies for the short notice regarding the change in time. We look forward to welcoming you all again next week Thursday morning.

Thank you to all those who were able to join us at the Parent Forum and PFA meeting on Monday. I am pleased to report that the general feeling of those present was a positive picture. As a result, those present felt that regular meetings were unecessary due to the newsletters detailing lots of information. However, we agreed that we would meet once a half term to enable two way conversations to take place face to face.

Uniform

One thing raised at the meeting was where to obtain school uniform from. Items can be ordered from:

Smart school uniform, Unit 9, Barrcks Square, Newcastle uder-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 1LG. Tel 08000681782 or emil: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parent view

If you have a spare 5 minutes over the weekend, please log onto Parent view (https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk). This website gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about our school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. Your answers not only help Ofsted, but they also help us as a school to identify strengths and to hopefully address any areas for improvement. Thank you.

Star of the week

EY – Emily

1/2 – Cora

3/4 – Sam G

Christian Value

It was really hard to just pick two children for our Christian value award this week. Therefore, we decided to break the mould and award it to more than two! Well done to you all.

Friendship –

Daisy

Chloe

Andrew

William Alex

Hannah

Isobel

Gwen

Emily

Grace

Annnie

Ellie

Dojo Winners

1st place

Yellow

2nd place

Red

3rd place

Blue

4th place

Green

Well done to Casey who won 1st place in a stock car competition. What a fantastic achievement! Thank you for bringing in your trophy.

If anybody else wins a trophy or certificate outside of school, please bring it in to show us! We would love to hear about what you get up to in your own time.

Monies

Please make sure all money is sent in in a clearly labelled envelope. We are currently sourcing some printed envelopes to assist with this. Please remind your child to put the envelope into the basket in their classroom. This will then be taken to Mrs Virani in one job lot as opposed to her receiving it in dribs and drabs.

After School Clubs

Please remember to bring a change of clothes for each club (including running club) and wellingtons and a coat for Outrageous Outdoors. We would be grateful if you could talk to your child over the weekend and decide which clubs they would like to participate in until October half term. We have had a few instances this week where children have suddenly decided that they would like to / not like to join in with a particular club. This makes it very difficult at the end of the day when dismissing children. It would be much easier from a staffing point of view, if children could decide which clubs they would like to attend then stick with them until half term – paying on Monday morning for the rest of the half term if possible (3 weeks with the exception of Dance club which will be 2 weeks due to the Friday being an Inset day). Your support in this matter would be much appreciated. If you do need to make any amendments to club provision/pick ups - please inform the office by 1:00pm so that registers can be amended.

Buses

We have also had children alterating them at different drop off points. Without parental consent, we will be unable to amend drop offs. Please inform the office by 1:00pm if any changes are to be made, so that registers can be amended and the bus driver informed. Also, we are unable to dismiss children with other parents, relatives or friends unless we have had written permission. This is to ensure the safety of your children.

Lunch times

Next week sees the launch of the new lunch menu. Hopefully you will have received a copy in your child's book bag. Please do not hestitate to let us know if you didn't. With the colder days beginning to set in, I personally can't wait to sample Mrs Critchlow's and Miss Lipp's yummy, hot dishes!

Social media

We are looking forward to sharing our work with you over the next few days via our Facebook page: Manifold CofE Academy. Thank you to everybody for returning their consent forms.

Reading

Reading is not only an important part of the curriculum but also a life skill. In school, we listen to the children read to develop many skills such as decoding and comprehension. We also read with the children for pleasure. Reading at home is equally import. Please try and spend time enjoying a book with your child, reading to them, listening to them and discussing texts. We encourage this from EYFS to Year 4, as often as possible. Please record any reading done with your child in their reading diaries. Thank you for your support. We will be holidng an evening in the near future to

Communication books

Please ensure your child brings their communication book to school each day. Staff members check them each morning for comments. If you have misplaced yours – please just ask for a new one.

Harvest

Our Harvest service will take place on Thursday 20th October at 6:30pm in the school hall. We are hoping that all children will be able to join us for the first part of our service, if not the whole of the event. (Children will be able to have a lie in the next morning as it is an inset day.) Please complete and return the attached form by Monday 4th October as we are beginning rehearsals and allocating parts. Dont forget to spread the word with your neighbous! The more people the better. Tickets are now on sale priced £5 per adult. This includes a pie and pea supper. As part of the evening, we will be holding an auction to raise fundsfor the school. We will also bedonating a hamper to an elderly person within each of the local villages. (Where we have children living.) In order to make this possible, we would be grateful if each family would donate a box (shoe box or bigger) with tinned and fresh produce in. Possible items include home grown (or shop bought!) produce and preserves plus any non perishables. If anybody would like to donateextra produce, please place it in the basket in the entrance foyer. Thanks.

Homework!

As part of our Harvest celebrations, we would like all children to make a scarecrow! This can be of any size and any theme! We suggest one per family, however, feel free to make more than one! We will be placing the scarecrows along the drive for all to see when entering the grounds. Please send your completed creations into school byTuesday 18th October.

Paper work

Please note that copies of any slips attached to the newsletter that need to be completed and returned will be available from the school office should you need them.

Countyfile Ramble and Children In Need -Sunday October 9th at 2pm.

Please try to join us for our ramble. We are hoping as many people as possible will join us in harnessing the power of our rural landscape to raise money for some of Britain’s most disadvantaged youngsters. It is also a good opportunity for our community to come together. Please spread the word! Dogs on leads are welcome to join us. Please return your participation slips by Wednesday 5th October.

Church News

I have contacted Rev Price and left a message asking him to contact me to arrange a visit to the school. We look forward to putting a face to his name soon!

Competition!

The children, supported by Miss Easter, Mrs Eades and Mrs Gliddon, have all been working hard over the last couple of weeks to put together our entry for a local competition. The competition has been organised in memory of Mr Jason Hails a resident in Hollinsclough and ex chair of governors at Hollinsclough school. The prizes up for grabs are: 1st prize = £600. 2nd prize = £400. The competition guidelines specified that the bid had to be for an environmental project to be completed at school. The children decided that they would like to revamp the pond area. They have come up with some super suggestions so keep your fingers and legs crossed that they win! Our entry is on show outside Mrs Virani's office for all to see. The judges will be attending school soon to see the children's work and to talk to them about their bid. All entries will be displayed at the Manifold Show on the 12th August 2017. Good luck girls and boys .Whether you win or not you have done a super job and made us proud. A big thank you to everyone involved. We couldn't have done it without you.

Dates for your diary

Please note these dates are subject to change; including cancellations, additional or date changes. We will try to keep these to the absolute minimum, but sometimes things are totally out of our control.

9th October 2016

Countryfile Ramble 2pm

20th October 2016

Harvest celebration followed by pie and pea supper (PFA event) 6:30pm

21st October 2016

INSET

7th November 2016

Parents’ Evening (3:30 – 5:00pm)

8th November 2016

Parents’ Evening (5:00pm – 6:30pm)

3rd December 2016

Christmas Fayre

7th December 2016

Santa Steam Train (approximately £15*)

12th December 2016

Pantomime (approximately £15*)

*If you wish to start paying small amounts each week/fortnightly towards these trips, please see Mrs Virani who will be happy to help.

Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday.

J Ackers

Mrs Ackers and the team

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