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Monday
Feb042019

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Newsletter February 2019  

Monthly Theme    

The theme for this month is ‘Myself and My Family’.  The children will be involved in discussions about themselves, the people they love and people who help us.  We will be talking about our bodies, how they work and the importance of healthy foods and exercise.  If you have anything ‘Love’ related e.g. Heart shapes, please bring them into school.   

  Songs and Rhymes  

 Friends      

 

 Polly put the kettle on

I have ten little fingers

 

 When Goldilocks went to the House of the bears                        

Two Little Eyes        

 

 

 Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 

 

 If you’re happy and you know it

 

 Granny’s glasses        

 Rock-a-bye baby

One Little Finger

Open Shut them

I look in the mirror

Miss Polly had a dolly

I wiggle my fingers

 

 

 

     Early Mathematical Experiences   

We will be developing awareness of the Heart shape this month and also reinforcing ‘In Front / Behind, First and  Last’. There should also be lots of opportunity to point out ‘heart shapes’ in town this month! The development of other aspects of maths can be seen on the Monthly Planning sheet on the Parents’ Notice Board. 

Early Science  

The children will be experimenting with mixing colours to make new colours using paint and crepe paper.  Other aspects of science will be explored during discussions about the body and functions of major organs (in simple terms).   

Mid-Year Reports

Mrs O’Doherty and Mrs Doherty are completing the children’s mid-year Reports. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher before half term  A signing up sheet is available for each teacher.

Dental Hygienist Visit

As part of our topic this month, we will be learning about “People who help us”. We will visit “Jennifer”, our Dental Hygienist at the Gasyard on Monday 11th February. The children will learn about the importance of looking after their teeth and healthy eating and drinking. They will learn about what a dentist does and will all get a turn sitting up in the chair! This helps to allay any fears which children may have about the dentist!

 

Ambulance and Paramedics Visit

Paramedics from the ambulance service will bring a special ambulance to the school on 6th February. They bring their stretcher and medical equipment into the classrooms, and talk to the children about what happens after an accident. They let them see (and ‘try on’) some of their equipment! Afterwards, the children go outside to see the inside of the ambulance. We are very lucky to be able to arrange these visits, as the Paramedics do this for us on their days off.

 

Focusing on Developing Your Child’s Language Skills

The staff have been working especially hard this year with promoting the development of language skills. During our last parent/teacher meetings lots of parents asked how they can help their child, so in addition to the weekly book and ‘Book of the Month’ we have provided special language ‘activity packs’ which will go inside each child’s Library bag each week, beginning after the half-term.  The activities in these packs aim to give you some idea of how you can help to boost your child’s language development at home. A little time spent helping your child with language each week will help him/her to be ready for the demands of Primary school.  You will also find a ‘Parents’ Comments’ book which can be used to let us know how your child responds to the activities. *Your child will not get a language pack on the week they have the ‘Book of the Month.’ We may also introduce maths packs as well on a fortnightly basis so that your child may receive a language pack for two weeks and then a maths pack for two weeks and so on.

To help us get the children’s books ready every week we ask that you return book-bags on Monday.

Getting Ready to Learn- Come Read with Me

Thank you to you all for your commitment to borrowing and reading books to your children from our lending library. . If you can spare a half hour on a Friday we would be grateful for any help with signing the orange sacks in and out.

We are launching our ‘Come Read with Me’ sessions in February. Parents can sign up to come in for 15-20 minutes at the beginning of the day to read a story/stories to your child and other children in our book corner. You could even bring your own favourite book to share.  It is a ‘low-key’ activity that your child will love and we strongly encourage you to take part. A sign up sheet will soon be available in the hallway.

 Sharing From the Start

Our fourth “Shared Session” with our new friends from “Stepping Stones” (St Johnston) and from Cockhill will take place on February 13th. Green group will be going to Stepping Stones and Red group will be going to Cockhill. Yellow group and Blue group will remain at Bligh’s Lane Nursery on that day to welcome friends from the other two schools.

Banyan Theatre

Karen will return on the 8th February with the story of ‘Red Riding Hood’. If any of you would like to see the show with the children you are very welcome to attend.

School Photographer

The school photographer will visit on Thursday 14th February.  Every child will have 3 different ‘poses’ taken.  You will receive a small sample of each of the poses and examples of the various sizes available, and you can then decide if you want to buy any of them. Photographs will be taken during class times. There will be no water, paint, dough or anything messy available because of this – so ‘good’ clothes can be worn!   You may also bring other members of the family if you wish – photographs of family members will be taken as soon as the photographer is set up, usually from 8.30am, so come early if you want photos of your other child / children taken.

Snack Money Reminder

Please remember to pay your weekly snack money. As well as buying the foods and drinks for snack it also pays for our trips out and for any extra activities within school such as Banyan Theatre.

Mid-Term Break 

The school will be closed to the children on the following dates:  Friday 15th, Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th February

Birthdays this Month    

 Noah Donaghey

  Jordan Rodgers

 Parker Breslin

 

 Natalie Moran

  Calum Gurney Wright

 Daire Clifford Doherty

 

Friday
Dec212018

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

January Newsletter 2019

 

             Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a peaceful Christmas and the staff would like to wish all the children and their parents a very Happy New Year.  Welcome back to your second term in Bligh’s Lane Nursery School! Thank you for all your support to date – especially to all those who attended the Nativity plays – this meant a lot to the children. 

Nursery School Applications (2019)

If you have a child (or know of a child) due to start Nursery in September 2019 (i.e. born between 2 July 2015 and 1 July 2016), and you have not already applied for a nursery place, please do so as soon as possible.  This year, parents have to apply online. You can apply for their place online from Wednesday 2nd January 2019. The closing date and time for applications will be 12.00 midnight on Thursday 31st January 2019. Further information is available on the EA website under the Admissions section at- https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions  Children DO NOT have to live in Creggan in order to apply to our school, but they DO have to be resident in the North. If you need help please contact us. We have parent information leaflets in school and  tri-fold guidance leaflets for you. For further assistance, telephone the Admissions Helpdesk 028 9598 5595 Please remember to bring your child’s birth certificate and verifying information (i.e. 2 proofs of address) to us as well. There is a separate benefit verification form for Socially Disadvantaged children. This can be downloaded www.eani.org.uk/benefitverification or alternatively, a copy can be obtained from school.

Primary School Applications (2019)

The application procedure for your child starting Primary One is exactly the same as for Nursery Applications: THEY HAVE TO BE DONE ONLINE THIS YEAR. The same EA website address as above will allow you to access the application form.

Monthly Theme

The general theme for this month will be ‘Winter’.  As the children will be learning about Arctic animals, if you have any penguins or Polar bears please bring them in for the Interest Tables.  The Key Words that the children will be learning this month are: Igloo; Inuit (formally ‘Eskimo’); Polar Bear; Penguin; Ice Cubes; Ice Berg; Icicle; Freeze; Melt; Frost and Snowflake.

 

Environmental Science

During this month the children will be learning about Arctic Animals, icebergs, the effects of snow and frost, and about the process of melting and freezing.

Songs and Rhymes 

 

Funny Little Snowman                         Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake

The Penguin Song                                           Georgie Porgie

5 Little Snowmen Fat                                      The Muffin Man

The Snowball                                                   Incy Wincy Spider (Winter Version)

The Winter Song                                             Three Little Kittens

 

 

 

How you can help to reinforce our Winter Theme

 

Children learn much, much more if their parents take an interest in what they are learning at school. Why not search the Internet for information or videos about Inuit, igloos, penguins and other Arctic and Antarctic animals etc. and if you find a good site let us know so we can share it with all the children. If you don’t have access to the internet at home you can use the computers in the Creggan Library – they will also have lots of books for you to share with your child

 

Breakfast Rota

Our Breakfast Rota starts this month and will continue until the end of the year. Each class would need one parent each day to help children with breakfast and clear it away.  The children do most of this themselves now but they LOVE having mammy or daddy in school. The time commitment would be 8.45 -10.00am approximately – but parents can stay as long as they like. Grandparents are welcome too! If you are interested ask your child’s teacher to explain how it all works or sign up on the calendar outside of each room. Last year’s parents really enjoyed the opportunity to see what goes on in the nursery on a normal day.

 

Come Dine with Us”

Mammy and /or daddy can now come and join us for dinner. You will be able to see how the dinner routine works and how well the children can sit and eat. You can sit beside your own child and eat with us – just speak to your child’s teacher to arrange a day that suits you. Mrs Doherty’s class start dinner at 11.45am and Mrs O’Doherty’s class start about 10 minutes afterwards. Dinner usually lasts about 30 minutes. We are really looking forward to you all joining us as last years’ parents really enjoyed this opportunity.

 

 

Some Reminders:

 

Dress Warmly!

-Please remember to dress your child for the weather conditions – they need warm coats, hats, scarves and MITTENS (if possible- better and easier than gloves) every day. We only put on the school coats if it’s very wet or snowing. Also, begin to teach your child how to zip up his/her coat – this helps children to get ready for outdoor play more quickly. Also, ‘thank you’ for remembering not to send children into school wearing shoes with laces last term!!!

 

Tissues

We urgently need donations of boxes of tissue for the nursery. If each family provides one box it should see us through the ‘runny nose’ season. Thank you.

Extended Schools Programme

Mrs Doherty’s Class will begin extended schools again on Monday 7th January for their two week block. Mrs O’Doherty’s Class next session will be on Monday 21st January. Please read the Poster on the porch door each week so that you know which class is staying late. 

 

 

Getting Ready to Learn

-       Big Bedtime Read – We will continue to borrow the orange book packs on Fridays. We would appreciate some parents helpers to facilitate the signing out/in. This should only take 15 minutes on a Friday at dropping off and picking up time.

 

-       Ages and stages- Mrs O’Doherty will run two sessions for parents, probably in March, which will help you recognise the developmental milestones for children of nursery age. She will give ideas of activities to help your child achieve their milestones and offer advice if you are worried about your child’s development. Further details about the dates and times of these sessions will be available next month.

 

Storytime reminder

Parents from both classes are welcome to come into Mrs. Doherty’s class at 1.00pm each day to watch a ‘Storytime’. You may also visit Mrs. O’Doherty’s class to see a song and rhyme session. We ask that you observe quietly and do not try to catch your child’s attention.

St. Vincent de Paul

Thank you all so much for the gifts you brought for the St. Vincent de Paul Appeal, you were exceptionally generous this year, and we hope you enjoyed the little ceremony at the chapel.

 

Birthdays This Month      

 

Conor Meenan      Andrew Shiels                                                

 

Logan McCourt     Thomas Carlin                               

 

Abaigh Deery        Luke Doherty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov272018

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Christmas Newsletter 2018

 

MONTHLY THEME

The Theme for this month is Christmas.  There will be a Christmas table in each classroom, so please help your child to bring something ‘Christmas’ related into school. Please don’t send in anything that is breakable! Talk to your child about the Nativity story as we have suggested on your laminated sheet and help them to learn the songs that you know – especially the first verse of Away in a Manger, as it is very difficult for young children.

 

SONGS AND RHYMES

                                                              

Nativity songs 

Christmas Songs 

  Here we go up to Bethlehem                         

  Jingle Bells                

  I was there on the night when Jesus came

  When Santa got stuck up the Chimney

  Away in a manger                                                       

  Santa Claus is coming to town

  Follow the Star                                                           

  Silly Santa Song     

  Angel Gabriel’s Song

  Christmas Star

  Shepherd’s Song

  Father Christmas

 

NATIVITY PLAYS

The children perform a very simple Nativity Play each year. We do two performances on each day to

 make the seating arrangements more comfortable. The performance dates and times are:

 

           THURSDAY 6th  DECEMBER: Mrs O’Doherty’s Class 

           9.15 am  Yellow Group

          10.00am Green Group

           FRIDAY 7th  DECEMBER: Mrs Doherty’s Class 

           9.15am Blue Group

          10.00am Red Group

                                                                                                                     

The Children will get opportunities to try out the different Nativity parts during the weeks leading up to Christmas, and we need parents to understand that every part in the play is important because every child is important.  Some children will have a few words to say and it is important to remember that some children are comfortable talking in front of others and some are not – we do not want to upset any child so each child must be happy with their own part. We hold the play early in the morning before the children become tired and it usually lasts about 15 or 20 minutes at most. 

Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles etc. are very welcome to attend, but we do ask that other children

are not brought to the Nativity plays as this has proved to be very distracting for our small children in the past.  It is essential that the children are at school every day now unless they are very sick, as we will be learning the Nativity songs and talking about the play.  Cameras are allowed since all parents have signed their consent for photographs/videos to be taken of the Nativity Plays.

 

Prior to each performance we invite parents/grandparents to join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie in our multi-purpose room. We will hopefully have some of our governors there for you to meet.

 

We have all the costumes required for each child. However, we ask for parents to dress their children in either plain white or dark clothing dependent on their part. We will let you know soon what colour your child should wear.

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

The Primary One children and their teachers from St John’s Primary School will be invited to attend the dress rehearsals of the Nativity Plays if they don’t clash with their own performances. It will be lovely for us to see last year’s children again and it will be good for our children to have an ‘audience’ before the ‘big day’!

 

Santa Claus will visit the school on Friday 21st  December during class times and each child will receive a gift.   Both classes sit together for Santa’s visit and the children go up to see him one by one (If you think your child will be afraid of Santa, let us know so that we can seat him/her further away – if a child doesn’t want to go up to Santa, he hands the child his/her present from a safe distance!). We will take a photograph of every child with Santa.

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER

The children will have ‘Christmas Dinner’ in school with all the trimmings on Thursday 13th December.

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY APPEAL

During the Christmas season we help the children to understand the importance of giving rather than receiving.  There has been a tradition in the school each year that the parents bring items of groceries, toiletries, small toys, books or clothes etc. to donate to needy families on behalf of the families in the school.  Parents have been very generous in the past and we know that this year will be no exception.  Bring what you can into school as soon as you can and before Friday 14th  December. We will take what has been collected to St Mary’s Chapel on Monday 17th December.  The staff will walk up to the Chapel with the children. A priest from the parish and a representative from the St Vincent De Paul Society welcome the children, each child then leaves a small ‘gift’ (i.e. something that you have brought in) in front of the crib and we all sing our Nativity songs.  Parents / grandparents are welcome to attend this little ceremony, which will begin at 12.50pm, and then all children should be collected from the Chapel at 1.15pm.

The staff would like to thank parents in advance for their generosity on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society, who will ensure that your donations are distributed to those in need this Christmas.

 

ELF ON THE SHELF

Santa has sent an Elf to each room in Bligh’s Lane Nursery. The Elf will be watching the children and reporting back to Santa every day. The Elf hides in different places each day, they could be in the class, cloakroom, carpark- the children need to be on their best behaviour EVERYWHERE!

 

 

 

FACEBOOK

Search for Bligh’s Lane Nursery School on Facebook. You will find updates about things that  

are going on, photos and reminders. Like and share our page with parents who have young

children who will be of pre-school age in the coming years.                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT TO SANTA AT THE PLAYTRAIL

The children will visit “Santa at the Playtrail” on Tuesday 11th December. There will be a 45 minute session for each class.

 

 

VISIT TO CREGGAN LIBRARY

The children will visit Creggan Library to hear some Christmas stories on the following dates:

    -Mrs O’Doherty’s Class: Monday 10th December

    -Mrs Doherty’s Class: Monday 17th December

 

SHARED EDUCATION

Our third shared education session this term will take place on Wednesday 12th December. Green Group and Red Group children will be singing Christmas Carols and Songs in the Rathmor Centre from 9.45am until 10.30am approximately. Blue Group and Yellow Group will be singing in Brickfield Court from 10.30am until 11.15 am approximately. The children will be joined by their new friends from St Johnston and Cockhill. Parents/Grandparents are most welcome to come along to these sessions. There maybe a photographer there too!

 

EXTENDED SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

We have had a very positive response with regard to this programme from children and parents. The Extended Schools programme will not run during December, as we will be very busy with Christmas preparation.

Extended Schools will resume after Christmas on the 7th January for Mrs Doherty’s Class. There will always be a poster on the door on the way out of the school that will tell you which class stays for Extended Schools each week.

 

BIG BEDTIME READ

We have had a very successful start to our Big Bedtime Read initiative with the large majority of families borrowing reading packs regularly. We will continue to lend the packs during December but ask for all packs (i.e. orange bags) to be returned on Friday the 14th December. We will resume lending on the 4th January 2019 and we would really appreciate any help during this month.

 

LAST DAY OF TERM AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Friday 21st   December will be the last day of term. The children should be collected at 11.30 am.

The school will be closed to the children from Monday 24th December and we will see you all again on Thursday 3rd January 2019 .

 

The staff would like to thank all our parents for their support to date and to wish you all very Merry Christmas! We have had a lovely term with all of the children and we have seen so much progress already.

 

NURSERY AND PRIMARY APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

If you have (or know of) a child due to start Nursery in September 2019 i.e. 3 years old on or before 2nd July 2019, please inform a member of staff or telephone 71267603. Parents should also contact their preferred Primary School in order to obtain information about the application procedure. This year, there will be ‘online” applications. Parents will be able to apply on line from 2nd January 2019 until 31st January 2019 and verifying documents must be submitted by 8th February 2019. We hope to have more information regarding the digital admissions procedure for parents after Christmas.

 

DECEMBER  BIRTHDAYS

 


    Eimear Gallagher   

    Jared Francis  

    Kevin Quigley      

    Eden McFadden

    Carter Nicell Doherty  

 


                                   PARENTS:

 

LOTS TO REMEMBER DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!

 

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS: THURSDAY 6TH 

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS DOHERTY’S CLASS: FRIDAY 7TH 

    

MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS LIBRARY VISIT: MONDAY 10TH

     

MRS DOHERTY’S CLASS LIBRARY VISIT: MONDAY 17TH

 

VISIT TO SANTA AT THE PLAYTRAIL: TUESDAY 11TH

 

SHARED EDUCATION CAROL SINGING IN RATHMOR AND BRICKFIELD COURT: WEDNESDAY 12TH

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER: THURSDAY 13TH

 

LAST DAY FOR SVP GIFTS: FRIDAY 14TH

 

                           ST MARY’S CHAPEL: MONDAY 17TH  

 

            SANTA: FRIDAY 21ST       

 

         LAST DAY OF TERM: FRIDAY 21ST

          (Children to be collected AT 11.30 AM)

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Monday
Oct292018

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

November Newsletter

 

 

MONTHLY THEME

The theme for this month is ‘Autumn’.  Please let your child bring in anything that is Autumn related e.g., leaves, berries, chestnuts bare branches etc.

 

SONGS AND RHYMES

- Autumn Leaves are falling down      - Little Owl, Little Owl

- Mr Bear, Mr Bear                            - Goldilocks Rhyme

- Five Little Leaves                           - Harry the Hedgehog

- Flutter, Flutter Little Bat                 - More Nursery Rhymes

 

Your Songs and Rhymes sheet will be in your child’s Library Bag at the start of each month – please remember to practise them every night!

 

 

HALLOWE’EN PARTY

Thank you all for making such an effort to dress the children for the party – we all had a lovely day and the children were excellent! Hope you saw us all in the Derry News!

 

OBSERVING THE IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT

Our theme is all about Autumn this month. We will encourage the children to notice changes to the trees and they will also learn about the environments and habits of Owls, Hedgehogs and Squirrels. Children learn so much from their environment so be sure to talk to them about the trees and leaves on your way to school.

 

 

EARLY MATHEMATICAL EXPERIENCES

As you will have already noticed on the ‘monthly planner’ on the Parents’ Notice Board, we will focus on ‘leaf’ and ‘circle’ shapes this month.  The children will gather and sort leaves according to shape and size.  You should see this reflected in art activities that are prepared for the children. You will find some more ideas to help with maths on your new Language sheet.

 

EXTENDED SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

The Extended Schools Programme will begin on Monday 5th November. You have all been given timetables so please keep them handy. Mrs Doherty’s children will be first. Miss Stephanie Cooke will continue to run the breakfast club and Miss Stephanie Cooke and Ms Wilma Henry will run the Extended day. Remember, the extended hours are offered two days per week, are flexible and children can be collected any time before 2.15 p.m.  The Extended day will be ‘action-packed’ so it is really important that your child is in bed early so he/she is well rested for the next school day.

 

SICK CHILDREN

Children should NOT be brought to school if they are sick, on antibiotics or have been up all night coughing or vomiting. By bringing your child into school you will be passing on ‘bugs’ to the other children and the staff. 

 

 

 

LAMINATED LANGUAGE SHEETS

Please make sure your Meg and Mog sheet has been returned as we need them for next year. You will find a new sheet in your child’s library bag each month. This month’s story is ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’

 

PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS

It was lovely to get a chance to talk to all our parents and to get such positive comments from you all. I hope you found this a positive experience also, and remember you can talk to us at any time if you have any worries or concerns.

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL VISIT

Our first visit will be to St Columb’s Park for an Autumn Walk on Friday 9th  November. Normal class times will apply. There is always great excitement about going on the bus! The children will explore the park and then have a chance to play on the swings and slides.  We will be back in time for dinner – tired and hungry!

 

OUTDOOR PLAY

The children will now be able to enjoy outdoor play no matter what the weather is like!  Outdoor play is essential for a child’s development and part of the Nursery Curriculum. The children are learning to put on the all-in-one coats but please remember – SHOES WITH VELCRO TAPES OR BOOTS for school every day.

 

BANYAN THEATRE

Banyan Theatre will perform “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (our story of the month) in school for us on Friday 16th November.                                                                                    

 

GETTING READY TO LEARN

We are launching both our “Education Works in Pre-School” and our ‘Big Bedtime Read’ Projects this month. We really want all parents to be part of it. For the “Education Works in Pre-School”, all parents are invited to a talk on Tuesday 6th November at 1.30pm until 2.00pm by Mrs Caroline Cosgrove, Speech and Language Therapist. She will provide “Top Tips for Parents” with regard to language and communication, reading and she will also talk about dummies! (Mrs Doherty’s children will be taking part in the Extended Schools Programme during this time and Mrs O’Doherty’s children will be looked after in school by Miss McGilloway and Mrs Meehan, during this time). With regard to the “Big Bedtime Read”, Mrs Doherty’s parents are invited to join us on 12th November at 1.30pm and Mrs O’Doherty’s parents are invited on the 19th November at 1.30pm. Your children will be taking part in their extended schools session during these meetings. We will be explaining how the free lending packs will work so we really need everyone to be present. If you cannot make it please speak to a member of staff beforehand. Look out for your special invite!

 

SHARED EDUCATION

Our first “Shared Education” day on 24th October was extremely successful and much enjoyed by the children. We hope to have a similar day on 21st November. If your child’s group remained in school on 24th October then it will be their turn to go out to another setting on 21st November (and vice versa). (See notice on office window which explains the groups and where they will be. If any parent would like to help on these days, please ask your child’s teacher.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

 

                                  Peggy Bamford        Eunan Doran  

                                 Aoibhe Fullerton      Brooke Payne-Edgar

 

           

 

Sunday
Sep302018

HALLOWE'EN NEWSLETTER

BLIGH’S LANE NURSERY SCHOOL

 

Halloween Newsletter

 

Monthly Theme

The theme for the rest of the month of October is ‘Halloween’ – beginning Tuesday 9th October.  We will have a Halloween Table in each classroom, so please help your child to bring something Halloween related in from home.  (All items will be returned at the end of the month)

 

Please note – There will be a lot of art activities using black paint this month, and the dough and water will also be black – hopefully the dark coloured jumpers will hide any stains!

 

 

Songs and Rhymes

 

Halloween is Coming                     Five Currant Buns

 

The Witches of Halloween              The Wheels on the Bus

 

Pumpkin Song                               Little Miss Muffet

 

Spooky Rhyme                              More Nursery Rhymes

 

(Remember, words to the above songs and rhymes will be in your child’s library bag for you to practice every night)

 

Dinner Routine

The majority of the children are coping well with the dinner routine and are willing to try food that they may not have had before. You can help by ensuring that your child sits at the table at home at meal times and uses a fork to feed him/herself. They are not expected to be able to cut food, but they can learn with our help.  Two children help the staff to serve out the dinner each day – these are the ‘Helpers’ – a very important and sought-after job! The names of the Helpers will be displayed on the classroom windows so that you will know when it is your child’s turn.  Please point your child’s name out in the morning – this is another way that children learn to recognise their own names and the names of their friends.

 

Language Development 

The Halloween Theme will provide an opportunity for the staff to extend the children’s language – for example, the Water Tray becomes ‘a witch’s cauldron’ and we talk about all the types of creatures that a witch would put into it.  This is all done in a fun way so that children will not be frightened.  Some of the Key words that the children will be learning are: Witch; wizard; cauldron; spooky; pumpkin; skeleton; ghost; bat; spider; web; cloak; fireworks; black cat; broomstick; spell; crescent moon and abracadabra! Take Time to talk about our Halloween decorations and the children’s art work. As you will have noticed from the display in the hall the Story of the Month is ‘Meg and Mog’.  Each child will have a turn to receive the story book – again read this story to your child every night. You will also get a laminated newsletter with ideas to help to get more out of the story.

Parents from both classes will soon be able to come to Mrs Doherty’s class to watch daily story sessions and to Mrs O’Doherty’s class to see song and rhyme sessions. However, we will wait until the children are a bit more settled.

 

Getting Ready to Learn

The school has been very fortunate to receive money from the Department of Education to fund some parent engagement projects. We will launch two themes in early November- ‘Education Works in Pre-School’ and ‘The Big Bedtime Read.’

Education Works in Pre-School: The aim of this theme is to support parents in being able to help their child’s development at home. We will run information sessions, workshops and send home packs and resources which can be used with your child at home. We will begin with a session hopefully early in November, by a speech therapist. We will let you know the date and time shortly. I urge as many of you as possible to attend as we are noticing many children’s speech and language development is not at age related expectations. I will send an invitation and reply slip closer to the time.

Big Bedtime Read: The aim of the project is to support parents in sharing books with their children at home which has been proven to improve reading outcomes for children in their futures. We will run parent information sessions, demonstrations and provide you with packs of books you can borrow to read to your child. The launch session for Mrs Doherty’s class will be at 1.30pm on the 12th November and for Mrs O’Doherty’s class at 1.30pm on the 19th November.  Both sessions coincide with when your children will be at extended school sessions. I really look forward to your participation and making the sessions as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.

Coats

If your child cannot put on his/her own coat yet please practise this at home.

The weather is getting colder so make sure your child has a coat everyday – we only use the school coats when it’s really wet.

 

Halloween Party

There will be a Fancy Dress Party for each class on Friday 26th October.  Usual Class times will apply. All the children should come to school in fancy dress and the staff will dress up too.  Some children don’t like dressing up – if this happens you should bring the child’s costume with you – when they see everyone else dressed up they might put the costume on. We would very much appreciate a donation of £1.00 per child on this day (or whatever you can manage) towards “Children in Crossfire.”

 

Parent / Teacher Meetings

There will be two opportunities for you to meet with your child’s teacher this year – October and February. You will also receive a report in June before your child’s transition to Primary school.  The October meeting will inform you of how your child is settling in and will give you an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.  We aim to see every parent before Halloween. Mrs Doherty and Mrs O’ Doherty will arrange the times of these meetings with their parents.  (Please remember that you can arrange to talk to your child’s teacher at any time during the year should the need arise.)

 

Principals’ Meetings

Mrs O’Doherty may have to attend various meetings during the year, and Mrs Woods when she returns. There will be a teacher employed to cover for her.  The children will always be told when this will happen.

 

Halloween Holidays

The school will be closed to the children on Monday 29th October for a week and will re-open on Monday 5th November.

 

 

Extended School Programme

The Extended school programme will start on Monday 5th November. Mrs Doherty and Mrs O’ Doherty will explain how this will work to all parents at the parent/teacher meetings. This programme has been running successfully in the school for quite a few years now. Parents must remember that it may not suit all children to stay longer in school. The most important thing is that the children are happy from 8.45am - 1.15pm, and parents should accept the advice of the class teacher on this issue. You will find the timetable accompanied with this Newsletter. “Room 1” is Mrs Doherty’s class and “Room 2” is Mrs O’Doherty’s class. Please ask your child’s teacher in the parent/teacher meeting if you require any clarification on the timetable.

 

October Birthdays

Birthday photographs will be displayed in the hall and the photo given to the child’s parents at the end of each month.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To the following children who will celebrate their birthdays this month

                            Peter Simms

                           Nicole McLaughlin

                           Maisy Harkin

 

                            

                  

                                

                           

                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIMETABLE FOR THE EXTENDED SCHOOLS 2018-19

DATES

CLASS

 

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY

5,6 NOV

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

12,13 NOV

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

19,20 NOV

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

26,27 NOV

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

NONE

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

7,8 JAN

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

14,15 JAN

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

21,22 JAN

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

28,29 JAN

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

4,5 FEB

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

11,12 FEB

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

25, 26 FEB

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

4,5 MAR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

11,12 MAR

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

25,26 MAR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

Room 1- Mrs Doherty                                                  Room 2-Mrs O’Doherty