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Bligh's Lane
Nursery School

Bligh's Lane
Derry
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028 7126 7603
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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

 

Wednesday
Sep052018

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

September / October

Newsletter

 

 

Welcome

 The Staff would like to welcome all the parents and children and wish them a very happy year in Bligh’s Lane Nursery School. 

Each month you will receive a newsletter like this one, which will inform you about school events, visitors, and the areas of the curriculum that we will focus on with the children.  It is a good idea to keep your newsletter in a prominent place as a reminder.  It will also be displayed on the Parents Notice Board (located in the Entrance Hall).

Meet the Staff…

Welcome to Mrs Doherty who will teach Mrs. Woods’ class while she is on maternity leave. A big Congratulations to Mrs. Woods on the birth of her baby girl in August. Mummy and baby are doing very well.

Mrs Doherty’s Classroom:                            

Mrs Meehan: Nursery Assistant                     

Ms Henry: Nursery/ Classroom Assistant    

Mrs Walsh: Special Needs Assistant

Ms Heaney: Special Needs Assistant 

 

Mrs O'Doherty's Classroom

Miss McGilloway: Nursery Assistant 

Miss Cooke: Language Support Assistant

Miss Coyle: Special Needs Assistant

Miss Roberts: Special Needs Assistant

Also:

Miss Cooke: Breakfast Club Assistant and Extended Schools Assistant

Mrs Harkin: Dining Attendant

Mrs Mc Cready: Secretary

Mrs Doherty: Caretaker / Cleaner                                                                          

 

Theme for the Month (September – Mid- October)

This month’s theme is ‘Getting to Know You’. We spend a lot of time this month getting to know each other – staff, children and parents.  Parents can help by talking to their child about his/her teacher’s name and that of her assistant and by giving us as much information as possible about their child so that we can best meet the children’s needs. 

 

Settling – Procedure

We depend on parents’ support and co-operation during this month.  We would remind you that our settling in method is for the benefit of the children and that they are our main priority at all times. 

The gradual increase of times ensures that the children are happy and secure, and eager to come to school every day! We are aiming for all the children to come together on Thursday 20th September- Amalgamation Day! They will all start at 8.45am and finish at 12noon on that day. I will confirm this date closer to the time. It is essential that your child is collected on time at the end of each session.

 Songs and Rhymes     

 This month the children will be learning a selection of nursery rhymes and songs, some of which they may already know.  Learning and reciting nursery rhymes is a vital step in preparation for reading, so you can help by setting some time aside each evening to repeat these with your child:                                 

 

 

- Incy Wincy Spider               - Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

- Baa, Baa, Black Sheep        - Humpty Dumpty

- Two Little Dicky Birds         - Name Song

- Hickory Dickory Dock         - The Elephant

- Hey Diddle Diddle               - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

 

(Copies of the words of the songs and rhymes will be in your child’s library bag. The children like to call this their ‘homework’!)

 School Dinners

Dinner will begin on Thursday 27th September. Some children may not be ready to stay for dinner by this date (many nurseries don’t start dinner until after Halloween) and if this is the case, your child’s teacher will discuss this with you. It is vitally important that each child is well settled before experiencing the dinner routine.   Parents need to be sure they have contacted the Education Authority (EA) if they think they are entitled to Free Meals – the number is: 02882 411 237.  The cost for everyone else is £2.50 per day payable on a Monday (£12.50 per week but this may increase in October). If a child is absent the dinner money will be refunded. Dinner money MUST always be brought on time in an envelope, money bag etc with the child’s name on it – CORRECT CHANGE IS ESSENTIAL - as the secretary lodges it in the bank straight away to be sent to the EA. This is important because the staff do not have time to find change for you during class times - once the children come in to the classroom we have to see to their needs.                                           

 Snack Money

Your child’s snack money is £2.00 per week payable on a Monday – give the snack money to your child to bring in to us – they love that responsibility.  The snack money also covers the cost of school trips and parties etc. We would also use this money to contribute to the cost of flowers if there was bereavement in a child’s or member of staff’s family etc.  If you do not agree to money being used in this way please inform a member of staff. Your child will have fresh milk, water and a selection of breakfast foods (a choice of toast, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, eggs etc.), daily. Please let us know your child has any food allergies.                                                                                           

 Library Bags                                                                                              

You will not normally be asked to pay for lots of things in this school, but we do need you to pay for your child’s Library Bag which will be yours to keep at the end of the year. Each child will be able to choose a school library book to take home every week – again, to encourage the development of reading skills.  We have ordered special waterproof bags for the children to carry their library book to and from school.  The cost of this bag is £2.00 payable by the end of the month please.  

We will hold a short meeting to go through our ‘Story of the Month’ and book borrowing procedures on the Tuesday 11th September at 10.30am for 1st session children and 1.00pm for 2nd session children. We would be grateful if you, or a representative, could attend.                                                         

 Tissues

We ask that all parents donate a box of tissues every term. As you can imagine, we use lots of tissues especially during the winter and would be grateful for your cooperation with this request.

 Health and Safety

When children come together for the first time no matter how hard we try “bugs” start emerging and often we have bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea. If your child has been sick at home you must not bring him/her into school for at least 24 hours after the last episode, otherwise the infection will spread to other children and maybe even the staff.  If your child has not slept overnight it is unfair to bring them into school – even if they say they want to – as he/she will not be able to cope with a busy nursery day without adequate sleep. If your child is sick in school we will ring you to come and collect him/her.

Last year we had a couple of incidents of hair infection and therefore it is important that you check your child’s hair on a weekly basis – remember head lice are attracted to clean hair. Long hair should always be tied back.

 Please read the following carefully:                       

 Contact Numbers         

It is essential that staff have contact numbers for all parents in case of an emergency.

We require three telephone numbers for all children. Mobile phones should never be turned off during the day if your child is at nursery. You must inform us immediately if you change any of your telephone numbers.

 Colour Groups

We operate a ‘Colour Group System’ in the school.  Each class is divided in half randomly, for ease of organisation.  When the children will soon receive new name badges in the colour of their group (their library bags will also be this colour). 

 Security System

We have had a security system installed for your child’s protection and for disabled access.  The inside door will be open 5 minutes before the beginning, and before the end of each session.  When arriving at the school  you should press the button located beside the main door to gain access to the inside hallway.  Staff will the open the security door before the session begins.

 Block Play Area

The area outside the two classrooms is called the Block Play Area.  All the children will use this area daily during the year, but only when parents have gone and the security system is switched on.  It is dangerous for the children to play with the toys in this area BEFORE class starts – this will be explained to the children, so please do not allow them to play with the toys along the floor.  There will be books and jigsaws available for you to share with your child while you wait. 

 

Parents’ Library

We have also purchased some books about child development and health for parents to borrow.  The value of reading is strongly emphasised in this nursery, therefore it is important for you not only to read to your child every day, but for him/her to see you reading regularly.  Please feel free to borrow these books and let us know what you think of them! The books are located under the parent noticeboard in the hall.

 Child Protection

Child Protection information for Parents has also been displayed in the hall near the children’s sofa and chairs. It is very important that you read all of this information.

 Safety in the Car Park – Reminders.                                                   

Please remember to hold your child’s hand when entering and leaving the school grounds – in case a vehicle should enter the car park.  The staff will explain this to the children and will also explain that they must never climb on to the wall to walk along it.  Parents’ cars / taxis are not permitted to drive into the car park.

 Summer and September Birthdays                                                                                                                             

 JULY BIRTHDAYS: Caden Hegarty     Cody Conaghan

                             Lailah Burke         Dakota Gillespie

                         Eimear Higgins     Imogen McLaughlin                                             

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS: Cayden Doherty      Oisin Nolan

                                 Ollie Wilson              Lila McLaughlin Bradley

                                                                 Kaleb Ryan Lynch               

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS:  Jack McLaughlin                              

 Each child will have his/her Birthday celebrated in school with a small cake which is shared with the children in the class.

 

 

Wednesday
Jun062018

JUNE NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

        June Newsletter

 

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month is ‘Summer / Beach’.  The children can bring anything ‘beach related’ for our Interest table as it will help to develop new vocabulary. We will also be learning about pirates – so if you have anything at home related to pirates, please bring it in to school.

 

Songs and Rhymes 

- Lets all go to the Seaside                - The Sun

-          I See Sea Shells                    - Wiggle My Toes

-          One, Two, Three, Four, Five    - The Crab

-          Row, Row, Row, your boat      - One-Eyed Jack

-          The Big Ship Sails                  - A Sailor went to Sea, sea, sea

 

Science and Mathematics

The children will be learning about sea-life creatures and their environment and this will also include observing patterns.  We will be investigating the effects of water on different materials and substances e.g. sand, flour, sugar, coffee, etc.  The children will also be exploring the shapes, textures and patterns of different types of shells and stones.

 

The World Around Us

We will be talking about ‘treasure maps’, learning how to draw a ‘map’, about who would use them; about ‘Islands’, what they look like, what you would find on them and what shape they would be etc.

 

Sports Day                                                                          

We had a great day on Sports Day and we want to thank all of you for the contributions you made to the ‘shop’ and ‘cafe’ and for the amount you have raised for school funds. Thank you all so much for your generosity. So far we have raised over £1,300! If anyone still has sponsor money to bring in, please do so as soon as possible so that we can let everyone know about the final total. Also, thanks to all the parents who were able to take part in the races – this meant so much to the children.

 

 

Come Dine with Me / Come Play with Me! (Your last chance!)

Don’t forget that you can still spend a day in the classroom with your child or come in and have dinner with us. Speak to your child’s teacher if you are interested! We are starting to use dinner trays in school from this week onwards at dinner time instead of plates in preparation for eating in the canteen in Primary school.

 

Extended Schools

The last day of the Extended Schools Programme will be Tuesday 19th  June. Miss Wilma Henry and Miss Stephanie Cooke have done a great job this year ensuring that all the children were safe and happy. Our thanks also to the programme facilitators: Miss Stephanie (Jo Jingles and Keep Fit), Mary (Yoga), Ann (Gymnastics) and Craig from Maiden City Soccer Academy. If there are no objections we will buy them all a little gift on your behalf. We know from your comments that you have appreciated all they have done, and the children have enjoyed it immensely.                                                                                                                      

 

Transition Forms 

The teaching staff are currently working on the information that is to be passed on to Year 1 teachers. It will consist of an assessment of each child’s Language level and a description of progression in the other curricular areas. You will be invited to read and sign this information and the teaching staff will be available should you wish to discuss its contents.

 

 

Preparation for Primary School

The staff will concentrate on discussing the transition from Nursery to Primary School this month e.g. new teacher, friends, classroom, canteen, uniform etc. The children will start using ‘trays’ at dinner time to help them prepare for the canteen at primary school. The majority of the children in the school transfer to St John’s Primary School and so the parents of these children will be invited to bring their child to a ‘Stay and Play’ session so that children will begin to get used to their new environment and staff. Please ensure that you attend as it is essential for a successful transition to Primary school.

 

The teaching staff will also contact the teachers of the children who are transferring to different primary schools and pass information on to them.

 

Remember....  

This can be a very stressful and emotional time for some children as they begin to realise that a change is coming. Even though we talk about primary school in a positive way, some children become unsettled in the last few weeks of term. They either cannot understand the fact that they will not come back to nursery or they think that their nursery teacher will be in primary school when they arrive in September. Please remember to be sensitive to any changes to your child’s behaviour in the next few weeks and let us know if you notice any signs of anxiety.

 

 

Health and Safety (Child Protection)

Please make sure that you have applied sun cream to your child before school on hot days as we spend most of the day outdoors. We have told the children that they need to wear sun cream to school so you shouldn’t have a problem getting them to wear it!

                                               

Uniform Grants

There are uniform grants available for Primary school children this year. Please contact the EA (02882 411 496) for information if you think you might be eligible.

 

Spare Clothes

If you have any tops, bottoms, pants or socks that are too small for your child now, please bring them in to us so we can use them to change children next year if necessary. Also if you have any uniform items that you will not be using again we would really appreciate them.

 

End of year celebrations

During the month of June we hope to visit the beach as part of our topic. We will probably book this ‘last minute’ when we are sure of the weather. However, we have a few things we must get done first eg. Stay and play sessions, start of transition program etc. Hopefully the good weather will last for another couple of weeks!                                                                                                                                                       

 

End of Term

The last day of school will be Thursday 28th June. There will be a Leaving Party for the children and they will be entertained by ‘Parky’ the magician.  All the children should be collected at 11.30am. If you are going on holiday before this please let us know.

 

Birthdays this Month

 

Daragh Hutton     2nd          Olivia Bywater         20th     

 

Finn Arnett       8th         Callum Meehan          25th                      

 

 

A Fond Farewell

 

On behalf of the staff and Governors, I would like to thank you for being such wonderful parents this year. We have really enjoyed getting to know you and your children and you have always been so supportive, complimentary and appreciative of what we aim to do. Thank you also for all your positive written feedback in the Parents’ comments books each week and your attendance at our parent workshops. We also thank you for for being the ‘guinea pigs’ on our first Shared Education project which has been so successful.

Your children have been a pleasure to work with and I hope we have taught them that school is fun and that learning is exciting. It is hard to believe we have reached the end of another school year, the last day is always a sad one for us as we will miss you all so much.

Please bring your child to visit the staff in September so we can see him/her in his/her school uniform.  We wish you and your child all the best for starting Primary School. Have a lovely Summer and keep safe.

 

Mrs Woods and the staff.                                                                             

 

Farewell

 

The time has come to say goodbye

Our time together is done

We sang, we read, we learned so much

Remember all the fun.

 

We saw the smile grow on your face

When you tackled something new,

We watched as your eyes lit up

Our eyes they glistened too.

 

We know you have hard work ahead

With challenges all new

All that we’ve learned together this year,

Will see you through and through.

 

We wish you well, we cherish you

 As you walk out the door today,

But know for certain wherever you go

You’re in our hearts to stay.