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Bligh's Lane
Nursery School

Bligh's Lane
Derry
BT48 9PJ

028 7126 7603
lwoodsblns@gmail.com

Evening and Weekend contact no's

Mrs Woods: 07564024879                                                           

Mrs O’ Doherty: 07564024308

Tuesday
Jan092018

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

January Newsletter 2018

 

             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 (2018)

If you have a child (or know of a child) due to start Nursery in September 2018 (i.e. born between 2 July 2014 and 1 July 2015), and you have not already applied for a nursery place, please do so as soon as possible.  The application forms are now available. 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. The closing date for application forms is Wednesday 10th January 2017 at 12 noon.

 

Primary School Applications (2018)

Parents should have obtained an application form from their preferred Primary School for admission to Year 1 in September 2018. The closing date for Primary school applications forms is also 10th January.

 

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 Woods’ 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 Woods’ Class will begin extended schools again on Monday 8th January for their two week block. Mrs O’Doherty’s Class next session will be on Monday 22nd January. A timetable of the extended schools programme is printed on the reverse of this newsletter. Please read the Poster on the porch door each week so that you know which class is staying late.

 

 

Mobile Phone Numbers

All parents should have received their class teacher’s mobile number. If you need to contact the school always ring the landline first. Mrs Woods and Mrs O’ Doherty will have their school mobile phones with them at all times so you can contact us if you need to in the evenings or at weekends. PLEASE make sure that you let us know if you change your mobile number:

Mrs Woods’ number is: 07564024879                                                           

Mrs O’ Doherty’s number is: 07564024308

 

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. If you can help please sign up on the sheet on the Getting Ready to Learn board outside Mrs Woods room.

-       Education Works in Pre-School Eimear Kelly from RISE NI will deliver an information session for parents at 9am on the 23rd January. Her session will cover and give tips on developing your child’s fine and gross motor skills; social and emotional development, including behaviour, as well and speech and communication. It will be a fantastic session and we would love to see as many of you there as possible.

-       Ages and stages- Mrs O’Doherty will run two sessions for parents 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. The sessions will run on Monday 5th March from 1.30pm-2.15pm for Mrs O’Doherty’s parents and on Monday 12th March from 1.30pm-2.15pm for Mrs Woods’ parents.

 

Speech and Language Therapy

We have spoken to some of you in the Autumn Term about referring your child to community Speech and Language therapy. Two speech therapists will come to our Nursery on Friday 12th January to carry out initial assessments on referred children.

 

Storytime reminder

Parents from both classes are welcome to come into Mrs. Woods’ 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. We raised almost £90 for the appeal through our non-uniform/Christmas jumper Day. We also raised £72 for the Children’s Cancer Unit Northern Ireland with the sale of the Christmas Tree decoration.

 

Birthdays This Month      

 

Demi McDermott       6th                   Zara Harkin-Gillespie       21st                     

Aodhan McDevitt       8th                  Noah McBrearty-O’Doherty  28th  

 

Ronan Grant              20th                                             

 

 

 

 

 

TIMETABLE FOR THE EXTENDED SCHOOLS 2017-18

 

DATES

CLASS

 

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY

8,9 JAN

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

15,16 JAN

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

22,23 JAN

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

29,30 JAN

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

5,6 FEB

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

12,13 FEB

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

26 FEB, 27 FEB

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

5,6 MAR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

12,13 MAR

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

26,27 MAR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

 

 

 

Monday
Dec042017

CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Christmas Newsletter 2017

 

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 7th  DECEMBER: Mrs Woods’ Class       

9.15 am  Red Group

10.00am Blue Group

           FRIDAY   8th   DECEMBER: Mrs O’ Doherty’s Class   

9.15am Green Group

 10.00 am Yellow 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 Wednesday 20th  December during class times and each child will receive a gift.   Both classes sit together in the hall 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 Wednesday 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 15th  December. We will take what has been collected to St Mary’s Chapel on Monday 18th 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.

 

CHARITY CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS

We are selling crocheted Christmas tree decorations in aid of the Children’s Cancer Unit Northern Ireland. Some local ladies have been busy crocheting all year to help out this very worthy cause. The decorations cost £1.50 and would make a great stocking filler!

 

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 CREGGAN LIBRARY

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

   

    -Mrs Woods’ Class: Monday 11th December

 

    -Mrs O’ Doherty’s Class: Wednesday 13th December

 

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 on the week of 11th or   18th  December, as we will be very busy with Christmas preparation.

Extended Schools will resume after Christmas on the 8th January for Mrs Woods’ 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 to be returned on the 15th December. We will resume lending on the 5th January 2018 and we would really appreciate help during this month. A sign-up sheet is available in the hall.

 

LAST DAY OF TERM AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Wednesday 20th   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 on Thursday 21st December and we will see you all again on Thursday 4th January 2018 .

 

 

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 2017

If you have (or know of) a child due to start Nursery in September 2018 i.e. 3 years old on or before 2nd July 2018, please inform a member of staff or telephone 71267603. Parents should also contact their preferred Primary School in order to obtain an application form for Primary One – forms are available NOW!

 

DECEMBER  BIRTHDAYS

 


    Oisin Bryson McDaid   4th   

    Jake Duffy                   16th  

    Kevin Quigley   23rd   

    Niamh Monaghan      29th  

 


                    

 

 

PARENTS:

 

LOTS TO REMEMBER DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!

 

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS WOODS’ CLASS: THURSDAY 7TH

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS: FRIDAY 8TH

    

MRS WOODS’ CLASS LIBRARY VISIT:   MONDAY 11TH

     

MRS O’ DOHERTY’S CLASS LIBRARY VISIT: WEDNESDAY 13TH

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER: WEDNESDAY 13TH

 

                           ST MARY’S CHAPEL: MONDAY 18TH  

 

            SANTA: WEDNESDAY 20TH       

 

         LAST DAY OF TERM: WEDNESDAY 20TH

          (Children to be collected AT 11.30 AM)

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Nov082017

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 practice 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!

 

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 6th November. You have all been given timetables so please keep them handy. Miss Stephanie Cooke will continue to run the breakfast club and Miss Stephanie Cooke and Miss 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 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 3rd  November. Normal class times will apply. There is always great excitement about going in 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

As the teachers have explained at the Parent/Teacher meetings, 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.

 

PUNCTUALITY

Please ensure your child is brought to school on time, 8.45 am. Children do not like

being late and it often leads them to be unsettled. If you have children who attend

St. John’s please drop your nursery child first as our day begins earlier.                                                                                      

 

GETTING READY TO LEARN

We are launching our ‘Big Bedtime Read’ Project this month and we really want all parents to be part of it. Mrs Woods’ parents are invited to join us on 13th November at 1.30pm and Mrs O’Doherty’s parents are invited on the 20th at 1.30pm. Your children will be taking part in their extended schools session during the meeting. 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!

 

EDUCATION WORKS IN PRE-SCHOOL

As part of our programme to help you with supporting your child at home our speech therapist, Laura Rabette, will deliver a session for parents on the 7th November at 9am. Laura will be giving lots of information and tips on developing your child’s language at home so please come along. An invitation has been sent in your child’s bag on the 2nd November.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

 

                                               

 

Emilie Kearney           22nd                 Roma Breslin             28th     

  

Sunday
Oct152017

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 Wednesday 11th 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 Woods’ 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 is ‘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 on the 7th November at 9am taken by our Speech Therapist, Laura Rabett. 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 Woods class will be at 1.30pm on the 13th November and for Mrs O’Doherty’s class at 1.30pm on the 20th 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 Wednesday 25th   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.

 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 Woods 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 Woods may have to attend various meetings during the year, but 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 Thursday 26th October and will re-open on Thursday 2nd November.

 Staff Training Day

The school will be closed to pupils on the 27th November as we will be having a staff training day. It will re-open on the 28th November as normal.

 Extended School

The Extended school programme will start on Monday 6th November. Mrs Woods 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 programme on the back of this Newsletter.

 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!

     Teagan Murray          2nd

 

     Eimear Harkin            19th

                  

     Thomas Myers            21st

                           

     Caoilfhionn Deery      30th      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIMETABLE FOR THE EXTENDED SCHOOLS 2017-18

DATES

CLASS

 

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY

6,7 NOV

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

13,14 NOV

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

20,21 NOV

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

27,28 NOV

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

NONE

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

8,9 JAN

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

15,16 JAN

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

22,23 JAN

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

29,30 JAN

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

5,6 FEB

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

12,13 FEB

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

26 FEB, 27 FEB

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

5,6 MAR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ YOGA

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

12,13 MAR

ROOM 1

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

26,27 MAR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  KEEP FIT FOR KIDS+ FOOTBALL

TUES: JOJINGLES + GYMNASTICS

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

 

Thursday
Sep282017

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…

Mrs Woods’s Classroom:                            

Mrs Meehan: Nursery Assistant                  

Miss Henry: Nursery/ Classroom Assistant  

Mrs Walsh: Special Needs Assistant           

 Mrs O’ Doherty’s Classroom:

Miss McGilloway: Nursery Assistant

Miss Cooke: Language Support Assistant

 Miss Coyle: 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 21st 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 28th 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 12th 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:  Mila Jones:2nd            Lily McColgan: 4th

                      Hannah Campbell: 6th      Riley Quigley: 8th

                  Emily Crossan: 8th                  Riona McClenaghan: 14th                                                                                Sophie Frazer: 17th              Lucy McDaid: 18th                                   

 

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS: Erin Dunne : 6th           Áedán Killen: 9th  

                               Danann Deeney: 18th    Sophia Logue-Carr: 21st                  

 

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS: Jessica Dillon: 3rd      Miya Hammett 4th

                                      Jude Rodgers: 5th      Zac McIntyre: 20th

                                      Odhrán Mellon: 22nd                                                      

 

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