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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.

 

 

 

Monday
Apr302018

MAY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

               

 

 

May Newsletter 2018

Monthly Theme                                                                   

The theme for this month will be Summer Gardens / Mini beasts.  The children will be learning about the parts of a flower (root, stem, petal and leaves) and about common mini beasts such as ladybirds, snails, butterflies, bees, worms, slugs etc. If you find any snails or worms in your garden please bring them in so that the children can see them.  There will be a ‘Camping theme going on with barbeques (not real ones!), tents and sleeping bags in the classrooms, and there will also be a Cafe role play area. All of these activities help to extend children’s language, creativity and understanding of the world around them.                                                      

Songs and Rhymes

Little Arabella Millar                    5 Little Monkeys

What do you suppose?                Here is the Bee Hive

Wiggly Woo                                Mini Beast Rhyme                 

Round and Round the Garden      I’m Taking Home a Baby Bumble Bee

 

Early Mathematical Experiences

We will be reinforcing the ‘Rectangle’ shape this month – children generally find this shape the hardest to learn, so you can help by pointing out rectangle shapes to your child whenever you see them.  We will also continue to look at patterns in the environment and the shapes of mini beasts and flowers.                   

 

Reading and Writing

The children are all very interested in reading story books and many of them can be seen in the classroom reading stories to each other in their own words.  This is the best kind of practice for ‘real reading’.  Continue to read to your child at home, borrow from our lending library and find time to visit the Library.  Many children are already writing their own names – this is not a necessity, as the Year One teachers prefer to teach the children the proper letter formation techniques themselves.  But we would never discourage a child who wants to write. Often adults show children how to write their names using capital letters – please do not do this – only use a capital letter at the start of your child’s name. Children who learn to write their name in capital letters only find it very difficult to ‘forget’ this and learn how to do it the correct way ie. Eimear not EIMEAR

 

Homework’

Please remember to bring back your child’s homework pack every Monday as we need to check the contents and replace them. Please ensure that the LIBRARY BOOK and ACTIVITY PACK are both in the Library Bag!

 

Story Of The Month

Our story this month links closely to our theme. It’s the story of ‘The Very Greedy Bee’. The story covers the theme of friendship and sharing as well as mini-beasts.

 

Getting Ready to Learn

We will launch our third theme, Happy Healthy Kids during May. This theme aims to help parents understand the factors which will promote healthy lifestyles in their children. It will include tips on making your child more active, healthy eating for children and a demonstration fitness lesson by our football coach. The parents from Mrs O’Doherty’s class are invited to attend the session on the 21st  May at 12.15pm (children will still be in class) and parents on 21st  May at 1.15pm (children will be at extended schools.)

Visits

We had an absolutely brilliant time at Lurgybrack Farm with our Shared Education partners. We also enjoyed our visit to Tropical World Letterkenny on the 1st May to kick-start our minibeast topic. We will be having a few more visits in the coming weeks:

15th May: Visit to (or from) one of our Shared Education Partner settings

18th May: Visit to Shooting Starz Gym in Camspie

We also plan to go to the beach for a day but we need the weather to play its part in organising this one!

 

Transition Programme

Over the next few weeks we will begin to get your child ready to transition to Primary school. This will include visits from their new teachers and visits to their new school. All of this will help your child to settle quickly into P1 as it is a huge step for all the children and needs to be managed really carefully. As the large majority of our children transfer to St John’s we work closely with them. They will be in contact with all parents with dates for meetings etc. If your child is not going to St John’s we will contact the Primary school in question and communicate with the P1 teachers there.

 

Parent Forum

All parents will be asked to fill out an ‘exit questionnaire’ which will allow you to tell us what you think about various aspects of school life over the past year. However, Mrs Woods would also like to meet with a small group of parents for a more in-depth chat and to hear some of your ideas about how we could improve our provision even further. This will involve a couple of short sessions (no more than an hour) in June. If this is something you could help with please speak to Mrs Woods.

 

Sports Day!

Our annual Sports Day will be held on Friday 25th May this year, so you will receive a separate information sheet and Sponsor Form in the next few weeks  This is a very special family event, which helps to raise funds for the school.  It is essential that each child is accompanied by an adult on this day as the staff will be involved in organising the races and cannot be responsible for the safety of the children as well.  Parents also actively participate in the races – so start training now!!!!  The money raised last year was put into the school fund account and is being spent on your children this year for example: buying food for parties, cereal, bread, pancakes, yogurt, eggs etc  for breakfast and snack; the children’s present from Santa; Easter Eggs; Theatre visits; Birthday Cards and Cakes; Sweets for ‘Sweet Day’ (every Friday) etc. So the money you raise this year will be spent on next year’s children so please ask everyone you can to make a small contribution.  Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles are also very welcome! Sports Day will be held in the Long Tower Youth Centre (in the Derry City Football Grounds) from 9.50am – 12.00 noon approx.

 

SHOES!!!

Please remember that if you are buying new shoes for your child that they should have Velcro straps if your child is to wear them in school

 

The school will be closed on  Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th  May for the bank holiday.

 

 

Birthdays this Month

Kaydi McMullan Fisher   4th          Josh McShane    18th

 

Kian Millar         6th                      Maddie Coyle     27th

 

Danni O’Hagan   7th                                  

 

Lola Toland        12th                                                 

 

Friday
Apr132018

SPRING NEWSLETTER

BLIGH’S LANE NURSERY SCHOOL

 

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2018

Monthly Theme                                                                     

 

Winter is over – hopefully! So the theme for the month of April will be ‘Spring’.   As you will know by now we continue to encourage the children to notice and describe changes in their environment – they may have seen daffodils growing in their gardens at home or in green areas in the town.  Some children have noticed that Spring flowers are growing in our planters in the playground. The children will be doing observational paintings and drawings of Spring flowers, so if you have cherry blossoms, tulips, daffodils or branches with buds on them in your garden, please bring them in for the children to see, and encourage your child to notice changes in your garden or the environment as you travel to school.

 

Language Development

There will be lots of discussion about the parts of flowers; bulb, seed, shoot, stem, bud, petal, leaf and flower. We will also talk about farm animals, the names of their young, where young animals come from and how they change as they grow.  We will focus especially on the Life Cycle of the Frog. The children will learn about these things through stories, lotto games, factual dvds, internet and CD ROMs.  Why not go to the library and find some books connected to this topic to share with your child or search for them on the internet? Be sure to let us know what you find!

 

 

Language and Maths Activity Packs

We will continue to provide activities for your child to take home that focus on language development and soon introduce some mathematical activities. This is another way in which you can really get involved with your child’s learning. The children who DON’T have the Special Story will get activities in their library bags for you to help them with. Don’t forget to read your Language Letter also so you can get the most out of the Special Story when your child gets it.

 

 

 

Songs and Rhymes

Spring is the time when the magic comes   Old MacDonald

Baa Baa Black Sheep               Five green Bottles

I went to visit a farm one day   Five little Speckled frogs

Flowers grow like this               Cows in the Kitchen

This little Piggy                        To Market

If I had a Donkey                     Jack and the Beanstalk Rhyme

 

 

Environmental Science                          

Children need to ‘do’ and ‘see’ in order to understand therefore we will be planting Broad beans and Kidney beans so that the children can see the ‘roots’ growing clearly. We will also use factual books and stories to reinforce the concept of growth.  If you are doing any planting at home please let your child help – they learn so much from these activities and will be very sensible if you explain what you want them to do!

 

 

Extended Schools 

Extended Schools will continue to run through the Summer Term.  Mrs Woods class will begin the session on the 16th and 17th April. Please refer to the timetable that was sent home before the Easter break for further dates.

 

Getting Ready to Learn 

-       Big Bedtime Read – Thank you all for looking after our lending packs so well over the past 6 months. The packs are being taken home on a very regular basis and the children seem to be getting a lot from it. Remember any offers of help on a Friday morning would be very gratefully received. 

-       Come Read with Me - a sign-up sheet is available in the hall you to come and read to your child in school. It is a very low-key activity which will only take around 15 minutes. Some parents have done it during a time when they can come in to help with Breakfast  Club. They simply read a story (or two) to their own child or a group of children in the book corner whilst the other children and staff get on with a normal nursery day. Some parents have brought their own favourites to read or you can borrow our books.

-       Happy Healthy Kids- We will begin our final theme during the Summer Term. It looks at things we can do to keep our children fit and healthy. The dates for these session will be available soon.

 

Shared Education

We will continue our ‘Sharing from the Start’ project throughout the Summer Term. This will begin with a trip to Lurgybrack Farm on Thursday 12th April. We will not get back from this trip until around 2.15pm when your child can be picked up when they get off the bus. I ask that your child wears their school uniform and a pair of wellies that have been labelled with their name.

 

Come Dine with Me

Remember you can still join your child for breakfast or lunch on any day. They absolutely love having a parent in to see how well they eat and their super table manners! A sign-up sheet is available in the hall.

 

 

Reminders

Å      We ask that you return bookbags on a Monday from now on. Remember your child will get a book and a language pack every week (unless they have the Book of the Month). Remember also that you are welcome to come and see a story or singing session on any day.

Å      Please write your child’s name on any items of clothing eg. Coats, hats as we have many coats that are very similar

 

 

Birthdays This Month

 

Lauren Hegarty                15th

 

Conor McKinney             16th