Contact Us

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

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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

 

 

 

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