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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

 

           

 

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