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Nov272018

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Christmas Newsletter 2018

 

MONTHLY THEME

The Theme for this month is Christmas.  There will be a Christmas table in each classroom, so please help your child to bring something ‘Christmas’ related into school. Please don’t send in anything that is breakable! Talk to your child about the Nativity story as we have suggested on your laminated sheet and help them to learn the songs that you know – especially the first verse of Away in a Manger, as it is very difficult for young children.

 

SONGS AND RHYMES

                                                              

Nativity songs 

Christmas Songs 

  Here we go up to Bethlehem                         

  Jingle Bells                

  I was there on the night when Jesus came

  When Santa got stuck up the Chimney

  Away in a manger                                                       

  Santa Claus is coming to town

  Follow the Star                                                           

  Silly Santa Song     

  Angel Gabriel’s Song

  Christmas Star

  Shepherd’s Song

  Father Christmas

 

NATIVITY PLAYS

The children perform a very simple Nativity Play each year. We do two performances on each day to

 make the seating arrangements more comfortable. The performance dates and times are:

 

           THURSDAY 6th  DECEMBER: Mrs O’Doherty’s Class 

           9.15 am  Yellow Group

          10.00am Green Group

           FRIDAY 7th  DECEMBER: Mrs Doherty’s Class 

           9.15am Blue Group

          10.00am Red Group

                                                                                                                     

The Children will get opportunities to try out the different Nativity parts during the weeks leading up to Christmas, and we need parents to understand that every part in the play is important because every child is important.  Some children will have a few words to say and it is important to remember that some children are comfortable talking in front of others and some are not – we do not want to upset any child so each child must be happy with their own part. We hold the play early in the morning before the children become tired and it usually lasts about 15 or 20 minutes at most. 

Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles etc. are very welcome to attend, but we do ask that other children

are not brought to the Nativity plays as this has proved to be very distracting for our small children in the past.  It is essential that the children are at school every day now unless they are very sick, as we will be learning the Nativity songs and talking about the play.  Cameras are allowed since all parents have signed their consent for photographs/videos to be taken of the Nativity Plays.

 

Prior to each performance we invite parents/grandparents to join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie in our multi-purpose room. We will hopefully have some of our governors there for you to meet.

 

We have all the costumes required for each child. However, we ask for parents to dress their children in either plain white or dark clothing dependent on their part. We will let you know soon what colour your child should wear.

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

The Primary One children and their teachers from St John’s Primary School will be invited to attend the dress rehearsals of the Nativity Plays if they don’t clash with their own performances. It will be lovely for us to see last year’s children again and it will be good for our children to have an ‘audience’ before the ‘big day’!

 

Santa Claus will visit the school on Friday 21st  December during class times and each child will receive a gift.   Both classes sit together for Santa’s visit and the children go up to see him one by one (If you think your child will be afraid of Santa, let us know so that we can seat him/her further away – if a child doesn’t want to go up to Santa, he hands the child his/her present from a safe distance!). We will take a photograph of every child with Santa.

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER

The children will have ‘Christmas Dinner’ in school with all the trimmings on Thursday 13th December.

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY APPEAL

During the Christmas season we help the children to understand the importance of giving rather than receiving.  There has been a tradition in the school each year that the parents bring items of groceries, toiletries, small toys, books or clothes etc. to donate to needy families on behalf of the families in the school.  Parents have been very generous in the past and we know that this year will be no exception.  Bring what you can into school as soon as you can and before Friday 14th  December. We will take what has been collected to St Mary’s Chapel on Monday 17th December.  The staff will walk up to the Chapel with the children. A priest from the parish and a representative from the St Vincent De Paul Society welcome the children, each child then leaves a small ‘gift’ (i.e. something that you have brought in) in front of the crib and we all sing our Nativity songs.  Parents / grandparents are welcome to attend this little ceremony, which will begin at 12.50pm, and then all children should be collected from the Chapel at 1.15pm.

The staff would like to thank parents in advance for their generosity on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society, who will ensure that your donations are distributed to those in need this Christmas.

 

ELF ON THE SHELF

Santa has sent an Elf to each room in Bligh’s Lane Nursery. The Elf will be watching the children and reporting back to Santa every day. The Elf hides in different places each day, they could be in the class, cloakroom, carpark- the children need to be on their best behaviour EVERYWHERE!

 

 

 

FACEBOOK

Search for Bligh’s Lane Nursery School on Facebook. You will find updates about things that  

are going on, photos and reminders. Like and share our page with parents who have young

children who will be of pre-school age in the coming years.                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT TO SANTA AT THE PLAYTRAIL

The children will visit “Santa at the Playtrail” on Tuesday 11th December. There will be a 45 minute session for each class.

 

 

VISIT TO CREGGAN LIBRARY

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

    -Mrs O’Doherty’s Class: Monday 10th December

    -Mrs Doherty’s Class: Monday 17th December

 

SHARED EDUCATION

Our third shared education session this term will take place on Wednesday 12th December. Green Group and Red Group children will be singing Christmas Carols and Songs in the Rathmor Centre from 9.45am until 10.30am approximately. Blue Group and Yellow Group will be singing in Brickfield Court from 10.30am until 11.15 am approximately. The children will be joined by their new friends from St Johnston and Cockhill. Parents/Grandparents are most welcome to come along to these sessions. There maybe a photographer there too!

 

EXTENDED SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

We have had a very positive response with regard to this programme from children and parents. The Extended Schools programme will not run during December, as we will be very busy with Christmas preparation.

Extended Schools will resume after Christmas on the 7th January for Mrs Doherty’s Class. There will always be a poster on the door on the way out of the school that will tell you which class stays for Extended Schools each week.

 

BIG BEDTIME READ

We have had a very successful start to our Big Bedtime Read initiative with the large majority of families borrowing reading packs regularly. We will continue to lend the packs during December but ask for all packs (i.e. orange bags) to be returned on Friday the 14th December. We will resume lending on the 4th January 2019 and we would really appreciate any help during this month.

 

LAST DAY OF TERM AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Friday 21st   December will be the last day of term. The children should be collected at 11.30 am.

The school will be closed to the children from Monday 24th December and we will see you all again on Thursday 3rd January 2019 .

 

The staff would like to thank all our parents for their support to date and to wish you all very Merry Christmas! We have had a lovely term with all of the children and we have seen so much progress already.

 

NURSERY AND PRIMARY APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

If you have (or know of) a child due to start Nursery in September 2019 i.e. 3 years old on or before 2nd July 2019, please inform a member of staff or telephone 71267603. Parents should also contact their preferred Primary School in order to obtain information about the application procedure. This year, there will be ‘online” applications. Parents will be able to apply on line from 2nd January 2019 until 31st January 2019 and verifying documents must be submitted by 8th February 2019. We hope to have more information regarding the digital admissions procedure for parents after Christmas.

 

DECEMBER  BIRTHDAYS

 


    Eimear Gallagher   

    Jared Francis  

    Kevin Quigley      

    Eden McFadden

    Carter Nicell Doherty  

 


                                   PARENTS:

 

LOTS TO REMEMBER DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!

 

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS: THURSDAY 6TH 

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS DOHERTY’S CLASS: FRIDAY 7TH 

    

MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS LIBRARY VISIT: MONDAY 10TH

     

MRS DOHERTY’S CLASS LIBRARY VISIT: MONDAY 17TH

 

VISIT TO SANTA AT THE PLAYTRAIL: TUESDAY 11TH

 

SHARED EDUCATION CAROL SINGING IN RATHMOR AND BRICKFIELD COURT: WEDNESDAY 12TH

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER: THURSDAY 13TH

 

LAST DAY FOR SVP GIFTS: FRIDAY 14TH

 

                           ST MARY’S CHAPEL: MONDAY 17TH  

 

            SANTA: FRIDAY 21ST       

 

         LAST DAY OF TERM: FRIDAY 21ST

          (Children to be collected AT 11.30 AM)

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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