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Nursery School

Bligh's Lane
Derry
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Wednesday
Mar072018

EASTER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

  

Easter Newsletter

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month is ‘Easter’. Please let your child bring something Easter related for the Easter Table.  We will focus on the ‘Oval’ shape and ‘Pattern Awareness’ (Stripes, zigzags and wavy lines) this month through discussion and art activities.                 

 

Songs and Rhymes       

 

Little Peter Rabbit   Humpty Dumpty

Little Rabbit Foo Foo         Chook, Chook, Chook

Five Fat Sausages            Five Shiny Eggs         

 Hickety Pickety               3 Sticky Lollipops

5 Little Rabbits   Ride a Cock Horse

One Potato   5 Little Ducks                                                                                                           

GRtL- Education Works in Pre-School: Helping your child at home

Here are some more ways that you can help to reinforce our topic and also ways to encourage good behaviour at home:

  • Point out oval shapes or patterns at home or in town - if possible
  • Talk about what you are doing when you are dividing up cakes or sandwiches – use the words ‘divide’, ‘cut in half’ etc.
  • Name the shapes of the sandwiches – or ask your child what shape of sandwich / piece of bread they would like
  • Let your child help you set the table – tell them how many knives and forks you need and talk to them about Left and Right – they are already doing this in school
  • If you have time (maybe at the weekends) encourage your child to dress himself/herself – your child is at a stage where he/she wants to do things for him/herself.  This activity not only develops confidence, independence, and physical skills, but also logical thinking and sequencing skills.
  • Buy some stickers for encouraging good behaviour at home – they mean so much to your child and are a visible sign of your approval

 

EASTER  CELEBRATIONS 

The Easter Bunny will hide some Easter Eggs in the playground before Easter – usually during the last week before the Easter holidays. The children will then have and Easter Egg hunt (only one Egg each unfortunately!)

 

The children will visit Bananas in the Bowling Alley on THursday 29th March  – please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately – LONG SLEEVES MUST BE WORN (to prevent friction burns) AND NO BASEBALL BOOTS PLEASE   - all children should be wearing shoes with Velcro tapes.  This is our last day of school before the Easter holidays.  There will be no dinner on this day and children should be collected at the school at 11.30am

 

EASTER HOLIDAYS

The school will be closed from Friday 30th March – Friday 6th April for the Easter Holidays. We return to school on Monday 9th April. 

 

PUNCTUALITY

Please make sure your child is dropped off and picked up promptly. Doors open from 8.45am in the mornings and children can be collected from 1pm. In the interests of safety our external door will not open until 1 pm.

 

BOOK BAGS

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.

 

GRtL: Happy Healthy Kids- BREAKFAST ROTA  AND COME DINE WITH ME

‘Thank you’ to all the Parents who have been able to come in and help the children with their breakfast – almost every parent in the school has helped – in some families both mum and dad have done it.  Thank you also to the parents who were able to come and have dinner with us – again some parents come more than once! We will put out a new Rota Sheet for the next few months – please sign up again and perhaps come in when your child is the Helper this time! It’s a great way to see how independent your child has become and the foods they eat here that they may ‘claim’ to dislike at home!

Thank you to the parents who have already come in but we would also love more parents to sign up for ‘Come Read  with Me’. It’s a very low-key activity and only takes 10-15 minutes but your child will absolutely love that you have read to them in school.

 

FACEBOOK AND SCHOOL WEBSITE

Remember to check out our facebook page by searching for Bligh’s Lane Nursery School or visit our website at http://blighslanenurseryschool.com/. You will find news and updates as well as newsletters, photos and other useful information.

 

SHARED EDUCATION UPDATE

We have had our first visit to meet our new friends on the 27th February and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Children are so good at mixing and making new friends without a second thought- we adults could learn a lot from them! We will have our second visit in the coming weeks- details will be available soon!

 

EXTENDED SCHOOLS

The extended schools budget for 2017-18 ends on the 31st of March. As yet we have not been told if more funding will be made available for extended schools. As a result of this we are unsure about what will happen after Easter. The board of governors hope to make a decision early next week and we will let you know as soon as possible after this.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH              

 

Seán Óg Hamilton   16th      Niamh O’Hara-McGinley    21st

 

Rebecca Green       18th                           

Happy Easter!

Thursday
Feb012018

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Newsletter February 2018  

Monthly Theme    

The theme for this month is ‘Myself and My Family’.  The children will be involved in discussions about themselves, the people they love and people who help us.  We will be talking about our bodies, how they work and the importance of healthy foods and exercise.  If you have anything ‘Love’ related e.g. Heart shapes, please bring them into school.   

  Songs and Rhymes  

Friends  

I have ten little fingers

Two little eyes

 

 

 

Polly put the kettle on

One little finger

 

 

When Goldilocks went to the house of the Bears 

Open, Shut them                               

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 

 

If you’re happy and you know it

 

Granny’s glasses   

Rock-a-bye baby

Fire Engine Rhyme

I look in the Mirror

Miss Polly had a Dolly

I wiggle my Fingers

Bend your body

 

 

     Early Mathematical Experiences   

We will be developing awareness of the Heart shape this month and also reinforcing ‘In Front / Behind, First  and Last’. There should also be lots of opportunity to point out ‘heart shapes’ in town this month! The development of other aspects of maths can be seen on the Monthly Planning sheet on the Parents’ Notice Board. 

Early Science  

The children will be experimenting with mixing colours to make new colours using paint and crepe paper.  Other aspects of science will be explored during discussions about the body and functions of major organs (in simple terms).   

Mid-Year Reports

Mrs Woods and Mrs O’Doherty are completing the children’s mid-year Reports. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher during the week of the 5th February. A signing up sheet is available for each teacher.

Fire Service Visit

As part of our theme we will be having a visit from the fire service on Monday 5th February. The fire-fighters will talk to the children about fire safety and read them a story which reinforces the important messages. The children will then have the opportunity to explore the fire-engine (weather permitting) or to dress up and find out about the fire-fighting equipment. It’s sure to be great fun!

 

Ambulance and Paramedics Visit

Paramedics from the ambulance service will bring a special ambulance to the school on 7th February. They bring their stretcher and medical equipment into the classrooms, and talk to the children about what happens after an accident. They let them see (and ‘try on’) some of their equipment! Afterwards, the children go outside to see the inside of the ambulance. We are very lucky to be able to arrange these visits, as the Paramedics do this for us on their days off.

 

Focusing on Developing Your Child’s Language Skills

The staff have been working especially hard this year with promoting the development of language skills. During our last parent/teacher meetings lots of parents asked how they can help their child, so in addition to the weekly book and ‘Book of the Month’ we have provided special language ‘activity packs’ which will go inside each child’s Library bag each week, beginning after the half-term.  The activities in these packs aim to give you some idea of how you can help to boost your child’s language development at home. A little time spent helping your child with language each week will help him/her to be ready for the demands of Primary school.  You will also find a ‘Parents’ Comments’ book which can be used to let us know how your child responds to the activities. *Your child will not get a language pack on the week they have the ‘Book of the Month.’

To help us get the children’s books ready every week we ask that you return book-bags on Monday or Tuesday.

Getting Ready to Learn- Come Read with Me

Thank you to you all for your commitment to borrowing and reading books to your children from our lending library. A huge thanks to the parents who have helped out. If you can spare a half hour on a Friday we still need help- sign up on the sheet on the notice board.

We are launching our ‘Come Read with Me’ sessions in February. Parents can sign up to come in for 15-20 minutes at the beginning of the day to read a story/stories to your child and other children in our book corner. You could even bring your own favourite book to share.  It is a ‘low-key’ activity that your child will love and we strongly encourage you to take part. A sign up sheet is available in the hallway.

 Sharing From the Start

We have been successful in a bid to take part in an Early Years specific Shared Education project. We are the only nursery school in Derry who have been accepted onto the project! We have formed a partnership with two settings- Cockhill Community Pre-School in Buncrana and Stepping Stones Playgroup in Raphoe. The aim of the project is for our children to interact and form friendships with children from different areas and backgrounds. We will enjoy 30 hours of shared experiences between now and the end of the year. This will include visits to each other’s schools, visits to outdoor and educational settings- basically we plan to have lots of fun together! Further information on the project and an outline of what we plan to do together will be available in the next few weeks.

Banyan Theatre

Karen will return on the 13th February with the story of ‘Red Riding Hood’. If any of you would like to see the show with the children you are very welcome to attend.

School Photographer

The school photographer will visit on Wednesday 14th February.  Every child will have 3 different ‘poses’ taken.  You will receive a small sample of each of the poses and examples of the various sizes available, and you can then decide if you want to buy any of them. Photographs will be taken during class times. There will be no water, paint, dough or anything messy available because of this – so ‘good’ clothes can be worn!   You may also bring other members of the family if you wish – photographs of family members will be taken as soon as the photographer is set up, usually from 8.30am, so come early if you want photos of your other child / children taken.

Snack Money Reminder

Please remember to pay your weekly snack money. As well as buying the foods and drinks for snack it also pays for our trips out and for any extra activities within school such as Banyan Theatre.

Mid-Term Break 

The school will be closed to the children on the following dates: Thursday and Friday 15th, 16th and Monday 19th February

Birthdays this Month    

 Leah McFeely               4th

 Sean McLaughlin         13th

 Eli Deery                      22nd

 

 Connor Fitzpatrick          6th

 AJ McKinney-Holden     14th

 Connor Harkin               26th

 

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