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Wednesday
May032017

MAY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School 

               

 

 

May Newsletter 2017

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 Woods’ class are invited to attend the session on the 15th May at 1.15pm (children will be at extended schools) and Mrs O’Doherty’s parents on 22nd May at 1.15pm.

Visits

  • The Bowling Alley- The children had a great time and many overcame their initial fear of the big slide 
  • Shooting Starz

We are all going to Shooting Starz in Campsie which is run by Ann and Laura, our Gymnastics teachers, on Friday 19th  May. There are lots of exciting activities there for the children including a Trampoline – Ann has asked us to check if every parent consents to their child using the trampoline so we will be asking you about this.

 

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 26th 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 29th and Tuesday 30th  May for the bank holiday.

Birthdays this Month

 Leanbh Harkin    5th               Megan-Rose Shields    24th

 

Rían McCalliion-Mackey 6th        Ollie McCallion            24th

 

Brannágh Mellon   15th              Sienna Gilespie         30th

 

Sophia McCauley  23rd                                            

 

Monday
Apr032017

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 Wednesday 12th April  – 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 Thursday 13th April – Tuesday 25th April for the Easter Holidays. 

 

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.

 

BUILDING WORKS UPDATE

The contractors are getting on great and have asked me to once again thank you for your cooperation and patience. They are continuing to work on the inside of the new building and are still on schedule to complete by the end of May. They plan to swap the current office and staffroom during the Easter holidays. Just another few weeks of disruption before we can all enjoy our new facilities.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH              

 

Mila McLaughlin      4th            Lochlann Power                  25th

 

Reina McFadden     14th          Lorcán Duffy              30th

 

Cadhla Harkin          20th        Lainey Coyle             24th                                                    

 

 

 

Happy Easter!

Tuesday
Feb282017

SPRING NEWSLETTER

BLIGH’S LANE NURSERY SCHOOL

 

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2017

Monthly Theme                                                                     

 

Winter is over – hopefully! So the theme for the month of March 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.

 

Building Project

You will see that our building works are well underway and the new rooms are now ‘sealed’. The builders are on schedule and have asked me to thank you for your patience and cooperation. The expected completion is the end of May so hopefully your children will get to use the new facilities in their last month.

 

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 

Mrs O’Doherty’s class stay for the extended school’s activities again on Monday 6thth and Tuesday 7th  March. Mrs Woods’ Class next session will be on Monday 13th March.

 

Getting Ready to Learn 

-       Big Bedtime Read - As a final event for the we invite you to join us at Creggan Library on the 15th March for a story session and some lunch. You will get time to explore the library with your child and to join so that you can borrow books as and when you want.

-       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 brought their own favourites to read or you can borrow our books.

-       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 6th March from 1.30pm-2.15pm for Mrs O’Doherty’s parents and on Monday 13th March from 1.30pm-2.15pm for Mrs Woods’ parents.

 

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.

 

St Patrick’s Day

There will be some Irish Dancers and musicians in the school on Wednesday 16th March to entertain the children. Don’t forget to wear your Green that day!

 

The school will be closed on Friday 17th and Monday 20th March

 

ZooLab Visit

As part of our Spring theme we have booked a mobile Zoo to visit on Friday 24th March. They will bring a variety of reptiles and animals for your children to experience. If you think your child may be frightened please speak to a member of staff.

 

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

 

Kái McCormick-Nicell  6th

 

Mya Wade-McCafferty  13th                       

 

Aaran Kelly                        29th            

 

Monday
Feb132017

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Newsletter February 2017  

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               

 

      One Little Finger                              Polly put the kettle on    

      When I look in the Mirror                   I wiggle my fingers

      Miss Polly had a dolly                        Two little eyes

     When Goldilocks went to the house         Open Shut them

      of the bears

One Little Finger

Open Them, Shut Them

      Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes          

Fire Engine Rhyme                                          

      If you’re happy and you know it

I look in the mirror

      Granny’s glasses      

      Rock-a-bye baby

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 6th February. A signing up sheet is available for each teacher.

 

Dental Hygienist Visit

As part of our theme we will take the children to the Gas Yard to see “Jennifer” our dental hygienist in the surgery on Monday 13th February. The purpose of this visit is to allay any fears the children may have about going to the dentist as well as to learn about the importance of dental hygiene.  The children will not have their teeth examined.

 

Ambulance and Paramedics Visit

Paramedics from the ambulance service will bring a special ambulance to the school on 27th 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. 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.

 Building Works Update

Our building project is well underway and everything is running to schedule at the moment. The children are really enjoying seeing the progress everyday and are having a great time with the builders role-play inside the classes. We thank you for your patience as the works develop.

Banyan Theatre

Karen will return on the 10th 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 15th 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 16th, 17th and Monday 20th February

 

Birthdays this Month    

 Caoimhín Toner                6th   

 

 Abaigh McDevitt         25th  

 

 

Tuesday
Jan032017

JANUARY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

January Newsletter 2017

 

             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 (2017)

If you have a child (or know of a child) due to start Nursery in September 2017 (i.e. born between 2 July 2013 and 1 July 2014), 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 11th January 2017 at 12 noon.

 

Primary School Applications (2017)

Parents should have obtained an application form from their preferred Primary School for admission to Year 1 in September 2017. The closing date for Primary school applications forms is also 11th 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 9th January for their two week block. Mrs O’Doherty’s Class next session will be on Monday 23rd January. 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

 

School Meals

The cost of school meals has increased to £2.45 per day or £12.25 per week. This increase has been directed to us by the Education Authority.

 

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.

 

Birthdays This Month      

 

William Boyle       1st                                                      

 

Zara Mellon          21st     

 

Riley Doherty       24th