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Thursday
Dec012016

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Christmas Newsletter 2016

 

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 8th  DECEMBER: Mrs Woods’ Class       

9.30 am  Blue Group

10.15am  Red Group

           FRIDAY   9th    DECEMBER: Mrs O’ Doherty’s Class  

9.30 am Yellow Group

10.15am Green 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.

 

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 21st 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 14th 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 16th  December. We will take what has been collected to St Mary’s Chapel on Monday 19th 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.                                                                                  

 

 

A CHILD IS BORN….

Mrs Meehan has now left for her maternity leave. We will be waiting to hear her exciting news over Christmas or New Year. Miss Henry has taken over her role in Mrs Woods’ Class.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT TO CREGGAN LIBRARY

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

   

    -Mrs Woods’ Class: Tuesday 13th December

 

    -Mrs O’ Doherty’s Class: Wednesday 14th 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 7th or   14th  December, as we will be very busy with Christmas preparation.

Extended Schools will resume after Christmas on the 9th 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 16th December. We will resume lending on the 6th January 2017 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 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 on Thursday 22nd December and we will see you all again on Wednesday 4th January 2017 .

 

 

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 2017 i.e. 3 years old on or before 2nd July 2017, 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

 


    James Harkin   10th   

    Mia Carlin                   16th  

    Aodhan Doherty         24th  

    David McKinney        31st

    John McKinney 31st


                    

 

 

PARENTS:

 

LOTS TO REMEMBER DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!

 

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS WOODS’ CLASS: THURSDAY 8TH

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS: FRIDAY 9TH

 

MRS WOODS’ CLASS PLAY TRAIL VISIT:   MONDAY 12TH

    

MRS WOODS’ CLASS LIBRARY VISIT:   TUESDAY 13TH

 

MRS O’ DOHERTY’S CLASS PLAY TRAIL VISIT: TUESDAY 13TH

     

MRS O’ DOHERTY’S CLASS LIBRARY VISIT: WEDNESDAY 14TH

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER: WEDNESDAY 14TH

 

                           ST MARY’S CHAPEL: MONDAY 19TH  

 

            SANTA: WEDNESDAY 21ST       

 

         LAST DAY OF TERM: WEDNESDAY 21ST

          (Children to be collected AT 11.30 AM)

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Nov062016

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 7th November. You have all been given timetables so please keep them handy. Miss Patricia Fullerton will continue to run the breakfast club and Miss Stephanie Cooke and Miss Patricia Fullerton 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.  If you are also collecting a child from St John’s Primary School, please come for your Nursery child first. 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.’ Remember all parents are invited to observe our story and song sessions daily from 1.00 pm.

 

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 4th 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 7th November at 1.30pm and Mrs O’Doherty’s parents are invited on the 21st at 1.30pm. Your children will be taking part in their first 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!

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

 

   Cathán McConnell  5th       Aaron Carlin  8th  

                                   

Aoibh Stevenson  8th           Neala Sheerin 10th     

 

Álínn Francis  20th              Anton Gbadamosi 28th     

  

Monday
Oct242016

HALLOWE'EN NEWSLETTER

BLIGH’S LANE NURSERY SCHOOL

 

Halloween Newsletter

 

Monthly Theme

The theme for the rest of the month of October is ‘Halloween’ – beginning Wednesday 12th October.  We will have a Halloween Table in each classroom, so please help your child to bring something Halloween related in from home.  (All items will be returned at the end of the month)

 

Please note – There will be a lot of art activities using black paint this month, and the dough and water will also be black – so please be aware of this when choosing your child’s clothes for school. Black paint will stain clothes and although aprons are always provided, accidents can happen.

 

 

Songs and Rhymes

 

Halloween is Coming                                           Five Currant Buns

 

The Witches of Halloween                                    The Wheels on the Bus

 

Pumpkin Song                                                     Little Miss Muffet

 

Spooky Rhyme                                                    More Nursery Rhymes

 

(Remember, words to the above songs and rhymes will be in your child’s library for you to practice every night)

Dinner Routine

The majority of the children are coping well with the dinner routine and are willing to try food that they may not have had before. You can help by ensuring that your child sits at the table at home at meal times and uses a fork to feed him/herself. They are not expected to be able to cut food, but they can learn with our help.  Two children help the staff to serve out the dinner each day – these are the ‘Helpers’ – a very important and sought-after job! The names of the Helpers will be displayed on the classroom windows so that you will know when it is your child’s turn.  Please point your child’s name out in the morning – this is another way that children learn to recognise their own names and the names of their friends.

 

 


Language Development

The Halloween Theme will provide an opportunity for the staff to extend the children’s language – for example, the Water Tray becomes ‘a witch’s cauldron’ and we talk about all the types of creatures that a witch would put into it.  This is all done in a fun way so that children will not be frightened.  Some of the Key words that the children will be learning are: Witch; wizard; cauldron; spooky; pumpkin; skeleton; ghost; bat; spider; web; cloak; fireworks; black cat; broomstick; spell; crescent moon and abracadabra! Take Time to talk about our Halloween decorations and the children’s art work. As you will have noticed from the display in the porch the Story of the Month is ‘Meg and Mog’.  Each child will have a turn to receive the story book – again read this story to your child every night. You will also get a laminated newsletter with ideas to help to get more out of the story.

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.

 

Getting Ready to Learn

The school has been very fortunate to receive money from the Department of Education to fund some parent engagement projects. Our first theme will be launched in early November and is called ‘The Big Bedtime Read.’ The aim of the project is to support parents in sharing books with their children at home which has been proven to improve reading outcomes for children in their futures. We will run parent information sessions, demonstrations and provide you with packs of books you can borrow to read to your child. Over the next six months we will also cover the themes around Child Development, Healthy Children and Helping Your Child Learn at home. I really look forward to your participation and making the sessions as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.

 

Coats

If your child cannot put on his/her own coat yet please practice this at home.

The weather is getting colder so make sure your child has a coat everyday – we only use the school coats when it’s really wet.

 

Halloween Party 

There will be a Fancy Dress Party for each class on Wednesday 26th   October.  Usual Class times will apply. All the children should come to school in fancy dress and the staff will dress up too.  Some children don’t like dressing up – if this happens you should bring the child’s costume with you – when they see everyone else dressed up they might put the costume on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent / Teacher Meetings

There will be two opportunities for you to meet with your child’s teacher this year – October and February. You will also receive a report in June before your child’s transition to Primary school.  The October meeting will inform you of how your child is settling in and will give you an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.  We aim to see every parent before Halloween.  Mrs Woods and Mrs O’ Doherty will arrange the times of these meetings with their parents.  (Please remember that you can arrange to talk to your child’s teacher at any time during the year should the need arise.)

 

 

Principals’ Meetings

Mrs Woods may have to attend various meetings during the year, but there will be a teacher employed to cover for her.  The children will always be told when this will happen.

 

Halloween Holidays

The school will be closed to the children on Thursday 27th October and will re-open on Wednesday 2nd November.

 

 

Extended School

The Extended school programme will start on Monday 7th November. Mrs Woods and Mrs O’ Doherty will explain how this will work to all parents at the parent/teacher meetings. This programme has been running successfully in the school for quite a few years now. Parents must remember that it may not suit all children to stay longer in school. The most important thing is that the children are happy from 8.45am - 1.15pm, and parents should accept the advice of the class teacher on this issue. You will find the programme on the back of this Newsletter.

 

October Birthdays

Birthday photographs will be displayed in the hall and the photo given to the child’s parents at the end of each month.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

                             Amelia Harkin               4th

                  

                             Abigail McClafferty     6th

 
   


 

Friday
Sep092016

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

September / October

Newsletter

 

 

                                                                                                            

 

Welcome

The Staff would like to welcome all the parents and children and wish them a very happy year in Bligh’s Lane Nursery School. 

Each month you will receive a newsletter like this one, which will inform you about school events, visitors, and the areas of the curriculum that we will focus on with the children.  It is a good idea to keep your newsletter in a prominent place as a reminder.  It will also be displayed on the Parents Notice Board (located in the Hall between the two classrooms).

 

Meet the Staff…

Mrs Woods’s Classroom:                  Mrs O’ Doherty’s Classroom:

Mrs Meehan: Nursery Assistant       Miss McGilloway: Nursery Assistant

Miss Henry: Classroom Assistant     Miss Fullerton: Language Support Assistant

Mrs Walsh: Special Needs Assistant       

 

Also:

Miss Fullerton: Breakfast Club Assistant and Extended Schools Assistant

Mrs Harkin: Dining Attendant

Mrs Mc Cready: Secretary

Mrs Doherty: Caretaker / Cleaner                                                                        

 

 

Theme for the Month (September – Mid- October)

This month’s theme is ‘Getting to Know You’. We spend a lot of time this month getting to know each other – staff, children and parents.  Parents can help by talking to their child about his/her teacher’s name and that of her assistant and by giving us as much information as possible about their child so that we can best meet the children’s needs. 

 

Settling – Procedure

We depend on parents’ support and co-operation during this month.  We would remind you that our settling in method is for the benefit of the children and that they are our main priority at all times. 

The gradual increase of times ensures that the children are happy and secure, and anxious to come to school every day! It is essential that your child is collected on time at the end of each session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

Songs and Rhymes     

 

This month the children will be learning a selection of nursery rhymes and songs, some of which they may already know.  Learning and reciting nursery rhymes is a vital step in preparation for reading, so you can help by setting some time aside each evening to repeat these with your child:                                    

 

 

- Incy Wincy Spider                         - Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

- Baa, Baa, Black Sheep                   - Humpty Dumpty

- Two Little Dicky Birds                    - Name Song

- Hickory Dickory Dock                     - The Elephant

- Hey Diddle Diddle                           - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

 

(Copies of the words of the songs and rhymes will be in your child’s library bag. The children like to call this their ‘homework’!)

 

 

School Dinners

Dinner will begin on Thursday 29th September. Some children may not be ready to stay for dinner by this date (many nurseries don’t start dinner until after Halloween) and if this is the case, your child’s teacher will discuss this with you. It is vitally important that each child is well settled before experiencing the dinner routine.   Parents need to be sure they have contacted the Education Authority (EA) if they think they are entitled to Free Meals – the number is: 02882 411 237.  The cost for everyone else is £2.40 per day payable on a Monday (£12.00 per week but this may increase in October). If a child is absent the dinner money will be refunded. Dinner money MUST always be brought on time in an envelope, money bag etc with the child’s name on it – CORRECT CHANGE IS ESSENTIAL - as the secretary lodges it in the bank straight away to be sent to the EA. This is important because the staff do not have time to find change for you during class times - once the children come in to the classroom we have to see to their needs.                                    

 

Snack Money

Your child’s snack money is £2.00 per week payable on a Monday – give the snack money to your child to bring in to us – they love that responsibility.  The snack money also covers the cost of school trips and parties etc. We would also use this money to contribute to the cost of flowers if there was bereavement in a child’s or member of staff’s family etc.  If you do not agree to money being used in this way please inform a member of staff. Your child will have fresh milk, water and a selection of breakfast foods (a choice of toast, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, eggs etc.), daily. Please let us know your child has any food allergies.                                                                                           

 

 

Library Bags                                                                                             

You will not normally be asked to pay for lots of things in this school, but we do need you to pay for your child’s Library Bag which will be yours to keep at the end of the year. Each child will be able to choose a school library book to take home every week – again, to encourage the development of reading skills.  We have ordered special waterproof bags for the children to carry their library book to and from school.  The cost of this bag is £2.00 payable by the end of the month please.                                                            

 

Tissues

We ask that all parents donate a box of tissues every term. As you can imagine, we use lots of tissues especially during the winter and would be grateful for your cooperation with this request.

 

Health and Safety

When children come together for the first time no matter how hard we try “bugs” start emerging and often we have bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea. If your child has been sick at home you must not bring him/her into school for at least 24 hours after the last episode, otherwise the infection will spread to other children and maybe even the staff.  If your child has not slept overnight it is unfair to bring them into school – even if they say they want to – as he/she will not be able to cope with a busy nursery day without adequate sleep. If your child is sick in school we will ring you to come and collect him/her.

Luckily, last year we had no incidents of hair infection but it is important that you check your child’s hair on a weekly basis – remember head lice are attracted to clean hair. Long hair should always be tied back.

 

Please read the following carefully:                       

 

Contact Numbers        

It is essential that staff have contact numbers for all parents in case of an emergency.

We require three telephone numbers for all children. Mobile phones should never be turned off during the day if your child is at nursery. You must inform us immediately if you change any of your telephone numbers.

 

Colour Groups

We operate a ‘Colour Group System’ in the school.  Each class is divided in half randomly, for ease of organisation.  When the children will soon receive new name badges in the colour of their group (their library bags will also be this colour). 

 

Security System

We have had a security system installed for your child’s protection and for disabled access.  The inside door will be open 15 minutes before the beginning, and before the end of each session.  When arriving at the school  you should press the button located beside the inside door to gain access – there are monitors in each classroom to enable the staff to admit you to the school.  Please only press the button ONCE, and allow time for the staff to answer and admit you.

 

Block Play Area

The area outside the two classrooms is called the Block Play Area.  All the children will use this area daily during the year, but only when parents have gone and the security system is switched on.  It is dangerous for the children to play with the toys in this area BEFORE class starts – this will be explained to the children, so please do not allow them to play with the toys along the floor.  There will be books and jigsaws available for you to share with your child while you wait. 

 

Parents’ Library

We have also purchased some books about child development and health for parents to borrow.  The value of reading is strongly emphasised in this nursery, therefore it is important for you not only to read to your child every day, but for him/her to see you reading regularly.  Please feel free to borrow these books and let us know what you think of them! The books are located near the children’s sofa and chairs in the hall.

 

Child Protection

Child Protection information for Parents has also been displayed in the hall near the children’s sofa and chairs. It is very important that you read all of this information.

 

Safety in the Car Park – Reminders.                                                   

Please remember to hold your child’s hand when entering and leaving the school grounds – in case a vehicle should enter the car park.  The staff will explain this to the children and will also explain that they must never climb on to the wall to walk along it.  Parents’ cars / taxis are not permitted to drive into the car park.

 

Summer and September Birthdays                                                                                                 

Happy Birthday to:                                   

 

JULY BIRTHDAYS:   Paige Clarke: 7th       Daniel Hazlett: 12th

                             Cayla O’Hagan: 21st                                              

 

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS:  Éimhear Kelly: 2nd   Faye Kelly: 4th

                                  Emily Tyre: 10th   Georgia-Leigh Mc Cann:18th

                                  Kadie Gilmour: 17th     Blaine Rodgers: 23rd

                                  Conchur Óg Harkin: 29th  Faye Kelly: 29th

                                  Hannah Porter: 31st   

 

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS:  Ava-Lily McIntyre: 4th   

                                       Ava-Therese Harkin-Gillespie 16th

                                        Kieran McMonagle 26th

 

Each child will have his/her Birthday celebrated in school with a small cake which is shared with the children in the class.

 

 

Wednesday
Jun012016

JUNE NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

        June Newsletter

 

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month is ‘Summer / Beach’.  The children can bring anything ‘beach related’ for our Interest table as it will help to develop new vocabulary. We will also be learning about pirates – so if you have anything at home related to pirates, please bring it in to school.

 

Songs and Rhymes 

- Lets all go to the Seaside          - The Sun

-  I See Sea Shells                      - Wiggle My Toes

-  One, Two, Three, Four, Five     - The Crab

-  Row, Row, Row, your boat        - One-Eyed Jack

-  The Big Ship Sails                     - A Sailor went to Sea, sea, sea

 

 

Science and Mathematics

The children will be learning about sea-life creatures and their environment and this will also include observing patterns.  We will be investigating the effects of water on different materials and substances e.g. sand, flour, sugar, coffee, etc.  The children will also be exploring the shapes, textures and patterns of different types of shells and stones.

 

The World Around Us

We will be talking about ‘treasure maps’, learning how to draw a ‘map’, about who would use them; about ‘Islands’, what they look like, what you would find on them and what shape they would be etc.

 

Sports Day                                                                          

We had a great day on Sports Day and we want to thank all of you for the contributions you made to the ‘shop’ and ‘cafe’ and for the amount you have raised for school funds. Thank you all so much for your generosity. So far we have raised over £1100! If anyone still has sponsor money to bring in, please do so as soon as possible so that we can let everyone know about the final total. Also, thanks to all the parents who were able to take part in the races – this meant so much to the children.

 

Come Dine with Me / Come Play with Me! (Your last chance!)

Don’t forget that you can still spend a day in the classroom with your child or come in and have dinner with us. Speak to your child’s teacher if you are interested! We are starting to use dinner trays in school from this week onwards at dinner time instead of plates in preparation for eating in the canteen in Primary school.

 

Extended Schools

The last day of the Extended Schools Programme will be Tuesday 21st June. Miss Patricia Fullerton, Miss Leanne Owens and Ms Wilma Henry have done a great job this year ensuring that all the children were safe and happy. Our thanks also to the programme facilitators: Miss Stephanie (Jo Jingles and Keep Fit), Mary (Yoga), Ann (Gymnastics) and Craig from Maiden City Soccer Academy. If there are no objections we will buy them all a little gift on your behalf. We know from your comments that you have appreciated all they have done, and the children have enjoyed it immensely.

 

Transition Forms

 

The teaching staff are currently working on the information that is to be passed on to Year 1 teachers. It will consist of an assessment of each child’s Language level and a description of progression in the other curricular areas. You will be asked to read and sign this information and the teaching staff will be available should you wish to discuss its contents.

 

Students

Thanks also to our student this year, Miss Lisa Coyle who worked in Mrs O’ Doherty’s class. She has been excellent in supporting both children and staff.

 

Preparation for Primary School

The staff will concentrate on discussing the transition from Nursery to Primary School this month e.g. new teacher/friends/classroom/canteen/uniform etc. The children will start using ‘trays’ at dinner time to help them prepare for the canteen at primary school. The majority of the children in the school transfer to St John’s Primary School and so the parents of these children will invited to bring their child to a ‘Stay and Play’ session so that children will begin to get used to their new environment and staff. Please ensure that you attend as it is essential for a successful transition to Primary school.

 

The teaching staff will also contact the teachers of the children who are transferring to different primary schools and pass information on to them.

Remember....

 

This can be a very stressful and emotional time for some children as they begin to realise that a change is coming. Even though we talk about primary school in a positive way, some children become unsettled in the last few weeks of term. They either cannot understand the fact that they will not come back to nursery or they think that their nursery teacher will be in primary school when they arrive in September. Please remember to be sensitive to any changes to your child’s behaviour in the next few weeks and let us know if you notice any signs of anxiety.

Health and Safety (Child Protection)

Please make sure that you have applied sun cream to your child before school on hot days (if we get any!)as we spend most of the day outdoors. We have told the children that they need to wear sun cream to school so you shouldn’t have a problem getting them to wear it!

                               

Uniform Grants

There are uniform grants available for Primary school children this year. Please contact the EA (02882 411 496) for information if you think you might be eligible.

 

Spare Clothes

If you have any tops, bottoms, pants or socks that are too small for your child now, please bring them in to us so we can use them to change children next year if necessary.

 

End of year celebrations

During the month of June we hope to visit the beach as part of our topic. We will probably book this ‘last minute’ when we are sure of the weather. We also hope to have good weather so that we can hire a bouncy castle for a day and so that we can ask an ice-cream van to come to visit. Here’s hoping the weather is good!

End of Term

The last day of school will be Tuesday 28th June. There will be a Leaving Party for the children and they will be entertained by ‘Parky’ the magician.  All the children should be collected at 11.30am. If you are going on holiday before this please let us know.

 

Birthdays this Month

 

Conor Shields     12th         Caoimhín McCusker 19th      

 

Malachy Kelly     15th         Adam Smith       28th        

 

A Fond Farewell

 

On behalf of the staff and Governors, I would like to thank you for being such wonderful parents this year. We have really enjoyed getting to know you and your children and you have always been so supportive, complimentary and appreciative of what we aim to do. Thank you also for all your positive written feedback in the Parents’ comments books each week. Your children have been a pleasure to work with and I hope we have taught them that school is fun and that learning is exciting. It is hard to believe we have reached the end of another school year, the last day is always a sad one for us as we will miss you all so much. On a personal note thank you for welcoming me into the local community, I have really enjoyed this first year in Creggan.

Please bring your child to visit the staff in September so we can see him/her in his/her school uniform! We wish you and your child all the best for starting Primary School. Have a lovely Summer and keep safe.

Mrs Woods and the staff.                  

 

Farewell

 

The time has come to say goodbye

Our time together is done

We sang, we read, we learned so much

Remember all the fun.

 

We saw the smile grow on your face

When you tackled something new,

We watched as your eyes lit up

Our eyes they glistened too.

 

We know you have hard work ahead

With challenges all new

All that we’ve learned together this year,

Will see you through and through.

 

We wish you well, we cherish you

 As you walk out the door today,

But know for certain wherever you go

You’re in our hearts to stay.