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Bligh's Lane
Nursery School

Bligh's Lane
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Mrs Woods: 07564024879                                                           

Mrs O’ Doherty: 07564024308

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Nov302011

Halloween Newsletter

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

I am A Pumpkin                                               1,2,3 Little Witches

Pumpkin Song                                                 More Nursery Rhymes

 (Remember, words to the above songs and rhymes are available in the porch) 

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 his/her special knife and fork. They are not expected to be able to cut food, but they can learn with our help. You have all been given a menu, which rotates over 4 weeks.  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!  The staff paint some of the windows with Halloween pictures to reinforce the new vocabulary – take time to talk about these paintings with your child.  Some of stories that we will be reading will be about ‘Meg’ (the witch) and ‘Mog’ (her cat).  

Coats

Many parents are sending their children to school with ‘hooded tops’ instead of proper coats! Every child needs a coat with a hood in school each day. We go outside every day, but we cannot take children out who are not dressed properly for outdoor play. 

Puppet Show

A lady called Karen will visit the school on Tuesday 25th October to present a puppet show called ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’. Karen comes to us a few times every year and her shows are always very good. 

Halloween Party

There will be a Fancy Dress Party for each class on Thursday 27th 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 O’Doherty will arrange times with parents for Tuesday 18th October and Mrs Gillen will arrange times with parents for Wednesday 19th October.  (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 Gillen 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 for a week this year from Friday 28th October (a Staff Development Day) and will re-open on Monday 7th November

Hall Displays

There will be photographs displayed in the hall during the year, which attempt to show what, and how, the children are learning during their time in the nursery. Please take time to look at the photographs and read the captions on the display board between the two classrooms. All the photographs will be on the school website (since all parents have consented to this) for the rest of the family to see. You will also find other important information related to the school, and links to educational websites for yourself and your child.   

Extended School

The Extended school programme will start on Monday 14th November. Mrs Gillen 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 9.00am - 1.30pm, and parents should accept the advice of the class teacher on this issue. 

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!

Chloe McGinley   

13th 

Ciarán Ryan-Daly 

18th 

 


 

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