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Newsletter Week Ending 6th November 2015

Sainsbury’s Silver Kitemark Award – the Sainsbury’s School Games Kitemark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. We are proud to announce that Woodcote Primary School has been awarded the Silver kitemark. We would like to thank Mrs Bodeker for all of her hard work increasing the range of sports and activities that are available. Thanks also goes to many parents who have offered their time and support making some of the additional activities possible.


 Lunchtime Supervisor – we are looking for lunchtime supervision for 2 – 5 days a week, term time. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact the school office on 01491 680 454 for more information.


Church Fair – Saturday 7th November, St Leonard’s Church is holding its annual fundraising fair in the Village Hall from 1.30pm. Entrance is only 20p and there will be stalls and attractions for the whole family, along with entertaining competitions, raffles, refreshment and the opportunity to meet and catch up with friends. Do come along. You should find many Christmas bargains and entries for the colouring competition will be displayed.


Street Dance –Street Dance starts on Friday 13th November at 8am in the school hall. If your child is interested please complete a registration form and bring it to the school office with payment in a sealed, labelled envelope. There are paper copies in the Foyer. There are a few spaces left.


Children in Need – on Friday 13th November children may help support Children in Need by coming into school dressed as a Superhero of their choice. Please bring in a donation of £1.00.


Optional Milk – as part of a recent Government initiative to help develop healthy eating habits in children, school can now offer parents the opportunity to buy a daily portion of milk for their children whilst at school. Guidelines state that the milk to be offered is 1.8% fat or lower and lactose reduced milk. Children eligible for Free School Meals are entitled to free milk and children under 5 years old currently receive milk at school daily.  We would like to gauge the requirement for milk for children over 5 years old. Please complete a milk form available in school and  send it back to the school office by Friday 13th November. Once we have an idea of numbers, we will advise parents of costs and method of payment (paper copies in the Foyer).


Nativity – this year Foundation, Oak Class, will be performing the traditional Nativity on Friday 4th December at 2pm in the school hall. There will be a dress rehearsal on Thursday 3rdDecember at 2pm to which children from the Cabin and Woodcote Pre-School will be attending along, with the whole school. The other two Key Stage 1 classes, Hornbeam and Beech, will be performing on Tuesday 7th December at 1.30pm and Wednesday 8th December at 6pm. More details will follow.


Uniform – please note that the school uniform for all children is a plain white polo shirt and school sweatshirt or cardigan. If your child would like to wear an additional layer for warmth, as well as their sweatshirt, please ensure it is a plain white base layer or T-shirt, not a coloured one. As Winter sets in, there is the usual problem of mud and dirt being walked into school. If your child walks to school please ensure they wear boots or similar, that can be changed for school shoes once at school. This will help control the amount of dirt coming into the classrooms and hall. As ever, please label all items coming into school to help reduce lost property. A laundry marker is available in the school office.


Samaritan’s Purse – thank you to the parents who donated Christmas boxes for this appeal.


Printer cartridges – if anyone has any original toner or ink cartridges to be recycled please bring them in a sealed plastic bag to the school office. We can send them off and earn some extra funds for school.


Forms – please note that many of the forms for parents are now located in the outer part of the Foyer. Hopefully it will make it easier for parents to access. Please remember to complete an Absence form when your child has returned after being off school due to illness.


FOWPS Newsletter w/e Friday 6th November 2015

It’s just 21 days until our annual Christmas Market. This year, we will are asking for your help with donations of bottles and jolly jars to use on our two tombolas. We will begin collecting your donations next week.


There will be collection bags under the sheltered area of the chalets every day of the week. (On your right as you enter the playground). These will be clearly labelled with the class names. Please make sure you put your donations into the correct bag!

A tally will be kept over the course of each collection week to see which class has given the school the most support through their donations. The class with the most items donated will be allowed a special treat for all their hard work. We’ll let you know what that might be next week.


BOTTLES: From 9th-13 November we are collecting bottles. Please ensure that the bottle is unopened and in date until at least January 2016.


JOLLY JARS: From 16th-20 November is Jolly Jar week. Please bring in clean jars, filled with sweets (preferably wrapped) or small toys. As with the bottles, any edible items must be within date to at least January 2016. You are welcome to decorate your jars for a bit of festive fun.



Last year’s winners were Hornbeam (y1) and Rowan (y4). Who will be this year’s winners? Could it be your class???


Diary Dates – Christmas Market – Friday 27th November. School Disco – Friday 4th December.