Infant 21/11/14

21 November 2014

Dear Parents

As Christmas draws ever nearer some of us start thinking about gifts. Others of you have been doing that since the last week in August if we are to believe the market research! I am feeling pretty pleased with myself as I have already bought a present for my wife, for two of my 3 grandchildren and the cards for all my staff here at HTPD (104) !!

I was wondering what is the best gift we can give our children – so far I have only got a set of 100 ‘Beano’ postcards as a little present for my son. However, it is the things which money can’t buy which are the most important gifts they can receive. I think there are three or four things which will make so much more difference than the latest Xbox or ‘Frozen’ DVD.

Number 1 is always ‘being there’ for your children, this includes the wonderful gifts of time and empathy. In the 1950s John Bowlby introduced the concept of ‘attachment theory’. This tells us that humans (as well as other animals) only really thrive if they are nurtured by a main carer or carers who have a ‘deep and enduring emotional bond for them across time and space’ Bowlby 1969. Children who have good attachments can go on to make other good relationships throughout their lives.

The second is the gift of unconditional love. This again embraces time given and words of affirmation as well as touch. Children who are loved are able to feel love for others. If that love is unconditional, children have every chance of being stable, and once again, forming good and lasting relationships themselves.

Thirdly, I would suggest the gift of building our children up, resulting in children who value themselves and have a high level of self-esteem, This in turn leads to children who achieve the cliché ‘to be best that I can be’.

This is all very idealistic I know and we all have times of success and failure. The good news is that you can keep on giving these gifts all through the years of childhood and onwards after that!
Happy Christmas shopping!
With best wishes, Richard


Building work: Next Monday 24 November the builders will begin the replacement of our windows. Obviously this may cause some disruption to our usual routines. We will try to keep you informed about any changes to where your child will be based. Please watch out for signs about which doors to use and which
classrooms are out of action.

Dental Checks, Monday 24 November:
Just a reminder to those of you whose children are taking part in the National Dental Survey of 5 year olds that the dental nurse will be in school on Monday.

Christmas Play tickets and DVD: Look out for letters coming home today about tickets for the Christmas play on 8, 9 and 10 December. The dress rehearsal will be on Thursday 4th (and not Friday 5th December as stated in last week’s newsletter). Please return your order by Friday 28 November.
An order form for the Christmas play DVD is also coming home and must be returned by 10 December.

Holy Trinity Meeting for Prospective Parents, Thursday 27 November:
All parents of children in Year 2 are invited to a meeting at Holy Trinity on 27 November at 7.45pm.

Christmas Lunch, Thursday 11 December:
Children who usually have a packed lunch are very welcome to have a school Christmas lunch on Thursday 11th. Please let the office know by Friday 5 December.

Carols round the Tree, Tuesday 16 December, 2.00pm: Parents are warmly invited to join us for this informal carol sing-along in the hall.

Football Club: We are delighted to have Jack Sollis of Kickstart Coaching taking over the football club from Brian. Letters will come out next week with more details. Football will continue on Wednesday for Year 1 and Thursday for Year 2. Year R will be on Tuesday.

Lost:

- A pair of pink Disney glasses, possibly belonging to someone who attended PUPS on Thursday.
- During the Y2 trip to St Paul's last week Emmy Covington, Walnut, mislaid her Keller cardigan (labelled either on the collar or on the tag at the side). A Keller cardigan was brought back from the trip, however it wasn’t hers. Please could parents of Keller Y2 girls check they have the right cardigan.

FOPS

Christmas Decoration Competition - deadline for entry 1 December 2014: You will have received home this week details of our Christmas decoration competition. Continuing the tradition of theming the competition to Christmas production, the theme this year is tribal masks - Christmassy ones! We will be using the masks to decorate the school hall for Christmas. On the back of the letter is a template you can use. Let your children get creative and go wild! All entries should be handed into the School Office with your child's name and class on the back by Monday 1 December. We will be choosing one winner from each class and one overall winner. So get out the glitter and good luck!

Christmas Fair - 7 December 2014: Donations
- Thank you so much for all your donations of booty bags, bottles, books, chocolate and soft toys today. It's not too late to bring in donations is you still want to do so.

Raffle - Raffle tickets will be coming home in your child's book bag next week. The raffle is our biggest fundraiser and we would be really grateful if you could sell as many tickets as possible to friends, neighbours and family. However please do not allow your children to go door to door selling them as it is illegal for children to buy or sell raffle tickets. A full list of prizes on offer, including £100 cash, a "must have" toy and loads of great days out packages, will be included with the raffle tickets. Please return all monies, completed counterfoils and unwanted tickets in the envelope provided to the School Office by 3pm on Friday 5 December. If you require more tickets they are available from the School Office.

Help on the Day
- The stalls have been allocated across the year groups and your class reps will be asking you to sign up to help for a short time on the day. There are as many time slots as there are children in each year so please volunteer to help.

Peace Child DVD - order by 10 December 2014:
So that you can sit back and enjoy the school Christmas production, Peace Child, and share the experience with family and friends over Christmas, we will be producing a DVD of the play which you can order for £8 a copy. £1.50 from the sale each DVD goes to the school. If you would like to order a copy please complete the order form and return it together with payment no later than Wednesday 10 December. The DVDs will be available to take home on the last day of term.

Easyfundraising.org.uk: It’s Black Friday – will you be starting your Christmas shopping? If you are shopping on line, please think about using Easyfundraising.org.uk and choosing Friends of Pewley Down Infant School as your cause to support. You can access all the big retailers, for example Amazon, John Lewis, M&S, Argos, Debenhams, via their website and raise money for the school while you shop. The site can also tell you compare prices between retailers and the school will even receive commission when you use the search engine. We spend so much at Christmas – get a bit extra for your money by benefitting the school or another good cause.


2nd Guildford Town West Rainbows
are a lovely group who meet once a month on the second Saturday from 2.00-4.00pm. We run every month except August, and on a Saturday because there is too much going on during our evenings to fit it all in or just because we like to have something to do in an afternoon! Rainbows are the youngest section of Girlguiding, which encompasses Brownies and Guides too. We use our full two hours to make things, go out and about, sing songs, play games, learn new things and make friends. It’s a great chance to experience the Rainbow programme with girls from all over Guildford as we meet in central Guildford. To join this Rainbow unit, please go online to www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested and follow the instructions and click on 2nd Guildford Town West Rainbows and the postcode is GU1 1ER. For more detailed information on this unit please contact Catriona on catriona.ferris@unilever.com Please note that the vacancies are only in this unit, most others carry a waiting list and you will not get a place aged 5 already.

Sunnyside YOGA
– Don’t miss the chance to try Yoga at Holy Trinity on Monday evenings 19.45 – 21.45 in the Main Hall. To book your space, please contact Gunilla Hartman (Mum to Hanna in 4JN) on 07732 550 699 or visit www.sunnysideyoga.co.uk to find out more.

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Menu for week beginning Monday 24 November
Mon: Salmon Pasta or Veggie Pasta Bake, Peas & Sweetcorn, Carrots; Eve’s Pudding
Tues: Chinese Chicken & Noodles or Vegetable Noodles, Mixed Vegetables, Cauliflower; Pear Semolina
Weds: Roast Gammon & Gravy or Cheese & Onion Flan, Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli; Ice Cream & Fruit Puree
Thurs: Italian Meatballs & Rice or Mixed Bean Wrap, Sweetcorn, Green Beans; Lemon Sponge
Fri: Fish Fingers & Chips or Jacket Potato with Cheese, Baked Beans, Peas; Jam Tart