2nd March 2016
Spring Letter 4
This should be the last newsletter of a very busy Spring Term. It contains lots of useful information and should bring everyone up to date before the Easter break.
Thursday 3rd March
Thursday 3rd March is World Book Day, every child at school will receive their one pound book voucher to spend on a book of their choice. We will be dressing up this year and marking the day with a special worship time and activities in the classrooms.
For two weeks, from Monday 7th March, the children will be able to enjoy a very special experience. Thanks to the Friends who have supported this project, all of the children will be able to watch ten eggs as they hatch and the young chicks appear. We will be putting regular update photos onto the school website throughout the length of the project. When the chicks are old enough the children will have the chance to hold them. Look out for regular updates on the website.
Sport Relief Day
Sport Relief Day is on Friday 18th March 2016 and all children except Year 6 and Reception will be able to wear sports gear for their £1 donation to the Sport Relief charity. Year 6 and Reception will be having their school photographs taken during this day therefore they must attend school in their uniform and bring their sports gear to change into.
This years’ Easter Lunch will take place on Wednesday 23rd March 2016. All orders should be made by Thursday 10th March please. Payments are on-line under ‘school meal’.
We are supporting Brain Tumour Research and we would like lots of Easter themed hats on Tuesday 22nd March. There will be a prize for the best Easter hat in each class. Please send in £1 for the Charity.
Children from Year 6 will be taking part in the Midweek Eucharist Service at St John’s on Wednesday 23rd March. The whole school Easter Worship will take place on Thursday 24th March at 10 a.m. at St John’s Church. It is always a lovely service. I hope many of you will be able to attend.
Please remember that the school finishes for the Easter Holidays at 2.15 p.m. on Thursday 24th March and re-opens on Tuesday 12th April.
We are currently collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers for schools. Thanks go to Mrs Onslow who is kindly counting the vouchers this year for us.
Bilton Gala & Non Uniform Day
This years’ Bilton Gala will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May. The Friends will be holding their chocolate tombola stall. A non-uniform day will be held for chocolate tombola donations on Friday 22nd April 2016.
Monday 29th February saw the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. Mrs Jones ran an assembly and is doing workshops with Nidderdale and Swaledale. On Friday 11th March all children will be offered a Fairtrade breakfast snack for a 20p donation which has been kindly supplied by Asda.
Thank you for supporting our space week. The children looked out of this world in their creative costumes. We also raised £196.68, after expenses, towards space equipment. A special thank you to our many visitors in school during this week.
Illness at St Johns
The wishes of all the Governors, staff and pupils are with Simon Dowson and his family while he recovers from illness.
Snow and Ice
Whilst last year was a very mellow winter, we are now approaching the season when the school can be affected by snow and ice. Please check the policies and procedures below:
Administering Medicines in School
Please note that parents will be strongly advised and encouraged to keep their children at home if acutely unwell or infectious.
If parents need to bring medicine for administering during the school day:-
Well done to our KS2 TAG rugby team who played enthusiastically in the mud. Thank you to Mr Starkey for supporting this event.
We are sending a team of Year 5/6 to St Aidan’s on Thursday for a Quicksticks hockey competition. They have been busy practising and we wish them luck.
For the rest of this term we will be focusing on the value of respect. We have talked in school about politeness, good language and how we show respect to all members of our school community. I have attached a blue respect leaf for our school tree. Please write on this and send it to school when you notice your child showing this value. We are aiming for our tree to be full of blue leaves by Easter.
Dates for your Diary
Monday 7th March Bishopdale/Airedale/Ribblesdale cake sale after school
Monday 7th March Uniform Bank Sale after school
Wednesday 16th Mach Parents’ Evening Early
Thursday 17th March Parents’ Evening Late
Friday 18th March Sport Relief (sport gear) non uniform day (YR and Y6 wear uniform)
Friday 18th March Year 6 and Reception school photos
Tuesday 22nd March Community Tea
Tuesday 22nd March Wear an Easter Hat Day (£1 donation)
Wednesday 23rd March Easter Lunch
Thursday 24th March 10 a.m. Easter Service at St John’s Church
Thursday 24th March Finish for Easter – 2.15 p.m.
Monday 11th April Staff Training Day
Tuesday 12th April School re-opens
Friday 22nd April Non Uniform for Bilton Gala (Chocolate donations please)
Monday 2nd May Bilton Gala on the field