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Newsletter 09.11.17



The theme this year is ‘Spotacular’ and so we would like all of the children to come to school in something spotty that day in return for a donation          (suggestion:£1) This could be something as simple as a pair of spotty socks or a spotty headband, or for those who love a costume, a full spotty outfit!    We are also selling some lovely Pudsey Bear and Blush Bear pin badges – available from the school office for £1. I look forward to seeing all the children   in their spots on the day!



 Some of you have received attendance letters, following our analysis of attendance over the first half term. This is something that is done routinely, in order to alert parents when their child’s attendance has fallen below certain key markers set by the government. As a parent myself, I know there are times when children are genuinely too ill to be in school, and it is right that they stay at home to recover. Nevertheless it is our duty to monitor attendance and to make sure parents are aware – you may be surprised how quickly attendance percentages can drop with even a small amount of illness. As you know, attendance is a key area which we need to improve as a school and we cannot do this without your help! Please see any attendance letters in the spirit they are intended – as information sharing and part of good practice in ensuring all children receive the best opportunities to succeed.


We now have a school twitter account. You can find us @GlenairePS. We will use this account to let you know when there are updates to the class blogs and for  sharing news. Important information will still be sent by letter and posted as news on our website. Please follow us!



In the last newsletter I wrote about cuts to school funding which are reducing the range of resources we can buy for school. The greatest impact on a child’s education is good quality teaching, and I am determined that the cuts will not have any impact on this. However, the money for additional resources and experiences is now far more limited. One way in which we are able to add to our funds is through fundraising, such as the Christmas Fair and other events throughout the year. We would like more parents to come and join in with Friends of Glenaire – we need your ideas and enthusiasm! Please see Mrs Bloor to offer your support.



The weather is now turning colder and the frost has started to appear. Please ensure your child has a school jumper, winter coat and warm hat/gloves every day. As children often have the same clothing, naming every item is really helpful and also important for the children, who like to know they have the right coat/hat etc. Outdoor learning sessions will continue throughout the winter months, so the children still need to come                                         prepared on their forest school day.


It may only be the beginning of November, but please see below for dates of Christmas events. More information will follow nearer the time. Please also look out for invitations from your children to watch their class assembly or share their learning in class.

Dates for your diary:

Friday 1st December:   Christmas Fair 6pm (a letter has been sent home already)

Monday 11th December: KS2 Christmas Singalong

Wednesday 13th December: KS1 Nativity 6pm

Thursday 14th December: Nursery and Reception carols – time to follow

Friday 15th December: Christmas Jumper Day and at 1.30pm,  please join us for our ‘Christmas Crafternoon’ before school closes for the Christmas Holiday.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Jo Wilkinson



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