Newsletter January 9th

St James Primary School Newsletter
Respect Perseverance Trust
9th January 2019

Happy New Year to you all. I hope that you have all had an enjoyable Christmas break and are ready for the year ahead.

The building work continues at the back of the school and we are hopeful that we will be able to move into the new classrooms around half term time, although we are waiting for a confirmed date from the builders.

We use Class Dojo at St James as a means of communicating with you and allowing you to communicate freely with your child’s class teacher. If you need to get a message to a class teacher, this is by far the most efficient method to use. All teachers check for dojo messages before school and again at lunchtime.

If there is a last minute change of plan with regards picking up a child, please contact the school office. Please be aware the office shuts at 2.30pm on Wednesdays.

There has been a change to the coming in routine in Inkpen class. The doors of the classroom are open from 8.45am. Please take your child around the side of the school and a member of staff will let your child in. We have found that this leads to a calmer start to the day for the youngest children in school.

A gentle reminder that school begins at 8.50am. An increasing number of families are consistently late and this means that the children are missing out on the important routines at the start of the day.

It is really important that children are heard to read regularly, we make every effort to do this in school as often as we can and we rely on parents doing the same at home.

There is a wide variety of evidence to suggest that avid readers perform better in academic areas, but more recent research also suggests that people who read for pleasure show greater empathy and are more emotionally literate than non – readers.

Please encourage your children to read as often as possible and show them models of good reading habits – the benefits they will get back will be huge!

Some classes will be learning how to play hockey this term and it is the recommendation of England Hockey that players wear a gum shield. These can be purchased relatively cheaply via Amazon.

School lunches are £2.30 a day and should be paid for via parentmail. Please make sure that your account is paid promptly and not allowed to go into arrears.

Diary Dates

  • Wednesday 9th January – Virtual Reality Morning KS2
  • Week beginning 14th January – Clubs begin
  • Monday 21st January – Young Voices Concert Birmingham
  • Monday 21st January Inter Merit group Afternoon – Black history
  • Wednesday 30th January – Weighing and measuring FS and yr 6
  • Thursday 31st January – Yr 5/6 Sportshall Athletics
  • Friday 1st February – KS2 Inter merit group Netball competition
  • Tuesday 5th February – Safer Internet Day
  • Wednesday 13th February – Yr 3 Art Gallery (pm)
  • Thursday 14th February – Yr 6 Fab finish 2.50pm
  • Monday 25th February – INSET
  • Tuesday 26th February – Start of term 4
  • Friday 1st March – Book Fair in school
  • Week beginning 4th March – Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Tuesday 5th March – Ministry of Chocolate visit!
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