MONKFRITH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

27th February 2017

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office email: office@monkfrithschool.co.uk


SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

Class

Week ending:

23.2.17

Please note any children arriving in school after 9.15 a.m. will be marked in the register as an ‘unauthorised absence’. This may then trigger a meeting with the school’s Educational Social Worker (ESW) to discuss punctuality.

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Well done to 2S for the best attendance in Key Stage 1 and well done to 6LD for the highest attendance in Key Stage 2 last week!

 

 

Reception C

97%

Reception R

97%

Year 1C

98%

Year 1D

96%

Year 2S

99%

Year 2D

94%

Year 3

95%

Year 4

96%

Year 5

96%

Year 6D

94%

Year 6LD

99%

Whole School Average

96%

 


OFFICE EMAIL (office@monkfrithschool.co.uk)

From now on, please use the email at the top of the newsletter to report absences or send notes to the office. Thank you.

 

FOMS DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

1. FOMS AGM on 10th March 9am
Did you know that FOMS currently helps to fund school swimming lessons and the school's text messaging service? Please do come along to our AGM to find out more about FOMS and the work that we do.  We'll be starting with a coffee and cake (why not?) and, as part of the meeting, we'd love to get some more ideas from you about fund-raising events. It's also a great way to meet the committee if you fancy joining us - we're always on the look out for new members!  

2.
Bingo Night on 17th March 
Following the success of November's Quiz Night, we'd like to invite you to join us for some Bingo! There will be food, there will be drinks ... and there will be lots of Bingo!  Full details will be out later this week.

3.
Easter Event 30th March
Please join us for an informal after school event of drinks and Easter treats. The Spring raffle will also be drawn.

4. Summer Fair Save the Date!
This year's Summer Fair will be 
on Saturday 17th June from 12-3pm.  We're already busy organising a bumper event of fun and games!  More to follow!

Thanks and best wishes,
FOMS Committee 

 

MISS PORZI’S END OF TERM WOODWIND AND RECORDER CONCERTS

Recorder: Tuesday 21st March at 2.30 p.m.

Woodwind: Friday 24th March at 9.00 a.m.

 

SCIENCE/PE WEEK-26th June 2017

We are currently planning a Science and PE week in June focusing on how our bodies work and how we keep ourselves fit and healthy. We are looking for parents who have some expertise they could share with us during the week. Are you involved in any of the following fields: nutrition, sports coaching, dentistry, surgery, medicine, health visiting etc.?  We would be really grateful if you could contact us (office@monkfrithschool.co.uk) if you are able to come into school during the week of the 26th June to talk to groups of children about your speciality. Thank you in hopeful anticipation!

 

USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT CHANGES TO £5 NOTE AND NEW £1 COIN

The new 12-sided £1 coin is being rolled out next month, and the current round version will stop being legal tender (and so won’t be accepted in shops) on 15 October 2017. After that, if you still have any old £1 coins, you won’t be able to spend them.

The shiny new plastic fivers are already in circulation, and the older, larger fiver is leaving us even sooner than the pound – the withdrawal date’s set for 5 May.

Now technically, unlike the pound coin, the £5 banknote is produced by the Bank of England and not the Royal Mint. This means that, even after it’s been scrapped, the old fiver is covered by what’s effectively a Bank of England ‘buy back guarantee’ – old banknotes officially hold their face value “for all time”.

That means if you’re stuck with an old fiver after 5 May, you can still exchange it at face value with the Bank of England in London, in person or by post (at your own risk). What’s more, while they’re under no obligation to do so, many banks and building societies say they will accept the old fivers from their own customers.

But in practice, sorting it after 5 May will be a hassle. So if you can, check if you’ve got any old fivers (though you’re probably less likely to have a stash of them than old pound coins) and use them while you’re able to.

Here’s a timetable of all the forthcoming currency changes:

How notes and coins are changing
DATE EVENT
28 MARCH 2017 New ’12-sided’ £1 coin in circulation
5 MAY 2017 Old ‘non-polymer’ £5 note withdrawn
15 OCTOBER 2017 Old £1 coin withdrawn
SUMMER 2017 (DATE TBC) New polymer £10 note launched
2020 (DATE TBC) New polymer £20 note launched

 

BUILDING UPDATE

All the internal additions to our school have now been completed and handed over to us. We have 2 more lovely new classrooms, an activity studio, a dining room extension, a small food technology area and a new staff room. We are delighted with the quality of the work done by Farrans and they have been a great contractor to work with-helpful and understanding about the difficulties of working on a ‘live’ site. There is still some work to be done externally, which will happen over the next few weeks. You may have noticed that the council are currently building our long awaited crossing area in Monkfrith Way. This work should be finished in a couple of weeks and then we will be able to use the Monkfrith Way entrance as well as the Brookside South entrance. Once we have all our new spaces kitted out with furniture, we will organise an open day so that you can come and have a look around. Thank you for your patience and flexibility whilst the work has been going on, we really have appreciated your support.

 

PARKING ON GRASS VERGES

Now there are no contractors parking on Knoll Drive, this should make parking much easier. Please note that our grass verges have really suffered over the last few weeks where cars/vans have driven over them or parked on them. Please do not park on any grass verges in the roads surrounding school. If you are parking where there is not enough room for a car to pass unless you park on the verge-the solution is to park somewhere else!

 

ALTERNATIVE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS-A big ‘thank you’ to parents that have already done this!

As part of our Healthy School initiative, we are trying to reduce the amount of sugar that children consume in school. Sugar is controlled in our school meals to benefit the children’s health. However, when birthdays come around in school, there is always a ‘sugar fest’. I would like to suggest an alternative that we have tried in the past and has worked really well. Instead of sending in sweets or cakes for your child’s birthday, please choose a book for their class instead. We will put a bookplate in the front of the book so every time it is read, we will remember who gave it to their class. It is a lovely opportunity for you and your child to choose a longer lasting reminder of their special day. We are very happy to get non-fiction books as well as story books. So if your child’s birthday is coming up soon, enjoy a browse in a book shop or a supermarket as they also have a great selection of books now too!

 

CURRICULUM MEETING FOR PARENTS-Wednesday 15th March at 6.00 p.m.

Miss Donaghy will be running a curriculum meeting so that you can find out how to help your child in their journey to fluency in reading and writing. She will provide lots of ideas about how you can help your child at home and information about the extra challenges of the new English curriculum. We do hope you can join us.

 

Macintosh HD:private:var:folders:mQ:mQf1vLRhFXe4evyW2FUCvk+++TM:-Tmp-:TemporaryItems:imgres.jpgWORLD BOOK DAY-Thursday 2nd March

To celebrate World Book Day this year, we would like the whole school to follow a ‘Where’s Wally’ theme, children and adults may come into school dressed as a Wally character on Thursday 2nd March.

 

CLASS ASSEMBLIES

Wednesday 8th March at 3.00 p.m.-Y1D

Thursday 16th March 9.00 a.m. Ukelele concert for Year 3 parents

Wednesday 22nd March at 3.00 p.m.- Y1C

All families and friends welcome.

 

DATES FOR THIS TERM

Wed 22nd February: Y4 football tournment for selected team.

Mon 27th February: Parent consultations 8.00 am to 8.40 am 4.00pm – 6.00 pm

Wed 1st March: Parent consultations 5.30 p.m.-8.00 p.m.

Thurs 2nd March: World Book Day-children can come into school dressed as a Where’s Wally character.

Friday 10th March: Barnet Dance Festival for dance club members-from noon (packed tea required).

Friday 17th March: Y5 visit to British Museum-packed lunch required

Friday 17th March: FoMS Bingo Night 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday 21st March at 2.30 p.m. Recorder concert

Thursday 23rd March: Last drama club for this term

Friday 24th March at 9.00 a.m. Woodwind concert

Friday 24th- Comic Relief day-information to follow nearer the time.

Monday 27th March: Spring Art competition closing date

Thursday 30th March: FoMs raffle/Easter event

Thursday 30th March: Choir concert 2.30 p.m.

Friday 31st March: End of Spring term. School closes at 2.00 p.m. NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

New term begins Tuesday 18th April at the usual time.

 

DINNER MONEY FOR THE HALF-TERM

If you wish to pay for the whole half-term the cost will be £64.50 (6 weeks x £10.75). Please make cheques payable to ‘Monkfrith School’. If you wish to pay weekly then the cost is £10.75 and this must be paid every Monday in advance for the week. Please make sure that cash and cheques are sent into school via your child’s book bag in a named/labelled envelope. Please seal envelopes with cash very carefully as coins do drop out from time to time.

 

ABSENCE NOTIFICATION

Please let us know by 9.15 a.m. (at the latest), if your child is going to be absent from school. You can notify us by phone, email or by returning a text we have sent to you.   It is also really helpful if you can let the office know in advance if you need to collect your child for an appointment during school time.