1st October 2019 Newsletter
All adults should do what is best for you. When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We had an absolutely fantastic response to our Macmillan Coffee Morning raising a staggering £780! Thank you to all those who made this possible—to those parents who gave their time to help set up and run the event, to those who donated so many cakes and to everyone who supported by attending the coffee morning or cake sale. We appreciated your support and I know the money will be well used by Macmillan. Well done to Mrs Hill on winning the monetary prize for guessing the height of the cupcakes – Mrs Hill kindly donating this sum back to the charity – very generous and thoughtful! Thank you to Mr Baker and ‘singing club’ for providing the music and entertainment.
Parents Evenings Wednesday 16th October and Thursday 17th October 2019 (see change of date for Mr Wade's Class)
We are holding our Parents Evenings this term on Wednesday 16th October, 3.20pm until late and Thursday 17th October 2019 from 3.20pm. Please note that Mr Wade will not be available on Thursday 17th October – therefore his parents evening will differ slightly and take place on Tuesday 15thth and Wednesday 16th October 2019.
For this and future parents evenings, all appointments should be made online.
It is really important that you are logged into the ‘SchoolLife’ app or can access the website via a ‘tablet’ or ‘desktop/laptop’ computer.
All appointments will be ‘active and live’ to book from Saturday 5th October 2019 until Monday 14th October 2019 Yrs Rec – 6.
Nursery appointment lists will be ‘active and live’ to book from Saturday 5th October 2019 until Friday 11th October 2019 – these appointments will be throughout the school day.
Each class teacher will put up appointment lists indicating the times that they are available. Please note that these will vary slightly for each teacher.
This is a valuable opportunity for you to meet with your son or daughter’s class teacher. We do encourage parents to bring their child for a “three way conversation”.
Nursery Parents should enter via the Nursery Entrance.
Yrs Rec- Yr 6 Please enter and exit by the main entrance doors.
As usual there will be seating available in the hall (Yr R, 1, 2), corridor (Yr 3/4) and library (Yr 5/6), so that you can wait in comfort and browse through your child’s books with them before seeing the teacher.
Appointments allow a maximum of 10 minutes for each set of parents. If you need additional discussion time you may need to make a further appointment on another day as we do try our best to ensure minimum waiting times for parents.
To ensure safe dismissal of all children from the playgrounds the following arrangements apply:
I would be grateful if parents did not ring the office to make appointments - we simply do not have the capacity to make appointments on behalf of parents.
How to log on to Schoollife app.
To access our website enter the following web address: https://blanford.sch.life/
‘School Life’ enables us to communicate more efficiently to the people that matter, you the parents and guardians of our children! You will receive push notifications, text messages, newsletters etc. to a number of devices. You would also be able to download the app and have constant access to any messages we are sending out!
You will need to download the school life app from either the Google Play store (for Android smartphones and tablets) or the Apple App Store (for iPhones, iPods and iPads). Search for ‘schoollife’ (all one word) and then look for the School Life logo;
Once downloaded and installed, open the app up and accept the notifications, when asked.
Finally, login with your personal login details below and start receiving all the important notifications.
If you do not have an Apple IOS or Google Android device, you can use your logon details on our school website to get all of the same content.
Monster Mash Fun Night - Thursday 24th October 2019
We would like to invite your child to a ‘Monster Mash Disco’ on Thursday 24th October 2019.
We will be having a Monster/ghouls/witch/wizard/ghost/pumpkin etc themed fancy dress party or children can come in their own clothes, if they prefer. As there are young children attending, we ask that no ‘scary’ clown/scream masks are worn please.
There will be a DJ, as well as dancing and party games, a drink and ice lolly provided too.
Entry is by ticket only. The tickets are £4.00. We require tickets to be purchased in advance, so we have accurate numbers for the disco. School staff will supervise the children at the event. You can purchase tickets at the school office from Monday 7th October am until Friday 18th October 3.15pm.
Please note you cannot pay on the door for this event – so please purchase a ticket in plenty of time!
The disco will start at 4.30pm and children must be collected by an adult at 6.00pm.
If you have further questions, please see your child’s class teacher.
Harvest 23rd September until 18th October 2019
In the weeks leading up to half term, we will be celebrating Harvest.
This year we have decided again to help the Black Country Foodbank who collect items to feed families in crisis in our community. The Foodbank would like to collect a range of items so that they don’t have an abundance of some items and a shortfall of others. So, we are going to ask each class to donate particular items, so that we should manage to collect a selection across the school. If you feel able to support this appeal, then please send in the item asked for from your child’s class on the list opposite, anytime from Monday 23rd September to Friday 18th October. We will be launching the appeal in assembly on 23rd September, but thought you may like advance warning so that perhaps you can add an extra item into your shopping.
Please make sure that the foods are “in date”, i.e. within their ‘best before’ dates as the Foodbank can’t give away food that is past its best—before date and we don’t want to waste any donations.
Nursery – Any items from the lists below.
Year R - Miss Cleeton - Tinned meat or fish
Year R — Miss Jordan - Carton of U.H.T.(long life) milk
Year 1 — Mrs Cartwright - Tinned Potatoes, tinned Vegetables
Year 1 - Miss Barclay - Tinned fruit, cartons of orange juice
Year 2 – Miss Postings – Hot chocolate, small jars of coffee, tea
Year 2 — Mr Wade – Sugar, biscuits
Year 3/4 — Mrs Oliver -Soup, (tinned/carton/packet), instant noodles
Year 3/4 — Mr Raybould - Rice, dried pasta, couscous
Year 3/4 — Miss Dorricott - fruit squash/cordial
Year 5/6 — Mr Baker Cereal (preferably non sugared)
Year 5/6 — Mrs Cameron Toiletries (soap, shower gel shampoo, baby toiletries, wipes etc)
Many of our Year 6 children and their parents have been busy visiting local secondary school either during the day and/or at specific Open Evenings to help them complete their application forms. Can I remind parents that, if you live in Dudley Borough, the closing date for applications this year is 31st October (during the half term holiday). It is really important that this deadline is met; failure to do so will jeopardise your preferences for your child.
Attendance Winners September
Well done to Class 1B, who won the attendance award for September with an amazing 99.24% attendance! They can wear their own clothes to school on Friday!
Samaritan's Purse - Operation Christmas Child
Each year thousands of people like you generously pack shoebox gifts to bless children in need around the world. Find out all you need to know about how to pack your shoebox gift here.
Click here for more details – you can even create your shoebox online now!
How to pack a shoe box.
Find a Shoebox
Fill your shoebox with a selection of fun toys, hygiene items and school supplies. If possible, include one or two special items you know a child will love such as a doll, cuddly toy or deflated football with pump. See our Gift Suggestions below for more ideas.
Due to more stringent import regulations, toothpaste and sweets can no longer be included in shoeboxes.
A suggested donation of £5 is essential to cover project costs, including shipping, to enable a local church or group overseas to lead a safe, well-organised children's event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need. More detail on what your donation covers here.
Give online at Follow Your Box and you can print out a barcode and place it inside your shoebox on top of the contents. This will enable us to tell you which country your shoebox gets sent to.
Or you can enclose cash or cheque (to Samaritan's Purse) and place it in an envelope inside your shoebox on top of the contents. If you are packing multiple shoeboxes you can write a cheque for one combined donation.
Note: Follow your Box is only available when you pay online
Make your project donation
Personalise your shoebox by including a hand written note and a photograph of yourself, your group or your family. You may also like to pray for the child that will receive your gift.
Place a rubber band around each closed shoebox and bring it into school by Friday 15th November 2019 November.
What Goes in My Shoebox?
Include a toy that a child will immediately love as soon as they open the box.
Ideas include: Stuffed animal, deflated football & pump, toy truck, doll (baby, Barbie etc), musical instruments.
Why not include a personal note or photo of you or your family?
Activities/events that have happened in school so far: School Council
Congratulations and well done to all of the children who campaigned to be our School Councillors. This year our school council leader is Isobel F.
The successful School Councillors this year are as follows:
Class 2W Heather and Henry
Class 2P Aurora and Mason
Class 3/4O Jaiya and Dexter
Class 3/4R Yasmin and Thomas
Class 3/4D Libby and Riley
Class 5/6C Lily and Kian
Class 5/6B Miley and Hamoda
Year R - Phonics Meeting
Thank you to the Parents who attended this informative morning – learning about Phonics and how you can support children with their learning.
In the last couple of weeks we have had several poorly children. The majority of parents are great at keeping us up to date and letting us know if their child will not be attending school and why. This is really helpful as we have to annotate our registers giving reasons for children’s absence. Can I remind parents of the procedure for ill children?
If you feel that your child has an illness which may warrant them remaining at home then you must:
Consider first of all whether you feel that your child would still be able to take part in the majority if not all of the school’s activities. In this case, you should still send your child to school. Should your child become unwell during the day and/or where the school feels that the child is no longer able to participate in school activities, the school will contact you to collect your child.
If you feel that your child cannot take part in the school’s activities and would be better remaining at home then you must contact the school as soon as possible on the first/each day of absence before 9:05am. When parents do not contact us by 9.05am the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
If your child has had sickness and/or diarrhoea then they need to remain at home for 48 hours after their last ‘episode’. We are trying to reduce the spread of these illnesses - children return before the sickness has passed are often sick again and have passed their germs on.
Please this newsletter for guidelines about the Norovirus bug which is extremely common at this time of year.
Norovirus - frequently asked questions
What are noroviruses?
How does norovirus spread?
How to identify someone with dehydration?
How is norovirus treated?
Are there any long-term effects?
Should I seek medical advice?