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Every child has the right to rest and leisure and to engage in play and recreational activities.

Recent events that have happened in school.

Poppy Appeal 2020

WOW! We had an overwhelming amount of support for the Poppy Appeal this year. We raised £513.29 - which was amazing. We thank you and the children so much for your generosity in supporting this great cause.

Harvest Appeal

To Everyone at Blanford Mere Primary School,

Thank you so much for supporting Black Country Foodbank with your Harvest collection.

We are so pleased that you have chosen to support us again this year. The food donated will continue to help local families and individuals in crisis. You collected and donated 237kgs of food and 16kgs of non-food which is an amazing achievement!

Your certificate is attached below. Please let us know that you have received it.

Well done and thank you everyone.

From all the team at Black Country Foodbank.

Pen Licences

Another group of children have achieved their pen licences recently. Well done and congratulations to:

3/4O Lola EW, Annabelle D and Layla-Rose T

5/6B Molly F

Thank you

Thank you to those parents who have responded so quickly and returned forms/money by the deadline date of Friday 20th November for the Christmas events. We can no longer accept any more forms or money for the forthcoming events. 

Year 6 SATs meeting

Year 6 Parents. We would usually hold a YR 6 SATs meeting in school, however we are unable to do so due to the restrictions. Instead, we have created a PowerPoint regarding Year 6 SATs information for Parents. This can be located on the school website/letters/KS2 tests information for Y6 parents November 2020.pdf. This has important information about the tests, ideas of how to support your child at home etc. It also includes key dates and ways that we are supporting children in school.

Reminder Places in Reception Class for September 2021

A reminder that the closing date for applications to Dudley for places in Reception classes for 2020 is 15th January 2021. The deadline is rapidly approaching! Don’t forget that all parents need to apply; there is no automatic transfer from Nursery to Reception.

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/learning-and-school/school-information/school-admissions/

Safeguarding

Please click on the link below to see Online safety tips for parents of primary school children.  This is really important, to help children to safe online.

Forthcoming dates

Thursday 3rd December 2020 Film night 3.15-5.15 pm Yr Rec – Yr 6.  If your child is not attending film night please collect from the usual gate and time.

Dismissal from Film Night.  Children will be dismissed at 5.15pm from their usual gate.  To avoid overcrowding at the entrances please stay away from the gates until it is your child’s class’s turn to be dismissed.  It will be dark, parents will be wearing masks, so it may take a little more time than in the daylight – please be patient with us, as we want the children as swiftly and safely as possible, sent to the correct adult.  Children will be dismissed in the following year groups in the order indicated below:

 

Year Group

Class dismissed 1st

Class dismissed 2nd

Class dismissed 3rd

Reception

Rec C

Rec J

 

Year 1

1W

1C

 

Year 2

2P

2J

 

Year 3/4

3/4C

3/4O

3/4D

Year 5/6

5/6B

5/6R

 

 

If your child is going to After School Club following film night, please see Miss Foxall and write a note in your child’s planner please.

Thursday 10th December 2020 - TT Rockstar Dress up Day

On Thursday 10th December, there will be a ‘TT Rock Star Dress Up Day’. When children can answer questions up to x12 in the 'studio' game and achieve Rock Star status, Rock Legend status, or Rock Hero status for the 1st time, they will be able to dress up. Any child who remains on Rock Hero status will always be able to dress up on TTRS days – check your child’s planner to see if they are able to. 

Please encourage your children to go on TT Rock Stars.  TT Rock Stars helps children improve their times tables when used regularly – it is recommended that children use it for at least 3 minutes per day.  All children who are able to dress up will have a sticker in their planner. 

There is no download needed and it works on PC and Mac, but there are free APPs available for Android, Apple and Amazon phones and tablets. 

Please remember to use Mathletics too, as homework will continue to be set weekly on this. Thank you for your support. 

Competition - most correct answers

TTRS Gamervan.

Unfortunately, we have found out last week that the Key Stage 2 TTRS prize (the Gamervan) has temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions and won't be able to visit us for the KS2 TTRS winners in December.  We are hoping to book it again for our next competition when it reopens.  However, there will still be prizes for KS2 children who have answered the most correct answers this term.  The top prizes will be Amazon Fire 7 tablets, so please encourage your children to keep answering those times tables questions on TT Rock Stars.  The competition is live and will now finish on Monday 14th December at 9am.

Thursday 10th December -Nursery and Reception Christmas Workshop - Children in Nursery and Reception only, should come dressed as a Christmas character e.g. Joseph, Mary, shepherd, angel, snowman, Santa, reindeer, donkey etc. Children in Years 1 to Year 6 should come to school in their uniform on this day.

Friday 11th December 2020 – Christmas Breakfast – Yr Rec – Yr 6

Friday 11th December 2020 – Christmas Jumper Day – Nurs – Yr 6.  £1 donation – Save the Children

Tuesday 15th December 2020 – Christmas Lunch Day – please pre-order using

School Grid app by Tuesday 1st December 2020

Wednesday 16th December 2020 – Santa’s Grotto – Nurs – Yr 6

Thursday 17th December 2020 – Christmas Party Day. Children can come dressed in their own clothes, there will be no charge for this. Nurs – Yr 6.  Please ensure that children are warm enough and that the clothes are appropriate for school activities.

Friday 18th December 2020 – School closes for the Christmas Break.

Monday 4th January 2021 – School reopens for the spring term.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Miller and Miss Stanton

Headteacher and Deputy Head

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