4th November Newsletter

Tuesday 8th November Charlotte Snowden Photography – see below
Wednesday 9th November Charlotte Snowden Photography – see below
Friday 9th December NATIVITY – please read below for details.  9.30AM (approx. 45mins-1hr)
Sunday 11th December Christmas Dinner Shopping – Henley Tesco – 2.30pm DETAILS BELOW……
Friday 16th December Last day of term – Christmas holiday. Day finishes at usual time of 3.30pm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 First day of new term.

We have been busy this week…………….

There has been a feeling of spookiness this week at Checkendon Pre-School CIO.  We have thoroughly enjoyed flying on our broomsticks, making magic spells using our glittery wands, painting our faces, singing spooky songs, dancing to Halloween music and much more.

Some of the children dressed up this week – well done for the creative costumes that we have seen.

Many of you carved some fantastic pumpkins – the darker afternoons have been perfect for lighting candles inside to make us feel even spookier!

The pumpkin carving competition has been won by…..Jacob Viney (1st Place and winner of a ride-on vehicle) and Austin Edwards (2nd Place and winner of a bag of ball-pool balls!)

Well done both of you – we all loved your decorations.

Thank you and well done to all those who brought their carved pumpkins to Pre-School.  As the afternoon sun lessened we lit them all and they did look magical.

Next week we will be discovering the Hindu Festival of Light – Diwali.  We will be lighting Pre-School with twinkly lights, making lanterns and singing songs about candles and stars.

A special pattern called a Rangoli is very pretty and we will use paints and glitter to create some of these.  They are a traditional symbol of the Diwali festival.


Little Chefs will be making banana bread next week.  The Little Chefs will be:


MAISIE              HAL

DEXTER             SEBBY

Please remember a container to take home your cooking.

Thank you.

The following week will be the second group of children making Banana Bread.  This will be followed with Christmas recipes then until the end of term……

Following our Diwali week we will be gently introducing Christmas to Pre-School.

We have many glittery, creative, festive activities planned and there is so much to look forward to during this term.

We will be singing, dancing, making and creating.  This includes Nativity which is always an experience!  We also have a party to look forward to – thank you for the contributions of £5.00 towards the party which have already started coming in. We are delighted that Jester Giggles is joining us at 9.30am on Wednesday 14th December along with Father Christmas and a delicious Christmas lunch.

The party will begin at 9.30 and end at 12.30   Please ensure that children are here at 9.15 if they do not normally attend the session.


As mentioned in the last newsletter, we are spending our winning voucher from the Harvest Window Display Competition, on the Christmas lunch.

If you would like to join me on SUNDAY 11 December at 2.30pm we will shop together for all the ingredients – including Christmas Crackers!! 

We will meet at Henley-on-Thames Tesco to take the children shopping.  If you would like to come along please let me know. 

This will be a lovely experience for us and a great way to use the voucher that Tesco presented us with.  I imagine there may be festive treats along the way to make our shopping trip a bit more fun than usual!!

Vicki Thomas has so kindly offered to cook the dinner for us whilst the children enjoy their party.  Thank you so much Vicki – we are all looking forward to our special day.


We are often asked if our children’s tables and chairs are available to use for parties.

We have decided that we are happy to hire out the blue tables and red chairs for parties held either in or out of the village hall.

There are 5 blue tables and 30 chairs.  If you are hosting an event for children and would like to borrow either some or all of them we ask for £5.00 per table and 50p per chair.

All we ask is that the tables and chairs are collected and returned in a clean condition and in time for us to use at Pre-School!

Please note that any damages will need to be paid for or the item of furniture replaced.

Just ask us if you would like them.


Remember if you would like Charlotte Snowden to take gorgeous photos of your child next week please let us know by signing the timesheet in the entrance hallway.

There is no obligation to purchase photos but she will only take pics of the children on the sheet.

We are happy to change children in to smart clothes if you wish and we will ensure that they are clean and presentable.


Our A.G.M is being held here in the village hall on Tuesday of next week at 7.45pm.

As you may be aware Checkendon Pre-School CIO is run by a Committee of Parents.  Without a committee we cannot operate so your support is vital.  We welcome any ideas and suggestions from you and if you would like to join us to meet our committee then Tuesday’s A.G.M is the ideal time.

You will find news from our Chairperson, Hannah, at the end of my weekly newsletter.

Hannah, was delighted to meet you at the Coffee Morning as were Heidi, Sue, Vicki and Charlotte – our committee members.

Wishing you all an exciting Bonfire Night weekend and we will see you next week.

Kind regards, Nina, Liz and Kelly.

Committee news

Staff members
We welcome Harriet who will be working within the preschool on an ad hoc basis. Lots of interesting activities to come no doubt!

Coffee morning
It was lovely to meet you all and thank you to the ladies for organising it.

Cake sale
Wow what amazing cakes and biscuits. Thank you to all of you that baked for us. We raised over £70.

We look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday in the village hall at 7:45

Run sponsors
We need to raise a small amount up front this year. If anyone knows of a small business that would like their logo splashed everywhere please ask them to get in touch.

Fireworks and bonfire
We look forward to seeing you all on Friday night.

Checkendon Primary School will be hosting its annual Fireworks evening on Friday 4 November this year. Gates open at 6pm and the fireworks will start at 7pm. There will be a BBQ, a bar selling wine, beer and mulled wine and the school hall will be transformed into a games room with stalls, tombola, lucky dip, face-painting and fun games for all.
Please come and share an evening of fireworks and fun, even if you are not connected to the school or village as the event is open to all and there will be a very warm welcome on the night.
Entry on the gate is £5 per adult, £3 per child and there is plenty of parking available.

All proceeds from the evening will go towards outside play and learning equipment.