10th March 2017 Newsletter

DATES FOR DIARY
WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH MOTHER’S DAY COFFEE MORNING 9.00-10.30 Everybody welcome!
   
MONDAY 27th MARCH COMMITTEE MEETING – VILLAGE HALL 8pm.
   
WEDNESDAY 5 APRIL EASTER BONNET PARADE 9.00-10.00
   
FRIDAY 7 APRIL LAST DAY OF Spring Term – two weeks Easter holiday.
   
TUESDAY 24 APRIL FIRST DAY OF SUMMER TERM
   
THURSDAY 4TH MAY PRE-SCHOOL CLOSED – POLL STATION IN VILLAGE HALL. You will not be charged.
   
SUNDAY 11TH JUNE CHECKENDON PRE-SCHOOL FUNDRAISING RUN – SEE CHAIRPERSONS CONTRIBUTION BELOW FOR INFORMATION.
   
FRIDAY 14 JULY LAST DAY OF SUMMER TERM – summer holiday.

THIS WEEK WE HAVE ENJOYED……

Dressing up to celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY:  Dennis the Menace, a Cowboy, Princesses, Storm Troopers and the ‘Room on the Broom Witch all joined us.  We enjoyed sharing and listening to stories together and celebrating Literacy.

We have made the pages of the Henley Standard – check out the photographs of us in this week’s edition!

LITTLE CHEFS

The Little Chef group made delicious Flower Biscuits this week. They were crispy, crunchy biscuits and very tasty. We are very proud of our Little Chefs for making such yummy biscuits.

See below for what next week’s Little Chefs are making…….

NEXT WEEK (Tuesday 14 March) the next group of LITTLE CHEFS WILL BE MAKING:

FLOWER BISCUITS

The Little Chefs next week are:

CLIO   JUDE   ERIC   AUSTIN E   AVA   JACOB

 XANDY   LOLA

Please bring a suitable lidded container for the biscuits to travel home in.

We have mixed music and physical learning and enjoyed an action and dancing P.E session this week.  Instruments were played and rhythms used when moving around the room.  There were even disco lights provided by Sebby!

We will be making musical instruments this term use to make rhythms – using our names and favourite foods as a starting point when sounding out the syllables using our knees as drums.  We continue to make rhythms whilst we sing – which we are practising more than ever in readiness for a surprise later in the term…….

The children have been decorating water bottles to use as shakers.

We continue to learn some brand new songs which we will showcase at out Mother’s Day Coffee Morning on Wednesday 22nd March.  The hall will be decorated with flowers and pictures drawn by the children – you may even recognise the subjects of the paintings!

Thank you for contributing to our ‘junk modelling’ collection.  We are using the boxes and packages to create models using our imaginations, sharing our ideas and helping each other.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ANY MORE JUNK.

The children are really making wonderful achievements – whether it is a development in self-confidence, writing words from memory, using new vocabulary, creating beautiful pieces of artwork, building friendships and displaying personalities that work so well together in the group.

We are making a “Wow” board where we will be able to display these achievements in written form or with their artwork or photos.

We will be celebrating the arrival of Spring this term – building up to Easter and Mother’s Day, which always both provide us with opportunities to share our decorating skills and creative ideas!!  Our Easter Bonnet parade enables you to show us what you can do and there are bound to be treats and surprises when it comes to celebrating our Mummies!

We have started to paint some flowers for a display as well as pictures of ourselves for a new Birthday Board.

The display boards will slowly change throughout the term as the children produce more and more colourful artwork to celebrate Spring, Easter and Mother’s Day.

SHOW AND TELL

We are thinking about Mummy this term in the lead up to Mother’s Day on Sunday 24th March.

We would love to see photos of Mummy/Grandma/Great Grandma to encourage discussion and sharing of information between the children.  Please bring an actual photo or copy of one – we will not print them from an email.  We will not cut them or stick them – they will be looked after and returned in one piece.

Following an interesting discussion yesterday with Gabriel and Thomas, about trains, I would like to see ‘Show and Tell’ items about trains.  Not just ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’ trains but photos, books, stories – anything to do with trains.

Of course, any item deemed suitable for ‘Show and Tell’ is always a delight to see.  We will make time through the week for as much ‘Show and Tell’ as possible – whatever it is.

Show and Tell photographs and videos have been so interesting.  This involves the children in the use of technology and combines it with social interaction and communication.  Emailed photographs are always welcome as a ‘Show and Tell’ item.

Children do not need to bring a ‘Show and Tell’ item every day.  It is just as important to be the audience and ask questions – in fact that is just what is needed!

Stories are a great idea – we always enjoy reading a new book and sharing it with our friends.

PAPER – Thank you Lisa Browne for the amazing roll of paper/card, We look forward to using this in a huge, dramatic way!

If you have any old rolls of wallpaper hidden away we would be able to use it here at Pre-School.  It is perfect for huge drawings and paintings – a great way to introduce mark-making to the children as they can use large physical movements.

WARM CLOTHING

The weather still a bit chilly so please remember wellies, warm coats and gloves/mittens for the children.  If you have more than one pair of wellies here, please take home the pair that doesn’t fit – we only have a limited storage space.

Soft/indoor shoes must be worn at Pre-School and we will change in to boots for outdoor activities.

An extra layer in the form of a fleece or jumper is a good idea for indoors as the hall can be chilly sometimes.

Please ensure that your clothes bag is re-filled throughout the term, just in case…

We would like the children to wear indoor shoes or slippers during Pre-School please.

Our carpets/rugs are becoming quite marked due to mud on shoes.

We also request that if parents have muddy boots on, please try to avoid the carpets.  Thank you to the parents who have kindly removed muddy boots – very much appreciated.

LATE COLLECTIONS and EARLY DROP OFFS

 We are aware that due to having to travel to Pre-School sometimes children may be collected after the end of the sessions- 11.30/12.30/3.30.

 We require a ‘late pick up’ fee to be paid if you arrive past the end of the session.

The same fee applies if children are dropped earlier than the beginning of a session.  Our Breakfast Club begins at 7.30am, morning session 8.30am, lunch at 11.30am and afternoon at 12.30pm.

 The Breakfast Club session begins at 7.30am – no earlier – due to the fact that we have the room to set up.

The fee is £1.25 for each 15 minutes or part of 15 minutes after the end of session.

So between 3.30 and 3.45 the fee is £1.25 but then increases to £2.50 between 3.45 and 4.00….

The late collection fee stands even if you have telephoned to inform us that you will be late.

Please pay cash on the day or as soon after as possible.

 We do not like having to ask for this which is why we do ask you to be prompt in your collection. 

 Thank you for your understanding.

 **** “Saturday Coffee Shop” ****

 Thank you to Charlotte Nicholl,  Alexandra West and Nigel Bloxham for your help at the Coffee Shop last Saturday morning.

 There was a steady flow of visitors and a deliecious selection of cakes – thank you to all who contributed.

 We did raise approx. £70 and, even more importantly we provided a meeting place for the villagers of Checkendon – somewhere relaxing to spend an hour or so whilst enjoying fresh coffee and cake.  What could be better as a start to the weekend!?

 A note from Liz…….

 In recognition and celebration of the 25 years of service that Liz has given Checkendon Pre-School CIO, she received a gift of Theatre Tokens from the Parents this year.

I am delighted to pass on the news that Liz has booked tickets to see ‘Wicked’ during the Easter holidays.  She passes on her thanks for the generous gift and is looking forward to seeing this amazing show.

The Checkendon Run….SUNDAY 11th JUNE 2017

Run meeting
This is our big fundraiser for the preschool and we would like to thank those sponsors already involved. Please book out the date:  Sunday 11 June 2017 in the diary.

We are looking forward to a new route this year which is bound to be an exciting and interesting one.

COMMITTEE NEWS Please see below for a few notes from our Chairperson, Hannah Pivonka.

Run

We are looking for sponsors to cover the costs of the race – this is a fund raiser and therefore, any costs we can re-coup the better. Even only £50 will go a long way .

This is our big fundraiser for the preschool and we would like to thank those sponsors already involved. Please book out the date:  Sunday 11 June 2017 in the diary.

If anyone wishes to be involved in any aspect of the run, please contact our Chairperson, Hannah Pivonka.

We are looking forward to a new route this year which is bound to be an exciting and interesting one.

Coffee morning

Thank you to Nina, Charlotte and Ali (and Hannah’s dad) for setting up and serving at the Coffee morning. Also, thank you to the bakers and attendees we raised a fantastic £70 and therefore, will be looking to do another one at the beginning of the Summer term.

Committee meeting

The next committee meeting will be held on 27 March at 8pm in the village hall. If you would like to attend or have an item for discussion please contact Hannah or another member of the committee.

Please read below for a fundraising request from one of our families……

On Sunday April 23rd April 2017 my husband Ben Chaffey  (Judes Dad) will be running the Virgin London Marathon  (26.2 miles) for a fantastic charity called ‘Get Kids Going’ – this charity enables children and young adults to participate in sports and in some cases the paralympics! 

We are holding a Bingo and Disco (Adults only) on Friday 31st March and will be selling the tickets for £10 each, if anyone would like you come it’ll be at 730pm Didcot Football Club. At the event we will be drawing the raffle I have been organising. The tickets are selling for £1 each. Here is a list of the fabulous prizes you could win……

RAFFLE PRIZES- £1 A TICKET 

Payment in cash, PayPal or bank transfer. 
All sales are going to the charity ‘Get Kids Going’

 Miele Complete C2 Cat&Dog Vacuum (worth £200+)
 Hadden Hill Golf Club – 18 hole round of golf for 4 people (Worth £100)
 Zumba Fitness with Mel – 10 class pass! (Worth £40) 
 5 day Full Circle Sports Activity Camp voucher (worth £160)
 The Fitness Barn – Cholsey – 1 months membership
 Nando’s Restaurant Voucher 
 2 Vue Cinema Adult Tickets x 2 sets
 FLYMO Mini Trim ST (worth £20)
 Gareth Clark Barbers – 2x Mens Haircuts 1x ‘The Works’ voucher
 C&N Autos Air Con Gas Top up or MOT test (worth £55)
 Lola Lashes Voucher (worth  £40)
 Pizza Cafe – Large Pizza (worth £15)
 2 Luxury Homemade Chocolate Cakes (worth £40 each)
 Daisy Doo’s Box of Hair accessories 
 Jessica Jewels 
 MoroccanOil Haircare Set (worth £18)
My PayPal details are as follows – charlotteharvey1984@hotmail.com  – please pay ‘friends and family’

All proceeds will be donated to the charity.

Here is the link to Ben’s Virgin London Marathon page for anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause.

END OF SUMMER TERM DATE

The last day of term before the summer holidays for Checkendon Pre-School CIO is Friday 14th July 2017.

 We do close earlier than the Primary School due to the number of weeks for which we receive the Nursery Education Funding. We stay open for inset days due to the fact that we have a large number of children attending who do not have school attending siblings.

 We appreciate that this is an earlier finishing date than the Primary School but we hope that with as much notice as we have given that plans can be made accordingly.

Kind regards,

Nina, Liz, Kelly, Harriet.

Time for the Fun to start!

As the holidays come to an end we can look forward to the new term at Pre-School. New and old friends to meet and have fun with, activities to keep everyone busy and lots of toys, games and resources to discover. Nina, Kelly and Liz will be ready to play on Monday 5th September – 7.30am for breakfast, 8.00am for an early start or 8.30am for the regular session start. See you there soon!

4th July Newsletter

DATES FOR DIARY
Tuesday 12 July Dressing up in pyjamas day with picnic lunch – see below….
Friday 15 July Last day of summer term. 
Monday 5 September First day of autumn term.

THIS WEEK WE HAVE ENJOYED….

Sports Day

What a successful day we had!  Hopefully you all enjoyed watching and supporting the children as they competed in a variety of races.

We are very proud of them and I do think they are proud of themselves!

Thank you all for your help – and for your contributions towards the delicious picnic lunch. Thank you for staying and enjoying the social time, the children really seemed to be enjoying themselves.

We are always so pleased with the sports day event – the weather this year turned out fine and the children joined in enthusiastically.  I imagine that they were all pretty tired on Friday evening!

SILENT AUCTION

Thank you for all your bids on the prizes in the silent auction.

We do have some winners but I am waiting for confirmation before I inform the world of winners!!

Thank you for your bids – I am sure that your generosity has raised over £150 so thank you from all of us and all the children – they will benefit hugely from your kindness.

TRANSFORMERS

The group spent the afternoon putting the finishing touches to the book that they have been busy constructing this term.  They have thought of all the ideas themselves, drawn the pictures and then collated their words into a book. 

We have one copy here and each of the ‘authors’ have taken a copy home.

Well done Transformers – a very special and educational activity.

PYJAMA AND PICNIC DAY

On Tuesday 12th July we will be hosting a PYJAMA AND PICNIC DAY.

Children attending on the Tuesday may wear their pyjamas to Pre-School!  We will have a day of fun for the children who are moving on to Primary School.  We will spend the day decorating t-shirts and having lots of fun.

LAST DAY OF TERM

Our last day of the summer term is Friday 15th July.  The day ends at the usual time of 3.30pm.

In September we return on Monday 5th.  We are looking forward to welcoming all the children who are returning to us for the autumn/winter term.

We have already got so many plans ready for the children and we look forward to welcoming many new friends during the term.

COFFEE MORNING

Due to inclement weather our voting day coffee morning was cancelled.

We aim to hold another one on Monday 12th September.

We think that this would be a nice way to welcome all our new families and really get to know each other.  After the summer holidays we are bound to have plenty to talk about!

Further details will follow……we hope that many of you can join us.

COMMITTEE NEWS

If you wish to see the minutes of the meeting on Tuesday do ask Nina or Chairmancheckendonpreschool@gmail.com

Evaluation form

You will be receiving parental evaluation forms in the children’s’ envelopes next week. This is a valuable tool to understanding the needs of the preschool.

Selling your school

Please continue to mention the preschool at any children gatherings, facebook netmums etc. Thank you.

Easy fundraising – have a look online but it is an easy way to raise money for the school.

Best wishes,

The Checkendon Pre-School CIO Committee.

24th June Newsletter

24th June NEWS LETTER

What have we been learning this week?

TRANSFORMERS

This week we enjoyed practising balancing, hopping, skipping and more in readiness for Sports Day.

We put ourselves into teams, built hurdles, found the correct pieces of equipment, drew the start and finish lines, helped each other, cheered each other and competed (in a friendly fashion!) in races.

This was not only in preparation for our annual Sports day on Friday 1st July but also a team-building exercise.  The group works really well together – it is an excellent skill to develop; to be able to give and follow instructions given by your peers and take turns in this way.

We will find our selection of ‘school books’ next week for the school leavers to borrow and enjoy at home.  These are stories based around starting school and provide an excellent base for discussions about feelings, expectations and concerns about the move on to Primary School.

Please borrow and return them to ensure that each child is able to read a selection.

LITTLE CHEFS

Liz and Vicki continued in their quest for the perfect meringue this week.  A new group of children practised the skills required to whisk, beat, pipe and chop to produce a delicious strawberry-filled dessert.

SPORTS DAY

Friday 1st July.  Please ensure all children are in the village hall by 10.00am.  We will lead them outside and across to the running lines on the field opposite the hall.

Once you have dropped children with us, please take your blanket or seat over the road and make yourselves comfy alongside the running lines.

We will be with you as soon as we are all ready.

We would like each child to wear either a RED, BLUE or WHITE t-shirt with shorts and suitable shoes (no crocs or flappy sandals).

Everyone will compete in a number of races ranging from hurdles to egg and spoon.

Once the races have finished and the children have each received a medal and a certificate then we will all enjoy a delicious lunch.  Please see below for picnic details…..

After lunch we will return to Pre-School for the afternoon with the children who usually attend the pm session.

From Monday there will be a notice in the entrance hall with suggestions of extra food items to share at the picnic.  As a guide, there will be 24 children who may each bring 2 or more family members.  Everyone will need to eat!

This year we will provide bread rolls to be filled at home.  The rolls are in packs of 6 and a list of fillings will be on the food notice.  Please simply take the rolls and fill them with your chosen filler.

Alongside the rolls we would like contributions of salad, fruit and extras such as crisps/sausage roll/quiche/dessert/napkins/paper plates.   Please sign your name next to your chosen contribution and bring it along ready for Friday.

Drinks – we have a number of bottles of water available to purchase on the day.

Any food requiring refrigeration will be stored in our fridge until parent helpers transfer it to the picnic tables.

Thank you everyone for the contributions and let’s keep our fingers crossed for another day of sunshine!

FINISH LINE HELPERS – we could really do with some helpers to hold the finish line.  If you would be able to help us out please add your name on the notice in the hallway.

I have just read in the Checkendon Village newsletter that Uxmore Road which leads into Checkendon from Stoke Row, will be CLOSED  for 3 days from Monday 4th July.  This is due to Thames Water completing some necessary works.

It will hopefully be possible to reach us by following the road through Stoke Row, turn right into Busgrove Lane then right again into Whitehall Lane (the road with the post office on) which will bring you out just before the phone box on the Checkendon Road.

I have gathered this info from the Checkendon Village Newsletter.  If there are any changes then I apologise but this is all I know!  Lets hope it doesn’t cause too much inconvenience.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Nina, Liz and Kelly.

Monday A.M – Mud Kitchen

Tuesday A.M – Cooking with Liz and Vicki.

Tuesday P.M – Transformers

Wednesday P.M – P.E

Thursday A.M – French

Friday A.M – Cooking

Committee news

Please see a separate email sent from Pre-School with regards to the Fun Run.

We are delighted to announce that the event raised £450.00. This will be used to purchase ICT items for the children.  This will include toys and resources that require switching on, pushing, pulling or any action to make it work.

Next committee meeting is being held on Tuesday 28th June at Hannah’s house in Checkendon.  If you wish to attend please let Nina know and she will give you the address.

Thank you again for those who came along and supported the Fun Run or made cakes or helped in any way – the first fundraising event organised by our current committee. A successful event that we hope to build on year by year…..

Best wishes,

The Checkendon Pre-School CIO Committee.

27th May Newsletter

DATES FOR DIARY
Friday 27 May End of Summer Term (5)
Monday 6 June Start of Summer Term (6)
Saturday18 June RUN – all hands to deck (field)
Thursday 23 June VOTING DAY – PRE SCHOOL CLOSED – YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CHARGED.

Coffee Morning – 9.00-11.00 in the cricket pavilion on Checkendon Field.

Friday 1 JULY Sports Day – 10.00am – 1.00pm
Friday 15 July End of Summer Term (6)
What have we been learning this week?

TRANSFORMERS

This week we have been building and making castles.  We used the computer to find images of different castles from around the world – we looked at the Bavarian castles and upon Louis’ request we looked at castles in Transylvania.  We made collages of castles using a variety of different shapes.  Then we looked at pictures of gargoyles and drew them on our castles! We used the playdoh to model gargoyles and have thoroughly enjoyed looking at their funny faces.

Along with shield-making and using large boxes to play in and be whatever and whoever we want to be, we have enjoyed a busy week of modelling and constructing.

Our theme of castles and The Queen will continue for one week when we return from the half term break.  We will be drawing |the Queen and using stamps to make a collage.

Following our royal theme we will move on to celebrating Father’s Day – spending a week making treats and surprises.

We will then move on to our Sports Day practices….

SPORTS DAY

On Friday 1st July we will hold our annual sports day.  The races begin at 10.00am followed by a picnic lunch.

We race on the large field opposite Pre-School.

We will ask the children to wear a team colour – details after half term.

We will also put up a list of food in the hallway as traditionally we ask each family to bring an item of food to share at the picnic.

Full details of the event will be sent home after half term but please put the date in your diaries – FRIDAY 1ST JULY 10.00am-1.00pm.

We hope that many of you can join us – please bring along family members, it is always a lovely event and enjoyed by all.

LITTLE CHEFS

Liz and Vicki will continue to cook after half term – different dishes using meringues – yum!

DRAMA AND MUSIC

Georgina joined us this week for our first drama and singing session.

We had a lovely time using loud and quiet voices, moving at different speeds, pretending to be the Queen and soldiers as well as practising our bows and curtseys!

We look forward to finding out what Georgina has planned for us next…….

COFFEE MORNING

Our committee are hosting a coffee morning between 9.00am and 11.00am on Thursday 23rd June.

The cricket pavilion over the road is being opened for us.

Do come along and enjoy the sunshine and a piece of cake – everyone is welcome!

We break up today for a week’s holiday.  We wish you all a happy half term break and look forward to our return on MONDAY 6th JUNE – no inset day for Pre-School.

With best wishes,

Nina, Liz, Kelly.

Monday A.M – Mud Kitchen

Tuesday A.M – Cooking with Liz and Vicki.

Tuesday P.M – Transformers

Wednesday P.M – P.E

Thursday A.M – French

Friday A.M – Cooking

Committee news

We wish you all a happy half term it has been a busy term and the kids clearly love the Summer months.

Run

There are paper entry forms and entry forms on the website – please help us to understand numbers on the day. Dare we jinx it but the long term weather forecast is looking good…

We will need your help so anyone not running but happy to be a person on the day there will be a list to put your name to after half term.

June 23rd

As the hall is closed for preschool the committee is hoping to use the community facilities of the pavilion to provide a coffee morning and opportunity for mums and villagers to meet. Please come along for an informal get together and opportunity to entertain the children.

Meeting

The committee meeting was held on 24 May 2016. If you would like to see the minutes please contact Nina or Hannah.

20th May Newsletter

DATES FOR DIARY
27 May End of Summer Term (5)
6 June Start of Summer Term (6)
18 June RUN – all hands to deck (field)
23 June VOTING DAY – PRE SCHOOL CLOSED – YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CHARGED.
1 JULY Sports Day – 10.00am – 1.00pm DETAILS TO FOLLOW
15 July End of Summer Term (6)
What Have We Been Doing This Week?

This week we have continued to go slightly off-plan in our study of snails.  A beautiful collection of snail collages is being displayed on a board.  The children have listened to Lexi’s snail story and have used glitter glue and sparkles to represent the slime!

P.E this week was great fun – we used the parachute as a base for our exercises and games.  Stretching, moving in rhythm with each other, using our individual spaces, making our bodies into shapes and following instructions all made for a great P.E session.

We were able to change into our P.E clothes efficiently and remembered how to do after our practise during Transformers earlier in the week.

We made hula hoops and have used them outside to practise control, working in pairs and the fine art of hula hooping – well done Holly, you are superb at this!

Next week we will be constructing a castle and making a collage of the Queen in our celebrations of her 90th birthday.

Please bring along small boxes next week and we will use them to build models.  In fact, any ‘junk’ that may usually be recycled can be brought in.  Please ensure it is clean and there are no medicine containers, cleaning product containers or anything that you would normally not want a child to use.

Just a carrier bag full will be plenty if everyone brings.

Drama, Dance and Music

Next Thursday afternoon will be Georgina’s first drama, dance and music session with us.  She will introduce herself, get to know the group and lead them on a ‘Bear Hunt’.  We will all join in the session which we are thoroughly looking forward to.

CAR PARK

I can only apologies for any congestion in the village hall car park, especially at the end of the school day.

Despite reminders that the car park is for village hall users only, we are aware that many Primary School families do use it as a convenient and easy place to park.

I will, again, request that a reminder is placed in the Primary School newsletter.

GARDENING

We are in the planning stages of a planting scheme for our raised bed located in the grounds of the Primary School.

Over the next week or so the children will plant it out and observe the growth of the plants.

Will it be flowers or vegetables or a mix of both……….we’ll soon find out!

*Please return your purple communication diaries as often as you can.  They are a delightful read and are vital in our gathering of information for each child’s learning journal.

*If you have been given a likes and dislikes form please return it as soon as you can – if you haven’t done so already.

Thank you,

Nina, Liz and Kelly.

Monday A.M – Gardening

Tuesday A.M – Cooking with Liz and Vicki.

Tuesday P.M – Transformers

Wednesday P.M – P.E

Thursday A.M – French

Friday A.M – Transformers – Experimental Activities

Committee news

The preschool is a parent run preschool and they are volunteers. Any support you feel you can provide will be appreciated.   We have recently welcomed Vicki Thomas on to our committee.  If you would like to join us in support of Pre-School and be a committee member, please come and have a chat to Nina.  We look forward to welcoming new committee members – it’s a great way to have a say in your child’s early education and can be great fun too!

Run

The signs are up – thank you to all for the offers of support it is much appreciated. We will be getting in touch closer to the time with a list to sign up to but please bear in mind that we will need a few cakes from you if nothing else!

Secondly, we are looking for a tea and coffee van or a generator so that we can provide hot drinks – Anyone that can beg borrow (please don’t steal) one we would really appreciate it.

Meeting

The next committee meeting is due to be held on 24 May 2016. Everyone is welcome. If you have any ideas or something you would like raised please contact either Hannah or Nina.

12th May Newsletter

 

NEWS LETTER

Date: 12/05/16

DATES FOR DIARY
27 May End of Summer Term (5)
6 June Start of Summer Term (6)
18 June RUN – all hands to deck (field)
23 June VOTING DAY – PRE SCHOOL CLOSED – YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CHARGED.
1 JULY Sports Day – 10.00am – 1.00pm DETAILS TO FOLLOW
15 July End of Summer Term (6)
   

 

 

What have we been learning this week?

 

This week has been rather eventful – mainly due to the weather!

 

We have enjoyed playing indoors and outdoors, using the enclosed car park.  The children have been using the resources to enhance their learning of numbers and colours as well as the world around us.    

 

We have made paper boats, doll puppets and cherry blossom paintings using vegetables to print with. 

 

As the weather just got wetter and wetter we were lucky enough that Trey discovered that his garden was home to many, many snails!

We welcomed those snails to Pre-School with open arms and amidst the rain and the muggy heat we all indulged in a bit of snail racing! 

Each snail was chosen and named, a tasty leaf picked as an incentive to race and then they were off!  The car park was an arena of cheers and support for our snails as they raced to victory.  On the second day of rain we added an obstacle course for the snails to manoeuvre up and over – a test of strength and agility!

The racing was so much fun – thank you to Trey and his Mum and Dad who kindly babysat the snails each night.

 

TRANSFORMERS

This week we continued to build our stories; using our imagination and creativity to produce our storybooks.  Some detailed and imaginative pictures have been produced and made into books.

Well done Transformers.

 

Next week the Transformers will need to bring a P.E kit please (a t-shirt, shorts and a change of shoes and socks) for their activity on Tuesday afternoon.  Please pop these items into a clearly named carrier bag.

 

SUNCREAM and SUNHATS

In the entrance hall there is a box each for hats and cream.  The form to sign for permission to apply cream is ready to sign.  Please do so when you bring cream in.  Thank you.

 

P.E

On a Wednesday afternoon we hold a P.E session – physical games and activities.  If your child attends this session please provide a set of shorts and t-shirt for them to change in to.  The move on to Primary School will include undressing and dressing at a good speed for P.E lessons so the more we practise now, the better. 

 

LITTLE CHEFS

Liz, Vicki and their cooking group will be making ‘Royal Biscuits’ next week in the shape Kings and Queens.

 

Thank you to Imogen’s family for the ongoing collection of stamps.  Luckily there is still someone who receives letters in the post!  We are looking forward to using them to create a collage in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

 

 

CAR PARK

I can only apologies for any congestion in the village hall car park, especially at the end of the school day.

Despite reminders that the car park is for village hall users only, we are aware that many Primary School families do use it as a convenient and easy place to park.

I will, again, request that a reminder is placed in the Primary School newsletter.

 

GARDENING

We are in the planning stages of a planting scheme for our raised bed located in the grounds of the Primary School.

Over the next week or so the children will plant it out and observe the growth of the plants.

Will it be flowers or vegetables or a mix of both……….we’ll soon find out!

 

*Please return your purple communication diaries as often as you can.  They are a delightful read and are vital in our gathering of information for each child’s learning journal.

 

*If you have been given a likes and dislikes form please return it as soon as you can – if you haven’t done so already.

 

Thank you,

Nina, Liz and Kelly.

 

 

Monday A.M – Gardening

Tuesday A.M – Cooking with Liz and Vicki.

Tuesday P.M – Transformers

Wednesday P.M – P.E

Thursday A.M – French

Friday A.M – Transformers – Experimental Activities

Committee news

The preschool is a parent run preschool and they are volunteers. Any support you feel you can provide will be appreciated.   We have recently welcomed Vicki Thomas on to our committee.  If you would like to join us in support of Pre-School and be a committee member, please come and have a chat to Nina.  We look forward to welcoming new committee members – it’s a great way to have a say in your child’s early education and can be great fun too!

 

Run

The signs are up – thank you to all for the offers of support it is much appreciated. We will be getting touch closer to the time with a list to sign up to but please bear in mind that we will need a few cakes from you if nothing else!

 

Secondly, we are looking for a tea and coffee van or a generator so that we can provide hot drinks – Anyone that can beg borrow (please don’t steal) one we would really appreciate it.

 

Meeting

The next committee meeting is due to be held on 24 May 2016. Everyone is welcome. If you have any ideas or something you would like raised please contact either Hannah or Nina.

Newsletter 14th April 2016

NEWS LETTER

Date: 15/04/2016

DATES FOR DIARY
Monday 25 April

 

 

Monday 2nd May

 

 

Thursday 5 May

 

 

Friday 27 May

Bike Week – everyone may bring bikes/scooters to Pre-School for activities outside.

 

BANK HOLIDAY – PRE SCHOOL CLOSED – you will not be charged for this day.

 

PRE-SCHOOL CLOSED – ELECTION DAY – you will not be charged for this day.

 

 

End of Term (5)

Monday 6 June Start of Summer Term (6)
Saturday 18 June RUN – all hands on deck (field)
Thursday 23 June PRE-SCHOOL CLOSED – ELECTION DAY – you will not be charged for this day.
Friday 15 July End of Summer Term (6)
   

 

 

What have we been learning this week?

 

Having returned with renewed energy after our Easter break, the children have begun researching where things come from.  We have used the computer and reference books to find out where foods in our lunchbox are grown or where they are made.  The children are recording their findings in picture form so far to either take home or display on the boards in the hall.  We will continue with this theme throughout the term.

We welcome a new friend, Melissa to our group this term.  The children have been very welcoming and do enjoy making new friends.  We are sure that Melissa will have a lovely time with us all.

The weather has been kind to us this week and we have taken part in a number of P.E sessions outdoors.  We do have a lovely range of equipment to enable the children to progress with their large physical skills such as throwing, rolling, balancing, catching, using bats and rackets, using space safely and effectively as well as having so much fun and taking part in physical activity to keep healthy.

The Transformer group used the internet to find out where items in their lunchboxes come from.  We each chose an item, asked the computer and individually assisted with the use of the keyboard to ‘send our question to the computer’. We found photos of huge bunches of bananas growing on trees, pepper plants, carrots growing underground, oranges growing in sunny orchards and we did try to locate a factory where jam tarts are made!  This proved rather trickier than the rest but it was interesting and fun to think of the processes needed to produce a delicious jam tart!

We will use our singing times to practise signing this term.  We will use a wonderful CD and book to listen and see how to say words with our hands.  The children already do this when singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ and we now feel that they are ready to move on to some more adventurous songs! 

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first week of the Summer term!  The children have been delighted to be together again.  We look forward to plenty of outdoor activities and adventures as the weather warms up.  Please see the dates at the top of this newsletter for our annual Sports day which we hope that many of you will be able to join us for.

 

SOME REQUESTS AND REMINDERS….

 

 

STAMP COLLECTING

In celebration of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II one of our activities will be to create a collage using stamps.  Please help us to collect stamps and we will soak them and use them for a display.  Please bring your stamps along during April and May so that we can get creating!  Thank you.

 

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

In line with our current theme and to explore where different sounds come from we would be grateful for contributions of some of the following: lentils, chickpeas, rice, pasta etc – just a small amount – so that we can make shakers with the children.  Please discuss at home what your child would like to put in their shaker and then pop a small amount in a bag.  We will then use the shakers to make rhythms at music time.

 

ABSENCES

If your child is going to be absent from their session please telephone Pre-School to advise us of the absence.

Our sessions are filling fast and we may be able to offer the space to someone in need.

 

LATE COLLECTION OF CHILDREN

We are more than happy to accommodate extra sessions upon request as long as we have the spaces available and these extra minutes/hours are charged accordingly.  Please be aware that a late collection of children also carries a charge of £1.25 for each 15 minutes that they remain in our care. Payment is required at the time of collection.

It can be most embarrassing for us to keep having to ask for money and we understand that it is the same for you!  Please help us avoid this by paying promptly.  Thank you.

 

SNACK CONTRIBUTIONS

Thank you for the wonderful variety of fruits, veg and snack items that are contributed to our snack basket.  All items are hugely appreciated and ensure that everyone eats healthily and adventurously.  Please keep them coming!

 

BLUE BOOK FOLDERS

We have a fantastic selection of books; fiction and non-fiction that we enjoy sharing with the children.  Each child has received a blue book folder.  Please use these to borrow one book at a time from Pre-School and then return it to exchange for another.

 

BILL PAYMENTS

Please kindly put the surname as a reference when paying by bank transfer.  This is the most popular method of payment, which is great, but we need to know who the payment is from!

On the bottom of your bill is a return slip.  Please give this to Liz so that we are aware the payment has been made.  Thank you.

 

MUSIC AND DANCE SESSION

We are being treated soon to a taster session of ‘Diddi Dance’, a music and dance activity session focusing on a number of different styles of dance and music.  If we enjoy the session then we hope to go ahead with it regularly.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.  We always appreciate your comments and ideas.

 

We are all looking forward to the summer term; we hope you are too.

 

Kind regards,

 

Nina, Liz and Kelly.

 

 

 

 

 

Committee news

We are excited by the new term and the last term for the transformer group. Following a recent meeting with the head teacher of Checkendon Primary school we will be working alongside the school to assist with the transition to school in respect of the reception class and preschool undertaking a few more joint activities.

 

If you have any suggestions for the committee please do email us, we will keep them anonymous if requested to do so.