14th October Newsletter

DATES FOR DIARY
Friday 21 Oct. End of term.  One week’s holiday.
Monday 31 Oct. First day of new term.  Halloween Fundraising week – see below

WE ARE OPEN – NO INSET DAY FOR PRE-SCHOOL

Tuesday 1 Nov. Coffee morning – welcome to our new families 9.00am-10.30am
Thursday 3 Nov. Cake Sale – contributions needed.  HELP NEEDED TO MAN STALL PLEASE AT 3.00PM
Tuesday 8 Nov.

Tuesday 8 Nov.

Charlotte Snowden Photography – see below

CHECKENDON PRE-SCHOOL A.G.M – IN OUR VILLAGE HALL AT 7.45PM – EVERYBODY WELCOME.

Wed. 9 Nov

Friday 9 Dec.

                     Wed. 14 Dec.

 

                    Friday 16 Dec.

                  Tuesday 3 Jan. 2017

Charlotte Snowden Photography – see below

NATIVITY – please read below for details.  9.30AM (approx. 45mins-1hr)

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY AND LUNCH – ALL CHILDREN INVITED – 9.15AM-12.30 INC ENTERTAINER, GAMES, FATHER CHRISTMAS AND COOKED LUNCH!  WOW!

Last day of term – Christmas holiday. Day finishes at usual time of 3.30pm

First day of new term.

This week we have been busy….

We have veered away from our Harvest theme this week and begun making decorations for our Halloween week.

This is an excellent time to really practise and focus on our cutting skills.  We have enjoyed making spiders, snakes, pumpkins and bats – all cut out by the children themselves.  These colourful decorations will transform Pre-School in readiness for our Halloween week – but not in a scary way. 

We DO NOT encourage the children to scare each other, nor do we scare them. We have a bit of fun with Halloween by dressing up in ANY costumes/outfits, making decorations brightly coloured and decorative and making magic wands out of sticks decorated with glitter!  We will have some music and movement sessions, face painting (with a £1.00 fundraising charge) and we will continue to be creative with our Halloween arty activities.

Each Transformer has been given a special book into which some, not all, of their work will be entered.  This book will stay at Pre-School for use each week and may be taken home as part of their developmental records when they move on to Primary School.

We have continued to focus this week on individual learning and development.  Next term we will be focusing on working together as a small group, encouraging each other, listening to each other’s ideas and suggestions and using these social skills in our everyday routine.

This will help the children with their Nativity practice which will begin early next term.  We will be singing together, learning some words to say and working together to produce another Nativity.

Alongside this our Christmas activities will include learning our numbers, colours, shapes and letters and activities will be provided to enable pattern making, sorting, matching the same sounds and so much more.

Pre-School will be transformed again next term as we celebrate Christmas.  We will inform you of activities and apologise in advance for the layer of glitter which will probably cover everyone and everything very soon!!

We will keep you informed of your child’s progress.

## CONGRATULATIONS  ##

We are very proud to announce that Checkendon Pre-School won 1st prize in the Tesco ‘Happy, Healthy Harvest’ window display competition.

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Our bright, colourful display fills a window in the Henley-on-Thames branch of Tesco.

A representative from Tesco joined us on Thursday morning to present us with our prize and a certificate.

Our prize is a £25 Tesco voucher.  We have decided to spend this on the Christmas lunch.  To include the children in the spending of the voucher I would like to ask any of you to join me on a food shopping trip!  It would be lovely for the children to choose the vegetables and follow the shopping list as this would link the whole process of making the poster for the window display, winning and using the prize.

I do not have a date confirmed yet, but it will be during December. My plan is to meet anyone who wishes to join me at the Henley branch of Tesco (parent plus child!) and then we will go shopping!  The Tesco representative Ali Simmons hopes to join us for a fabulous photo opportunity and a learning experience for the children.

Please let me know if you would like to join me on what will be quite an experience!!

We are sending our photo and editorial to The Henley Standard so keep an eye out!  We have already been featured in the online newspaper – The Henley Herald.

Well done everyone!

LITTLE CHEFS

This week was ‘Bread Week and what a delicious bread rolls all the Little Chefs made.

Liz and Vicki are in the process of planning the Little Chef Menus for next term.  There will be no Little Chefs on Tuesday 1st November.

All of the children attending on a Tuesday morning will be Little Chefs and in two small groups will continue to work with Liz and Vicki to produced delicious bakes.

PHOTOGRAPHS WITH CHARLOTTE SNOWDEN

During November we will welcome Charlotte Snowden here for two days to take photographic portraits of the children.  We will put up a time-slot notice nearer the time so that if you do not attend Pre-School on the days that she is here, your child may still be photographed.  The dates that she will be here are at the top of this letter.

You are more than welcome to bring siblings along and we are happy to change children into smart clothes for their shoot.

Photos are available to purchase in a variety of sizes and packs which Charlotte aims to be ready in plenty of time for Christmas.

Charlotte Snowden lives and works in Checkendon.  She is a renowned photographer and has won many prestigious awards.  Her children attended Checkendon Pre-School and she has kindly taken photos for us for many years.

You can visit her website www.charlottesnowdenphotography.co.uk to see her work.

A SIGNING UP SHEET FOR YOU TO CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED TIME SLOT WILL BE IN THE ENTRANCE HALL FROM MONDAY 31ST OCTOBER.  PLEASE SIGN UP IF YOU WISH TO HAVE YOUR CHILD/SIBLINGS PHOTO TAKEN.

THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO PURCHASE THE PHOTOS BUT WE WILL NOT TAKE A PHOTO IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE SIGNING UP SHEET.

HALLOWEEN FUNDRAISING WEEK

 During the week beginning 31st October we will be holding some mini fundraisers to raise some pennies. 

We will be asking you to enter some competitions which will carry a nominal entry fee and to contribute cakes to a cake sale.

We would like the children to enjoy dressing up in costumes throughout the week and we will all be joining in with some fun, exciting, spooky activities.

Halloween is never scary at Pre-School – but a bit of spooky fun makes us giggle!  We will discover spooky poems and songs, make some magic spells, paint spooky paintings and much more.

 Our coffee morning takes place on the Tuesday morning at 9.00-10.30am.

 We hope that many of you are able to join us for a relaxed morning of chatting and meeting new families and friends.

 We are holding a cake sale for the children of Pre-School and Primary School on THURSDAY 3rd NOVEMBER.

Just a reminder that all the cakes we sell will raise funds for Pre-School so if you are able to bake for us we would be most grateful.

If you are able to help man the stall on the day at 3.00pm please let us know.  Thank you.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

Christmas comes early at Pre-School!  We have arranged the dates for our celebrations which are as follows:

Nativity – FRIDAY 09 DECEMBER.

The Nativity will be performed this year ONLY BY THE CHILDREN WHO ARE MOVING ON TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2017.

We would like to invite ALL the children to join us on WEDNESDAY 14TH DECEMBER for a festive celebration which will include a traditional home-cooked Christmas lunch, a visit from Father Christmas and an entertainer who will make us all giggle!

We do not ask for help – just bring your child along for a fabulous Christmas party and we will do the rest!

We would like to ask for a voluntary contribution towards the entertainer from our Pre-School families.  An entertainer provides such a wonderful, comical, magical hour of fun and laughter for the children but they do come at a cost.  For us to provide this for the children this year, we would like to request a £5.00 contribution per child.

We will ensure that the children have a fabulous festive celebration with us.

We hope that all of the children will join us for this really lovely festive treat.

We will send home a contribution request form shortly but thank you in advance for your understanding.

Thank you to those who have contributed their £5.00 already.

I can now confirm the party time:

JESTER GIGGLES WILL START OUR MORNING OF FUN AT 9.30AM – if you do not attend the session please ensure that your child is here at 9.15am.

We will follow Jester with some party games, a visit from Father Christmas (every child will receive a gift) and a traditional Christmas lunch.

Please collect your child at 12.30pm – unless you attend a Wednesday afternoon session which continues as normal.

We do have some exciting plans for Autumn and Winter at Pre-School.  We will keep you updated via this weekly newsletter.

Thank you for your continuing support,

Nina, Liz, Kelly.

News From the Committee Chairperson

Thank you.. and Fireworks 4th November

We propose to have a stall at the fireworks so if you’d like to help to raise important funds for the preschool please ask! Any ideas welcomed.

Coffee and Cake

We look forward to seeing old and new faces on Tuesday 1st November at the coffee morning and then again on the 3rd buying and selling cakes.

AGM

Please note that the AGM is due to take place on TUESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER AT 7.45 in Checkendon Village Hall and we welcome you all to hear about the past year and future plans. It is your pre-school and without your input it cannot survive.

2017 RUN

We are looking for sponsors to cover the costs of the event. If you or someone you know would like to contribute, even a small sum, please get in touch with Sue. In return, your organization’s logo will be displayed on the website and race paraphenalia. Thank you.

Evaluation Forms

We value your feedback to help make the school even better. Please either email or pass them back to the Ladies. Many thanks.

Help on college days

Kelly attends college on Wednesday and some Tuesday afternoons and therefore, in line with our recruitment policies we are advertising for assistance. If you or someone you know may be interested please contact either Hannah or Nina. Thank you.

Marketing

Many of you may be aware that we will be undertaking a marketing campaign to heighten our profile. If you have a particular flare for this and would like to assist – you would not need to commit to being part of the committee – we would really appreciate it. We will need help in hitting contacts in terms of Facebook and leafleting so please put your hands up if you can!

Best Wishes,

The Checkendon Pre-School CIO Committee

Hannah, Heidi, Sue, Vicki, Charlotte.  email:Hannah@checkendonpreschool.co.uk

 

CHECKENDON FIREWORKS 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.

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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!