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Walk to School Week
Next week is Walk to School Week and we want every family to get involved.
Walking or choosing more active ways to travel is good for everyone, so we are challenging you to:
- Get off the bus a stop further away
- Leave the car at home
- Or if you really, really have to take the car park a few roads away and walk the last part of your journey.
Children who do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.
One in four cars during the morning rush hour are taking children to school – the school run alone is responsible for generating two million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. By walking to school just once per week you can help improve the quality of air your child is growing up in.
The Walk to school is another opportunity for your child to learn road safety.
If you walk to school with your child, you will get fitter too!
Fed up of the traffic and finding a parking space at the school gate? Walking to school can be just as quick as driving and is a nice way to spend a few moments chatting with your child about their day and yours.
Please join us next week making active choices about how we journey to school.
More information can be found at https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-to-school/parents#wins
Art Project: Frida Kahlo
As part of our aim to provide varying challenges for children across the school, we are launching a new art project for the summer term.
In Key Stage Assemblies this week we will be introducing all students to the life and work of Frida Kahlo. We will then be inviting the children to respond by coming up with their own pieces of art which will eventually be displayed in the Canopy Room.
Children do not have to take part if they don’t want to, but we will be encouraging all our passionate artists to get involved.
This will be an extra-curricular activity, not worked on within class. We are hoping parents and carers will get involved in their child’s art work, but where time and resources might not be available, we will also be offering children the chance to work on their art work within Karen’s art club and at weekly lunch time sessions in Miss Corker’s room.
Children who wish to take part will need to produce one piece of art work for the display. They are of course welcome to make more and then pick their favourite effort to bring in. This can be a painting, drawing, sculpture or whatever they are inspired to make!
Work can be submitted as soon as they are ready, with the final submission date on Friday 7th June (the Friday after half term). Please bring works of art to Miss Corker’s classroom (Y1).
Children will have the opportunity to visit the ‘exhibition’ during the following week and parents will be able to come and have a look after school on Friday 14th June, from 3.45 to 4.15pm.
We look forward to seeing what the children come up with!
EYFS Garden Party – Saturday 18th May
You are invited to a party!
EYFS Garden Party – Saturday 18th May (12 noon – 3pm)
This is a great time for families of children in Nursery and Reception to come together for a fun day of bouncy castle, face painting, barbecue, cakes, games and excitement as well as raising valuable funds to support our learning.
However, this day is not possible without lots of support from parents! We desperately need parents to help with the following:
We would love your help to prepare for our garden party. These are things you can do to help:
• Sign up to help out on a stall on the day (sign-up sheets will be outside classes soon);
• Volunteer to ask local businesses to donate raffle prizes (see a member of staff);
• Donate a raffle prize or ask your boss to donate on behalf of your work place;
• Donate unwanted gifts, bottles and other suitable prizes for the tombola;
• Find unwanted toys, books and teddies for our second hand stall and teddy hoopla;
• Bake cakes and biscuits to bring in on the day;
• Invite friends and family to come along on the day, especially if children may come to Myatt in the future;
• Contact local supermarket to request donation of bread rolls;
• Slice and cook onions to bring in on the morning of the garden party;
• Slice fruit for Pimms to bring in on the morning of the garden party;
• Pick up meat order from butchers and bring in on the morning of the garden party.
Please speak to a member of staff ASAP if you can help with any of the above so that this is a really special day for everyone come rain or shine!
Thanks as always for your support.
School Meals – Price Increase
We have been informed that the price of a school meal will be increasing from £2.20 to £2.30 per meal from 1st May 2019. This price will have no impact on those children entitled to Free School Meals.
At £2.30 Lewisham meals will continue to provide all of the Government nutritional requirements and compares favourably with other local authorities. We believe the increased meal price continues to provide extraordinarily good value for money. Our two course daily menus vary throughout a three weekly cycle and the Authority is constantly striving to improve the quality of the ingredients. Over 80% of the meal offer uses fresh, quality products from sustainable sources.
Please remember that meals must be paid for in advance online via ParentPay at: https://www.parentpay.com/
If you have not yet signed up for Parentpay, please speak to a member of staff in the school office.
Mindfulness Taster Sessions
We are very excited to be able to offer parents and carers the opportunity to try something new. We all lead busy lives and it is too easy to neglect ourselves.
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed as a parent?
Would you like to learn how mindfulness can help you
effectively support your children and yourself with a
greater awareness and compassion?
Want to learn if Mindfulness can make a
difference to you as a parent or carer?
Mindfulness is simply paying attention to what is happening in the here and now (your thoughts, emotions and sensations) in a non-judgemental way. With practice, mindfulness can be become a very powerful tool to help cope with life’s stresses and strains.
There are 2 free sessions available to parents and carers to drop into:
Wednesday 20th March 2019, 9.30-10.30am
Tuesday 26th March 2019, 9.30-10.30am
The taster will comprise of guided meditation and access to audios that can be used after the session.
There is no need to book, just turn up at the Blue House (Breakfast club room) and sign in there from 9.15am for a prompt start at 9.30am.
Give yourself the gift of pausing.
Following these taster sessions, you may decide to join a more in-depth Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), the most recognised and established mindfulness course, taught all over the world, and scientifically proven to help people cope better with stress, depression and anxiety.
School Council: Comic Relief 2019
As part of our charity work, School Council would like us all to raise money for Comic Relief this year.
They’d love you to support us by:
- Wearing something red to school on Friday 15th March and donating £1 or as much as you can afford to the charity.
- Baking cakes for our playtime cake sale. Please bring them to your class on Friday morning. Cakes will be on sale for 20p, 50p and £1, so don’t forget to bring some money. Any extra cakes will be sold after school.
Take One Picture Exhibition 2019
You are invited to a fantastic art exhibition of our pupil’s work – everyone has something
At: The Arthouse on Lewisham Way
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March from 3.30 – 5.30pm
Saturday 9th March 10 – 3pm
Come along and be amazed at all the work that one painting can stimulate!
Book Week 2019
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, we have a number of activities planned in school:
BOOK SWAP: on Friday 1st March, every child will have the chance to choose a free book donated by someone else in the school. This is kindly organised by The Friends of Myatt Garden.
POETRY WEEK: from Monday 4th to Friday 8th March, Nursery will focus on learning nursery rhymes. Each Reception class will focus on a rhyming story.
Years 1-6 will learn a poem by heart, that they will perform for Key Stages 1 and 2 in an extra special assembly on Friday 8th.
BOOK TOKENS: A £1 book token will be given to every child. These can be swapped for one of 12 special World Book Day books, or put towards the cost of another book.
WE WILL NOT BE DRESSING UP FOR WORLD BOOK DAY
Thank you for all the books you have donated so far. It’s not too late to donate good quality children’s book for ages 3-11, no adult books, activity or colouring books please.
Boxes are located outside classrooms and in the office, so please bring in any books in good condition that you have sorted out over half term for our Book Swap on Friday 1st March.
Let’s try to fill all the boxes with interesting books so the kids have fun choosing on the day!
Call for Volunteers!
We need people to help sort the books after drop-off on Thursday 28th February 9:00-11:00.
We also need help with the Book Swap itself on Friday 1st March 9:15-11:15 and 1:30-3:00.
If you can help for just 30 minutes we would love you to come along. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are available.
Safer Internet Day 2019
E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Myatt Garden Primary School and to develop our pupil’s understanding, e-safety was the focus of our whole school assembly. It will also be discussed in circle time this week and is a key strand of our computing curriculum in every year group.
It is important that we are all vigilant when children are using the internet and act to ensure they are protected from potential risks. Many children now regularly use their own or family mobile phones, games consoles, laptops, tablets or PCs to access the internet. It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games or know how to keep them safe. Just like in real life, children need your help to stay safe online.
For more information and helpful information please see here: E-Safety Advice for Parents
School Disco – Tickets Sold Out!
Tickets for Friday’s School Disco have sold out.
All children attending the disco need to be accompanied by an adult.
Looking forward to seeing everyone’s dance moves!
Early Years and Screens Session
I’m sure you are aware of increasing coverage in the press about young children’s use of screens. We have arranged an information session on Thursday 7th February at 09.15am in the Blue House for parents to help you sort the facts from the scare stories.
What is clear is that there are downsides, but what is also clear is that they are not universal downsides for all children. While 1 hours use of a games console might be okay for one child, it might be far too much for another.
This session will:
- Look at the risks, particularly for under 5’s;
- Identify things to be looking out for in your child, and
- Aim to give you the benefits, alongside the downsides.
There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
Trefor Lloyd works in schools, mainly with 3-5 year-olds and their families, and has looked at the research, especially for 0-5’s. He won’t be making anyone feel guilty, simply highlighting information that might be important for you to know.
To book a place please email email@example.com with your name and “Early Years and Screens” as the subject or speak to a member of staff in the school office.
We really hope you can make it!
Christmas Fair – Update
We hope that you and your families enjoyed yourselves at our Christmas Fair.
It was lovely to see so many people there, supporting the school and having fun. Whilst it was busy, there was a lovely atmosphere and plenty of games, crafts and tasty food to eat!
The School and Governors would like to thank Frances Currie and Rabiya McKeverne, the Christmas Fair Coordinators, as well as everyone on the FOMG Committee, for organising another amazing Christmas Fair. Thanks also to all the parents /carers who volunteered on the day, as well as in the weeks and months before to make the fair happen; to all those parents who came along and made the effort worthwhile and to the local businesses who supported us.
Everyone had a fun afternoon and together we raised approximately £3,500 for the school. THANK YOU everyone!
Donations needed for Christmas Fair
There is just over a week to go until the Myatt Garden Christmas Fair on Friday 7th December from 3.30 – 5.30pm.
We are aiming to host a zero cost event and to do this we need your help with donations of:
- red wine for the Mulled Wine Stall;
- wine, soft drinks and chocolate/sweets for the Tombola;
- beauty products, toys and small stocking fillers for our Secret Santa room and Bric-a-brac;
- cakes and mince pies for the cake stall;
- cash donations to cover costs of hot food can be taken to the office or made at: https://wonderful.org/charity/friendsofmyattgarden
All donations can be left in the office opposite Ms Williams’ office from Monday 3rd December and fresh baked goods can be brought in on the morning of the fair.
Myatt Garden Christmas Trees
If you haven’t ordered your Myatt Garden Christmas Tree, there is still time! Order forms are available at the office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Delivery dates are 1st and 15th December.
School Open Day for 2019 Reception Children
If your child is starting school in September 2019 and you would like to come and visit Myatt Garden, we will be holding our final open morning on:
- Tuesday 8th January 2019
The session will start promptly at 10am . You can book your place by calling our school office on 0208 691 0611.
Xmas Lunch Menu 2018
Our Xmas lunch will be held on Wednesday 12th December. If you pay for meals, the cost is £2.20 and payment can be made via ParentPay.
Details on our festive menu can be found here: Xmas Dinner Menu – 2018
FOMG – Christmas Fair News
The next big event on the Friends of Myatt Garden calendar is our Christmas Fair on Friday 7 December from 3.30 – 5.30pm. We are hoping to hold a cost-free fair where all inputs needed are donated, meaning that all funds raised go towards enriching our children’s learning experience.
There are loads of ways you can get involved, from helping out on the day to donating food, drink, prizes and more. We will need lots of volunteers to man stalls and help set up and clear away, so please sign up on our rota from Mon 3 Dec (the week of the fair) which will be on a big board under the canopy, or email: email@example.com now to let us know your availability.
If you are happy to contribute, donations can be dropped off at the school office from Monday 3 December.
- Bottles or boxes of red wine for the mulled wine stall;
- Chocolate (from 50p up) and drinks (bottles of wine/ beer/fancy soft drinks) for the tombola;
- New or nearly-new presents, such as bubble bath, jewellery, scarves, CDs, DVDs and candles for Secret Santa;
- Money envelopes for the money tree will be sent home with the children. Please fill them as per the instructions and return them to the office;
- Donations for the bric-a-brac stall, including home-made crafts such as bunting, knitted items and pencil cases;
- Cash donations to cover the costs of food and drink stalls can be made at the office or through wonderful.org;
- We welcome prizes suitable for our raffle, such as shopping vouchers, store gifts, entertainment or experience passes.
On the day, we would be grateful for any mince pies, cakes and cookies (home made or shop-brought) that you are able to donate. A small note to show if the item contains any allergens is very helpful e.g. eggs, gluten.
If you are planning to buy a real Christmas tree, then look no further. FOMG is running its very successful scheme again this year, which raises money for the school. Trees must be paid for before they are delivered on either Saturday 1st or 15th December. Prices are the same as two years ago, so pick up a leaflet from the school office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOMG: Christmas Trees
You’ve put the pumpkins away, now it’s time to think about a Christmas tree! If you celebrate Christmas, you can help raise money for the school by ordering your tree from the Friends of Myatt Garden.
High quality, local trees for home delivery or collection from school on Saturday 1st or 15th December.
Look out for order forms coming home with your child soon or email us at: email@example.com for more information. And please tell your friends and neighbours!
The Big Draw 2018 – POSTPONED
The Big Draw Festival scheduled to take place this week has been postponed. A new date will be confirmed soon.
International Evening will be on Thursday 8th November from 6.30pm. This is a really important night in our school’s social calendar. It is an opportunity to celebrate the fabulous cultural diversity of our school community.
The choir will be singing and this year we will also be entertained with a group of KS2 children doing Bhangra dancing and live South American music.
We look forward to seeing you there at this popular event. We’d love you to bring a dish that is special to your family, for everyone to share – remember to ensure there are no nuts and that ingredients are listed.
The entertainment will start promptly at 6.45pm.