MAPS Newsletter 15th November

Remembrance Day: We went up to MAA and held a remembrance day service at which the pupils were fantastic. They observed the two minute silence really well, and they were so impressive I had numerous comments from staff at the senior school about how well they did. Thank you to all of you for providing warm coats! They were much needed.

Craft Club: it is great to see the Craft Club (for years 1&2 mostly,) run by Mrs Brightman, doing such lovely work. Well done everyone.

We are now signed up for the Sun Books for Schools offer. Please can you collect the tokens and hand them into the office. They are in the Sun every day. We will collate them and hopefully get enough to ask for the 106 books that are on offer (£600 worth). From early phonic development to fluent reading, Collins Big Cat is a whole-school reading programme that provides complete support for primary reading. The free books included within the packs cover a diverse range of subjects from fairy tales to football, from camping to crocodiles and from wild cats to worms - there is really something for all ages and abilities.

Christmas Tree: Last year we were very luckily gifted a Christmas Tree that we decorated in school. Many of our children never get to experience a real Christmas Tree. If anyone or any company are able to gift the school one this year we would be very grateful. Thank you. Please let the office know if you can.

Bags and back packs: We have a lovely new school but one thing we do not have is much storage space. As of Monday I am banning all back packs from school. I ask that pupils only bring in their book bags (with and reading books or homework books in), and a draw string small bag with their PE/Games kit in. This is all they should be bringing into school (along with their packed lunch). This will allow us to store this more effectively. At the moment the back packs are taking up too much space generally. Book bags can be purchased from through ParentPay. If you have a pressing need to bring in an overnight bag as you are going to stay with someone else - then please speak to your teacher and I'm sure we can accommodate a back pack in these circumstances.

Upcoming Christmas Events With Christmas fast approaching we know how busy family life can be and are trying to give as much notice as possible to help you plan ahead. Here at MAPS our school family will be very busy too! So that you don’t miss a thing here is a list of our upcoming events. We hope you will join us if you can. We have multiple performances of some events so that all parents can get to them. Please select just one for immediate family only as capacity is very limited. We will let you know about tickets in due course.

Last chance to see Year 5 at the Deco Theatre performing Shakespeare's The Tempest

For tickets or further information on the Tempest contact the Box Office on 01604 491005 or visit www.thedeco.co.uk

Medicine: please can all medicine that pupils may need - be handed into the office for safe keeping and distribution. There are special forms to fill in so we know what to give them and when. If pupils carry their own medicine, we can’t ensure it’s safe keeping and monitor the correct child taking the medicine and also the dosage given. What we cant have is pupils with medicines in school- in case they overdose or someone else gets hold of them.

Crazy 4 Kids are offering Holiday Club at Malcolm Arnold Prep School on Monday 6th January for teacher training day. Holiday Club is open 07:45am-06:00pm with lots of activities and fun planned. Please note the club is subject to demand and if we do not meet the required number of bookings the club will not run.

For bookings and enquiries please contact 01536 68101 or email info@crazy4kids.co.uk. The school is shut for staff training on January 6th. Pupils return on Tuesday 7th at 8.30am.

What is Big Book Boost? Big Book Boost is The Book People’s brand new fundraising scheme. Every time you place an order with us over £10, we’ll donate £1 to a school of your choice for them to spend on books! With your help, we aim to donate 1 MILLION BOOKS to UK Schools by 2022. So if you are thinking of buying any book for your children, for Christmas or any other occasion - it would be great if you could click on MAPS as we will then get £1 towards more books for our library. https://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/bigbookboost

The whole school has been doing work on kindness and awareness of bullying - for our Anti Bullying week. Well done to Year 3 who have produced some smashing work.

Junk / Spam : Please can you routinely check your Junk or Spam folders as we are hearing that some communication from us is ending up there. We are trying to resolve it at our end, but it is worth checking at your end too.

Just up the road from MAPS. A great cause and there is a Santa there! SAT, 30 NOV AT 10:00

Clubs: We are always looking for new clubs to put on for the pupils. If there are any parents out there who have an interest and could volunteer to run a club 3.30-4.30, we would love to hear from you. This could be a reading club, an arts and crafts club, a sporting club, or indeed any type of club. We would of course help you to start off with. Thanks Simon


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