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Newsletter 11th December 2020

Headteacher Comment

Firstly, a very well done to all of our Headteacher Award winners - read on to find out who was awarded what and by whom. We always have so much to celebrate at Greenfields and it has been great to be able to include the children from Year One who are on their last day of isolation. We can't wait to welcome you back to school on Monday, Year One!

We have a very full week of events coming up so please do check the calendar at the end of the Newsletter. I am particularly looking forward to the Santa Run on Wednesday, the DRET Carol Service on Thursday, and being able to deliver class presents to classrooms next Friday. Of course, you will hear all about the highlights in next week's Newsletter.

Thank you again for you understanding with regards to the many communications that we are having to send out to Parent/Carers, sometimes at very short notice. We are looking forward to returning to times when we are given plenty of notice of any planned changes by the Department for Education and our Local Authority. I know that we have sent a lot of important communications to parents of children who are eligible for Free School Meals as these pupils will now be receiving supermarket vouchers during the Christmas break. Everyone, please remember that if your circumstances change in any way you may find that you are entitled to additional financial support. This may include eligibility to FSM or Pupil Premium vouchers. You can apply for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium via the link below or contact the school office for help:

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Appleby

Kitchen Sink Science, Terrific Tiger-style

Learning carried on at home for Year One, as they investigated floating and sinking using a range of resources they found at home.

Terrific Tigers

Team Players in Marvellous Meerkats

This week, Marvellous Meerkats have launched their Team Player trophies. These trophies are awarded daily to the top two team players. To be considered for this trophy, children must show excellent team player skills throughout the day. We are very proud of Matei and Oscar for being the first recipients of our Team Player trophies. Well done!

Marvellous Meerkats

Carol Singing Dragonflies

Dragonflies enjoyed their first singing lesson with Carol from Voices Foundation . They impressed her with the songs they had already learnt, then Carol taught them some new songs. We are so delighted to be a Singing School! Super singing Dragonflies!

Reception Reach New Heights

As part of PE Busy Bees have enjoyed using the climbing apparatus, from climbing to jumping, to swinging around. They have shown such confidence when faced with new challenges. Great job Busy Bees and Dragonflies!

Reception

Busy Bees Blast Off!

Sharks Love Singing!

Super Sharks have had an awesome singing sessions with Charlotte, who is our choir leader from Voices Foundation this week. Charlotte usually travels up from London to work with children and staff at Greenfields (and loves her visits here), but today she 'zoomed' in. The children love the opportunity to express themselves.

Super Sharks

Remarkable Rhinos are all different and we love it!

Over the last couple of weeks we having finding out all about the different cultures in our class and we are so lucky to have so much diversity.

We have learned so much about different faiths, nationalities and cultures and it has been wonderful to hear how proud the children are of this and how tolerant they all are.

Remarkable Rhinos

Headteachers Awards

Congratulations goes to.........

  • Ladybirds - Joey
  • Busy Bees - Chester
  • Dragonflies - Isla-Rose
  • Happy Hyenas - Eden
  • Terrific Tigers - Ali
  • Excellent Elephants - Sumayyah
  • Smart Snakes - Emily
  • Marvellous Meerkats - Megan
  • Cheeky Monkeys - Harriet
  • Remarkable Rhinos - Ruby
  • Champion Cheetahs - Kai
  • Super Sharks - Elias
  • Proud Lions - Blu
  • Soaring Eagles - Alicia

Positive Points Awards

In 1st Place for the most positive points (and winning the basket of treats) is.......

Excellent Elephants

Positive points

House Cup

Congratulations to this week's winner.....Hoy!

House cup points

September 2021 Reception Intake

If you have a child turning 4 years old between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021, you need to apply for their place to start in Reception in September 2021.

Greenfields Primary School and Nursery is now rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and as with all outstanding schools the popularity of the school increases. With this in mind, we are expecting to be oversubscribed in our admissions for a place in our Reception class in September 2021. This means that we will not have enough places for the number of children applying and some families will be disappointed and not be allocated Greenfields. More information on admissions can be found on our website

The application process is now available on the Northamptonshire County Council website: click on the button below to apply for place at Greenfields. The closing date is Thursday 17:00hrs 15th January 2021.

If your child is currently attending our nursery and is due to start in our Reception next year, then we do not want you to be disappointed and miss out on a place. You must submit an application before the closing date as places are NOT automatically allocated.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our school office.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is where you will find Greenfields' amazing virtual classrooms full of chat and lots of hard work! If you have not used Google Classroom before, or you are new to Greenfields, please follow this link that explains how to log on to a PC, Android or Apple device. You will need your child’s email address and password, and the class codes below:

Class Code and Google Link

Teachers are looking forward to posting their ‘Flipping Greenfields’ videos this Friday in time for the weekend. Each one is all about next week’s learning, so will get your child prepared for a flying start on Monday. Research shows that children who feel prepared for the coming week are less anxious about school, happier to get up and go on a Monday morning and achieve better than those who are not.

New start and finish times

You will have received a message regarding the new start and finish times for your child which start on the 5th January. The shorter time frame will reduce the impact on the school learning day. Siblings have been given the same times to make things easier for parents dropping off and collecting. If you need any help or are unsure of your time slot please email the office on: admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk

Just a quick COVID reminder

Please help us keep the school and its community safe by:

  • Keeping to the pick-up and drop-off times, and limiting your contact with school staff at these times
  • Keeping your distance from other families in the playground
  • Following the one-way system
  • Wearing a face covering when you are on the school grounds
  • Limiting the number of adults picking up children to 1. If you have a teenager, or partner who is currently dropping off/picking up with you, please ask them to remain off-site.

Google Classroom

If you are having issues with Google Classroom please click on the handy link below

My Child At School

Please click on the button below for an easy guide to the My Child At School app

Office Contact

As per our Covid -19 risk assessment, the office is currently closed to visitors. This includes parents wanting to drop off any forgotten items such as packed lunches, drinks bottles and school bags. If you need to contact the school please ensure this is done by telephone on 01536 514622 or email at admin@greenfields-pri.co.uk.

School Reading Books

Please could you return to your child's class teacher any school books that you may have borrowed during lockdown.

Online Reading Log Access

to log your child's daily reading, please either scan the QR code with your mobile phone using the camera function or click on the button below.

QR code for Greenfields' Reading Log

The Greenfields Way for Families

Please follow the link below for handy information about how life at Greenfields Primary School and Nursery works. From attendance, to Parent Pay, to Google Classroom, find all the answers to any questions you may have here:

Wraparound Care booking

All bookings for wraparound care must be booked weekly the last day for booking is the Wednesday before care is required.

Flu Vaccine Catch-up

If your child missed the flu vaccine and you wish to vaccinate your child please call the School Nurse team on 03001111022 option 4 to arrange a Saturday morning slot.

We are on Facebook and Twitter!

Dates for your Diary

Santa Run Wednesday 16th December 2020 (Optional - Festive Mufti)

Whole school watching PantoLive! Thursday 17th December 2020 (no charge to parents - DRET Inspiration Fund supported)

Christmas Break - Last day Friday 18th December 2020. Return Tuesday 5th January 2021

New drop off times start - Tuesday 5th January 2021

Closing date for September 2021 Reception intake - 15th January 2021

February Break - Last day Friday 12th February 2021. Return Tuesday 23rd February 2021

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