Monkton Park Newsletter Friday 20th November 2020

Badgers Class

Well done to all those in Badgers class who are currently isolating. We have seen some amazing learning completed at home and it has been brilliant to see so many of you login to Mr Prosser's Google Meet. Just a reminder that the first day back for the majority of children in Badgers will be Monday 30th November.

Christmas Food Bank Cheer

This Christmas there will be families in Chippenham struggling to put food on the table. Monkton Park School would like to help by collecting donations for the local Food Bank. The Chippenham Foodbank is run by the The Chippenham Salvation Army. They have seen a huge increase in demand from people who are struggling to afford or access food from employees who have been furloughed, the self-employed whose business has suddenly shut, people unable to work as they are unwell or shielding to people who are self-isolating and are unable to access food.

The Food Bank would be grateful for donations any non-perishable/good dated Christmas food, they also always need any tinned and packaged food for everyday use.

The children can bring their donations to their classrooms from Monday 30th November.

Thank you in advance for you generosity

The Chippenham Food bank is open Wednesdays 10am-3pm and Fridays 10am-1pm. They can help anyone who is struggling to afford or access food for as long as necessary. They can also help people self-isolating and can deliver to your home. You don’t need a referral you just need to call them on 01249 655458 or email chippenham@salvationarmy.org.uk.

They understand that reaching out for help can be really hard but if you contact them, they will take some quick information from you and arrange for your food parcel to be delivered or collected if you are well and able.

Achievement Awards

Congratulation in week 10 to: Arlo, Jake, Zander, Jean, Eloise, Rose, Harry and Amber

Hot Chocolate Friday

This weeks achievers are: Anja, Freddie, Coby and Jack

Star Writer

Our Star Writers this week are: Bobby, Tabi, Dominique, Flynn, Alice, Leo, Rojus and Beau

Work of the Week

KS1 Work of the Week

Congratulations to Berenger from Field mice class

Online Safety - Parents' meeting

Last year you may recall that we held an online safety meeting which was run by Karl Hopwood, an expert in children's online safety. I am delighted to say that Karl will be running a meeting online for parents on Wednesday 25th November at 6.30pm. A link to the meeting will be email out on Monday (please note you will need to login into Microsoft Teams. Any personal account will be fine). The meeting is suitable for parents of children in all year groups and I highly recommend coming along. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Reception Phonics

This week the Reception children have continuued recapping all of their phase 2 sounds.

The children can use their Letters and Sounds packs to practice at home.

Thank you to all of the parents that have been contributing to their children's Tapestry pages, its lovely to see their home progress.


Christmas Cards

Last chance to order your personalised Christmas cards and goodies via ParentPay is today, Friday 20th November (today!).

Lego Gifts

We have found a local company who specialises in trademark Lego trinkets and they have agreed to help us fundraise by creating keyrings for us in time for Christmas. More details on how to order these will be sent out next week via Parent Pay.

Christmas Shopping

As Christmas is approaching, don't forget to order online through a charity fundraiser portal:

FOMPS has accounts with both

Easyfundraising: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/

and Giving Machine: https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/

who will donate a percentage of your shopping cost to us for free!

Applying for School Places

Parents looking for Reception places in September 2021 need to apply by 15th January 2021

All application can be made online on the Wiltshire Council Website

COVID 19 - What to do if your child has suspected symptoms

Please ensure children do not come into school if they have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must be sent home.

You must follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19), which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 10 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.

Term Dates 2020/2021

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