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Newsletter – Newsletter 7 – 2018-2019
Our school librarian, Ms McDonald, has been excitedly unboxing lots of new books for our school library this week. These books will be available for the children to explore and take out during their visits to the library.
We’ve also got a visiting book fayre in school next week full of books that will further inspire the children’s passion for reading. The children will have a chance to visit the fayre during next week.
Our reading cinema events are taking place next week. To celebrate regular reading habits, the children will have the opportunity to watch a specially chosen film, near the end of the week. The school’s expectation is that children read at home at least three times a week. This should be recorded in their reading record. Those children that have had all of their reading recorded in their diary will be eligible for the reading cinema. If a child hasn’t had their reading recorded then they will enjoy some reading activities in the classroom with the teacher.
I hope you all enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you all next week for our final week before the half term break.
Next Week in school…
~ NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe Assemblies.
~ Year 3 WOW Event 2:20— 3:15pm Parents invited.
~ The Book Fair arrives in school
~ Year 4 WOW Event – 2:00-3:00pm Parents Invited.
~ Years 1 & 2—Spelling Bee.
~ Flu Vaccinations taking place
~ Year 5 NSPCC Workshops.
~ Air Balloon Cinema – For children in Years 3-6 who have read 3 times every week this term.
~ Year 2 WOW Event – Parents invited in at 2:45pm
~ Flu Vaccinations
~ Year 6 NSPCC Workshops.
~ Year 5 WOW Event in Classrooms and PE Hall 2:45-3:15.
~ Fancy Dress Disco—See page 2 for full details.
~ Years 3 & 4—Spelling Bee.
~ Air Balloon Cinema – For children in Years 1 & 2 who have read 3 times every week this term.
~ Last Day of Term 1.
Best Class Attendance of the week
This weeks winners are:
Dining Hall : Comet 99.26%
Yr 2/3 Hall: Neptune 99.18%
PE Hall: Jupiter 97.63%
Our overall school attendance for the week is 95.60%, but remember…our attendance target is 97% each week…so that is the minimum that every child should be aiming for.
Next week the children will be taking part in our first Spelling Bee Competition of the year!
Within their classes, the children will complete a written spelling assessment based on their spelling list for this term.
This will be followed by a Spelling Bee, within their classes where the children will compete to find a class winner.
During the year group finals, there will be a winner from each year group who will get a certificate.
1st – Banksy (78) 2nd – Brunel (63)
3rd – Dixie (50) 4th – Rowling (45)
Autumn Discos will take place on Thursday 25th October. Places are unfortunately limited to 150 per disco due to fire regulations and hall capacity so tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please remember that Tuesday 23rd October is the last day to order tickets for the discos.
For children in Reception, parents can come in 5 minutes before the end of school to help their child get changed for the disco before bringing them up to the hall. Entrance to the disco entry for Reception children is via the main corridor from the school office into the Dining Hall (please queue in the corridor – doors will be opened at 3.30pm). For the later 2 discos will be via the front playground and the door by the school library.
When collecting all children at the end of the discos, please wait outside of the main school entrance – the side door will be opened when each disco ends for parents to come into the hall to collect their child/ren.
Remember that the discos are Fancy Dress (but no masks please). Children in Years 2-3 will receive a glow-stick when they arrive and children in Year 4-6 may bring a small amount of money to buy glow-sticks, tattoos and additional snacks at the disco.
We’ve seen some great festive designs already! Keep them coming! Don’t forget they can be designed using felt or crayons and should be as bright and festive as possible (no glitter or attachments)! Completed sheets should be handed into the office, by next Wednesday 24 October. Your design will then be turned into a free Christmas Card, and you will have the opportunity to buy more packs (£5 per pack of 12) and other festive items including gifts tags and tea towels.
Black Iris Photo Shoot
On 31 October, Black Iris will be opening up their local studio exclusively to parents of Air Balloon. They will be providing a FREE family or individual photo shoot with a FREE 6x8 image. Appointments can be made by calling Black Iris, direct on 01179 396865. The parents who went along to photo shoots last year have said they would highly recommend this offer.
Cookies & Craft
We are looking to replace our Ice-Cream Fridays with winter events. We will be holding our first event on Friday 30th November straight after school. Parents and children welcome. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Christmas is always an exciting and busy time of year and is creeping up on us very quickly. Our Christmas fayre will take place on 8 December from 11-2pm. There will be lots of opportunities to Christmas shop, make your own crafts, see Santa and have fun at our many stalls.
If you are a parent of the school and would like to book a stall, please leave your details in the office and we will contact you with further information.
We would be very grateful for any donations of bottles of wine or chocolate for our stalls. Please leave in the
office. Many thanks.
Please remember that if you reply to any text messages sent by the school, the inbox the messages come back into is not monitored and your message will not be picked up. If you need to respond to a text message you receive, please phone the school office on 0117 903 0077.
Next Year’s Reception Children
Is your child due to start school in
September 2019? We are running information sessions and school tours on the following days:
Thursday 8th November 9:15am
Wednesday 28th November 2:00pm
All tours will last 1 hour.
If you have a child born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015, your child will be due to start in September 2019
NSPCC Speak out Stay Safe
The NSPCC staff and volunteers are holding interactive assemblies and workshops next week in school. With the help of their mascot, Buddy, they will be covering topics like bullying and abuse, but without using any scary words or adult language.
Pupils will learn about the different types of abuse, in a child-friendly and age appropriate way, so they can get help if or when they need it. The NSPCC will help the children identify a trusted adult they can talk to if they’re ever worried about themselves or a friend. They will also learn about Childline, and how it can support them.
The assemblies will be followed by a 1-hour classroom workshop for children in Years 5 and 6. Together, they will explore the topics in more detail using engaging exercises to look at different situations and decide what’s OK and what’s not OK.
In school next week from 22-25th Oct, parents can view and purchase books from 3:30-4:00.
Poppies will also be available to buy at the Office from Monday 22nd Oct.
Bristol’s Attendance Strategy
Last week we attended an Attendance Summit at City Hall where Bristol City Council introduced their draft attendance strategy. The new strategy is a citywide initiative aimed at improving school attendance across all schools in Bristol. As part of the plans, Bristol City Council is undertaking a public consultation on the strategy and would welcome feedback from parents and carers.
The Education Welfare and Safeguarding in Education teams recognise that improving school attendance and reducing persistent absenteeism is a priority for Bristol and is a crucial part of the city’s ambition to raise standards and secure the best outcomes for all young people.
The draft attendance strategy recognises school attendance as everyone’s responsibility and in order to improve school attendance, a citywide partnership approach is needed. All schools, council services and partner agencies need to work together with children, young people, parents and carers to remove the barriers to good school attendance.
The draft attendance strategy has been produced through a series of consultation events with partners, including focus groups with young people. As a school, we have been really pleased to be part of that initial consultation and have been able to share some of the work that we do at Air Balloon to support attendance improvements.
To view the draft attendance strategy and to give your feedback, please visit https://bristol.citizenspace.com/adults-children-and-education/school-attendance-strategy-consultation/ or search “Attendance Consultation Bristol”. The consultation is open until 20th November and we look forward to sharing the final attendance strategy with you when it is published.
Year 7 Applications
Please remember that the deadlines for applying for school places for Year 7 is midnight on 31st October 2018.
If you need help with your application, please see Mrs King in the school office
Please remember that if you ever have any concerns about a child, you can speak to a member of staff who will log your concern and take any necessary action. Please be assured that we will respond to every concern we receive – our Safeguarding Team primarily consists of Mr Browse, Mrs Hennys, Miss James and Mrs Knight, but you can speak to any member of staff if you are worried about anyone. As a parent or carer, you can also contact First Response directly to raise a concern – full details of how to contact them is on page 4 of the newsletter.
On Monday 5th November we have a change to the menu, we have a special Bonfire themed menu (see page 3), but Jacket Potato and Salad Bar will still be available.
Also, next week the children will be bringing home a new lunch menu which will start on Tuesday 6th November.
Term 3 and 4
Data Collection Sheets
On Monday, children will bring home envelopes containing Data Collection Sheets - these sheets contain the key information we hold about you and your child - please take some time to check that the details are correct, making any amendments necessary and returning the forms to the school office by Friday 2nd February.