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June/ July Newsletter, by Miss Higson

Date: 3rd Sep 2018 @ 8:43pm

Learn, Respect, Achieve

MPJS Newsletter June/July 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

I thought I would detail a couple of items that were useful for you to have before we break up. There will be a fuller newsletter going out early next month but the information is useful now and I wanted you to know the class allocations as soon as possible.

The updated Behaviour policy, Attendance & Punctuality policy and School Uniform policy for September 2018 are now on the website. We have copies in the policy folder in the school entrance and can make copies for you free of charge.

I would ask that parents are very clear about the exceptional circumstances in which they will be granted authorisation for time off during term time before they make the request. We have a brief 2  sided section of the attendance policy for parents to take from the office along with the request form. Requests are starting to trickle in again, and none of them so far are within the governor policy.

Uniform

Thank you for your positive feedback on the jumpers, cardigans and PE t-shirts displayed outside. I’m really pleased with the quality and the design. Prices will be:

£10.95 sweatshirt

£12.95 cardigan (they have got pockets which are really handy)

£5.50 PE T shirt

I’ve had a few questions from parents so I’ll just respond to them here:

  1. If you have got sweatshirts that are in  good condition and intended keeping them going in the autumn term, please wear those and replace with the new ones when you are ready. I don’t want parents to waste money and throw good uniform out. The same goes for any new/nearly new white polo shirts. It’s the end of June and some parents may already have stocked up for September. 
  2. We forgot to add pinafores to the skirt/trousers etc. section of the list. They are now on the list.
  3. Sizings - all items will be in John McHugh (they do sizes 2-3 up to small adult) and on their website within a couple of weeks – I will text you when I get the call from them. Their website is: http://www.johnmchughschoolwear.co.uk and you will be able to order items online as well as go into the shop.
  4. We don’t have ties so there is no need for pupils to button up to the top button. Some of my Year 4 pupils tried them on yesterday and they look so smart with an open neck shirt.

I would ask that you take a few minutes to look at the full uniform policy on the website – and I’ve left a few paper copies in the office. Many of your questions will be answered there. If not, please get in touch.

Staffing Goodbyes

We are sorry to be losing two long-time members of the Moss Park Junior Team – Mrs Corrigan and Mrs Murray in the school office. They work tirelessly to make sure communication between parents and staff members is successful and work hard on the ‘frontline’ of our school business. Both ladies are retiring (early of course!) and are going to be spending time looking after their grandchildren. 

Staffing Hellos

We are looking forward to Mrs Foster coming back next term when she has fully recovered from her knee operations. When she returns, she will be doing a floating role with more direct work with pupils, parents and professionals related to her SENCO role until the end of the year. We have employed a fantastic teacher, Miss Horvath, who will be teaching in Year 4 for the year. She will be here for our transition day and other days and events before we break up in July. We will welcome Miss Currie back in September as Mrs Edwards – she is getting married at the end of July and we wish her congratulations.

Current class 

New class

Teacher

Teaching Assistants

2W

3E

Mrs Edwards (Miss Currie)

Mrs France

Mrs Wood

Mrs Threlfall

Mrs Hilton 

Mrs Singh 

Mrs Valentine

Mr Ward

 

TAs      will       be             allocated according to the following criteria:

  1. SEN/D needs 
  2. Other social and emotional needs of the class
  3. Support for newer teachers
 

3H

Miss Higson (Assistant Head and Lower KS2 Line Manager)

3H

4H

Miss Horvath

3C

4T

Mr Tarry

4F

5M

Mrs McEvoy

4T

5J

Miss Jones

5L

6I

Miss Isbister 

5RG

6B

Mr Boyer (Deputy Head and Upper KS2

Line Manager)

Dates for your Diary June/July (more dates may be added)

Wednesday 20th June

Y2 New parents evening

Friday 22nd June

Y6 to Robinwood for the weekend

Monday 25th June 

STEM WEEK + Open Week for Science, design technology, computing, maths across the curriculum *We will be asking for parent volunteers and experts too this week!*

Friday 29th June

2 teams of Y6 pupils to Mock Trial competition 

Thursday 5th July

Own clothes day for PTFA fair – please bring chocolate for the tombola (letter from the PTFA to follow)

Friday 6th July

Sports Day  Clubs finish 

Tuesday 10th July

Year 4 out to Wellacre Science event 

Tuesday 10th July

Year 6 Play @ 6pm

Wednesday 11th and 12th July

Take One Picture Exhibition in the Hall 3.30 – 4.30 pm

Thursday 12th July

Year 4 P-Buzz concert – time to follow Annual pupil reports out to parents

Friday 13th July 

PTFA Summer fair afternoon including the ‘fiver challenge’ 

Monday 16th July

Year 3 Samba concert – time to follow

Wednesday 18th July

  • Year 3 to Trafford Music Extraffordganza
  • Drop in for feedback from reports 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm

Friday 20th July

Termly Achievement Assembly 9.00 am in the Hall Yr6 trip to Stockport – Air Raid Shelters

Monday 23rd July

Leavers Party (4pm – 6pm)

Monday 23rd July 

Winning House Team Reward event 

Wednesday 25th July

  • Leavers Assembly 9.00 am
  • School breaks up at 3.30 pm

 

We return on Tuesday 4th September 

May 2018 Newsletter, by Miss Higson

Date: 15th May 2018 @ 8:49am

Learn, Respect, Achieve

MPJS Newsletter May 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now into the busiest time of the school year. First, our year 6 sit their national tests, and then the rest of the school do their assessments. We have our usual events and trips, and of course, our teachers will be writing your child’s end of term reports, which will catalogue their achievements and successes over the course of another fantastic year at Moss Park Junior School.

Uniform/kit – all year round

The weather is heating up so can you please make sure pupils have sun cream applied before school, caps or hats on and water bottles if needed? In addition, we still have 9 weeks to go until we break up and pupils should wear their normal black school shoes (not sports trainers all day). It is expected that correct school uniform is kept up the same all year round and doesn’t tail off with a few months still to go. Please do provide a spare pair of trainers/pumps in PE bags, as we will still hopefully be on the field/grass more frequently in June/July! We also don’t allow backless sandals like mules, flip flops, thong sandals etc. for obvious health and safety reasons.

*Uniform updates for September 2018*

There are no radical changes for September 2018, but I will be including a preferred uniform option of ‘proper shirts’ over polo shirts. Polo shirts have a tendency to shrink and then you can’t tuck them in. Also quite a few pupils keep their polo shirts on for PE instead of bringing a t- shirt to change in to – which is not hygienic. We are replacing our round necked sweatshirts with V-neck sweatshirts and cardigans (they look very smart in some of the schools we have visited recently with either shirt or polo shirt underneath). In addition, we will be introducing a logo round neck PE shirt – polyester ‘climacool’ and with sun protection included (with no ironing needed!). John McHugh will be our official supplier. We will send out a full uniform list for September including photos as soon as the new designs are out and display them in our noticeboard too. Watch this space!

Website Pupil Blog Update

We are happy with our new website and hope you find it more user friendly than the old one. We want our pupils to be able to access the site for learning and to share the great things going on at Moss Park Junior School. The website host allows us a pupils-only blog forum, and pupils started trialling this. After feedback, we have decided not to go down this route. We feel our pupils are too young to start worrying about ‘likes’ and dislikes’ on their posts etc. We discussed this feature with the provider but we can’t take the ‘votes’ off, so for now, the pupils will be able to comment instead on their Class Page (‘Pupil Dashboard’) via their log ins in a supervised way.

Parking and Driving on Moss Park Road

Many complaints are directed at schools about dangerous driving on the roads at drop off/pick up time, but the only people who can change the situation are parents themselves. Whilst the council are exploring calming measures, that will take time and an accident could happen in the meantime.

  1. Parents are dropping off pupils in the middle of the road and letting them dart across – this is not safe. Park up further away please. If you are struggling to get somewhere safe to park, it is because you have arrived at the busiest time.
  2. We have a ‘drop and go’ system here – you can avoid the jams by arriving earlier and knowing a teacher is in the Playground from 8.40 am to supervise your child for the 8.50 am start. This means that you can drop your child off with us earlier, so that gives you more space and time – please try this approach.

Staffing Goodbyes

We are sorry to be losing three fantastic teachers at the end of the summer. Mrs Richardson and Mrs Grainger are leaving at the end of the summer. They have both been on the Moss Park Junior team for many years, and we thank them for their contribution, not just to the pupils they have taught, but to the development of the whole school for all the children. Miss Lee is also leaving, and we thank her for her great teaching and her work with the Glee Club and School Council. We will be collecting for these members of staff if you would like to contribute – details will be in the June newsletter.

Mr Myer, our superstar coach, is relocating back to Newcastle and he is going at the end of May. We are ‘gutted’ as they say in football, but have succeeded in getting his colleague Mr Jackson (who has been in before) all week for the rest of term and beyond. We chose him because we know he works like Mr Myer and the children will have a great learning experience.

Staffing Hellos

We always strive to make sure that we appoint the right teachers possible for our children as they deserve the best. The leadership team and I drove all over the North West so that we could observe teachers in their own classrooms and we are very pleased that we have been able to appoint Mrs Leach (currently teaching in Rochdale) and Miss Jones (currently teaching in Bury) to our team. They will both be able to attend our ‘Moving Up’ day in July to meet the pupils and will be visible around school before we start in September.

Dates for your Diary June/July (new dates may be added)

Monday 14th May

SATs week for all our Y6 pupils

Tuesday 15th May

We start the ethos Team’s ‘reverse calendar’ to collect donations for Barakah Food Aid during Ramadan. They have posted our letter on their Facebook page.

Thursday 17th May

Royal Wedding – Special Lunch outside

Friday 18th May

Golden Day – enrichment activities for great behaviour

PTFA – Royal Tea Party 

Yr6 Dodge ball at Stretford Leisure

Monday 21st May

  • Walk to School Week
  • Take One Picture Week
  • Y6 Cricket Team at Stretford Cricket Club

Wednesday 23rd May

  • Movie Day – raising money for Leavers’ Hoodies £1 + £1 snacks

Thursday 24th May

  • Y4 Class Assembly 9 am
  • Robinwood Parents & Pupils meeting – 6.00 pm in the hall

Friday 25th May

  • Last day of term
  • Sports Day (attempt 1 – weather dependent!)
  • Y6 Leavers photos for the Leavers Books

School Breaks up for two weeks

Monday 11th June 

Back to School

Artist in School Y4/Y3/Y6/Y5

Friday 15th June

Teachers and Pupils to visit Houses of Parliament

Monday 18th June

Y3 – Y5 end of year tests and teacher assessment week

Tuesday 19th June

Buddhist visit Y5 & Y6

Wednesday 20th June

Y2 New parents evening

Friday 22nd June

Y6 to Robinwood for the weekend

Monday 25th June

STEM WEEK + Open Week for Science, design technology, computing, maths across the curriculum *We will be asking for parent volunteers and experts too this week!*

Friday 6th July

Sports Day Reserve day 2

Tuesday 10th July

Year 6 Play @ 6pm

Thursday 12th July

Annual pupils reports out to parents

Friday 13th July

PTFA Summer fair afternoon including the ‘fiver challenge’

Wednesday 18th July

  • Year 3 to Trafford Music Extraffordganza
  • Drop in for feedback from reports 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm

Friday 20th July

Termly Achievement Assembly 9.00 am in the Hall

Yr6 trip to Stockport – Air Raid Shelters

Monday 23rd July

Leavers Party (4pm – 6pm)

Monday 23rd July

Winning House Team Reward event

Wednesday 25th July

  • Leavers Assembly 9.00 am
  • School breaks up at 3.30 pm

We return on Tuesday 4th September

Half term reading challenge, by Miss Currie

Date: 29th Mar 2018 @ 11:44am

Sport events taking place in spring, by Mrs Nunwick

Date: 12th Mar 2018 @ 9:22am

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve got loads of sporty things going on in the run up to Sport Relief day on Friday 23rd March.

Next week we will be doing the Joe Wicks Body Coach Schools Fitness Week live sessions every day (lower KS2 twice, upper KS2 twice and the winning House Team on Friday).

We are also going to get the pupils back into the habit of doing 1K a day on our running track. We would like this to continue as the year goes on.

PE KIT NEEDED

In addition to the usual PE kit, the pupils will definitely need a pair of trainers or pumps for outdoors in their PE bags and it would also be great if they had jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit etc. for the rest of this spring term. From September 2018, we will be expanding our School Uniform policy to include navy/black/grey winter PE kits, but for now we aren’t going to dictate any colours – it’s not reasonable at short notice, so please provide what you think your child will need until the weather warms up!

We are already looking forward to Sports Day this year and will be asking you for your suggestions on the Open Week feedback sheets.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Nunwick and all the staff at MPJS

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