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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

18 May 2018

Dear Parents

Y5 John Muir Award
There are 4 John Muir sessions left: 25 May, 8 June, 22 June and 29 June. Y5 parents are invited to attend a presentation at school at 2pm on 29 June during which the children will share what they have learnt. Thank you to those who have already paid but can we ask that the remaining money is paid by 8 June as at present there is still £435 still outstanding.

Bikes and scooters
Please remind children that they should dismount bikes and scooters at the school gates.  This applies to both children in school and preschool children and is for their own safety and that of others.

School Dinner Arrears 
Please note that school dinners should be paid for in advance.  The best way for all is to pay online via the Telford & Wrekin Website (click here).  You will need your child’s code which can be obtained from the School Office but please be aware that we are unable to give this information over the phone. I understand that people do not like receiving letters reminding them of their debt, but it is essential they are sent out even for small amounts. The letters are the standard Telford and Wrekin letters and are only sent out when there is a debt owed. Currently the combined debt is £293 (since Easter). This is not sustainable and we must continue to chase money owed.

Year 2 Residential
Medical paperwork was sent home with the children this week. This paperwork needs returning by Tuesday 22 May please.  This is essential information we must have to ensure the health and safety of the children on the visit.  The deadline for payment is also next week. There is currently £894 outstanding.

Year 6 Visit to Llandudno
This visit is due to take place on Friday 25 May. Please can all consent forms and money be returned by Monday 21 May (unless you have contacted us to arrange an alternative date for payment). Currently, there are still 11 forms that have not been returned. Any that are not returned by Monday may mean the child is unable to go as arrangements regarding staffing need to be finalised. A reminder of all the details will be sent out next week, once final numbers have been confirmed.

Reception Chicks
The children (and adults!) have really enjoyed watching the chicks develop this week. From eggs on Tuesday 8 May, they have turned into these bright eyed and very alert chicks.

Chicks1  Chicks2
It will soon be time for them to leave us and join life as free range chickens on a farm. We wish them well!

This week, the Year 6 SATs meant that there could no formal ceremony, but the children’s certificates and class trophies were awarded during Monday afternoon.  A very delighted, if somewhat surprised, 3HP were the proud winners of the KS2 trophy whilst the KS1 trophy was retained by 2B.  Once again we had beaming smiles as a couple of first-time winners took over custodianship of Oscar for the week. The year’s certificate totals now stand at 52 Gold, 353 Silver and 1831 Bronze.  
After a long period of not knowing whether or not the student Hall of Fame was going to be reinstated after adjustments for the requirements of the new data protection regulations, we have sadly heard this week that the company have decided that it is no longer viable. 

Times Tables Rockstars
It has been super to see and hear the continuing ‘buzz’ surrounding the Times Tables Rockstars in school this week.   The competition to move up the class and whole school leaderboards is having a positive effect on the average speeds of both pupils and staff!   A further eight children have reached the heady heights of ‘Rock Legends’, making twenty-three in total across Year 4-6.   Meanwhile, ‘Taylor Phoenix’ (Y5) and ‘Jeff Culture’ (Y6) have smashed through the one second barrier to become ‘Rock Heroes’! ‘Taylor Phoenix’ has taken the top position on the leaderboard with an amazing speed of 0.79 seconds per question and is being chased by ‘Jeff Culture’ on 0.80 seconds per question.  ‘Rip Lightspeed’ is in third place on 1.08 seconds per question and is therefore within touching distance of becoming a ‘Rock Hero’. The three ‘Rock Legends’ with the most improved speed, with a reduction of 1.73 seconds per question, are ‘Brad Phoenix’, ‘Brock Frederiksen’ and ‘Jet Hunter’.  Well done to everyone who is trying hard to improve their times- keep it up!

Parental Engagement
Over the last two weeks we have been conducting our Parental Engagement meetings. Thank you to all the parents who have kindly been involved in this new initiative. The feedback we have received from parents, staff and pupils has been extremely positive and lots of learning has been happening at home. We look forward to the next meetings, in the week beginning 18 June, to celebrate the success of the initial meeting actions.

Children in Y6 have completed their SATs this week which is always an intense week. They were fed healthily with toast and fruit at the start of each day and celebrated with the customary treat of a doughnut after their final test.
Meanwhile, children in Y2 have also been completing their special papers. This is nowhere near as formal as Y6 and is completed in small groups. When not taking part in a paper, the rest of the children have enjoyed a week of learning outside in the Forest School area and on the field. Thank goodness the weather helped us out. Y2 papers will be finished early next week.

Attendance Update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 4G with 99.23%
Pride in Punctuality: 2Y, 3B and 6CW both with 0 lates.
Please remember that our Attendance Policy states that “If your child has been away from school for 3 consecutive days, even with a reason being given, we may ask our Education Welfare Officer (EWO) to make a “safe and well” call. The EWO may also call if there is conflicting information regarding the pupil’s absence or if the Admin team has been unable to contact parents or carers.”
Please do not be offended if this happens to you – we are simply doing our best to ensure all children are “safe and well”.

Diary Dates
Friday 18 May Family Quiz
Friday 25 May Y6 visit to Llandudno
Friday 25 May Year 5 John Muir Day
Friday 8 June Y2 residential visit to Edgmond
Friday 8 June Year 5 John Muir Day
Saturday 9 June Y2 residential returns (approx. 11.45am)
Thursday 14 June 50th birthday celebrations
Friday 15 June Sports Day
Monday 18 June Non-uniform day (Bring a bottle for the Summer Fair)
Friday 22 June Year 5 John Muir Day
Friday 22 June Summer Fair (3.30pm – 5.00pm)
Friday 29 June 2pm Year 5 John Muir presentation to parents

Wishing you all a very Royal weekend

Matthew Gould