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Spring Term 2019 - Letters
Autumn Term 2018 - Letters
Spring Term 2019 - Text/Emails
thursday 11th April, 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that there will be NO clubs in the first week of the Summer Term (w/c Tuesday 23rd April). Club lists will go up in the library on the first day of term (Tuesday 23rd April) and ALL children can sign up for clubs during that week. Thank you. Mrs Doucy
Thursday 4th April, 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that school is OPEN next week. We do not break up until Friday 12th April. We return to school on Tuesday 23rd April, AFTER Bank Holiday Monday. Thank you.
Tuesday 2nd April 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, If your child is on the SEND register (EYFS, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4) and you would like to meet with the SENCo on Parents Evening, please contact the front office to book a time slot. (8th & 10th April). If your child is in Year 5, please contact the front office to book a time slot for Wednesday 8th May. If your child is in Year 6, please contact the front office to book a time slot for Wednesday 19th June. If your child has an EHCplan you will have received a date for their Annual Review. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE DATES ARE FOR YOUR CHILD'S ISP REVIEW. If you have any questions please contact either the front office or Miss Forbes. The Westborough School
Friday 29th March, 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, A big thank you for your "eggscellent" response so far to our call out for Easter Egg donations for the raffle - please keep them coming! We've also had a generous donation from Wilko in Southend and the Co-op and Sainsburys Local on Hamlet Court Road will also be donating to the raffle. Tickets are selling fast - you can get yours from the Front Office - £1 per strip, 20p per ticket. Thank you for your support!
Wednesday 27th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We have information in Front Office from Exemplar Education, a company providing online numeracy and literacy support programmes, aimed at parents who would like to do extra work with their children in support of school work. If you would like to find out more, please collect an envelope from the display shelves in Front Office. Thank you.
Wednesday 27th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We are still collecting Easter Eggs and goodies for our Easter Raffle. Any donations would be VERY gratefully received and a big thank you to those of you who have already donated. Tickets are now on sale from the Front Office - 20p per ticket or £1 for a strip of 5. All money raised will go to the school fund. Thank you in advance!
Wednesday 27th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Miss Smith has arranged for 2 workshops on school readiness with Early Years expert, Sue Welby. The workshops will take place at Westborough on Tuesday April 2nd and Tuesday April 9th, from 1.30pm-3.30pm. The workshops normally cost £40 but Miss Smith has negotiated a special rate of just £15 for both workshops. However, we need a minimum of 20 parents to sign up for the workshops to go ahead. This is a great opportunity to get expert advice on all aspects of school readiness and general parenting of pre-school children. Sue will be happy to answer any questions you may have on all aspects of Early Years. The workshops are also open to parents whose children do not attend the Westborough Nursery, so please feel free to mention it to any friends you have who would be interested. Please contact either Miss Smith or the Front Office if you are interested in booking a place. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
Monday 25th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, If your child is on the SEND register (EYFS, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4) and you would like to meet with the SENCo on Parents Evening, please contact the front office to book a time slot. (8th & 10th April) If your child is in Year 5, please contact the front office to book a time slot for Wednesday 8th May. If your child is in Year 6, please contact the front office to book a time slot for Wednesday 19th June. If your child has an EHCplan you will have received a date for their Annual Review. If you have any questions please contact either the front office or Miss Forbes.
Monday 18th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Year One will be performing their production on Wednesday 10th (at 9:45am) and Thursday 11th April (at 2:15pm). Due to the upcoming performances, all children are expected to practice their own lines and songs throughout the coming weeks. As such, they will not need to complete a project this term. Their parts will be provided over the next week, along with a note of any clothes that we need them to bring in. Thank you for your continued support. Year 1 Team
Monday 18th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, WORKSHOPS FOR EARLY YEARS; Miss Smith has arranged for 2 great workshops with Early Years expert, Sue Welby for any parents with pre-school children or children currently in Early Years. Sue will be running 2 sessions on school readiness on Tuesday April 2nd and Tuesday April 9th, from 1.30pm-3.3opm, at a cost of £15 for both sessions. Sue is also running a potty-training workshop on Monday 29th April, from 7pm-9pm at the Therapy Life Centre on Prittlewell Chase. Please see Miss Smith if you would like to attend - places are limited and will be first come, first served. You can find out more about Sue at https://www.littlelifesteps.com/
Friday 15th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear all, We raised a fabulous £426.17 for Non-School Uniform today. Thank you to everyone who donated. We will be sharing the money between Red Nose Day and KOFUP (our school charity). Thank you again. The Westborough Staff
Friday 15th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, We have received an email from a nearby secondary school reporting that a number of Year 7 students are being sent inappropriate communications from an individual named ‘recep’ or ‘bawafa’ through Instagram. Please can parents and carers monitor all social media activity their children engage in. Official advice is that Instagram is not an appropriate platform for users under the age of 13. Therefore, we advise that parents think about removing the Instagram app from their child’s smart phone, if they have it, until they reach the required age, for their own safety. Thank you for your help with this matter.
Thursday 14th March 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached the new Term Dates for the coming academic year, 2019/20. The dates will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a copy from the Front Office. Thank you.
2019/2020 Term Dates
Friday 8th March 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, Please note that we have had to move the Year 5 production FROM Weds 1st & Thurs 2nd of May TO Weds 3rd & Thurs 4th April. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but we have had to make the change to avoid any clashes with the Ark Lane camping trips. Dates and times for the Year 5 production will now be: Weds 3rd April @ 7pm Thurs 4th April @ 9am & 7pm Thank you for your understanding.
Tuesday 5th March 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, To avoid confusion, it is not compulsory to buy school uniform from our new supplier. You are still welcome to buy school uniform without the school logo on it. However, we would ask that you please adhere to the school colours of white polo shirt/shirt, black or grey trousers/dress/skirt, royal blue sweatshirt/jumper and blackshoes. For PE, the children should wear a white t-shirt, black or royal blue shorts and black plimsolls or trainers. Thank you.
Monday 4th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Year 4 parents: Dear Parent/Carer.Year 4 are working hard on their production and are looking forward to performing it for you next week - you have a treat in store! Production times are: Weds 13th March - 9.45am & 6.30pm; Thursday 14th March - 6.30pm. The children need to be back at school by 6.10pm for the evening performances. As usual, programmes for the production cost £1 for the evening performances, to cover the costs of opening the school outside school hours. The morning performance is free. Please remember that mobile phones should be turned off during the production. Could we also ask that no food be consumed during the production. Childcare permitting, could we ask that young babies and children please attend the morning performance only. Many thanks.
Wednesday 27th February 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents, As you are aware there has been a new and particularly unpleasant computer hack called the Momo Suicide Challenge which has been popping up on Whatsapp, Facebook and YouTube. It encourages children to self harm. Although we haven’t had reports from parents saying any Westborough children have been a victim of this we have had a number of children discussing the Momo Challenge in the playground and frightening themselves. We have spoken to and reassured any individuals who have come in however if you think your child has been affected you may want to discuss it with them . I have attached a safety guide for parents on this Challenge to help and inform you if you need it. If you would like to discuss this further at all – please pop in and see me . Kind regards, Katy Doucy Deputy Head
Thursday 14th February, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please see the below link to safety training videos for parents/carers for various online games/apps. Thank you. Please find further information here and complete the form if interested: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/training/online-safety-parents-course/
Monday 11th February, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Year 4 Dear Parent/Carer, Please see to the left a letter regarding swimming lessons for your child from Mon 25th February - Friday 1st March. As usual, this letter will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a copy from the Front Office. Please note that payment for swimming lessons can now be made on School Gateway. Please also note that swimming and water safety is a statutory part of the National Curriculum, with the aim that by the age of 11 (the end of key stage 2) all pupils should be taught to:
- pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
- swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back
- use a range of recognised stroke and personal survival skills (such as front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface dives)
Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.
Thursday 7th February 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Mrs Briant and 4B would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent in bottle tops for their project this term.They have now finished the project and are no longer collecting bottle tops but those you sent in were much appreciated and came in very handy! Thanks again.
Monday 4th February 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, As usual, admission to the school Valentine's disco on Thursday 14th February is £1. Drinks and crisps will also be on sale for 30p each. Please note that there will be NO clubs on Friday 15th February. Thank you.
Friday 1st February 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Payment for swimming lessons can now be made on Gateway. If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, payment can still be made at the school finance office each morning, between 8.00am and 8.40am. Thank you.
Wednesday 23rd January 2019 Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Southend Borough Council are again running a Musical Monday day-long workshop at Westborough School during the coming half-term. Running from 10am-3pm on Monday 18th February, Musical Monday is open to all young people from age 7 years upwards, from beginners to advanced players. All instruments are welcome and the day will be directed by 3 experienced music teachers. The workshop costs £9 per child (£8 for advantage card holders) and children should bring a packed lunch. Full details attached. Thank you.
Monday 14th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers,Please don't forget that tomorrow is the deadline to apply for a place in Reception for any child due to start school in September 2019. Also, our Happy New Year Hot Dog lunch is on Thursday 17th - you don't need to book and the cost is the usual £2.30. Thank you.
Wednesday 9th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached the updated term dates for this academic year 2018/2019. Please note that the final teacher training days have now been added on Friday May 24th and Wednesday July 24th. No further training days will be added. The updated term dates will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a copy from the front office. Thank you. Link to calendar.
Friday 4th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We hope you have had a great festive break and wish you a happy and healthy New Year. We are looking forward to seeing the children back at school on Monday 7th January. The children should be on the playground by 8.20am, ready to go into class at 8.30am. Please ensure that the children are wearing the correct uniform and that they have their full PE kits with them. Thank you.
Autumn Term 2018 - Texts/Emails
Monday 10th December, 2018 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, The Nursery Christmas Party will be on Wednesday 19th December 2018. We are asking for party food contributions on the day. All that we ask is that you do not send anything with meat or nuts in it. We have several children with nut allergies and we cannot have meat because we do not have enough room in our fridges to refrigerate it. A list will be put on the EYFS board for you to sign up in the morning. Thanks in advance. The Nursery Staff
Sunday 2nd December, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, I found the attached Advent on the internet and thought it would be a lovely way of bringing the whole school together. I have sent it to the whole school. The idea is that you tick of your act of kindness when you achieve it. Don't worry if you miss a day, just do two things on another day. There will be copies in the front office tomorrow. Thank you for your support. Kind regards, Miss Brook Attachments area: Kindness Advent Calendar
Friday 30th November 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the deadline for returning the reply slip for Christmas lunch is Monday 3rd December. You can pay in the finance office, between 8.00am and 8.40am, or you can pay via Gateway. Thank you.
Thursday 29th November, 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We are all looking forward to the Xmas Fayre on Friday and hope you are too! The children have all been working hard making lots of Xmas goodies for you to buy. We also have a great selection of stallholders being run by (adult) non-pupils, including paint your own Xmas decs, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Avon, handmade knitwear and lots, lots more. Hot food and drinks will also be on sale in the Lubel Hall. There will be plenty of signage to direct you around the school and hopefully avoid the bottlenecks that built up around the entrances to the library and the halls last year. The ramps from the Macdonald Avenue entranceway up into the library and the halls will be ONE-WAY ONLY. You will only be able to ENTER the library and/or the halls via the ramps, NOT EXIT. There will be NO ACCESS to other areas of the school. If you are picking up your child late, they will be in the Nursery, not in the library. The Fayre will start at 1.45pm. Once you have picked up your child, we would ask that you please wait in the playground until the Fayre is open. Thank you in advance for your support and co-operation and we hope you have a great time at the Fayre.
Thursday 29th November, 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that you can now make payment for the Xmas lunch using Gateway. Just go to the Payments section on the app and select "Christmas Meal December". Thank you.
Tuesday 27th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget to return the reply slip for your child for the school Xmas lunch by Monday 3rd December. You still need to return a slip for your child, even if you do not need to pay for the lunch (i.e. if your child is in years 0-2 or if your child is entitled to free school meals). We need to have a reply slip for every child who wants a Christmas lunch, to ensure that we have ordered in enough food. Payments can be made at the school finance office between 8.00am and 8.40am. Thank you for your support and co-operation.
Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the Book Fair will be at school every day after school from tomorrow, Tuesday 27th November, until Monday 3rd December. We will earn 100% commission on every book sold, which means we will be able to buy lots of new books for the library, so please support us if you can. Thank you.
Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget there will be NO clubs on Friday 30th November, as we have our Xmas Fayre from 1.45pm-3.30pm. Also, Anthony in Year 4, is the One Love Ambassador at Westborough School and is doing a Jumper Jamboree and Scarfathon, to collect jumpers, scarves, hats and hoodies for the homeless this Xmas. If you have any adult-size warm clothing, as above, there will be a box next to the Southend Food Bank collection trolley where you can put your donations. Thank you in advance - it is lovely that the children are remembering those in need at Christmas.
Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, A leaflet regarding the Southend Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) is available from the school front office. IASS is a free service for Southend children and young people (0-25 years). The service supports parents of children with and/or young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) and/or disabilities and covers the following areas:
- Education, health and social care
- National and local policy
- The Local Offer
- Your rights and choices
- Your opportunities to participate
- Where you can find help and advice
- How you can access support
Friday 23rd November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that we have changed the way we organise swimming lessons for the children this year. The children are being grouped by ability, within their year bands. Each swimming group is therefore made up of a mixture of children from the classes in each year band, depending on what level of swimming they have reached. This is so every child achieves the required standard of swimming by the end of the year. Swimming letters are sent out to parents of the children in each group via Gateway. Hard copies of the letters will also be sent home with the children. If you receive a swimming letter via Gateway, or a text to say a letter has been sent, it means your child will be going swimming on the dates shown on that letter. The letters are ONLY sent to parents of children due to go swimming. The letters will also be available on the school website. Your child’s teacher will have a list of the swimming groups, so please check with them if you are unsure as to when your child is going swimming. Thank you for your support and co-operation – we hope that by using this method every child will achieve and develop to the best of their individual ability.
Wednesday 21st November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, With just one week to go until our Xmas Fayre, we are beginning to feel a bit festive! We are collecting for a number of good causes at school and, as Christmas is a time for giving, we are hoping our generous Westborough families might want to make a donation to one or more of the following:
Southend Food Bank - we will have a trolley in front office where you can make donations - deadline for collection is Friday 14th December.
Tina's Xmas Hamper Raffle - all profits will go to the school fund - there will be two hampers to be raffled - one for adults and one for children.
Xmas Fayre Tombola - all profits to the school fund and a donation to KOFUP.Thank you in advance if you are able to make a donation - we understand that this is an expensive time of year.
Monday 19th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, We sent a text to all parents who's children are due to stay for clubs on Tuesday after school, at 10.00am this morning, to let them know that due to unforeseen circumstances club is cancelled tomorrow. If you did not receive this text, we may have the wrong telephone number for you. Please check with the front office tomorrow. Thank you and Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please be aware that there is a case of head lice in Year 3. Please check your child's hair ASAP and treat where necessary. Information on how to treat head lice is attached. Thank you.
Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We still have some tables available to hire but they're going fast! Please contact Gaby email@example.com.
Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that we have our Blue Peter-style Bring & Buy Sale tomorrow, so please sort out any bric-a-brac you would like to donate. We are also having a spot-themed non-uniform day tomorrow for a £1 donation. The children can still take part if they don't have anything spotty to wear. Profits will be split between Children in Need and KOFUP. Thank you.
Wednesday 14th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Just a reminder that children should be on the playground by 8.20am each morning, ready to go into class at 8.30am. Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.
Tuesday 13th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, We have been lucky enough to secure cinema tickets for Years 3-5 to see Early Man on Tuesday 20th November. The showing is between 10am-12pm. The children will have lunch when they return. School uniform please. The children can bring a snack and drink, bit no fizzy drinks please.
Friday 9th November 2018, Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, We will be having a special Remembrance Assembly for the whole school on Monday. This week's school newsletter will also be sent out on Monday. Thank you.
Thursday 8th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers,Don't forget we are collecting for the Poppy Appeal at school - you can make a donation and get your poppy from the front office. Thank you.
Wednesday 6th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, Year 6 urgently need to borrow some werewolf masks for a production this week. If anyone has a werewolf mask they would be willing to lend to Year 6, it would be very gratefully received! Thank you.
Tuesday 6th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, The children received their flu vaccinations today. If your child received a vaccination, they will have been given a certificate which they should bring home with them today. If you were expecting your child to be vaccinated but they did not receive the vaccination, please call 01702 220181 to arrange an appointment at the flu vaccination clinic. Thank you.
Thursday 1st November 2018 Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, We have received a further delivery of photos today. If you do not receive your child's photo today, please either call me or come and speak to me in the Front Office. Thank you.
Thursday 1st November 2018 Text/Email to Year 1 parents as follows.
READING Each week we will be awarding the children with certificates to celebrate their achievements in reading.
Please ensure that you write in the reading record every time your child reads to you.
Each week we will count up each day that they have read and prepare the certificates for Assembly.
We find this is a great way to motivate the children to become confident readers both in and outside of school.
Each week your child will be sent home with a list of spellings that should be completed for the following Monday.
Each Monday morning the children will complete an activity using the spellings that they have been practising at home.
The children should be encouraged to look, say, cover, write and check.
Please remind your child to write their name at the top of their homework.
Monday 30th October, 2018 Text/Emails as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, The children in Year 6 have been asked to take part in the National Child Measurement Programme. A team from the School Nursing Service will be at school on Monday 12th November to check the weight and height of the children. A letter and consent form are being sent home with the children today.
If you do NOT want your child to take part, please complete the consent form and return it to the Front Office. If you are happy for your child to take part, you do not need to do anything. Thank you for your support and co-operation.
Wednesday 17th October, 2018 Text/Emails as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that staff will not intervene in disputes over the trading of cards or the loss of cards at school. If your child is collecting cards and is likely to get upset if a card is lost, or if they make a trade they later regret, then please encourage your child not to bring their cards to school. Thank you.
Thursday 11th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that today is the deadline for returning flu consent forms and photo orders.
Monday 8th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows. For parents of Year 6 children previous due to swim this week. Your child is scheduled to go swimming w/c Mon 12th November. This date has been rescheduled from this week, as some children will be away camping and would therefore have missed their lessons. Apologies for any confusion - your child will be swimming w/c Mon 12th November. Thank you.
Friday 5th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Consent forms for the flu vaccination are being sent home with the children today, if you haven't already received one. The deadline for returning both the orders for school photos and for the flu vaccination consent forms is THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER. Thank you.
Tuesday 2nd October 2018, Text/Emails as follows Dear Parents/Carers,If you didn't receive the proof for your child's photo today, they will be sent home tomorrow.Thank you.
Monday 1st October 2018, Text/Emails as follows
Dear Parents/Carers, School uniform is now back in stock - it will be on sale in the Finance Office every morning from 8.00am-8.40am. Thank you.
Dear Parents/Carers, Coffee morning in the cardboard classroom has been moved to Thursday 4th this week. Thank you.
Please see below information regarding Learn to Ride lessons being run by Southend Borough Council
LEARN TO RIDE SESSIONS
Tuesday 23 October 2018 &
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Belfairs Academy, Leigh on Sea
Suitable for ages 4 years of age upwards
1:1 sessions with an accredited instructor for 45 minutes
With own bike £25 With hire bike £30
For further details and to book a session go to www.cyclesouthend.co.uk
For queries: 01702 215595
Thursday 27th September 2018, Text/Email as followsDear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the children will be having their individual and sibling photos taken on Tuesday 2nd October. If you would like a photo of your child with non-Westborough siblings, please email or call me (firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westborough siblings will automatically have their photo taken, so there is no need to make a separate request in this instance. Many thanks.
Thursday 27th September, 2018 - Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget it's our special Harvest Festival assembly tomorrow. Any donations of non-perishable food you can make would be gratefully received. We are splitting donations between Harp and the Southend Food Bank.The Southend Food Bank have specifically requested donations of the following items: tinned fish, tinned custard or rice pudding, tinned potatoes and instant mash, tinned vegetables and long-life juice and squash. The children should take their donations into class with them. Thank you in advance for your support.