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All letters can also be found below. 

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Autumn Term 2019 - Text/Emails

Tuesday 22nd October 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, We have received the first batch of orders for the individual school photos - there are more coming, so please DON'T panic if you do not receive your order today.  Please don't forget that there's a mop-up session on Wednesday 20th November for those children who didn't get a sibling photo or were absent for the last session.  Please let front office know if you would like your child/children to be included in this session.  Thank you.

Friday 18th October 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that it will be a meal in a bag for lunch on Friday 25th October. Thank you.

Monday 14th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Countdown to Free Cycle Training!  Our Garden Ride event on the 1st November is fast approaching. There is just one week left until the first of our two FREE cycle training events at Growing Together Westcliff! 
Have you lost your confidence when it comes to cycling? Maybe it's been a while since you've ridden on the roads - or perhaps never at all? In partnership with ForwardMotion we are providing a fantastic opportunity for comprehensive cycling training to get you and your colleagues road-ready for the Garden ride event on November 1st! The free training is being held on Friday 18th October and Friday 25th October, with both days offering two sessions; you can even book in for both if you feel you need it! https://gardenride.org/cycle-training/

Monday 14th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents of children Year 1-Year 6, We are excited to announce that on the week beginning 4th November 2019 all children from Year 1 to Year 6 will be going on a local beach visit. This is to celebrate and re-enforce concepts learnt as part of our new creative curriculum theme 'Beside the Seaside.' Please keep a look out for a letter from your class teacher with details of the class trip and the date your child will be going. This may be to the Sea life Centre, Pier, museum or creating art on the beach. I look forward to seeing all the photos and talking to the children about their experiences when they return from their day out! Thank you for your continued support. Rohana Forbes, Assistant Headteacher 

Monday 14th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Some of the nursery children did not get their sibling photo taken when the school photographers were here. If your children did not get a sibling photo, a further session is available on Wednesday 20th November. Please email the school, or speak to front office, ASAP to confirm whether you would like a sibling photo for your children. Many thanks. 

Friday 11th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, We are having our Harvest Festival Assembly on Monday 14th October. We would be very grateful for donations of dried, tinned and longlife foods, such as pasta, rice, juice, tinned fruit and vegetables, etc. We will be collecting for the Southend Food Bank and they will be collecting our donations at the end of next week, so please feel free to bring in your donations throughout the week - they will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your support.

Friday 4th October 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, Please see below information on an event at Leigh North Street School regarding child mental health - full details below. Thank you. When is it? Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019 7pm – 9pm Venue: Leigh North Street Primary School North St, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1QE Who is it for? We are all keen to help children understand how to be mentally healthy: "developing pupils’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy." (Young Minds 2019). Those in the best position to do this are parents and teachers. This evening is for • Parents of children in any year group (from all schools) who are interested in keeping your child mentally healthy and how to spot the early signs if something is not quite right. • Teachers and Pastoral Care Leads interested in exploring the ‘Invisible’ packages for their own schools, including those for the students, parents and the staff training options/support available. Note: This evening is not intended for children as it approaches the topics from a parent/adult perspective.  

Thursday 3rd October 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that from Monday 7th October the arrangements for pick up for after school clubs is going to change slightly. The gate on Gainsborough will no longer be opened at the end of clubs. All parents will now have to pick up from the Macdonald entrance. Also, the front office doors will not be opened until 4.20pm when clubs finish. These arrangements are changing to safeguard the children. Please also note that due to Parents' Consultation on Wednesday 9th October, there will be no clubs after school. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Wednesday 2nd October 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, If you have a child on the SEN register, Ms Forbes will be available for review meetings on both days of the parent consultation evenings (Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th). You can book a meeting with Ms Forbes at the front office, where a list of available times is being kept. Thank you.

Wednesday 2nd October 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that this coming Friday 4th is the deadline for returning: 1.   Sponsorship forms and/or money 
2.   Photograph orders, plus payment (don't forget you can also order online) Thank you.

Tuesday 1st October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, We have had a couple of incidents recently where parents have shouted at children in the playground before school. This is not acceptable.  If you have a concern regarding the behaviour of the children, please report it to Miss Grimes or to another staff member on the playground, who will take any action necessary.  Any parent shouting at the children will not be allowed back on the playground but will have to drop their own child/children at the school gates. Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.

Friday 27th September 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, Proofs of your child's individual photos and sibling groups, are being sent home today. You can either order online (please see order form) or return your order to school - please remember to enclose payment or complete the form with your card details. Please complete your orders within 7 days (i.e. by Friday 4th October) for free post & packaging.  Late orders are charged an additional £5 for post and packaging. A mop-up session for any sibling groups that were missed is being arranged for the first week of December, however, please note that any photographs taken at that session will not be back in time for Christmas. Thank you.

Thursday 26th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, On Thursday 3rd October we will be having a special lunch menu. As usual, there will be vegetarian and Halal options available and all allergies of which the school have been made aware for individual children will be catered for. There is no need to book and the cost remains £2.30. + + + SPECIAL MENU + + + Hot dog, Chips, Fudge Cake, Ice Cream

Wednesday 25th September 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget to return the consent form for your child's flu vaccination by TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER. The flu vaccinations are booked in for TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER. Thank you.

Tuesday 24th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Please see the below message and link, inviting children aged 9+ to take part in workshops with the ROH Youth Opera Company. Thank you. 
The ROH Youth Opera Company is a 50-strong group of children aged 9 – 13 from across London and the South East. We are currently looking for a limited number of children to join the Company, but more than this, we are opening our doors to invite children to take part in day-long workshops on October 12th/13th to get a taste of what we do. No experience is required – just a real interest in singing and drama.  If we feel that a child has potential to become a member of the Company based on their participation in a workshop, we may invite them back to an recruitment workshop the following week. We would be delighted to have some children from your school to take part in these sessions. We would be grateful if you could share the attached information sheet with parents and direct them to sign their child up for a workshop through filling in our Google form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgsVpi9LrjoEEKj3OtOZ7OTpKX-nwugv80jcwRLk1jboHVIA/viewform?usp=sf_link 
The closing date for applications is Monday 30th September at 5pm but we will consider late applications.

Tuesday 24th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Staff, I have had several discussions with parents over the past few weeks, regarding the fact that Westborough does not have a Parent Teacher Association. Therefore, I have decided to have a meeting to discuss setting up a PTA for Westborough. This meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 6.00pm in the school hall. If you are interested in becoming part of the PTA or have ideas of how a PTA can be used effectively to raise money for school projects, please come along to the meeting. There will refreshments available at the meeting. If you are able to make the meeting, please let Gaby in the front office know. I look forward to seeing you there. Kind regards, 
Miss Brook

Tuesday 24th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget to send in your child's sponsor form for the Sports for Schools sponsored circuit event on Monday 30th September. We really appreciate any amount you are able to sponsor your child for - it will go towards new sports equipment for the school. The deadline for collecting the money after the event will be Thursday 10th October. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Monday 23rd September 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, Just a reminder that we have individual school photos on Thursday 26th September, so please make sure your child/children are looking even more smart and lovely than usual on that day. If you would like to have a photo with non-Westborough siblings, these will be taken from 8.00am onwards in the Lubel Hall and will be on a first come, first served basis. However, we would be grateful if you could send a Gateway message/email if you do want a non-sibling photo, so that we have an idea of numbers. Thank you.

Monday 23rd September 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, This week is Bike to School Week and we are encouraging the children to take part, where possible. If your child would like to ride their bike into school for Bike to School Week but you don't have a padlock for their bike, for this week only they will be able to store their bike by the year 6 classrooms.   Please see Mr Funa for more information. Information on the whole event can be found on the link below. 
https://www.sustrans.org.uk/campaigns/bike-to-school-week-2019/   All children to take part will receive a special badge.  Thank you.

Friday 20th September 2019, Text/email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, We would be grateful if you could please not give your child/children sweets for snack or in their packed lunch. We encourage the children to have a healthy snack at breaktime and a balanced meal at lunch. Thank you.

Wednesday 18th September 2019, Text/email as follows, Hello,  Miss Smith and Garden Club will be holding a pop-up sale outside the cardboard classroom today after school  - figs 10p each and lavender sprigs 50p.

Thanks.

September 2019, Text/email as follows Years 1 and 2, Dear Parents/Carers, As part of our outdoor curriculum, we have a number of lessons at the beach. This gives the children an opportunity to learn about beach habitats and to deepen their understanding of the importance of recycling and reducing waste. The dates of the sessions are (weather permitting)

Friday 20th September 
Friday 27th September 
Friday 4th October 
Friday 11th October 
Friday 18th October

Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately (wellies and coat or sun hat and sun cream!). School will provide a meal in a bag will be provided, unless your child will be having a packed lunch. Thank you. Miss Forbes, Miss Downes, Ms Silcock & Miss Stoneman

Monday 16th September, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, As mentioned in the school newsletter, we’re very excited to be welcoming top athlete Frederick Afrifa to the school on Monday 30th Sep 2019.   Frederick Afrifa will be leading a sponsored fitness circuit with pupils in years 1-6, and will follow-up with a talk and question and answer session. The aim of the event is to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life.   Sponsor forms have been given to the children in years 3-6 today and years 1 and 2 will receive their forms tomorrow.  You can also sponsor your child by following the below link:  www.sportsforschools.org   As the sponsorship form and online sponsorship page explain, much of the money that is raised will be used to improve physical activity for the school, while also supporting GB athletes (including Paralympic athletes).  Please ensure that sponsorship forms and moneys are returned to the school office one week after the event has taken place.  Please also make sure that your child/children come to school on the event day with their PE Kits!  Thank you in anticipation of creating a terrific and memorable event.

Tuesday 3rd September, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please notify us as a matter of urgency if your child has a new medical need or if there are any updates regarding any existing conditions they may have. We are reviewing the list of medication held in school for all children and will be in touch should we need anything replaced. If your child is asthmatic, please note that we require two inhalers in school – one to be kept in class, one to be kept in medical. If your child has an allergy, we need two lots of antihistamine and two Epipens, where necessary, as above. Thank you.

Monday 2nd September, Text/Email as follows, 

Dear Parents/Carers,  

We hope you have had a wonderful summer break and are looking forward to the start of the new academic year. 

We are back to school on WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER at 8.30am – please remember that children need to be on the playground by 8.20am, to ensure they are ready to go into school when the bell is rung. 

If you haven’t yet bought your new school uniform, the new logo uniform is available from Paul’s at 38/40 Southchurch Road.  Non-logo uniform can be bought at most major supermarkets/Matalan. 

Swimming lessons will begin again w/c Monday 16th September and Gateway messages to the children in the first group will be sent on Wednesday. 

Clubs will also begin again w/c Monday 16th September.  A Gateway message will be sent when the lists have been put up in the library so you can help your child sign up for clubs, where necessary. 

Please note that it is Week 1 on the menu for hot school dinners. 

Enjoy the last couple of days of the holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Wednesday.