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Infant - Weekly reminder (w/c 17th September)

Dear Parent/Carer,
 
Parent Information Evenings: These will be held on Tuesday in the classrooms at the following times:
 
  • Reception 5.30pm
  • Year 1 - 6.15pm
  • Year 2 - 7.00pm
 
Please come along to discover all your children will be learning in the year ahead!
 
Class Parent Communications and ClassList: Regular communication between parents is important in helping us build a supportive and welcoming school community.  Recent data protection changes mean parents now rely on a variety of informal channels to contact each other, ranging from ad-hoc email lists to social media groups on Facebook and WhatsApp. These can work well but raise important concerns over inclusiveness, security and safeguarding - particularly when used to distribute personal data, and exchange information and images about children.

 

The school, working closely with a number of volunteers over the summer, has looked carefully at what might serve parent needs best in this area.  This year we are introducing a new “built for purpose” app called Classlist. This enables parents to find and contact each other securely, whilst giving each parent complete control over what data is shared. Classlist, which is UK based, holds appropriate security and GDPR certifications and recently won top prize at BETT, the world’s largest education technology event.

 

Our parent community is of course much more than an online address book. Using Classlist you can set up events; form special interest groups; discuss arrangements for parties or liftshares and volunteer. There is even scope for the PTA to raise money through working with local sponsors who support the site, which is completely free to the school and to parents.

 

It takes a couple of minutes to get started - first download the Classlist app on iOS or Android; select Chalfont St Giles Village School and choose what data to share with your fellow parents.

 

We are launching the Classlist app today. All parents will receive and email inviting them to join later today. I would encourage you to sign up as soon as possible as this will be the replacement communication tool for your Class Parent communication. 

 

This will replace ALL other methods of Class Parent communication including email and WhatsApp groups.

 

Autumn Term Clubs: Please find below a reminder of the clubs that are available at the Infant school this term.  Clubs are available to year groups as stated and all information is attached. 
 
Monday - Playball - lunchtime club open to Yrs 1 & 2 
Monday - Football - after school football to all years run by PFO 
Tuesday - Dancemania - lunchtime club in the Main Hall  for Yrs 1 & 2  
Wednesday - Tennis - lunchtime club in the school playground / school hall for Yrs 1 & 2
Thursday - Spanish - lunchtime club run by Club Espanol for Yrs 1 & 2
Thursday - French after school club run by Little Language Academy for Yrs 1 & 2
Thursday - Science - after school club run by Little House of Science - all year groups
Friday - Tennis - lunchtime club in the school playground / school hall for Reception 
 
Please apply for places as per the instructions on the letters.
 
Playgroup: Please see the attached flyer for village playgroup sessions
 
Dads: Being a parent can be both rewarding and challenging. You may be interested in a series of workshops specifically designed for Dads running in Gerrards Cross.

 

Dads - five workshops focusing on the importance of dads and helping you to build an even better relationship with your children up to 16 years. Starting Thursday 20th September 7.45pm - 9.45pm

Click HERE for details or visit saintjames.org.uk/dads

'lots of useful tools and techniques that I can apply - great to share experiences with other local dads' 

 

The Workshops are developed by Care for the Family and are delivered by fully trained volunteers.  Please view the attachment for details or look at the web links above. 

 

Accident-Free In CSG:  
Reminder from Gardens Association Hall
 
Well done to those parking and striding from outside the Safety Zone. It's great to see people using the 'crossing corner' on School Lane and reminding children not to walk in the middle of the road
If you come to school by taxi, please ask the taxi to AVOID School Lane. We also ask cars NOT to stop to let our children in the middle of the road on School Lane. Mrs Peal will be on parking patrol over the coming weeks and will be asking those driving up School Lane if they are exempt from the Parking Promise, so those on patrol can be briefed accordingly.
 
A reminder that the elderly and disabled users of Gardens Association Hall need hall access on Tuesdays 8am-2pm and Fridays 11am-2pm, so please leave parking free in front of the hall.
 
This week the vehicles below were parked or stopped inconsiderately on School Lane or on the double yellow lines on Silver Hill. Please find safe, alternative parking away from the safety zone.
 
Black Renault *
White Land Rover *
Black Ford *
Silver Peugeot *
Red VW *
Silver Mercedes **
 
The week ahead:
 
Monday 17th September
  • Playball (lunch time)
  • PFO (after school)

 

Tuesday 18th September
  • Parent Information meetings for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2  
  • Dance Mania (lunch time)
   
Wednesday 19th September
  • Tennis (lunch time)
 
Thursday 20th September
  • Reception 'Dress as a story character' day
  • Spanish (lunch time)
  • French (Year 1 & 2 after school)
  • Science (after school)
 
Friday 21st September
  • Tennis (lunch time) 
 
Future Dates
 
Tuesday 25th September: Year 2 Sports Festival
Friday 28th September: MacMillan Charity coffee morning and meeting for all classroom volunteers

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