Newsletter 11

Apologies for the different format, a paper version was not produced, due to admin difficulties.

Important Dates for (T4/5)

March
Monday 12th British Science Week
Monday 19th Sport Relief Week – including sponsored events
Thursday 22nd School Disco
Wednesday 28th Easter Service at St Mark’s Church – 10.00 am. Y5 parents are most welcome to join us
Thursday 29th School report home
T4 finishes
End of Term Assembly (Certificates of Merit, Lion awards etc)

April
Monday 16th T5 starts

May
Monday 7th May Day – School closed
Monday 14th SATs week (Monday to Thursday)
Saturday 19th Mini-Marathon – Laverstock am
Thursday 24th Art exhibition – more details to follow
Friday 25th T5 finishes

Parent Network Meeting – Spelling Strategies
Apologies for having to postpone this meeting for parents due to technical issues. This meeting has been rescheduled to Monday 23rd Aprilfrom 9 – 10am. We will be looking at different methods to help children with reading and spelling difficulties to learn spellings. This training session is open to all parents. Please book your place with the school office.

SEN Parent Network Meeting – Transitioning to Secondary School – Thursday 24th May 2-3pm
Are you considering secondary school places? Unsure of what support is available to children with SEN? For any parent, the thought of ‘big school’ is a daunting one, but for those who have children with SEN it can be even harder choosing a school that could meet your child’s needs. We are committed to supporting parents and children through this process and therefore, we will be holding a meeting for SEN parents in all year groups to have the opportunity to hear from SENCO’s from local secondary schools. Our guest speakers will talk about the support that is available for children with SEN and answer questions you may have. Please book your place with the school office.

Training Opportunities for Parents at Exeter House
Term 5: Behaviour (Jodie) – Wednesday 2nd May 6-7.00 pm
Term 6: Puberty/Growing Up – Wednesday 20th June 6-7.00 pm

From Norma Hallett (PSA 07873 427658)…
Reminder – The next SEND parent/carer support group will be taking place on Friday 20th April from 9:00-10:30am in Hub 3. This is an opportunity to meet and support one another, share information and experiences and get help and advice with SEND issues. The event will be hosted by Norma and George Cooper who is the Family Support Worker at Exeter House School. Future dates for the diary – 18th May22nd June and 20th July.

Friends of St Mark’s (PTA)

Disco (Thursday 22nd March) – usual arrangements/times – more details to follow/confirm. Please note that attending the disco is not an automatic right and is contingent on appropriate attitude and behaviour in school. Also, children are not allowed to bring mobile phones into school under any circumstances. Children are not permitted to make their own way home. Parents need to meet and collect the children from the school hall.

Mothers’ Day sale (Friday 9th March)
Many thanks to everyone who were able to help out with this very popular annual event.

Sports Relief
From Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd March, children will take part in a range of sporting activities. A sponsorship form was sent home recently with an attached cover letter. This explains what the children will be taking part in specifically each day. The sponsorship form needs filling in and all money with the form returned by Friday 23rd March. Children will find out more next week about each specific activity and what is happening each day. This is all in aid of Sports Relief. Thank you in anticipation.

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