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November 2018 Newsletter Translatable version



The topics for November will be ‘Autumn’ and ‘People who help us’. We will be looking closely at signs of autumn in the environment and observing seasonal changes in weather and colours, and growth outdoors.

We have an autumn table filled with items such as leaves, conkers, pine cones- please feel free to bring in anything you find in your gardens or whilst out walking.


    1. Please encourage children not to bring any toys into school. Some ‘conflicts’ have already arisen over ‘favourite’ toys from home. Now that the children are well settled, they should no longer require a comfort toy from home.
    2. Eco Schools News

This month we will be introducing our ‘EcoSchools’ classroom practice to the children. We will be encouraging re-cycling, awareness of litter/tidy environments and nominate an ‘Eco helper’ each day to take charge of the eco tasks.

We will be planting indoors and outdoors. We will be taking time to turn off lights. The children will be meeting our ‘Eco bear’

Ravenscroft has a compost bin and all our fruit peelings are now being recycled and will hopefully turn into compost.


    1. Time to Talk

The children will be beginning our ‘Time to Talk’ language programme. The children will enjoy meeting ‘Ginger Bear’ during the small group sessions and the programme will nurture social aspects of language development. We will keep you updated via the classroom notice boards.

  1. Symington will be running a Time to Talk Parents Workshop on Monday 12th November at 9.15am. It will last approximately 40 minutes.


    1. Getting Ready to Learn

Your child will have the opportunity to take home a Getting Ready to learn pack. A letter will be placed in your child’s cubby hole with some further details.


We really need volunteers to help us with the back packs and would ask if you have any available time that you could help. The commitment would be once a fortnight, sorting the backpacks for distribution. If we get enough volunteers this would be done on a rota system. Without volunteers we wont be able to run this programme . (We already have two volunteers which is great, a few more would be lovely.) Please send a seesaw through if you are able to help in any way. Thank you as always for your continued support.



  1. Incredible Years Workshop:

There are still a few places left on this course. See you childs teacher if you wish to sign up.


  1. Friday Music Mash

Each Friday, Nursery one and Nursery two join together to enjoy music and songs. If there are any talented musicians out there you are very welcome to come along and join in on Friday afternoons, from about 1pm.

Let us know in advance if you plan to do so. Thanks


  1. Dates for your diary.


  • Thursday 8th- Incredible Years Workshop (2)
  • School photographs will be taken on Friday 9th November. Permission forms will be outside your childs classroom for completion.
  • Tuesday 12th- Time to Talk Parents workshop 9.15am.
  • Thursday 15th- Incredible Years Workshop (3)
  • Tuesday 20th- Cinemagic event- more details to follow
  • Thursday 22nd- Incredible Years Workshop (4)
  • Our open enrolment evening will be held on Tuesday 27th November 7pm- 8pm for those who would like to apply for 2017/18 enrolment (principals address 7pm and 7.30pm). Please spread the word to friends and family who may be interested J.

This year the EANI have introduced an online permission process, we will be guiding applicants through this process- full information will be given on Tuesday 27th and on our school website.

We will also be having an intake open afternoon on 7th January 2.30-3.15pm

  • Thurs 29th- Incredible Years Workshop (5)
  • Environmental ELF visits the nursery


Some Important Future Dates for your Diary


Thursday 20th December- Children’s Christmas Concert at 11.00. School finishes at 11.30pm (no dinners)


Friday 21st December- Christmas Party/Santa’s Grotto

School finishes at 11.30pm for the holidays (no dinners)


Friday 12th April - Easter Singalong

Tea/Coffee for parents/grandparents at 10.30 followed by singalong at 11.00. School finishes at 11.30am




Don’t forget to check your children’s hair weekly for Head Lice.

Why not make this part of your week-end routine?


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