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November Newsletter 2017 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 13th November. More details to follow.


    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.



  1. Seesaw App

The staff have been busy getting to know their way round this app and how it can be used to share information with families. We hope to explore this further over the course of the year. Sign up details will be going home soon. We hope that you will consider signing up and getting involved. More details about Seesaw can be found at


  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.
  • School photographs will be taken on Friday 17th November. Permission forms will be left in your childs cubby for completion.
  • Tuesday 7th November- Mr Hullabaloo will pay a visit to the nursery.
  • Our open day will be held on Thursday 30th November 7pm- 8pm for those who would like to apply for 2017/18 enrolment. Please spread the word to friends and family who may be interested J. We will also be having an intake open afternoon on 8th January 2.30-3.30pm

Applications for Nursery and Primary School places will be available from the end of November at Application forms must be returned to your 1st preference school no later than Wednesday 10th January no later than 12pm.

  • Siobhain, our Parent worker, will be holding a coffee morning every Thursday after morning drop off. Lists of topics for discussion will be posted on the notice boards outside classroom.


Some Important Future Dates for your Diary


Tuesday 19th December- Children’s Christmas Concert at 11.00. School finishes at 11.30pm (no dinners)


Wednesday 20th December- Christmas Party/Santa’s Grotto

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


Friday 23rd March- Easter Singalong

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


Wednesday 6th June- Family Fun Day



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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