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News Letter October 2020

Term 2

Welcome back everyone; I hope you have all had a nice October break.  

  Up and coming events: 

Sponsored Bounce – All the children will participate in a sponsored bounce to raise funds for the Christmas celebrations and to give a donation to a local charity.  Sponsor forms will come out this week and the children will do their bouncing on the week beginning 26th October 2020.

 

Halloween 31st October 2020 – COVID-19 has again had an impact on Halloween.  This year the children will celebrate in their Buddy Groups.  They will participate in Halloween experiences throughout the week with dressing up on the Friday if they wish. Please be mindful of where your child will be on the Friday – indoors or out – to ensure they are dressed appropriately.   

 

Outdoor Classroom Day 5th November 2020 – Ann Marie will lead this and it will cover all areas of the curriculum using the outdoor space. 

 

Tartan and St. Andrew’s Day will take place on Friday 27th November 2020 – Wear something tartan or checked.  Please do not go to the expense of buying something new for this day; we do not want you to spend money on something for one day.  The nursery will give the children something tartan when they come in if need be.  Again the children will celebrate our Scottish culture through various activities. 

 

Toys for Social Work week:  It is coming up that time of year again when we collected toys to give to social work for children experiencing poverty or homelessness over the Christmas period.  If you can donate a gift we will be collecting throughout this week. 

 

FareShare:  FareShare is about making good use of excess food from supermarkets and reducing the amount of waste they have.  Ardnahoe nursery was involved in this initiative in the past and we have decided to restart it again.  A member of staff will collect food from Asda; it will then be left out for families to help themselves.  Please do not be shy or embarrassed, we are living in very difficult times and people’s jobs have been greatly affected by the pandemic.  We are simply trying to help.   

 

Christmas Party/ Santa fun day 16th December 2020:  Again like everything this year COVID-19 is having an impact.  We will be doing our best to make this a magical time for the children.  Santa might need to visit on a ‘virtual basis’ but we will keep you all posted. If your child does not attend on a Wednesday please speak to a member of the management team nearer the time.       

 

Parents Meetings/Evenings:

Parents’ evenings will be in the form of a telephone conversation between 4.00 and 6.00 on the following dates: –

 

Monday 9th November 2020 – Frances McN, Kirsty

Tuesday 10th November 2020 – Emma, Laura

Wednesday 11th November 2020 – Leigh

Thursday 12th November 2020 for – Danielle

Monday 16th November 2020 for – Mirsie, Gayle

Tuesday 17th November 2020 – Tricia, Frances B

Wednesday 18th November 2020 – Fiona,

Monday 23rd November 2020 – Linda, Beata

 

Please book a time slot with Frances Bell or Ann Marie. If the above date is not suitable for you please let us know and we will be happy to arrange another time. 

 

1140 hours:  Unfortunately the 1140 hours continues to be paused due to the pandemic.  Full time places are only available to parents who are working, studying at college/university and vulnerable children.   I will keep you posted of any changes.       

Coming to nursery:  The building works are now complete and the nursery has taken on a very modern look.  I am therefore pleased to announce that the front entrance is now ready for use and we will be welcoming the children in to the nursery via the main entrance from Monday 19th October 2020.  When collecting your child please be mindful of where they have been that day – indoors or out (check the grid below).  If they have been outdoors they will be collected from the side gate to the garden.  All other children will be collected from the front door.  A copy of the outdoor rota will be displayed on the front window for your information and to ensure you go to the correct place at collection time.  Staff will be about to support you through this change.  

Session

Main Playroom

Garden Area 1

Garden Area 2

Monday A.M

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Monday P.M

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Tuesday A.M

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Tuesday P.M

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Wednesday A.M

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Wednesday P.M

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Thursday A.M

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Thursday P.M

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Friday A.M

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Friday P.M

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Warm clothing:  As we approach the winter and the weather becomes colder can I remind you to ensure their child is suitably dressed with a warm jumper/cardigan for accessing outdoor play.  If they are timetabled for outdoor play please bring them dressed ready to go straight out in to the garden.  Can you also ensure children are wearing old clothes; nursery outdoor play can be very messy and we will continue to have the children out every day even as we approach winter?  Please ensure your child has a change of clothes in their bag?  Socks seem to get wet even with their wellingtons on therefore we would appreciate if you could ensure they have a spare pair in their shoe bags.  Staff will let you know if their wellingtons need replaced due to leaks or because of a growth spurt.  Please ensure your child’s name is on all clothing. 

Indoor shoes:  In order to ensure children are wearing their own shoes and to avoid children having a preference for someone else’s slippers/shoes can we ask that when you are replacing indoor shoes as your child’s feet grow, that you purchase black plimsolls’.  This will allow staff to write your child’s name on the front of the shoes therefore prevent confusion.  Plimsolls’ can be purchased from Asda for about £2.50.   

School enrolment week:  I can confirm that this year’s P1 registration for those children due to start school in August 2020 will commence on Monday 2nd November until Friday 6th November 2019.  Click on link below for GCC Web page to access the P1 on line application

https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/18007/Starting-Primary-School

Past experience has highlighted that parent using mobile phones to complete the application have experienced difficulties.  If you require help with this process please speak to a member of the nursery management team who will be happy to assist.  If you require a paper application please contact Glasgow City Council - 0141 287 8000. 

Staff:  Nicole MacLeod our Support for Learning Worker has now finished up for maternity leave.  We wish her all the very best and look forward to seeing her new wee baby. 

 

Mary and all the staff at Ardnahoe

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