MICHAEL DRAYTON JUNIOR SCHOOL
M A R C H 2 0 1 3
Newsletter Dear Parents and Carers,
D a t e s f or yo u r Di a r y: Thursday 7 March World Book Day
Friday 8 March Year 5 Space Centre
Thursday 14 March PTA Easter Bingo
Friday 15 March Red Nose Day
Spring has officially arrived – and not a moment too soon. Mr Chadwick, our Site Manager, did a brilliant job over half term building a bird hide and a giant bird box. See details on the Wildlife Learning section of the website. We are in a position now when we can start to plant out a new hedge and trees in our wildlife area. On the morning of Saturday 16 March we are looking for volunteer parents and children to bring a spade and get involved in the “BIG PLANT” and plant a named sapling. Further details to follow. Mr J Buxton
Monday 18 March— Tuesday 19 March Yr 4 Residential trip to Ilam Hall
Wednesday 20 March School Disco 6:30—8pm
Thursday 21 March School Disco 6:30—8pm
Friday 22 March School Closes for Easter holidays at 3:20pm
Monday 8 April Teacher Training Day
Tuesday 9 April School returns
On Friday 15 February Year 4 celebrated their topic “Across the Channel” by holding a French Day. Children came to school wearing the colours of the French Tricolore flag, red, white and blue or French themed costumes. During the afternoon children opened their own French café where they sampled pain au chocolate, croissants and French bread.
Best overall class attendance—February 2013 3WA with a total attendance of 97.89% Well done!!
We are now collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers, Nestle Box tops for books vouchers and Tesco vouchers for Schools. These schemes will help provide new P.E., Cooking and ICT equipment. Please send in any vouchers you may get from your weekly shopping Thank You
This term we will welcome back Miss Mayne and Mrs Rees as they both return from their maternity leaves. Miss Mayne will return in March and Mrs Rees after Easter.
Children are invited to come to school wearing “Something different” in support of Red Nose Day for a donation of £1.00 on Friday 15 March. Red noses will be on sale from Thursday 7 March at Breaktimes only, at a cost of £1.00 each.
Year 5 will be visiting the National Space Centre at Leicester as part of the Year 5 science curriculum. The trip will take place on Friday 8 March, departing at 9:15am and returning to school for 3:20pm (normal finishing time).
Michael Drayton ParentSchool Association will be holding their Annual Easter Bingo on: Thursday 14 March at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm) Any donations of Easter Eggs or chocolates for prizes and cakes for refreshments would be very welcome!
Easter Discos will be held on: Wednesday 20 March at 6:30pm 8pm & Thursday 21 March at 6:30pm 8pm
Tickets will be on sale during breaktimes only in year groups from Monday 18 March
Year 3 pupils have been learning violin and guitar in their music lessons. Mr McGrath, Mrs Bailey and all the staff working in the groups have really enjoyed seeing the fantastic progress the children have made. Warwickshire County Music Service offer a range of additional musical activities. All pupils are welcome just turn up and go: Children’s Choir (£10 per term): Wednesday - 3:30-4:30pm at Birchwood School Wednesday 5-6pm at Milby School
Junior Strings (£20 per term) Wednesday 3:45-4:30pm at Polesworth School
Guitar Group (£20 per term) Friday 3:45-4:30pm at Michael Drayton School
Percussion Group (£20 per term) Monday 4:15-5pm at Milby School
For further information please contact the CMS office on Tel: 01926 742630 or Area Manager Di Slater on 07876 130532 The Schoolwear Centre (John Cheatle Group) have launched a new internet service to provide Michael Drayton School uniform online. To use this new service visit:www.schoolwearcentre.co.uk and login on the home page using the user name and password as listed below: USER NAME: Michael Drayton PASSWORD: Woodlands Uniform can still be purchased from the Schoolwear Centre branch in Nuneaton if you prefer or from Schools Supplies website at www.sse2u.co.uk.
Following the recent media headlines about food products containing horse meat, Warwickshire County Caterers are assuring parents, guardians and school pupils about the meat used in their primary and special school menus. County Caterers provide school meals to 178 schools in Warwickshire and have in place practices to safeguard standards and ensure traceability on all their school food suppliers. They have also sought reassurances from their suppliers Lower Hurst Organic Farm in Derbyshire, who supply County Caters’ minced beef, and The UK Foodhall Ltd in Shrewsbury, who supply other beef products, namely sliced Scottish beef and British meatballs School food in local authority schools must comply to strict standards. These standards mean that the meal served as part of a school lunch is nutritionally balanced and, that wherever possible, the meal is freshly cooked on the school site using fresh produce. The standards restrict processed foods, which often contain a lot of fat, salt and sugar from going onto school menus
The Hartshill Community Samba Band are in need of new members. Whether you already drum or are a complete beginner and would like to come and learn, come and join us on Tuesday in Michael Drayton School Hall from 6:30—8pm. Contact Mrs Pearson at school or just turn up!
Some children from Michael Drayton School will be performing in the “Best of British” production at The Abbey Theatre. The show will run from 18 - 20 April 2013. For further information please contact the booking line on Tel: 07773 045816 or www.abbeytheatre.co.uk
Friday 15 March
3WA 10:30am and 2:30pm
Friday 19 April
5PR 10:30am and 2:30pm
Friday 26 April
4HO 10:30am and 2:30pm
Friday 3 May
3GN 10:30am and 2:30pm
Friday 10 May
4PL 10:30am and 2:30pm
Football for boy and girls aged 6, 7 and 8 years old. 25 March - 5 April 2013 7:45am—6:00pm Email firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone:- 024 7639 4782
Coaching Monday at the Chess Centre 5:55pm—6:15pm Training Saturday at Camp Hill School 9:30am—11:00am Contact: Ian Andrew - 07919 247093 or Barry Goss - 07879 055944
Activities include Creative sessions, games, competitions, cooking, arts and crafts, outdoor play, computers and lots more
There will be a special lunch menu on Friday 8th March to celebrate Mothers’ Day Choices will be:
Battered Fish Fillet and Chipped Potatoes Or
Jacket Potato with Cheese and Coleslaw