Nursery News November 2015 / 09 Nov 2015

Dear Parents

Welcome to our Nursery News for the month of November 2015.  We hope you enjoyed the mid-term holidays.  As the dark evenings begin to close in please take a few minutes to read about all the exciting things we have planned for your children during this month.


*Our theme this month is Bears and Teddy Bears                                               

A copy of our planning for this month will be on display on the notice board.  Anyone who would like a personal copy of the planning should request one from your child's teacher.


Our colour this month is Brown - so children are encouraged to help build up our brown displays in the classrooms by providing interesting things from home.


The Bears and Teddy Bear theme is a new one for the Nursery so we are trying to build up lots of resources to support the theme.  If you have any pictures of real bears or teddy bears we would love to see them.  Also, to give a sense of the history of teddy bears, if you have or know of anyone who may have a very old teddy we would love to borrow it for a special lesson.  Any other ideas would be much appreciated.


~ Some important dates for your diary ~

From Monday 16th November the session will be extended and children will stay until 1.15 pm.

The Hair Extravaganza, our second fundraising event of the year, will be held on Tuesday 10th November at 7pm.  Nicholas Graham will host this evening and give three lucky “models” a complete hair makeover.  A great night’s craic and top tips and techniques on how to make the best of your hair!  Definitely a night for the Ladies (bring your mum, sister, aunt, bestie!)  Tickets are now available £5. 

On Tuesday 10th November we will welcome Police Lady Louise and Police Lady Emma who will talk to the children about important Stranger Danger messages.

On Thursday 12th November the school photographer will visit the nursery.  Opus Digital have been our photographers for several years and their work is top quality. You will receive a proof of your child's photograph with the option to purchase from a range of sets. If you wish to have a photograph of all your children together this can be arranged.  During the Spring term we will be having a Family Portrait Evening with Opus and this is always very successful too.

On Thursday 19th November at 1pm we hope to introduce our literacy initiatives by having short introductory talks for parents.  The Yellow Room will love their “Story Sacks” from now until mid-February while the Red Room children will enjoy making friends with “Adventure Ted & Adventure Tess” until mid-February.

On Tuesday 24th November our Dental Nurse will visit and begin our dental programme for the year.  She brings lots of puppets and extra large toothbrushes as well as some super stories.  This day will also be the day that the children begin brushing their teeth after lunch.

The story “We’re going on a bear hunt” will feature in our Bear themed month so we are delighted to have Joe from the Gathering Drum coming to visit on Friday 27th November.  Using world drums and percussion instruments he will engage the children in a very special retelling of this story.

On Sunday 29th November we host our Christmas Craft Fayre in the Marine Court Hotel.  This will be a wonderful afternoon for all the family and a great opportunity to start the Christmas shopping too!!

Our Brown money month starts after Halloween.  During November we collect lots of 1p and 2p coins, so please gather them up from home & from aunts, uncles and grandparents.  It is amazing how this easy event can raise a considerable amount for our funds.  We hope to keep this fund raising initiative going throughout the year so we look forward to your support.

Remember we are involved in recycling old mobile phones & printer ink cartridges through Recycool.  The containers are found in the entrance hall and please ask your offices/businesses .


Thank you to everyone who has supported our Book Fair.  I’m sure you’ll agree that the books were of an excellent standard.  

We raised £467 from sales which benefited the school

by £258 in book commission


Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Funsie in a Onesie Day, including the staff!  We raised the brilliant sum of £205.11 which we have sent on to the Cancer Fund for Children.  Thank you for your support. Thanks to Carol and Jonathan Boal, Aoife’s parents, who very kindly supplied lots of goodies and treats for the children. 

Thanks also to all our parents who shared our lovely Autumn walk with us. We hope you enjoyed the experience.  Thanks also to Ruairidh’s mum who brought Esio and Elfie, two wonderful tortoises in for the children to see. 

Thanks are extended to all parents who are spending some time playing with their child at the end of the session.  This is an extremely valuable time both for you and your child.  Please remind other family members and child minders that they are very welcome to do the same, but we would stress that parents, etc, should come right into the classroom, in order not to block our vision of the door way - Staff must be able to see everyone who comes in and out.  Please remember too that responsibility for your child is returned to you once you enter the playroom.  As part of this home time routine we would ask you to encourage your child to tidy what they are playing with and return their boxes the trolleys.  Thank you for your co-operation in this.


On Monday 30th November at 12.30pm we will welcome Cathy Hunter and Mandy Whyte, the Principals of St Comgall’s and Grange Park Primary School.  They will meet with parents who wish to seek advice on choosing a Primary School or completing the application process.  They are coming to offer general advice to all parents so if you are interested, confused or daunted by enrolment to Primary School please come along to the Parents Room on 30th November.


May we remind you that SCHOOL FUND for the next half-term is due

after our Halloween Break. Please send £38.50 in the money bag provided (or in an envelope) with the return slip ensuring your child's name is clearly marked, before Monday 9th November 2015.


My staff have asked that I remind you of a few points which are important for the efficient and safe running of our nursery.

Please label your child's uniform, especially coats and sweatshirts.

If your child is unwell or has had a bad night please keep your child at home as germs and bugs, coughs and sneezes pass round the nursery so quickly.

Please remember to be considerate when parking outside the nursery and try not to block our neighbours’ gateways or park on the brow of the hill.  Some parents may like to consider parking at Manse Road and making the short walk around the perimeter of the nursery.

Dinner money should be submitted on a Monday.  Please ensure the correct amount is enclosed.


Thank you for your continued support and for your complimentary comments.

We look forward to a busy & stimulating month.

Best wishes from The Principal & Staff of Trinity Nursery School


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