PTA 5p CLASS CHALLENGE

For the next 3 weeks we are running a challenge in each class to see who can collect the most 5p coins.

The winning class will receive a dress down day and a class treat for all to enjoy

A bottle has been placed in each class, pupils will be allowed time to add their 5p coins when they arrive each morning. A member of the PTA team will check the bottles each Thursday afternoon to give everyone an update on how the classes are doing and who might be in the lead.

It would be great if you could join us in this challenge and help us raise funds for the school.

Thanks

Beechwood Primary School PTA

School Uniform Prices

The PTA have reviewed the prices charged on uniform items and it has come to light that the PTA is currently subsidising money on selected items.

With that in mind, they have had to slightly increase the prices of various stocked items.

The new prices will come into effect on Monday 29th October 2018.

Please see the updated prices below:

  • Jumper £14.00 (£15.00 Age 12 Up)
  • Cardigan £14.00 (£15.00 Age 12 Up)
  • Tie £4.00
  • Book bag £6.00
  • Book bag & strap £6.50
  • Rucksack £8.00
  • PE Bag £5.00

As always, order forms will be available from the school office.

The PTA garage is open 3:00-3:30pm on Thursday afternoons and 8:35-8:50am on Friday mornings.

Order forms can be placed in the PTA post box located in the school office outside of these times and you will be contacted when your order is ready for collection.


The PTA would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delays with our suppliers currently; it is one of their busiest times of year.

Please be assured that we are chasing them for updates on stock orders every week and trying to keep everyone updated as much as possible.


Thank you for your understanding.

The PTA

PTA Update – Christmas is Coming…

Christmas is coming to Beechwood

The PTA has two opportunities for you to join us in the Christmas Celebrations.

  1. Christmas Tree Trail – We need families to volunteer to design and create a Christmas Tree to display at home for the public to find on the Christmas Tree trail. Further details of how to get involved are attached. View letter: Christmas Tree Trail 2018
  2. Beechwood Primary School PTA Homemade Christmas Fair – Bookings are now being taken for stall holders who wish to sell at the Christmas Fair. An early bird discount is available until Friday 2nd November. A booking form is attached. View letter: Christmas Fair – Booking Form 2018

Both booking forms can be completed online and emailed back to the PTA – pta.beech@beechwood.wokingham.sch.uk

We home you can join us in either or both of these events and help us to raise funds for the school.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks as always – The PTA

Rivermead Primary School Fireworks Night

Rivermead Primary School Fireworks night – Friday 2nd November

Tickets are on sale from our school office until Thursday 1st November.

  • Family ticket – £15
  • Adult ticket – £6
  • Child ticket – £5

Buying through our school earns the PTA a bit of money 🙂

Please can all ticket requests be brought to the office in a named envelope.

Thanks the PTA

‘TikTok’ (formerly http://Musical.ly ) Online Safety Guide

TikTok is a global video community where users create, share and discover ‘funny and memorable moments’ via short video clips – typically about 15 seconds long. Currently one of the world’s most popular apps, TikTok was formerly known as Musical.ly, before it was rebranded by the Chinese company that acquired it in November 2017.

Below is a link to a free guide for parents & carers which what you need to know about the platform to help safeguard your children from potential online risks including; dangerous trends & challenges, oversharing, online payments, inappropriate content and more.

https://twitter.com/natonlinesaf…/status/1049971808852697089

IEB News Update

Dear Parents/Guardians.

We hope you are all well rested after a long hot summer and back in the full swing of the new School year. We wanted to wait until we had some confirmed news on the Academy process as we fully appreciate how important this is to you all.

Frays Academy are carrying out due diligence with the School and Wokingham Local Authority. The application still sits with the Headteachers Board and the final decision and timeline sits with the Regional Schools Commissioner. Whilst we had hoped to give you some news at the end of September, the relevant meeting was put back to October. In the meantime The School and IEB are working hard together to maintain the rapid improvement required by the Ofsted Report.

The IEB would still like formal applications to join the Shadow Governing Body this term, with the potential to become part of the Local Governing Body that will be required to challenge the School in the future. It is your chance as Parents and the Local Community to work with the School and an Academy Trust to make Beechwood a school you want.

If you are interested, please ask for an application form at the school office.
All shadow governors will receive training to be provided both by the local authority and through ‘on-the-job’ training in conjunction with the IEB. Currently, roles within the IEB include:

  • Safeguarding
  • Inclusion
  • Special education needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Staffing
  • Performance management
  • Statutory compliance
  • Communications
  • Health and safety and premises
  • Quality of teaching and learning, including early years provision
  • Finance

No prior experience is required, although we will look for a balance of skills when forming the local governing body.
Thank you for your continued support in the School.
Beechwood IEB

PTA Glow in the Dark Disco Update

Disco tickets aren’t selling very well at the moment and there is a risk we will have to cancel or combine the KS1 and KS2 discos.

Tickets are on sale from the school office. You will also be able to buy them from the main gate on Monday morning.

Tickets are £2 each which includes a glow stick.

It’s going to be a really good night so please don’t miss out.

Extra Curricular Clubs after Half Term

We are very pleased to announce that uSports will be delivering the following extra-curricular clubs (see letter below) at Beechwood School after October Half Term.

uSports are a local company that deliver after school provision too many local schools.

Your children will already be familiar with our coaches if they currently attend after school club as they have been sub contracted to Beechwood by Superstar sports over the last term. 

PTA Christmas Card Fundraiser

The PTA are delighted to be participating in the Christmas card fundraiser with IQ Cards. The funds raised through your purchases will be used to benefit the school. 

Your child will have brought home an order form with a blank design space on the back. IQ Cards will print this design onto high quality Greeting Cards, Postcards, Gift Wrap and Sticky Gift Labels. Also, new for 2018 fun and affordable gifts: Fridge Magnets & Coasters (See the leaflet that has also been sent home for visuals / product info.) 

Your child’s name will be printed onto all the products for that personal touch! 

For full details see the attached letter:

Thanks 

Beechwood Primary PTA 

Letter Box Burglaries

In the last couple of weeks Bracknell and Wokingham Local Policing Area has had a few reports of burglaries where the offenders got into the house through the letterbox. Burglars can gain entry by inserting a tool through the flap and then unlock the door from the inside. Another method is to use a tool to reach keys and valuables that have been left near the front door.

We would encourage everyone to ensure that their doors are double locked so that they can’t be opened  by pulling down the handle.  Additionally keys should not be left within sight of the front door.

Message Sent By
Rhys Crowley (Police, Admin Assistant, Loddon Valley)

Glow in the dark disco – Friday 19th October

Our first disco of the year will be a GLOW IN THE DARK DISCO!

There will be lights, music, dancing and games, as well as glow sticks, face paint, tattoos, sweets, snacks and drinks to purchase. Prices range from 20p – £1.50 and there will be something for everyone.

Foundation parents, you are welcome to stay with your child as their first disco can be a bit daunting for them.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 1st – Friday 12th October. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance from the office and will not be available to purchase on the night.

Volunteers

As always, we need parents to help out and volunteer to run the various stalls.

Volunteers are required from 5:30pm to help move the supplies from the PTA garage to the hall. We can decorate and set up for the disco from 6pm once Handy Club has finished.

Any questions please speak to anyone from the PTA.

Open Mornings 2018-19

The school will be holding OPEN MORNINGS on the following dates:

Wednesday 17th October 2018 @ 9.30am Wednesday 7thNovember 2018 @ 9.30am


Please contact the school office to book a place.

Tel: 0118 9695976

Email: admin@beechwood.wokingham.sch.uk


 

Book Fair

We will be holding our book fair from Wednesday 3rd October every evening until Monday 8th October from 3.15 to 3.45pm in the main hall.

The book fair will also be available during parent’s evening.

We get extremely good commission from the fair and that allows us to keep the class-rooms stocked with good quality and interesting books for the children. 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The PTA are hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September 9-9:45 in the school hall.

We need donations of nut-free cakes to be brought into the school on the morning, these can be baked or bought we’re really not fussy.

We also need volunteers to help serve drinks and cake on the morning. If you’re able to help please can you contact the PTA otherwise we’d love to see as many people in the morning pop along, bring a friend or family member have a slice of cake or two with a nice cuppa and raise money for Macmillan.

Assessment update

On Monday 1st October at 6pm we will holding an information session on our new assessment tracking system for all parents and carers.

The meeting will take place in the school hall, please come through the side door.

We hope you can join us.

The intention is to update you on how we are now tracking your child’s progress and what the assessments we will be sending home will look like.