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Newsletter 20 - 15 February 2019 Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Emmanuel Community School Weekly School News We have had a wonderful start to 2019 and I thank DATES TO you, as always, for your ongoing support and care. As REMEMBER you know, here at Emmanuel Community School, we are passionate about our five school values: 25th February - Children Love return to school Truthfulness Justice 7th March - World Book Day Non uniform day Courage Forgiveness 8th March Book Swap After School As always, it has been a 28th & 29th March School privilege to see these values Music Concert at work in the daily life of our
at work in the daily life of our Easter holiday dates school and I am so grateful for 8th April to 22nd April 19 (inclusive) the huge contribution you make as parents, carers and wider family members at our school. I hope that you have a restful Attendance Award half-term week and precious KS1 time with your children. I look forward to seeing you Year 2 - 99.26% KS2 all again on Monday 25th February. Year 6 - 99.09% Kindest regards, Peter Lewis MEET THE TEACHER My name is Mrs Williams. I currently teach year 3. I am also the Key Stage 2 Numbers 6:24 coordinator and subject leader The Lord bless you and for English and Maths I keep you. organise the Young Voices choir. When I was at school, my favourite subject was Literacy. I loved reading and writing stories, and now it is my favourite subject to teach! Quote for the week Love your neighbour as My favourite children's book is you love yourself. ‘Roll of thunder, hear my cry’ by Mildred D Taylor Golden Rule for the week My favourite bible scripture is ‘Be strong and Do what is right courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, Musician for the week for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you Georges Bizet - Carmen go.’ Joshua 1:9 Suite One thing you can do to help your child achieve Artist of the week Andy Warhol - Campbell's at ECS read to them and with them as often as you Soup Cans can!
This week reception took part in an exciting trip to Walthamstow library. The class would like to thank the parent helpers and volunteers who came along on Don't Miss out! the trip. The class listened well, read new interesting books and behaved politely at all times. Keep up to date with Thank you Mrs Tinuoye. fundraising news, PTFA events, opportunities to volunteer, have your say, BRITISH MUSEUM TRIP AGM, new competition information, ticket sales and so much more on the Emmanuel Community School PTFA - Walthamstow. Facebook page. Please label all clothes - Its cold YEAR 4 Visited the British Museum this week, all outside the children studied and explored the Just a reminder to all Egyptian mummy exhibits. They used their findings to parents: As the countdown complete research tasks throughout the day in small to Christmas begins and groups, all children listened well and co-operated with the days get colder, please ensure your child brings a team members. The children noted key observations warm coat to and asked interesting questions about the exhibits. school. Remember to label all uniform clothing, especially coats, gloves and scarves. This includes all sports clothing, spare clothing and plimsolls. If you lose an item of clothing, please check with your class teacher. If needed, please leave a note with the description of the item at the school office. Ms Joseph
Year 4 also presented an assembly on Friday this included a fully memorised poem and story read aloud with clear, confident and expressive voices. The assembly also included geography project work on condensation and Chinese lantern crafts with art detail. Well done Year 4. AU REVOIR, Mr Uddin FAREWELL ECS said a huge thank you to Mrs Benjamin who will be leaving to start a new adventure. Mrs Benjamin has spent many years with ECS enriching the school community, contributing to the social, academic progress and safeguarding of every SPECIAL VISITOR - 7th MARCH 2019 child in her role as a Midday Supervisor and This year we have a very special visitor coming to Teaching Assistant. spend the World Book day with the children. Ms "Thank you I will miss Helen Tozer is an interactive, international you all. Mr Benjamin will professional story teller. Helen includes topics and continue to contribute to themes from all over the world to create a diverse, the school and my playful, imaginative story telling experience with daughter will remain in puppets, crafts, writing activities and class reception class. So I hope to visit often and see you performance. Ms Tozer will be visiting each class all. Thank you for my during world book day, creating, sharing and inspiring wonderful leaving gifts, I cultural stories, with strong female characters. wish you all every success. God Bless" Mrs Serena Benjamin WORLD BOOK DAY 7TH MARCH SAVE THE DATE Thursday March 7th please remember to come in to school with a fun costume or just wear bright colours.
school with a fun costume or just wear bright colours. There will be an exciting assembly and special guest. Please bring £1 non uniform donation. Thank you for your donation this will contribute towards new books for the school library. Exciting book activities and opportunities will be available throughout the month, please continue to check book bags, school posters and email. Thank you. COMPETITION Better balance, for a Better future and Better world. Friday 8th of March is International Women’s Day, ECS will be celebrating women’s achievements throughout history with two creative competitions that will encourage all the children to share stories and think about the voices of the extraordinary women in their everyday lives. Helping children to find inspiration and courage from diverse women role models is key to education. A better future begins with teaching children to actively question gender inequality, challenge stereotypes and work together to forge a more inclusive world. To enter the competition, children in reception, year 1 and 2 are invited to draw a poster of female character from a book characters such as Gangsta Granny, Olivia Olivia, Super Heroines, Pippi Longstocking, Ramona, Matilda, Hermione Granger's, Liesel, amazing mums, wonderful aunts, creative sisters, world changers, sporting leaders. Children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are invited to write a short story and include an illustration of a female character. The story can also be illustrated using graphic novel, comic book format. Deadline for competition entry will be March 7th World book day. Parents/Carers are encouraged to support entries. Thank you. I Heard it in The Playground... Each day stimulating and fun equipment is brought out into the school playground. Each class has access to equipment such as brightly coloured
access to equipment such as brightly coloured sporting equipment, building blocks, mental challenge games and bats/balls. All children are encouraged to use the sensory equipment to play team games, active imaginative story games on the school stage and explore many more healthy, safe, fun activities. What are you playing? "I am playing a game with my friend the balls on the bat are the position of our friends in the playground, we are spies we are going to find out what their plans are and then we are going to have to capture them! shhh don't tell them we need to plan first" What are you playing? "I am playing hula hooping with my friend, Mrs Tinuoye showed us how to do it and now I am trying to hula up to 100 with my friend. Its my best game" The I Heard it in the Playground section of the
newsletter is inspired by the book of poetry of the same name. An illustrated collection of amusing poems and songs celebrating primary school life by Allen Ahlberg. CARS AROUND SCHOOL - BE SAFE Parent Rep Mrs Sarah Wilks As you may have seen, in response to recent queries from parents, the Staff and Governors have looked into whether it would be beneficial to install some kind of 'safe crossing' near the drop off / pick up gates. Thank you for asking us about this: we take safety very seriously. A few weeks ago, members of Waltham Forest's Road Safety team came to assess the situation at ECS, watching closely what was happening with cars and pedestrians around the morning drop off and after school pick up periods. They have concluded that installing a crossing in the area would not be beneficial for road safety in the area. This is because the main problem seems to be the way in which parents / carers are: not parking safely - including in particular parking on double yellow lines / zig zags. THIS IS ILLEGAL and means that areas which are specifically protected to be traffic free so that children can safely enter school / cross the road, are full of vehicles; turning around in the middle of the road - this reduces the area for children to cross safely, and contributes to traffic building up; and children being dropped off in the middle of the road. This is extremely dangerous as other drivers will not expect it, children may step out of cars into other vehicles expecting to pass safely, and places children directly in the line of
safely, and places children directly in the line of traffic, at times which are already very busy. Whilst we are aware that it is a limited number of parents / carers behaving in these ways, it is extremely serious, and could have awful consequences for individuals at school, and the wider community. PLEASE BE SAFE AND DRIVE / PARK CONSIDERATELY. In particular: leave enough time for school drop offs and pick ups so that you are not rushed into parking improperly. Over the next few weeks, we are expecting traffic enforcement officers in the area to monitor these issues. They have the power to impose fines for cars not properly parked. We are also thinking of other ways to ensure the safety of our community in this regard: do please speak to a parent rep (Sarah Wilks and Sandra Harley) via the school office if you have any comments. Please note every effort is made to ensure club sessions take place as scheduled each week. If a club is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, parents/carers will be notified by text. Termly fees at the next payment date, will reflect credit due. If your child is on a waiting list for a club that is currently full, you will be notified if a place becomes available. Please note Friday Rise & Shine gymnastics ONLY pick up is at 4.45 pm. Refer to club letters for further details or contact the school office. Thank you. If your child attends athletics or football club, please ensure they have
football club, please ensure they have labelled trainers and navy or black tracksuit/jogging bottoms. As the weather becomes milder please ensure they have appropriate outdoor weather clothing for drills, tackling, games and skill work in the school playground. Thank you Mr Olokun & Mr Uddin BIG BOOK SWAP February 25th - March 7th Remember to Bring in your books, please put them in the box outside the school office and get ready for the Big Book Swap. Do you have nearly new, pre-loved, good condition story books at home. Make some space for new books on your bookshelf and share a story for free! Friday, March 8th 3.30pm everyone is invited to the big book swap. Come and have a look at the book donations, take away a new story to share. There will be refreshments, please remember to bring a donation for a delicious cup cake. March activities will continue, with the ECS Every Child a Reader month ! there will be further opportunities to buy brand new just released, titles from Scholastic books, please see email and book bags for further details. Thank you for your support. Mrs Jackson & PTFA HELP WANTED VOLUNTEER CHESS INSTRUCTOR
Chess promotes key academic and social skills that children will use throughout their lives. The game helps children to think logically and solve problems, it develops sportsmanship, resilience and focus. It teaches children to plan ahead and take responsibility for their actions. Please contact the school office if you would like to volunteer at the school as a chess instructor. Thank you Ms Joseph Year 6: Booster sessions have started! Since the return from the Christmas holidays, Year 6 have been benefiting from booster sessions after school. These have taken the following pattern, with children being taught in small groups: Monday: reading and comprehension Wednesday: arithmetic Thursday: maths reasoning Friday: spelling, grammar and punctuation. We are also running interventions, for Year 6, led by Dr. Lawson, during the school day. We are putting a great deal of resource into this initiative, with the aim of helping all children in Year 6 to excel in SATs in May. We are encouraging children to attend, because these sessions are designed to be powerful in producing rapid progress. Well done to all the
in producing rapid progress. Well done to all the children who have attended so far – keep up the good work! In addition, we have invited Year 6 to an Easter School which will run over the Easter break, in the mornings. Wishing Year 6 all the best! YEAR 2 This week Year 2 discussed non-fiction. The children read a book about China and Chinese culture. Each group had to identify facts about the country and then every child prepared a country fact sheet and illustrated their research work using poster format. Well done Year 2. Mrs Owen Reilly. Book Club Character of the Week is Violet Baudelaire A Series of Unfortunate Events is the collective volume of thirteen books written by Lemony Snicket . The series follows the unfortunate lives of the three extremely unlucky Baudelaire orphans. " I like the series because it includes the character of Violet. She is an skilled inventor and her clever ideas save her siblings. She is really imaginative and brave. She is always thinking about what to do next and that makes the book a page turner. I would recommend the books to ages 7 plus. If you like adventure books you will like reading about Violet" Year 4
VISITORS WELCOME "It has been such as joy to visit this wonderful school which makes me wish I was a child again, so I could come here. Your team are offering a wonderful ministry to these children and this community. Please continue this work by God's grace. Thank you for the warm welcome" Miss Stone ECS provides each child with an equal chance to achieve. The school recognises that parents have a vital role to play in supporting and encouraging good attendance and punctuality. Being punctual for school means making sure your child is at school and ready to learn before the bell rings. There are many ways to ensure your child is on time for school, from making sure their school bags are packed the night before, to making sure they get up with plenty of time to eat and get ready. Did you know that being late 15 minutes every day is the same as missing 2 whole weeks of school over a full academic year. Every minute counts.
Being late doesn’t only affect your child, it disrupts other children in the class as well. If your child arrives late for school, please ensure you accompany your child to the school office to sign the late register. If you require further support please speak to Mrs Jackson. Good attendance is crucial to a child's success. We expect parents and students to attend routine dental and medical appointments out of school hours and to take all family holidays in school holiday time. If this is unavoidable, please contact the school office prior to the day of the appointment. Please ensure the school office is aware of the time you’ll be collecting your child and when they will return to school and whether or not they require school dinner. Please note the school office may require a copy of your appointment card or letter. Thank You. Ms Joseph Occasionally we recognise that parents/carers may need to make different arrangements for collecting your child. In the interests of health and safety,
parents, carers must contact the school office and always let them know if someone else is taking your child home. Please update the school office regarding permission, before 2 pm. The school is unable to release your child to another person, without the parents/carers permission. Thank you. Ms Joseph Please ensure the school office has your email address. In 2019 ECS is becoming a paperless school, everyone has their part to play when it comes to reducing waste. ECS is aiming to reduce our schools carbon footprint, becoming a paperless school will encourage all children to be more eco- friendly. Email will be used for all communication. Send your information too (email@example.com - with your name and your child's name). Ms Joseph A huge thank you to our school cook Andrea and mid- day support staff, for providing nutritious tasty, balanced meals and a safe lunch hall environment every day. Please ensure your school dinner money balance is kept up to date and all money is put in an envelope with the name, date and total. All dinner
envelope with the name, date and total. All dinner money must be given to the office by Monday mornings. Please check and update Parent pay accounts each week. Please check book bags for further information regarding parent pay. Ms Joseph Ms Joseph Tell a friend to sign up to the Newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org from the email they want the Newsletter to be sent to and with NEWSLETTER SIGN UP in the subject line. Follow on Twitter | Friend on Facebook | Forward to Friend Remember to Like the PTFA Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ECSPTAW/ It has lots of interesting updates about upcoming events and local free activities in the community. Copyright © Emmanuel Community School Our mailing address is: email@example.com
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