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Friday News 8.1.16

Dear Parents/Carers,

  It seems that one of the fashionable ‘crazes’ this year is Match Attax football cards. Lots of our children are bringing these cards into school. We have no objection to children using these at playtimes, however we have encountered a number of problems as a result of them being in school. Children wishing to bring them in are welcome to do so, but we cannot take responsibility for any cards that are lost or stolen. We will also not allow children to swap cards in school time in order to avoid disputes over ownership that might arise later.

PTA are organising the next school fundraising event, with all profits helping to upgrade the projectors in each classroom.  This time it will be a night of “Bingo and Bellinis” and will be held on Friday 5 February.  Tickets are £6 and this includes 6 games of bingo and a complimentary Bellini.  There are prizes to be won so please come along to raise money for the school and have a fun evening with friends.

Revd John Hetherington would like to pass his thanks to everyone who made a donation in the Christingle collection boxes; you raised a total of £576.93, thank you for supporting the Children’s Society.

Now that the weather appears to be turning a little colder it seems timely that we remind parents about the procedure we would follow should the school need to be closed due to exceptional circumstances. Please rest assured that this is not a decision that is taken lightly, and whenever possible we will endeavor to ensure that the school remains open. There mat be occasions, though, such as extreme adverse weather or loss of utilities etc., when the school cannot remain open due to safety reasons. When this is the case we will inform you by text message as early as we are able. We will also post messages on the school and County Council websites, and will publicise the closure on local radio stations including BBC Radio York and Minster FM.

We have had several reported cases of head lice in school. Please do check your child’s hair regularly and treat the whole family if head lice are found. This will help us to control any transmission and help to prevent children from catching lice again in the future.

Don’t forget that the reading raffle will be drawn every Friday. All the children in school who have read every day are entered into a raffle to win a prize. This week was a bonus week because we had more entries than every before – 119 children were entered and there were 10 luck winners.

A vacancy has arisen for a parent governor position on our board of governors. This is an elected position and further information will be sent home tonight, a copy of the letter is also attached. Being a governor is extremely rewarding and involves you in the full life of the school. It does involve a certain level of commitment both for evening meetings and visits to school during the school day. If you wish to find out more about the position please speak with Mr Weights or another member of the governing body.

Following the success of the maths evening for parents that we held last year, we are planning to hold an information evening about SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and English. This will be on Thursday 4th February at 6.30pm. Please put this date in your diaries! Further information will be provided nearer the time.

We are grateful that parents are being somewhat more considerate in their parking around school. However, a near miss was reported this morning when a vehicle narrowly missed children crossing the road. Please take great care, particularly in the dark mornings. Please also remember that the police are continuing to monitor parking near a junction and vehicles left within 10m (or opposite) a junction may receive a penalty notice.

A ‘toast’ to Beer Fest 2015

A very well deserved ‘Thank you’ toast has been made by both the Community Association and Monk Fryston School PTA to the committee members, volunteers, sponsors and supporters of the 2015 Beer Fest who collectively raised almost £7,000 at this year’s event.

In addition to the funds generated a further £1,000 was invested in long term facilities and equipment which will be to the benefit of the whole village as it is used at other events. A new outdoor power supply and a gas grill have already started to pay their way as both were used at the Halloween Bonfire Party.

The School PTA invested last year’s proceeds in the re-equipping of the school library for the children, and the new PTA has an ambitious programme to raise funds for further refurbishment and upgrading of the schools IT resources. These are essential to enable our children to meet the challenges they face in the future.

The Beer Fest Committee has recently met and in turn would like to say a wholehearted thank you to all the people who supported the event especially the Volunteers who came along and helped in some capacity or other. Without their help it would not have been possible to provide such a popular village social occasion. The atmosphere was terrific and WE DID NOT RUN OUT OF BEER.

Jonathan Gardener, our chair for the past three years has stepped down, and Hayley O’Brien has stepped up to become our new chair for 2016. We wish Hayley all the best in her new role.

As we have now started to plan BEER FEST 2016, we would like hear from anyone who would like to get involved; it could be as a member of the planning team; the operations team at the event or simply a volunteer who is happy to give a couple of hours to what is obviously a very worthwhile and enjoyable event or a committee member. If you are new to the village and want take part in what’s going on this is an ideal way to get started and meet a few people in a social, but hands on environment.

Why not get involved? If you are interested please give Hayley a call on 685785 or 07736280627 or contact her on email  The first meeting will be at the Cross Keys, Hillam, Tues 12th January at 8.30pm.


**Change of date, open classrooms has been moved from the 10th March to Weds 9th March, 3.30 – 5pm.


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