CIRCULAR NO 11 (Final Circular for the First Term) 2012-03-26
We would like to remind all our parents to please take your Makro Card with you when you next go shopping. By linking your Makro (Woodmead only) Card to our school, we will receive monthly amounts of money which will help to boost our funds.
We still require prizes for various fundraising events, such as raffles, etc. Therefore, we request parents to kindly donate prizes to our school. We would also like to extend our grateful thanks to all those parents who have, in the past, already donated items to our school for fundraising. Your generosity and kindness are greatly appreciated.
HOW TIME FLIES:
It seems like only yesterday that we were starting the new year. Yet, here it is March and the end of the first term. It has been a busy term, but it has been a good one. May I take this opportunity to thank all our committed Wendywood families for their support throughout this term.
Enjoy a well deserved holiday and come back refreshed on Tuesday 10 April. Please remember to fetch your child at 12:00 on Friday 30 March. There is no After Care on the last day of term.
CIVVIES DAY AND CRAZY OLYMPICS:
A reminder that Wednesday this week (28 March) is Civvies Day and Crazy Olympics. For this privilege, we ask each learner to pay R20 (R10 for the Crazy Olympics and R10 for the Civvies Day). This money, which will go to fundraising, should be handed in to his or her class teacher. Children are to wear clothing relating to the theme of his or her particular grade.
Grade R South Africa Grade 1 Brazil
Grade 2 Australia Grade 3 United States of America
Grade 4 Italy Grade 5 France
Grade 6 England Grade 7 Spain
DRESS UP DAY:
Please remember ‘Dress Up Day’ which will be held this Thursday (29 March).
Grades 1 to 3 Favourite Fairytales
Grades 4 to 7 Any Book Character (child to bring the relevant book to school)
PRIDE IN OURSELVES:
May I, once again, appeal to parents to assist us to maintain the high standards for which Wendywood is known. Many of our pupils are beautifully turned out for school. Thank you, they really look smart. Sad to say, however, there are still a few children wearing the incorrect items of clothing to school. We’d like all our learners correctly attired please.
END OF TERM REPORTS:
Children will be bringing home their first term reports on Friday this week (the last day of term when school closes at 12:00). Reports will not be handed out early.
MAKE YOUR CHILD A SUPER STAR:
Exercise is most beneficial to our growing children to strengthen muscle tone and build their overall sense of self. Encourage your children to participate in sport, extra-mural activities offered at school and be physically active. Remember, television does nothing to stimulate the mind or engage the body. Be selective with respect to what your child watches on television and control the amount of time spent in front of the computer.
Please help us keep our computer data base accurate by informing us of all changes to work and home telephone numbers (including cell phone numbers), postal addresses and names
and telephone numbers of emergency contacts. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO CONTACT YOU
IMMEDIATELY, SHOULD AN EMERGENCY ARISE.
FINANCIAL RETURNS AND DEVELOPMENT:
We express our grateful thanks to all those parents who have paid their first term’s School Fees willingly and cheerfully. Your support enables us to get things done! Like any commercial business, our school has to be able to honour our monthly financial commitments without embarrassment. Please do not wait until the end of the term before paying the fees. Please rather pay on a regular monthly basis, in advance. We need everyone’s support if we are to maintain our standards.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL PARENTS:
Extra-Murals ended last Friday (23 March). All children (except those attending the After Care and those selected by teachers to participate in special sports practices) must therefore please go home promptly at 13:35 today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday this week. May we respectfully remind all parents that your children are your responsibility after school hours unless, as mentioned above, they have our permission to be at school and are under the care of our teachers. Children should not be left to wait in the car-park for longer than ten to fifteen minutes.
School breaks up this Friday (30 March) at 12:00 (please collect your children promptly) and reopens on Tuesday 10 April. May we appeal to parents and pupils to use this break to check that all items of uniform (including shoes) are in good repair and that children are prepared for the new term. Please do a stationery check and purchase any items that need replacing.
A number of parents do not seem to be aware of the time at which our school gates are closed in the mornings. They are closed at 07:38 and the bell rings at 07:40. Once the gates are closed, Bassie (our security guard) moves to the Admin gate in Dahlia Street to tick off the names of all the children who arrive late at school. The time is taken from the school clock. It would be appreciated if parents, who have arrived late, do not vent their frustrations on people at school who are doing their duty.
NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOM:
If your child is in Grade 4, the Grade 4 educators extend a sincere thank you to all the supportive parents during the term. We have achieved success with our homework performance and encourage you to keep the momentum flowing during the holiday. Routine is important for our learners and you can maintain this over the holiday by encouraging:
· Reading: for our reading campaign.
· Knitting: for Technology.
· Timetables: these are to be mastered.
· Goals for Term 2: work on these.
Please be constructive when reading your child’s report. Most marks reflect continuous assessment and Grade 3 revision. The big challenge is our Cycle Tests which begin next term.
Parents, we wish you a safe holiday.
NEWS FROM THE MEDIA CENTRE:
There are still a number of library books outstanding. Parents, please ensure that all books are returned to Mrs Katzen by tomorrow. Lost books cost R160 each which should be paid to the school Bursars or a suitable new book may be bought. (Please liaise with Mrs Katzen regarding suitability before buying a book.) If books are not returned by tomorrow, a fine of R1 will be levied.
Birthday Books and Donation of Money
Thank you to Laeeqah Saib (Grade 3 Scholtz), Luthfia Saib (Grade 6 Chinyanganya) and Nodumiso Mncube (Grade 1 Merrifield) for their kind donations of birthday books and money to our Media Centre. Laeeqah celebrated her birthday on 3 March, Luthfia on 19 March and Ndumiso on 22 February.
A reminder that the Travelling Bookshop will be at our school on Thursday 19 April and Friday 20 April from 09:00 until 14:00. Books will be on sale from R25 upwards so please start budgeting accordingly. Parents are asked to please diarise these dates.
There are still a number of items of lost property in our box. If your child has mislaid any items of clothing, kindly ensure that he/she checks this box before the end of this week. All items not claimed will be sold at our School Second-Hand Shop.
A reminder to parents that After Care will close this Thursday (29 March) at 17:30. There will be no After Care on the last day of term – Friday 30 March. Any parents who have not yet settled their accounts are asked to do so immediately. Children will not be permitted to attend After Care next term, if fees are not up to date.
DATES TO DIARISE:
Friday 30 March 11:05 Final Assembly
12:00 School Closes
Tuesday 10 April 07:40 Second Term Commences
Grade 6 Bush Pigs Tour until Friday
Wednesday 18 April 16:00 Parents Evening for Grades R to 7 until 19:00
Friday 27 April Public Holiday – Freedom Day
Monday 30 April School Holiday
Tuesday 01 May Public Holiday – Workers’Day
Friday 22 June 11:15 Assembly
12:00 School Closes
Monday 16 July 07:40 Third Term Commences
EASTER EGG COLLECTION:
We extend grateful thanks to our wonderful school families for the excellent response to our request for Easter Eggs.
Our Mini City Councillors (Tamara Chinganya and Mbali Dlamini) now appeal to mums, aunts and neighbours (who are keen on knitting) to start knitting 20 cm squares which can be sewn into blankets. The squares should be knitted in double knit wool. Casting on 51 or 52 stitches will do the trick! If every family hands in just six knitted squares, the school would be able to donate almost fifty blankets! Knitted squares should be sent to your child’s class teacher.
A Holiday Club will be held at the school every day from Monday 2 April until Thursday
5 April. For further information, kindly contact Mrs Hill on 082-460-4200 or
(011) 804-1804. An information sheet and indemnity form were handed out to all learners last Friday (23 March).
We would like to wish one and all a happy holiday and safe travelling on the roads.
MESSAGE FOR THE WEEK:
“The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend.”
K W M Driver
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