Weekly News – Friday 22nd March

This week, we have all loved taking part in our Itchy Bear story. The children have enjoyed making lots of different bears from biscuits, play dough, fork painting and collage materials. The children have also been spending a lot of time playing outside with lots of opportunities to play on the big school field and play equipment.
Next week, we are continuing our bear theme with the story, ‘The Bear under the Stairs’ by Helen Cooper. This is always an enjoyable read because of all the stinky food in the cupboard under the stairs but it also provides an opportunity to talk about the things we might be scared of such as ‘the dark’.
Forest School
I’m sorry we had to cancel Forest School once again today due to staff absence. We will try again next week to get out to the woods with Group 1. Group 2 will start their sessions after the Easter holidays.
Parent consultations
Please let me know if you would still like to make an appointment to see your child’s key person.
Mystery readers
Thank you to Daphne’s Dad for being a mystery reader this week. We have more parents booked in for next week but plenty of space for more if you haven’t had a chance to come in yet. Please let me know when you are available.
Administrator vacancy
The closing date for applications is Monday 25th March. If you or someone you know might be interested, I will answer email enquiries over the weekend.
Red Nose Day 
Thank you to everyone who made a donation for Comic Relief. We raised £57.48.
Story Cafe 
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Story Cafe on Wednesday. This was the first time we have run an event like this and we really hope you enjoyed it. I would like to say a very big thank you to Miranda for performing the Itchy Bear story for us and to the parents who were chosen or ‘picked on’ to help her. We would really like to run more events like this for parents in future so if you have any feedback, we would love to hear it.
If you want to buy a copy of Itchy Bear, we bought ours from Amazon Itchy Bear
You may be interested to watch the author of the book, Neil Griffiths, performing his story and talking about the techniques he uses Neil Griffiths
If you want more tips for reading to your children at home, have a look at our Top Tips leaflet which each of the children have been given a copy of. If you haven’t received yours, there are still some copies available in the Office.
Have a lovely weekend
Karen and The Crackerjacks’ Team