Weekly News 4/10/19

We have started to think about Autumn this week and we have loved looking at the signs of Autumn you have brought in to show us. We will continue this next week so if you are out for a walk this weekend, we would still love you to collect some signs of Autumn (leaves, conkers, etc) and bring them in to show us next week. We are also going to be doing lots of Autumn artwork next week and cutting up some pumpkins to explore the insides.

Famly

It’s great to see so many parents accessing Famly for news about Children’s learning and things that are happening at Crackerjacks. We love reading your feedback on what we are doing. You are welcome to use Famly to add your own news and observations from home and to report holidays and illness. You can also use it to send and receive messages either directly to your key person or to me.

AGM 

Thank you to everyone who came to our AGM on Tuesday and in particular to those who have agreed to be on our new committee. We look forward to working with you. If you were unable to come to the AGM but would be interested in joining the committee, please let me know and we may still be able to co-opt you on. Minutes from the AGM will be available shortly.

Photographer

The Tempest photographer will be visiting us on Wednesday 16th October to take individual photographs of each of  the children. If your child doesn’t usually attend on a Wednesday, you are welcome to bring them in to have their photograph taken. Just come along at 9.00 or 12.30 and be prepared for a short wait  You are also welcome to bring siblings in at these times if you want joint photographs. If your child attends on Wednesday, you do not need to stay; we will look after them when it’s their turn to be photographed. 

Christmas cards

Most of the children have now taken their Christmas card designs home. If you wish to place an order, please order online using the codes on your form and return the original artwork to us.

Scarecrow’s Wedding – 19th November

The deadline to order tickets for this is today but as we are still waiting for a few replies, we are extending this to Monday next week (7th October). We need to know final numbers by then so we can confirm and pay the Theatre. Please note there will not be a session at Crackerjacks that day.

Funding forms

Please could we have your funding forms back by Monday (7th October). We are happy to help you with them, if you are having any difficulty completing them. If your child is one of those changing their sessions next week, we will be contacting you shortly for amendments to your funding forms and with invoices. 

Snack donations

Thank you to everyone who has sent us a donation for their child’s snack for this term. If you haven’t made a donation yet, please could you make payments by bank transfer to our Crackerjacks’ account (Sort code 40-35-09, Account No. 71049631) quoting a reference of ‘Snack [your name]’. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend

Karen and The Crackerjacks’ Team 

Weekly News – 27/9/19

It was lovely to see so many of you at our European breakfast on Wednesday. We hope you enjoyed it! We are thinking about making this a regular event, perhaps once a month with different themes, as it’s a nice opportunity for parents to meet and chat with each other and with staff. We’ll rotate the days so everyone gets a chance to come along.

We have continued this week to enjoy familiar nursery rhymes and nonsense poems   If you have any you particularly enjoy together at home, we would love for you to share them with us. We have also started to think about Autumn and looking for signs. If you are out and about this weekend, we would love you to collect some signs of Autumn (leaves, conkers, etc) and bring them in to show us next week.

Famly

Most parents are now signed up with the Famly app where you can access observations and photographs of your child’s learning and receive news, information and reminders about what’s going on at Crackerjacks.  If you have any trouble accessing the app or you haven’t received an email, please let me know so I can help you with it. 

Snack donations

Thank you to everyone who has sent us a donation for their child’s snack for this term. If you haven’t made a donation yet, please could you make payments by bank transfer to our Crackerjacks’ account (Sort code 40-35-09, Account No. 71049631) quoting a reference of ‘Snack [your name]’. Thank you.

AGM – Tuesday 1st October

Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 1st October at 7.00 pm in our Crackerjacks’ room. This is a great opportunity to find out more about how Crackerjacks is run, meet other parents and enjoy some refreshments! 

If you are interested in the opportunity to get involved in the running of Crackerjacks, please come along to the meeting or have a chat with me or a committee member to find out more. We would love to see as many of you as possible at the AGM even if you don’t feel you can join the committee. 

Scarecrow’s Wedding

Don’t forget to let us know if you are joining us for our Theatre Trip on November 19th to see The Scarecrow’s Wedding at the Playhouse Theatre. Letters are available from the Office if you don’t have one yet. Please could you let us know and make your payments by the end of next week (Friday 4th October).

Funding forms

If your child is entitled to government early years funding, could you please ensure that a funding claim form is completed and returned to us as soon as possible. Printed copies of the form are available from the Office. Please ask Cheryl or me if you need any help completing the form.  If you are not eligible for funding, invoices are currently being sent out by email.

Car parking

With effect from next week (Monday 30th September), the Visitor’s car-park outside Crackerjacks is for use only by Crackerjacks’ staff, visitors to the school and people needing to use the disabled spaces at school drop off and pick up times. The school has taken this decision following two recent  ‘near misses’ involving children in the car park. Please could you also avoid parking on the pavements and the yellow zig-zag lines. You are welcome to use the Willow Centre car park as an alternative.

Artwork

We have placed two trays in the Office for the children’s artwork. Please check these regularly if you wish to take your children’s artwork home.

Have a lovely weekend

Karen and The Crackerjacks’ Team 

Weekly News – 20/9/19

The children have now settled well into the Autumn term and have been enjoying lots of late summer weather in our new outdoor area. We’ve continued to focus on learning new names and making new friends.

This week we have been listening to lots of rhymes and stories to help build vocabulary. Building vocabulary is so important for young children to help prepare them for future success so it will be an important theme for us this term and throughout your child’s time at Crackerjacks. We have been singing familiar nursery rhymes and enjoying nonsense poems which the children seem to love. We’ve had lots of fun with Michael Rosen’s ‘Bananas in your Ears’. It would be great if you could enjoy rhymes and poems together at home and learn new words together at every opportunity. Please ask us if you need help with ideas.

Famly

Most parents are now signed up with the Famly app where you can access observations and photographs of your child’s learning and receive news, information and reminders about what’s going on at Crackerjacks. As we get used to this new system, you should start to receive more information this way. You can use the app on any device including your mobile phone and it allows you to add photographs and news from home to share with your child’s key person. If you need help to do this, you can find out how by using this link Add an observation You can also notify us about holidays and illness using the app or simply send your key person a message to let them know about something important. If you have any trouble accessing the app or you haven’t received an email, please let me know so I can help you with it. 

Snack donations

Thank you to everyone who has sent us a donation for their child’s snack for this term. If you haven’t made a donation yet, please could you make payments by bank transfer to our Crackerjacks’ account (Sort code 40-35-09, Account No. 71049631) quoting a reference of ‘Snack [your name]’. Thank you.

AGM – Tuesday 1st October

Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 1st October at 7.00 pm in our Crackerjacks’ room. This is a great opportunity to find out more about how Crackerjacks is run, meet other parents and enjoy some refreshments! 

If you are interested in the opportunity to get involved in the running of Crackerjacks, please come along to the meeting or have a chat with me or a committee member to find out more. We would love to see as many of you as possible at the AGM even if you don’t feel you can join the committee. 

An invitation letter is attached with more information. Printed copies are also available from the Office

Scarecrow’s Wedding

At letter is attached with information about our Theatre Trip on November 19th to see The Scarecrow’s Wedding at the Playhouse Theatre. Printed copies are available from the Office.

School admissions

The Norfolk County Council website for school admissions in September 2020 opens on 27th September for children born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016. You can apply online at www.admissionsonline.norfolk.gov.uk. Applications must be made before 15th January 2020.  

Diary dates

Term dates and diary dates for the year ahead are attached for your information. Printed copies are available from the Office.

European languages breakfast – Wednesday 25th September

Don’t forget our ‘European Breakfast’ on Wednesday 25th September in the Community Cafe area just outside the Crackerjacks’ room. This is an opportunity to meet new parents and children and celebrate the European Day of Languages together. Breakfast will be from 9.00 until 9.30 am for the morning children and from 12.30 until 1.00 pm for the afternoon children. If you would still like to join us, please complete a booking form and return it to us with a £1 donation for each adult breakfast asap. Printed copies of the form are available in the Office. (If your child does not normally attend on a Wednesday, you are very welcome to join us for this event.)  

Funding forms

If your child is entitled to government early years funding, could you please ensure that a funding claim form is completed and returned to us as soon as possible. Printed copies of the form are available from the Office. Please ask Cheryl or me if you need any help completing the form.  If you are not eligible for funding, invoices for fees will be issued within the next few days by email.

Have a lovely weekend

Karen and The Crackerjacks’ Team 

Weekly News 7/6/19

Our story this week was ‘Oi Platypus’ so we’ve had lots of fun with silly rhyming words which the children found hilarious. We’ve also been doing lots of running on the school field and lots of planting in our outdoor area. A really big thank you to Joshua’s Dad for his very generous donations for this.
Recipe share


Thank you to everyone who has shared their favourite recipes with us. We would like to receive lots more so we can create a Crackerjacks Favourite Recipes book. Please let us know what you enjoy cooking with your children at home and also tell us if you would like to come in and help with some cooking at Crackerjacks.

Get active

Don’t forget to let us know if you have hobbies or jobs that are sport related which you could come in and share with the children. Please let us know if you can help with this.

Breakfast challenge

Next week, the focus of our “Healthy Me” project is “Have Breakfast”. We will be having healthy breakfasts at snack time and the children will each be bringing home a breakfast information worksheet where they can record their healthy breakfasts for the week.

Parent feedback

Don’t forget to fill in our questionnaire. It really doesn’t take long. Thank youParentquestionnaire2019

Tea towels and shopping bags

I will be sending the tea towel and bag order off on Monday. If you would still like to place an order, please let me know by email over the weekend and make a BACS payment to Crackerjacks to cover the cost (sort code 40 35 09, account 71049631).


Banham Zoo – Friday 14th June


Don’t forget our trip to the zoo on Tuesday. If you’ve booked seats on the coach, please meet us outside Crackerjacks at 9.00, ready to leave by 9.15. The coach will be back at Crackerjacks by 3.00 in the afternoon in time to collect siblings from school. 
If you are meeting us at the zoo, please could you meet us just outside the main entrance at 9.50 am so we can count everyone in and give out timetables for the day. 
We have booked some Discovery sessions for the children in the Activities and Education Centre with a theme this year of  ‘Arctic Adventure’. The children have been put into four groups for these sessions and will need to come at the time they have been allocated (or swap with someone). Crackerjacks staff will look after your children in these sessions as there is not enough space to accommodate families as well. Might be a good time for a cup of tea!
A copy of the timetable and groups for our Discovery sessions will be given to you on the day.
Please remember there is no session at Crackerjacks on this day as all the staff will be at the zoo

Mystery readers


Thank you to Zach’s Granny, Lily’s Nanny, Annabelle’s Mum, and Asta’s Dad for being our Mystery Readers this week. Please let us know if you would like to arrange a time to come in and read to us.

Dates for your diary

14 June – Banham Zoo trip

2 July – Sports day

24 July – End of year show

Have a lovely weekend

Karen and the Crackerjacks’ Team

Weekly News 24/5/19

Our story this week was Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow which prompted lots of lovely creative play with dinosaurs. The children produced some lovely artwork and some of this is displayed around the room.
When we return after half term, our book of the week will be ‘Oi Platypus’ so we are hoping this will inspire lots of work with rhyming words. We will probably look at a few of the books from the Oi series. Perhaps you could practice some rhyming at home over the holidays. Children often enjoy making up nonsense words to rhyme with people’s names.

Funding for holidays

Norfolk County Council have advised us this week that with immediate effect, they will not be clawing back funding for days when children are absent because of holidays. This is really good news as it means we will no longer need to invoice you when you take time off.


Recipe share

After half term, we are starting our “Healthy Me” project. As part of this, we would like to create a Crackerjacks Favourite Recipes book. We would like everyone to send in their favourite recipe from home. It could be something you enjoy cooking with your child or something they really enjoy eating. Healthy recipes would be lovely but it’s always nice to have something yummy as a special treat so we are happy to have treat recipes as well. We may try making some at Crackerjacks – let us know if you would like to come in and help.

Get active

Another element of “Healthy Me” is getting active and we will be encouraging the children to spend time on physical activities. If any parents have hobbies or jobs that are sport related, we would love you to come in and share an activity with the children. Please let us know if you can help with this.

Parent feedback

It’s that time of year again when we ask for feedback from parents to help us improve Crackerjacks. Please use the following multiple choice questionnaire to let us know what you think we do well and what you think we could do better. Parentquestionnaire2019

Tea towels and shopping bagsThe children have been making hand-prints this week for our tea towel and shopping bag orders. Tea towels cost £6.00 each and shopping bags cost £7.50. Please could you let us know what you would like to order and arrange payment by the end of the first week back after half term (Friday 7th June). 

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Norfolk Children’s Book Centre Event – Thursday 6th June
Norfolk Chidlren’s Book Centre are coming to visit us for some story sessions with the children. They will be doing a session with both the morning and afternoon children and will also be selling a range of books over the lunch time period between the two sessions. Please come along to browse their lovely books either at the end of the morning session or before the afternoon session.

Banham Zoo – Friday 14th June

A few families have still not booked to come on our outing to Banham Zoo. If you would still like to come, please let us know during half term and if possible, pay us online by bank transfer. It would be helpful if you could also either complete your reply slip to return to us after half term or send us an email to confirm your payment so we can match your payment to your request for seats and tickets.

Mystery readers


Thank you to Theo’s Mum, Harris’s Day, Martha’s Mum and Hrihaan’s Mum for for being our Mystery Readers this week. We are looking forward to welcoming more parents after half term.

Jobs

Don’t forget to let us know when you can come in to talk about your job. It would be lovely to hear from as many parents as possible.

Dates for your diary

6 June – Norfolk Children’s Book Centre event

7 June – tea towel and shopping bag orders closing date

14 June – Banham Zoo trip

2 July – Sports day

24 July – End of year show

Have a lovely weekend

Karen and the Crackerjacks’ Team

Weekly News 17/5/19

Our story this week was The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr so we have been busy with lots of tiger related activities including creating our big collage pictures of the Tiger and Sophie which are now displayed on our wall. We also made invitations to a tea party and created our own little orange and black animals with playdough. 
Next week, we will be focusing on the Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs stories by Ian Whybrow so we are expecting lots of dinosaur themed activities.

Norfolk Children’s Book Centre Event – Thursday 6th June

Norfolk Chidlren’s Book Centre are coming to visit us for some story sessions with the children. They will be doing a session with both the morning and afternoon children and will also be selling a range of books over the lunch time period between the two sessions. Please come along to browse their lovely books either at the end of the morning session or before the afternoon session.

Banham Zoo – Friday 14th June

Please could we have your reply slips and payment by the end of next week (Friday 25th May). If you pay by online bank transfer, please could you make sure we receive your reply slip so we can match your payment to your request for seats and tickets.

Sports Day – Tuesday 2nd July

Our sports day this year will once again take place at Cringleford Scout Hut which is located at the Recreation Ground at the bottom of Oakfields Road. (I have investigated the possibility of holding the event on the field next to the Willow Centre but I was advised it wouldn’t be possible because the football pitch will still be marked out.) 
The morning children should arrive at the Scout Hut at approximately 11.00 am. We anticipate races and the medal ceremony to be completed by 12.00. We would then like all parents and children, morning and afternoon, to join us for a family picnic from 12.00 until 1.00. Sports Day for the afternoon children will then start at approximately 1.00 pm. Again we anticipate the races and medal ceremony to last approximately 1 hour, finishing by 2.00. It would be lovely if as many mums, dads and grandparents as possible could join us to cheer the children along. Please join us even if you don’t usually attend on a Tuesday. There will be no sessions at Crackerjacks on this day.  

Mystery readers

Thank you to Thomas Fielden’s Mum for being a Mystery Reader this week. We are looking forward to welcoming more parents next week and if you still haven’t signed up for this, please let me know when you are available to come in.

Jobs

Thank you to Henry’s family and Gladys’ Mum for coming in to tell us about their jobs this week. Don’t forget to let us know when you can come in to talk about your job. It would be lovely to hear from as many parents as possible.
Have a lovely weekend

Karen and the Crackerjacks’ Team

Weekly News 10/5/19

The children (and adults) were so excited to discover that our little ducklings had hatched during our slightly longer than planned weekend. All the children have had the opportunity to spend time with the ducklings this week, handling them and getting to know them. The highlight of the week was watching them swim in a tray filled with water. The children have learned so much about ducks and they have made some lovely pictures as well. Today, we said goodbye to the ducklings as they were taken to a farm in Saxthorpe where they will be looked after. Our eggs and equipment were supplied by Incredible Eggs and this is what it says on their website about the welfare of the birds:
“The welfare of our birds is of paramount importance to us and we take our responsibilities seriously. We are established, reputable small-scale poultry breeders and conservationists in our own right and are passionate about what we do, with standards that are extremely high. Birds signed over to us at the end of the hire period from settings which have chosen not to embark on poultry keeping or who have not managed to find suitable homes are grown on in spacious, warm, carefully maintained accommodation. This is kept clean and well-ventilated. They are ready to go outside at about eight weeks of age. As poultry breeders, we provide a local service by supplying poultry enthusiasts and smallholders with quality livestock. We are advocates of ‘old school’, low intensity traditional smallholder farming methods – as close as possible to what nature intended. We NEVER sell more hatching eggs than we can comfortably accommodate as birds after the hire period is over. “
Next week, our story of the week will be ‘The Tiger who came to Tea” by Judith Kerr. This is always one of our favourites and we are looking forward to learning about tigers and having lots of tea parties.

Administrator

I’m really pleased to tell you that Cheryl Phillips has been appointed as our new Administrator. Cheryl already has lots of Crackerjacks’ experience both as a parent and as a valued former member of our Committee where Cheryl served as Treasurer. I know Cheryl will be an asset to our team and we are very happy to have her.

September 2019


We are currently allocating places at Crackerjacks for September 2019 and we have been able to allocate the preferred sessions for all the children who currently attend. If you know anyone who would like a place for September who may not be on our list yet, please let them know that we have a limited number of afternoon places still available.

Mystery readers

Please let me know if you would like to be a mystery reader. We would love to welcome you back for a second time if you enjoyed coming in before.

Jobs

Don’t forget to let us know when you can come in to talk about your job. It would be lovely to hear from as many parents as possible.

Water bottles

As the weather is hopefully soon getting warmer, please remember to bring a water bottle for every session. Please could I ask that you only put water into your child’s bottle as we have children in the setting with allergies who may become unwell if they come into contact with other drinks.

Some dates for your diary


Thursday 6th June – Norfolk Children’s Book Centre Event – more details to follow

Friday 14th June – Summer Outing to Banham Zoo – letters will be given out next week

Tuesday 2nd July – Sports day – details and venue to be confirmed
Have a lovely weekend
Karen and The Crackerjacks’ Team

Weekly News – 26.4.19

It was lovely to welcome the children back this week after the Easter holidays. They have settled really well back into a routine and they have chosen to spend lots of time outside enjoying the better weather. We have enjoyed getting to know Lily, Florence and Martha who have started coming to Crackerjacks this week. We are looking forward to getting to know them better.
The story for next week will be the one we postponed at the end of last term, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. This is always one of our favourites and we look forward to lots of discussions and activities about all the lovely food the caterpillar ate in the story.

Forest School
Group 2 morning children had a lovely time in the woods today enjoying lots of sunshine and some really fun activities. They particularly liked the games we played and being woodland explorers.If you are able to help with our Forest school sessions, please sign up on our rota which is on our orange doors.
Mystery readers
We would still love to have some more mystery readers. Please let me know when you are free to come and read us a story. If you have already read to us and enjoyed it, we would love to welcome you back to read to us again.
Funding formsI have now received most of your funding forms back. If you haven’t returned yours yet, please could I have it back as soon as possible. Please let me know if you need any help completing the form.
Group PhotosPlease could you return your Group Photo orders by Thursday next week (2/5/19).
Parent jobsWe always enjoy talking to the children about what Mummy or Daddy do when they ‘go to work’, as well as finding out what the children think they would like to do when they grow up. As part of this, we would love to welcome parents to come in and talk to us about their jobs. If you would like to help us with this, please let me know when you would free. If you are unsure about what you could do, please chat to me or your key person about it and we may be able to help you.
Physical activity and Healthy eatingThis term, we are going to have a focus on physical activity and healthy eating. Our story will be a great introduction to this along with our ‘daily lap’ which we have started this week. Every session, just before story time, we are taking the children out to the school field to run a whole lap together. The children are already enjoying this activity and developing a competitive attitude as well as being supportive towards each other. They are also developing an understanding of the importance of being fit and how exercise contributes towards this.
Take the stress out of teaching your child to ride their bikeLittle Riders UK runs a range of cycling courses in Cringleford to help children develop the confidence and the fundamental skills required to ride a bike.They offer Balance Bike courses for children aged 3-4 at the Willow Centre, and Learn to Ride courses for children aged 4-8 years old at Cringleford Primary School. Courses are held during school holidays and at weekends. They can also lend children bikes and helmets to use if they don’t already have their own.For more information visit www.littleridersuk.co.uk or follow them on Facebook or Instagram (search “Little Riders UK”)
Have a lovely weekend

Karen and The Crackerjacks’ Team

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

Weekly News – Friday 8th March

It’s been another busy week at Crackerjacks, not least because Ofsted turned up on Pancake Day! The children did a great job of making their own pancakes for their snack that day and later in the week, they also enjoyed preparing and tasting fruit from our story, ‘Handa’s Surprise’. The children have also been enjoying lots of planting activities in our outdoor area and we all enjoyed seeing the children dressed up for World Book Day yesterday.
Next week, we will be enjoying some traditional tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. If you have copies of these at home, it would be great if you could look at them over the weekend so the children become familiar with them. You might also be able to find them at the library.
Ofsted
Two inspectors from Ofsted paid us a surprise visit on Tuesday morning this week to investigate our safeguarding and recruitment policies and procedures. They carried out a very thorough investigation which included interviews with staff and a detailed inspection of paperwork. They also spent time with children and staff in the room and in our outdoor area. This was not a full inspection although they will be reporting their findings in due course. In the meantime, I can tell you they were very happy with everything they saw and didn’t raise any concerns. Although this visit was entirely unexpected, it was a great opportunity for us to show the inspectors how robust and effective our safeguarding practices are.
 
Scavenger Hunt
I am pleased to tell you that we have raised an impressive £86 so far from the children’s scavenger hunts. Thank you to everyone for helping your children with these and for your donations. We will add the money to our Crackerjacks’ fundraising pot and let you know how we have spent it in due course. If you still have a scavenger hunt at home, it’s not too late to bring it in. We would still love to see it. We have blank scavenger hunts still available in the office if you have lost yours or didn’t receive one.
Thank you
A really big thank you to Joshua’s Dad for his generous donations to our growing and planting areas. It all looks fabulous and the children have had a lot of fun with it all. We really appreciate your kindness.
Cathy
I am really sad to tell you that Cathy will be leaving us at the end of this term to join the office staff team at Cringleford School. Cathy has been working as our Administrator since we moved to our current site in 2013. She has been a huge support to me and the team and will be greatly missed. However, we wish Cathy well in her new post.
Vacancy
We are now looking to recruit a new Administrator for Crackerjacks. A copy of the job advert is attached. Please feel free to share this as widely as possible with family and friends. We would love to hear from anyone who may be interested. Cathy and I are happy to chat to anyone who wants to find out more about the role.
Forest School
Don’t forget to look on our Orange doors for the revised Forest School dates and rota. Group 1 will be going out next week and the following week.
Parent consultations
Our parent consultation meetings begin next week. Sign up sheets are on the orange doors. Please take this opportunity to meet with your key person to discuss your child’s progress and next steps. As always, please let me know if the time slots available are not convenient for you and I will find an alternative day.
Mystery readers
Thank you to Monte’s Mum and Henry’s family for being our mystery readers this week.
Red Nose Day – Friday 15th March
We will be collecting donations for Red Nose Day on Friday 15th March and it would be great if the children could come dressed either in red or wearing something funny (or both)
Group photos –  Monday 18th March
The Tempest photographer will be here on Monday 18th March to take our yearly group photographs. If your child does not usually attend on a Monday and you would like them included on the photograph, you are welcome to bring them in. Morning children should arrive at around 10.00 and afternoon children at around 1.00.
Story Cafe – Wednesday 20th March
Don’t forget we are holding a story cafe on Wednesday 20th March. We will be sharing the story ‘Itchy Bear’ by Neil Griffiths. More details will follow.
Have a lovely weekend
Karen and The Crackerjacks’ Team
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