Whitehouse Weekly Bulletin
Friday 10th December 2021
Message from Mrs Hall
We have been really pleased that we were able to go ahead with our Nativity plays this year. The children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 all did an amazing job, and sang beautifully. Staff would like to thank all those parents/carers who came along to watch the children and for all their support in helping to provide costumes and for wearing face coverings during the performance. As Covid cases rise nationally, please ensure that you wear a face covering on the school site and that you complete lateral flow tests regularly so that we can reduce the spread of the virus. Thank you for your continued support.
Attendance for last week
Class with the Best Attendance – Lions (99%)
A reminder that next week we have our Christmas Dinners. The schedule for dinners will be as follows:
Monday 13th December – Year 6
Tuesday 14th December – Year 5
Wednesday 15th December – Years 3 and 4
Thursday 16th December – Years R, 1 and 2
A reminder to parents/carers that Christmas Dinner will only be available for those who have booked in advance. All other children will need to have a pick and mix option or bring a packed lunch.
The Whitehouse Gingerbread Bake Off
Last chance to enter the Whitehouse our Whitehouse Bake Off competition! Thank you to all those who have already sent in their entries. We have loved seeing them. There is still time to enter…we cannot wait to see your creations! Photos must be received by Monday 13th December. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Mrs Bartholomew.
Key Stage 1:
Lower Key Stage 2:
A J (Arthur)
Upper Key Stage 2:
Free School Meal Vouchers (now known as Grants from Household Support Fund)
Please note we have had confirmation from Suffolk County Council that they will again be providing Edenred Supermarket Vouchers to assist those families whose children are eligible for free school meals due to being in receipt of certain benefits. The vouchers will be £15.00 per child, per week, as in previous holidays and will be sent to parents/carers via email. If you are eligible to receive these vouchers we would ask you to please ensure we have your most recent email address. Please note a letter from Suffolk County Council has been sent to all eligible parents/carers which also contains extra resources which may be able to provide further assistance should this be required.
If your child is not currently eligible for free school meals and you feel you may now qualify, please note you can apply to see if you are eligible at the following link: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/
Please note the emails to redeem your vouchers will be with you on Monday 20th December 2021.
Purple Man Reading Competition
Well done to Hedgehogs (LKS2) and Chameleons (UKS2) for winning the Purple Man competition last week.
Please see below the latest recommendations for books to read to help the children to widen their book choices. There will be rewards for any children who read and quiz on these books. This week’s recommendations are:
Year 3: Badgers
The Return of the Killer Cat by Anne Fine
Year 3: Foxes
Cool as a Cucumber by Michael Morpurgo
Year 3: Owls
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
Year 3: Rabbits
The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
Year 4: Hedgehogs
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Year 4: Squirrels
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Year 5: Jaguars
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce
Year 5: Lemurs
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Year 5: Lizards
The Fearsome Fight for Flight by Nick Arnold
Year 5: Red Pandas
The Girl who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
Year 6: Chameleons
Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
Year 6: Ocelots
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Murpurgo
Year 6: Tigers
Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Mogorian
Year 6: Toucans
The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies
A big thank you to all of our Reception children for their fantastic ‘Noisy Nativity’ performances. Also thank you to all those parents/carers who came to watch and for understanding and abiding by the Covid rules we had in place.
Year 1 Nativity
Our Year 1 Team would also like thank all of our parents/carers who attended their Nativity this week. The children were amazing, with some excellent singing, dancing and speaking parts. Their costumes brought the show to life.
Online Safety - For Parents/Carers of 6-9 year olds: SMART Videos
Childnet have produced a series of six short videos based on the SMART rules which parents can use to discuss a range of online safety issues with their children. The videos can be viewed at the following link: https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons
Online Safety - For Parents/Carers of EYFS Children: Goldilocks
Goldilocks is quite an old book but not all children are familiar with a newer version: #Goldilocks. A Hashtag Cautionary Tale. This gives a twist on the original fairy tale with a social media slant to help educate children about the potential consequences of being unkind, getting carried away with selfies and oversharing images. You can download a PDF version of the book and an activity sheet at the following link: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting/goldilocks
We know the children love to bring Christmas cards in each year to share with their friends and staff at Whitehouse. However, with the rising cases of Covid again in this festive season, can we politely ask parents/carers to ensure that Christmas cards are NOT brought into school this year. We know this will be disappointing to many however it is imperative that we do all we can to lessen any spread of this illness for the wellbeing of all on our school site, and to ensure all can enjoy a lovely Christmas season. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Dates for the Diary
Monday 13th December – Year 6 Christmas Dinner
Tuesday 14th December – Year 5 Christmas Dinner
Wednesday 15th December – Nursery Carol Event
Wednesday 15th December – Years 3 and 4 Christmas Dinner
Thursday 16th December – Years R, 1 and 2 Christmas Dinner
Friday 17th December – Last Day of Autumn Term
Monday 20th December to Monday 3rd January – Christmas Holiday
Tuesday 4th January – PD Day (School Closed to Children)
Monday 21st February to Friday 25th February – Half Term Holiday
Monday 28th February – PD Day (School Closed to Children)