Fox Newsletter Friday 1st February  2019
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This week in pictures

Reception making a snowman 

Year 6 spending a wet play dancing to their favourite songs.

Year three walking lines, inspired by Paul Klee
Dates for your diary
4th February - 8th Febraury 


Mon 4th Feb
  • Fox Staff well being week
  • RP Forest School - PM
  • Online Safety Parent Workshop - 8.50am
Tues 5th Feb
  • Safer Internet Day
  • Fox football teams 1, 2 and 3 - Matches at Westway
  • Fox handball teams 1 and 2 - Matches at Westway
Wed 6th Feb
  • Selected Y5 and Y6 - Sports Hall Athletics Event 
Thurs 7th Feb
  • Year 3 Class Assembly - 3pm
Fri 8th Feb
  • Year 5 parents and carers coffee am - 8.50am to 9.45am
  • Deadline for February Half Term Camp bookings
  • Deadline for ordering Fox cycle jerseys

Upcoming dates:
  • Half term - Friday 15th Feb 
School council 
Resilience comic strip competition
School council led our assemblies this week on our new value of resilience. We thought about how to be resilient, such as getting enough sleep,  trying different solutions to a problem, persevering when something is hard and asking for help from people you trust. Attached is a template for creating a comic strip that shows how we can be resilient in the classroom or playground. Please hand in your designs to your class teacher by Friday 8th February. School Council will pick the winning designs, which will be reproduced and put up in every classroom. Please use template in link below:
The Great Fox Ride 7th - 8th June

Calling all parents, carers and freinds. Having you considered:
  • Riding from London to Southampton and then once (twice) around the Isle of Wight;
  • Or riding once around the Isle of Wight;
  • Or riding  1/2 way round the Isle of Wight.
These are 3 of the options available to help the school raise money for the Federation. 10% of the funds raised will  support the MS charity MonkeySox. We already have 35 staff, parents and friends committed to the ride.  We would really like 50 riders with a target of raising £50,000

We are asking parents, carers and friends to try and raise £1000 for the privilege of be part of this great event. We will split into groups, every group being led by an experienced rider. We will have support vans,  feed stations along the route, spare parts and bikes and even our very own Great Fox Ride jersey and socks. Santini (Italian cycle brand) have very kindly offered to make us a small number of bespoke tops just for the ride. The quality of the jersey is excellent.(See image below)

If you are interested please sign up on the web site

Training Ride dates:
Sunday  3rd February 9am Richmond Park (Sheen Gate)
Saturday 9th March 9am Hampton Court (Surrey Hills ride)
Sunday 31st March 8.30am Richmond Park (Sheen Gate )
Saturday 27th April 9am Hampton Court (Surrey Hills)
Sunday 19th May 8.30am Richmond Park
Saturday 1st June 9am Hampton Court (Surrey Hills)
Friday /Saturday 7th/8th June GREAT FOX RIDE  

Fox Ride Jerseys
Below are the short and long sleeve bespoke Fox Ride jerseys available. These are being made by Santini, an Italian cycle brand. The quality is excellent. If parents and carers want to purchase one of these, even if they are not riding on the Charity event, they can do so by emailing
There are samples available in the school office for parents and carers to try on, or alternatively email Shelly for the sizing guide. The last date for ordering the jerseys is Friday 8th February.
Memory Tree
Year 4 have created a memory tree outside both of their classrooms. They have written some of their memories of Daniel.

Rachel Owen (Year 3 teacher at Ashburnham) is a trustee for Harambee schools Kenya, a small charity working in the Rift Valley to empower local communities through education. Rachel is going back out to visit the schools in February and is hoping to take a number of pencil cases to a very remote school that HSK now look after. Stationery is expensive and hard to come by for these schools and it makes a huge difference for each child to have pens and pencils they can use in lessons. She will take the pencil cases out during half term and give them to the children so we would love your support in helping make this a success! If you can fill a pencil case (or several) with some/ any of the items listed below, then please do so before the 8th February. Please ask your child(ren) to bring the pencil cases to Fox and give to their class teacher.


Suggested pencil case items (to include any of the following):

colouring in pencils 
a rubber
a ruler
a handwriting pen 
a pencil sharpener 
Ms Madden recommends ........

‘Chicken Clicking’ and ‘Troll Stinks’, by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, are two humorous picture books, predicated on traditional tales,  that have significant on-line safety messages.   ‘Chicken Clicking’ explores the dangers of sharing personal information online, whilst ‘Troll Stinks’ explores online bullying.  These books are helpful starting points to discuss e-safety.   Safer Internet Day 2019  will be celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5th February, focusing on the theme of: Together for a better internet. The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.   

We have always been a fan of this award-winning author-illustrator collaboration. ‘Tadpole’s Promise’ is an earlier title of theirs, which charts the love between a tadpole and a caterpillar.  Caterpillar says, ‘Promise me you’ll never change.”  You may guess what happens next…


Camp Dates: Monday 18th February until Friday 22nd February 2019. 

Fox Holiday Camp can be booked via your child's School Gateway account.

The booking options are: 

1. Fox Camp Day (9am till 3.30pm) £25 per day - Select this option and pick the dates you want to book 

2. Fox Camp Extended Day (8am till 3.30pm) £28 per  day - Select this option and pick the dates you want to  book

Children must bring a packed lunch, snacks and a water bottle.

 Bookings will close on Friday 8th February. In order to prepare registers and staffing, we will need ALL bookings to be made before Friday 8th February. Please note that bookings will not be taken after this date and drop-offs on the days of the camp sessions will not be permitted for safeguarding reasons.

Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress licences
Reading Eggs/Reading Eggspress is an online reading programme that is designed to help children become fluent and proficient readers. It makes the learning to read journey fun, interactive and rewarding and is based on solid scientific research. This resource supports children’s learning through carefully designed online reading games and activities that are easy to follow, self-paced and highly engaging.
If you would like to purchase a licence for your child, please email
We are asking parents for a contribution of £8.50 to pay for this resource. The normal subscription cost is £39.95.
You can find out more information about Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress on their website:
Fox and Pounds Lottery Winners
Date 1st Prize £65.40 2nd Prize £21.80 Fox Honey Bonus Prize
01/02/2019 Sandra CRANE Roumana MACHENAUD Sophie WIESENFELD None this week
Volunteer Readers
"Are you available to read with a child at Fox once a week (for half an hour) to help them develop their reading skills? We are looking for additional readers to help Fox children in Years 1 and 2 with reading and phonics.  You would be supported throughout the scheme. There is training in helping children with phonics for those interested to be held by Miss Clark on Monday 4th February from 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm, at Fox. You will need to have attended the training session in order to start reading with a child and to have an up to date DBS certificate. We do avoid placing readers within their own child's year group.  If interested, please contact Rohan Thornton (Parent Reading Coordinator), email or speak to Gerry Johnson (Fox Reading Coordinator), email"
For general inquiries and informing us of pick up changes - Mailbox for reporting absences - please say your child's name and class and the reason for absence.
Term Dates 2019-2020
Autumn Term
Tuesday 3rd September - Friday 18th October 2019 
Tuesday 29th October - Friday 20th December

Spring Term
Tuesday 7th January- Friday 14th February 2020
Monday 24th February- Friday 3rd April

Summer Term 
Tuesday  21st  April- Friday 22nd May (amended)
Monday 1st June - Friday 17th July 
Whole School Attendance  97.49%
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