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Fox Primary School weekly newsletter 05/10/18
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This week in pictures
Year 1 have been exploring number bonds using the book 'Ten is a snail, One is a crab' as inspiration. 
Year 3 have been using a variety of spelling strategies to help them learn plurals. 
What have you been reading this week? 
Dates for your diary
8th - 12th October 2018

BAME History Week 
 

Mon 8th October 
 
  • Year 3/4/5/6  parents maths workshop - 8.50am (training room)
  • 1C at Forest School
  • 4GT parent consultations
Tues 9th  Oct
  • 4GT parent consultations
  • 3M visit Serpentine Gallery
  • Year 6 visit to British Library
  • Year 4 visit V and A Museum
Wed 10th Oct
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  • 3F visit Serpentine Gallery
Thurs 11th Oct  
  • No Year 4 swimming (starts again next week) - wear PE kit instead
  • Jazz concert (Year 5 parents only) - 2.30 or 2.45pm (TBC on Tues)
Fri 12th Oct 
  • Individual school photos

Upcoming Dates :
  • Years 3/4/5/6  parents spelling workshop - Monday 15th Oct 8.50am
  • Year 4/5/6 visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital for CPR skills - Tuesday 16th October 
  • Reception parents' Literacy workshop - Wednesday 17th October - 8.50am
  • RC Parent lunch - Wednesday 17th October
  • Year 3 out for 'Aladdin' theatre trip - Thursday 18th October PM
  • Years 1/2 parents Maths workshop - Friday 19th 8.50am
  • Half term - Friday 19th October 2.15pm finish 
Keep It Fox Fund (KIFF) - Did you know?

Thank you for those who have started to make donations to Keep it Fox. We now have 20 regular monthly donors and have had a handful of one-off donations. More details on the reasons we are raising funds can be found here (attached file included in this email). 
 
Did you know? A £21/month donation per child would fill the gap.
 
Donations can be made via the follow means:
 
1. Online: one off or regular monthly payments can be set up with BT my donate.
https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/keepitfoxfund 
This will be gift aided automatically. 
 
2. Set up a recurring monthly Standing Order to Keep It Fox. Gift Aid Declaration form.  
 
The school will report at the beginning of each financial year exactly how much has been donated and how this money has been used
The Great Fox Ride

If you are going to take part in the ride please register your interest on the web site. If a family member and or friend is going to take part please register them. Although a community event, it is also a fundraiser and so friends or family will be asked to raise money for the Fox Federation.  Please take time to look at the presentation which happened this  Friday.

https://www.greatfoxride.com/
Fox Play bookings 
 
Fox Play bookings must be made via the School Gateway app or desktop site in advance or by 3pm on the day of the session (1.45pm on Fridays). Please note that there is a limit to the number of children that can be in FoxPlay, so bookings at the earliest opportunity is recommended.

We are still receiving requests to squeeze children on to FoxPlay. Please be advised that we are no longer able to accommodate these request for safeguarding reasons. If you are unable to book online, this means that FoxPlay is at maximum capacity and will no longer be able to admit children due to Safeguarding reasons.

Please see TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Instrumental Lessons
We are in the 3rd week of instrumental lessons this term and the lessons are going very well. As timetables for these lessons are set well in advance at the start of the academic year, may we request that both parents and children commit to the lessons for a year to avoid disruption to group lessons and timetables. Please note that we will no longer accept changes or cancellations going forward.

Payment requests for the whole year have been set up on your child's School Gateway account and can be paid in termly installments. You are more than welcome to pay a year in advance or on the due dates set on the payment request.

Please also remind your children to look after the instruments provided by the school and to bring them in weekly along with their music book/notes as per the tutor's instructions.
GOSH Race for Kids - Hyde Park Sat 13th  October
The Great Ormond Street Hospital fun run is happening in Hyde Park next weekend. If you are interested, please join the team: Fox Primary.  Everyone can race for the kids. Run, jog, wheel or walk the 5k family fun run and give seriously ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital the chance of a better future. 
 
Further details: www.gosh.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/rbc-race-kids-2018
 
October Half Term Camp

Camp Dates: Monday 22nd October  to Friday 26th October 2018. 

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
 
Bookings will close on Friday 12th October. In order to prepare registers and staffing, we will need ALL bookings to be made before Friday 12th October.

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.

I BUMPED MY HEAD STICKER
Calling all artists and designers!
We need your help to redesign our famous sticker.
Templates will be given out on Monday 8th October. Please get children to practice their designs over the weekend
 
There will be a winner from Phase A, B and C.

All entries to be returned to the office by Monday 15th October
Yoga @ Fox 
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30am  (Meet at Kensington Place gate at 6.25-6.30am)
Starting  Tuesday 2nd October
 

ASHTANGA VINYASA MODIFIED SERIES
A morning routine built to stretch your body, increase flexibility, strength and to focus your mind.

Beginners welcome
Alyssa Flegg is a 200h qualified Ashtanga Vinyasa instructor
LOCATION: School HALL
£10 drop in class (until Oct half term)
Bring a yoga mat if you have one (we have a small number in school)
Please email
Alyssa.flegg@foxprimary.co.uk to sign up for your first session
 
Ms Madden recommends...
I am currently loving El Deafo, a graphic novel written and illustrated by Cece Bell. The book is a loose autobiographical account of Bell's childhood and living with her deafness. However, the characters in the book are all rabbits.   The story centres around Cece's experiences at school, where she feels convinced that everyone is starting at her, because of hearing aid -  'the phonic ear'.  Her phonic ear also brings her superpowers - the ability to hear her teacher talking, when she is out of the room...  Endless possibilities!   Like 'Roller Girl', which I reviewed recently, this book sensitively explores subtle issues around friendships.  There is also plenty in the way that it is constructed - the plot, the illustrations, and the metaphors used throughout -  for very high level discussion around authorial and illustrator choice- possible from Year 2 to Year 6.  But, the best thing about this book is the chance for the reader to develop their empathy.  It brilliantly portrays the experience of feeling 'different' in life - both in and out of school - and that is really important for everyone to explore.  
Community Kitchen Garden Update
 
Hello there all of Fox school.
Justsolutions123 wanted to share some photos of our latest harvest that your generous contribution from the Fox Fun Run helped to grow. Below are some pictures of a hearty leek and potato soup made by Oliver Pattinson. All ingredients where grown at the community garden. If anyone is interested in coming down to do some gardening you are all very welcome. See flyer.
Whole School Attendance to date 98.53%

FSA NEWS

Meeting 5th October 2018

This morning 40 parents (and 6 Dads thank you!) met with Mr. Cotter for a lively discussion of  Coffee mornings, KeepItFox, Coffee Machines, Fundraising ideas and outsdie charities, click here for full details of the meeting.

If you have anything you would like raised at a future meeting please contact your year rep or FSA co-chairs or indeed please come along in person, we would be pleased to see you there.

Main take home messages;

-       Winter Fair: Classes have started to sign up for stalls. See Reps/FSA fsachair1@gmail.com to sign up.

-       School Website updated: if any parent has gone to the site and not found what they are looking for please let us know so we may be able to add it, email - fsachair1@gmail.com

-       KeepItFoxFund (KIFF): Parents are reminded that details are appearing in the Newsletter in a blue section with the link https://www.mydonate.bt.com/charities/keepitfoxfund.

-       Amazon Smile Fundraising: Always use www.smile.amazon.co.uk when buying on amazon. Register Fox School Association as your preferred charity.

-       Other Charity fundraising: It has been suggested to raise money for designated charities this year and thus have more of an impact, rather than lots of separate charities. Parents are invited to suggest which charities we might focus on this year.  See Reps/FSA fsachair1@gmail.com


Local Cub Scout Groups
 
If any Fox parents and carers are interested in bring their children to a local Scouts group, there are two close to school. They meet weekly with numerous camping / team events throughout the year.
  • 22nd Kensington, meet on Tuesday evenings at St Helens Church Hall, St Helens Gardens, London W10 6LP. Cubs can start at 7 & 3/4 years old. For more details, contact Akela on 07487 675388.
  • 48th Kensington, meet on Wednesday evenings at the Parish Hall, Our Lady of Victories, 16 Abingdon Road, London W8 6AF. Beavers starts at 6 years old. Cubs at 8 years old, Scouts at 10 years old. For more details, contact Bagherra (Jackie Ware) on jackieware1@hotmail.co.uk.
Alternatively for more details, contact the West London team leaders at join@westlondonscouts.org or volunteer@westlondonscouts.org if you'd like to help.
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