Milesmark Primary School Term 1 Newsletter A Aiming MILES high to make our MARK What’s New This Term? Welcome to what we hope will be an excellent year at Milesmark where the staff and children will work together to achieve all that we are capable of. We are Aiming Miles high to make our Mark! Staffing At the end of last term Miss Angus was appointed to the post of Depute Headteacher on a permanent basis. We wish her continued success at Dunnikier Primary. We are delighted to welcome Miss McPherson as a permanent member of staff at Milesmark. Miss Harper has joined our staff for her Probationary year, she will teach P6/7 supported by Mrs Kilpatrick. Activities All classes will receive workshops from the SPCA this term. P5/6 will have a music specialist input on a Wednesday till Christmas. Our Eco week will take place week beginning Monday 9th September. We will be looking for recycled materials throughout the week for a variety of activities so “start collecting!” Information and Blogs about Eco Week will be posted on Makewaves. You can access this sight via www.makewaves.es/milesmarkprimary. We would also welcome your comments on the posts and activities. To do this you will need to supply your name, email address and enter the code that comes up on the screen. Children will take part in Masterclass activities on Friday 4th October in the afternoon. We are welcoming 9 new P1 children to Milesmark this year. They will be in school mornings only for the first 2 weeks and start full time on Monday 26th August. We will be holding Parent Interviews at the end of this term to update you with the progress your child is making in class. Eco Council Eco representatives will be elected this term and we will be working towards our second green flag. Last term our school won a competition run by Eco Schools and Keep Scotland Beautiful. The Eco Council will co-ordinate the activities throughout Eco Week Pupil Council Each class will select a pupil to represent them on the Pupil Council this year. The Council will meet each term to take forward ideas on improvements we can make at Milesmark. Requests Just to remind you that the cost of a School Dinner is £1.75 per day or £8.75 for the whole week. If you still need to order and pay for milk then the cost is £6.84 for the term, please pay for this at the office. Just to remind you that children are not permitted to wear nail varnish in school and that all jewellery must be removed or covered with tape when taking part in physical activities. Milesmark Primary School Term 1 Newsletter Health and Well-Being How you can help Football – Garry and Mr Thomson will be holding trials this term for the football team and they will try to arrange some games before the winter months. We are always keen to have helpers in class. If you feel that you could spare an hour one day per week then please contact myself regarding this. Events The Parent Teacher Association are always looking for new members to take forward fundraising activities in school. They do a fantastic job and funds raised help to finance class outings and activities. The PTA is hosting the Annual BBQ on Friday 30th August from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Tickets will be available to purchase soon Dates for your diary this term Fri 23rd Aug Mon 26th Aug Fri 30th Aug Fri 30th Aug P1 lunch P1 Start full time P1 Parents Induction 2.30 pm BBQ 6.00-8.00pm Parent Council Meeting 6.45pm Fri 13 Sept Eco Sharing afternoon 2-3pm Wed 25th Sept Parent Interviews Mon 30th Sept Parent Interviews Mon 2nd Oct Shared Start 9-9.30 am The Parent Council meet once per term and are instrumental in making suggestions on improving the learning experience for children at Milesmark. If you would like to become a member of the Parent Council please contact myself or Mr Douglas Adam or Ms Jennifer Partridge. Dates for next term th Mon 9 Sept th School finishes on Friday 4th October 2013 at 3.00 pm for two weeks holiday. Monday 21st October Children return to school Friday 15th November In Service Day Tuesday 17th December Christmas Nativity (evening) Friday 20th December School closes at 12 pm for Christmas Holidays. School returns 6th January 2014.