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Newsletter April 2021

We hope you have all had a lovely Easter Break. Spring is finally here and with lockdown being gradually lifted there is a sense of life “as we knew it” beginning to return.

Some highlights last term were the children learning the words and actions to the ‘How the dinosaurs died out…’ story adapted from ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ by Michael Rosen – we hope you have been enjoying it being acted out at home! We now have two giant 3D dinosaurs on the wall In the pre-school room, Vern Velociraptor and Beryl Brontosaurus. These were decorated by the children using hand paints and large crayons etc.
We have now cleared and reassigned the whole of the outside space. Have a look when you drop off. We have more exciting things planned for this area.
Children at forest club had lots of adventures, having the chance to use tools, plant flowers and go on an Easter egg hunt in the forest.

Thank you all for continuing to support our fundraising efforts. There were so many wonderful costumes for World Book Day, with a Gruffalo, Mog, Stick Man, Princess Pearl and a dragon to name but a few and we were really grateful for all the donations to the Pre-School.

We have been delighted by the response to the Pre-School Lockdown Recipe Book and have received dozens of fantastic recipes from children and staff. It has now been compiled into a lovely book which we hope the children will treasure and will help to raise funds for the Pre-School. The recipe books will be £10 each. If you would like to order one please email bspsfundraising1@gmail.com stating how many you would like and we will send you payment details.

We have some exciting fundraising news as we are launching our very own Pre-School Lottery!
Every ticket you purchase raises funds for Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club. Tickets cost £1 per week. From each ticket you buy, 40p will be donated to the school of your choice and 36p will go towards a prize that must be won by someone supporting Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club. The first draw will be on 1st May. You can buy tickets here:
www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/bishop-sutton-pre-school-and-forest-club

We have been busy planning more fundraising activities for this term. We are organising a sponsored toddle this term and the children will work as a team towards a 100-mile target, encouraging them to be active and get sponsored on the way. We will also be hosting a terra-cycle recycling point for Hasbro toys. Please do let Lin, Kate or someone on the committee know if you’re still interested in getting involved with the committee or helping out with any fundraising as we would love to hear from you. We will be holding an AGM in June to elect a new committee so do have a think if you’d like to get involved!

We would also like to remind you all of two other easy ways of raising essential funds for the Pre-School when doing any online shopping:
⦁ Easy Fundraising: Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and click ‘Create an Account’, then ‘Find a cause to support’ and search ‘Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club’. Hit ‘Support this cause’, register your details and remember to turn on Donation Reminders. Every time you shop online at collaborating retailers, a notification will appear, and all you need to do is select ‘Collect Donation’. You can also download the Easy Fundraising app and shop directly through that.
⦁ Amazon Smile – visit http://smile.amazon.co.uk, click ‘Get Started’, sign in to your account and then choose ‘Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club’ as your favourite charity. Every time you shop, 0.5% of your spend will be donated to the Pre-school. Just remember to always go through the Amazon Smile page before you start shopping.
Thank you so much to all of you who have been using these already, it really does all does add up!

Thank you for continuing to support our Pre-school to enable it continue to provide a stimulating, safe, supportive and highly successful early years setting for our children. We hope you will also join us in thanking the wonderful Pre-School staff for all that they have done over this past year of COVID in particular. We are enormously grateful to each and every one of them for them having continued to provide so many fantastic experiences in such difficult circumstances. We look forward to seeing what adventures and fun the children get up to this term!

With sunny wishes,
Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee

Newsletter February 2021

Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter

February 2021

As another lockdown was announced after Christmas, we were hugely relieved to hear that Pre-Schools were allowed to remain open. We are enormously grateful to all our wonderful Pre-School staff for continuing to work and providing the opportunity for the children to benefit from ongoing access to the Pre-School environment. We feel very lucky in that respect. 

Some highlights this term have been…the children learning the words and actions to the ‘Billy Goats Gruff’ story – we are sure many of you have been treated to a rendition or two at home. Children have been well wrapped up this term – spending as much time outdoors as possible and having windows open as has been recommended. Children at forest club have been having lots of fun in frosty mornings learning about maps and having treasure hunts in the forest.  

Thank you so much to everyone for getting involved with our fundraising activities. We hope everyone is as excited as we are for Valentines Curry Night, kindly organised for the Pre-School by the fabulous team at Salt and Malt. We were delighted with the response and have had lots of orders. Our fundraising total for the year is over £2000 so far. 

The committee have been busy planning some exciting fundraising activities for next term. We are planning a Pre-School Lockdown Recipe Book and will be shortly asking for your recipe ideas for baking and cooking with children. There are plans a foot for a sponsored toddle, an auction and events to mark World Book Day. We will also be hosting a terra-cycle recycling point for Hasbro toys. Please do let Lin, Kate or someone on the committee know if you’re still interested in getting involved with the committee or helping out with any fundraising as we’d love to hear from you.

We’d also like to remind you all of two other easy ways of raising essential funds for the Pre-School when doing any online shopping: 

  1. Easy Fundraising: Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and click ‘Create an Account’, then ‘Find a cause to support’ and search ‘Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club’. Hit ‘Support this cause’, register your details and remember to turn on Donation Reminders. Every time you shop online at collaborating retailers, a notification will appear, and all you need to do is select ‘Collect Donation’. You can also download the Easy Fundraising app and shop directly through that. 
  2. Amazon Smile – visit http://smile.amazon.co.uk, click ‘Get Started’, sign in to your account and then choose ‘Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club’ as your favourite charity. Every time you shop, 0.5% of your spend will be donated to the Pre-School. Just remember to always go through the smile.amazon.co.uk page before you start shopping. 

Thank you so much to all of you who have been using these already, it really does all does add up! 

As lockdown continues and it approaches a year of living with restrictions, we realise what a frustrating time this is for everyone. Thank you for continuing to support our Pre-School and enabling it to continue to flourish and provide a hugely appreciated slice of normality for our kids during these strange times. We hope you have a lovely, relaxing, cosy half term break together. 

With warmest wishes,

Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee 

Newsletter December 2020

Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter

December 2020

What a term this has been full of excitement in the build up to Christmas. The children have now settled in well and are really getting to know each other and explore all of what Pre-School offers. 

Some highlights this term have been……..the children learning the words and actions to the fabulously festive ‘The Rockin’ Robin’s Christmas Party’ story written by Lin and Julie, our old manager. Hopefully you’ve had lots of opportunity to join in with this story. The children have also been singing many festive songs including, Jingle Bells, When Santa got stuck up the chimney, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, We wish you a merry Christmas, and I’m a little snowman. 

All of the children produced green handprints which were all combined into a Christmas Tree design for our super Christmas Card. At Forest Club on Thursdays, the children have continued to have lots of fun getting muddy in all weathers this season brings. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for getting involved with our fundraising activities. We are absolutely thrilled to report that almost £2000 has been raised for Pre-School this term. Our Christmas raffle was a huge success and we are extremely grateful to all the local businesses for donating incredible prizes (especially during these difficult times) and to everyone for buying so many tickets. We hope you all liked the Pre-School Christmas cards as much as we did. They were generously produced free of charge by a family member of a Pre-School parent, with all sale proceeds going straight to Pre-School. 

The committee are already busy plotting fundraising activities for next term. There are plans in the pipeline for a sponsored toddle, an auction and events to mark World Book Day and Easter. 

Please do let Lin, Kate or someone on the committee know if you’re still interested in getting involved with the committee or helping out with any fundraising as we’d love to hear from you.

We’d also like to remind you all of two other easy ways of raising essential funds for the Pre-School when doing any online shopping: 

  1. Easy Fundraising: Visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and click ‘Create an Account’, then ‘Find a cause to support’ and search ‘Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club’. Hit ‘Support this cause’, register your details and remember to turn on Donation Reminders. Every time you shop online at collaborating retailers, a notification will appear, and all you need to do is select ‘Collect Donation’. You can also download the Easy Fundraising app and shop directly through that. 
  2. Amazon Smile – visit http://smile.amazon.co.uk, click ‘Get Started’, sign in to your account and then choose ‘Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club’ as your favourite charity. Every time you shop, 0.5% of your spend will be donated to the Pre-school. Just remember to always go through the Amazon Smile page before you start shopping.

Thank you so much to all of you who have been using these already, it really does all does add up! 

As 2020 draws to a close, we are able to reflect on what an extraordinary year this has been. It has undoubtedly been a challenging time, and our thoughts are with all of you and your loved ones who have been affected by COVID. We hope you have been able to enjoy to some extent the additional family time the restrictions of this year have enforced. With vaccines on the horizon, we hope 2021 will be plainer sailing. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

With warmest wishes,

Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee 

Raise funds as you shop!

Dear Parents/Carers, 

As you all know, the coronavirus crisis has hit charities like ours hard. Many of the pre-school’s usual fundraising events have had to be cancelled, leaving us unable to pay for new equipment and improvements to the outdoor area as we had originally hoped. 

But the new committee have been busy coming up with ways to help raise the much-needed funds, and this one is really quick and easy – plus it won’t cost you a penny

With the shops closed, we suspect that many of you may now be opting to do your Christmas shopping online. By registering for an Easy Fundraising account and choosing Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club as your chosen charity, a small percentage of your total spend will be donated every time you shop at selected retailers. These include Argos, John Lewis, Not On The High Street, Marks & Spencer and many more.

Simply visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk and click ‘Create an Account’, then click ‘Find a cause to support’ and search ‘Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club’. Hit ‘Support this cause’, then register your details and remember to turn on Donation Reminders. Every time you shop online at collaborating retailers, a notification will appear, and all you need to do is select ‘Collect Donation’.

You can also download the Easy Fundraising app and shop directly through it to make donating to the pre-school even easier. 

Another similar initiative is Amazon Smile. Visit http://smile.amazon.co.uk, click ‘Get Started’, sign in to your account and then choose Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club as your favourite charity. Every time you shop, 0.5% of your spend will be donated to the pre-school.

Just remember to always go to the Amazon Smile page first before you start shopping. It may help to create a shortcut to it on your desktop or mobile web browser. 

If you do your shopping via the Amazon app, make sure you have the most recent version installed, and then under Settings within the app, tap on AmazonSmile and follow the on-screen instructions. 

Registering for the above accounts should only take a few minutes, and the donations raised will mean that we can continue making our pre-school the fun, creative environment that the children so deserve. 

Please forward this email on to any family and friends who may also wish to help! 

Newsletter – October 2020

It has been fantastic to welcome back many familiar, and lots of new, little faces to Preschool this term. Our  main priorities this term have been for settling children in well following lockdown, focussing on their  emotional needs and building up their confidence. They have all been doing so well and have adapted  brilliantly to the environment and all our routines.  

Some highlights have been learning a different traditional nursery rhyme each week such as This Little Piggy,  learning numbers to 5 and Hey Diddle Diddle. We’ve had some lovely craft activities related to stories we’ve  been reading, such as the Three Little Pigs with some fantastic collages and rockets were made from a  cardboard box like in the story Whatever Next. This last week of term has been great fun with staff and  children dressing up for Halloween fundraising for Preschool and we’ve had some lovely generous donations  from parents. 

Despite current restrictions meaning parents are wearing masks and saying goodbye at the gate, rather than  being able to come and immerse themselves with what we’ve been up to, the Preschool continues to be a thriving, happy place. Staff are always happy to answer questions or tell you about what adventures the  children have been up to during their days.  

Our first ‘virtual’ AGM took place a few weeks ago after being delayed from June as we hoped we’d be able to  meet by now in person. As such, we’re particularly grateful to last year’s fantastic committee for having stayed  on in their roles for an extra few months. We’ve now elected a lovely new committee:  Jen Patterson – Chair 

Bex Curtis – Secretary 

Alicea Francis – Treasurer, Publicity 

Sam Jenkins – Vice Chair 

Tash Hartland – Purchasing 

Josie Bentley – Billing 

Kate Hobbs – Newsletter 

Holly Eggleton, Lizzie Kitchin, Emily Mathison – Fundraising 

Please do let Lin, Kate or someone on the committee know if you’re still interested in getting involved with the  committee or helping out with any fundraising as we’d love to hear from you. 

There is plenty of fun planned for next term to help everyone get into the festive spirit in the run up to  Christmas which will all help with raising funds for the Preschool. One easy way if you do any shopping online  is to register free of charge for Amazon Smile or Easy Fundraising, and select Bishop Sutton Preschool as the  benefitting charity. We will be holding a Christmas raffle with lots of great prizes up for grabs. You will also be  able to order your Christmas trees via Preschool to be delivered directly to your home. Finally, there will be  the chance to get printed and framed photos of your littles ones and we hope to produce our very own  Preschool Christmas cards this year! 

It’s difficult for everyone that we continue to live with the uncertainties of the COVID situation and we’re  thinking of you all, particularly trying to put a brave face on things in these strange times for your little ones.  We feel very lucky that our kids are able to be part of such a special little community in the Preschool during  this time.  

As the nights draw in and the days become colder, we hope you get the chance to embrace some autumnal  fun with your families. Perhaps a walk just to hear the crunch in the orange leaves, go searching for some shiny  conkers or on wet days splash in puddles, bob for apples or carve a pumpkin! 

Have a lovely half term break,  

With warmest wishes, 

Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee  

Term dates:  

Term 2: Tues 3rd Nov – Thurs 17th Dec 2020 

Term 3: Tues 5th Jan – Fri 12th Feb 2021 

Term 4: Mon 22nd Feb – Wednesday 31st March 2021 

Term 5: Mon 19th April – Fri 28th May 2021 

Term 6: Monday 7th June – Tues 20th July 2021 

Notable dates: 

Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5th April, Bank Hol 3rd May Staff Inset Days: 2nd Sept, 2nd Nov, 4th Jan, 1st April, 22nd Jul ‘Moving Up’ Day Thurs 1st July 2021 – No Forest Club 

Pre-School and Forest Club Trip Date – Tuesday 18th May 2021 Parents Evening Tuesday – 18th May 2021 

Christmas Party for all children – Friday 18th December 2020 Party for our ‘Leavers’ – Wed 21st July 2021

Covid-19 advice from BANES

We have attached a new document from BANES that may be helpful in deciding when it is ok to send your child to Preschool or School. It gives a little bit more information on how to work out if they have a cold or Covid symptoms and what to do next. http://www.bishopsuttonpreschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/25.9.20-Covid-19-A-quick-guide-for-parents-and-carers.pdf

Term and Holiday Dates 2020 – 2021

Term 1
Start: Thursday 3rd September 2020
Finish: Friday 23rd October 2020

Term 2
Start: Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Finish: Thursday 17th December 2020

Term 3
Start: Tuesday 5th January 2021
Finish: Friday 12th February 2021

Term 4
Start: Monday 22nd February 2021
Finish: Wednesday 31st 2021

Term 5
Start: Monday 19th April 2021
Finish: Friday 28th May 2021

Term 6
Start: Monday 7th June 2021
Finish: Tuesday 20th July 2021

Notable dates:
Good Friday 2nd April, Easter Monday 5th April, May Day Bank Hol 3rd May 2021.
Staff Inset Days Wed 2nd Sept, Mon 2nd Nov, Mon 4th Jan, Thurs 1st April, Thurs 22nd Jul
Please note – on Staff Inset days – we may be off site
Reception Children ‘Moving Up’ Day Thurs 1st July 2021 – No Forest Club
Pre-School and Forest Club Trip Date, Tuesday 18th May 2021
Parents Evening Tuesday 18th May 2021
Christmas Party for all children Friday 18th December 2020
Party for our ‘Leavers’ Weds 21st July 2021

Newsletter July 2020

Another Pre-School year has drawn to a close and what an unforgettable year it’s been. This time last summer, no one could have predicted the impact a global pandemic would have on our community. While this has brought unprecedented challenges to the Pre-School, it has also shone a light on the very best parts of our organisation. Our staff’s unfaltering dedication, passion, kindness and enthusiasm has continued to create a wonderful environment for the children, in spite of necessary restrictions. We are so proud of the team and admire how readily they have adapted. The children continue to thrive and greatly enjoy their time in the School Room.

But all good things must come to an end, and the Pre-School shut its doors for the summer holidays on Wednesday July 8. Sadly, this year, we weren’t able to host our annual leavers’ celebration, but we want to send a huge ‘Hip-hip-hooray!!!’ to all the children moving on to primary school and wish them every happiness for the future.

We will also need to defer our Annual General Meeting until the autumn and are currently hoping to hold it in September or October. We do hope you will be able to come. The AGM is a very important night in our calendar, where we take stock of the preceding year and look ahead to the next. It’s also where we appoint our new committee.

The committee is an essential part of Pre-School, because without one the Pre-School would not be able to run.

Would you be interested in giving a little of your time and signing up? We promise being on the committee is a lot of fun, and a great way to get involved in village life. Being a member just means joining our meetings with management every couple of months, helping to organise fundraising events (proceeds from which go straight back into the School Room), and getting together every so often for some friendly drinks in the pub! We very much need parents to step forward and volunteer, so if you are interested, please get in touch with any of the staff, or alternatively chairperson Clare Goldsmith on claregoldsmith78@gmail.com. Thank you!

Looking ahead to September, we are planning for a return to normal conditions, and are excited to welcome children both old and new back into Pre-School. Be assured we are keeping a close eye on government advice and will update you if the situation changes.

The end of term feels bittersweet for obvious reasons, but there’s another reason that cannot go unmentioned. Twenty-seven years ago, our beloved Julie Read joined the staff at Pre-School, and in the decades since she has shaped it into the remarkable place it is today. Julie’s infectious sense of fun, her wicked smile, her professionalism, her generosity, her imagination, her playfulness, her commitment to the Pre-School and every child in it, has made her an invaluable leader and friend. So, it’s with huge sadness that we wave goodbye to Julie as she embarks on her retirement adventure. We will miss her more than we can say but know her new chapter will be filled with joy.

Thank you, Julie, for all you have done for countless children over many years. You have given them something money can’t buy: happy memories of their first independent steps in the world. This is a gift that will carry them their whole lives.

So, as Julie prepares to enjoy a relaxing summer (just as soon as this rain takes a break!), we hope that you are able to do the same. To those who are moving on to school, farewell and good luck; and to those returning in September, we look forward to seeing you soon!

With best wishes,

Bishop Sutton Pre-School and Forest Club Committee x

News update 11 May 2020

Email sent to parents

Dear parents and carers,
You will have heard about the government’s latest indication of a phased return for schools and childcare settings from 1st June. It is important to note that this date is provisional and dependent on scientific evidence.
We are anticipating further details and clarification to follow and we will be working our way through all the guidance and advice.
It may very well be necessary to introduce a temporary cap on numbers to ensure safety is prioritised.
Obviously, any re-opening of pre-school has to be practical, manageable and most importantly safe for children and staff members. We will provide further information for you over the coming days and weeks.
Please find a guide for parents and carers from the DfE below.

In the meantime, stay safe and well and keep happy!
With kind regards,
Julie, Lin and Kate.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june