- Christmas Raffle Prizesby Bex Curtis
- Raise funds as you shop!by Bex Curtis
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 2020by Bex Curtis
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 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
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 BANESby Clare Goldsmith
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
- Christmas Raffle Prizes
- Raise funds as you shop!
- Newsletter – October 2020
- Covid-19 advice from BANES
- Term and Holiday Dates 2020 – 2021
- Newsletter July 2020
- News update 11 May 2020
- April 2020: Newsletter
- News update 22 March 2020
- February 2020: Newsletter
- December 2019: Newsletter
- October: Newsletter
- 30 November: Join us at our Christmas Fayre
- Chew Valley 10k, Call for Cake!
- Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club, Newsletter May 2019
- Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter April 2019
- Newsletter April 2019
- Party Like It’s 1969!
- Open Morning Saturday 16 March
- Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter Feb 2019
- School Closure Today
- A Glorious Day For Wassailing
- 20 November – Buy your Christmas Tree through Pre-School
- Bishop Sutton Pre-School & Forest Club Newsletter
- Christmas Fayre
- 10 July 2018 : Come and join us at our AGM 2018
- 25 May 2018 : Ahoy me hearties we be goin’ a pirating!
- 5 June 2018 : Don’t miss out on funded 2 year old places at our Pre-School!
- 22 May 2018 : Pre-School Parent Teacher Evening
- 22 May 2018 : Save the Date for our Pre-School Trip