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Newsletter for Week Beginning 19th February 2018

Dear parents, children and carers, 19th February 2018

This newsletter is kindly sponsored by KEITH REYNOLDS BRICKWORK

The newsletter is also on our website, on our Facebook page or by email on request

Before half term we listened to the story of Peter and the Wolf and the music of Prokovief and the children seemed to really enjoy it. They were fascinated when Aunty Helen played her flute, and we looked at other instruments from the story in our new books about the orchestra, as well as acting out the characters and the drama! We will have a go at making some simple shakers and percussion instruments this week. We had fun making both pretend pancakes and real ones to eat! Mr Wolf’s Pancakes is a great story for the older children with a shocking twist! We will look at Chinese New Year traditions this week: make a Chinese dragon head to dance with, learn songs and listen to some Chinese music. We’ll make lucky red paper cuts, lanterns, look at Chinese writing and try some Chinese food. Dragon stories should be popular too! Have a look on the internet with your child at traditional Chinese dances and food etc Older children should be encouraged to think of a question, what would they like to know or find out?

ADMIN - Please could we also ask all parents for fresh copies of Birth Certificates and proof of parent ID e.g. photocopy of one parents’ passport/driver’s license. These are required now for verification of eligibility for any funding. These will be kept with your funding agreements.

Register at and select ‘Hummingbirds Garstang’ to help raise funds. Get the reminder app if you are already registered so you never miss a chance to raise funds for Hummingbirds! Total after 2 ½ years is £652 so it’s well worth doing ESPECIALLY if you are booking holidays you can make BIG sums for us by booking through a firm listed with easyfundraising.

100 Club membership is another easy way to help details on easel or ask. Donate from £2 a month and get the chance to win half our monthly takings every month!

NUT ALLERGY – remember we have a child with a nut allergy so no nuts/nut products please.

*30 HOURS FUNDING * NB if your child is 3 this spring term i.e. by 31st March and you would like to access 30 hours funding in the Summer term then you need to apply WELL BEFORE 31st March in case HMRC require more info from you, or you may have to wait until the September term. For 15 hours funding only, you need do nothing.

WHIT MONDAY FLOAT 2018 There will be meeting this Friday this Friday 23rd to develop initial float ideas in more detail for all those taking part, so get your thinking caps on! We have a smaller trailer now and plans to meet up during the week on different days so that everyone gets a chance to help out and prepare different aspects of the float ready for assembly.

EASTER FAIR Maundy Thursday 29th March is the day we close for Easter at 3pm. HOWEVER School next door closes at 1pm and we are holding an Easter tombola and refreshments etc in the school yard from 1pm. It has proved very successful in the past. We would greatly appreciate donations of chocolate, eggs, Easter gifts etc for our tombola, and cakes and biscuits. If you can help let us know, thanks.

ANNUAL TOY SALE Saturday 21st April 2018 in SS Mary & Michael’s school hall. Sarah Nelson is kindly organising this successful event, which as it gets known, is becoming more and more successful. We also sell baby equipment in GOOD condition so it’s a chance to sell yours on or buy a bargain. Sell your toys and make some money for Hummingbirds AND yourself, or, donate to Hummingbirds who then take the full sales price. For details see attached letter. Tell your friends!

Staffing: Gemma Bradshaw who helps out with cover when staff cannot work will be working Fridays from this week as numbers on Friday have increased rapidly! We look like we may even reach our maximum capacity of 30 by summer.

BILLS: will be left by the register for you. If you don’t see yours please do ask.

Best wishes, Janet, Shirley, Carole, Bridget and Helen

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