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Newsletter for Week Beginning 9th July 2018

Dear parents, children and carers 9th July 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

Last week we looked at sea creatures and started talking about seaside experiences. The ice-cream shop was very popular and very expensive (up to £500 per ice-cream!) We tested boats, loading them with treasure, counting, comparing, describing what was happening and why, making predictions etc.

This last 2 weeks, we will focus on pirates, treasure, travelling and in the last week make some scarecrows as some of the children are very excited about Garstang Scarecrow Festival.

Apologies re photos as I have mislaid the camera. Most weeks, we have a selection of photos on our website most weeks, giving you a taste of our week at Hummingbirds.

SUMMER FAIR a massive thank you to all those who organised this event and all who donated, bought raffle tickets and spent money on the day. The total will be announced as soon as we get it. WE NEED TO

GET SAVING as the outside play are is deteriorating and will cost around £20,000 or more to replace the whole thing. It was grant funded originally but the days of grants for such things are long gone.

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

30 HOURS FUNDING * if applying for 30 hours from September, you need to be doing this now and have a code before 31st August. Parents receiving 30 hour check your ’grace period’ dates! If not returning in September then do not worry, we have your funding up to end of the summer term.

SEPTEMBER SESSIONS – please let us know which sessions you want from September if you have not already done so. Thanks. I need to be able to let staff know when they will be needed.

WEATHER warning – AGAIN! it is going to be VERY HOT all week. The Cancer Research UK advice is really to cover up with loose long sleeves and sun hats or stay out of the sun. PLEASE BRING SUN HATS THIS

WEEK & PUT LABELLED SUN-CREAM IN THE BASKETS TO BE PROVIDED AND COLLECT IT AT END OF DAY IF YOU NEED IT AT HOME. We cannot check each child’s bag for sun-cream. Hats and glasses are available but children prefer their own hats.

WE’VE RAISED £711 to date (in 2 ½ years) …. Help increase us this to £1000 and 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 us.

100 club membership LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS. It is a really easy way to help raise funds AND get the chance to win half our monthly takings every month! Just £2 per month.

GDPR I have some yet to give out some PRIVACY NOTICES and consents to collect.

BABY & TODDLER MORNING: Mondays 9 -10.30am will continue in September.

SS Mary & Michael’s pre-school last transition visit 1.30 - 3pm we can take the children across BUT YOU

PICK UP FROM school at 3pm

Also see our annual questionnaire by the register. Your chance to have some input. We do consider your views and try to make changes to improve our service e.g. we have updated our website and now have photos as a result of previous surveys.

Only 2 weeks left! Key persons will be speaking to parents of children leaving us this time to discuss transition documents. Leavers: We will celebrate with the all children in the last week with a pirates’ picnic and treasure hunt. We will take leavers’ photos of daily groups and put these on our website and you may download or print them if you wish. I will not put names on. If you DO NOT WANT your child’s picture taking, please tell Janet.

This is our final letter of this academic year. We would like to say a massive thank you for all your support and kindness. We have treasured your children and will miss them greatly, although they are so ready to move on to school and all its challenges! Do say hello if you see us around – we will not forget you! I met a lady last week on a course and it turned out I taught her in reception in 1989! Although I think us aunties may be very elderly in another 30 years!

To everyone, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday.

Good luck and goodbye to all our leavers!

Parents will most likely be more upset than the children!

We return ON THURSDAY 6th September!

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

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