Dear parents, children and carers 28th January 2019
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This week we have had fun in the snow and made snowmen using 2D shapes. We helped make porridge and enjoyed warm drinks and toast too. We are heeding government advice re children and their sugar intake and will be serving savoury snacks in the morning. ‘Change4life’ has very useful advice about making swaps to cut down on your child’s sugar intake which may be worth checking out.
We continue to feed the birds and spotting birds with our new binoculars. If you did your own birdwatch the children can tell us what they saw in their garden.
The next couple of weeks we will learn about traditions and customs related to Chinese New Year which is officially celebrated on 5th February this year. We’ll make lucky papercuts, orange and red fruit salad – oranges are lucky as the Chinese word is very similar to the word for gold, we’ll look at Chinese writing, try some Chinese food and celebrate with a Dragon dance. We will make little dragons – so any egg boxes or boxes that fit on your child’s head will be useful. Look on the internet with your child and see what you can find out together – can you find out which animal this year will celebrate? Have a look at the dragon dancing. There is a Chinese festival in Lancaster 3rd February between 11am and 4pm with the parade at 2pm. We have bought some lovely new books to support our understanding of this festival.
Help us get to £1000! Using easyfundraising.co.uk £796 raised over the last 3 years. Can we get to £1,000 by the end of this year? Please join now and help us reach this milestone. We can raise funds easily if all the people who shop online, register on easyfundraising.co.uk and select ‘Hummingbirds – Garstang’ as their chosen cause. I shop Sainsburys online and earn us 50p every time!
100 club membership Donate from £2 a month per number to go in the monthly draw and get the chance to win half our monthly takings every month! The other half helps towards our rent to the parish. Forms on easel or ask Deborah Edwards or Janet for help.
30 HOURS FUNDING If your child is 3 before end of March AND you to want to claim for 30 hours funding to start next term, 1st April you must do so the term before you want to start using it i.e. NOW - before 31st March. Parents already receiving 30 hour funding please check if are you in the ’grace period’? You can lose funding if you do not respond to reminders to update your funding.
REGISTRATION FORMS when your child starts at Hummingbirds you complete a form with all personal details on necessary to safeguard your child, such as emergency contacts, addresses, people allowed to collect your child, people living or staying regularly in your child’s home. Please take a minute to think if any of these needs updating or have changed since you filled in the form. Thankyou. Let Janet know if your form needs updating with any of these details.
EASTER FUN DAY –Saturday afternoon 6th April, we close the day before for the Easter break. There’ll be an Easter bonnet/hat parade with prizes, cakes, refreshments, Easter egg raffle, egg hunt, tombolas, hook a duck, lucky dips, face painting and tattoos, and a rabbit, lambs and ducklings to see!! Please help if you can. Look out for a meeting which will be held one morning after drop off.
Please put this date in your diary. Friends and family welcome to come along too.
Janet, Shirley, Carole, Bridget, Gemma and Rebecca