‘So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.’ (Dr. Seuss)
They might not move mountains just yet but by following these Life Skills, it will be a stepping stone on their route to success! See how many life skills your child/ren manages over the Easter Break.
As part of the Council’s Winter Ready procedures we have set up a section on the Blog under the page ‘Winter Ready.’ This has a selection of ideas which you can use with the children if the weather is severe enough to prevent the schools from opening. Many of the activities require little in the way of resources but encourage the children to use their imagination, be active and, most of all, enjoy themselves in the snow – many of which did so today!
There is more information about Winter Ready on the council web page at http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/winter which gives greater detail about how you can keep up to date with the latest news.
It’s almost upon us. It’s the STV Children’s Appeal. Sean Batty and his team will be visiting us tomorrow! Remember to bring in your weather-themed cakes and your donations for this worthy cause. Also, don’t worry if you can’t bring in a cake, we’ll also be decorating cakes in our classrooms too!
We will also be having another special guest, Euan Buckley, who took part in CBBC’s Junior Bake Off show where he reached the grand final where his work was scrutinised by top international chef and food writer Allegra McEvedy and world-renowned executive pastry chef Graham Hornigol. Euan was also asked to create a “showstopper” cake to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday at Holyrood Palace.
However, we should remember that one in four children and young people live in poverty in Scotland, affecting over 220,000 people. For some families they have to make the heartbreaking decision each day as to whether it is more important to heat their house or sit down to eat – which one would you choose? Based upon such frightening statistics, the STV Children’s Appeal was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV. They came together to raise funds and to help make a real difference to those who need it most by providing help: food and warm clothes, creating opportunities for training and employability and enabling social and emotional support to those who really need it.
In just six years, The STV Children’s Appeal has managed to raise £13.7 million, providing much needed support to over 62,000 children in Scotland. Your participation and your donations tomorrow will make a real difference.
Please find our weekly calendar for session 2017/18 which outlines the many events which will be going on in our school this session. These include Parent Assemblies, Community Coffee Mornings and so on.
Please note that as new events come along, this may result in others events being rescheduled with a change of date. In those instances, advance notice will be given and our calendar amended to reflect these.
Thank you to all the parents who have contributed to the appeal for new books for the class libraries. Mrs Gough came in to assembly this morning to present the books on behalf of the Parent Council and the wider parent body and the children were really excited by the new additions to their libraries. The Primary 4 children were a real help sorting and distributing the books to each class.
The new book really will help brighten up the class libraries and will encourage the children to read more. It is great to see the wonderful results we get when the pupils, Pupil Council, Parent Council and wider parent body all come together to work to improve the children’s experiences at school: a huge thank you from everyone at Bellsquarry!
The recent Parent Council purchases for the school have now all been delivered and given out to the children. The Pupil Council (pictured) enjoyed having a look through the resources and then presented them to their class. These resources will help extend the children’s learning across the school in Numeracy and Literacy, as well as having an effect on their Health and Wellbeing and other areas.
The kinds of resources which have been purchased include iPads and a charging / storage station, reading books for all stages across the school, maths and numeracy activities and games, and literacy activities and spelling games.
The fundraising that the Parent Council has been doing has helped pay for these resources, so on behalf of the children in the school, we would like to say a big “Thank You” to the Parent Council for organising these events and for our wider parent body for supporting the fund raising initiatives.
Thank you to parents for coming along to our PATPAL afternoon. It was a great success. The children were very excited to show their parents and extended family about what they have been doing in mathematical problem solving.
Please find a link to our i-solve booklet and our power point presentation in the section “Information for Parents” (above right).
We would also welcome parents to give us some feedback via the following link to Survey Monkey.