December 02, 2017

Farmers’ Market

Wow! Thank you so much to everyone who attended our Christmas Market on Thursday 23 November. We raised £255.50 for school. Thank you to our external stall holders: Love Bread, Rona Robinson, Jayne Mellor, Dilishique, Jewellery Company and Ian Wood. Thank you to Miss Nixon, who donated the cards and to Rachael Smith, who donated the Reindeer Food. Thank you to Reception and Year 1 children and staff, who made items to sell at the market.

I would also like to thank Woody Holleran, William Cullen, Lucy Gledhill, Scarlet Garland, Sam Bell, Felicity Welding, JJ Stevenson, Holly Birch, Ava Gardiner, Amelia Waites and Cody Whitehead, who helped on the stalls and to tidy up at the end of the night.

Raffle prizes have all been claimed. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket. It was another great event for school. These events would not be successful without the support of parents and carers, we really appreciate you coming along.

Mrs Rushforth

Dress for Winter

Please ensure that your child is dressed for the cold weather conditions when coming to school.

Children should have a warm winter coat, gloves, a hat and a scarf to enable them to play out comfortably at break and lunchtime.

The Rotary in Calderdale – Community Shoebox Appeal 2017

There are still boxes available at the school reception. Boxes need to be returned to school no later than Friday 8 December, to allow for distribution

Parent Governor Election

We can announce that the following Governors were re-elected to serve for a further four years:

  • Michael Westaway
  • Marcus Rathbone

Contributions to Halifax Food Bank

In the build up to Christmas we can sometimes forget that there are people not as fortunate as we are. Some of our staff members have decided to make contributions of food to the food bank in Halifax instead of sending Christmas cards to each other. We would be happy for any other members of our school community to join us.

Please drop any food donations (eg dried food, tins, festive food) into the box at the school reception desk before Wednesday 20 December.

Thank you for your support.
Suzanne Skidmore

Year 6 Howtown Residential

This week, the Year 6 teams have been sharing their Howtown experiences. They have organised presentations and worked as teams to lead our assemblies. Team Fiennes will be sharing their presentation on Monday.

Please Park Considerately!

Parking is at a premium at drop-off or pick-up time.

Please consider the safety of our children and the local residents when you park at these times. We continue to work with the local council and police to ensure that we keep our children as safe as possible at these busy times. Please think carefully about the safety of your parking – it really could cost a child’s life.

Many thanks to all our careful and considerate families including many who make the sensible decision to walk to and from school!

Moving house, changing telephone numbers or email address

If you are moving house, changing your telephone numbers or your email address please can you inform school as soon as possible to ensure we have the most up to date information.

Parents registered on ParentMail must also update their information on the system directly. If you have any queries or problems please do not hesitate to contact school.

Inspiring success beyond expectation

Nursery Places

Do you want your child to be part of an outstanding school? Northowram Primary School has some Nursery places available right now! We can offer 15 hours of Early Years Education over two and a half days (Weds pm, all day Thurs & Fri) or 5 afternoons (12.30pm-3.30pm). Please contact Jane Jennings 01422 202704 for more details:

Christmas Open Day – Halifax Fire Station

Skircoat Moor Road, King Cross, Halifax, HX1 3JF SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 12.00 NOON – 4.30 PM

Marie Curie Charity – Old Style £1 Coin Amnesty

Thank you to everyone who sent in their old style £1 coins. We raised £19 for charity.

Christmas Dinner

Today is the final day to order your child’s Christmas dinner. This only applies to children who normally have a packed lunch on a Friday.

Christmas Performance Tickets – Reception, Year 1, Year 2

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets via TicketSource. Instructions have already been sent to parents, however if you require any assistance please contact the school office.

Is your child due to start school in September 2018?

Children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014 are due to start primary school in September 2018. There are posters around school, giving further information on how to apply for a place, but please contact the office if you require further information or assistance.

We also have the following dates available for prospective parents to look round school. Please call the office if you would like to book onto one of these sessions.
Monday 11 December at 10.45am
Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 9.30am.

School Meals Patterns

Please can parents note the options for school meals patterns are:

  • All week, Monday only, Friday only, Monday and Friday
  • School meal menus are sent home via Parentmail every week
  • +Pay is our preferred method of payment – we are not liable for any lost cash which is sent into school
  • If you are paying by +Pay there is just one amount for next term, £71.40 (7 November to 22 December). You can reduce this to any amount you would like to pay. If you have a query with regard to dinner monies please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

PTFA Update – November 2017

Thank you to everyone that attended our shopping night on Friday 24 November. We raised just over £500 for school. I’m sure if you attended you will agree that there was a lovely Christmas feel to the evening and everyone had a lovely time. There are still a few raffle prizes unclaimed so please check your tickets. 105 – Jules 80 – no name 293 – Jane

We are very much looking forward to this as it’s such an exciting time for the children. It will take place in school on Friday 15 December. Gift prices start at £1.50 and go up to £4.50. Please see the separate parentmail with more information about this.

Christmas concerts will be performed by Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. We are asking if all children from these year groups could please bring a food item to be put into a hamper. There will be a raffle at each concert to win one of the hampers that the PTFA have made up. If possible, could you provide the following to ensure we have a lovely mix of food in the hampers.

R Poplar – crisps/snacks/nuts
R Hazel – sweets/chocolates
Y1 Elder – cakes/puddings
Y1 Hawthorn – sweet or savoury biscuits
Y2 Beech – jars (jam/marmalade/pickles)
Y2 Fir – drinks

If you have any questions about our events, or anything that you would like to discuss with us regarding future fundraising, please get in touch.
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Many Thanks

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