After the success of our donations to the food bank last year for the church service, we have decided to organise the same again this year. We ask that pupils bring a non perishable item for The Food Bank (January) with them to carry down to church on the last day of term. Items in demand include:
Just a reminder that the P1/2 Nativity is on Monday 9th December at 2pm in the large hall. Please remember there is a limit of 2 guests per child as the hall space is limited. The children put on an AMAZING performance on Friday and I have no doubt that they will repeat this tomorrow. They have made me so proud with their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm.
P1/2 Christmas party is next week (Tuesday 17th December) in the afternoon. The cost of the party is £2 and this can be handed into me or the school office by the end of the week, please.
This Tuesday (10th December) is Christmas jumper day and donations would be greatly appreciated to go towards our sponsorship of schooling for two children in Africa. It is also Christmas lunches!
We have our Christmas show on Wednesday 11th December 10:00- 11:00 from the company ‘Funbox’.
On Friday, P2/3 are going to the local residential home to do some carol singing. Your child may bring in a Christmas jumper and/or Christmas accessories to wear for this.
To keep things as ‘routine’ as possible, I am still going to be doing reading homework this week! Please check your child’s green reading record for the pages to be read. There will be no spelling homework as we are going to be revising the sounds we have already learned.
I am looking forward to seeing you on Monday! Hope you have had a wonderful weekend,
Miss Lauren Waller (L.Waller@mgfl.net)
It was lovely to see so many of you at the Christmas fair on Friday afternoon. I can’t believe we only have 3 weeks of the term left, and they are jam packed!
Just a reminder that P1/2 will be performing their Nativity for parents/carers on Monday 9th December @ 2pm. There is a limit of 2 guests per child due to limited space in the hall. Please could children bring in their Christmas jumpers/t-shirts and/or accessories in this week, so we have them for our costume rehearsals on Wed/Thurs. Thank you.
A gentle reminder that the cost of the P1/2 Christmas party is £2 and this should be brought into school in an envelope, clearly labelled with your child’s name. The party is in the afternoon on Tuesday 17th December and Santa will be attending at 2:30pm. Please feel free to join us then for a wonderful photo opportunity!
Primary 1 and 2 are also going to be leading a drumming assembly on the morning of Tuesday 17th December (9:00 – 9:30), you are more than welcome to join us for this!
Tuesday 10th December: Christmas Lunches and Christmas Jumper Day.
Wednesday 11th December: Christmas Show in school for Nursery – P4.
Friday 13th December: P2/3 Carol Singing at the local residential home.
Apologises I never sent out the numeracy homework last week, time got the better of me and I forgot!
Reading: Please check your child’s green reading record for the pages to be read. This week we are focusing on summarising the story.
Spelling: This week we are learning the ‘ck’ sound (chick, clock etc.). Spelling lists will contain words with these sounds, alongside tricky words.
Miss Lauren Waller
If your child does not have a speaking part for the Nativity (if they didn’t bring any lines home), could they please bring in a Christmas jumper/t-shirt and/or Christmas accessories to wear on the day. This is including the four Narrators. Children can begin to bring this in from next week so we have all the costumes ready! We have sourced and sorted out costumes for all of the speaking parts, so nothing is needed for them. Just a reminder that the Nativity for the parents is on Monday 9th December at 2pm in the large hall. There is a limit of two guests per child due to limited space in the hall.
The Christmas Fair is on Friday (29th) at 12:30pm – 2pm. We are looking for toys in good condition, unwanted gifts, bottles for the bottle tombola and chocolate for the chocolate tombola. On the day and days leading up to this we will also be collecting your delicious home baking! The lower atrium (P1-4) are also creating a ‘Pamper Hamper’ that can be won on the day, we are collecting donations for this – bubble bath, face masks etc.
The P1/2 Christmas party is on Tuesday 17th December – please remember that children can bring in a change of clothes for this and they can get changed after lunch. The party is £2 per child and this can be brought in from next week in a sealed envelope, cleared labelled with your child’s name. Santa will be coming to visit the children at 2:30pm, and you are more than welcome to join us for this!
Primary 2 were given ‘Read, Write, Count’ bags on Friday to take home and they are fabulous. They are filled with some wonderful resources and books that you can use with your children to promote literacy and numeracy skills. Here is a link to the website that explains it a little more and has some wonderful ideas for you: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/topics/read-write-count
Reading: Please check your child’s green reading record for the pages to be read.
Spelling: This week we are learning the ‘ss’ and ‘zz’ sound. Please ensure your child completes the full list in their jotter. We are also learning to write in cursive, so please encourage your child to do this with their words.
Numeracy: This week I am going to be sending out a worksheet on numbers to 100 before, after and between. We worked a lot on this at the start of the year, so this is just a revision task. This is also to be completed for Friday.
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Lauren Waller (L.Waller@mgfl.net)
A letter regarding Nativity costumes will be put into bookbags later next week, so keep an eye out for this! I sorted out all the lines last week and every child, who has a speaking part, should have their lines. If they do not, please let me know and I will sort this ASAP. We are starting to make props next week and are looking for spare cardboard, we don’t mind what size it is! Any size and shape would be wonderful!!
Next week is Scottish Book Week and the children will be taking part in ‘Drop Everything and Read’. This is when a bell will ring and everyone has to stop what they are doing and read, no matter where they are!! Children are more than welcome to bring a book in from home for this.
Homework for the week:
Reading: As always the pages to be read are in your child’s green reading record. Please continue to practise the key words for each stage.
Spelling: We are learning the ‘ll’ sound this week (balloon, fill etc.), so this is the spelling list for the week.
Happy Friday!! I wish you all a wonderful weekend,
Miss Lauren Waller
Christmas Fair Friday 29th November 12.30pm – 2pm
This is our main school fundraiser and your support is greatly appreciated.
Donations Appeal – We are looking for toys in good condition, unwanted gifts, bottles for the bottle tombola and chocolate for the chocolate tombola. On the day and days leading up to this we will also be collecting your delicious home baking!
Dear parents and carers,
Two S1 pupils from Beeslack and Penicuik High, Hannah and Emily, visited Newbattle Community High School recently to speak to S6 pupils, Craig and Erin, about the world-class learning environment and its Digital Centre of Excellence. It has been captured on film to give you more information about plans for education in the Penicuik and surrounding areas. Proposals include a replacement for Beeslack built along the A701 corridor with a Centre of Excellence in STEM subjects and a potential refurbishment of Penicuik High.
• Watch the video<https://youtu.be/Bevx8AIonxI>
Please remember to come to one of two drop-in sessions about the plans. These are on:
• Tuesday 12 November: 1pm – 7pm at Penicuik Library in the Penicuik Centre.
• Thursday 14 November: 1pm – 7pm Loanhead Library in the Loanhead Centre
For more information email:
I just wanted to start by saying how proud I am of the class the past few weeks. They have been working so hard and been completing some wonderful work, especially in their writing! They should be so proud of themselves and their progress so far in P2.
Christmas is approaching quicker than I like to admit, so I will post all the important dates for your diary in this post. Miss Ramsay and I have cast all the parts in the Nativity and we will be telling the children on Monday. Children with speaking parts will be given their lines on Monday to take home to learn. This year we are doing ‘Christmas with the Aliens’ and I can already tell it is going to be so much fun. We have started learning the songs in class and if you wish to practise them at home with your child, then please feel free. Here is the link with all the songs: http://dcsss1.weebly.com/year1/christmas-with-the-aliens-songs-lyrics
(We sing them all except Song 2 and 9)
Dates for your diary:
- Friday 15th November: Children in Need – Crazy Hair or Hat Day! Donations greatly appreciated.
- Friday 29th November: Christmas Fair, 12:30pm – 2pm. P1/2 are collecting ‘Nearly New Toys’ for the toy stall and the lower atrium are creating a ‘Pamper Hamper’ that can be won at the fair. We will be collecting for both of these things.
- Monday 9th December: P1/2 Nativity for the parents at 1:3opm in the large hall.
- Tuesday 10th December: Christmas Lunches and Christmas Jumper Day – we will be collecting donations to continue the funding of schooling for two children in Africa.
- Wednesday 11th December: Nursery – P4 have a Christmas show in school.
- Friday 13th December: P2/3 will be going to the local care home to do carol singing. Please could your child bring in a Christmas jumper/Christmassy headpiece to wear over their school uniform for this.
- Tuesday 17th December: P1/2 Christmas Party. Your child can bring in a change of clothes for this and get changed at lunchtime. Santa will also be visiting and parents are welcome to this as it is a great photo opportunity! I will keep you informed of times when I know.
- Friday 20th December: Whole school visit to the church and school ends at 12:25pm.
Homework for the week:
Reading: Pages to be read are written in your child’s green reading record. Please continue to revise your child’s key words with them. Once children can read these off by heart it improves their fluency and confidence greatly.
Spelling: We are learning the ‘ff’ sounds this week (cliff, sniff etc.). Please remember that instead of just writing the words in their jotters, children can write them in different colours, bubble writing, and silly sentences! You can even practise them however you like and just write about what you did.
As always if you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me or catch me at the end of the day – L.Waller@mgfl.net
I hope you all have a fab weekend,
Miss Lauren Waller