Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2020 school year! To those of you who are new, we hope that you will soon feel at home and part of the Fleming family.

The holiday period appears to have been busy for many of us and the reports I have heard suggest that most of us, whether we managed to get away or not, enjoyed an amazing break!

The world we are living in right now is fiercely volatile. 2019 was for many a roller coaster ride where the only consistency seems to have been inconsistency. It is a priority for us at Fleming to maintain a dependable, safe environment for our children to grow and develop. As communicative and involved parents you can help us to achieve this.

STAFF NEWS

We welcome Danielle Tyrrell as teacher of the Sunbeams Group and Ashlea Todd as teacher in Orange Group. We hope that they will be very happy at Fleming and soon feel part of the furniture.

As most of you are aware, Nikki Gordon (previously Orange Group teacher) has moved to Yellow Group and Nancy Turner has moved to Red Group. We are all excited to take on the new changes and challengesof 2020 and look forward to what the new year has in store!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

SCHOOL HOURS

Arrival Time: 07.00 to 08.15.
Children who arrive before 7.30 to be taken to the teacher on duty.
The bell rings at 08.20.
Grade R starts promptly at 08.00.
School ends: 12.30.
Hot Lunch
: 12.50.

If possible, please let us know first thing in the morning if you would like your child to stay for lunch.
Rest time: 13.00 – 13.40.
KIDS CLUB: 13.00 – 15.30.

NB NB.
Please ensure that your drop-off in the morning is brief, as delaying the inevitable increases anxiety.

WHAT TO BRING?

HEALTHY SNACK. (No Nuts Please)
WATER
A spare set of clothes.
2 boxes of tissues.

ALLERGY LISTS

Allergy lists are up outside your classrooms. Please check that these details are correct. Please make corrections accordingly and sign.

NUTS

Please do not send nuts in any form to school as we have children with severe nut allergies.

BEES

Should your child be allergic to bees please ensure we have the correct medication, clearly labelled, in the office.

CLASS LISTS

A class list including both telephone numbers and email addresses is up outside your classroom. Please check that all details are correct and sign accordingly.

SCHOOL DIARY

A school diary has been issued to every parent. Please refer to this weekly, as it is a guide to all that is happening at Fleming.

SECURITY

If you have not already done so, please provide us with a passport size photograph of your child to be circulated to all staff for identification purposes. This should be given to your class teacher. Please take a few minutes to introduce yourselves and your child to Dido, our security guard.

WELCOME DRINKS AND CLASS ORIENTATION

Welcome drinks for Grade R, Red and Yellow Groups will be on Wednesday 22 January at 17.30 and for Orange, Blue and Red groups on Wednesday 29 January at 17.30. Please join us on these dates to meet your fellow class parents, your class teachers and to get a heads-up, as to the expectations in your new group in 2020. Even if you ‘have been there before’ please join us as there are new people to meet and a fun year ahead to be had! We are looking forward to meeting you all.

ADMIN

HAVE YOU HANDED IN?
Enrolment Form, financial contract, indemnity form, birth certificate, passport photo and immunization forms.

CLASS MUM’S
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS….

If you are happy to be a class mum, please let your class teacher know. This position effectively involves liaison between the school, teacher and parents regarding school functions and pastoral care.

HATS

All new children have been issued with a school hat. Hats are a school requirement. The school policy is ‘no hat no play.’ Should you wish to purchase a new hat, please chat to Loretta in the office.

FLEMING T-SHIRT

Every Tuesday is Fleming t-shirt day. Please encourage your children to wear their t-shirts as it is a gentle introduction to the eventual wearing of a school uniform. All new children have been issued with a Fleming shirt. Should your child require a new t-shirt please see Loretta in the office.

EXTRA-MURAL FORMS

Extra-mural forms will be put in your pockets by Monday 20 January. Please complete these and hand them in by Friday 24 January. The Playball coaches will do a demonstration lesson on Friday 17 January and the Soccer Starz coaches will do a demonstration lesson on Monday 20 January. These will be done during school time.

Extra Murals
Monday: Soccer Starz. Ballet (Blue/Orange)

Tuesday: Art. Playball

Wednesday: Ballet (Green/Red/Yellow)

Thursday: Extra Mural Swimming. Tumbling Tigerz

Monday-Friday: Kids Club: 13.00-15.30.
Sunbeams: (Ballet is at the discretion of the ballet teacher. Please chat to her privately.)

CLASS SWIMMING:

Class swimming will begin on Monday 20 January.
Mon: Grade R.
Wed: Orange Group.
Thurs: Blue Group.
Fri: Red and Yellow Groups.
Please send the children to school in bikini type costumes for the girls and speedos for the boys. Please send a plastic packet for wet things, as well as a towel and underwear. All children should be wearing
sunscreen.

KIDS CLUB

Carey Cowin (Blue Group teacher) will be running an after- school KIDS CLUB from 13.00 to 15.30. Carey will be getting back to basics! The club is aimed at the children playing, socialising, having good fun and being well looked after. This takes the place of aftercare and will be available on a casual basis too. On a full- time basis however it will include lunch and an extra mural. Please see flyer for more information.

WHATSAPP GUIDELINES

As it is the start of the year, it is good to establish protocol around the use of WhatsApp groups.

The guidelines are as follows:

The teacher will set up a WhatsApp group and the class mum and the teacher will be the only admin.

The group is intended to get messages and important information across to the class quickly and efficiently.

Should you have a query relating to your child or the school, please feel free to contact the teacher via the office during school hours. If it is an emergency, the class mum will at her discretion, give out either Pam’s or Amanda’s cell number. A separate group may of course be set up to facilitate the organisation of social events, birthday parties etc. This group will not include the teacher.

PAWS R US

PAWS R US have over 250 animals in their care right now and are desperate for food, blankets, kennels and literally donations of any kind to assist them in looking after their furry charges. Please help us to help them by donating any of the above, or alternatively, they would also be delighted with a monetary donation which you can hand in to your class teacher between now and 31st January. Thank you in advance. Paws’ are a pro-life organization.

FYI
PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS HANDED OUT ON ORIENTATION DAY FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION.
1. Useful information.
2. Welcome letter.
3. Some tried and tested tips for a smooth start.

NB NB
PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF OUR NEIGHBOURS DRIVEWAY AT ANY TIME AS
THIS OBVIOUSLY INCONVENIENCES HIM. THANK YOU!

WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT?

Friday, January 17: Playball demonstration.
Monday, January 20: Extra- Mural forms handed out.
Soccer Starz demonstration.
Collection for Paws R Us until 31 Jan.
Wednesday, January 22: Top Dogs visit Fleming.
17.30: Welcome drinks and class orientation. (Grade R, Red and Yellow)
Friday, January 24: Extra- Mural Forms to be returned.
Monday, January 27: Extra murals begin.
Collection for Paws R Us.
Wednesday, January 29: 17.30: Welcome drinks and class orientation. (Orange, Blue, Sunbeams)
Friday, January 31: Leo’s Puppet Theatre visits Fleming.
Wednesday, February 5: EAT ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY!
Friday, February 14: Valentine’s Day.
Tuesday, February 25: Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)
Thursday, February 27: Half Term. SCHOOL CLOSES AT 11.00.
Tuesday, February 3: SCHOOL RESUMES AFTER HALF TERM.

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“PLAY TURNS OUT TO BE SO STUNNINGLY ESSENTIAL TO LEARNING IT IS LIKE LOVE,
SUNSHINE, AND BROCCOLI ALL JUICED TOGETHER.”
Lenore Skenazy

WE ARE GOING LEARN HARD, PLAY HARD AND HAVE A FABULOUS FIRST TERM!

Pam Royce
Principal