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March Newsletter
Lenten Charities.
The school have already begun to do work for the crisis in Syria, now officially the most dangerous place to live in the world. We will also be supporting the Lendwithcare programme. This lending scheme helps people start co-operative businesses in the developing world, rather than just donating money. When the business repays the money to us, we can then help other co-operatives.
‘Whether it's opening a market stall, or perhaps a small tailoring business, or diversifying the crops they grow, people across the developing world are bursting with business ideas – all they need is a helping hand to get started and we can give them it.’
 
Valentine’s Discos.
Please could we thank the Parent Partnership and all the Parents and helpers who contributed to making the discos very successful indeed. Thanks also to our resident DJ Davie. The children had great fun and were superbly behaved. 
 
World Book day.
On Thursday 3rd March, it is World Book Day. The children are allowed to come into school out of uniform and dressed up as a favourite book character.
 
School Uniform.
Lots of our families and children are trying really hard to make sure that the children are dressed appropriately for school and this is brilliant so let’s keep it up. The children are often complimented by visitors to the school on their appearance.
 
Attendance and late arriving to school.
Most of our children attend school regularly, arrive on time for school and are collected on time. However, we still have too many coming through the doors late or being collected late. Schools are under an obligation to monitor this and ensure that all children arrive on time and attend school. This has resulted in some parents being prosecuted, with the fines often being several hundreds of pounds.
At the moment, our school bell rings very slightly early, but unfortunately this is out with our control, as the clocks and bell are governed by a satellite programme. I have asked Cordia to look into this for us to have this re-aligned.
 
Healthy Options.
Can we once again ask that the children come to school with a healthy snack and lunchbox? We are still getting sweets and chocolate in as a regular ‘snack’ (no nutritional value by the way!). No school in Glasgow would encourage these items being brought into school as a regular play piece.
We will be consulting Glasgow City Council so that we can become a Healthy School. This will mean crisps, sweets and chocolate will not be allowed in school as a snack or in lunchboxes. This would drastically reduce the amount of sugar that the children eat and help prevent tooth decay. The results of the dental surveys in our school over the last two years have shown that tooth decay in many children was incredibly high. The school will keep you posted with developments.
 
 
 
Contact numbers.
Please can you make sure that your latest phone/mobile contact numbers are relayed to our office as well as your emergency contact details? This is really important as in event of an emergency, we need to contact parents/adults quickly.
 
Twitter
Please remember that our Twitter account is up and running-you are welcome to contribute. We will also be updating the website and giving you chance to see what the school is doing in more detail.
 
Glencoe.
A letter has gone out to remind P7 parents about the Glencoe Residential visit. Please make sure you are aware of the deadlines. All monies must be paid before the trip. A parents information meeting will be organised in April. (dates to follow).
 
Wise Owls.
P3 had a visit to link up with their novel study, ‘The Owl who was afraid of the dark.’ The visitors were a selection of beautiful owls, which were handled professionally, but the children were given the opportunity to handle them themselves and ask questions. You can see some of the pictures on twitter.
 
Fairtrade Fortnight
This begins Monday 29th February and runs until Sunday 13th March. Last year our Fairtrade Committee helped us to promote Fairtrade and raise awareness by organizing various events/competitions and by hosting our first Fairtrade Coffee Morning which was a great success.  We are hoping to host another coffee morning on Friday 11th March. Confirmation and details are to follow. Please note that donations of Fairtrade goods for sale will be gratefully received.
 
Diary Dates.
Tues 1 March-Ten children at Fairtrade Convention.
Tues 1 and Wed 2 March-Reconciliation in St Vincent’s Church at 7pm
Thur 3 March-World Book Day-Dress up as a book character for fun!
Tues 8 March 7 a side Fair Trade Football festival at Toryglen.
Mon 14 March-Fire Service in to talk to all P5 and P6’s
Wed 16 March-Athletics squad in action at regional heats.
Tues 22/Wed 23 March-Road Safety Team in school.
Friday 25 and Monday 28 March-Easter weekend holiday.
Wed 30 March Street Dance Heats at St Paul’s in the evening(time to follow)
Friday 1 April-School closes at 2:30pm
Monday 18 April-School re-opens
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