Keep up to date with all the news happening in school at the moment.
sQuid Online Payments
Our new online payments system is live. Payments can now be made on line for school dinners, uniform and trips etc.
If you have not yet registered to use the sQuid system please do so as soon as possible.
Web address is: https://portal.squidcard.com
If you have any questions please contact the school office.
World Book Day
World book day this year is on Thursday 2 March. This year we have decided to do something a little bit different and hold a non-uniform day.
We are asking pupils to bring in a donation and all money raised will be donated to Book Aid International, a registered charity that provides books and teachers to children in Africa.
Literacy and access to information have been shown to reduce poverty, providing opportunities for work, increasing household income, even improving the health of children. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
Pupils can still come to school dressed as their favourite book character if they wish.
Each class will also be holding World Book Day activities on the day including competitions for each year group with book prizes and all children will receive one of the specially commissioned World Book day books.
SEND Local Offer
Nottinghamshire’s Local Offer: Supporting families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 0 - 25
If you’ve ever struggled to find the right information or service for a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), then check out the SEND Local Offer website.
The Local Offer brings together information across education, health, social care and the voluntary and independent sectors and is designed specifically for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families.
Use the Local Offer for ideas for things to do; details of nurseries, schools and colleges; help with getting around; advice and access to health and social care; employment and training; advice on Independent Living, and more.
It’s free and impartial and will help you find information about what services are available, or signpost you to somebody who can provide you with the information you need, through one easily searchable web site. Visit www.nottinghamshire.sendlocaloffer.org.uk. Accessible through a PC, tablet or smartphone.
Elston's Got Talent
The auditions for our annual Elston’s Got Talent show will take place on Monday 31 October – these auditions take place in front of the children, staff and judges. Those children making it through to the final are announced on the same day.
The final takes place on Friday 4 November at 2.00pm in the school hall and parents are invited to attend.
Parents may take photos or film their own child during their performance but nothing can be shared on any form of social media for safeguarding reasons – thank you for your continued co-operation and support in this matter.
From the rehearsals that I have seen and heard it promises to be another fabulous display of the many varied talents that our children have.Elston's Got Talent
PSHE & Children In Need
Dear Parents and Carers
As part of the children's Personal, Social, Health and Emotional learning in school, during the week commencing 14 November, all classes will be exploring 'The Power for Good' focusing on the many aspects of bullying. They will undertaking a short session over each of the 5 days resulting in the children gaining a broad view of what bullying can be and how they can help tackle it. Over this week you may wish to talk to your child about what they have looked at in school in order to support this very important aspect of the children's learning.
We will be inviting the children on Friday 18 November to come to school dressed as a hero or heroine, thereby coinciding with Children In Need. This can be a super hero however it would be really great if you could discuss with your child any people from history who have shown great heroism; standing up for what they believe in, and come dressed accordingly. It will be great to see some imaginative ideas! If you are able to make a voluntary contribution on the day towards this worthwhile charity this would be gratefully received and passed on accordingly.
As always thank you for your ongoing support.
PSHE Subject Leader
Pokemon Go App
Pokemon – Go
As you may be aware there is a new App for Smartphones that has taken the country, if not the western world by storm – Pokemon – Go.
This is an App where people can search for and collect Pokemon characters in real world locations using their phones.
The game is popular with children and some of your children may already be playing it. We have, this morning, received an alert from Nottinghamshire Police asking us to make children and parents aware of the need to stay safe on-line. As with any other type of social media the need to think about personal safety is ever present and with the school holidays upon us this acts as a timely reminder.
Please follow the link below to read further information from Nottinghamshire Police. At the bottom of the information there are also further links to Parent Guides to Poke-mon Go. As with many Apps there are in-app purchases, some costing up to £79.99 so this could also be something that you might want to be aware of in case you need to alter the settings of your child’s phone!
Many children and parents are enjoying playing this game together and if this applies to you, happy searching.