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September Newsletter 2014

The beginning

We would like to welcome each and everyone to the official start of the nursery school term. We have now settled each room and finally decided on the children’s key workers. We will display each group on the wall outside.
As a team and moving forward with both the Pre-Birth to Three and the Curriculum for Excellence we have altered for the better ways in which we record the activities for each child. The weekly diary is showing areas of the room and who will be doing what so we ensure each child is offered a range of experiences.

Our first topic is Scotland and our children’s place within.

We are reading in each room ‘Katie in Scotland’
There is a big drive from the government to focus on the rights of our children and what we as a society can do to ensure the very best start for Glasgow’s children.
We in turn will focus on many of the Montessori materials and introduce Grace and Courtesy. We would ask that you at home prepare by sending in easy trousers and shoes so we can dress ourselves easily. We will focus on changing shoes left and right. We will place emphasis on ‘excuse me’ and ‘waiting our turn’.

Citizens of Glasgow

We have already visited the Butterfly Garden to see the weeding that needs to take place and will work closely with the Park Ranger ‘Cathy’. Each room is out and about in the park and we are arranging visits to museums.
We have started exercises together to help with being in a group which is very successful.
Fiona Dewar continues with her Yoga for mind and body relaxation.
Kumiko Hatori will begin music and Japanese from the 1st of September.
Karen is our student for the year and has begun the HNC at Anniesland. She has a lot of experience and will join us on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

We would like just to remind you to label everything including water bottles for your child. Make sure there are plenty of changes that include pants, socks and easy trousers. Label your beautiful red sweatshirts and red bags.

It’s time for Elizabeth to have a holiday so she will be off for the week of the 1st. Muir will take on administration and please let a member of staff know if you need anything to support your child.

Changes to our web page

Over the coming weeks we are embarking on a more interactive design to include as much information sharing as possible. Carmen a former parent is putting many exciting pages to tell what’s going on. We will keep you updated.


We are due an Inspection from next week onwards. We are very grateful for those parents helping us to answer the questions and those parents who returned the confidential forms to the above.

Dates for coming month involving everyone

25th of September from 9.00am -Thursday
Our first Macmillan Coffee Morning. We would like to celebrate the memory of Claire Watson whose children attended our nursery over the years.
28th of October Tuesday from 6.00 – 7.30pm our Welcome Evening

To the best year ever

Thank you – Denise and All XXXX

May / June Newsletter

Staff changes

Maria Helene has decided she must go back to university. She will continue her Primary teaching studies at Glasgow University. We will say good bye on the 20th August.



A Big thank you to everyone as we raised £300.00 for the MICRO-TYCO with our around the world night and recipe book.

Raindrop Parents Meetings

Have you made an appointment to see the ladies? Please sign up.

On Wednesday 28th May at 10.30am – Tony has kindly allowed our Raindrops to visit DiMaggio’s on a mission to create Pizzas. As our theme is about enterprise and community links we ask that each child brings£1.00 which we will donate to charity.

We think it’s Summer!!

Red Bags need named clothes – Our children are growing please check the red bags, lots of pants, shorts and tee shirts. Remember to include rain jackets. Crocs are very good too.

Lunch Boxes – We need you to place an ICE PACK in your children’s lunch box. Label all the boxes.

Suncream – Please name and send in your child’s suncream.

Special Dates for your Diary

Monday 26th May Holiday Monday – return back on Tuesday 27th May.

Wednesday 28th May at 10.30am – Raindrops to visit DiMaggio’s. Only for children who are in on the day.

Wednesday 25th June at 3.00pm and Friday 27th June at 3.00pm – Rainbows Graduation show.

Friday 27th June at 11am – Raindrop’s Show.

Thank you – Denise and All XXXX

Our February Newsletter

Oh we haven’t had one of these for a month!

Well we are all settled with the changes in staff and we really believe that everything is ticking along nicely.

Our current plan comes under the heading Dinosaurs. The rooms are planning together and the inspiration from our children is amazing. We are so happy to have Oscar’s huge Tyrannosaurus and all the junk from your houses. We are creating, sorting and visiting the recycling banks nearly every day!!

We will also be on our second visit to the Kelvingrove Museum with the RSPB – looking at our local area on Wednesday the 12th at 10.15am. Just for children attending on that day.

So we wanted to organise all the new dates for you to put in your diaries:

Wednesday the 26th of February all day is Photograph Day with Caroline. You are very welcome to get a family portrait, groups of friends etc, etc.

On March the 20th , suggested by Kirsty Cameron’s Mum, we will have a puppet show here for all of our children. If it’s not your day just bring a parent. We hope for the morning slot and it will be titled ‘Can’t you sleep little Bear’ arranged by Pavla’s Puppets via Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre. This will be finalised next week.

Next on our list from our Parent Consultation Evening is the ‘Around the World Night’ where we will have lovely nibbles and wine and of course buy the ‘Recipe Book’.

It would be pucker if every family donated a special recipe, sweet or savoury, so we can put them all together into one big book (Suggestions for a name most welcome)

All recipes can be emailed to Elizabeth by Friday 28th of February, include a colour photo if you so desire and we’ll get creating.

So the evening will be Tuesday the 25th of March from 6.30pm to 7.30pm – all members of the family welcome. The book will have a minimum donation of £5.00. The money raised will be given to MICRO-TYCO http://www.wildheartsinaction.org/microtyco/

As many of you will know this is Ilyas’s Daddy – Michael Jackson.

We would also like to invite all of our children to go on a Dinosaur Hunt with ‘Harry and his friends’ to find the source of the chocolate eggs created billons of years ago!!

If it’s not your day just come with your parent.

Departs 11.00am sharp on Wednesday the 2nd of April.

Could we suggest a donation of a £1.00? Why not dress as an explorer or a dinosaur?

The Easter break begins on Tuesday the 7th and we open again on Monday 22nd of April.

As we work alongside Glasgow City Council we have all been attending further training on delivering the Curriculum For Excellence. One area of particular focus is ‘Evaluating our Wellbeing’ not only for the children but all of us. This is another tool to help us assess and evaluate what we do here in preparation for child attending school. We will be asking for your input and look out for the key words in our displays.

Could we please have some more parents to observe us at work and share your skills?

Many of you are asking about the Graduation ceremony for the Rainbows and these dates are on 25th of June at 3.00pm and the 27th June at 3.00pm.

To help with the transitions:

The Raindrop ladies would like to invite all their parents to progress meetings during the month of May and this will be on the door for you to sign up to.

The Rainbows would like all the children to tell us what primary schools they are off to so we can get visiting?

We have noticed that the red bags especially for tall children are running low. We don’t always have long trousers and leggings, so do check regularly as we are all growing fast.

Finally diseases:

Please don’t be alarmed but as young children mingle they get things. Over this past week we have reported cases Chickenpox, coughs and cold. If you are contagious so please stay away.

We will continue to update you weekly via email. We love you all xx us