Dear parents & carers,
The Spring term has flown by! We hope you are looking forward to your Easter break, and that you will have the opportunity to take some time out with family and friends.
Opening hours update
Just a reminder that we break for the holidays on the afternoon on Friday 8th April at 1500hrs. In the past, pre-school has closed early on the last day of term, in line with the infant school, but we have taken the decision to operate a full three hour session, as normal, in future. If you are collecting siblings from the infant school and wish to take pre-schoolers home early, please inform the staff in advance so they can have the children ready. Please be aware that we cannot offer any refund for children collected before the official end of the session.
Pre-School re-opens after Easter for two days on Wednesday 27th & Thursday 28th April, then will be closed for the long weekend incorporating the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday on Friday 29th April and the May Day Bank Holiday on Monday May 2nd. Normal schedules will resume on Tuesday May 3rd.
We are thrilled to report (correctly, this time!) that we are to benefit from the Waitrose Community Matters fundraising scheme this April - ie from Friday. Customers shopping in the Chesham branch will be asked to donate their 'green tokens' to their choice of community charity - from a selection of three on offer. Please do let friends and family know that we are one of the beneficiaries of the scheme and are in line to receive a proportion of the £1000 set aside each month - allocated according to the number of tokens received by each charity.
We are also collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers and Tesco Computers for Schools vouchers - please do hand them to the staff if you receive these with your shopping, and encourage family and friends to collect them too. We can purchase play & activity items, IT equipment and cookery items for the Pre-Schoolers, so they are a very valuable resource for us.
Coffee, beer and fruit juice
Simona Matthews, Chair of Trustees, is hosting a coffee morning for parents and carers at her home at 0915hrs on Thursday 7th April. All comers welcome: Lynwood, Brays Lane, Hyde Heath, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 5RU.
One of our Trustees (& father to Harvey, in Pre-School), Trevor Lawson, is co-ordinating a Dad's Night at the Plough in Hyde Heath, from 19.30 onwards, on Thursday 28 April. We often fill the pub and it's a popular night out. Meals are available, too. Any questions, call 01494 794961 or email Trevor.
We have some stock left of our Hyde Heath apple juice, which is a delicious, pasteurised pure juice made from apples donated by parents. Use by date is December 2011. Prior to opening, it can be stored in a larder, garage or shed, then should be refrigerated and consumed within three days. 750ml bottles are priced at £2.50. Contact Karen Kay on 07973 323046 for information / delivery.
We are delighted to report that construction of our new outdoor classroomis due to take place in the coming weeks, and we hope that the children will benefit enormously from this new facility during the Summer term and beyond. Many thanks to our Treasurer, Ray Challinor, who has secured significant funds towards this project.
The Hyde Heath village fete, organised by the village hall committee, will take place on the common on the afternoon of Saturday May 14th.
The Hyde Heath Pre-School AGM will be staged on the evening of Thursday 29th September in Hyde Heath village hall, time tbc. All parents and carers are invited, and there will be a 'social' afterwards.