St Joseph's Parent Council

5 Queen's Road Aberdeen

INVITE: New Office Bears for 2019 / 20

Dear Parents and Carers,

I trust you are all having a great summer holidays. I write to invite every parent and carer to consider the following committee roles in the coming school year. They are:

  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Data Protection Officer

I strongly encourage our parent population to consider volunteering their time to fulfil these roles. It is a great way to get involve in the life of our school and making a difference to our children.

Finally, this is my last blog entry as your PC Chairperson as many of you might know that due to my work, my family and I have been relocated to London. We are going to miss Aberdeen, where we have called home for the last 10 years, and its fantastic people. St Joseph will forever hold a very special place in my heart.

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for the opportunity and thank the committee, the council, the parents and Mrs Lindsay for your wonderful support over the year. It would had been impossible to deliver the Chairperson role as a P1 parent without your assistance, coaching and patience. So I bid you all farewell; I wish the school every success and the Parent Council to grown from strength to strength.

Warm Regards

Eugenio Constantino

Summer Fair Thanks

Dear Parents, Carers and Volunteers!

The PC would like to extend its thanks to all who made our Summer Fair on Saturday 22nd June 2019 a very succesful and enjoyable day.
We are grateful to many groups of people including the following:

  • To all who donated goods whether for stalls or raffle.
  • To those who gave their time on the run up to the fair working in numerous roles small and large, at home and in school, without whom it would not have been possible.
  • To the volunteers who gave their time on the day to set up, run stalls, cook and tidy.
  • A special thank you is extended to Aberdeen Oil Cats American Football Team for volunteering for the second year running and delivering a super football game.
  • To Books and Beans for organising the cold refreshments yet again at no profit.
  • To​ all who attended and contributed to the fun and fundraising for our children’s benefit.

We look forward to sharing the total raised with you before the end of term.
If you would like to know more about how funds are utilised please come to any PC meeting. We would love to have your views and support.

Warm Regards

Karon McEwing and the PC Event Working Group

CONGRATULATIONS to the 100th PC Blog Subscription!

Many congratulations to Barry Stephen for being the 100th Subscription to our PC Blog! you have Won a Mine4Sure labels voucher!

We are now looking for the 200th Subscription Winner!

We continue to appeal to anyone who has not yet signed up to the PC blog to stay informed with what is going on for parents & carers in our school.
Please take 5 minutes to click on http://stjosephsparentcouncil.primaryblogger.co.uk/ and on the top right of the page, enter your email address to subscribe to the blog. You will then get an automatic message in you inbox asking you to verify this email address. Once that is done, you can receive email updates straight from the PC rather than wait for one of us class reps to remember to do it! This will mean you find out about events earlier, which help you plan your time.

Thank you & best wishes on behalf of the whole PC.

Aurelie & Eugenio

Best Start Grant Early Learning and School Age Payments

Dear Parents and Carers,

Best Start Grant is a package of three payments intended to give extra money to lower-income families during the early years of a child’s life. Social Security Scotland confirmed the dates on which they will open for applications for the remaining two payments.

They are:

Parents can apply for Best Start Grant online at best-start-grant

or through the Freephone helpline – 0800 182 2222. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.

Regards

Eugenio Constantino

St Joseph’s Summer Fair is this Saturday 22nd June 2019 12-2pm

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please come and explore an exciting range of new games and stalls along with some of the old favourites.

Try your hand at Mario-Kart Squirt, make a Minecraft cake, be face painted as Super Mario, have a ‘Crazy Hair’ do, take a Rickshaw ride, brave the Inflatable obstacle run, try your luck in the Tombolo, experience some fun with Aberdeen Oil Cats American Football or Rugby Tots, visit the Eco-group, enjoy the BBQ, strawberry tarts, candy floss and the free cuppa and treat with your adult entry fee and lots more…

This year we are introducing the St Joseph’s Craft Stall with exciting homemade items. There are house colour scrunchies, Beeswax Food Wraps, purses, belts, cushions etc. Hopefully this stall will become a regular feature at our Fairs. We encourage you to come, have a look and bring some extra pennies as we hope you will be tempted by what you see.

The raffle has an ever-growing list of prizes. Please do your best to sell your tickets and return the stubs by Thursday to school (or bring them to the fair). Remember there is a prise for the best salesperson too!

We still require more Donations and Volunteers to make this a big success!

Please get in touch to help.

Many thanks

Karon

OFFER: Subscribe to the Blog to win a prize!

Hi all,
*Win a Mine4Sure labels voucher!*
The PC is appealing to anyone who has not yet signed up to the PC blog to stay informed with what is going on for parents & carers in our school.
Please take 5 minutes to click on http://stjosephsparentcouncil.primaryblogger.co.uk/ and on the top right of the page, enter your email address to subscribe to the blog. You will then get an automatic message in you inbox asking you to verify this email address. Once that is done, you can receive email updates straight from the PC rather than wait for one of us class reps to remember to do it! This will mean you find out about events earlier, which help you plan your time.
We’d like 200 subscriptions by the end of June 2019, so the 100th person to register will win a voucher for a freeeeeee mine4sure labels discovery pack!
We are at 95 subscriptions!
Thank you & best wishes on behalf of the whole pc 😊
Kind Regards
Aurelie and Eugenio

INFO: Year End PC Meeting 19th of June 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our year end PC Meeting has been rescheduled from the 11th of June to the 19th of June 7pm. Please find the link to the draft Agenda for your comment. It is a packed agenda but please feel free to let me know if there is anything you would like us to discuss on the night.

For the last PC Meeting of the year, I look forward to seeing many of you on the night.

Best wishes

Eugenio Constantino

School Holiday Consultation Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have received the following update from Margaret Davidson, Chairperson of Aberdeen Parent Council Forum:

I have received an update on the school holiday consultation and I am told that councillors withdrew the recommendation to change the pattern and the current holiday pattern for 2019/20 will remain unchanged.  The council intend to consult again when the schools are back, this time looking at 2021 onwards and the recommended pattern, with supporting consultation data is due to come back to the EODC committee in November.  We are hoping there will be a clearer and better explained set of questions/options this time.  

It was clear at the last APCF meeting that, following a discussion on the options, parents present felt they had selected their preference without all the facts.  In particular, primary school reps were not aware that any post exam remarks and administrative checks relating to college and University places had a deadline that falls in the last week of the school holidays.  At present pupils in the senior phase rely on their school’s management and guidance teams being willing to give up the last week of their holidays to support them.”
Kind regards
Eugenio Constantino

OFFER: Subscribe to the blog to win a prize!

Hi all,
*Win a Mine4Sure labels voucher!*
The PC is appealing to anyone who has not yet signed up to the PC blog to stay informed with what is going on for parents & carers in our school.
Please take 5 minutes to click on http://stjosephsparentcouncil.primaryblogger.co.uk/ and on the top right of the page, enter your email address to subscribe to the blog. You will then get an automatic message in you inbox asking you to verify this email address. Once that is done, you can receive email updates straight from the PC rather than wait for one of us class reps to remember to do it! This will mean you find out about events earlier, which help you plan your time.
We’d like 200 subscriptions by the end of June 2019, so the 100th person to register will win a voucher for a freeeeeee mine4sure labels discovery pack!
Thank you & best wishes on behalf of the whole pc 😊
Kind Regards
Aurelie and Eugenio

CLOSING: SURVEY 2018/2019 Volunteers

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Parent Council wish to find out more about the lovely Parents/Carers who have volunteered their valuable time in this school year 2018/9. For example, were you involved in football coaching, chaperoned trips to swimming, science centre, reading helpers, etc?
If you have, please can we kindly ask you to complete the following survey so that we can collect some information from you.
***Closing date 26/05/19***

Thank you.

Best wishes
Eugenio Constantino

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