We are very pleased to welcome everyone to a new half-term! We have had a great start to the academic year and have enjoyed welcoming back many children as well as getting to know all of the new children. The new Committee members are settling into their roles and looking forward to getting to know everyone over the course of the year.
This half term is set to be our busiest and most fun-filled yet, and with the winter festivities being imminent we are getting in the Christmas spirit early with our Christmas Fayre which will be in a few weeks’ time. Please see details below as well as some information about another upcoming event.
As you will be aware, we are a charity and as such we aim to raise funds throughout the year by running various events. Offering to help at the fundraisers in any way at all is wholly appreciated and a great way to get involved in your children’s pre-school – remember all money raised goes towards adding to the range of activities and supplies for the children. Even just attending to support these events and take part or spreading the word through the village is a fantastic way to help.
🎄CHRISTMAS FAYRE – Saturday 26th November 10.00-12.00
Plans are full steam ahead for our Christmas Fayre! Santa will be coming to see us and children will be able to visit his grotto. We have festive craft activities planned for the children, as well as lots of games for them to have a go at and a bouncy castle! There is plenty for the grown-ups too – if you are looking for some unique gifts for Christmas then you will also enjoy browsing our stalls and there will also be a café so you can sit down and soak up the Christmas atmosphere.
To make this event a real success it needs lots of help from parents. There will be a paper plate sent home nearer the time for people to fill with cakes, biscuits or cupcakes for the café, so please look out for that. We also need help to set up the grotto/hall the day before, man craft activity stalls and the café. A Parent Rota will be sent out soon with jobs that need to be done and time slots for people to volunteer their time. If you can give any amount of time at all it would be so appreciated. This is one of the biggest events of the year and we would love for it to be wonderful for all the children.
What we also need is for as many people to support us as possible by attending the Fayre and by spreading the word! Don’t forget to display the poster that was sent home for your child to decorate, somewhere where lots of people will see it!
We are working on contacting local businesses to ask for their kind donations/vouchers so if anyone has any contacts who they think may like to support our pre-school please do let us know. We also need smaller prizes such as food items/gifts/toys so if you have anything you would be happy to donate we would be really thankful. Please note we can’t include alcohol in our prizes. A box will be placed out at Jack & Jill’s this week for people to add any donations to our next raffle at the Christmas Fayre.
Thank you so much for all of you who purchased some treats from Chocoholics, £45 was raised which we will offset against the cost of children’s Christmas party entertainer. Also a big thank you to Mrs Nellie White for purchasing the chocolates which Father Christmas will give to the children at their party.
🌛PYJAMA PARTY – Wednesday 25th January 2017
Something to look forward to after all the fun of Christmas and New Year is over, is our lovely cosy, early evening get together for the kiddies and parents to enjoy together. There will be stories, craft activities and night-time themed snacks to enjoy, as well as some other surprises. Come in your best pyjamas!
We look forward to the year ahead, and as always, thank you for your continued support.
Naomi Goulding, Committee Secretary
Welcome to the Summer term!
The Jack & Jill Committee are currently busy planning a range of fun-filled events for the children (and grown-ups!) this term. We hope you can join us; our events are a great chance for the children to play and have fun outside of preschool hours, and it is also a good way to meet other parents and put faces to names so please do come along.
As you will be aware, we are a charity and as such our events are also aimed at raising funds for the preschool. All money raised from these events goes towards adding to the range of activities and supplies for the children. If you can offer help for any of our fundraisers, then please do let us know – it would be very much appreciated and is a great way to get involved in your children’s pre-school. Even just attending to support these events and take part or spreading the word through the village is a fantastic way to help.
These newsletters are intended to keep you informed of upcoming events and to let you know the success of past fundraisers – please see a summary below of what’s on this term.
Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
We only have a short time left to collect as many of these vouchers as we can (Monday 3rd May is the last day). Please can you bring in any you have collected so far so that we can start counting. We are able to swap the vouchers for cooking and active equipment from their catalogue to provide the children with new experiences. Our see-saw, trampoline and the kitchen utensils came from this scheme, so collecting them does make a difference.
Bransgore Rotary May Fair – Monday 2nd May
Get down to the Village Green from 1pm for plenty of May Day fun, games, food and entertainment. There will be, amongst other things, pig racing, a climbing wall, a magic show, a beer tent, and live music! Please see the Spring edition of the Bransgore Parish Newsletter for more details about this fantastic event. We will be representing Jack & Jill with our own stall and will be running some fun games for the kids as well as selling sweet treats. Please let us know if you can help by putting your name down on the rota displayed in the entrance hall at preschool.
Bags2School – Collection Friday 20th May
Have a clear out and donate any unwanted clothes and other items to raise money for the preschool! Bags2School accept Men’s, Ladies and Children’s clothing, Paired shoes (tied together or elastic band around), Handbags, Hats, Bags, Scarves and ties, Jewellery, Lingerie, Belts and Soft toys.
The bags will be supplied to you next week so you will have plenty of time to fill them. Bags can be dropped off from Monday 16th May to 9am on Friday 20th May latest.
Hallet Photography – Thursday 26th May
Hallet Photography will be visiting Jack & Jill’s to take individual and 2016 leavers group photographs. The individual photo’s will be taken during the morning session (starting 11.30), with a group photo of all the children attending Pre-school being taken too. The 2016 leavers group photo’s will be taken during the afternoon session (starting 1.15). Any children not in on that day are welcome to come in to have their photo taken.
Fun Run – Sunday June 5th
The Rotary Club will be holding a 10k & 5k Fun Run for adults starting at 10.30, and alongside this we will be co-ordinating a fun run for children on the village green. Children can be sponsored for laps and have lots of fun collecting stickers – look out for more details closer to the time. Half of the money raised from the children’s fun run will go to the Christchurch Macmillan unit in memory of Susie Sinfield who helped us run the event so well last year.
Party for the Queen – Saturday June 11th
We are planning a very special royal celebration for the Queen’s 90th birthday and would love for all the children from Jack & Jill’s to be there! The event will take place from 12.00 – 3.00 at the Village Hall/Green. There will be a bouncy castle, old fashioned sports games as well as stalls to enjoy and a prince/princess fancy dress competition. Tickets will be £1 adult and 50p child. Please spread the word through the village and look out for more details!
For this event, we would be extremely grateful if Jack & Jill parents could save a glass jar and fill it with children’s things (chocolate, stickers, party bag toys etc) so that we can have a Tombola at the event and raise some extra pennies for the preschool!
Father’s Day – Sunday 19th June
We will be carrying on our tradition of producing our “My Daddy” books, a collection of drawings and thoughts from the children about their Daddies. These will be ready to purchase in time for Father’s Day so look out for more details closer to the time.
And one further date to note…
Our next Jack & Jill Committee Meeting is being held on Monday 23rd May at 8pm at The Carpenters Arms. If you would like to get involved in helping at some of our Summer Term events then please feel free to attend. Those parents who have children staying on for the 2016-2017 academic year and would be interested in joining the Committee please do let us know, new members are always welcome and we would really value any extra help!
We will keep you updated with more dates for your diary as the term progresses.
We look forward to the term ahead, and as always, thank you for your continued support.