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Kaye's 'back to school' update

Hi Everyone!

How have the last few weeks been? I hope all the kids have settled into their new classes and the little ones have been enjoying their first day!

We don’t have our usual green calendar full of events this year which is sad but totally expected. I met with Miss Sigston a few weeks ago to find out how the land is lying, and it is not all bad.

The FOICS and volunteers will have limited to no access to the school so we will need to be creative this academic year. If we organise, Miss Sigston was not adverse to the teachers running the odd event for us, which is fantastic.

  • Movies and Munch - The children will have to stay in their bubbles and the teaches may need to run it for us if they are free. Please ask your 5&6’s if they are still interested in attending Movies and Munch, please let me know what they say.

  • Quiz Night - This is usually coming up about now. If we weren’t all “quizzed out” we could have held it virtually this year. If you have alternative ideas, please get in touch.

  • Christmas Events - The Christmas Disco cannot go ahead. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. The Fayre will have to be majorly scaled back but Miss Sigston was positive something smaller could be arranged. What can we do?

This year has been hard on everyone, especially the kids, so the focus is on having fun and giving something back, not just fundraising. The FoICS met virtually on Tuesday night and the cogs were whirring...virtual activities, seasonal competitions, raffles, kids’ quizzes. Lots of ideas to get the kids engaged and having fun over the autumn and winter months.

I have lots of ideas to take back to Miss Sigston so watch out for further updates and ways for you to get involved. Please feel free to get in touch at any time. The FOICS are really looking forward to getting back to it, whatever Boris may throw at us.

Moving on

It’s time to say goodbye to some of our committee members and I would like to thank you all for your hard work!

  • Maria Surman who has been a part of the FOICS for many years is stepping down. Maria holds our Christmas Chillies Competition and Tweets for us. Luckily for us, Tara Wallace-Senior (Mum to Aria in Yr1) is taking over as our Social Media Manager. Check out Twitter @FOICs and Facebook @Friendsofivychimneys to keep updated.

  • Julie Patience, our Secretary, has left Ivy and moved to Spain.

  • Sarah Betts our Vice Chair is stepping down due to increased workload and home renovations. Sarah will still be a part of the FoICS committee, but not in an official capacity.

In order for the FOICS to be a registered Charity and PTA we need to fill the role of Secretary - so please get in touch if you can help. We can have joint positions and we can “divvy up” jobs so please get in touch.

Thanks for reading,

Kaye and The FoICS Committee xx

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