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What’s happening in December?

SANTA’S GROTTO – FRIDAY 15TH DECEMBER

Santa’s visit to Jesse Gray is fast approaching and we have a great team of parents supporting the event throughout the day to ensure it’s as special as ever for the children.  Please remember to wrap your gift and label it correctly so we can ensure the right gifts go to the right aged children we are supporting through our charities.  We are delighted to be supporting six different charities in total this year.  If you would like If you would like to find out more about the charities we are supporting, please go to:

  1. Women’s Aid:  http://mwa.org.uk
  2. Notts Women’s Aid:  http://nottswa.org
  3. Derbyshire WISH:  https://careandsupport.ncha.org.uk/derbyshire-wish
  4. UMUADA:  https://careandsupport.ncha.org.uk/umuada
  5. Foothold:  https://careandsupport.ncha.org.uk/foothold-homeless-families
  6. The Friary (http://the-friary.org.uk). 

Please remember that the JGA will be hosting boxes in the school reception for any additional gifts you may want to donate to The Friary.  A full list of items they are looking for can be found in the JGA section on the school website.

WHAT’S BEING SPENT IN YOUR CLASS?

Supporting the school’s very big, very passionate push, on reading for pleasure, many of the teachers are using their funds to buy extra special books for the class library for our children to enjoy.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT – WE WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

A final opportunity to say thank you to everyone for their support throughout 2017.  We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated team of parents at Jesse Gray.  With lots to look forward to in the new year, from the school disco to Midsummer Madness, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in January.

 

What’s happening in November?

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US MAKE OUR FIREWORKS EVENING A GREAT SUCCESS

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Fireworks event raised a fantastic £1,400.00 – both in ticket sales and stall sales on the evening – generating over £600.00 of profit to go back into our school.

Thank you to everyone who attended the fireworks event on 3rd November, we really hope you enjoyed this year's offering and the incredible display from Magic & Miracle Fireworks.  

We would like to say a big thank you to our incredible team of teachers and parents who helped to make the event possible.  We really cannot do this without you.  As we do with all of our events now, we can reveal that the lucky winner from our ‘helpers draw’ is SARAH JACKSON.  Sarah, your thank you gift from the JGA is now waiting for you at the school office.

It's not just the time we all give to this great event - it's also the kind donations we receive.  Our request for pocket money gifts, cakes and chocolate were very gratefully received.  We also took the time to contact local businesses to see if they could support our event and their generosity was amazing.  Our thanks go to:

NEXT Plc                                                                     

Funky Pots                                               

COOK, West Bridgford

Rainbows & Lemondrops                                  

Boots                                                          

Stella & Dot

James White Hair                                                

Flowers by Susan                                  

Signature Steak House

Notcutts, Wheatcrofts                                       

David Lloyd                                              

Daisy, Daisy

Isobel & Henry                                                         

Astro World                                            

JAYS Convenience store

Artisan Hair & Beauty                                           

Co-op, Bridgford Road                      

Hopology

KH Hair, West Bridgford          

Brown Forman Beverages

Frank Key (Lighting support in the playground)

KRCS (Donation of prizes & production of the invitation, posters & tickets)

THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER - 2ND HAND UNIFORM SALES & PLAYGROUND BOARDS

Our playground boards are being seen by a number of parents who are hopefully finding out a bit more out about what the JGA have been up to and what's being planned.

In November, we will also be hosting a 2nd hand uniform sale in the Junior Playgournd, when the Junior school gates will be open from 3pm for early, pre pick-up, sales.

FS2 DADS CROWNED 2017 FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

A huge thank you to all the families who helped us make Saturday 14th October such a great success.  Special thanks to Karl Chessell and Alice Morton who organised the entire event again this year with incredibly kind help from our parents running stalls to keep the children entertained as well as our teachers who gallantly showed their support in attendance. 

We’d also like to show our appreciation to MCS Event pro who sponsored this year’s event as well as Thomas Yates and Belvoir Brewery who kindly donated a case of bottles for us to present as this year’s prizes.  We raised a fantastic £210 amount for our school.

  

 

 

MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

JGA monthly meeting

8pm – 9.30pm at the school – Please arrive via the main entrance

Click on our ‘about the JGA’ section to find out what’s on the agenda.

OUR CHRISTMAS COMMITMENT

Every year we host the Jesse Gray Santa’s Grotto, where we ask parents to send their child/children in that day with a present to give to Santa.  We are currently visiting our charities to understand their needs and we will update you very soon!   

Santa’s visit is on Friday 15th December when all requested donations will be required.

WHAT’S BEING SPENT IN YOUR CLASS?

Following on from last month’s announcement that Miss Massey and Miss Kirk have begun using their money for much needed general classroom supplies we can report that Miss Massey has also purchased a new ipad stand and app that will allow class work to be linked to their interactive white boards.  Demonstrations are being held to see if the same purchase could be useful for other classrooms. 

SCHOOL GARDEN ASSISTANCE

If you are able to offer your time on Thursdays between 10am and 12pm, the school garden team, led by Fran Moore, is looking for volunteers.  Even if you can pop by for an hour, your help is appreciated.  Please contact the school office or email the JGA email address for more information.

jga@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

 

What’s happening in October?

FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER – COFFEE AFTERNOON 2PM-3.05PM

This school year’s first coffee afternoon will take place in the school hall.  Please arrive through the main reception.  We hope to welcome lots of you with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.  We will have information about what’s going on in and around school as well as leaflets from external suppliers from half term clubs to extra curricular activities.

SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER - FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 1PM-4PM

This year’s eagerly awaited football tournament is almost upon us!  Whether you’re playing or not, come and see us on the school field to cheer on our teams and visit our stalls:  Bouncy castle, tuck shop and tea & coffee.

W/C 9TH OCTOBER – FIREWORKS ANNOUNCEMENT

Tickets for this year’s Fireworks Fayre will be on sale very soon with full details to be announced!  This year is going to be as big as ever with plenty of fun activities for children and adults alike.

REQUEST FOR HELP TO COUNT MONEY

If you can spare an hour or so w/c 16th October (exact date tbc) to help count up the money raised from the football tournament, please email us at jga@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk 

Tea and biscuits will be provided!

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER - KEEP UP TO DATE IN THE PLAYGROUND

September’s playground boards were seen by a number of parents and teachers who hopefully found out a bit more about what’s been going on with the JGA over the past month – and what’s on the horizon.  See you again on 20th!

MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER

JGA monthly meeting

8pm – 9.30pm at the school – Please arrive via the main entrance

Click on our ‘about the JGA’ section to find out what’s on the agenda.

WHAT’S BEING SPENT IN YOUR CLASS?

Following on from last month’s announcement that each class has been given £100 from funds raised by the JGA, we can report that Miss Massey and Miss Kirk have begun using their money for much needed general classroom supplies.  We’ll keep you posted each month with what each class has been up to.

JGA MONTHLY

The very first JGA monthly was distributed in September that we hope was informative.  We will continue to keep in touch in this way throughout the year to update you on JGA activities past, present and future! 

GET IN TOUCH

You can get in touch anytime to offer your time, support or you may even be able to support our events with sponsorship from your business.  contact us anytime at jga@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

 

September 2017

Welcome to the JGA – and welcome back to school!

WELCOME ALL NEW PARENTS 

A very warm welcome to all our new parents and children.  We look forward to seeing you at our 2017/18 events in and around school.

What’s happening in September?

DRIVE WITH CARE!

During our first week back, you will see the installation of our new ‘driver aware’ posters that were designed by Alex Hrkalovic and Caitlin Keywood as part of the JGA’s joint competition with the school, supported by Mrs Lloyd.

JGA MONTHLY

The very first JGA monthly will be distributed by email - and also in the children’s bags.  Rather than bombard everyone with multiple messages throughout the year, we have decided to take the opportunity, each month, to update you on JGA activities past, present and future! 

YOUR CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR THE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Towards the middle of the month, posters and letters will be issued announcing the details and how to sign up for this year’s parent football tournament fundraiser! 

FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER

Take the opportunity to have a look at what the JGA has been up to – as well as what’s coming up – by looking at our new poster boards that will be situated in each playground during school pick up.

MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER

JGA monthly meeting

8pm – 9.30pm at the school – Please arrive via the main entrance

Click on our ‘about the JGA’ section to find out what’s on the agenda.

 

What happened in July?

JGA monthly meeting (Took place on Monday 17th July)

Thank you to all who attended.  We took a good look at all events for the forthcoming academic year and made plans to raise the profile of the JGA, the work we do and the funds we raise!

THE JOLLY WENBORN - THE JGA HAS SET SAIL IN THE INFANT PLAYGROUND!

It has been a very exciting few months building up to the announcement of the amazing pirate ship that has been installed in the infant playground, thanks to the work of the JGA.  While the ship is a welcome and eagerly anticipated addition, it also marks the retirement of one of Jesse Gray’s most loved and long-standing teachers, Alison Wenborn.  It has therefore been aptly named, The Jolly Wenborn! 

 

The ship was officially unveiled on Monday 10th July with a naming ceremony alongside all KS1 children on Tuesday 11th July. 

We are sure that it will bring great enjoyment for many years to come.

The JGA would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Wenborn for her incredible work at Jesse Gray as she has taught many of our own children over the years. 

We wish you all the very best for a relaxed and enjoyable retirement!

DRIVER AWARE POSTER COMPETITION - THE JGA PURCHASES NEW POSTERS AND PRIZES FOR WINNERS!

Letters were sent home to encourage our school’s budding artists to design a new ‘driver aware’ poster.  These are large prints that are placed on the railings of both the infant and junior school entrances to encourage people to drive and park safely around our school.

The JGA pledged 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to two separate age groups up to year five and the winners were announced in assembly on 10th July as:

KS1

1st: Alex Hrkalovic Class 12

2nd : Freya Rajabally Class10

3rd : Emilia Dziakonski Class13

KS2

1st : Caitlin Keywood Class 5

2nd: Madeleine Heaps Class 4

3rd: Stuti Gupta Class 4

Alex and Caitlin will see their posters printed and displayed on the first week back to school in September.

Congratulations to all of our artistic winners and thank you to everyone who sent in their designs.  Mrs Lloyd had a very tough job picking the winners due to so many fantastic entries.

MIDSUMMER MADNESS SUCCESS! THE JGA WORKING HARD TO ENTERTAIN OUR FAMILIES AND RAISE FUNDS!

This year’s summer fayre was another great success as we raised just over £1,200 for our school!

Thank you to everyone who attended the event - we really hope that you and your families enjoyed the stalls, the activities and this year’s new additions:  hog roast, grilled cheese, tea & coffee and Stella & Dot jewellery.

Our external supporters make a huge difference and each and every one of them supports the JGA in their own way.  A huge thank you to:

A very heartfelt thank you to our team of incredible helpers, none of whom we could do these events without… and we almost didn’t!  If you haven’t been part of a JGA event before but think you could offer just 30 minutes of your time to another event, please do get in touch. jga@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS FROM MIDSUMMER MADNESS

Well done to our Midsummer raffle prize winners!  This year’s raffle did not disappoint with beauty products, wine, whisky, signed football memorabilia and confectionery from incredibly kind donors including Lorraine Collier and Kathryn Harvey.

STAR HELPER COMPETITION - A THANK YOU FROM THE JGA

To show our appreciation to the volunteers who offer their time to help at our events, we’ve introduced a ‘star helper prize’ where all volunteer names are entered into a draw to win a prize!  Jo Walkey was this event’s lucky winner!  Well done Jo – and thank you!