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Friends of Almond Hill (FOAH)

HELP NEEDED!

We really need your support to keep Friends of Almond Hill going! If you are willing to help organise events for our children to help raise funds for the school please let the office know! Even if you only have a small amount of time to offer, we would love to hear from you. Over the years, our parents have supported many fun events for the children and FOAH have paid for resources and educational activities which we are not able to provide from our budget. Without more help coming forward, I am very concerned that Friends of Almond Hill will not be able to continue. Thank you very much in advance. Any help is always so greatly appreciated.

Friends of Almond Hill are a dedicated group of parents who organise fund raising and fun events for our pupils and parents.

We view all parents and carers as members and welcome support in any way, big or small. FOAH are keen to organise events that reflect the interests of pupils as well as mums and dads!

FOAH meet each half term. Meetings are open to all parents/carers.  FOAH keep you well informed of planned activities through their newsletters and welcome your ideas.

As a result of a lot of hard work and the support of all of our parents FOAH have contributed to a wide range of resources and treats for the children over the years. Last year they helped to provide the school with its first I Pad trolley and currently are raising funds to support the purchase of a second one.

If you are able to help FOAH in any way please contact the school office and we will pass on your details.

Summer 2022

Newsletter

FOAH NEWSLETTER

(FRIENDS OF ALMOND HILL)

A huge thanks to every one of you who has helped with and supported our latest events. Every penny helps towards making our children’s education better with essential equipment we can help the school purchase.

FOAH has agreed to pay for the year 6 leavers hoodies and yearbook as well as recently funding the outdoor learning boxes for each year group too. So well done to all involved for making this happen.

The children once again enjoyed shopping at the Mother’s Day Gift Room - and now Father’s Day is just around the corner! Don’t forget to pay on School Gateway for any gifts your child would like to buy. There’s no limit and they can be for any special man in their lives – Grandads, Uncles, best friends … Please pay by Tuesday 7th June to ensure your children don’t miss out.  (Although cash will be accepted on the day too 😊).

Anyone hoping to go to ‘Standon Calling’ this summer, you can book via this unique booking link  –

https://go.kaboodle.co.uk/almond-hill-junior-schoolSG13RP

Not only will it get you an exclusive discount on weekend festival tickets, but for every order placed, 10% of the total face value will be donated to FOAH!

☀️ Wishing you all a very happy and relaxing half term break ☀️

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 7th June, 6pm   FOAH Remote Meeting (please e-mail the school office to get login details if you can   make it: admin@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

Friday 10th June                Father’s Day gift Room (please pay in advance on School Gateway. £2 per gift, no limit)

Friday 1st July                    Ice Cream Friday! After School in quadrant (weather permitting)

Friday 8th July                  Ice Cream Friday! After School in quadrant (weather permitting)

Friday 15th July                Ice Cream Friday! After School in quadrant (weather permitting)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE THESE EVENTS HAPPEN! Maybe you could help to plan, or participate at one event? Anything would be really appreciated and allow us to make more money for our children. Thank you

If you wish to contact the committee for any reason, we can be contacted at:  foah@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

Reminder of ways to help raise funds for FOAH from the comfort of your own home:

Amazon Smile – to help raise funds for the school we have registered Friends of Almond Hill on Amazon Smile. It costs you nothing but once registered, for every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the value is paid to Friends of Almond Hill. It’s quick and easy to register and a great way to raise funds.

School Lottery – tickets cost just £1 a week. To play, go to: www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/almond-hill

Textiles Donations – If anyone is having a clear out, remember that you can support the school by bringing your unwanted clothing and shoes to our textile recycling scheme. Just bring the items to the office where they can be put in the box in the hall. FOAH are only paid once the box is full, so get clearing!

Spring 2022

School Disco

The disco raised £545.19! Thank you for your support.

Autumn 2021

December Newsletter

FRIENDS OF ALMOND HILL ‘FOAH’

Newsletter

A big big thank you to everyone who has helped with and supported our events this term and congratulations to all of our Raffle Prize Winners! A list of the prize winners is available from the school office (and please return any unused raffle books to the office if possible).

It’s been a busy few weeks but the children have enjoyed making their Christmas cards, shopping at the Gift Room and guessing how many chocolates were in the Halloween and Christmas themed jars.

We wish you a happy and healthy break over the holidays and have some more events coming up next term as follows:

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

11th January 5pm             Next FOAH Remote Meeting – please e-mail the school office to get login details if you can make it: admin@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

8th February                       Valentine’s Discos after School – Times for each Year Group TBC

March - Date TBC             Mother’s Day Gift Room

19th March                          Family Photo Shoots available at School

April - Date TBC                Easter Chocolate Jars - One jar for each class. 50p a guess. Winner from each class gets to take the jar home in time for the Easter holidays!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE THESE EVENTS HAPPEN! Even if you can help to plan or help out at one event that would be really helpful.

If you wish to contact the committee for any reason, we can be contacted at:  foah@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

Reminder of ways to help raise funds for FOAH from the comfort of your own home:

Amazon Smile – to help raise funds for the school we have registered Friends of Almond Hill on Amazon Smile. It costs you nothing but once registered, for every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the value is paid to Friends of Almond Hill. It’s quick and easy to register and a great way to raise funds.

School Lottery – tickets cost just £1 a week. To play, go to: www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/almond-hill

Textiles Collection – Also if anyone is having a clear out, if you contact Textiles AMD and mention Almond Hill they will collect your unwanted clothes and donate the money to Friends of Almond Hill. 

To arrange a collection or to find out more information please contact Textilesamd@gmail.com or 07551418109 and don’t forget to mention us!

Christmas 2021

The Present Room raised £813.09
The Raffle raised £532.50
The Sweet Jars raised £101.31
The 'Design a Christmas Card' raised £303.14 

A big thank you to everyone who supported these events!  

Halloween 2021

The Halloween sweet jars raised £213.10 - thank you!

October 2021

Newsletter - September 2021

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

5th October 5pm               Next FOAH Remote Meeting
please e-mail the school office to get login details if you can make it: admin@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

6th October AM                 Bag2School Collection

8th October                         Christmas Card Design Sheets to be handed to class teachers

W/C 18th Oct                      Halloween Treat (not trick) Jars
 
One jar for each class. 50p a guess. Starts 18th October. Winner from each class gets to take the jar home in time for October half term!

December                           Christmas Gift Room

Dates (TBC)                         Christmas Treat Jars

NEWS & UPDATES:

  • Annette, our FOAH treasurer is stepping down in December after many years of helping, so thank you, Annette!  
  • If you would be interested in helping your child’s school raise much needed funds and would be interested in joining the FOAH as the new treasurer, please do let us know - foah@almondhill.herts.sch.uk.

School Lottery – Please see attached flyer and easy link to buy tickets.  This month there is a chance to win a great Harry Potter bundle including family theatre tickets so if you are a Harry Potter fan and haven’t yet joined the lottery, this could be the month you sign up!

  • Reminder of ways to help raise funds for FOAH from the comfort of your own home:

Amazon Smile – to help raise funds for the school we have registered Friends of Almond Hill on Amazon Smile. It costs you nothing but once registered, for every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the value is paid to Friends of Almond Hill. It’s quick and easy to register and a great way to raise funds.

Textiles Collection – Also if anyone is having a clear out, if you contact Textiles AMD and mention Almond Hill they will collect your unwanted clothes and donate the money to Friends of Almond Hill. If you miss the collection on 6th, please use this to help us boost funds.  To arrange a collection or to find out more information please contact textilesamd@gmail.com or 07551418109 and don’t forget to mention us!

We have some great ideas for events for the children, which they have voted on, but we can’t run them on our own. We need more volunteers. You don’t have to commit to an official role, we just need to make the committee bigger with more options for helpers. We simply cannot run the events for the children without you. Without these events we won’t raise much needed funds which will directly impact your children’s experiences at school.

If you wish to contact the committee for any reason, we can be contacted at: foah@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

Thank you from the FOAH Committee - Julia, Adrienne, Annette & Clair

 

Spring/Summer 2021

Summer Newsletter 

Thanks to your support and a significant amount of matched funding from one of our parent helpers, we raised an amazing £4,800 during the 2020/21 school year from events including film nights, gift rooms, Bags2School, Christmas cards/gifts, Guess the Chocolate jars, Ice cream Fridays and the Big PTA Summer Raffle.

With remaining monies in the account and the great funds that have been raised this year we have been able to provide money to the school for the following key items:

Item

Amount

New Interactive Whiteboard for Oak House

£2,216.00

Year 6 Leavers' Book

£580.00

Year 6 Hoodies

£750.00

Cultural Capital – (School activity funds if required)

£1,000.00

Indoor & outdoor play equipment

£800.00

Total:

£5,346.00

As you can see, without these events and without FOAH, the school would not have been able to buy such important things for our children to benefit from.

Reminder of ways to help raise funds for FOAH from home:

Amazon Smile – to help raise funds for the school we have registered Friends of Almond Hill on Amazon Smile. It costs you nothing but once registered, for every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the value is paid to Friends of Almond Hill. It’s quick and easy to register and a great way to raise funds.

Textiles Collection – Also if anyone is having a clear out, if you contact Textiles AMD and mention Almond Hill they will collect your unwanted clothes and donate the money to Friends of Almond Hill. 

To arrange a collection or to find out more information please contact Textilesamd@gmail.com or 07551418109 and don’t forget to mention us!

School Lottery – we have set up the Friends of Almond Hill school lottery where someone from our school will win each week and everyone has the extra chance of winning the jackpot, £25,000. Tickets are from just £1 a week. Keep your eyes peeled for separate comms from the school on how to register!

Indoor and Outdoor Play Equipment for Break Times - The school feel they desperately need some new indoor and Outdoor Play Equipment. As well as FOAH donating money for them to purchase any, if you have anything you no longer need, any donations can be taken to school in September.

September                        

Next FOAH Remote Meeting – 7th September 4pm – please e-mail the school office for login details if you can make it, everyone welcome: admin@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

We look forward to more fund raising from September but VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FOR SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO RUN AND TO MAKE EVENTS HAPPEN! Even if you can only help to plan or help out at one event, that would be really helpful.

If you wish to contact the committee for any reason, we can be contacted at:  foah@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

Best wishes for a happy and healthy summer break,

Julia, Clair, Adrienne and Annette – FOAH Committee

July 2021

FOAH Ice Cream Fridays 

Friday 18th June - cancelled due to poor weather.
Friday 2nd July - £155.40 raised.
Friday 9th July - £145.10 raised
Friday 16th July - cancelled

Father's Day Present Room

We raised £371 from the Father's Day present room - thank you!
 

Supporting the Year 6 Leavers

FOAH would like the Year 6 children to leave with something special to remember the final part of their primary school journey. We will be funding a leavers’ book for each child in year 6. The book will be full of memories and messages from their teachers and some photos. 

FOAH also agreed too pay for either a hoodie for each child in year 6 or a school disco. Children were asked which they would prefer, and they decided they would rather have a hoodie. Please look out for further information regarding how to place orders.
April 2021

Film Nights - May 2021

A bg thank you to the FOAH for organising the move nights - the children thoroughly enjoyed them and we raised £691!

Easter Jars

With your help, FOAH raised £158 - thank you!

Newsletter - March 2021

March
Easter Chocolate Jars – One jar for each class. 50p a guess. Starts 15th March. Winner from each class gets to take the jar home in time for the Easter holidays!

April
Next FOAH Remote Meeting – 13th April 4pm – please e-mail the school office to get login details if you can make it: admin@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

May
Movie Nights – £5 per child – includes popcorn, drink and sweets. 
May 4th - Year 3
May 11th - Year 4
May 18th - Year 5
May 25th - Year 6

June
Father’s Day Gift Room
June 8 th - Years 3-4
June 9 th - Years 5-6

June / July
Ice-cream Fridays – if the weather is nice, ice-creams to be on sale at the end of the school day on June 18th , July 2nd, 9th and 16th .

July
Family Walk Event – likely to be on Saturday 3rd July and details TBC nearer the time.
Summer Fair – Date TBC but likely to be Friday 16th or Saturday 17th July.

Please note all events are subject to government guidelines and restrictions regarding Covid.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE THESE EVENTS HAPPEN! Even if you can help to plan or help out at one event that would be really helpful.

If you wish to contact the committee for any reason, we can be contacted at: foah@almondhill.herts.sch.uk

Funds needed: FOAH are aiming to raise £3,000 for a new interactive whiteboard for Oak House. Oak House have 7 interactive whiteboards which are in need of replacement and cost £3,000 each. We are aiming to raise funds to purchase the first one.

Reminder of ways to help raise funds for FOAH from the comfort of your own home:

Amazon Smile – to help raise funds for the school we have registered Friends of Almond Hill on Amazon Smile. It costs you nothing but once registered, for every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the value is paid to Friends of Almond Hill. It’s quick and easy to register and a great way to raise funds.

Textiles Collection – Also if anyone is having a clear out, if you contact Textiles AMD and mention Almond Hill they will collect your unwanted clothes and donate the money to Friends of Almond Hill. To arrange a collection or to find out more information please contact Textilesamd@gmail.com or 07551418109 and don’t forget to mention us!

Television for the School – good news – FOAH found a suitable television for the school which has now been delivered.

 

Volunteers Urgently Needed... 

We can’t do these events without your help so please do let the school office know if you can offer any help or donations at all - thank you.