OSCA, August 2015 Newsletter

August 26, 2015

OSCA Newsletter,
August 2015

Topic
The children have chosen video games as their favourite past time and we have decided to do this as our first topic. We will be designing controllers, making Xbox biscuits and having a video game quiz.

Snack
M.A.P follow the setting the table guidelines and have updated our snack lists. Some of the children have been busy designing our snack menus. These colourful menus are on our information board for you to view along with the planned activities and children’s evaluations.

School Holidays
During the summer holidays we ventured out to some exciting places. Here are some of the children’s comments –
Gymnastic trip
“It was good because we got to try rolling. I liked the bus.” William
Bowling Trip
“I liked the bowling because Alex got us a strike. He was in my team.” Maisie-Leigh
Piggy Bank painting
“I loved making the piggy bank because I like art.” Sapphire
Drumlanrig Castle
“I liked the big slide at the adventure playground because it was really high.” Alex
We are making a start on our October programme using children’s suggestions. The programme will be available after we receive some input and suggestions from parent/carers.

Recycling
MAP participates in the Rag Bag textile recycling scheme which provides regular fundraising for the nursery and raises awareness about recycling. Please bring any of the below unwanted items in a securely tied plastic bag to our outdoor textile bank on site. Rag Bag can accept good quality clean Men’s, Ladies and Children’s clothing, belts, bags and paired shoes (tied together). The bags will be collected when the bank is full and transported to the Rag Bag factory where they will be sorted and graded for reuse or recycling.
We also have recycling bins for paper, general waste and food. These bins are for MAP use only and we pay for these as part of our waste collection.

Gardening
Thanks to the Community Payback Team our front garden has been tidied over the course of two weekends. All the weeds were removed and the bushes trimmed back.
OSCA children have made a start on tidying Christopher’s Garden this week as it was getting a bit overgrown. Any volunteers willing to help with the garden, please speak to Cilla or Shona, all help would be appreciated.

Directors
MAP is run by a voluntary board of Directors (parents of service users). We are currently looking for more directors to join the board. Parent/carers will have the chance to find out more about the running of the facility, help with decision making and overseeing the running of MAP. Being a registered charity we cannot legally run without a Committee and a full Committee with a “skill mix” would benefit our organisation. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors, please speak to Cilla or Shona.
Please see the leaflet attached for more information.

New Website
Here’s a sneak preview of our new website. We are currently amending and adding information to the site. We would like to know what information parent/carers would like to see on the site. Also what you might like to use the site for, e.g. holiday requests etc.
We have a space on our noticeboard in the front foyer for parent/carers to add their ideas and suggestions to.
All ideas are welcomed.

We look forward to working with you all over the next year.
OSCA Staff Team

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