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saintfranksdisco Fri 24-Jun-11 17:22:07

Got home today and dd aged 6 in y1 had a letter in her bag from Ht (it's one of them standard tick box ones so not personalised as such) saying 'dd did not take part in pe today as she had forgotten her plimsols. Please ensure child has correct pe kit blah blah. I sent her kit back with plimsols all with her name on after half term and they keep them on their pegs until the end of term. So she hasn't forgotten them more like lost them in school. They only wear them for PE so I'm sure they're stuck in someone elses bag. She lost her fleece before half term and I've been in to check the lost property a couple of times but unsuprisingly it's not appeared. She's got her sports day next week so I've got to fart around trying to get her a new pair or she can't take part and I just know every damn shop will have every size but hers. I'm so tempted to ask to go in after school on Monday and check every PE bag. I also want to ask if they could get all the children to check the names in their fleeces as someone is walking around in her fleece. I've told her how important it is to look after her stuff but she just shrugs her shoulders grrrrrrrrrr. I know teachers have better things to do then sort out the kids stuff but sending letters home like this doesn't help when they know full well the item has been lost.

carocaro Fri 24-Jun-11 17:25:31

Go in and look first and ask, then write a note.

The letter does seem at bit OTT, have they got nothing better to do?

Lost/forgotten plimsols, how terrible, offer with her head!

M0naLisa Fri 24-Jun-11 19:40:16

I would be complaining to the school.

I got a letter yesterday from the eye team who go to schools saying that DS1 didnt have his eyes testing because a consent form hadn't being signed.

I rang the number on the letter to ask if they sent it out or if DS' school sent it and she said the school send them out.

So i told her that i never received on in the first place and was told in january that children wouldnt be getting their eyes tested so was to take them to the opticians which we did that week we was told.

nickschick Fri 24-Jun-11 19:48:58

Oh I remember these days ......what I ended up doing was going through every classes lost property -returning items that were named to the namees and then displaying the unnamed stuff for parents to come and 'claim' the rest I washed and they were sold at the school fete (a few found their way to children whose uniforms needed updating as obviously a lot of the stuff in year 6 belonged to children whod left the school completely.

Words of wisdom ......on the back of sweater/cardigans and fleeces sew a running stitch of a contrasting thread so that you can immediately spot your childs top.

Plimsolls use bleach as a last resort but I used those funky bubble fabric pens to write their name on the outside of the plimsoll -plain enough for everyone to see.

Jonnyfan Fri 24-Jun-11 20:05:26

I don't see anything wrong with the letter. Teachers could end up spending hours looking for items lost by careless children.

candr Fri 24-Jun-11 20:22:44

We do spend ages sorting kit and uniform etc and looking for it around school but if a parent asks me nicely I make extra effort. What I can't stand is parents blaming me or sending curt notes telling me to look for it. I also do a kit / uniform check every now and again as things do end up in wrong bags. I keep spare kit etc in my cupboard so kids do not have to miss lessons and they give me their jumper in return, we swap back after lesson so I remember who borrowed kit to return it. We LOVE clearly labelled stuff.

cat64 Fri 24-Jun-11 20:28:48

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TheOriginalFAB Fri 24-Jun-11 20:31:10

YABU. It isn't the HT fault your dd can't put her clothes back in her own PE bag.

RustyBear Fri 24-Jun-11 20:57:10

Do you know how many items go missing every week at a school? If the school checked labels every time they'd never get anything else done. We've done it occasionally at the school I work at, usually by a new teacher who hasn't realised yet that it rarely has any result I don't think I remember the item in question ever being found

MayDayChild Fri 24-Jun-11 21:12:15

Should I name socks? How do you name socks?
I've done every thing else ready for sept (PFB)

TheOriginalFAB Fri 24-Jun-11 21:13:52

I only label socks in the infants. I iron on the name labels along the inside top on the sock but most have a white band to write the name in if you wish.

RustyBear Fri 24-Jun-11 21:16:17

If you really feel the need to mark socks, a Sharpie pen across the sole is pretty effective, but tbh kids don't usually read socks....

cat64 Fri 24-Jun-11 21:17:04

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Thinking11 Fri 24-Jun-11 21:20:47

Sometimes I wish I could invite the parents that send in regular letters telling me to find their child's lost kit into school. You know the type of parent, no their name isn't in their cardigan but the fourth button in slightly chipped and I know their trainers because the laces are slightly frayed on the the left foot!

I wish I could ask them to swap with me one PE afternoon when my unit of 52 4 and 5 year olds are getting changed for PE. They would label the kit and teach their kids to get changed then!

RustyBear Fri 24-Jun-11 21:20:59

They take them off for swimming cat64! And some schools do indoor pe in bare feet.

Amaretti Fri 24-Jun-11 21:22:26

Plimsolls are £3. Just go and buy a pair and stop moaning. All the shops have them at themo, it's peak time.

cat64 Fri 24-Jun-11 21:23:47

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TheOriginalFAB Fri 24-Jun-11 21:27:22

They take socks of for PE and not everyone can buy £3 plimsols.

RustyBear Fri 24-Jun-11 21:29:22

The junior school I work at has its own pool and the infants use it - they swim from reception upwards. Also it's open after school for them to swim with parents - it's amazing what gets left behind then...

dealer Fri 24-Jun-11 21:30:12

I was very cross when dd1 managed to miss a half a term of PE, and they took till the end of the term to tell me. Turns out they'd asked each lesson if she had plimsols, she said no and so sat out each time. The reason she said no was because she had trainers, not plimsols. I can't believe they took 7 weeks to tell me, so I could find out it was her literalness causing her problems again. I was in daily contact with the teacher due to needing extra help but not once did anyone mention she wasn't doing PE.

Amaretti Fri 24-Jun-11 21:35:53

Not everyone, no. But most people. And I'm sure if the OP were totally Brassic she'd have mentioned it.

Thinking11 Fri 24-Jun-11 21:37:32

Why do parents leave their PE kits at school for months? If you took it home each or every other week you'd know what was missing and if plimsols still fit!!!

budgieshell Fri 24-Jun-11 21:41:11

Ah I remember the days of lovely uniforms with names in. Now I'm just happy if they come home with some of their own clothes. Most of the time it's no cardigan, no coat or some body else's clothes. Now we say it will turn up and it usually does, longest was six months. It is normaly other parents who haven't noticed their ironing someone elses clothes. By year 6 their in rags anyway.

TheOriginalFAB Fri 24-Jun-11 21:41:15

Amaretti hmm. I meant as in some children have non average shaped feet and need specialist plimsols.

saintfranksdisco Fri 24-Jun-11 21:47:33

It's not the £3 quid I'm bothered about and I don't expect the teachers to spend their time looking for my kids lost items. What peed me off was why didn't the letter just say 'Your dd has lost her plimsols at school. Please come in and find them.' instead of pretending they're at home somewhere.

Thinking, we get no choice they have to be left there at school and are sent home at the end of each term. It's quite hilarious come sports day seeing the state they're all in wearing filthy scrunched up clothes!

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