Accelerated Reader Update – February 2017

Total Books Read (Aug 2016 – Feb 2017): 7, 552

Total Words Read (Aug 2016 – Feb 2017): 145,088,070

Top Five Favourite Books (voted by the pupils):

  1. The Midnight Gang, David Walliams
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, Jeff Kinney
  3. I’m Telling You, They’re Aliens! Jeremy Strong
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Jeff Kinney
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K.Rowling

Accelerated Reader – Home Connect

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Is your child taking part in Accelerated Reader? Did you know you can log on a website called Home Connect to see their reading results and progress? It’s very simple to do…

Click on the link above and simply enter your child’s username and password (all children should know this) and you will be able to:

  • review results on AR quizzes taken in school
  • view the number of books read, words read and quizzes passed
  • see a virtual bookshelf showing the books your child has read

You will also see a link to ‘E-Mail Setup’ at the top of the page that gives you the chance to sign up to receive an e-mail every time your child takes a quiz to share the results with you instantly! Over 80 parents have signed up to this for free 🙂


Do you have a book at home and would like to know if it’s on AR?

Do you have a book from home or the local library that you would like to read?  Go to the link below to see if it is on AR:

Type in the title of your book, e.g. ‘Matilda’ and search.  If it is there you will see the front cover of the book and information beside it. Look for the BL number – this is the Book Level.

Matilda is 5.0, so for someone who has a range of 4.1 – 6.0 this book would be at their level.

Please remember a book doesn’t always have to be within your level!  You can challenge yourself and try it independently, read it with someone or have someone read it to you.



Weekly Information 20 Feb 2017

Monday 20th February

In service Day School Closed to Pupils

P5A & P5E & ½ P5F going to York

Tuesday 21st February 2017

9-12.30 – Basketball tournament @ Meadowmill

P1 Health Checks Start today

Wednesday 22nd February

P5C & P5B & ½ P5F going to York

P5A & P5E & ½ P5F coming back from York

Horseriding Group

Sportshall finals @ Meadowmill

Seasons for growth

10 am – 12 noon P3 Football Festival at Hallhill

P1 Health Checks Continue

Thursday 23rd February

Nothing Yet

Friday 24th February

P5C P5E & ½ P5F back from York





Talent Show for Macy 25th February




Some important information:

There are a limited number of entry spaces and these will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Baking and Science entries are to be set-up between 1 and 2pm.

Stage entries will be allocated a time slot via email. If you prefer to be contacted by phone, please inform us.

The Stage Finals and Winners of the talent show will be announced at the Family Disco starting at 7pm.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 21st February 2017. 

 If you have any queries, please contact

Please return this form and entry fee(s) to the Family Disco to:

Talent Show for Macy’s Spine Surgery, 11 Steadings Crescent, Dunbar, EH42 1GR by Tuesday, 21st February 2017. If you wish the tickets to be posted to you, please provide a self addressed & stamped envelope with


Tickets for the finals and family disco are available at Knox Newsagents and The Store.

Talent Show for Macy Entry Form




respectme workshops in April

Dear Parents and Carers,

Due to the huge demand for the workshops in March a further date in April has now been made available.

respectme, the Scottish National Anti-bullying Service has offered to deliver 2 additional Parent Workshops in East Lothian.
The content will cover:
*   Distinguishing between what bullying behaviour is and what it is not
*   Exploring the latest research in Scotland on online bullying and face to face bullying
*   Identifying what parents can do to deal with bullying behaviour
*   Understanding what to do if your child is bullying someone else
*   Exploring how to help to create environments where bullying cannot flourish

These will take place on Wednesday 26th April 2017, 12.30-2.30pm at the Nungate&Haddington Community Centre and 6.30-8.30pm at Knox Academy in Haddington.
We can offer 40 places on each workshop so they will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
If interested please e-mail

Aidan and Corey (P6C), Running for Macy



Aidan and Corey (P6C), decided that they’d like to raise money for Macy, by running 7k this Friday. A significant distant for a pair of 10 year olds!

Macy’s operation has gone well but they still need more funds. Macy’s mum, Nicky Robertson said that was very kind of the boys, and the best way to donate is through her ‘Go Fund Me’ page.


**In the comments box, please add in ‘Running for Macy** 

Thank you

Aidan Page and Corey Campbell



Wannabe Wednesday!

There’s been a lot of excitement in school today!  We asked P1 – P7 pupils to dress up and show us what they would like to be when they’re older.  It’s been a fantastic day and we are so pleased with the number of children taking part!

Classes took part in lessons relating to the world of work and discussed skills they need now and in the future.

Thank you so much to parents, carers and grandparents that offered to come in and speak to their child’s class about their career.

Wannabe Wednesday Reminder

This was originally posted on 30th January 2017

Wednesday 8th February 2017 THIS IS FOR ALL PUPILS P1To P7

We would like pupils to come to school on this day dressed as the job they would like in the future.

Classes will be taking part in a range of activities to develop children’s awareness of skills for learning, life and work.

A group of pupils have come up with a list of DIY outfits to wear on Wannabe Wednesday! They hope it is helpful for any child unsure of what to wear…

Wear a white shirt, black trousers and an apron. Search ‘DIY chef hat’ online and you will find templates and ideas.

Wear a t-shirt with a large white shirt over the top (leave this open to look like a lab coat). Optional if you have them: rubber gloves, goggles, clipboard.

Sportsman / Sportswoman / Coach
Wear your team’s kit (Dunbar Colts, Dunbar Hockey etc) or wear clothes you would wear for physical activity, e.g. shorts, t-shirt, joggers.

Police Officer
White or blue shirt with black school trousers. Create your own badge from cardboard and use a safety pin to attach it (you can find lots of police badge templates online).

Entrepreneur / Teacher / Lawyer
Make a badge to show who you work for and attach it with a safety pin. Wear a shirt and tie / school trousers / blouse / suit jacket. Optional if you have it: briefcase.

Old t-shirt / shirt splashed with paint. Carry a paintbrush around!

Fashion Designer
Ask your family for different items of clothing and layer them all to make a unique look!

We look forward to seeing a variety of outfits on the day!

Weekly Information 06.02.2017

Sorry this is late this week. We are having technical issues at the school and keep losing our access to the internet. We have reported the issue and are awaiting a more reliable network.

Monday 6th February

Thinking Week @ DPS

P7 World of Work Week

All Day – P7 World of Work activities in Dance Studio

Tuesday 7th February

Nothing to report

Wednesday 8th February

Wannabe Wednesday’ WHOLE SCHOOL– focus on Skills for Learning, Life & Work. All children in P1 to P7 to come dressed as they what they want to work as when they grow up.

Thursday 9th February

9.00am Scottish Concert Assembly led by P2

11.00am – P2 Scottish concert for Parents/Grandparents JM Hall

Friday 10th February

AM – Swimming finals P6 & P7 Prestonpans

Break for Mid term Holiday.

Return Tuesday 21st February 2017