Download: No 7 October 16th

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for your donations towards our Wear Yellow Mental Health campaign last week. The school raised £273.

Google Chrome Books
Children in Upper Key Stage 2 are getting to grips with the new Chrome books that we have recently purchased. They are using them to access Google Classroom and hopefully you have had an opportunity to view this at home during their home learning. Lower Key Stage 2 are also in the process of learning how Google Classroom works and after half term will be starting to use this on line platform for their home learning too.
We have put an order in for 30 more devices and our aim is to have at least one trolley of 30 for each team.
They would also make good Christmas presents for young people!

Book Fair
You were sent a flyer and a catalogue for our annual book fair this week. Please follow the instructions if you would like to purchase a book for your child. Normally our book fairs are very well attended and the school makes a good profit of over £600 commission from sales. It is all very different this year but if you are able to support this fund raiser then that would be very much appreciated.

Parent Evenings
Each teacher will be sending out a Zoom link for parent/teacher meetings this week. Please follow the instructions carefully and check that your machine has phone and video activated and that you can log on before your allotted time. Teachers will be sticking to the 10 minutes appointment and will not be able to overrun if a parent misses their slot.

Residential Trips
Year 6: Sadly this trip has been cancelled but we have managed to arrange 3 day outward bound programme locally for children which is just in the process of being confirmed. I will send details out next week.
Year 6 Sept 2021. I have attached a letter about this planned residential trip to Year 5 parents. We are working on the basis that this will go ahead as planned and want to give parents the same amount of time to pay as we normally would. If the trip is cancelled because of Covid-19 a full refund will be offered.
Years 3 and 4: Wilderness 2021. We are still waiting to hear whether this trip can go ahead as the guidance has not yet changed. Wilderness are planning for our arrival and I will send a letter next week working on the basis that it will go ahead. All money will be reimbursed if it is cancelled.

Poppy Appeal
This year’s poppy appeal will be on line. We will not be selling poppies in school but anyone wishing to donate should do so following this advice:
https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/…/teaching-remembrance

One suggestion has been that children draw their own poppies and put them in the windows in the same way as they did the NHS rainbows.

Outdoor PE
We have been pretty fortunate so far this term in that the weather has been mostly kind to us. As we are unable to do indoor PE at present it is important that children have PE outdoors twice a week. Suitable clothing with a water proof coat or jacket is highly recommended as we will go out if it is light rain or drizzle.

Warm Clothing
As we are required to ventilate classroom during the day and windows and doors are open, we have turned the central heating on slightly earlier than we would normally. But the weather is going to get colder and we will have to make a decision between reasonable comfort and reasonable ventilation. Children may need to wear warmer clothing than they would ordinarily wear and this can be worn under uniforms.

School Lunch
I am pleased to say that the long awaited hot dinners will return next week. We have been able to accommodate Key Stage 1 successfully in the hall this week and they will be seated at the same table next to the same people every day, as will Early Years. Key Stage 2 will have lunches delivered to classrooms.
The menu is now available on the website. Please note Jacket Potatoes can be ordered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (not Wednesdays as this is roast dinner day)

Attachments
Via Parent Mail
Instagram Flyer
Break the Rules Flyer

Via Pupil Post
Year 5 Residential Letter

Next Week
Year 6 IMPS programme – trainers will be visiting the school as we are unable to go to the hospital.

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer