Message from Mrs. Castell
Well, I think that might be the end of the lovely weather we have experienced! A vital element of our risk assessment is keeping all enclosed spaces well ventilated, so classroom windows will remain open even in cold weather. We recommend that the children layer up to stay warm, for example with base layers, sweatshirts, fleeces or coats. Thank you again for your cooperation with our necessary arrangements. Just a couple of reminders:
- Please do not sit at the picnic tables - we have to sanitise everything that is touched before the children use them.
- Please leave the playground quickly after drop off and pick up and, unless you are collecting from multiple year groups, please do not arrive until very near your time.
- Please keep your children with you and do not let them run around - I do feel mean saying this, but we have to maintain social distancing and keep other adults 2 metres from children other than their own.
I want to thank Liz Morris for donating a wonderful custom-made trolley (pictured) to store books to support children's well-being. I showed our Smile Box to the children this morning in our virtual assembly. It will be shared between classrooms (with appropriate cleaning and quarantining in between uses). I am meeting with WISPA to discuss how we can continue to fundraise in these tricky times. You will see at the bottom or side of this newsletter that there are 3 ways you can continue to support us at no extra cost to you - through your Co-op membership card, Easyfundraising when shopping online and My Nametags if you need to label belongings.
I have had a couple of queries about Parents Evening. As you will be aware, we are not able to welcome parents into school, but teachers will call you during the week commencing 19th October. You will be able to book a time slot for your phone call - further information will be sent home via ParentMail soon.
Today would have been our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning, an event that we always love to host in school. Sadly we are unable to run it this year, but if you would like to donate £5 to this very special cause you can text CUPCAKE to 70550 or donate to Macmillan online using the dedicated fundraising page we would have had for our coffee morning.
We are looking at how we can share more school events remotely with parents, starting with our Harvest Festival, so please watch this space. Celebration assemblies take place virtually on Friday mornings and awards are sent home via ParentMail. Shooting Stars returned this week and are celebrated below. While children cannot bring in trophies etc. to school, you are very welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your child’s achievements outside of school and I will mention them in assembly.
Next Friday we will trial delivering hot school meals to the classroom. Thank you to the many of you who have selected fish and chips that day. If the trial is successful, we will proceed with offering hot lunches from the following Monday. For this reason there are 2 options for each day in the lunch menu sent home via ParentMail today. Please order both a hot and cold option, so that we know what your child would like to eat. We'll let you know which menu is running next week.
Individual school photos will be taken by Kittle Photographic on the morning of Tuesday 6th October. Unfortunately we are not able to offer sibling photos this year, as this would involve mixing staff from different bubbles.
Finally, you will have seen the letter from the Department for Education this week to all parents. Please ensure you refer to it when deciding whether or not you need to isolate or test - we know it can be tricky to make that decision, but the NHS Covid symptoms list and the BBC video we sent home this week also offer a useful guide. Do call the school office if you are in any doubt.
Have a wonderful weekend.