Newsletter 12th November 2021

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Newsletter 12th November 2021

Friday, 12 November 2021

Hello

I hope everyone is doing ok? We had our last zoom star of the week assembly this morning, which was as ever, lovely! I have sent parent mails out to all our families of children who received a certificate this morning so hopefully these have dropped in your inboxes! Next week we are going to ‘in person’ whole school assemblies. Monday will be an assembly with myself, Tuesday Miss Ditta, Wednesday Miss Houldsworth, Thursday will be singing assembly in classes and Friday will be star of the week assembly in the hall (with our lovely Reception class children).

Poppy Appeal

Thank you so much for your generosity with this – the collection tin is full and this will be collected early next week. We do apologise if your child was unable to get one of the snap bands/bracelets or key rings – they went very fast and Mrs Ward did call the Royal British Legion to see if we could get some more but apparently there were no more to be had anywhere in the country.

Anti-Bullying Week and Children in Need

Next week sees the launch of Anti-bullying week and we will be doing lots of activities linked to this through our whole school assemblies.

We are also asking children to wear odd socks on Friday to support Anti-bullying week and Children in Need. If children want to contribute to this then they can bring a donation in on Friday and all money raised will go to Children in Need.

CHRISTMAS

Lunch:

The Christmas lunch will be on Wednesday 15th December and payment and ordering options for this will go on to ParentMail in early December.


Class performances:

Each class will be putting on a small performance of either a song/poem or something else which parents will be invited in to come and watch. These will take place week commencing 13th December and timings will be sent out a bit nearer the time.


Class parties:

Again these will take place on Thursday 16th December and each class will have some time in the hall for some games and music. Class teachers will send out information in the run up to this about food etc.


Winter Fair:

This is taking place on Saturday 11th December and there will be lots of fun activities, stalls and food available. More information to follow in the coming weeks! As stated previously please do get in touch with Ursula Philpot (uphilpot@hotmail.com) or Joel Gellard (joelgellard@yahoo.co.uk) as the PTA and school could do with as much help as possible to make this a real success. The money that PTA raise goes directly back into the school and benefits all of our children.


Attendance and punctuality:

 

It continues to be vitally important for your child/ren to attend school if they are well. If your child is not well enough to be in school then you must either phone the school office or send an email letting us know their name, class and the reason for their absence. If we don’t hear from parents, then we may undertake a home visit to ensure that everything is ok. Absence will be unauthorised if there is no contact made or reason given. When children tip below 90% attendance this can start to severely impact on the progress that they make at school. We do understand and appreciate that at times this is unavoidable (particularly over the last 18 months) but if we have concerns about a child’s attendance then this will be raised with the family and in some circumstances referred to our Attendance and Welfare Panel that is run by the attendance team at Leeds City Council.


This is also the same with punctuality. School starts promptly at 9.00am and when children are late to class, they are missing important learning and inputs. Many children also find it uncomfortable having to walk into a classroom late. Class doors will be closed just after 9.00am to ensure that further disturbance isn’t made to the children in class. If you arrive after this time you will need to take your child/ren to the office and sign them in. Each term we will generate a minutes late report and these will be sent out to families as a few minutes a day can add up to a lot of lost learning over time. Again, we understand that at times it is unavoidable but we would always encourage punctuality to school.


School milk

 

If your child has daily school milk, please visit the ParentMail shop to purchase for this half term. Please note that the cost per term has now increased to £10. This can either be paid termly or you can pay £30 for the year.


Upcoming Diary Dates:

 

Thursday 18th November Years 4, 5 and 6 are going to the cinema to see Abominable which is an absolutely gorgeous film and I’m sure they’ll have a fabulous time!

Year 2 are also having a visitor to teach them all about the Great Fire of London (Thursday 18th November in the afternoon) which is always very informative and lots of fun!


Friday 19th November – Year 6 are visiting Lotherton Hall for the day.


Friday 19th November – whole school flu immunisations (Year 6 are having theirs next week due to their trip).


We break up for the Christmas holidays on Friday 17th December and return to school on Wednesday 5th January (Monday 3rd is bank holiday and Tuesday 4th is staff training day).


I think that’s it for this week. As ever many thanks for your ongoing support – it is very appreciated by myself and the rest of the staff!


Take care and I hope you all manage to have a lovely weekend,


Sarah xxx


 


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