Newsletter 26th November 2021

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Newsletter 26th November 2021

Friday, 26 November 2021

Hello

I hope that everyone is well on this very changeable day of weather! It’s been gloriously sunny here one minute and then dark skies and pouring with rain the next – definitely feels like winter is just around the corner.

ATTENDANCE:

As we are operating more normally, I am going to start sharing our weekly attendance for each class and will also reintroduce Attendance Ted. This is a teddy that the class with the highest attendance gets to keep with them for the week (it has always proved very popular with the children prior to lockdowns!)

Reception – 84.87%

Year 1 – 86.88%

Year 2 – 98.26%

Year 3 – 91.33%

Year 4 – 88.75%

Year 5 – 92.5%

Year 6 – 88.85%

Whole school – 90.39%

The school target for weekly attendance is 96.5% (national is 96.1%). We are currently way below this and I do understand that it is the time of year when bugs and germs are everywhere combined with the ongoing challenges of Covid 19. However, I cannot stress enough the importance of attending school if your child is well enough. If they have a mild cold then they need to be in school. We monitor attendance very closely at school and when children dip below 90% attendance the family will receive a letter from school notifying them of this. If attendance continues to be a concern then referrals to the Attendance and Welfare Panel (run by the attendance team at Leeds City Council) may be made and further steps taken.

PUNCTUALITY:

Since the start of term there have been 669 minutes of late arrivals to school. This equates to a massive 11.15 hours of lost learning since we have started back to school in September. Being at school on time is so important for all our children. The doors will close just after 9.00am to ensure that disruption isn’t caused to the learning and registers that are already taking place in class. We will be sending out minutes late reports to families where children are consistently late to school. Consistent lateness can also result in a referral to the Attendance and Welfare Panel. We fully understand and appreciate that there are times when this can’t be helped but again, we cannot stress enough the importance of arriving to school on time so that your child/ren is ready to learn at the same time as their peers.

HOME PACKED LUNCHES:

Please don’t send in squash or juice in water bottles. It is water only at lunch time. We always encourage a healthy and balanced packed lunch for all our children as this helps with the learning and alertness in the afternoon. For further information about what constitutes as a healthy packed lunch and for additional ideas please have a look at the following website:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes

JEWELLERY:

There are still a number of children wearing jewellery in school. This is not allowed. Children may wear a watch (not a smart watch) and stud earrings only. Please ensure that your child/ren doesn’t wear hoop earrings (as this is a health and safety hazard at school), rings, bracelets or necklaces as these are not part of what is permitted to be worn at Spring Bank. Footwear is also really important at this time of year. Please make sure that shoes are suitable for school (no heels) and are sturdy enough for them to run around in and not slip off.

WINTER FAIR:

Please do refer to the emails that I have sent out from the PTA about this as there is still lots of help and donations needed. They are currently looking for:

Lucky Jars; these are jars filled with sweets/toys/small items to the value of £1. Children will then get a chance to win them on the day! The more the merrier as these are always a popular item. Please bring filled jars to the office (these are always very popular and a great seller!)

Tombola; please can people bring in a donation for this. It can be new or used. Anything consumable is always a winner, from toiletries/drinks/food – again please bring into the office so we can store it for the PTA.

Raffle: are there any parents out there with businesses who would be willing to donate prizes for the raffle? They will get a mention in the winter leaflet and will be sent a thank you letter from the children.

Second hand stall; donations welcome; ideally toys and books, rather than bric-a-brac or clothing as this doesn’t tend to sell – although if there are any donations for pre-loved Christmas jumpers or festive themed clothes, these would be welcome

Cakes and bakes; anyone wishing to bake some treats for the fair are most welcome. These are not required until w/c 6th December but worth mentioning, to give all you avid bakers time to prepare. And for those partial to a competition, we will be deciding on the day which 3x entries are worthy of a prize!

Trade stalls; would anyone like to run a stall this year? If anyone is interested in selling some festive items? Remember, it’s a school fair, so high priced items might not sell, so be mindful of this if you’re interested. Tables are £10 each for anyone wanting to sell items. Please let us know by Friday 26th if you’re wanting to have a stall.

Face painters/hair braiders/henna &/or temporary tattoos; are there any artistic parents out there who would be willing to lend a hand on the day? Ideally, we are looking for 2-4 people to help with face painting/hair braiding/temporary tattoos? Supplies will be provided.

Crafts; are there any crafty parents out there who would be willing to help with a themed crafts table? Happy to go with your suggestion on what to do – supplies will be provided.

Santa’s Elves; Santa will be with us on the day and we need a couple of volunteer elves to help him out. Costumes will be provided!

Volunteers; ideally, we are looking for 30-40 volunteers to help; on the day to help with setting up and clearing away, as well as helping out on stalls/activities. If you are interested, please do get in touch ASAP.

I think that’s it for this week. I hope you manage to have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.

Take care

Sarah xx

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