Please can I take this opportunity to again thank all those families at home who are doing such a brilliant job with home learning. I know this is not an easy time; you are trying to juggle work and family commitments with school learning. We are fully aware that this is taking up a huge amount of your time, especially due to the age of our pupils. It would be very hard for them to engage in tasks without your help and we are grateful for this. Staff members are also so appreciative of all the positive feedback which has been sent in; it means such a lot to them when they are working so hard.
Remember, we are trying to design lots of the tasks so they don’t need to be completed online – paper and pencil is perfect. Seesaw is our digital platform to share home learning with you but it doesn’t need to be completed online; just photograph the work and then send in for staff to see. All staff are trying their best to provide motivational comments and feedback although please bear with us; staff are teaching and then need to prepare home learning videos and resources. Inline with our policy, we will try to provide feedback to each child at least once a day. I have loved seeing the work and photographs of the children, they really make me smile!
It is also important everyone in the school community – teachers and parents – recognise this is not a normal time we are living in and clearly, we wish every child was at school. It is not possible to recreate the school environment at home so please do not try. Keep going with little and often; if your child gets upset just pause and come back to it later. Your family’s wellbeing is the most important thing at this time. I would also encourage all children to join the live chat with their teacher at the end of every day; this gives them an opportunity to communicate with peers and staff.
Just to remind you all that, while Mrs Doonan, is on maternity leave you can contact Mrs Moore or Kate Jacobs with any queries regarding special education needs and we will do our best to help.
Mrs Doonan’s baby decided to make an appearance slightly earlier than planned: she had a beautiful baby girl called Emma, both mum and baby are doing well.
Please remember school closes for half term on Friday 12th February 2021 and reopens on Monday 22nd February. There is no childcare for vulnerable or key worker children during this week so please ensure, if you need to work, you have sourced alternative childcare. You are allowed to form one childcare bubble and childminders are still able to work during lockdown.
We will all be hoping the current school restrictions lift as soon as possible and every child can come back to school after half term but we have had no guidance on this yet. I will write to everyone when I know more.
Use of School Car Park
Please can I remind all parents that the rear car park of school cannot be used when dropping children off at breakfast clubs. The area is very busy at that time of day with a very narrow road into the site and lots of staff use the car park - it is therefore unsafe to allow parents to use this space as well.
You may use the car park if you are collecting children later from After School Club however please drive carefully since the area is quite dark and children may be getting into cars. Can I also remind you to park in designated bays and not in front of the footpath.
Drop In Virtual Coffee Morning
The Family Advice and Support Team have organised some online coffee mornings to offer support for parents/carers of children with additional needs. These are a wonderful support network and could be very helpful to many parents at this time.
Please get in touch with Shelagh on the details listed if you would like to take part.
Thank you to the parent who brought these to my attention.