5 February Newsletter

February 22, 2021by 22CenturyDesign
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Dear Parents/Carers, Last week, I listened as the Prime Minister informed the nation that schools will remain closed until at least the 8th March.  As that news was announced, it was hard not to feel disappointed as the hope of this being over soon, seems to now be even further away. After speaking to a...

Dear Parents/Carers,

Last week, I listened as the Prime Minister informed the nation that schools will remain closed until at least the 8th March.  As that news was announced, it was hard not to feel disappointed as the hope of this being over soon, seems to now be even further away.

After speaking to a couple of parents this week, I have listened as they have spoken of feeling overwhelmed by it all and the pressure of home learning expectations.  Like you, we all have families too, so we understand the struggle – we really do.  All I can do is reassure you that you are doing an amazing job.

Please know that there is an expectation that school provides you with the same home learning that we do in school, but we understand that you can only do your best and your best is good enough.

The most important thing is that we continue to ensure children are happy.  What matters most is that they are loved, cared for and listened to.  So, if you are having a bad day and you are struggling to engage them, do something different.  Go for a walk, get some fresh air, play a game, snuggle on the sofa, watch a film, build a den or do whatever will make them, or you, happy.  Also, do not feel guilty that you haven’t been able to complete all the home learning – tomorrow is a new day.

A questionnaire went out yesterday about how we can support you further during these difficult times because your feedback is crucial.  Please know we are listening, and we will do everything in our power to help.

As difficult as things are at the moment for everybody, we are all trying to stay as upbeat as possible.  Walking through the corridors, I get to see smiling faces and sounds of laughter coming from every classroom.  Not only from children who are in school, but also those who are attending virtually.  Even though we can’t be together at the moment, there is still a real feel of community.  This couldn’t have been achieved without our wonderful staff in school and all of you at home, so I would like to say thank you!

Mr. C. M. Thornton
Head Teacher

Mrs. Hiatt’s Book Choice

My favourite stories as a child were the Famous Five Adventures.  They were about 4 children and a dog called Timmy who always got into mischief.

I loved to sit in my garden and imagine I was the sixth member and wished I had been half as adventurous as Georgina, better known as George!

Face Coverings

May we remind parents/carers that face coverings are to be worn whilst on school premises.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Self-Isolation

We would like to remind you of the importance of keeping your child at home if someone in your household, or a close contact, has Covid symptoms and needs to go for a test.  Your child, and the household, must self-isolate until the results come back negative.  If someone in the household is unwell and is being tested, or maybe sent home from work for testing, please call the school to inform us and then collect your child immediately.

Your child can return to school once the test result comes back negative.

A frequently asked question is ‘What happens if someone self-isolating as a close contact then develops symptoms?’

  • If anyone isolating develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should book a test immediately.
  • They should inform the school they have symptoms, are being tested and of any test result as soon as they receive them.
  • All other household members must now isolate and not leave home until the result of the test.

If your child’s class is closed due to a positive COVID-19 test result within the class, and your child goes for a test which comes back positive, please still let the school know as soon as the results are received.

Family Information Service Newsletter

A copy of the latest newsletter from the Family Information Service can be accessed here. The newsletter contains lots of useful information on a range of subjects which may be of use to you.

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity

The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity has been granted a sum of money by National Lottery Awards for All so that they can offer free placed on their HELP Parents Course for lower-income families.  The courses help parents of children with dyslexia to support them at home with reading, spelling, maths and study skills.

There are 6 online 1.5 hour sessions with support slides and recordings available if the parent cannot attend live.  This is especially helpful while lots of children are doing their lessons at home.

If you feel you may benefit from a free place on this course please go to: helenarkell.org.uk/news for details.

Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo are pleading for support as their charitable aims have been failed by the Government’s £100million Zoo Fund.

If you are able to make a donation to help feed the animals please google Twycross Zoo donations – every donation makes a difference.

Dates for Your Diary

 

Please note change of date for Year 5 visit to Castleton YHA and Year 6 visit to Manor Adventure.