Another really good week in school and I’m looking forward to the Above and Beyond assembly via Teams this afternoon. So many children are doing so well with their learning and all deserve praise and encouragement for their efforts and achievements.
We have made an excellent start to this school year. All classes are in school and children are learning in all year group bubbles. There have not been any positive cases in school and not had to close a single year group. We want this to continue. To help achieve this we are making a few changes from Monday 12th October onwards.
We are making these changes due to the rising number of cases across the country and the introduction of widespread measures to suppress the spread of the virus. We must not ignore this context in which we find ourselves.
Class teachers will talk to the children and explain. Here are a few of the changes we are making:
classes/children will be kept more separate
at playtimes there will be less mixing
children will go to play with their own year group and not mix with other children
year group playtimes and lunchtimes will be staffed with staff who only work in those bubbles
Thank you to you all for helping us keep our children and staff safe.
We are arranging an open evening for mums and dads who wish to see the school and find out about applying for a place in Reception for September 2021. Open evening takes place on Wednesday 21st October . We can only invite five adults at one time and all times are on the school website. Using the information on the site, parents must book their time slot.
We are planning to hold meetings for you to find out how your child or children are doing in school. Please look out for dates on the school website.
School dinners or Packed Lunches
Please remind your child that if they are packed lunch they are packed lunch on Friday too!!! Also, if your child would like to change from packed lunch to school dinner you should inform us by Friday 23rd October to make the change after half-term. Once a decision is made children will be either school dinners or packed lunch until the Christmas break.
Children in Reception, Year One and Year two are entitled to free school dinners.
We do enjoy helping children to celebrate their birthdays. Please remember that they can wear their own clothes on their birthday. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions we cannot accept anything that is brought into school to hand out to other children. We are sorry but we must follow the guidance.
Black History month
To celebrate Black History Month as a school we are exploring the different cultures at Kender. Each class has selected a country to focus on and will be learning about aspects of these and doing activities that will help them to learn about the people and places, such as cooking and learning about a range of artists and their techniques. Please ask your child which country they are studying and if you can help them to gather information and any artefacts they can, to share with their class.
We will then be holding a celebration via zoom where classes will share what they have been learning. Date to be confirmed
Friday 16th October, Wear Red to school
Linked to Black History Month, Wear Red Day is a national day of action which encourages schools, businesses and individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help fund anti-racism education for young people and adults across the UK. Children can bring a £1 and wear their own red clothes all day next Friday; there will; be posters around the school advertising this event.
Thursday 22nd October, Reception to Year 6 Flu Vaccination.
A friendly reminder that the school nurses will be in school on 22nd October to deliver the flu vaccination for children in Reception to Year 6. If you still have a form please bring to school by the end of the day on Friday 16th October.
Gate duties for next week:
Main entrance: Ms Jeffery and Ms Gilday
Faulkner street; Mrs Ellison
Briant street: Mr Vinnicombe and Ms Luxmoore
Kender street: Mr Barr
Can I remind you to call the school before 9am if your child will be absent. Calls need to be made daily, unless it is a long term illness, which will need a medical certificate.
As ever, thank you for your continued support!
Two more weeks to go before our half-term break, which runs from Monday 25th to Friday 29th October. School will re-open on Monday 2nd November.
Again there are some short videos on the school website. Please take time to view these. The remote learning for next week is now up on the school website. There is new learning for all classes and something for each day next week.