Visit to Church Reception and Year 1 Parents Please Read (21.09.2021)
Please see attached from Reception and Year 1 staff and complete as soon as possible.
Please see attached from Reception and Year 1 staff and complete as soon as possible.
As you may have noticed we have been missing a number of staff and indeed children this week who have been affected by illness and in the case of staff 2 positive cases of Covid-19. Please ensure you remain as vigilant as possible for symptoms and test your child where needed.
I have advised staff today that we need to step back up measures internally to include wearing face masks in central areas and maintaining the bubbles as much as possible over the next few weeks. Cleaning remains a high priority as does hand washing.
It is important that we all play our part and act responsibly throughout this Autumn and Winter so as to minimise the impact on access to education for the children, as well as to keep one another fit and well. It is wonderful that we no longer have to isolate large groups of children, however with confirmed cases there is inevitably still some impact on provision with staff absent and needing to be covered.
We had a PTFA AGM planned for this evening. This was meant to be face to face in school at 7pm. Given the current situation in school, this is not possible. This is for the protection of staff, children and of course the parents who planned to attend. Therefore the meeting will revert back to a virtual session for the safety or everyone.
The meeting will take place on Zoom at 7pm prompt. To access the meeting please use the link below. If possible please have your name on the screen (particularly if you are a new parent to school) so that we know who everyone is. We hope you can join us.
From Tuesday the school gates that access the playground will not be opened until 3.15pm as we have children out finishing PE and Forest School lessons until this time. Please do not arrive too early as you will not be able to get on to the playground.
Can I also ask that children in all year groups, as well as siblings (younger and older) refrain from riding bikes, scooters, balance bikes etc on the school playground as this area is so busy. We have had a number of near misses and do not want any of the visitors to our playground to be injured should a collision occur.
We are currently experiencing technical issues with accessing staff and pupil accounts on Spelling Shed, which is hosted by EdShed. We will keep you informed as and when this is resolved. You can continue to access spelling lists set by teachers as usual from this Friday via the St Nicholas Virtual Learning Platform on your child's year group page.
Thank you for your support.
Our Virtual Learning Platform can be accessed as always from here: https://stnicholas-virtual.weebly.com/
I want to bring to the attention of parents and families the following service:
https://www.staffsandstokewellbeing.nhs.uk/ Please note that self referrals can be made to the services.
TREATING YOU AS WHOLE PERSON
We offer help for any type of emotional problem, or physical symptoms that can cause emotional distress. The most common symptoms we help are those of anxiety, low mood, and physical conditions that cause fatigue, pain or restrict people’s lives in some way.
1 in 4 of us will be suffering from some kind of emotional problem at any point in time, but this rises to about 2 out of 4 people living with a physical health condition, or persistent physical symptoms. Visit our page “A range of emotional and physical problems” to see the list of problems we treat, and watch our video below to learn more.
The emotional effects of living with/managing
If you need any advice, support or to share any information please do contact the organisation who want the community to take on board the following message:
It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent.
Act early and tell us your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.
It has been lovely to see children across Key Stage 2 engage with and enjoy the music sessions provided by Entrust, where they have explored the different notes of the ukulele and started to build on this over the last couple of weeks – we are already seeing some great progression!
Within the next few days, we will be in a position to send home children’s ukuleles so that they can continue their learning journey outside of school. Therefore, we kindly request that families complete the forms below to confirm that they have read and agree to the conditions set out to ensure that the instruments are kept safe and are well looked after, whilst off school site. They are the property of Entrust Music Service and not St Nicholas CE First School. Once you complete the following form, we will then send the ukulele home with your child; we will record the serial number and individual code of each ukulele that is allocated to your child, so that we can identify them when collecting them in at the end of the music programme.
Year 3 families, please complete your form by clicking here
Year 4 families, please complete your form by clicking here
We will be sending ukuleles home this week; please do complete the form by 4pm on Tuesday 21st September.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Key Stage 2 Staff Team
Further to emails and the letter sent today, I have been informed that there are no PCR tests available locally this weekend. I can only advise that those with access to LFTs consider using them in the absence of being able to book a PCR. Please look out for any symptoms that develop with your children. Thank you to the Y3 parent who informed us about the lack of availability. I have been informed that postal PCRs are coming through relatively quickly so this may be another option to consider for those that want one.
Please be mindful of closely supervising your children on the walk to and from school or at the local park and surrounding areas. Please see here that might be a useful read/reminder of safety tips.
Please see attached from Mrs Stevens to Nursery parents.
Please see attached from Mrs Robb.
Please see attached which gives you more info about the following workshops for parents:
4- week Programme Understanding and Managing
Defiant Behaviours and Anger in Children and Young people
Start Date: Wednesday 3rd November: 1.30-2.30pm
Workshops for Parents: October –December 2021
Parent Wellbeing session
Topics covered: Understanding emotions, building confidence & feeling more positive
Date: Monday 18th October: 1.30-2.30pm
Helping children to develop a Positive attitude and Growth Mind-set
Date: Monday 15th November: 1.30-2.30pm
Helping children manage anxiety and worries
Year 1 are looking for some games and toys that can be used on the playground.If you have any unwanted board games or construction toys such as mega blocks or duplo that your children have grown out of Year 1 would be very grateful of the donations.This will help the children have settled and fun playtimes .
To support our Harvest Festival this year we would like the children to earn the donation of food that they bring into school.To do this children would participate in acts of kindness at home, for example listening to a younger sibling read or helping to wash up at dinner. These generous acts of kindness would be rewarded with something they could bring in for the Harvest Festival. In doing this it supports our school value of generosity helping the children to understand that they can be generous with their time and kindness as well as being generous by donating food.If each donation could be accompanied with a little note say what your child has done to earn the food then these can be shared in class.
Unfortunately we are having technical issues with the login details for our nursery children. This is being dealt with by ParentPay and we hope to have the issue resolved as soon as possible.
Most weeks Mrs Stevens will send a little newsletter out to our Nursery families. I will always text parents to tell them that it is online. Please see attached.
We are starting to receive applications and interest for Nursery 2022 already. Please see info below that may be of interest. Feel free to share with friends and family who may not otherwise know that we have a Nursery.
Nursery application forms can be found here and should be emailed, posted or handed in to the school office. We will arrange visits to school Covid permitting after October half term.