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Newsletter - w/c 06/07/20

Dear Parent/Carer,
We have two more weeks to go until the start of the Summer Holidays.  Usually at this point in the year, the Friends of Hurst Drive would be gearing up for a Summer Fair, children would be training for Sports Day, Year 6 would be rehearsing their end-of-year production, and we would be welcoming into school some of the children from surrounding nursery schools to help ready them for starting 'big school' in September.  
It is a terrible shame that all these events have been cancelled, especially as they tend to be the lasting memories for children and parents/carers.  
Hopefully September will bring a fresh start, and a chance for us all to be back together again, running the school as would want it to be: a school filled with children and parents/carers able to come and go as they please.  
We thank you for your continued patience and support at such a strange time and we hope you and your family are keeping well, particularly those of you who we've not seen in person since schools first closed.  
Please see below for a few key notices:      
Annual Reports
Next week, we will e-mail you your child's annual report along with a letter from the Headteacher detailing who will be teaching your child next year.  Please be aware that the teachers wrote these reports in the spring term, making predictions as to where your child would be at the end of the year, and also be aware that the attendance reported is based on your child's attendance up to the period of school closure.
If you would like a paper copy of your child's report, you may visit the school between 10:00am - 2:00pm, Monday-Friday, and a member of the School Office will gladly print one for you.
Years 2 & 5 - Returning to School
If you have a child in Years 2 or 5 returning to school next week, you will receive an e-mail today with all the details you need (e.g. drop off and collection times).  
Sadly, we have had to turn away some Year 5 children as more than 45 wish to return but we can only accommodate 30 as a group of 15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon because we have only one classroom and one teacher available.  We thank those parents/carers for entrusting us with your child's education and well-being; hopefully in September the restrictions will be lifted and we will be able to welcome back all the children, every day and all week long.  
Free School Meals - Supermarket Vouchers for the Summer Holidays
The government are allowing schools to provide supermarket vouchers for the Summer Holidays to families with children eligible for free school meals.  
Parents/carers with eligible children will receive an e-mail from Edenred in the week commencing Monday 13 July 2020 with an e-code valued at 6 weeks' worth of vouchers.  For example, if you have one child eligible for free school meals, you will receive an e-code worth £90 (£15 x 6 weeks) for you to redeem at for a supermarket voucher of your choosing.   
We know parents/carers have, at times, been frustrated with the government's Edenred system.  Please note that the technical difficulties you have experienced have not been the fault of our school at any time.  If you have not received your e-code by Thursday 16 July 2020, please telephone or e-mail the school and we will aim to assist, otherwise you may e-mail with your enquiry.  
Yours sincerely,
The School Office Team
Hurst Drive Primary School    
01992 624099