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Newsletter - w/c- 08/03/21

Dear Parent/Carer,
We are very excited to be welcoming back all children from Monday 8 March 2021.  Please see below for some important notices about school life:
School Reopening - Monday 8 March 2021
Parents/Carers, please click here to read about the school's response to COVID-19 and keep in mind the following for Monday:-


  • Drop off your child between 8:30am and 9:00am
  • Collect your child between 3:00pm and 3:30pm (unless they have permission to exit the classroom alone)
  • Dress your child in full school uniform
  • Book your child's school meals via SchoolGrid or provide them with a healthy packed lunch
  • Make sure your child brings to school the home learning pack, any borrowed reading books, a water bottle and their PE kit


The PE kit is particularly important as the children have two PE lessons a week and knowing some children have been indoors for the past two months unable to exercise, we are making the children's fitness a priority.
Your child may feel anxious about returning to school, having spent lots of time with you at home.  Remind them they were happy and confident at school in December and that nothing has changed in school since then so they will be learning and playing just like they did before.  Similarly, if you are feeling anxious about your child/ren's return to school, remind yourself how beneficial it is for the children to be in school, surrounded by children their own age who they may learn alongside and socialise with.  
Please click here to read our expectations around school attendance.  Remember, if you bring your child late to school, this counts as an unauthorised absence and may lead to the local authority awarding you a fixed penalty notice.   
School Office
At the moment, we have a couple of staff members absent or working from home.  For that reason, we still need parents/carers to e-mail their queries to instead of telephoning.  If you do call, you may need to leave a voicemail.  We check the voicemail at 8:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm.  Please be sure to leave your name, your child's name and the reason for your call so a member of staff may return your call or e-mail you a response.  
Parent/Carer Prize Draw - Winners Announced
The teachers provided the Headteacher with the names of parents/carers who, over the past two months, either worked incredibly hard with home learning or brought their child to school every day as a vulnerable child or child of a critical worker.  We placed all these names into a prize draw and the winners are:-
1st Place - Kezia G (YR) - Winner of a £150 Sainsbury's Voucher
2nd Place - Maryam A (Y2 & Y4) - Winner of a £75 Sainsbury's Voucher
3rd Place - Felicity K (Y2) - Winner of a £50 Sainsbury's Voucher
Congratulations to those parents/carers; your vouchers will be sent to you in the next week by e-mail.  Thank you to all the parents/carers who have supported their child/ren's education during this third national lockdown, either at home or by bringing them into school.  We really do appreciate your efforts.    
Mrs Geggus (Assistant Headteacher for KS2) has met with the School Council to discuss ideas for a treat to reward those children who worked hard in school or at home during this time.  The most popular idea was to book sets of inflatable assault courses or bouncy castles so we are looking into the feasibility of this with the aim to organise it before the Easter Holidays.  We will keep you and the children informed.  Remember, the children who will access this reward are the children who completed all their work at home or in school, following our school rules always.    
World Book Day - Wednesday 10 March 2021
We decided to postpone World Book Day to Wednesday 10 March 2021 so all the children could celebrate together in school.  Our dress-up theme is 'Bedtime Stories' so your child may come to school wearing pyjamas or a onesie - of course, if it is cold, please ensure your child is wearing suitable extra clothing to keep them warm (e.g. leggings under their pyjamas, a vest etc.).
Keep an eye on your child's Facebook page to see what the children get up to on the day!   
Coffee Morning
Mrs Bye is aiming to restart her Coffee Mornings on the front playground on Wednesdays, starting Wednesday 10 March 2021.  
Parent and Carers' Consultation Evening for Years 1-6 - Thursday 11 March 2021
If you haven't done so already, please make an appointment to meet with your child's class teacher via the telephone or Google Meet.  These appointments are very important for your child's teacher to let you know how your child is progressing and behaving in school so you may ask questions about how you can support them at home to give them the best possible chance of success in school and beyond.  
If you did not receive an e-mail invitation to make an appointment, please e-mail, giving the name of your child/ren and requesting the link be sent to you.
Friends of Hurst Drive's Mothers' Day Sale - Friday 12 March 2021
Each year, the Friends of Hurst Drive run a Mothers' Day Sale during the school day for children to purchase gifts for mums and any other important women in their lives.  Gifts start at £1 and we recommend you give your child £5-£10 to purchase gifts.  All money raised will help go towards repairing our adventure playground which we share with Greenfield Nursery.
On the day, Friday 12 March 2021, we recommend placing your child's money in a named envelope and handing it to their class teacher to avoid it going missing. 
Thank you in advance to the Friends of Hurst Drive for organising this event.      

Yours sincerely,

The Administration Team

01992 624099