The government have agreed to move to the next step of the national road map for lifting restrictions and there are a number of changes in relation to visiting homes and leisure facilities, here’s a link if you need any information: www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52530518
In terms of school the system for drop offs and collections will remain, the need to wear a mask will remain, people should keep a good distance but there can be more than one person collecting for a family – as long as anyone over 11 wears a mask.
In school we are starting to move to larger group gatherings including all eating at the same time at lunchtime and at playtime mixing between 2 classes.
It is wonderful to be see easing measures but we must continue to be safe – remember HANDS, FACE, SPACE.
Easing of lockdown will allow us to get back to the people and things we love, but it's OK if you feel worried about going back to something more "normal" as lockdown restrictions loosen. The NHS Every Mind Matters website has some helpful tips to cope with anxiety about coming out of lockdown. www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/coronavirus/tips-to-cope-with-anxiety-lockdown-lifting/
There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing and the Every Mind Matters Mind Plan can provide NHS approved personalised advice on positive steps people can take to help manage anxiety, sleep better and boost your mood.
Full attendance is crucial and especially when the children have missed many school days this year. If you child is feeling a little unwell, it is still okay to send them to nursery or school. If you child becomes so unwell that they cannot learn, we will of course contact you to collect them.
Absence will be authorised for the following reasons:
If your child is absent for reasons other than those listed above, the absence would be marked as unauthorised.
Please remember to use holiday periods for holidays so that you will not incur a fine.
We appreciate that there are times when it is difficult to get your child to school but you as parent have a legal duty to do so every day, and this needs to be on time to ensure your child does not miss out on learning.
As we would in a normal year, the last week before half term is an optional time for parents to book a meeting with the Classteacher to discuss progress. The end of year reports will be published in July as normal.
PTA Raffle – in light of restrictions and Covid impact we will not hold a summer raffle this year.
This week Oscar has joined Year 4P, we welcome him and his family to our school.
We have a new family in Nursery. Hidden on the veranda a Robin’s eggs have hatched this week. We look forward to watching them grow over the coming weeks.
The focus last week was on Kindness, here are the current totals:
Next week the House Captains have chosen Team Work during lessons and breaktimes as the focus.
Eco points will also be awarded for recyclable containers for water and food at snack and lunch times.
Would you like your child to learn an instrument? We have built links with a wonderful online provider called SAM, here is the link sammusicservice.com/schools-online/
The children do their lesson via a video lesson with an instrument specialist. The lessons are available for: Singing, Drum kit, Guitar, Ukulele or Piano/Keyboard.
Each lesson lasts 30 mins and costs £16.50.
As a school we would love to support the children having lessons and can provide a subsidy for lessons for the first half term and loan instruments or time with the drum kit after school. Parents can even use Childcare vouchers to pay for lessons.
If you would like to know more, pop on the website. If you would like to discuss support with lessons catch me on the gate or give me a call.
Surrey County Council have announced that they will be providing a voucher for those entitled to benefits-related free school meals (Pupil Premium). These will be emailed out to parents on Tuesday 25th May.
If your circumstances have changed or you believe you may be entitled to Pupil Premium please complete the eligibility check form at www.ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk/school-lunches/
We are having a number of lunch boxes delivered to the office throughout the morning. Please ensure your child brings their lunch box into school with them at the beginning of the day so that children’s learning is not disturbed.
To help you with planning your children’s meals we have added a new page to our website with details of the weekly menus. This can be found at www.ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk/lunch-menu/
A gentle reminder that parents need to continue to book 2 weeks in advance for all school meals through www.scopay.com.
Premier Education have a holiday camp running at Walsh Junior School from 1st – 4th June. Parents will receive a 25% discount if you use the promo code PREMIER/25 at the booking page.